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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

April 25, 2017

Jan Demjanjuk is dead but not gone — he is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:57 pm

John Demjanjuk is shown on the right in the photo above

The two letters J in Demjanjuk’s name are pronounced like the letter Y in English words. So his name, when properly pronounced, sounds like Demyanyuk.

You can read the latest news about John Demjanjuk in this newspaper article: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/israeli_filmmaker_doesnt_believe_john_demjanjuk.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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U.S. prosecutors first went after Demjanjuk in 1977, when they accused him of lying about his wartime past to get into the United States, and they sought his deportation. In 1986, he was charged in Israel as being “Ivan the Terrible,” a Ukrainian guard who tortured Jews at the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

He was convicted and sentenced to death, but years later, in 1993, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction, based on new information obtained after the fall of the Soviet Union. The court, however, said the Nazis had trained him as a guard and that he served at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Demjanjuk returned to the United States, and a judge re-instated his citizenship. In 1999, federal prosecutors again sought his deportation. They said Demjanjuk worked at Sobibor and two other camps. They based their case on seven wartime documents that they said tied Demjanjuk to the Nazis.

U.S. District Judge Paul Matia ruled in 2002 that Demjanjuk and other Nazi guards led Jews off trains at Sobibor, disrobed them and led them to the gas chambers. An immigration judge later ordered Demjanjuk deported, but no country initially would take him.

That changed in 2009, when German prosecutors sought to charge him with accessory in the deaths of 28,000 in Sobibor. He eventually was taken to Germany, despite his family’s protests over his poor health. He was convicted in 2011. His case was on appeal when he died.

But his family refused to give up. His attorneys said federal prosecutors withheld an FBI document that questioned the legitimacy of a Nazi guard pass, which judges have said places Demjanjuk in Nazi service. Polster, the federal judge whom Bloch interviewed, ruled the FBI document was based on speculation and mistaken beliefs.

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Sobibor is one of the few Holocaust camps that I have never visited. When I did some research on Sobibor with the intention of going there, I learned that it was a dangerous place, way out in the boondocks, where thieves were waiting to kill American tourists and take all their money.

Fortunately Alan Collins went there and took photos which he allowed me to use on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Sobibor/Tour01.html

Two monuments at Sobibor dedicated to the prisoners who were killed there

Large monument with large pile of ashes in the background

In the photo immediately above, the red stone sculpture represents a woman, looking up at the sky, holding a small child in her arms. In the background can be seen the huge mound of ashes that is located in the former Camp III. These are the ashes of the Jews who were allegedly gassed and burned at Sobibor.

During World War II, and for years afterward, the Sobibor camp was virtually unknown. William Shirer did not even mention it in his monumental 1147-page book entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” It was not until the release of a 1987 TV movie, “Escape from Sobibor,” based on a book with the same name, that the public knew of this remote spot where thousands of Jews lost their lives. The movie tells the story of the revolt during which around 300 prisoners escaped; no more than 50 of them survived to the end of the war.

According to an article in the Liverpool Daily Post, a prisoner named Leon Feldhendler had been formulating plans for an escape for many months but it wasn’t until the arrival in Sobibor of a transport of Soviet prisoners of war, among them Red Army Officer Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pechersky, that the plan of action really began to take shape.

Initially Feldhendler and his conspirators had thought of poisoning the camp guards and making their escape but the guards discovered the poison and shot 5 prisoners in reprisal. Another idea, to set fire to the camp and escape in the confusion, had to be abandoned when the Germans planted mines around the camp perimeter.

Feldhendler met with Pechersky and with the aid of another man, Solomon Leitman, who acted as the interpreter, became Pechersky’s main collaborator in the plot. With his military experience, the former Red Army Lieutenant quickly assumed the leadership of the escape plan.

The exact number of Jews who were murdered at Sobibor is unknown since the bodies were burned on pyres and the train records were destroyed. Estimates range from 170,000 to 250,000 deaths in the short time that Sobibor was in operation.

