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December 2, 2016

Everything you ever wanted to know about Eli Wiesel

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:06 pm

I have written many blog posts under the tag “Elie Wiesel”. You can read all of my posts, by following this link:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/elie-wiesel/

Elie Wiesel

Alleged Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel is the world’s most famous Holocaust survivor, but was he actually a “survivor”?  Did he really hide out in his home town in Romania, as I wrote on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-childhood-home-of-elie-the-wiesel/

December 1, 2016

Is Holocaust education needed more than ever?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:35 am

Why am I asking this question? I have just read this news article which asks the question: http://www.israellycool.com/2016/12/01/does-statement-by-ryerson-student-union-border-on-holocaust-denial/

The following quote is from the news article, sited above:

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Today, the Ryerson [University] Student Union released this statement that seems to imply that Holocaust denial is a legitimate disagreement – by claiming that motions like this one on the Holocaust “invoke many views.” It implies there is a legitimate view other than “the Holocaust was a tragedy that needs to be addressed,” a viewpoint that is positively vile and a sign these students need Holocaust education more than ever.

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What a revolting development this is!

There are two sides to everything — except the Holocaust. Regarding the Holocaust, there is only one side to the story. If you believe anything except the Jewish side of the story, you will soon be on your way to jail, in 20 countries, not including America.

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz camp

My Oct. 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

Note that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was next door to the oven room, but for some unknown reason, the heat of the oven room never caused an explosion.

Irving Roth — famous Holocaust survivor

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:57 am

In the past, I have written several blog posts about Irving Roth; you can read two of these blog posts at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/irving-roth/

You can read a recent news article about Irving Roth at http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/holocaust-survivor-irving-roth-to-tell-his-story-in-helena/article_f05dd6c0-f98f-531f-9939-cb0eb151af16.html

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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As a native of Slovakia, Roth fled with his family to Hungary to escape the Nazis. First they tried to flee Europe in 1939 and come to the United States.

Some 36 countries around the world, except for the Dominican Republic, slammed their doors on Jewish immigrants, only allowing in strict quotas, Roth said in an earlier interview with the Independent Record. […]

Hitler saw the world’s response as a signal that “no one wants the Jews,” Roth said.  […]

The Holocaust began with a series of laws against the Jews, he recounted.

“I couldn’t go into the park.”

Signs went up at Roth’s local park, “No dogs or Jews allowed.”

“I had to take my warm sheepskin jacket and give it to the police department,” he said, because it was considered a luxury.

“Our radio was taken away.”

“My girlfriend who was Russian Orthodox was told by her father not to talk to me because I was Jewish.”

He was told he couldn’t go to school or play on the local soccer team.

“Jewish attorneys were not allowed to practice law,” he said. “Jews were thrown out of government jobs. They were no longer allowed to own businesses.”

[…]

By July and August 1941, the Nazis rounded up Jewish men, women and children in Poland and Western Russia, he said.

Many were ordered into ditches and shot.

“This is too costly,” Roth recounted the Nazis’ discussions. “Every Jew takes five bullets to kill.”

That’s when some Germans came up with a more efficient method of murder — the death camps. Running gas chambers and crematoriums around the clock, they killed 6 millions Jews.

“The next chapter is winding up in a cattle car,” he said, and being shipped to Auschwitz and later Buchenwald.

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The poor Jews; why did no country want them?

November 29, 2016

New TV show about Hitler, the opportunist…

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 4:20 pm

I have been watching a TV show on the American Heroes channel. The first episode was called “Hitler, the opportunist”.

At first, I thought that this show must be a re-run from years ago.  I recognized all the footage. But when I looked more closely, I recognized the name Thomas Weber. He was making the ridiculous claim that he has “discovered” that  Hitler was actually promoted to the rank of Private First Class. Weber seems to be making a career of trashing Hitler’s service record in World War One.

There was no rank with the name Private First Class in the German Imperial Army during World War One.

Many sources maintain that Hitler was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. There was no rank of Lance Corporal in the German Imperial Army either.

The truth is that the one promotion that Hitler received during the war was to the rank of Gefreiter.

http://www.worldwar1.com/sfgrank.htm

The website, cited above, has an image of a Bavarian Gefreiter rank insignia near the bottom of the page, which I have copied.  Letter B in the photo is the correct Bavarian badge of rank insignia that Hitler would have worn.

