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November 15, 2016

75 years ago, the Nazis started deporting the German Jews

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:14 pm

You can read about the start of the deportation of the German Jews in Berlin, 75 years ago, on this news article:

http://www.dw.com/en/commemoration-marks-75-years-since-the-start-of-jewish-deportations-by-the-nazis/a-36089519

The following quote is from the news article:

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75 years ago, the Nazis began deporting [Germany’s] Jews to death camps. The infamous Track 17 at Berlin’s Grunewald station was the departure point. Contemporary witness, Horst Selbiger, shares his memories of the “shipments.”

Railroad tracks in Berlin where Jews were put on trains and deported

Railroad track 17 in Berlin where Jews were put on trains to be deported to concentration camps

The first deportation left Track 17 of Berlin’s Grunewald station on the 18th October 1941. 1089 children, women and men were taken by force to Lodz [in Poland]. By the end, some 50,000 Jews from Berlin were deported; [they were] victims of the Nazi “Reign of Terror.”

Today, these railway platforms are memorials situated on the edge of the capital [city]. This is where Horst Selbiger [a Holocaust survivor] will be holding his speech. “For me, Track 17 is the train station from where all the suffering began. Us kids were smarter than the grown ups. We knew by 1941 that the Jews were being exterminated like vermin.”

The adults were led to believe otherwise, but Selbiger, who was 13 at the time, as well as his classmates, had already been observing for a long time that the Jews were being carted off.

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What to expect on a visit to Auschwitz…

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:32 am

Most people join a tour group when they arrange a visit to Auschwitz. It is possible to go there completely alone, without a guide, but few people do.

A shuttle bus takes tourists from the Auschwitz 1 camp to the Auschwitz II camp

A shuttle bus takes tourists from the Auschwitz 1 camp to the Auschwitz II camp

After I went to Auschwitz by myself in 2005, I wrote the following about my trip — on my website at:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/journal.html