Recently, one of the regular readers of my blog made a comment in which this link was included. I followed the link and read the story of a six-year-old Jewish boy, whose mother, sister and brother were shot in a massacre that took place in the Belorussian village of Koidanov on October 21, 1941.
This quote is from the website in the link provided by a reader of my blog:
This is a story of survival – the incredible story of how a six-year-old Jewish boy survived the Nazis’ final solution and kept how he survived a secret for more than 50 years.
It’s the story of Alex Kurzem, who at the age of six watched his family being shot by the Nazis. He escaped and wandered alone for months until he was captured by Nazi soldiers. But instead of killing him, they made him their mascot.
Alex was so young, he quickly forgot his family name, his age, and the name of his village. But he did remember that the Nazis had fenced the Jews into a ghetto, and on his last night there Nazi soldiers burst into his house and began beating his mother.
“I remember, when she shielded me that her blood [was] dripping. I felt my face and [there] was blood on my head. But it was my mother’s blood,” Kurzem told 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon.
Kurzem told Simon he and his siblings were hiding under skirts. “My little brother and sister and we were, she was shielding us sort of.”
She could shield them from the soldiers’ blows, but not their bullets. And she told Alex that the next day they would all be shot. “That night my mother took me in her arms. And she said, ‘Tomorrow we all have to die.’ And I thought, ‘I don’t want to die. I’ll have to try to escape.’”
So that night, crawling through the grass, he snuck past Nazi soldiers and up to the top of a hill, and hid in a forest overlooking the village. “And when the daylight broke I heard a lot of commotion and noise below. When I looked down, I saw soldiers lining up people and shooting them in a big, big pit,” Kurzem recalled. “And then I saw my mother with my brother and sister also there.”
Kurzem told Simon he saw how his mother and siblings were lined up and shot. “That’s very visible in my head all the time.”
Village records say the Nazis massacred more than 1,600 people there on October 21, 1941; and Nazi records show that a Nazi battalion took Alex in on July 12, 1942.
In case you missed it, it was the Nazis who were to blame for this little boy’s ordeal. I previously blogged about the Jews being killed by Lithuanians in Lithuania here. So I was very suspicious of the story of the Nazis killing Jews in Belarusia. Were all of the killers of the Jews in Belarusia members of the National Socialist political party in Germany? Or is the word Nazi being used here as a pejorative term for Germans?
To me, the way this article was written is an attempt to demonize the German people by describing the Belarusian killers as Nazis.
I looked up Koidanov on Wikipedia and found this information:
[Koidanov] fell under German occupation during World War II.
The Lithuanian Twelfth Schutzmannschaft (auxiliary police) Battalion’s 1st Company, led by Lieutenant Z. Kemzura, massacred between 1,000 and 1,900 Jews from the city on October 21, 1941, shooting them and throwing them into a pit; many were buried alive. As it is reported in The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry: “For three hours the earth covering the mass grave would move; people still alive were trying to crawl out of their grave.” In July 1942, the Einsatzgruppen killed several thousand Jews in Koidanov. The city was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on July 6, 1944.
According to Wikipedia, which is rarely wrong, most of the killers in Belarusia were Lithuanians, not Germans. It was not until July 1942 that the Einsatzgruppen killed several thousand Jews in Koidanov. On October 21, 1941, when this little boy’s mother was shot, the killers were Lithuanians who were probably not members of the Nazi political party.
Now the truth is coming out, and it is the Jews who are exposing the lies.
This quote is from an article entitled Lithuania’s lies and deception exposed which you can read in full here:
THIS is one of those documentaries that is so compelling and so confronting it leaves you stunned, a little breathless.
It’s both a kind of contemporary international political thriller and a rigorously researched investigation into a piece of the past and the way it is remembered in the present. Or not remembered, when the truth of that past becomes politically problematic.
The film follows two slightly eccentric professors, the Australian Danny Ben-Moshe from the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University and Dovid Kotz who teaches Yiddish at Vilnius University, the oldest in Lithuania, as they confront the Lithuanian government.
Their cause is to try to prevent an inconvenient World War II historical truth from being obliterated – the fact that Jews were killed in their tens of thousands by Lithuanian militia independent of the Nazis. And before they invaded in 1941.
Funny they should use the expression “inconvenient World War II historical truth.” The term Inconvenient History is the title of a website for revisionists, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in true history.