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July 14, 2015

the tower of faces at the USHMM brings tears to the eyes of a Jewish visitor

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:44 am
Photo wall at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is 3 stories high

Photo wall at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is three stories high. It shows photos of Lithuanian Jews.

The following quote is from the website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum:

This three-story tower [shown in the photo above] displays photographs from the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection. Taken between 1890 and 1941 in Eishishok, a small town in what is now Lithuania, the photographs depict a vibrant Jewish community that existed for 900 years. In 1941, an SS mobile killing squad entered the village and within two days massacred the Jewish population.–US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The poor, unfortunate Lithanian Jews! Why was everyone so mean to them?  I wrote about the Lithuanian Jews on these blog posts:

Today I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the news article cited above:

An otherwise emotionally reserved person, it took me only about 15 minutes before I broke into tears at the Holocaust museum in D.C., staring at the tower of faces.

I almost broke into tears myself when I saw the “tower of faces.”  These are family photos, many of them color photos, that were taken more than 75 years ago. They should not be put up three stories high, where no one can get a close look at them. The photos have nothing to do with the Holocaust. These photos of part of another story, which is about the Lithuanian Jews.

The following quote is also from the news article:

I know the scale of the mass extermination of Europe’s population of Jews, Roma, and other “asocial” groups. In classes spanning from elementary school to now my undergraduate degree I have learned the dehumanizing and horrifying acts committed by the Nazis during this time.

So those mean ole Nazis exterminated the Roma and other “asocial” groups?  The writer should have explained the term “asocial.”

The Nazis used the term asocial as a catch-all term for vagrants, bums, prostitutes, hobos, perverts, alcoholics who were living on the streets, or anyone who didn’t have a permanent address. Asocial prisoners were not sent to Auschwitz, AFAIK. Asocials were sent to Dachau or other similar camps, where they had to wear a black badge.

The “work-shy,” or those who were arrested because they refused to work, also wore a black badge.  Before 1942, Gypsy men (Roma) wore a black triangle; they were arrested and imprisoned for being asocial because they didn’t have a permanent address, or for being “work-shy” because they were not employed.

Every male citizen in Nazi Germany, who was capable of working, was required to take a job and they were not allowed to quit their job without permission. Gypsy women (Roma) were arrested under the asocial category if they were prostitutes.

This quote is also from the news article:

The gas chamber [in the main Auschwitz camp] the tour guide led us through, where two thousand people where exterminated at a time, could have been a basement, and the crematorium beside it could have been used for baking bread.

Please, please people, use your heads!  If two thousand people were “exterminated at a time,” where were the bodies kept while they were burned a few at a time in the ovens in the crematorium?

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp (click on the photo to enlarge)

Ovens right next to the door into the gas chamber on the right

Ovens right next to the door into the gas chamber on the right

My photo above shows two of the ovens in the crematorium, right next to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. It would have taken a long time to burn 2,000 bodies in these ovens, which were small enough to bake bread.

This final quote is from the news article:

The scale and destruction of the Holocaust are the principle focus of Holocaust education and remembrance, which is important for us to understand what happened, but it also allows us to separate the perpetrators from humanity and the event itself from reality. It’s easy to see it as an event that happened in the past, outside of ourselves, in black and white.


  1. Okay. The pictures have absolutely Dick to do with the holocaust. Why is this in the “holocaust” museum? The exhibit is,3 stories high. WTF ! How are people supposed to see the pics at the top? They could have pics of Felix the Cat,Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody and Henny Youngman up there. Nobody can see them,so what difference would it make. Do the Hebs running the museum have a story or can direct us to where we can find one,of each picture? This is probably more made up BS by the jews. If they want each picture to mean something,they’re gonna have to put a face to it (no pun intended). That’s the only way to make these pics personal with the common visitor. This guy that started crying a river,could’ve been boo hooing over a picture of Uncle Miltie. Nobody would know,cause you can’t see up that high.
    Here’s one that’s always bothered me about them burning the bodies up. The human body burns up at about 1600 to 1800 degrees. At least that’s what they claim. Steel melts at 2500 degrees. You’re gonna have to find a steady source of energy to maintain either of those temperatures. Not only that,but you’re gonna have to keep the flames going 24/7. If they run 9 to 5, it’s gonna take them forever to get the temps up when they open for business in the morning. The only thing I can come up with is natural gas. You ain’t gonna be able to maintain high temps like that using wood.

    Comment by Tim — July 14, 2015 @ 7:55 pm

  2. A famous Lithuanian Jew who survived the Kaunas ghetto for three years then went after the war to live in England is “Lord ” Joseph Kagan. He became a millionaire and owned several mills in the Industrial city of Bradford. He was keen on importing cheap labour from Pakistan for his mills. He was given a title by his friend the Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. He fell from grace however and was convicted on four counts of theft.
    All his manufacturing mills are now closed however, and his legacy is 1/4 million Pakistanis living in Bradford,half of whom live on welfare .,_Baron_Kagan

    Comment by peter — July 14, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

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