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November 24, 2014

4 day workshop at Auschwitz in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:30 am
Old women who were liberated at Auschwitz

Old women who were liberated at Auschwitz by Soviet soldiers on Jan. 27, 1945

Young children who were liberated from the Auschwitz death camp

Young children who were liberated from the Auschwitz death camp

Old women and young children were gassed and burned at Auschwitz, but for some reason, the Jews in the two  photos above survived and were liberated by the Soviet Union on January 27, 1945. (the photos are still photos from a movie made by the Soviets)

You can read a news article about a workshop that will be conducted at Auschwitz here.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

The workshop is being run as part of Auschwitz: The Past is Present, a global project to support the official observance of the 70th largest concentration camp complex of its kind established by the Nazi regime.

So there were 69 other concentration camp complexes established by the Nazis before the Auschwitz main camp was opened in 1940?  Or did the reporter who wrote this story get mixed up?  This is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

The photo below is used to illustrate the news article.

Photo shows what the Auschwitz II camp looks like today

Photo shows what the Auschwitz II camp looks like today

My photo below shows what Auschwitz-Birkenau actually looks like today.

My 2005 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau

This quote is from the beginning of the news article:

Begin quote:

A teacher from The Ripley Academy is one of 25 from across the world to be chosen to support the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Steve Richardson will travel to Poland to take part in a four-day workshop designed to increase the understanding of the country before, during and after the Holocaust.

He is the only teacher from the UK to have been given a place and will be joined by teachers from 11 different countries, including the USA, Australia, Rwanda, Finland, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

The workshop is being run as part of Auschwitz: The Past is Present, a global project to support the official observance of the 70th largest concentration camp complex of its kind established by the Nazi regime.

Mr Richardson was chosen to take part by the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education.

During the workshop, he will work with a website called IWitness which brings together testimonies from survivors and witnesses of genocide, including the Holocaust.

End quote

Note that the news article informs us that this workshop will include “survivors and witnesses of genocide, including the Holocaust.” In my humble opinion, I don’t think that Rwanda and other genocides should be lumped in with  the Holocaust.

I wrote about this in a previous blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/rwanda/