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January 3, 2016

Nazi field of dreams is in decay

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

You can read a recent news article about the Nazi field of dreams at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nuremberg-germanys-dilemma-over-the-nazis-field-of-dreams-a6793276.html

The news article has the headline shown below.

 Nuremberg: Germany’s dilemma over the Nazis’ field of dreams

The “field of dreams” was the Zeppelin field in Nuremberg.

This historic site was the first place that I visited when I started traveling, after I had retired.

The speaker's stand at the Zeppelin field where Hitler gave his speeches to large crowds of people

The speaker’s stand at the Zeppelin field where Hitler gave his speeches to large crowds of people

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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Just a few feet behind the infamous “Führer’s Rostrum”, [shown in my photo above] from which Adolf Hitler delivered virulently anti-Semitic sermons to vast crowds of hypnotised, adoring Germans, the Nazi leader’s once pristine propaganda tribune is covered with steel netting. Signs warn “Danger of collapse!” and “Enter At Your Own Risk”.

Opposite, the concrete terraces of the so-called “Zeppelinfeld” arena once provided seating for 200,000 Nazi faithful. Huge swastika banners fluttered from its surrounding towers. Today the arena is cracked and carpeted with acres of brown grass, litter and filth. It is crumbling so fast that it is entirely fenced off from the public.

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Zeppelin field in Nuremberg

The speaker’s stand where Hitler gave many speeches to huge crowds

The Zeppelin field as it looked in 1995

The Zeppelin field as it looked in 1995 when I took these photos

The museum at the Zeppelin field

The museum at the Zeppelin field

Sculpture in front of Museum

Sculpture in front of Museum

Workers tearing down part of the grandstand

Workers tearing down part of the grandstand

 

 This quote is from the news article:
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Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria, is known for its Meistersinger and an idyllic Christmas market dating from the Middle Ages, but it is most famous for the gigantic and disturbingly overbearing rally grounds which helped to fuel the Nazi movement. The rally site included a parade ground the size of 12 football pitches, a two-mile-long “Great Way” paved with 6,000 granite blocks for mass stormtrooper marches, a congress hall the size of London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the remains of a gigantic tribune with ceilings decorated with golden stars and Nazi swastikas.
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You can read about the history of Nazi rallies in Nuremberg on my website at

Holocaust survivor says that Auschwitz was liberated by the British

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:08 am

The Hollywood Reporter [an American newspaper] is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on 11 survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. You can read the article in full at  http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Roman-Polanski-10-other-Hollywood-Jews-open-up-about-surviving-Holocaust-437656

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Branko Lustig, 83, Academy Award-winning producer of films like Schindler’s List and Gladiator

When the British army liberated Auschwitz, where Lustig was a prisoner at age 12, the sound of their bagpipes made him think that he “had died finally, and that was the angels’ music in heaven.”

Years later, he met Spielberg when the director was developing Schindler’s List.

“He kissed my number [from the concentration camp, tattooed on Lustig’s arm] and said, ‘You will be my producer.’ He is the man who gave me the possibility to fulfill my obligation,” Lustig says.

So that is where Spielberg got all of his misinformation about the Holocaust!  From a man who was liberated by the British at Auschwitz.

To be fair, this survivor might have been a prisoner in Bergen-Belsen where he was liberated by British soldiers after he had been marched out of Auschwitz just before Soviet soldiers arrived to liberate the camp.

Obelisk in honor of the non-Jewish prisoners who died at Buchenwald

Obelisk in honor of the non-Jewish prisoners who died at Buchenwald

I have written about the death statistics at Buchenwald on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/DeathStatistics.html

To get back to the news article this quote tells about another Holocaust survivor:

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Bill Harvey, 91, cosmetologist to the likes of Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Liza Minelli

After being transported from Auschwitz to Buchenwald on a frigid cattle car, Harvey fell unconscious and was left for dead in a pile of corpses stacked by the crematorium. Someone pulled him out days later. He was 21 years old and weighed about 72 pounds.

“My humble explanation for all the tragedies and the bad people who want just to kill is that maybe there have to be some bad things in order to appreciate all the good things that this world gives you,” Harvey says.

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According to a booklet that I obtained in 1999 from the Buchenwald Memorial Site, which was written by Sabine and Harry Stein, “A total of 11,000 Jews lost their lives in Buchenwald. Out of the 13,969 inmates who died in 1945, there were 7,000 Jews.”

The booklet written by Sabine and Harry Stein states that, in addition to the number of recorded deaths at Buchenwald, “More than 8,000 Soviet prisoners of war were shot in the stable. An estimated number of 1,100 people were executed in the crematorium and an estimated number of between 12,000 and 15,000 people were dead upon arrival from the camps in the east or fell victim to the evacuation marches. This gives a total number of approximately 56,000 persons killed.”