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August 18, 2017

The liberation of Buchenwald is mentioned in today’s news

Filed under: Germany, Trump, World War II — furtherglory @ 12:54 pm

The liberation of Buchenwald by American soldiers….

My photo of the gatehouse at the Buchenwald camp

American soldiers arrive at the Buchenwald gate

You can read about the liberation of Buchenwald in this current news article: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/18/what-would-gene-amole-a-liberator-of-buchenwald-write-about-charlottesville/

The following quote is from the news article:

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The other day I listened to Donald Trump’s justification for the violence at Charlottesville and his wink and nod to the alt-right, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, or whatever they call themselves, some of whom he said were “very nice people.” I call them evil.

With too few exceptions, his remarks have been followed with stunning silence by Republican members of Congress and the members of his cabinet. Others actually are defending his words.

Then I got to thinking about my father, the late Rocky Mountain News columnist, Gene Amole. During World War II he served in the unit that would liberate the Buchenwald death camp. What he saw there gave him nightmares for the rest of his life.

He never talked about it. One day he saw me reading a book about the Nazis, so he sat down and told me the story of how he and his fellow soldiers arrived at Buchenwald to find more than 21,000 naked, starving and nearly dead prisoners using what little strength they had to cheer their arrival.

They hugged the Americans and wept with relief and joy at the sight of them. The shocked and horrified soldiers passed out their own rations, gave up their coats, blankets and whatever else they had to cover their emaciated bodies.

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I have written about the liberation of Buchenwald on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation0.html

My version of the story of the Buchenwald liberation is a little different. My version starts off with this quote from my website:

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The Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated on April 11, 1945 by four soldiers in the Sixth Armored Division of the US Third Army, commanded by General George S. Patton. Just before the Americans arrived, the camp had already been taken over by the Communist prisoners who had killed some of the guards and forced the rest to flee into the nearby woods.

Pfc. James Hoyt was driving the M8 armored vehicle which brought Capt. Frederic Keffer, Tech. Sgt. Herbert Gottschalk and Sgt. Harry Ward to the Buchenwald camp that day.

End quote — continue reading at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation0.html

 

August 17, 2017

Natalee Holloway is back in the news again

Filed under: True Crime — furtherglory @ 12:42 pm

Natalee Holloway

You can read the latest news about Natalee Holloway in this news article: http://www.insideedition.com/investigative/10515-natalee-holloway-witness-comes-forward-i-knew-she-was-dead

And in this news article: https://www.yahoo.com/news/natalee-holloway-apos-body-found-211700891.html

I previously blogged about Natalee Holloway on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/what-ever-happened-to-natalee-holloway-chapter-two/

I believe that Natalee is alive and well and that she is in hiding. She is hiding from her mother. I believe that she disappeared in order to get away from her controlling mother.

August 15, 2017

Austria’s lower house of parliament has purchased the building Hitler was born in

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:36 pm

My photo of the building where Hitler was born

My photo of the stone marker in front of the house where Hitler was born in Austria

Braunau am Inn, where Hitler was born, is a charming town in Austria, with a population of about 17,500 people, on the south bank of the Inn river which separates Austria and Germany.

My photo above shows Salzburger Vorstadt, the street where Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. The house where Hitler was born is on the right.

The street was renamed Adolf-Hitler-Strasse after the Anschluss of Germany and Austria on March 12, 1938.

The title of my blog post today is a quote from this news article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/15/how-other-countries-have-dealt-with-monuments-to-dictators-fascists-and-racist/?utm_term=.c9b2fe1b61fc

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In 1949, the newfound Federal Republic of Germany banned the swastika from public life. And since 1945, its government has worked to systematically get rid of Nazi-era memorials and architecture. Nazi officials were buried in unmarked graves. Swastikas were ground off buildings. Monuments and statues from the Third Reich were torn down. The military jail that housed high-ranking Nazi officials awaiting their war-crimes trials was torn down, so that it would not become a shrine for neo-Nazis. (According to Schofield, “Officials went so far as to pulverize the bricks and throw the remains into the North Sea.”) Zeppelin Field, former home of Nazi party rallies, was fenced off and visitors warned to keep away.

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My photo of the house where Hitler was born

I was warned not to go to Sobibor, where Jews would be waiting to kill me

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:18 am

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Two monuments at the Sobibór camp

In the photo above, one monument is in the foreground, while the other monument is the white thing in the background.

