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May 23, 2017

Trump’s 2nd trip to Yad Vashem — as he tries to make amends

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:46 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump rekindles the eternal flame during a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump wears a yam-aka at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on his second trip to honor the Jews

I previously wrote about Trump’s first trip to Yad Vashem, where he stayed for only 15 minutes. Vad Vashem is a vast place which takes at least 2 days to see.  The Jews were affronted by Trump’s insulting attitude toward the Jews — staying only 15 minutes in such a sacred place. What is WRONG with him?

The following is a quote from a recent news article which you can read in full by clicking on the link below:

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKBN18J1JJ

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U.S. President Donald Trump paid tribute at Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial on Tuesday to the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, calling it an indescribable act of evil.

Holding hands, the president and First Lady Melania Trump walked solemnly to lay a wreath together upon the ashes of Holocaust victims, buried at the site’s Hall of Remembrance.

“Words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil, or the scope of the anguish and destruction. It was history’s darkest hour,” Trump said in a short speech after the memorial ceremony.

“It was the most savage crime against God and his children,” said Trump, who is visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories on the second leg of his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania lay a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Mrs. Donald Trump lays wreath.

Trump’s administration has drawn anger over past omissions and utterances regarding the Holocaust.

In January, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Trump administration statement failed to mention Jews, the overwhelming majority of those who were killed in the Holocaust.

In April, White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar when he said Hitler did not sink to the level of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by using chemical weapons on his own people. Spicer also used the term “Holocaust centers”, in an apparent reference to the Nazi death camps.

Spicer later apologized after his comments sparked an uproar on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews perished in Nazi gas chambers.

The Anti-Defamation League said in April that anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecrations [sic] to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of Trump, and a “heightened political atmosphere” played a role in the rise.

Trump had been criticized for waiting until late February to deliver his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents, previously speaking more generally about his hope of making the nation less “divided.”

He later called such incidents “horrible … and a very sad reminder” of the work needed to root out hate, prejudice and evil.

Trump was due to travel to Rome later on Tuesday, where he will continue a nine-day trip that began in Saudi Arabia.

 

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Trump is singing “I want to hold your hand”

Filed under: Music, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:17 am

Melania Trump recently made news when she refused to hold The Donald’s hand.  You can read all about it at

http://nypost.com/2017/05/22/melania-really-does-not-want-to-hold-donald-trumps-hand/

According to this news article, Melania has once again refused to hold her husband’s hand: http://gizmodo.com/president-trump-lands-in-rome-gets-rejected-by-melania-1795472694

Now Trump is singing the Beetles song “I want to hold your hand”.

May 22, 2017

Deborah Lipstadt accused Trump advisers of “soft Holocaust denial”

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump — furtherglory @ 10:15 am

Lipstadt-Deborah.jpeg

What is “soft Holocaust denial” you ask. I think that the person who wrote this news article meant to say “soft core Holocaust denial”.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Writing in the Atlantic, Lipstadt – a leading expert on the Nazi effort to wipe out Europe’s Jews – took aim at the Trump administration for its failure last Friday to mention Jews as the primary victims of the Holocaust.

“Holocaust denial is alive and well in the highest offices of the United States,” wrote Lipstadt. “It is being spread by those in President Trump’s innermost circle. It may have all started as a mistake by a new administration that is loath to admit it’s wrong.

“Conversely, it may be a conscious attempt by people with antisemitic sympathies to rewrite history,” she added. “Either way it is deeply disturbing.”

Lipstadt’s intervention came in amid an escalating row over the White House’s statement on Holocaust Memorial Day. On Monday, Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, accused the media of a “pathetic” attempt to whip up controversy.
Deborah Lipstadt: ‘Many would like to stand up to antisemites. I had the chance to do it’

The historian said she had learned of the White House statement while in Amsterdam for a screening of Denial, starring Rachel Weisz as the historian and Timothy Spall as Irving, and had just passed the house where Anne Frank had hidden when her phone started buzzing with messages of the news.

Lipstadt wrote: “Though no fan of Trump, I chalked it up as a rookie mistake by a new administration busy issuing a slew of executive orders. Someone had screwed up … A clarification would certainly soon follow. I was wrong.”

