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May 23, 2016

The German boycott of Jewish goods

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:18 pm
An den Fenstern jüdischer Geschäfte werden von Nationalsozialisten Plakate mit der Aufforderung "Deutsche, wehrt euch, kauft nicht bei Juden" .

An den Fenstern jüdischer Geschäfte werden von Nationalsozialisten Plakate mit der Aufforderung “Deutsche, wehrt euch, kauft nicht bei Juden” .

A sign on a store window in Germany warns Germans not to buy anything from a Jewish store.

The photo below shows a sign on a store window in America

Jewish boycott of American store

Jewish boycott of an American store

My blog post today is in reply to a comment made by one of my regular readers:

“Then idiot rabbi wise tells everyone to boycott German goods. Why am I just now hearing this? Clearly it’s not in the history books in school,or I would’ve heard about it.”

On March 23, 1933, the German Congress passed an important law, called the Enabling Act, which gave Hitler the power to rule by decree in case of an emergency. On that day, Germany still had a President and as Chancellor, Hitler was not yet the undisputed leader of Germany.

The next day, on March 24, 1933, front page headlines in The Daily Express of London read “Judea Declares War on Germany – Jews of All the World Unite – Boycott of German Goods – Mass Demonstrations.” The newspaper article mentioned that the boycott of German goods had already started.

The following is a quote from the Daily Express of London on March 24, 1933:

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The whole of Israel throughout the world is uniting to declare an economic and financial war on Germany. The appearance of the Swastika as the symbol of the new Germany has revived the old war symbol of Judas to new life. Fourteen million Jews scattered over the entire world are tight to each other as if one man, in order to declare war against the German persecutors of their fellow believers. The Jewish wholesaler will quit his house, the banker his stock exchange, the merchant his business, and the beggar his humble hut, in order to join the holy war against Hitler’s people.

End quote

In America, the boycott of German goods was announced on March 23, 1933 as 20,000 Jews protested against Hitler’s government at the City Hall in New York City. On March 27, 1933, a mass rally, that had already been planned on March 12th, was held in Madison Square Garden; there were 40,000 Jewish protesters, according to the New York Daily News.

The next day, on March 28, 1933 Hitler made a speech in which he deplored the stories of Nazi atrocities that were being published in the American press and announced a one-day boycott of Jewish stores in Germany on April 1, 1933 in retaliation.

The following is a quote from Hitler’s speech on March 28, 1933:

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Lies and slander of positively hair-raising perversity are being launched about Germany. Horror stories of dismembered Jewish corpses, gouged out eyes and hacked off hands are circulating for the purpose of defaming the German Volk in the world for the second time, just as they had succeeded in doing once before in 1914.

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In spite of the Jewish “holy war” against the Nazis, there were no Jews sent to a concentration camp solely because they were Jewish during the first five and a half years that the Nazi concentration camps were in existence.

Jews were sent to Dachau from day one, but it was because they were Communists or trade union leaders, not because they were Jewish. The first Jews to be taken into “protective custody,” simply because they were Jews, were arrested during the pogrom on the night of November 9th & 10th in 1938, which the Nazis named Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass).

Kristallnacht was the night that German citizens smashed windows in Jewish shops and set fire to over 200 Jewish Synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic. Ninety-one people were killed during this uncontrolled riot which the police did not try to stop. That night, Hitler and his henchmen were gathered at the Bürgerbräukeller, a beer hall in Munich, celebrating the anniversary of Hitler’s attempt to take over the German government by force in 1923; Hitler’s failed Putsch had been organized at the Bürgerbräukeller.

Joseph Goebbels made a speech at the beer hall in which he said that he would not be surprised if the German people were so outraged by the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by a Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan that they would take the law into their own lands and attack Jewish businesses and Synagogues. Goebbels is generally credited with being the instigator of the pogrom. (Pogrom is a Polish word which means an event in which ordinary citizens use violence to drive the Jews out.)