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The second monument at Sobibór

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The photo above shows the entrance into Sobibor camp

Sobibór is mentioned in a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.businessinsider.com/a-journey-to-the-death-camps-in-eastern-poland-2017-8?r=UK&IR=T

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Sobibór, along with Bełżec and Treblinka, is one of the three Nazi death camps designed to murder the Jews who arrived there immediately upon arrival, and it is hard to find. Two roads through the woods take you there.

Only one of the two is signposted with a twenty-centimeter sign saying “Muzeum Sobibór”. The other runs parallel to the railway tracks along which the death trains traveled, always deeper into the forest.

Into one of the furthermost corners of Poland, into Yiddishland, into the landscape of the former Shtetls, where Eastern Jewish culture blossomed like nowhere else. Back then, in the 18th, and especially in the 19th century, when the world’s biggest rabbinical school flourished in Lublin, a region where most of the more than three million Polish Jews lived in peace for such a long time.

It is back there, not far from the tri-national border between Poland, Belarus and the Ukraine, that Sobibór lies in the dark green pine forest.

End quote from news article

Here is the kosher version of the story of Sobibór:

(Note, some photos from above are repeated in this version)

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Monument at the Sobibór camp

Sobibór was a death camp, built by the Nazis in March 1942 for the sole purpose of killing European Jews in gas chambers. An estimated 250,000 Jews were murdered at Sobibór during a period of only 18 months, according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The train station at Sobibór

The old train station at the village of Sobibór is shown in the photograph above; train service to Sobibór was discontinued in 1999. Also shown in the photo above is the house where the Commandant of the camp formerly lived.

Franz Stangl was the first Commandant of the camp. Stangl had previously headed the euthanasia center at Hartheim Castle in Austria where physically and mentally disabled Germans were killed with carbon monoxide in a gas chamber.

After six months at Sobibór, Stangl was transferred to the Treblinka death camp where he served as the Commandant.

The train tracks are barely visible on the left side of the photo above. A railroad spur line was built at Sobibór in order to take the train cars inside the camp. The location of the former camp is to the left, across from the station, in the photo above.

The plaques on the wall at the entrance have the same message in different languages. The English version reads:

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At this site, between the years 1942 and 1943, there existed a Nazi death camp where 250,000 Jews and approximately 1,000 Poles were murdered. On October 14, 1943, during the revolt by the Jewish prisoners the Nazis were overpowered and several hundred prisoners escaped to freedom. Following the revolt the death camp ceased to function. “Earth conceal not my blood” (Job)

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The Sobibór camp was on the eastern edge of German-occupied Poland, five kilometers west of the Bug river. The Bug river was as far as trains from western Europe could go without changing the wheels to fit the train tracks in the Soviet Union, which were a different gauge.

On the other side of the Bug river from Sobibór was Ukraine, which had belonged to the Soviet Union until it was taken by the Germans shortly after their invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

The unsuspecting victims who arrived at Sobibór were told that they would be sent to work camps in Ukraine after they had taken a shower, but instead, the Jews were immediately killed in gas chambers disguised as shower rooms.

Sobibór was one of the three Aktion Reinhard camps which were set up following the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942 when “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question in Europe” was planned. The head of Aktion Reinhard (Operation Reinhard) was SS-Brigadeführer Odilio Globocnik, who had previously been the Gauleiter of Vienna, Austria. Globocnik and Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler both committed suicide after being captured by the British.

The other two Aktion Reinhard camps were Belzec and Treblinka. The first Commandant at Belzec was Christian Wirth, who was also the Inspector of the Aktion Reinhard camps. Belzec and Treblinka were also very near the Bug river which formed the eastern border between German-occupied Poland and the Soviet Union. Across the Bug river from Treblinka was Belorussia (White Russia) which is now called Belarus.

According to the figures given by the Nazis at the Wannsee Conference, there were approximately 5 million Jews in the Soviet Union in January 1942, including 2,994,684 in Ukraine and 446,484 in Belorussia. There were another 2,284,000 Jews in the area of German-occupied Poland known as the General Government. At the Conference, the Nazis claimed that they were planning to resettle some of the Jews who were living in the General Government into Ukraine, an area of the Soviet Union which Germany controlled at that time.

The Nazis claimed that the Aktion Reinhard camps were transit camps for the “evacuation of the Jews to the East,” a euphemism for the genocide of the Jews. Unlike the death camps at Auschwitz and Majdanek, the three Aktion Reinhard camps did not have ovens to cremate the bodies. The Jews were not registered upon arrival at the Aktion Reinhard camps and no death records were kept.

At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal in 1946, documents were introduced which showed an exchange of letters in 1943 between Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the concentration camps, and Richard Glücks, the Inspector of the Concentration Camps, in which Glücks suggested that Sobibór be converted into a concentration camp.

