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July 23, 2017

Duke and Dutchess visit the horror in Berlin

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:23 pm

The royal couple walk through the Jewish Memorial Site in Berlin


My 2002 photo above shows where the memorial was built.

The following quote is from the news article from July 20th, 2017 which includes the photo shown above:

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On their first day in Germany, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the memorial to the Holocaust. They toured Berlin’s memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe yesterday.

Located in the centre of the capital [of Germany] is a sculpture of a graveyard with an underground museum. The Cambridges walked through the memorial after receiving a tour of the underground museum that depicts the progression of the extermination of six million Jews. They studied displays of Jews being sent to ghettos, to labour camps, concentration camps and then to [on] death marches.

The memorial was designed by American [Jewish] architect Peter Eisenman. It opened in May of 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II; the memorial site is 4.7 acres. It is covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or “stelae” in rows. Each piece is 7ft 10 in long, and they vary in height from 7.9 in to 15ft 5in.

The royal couple met and chatted with Leon Schwarzbaum, a survivor of Auschwitz, one of the worst concentration camps where 1.1 million souls were murdered. [Why wasn’t Leon Schwarzbaum killed?]

Mr Schwarzbaum, now 96, showed the Duke and Duchess photos of his family and parents. His mother and father died at the camp. He told the Express: “That’s me at four-years-old with my family and my mother and father, all dead. Killed at Auschwitz.”

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Stupid stupid Nazis!  Why did they keep a 4-year-old child alive? Didn’t they anticipate that he might live to the age of 96, and tell the story of the Holocaust for the next 92 years?

I don’t recommend that tourists walk into this memorial site. There are thieves waiting there, ready to rob you.

I think that this land in the heart of Berlin should be filled with hotels, places to eat, and office buildings, not a monument to the Jews.

Henry Kissinger and I both lived in Germany, but not at the same time

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:08 am

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Way back in the dim past, in the 1950ies, when my husband was in the Army and stationed in Germany, I lived for 20 months in a small town in Germany. I lived “on the German economy” which means that I lived in a German house with a German couple, not in the American housing on the Army base.

I have just recently learned that Henry Kissinger formerly lived in Germany before coming to America in 1938.  He was born in the town of Fürth very near where I lived.

When I lived in Germany, I rarely went out walking alone. I was afraid that I would get lost, and not be able to find my way home. My German landlady, with whom I lived, always went with me. We walked around the whole town, but when we came to a certain road, my landlady would tell me that I should never cross that road because “the bad people” lived on the other side. I didn’t know that “the bad people” were Jews. She didn’t want me to fall into the hands of the Jews who would probably rob me and then kill me.

The small town where I lived was 9 miles from Nuremberg, and I used to walk to the town, then take the bus home. The first time that I took the bus, I stated to get off at the first stop for my town. The bus driver stopped me and told me that I should get off at the next stop. I had only been in the town for a few days, so I was amazed that the driver knew where I lived in the town.

It was only later that I learned that the first bus stop was for the Jews who lived across the road, which my landlady told me that I should never cross.

After the end of the Second World War, a Displaced persons camp for Jewish Holocaust survivors was established in Fürth (Finkenschlag). In 1945 it housed 850 inhabitants; it was shut down in July 1950.  I think some of them were still there when I lived there.

Now we are accustomed to hearing about how the Jews were treated badly in Germany. No one ever tells you that the Germans were treated badly by the Jews, and that is why the Jews were killed in the Holocaust.