Approximately 30,00 Jewish men were arrested during the pogrom, allegedly for their own protection, and taken to the 3 major concentration camps in Germany, including 10,911 who were brought to Dachau and held as prisoners while they were pressured to sign over their property and leave the country. The majority of these Jews were released within a few weeks, after they promised to leave Germany within six months; most of them wound up in Shanghai, the only place that did not require a visa, because other countries, except Great Britain, refused to take them.

 

 

May 22, 2016

The Nazis counted Jews and murdered every tenth person, says Holocaust survivor

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 7:43 am

FlowersInBarracks

My photo above shows the bunk beds in one of the barracks buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The flowers are on the stove which runs the length of the building.

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/how-we-live/2016/05/22/holocaust-survivor/84233700/

I know what you are thinking, dear reader: Why would those mean ole Nazis allow every tenth Jew to live during the Holocaust? Obviously, it was to insure that there would be survivors, who would live to be at least 90. The survivors would write great books and give lectures, telling their stories to the children of future generations of goyim. This was intended to be a warning to future generations: Never kill a Jew because, if you do, you will never hear the end of it.

This survivor’s name was Margit Feldman, which reminded me of a character, named Feldman, in the Seinfeld TV series, which I still watch every night. The Seinfeld show has helped me to understand Jews and why the act as they do — lying, stealing and cheating.

The news article begins with this quote:

Feldman’s life after liberation from Auschwitz has now been chronicled in a documentary film titled ‘Not A23029’

She was 17 years old when she arrived in America in 1946 with hopes and dreams for a life filled with possibilities. But for Margit Buchhalter Feldman who had endured life in a German concentration camp and witnessed the demise of her parents in Auschwitz, the memories would form an invisible shroud around her as she attempted to assimilate into the exuberance of life in post war America.

Feldman’s life after liberation has now been chronicled in a documentary film titled: ‘Not A23029’ – produced by Peppy Margolis, director of community programs at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies established in 1981. Feldman is a founding member.

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The title of the film “Not A23029” means that Margit Buchhalter Feldman was not the number tattooed on her arm. No, she was a person who retained her humanity in spite of the fact that the Nazis tried to reduce her to a number in the Auschwitz death camp.

Here is another quote from the news article:

A23029 is the number stamped into Feldman’s left arm. According to Margolis, one of the key messages of the film is that Feldman, who settled and has lived in Central Jersey for decades, would not be defined by that Holocaust number but by the courage to share her experiences and establish a new life.

Feldman, born on the same day and year as author Anne Frank, said because she survived, she has a responsibility to speak for those who could not speak for themselves. Frank and Feldman were both forced into the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany [after they had survived Auschwitz]. However, Frank, author of “Diary of a Young Girl,” did not survive [Bergen-Belsen].

Margolis developed the 26-minute documentary with filmmaker Harry Hillard, adjunct professor of film at RVCC and proprietor of Warehouse Photography and H2H Films in Somerville. The final version of the film will be narrated by Michael Berenbaum, an internationally recognized Holocaust scholar.

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I wrote about Michael Berenbaum on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/what-students-can-learn-from-michael-berenbaums-book-a-promise-to-remember-the-holocaust-in-the-words-and-voices-of-its-survivors/

 

May 21, 2016

Middle school students create a gas chamber for an art project

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:09 pm

The following quote is from this news article:

http://qctimes.com/news/local/making-a-difference-in-art-class-students-gain-new-perspective/article_7a4ae39f-df01-5de2-84f5-1dfda09fdab8.html

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Over the past few months, students have been studying the World War II and the Holocaust period in history, science and English classes. So, [Alexandria] DeLong pitched the idea of creating a life-like gas chamber in art class.

“It’s a pretty out there statement — let’s make a gas chamber,” DeLong said.