In a letter dated 5 July 1943, Himmler rejected this idea. This indicates that Sobibór was not a concentration camp, but rather a place that was not part of the Nazi concentration camp system.

The three Aktion Reinhard camps were all in remote locations, but “each site was on a railroad line linking it with hundreds of towns and villages whose Jewish communities were now trapped and starving” in the spring of 1942, according to Martin Gilbert’s book entitled “The Holocaust.”

Sobibór was linked by rail with many large Jewish communities, including Lublin, Wlodawa and Chelm. Jews were also brought from the Theresienstadt ghetto, located in what is now the Czech Republic, and from the Netherlands, to be gassed at Sobibór.

The city of Lublin in eastern Poland was the headquarters of Aktion Reinhard. The clothing taken from the victims at the three Aktion Reinhard camps was sent to the Majdanek camp in Lublin to be disinfected with Zyklon-B before being shipped to Germany. There were no disinfection chambers for delousing the clothing at Sobibór.

Deportations to Sobibór began in mid April 1942 with transports from the town of Zamosc in Poland, according to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert. The Jews from the Lublin ghetto were also sent to Sobibór to be gassed, although there were several gas chambers at Majdanek just outside the city of Lublin.

During the first phase of the extermination of the Jews at Sobibór, which lasted until July 1942, around 100,000 Jews were gassed to death. Their bodies were buried in mass graves, then dug up later and burned on pyres.

During the next phase, the bodies were burned immediately, according to Toivi Blatt, one of the few survivors of Sobibór. At the age of 15, Blatt had been selected to work in sorting the clothing in the camp.

 

 

August 14, 2017

My memories of 9-11

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:03 pm

On that day, September 11th, I had gotten up at 6 a.m. as usual (9 a.m. Eastern time) and immediately turned on the TV set in my bedroom. I was horrified to see the South Tower at the World Trade Center with a gaping hole in it and black smoke pouring out. The tower had been hit by American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time. I thought at first that the plane had hit the tower accidentally.

As I watched in horror, at 9:03 a.m. Eastern time, I saw the North Tower hit by Flight 175. A big red ball of fire appeared on the opposite side of the tower and I knew that this was a deliberate attack: World War III had started.  I expected that attacks in other cities would quickly follow.  I called my daughter, woke her up, and told her not to go out of the house because we were at war and anything could happen.

On that day in 2001, I watched the Fox News coverage the whole day; Rick Leventhal was reporting from the site of the attack.  Footage from his original coverage was replayed on Sunday 09.11.11.   

As I recall, it was very early in the morning,  some time before the second tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. when I heard that the attack had been perpetrated by Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda.  At the next commercial, I rushed to my computer to google these names, which I had never heard before.

Country singer Alan Jackson has a song called “Where were you on that September day?” On that September day, I was as ignorant as Alan Jackson who sings “I didn’t know the difference between Iraq and Iran.” I could not have pointed to Afghanistan or Iraq on a map.  I had no clue as to why America was being attacked.

At 9:37 a.m. Eastern time, the Pentagon was hit by Flight 77 and 184 people lost their lives, including the passengers on the plane.  Fortunately, the section of the Pentagon that was hit was only partially occupied because it had been recently renovated.  In the replay of the 9/11 coverage, the wreckage of the Flight 77 plane was not shown, although there were new photos, never before shown, of the remains of the planes that had hit the twin towers.  Search and rescue dogs were brought to the Pentagon to find the bodies in the wreckage, but there was no mention of whether or not the bodies of the people on the plane were ever found.

Around that same time on 9/11, I heard on Fox News that Flight 93 was headed to Washington, DC with the intention of destroying the Capitol building.  It was a very tense time before the plane was brought down by several of the 40 passengers.  On the Fox News coverage on 09.11.11, I heard someone say that the “plane was buried in the ground” when it hit a field near Shanksville, PA.  I also heard someone say that KLM, the mastermind behind the attacks, had confessed that the target of Flight 93 was the Capitol.  The site of the crash is now a memorial with one huge bolder as a symbolic headstone for the 40 passengers who lost their lives.  Their names are engraved on a wall at the site.

There were 2,753 people who died in the attacks on the twin towers.  It could have been far worse if the planes had hit the towers at a lower point.  There were 50,000 people who worked in these buildings but, according to the 9/11 coverage this year, almost all of the workers, on the floors below where the planes hit, were saved.  The first plane hit the South Tower 14 minutes before 9 a.m. when many workers had not yet entered the building.  If the first plane had hit after 9 a.m. many more people would have been killed.