Referring to the 10-week libel trial she won against Irving in 2000, she added: “The de-Judaization of the Holocaust, as exemplified by the White House statement, is what I term softcore Holocaust denial.

“Hardcore denial is the kind of thing I encountered in the courtroom. In an outright and forceful fashion, Irving denied the facts of the Holocaust.”

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Donald Trump’s wife did not go up to the famous Western Wall in Jerusalem

Filed under: Trump, TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

This morning I watched, on TV, as President Trump went up to touch the Western Wall in Jerusalem. He was not accompanied by his wife. This led me to wonder if women are allowed to touch the wall.

Years ago, when I was traveling the world over, I wanted to go to Israel. I consulted a Jewish friend about this, and he told me not to go to Israel. He said “the Jews will rob you, rape you, and leave you lying in a ditch beside the road”. Those were his exact words. So I didn’t go to Israel.

This morning I read a news article which answered my question about whether women could go up to the Western Wall: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-becomes-first-sitting-u-s-president-to-visit-the-western-wall/

The following quote is from the news article:

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President Trump on Monday became the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which is considered Judaism’s holiest site.

Mr. Trump was seen placing a note inside the wall as he visited the mens-only side — a tradition visitors can partake in by writing a prayer or request and placing it in one of the wall’s cracks. Meanwhile, first lady Melania Trump was seen standing in front of the small portion of the wall devoted to women.

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Apparently all TV cameras were on Trump, while no one photographed Melania as she touched “the  small portion of the wall devoted to women.”

May 21, 2017

What should American students learn in English class?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:48 pm

I think that all students should learn to speak and write correct English in English class.  I am way behind the times — an old fogey who does not even know how to spell fogey. [I think that I’ve said that before.]

In modern English classes in America, the students learn about the Holocaust. They don’t learn English.

You can read all about it in this recent news article:  http://www.timesdaily.com/news/education/deshler-students-create-holocaust-exhibit/article_57abf905-3faa-552b-a30b-1c99bb2aa6dd.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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TUSCUMBIA — Students in Tanya Hayes’s 10th-grade English class at Deshler High School honored victims and heroes of the Holocaust with an exhibit, “Heroes’ Hands and Victims’ Voices.”

The students researched and selected a Holocaust victim and a hero who assisted others.

The students began the project after reading the book “Night” by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

“This exhibit showcases and honors the heroes and gives voices to those whose stories were untold,” Hayes said.

She said the project included the creation of an altered book page, a poem, a fictional narrative from the perspective of someone who died during the Holocaust, and a hero.

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Wait a minute! Elie Wiesel was never in a Holocaust camp. There is an extensive website devoted to proving that Wiesel was never in a camp. Elie the Wiesel wrote a fictional book and made a fortune, but he was never in any camp. He has no Holocaust tattoo on his arm and no other proof that he was ever in a concentration camp.

The news article continues with this quote:

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The somberness of Sarah Seaman’s project with a heavily edited writing display was indicative, she said, of the Hitler regime trying to “eradicate” Jewish people from history.

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If Hitler had wanted to eradicate the Jewish people from history, he would have done it. The Jews were not “eradicated”. A million Jews are now back in Germany where they can now lie, steal and cheat to their Heart’s content, knowing that nothing will be done about their crimes.

This quote is at the end of the news article:

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Hayes [the teacher] said the reading and writing experiences helped equip the students to be aware of the importance of caring and compassion, the dangers of hatred, and the need for human beings to demand dignity and respect for all.

“More than 6 million Jews were never given the chance to tell their stories, and these students certainly realized the importance of those stories being told,” Hayes said.

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How many million Jews DID get a chance to tell their stories?

Today’s libraries are filled with the stories told by the Jews who SURVIVED.

If Hitler had wanted to kill six million Jews, why didn’t he do it? Why did so many Jews survive?

I live in Sacramento, which has a library of books written by Holocaust survivors.  Who was it that said, “If Hitler had wanted to kill the Jews, he would have done it — and there would have been NO SURVIVORS.”

O.K. there might have been a few survivors, but not enough to write a library of books.

