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January 20, 2015

big celebration to mark the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago on January 27th

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:20 pm
Prisoners marching out of Auschwitz after the camp was liberated

Prisoners marching out of Auschwitz after the camp was liberated

Today, I read a blog post that showed the photo above, which I also have on my website on this page:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Liberation2.html

This quote is from my website page which shows the photo above:

The photograph above shows some of the 5,800 Birkenau survivors, most of whom look like well-fed Polish peasants, walking out of the camp shortly after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. In the background you can see the wooden barracks buildings, with windows under the roof, and the posts of the barbed wire fence. These survivors are walking along the interior camp road that bisects the Birkenau camp from north to south, connecting the women’s camp with the new section of Birkenau, known as “Mexico.” This is a still picture taken from the Soviet movie which is shown at the beginning of the tour at the Auschwitz Museum.

The tall, skinny guy wearing an arm band is Dr. Otto Wolken, a medical doctor in the Birkenau Quarantine camp, who stayed behind to help his fellow prisoners when the Birkenau camp was evacuated. He was the first witness to testify at the Auschwitz Trial, held by the German government in Frankfurt between 1963 and 1965.

Excuse me, but I don’t think that this photo is suitable to illustrate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.  Surely, there are better photos which could illustrate how the prisoners at Auschwitz were humiliated, beaten, starved, and gassed to death.

Holocaust denial is an International Thought Crime

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:20 am

Be careful what you say about the Holocaust, lest you be renditioned to Israel for trial as a Holocaust denier.

I was not aware that Israel’s laws apply to everyone in the world.  I learned about this just today when I read the article on this page on the Inconvenient History website:

http://inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2014/volume_6/number_4/quo_vadis_revisionism.php

This quote is from the article, written by the late Joseph P. Bellinger:

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International Thought Crime

Israel may have assumed the lead in enacting Holocaust denial legislation when the nation enacted a “Global Holocaust Deniers” bill in the Knesset on July 20, 2004. This unprecedented law outlawed “Holocaust denial” even if committed overseas or outside of Israeli territory and was passed by unanimous vote. In theory, the law would enable the state of Israel to demand the extradition of any individual overseas for “Holocaust denial.”

The bill was drafted by Knesset member Aryeh Eldad of the National Union party as a counterthrust against former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas for a doctoral dissertation he had authored twenty years prior in which he estimated that less than one million Jews had perished at the hands of the Nazis.10

In effect, the bill provides for any Holocaust denier to be prosecuted in Israel. Eldad has reasoned, “What I want is that if a Holocaust denier publishes a book in England, he will be considered a criminal in Israel.” Apparently there will be no amnesty for such deniers even if they should change their opinions. “Once a denier, always a denier.”11

Justice Minister Tommy Lapid seconded that denying the Holocaust “is a neo-Nazi crime.  Anyone involved in this belongs to the group of criminals whom our arm must reach anywhere in the world…We will not hunt them, but they should know that they are on our list of criminals. I am very satisfied and happy that this will be entering our law books.”12

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Is there some International law, that I don’t know about, which gives the country of Israel the right to decide what is truth and what is fiction?

Is there anything else in the entire history of the world, except the Holocaust, that citizens in any country in the world are forbidden, by Israel, to dispute?

You can read about Auschwitz and the Holocaust on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01.html