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April 26, 2017

Trump pledges his support of the Jews

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:51 pm

The following quote is from this news article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/26/trump-denounces-dangerous-anti-semitism-in-holocaust-remembrance-day-remarks.html

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In his strongest remarks to date repudiating anti-Semitism and denouncing Holocaust deniers, President Trump on Tuesday marked Holocaust Remembrance Day by pledging – with survivors of the Nazi-led genocide looking on – that the United States would “always stand with the Jewish people.”

Trump spoke at a ceremony [today] hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum [in Washington, DC] to mark the unveiling of a new conservation and research center. The center will serve as a repository for a vast collection of artifacts by those who survived Adolf Hitler’s massacre of Jews during World War II.

Members of Congress and Holocaust survivors — whose strength and courage Trump said was an inspiration — attended the emotional event in the Rotunda, the center of the Capitol. Survivors lit candles at the end of the ceremony.

Trump said Holocaust denial is one form of “dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world” and that can be seen on university campuses, in attacks on Jewish communities “or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction.”

“This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism,” he said. “We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.”

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Trump did not use the word Nazi in his speech, since he does not know how to pronounce this word.

Eisenhower’s Remagen death camp for German soldiers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:51 pm

I have just learned that some of my readers, who are well informed about the Holocaust, do not know about how General Eisenhower treated the German soldiers who had surrendered to the Americans.

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The photo above shows an American soldier guarding German soldiers in the Remagen POW camp.

I wrote about this on my scrapbookpages.com website. I am quoting it in full here:

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Gotha, Germany – “Eisenhower’s Death Camp”

The city of Gotha is mostly known to Americans, if at all, as the first headquarters of the American Army in Germany, set up by General Dwight D. Eisenhower in April 1945, and as the site of one of the Prisoner of War camps where captured German soldiers were treated in a barbaric fashion with total disregard to the rules of civilized warfare, according to an American guard at the camp.

General Eisenhower mentioned Gotha in his book “Crusade in Europe,” as the nearest city to the “horror camp” at Ohrdruf-Nord, the first concentration camp to be discovered in Germany by American soldiers on April 4, 1945, but he failed to mention his own notorious POW camp located near Gotha.

On March 10, 1945 as World War II was coming to an end, General Eisenhower signed an order creating the status of Disarmed Enemy Forces for the German Prisoners of War who would soon be surrendering to the Americans. This order was a violation of the Geneva Convention because it allowed Eisenhower to disregard the rules for the treatment of Prisoners of War. It allowed him to starve the German POWs, deny them the right to send and receive letters, and to receive Red Cross packages and packages from German civilians. All of these rights were enjoyed by the prisoners in the Nazi POW camps and even in the notorious concentration camps. Eisenhower signed this order before he had even seen the horrors of the concentration camps, which so affected him.

In his book entitled “Other Losses,” James Bacque wrote the following:

There were no tents in the Gotha DEF camp, only the usual barbed wire fences round a field soon churned to mud. On the first day, they received a small ration of food, which was then cut in half. In order to get it, they were forced to run a gauntlet. Hunched over, they ran between lines of guards who hit them with sticks as they scurried towards their food. On April 27, they were transferred to the U.S. camp at Heidesheim further west where there was no food at all for days, then very little.

On May 7, 1945, the German army surrendered to General Eisenhower, who refused to shake hands with the German General, as is customary. The neutral country of Switzerland was removed as the Protecting Power for German prisoners, which was another violation of the Geneva Convention. General George S. Patton quickly released the prisoners who had surrendered to his Third Army, but General Eisenhower held his POWs until the end of 1946, forcing them to live on starvation rations. Red Cross packages sent to the German POW camps were returned. The POW camps had no barracks or tents.

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The German prisoners were forced to dig holes in the ground for shelter. Even though the American army had plenty of tents, the prisoners lived for months in their holes. When it rained, the holes collapsed and the prisoners died.

After 1947, most of the records of the POW camps were destroyed by the U.S. government, according to James Bacque, the author of a book entitled “Other Losses.” Bacque wrote that the Germans claimed that 1,700,000 soldiers, who were alive at the end of the war and had surrendered to the Allies, never returned home. All of the Allied countries denied responsibility, and the families were never told what had happened to their loved ones.