The 24-year-old art teacher, who’s finishing out her first year at the middle school, had the students hooked — they brainstormed fog machines, imitation gas lights and barbed wire. They talked about how to act out a gas-chamber scene and how each taped figure should look.

For students, the fun of playing with packing tape was met [with] a serious tone.

“It makes us think about the awfulness of the Holocaust and be like, yes that actually happened,” Hughes said. “Would you rather read about it in a book or see it with your eyes?”

Figures made by students are supposed to look like people inside a gas chamber

Figures made of tape, by students, are supposed to look like people inside a gas chamber. This photo, by Kevin E. Schmidt, is available for purchase.

The following quote is from the news article:

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With coffee cup in hand Monday morning, Alexandria DeLong doled out some haunting instructions for her seventh-graders at Bettendorf Middle School.

“This one needs to look more half-dead, don’t you think?” DeLong said to a student as they positioned a figure formed of tape. “Some should look more dead than others.”

It was almost time for the big reveal of their latest art project: recreating a Holocaust-style gas chamber with dozens of people-like figures constructed out of masking tape.

“There’s definitely the creepy factor,” Madi Hughes said, while hanging a figure from the ceiling in the school’s wrestling room. “But it’s also awesome how much we have learned.”

To create the sculptures, classmates wrapped each other with masking tape, from toes to shoulders, and carefully slipped the tape off. They went through about 100 rolls of tape.

“It’s the best project we’ve ever done,” Hughes, who is 13, said. “We can do some boring things in school, but this project was like boom… like fireworks.”

Over the past few months, students have been studying the World War II and the Holocaust period in history, science and English classes. So, DeLong pitched the idea of creating a life-like gas chamber in art class.

“It’s a pretty out there statement — let’s make a gas chamber,” DeLong said.

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I ask you, dear readers: Can you think of a better way to trivialize the Holocaust? I hope that this teacher is Jewish — otherwise she could be headed to prison for perpetrating this stunt.

My photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

What’s wrong with this map?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:12 am
Map of Poland

Map shows 3 Nazi death camps on the border of Poland

The map, shown above, identifies the locations of three of the alleged Nazi death camps: Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec. All 3 of these camps were very near the Bug river, which is not shown on the map.

Allegedly, the Nazis transported Jews to Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec for no reason, other than to kill them. But why waste trains and manpower to transport Jews to these Godforsaken places when it would have been more efficient, and cheaper, to gas them in Warsaw or at Auschwitz.

Transporting Jews from Warsaw to Treblinka and Belzec, both of which are right on the border of Poland, was highly inefficient, since the Jews could have been killed in a hidden gas chamber in Warsaw, and no one would have known about it.

Note that the locations of Warsaw and Auschwitz were easier to reach, than the three locations along the river. Auschwitz was the largest central railroad hub in Europe; trains from anywhere in Europe could go to Auschwitz without changing tracks.

If you have ever been to Germany, you know that the German people are very smart and very efficient. So why did the Germans come up with this stupid plan of transporting the Jews to Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec to be killed?  This is a trick question. The answer is that the Jews were not transported to these places to be killed; the Jews were sent, from these locations, into the eastern territories to get rid of them, but not to kill them.

So why am I writing about this now, you ask. It is because I have just read a news article about these camps: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/unearthing-the-atrocities-of-nazi-death-camps/

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

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During the Second World War, [Caroline] Sturdy Colls knew, more than 900,000 Jewish deportees had been killed at the Treblinka death camp, an unassuming site about the size of a suburban shopping mall. After closely guarded boxcars of arrivals passed through the gates of Treblinka or its sister camps, Beec [Belzec] and Sobibór, it took less than an hour for camp staff to exterminate them in engine-exhaust gas chambers.

All three of the Operation Reinhard camps were located within a few hundred miles of each other in formerly central (now eastern) Poland, and some 500 miles from the notorious Auschwitz death camp. Of the approximately 1.7 million Jewish people who arrived at the three Reinhard camps, scarcely a hundred survived the war, and they only made it because they staged desperate breakouts that succeeded against all odds.

