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August 9, 2016

The Lithuanian Jews are back in the news

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:22 am
Building where Lithuanian Jews were held

Building, known as the Seventh Fort, where Lithuanian Jews were imprisoned during World War II

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.736014

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The city of Kaunas in Lithuania defended the operator of a former concentration camp [known as the Seventh Fort] where recreational events are [now] held near the graves of thousands of Jews killed by Nazis and local collaborators.

The defense came this week from Deputy Mayor Povilas Maciulis, following an article published last month by JTA about summer camps, barbecue parties, treasure hunts and camping activities taking place at the Seventh Fort. In 2009 the city privatized the site, which is run by a nongovernmental organization, the Military Heritage Center, headed by 37-year-old amateur historian Vladimir Orlov.

“Yes, there are activities carried out in the museum, however, they are exclusively educational and pertaining to the museum’s purpose,” Maciulis wrote in a statement that he sent to several people a few days after the Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Efraim Zuroff, asked the mayor to intervene to have festivities banned from the Seventh Fort – a former military complex that was turned into a camp in 1941.

During a July 12 visit to the Seventh Fort, JTA documented children playing and dancing near the barbecue corner at the entrance to the camp. Asked whether one could have a wedding reception at the site, Orlov told a JTA reporter: “This is not a problem, it sometimes happens here,” and said he would send a price quote in an email, which never arrived.

Zuroff and the Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite independently confirmed the holding of recreational activities at the Seventh Fort in a Lithuanian-language book they coauthored and published earlier this year. Following the JTA expose, the news portal Lrytas published photos of a camping activity on the grounds.

On Friday the city posted on its website an interview with Orlov, in an unsigned article titled “Journalistic provocation didn’t work out: Kaunas respects and cherishes the memory of Jewish people.”

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Read more about this in this news article: http://www.jta.org/2016/08/09/news-opinion/world/lihtuanian-city-defends-holding-events-at-former-nazi-concentration-camp

 

Memorial Day for the Roma and Sinti was on August 2nd

Filed under: Germany — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Famous photo of Settla Steinbeck

Famous photo of Settela Steinbach

The photo above shows Settela looking through a window on a freight train bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau.

You can read about the Roma and Sinti in this recent news article:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4836557,00.html

One must never call these people “Gypsies” which implies that they gyp people. Years ago, the word Gypsy was created for these innocent people who have never gypped anyone.

I previously blogged about these people at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/famous-photo-of-settela-steinbach-a-gypsy-girl-who-was-gassed-at-auschwitz/

The following quote is from the news article:

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Roma Holocaust survivors and community leaders paid tribute at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp Tuesday to its Roma and Sinti victims who, like the Jews, were condemned to destruction under Nazi Germany’s murderous ideology. […]

Commemorations are held every year on Aug. 2, marking the day in 1944 when the last group of nearly 2,900 Roma and the closely related Sinti at the Nazi camp in occupied Poland were killed in the gas chambers.

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I have a page on my website about the Gypsy Museum at the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/MemorialSite/GypsyMuseum.html