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June 1, 2011

Why are there still 50,000 American soldiers in Germany?

Filed under: Germany — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:05 am

I heard on a TV show that there are still 50,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Germany.  Why is Germany still occupied?

When World War II ended, the US government made a film which instructed the American soldiers on how they were to treat the Germans.  You can see this film on YouTube.

Holocaust survivor who was tattooed with a “B for Birkenau”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:22 am

When 82-year-old Holocaust survivor Ben Midler recently gave a talk to a sixth grade class in Del Mar Heights, CA,  the students asked to see his tattoo. According to a news article in the Del Mar Times, which you can read here,

“Without hesitating, Midler showed them his left forearm bearing the number “B-2433” — “B” for Birkenau.”

Numbers starting with the letter B were first used at Birkenau in May 1944 when the Hungarian Jews were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  The first tattoo numbers used for the Hungarian Jews started with the letter A, but when the numbers reached A-20,000, a new series of numbers, beginning with the letter B, was started, but only for male prisoners.  According to the USHMM, “some 15,000 men received B series tattoos.”  The women continued to receive numbers starting with the letter A, up to 30,000.   (more…)