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April 8, 2017

The annual “March of the Living” is coming up soon

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:20 pm

During the annual March of the Living, Jewish students from Israel, and from many other countries around the world, march from the gatehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau to the International monument which is at the other end of the camp.

My photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gatehouse, taken from inside the camp

My 2005 photo of the International Monument

The first time that I ever visited Auschwitz was in 1998. I had  hired a tour guide who flew to Poland from New York City and met me at my hotel in Warsaw. She warned me, that if I ever wanted to come back to visit Auschwitz at some time in the future, that I should avoid the time when young people from Israel would be there for the annual “March of the Living.”

I took her advice and was never there during the annual “March of the Living”.  It is too late for me now — I will never get to see the Jewish victory march through what is left of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

My 2005 photo shows another view of the International Monument

Today, I was alerted to the annual “March of the Living” in this recent news article in the Jerusalem Post:

The following quote is from the news article:

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The focus of this year’s event –the 29th of its kind– is how to preserve the memory and lessons of the Holocaust after the last survivor has passed away.

In the framework of the march, Ministers of Education from 12 European countries will participate in an unprecedented gathering on the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, organized by March of the Living organizers and the Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Dr. Sonja Hammerschmid.

“Every country and society has its own episodes of painful history, be it connected to events of mass violence, to colonialism or others” said Hammerschmid. “Austria and Austrian schools need to confront the long history of antisemitism, including before the rise of the Nazis, and especially the involvement of so many Austrians in atrocities during World War II – and foremost the Holocaust. We in Austria feel privileged to learn from the experiences of other countries – like Israel – and we gladly invite others to share ours.”

Over 10,000 youths from around the world will participate in the march, alongside an honorary delegation of 75 Holocaust survivors from different countries, the eldest of which is 103 years old.

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I wrote about a “ride for the living” on this previous blog post:

Should American bombers have punished the Nazi soldiers for operating gas chambers at Auschwitz?

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:53 am

Don’t worry if you can’t understand the title of my blog post. I can’t understand it myself.

The quote in the title of my blog post comes from a news article, which claims that Trump has taken away American’s shame for inaction against the Germans who gassed the Jews.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the Germans who gassed the Jews are all dead now. It is too late to take action against them.

The following quote is from the news article:

Trump’s response to Syrian bloodshed lifts the stain of American inaction

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America needs unity. And if we can’t unite around the United States finally taking action after Arab children are gassed, then nothing will bring us together.

For those who waited four long years to see the United States reclaim its moral mantle as leader of the free world and protector of human rights, the news that President Trump struck at the Syrian tyrant Assad is electrifying. I am well aware that many in America object to Donald Trump. But is there a higher calling for a president than to stop mass murder, and should we not salute bold leadership when it sends a message that genocide will not be tolerated?

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In other words, if Trump had been America’s president during World War II, he would have bombed the alleged gas chamber at Auschwitz — and killed everyone in the camp.

The gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp was across the street from a hospital where wounded German soldiers were being treated.


The photo above shows the SS hospital which was across the street from the alleged gas chamber.

My early morning photo of the hospital for wounded German soldiers that was across the street from the Auschwitz gas chamber

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that it would have been a war crime to have killed wounded enemy soldiers in a hospital.

The news article continues with this quote;

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Just think for a moment how the Jews of the concentration camps of Europe would have felt had they seen American bombers punishing the Nazi soldiers for operating gas chambers at Auschwitz. Sadly, those bombers never came, and still today historians debate how a moral man like Franklin Roosevelt could have stayed his hand against Hitler’s machinery of death.

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