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August 20, 2017

Auschwitz survivor who was forced to paint for Dr. Joseph Mengele

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 4:38 pm

Now the truth comes out. Dr. Joseph Mengele forced prisoners to paint pictures at Auschwitz!!!

You can read about it at https://www.jweekly.com/2017/08/15/auschwitz-forced-paint-now-family-wants-art-returned/

I can see it all now. Dr. Mengele swinging a horse whip and shouting “Start painting now, you lazy prisoners, or I will horse whip you.”

The following quote is from the news article:

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Babbitt and her family began fighting with authorities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial in 1973 after the discovery of six of her watercolor portraits of Roma (also known as gypsies). A seventh was found in 1977.

After several failed attempts to get the artwork returned — including State Department intervention spearheaded by then-Rep. Shelly Berkley of Nevada; the involvement of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington; and a petition signed by 400 comic-book legends, including Stan Lee, declaring that artwork belongs to the artist — a recent discovery by Babbitt’s youngest daughter delivered yet another emotional blow to the family.

“I had begun having an ominous feeling anyway as the anniversary of my mother’s death was approaching,” Karin Babbitt said about learning that her mother’s paintings would be part of a new exhibit at the National Museum in Krakow. “There was nothing worse that you could put in my face at that time.”

Along with the ongoing rightful ownership issue, Karin contends that the Oświęcim-based museum is in violation of a “permitted public use” agreement that prohibits it from profiting from Babbitt’s work, for example, by reproducing the watercolors in books the museum plans to sell. Pawel Sawicki of the museum’s press office responded: “For this exhibition, a catalogue has been prepared which contains all works from the exhibition. Using the images in the catalogue is allowed as so-called ‘permitted public use’ connected with promotion of the exhibition.”

Karin, a special-education teacher and resident of Santa Cruz, where her mother lived for nearly 30 years, recounted the fraught history of her paintings that were signed and dated in 1944.

“The SS came in [to her barracks] and saw the art my mother had painted,” she said. “She was put in a jeep and driven to Mengele’s office in Birkenau. She’s thinking, ‘I’m dead.’” Instead, the SS told the young artist that she was to paint portraits of Roma Gypsy prisoners “to have a record of their inferiority,” Karin said.

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Sobibór is in today’s news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:19 pm

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The photo above shows 2 monuments at Sobibor

You can read the latest news about Sobibor at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5005138,00.html

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Israel-Russia relations sour over Sobibór memorial exclusion
Israel’s ambassador to Moscow summoned by Russian Foreign Ministry after Warsaw decided to exclude Moscow from project to build museum and memorial site for the victims of the Nazi extermination camp; Russia expects Israel to intervene in its favor.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s Ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren over the weekend to provide clarifications after Poland decided to exclude Russia from a commemoration project for the victims of the Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór.

 

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I have a section on my website about Sobibor which you can view at  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Sobibor/index.html
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Two monuments at Sobibor Memorial Site, one in front and another  in the background

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