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December 31, 2017

Roma and Sinti victims in the Holocaust

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:55 pm

You can read about the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust in this news article: http://siouxcityjournal.com/business/local/people/usd-law-professor-attending-seminar-at-holocaust-museum/article_6e734822-074f-593c-aae1-99c25ac3f4cf.html

I wrote about the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/MemorialSite/GypsyMuseum.html

A permanent exhibition entitled “The National Socialist Genocide of the Sinti and Roma” is shown in the main western building of the SS workshops in the former Industrial Yard, outside the former prison enclosure at Sachsenhausen.

The building was constructed in 1937-38 and was converted into museum space in 2001. A sign at the entrance to the Sachsenhausen Memorial site directs visitors to the left where a road leads through the Industrial Yard to the Museum.

The exhibits in the Sinti and Roma Museum consist of photographs and text which tell the history of the Nazi genocide of the Gypsies.

All of the text is in the German language with no translations into other languages. When I visited the display, there were no artifacts, only photographs on large display boards, such as the one shown below.

photo of Gypsy girl who was put into Nazi camp

One of the displays at Sachsenhausen tells about the Gypsies who were transported from Westerbork, a transit camp in the Netherlands, to Auschwitz on May 19, 1944. The photograph above shows a photo from the display which features a girl who is sometimes erroneously identified as being a Jewish girl from Poland.

The girl in the picture is not Jewish, but rather a Gypsy girl named Settela Steinbach, who was on a transport to Auschwitz.

 

One of my old blog posts, that is one of my best

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:31 am

This old blog post is about Primo Levi, a famous Holocaust survivor who wrote about what happened to him when he was a prisoner of the Germans.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/primo-levi-the-story-of-ten-days-jan-18th-to-jan-27th-1945/

Oskar Groening is back in the news!

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 8:33 am
Oskar Groening

Poor Oskar looks to old to go to jail.

You can read about Oskar in this 12/31/2017 news article:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/240016

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He came to attention in 2005 after giving interviews about his work in the camp in an attempt to persuade Holocaust deniers that the genocide had taken place.

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You can read my many other blog posts about Oskar by following the links below:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/oskar-groening/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/oskar-groening/page/2/

 

December 30, 2017

Was there a gas chamber at the Bergen-Belsen camp?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:38 pm

I answered the question, in the title of my blog post, on this page of my scrapbookpages.com website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen04.html

The article about Bergen-Belsen on my website starts with this quote:

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Immediately after the war, in the Spring of 1945, the majority of Americans believed that there had been homicidal gas chambers in most of the Nazi concentration camps, certainly in Dachau, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.

After seeing the horrible newsreels of thousands of dead bodies in the camps, there was no doubt in most people’s minds that the Nazis had carried out mass gassings in Germany, as well as in the death camps in what is now Poland.

Even today, news reports claim that there were gas chambers at Bergen-Belsen, as well as at Buchenwald and Dachau.

Read more at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen04.html

New film about Eva Moses Kor, a Holocaust survivor

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:29 am

Famous Holocaust survivor Eva Moses Kor

Holocaust survivors walking out of Auschwitz-Birkenau

As far as I know, Eva Moses Kor is not in the photo above, which shows Holocaust survivors walking out of a death camp. I am using this photo to show that the Holocaust survivors were in good health and appeared to have been well fed and taken care of.

This recent news article has a different take on the story of the Holocaust.

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis/film-about-holocaust-survivor-eva-mozes-kor-to-have-world-premiere-in-indianapolis

Quite from news article:

INDIANAPOLIS — A documentary film about the life of Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will have its world premiere at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

The film explores Kor’s life as a Jewish girl on a farm in Romania, to the time she spent at Auschwitz, to the now 83-year-old’s journey to forgiveness and healing.

“I heard (Nazi Dr. Josef) Mengele say that I only had two weeks to live, and I decided I was going to prove him wrong. I didn’t understand what I did. Why did Hitler hate me?” asked Kor.

Tickets for  the “Eva” premiere on April 5 are $40 and go on sale on Friday, January 19, at 10 a.m. through the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and Ticketmaster.

The film is a partnership between WFYI, Ted Green and Mika Brown.

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I have no sympathy for Holocaust survivors who use their time in a Nazi prison to make a fortune on sales of books and films. Old photos show that these prisoners were not treated badly. There was a war going on, and these Jews were put in prison to prevent them from aiding the enemy.  Watch the new trailer below.

 

You can read about another famous Holocaust survivor, named “Big Sonia” at http://www.kmbz.com/blogs/dana-parks/moving-interview-sonia-holocaust-survivor-and-focus-award-winning-documentary-big

 

December 29, 2017

How did Anne Frank die?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 6:07 pm

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.wearethemighty.com/news/the-11-eeriest-unsolved-mysteries-of-world-war-ii

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Through her famous diary, Anne Frank has become one of the most well known voices of the atrocities of the Holocaust. The diary was written while Frank was hiding in Amsterdam, but she ultimately died in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. While her diary shed light upon much of her life, the reason for her death remains a mystery.

Someone must have reported her, but who ultimately made the anonymous phone call that led to the capture and execution of Anne Frank and her family?

