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September 30, 2011

If you can’t get to a Holocaust Museum, the Museum will come to you…

Filed under: California, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:34 pm

Sacramento is one of the few large cities in the world that does not have its own Holocaust Museum, but not to worry: a traveling exhibit called “The Courage to Remember” will be at California State University Sacramento until November 4, 2011.  It is one of three identical exhibits, based on the exhibit with the same name in the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. These three exhibits will be traveling around California for a year, courtesy of the Foundation of California which received a grant from SNCF (French railway company). The exhibit, which has its own website, consists of 200 photos arranged on 42 panels.  The traveling exhibition was first made available to schools and libraries in California in 1991.

I went to see the exhibit at CSUS today.  Just as I expected, there were a few controversial photos in the exhibit.

The most controversial photo in The Courage to Remember exhibit is the famous photo shown below.  The photo shows a soldier shooting at something that is beyond the woman standing near him, holding a child.  Two rifles can be seen on the far left in the photo, which indicates that there were at least two other soldiers also shooting.

Soldier shown in World War II photo

Did the exhibit really show the photo above?  No, of course not.  The photo in the exhibit was the cropped version shown below.  In this version of the photo, it appears that the soldier is aiming at a woman holding a child, ready to blow her head off.  What is the purpose of cropping this photo to make it appear that soldiers were shooting women and children?  There oughta be a law against this!

Same photo, but cropped to show soldier shooting at a woman holding a child

Controversial photo in Courage to Remember exhibit

Another controversial photo that is shown in the exhibit is the famous photo of the little boy with his hands up. This caption in the exhibit is “Women and children surrender after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is suppressed in May 1943.”

The photo above is from the photo album of Jürgen Stroop, the Commander of the SS troops who put down the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. In spite of the fact that the photo above is included in the Stroop Report, which was compiled during April and May, 1943, it was identified by Holocaust survivor Tsvi C. Nussbaum as a photo taken on July 13, 1943 in front of the Hotel Polski on the Aryan side of the Warsaw ghetto, where some Jews had been living as Gentiles. Nussbaum claims that he is the seven-year-old boy in the photo and that the woman on his left is his aunt.

One of the exhibit panels, with the title “Systematic Mass Murder 1942 – 1945,” has a photo of some Dachau prisoners shoving a corpse into one of the ovens in the Dachau crematorium.  This is a posed photo, taken by the American military at Dachau, after the camp was liberated.  The corpse in the photo is a dummy which was used to illustrate how the bodies were put into the ovens.  It is implied in the exhibit that burning the corpses proves “systematic mass murder” at Dachau.

Photo similar to the one shown in the exhibit

An exhibit panel with the title “Liberation, Unmasking unspeakable horrors” has the famous photo, shown below, of  a British soldier driving a bulldozer which is shoving naked bodies into mass graves.

British soldier driving a bulldozer at Bergen-Belsen

British soldier driving a bulldozer at Bergen-Belsen

On the same exhibit panel is a photo with the caption: “SS guards and Kapos captured at Bergen-Belsen, April 1945.”  What is not explained is that these SS guards had volunteered to stay at the camp to help the British after the Bergen-Belsen camp was voluntarily turned over them by Heinrich Himmler on April 15, 1945.  They were “captured” after the British broke their agreement with the Germans; the SS men had not volunteered to help the British with the understanding that they would be “captured” and put on trial as war criminals.

You can read about the SS guards who were “captured” on my website here.

Famous photo of woman and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

The photo above, which is probably the most famous photograph of the Holocaust, shows a woman and children walking down a road inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

This photo is shown in The Courage to Remember exhibit with a caption which says that the woman and children are “on the way to the gas chambers.”  The photo is on a panel which has the title “Auschwitz-Birkenau, Half Hell and Half Lunatic Asylum.”  I don’t understand this title, but maybe it means that anyone, who thinks this photo proves that there were gas chambers at Auschwitz, belongs in a lunatic asylum.

On an exhibit panel with the title Theresienstadt, the “Model Ghetto” there is a black and white close-up photo of a sign that reads “Arbeit Macht Frei” with the caption: “Work makes Freedom” the cynical sign at Theresienstadt, 1943.  The problem is that this sign was not on the Theresienstadt Ghetto where the Jews were sent.  The sign was on the gate into the Little Fortress, a prison for political prisoners that was near the Ghetto.  My photo below shows the gate into the Little Fortress.

Arbeit macht Frei sign was on the gate into the Little Fortress, not the gate into the Theresienstadt Ghetto

Another panel in the exhibit has the title “The Deadly Philosophy, Racial Purity.”  Correct me if I am wrong, but haven’t the Jews tried to keep their race pure for 5,000 years?  On this exhibit panel is a photo taken at Auschwitz, which is shown below.

Photo of a Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele was doing research at Auschwitz-Birkenau to determine the heredity involved in producing a race with deformities, so as to keep the German ethnic group free of deformities. Was that so wrong?

The photo below is shown in the exhibit on a panel with the title “The Reich Expands 1938.”  The subtitle is “Jews forced to clean the streets of Vienna 1938.”  The caption of the photo reads “Jewish men and women were forced to scrub the streets on their knees while many Viennese cheered.”