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On the same page, the rank of Gefreiter can be seen in the NCO table, which translates the rank into English as Lance corporal. This is a rank in the British Army which roughly corresponds to Gefrieter in the German Imperial Army.

Note that a Lance Corporal in the British Army was, and still is,  an NCO.  A Gefrieter in the German Imperial army was the lowest rank of NCO. The American Army currently has no rank of Lance Corporal; however, the American Marine Corp does have this rank.

A Lance Corporal in the American Marine Corp is NOT an NCO.  In the modern Bundeswehr there are many classes of Gefrieter.  The lowest class is closer to a buck private, and also not an NCO.

Weber may have been confused because German ranks in World War One did not correspond with ranks in today’s German Army.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gefreiter

The following quote is from the Wikipedia page in the above link:

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“Throughout the periods of the Royal Prussian Army, Imperial Army of the German Empire, Reichswehr and the German Wehrmacht, the rank of Gefreiter was considered in English the equivalent to a British Army Lance Corporal rank.

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In order to “discover” this, Weber would have had to scroll down a bit on the page.  I think he must have been reading about the rank of Gefreiter in the modern Bundeswehr.

 

November 28, 2016

Holocaust theme used in skating performance

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:28 am
Holocaust outfit worn by a skater

Holocaust outfit worn by a skater

You can read about the skater, who wore a Holocaust outfit for her skating routine, in this news article: http://www.rferl.org/a/kremlin-spokesmans-wife-in-row-over-holocaust-skating-performance/28142577.html

Is nothing sacred anymore?  These people should be arrested for trivializing the Holocaust, which is a crime in 20 countries now.

November 26, 2016

The Jew who was sent to a labor camp called Theresienstadt

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:56 am

Was Theresienstadt really a labor camp?

According to this news article, it was.

Strictly’s Judge Rinder opens up about his Jewish grandfather’s horrifying experience during the Holocaust

The prison camp at Theresienstadt

The caption of this photo says “Moishe [a Jewish prisoner] was sent to a series of labour camps, including Theresienstadt in what was then Czechoslovakia”

Excuse me! I don’t think that Theresienstadt was classified as a “labor camp.” The photo above appears to have been taken in “the small camp” which was a prison at Theresienstadt.

I have a similar photo on my website, which you can see below:

The prison camp at Theresienstadt

My photo of the prison camp at Theresienstadt

My photo above seems to show the same prison camp that is shown in the photo in the news article.

I have written at length about Theresienstadt on my web site. I have a whole section devoted to Theresienstadt, which you can read at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/index.html

Start by reading my web page about the history of Theresienstadt at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

November 23, 2016

The Hour of the Avenger — the story of the liberation of Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:57 am
Body of German guard at Dachau unlawfully killed by American soldiers

Body of German guard at Dachau unlawfully killed by American soldiers

The photo above shows a German guard at Dachau who was unlawfully killed, and his body mutilated, by American soldiers after the Dachau camp was voluntarily surrendered under a flag of truce.

Bodies of German guards killed at Dachau after the camp was surrendered

Bodies of German guards killed at Dachau after the camp was surrendered

A reader of my blog recently made the following comment:

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Probably the best book on the liberation of Dachau is “Hour of the avenger” [written by] Howard Buechner, where the author witnessed the unlawful execution of German guards and medical staff.

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I wrote about “The Hour of the Avenger” on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/91-year-old-wwii-veteran-breaks-his-silence-about-the-dachau-massacre/

My blog post, cited above, starts with this quote:

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Most news articles, about the American soldiers who liberated the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945, mention that these veterans have never talked to their families about the horror of Dachau.  Now one of the Dachau liberators, Don Ritzenthaler, has broken his silence and has told his grandson about what really happened at Dachau when the camp was liberated [by American soldiers].

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I wrote about the surrender of the Dachau camp to American soldiers on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Surrender.html

 

November 22, 2016

Voices of Terezin — rhymes with gasoline

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:30 pm

Gate into the Theresienstadt ghetto

Gate into the Theresienstadt [Terezin] ghetto where Jews were held

You can read about Terezin [Theresienstadt] in this recent news article: http://nhpr.org/post/112116-voices-terezin-vegan-schism-nfl-ratings

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Today, voices of Terezin, [Theresienstadt] the Nazi concentration camp [are] used to divert attention from the final solution. We’ll hear about how prisoners held under brutal conditions created art and music amid the horrors of the holocaust.

