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November 16, 2016

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and his connection to the Bielski brothers

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 9:58 am

Here is the account of Jared Kushner’s grandmother and grandfather’s survival story in Jared’s own words.

Here is a quote from Jared’s article.

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I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors. On December 7, 1941—Pearl Harbor Day—the Nazis surrounded the ghetto of Novogroduk, and sorted the residents into two lines: those selected to die were put on the right; those who would live were put on the left. My grandmother’s sister, Esther, raced into a building to hide. A boy who had seen her running dragged her out and she was one of about 5100 Jews to be killed during this first slaughter of the Jews in Novogrudok. On the night before Rosh Hashana 1943, the 250 Jews who remained of the town’s 20,000 plotted an escape through a tunnel they had painstakingly dug beneath the fence. The searchlights were disabled and the Jews removed nails from the metal roof so that it would rattle in the wind and hopefully mask the sounds of the escaping prisoners.

My grandmother and her sister didn’t want to leave their father behind. They went to the back of the line to be near him. When the first Jews emerged from the tunnel, the Nazis were waiting for them and began shooting. My grandmother’s brother Chanon, for whom my father is named, was killed along with about 50 others. My grandmother made it to the woods, where she joined the Bielski Brigade of partisan resistance fighters. There she met my grandfather, who had escaped from a labor camp called Voritz. He had lived in a hole in the woods—a literal hole that he had dug—for three years, foraging for food, staying out of sight and sleeping in that hole for the duration of the brutal Russian winter.

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You may also have read the recent news story, cited above, which tells about how the family of Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, survived the Holocaust by living in a hole in the ground in Poland.  Close, but no cigar.

In the news article, Jared Kushner then went on to describe how his grandmother escaped the ghetto of Novogroduk and made it to the woods, where she joined the partisan Bielski Brigade and met his grandfather, who [had] escaped a labor camp.

The family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law was hiding with the Bielski Brothers. The Bielski Brothers were some really bad dudes, who fought the Nazis as Jewish partisans, which was against the law.

There was a movie, made a few years ago, which told the story of the Bielski Brothers. I saw this movie. It is not a pretty story. You can read about the movie on Wikipedia:

Update, Wednesday, 11:40 a.m.

I just listened to a story about Jared Kushner on the news. I learned that he is 35 years old and that he is currently on the “transition team” although he has “no political experience” just like his father-in-law Donald Trump, who has no political experience.

I learned that, just like his father-in-law, he does not pay taxes. Jared’s father did not pay taxes either.  Now you know how to become rich and famous — just don’t pay taxes.


The “Nazi collaborator” who struck a deal with the Germans

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:51 am

In this news article, you can read about Rezso Kasztner, the man who saved Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust:

Auschwitz-Wartime 3

Hungarian Jews who were sent to  Auschwitz-Birkenau

The following quote is from the news article:

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A Jewish man [Kasztner] hailed as a Holocaust hero for saving thousands [of Jews] from the gas chambers during World War II was actually a Nazi collaborator, it has been claimed.

Journalist and lawyer Rezso (AKA Rudolf) Kasztner was known for his role as an underground leader – but new research suggests he was a “conscious tool” [of the Nazis] in the Holocaust.

Paul Bogdanor, an expert on Kasztner, believes the man actually helped the Nazis to murder almost half a million Jewish men, women and children during Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’.

Until now, the Hungarian [Kasztner] was considered a hero for rescuing fellow Jews from the clutches of the [Nazi] Gestapo.

He smuggled them out of Budapest on a secret train bound for the free world following the German invasion [of Hungary].

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I blogged about the Hungarian Jews on this previous blog post:

And on this previous blog post:

Most of the Holocaust survivors, who are out on the lecture circuit today, teaching young children about the Holocaust, were Hungarian Jews who survived Auschwitz.

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:

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:

November 14, 2016

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:10 am
Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at

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As a middle-class, white Ashkenazi Jew living in California in 2016, I’ve been privileged to avoid the systemic, cultural and interpersonal racism faced by many Muslims, immigrants and people of color across the U.S. today.

However, my uncle was not as fortunate. He was a Holocaust survivor who saw his entire family killed in front of him in a concentration camp. Although overt, violent anti-Semitism is largely absent from the United States and has not been part of my experience, I’ve begun to see a shift in the past six months.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has forced me and thousands of other American Jews to face anti-Semitic threats for the first time. Throughout the election cycle, Jews have used a hashtag created by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, #WeveSeenThisBefore, as a reminder that Trump’s rhetoric and bigotry echo demagogues of the past.

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Donald Trump has a daughter who is married to a Jew, and she has converted, so she is now a Jew.  So there will be Jews in the White House. The Donald is NOT a Nazi.