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Anne Frank was not executed, as this news article claims. Anne and her older sister, Margot, both died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen camp shortly before the liberation of the camp.

A tombstone for Anne and Margo has been placed at the site of the former camp, but Anne and her sister are actually buried in one of the mass graves. No one knows the exact location of their remains. In the background of the photo below is one of the mass graves.

My photo of the stone in honor of Anne Frank at Bergen-Belsen

Trump’s report card: 10 of the worst things that he has done

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 9:59 am

You can read Trump’s report card online here: https://www.care2.com/causes/10-of-the-worst-things-trump-has-done-in-2017.html

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This list could be much, much longer, but here are 10 of the worst things that Trump has done this year.

1.  Promoted Bigotry And Racism

This is the very worst: Trump’s bigoted and racist views have encouraged other like-minded people to emerge and be proud of their hateful attitudes. Consider his response to the participants in the August Charlottesville protest, organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis carrying Confederate and Nazi flags: Trump called them “very fine people.” 

2. Destroyed The Environment

It’s hard to know where to start with this one, since Trump has made it a priority to get rid of every regulation President Obama put in place to protect the environment. One of Trump’s first actions was to announce the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, one of the toughest actions against global warming ever put in place by the U.S. It’s never taken effect and hasn’t been repealed yet, but that hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from reducing regulations around vehicle emissions, toxic waste, methane leaks and the pollution of drinking water. And let’s not forget the denial of climate change and the withdrawal from the Paris Peace Accords.

7. Lined His Own Pockets

Trump has used the presidency to enrich himself from day one, whether it’s Trump hotels welcoming foreign dignitaries or the $91,655,424 that American taxpayers have spent on his golf trips. And now Trump will likely be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the tax bill that he signed into law last week. No wonder he wanted to celebrate. Since he hasn’t released his tax returns, it’s impossible to say how much he will gain, but it will undoubtedly be in the millions. Oh and other members of his already-wealthy family like his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner also stand to save millions.

8. Made America Less Great

In a survey conducted annually by the Nation Brands Index, the U.S. has lost its top place ranking as the country with the best international image. The top spot is now held by Germany while the U.S. has dropped to sixth place. The poll questioned public opinion on 50 countries, asking questions about governance, culture, heritage, exports, tourism, investment and immigration. Countries ahead of the U.S. were France, the U.K., Canada and Japan. Those were the overall rankings, but in the area of governance, the U.S. has dropped from 19 to 23 under Trump.

3. Encouraged Police Brutality

Yes, really. Trump received applause when he addressed a group of police officers on Long Island in July and instructed them to “Please don’t be too nice” when throwing suspects into the back of a police car. He went on, “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” 

4. Abandoned Puerto Rico

Last October, when Trump visited Puerto Rico after the island’s devastation by Hurricane Maria he tossed rolls of paper towels at its residents and promised his administration would provide all kinds of aid and would write off Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt. He also sought to downplay the severity of the destruction in the island, compared to that wrought by Hurricane Katrina. But the debt has not been written off, around 1,065 people died on the island in September and October, on par with the Katrina deaths and now, three months after the storm, thousands of these American citizens still have no power, no homes and no access to potable water. 

5. Pushed “Fake News”

Trump, along with the flunkies like Mike Pence who attempt to outdo each other in obsequious praise of their master, is waging a war on the truth with his constant declarations of “Fake News” whenever a critical voice is raised against him. Trump cannot stand to be criticized, even when the truth is obvious, as in the size of his inauguration audience. While Trump decries the truth as fake news, Kellyanne Conway came up with “Alternative facts.” This authoritarian approach to any events that don’t match Trump’s prescribed opinions and policies is extremely dangerous.

6. Authorized More Arrests By ICE

It started early on: In the first weeks of Trump’s presidency, immigration arrests went up 32.6 percent; Trump had pledged that he was only going after the criminals but in fact ICE arrests of non-criminals doubled. As if that weren’t horrendous enough, the Department of Homeland Security has come up with a plan to separate families: When officials detain undocumented immigrants near the border with Mexico, the children will be handed over to Child Protective Services while their parents will be sent to detention centers. 

7. Lined His Own Pockets

Trump has used the presidency to enrich himself from day one, whether it’s Trump hotels welcoming foreign dignitaries or the $91,655,424 that American taxpayers have spent on his golf trips. And now Trump will likely be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the tax bill that he signed into law last week. No wonder he wanted to celebrate. Since he hasn’t released his tax returns, it’s impossible to say how much he will gain, but it will undoubtedly be in the millions. Oh and other members of his already-wealthy family like his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner also stand to save millions.

8. Made America Less Great

In a survey conducted annually by the Nation Brands Index, the U.S. has lost its top place ranking as the country with the best international image. The top spot is now held by Germany while the U.S. has dropped to sixth place. The poll questioned public opinion on 50 countries, asking questions about governance, culture, heritage, exports, tourism, investment and immigration. Countries ahead of the U.S. were France, the U.K., Canada and Japan. Those were the overall rankings, but in the area of governance, the U.S. has dropped from 19 to 23 under Trump.