According to Dutch historian Johannes Houwink ten Cate, the transportation list of the Jews sent on 19 trains to Sobibor from the transit camp at Westerbork in the Netherlands contains the names and place of birth of the 34,000 Dutch Jews, but the names of the Jews sent from other countries to Sobibor are unknown. Approximately 33,000 Dutch Jews were killed in the gas chambers at Sobibor and 1,000 were chosen as workers at Sobibor, or to be sent to a nearby labor camp. Only 19 Dutch Jews survived.

In 1999, Jules Schelvis, the sole survivor of a transport of Dutch Jews from Westerbork on June 1, 1943, founded Stichting Sobibor. The foundation’s goal is to keep the memory of the Sobibor camp alive.

The Donald gives a speech and mispronounces nearly every word

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:13 am

Trump at Holocaust remembrance — Photo credit New York Times

In the past, I have written several blog posts about Donald Trump including this one which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/is-donald-trump-the-new-hitler/

This morning, I listened to President Trump give a speech, and I was shocked to hear him mispronounce so many well-known words, regarding the Holocaust.

For example, Trump mispronounced the word Nazi. He said Nozzy instead of Not-see.

Then he mispronounced the name of the most famous person who ever claimed to be a Holocaust survivor, but wasn’t: Elie Wiesel.

Just before he died, Wiesel confessed that he was never in a concentration camp. He was probably hiding out in his childhood home in Hungary, which I wrote about in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-childhood-home-of-elie-the-wiesel/

Trump mispronounced Wiesel’s first name as Elly, instead of E-lee.  The way that Trump pronounced “Elly”, it rhymed with Smelly and Jelly.   He mispronounced the word Wiesel as Weasel, instead of Vee-zel.

Near the end of his speech, President Trump told the story of Gerda Klein who claimed that she had been held by the Nazis in a prison in Poland for 3 years. Trump did not give the name of the prison, so that we could look it up.

Gerda claimed that she was liberated from Dachau by American soldiers. That day was Gerda’s 21st birthday and she weighed 68 pounds, according to the story told by Trump.

I have written extensively on my scrapbookpages.com website about the liberation of the Dachau camp: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay4.html

I wrote my website many years ago — in 1998, and at that time, I had never heard the story of Gerda Klein.  So I do not believe her story. Trump should have given some proof of this story.

It is strange that I never heard about Gerda Wiessmann when I was studying the liberation of Dachau.

I blogged about Gerda before on the link below.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/holocaust-survivor-awarded-medal-of-freedom/

Did the Nazis have “transit camps” or only “death camps”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

One of the readers of my blog wrote in a comment that the Nazis did not have “transit camps” where Jews were sent instead of being sent to a “death camp”.

Here are the exact words in the comment:

“I will wonder why deniers keep calling camps “transit camps” when they can’t prove anyone was ever transited through them.”

This is an excellent question. I did a search of all my blog posts and found that there were many camps which the Nazis referred to as “durchgang” camps. This was their word for a transit camp.

Prisoners stayed in a “durchgang camp” for only a day or two before being sent to a permanent camp.

I have written about these “durchgang camps” on these blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/was-chelmno-a-transit-camp-or-an-extermination-camp/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/was-treblinka-really-a-transit-camp/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/the-story-of-treblinka-transit-camp-or-extermination-center/

April 24, 2017

Will Pope Francis be arrested for denying the Holocaust?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:52 pm
The pontiff was speaking to a group of migrants about a refugee he met on a Greek island

Pope Francis seen here denying the Holocaust.

In a recent news article, which you can read in full in the link below, Pope Francis denied the Holocaust.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4437818/Pope-Francis-Nazi-comparison-draws-outrage.html

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Pope Francis sparks outrage among Jews
after comparing European refugee detention
centres [sic] to Nazi concentration camps.

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The Pope may be subject to arrest in numerous countries that have Holocaust denial laws.  To make matters worse, he committed this crime during Yom HaShoah.

