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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/

 

 

6 Comments »

  1. The orchestra was playing it’s a small small world.
    Walt Disney song.

    Comment by jrizoli — March 6, 2016 @ 11:49 am

  2. Steve Richardson is a Jew. There’s a picture of him with the article. I wonder if all the workshop participants will be Jewish? Also interesting that the guy from the UK was selected by the Spielberg Foundation in California. What a racket.

    Comment by Carolyn Yeager — November 27, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

  3. Just had a quick look at the ushmm site. First sentence: ‘The Holocaust is one of the best documented events in history’
    Well ain’t that a relief!!.

    Comment by greg — November 27, 2014 @ 12:21 am

    • Easy to say ‘the Holocaust is one of the best documented events in history’ when you’ve labelled the most minor anti-Jewish measures implemented by the Third Reich parts of the “Holocaust”, when you claim that the Nazis used code words & euphemisms in their own documents (so turning any inocuous document into “a documentary proof of the Holocaust”), when you’ve labelled any testimony supporting the extermination thesis “a document”, and when any Jew dying of any cause in Europe during WW2 is regarded as “a Holocaust victim”.

      ‘The Holocaust is one the best documented events in history’ depends on your definition of the “Holocaust” and the academic evidential standards for that topic.

      If the alleged extermination of Europe’s Jews during WW2 was as well documented as alleged, there wouldn’t be any debate between intentionalist and functionalist “Holocaust believers” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functionalism_versus_intentionalism).

      Comment by hermie — November 27, 2014 @ 4:25 am

  4. Four days…it didn’t take much longer than that to gas and cremate hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews, right? And luckily the coal on hand was enough to fuel the ovens.

    Comment by eah — November 25, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

  5. The 70 th anniversary will be a massive media fest with a weeks worth of TV programs dedicated to the “liberation of Auschwitz” . I think I might take some holiday then….far away .

    Comment by peter — November 25, 2014 @ 5:59 am


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