I don’t recall what time it was on 9/11 when Rick Leventhal said that there were 3,000 Jews who worked for an Israeli company on one of the top floors of one of the towers, but it was before both towers had collapsed, so it was around 7 a.m. California time.  Leventhal reported that there was no way that the 3,000 Jews could be saved because they were on a floor above where the plane had hit.

I immediately thought: “Oh boy, we’ll never hear the end of this tragedy.  The death of 3,000 Jews will be the focus of the 9/11 story for years to come.  There will probably be a Museum set up for them or maybe a room added to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

I was glued to the TV set, watching Rick Leventhal all day, but he never mentioned the fate of the 3,000 Jews.  I assumed that Leventhal was too overcome by emotion at the thought of 3,000 Jews being burned alive or jumping to their deaths.  The next day, I learned that the 3,000 Jews did not go to work that day.

Another person who did not go to work that day was Larry Silverstein, the owner of the twin towers and Building 7.  According to Shepard Smith’s Fox News special, called “Freedom Rising,” Silverstein had purchased the twin towers for 3.2 billion dollars only two months before the planes hit.  By 10:30 a.m. on 9/11, both of the towers were on the ground. Smith said that it was Larry Silverstein who had built Building 7 in 1987. At 5:20 p.m. on 9/11, Building 7 collapsed, although it had not been hit by a plane.

In an interview with Shepard Smith on Sunday, Silverstein said that his daily routine was to go to the World Trade Center early every morning.  He would customarily have breakfast every morning in one of the towers, but on that fateful morning, his wife stopped him as he was going out the door.  She told him that she had made an appointment for him with a dermatologist and he had to interrupt his usual routine to keep the appointment.

When the new buildings, that will replace the ones that have been demolished, are finished, there will be a 16-acre Memorial Plaza in the heart of New York city with four new buildings and an 8-acre public park, which was opened for the first time on 09.11.11 for the families of the victims. The controversial Mosque, at Park 51 near the 9/11 site, opened today.

The 9/11 park was designed by Peter Walker. The pits in the ground at the former location of the twin towers have been turned into beautiful reflecting pools with waterfalls on the sides. The water from the waterfalls goes down into the ground to tanks seven stories below; this water is used to water the trees that surround the pools.  Hundreds of trees have been planted randomly around the pools.  These are white oaks and flowering pear trees which do not bear fruit.

The three buildings that collapsed after the 9/11 attack were all very plain architecturally.  The four new buildings will be much more dramatic, according to the drawings that were shown on Fox News on Sunday, September 11th.  One of the new buildings will be tall enough to see the curvature of the earth from the top of it.  Fifteen subway lines will be under the new towers.  A national 9/11 Museum will open next year.

The tallest of the new towers that are being built to replace the twin towers will be called the Freedom tower.  It will be 1776 feet high in honor of the year 1776 when America obtained its Freedom.  9/11 is all about Freedom.

At 1 p.m. on September 11, 2001 President Bush went on the air to make a speech.  He was very calm and composed as he said: “Freedom itself was attacked this morning and Freedom will be defended.”

On October 7, 2001, America attacked Afghanistan and on March 19, 2002, Iraq was attacked because of the threat of “weapons of mass destruction,” which were never found.  Both wars, which are being fought to defend our Freedom, were still going on, ten years later.

America got off easy in the attack on our Freedom.  To put things into perspective, consider what happened to just one city in Germany during World War II.  The city of Cologne was bombed 262 times; half of the buildings in the city were destroyed. The last bombing raid was on March 2, 1945, four days before American troops entered the city. The population of Cologne before the war was 557,658.  In December 1945, the population was 447,000, according to registration records of the American occupation. (Source: Germany 1945, From War to Peace by Richard Bessel.)

Sixty-six years after the end of World War II, Germany is still occupied by American troops in order to preserve our Freedom.

15 Comments

  1. Ha Ha Ha…… you are just so funny. The Israelis did it? What drugs are you taking? Yet another proof that you are a Jew hater, no, I am not a Jew and neither am I a German hater. I see you ha

August 13, 2017

I can’t get enough of 9-11

Filed under: True Crime — furtherglory @ 3:45 pm

I have found another news article about 9-11. You can read it at http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pages/israel/were-4000-jews-told-to-stay-home-on-911.htm

The title of the article in the link above is “Were 4,000 Jews told to stay home on 9/11?”

My answer to that question is “Yes, the Jews were told to stay home.”