9. Stirred Up Violence In The Middle East

Earlier this month, Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, a move which provoked immediate protests and violence in the region and brought condemnation from around the world. (Not to mention, why does a U.S. president have the right to name the capital of another country?)  Incredibly, Trump called his announcement and the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “a step to advance the peace process” between Israel and Palestine. To no one’s surprise, Israel’s Netanyahu called this a “historic landmark” while Palestinian President Abbas said the U.S. was making a “declaration of withdrawal” from peace process negotiations.

10. Lied Hundreds Of Times

As a teacher who tries to hold students responsible for telling the truth, this is especially galling to me. It’s hard to insist on truth and integrity when our president will say anything as long as it makes him look good. The Washington Post has been keeping track of Trump’s lies: By the middle of November, after 298 days in office, Trump had made 1,628 false or misleading claims. That’s about six a day, but that’s only what the Post’s reporters have access to, so the number is probably much higher.

All of this means that we must keep resisting as we head into 2018 and fight for changes in the November 2018 elections so that we can begin to take pride in the U.S. again.

 

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December 28, 2017

What was the extermination procedure used by the Nazis to kill Jews?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:22 pm

When you do a search on the Internet to find out how the Nazis killed the Jews, what do you find?

I found this website which explains the procedure that was used to gas the Jews: http://auschwitz.org/en/history/auschwitz-and-shoah/the-extermination-procedure-in-the-gas-chambers

You can read it here:

[German] SS men escorted the men, women, and children selected for death to the gas chambers—initially to the gas chamber in crematorium I and “bunkers” 1 and 2, and, from the spring of 1943, to the gas chambers in crematoria II, III, IV, and V.

Trucks carried those too infirm to walk, and the rest [of the victims] marched. These people had to disrobe before entering the gas chambers. In crematorium I, they undressed either in the yard (surrounded by a wall) or in the antechamber [of the gas chamber]. Wooden barracks were erected for this purpose at bunkers 1 and 2. There were special undressing rooms at crematoria II-V.

When large numbers of transports were arriving in 1944, the people assigned to death in the gas chamber in crematorium V also disrobed in the open air. After the Sonderkommando was quartered in the undressing room in crematorium IV, the people sent to die there undressed in a specially constructed barracks.

The SS men kept the people fated to die unaware of what awaited them. They were told that they were being sent to the camp, but that they first had to undergo disinfection and bathe. After the victims undressed, they were taken into the gas chamber, locked in, and killed with Zyklon B gas.

After they [the victims] were killed, Sonderkommando prisoners dragged the corpses out of the gas chambers. They cut off the women’s hair and removed all metal dental work and jewelry. Then they burned the corpses in pits, on pyres, or in the crematorium furnaces. (Until September 1942, some of the corpses were buried in mass graves; these corpses were burned from September to November 1942.)

Bones that did not burn completely were ground to powder with pestles and then dumped, along with the ashes, in the rivers Soła and Vistula and in nearby ponds, or strewn in the fields as fertilizer, or used as landfill on uneven ground and in marshes.

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December 27, 2017

There will soon be a Trump railroad station near the Western wall

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 11:35 am

Trump is first president to ever touch the Western wall in Jerusalem

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42494450

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Israel’s transport minister wants to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City and name a station next to the Western Wall after Donald Trump.

Yisrael Katz said he wanted to honour the US president for his decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital.

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray.

The proposed new railway tunnel and station would form part of an extension of a high-speed line from Tel Aviv that is set to open next year.

Previous Israeli excavation work around the compound behind the Western Wall, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, has triggered Palestinian protests.

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The Jews helped Trump to get elected, as president of the USA, and now it is pay back time.

Trump knows what side his bread is buttered on: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/to-know-what-side-your-bread-is-buttered-on

 

December 26, 2017

News article about Theresienstadt gets it all wrong

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:15 pm

You can read a recent news article about Theresienstadt at

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5154971/Nazis-built-fake-town-concentration-camp-fool-world.html

You can read what I have written about Theresienstadt on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

The following quote is from my website:

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Americans normally think of a “ghetto” as a section of a large city that is a rundown, dilapidated, rat-infested slum inhabited by one ethnic group that has been forced to live there because of discrimination or institutionalized racism. In former times in Europe, “ghetto” was the term for a walled section of a city where the Jews were forced, according to the laws of the city, to live separately from the Christians. Because of over-crowding and isolation, these ghettos usually turned into slums. So when the Germans turned the town of Theresienstadt into a Jewish ghetto in November 1941, this was not by any means a Nazi innovation. Even before the word ghetto came into use, and long before the Nazis came upon the scene, the Jews were eventually segregated into a ghetto in almost every city where they settled. Usually they were already living in a separate part of the city, known as the Jewish quarter. These segregated quarters became ghettos only after walls were erected, a curfew for the Jews was established, and the Jews were forced to wear distinctive clothing to instantly identify themselves to non-Jews.

The word “ghetto” derives from the name of an area of the city of Venice where the city’s foundries were located. In the Venetian dialect, a foundry was known as a “geto” which meant a workshop or a factory. The word “geto” was derived from the verb “gettare” which means “to cast” as in to cast iron in a foundry.

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