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Photo credit: Culture Club/Getty Images

Photo credit: Culture Club/Getty Images

My 1998 photo of the memorial stones at Treblinka

My 1998 photo of the memorial stones at the Treblinka camp

According to my tour guide, who accompanied me to Treblinka in 1998, the stones in the photo above cover the area where the ashes were buried after the Jews were gassed and burned at Treblinka. Each stone represents a town or a city from which the victims were taken to Treblinka to be killed. This monument prevents anyone from digging in this area to see if ashes or bodies are buried here.

May 20, 2016

“one of the guards’ duties at Auschwitz was to ensure prisoners did not leave the camp alive”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:21 pm
The gate into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

My photo of the gate into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

The title of my blog post comes from a line in a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.dw.com/en/prosecutors-demand-six-years-for-former-auschwitz-guard/a-19273851

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

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The court heard how [German] guards were aware of the exterminations taking place at Auschwitz, and how one of the guards’ duties was to ensure prisoners did not leave the camp alive.

[…]

German state prosecutors have asked judges to sentence a former Nazi guard to six years in prison. Reinhold Hanning, now 94, is accused of complicity in the murder of at least 100,000 prisoners in the concentration camp.

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Obviously, Reinold Hanning failed in his duties at Auschwitz. His duty was to insure that no one left the Auschwitz camp alive. There are thousands of Holocaust survivors still alive today, so Hanning did not do his job properly.

The problem is that Reinhold Hanning is a nice old man, who is trying his best to placate the Jews, but his best isn’t good enough.

If Hanning goes to prison for six years, he will never see the light of day again. He’s 94 now and will be 100 when he gets out.  However, I believe that he will serve out his time in a nursing home. There will be other German criminals in the nursing home with him and they can talk about the Jews that they sent to the gas chamber, and the ones who got away and are now sending old men to prison.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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The case is based on complaints from 40 plaintiffs from Hungary, Israel, Canada, Britain, the US and Germany. Hanning is accused of facilitating the deaths of at least 100,000 people during his time as a guard at the camp.

Roughly 1 million people, most of them Jews, are believed to have died at the Auschwitz camp, set up in German-occupied Poland by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. The victims typically died either of starvation or in gas chambers.

Hanning told judges that his stepmother had urged him to join the SS.

Where was his real mother? No one could steer Hanning right, but Mama tried, Mama tried. [lyrics of an old song]

The quote from the news article continues with this:

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During the hearing, which began in February last year, the 94-year-old admitted that he was an SS guard at Auschwitz and knew about the mass murders which were taking place there. During this admission, Hanning also expressed shame and asked for forgiveness.

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Good luck with getting forgiveness from the Jews!  The motto of the Jews is “Never forgive, never forget.”

My photo of the ruins of one of the gas chambers

My photo of the ruins of one of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Were there really homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz? Yes, you had better believe it if you don’t want to go to prison for the crime of Holocaust denial.

 

Do the Jews own Berlin?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 8:28 am

In answer to my question:

Yes, the Jews do own Berlin; they think that they are entitled to have their own city in Germany, a country which they believe that they are entitled to rule.

My 2000 photo of the beginning of the consruction of the Jewsish memrial in Berlin

My year 2000 photo of the beginning of construction of the Jewish memorial in Berlin

2006 photo of Berlin memorial to Jews Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris

2006 photo of Berlin memorial to Jews Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris

I have a whole section on my website about Berlin: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Berlin2002/index.html

Aerial view of Jewish Museum in Berlin, on the left

Aerial view of Jewish Museum in Berlin, on the left

My photo of the front of the Jewish Museum in Berlin

My photo of the front of the Jewish Museum in Berlin

This morning, I read a news article about Jews in Berlin: http://www.jewishjournal.com/an_israeli_refugee_in_berlin/item/my_inspiring_encounter_with_l.a._holocaust_survivor_joshua_kaufman

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

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After Shabbat, I Googled “Joshua Kaufman” and his name is, indeed, all over German and American press outlets, like NBC News.

