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April 6, 2017

Double paned windows

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 6:52 am

This morning, I read a news article about Irish students who went on a school trip to Auschwitz. The title of the article is

Shocked and disturbed but glad they went – pupils’ emotional day in Auschwitz

You can read the article here: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/shocked-and-disturbed-but-glad-they-went-pupils-emotional-day-in-auschwitz-35580477.html

I went on a similar trip, by myself, in 1998 and all I could think of, as I read the article, was the double pane windows in the barracks in the Auschwitz main camp.

Double pane window in barrack at Auschwitz

As a child, I slept in a room that had two single pane windows that let in cold air. I didn’t sleep very well because I was freezing cold during the winter and sweating during the summer.

The news article lists many of the things that the students saw in the exhibits at Auschwitz. I have photos of the Auschwitz museum on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz11.html

I risked being arrested to take the photos that I put on my website because there were signs which said “No photos allowed”.

The following quote is from the news article:

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For scores of Ulster schoolchildren, it was a day trip to a destination synonymous with depravity, to one of the most horrendous hellholes on earth – Auschwitz, the epicentre of evil perpetrated by the Nazis who systematically and sickeningly slaughtered 1.1 million people there just over 70 years ago.

And even though they’d been warned to steel themselves for what they would see at Auschwitz and the nearby obscenity of the Birkenau death camp, it was still all too much for a number of the students as they struggled to contain their emotions on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to confront death on an unimaginable scale.

All around them were displays in glass fronted cabinets containing two tonnes of human hair roughly shorn from the heads of terrified Auschwitz inmates; plus tens of thousands of glasses and shoes, some ripped from the feet of babies, and suitcases, and mountains of pots and pans brought with them by Jewish people who’d been forcibly deported from their homes.

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Was it explained to the students that the “human hair roughly shorn from the heads of the terrified Auschwitz inmates” was shorn from their heads to get rid of any lice that might spread disease that would kill the inmates. The shearing of the hair was done to save lives.

You can read all about the exhibits at Auschwitz on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz11.html

The following quote is also from the news article:

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They were sights that were harrowing for the most seasoned of souls but for young people aged 16 and 17 coming face to face with the reality of what the Nazis hailed as “the final solution” was way, way beyond anything that their seminars, study books and googling could have prepared them for.

A doctor shadowed their every move.

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I didn’t have a doctor to shadow my every move when I saw these same exhibits, but I was in danger of fainting, as the crowd of people shuffled showly past the exhibits.

This quote is also from the news article:

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Long before the Lessons from Auschwitz trip was organised by the London-based Holocaust Educational Trust, Molly had been researching the Germans’ cruel campaign, as they said themselves, to kill every Jew on the planet.

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Did the Nazis really say that they wanted to “kill every Jew on the planet.”?

No, I think that the Nazis wanted to get the Jews out of the war zones so that the Jews would not interfere in the war that was going on.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Two girls from Cookstown High School had looked almost shell-shocked during parts of the visit.

Alana Black said: “It was very disturbing. I didn’t realise a lot of the materials on display would be here. But I’m glad that I saw them.”

Alicia Lagan said: “Seeing all the hair and the fabrics was particularly painful. To witness such a massive amount was disturbing.”

High School history teacher Selina Allen said she learnt a lesson at Auschwitz. She said: “I think as teachers we get a little bit de-sensitised because we teach it so often. I wasn’t sure how I would react but it has been a real eye-opener for me.”

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For the love of God, would someone please explain to these students WHY the hair of the Jews was cut? It was to get rid of any lice in the hair that would spread disease.

The first thing that the teachers should have done, before taking these students on a trip to Auschwitz, was to explain that there was a war going on, and the Jews were the enemy. The Jews were put into camps so that they would not be killing German soldiers and interfering in the war.

That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out!

6 Comments »

  1. A good indoctrination was had by all.

    Comment by eah — April 6, 2017 @ 9:29 am

  2. Couldn’t you have OPENED your single-paned windows in the summer? If you had/could have, it wouldn’t have mattered HOW many panes they did or didn’t have!

    Comment by Jett Rucker — April 6, 2017 @ 7:10 am

    • Double paned windows are more effective in keeping the house cool when the air conditioner is on.

      Of course, I don’t know if air conditioners existed when furtherglory was a child.

      Comment by Sockpuppet2012 — April 6, 2017 @ 7:40 am

      • You wrote: “I don’t know if air conditioners existed when furtherglory was a child.”

        AFAIK, air conditioners existed only in movie theaters in the cities. People went to the movies to keep cool.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 6, 2017 @ 8:26 am

    • You wrote: “Couldn’t you have OPENED your single-paned windows in the summer?

      Yes, we could open the windows in our house, and we did open them in the summer. The purpose of having double-paned windows is that they keep your house warm in the winter because cold air does not come through the windows. Double-paned windows were a luxury which only rich people had back then.

      These students were from IRELAND where they should have been studying the potato famine and what caused it. They should not have been learning that the German people were bad because they put Jews in camps during war time, to keep the Jews from helping the enemy.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 6, 2017 @ 8:17 am

      • The Jews as a whole group were looked at as the enemy of Germany because they declared war on Germany by their boycott of Germans good worldwide, in 1933 and in 1939 the Jews said they would side with Britain in opposition to Germany so it wasn’t looking good for the Jews. Any group of people that would declare war on Germany would be looking at some tough times ahead. Lesson learned from that should of been, things you don’t do when you reside in the country that you declare war on or give the one finger salute to.

        The Jews were now enemies at the gate and Germany had the right to do whatever they wanted to do with them, and by what really happened to them was it was pretty compassionate. They were put out of the way in many different camps so not as to cause any problems.
        For the Germans to leave such a subversive group of people out to freely move around as the Jews would of done would of turned out even worse in regards to German deaths by partisans and anarchist waiting to do their damage.

        The way the Germans treated the Jews was no different then what the USA did to the Japanese in when war was declared against them. One thing is for sure if there were ANY Jews in the Japanese camps I’m sure there would of been the same Horror Disneyland stories told against the US. Thank God that wasn’t the case. Whenever Jews are taken to task for their bad ways they always make themselves the victim.
        You also notice that the Japanese didn’t bitch and moan about their predicament and then have the nerve to extort reparation money later, not as far as I can tell for hurt feelings. The USA did show their appreciation later to the Japanese when they got two big fat atom bombs dropped on then with a big thank you for being the enemy. It definitely doesn’t pay to lose a war with the US.

        Sadly when the parents chose to opposes a govt and work behind the scenes as the Jews did problems would happen to the the kids and they are going to suffer and die. Some did but most survived unless they died of natural causes. If you ever notice when child Holohoax survivors speak they always say they were the only ones to survive where they were interned….interesting to see that many thousands survived to talk about it later. So if so many survived then who died?

        One last thing…..whatever steps where taken to keep the Jews alive was now said to be the thing that made them suffer…..
        You know. taking showers, delousing, working. To a Jew these were horrible things.
        The Jews were not the best at grooming so any thing relating to cleanliness was not a positive thing to them. Having long hair, long beards, etc was a haven for lice and other critters and in the end caused a lot of them to die unnecessarily until the Germans got these things under control but by the time that happened the war was lost and ended. Of course the allies didn’t make out any better especially in Bergen Belsen, where more died when the British took over the camp then when the Germans ran it just consider Anne Frank she’s died there…
        That is another story for another time….

        JR

        Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 6, 2017 @ 12:57 pm


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