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January 10, 2012

“Courage to Remember” or courage to put up a disengenuous exhibit?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:24 am

The traveling exhibit called Courage to Remember is now being shown in Vermont, according to the Manchester Journal.

I’m confused about the title of this exhibit: Why does it take courage to remember the Holocaust?  A person can go to prison for 5 years or more for denying the Holocaust, but will anything bad happen to a person who remembers the Holocaust?

I previously blogged about the Courage to Remember Holocaust exhibit here.  The photo below was included in my previous post.

A poster in the Courage to Remember traveling exhibit

The headline on the poster above is “The Jewish Question.”  The text on this poster does not explain the meaning of the term “Jewish Question.”  I wrote about “The Jewish Question” in a previous post which you can read here.  It would have taken some courage to put the real meaning of “The Jewish Question” on a poster in this exhibit, and to put the full version of the photo below in the exhibit.

Photo in the exhibit which has been cropped

The iconic photo below is included in the Courage to Remember exhibit with a caption which says that the people in the photo are “on the way to the gas chamber.”

Photo from Auschwitz-Birkenau in the exhibit

How does this photo show that the people in the photo are “on their way to the gas chamber?” Did the SS men at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp really allow women and children to walk to the gas chamber with only a photographer as an escort?  It takes courage to remember that most of the survivors, who are out on the lecture circuit today, were children under the age of 15 when they were sent to Auschwitz, but for some reason, they were not sent to the gas chamber.