May 20, 2017

Sybille Steinbacher’s account of the liberation of Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 4:58 pm

One of the readers of my blog mentioned Sybille Steinbacher’s account of the libertation of Dachau.

I wrote about Steinbacher on my website years ago.  The following information is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

According to Sybille Steinbacher, who wrote a book entitled “Dachau: The Town and the Concentration Camp,” the US Army commandant of the town, after the liberation, spoke angrily to the 30 Dachauers on the day that they were brought to see the Dachau concentration camp. He told them, “As punishment for the brutality that the town tolerated next door to it, it should be sacked and turned into ashes!”

The town priest, Father Friedrich Pfanzelt, who was among the visitors, pleaded with the Americans not to destroy the town. In a series of articles in 1981, a Dachau newspaper named the Dachauer Nachrichten wrote about how the priest saved the town: “On his knees, the prelate pleaded for mercy for Dachau.”

According to Peter Wyden, author of “The Hitler Virus,” 90 percent of the residents of Dachau were Catholic. Regarding Father Pfanzelt, Wyden wrote: “Then, from the pulpit of his St. Jacob’s Church three days later, the priest set in motion Dachau’s great trauma, the protestation of innocence, the denial of guilt that would never leave the community.”

Of all people, Father Pfanzelt should have been aware of the atrocities committed inside the Dachau concentration camp. According to Wyden, “For years the SS had extended him the privilege of conducting Sunday services in the KZ. And he had reciprocated with many ingratiating letters (which Steinbacher found) and had taken pride in his cordial relations with most of the camp commandants.”

Father Pfanzelt died in 1958 without ever confirming or denying that he had saved the town from the wrath of the Americans.

 

Germany’s first Holocaust professor will give lectures at the former I.G. Farben headquarters

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 3:29 pm

Back when I was traveling to Holocaust sites, I wanted to see the I.G. Farben headquarters, where Jews had worked in factories. I was told that tourists were not allowed to get anywhere near this building. I was warned that I should not even say the word I.G. Farben because this place was so secret.

I. G. Farben factories at Monowitz

Now a Jewish professor will be giving lectures at the famous I.G. Farben factory, which tourists have not been allowed to see until now.

Jews working  in a factory at Monowitz

The following quote is from the news article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4523096/Germany-s-Holocaust-professor-begins-work.html

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A female professor took up her appointment at a prestigious German university this week as the country’s first academic to teach the Nazi Holocaust to students.

Some lectures by historian Sybille Steinbacher will be given in the former HQ of the I.G. Farben company which in wartime made the poison gas used to massacre Jews in their millions.

Professor Steinbacher’s appointment by the Goethe University and the Frankfurt Fritz Bauer Institute was described as ‘a milestone on the way to a better understanding of the Nazi crimes and their impact on history into the present’ by Hesse state science Minister Boris Rhein.

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So the I.G. Farben company was making the Zyklon-B gas that was used to kill the Jews. They were not trying to make an atomic bomb as some people claimed.

Auschwitz III, aka Monowitz, was established in 1942 at the site of the chemical factories of IG Farbenindustrie near the small village of Monowitz, which was located four kilometers from the town of Auschwitz. The IG Farben company had independently selected this location around the same time that Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler decided, in April 1940, to locate a new concentration camp in the town of Auschwitz. The most important factory at Monowitz was the Buna Werke, which was owned by the IG Farben company.

Of the three Nazi concentration camps located near the town of Auschwitz, the Auschwitz III camp was the most important to the Nazis because of its factories which were essential to the German war effort. The Monowitz industrial complex was built by Auschwitz inmates, beginning in April 1941. Initially, the workers walked from the Auschwitz main camp to the building site, a distance of seven kilometers.

Max Faust is one of the men that inspected Monowitz along with Heinrich Himmler

The decision to build chemical factories at Auschwitz transformed both the camp and the town. On February 2, 1941, Herman Göring ordered the Jews in the town to be relocated to a ghetto, and German civilians moved into their former homes.

Auschwitz quickly went from a primitive Jewish town of 12,000 inhabitants to a modern German town of 40,000 people which included an influx of German engineers and their families. Both the main Auschwitz camp and the Birkenau camp were expanded in order to provide workers for the factories. Before Monowitz became a separate camp with barracks buildings, the prisoners had to walk from the other camps to the factories.