Just that day Yehoshua [Joshua] was denied the opportunity to testify at a Nazi war criminal trial against a former Nazi SS guard. The judge’s refusal, citing lack of necessity for the testimony, was an emotional and physical slap. Yehoshua had hurt his knee a few weeks earlier but decided he must travel to Germany to seek justice. He had prepared his words, how he had lugged dead bodies out of Auschwitz gas chambers, pulling them apart as they stuck together during their murder. He was 15 at the time, and volunteering for such gruesome work helped keep him alive.

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Poor Yehoshua! I can see it all now.

As soon as the Jews had steeped out of the cattle cars, on the train that had brought them to Auschwitz-Birkenau, those mean ole Nazis were shouting: “Who wants to volunteer to work in the gas chambers, pulling the bodies apart? This will be gruesome work, but it will keep you alive. Everyone who is 15 or younger will be killed immediately in the gas chamber, but if you agree to work in the gas chamber, pulling the bodies apart, we might let you live for a few months.”

[The photo above is included with the article. It shows Joshau Kaufmand and his two daughters in Berlin.]

The news article continues with this quote:

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As Rachel wrote on Facebook: “He [Joshau] was disappointed and shocked that he was not able to speak in court, but he always looks for the positive and lives his life learning how to adapt to situations that don’t always go as planned. He doesn’t hate anyone and doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. He is grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. He entered the court proudly with his daughters by his side, self-confident knowing that Israel is our country and we are no longer homeless or hopeless. He was called on a mission and he went wholeheartedly. Yes, it didn’t go the way he expected, but sometimes in life you gain more from those experiences then you could have ever imagined.”

May 19, 2016

So you want the truth about the Holocaust? Better go to Wikipedia

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:07 am

People who are reading my blog should know that I am writing Holocaust denial, which is against the law in 20 countries. If you want to know the truth about the Holocaust, you had better go to Wikipedia, which is strictly kosher.

The photo below is shown on the Wikipedia page about the Holocaust: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

Mother with baby is being sent to the right

Mother with baby was sent to the right upon arrival at Birkenau

Excuse me! I don’t think that the photo above is appropriate to illustrate the Holocaust.

The photo above shows a train that has just arrived inside the Birkenau camp. In the background, you can see the famous tower of death.

According to Holocaust true history, mothers with babies were sent to the left, to their death.This woman and her baby are being sent to the right.

The prisoners, who are standing on the left, in the photo are Sonderkommando Jews who helped the Nazis. The Sonderkommando Jews served for three months and were then allegedly killed, but a new group of Sonderkomdo Jews took over for the next three months.

The last group of Sonderkomdo Jews were allowed to march out of the camp and were saved;  they testified, in war crimes trials, about the crimes committed by the Nazis.

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστος holókaustos: hólos, “whole” and kaustós, “burnt”),[2] also known as the Shoah (Hebrew: השואה, HaShoah, “the catastrophe”), was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler‘s Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews.[3] The victims included 1.5 million children[4] and represented about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe.[5] Some definitions of the Holocaust include the additional five million non-Jewish victims of Nazi mass murders, bringing the total to about 11 million. Killings took place throughout Nazi Germany and German-occupied territories.[6]

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in one of the deadliest genocides in history, which was part of a broader aggregate of acts of oppression and killings of various ethnic and political groups in Europe by the Nazi regime.[7] Every arm of Germany’s bureaucracy was involved in the logistics and the carrying out of the genocide. Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, Soviet citizens and Soviet POWs, other Slavs, Romanis, communists, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the mentally and physically disabled.[8][9] A network of about 42,500 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territories was used to concentrate victims for slave labor, mass murder, and other human rights abuses.[10] Over 200,000 people are estimated to have been Holocaust perpetrators.[11]