Photo in The Courage to Remember exhibit

In the exhibit, the photo is cropped so as NOT to show the soldiers in the background.  This photograph also hangs in the USHMM; it shows Jews being forced to scrub Schuschnigg’s Fatherland Front slogans off the sidewalks of Vienna after the Anschluss.  Would it have killed the organizers of the exhibit to explain what is really going on in this photo?

Was there anything in the exhibit that met with my approval?  Yes, there was a photo taken in the courtyard at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria which had this caption:  “Mass delousing of Mauthausen inmates during a typhus epidemic in 1941.”  The usual story told about Mauthausen is that the prisoners were forced to stand naked in the courtyard in order to kill them by freezing them to death.  The photo is shown below.

Prisoners in the courtyard at Mauthausen

Photos of the exhibit at CSUS are shown below.

The Courage to Remember exhibit

One of the 42 panels in the Courage to Remember exhibit

Poster at the entrance to the exhibit


  1. I cant belive this crap im reading! Why the hell are you defending the natzis? They killed millions of innocent people. Most who hadnt even lived a proper life yet! And that photo of a soldier shooting a woman and child. .. hes obviously aiming at her!

    Comment by elaine — September 5, 2013 @ 9:53 am

  2. You people are a joke ,that’s all . No one really takes you serious. You have your annual deniers meeting in Iran or wherever , and who are the guests?. The nutter Muslims, the KKK, and so on. Yes go on believing what you will—that dwarf and that old lady with the kids in Auschwitz are really going on their way to work, to do honest labor for the Reich that only wanted fair play for all. There’s always been people who think the world’s flat, women who pull their shirts up to show their breasts and people who hate others and have a neurotic compulsion to display it.

    Comment by Michael Rajczyk — August 6, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  3. The top photo of the alleged German soldier shooting a mother holding her child is a very poorly executed hoax. I regret posting a link to a Holocaust revisionist website, but the author exhibits excellent critical analysis of the photo, which mirrors my own conclusions. I am a 5-year IDF veteran, Israeli, and grandson of Auschwitz survivors, but I am an empiricist first, and as much as I’d like a striking and heartbreaking photo like this to be a real symbol of the Holocaust, this is nothing remotely close. The three biggest giveaways that it’s a fake are first, the orientation of the rifle barrels and gaze of the soldier. Second, the uniform is not German – it’s Soviet Red Army, circa WWII: ( Third, this is part of a larger photo showing additional elements, including 2 more rifles pointing beyond the woman and civilians in front of the woman, plus a body behind her and the soldier slumped backward, meaning it was shot from the far right hand side of the photo.

    Here is the link to a magnified original photo plus the critical analysis:

    Comment by Guy Lev-Raz — April 18, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    • I’m used to hate Tsahal because it is the spearhead of Zionism. A bunch of brainwashed people.
      Like most Jews. But I found exceptions like David Cole and the followers of Neturai Karta. Although the one of NK I chat with, couldn’t disbelieve Holocaust, he was open to discuss. Then NK organized Shoak-themed demonstrations in Israel to mock the Holocaust as it tends to be a new Jewish religion (The Jewish People is Godly. The People died in the ovens of WW2 to resurrect few years as the Nation of Israel.) I’m convinced that the NK was behind the graffitis on Yad Vashem.
      Why Israel want to enrol the West for a war against Iran ?
      Iran must be destroyed because its government is siding openly with Revisionism.
      The Holocaust belief is the cement for Israel. Attack the cement and the walls of the Fortress willl crumble like those of Jericho. Besides, the Wailing Wall isn’t part of the former temple, but a remnant of the former adjacent Roman fortress Antonina.

      But here, you are an IDF veteran who question the facts that you were fed.
      Therefore, I must salute you.

      Shalom !

      Comment by Stephen Harper — July 25, 2012 @ 4:44 am

  4. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum displays very disturbing pictures as well.

    Warning: Very Graphic.

    Nazi children beat to death an innocent lady, with the encouragements of complicit bystanders.

    Nazi policemen rejoice over the “special treatment” of a child.

    This Nazi sniper aims to kill this child and his mother with a single bullet.

    Nazi elite troops have torn the arms of this poor kid while he was still alive.
    All these crimes were the consequence of hate speeches by fevered supremacists, like this one.

    Never forget!

    Comment by Eager for Answers — September 30, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  5. When I was in Bucharest in 2004 I was lucky enough to catch a traveling Holocaust photo exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The curators had added their own display furniture, a cart with gunny sacks and some other old tools and stuff to add that extra note of forced labor exhaustion to the exhibit. I had to buy a ticket to get it to that one, but there were two other free Holocaust photo shows up at the same time in two synagogues I toured. I had a heck of a Holocaust Holiday there and met some swell folks who showed me the famous abattoir on Splaiul Unirii where the Iron Guard supposedly marched 200 Jews up a cattle ramp on their hands and knees and clubbed and butchered them and left the bodies hanging on hooks stamped “Kosher meat.” You can’t top that!

    Comment by who+dares+wings — September 30, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

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