The following quote by Lieutenant Ernest Fisher, of the 101st Airborne Division and former Senior Historian of the United States Army is from the book “Other Losses”:

Starting in April 1945, the United States Army and the French Army casually annihilated about one million men, most of them in American camps.

Eisenhower’s hatred, passed through the lens of a compliant military bureaucracy, produced the horror of death camps unequaled by anything in American military history…

Stephen Ambrose, a noted World War II historian, disputes the claims made by James Bacque. His review of Bacque’s book can be read at this web site:

http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/b/bacque-james/ambrose-001.html

For another opinion, go to this web site:

http://www.rense.com/general46/germ.htm

Ironically, Gotha also holds a place in history as the birthplace of the Socialist Worker’s Party of Germany in 1875. The very house, called the Haus am Tivoli, where August Bebel and others got together to form this new leftist political party, is at the intersection of Cosmartstrasse, but it is closed to tourists. A plaque was placed outside the house by the Communist East German government, commemorating this as the place where a “glorious moment in the history of the German working class” took place.

Karl Marx wrote a scathing paper called “Critique of the Gotha Programme” in which he criticized the new party as a sell-out of the proletariat and the Communist party, which he had popularized in 1848 with his “Communist Manifesto.” In 1890, the name of the party was changed to the Social Democratic Party; it is still one of the largest political parties in Germany today.

It was the Social Democrats who declared a Republic in Germany on November 9, 1918, forced the Kaiser to abdicate, and then signed the Armistice which ended World War I two days later. The Nazis referred to the Social Democrats as the “November Criminals” and called their actions “der Dolchstoss” (Stab in the Back). The claim that Germany had lost World War I on the battlefield was called “The Big Lie” by Hitler in his book, “Mein Kampf.” The harsh Treaty of Versailles, signed by the Social Democrats in June 1919, insured that another war would soon follow.

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When I lived in Germany for 20 months after the war, I met a young man who claimed that he had been a prisoner in Eisenhower’s death camp, but he escaped with the help of some German citizens who were camping outside Eisenower’s prison camp, and sneaking food into the camp.

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

Nauseating-8ing

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:14 am

The observation that Trump can’t pronounce the word Nazi correctly has gone viral.  I blogged about this yesterday.

One of my readers suggested that it sounded like Trump was saying “Nauseating minus the ating”, or in chat speak Nauseating-8ing.

Trump went to Military School when he was around 15 years old. How is it that he didn’t learn anything about World War II and the Nazis. Did his teachers in Military School mispronounce the word Nazi?

The March of the Living — it’s not for you!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 6:56 am

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My photo of the inside of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Jewish teenagers gather for the annual  “March of the Living ” at the entrance into the former Auschwitz-Birkenau  death camp

You can read the news article at http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/thousands-at-auschwitz-for-yearly-holocaust-memorial-event/

Back in 1998, when I first decided to study the Holocaust and to visit some of the former concentration camps, I was warned many times: Whatever you do, don’t go to Auschwitz during the “March of the Living”.

I was told that the March of the Living is an annual event, during which rowdy Jewish teenagers, many of them from Israel, march through the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau laughing and singing as they celebrate their victory over the Nazis in the Holocaust.

That’s right! The Jews won the “War against the Jews” which was started by the Nazis in Germany in 1933 by Adolf Hitler. Before I became a Holocaust denier, I wrote all about this on my scrapbookpages.com website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Selection3.html

The news article begins with this quote:

Thousands of people from around the world, many of them young Israelis, paid homage Monday to the millions who perished in the Holocaust at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz.

The event, the March of the Living, is a somber memorial march of about three kilometers (two miles) from the original Auschwitz camp to Birkenau, a much larger death camp where Jews and Roma were murdered in gas chambers in German-occupied Poland.

Participants gathered under and near the main gate [at the Auschwitz 1 camp] with the infamous sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free). The blowing of a shofar, a ram’s horn used for religious purposes, was the signal for the large group to begin marching in silence down the main street of Oswiecim, [formerly named Auschwitz] past fields and along the historic train tracks that once brought people to their deaths at [Auschwitz] Birkenau.

Many carried little wooden plaques with messages of remembrance that they placed on the railway tracks.

The yearly march is also aimed at instilling a desire in Israeli youth to protect the Jewish state, and many people carried Israeli flags.

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You can read all about Auschwitz-Birkenau on my kosher website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01.html

I have a section on my website about the Auschwitz camps at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/index.html