The persecution and genocide were carried out in stages, culminating in what Nazis termed the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” (die Endlösung der Judenfrage), an agenda to exterminate Jews in Europe. Initially the German government passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society, most prominently the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. Nazis established a network of concentration camps starting in 1933 and ghettos following the outbreak of World War II in 1939. In 1941, as Germany conquered new territory in eastern Europe, specialized paramilitary units called Einsatzgruppen murdered around two million Jews and “partisans”,[clarification needed] often in mass shootings. By the end of 1942, victims were being regularly transported by freight trains to extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, most were systematically killed in gas chambers. This continued until the end of World War II in Europe in April–May 1945.

End quote from Wikipedia

I wrote about the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/final-solution-of-the-jewish-question-in-europe/

Note this part of the Holocaust quote from Wikipedia’s page:

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Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, Soviet citizens and Soviet POWs, other Slavs, Romanis, communists, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the mentally and physically disabled.[8][9]

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I don’t believe that Romanis [gypsies] and homosexuals were deliberately killed by the Nazis. Nor do I believe that communists and Jehovah’s Witnesses were killed.  Mentally and physically disabled people were, in fact, killed at Hartheim castle, but I do not consider this to be part of the Holocaust.

The Wikipedia page continues with this quote:

The persecution and genocide were carried out in stages, culminating in what Nazis termed the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” (die Endlösung der Judenfrage), an agenda to exterminate Jews in Europe. Initially the German government passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society, most prominently the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. Nazis established a network of concentration camps starting in 1933 and ghettos following the outbreak of World War II in 1939. In 1941, as Germany conquered new territory in eastern Europe, specialized paramilitary units called Einsatzgruppen murdered around two million Jews and “partisans”,[clarification needed] often in mass shootings. By the end of 1942, victims were being regularly transported by freight trains to extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, most were systematically killed in gas chambers. This continued until the end of World War II in Europe in April–May 1945.

 

Primo Levi’s famous poem “If this is a man”

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 6:33 am

The following words were written by Primo Levi, a Jew who suffered, during World War II, in the Nazi work camp known as Monowitz, aka Auschwitz III.

The title of this poem is “If this is a man”.

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.

May 18, 2016

It happened, therefore it can happen again….

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:06 pm

 

Primo Levi as a young man

Primo Levi as a young man

The words, in the title of my blog post, were written by Primo Levi, a famous Holocaust survivor, who is shown in the photo above. He was a prisoner at the Monowitz camp, which was also known as the Auschwitz III camp.

Prisoners working at Monowitz

Prisoners working in Monowitz factory

You can read about the Monowitz camp on my website at : http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Monowitz.html

Primo Levi as an older man

famous Holocaust survivor Primo Levi

In my previous blog post, I wrote the following about Primo Levi:

Auschwitz was abandoned by the German SS guards on January 18, 1945 and it was ten days before Soviet troops arrived to rescue the prisoners.  Primo Levi was an Italian Jew, who was a prisoner at the Monowitz labor camp in the Auschwitz complex.  In 1947, Levi wrote a poem entitled “If this is a man,” which is included in a book published in America under the title Survival in Auschwitz, the Nazi Assault on Humanity.

Chapter 17 of the book is entitled, “The Story of Ten Days.”  This is the story of what happened during the ten days that the prisoners were on their own, without the Germans to keep order and feed them.  There are some surprising revelations in this chapter.

Primo Levi had come down with scarlet fever on January 11, 1945 and he had been put into the hospital at Monowitz, so he was not able to join the march out of the camp on January 18, 1945.  He wrote that he was being treated in the hospital with sulpha drugs.