On July 17 and 18, 1942, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler made a visit to the Auschwitz complex. The photo directly above shows Himmler talking with German engineer Max Faust about plans for factories at Monowitz, the Auschwitz III camp.

 

The Nathan Rappaport Memorial to Heroes of Warsaw Ghetto is in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:30 pm

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at:

http://forward.com/culture/372376/one-author-two-radically-different-holocaust-stories/he

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[Victor] Ripp’s journey takes him eastward and further into the past. Rapoport’s famous Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, in Warsaw, Poland, strikes him as grandiose, while Auschwitz knocks him into a “stupefied trance.” In Grodno, his father’s birthplace, he learns that his Ripp relatives were more prosperous than he had imagined.

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When I went to Poland in 1998, my tour guide told me that I absolutely had to see the Rapoport Memorial in Warsaw.

Front of Rappaport Memorial

Back side of Rappaport Memorial

The date that the Nazis chose to destroy the Warsaw Ghetto was on Passover, April 19, 1943.

The leader of the Jewish resistance movement, Mordechai Anielewicz, was determined not to give up without a fight. By this time, the Jews in the Warsaw  Ghetto thought that the daily trains to Treblinka were not transporting the Jews to resettlement camps in the East, as the Nazis claimed, but were taking them to a death camp to be killed in gas chambers.

It was because the ghetto residents began refusing to get on the trains that the Nazis decided to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto.

Ukrainian and Latvian SS soldiers marched into the ghetto on April 19, 1943, entering at the northern border of the Ghetto on Zamenhofa street. It was not until May 16 that the SS was able to defeat the handful of resistors, who lasted longer than the whole Polish army when the Germans and the Russians jointly invaded Poland in September 1939.

On April 19, 1988, the 45th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, a Memory Lane was marked out through the former Ghetto. The route starts at the corner of ul. Anielewicza and ul. Zamenhofa where a plaque tells you that this was the site of the former Ghetto.

The buildings were severely damaged during the fighting, and the Ghetto was torn down. Jewish prisoners were sent to Warsaw from the Auschwitz death camp to clear the ruins of the Ghetto.

One of the stops on Memory Lane is the monument pictured at the top of this page, which honors the Jewish resistance fighters; it is the work of sculptor Nathan Rappaport and is sometimes referred to as the Nathan Rappaport Memorial. It is located on ul. Zamenhofa, the street where the fighting began in the Warsaw uprising.

In the photo at the top of this page, the front of the monument is shown. It depicts several of the resistance fighters with Anielewicz in the front holding a hand grenade in his hand. At the start of the fight, a few hand grenades were virtually the only weapons that the Jews had. After they killed a few SS soldiers and the others retreated, the resistance fighters took the weapons from the hands of the dead and continued the fight the next day when the Nazis returned.

The second photo above shows the back side of the monument. It depicts a line of Jews marching to their death in a concentration camp. In the courtyard where this monument is located, and at many other places along the route of Memory Lane, are black marble stones like gravestones in a symbolic cemetery, honoring those who died in the ghetto and in the extermination camps.

May 19, 2017

91 year old Richard Dutro remembers the liberation of Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

91-year-old Richard Dutro is on the far right in the photo above

I have a section about the liberation of Dachau on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/index.html

Richard Dutro was among the American soldiers who liberated Dachau.

You can read about the liberation of Dachau in this news article:

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/ohio-governor-s-th-annual-holocaust-commemoration/article_6846b618-3b36-11e7-b6f3-370fd3b9814f.amp.html

Dutro’s unit, the 42nd Infantry under the direction of Gen. George Patton, had left France to head east toward Munich. However, along the way, his unit happened upon what they soon learned was Dachau.

“We came upon something that smelled like a slaughterhouse,” Dutro said. “I grew up in Zanesville, where we had slaughterhouses. But this was a slaughterhouse of human beings.”

The scene that Dutro described was gruesome and gut-wrenching. He recalled 114 train cars at the nearby train station full of dead prisoners the Germans did not have time to burn in the crematorium before the Allies invaded. Barrels full of personal items such as eyeglasses and teeth, things that do not incinerate in a gas chamber, were abundant and strewn about.

As it happened, one of Dutro’s fellow soldiers owned a Brownie camera. The soldier took photos of various scenes, and Dutro ended up with eight of those black-and-white photos. Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich assisted Dutro by holding each photo up so attendees at the commemoration could see them for themselves as the liberator spoke of them. Dutro said the photographs would be donated to a Holocaust museum upon his death.

Here is the full story of the liberation of Dachau:

The infamous Nazi concentration camp at Dachau was liberated on Sunday, April 29, 1945, just one week before the end of World War II in Europe. Two divisions of the US Seventh Army, the 42nd Rainbow Division and the 45th Thunderbird Division, participated in the liberation, while the 20th Armored Division provided support.

On the day of the liberation, Dachau consisted of a main camp just outside the town of Dachau and 123 sub-camps and factories in the vicinity of the town. The next day, on 30 April 1945, at around 9 o’clock in the morning, one of the major Dachau sub-camps at Allach was liberated by the 42nd Division.

On the day before the liberation of the main camp, the acting Commandant, Martin Gottfried Weiss, had turned everything over to a group of prisoners called the International Committee of Dachau and had then fled along with most of the regular guards that night. According to Arthur Haulot, a member of the International Committee, German and Hungarian Waffen-SS soldiers were then brought to the camp in order to surrender the prisoners to the U.S. Army.

Both the 45th Thunderbird Division and the 42nd Rainbow Division were advancing on April 29, 1945 toward Munich with the 20th Armored Division between them. Dachau was directly in their path, about 10 miles north of Munich.

The 101st Tank Battalion was attached to the 45th Thunderbird Division. According to this source the 101st arrived in the town of Dachau at 9:30 a.m. on April 29th.

According to Lt. Col. Felix Sparks, the commander of the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Thunderbird Division, he received orders at 10:15 a.m. to liberate the Dachau camp, and the soldiers of I Company were the first to arrive at the camp around 11 a.m. that day.

Nerin E. Gun, a Turkish journalist who was a prisoner at Dachau, wrote that “The Americans were not simply advancing; they were running, flying, breaking all the rules of military conduct, mounting their pieces on captured trucks, using tractors, bicycles, carts, trailers, anything on wheels that they could get their hands on. The Second Battation, 222nd Reigment, 42nd Divison, was coming brazenly, impudently down the highway, its general in the lead.”

On their way to Munich, the 42nd Division soldiers had met some newspaper reporters and photographers who told them about the camp and offered to show them the way. Lt. William Cowling was with Brig. Gen. Henning Linden when the first soldiers of the 42nd Division arrived at the camp and were met by 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker who was waiting near a gate on the south side, ready to surrender.

 

May 18, 2017

Who betrayed famous scofflaw Anne Frank?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 8:51 am

Why was Anne Frank a scofflaw, you ask?

During World War II, the Germans required Jews to register, so that the Germans could keep track of them. The Jews were the enemies of the Germans during World War II. The Germans didn’t want the Jews to be fighting, as civilians, against Germany. That’s why the Jews were sent to concentration camps.

Otto Frank was a criminal, who did not want to register, because he would have gone to prison, if he had registered.  Otto had been committing a crime by cheating his banking customers. Otto’s brother, who was also cheating his banking customers,  managed to escape to America before he was arrested as a criminal, but Otto didn’t make it.  Otto Frank literally “missed the boat”.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/who-betrayed-anne-frank

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Anne Frank’s father Otto—the only member of the family to survive their subsequent deportation to the concentration camps—was among the first to assert that a betrayal had led to their capture. The group’s hideout was located inside a warehouse he had once owned, and they were aided by several of his employees as well as other Dutch sympathizers.

Shortly after World War II ended, Otto Frank suggested that the culprit was Willem van Maaren, a warehouse employee who was not in on the secret. Van Maaren was later the subject of multiple investigations related to the betrayal—including one by famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal—but he always maintained his innocence, and none of the cases ever produced any evidence against him.

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Note that the news article suggests that Willem van Maaren  was a criminal because he allegedly betrayed Otto Frank, the criminal who cheated his banking customers.

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