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April 10, 2013

Where was Barak Obama on Holocaust Remembrance Day?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:26 am

As far as I can determine, President Obama did not show up in person at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC to pay his respects, inside the Hall of Remembrance, to the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The following quote is from this website:

President Barack Obama, who visited Yad Vashem on his trip to Israel last month, issued a statement saying the day offered a chance to remember the “beautiful lives lost” and to “pay tribute to all those who resisted the Nazis’ heinous acts and all those who survived.”

Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, thinks that his visit to Yad Vashem last month takes care of his responsibility to “pay tribute” in person at our Holocaust Museum in the nation’s capitol on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

I previously blogged about Obama’s statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January 2012 here.

The photo below shows the 14th Street entrance into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; there is another entrance, on the other side of the building on 15th Street.

Entrance to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Entrance to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

On the ground floor of the Museum, there is a lighted glass stripe, which cuts across the floor of the Hall of Witness. The stripe is at a slight angle, as is everything in the Hall of Witness. Nothing is lined up straight with the walls; everything is out of kilter so that you get the subtle suggestion that something is not quite right here. The stairs to the second floor, at one end of the Hall of Witness, look like a ladder in a picture which appears to be smaller at the top.

The Hall of Witness is shown in the photo below.

The Hall of Witness inside the USHMM

The Hall of Witness inside the USHMM

At the top of the stairs in the Hall of Witness is a gentle arch which is an exact duplicate of the arch over the doorway of the brick gatehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The photo below shows the “Gate of Death” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, through which the trains, carrying the Hungarian Jews, rolled into the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

Gentle arch over the gate into the Birkenau death camp

Gentle arch over the gate into the Birkenau death camp

The Hungarian Jews are important in the Holocaust saga because 400,000 of them were gassed in only 10 weeks time. The railroad line was extended into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, right up to the gas chambers.  Most of the famous Holocaust survivors today are Hungarian Jews, who managed to escape the gas chambers.  Each survivor has his or her own story of how they beat the system and lived to write a book, documenting the horror.

The USHMM has permanent exhibits, which begin on the fourth floor and continue down to the third floor, then down to the second floor where the exit leads visitors into the Hall of Remembrance. Visitors must take an elevator to the fourth floor, where the first thing they see when the elevator door opens is a giant photo of bodies that were burned on railroad ties.  This photo purportedly proves that the evil Nazis burned Jews alive at Ohrdruf, which was the first camp seen by American soldiers.

The photo below shows the six-sided Hall of Remembrance, where ceremonies are held in honor of the 6 million who died in the Holocaust.

The Hall of Remembrance at the USHMM

The Hall of Remembrance at the USHMM

The 6,000 square-foot Hall of Remembrance, shown in the photo above, is on the second floor of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC at the end of the tour of the permanent exhibit. The room has 6 sides which represent the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, and the 6-pointed Star of David, which is the Jewish emblem.

The 6 walls of the Hall of Remembrance have black marble panels, engraved with the names of the major concentration camps in Poland and Germany. The 6 death camps, where the Jews were gassed, are on a separate panel. The six death camps were Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Trebkinka,  Auschwitz and Majdanek.

The Hall is three stories high and there is a 6-sided skylight at the top. The floor of the Hall of Remembrance is polished marble in a hexagonal pattern.

Six-sided skylight at the top of the Hall of Remembrance

Six-sided skylight at the top of the Hall of Remembrance

As you enter the Hall of Remembrance, the first thing you see is a rectangular block of black marble, topped by an eternal flame, as shown in the photo below. There are no real windows in the room but shafts of light are provided by narrow glass-covered slits at the four exterior corners of the building.

The altar topped by an eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance

The altar topped by an eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance

The photograph above shows a closeup of the black marble block, evocative of a coffin, which contains dirt from 38 of the concentration camps in Europe. The dirt was brought to America in urns, like those used by the Nazis for the ashes of the victims who were cremated, and in a touching ceremony, the dirt was deposited inside the block by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.

Dirt from a cemetery in Europe, where American soldiers are buried, was also included, in honor of the American liberators of the Dachau, Buchenwald and Mauthausen concentration camps.

The black marble panel on the wall behind the eternal flame has this inscription: “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

On the other side of the Hall, opposite the eternal flame, are two speaker’s stands, one on each side, resembling two pulpits in a church. It is from one of these stands that the President of the United States would have delivered his speech if he had gone to the Hall on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

As you might have guessed by now, the number 6 is of great importance in the story of the Holocaust. After the Jewish population of Palestine reached the magic number of 600,000, the country of Israel was born in 1948.

8 Comments

  1. This started out as a good article asking what did Obama do on Holocaust Remembrance Day? He did not take part in any commemorations that I know of, and I am GLAD he didn’t. If you had continued on about the history of these “Days,” what took place on them since 1982 and how it has changed, it would have been of great interest. But the article turned into just another description of the interior of the US Holocaust Museum, something you have written about before with the same pictures.