There has been a lot of speculation about why some of the prisoners stayed in the three Auschwitz camps (Auschwitz I, Birkenau and Monowitz) instead of following the fleeing Germans on January 18, 1945. The Holocaust experts believe that the prisoners were marched out of the camp for the purpose of killing them so that they could not testify about the gassing of the prisoners.  They believe that the prisoners joined the march for fear that they would be killed if they stayed behind.

Levi wrote that there were “rumours which had been circulating for some days: that the Russians were at Censtochowa sixty miles to the north; […] that at Buna (Monowitz) the Germans were already preparing to sabotage mines.”

Strangely, Levi did not mention anything about the Germans blowing up the gas chambers at Birkenau.  Levi was a prisoner at Monowitz and perhaps he didn’t know what was going on at Birkenau.

In the “Author’s Preface” to the book, the first sentence reads: “It was my good fortune to be deported to Auschwitz only in 1944, that is, after the German Government had decided, owing to the growing scarcity of labour, to lengthen the average life-span of the prisoners destined for elimination…”  Primo Levi was never in the Birkenau camp, so he apparently never knew that 450,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed and burned there in only 10 weeks, starting in May 1944.

Levi had arrived in Auschwitz in January 1944.  He had been captured by the Italian Fascist Militia on 13 December 1943, according to his book. He  wrote that he had fled into the mountains to help set up what “should have become a partisan band affiliated with the Resistance movement Justice and Liberty.”  Levi thought that “the admission of my political activity would have meant torture and certain death.”  Remarkably, he wrote that he “preferred to admit my status of Italian citizen of Jewish race.”

So on the first page of Chapter 1 in his book, Levy reveals that he thought he would be killed if he admitted to being a partisan, but not if he admitted to being a Jew.  Yet on page 20, he wrote, with regard to the selections for the gas chamber, that “later a simpler method was often adopted of merely opening both of the doors of the wagon without warning or instructions to the new arrivals.  Those who by chance climbed down on one side of the convoy entered the camp; the others went to the gas chamber.”

Levi wrote in Chapter 17 that the day before the Monowitz camp was to be evacuated, a Greek doctor who was a prisoner himself came to the hospital and told the prisoners that “all patients able to walk would be given shoes and clothes and would leave the following day with the healthy ones on a twelve mile march.” The others would remain in the hospital with assistants to be chosen from the patients who were the least sick.  When Levi asked the doctor what would happen to the sick prisoners, the doctor said that “probably the Germans would leave us to our fate: no, he did not think that they would kill us.”

Read more at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/primo-levi-the-story-of-ten-days-jan-18th-to-jan-27th-1945/

Is there any similarity between Nazi Germany and America today?

Filed under: Germany, Health — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 6:49 am
Hitler gives the Nazi salute

Hitler & Rudolf Hess giving Nazi salute

The Nazis were the worst, the worst Jerry, the worst! How could anyone even think that there is any similarity between Nazi Germany and America today?

I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full at

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/57132-10-stunning-parallels-between-the-united-states-and-nazi-germany

The following quote is from the news article:

10 Stunning Parallels Between the United States and Nazi Germany

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5. Obamacare

Would it surprise you to learn that the Nazis had their own version of Obamacare? The following is some more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann:

“Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna. After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

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Mussolini and Hitler

Mussolini and Hitler

Hitler had no fear of riding in an open car through a huge crowd of people in Nazi Germany.

The following quote is also from the news article:

2. Socialism

The Nazis were hardcore socialists, and they were very proud of this fact. For example, National Socialist theologian Gregor Strasser once made the following statement:

We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.

Unfortunately, the United States is rapidly moving in a similar direction. An avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders, is wildly popular with Democrats, and more than half of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 now say that they reject capitalism.

3. Free Stuff

Just like Bernie Sanders wants to do, the Nazis gave out lots and lots of free stuff. Kitty Werthmann was a child living a peaceful life in Austria when Hitler took over her nation, and I will be quoting her extensively for the rest of this article. She says that once the Nazis took control in Austria, they started handing out lots of freebies:

Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

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