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May 1, 2016

An estimated 1.7 million people visited Auschwitz last year.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:29 am
My photo of the ruins of Krema III where Jews were gassed

My photo of the ruins of Krema III where Jews were gassed at Birkenau

I have visited Auschwitz three times; the first time was in 1998, when I was the only person there, besides my private tour guide. I had found this tour guide through a tour company in New York City.

My photo of the infamous gate into Birkenau

My photo of the infamous gatehouse into Birkenau

I recall that my tour guide, in 1998, would not let me get off the road through the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp; she said that there were “snakes in the grass.” She meant real snakes, not Holocaust deniers.

Since then, I have visited the Auschwitz main camp and the Birkenau camp two more times, in 2005 and 2008. I have also visited the town of Auschwitz twice.

My photo of the Holocaust memorial at Birkenau

My photo of the dark and dreary Holocaust memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today, I read a news article about what it is like to visit the Birkenau camp today: http://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/annette-finley-croswhite-the-holocaust-still-has-lessons-to-teach/article_b8b9912a-2c1d-53f4-a7aa-486249725360.html

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

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ARMS AND LEGS shoved and kicked me. An elderly woman fell to the ground as people battled their way onto the last bus out of town. Fearful of the crowd’s aggression, I grew protective of my companion, a young pregnant woman. “Be careful,” I called out, “she’s pregnant; please let her on.” At that moment the man behind me wrenched my shoulder backwards and screamed into my ear, “Pregnant, yeah right! Let me on because I’m pregnant too!”

In another situation this hostility might have been insignificant. I was standing just outside Auschwitz-Birkenau, however, and these ill-behaved tourists had just left this infamous site of human depravity. Horror stricken, I could not help but wonder at how quickly the process of dehumanization begins in the sea of anonymity and how urgent the lessons of history are today.

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I think that the problem is that the Holocaust has now become a joke. So many lies have been told in the past about the Holocaust, that now no one believes in it.

The following quote is also from the news article:

“….the recently opened souvenir center just outside Birkenau is a particularly troubling indication of Holocaust trivialization.

In the store, Polish key chains are for sale next to postcards featuring cremation ovens or black refrigerator magnets with the word “Auschwitz” embossed in gray. Next door, pierogies and pizzas are offered within sight of the death gate and ramp where so many victims were sent straight to the gas chambers or admitted into the camp to face slow starvation and death. A few miles from Auschwitz, an amusement park is under construction. One will soon be able to combine a visit to the death camp with roller coaster rides. What a difference more than 70 years makes!

7 Comments »

  1. Quote;- “Next door, pierogies and pizzas are offered within sight of the death gate and ramp where so many victims were sent straight to the gas chambers or admitted into the camp to face slow starvation and death.”

    Pierogies are a snack which are apparently popular throughout Poland and other countries in Eastern Europe. They consist of unleavened dough, which is made into dumplings that are wrapped around a savoury or sweet filling. They are then cooked in boiling water.

    Well, I can understand the Holo-enterpreneurs advertising their pizzas as “oven-baked” (gas-ovens, geddit?), but the holocausters have never claimed that the poor Jews were exterminated in boiling water. (I believe in the early post-war years at Treblinka there was some kind of desperate suggestion that steam was used inside the chambers). But maybe with Pierogies all the rage with the vast throng of unsympathetic and boisterous modern-day visitors at Auschwitz, then this method of mass-killing might well be introduced into the official narrative.

    Comment by Talbot — May 1, 2016 @ 11:46 am

    • You wrote: “Pierogies are a snack which are apparently popular throughout Poland and other countries in Eastern Europe.”

      When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, there was no food, nor drink, whatsoever. You could not even get a stick of gum. However, there was a restaurant at the main Auschwitz camp, and there was bus that traveled back and forth every half hour.

      I think that the Birkenau camp should have a tattoo parlor right outside the camp. Young people could get a camp number put on their arm, and old people, who want to erroneously claim that they were in a camp, could get a tattoo. There should be a food stand, where tourists could get a bowel of “thin, watery soup.” It would also be great if they had a barbershop where tourists could get their heads shaved. Last of all, they should have a tailor shop where tourists could get a blue and white uniform to wear, complete with an identification patch.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 1, 2016 @ 11:57 am

      • Ha, ha – right on, FG. The possibilities for money-making enterprises at Auschwitz are endless. I’ve no doubt that’s the reason why Ronald S. Lauder of the WJC wants to get involved in the “future development” of the complex.

        Comment by Talbot — May 1, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

        • They have to build a Horror Disneyland because most of the survivors are dying now and nobody cares so the only way you’re going to keep people interested is to have some sort of entertainment for them to keep them busybusy.

          JR

          Comment by jrizoli — May 1, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

          • Maybe like Disneyland the authorities at Auschwitz can make a franchise of it and sell the idea to build replicas throughout the world. It would save on the air fare to Cracow.

            Comment by peter — May 1, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

  2. When I walked through the Birkenau camp in 2005 and again in 2007, Jewish tourists were laughing and joking about the gas chambers. I thought that this was terrible. The Jews don’t believe in the “Holocaust” which is only for the goyim now.

    Comment by furtherglory — May 1, 2016 @ 10:41 am

  3. Like I’ve said many times here it’s Horror Disneyland to make people shake in their boots.
    Seems to be working of course after they shake in their boots they can go to the other Amusement Center and have some fun.

    JR

    Comment by jrizoli — May 1, 2016 @ 10:34 am


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