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November 22, 2016

Voices of Terezin — rhymes with gasoline

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:30 pm

Gate into the Theresienstadt ghetto

Gate into the Theresienstadt [Terezin] ghetto where Jews were held

You can read about Terezin [Theresienstadt] in this recent news article: http://nhpr.org/post/112116-voices-terezin-vegan-schism-nfl-ratings

Begin quote from the news article:

Today, voices of Terezin, [Theresienstadt] the Nazi concentration camp [are] used to divert attention from the final solution. We’ll hear about how prisoners held under brutal conditions created art and music amid the horrors of the holocaust.

Plus, what happens when a protest movement professing all-or-nothing absolutism splits in two? We’ll find out how a splinter group of vegan activists toned down their goals and built a powerful machine for change.

End quote

The following information about Theresienstadt [Terezin] is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

The word “ghetto” derives from the name of an area of the city of Venice where the city’s foundries were located. In the Venetian dialect, a foundry was known as a “geto” which meant a workshop or a factory. The word “geto” was derived from the verb “gettare” which means “to cast” as in to cast iron in a foundry.

After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1497, many of them settled in Venice. In 1516, a city decree forced the Jews of Venice to live on a small island with only two access points which were sealed off at sunset. This island had previously been the area of the “gheto nuovo” or new workshops.

However, even before the word ghetto came into use, the Jews, particularly in Poland, were confined to walled sections of the city where they lived. In 1492, the Jews of Krakow in Poland were put into a walled-off section after they were accused of setting fires in the city.

There were no walled Jewish ghettos in the Old Reich, as Germany proper was called, during Hitler’s regime. Hitler sent the German Jews to the Lodz ghetto, located in what had formerly been Poland or to Theresienstadt, located in what was formerly the country of Czechoslovakia.

After the Nazis invaded Poland and then occupied the country, they initially put the Polish Jews into ghettos, using the excuse that had been used for centuries, that the Jews were responsible for spreading disease. Later, these ghettos became a convenient way to concentrate the Jews in one location for eventual transport to the concentration camps for extermination in Hitler’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

On October 10, 1941, the Germans initially decided to make Theresienstadt into a ghetto for selected Jews in the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and in the Greater German Reich, which included Austria and part of western Poland.

The Jews, who were to be sent to Theresienstadt, included those over 60 years old, World War I veterans, prominent people such as artists or musicians, very important persons, the blind, the deaf, and the inmates of Jewish mental hospitals and the Jewish orphanages.

Read more on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

 

 

 

7 Comments »

  1. The Jewish encyclopedia has a few competing theories on the source of the term “ghetto”, including the one described here:
    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6653-ghetto

    Comment by blake121666 — November 23, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

  2. Furtherglory wrote: “The word “ghetto” derives from the name of an area of the city of Venice where the city’s foundries were located. In the Venetian dialect, a foundry was known as a “geto” which meant a workshop or a factory. The word “geto” was derived from the verb “gettare” which means “to cast” as in to cast iron in a foundry.”

    The origin of the word ‘ghetto’ is much discussed. Besides the Italian word “getto” (to cast/throw), there are the Hebrew word “ghet” (separation, divorce), the Italian word “borghetto” (a settlement outside a city’s walls, a borough, a district)*, the Yiddish word “ghectus” (enclosed), and others.

    * In Italy there are today dozens of boroughs called Ghetto, a derivative of Borghetto, for example: Ghetto di Mogliano Veneto (Treviso), Ghetto San Francesco al Campo (Torino ), Ghetto Monselice (Padova), Ghetto Concordia sulla Secchia (Modena), Ghetto di Roncaglia (Pesaro-Urbino), Ghetto, Berra (Ferrara), Ghetto Moglia (Mantova), Ghetto Rivalta di Torino (Torino), Ghetto di Mogliano Veneto (Treviso), Ghetto Pesaro (Pesaro-Urbino), Ghetto Sorgà (Verona), Ghetto Teolo (Padova), and Ghetto Ro (Ferrara).

    Comment by hermie — November 23, 2016 @ 7:35 am

  3. The Jews have been kicked out of over 100 countries….sometimes a few times…

    JR

    Comment by jrizoli — November 22, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    • You wrote: “The Jews have been kicked out of over 100 countries…”

      Now that we will soon have a Jew in the White House [Donald Trump’s son-in-law], things will change.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 22, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

  4. That was interesting how the word “ghetto” came into existence. And equally interesting was the following piece of information;-

    ” After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1497, many of them settled in Venice. In 1516, a city decree forced the Jews of Venice to live on a small island with only two access points which were sealed off at sunset. This island had previously been the area of the “gheto nuovo” or new workshops. ”

    Venice in those years was a flourishing trading port and cosmopolitan city, so you would think that the Jewish exiles from Spain and Portugal would be so grateful to be offered refuge there, that they would promptly settled down into the norms of Venetian society along with the rest of the population.

    But it seems it only took them less than 25 years to get up to so much mischief, that the despairing city had to issue a decree ordering them to be separated off from the mainstream; and settled on an island where their comings and goings could be monitored and controlled.

    Comment by Talbot — November 22, 2016 @ 2:55 pm

  5. Good article on how many Jews died in the camps…

    http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v11/v11p335_Nordling.html

    Snipit….
    “Our general conclusion must be that the question posed in this article’s title cannot be answered with any precision as long as we have recourse only to the above-mentioned sources. The general magnitude was certainly half a million, but the actual number of Jews who died in the German concentration camps might well have been as low as 300,000 or as high as 600,000. In order to establish a more precise answer to the question, more sample investigations should be accomplished. Any Jewish society, club, school class or small community might constitute such a sample, if only all or most of its members could be traced through the war. The study of a sufficient number of such samples would probably answer the above question and a number of other questions as well.”

    OK Jeff and fellow HoloHuxsters…….seems like we have some issues here….First of all how many Jews were under German control? Under 3 mill if you read the article…..
    Hard to come up with over 5 million deaths when the number of Jews in the area was under 3 million.
    This is what you call fuzzy math for the HoloHuxsters….

    JR

    Comment by jrizoli — November 22, 2016 @ 2:09 pm


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