The name Trump is German, so his ancestors came to America from Germany. The town of Rothenburg in Germany has a tower that is named Trump Tower.

November 13, 2016

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Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:25 am



November 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is still alive and still speaking out

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Today, you can read the latest news about 92-year-old Holocaust Survivor Renee Firestone at

I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post:

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

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[Renee Firestone] was two weeks past her 20th birthday when she was hurled into the confined train to Auschwitz in April 1944. Along with her, her father, a textile businessman, her mother, a housewife and her younger sister had been taken from their home in Czechoslovakia. Her brother had already been separated from her family and placed in [several] Hungarian labor camps.

Forced over the Polish border then escorted by Germans on train, it was uncertain as to what their future held.

“This old woman who was sitting at the edge of the cattle car ripped open her coat lining, reached in and removed a gold locket and started to cry, bitterly,” Firestone said in interview with Si Frumkin.

“I thought maybe that was her wedding picture in the locket, her family or grandchildren whom she left behind. . . I thought to myself, how cruel that they wouldn’t let her keep this little memoir and then she closed the locket and through the cracks of the cattle car handed it to the Nazis.”

The trip lasted three days without food or water with only a bucket for hundreds to share for bodily waste.

Nazis banged on the walls during the night, yelling at us to give up any valuables we possessed or we would be shot, Firestone recalls. This was followed by screaming and gunshots outside the train.

After arriving at camp, she was immediately separated from her parents but managed to keep her sister by her side.

The Nazis, described as young, handsome and smiling, led the women into an underground dressing rooms where they were forced to undress and stand naked from mid-afternoon to midnight.

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November 11, 2016

November 11th — the anniversary of the stab in the back

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:25 pm


You can read about the famous “stab in the back” on Wikipedia at

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

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The stab-in-the-back myth (German: Dolchstoßlegende, pronounced [ˈdɔlçʃtoːsleˌɡɛndə])[1] was the notion, widely believed in right-wing circles in Germany after 1918, that the German Army did not lose World War I but was instead betrayed by the civilians on the home front, especially the republicans who overthrew the monarchy in the German Revolution of 1918–19. Advocates denounced the German government leaders who signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918, as the “November Criminals” (German: November­verbrecher).

An illustration from a 1919 Austrian postcard showing a caricatured Jew stabbing the German Army in the back with a dagger. The capitulation was blamed upon the unpatriotic populace, the Socialists, Bolsheviks, the Weimar Republic, and especially the Jews.

When the Nazis came to power in 1933, they made the legend an integral part of their official history of the 1920s, portraying the Weimar Republic as the work of the “November criminals” who used the stab in the back to seize power while betraying the nation.

The Nazi propaganda depicted Weimar as “a morass of corruption, degeneracy, national humiliation, ruthless persecution of the honest ‘national opposition’—fourteen years of rule by Jews, Marxists, and ‘cultural Bolsheviks’, who had at last been swept away by the National Socialist movement under Adolf Hitler and the victory of the ‘national revolution’ of 1933″.[2]

A 1924 right-wing German political cartoon showing Philipp Scheidemann, the German Social Democratic politician who proclaimed the Weimar Republic and was its second Chancellor, and Matthias Erzberger, an anti-war politician from the Centre Party, who ended WWI by signing the armistice with the Allies, as stabbing the German Army in the back

Scholars inside and outside Germany unanimously reject the notion, pointing out the German army was out of reserves and was being overwhelmed in late 1918.[3] To many Germans, the expression “stab in the back” was evocative of Richard Wagner‘s 1876 opera Götterdämmerung, in which Hagen murders his enemy Siegfried with a spear in his back.[4]

The famous Schindler’s List

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:37 am

I have written several blog posts about the famous Schidler’s List:

Now Oskar Schindler is back in the news:

Holocaust education program receives collection materials on Holocaust rescuers Oskar and Emilie Schindler

Holocaust box car display on college campus

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 7:23 am
Holocaust box car on display at college campus

Holocaust box car on display at University of Guelph

How cruel the Nazis were! Jews had to ride, standing up in box cars, on the trains to the concentration camps. Who was riding on the passenger trains? Probably the German soldiers. The Jews should have been riding in passenger cars; after all, the Jews are God’s Chosen People.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

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For the second year, the Holocaust railcar exhibit is parked in the center of the University of Guelph campus. Until the end of the week, anyone walking through Branion plaza won’t miss it.

A replica of the kind of wooden cattle car used to transport Jews and others to death and concentration camps, the boxcar is a grim and unsettling reminder of the depths to which humanity can sink.

It is proving to be a potent educational tool, a shocking reminder of the past, and a wake-up call about contemporary genocide.

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Sorry but I don’t approve of teaching college students to worship the Jews.


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