The news article continues:

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The American Jewish Committee soon after urged the pontiff to ‘reconsider his regrettable choice of words,’

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Maybe someone should explain to the Jewish Committee that the Pope is infallible.  He really can’t reconsider his positions. I learned this when I was a little girl, going to a Catholic school.

The gas chamber at Auschwitz according to Wikipedia

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:21 pm

The following quote, regarding the gas chamber at Auschwitz, is from Wikipedia:

You can read the quote by clicking on this link and scrolling down to the bottom of the section on Gas Vans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_chamber#Gas_vans

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The gas chamber at Auschwitz I was amongst [sic] those blown up. It was reconstructed after the war to stand as a memorial, albeit with the entry door and the wall that originally separated the gas chamber from a washroom removed. The door that had been added when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter was left intact.[5]

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I have a section about the gas chamber in the Auschwitz I camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

The following is a quote from my website:

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Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

The Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, shown in the photo above, is a reconstruction which was done by the Soviet Union in 1947.

The original gas chamber had been converted by the Germans into an air raid shelter in September 1944. A new entrance door, which can be seen in the background of the photo above, had been added. In September 1944, the original gas chamber had been divided into four small rooms. In the photo above, you can see the reconstructed opening into the oven room on the left hand side. This opening had been closed up when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter. During the reconstruction, the opening into the oven room was moved a few feet.

Sorry, but I believe that Wikipedia is wrong about the Auschwitz gas chamber. I am not allowed to make changes on Wikipedia because I am a Holocaust denier.

 

Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:42 am

I have been urged, by one of the followers of my blog, to write something about Yom HaShoah, which is currently going on in Israel for the second day.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/opinion/fl-jjps-jaffe-0419-20170417-story.html

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This year, on April 23 and 24, we will once again gather as a community to “Zachor,” to “Gedenk,” to Remember, our parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and oh so many more of our family members that we, the Children of the Shoah, never had the opportunity to know or to love. They who might have taught us to know what the word “family” meant; who could have given us guidance and direction as we grew up. Those of us who somehow, by some chance, survived the Jewish Holocaust.

And we also are here to honor the “Righteous Among the Nations,” those special selfless citizens who saved Jewish lives. Yes, there were those who saved Jewish children, even those children who were never returned to a Jewish life because their parents and siblings were murdered — and some who were converted to Christianity and remained committed to that faith. We need to be ever grateful. We need to keep reminding the world that such “righteous” people existed, and honor the “hidden children” who later in their lives were committed to have these brave human beings honored at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

We, the Children of the Shoah, are the last generation — the last surviving eye-witnesses to a time when the “civilized world” went mad. When civilization died. When humanity lost its meaning. When Jewish children were the first to be eradicated from Europe’s citizenry; when Jewish life was oh so cheap — and when we were surrounded by a “deafening silence” from most of the outside world.

Soon, too soon perhaps for some of us, there will be no one left to recount personal lives and personal losses; to alert our children, grandchildren and schoolchildren to the hatred and dangers that still exist in our world. To make them aware that evil, hatred and prejudice is still alive and well — and spreading — and how they must learn, understand and be prepared throughout their lives for whatever might come as they go forth into adulthood. If we, who somehow did survive the Shoah, do not alert these children and students … WHO WILL?

And so, this year 2017 at our Yom HaShoah commemoration, we the Children of the Shoah here in Boca Raton, remind the world to “Remember” the Shoah, the Holocaust … and, most especially, we remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children so senselessly and brutally slaughtered.

Yom HaShoah is indeed a sacred mission of remembrance — for the sake of humanity. But, for us, the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Shoah, for the rest of our days, until our final breaths … WE WILL REMEMBER THE CHILDREN.

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I am not Jewish, so it is hard for me to get excited about Yom HaShoah. It seems to me that every day is Holocaust Remembrance day. There are numerous survivors of the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. The survivors were children when the Holocaust was happening. Why didn’t the Nazis realize that these children would grow up to hate the German people for many years to come. Why did the Nazis allow these children to live?

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