The following quote is from the news article:

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Did the Jews launch 9/11? The modern-day conpsiracy theory market was re-born on the day that 2 planes flew into the Twin Towers, one crashed in a field in PA, and another into the Pentagon in Washington. Careers and fortunes have been made on the endless rehashing of the details of what did or didn’t happen on that fateful September day. Today, we will attempt to answer the question of did the Jews have anything to do in the planning of that tragedy.

The 9-11 tragedy

 

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Let’s get back to 911 and study what really happened that day

Filed under: True Crime, Trump — furtherglory @ 12:31 pm

President Trump has mentioned the 9/11 attack on America in several recent speeches. I think that he is misinformed in what he says about the 911 attack. There is no evidence that this was an attack by a foreign government.

The owner of the buildings brought them down, so that he could use the space for one huge tower. One of the towers that came down was not even hit. Building 7 had been wired to come down, and it did.

I have written several blog posts about the 9/11 attack, including this one:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/911-memorial-ceremonies/

My blog post about Barbara Olsen is also about the 9/11 attack:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/barbara-olson-a-victim-of-the-911-terrorist-attack/

This blog post is about an interview with Ward Churchill:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/megyn-kellys-interview-with-ward-churchill-on-fox-news/

This blog post, which continues the story of Ward Churchill, has lots of links which add to the story:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/2nd-part-of-megyn-kellys-interview-with-ward-churchill/

This news article claims that Jews did not stay home on 9/11 and that there were several Jews who died in the attack:

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pages/israel/were-4000-jews-told-to-stay-home-on-911.htm

The usual story is that 3,000 Jews stayed home that day, but the news article, cited above, claims that there were 4,000 Jews who worked there and some of them were killed that day.

Fortunately, there have been no more attacks. Thank God for that — there were 3,000 people killed that day, according to TV ads that we are seeing today.

August 12, 2017

Essays by Wolf Murmelstein

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:05 pm

Dr. Wolf Murmelstein is the son of Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Elder of the Theresienstadt Ghetto and the youngest of the Terezin children able to remember things. He currently lives in Italy.

The six essays below were written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein and submitted to me for publication.

Theresienstadt, a Special Case in Shoah History

The Last “Unrighteous” & The Judenrat Question (two essays)

Otherwise, It Would Mean to Die

The Jewish Community of Salonica during the Shoah

Holocaust survivor dies at the age of 113

Filed under: Auschwitz, Food, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal died at the age of 113

You can read about this Holocaust survivor in a news article at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/12/media-worlds-oldest-man-holocaust-survivor-dies-at-113.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Israeli media are reporting that the world’s oldest man, who lived through both world wars and survived the Holocaust, has died a month short of his 114th birthday.

Ynet on Saturday quoted Israel Kristal’s daughter as saying her father died Friday. Shula Kupershtuch says: “He always saw only light and good in everything.”

Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world’s oldest man last year.

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I have said this many times: Many of the Jews in the concentration camps camps lived to an advanced age because of their potato based diet.

Potatoes are very easy to grow; they will grow in very poor soil without any help from the grower. I know this because my family had half of a large garden planted with potatoes. I owe my good health, and my advanced age, to the fact that I eat lots of potatoes.

 

Holocaust gaffes from President Trump’s White House

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump — furtherglory @ 9:34 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from the headline of a news article which you can read at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/running-list-holocaust-gaffes-trump-white-house-article-1.3400972

The following quote is from the news article:

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From its earliest days, President Trump’s White House has shown a troubling tendency to keep bringing up the Nazi genocide with botched facts and bad analogies.

This isn’t too surprising after Trump’s campaign flirted with anti-semitism — remember the “gas chambers” remark, the Star of David meme, the lack of David Duke rebuke.

Since January, you’ve needed to only wait a few months until yet another Holocaust mishap came from the Trump administration.

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It is time for Trump to take a crash course in the Holocaust, so that he won’t keep making these mistakes.

First, go to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

Here is a quote from Wikipedia:

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in a genocide, which was part of a larger event that included the persecution and murder of other peoples in Europe. Under the coordination of the SS, with directions from the highest leadership of the Nazi Party, every arm of Germany’s bureaucracy was involved in both the logistics and the carrying out of the mass murder. Killings were committed throughout German-occupied Europe, as well as within Nazi Germany itself, and they were also committed across all territories controlled by its allies. Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, Ukrainians, and other Slavs; Soviet citizens and Soviet POWs; communists; homosexuals; Jehovah’s Witnesses; and others. Some 42,500 detention facilities were utilized in the concentration of victims for the purpose of committing gross violations of human rights. Over 200,000 people are estimated to have been Holocaust perpetrators.

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I wrote about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Holocaust on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/Niederhagen.html

 

 

 

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