    How many times do we need to read about this fake museum without any meaningful critical commentary? I realize it is your blog to do as you wish, and I know you think readers will do their own critical thinking, but they usually don’t. I would like to see a tougher approach taken to these subjects, not so much a repetition of the official account (6 million, etc.) over and over. This article makes people want to go the museum and see it for themselves, rather than pointing out that everything there is fake and is not worth seeing. Maudlin stuff like “handfuls of dirt from 38 concentration camps deposited inside a black marble block by Jewish survivors” with an eternal flame on top is something ridiculous that insults our intelligence. We should say so!

    They have instituted their “Fear of Offending the Jews” in order to prevent us from expressing our real feelings and opinions. This is the Number One thing we have to “get over” and quit going along with … because it’s the Number One thing they use to keep their scam going. And don’t you agree it’s a scam?

    Comment by Carolyn Yeager — April 12, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    • You wrote: “Maudlin stuff like “handfuls of dirt from 38 concentration camps deposited inside a black marble block by Jewish survivors” with an eternal flame on top is something ridiculous that insults our intelligence. We should say so!”

      Your reaction to my photos of the black marble block was exactly what I was striving for. You have your style and I have mine. My style is to write facetiously and let readers think for themselves. Meanwhile, the True Believers do not catch on, at least not at first, so my blog posts are not seen as disrespecting the Holocaust religion on one of that religion’s holiest days.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 12, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      • I should like to point out that I showed a photo of the Hall of Witness, a stolen photo, since photos are only allowed in the Hall of Remembrance. I included this photo because I wanted to make my readers aware of just how stupid the US Holocaust Memorial Museum really is. I did not want to disrespect the Museum, which is in our nation’s Capitol after all. In this case, seeing is disbelieving.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 12, 2013 @ 10:28 am

        • Picture-taking is not allowed in the Hall of Witness? That’s interesting. In that big open room how are they going to stop it? I notice a couple of guards at the top of the stairway; they didn’t stop you though. Do you know why there is that distinction between the two Halls?

          [When I was touring the Cecilienhof in Potsdam, they said no picture-taking. But I wanted a picture of the big round conference table in the room where the “Big 3” sat, so when no one was in there, I took a couple. They came out real well and I was glad I did.]

          You do know that most people don’t read as much as they just look at the pictures. Maybe you could be more facetious in the captions, which everyone reads.

          Well, I would like to know when “our government” stopped participating in a commemoration event in Washington DC. I couldn’t find that anything like that took place this year. Congress mandated that the USHMM would lead the commemoration each year. That would be a good project for someone to research. Maybe the USHMM feel it does them more harm than good now. 🙂 Overkill and all that. Or they couldn’t get enough people to show up, LOL.

          Comment by Carolyn Yeager — April 12, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

      • Well, you know, more people disrespecting the Holo religion on their “holy days” is just what I want to happen. It’s all part of breaking the spell.

        I will say, though, that your photographs are very good and also helpful. It does come across that the USHMM has an unhealthy “place of worship” air about it. More on that would be good.

        Comment by Carolyn Yeager — April 12, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    • Wake up woman ! Barry wasn’t there ,because he hates Jews . Unless you’re one of kool aid drinkers. Okay. You don’t want rememberance day. Fine,I’ll go along with that,but you gotta put something back on my plate.
      Ditch “black history month”, along with cinco de mayo. All I hear outta the liberal blacks,is how badly they got f**ked (sorry. Barry don’t count. He don’t like blacks either. Chairman Mao,that’s his boy)! Tell you what. I say the slavery days “did not” exist. Lets go with that. Sorry slick. I think it was a hoax myself. Hell. Truth be told you’re probably sitting in the “muslim cheering section”. You want “savages?” That’s them. Lets wipe them from the face of the planet. It’s demonstrable, we could get rid of a s**tload of dead weight there. Jews are ruining everything. Look to red china and the Saudis for that one. You wanna say the Jews control the banks here? Try the Chinese . We’re leveraged to the max when it comes to those yellow bastards. Oh yeah. “Fear of offending Jews “. Please. You’re killing me here. Wake up. Look around. It’s “fear of offending the blacks”. Yeah the blacks. Oh yeah. I got plenty of evidence for that one. I don’t hear the jews crying about being mistreated and how they are “owed something”. However everytime you turn around you got al sharpton and his bi**h Jesse Jackson crying like little girls. At least Jesse Jackson . Al sharpton butchers the English language so badly,I can’t understand half of what he’s talking about. If nothing happened,then why did all these little nazi girls flee when they knew they were finished? In hiding like scared rats. Innocent people don’t run.

      Comment by Tim — July 22, 2014 @ 2:17 am

  2. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, I had a barbecue with my friends.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — April 11, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    • Great news story. Clearly, Israeli Jews don’t take the ‘caust or Shoah as reverently as they want us to. Like with everything they push on the “Goyim,” it’s for our consumption, not theirs. They have seen up-close and personal all those creepy survivors in their small country, and therefore can’t bring up much respect for them. But they do remember to say, “My grandmother was a holocaust survivor” in order to put themselves on a higher plane, above criticism.

      Comment by Carolyn Yeager — April 12, 2013 @ 9:18 am


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