Plus, what happens when a protest movement professing all-or-nothing absolutism splits in two? We’ll find out how a splinter group of vegan activists toned down their goals and built a powerful machine for change.

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The following information about Theresienstadt [Terezin] is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

The word “ghetto” derives from the name of an area of the city of Venice where the city’s foundries were located. In the Venetian dialect, a foundry was known as a “geto” which meant a workshop or a factory. The word “geto” was derived from the verb “gettare” which means “to cast” as in to cast iron in a foundry.

After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1497, many of them settled in Venice. In 1516, a city decree forced the Jews of Venice to live on a small island with only two access points which were sealed off at sunset. This island had previously been the area of the “gheto nuovo” or new workshops.

However, even before the word ghetto came into use, the Jews, particularly in Poland, were confined to walled sections of the city where they lived. In 1492, the Jews of Krakow in Poland were put into a walled-off section after they were accused of setting fires in the city.

There were no walled Jewish ghettos in the Old Reich, as Germany proper was called, during Hitler’s regime. Hitler sent the German Jews to the Lodz ghetto, located in what had formerly been Poland or to Theresienstadt, located in what was formerly the country of Czechoslovakia.

After the Nazis invaded Poland and then occupied the country, they initially put the Polish Jews into ghettos, using the excuse that had been used for centuries, that the Jews were responsible for spreading disease. Later, these ghettos became a convenient way to concentrate the Jews in one location for eventual transport to the concentration camps for extermination in Hitler’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

On October 10, 1941, the Germans initially decided to make Theresienstadt into a ghetto for selected Jews in the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and in the Greater German Reich, which included Austria and part of western Poland.

The Jews, who were to be sent to Theresienstadt, included those over 60 years old, World War I veterans, prominent people such as artists or musicians, very important persons, the blind, the deaf, and the inmates of Jewish mental hospitals and the Jewish orphanages.

Read more on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

 

 

 

November 21, 2016

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth still out on the lecture circuit at the age of 87

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 6:19 am
Holocaust survivor Irving Roth

Irving Roth

In the photo above, notice the faint tattoo on the arm that has a Rolex watch.

The following quote is from this news article: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/holocaust-survivor-irving-roth-to-tell-his-story-in-helena/article_f05dd6c0-f98f-531f-9939-cb0eb151af16.html

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By July and August 1941, the Nazis [had] rounded up Jewish men, women and children in Poland and Western Russia, he [Roth] said.

Many [Jews] were ordered into ditches and shot. [Roth said]

“This is too costly,” Roth recounted the Nazis’ discussions. “Every Jew takes five bullets to kill.” [the Nazis said]

That’s when some Germans came up with a more efficient method of murder — the death camps. Running gas chambers and crematoriums around the clock, they [some Germans] killed 6 millions Jews.

“The next chapter is winding up in a cattle car,” he said, and being shipped to Auschwitz and later Buchenwald.

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November 20, 2016

Defending my blog posts about Schindler’s list

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:18 am
Amon Goeth stand on the balcony in the rear of his house

Amon Goeth standing on the patio in the rear of his house

Over the years, I have written several blog posts about the movie entitled Schindler’s List.  Before that, I wrote about Schindler’s List on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/Kazimierz01C.html

Now the subject of Schindler’s List has come up in a recent comment on my blog, written by a newb who knows nothing.

To understand the movie Schinder’s List, start by reading this blog post which I wrote five years ago in 2011: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/schindlers-list-the-movie-is-fiction-fiction-fiction-part-2/

Then move on to a blog post, which I wrote in 2010: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/did-oskar-schindler-save-1200-jews-from-certain-death/

I am now 83 years old, and literally on my death bed. I don’t want to spend the last years of my life arguing about whether, or not, Amon Goeth shot Jews from his second-floor balcony or from a spot on the ground in the rear of his house.

In 1998, I made a trip to Poland, accompanied by a tour guide, who took me to see the house where Amon Goeth was living when he allegedly shot prisoners from his balcony. The balcony, and the patio, are both at the rear of the house. Did Amon Goeth have a special rifle that could shoot over the house and hit prisoners who were working in the camp, a mile away?  I don’t think so.

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