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September 14, 2012

Don’t use photos of children with chubby cheeks when attacking Holocaust denial

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:40 pm

The photo below was used by the online UK newspaper The Telegraph to illustrate a news article with this headline:  Iran diplomatic coup backfires as Ban Ki-Moon attacks Holocaust denial

Young survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

This quote is from the news article in the online newspaper The Telegraph:

As heads of states and delegates from the 120 members of the Non-aligned Movement looked on, Mr Ban (Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General) denounced Iran for its “outrageous” comments denying the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist.

I strongly reject any threat by any [UN] member state to destroy another, or outrageous comments to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust,” he said.

“Claiming another UN member state does not have the right to exist or describe it in racist terms is not only utterly wrong but undermines the very principles we have all promised to uphold.”

It is hard to find suitable photos of the survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, but that is no excuse for using photos like the photo above, or the two photos below, which were taken by the Soviets after they liberated the camp in January, 1945.  It is a well-known “historical fact” that children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed upon arrival. Those who were allowed to live were starved to death, or tortured by Dr. Mengele (the Angel of Death) who did horrible experiments on them. So that is why photos like the one above, which shows children with chubby cheeks, should not be used when attacking Holocaust denial.  Especially this photo should not be used because the children in the Auschwitz camp wore their own clothes, not the striped adult uniforms that they are wearing in these photos.

Child survivors marching out of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau show their tattoos

The only suitable photo, that I have been able to find is the one below, showing a young boy being carried by Soviet doctors.

Auschwitz survivor being cared for by Soviet doctors

Nor should photos of old women, marching out of Auschwitz-Birkenau, be shown in news articles attacking Holocaust denial.  Old people were immediately gassed upon arrival, another well-known “historical fact.”

Old woman with a cane, walking out of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp