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January 21, 2017

Taking “selfies” at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial site

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:23 am

You can read about tourists, taking selfies at the Holocaust Memorial site in Berlin, on this news story:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/1.766017

Teenagers having fun at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Teenagers having fun at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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A newly unveiled online project called “Yolocaust” delivers a stinging message for those who not only act disrespectfully at a Berlin Holocaust memorial but capture their behavior and share it with their friends on social media. The project, which debuted on Wednesday, was visited by so many Germans that the computer server hosting it crashed, according to reports in the German media, where it was covered with great interest.

The project, created by Berlin-based Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira, aims to “explore our commemorative culture by combining selfies from The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin with footage from Nazi extermination camps.”

The site features real colorful selfies of young people have taken at the Holocaust memorial that Shapira found on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grinder, and includes captions like “Jumping on dead Jews @Holocaust Memorial”. When the viewer moves their computer’s mouse over the photos – without even a click – they suddenly transform to black and white, and graphic black and white photographs of the extermination camps appear in the background.

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You can read more about the Berlin Memorial on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Berlin2002/JewishMemorial/index.html

My personal opinion is that this eyesore, in the heart of Berlin, should be torn down. Allegedly, Hitler’s bunker is underground at this site. It should be opened and shown to tourists.

 

 

January 19, 2017

Should Germany’s “Monument of Shame” be torn down?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Berlin's Monument of Shame

The Monument of Shame in the heart of Berlin

SHOULD THIS MONUMENT OF SHAME BE TORN DOWN? YES!!!

Bjoern Hoecke said Tuesday that the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust is a “monument of shame.”

Björn Höcke in 2015

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-afd-idUSKBN1521H3

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country’s decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Sigmar Gabriel wrote on Facebook that even though he knows the AfD party thrives on provocation, the comments by Bjoern Hoecke, who leads the party in the eastern state of Thuringia, were “shocking.”
“This is not just some kind of provocation,” Gabriel wrote. “We must never let this kind of demagoguery be undisputed.”

Hoecke had called the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust a “monument of shame.” He told party supporters in the eastern city of Dresden that no other country would erect such a memorial in its capital and called instead for Germany to take a “positive” attitude toward its history. He also said Germany needs to perform a “180-degree turn” when it comes to remembering its past.

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My 2002 photo of the site before the Memorial was built

My 2002 photo of the construction site before the Memorial to the Jews  was built

The 19,000 square-meter Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened to the public on May 12, 2005, consists of 2711 stones placed on sloping, uneven ground in an undulating wave-like pattern, giving visitors the feeling of insecurity as though the stones were on unstable ground.

Visitors can enter from all four sides, day or night, and wander on their own through the maze of stones, as though visiting a graveyard with nameless tombstones. The columns are sunk into the ground to various depths and at some places, they are higher than the heads of the visitors. There are no set paths or sign posts to guide viewers. The memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman to deliberately disorient visitors by having all the stones tilted slightly and paths that are not level.

Before 1945, this location was part of the Ministry Gardens; it was adjacent to the large complex of buildings which included Hitler’s Chancellery. After the war, it was part of the “death strip” along the Berlin wall. The memorial covers an area very close to the underground bunker where Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. There is no access to Hitler’s bunker which still exists underground.

My photo of the location before the Memorial was built

My photo of the location in Berlin before the Memorial was built

My photo of the Monument location before it was built

My photo of Monument location when construction began in 2002

January 18, 2017

The famous Wannsee house — then and now

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am
Famous house where the Holocaust was planned

Famous house where the Holocaust was planned

I copied the photo above from a recent article in USA today that you can read here.

My photo of the wanneee house, taken several years ago

My photo of the Wanneee house, taken several years ago

My photograph above, taken several years ago, shows the front of the Wannsee villa, as you approach from a short straight driveway off a street named Am Grossen Wannsee. (Wannsee is pronounced VON-say.)

The property has now been converted into a Holocaust Museum, which opened in 1992 on the fiftieth anniversary of the conference.

Wannsee is a famous suburb of Berlin, where Brad Pitt once rented a house, when he was making a movie in Germany several years ago.

My blog post today has nothing to do with Brad Pitt, but I wanted my readers to know that Wannsee is a famous location in Germany — where the rich and famous live.

More important is the fact that Wannsee is famous as the place where the Holocaust was planned.

The following quote is from my website:

After World War II ended on May 8, 1945, the Allied powers began a search for the Nazi documents that they would need as evidence at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal which was set to begin in November 1945. They found tons of paperwork including secret documents hidden in salt mines and behind walls in the Nazi administration buildings. But the one most important document, the order signed by Adolf Hitler which gave the authority for the genocide of the Jews, was never found.

Finally, in 1947, long after the first proceedings of the Nuremberg IMT had ended, the minutes of a conference held on January 20, 1942 at a villa in Wannsee, a district of Berlin, were found. At this conference, the plans for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” had been discussed. Today, tourists can stand in the very room where the plans were made for the genocide of the Jews.

My photo of the Wannsee house

My photo of driveway leading up to the Wannsee house

Fifteen top officials of the Nazi bureaucracy and the SS attended the Wannsee conference, which was led by 38-year-old Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA).

On May 27, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich was wounded when a group of Czech resistance fighters, who had escaped to England, returned and made an attempt on his life in Prague. Heydrich died of his wounds on June 4, 1942.

The minutes or protocols of the Wannsee meeting, 15 pages in all, were written by 36-year-old Adolf Eichmann. The copy that was found in 1947 was undated and unsigned; it had no stamp of any Bureau. The copy appeared to be a draft report of the meeting that was held on January 20, 1942 at Wannsee.

The full title of the Conference was “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe.” The original phrase was “a final territorial solution of the Jewish question.” The term “Jewish Question” referred to a question that had been discussed for years: Should the Jews have their own state within the country where they lived, or should they assimilate?

On the witness stand at the Nuremberg IMT, Hermann Goering said that the conference was about “the total solution to the Jewish Question” and that it meant the evacuation of the Jews, not extermination.

End quote from my website

January 17, 2017

75 years ago, the Nazis planned the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:57 pm

In this news article, you can read about how the Nazis planned the Holocaust, 75 years ago: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/news/really-closer-understanding-holocaust/

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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Seventy-five years ago, at a villa on the Wannsee, the Nazis planned the Holocaust. But this wasn’t a turning point,  says Laurence Rees – they were already intent on genocide

On January 20 1942, one of the most infamous meetings in history took place on the outskirts of Berlin. Fifteen men attended the Wannsee conference and discussed the Nazis’ Final Solution – the extermination of the Jews.

Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Reich Main Security Office, invited a number of functionaries in the Nazi state to assemble at an elegant villa on the shore of the lake [Wannsee]. They ranged from the relatively senior (Heinrich Müller, the head of the Gestapo) to the relatively junior (Adolf Eichmann, the so‑called Jewish expert among the Nazis who took the minutes of the meeting).

Heydrich announced that, with Hitler’s “permission”, there was now the possibility of “evacuating” the Jews to the East. He said…

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Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau who survived the Holocaust

Children, who were prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but somehow survived the Holocaust

The Holocaust was planned at the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942. You can read about this conference on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/EasternGermany/Wannsee/index.html

Don’t worry, the web page cited above was written before I became a Holocaust denier, so there is no Holocaust denial.

The house where the Holocaust was planned

House where the Holocaust was planned

Conference room where the Holocaust was planned

Room where Holocaust was planned

January 14, 2017

Why were there so many barracks buildings in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp?

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

The following quote is from this news article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4907032,00.html

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“Along with the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria, the barracks [at Auschwitz-Birkenau] bear witness to Nazi Germany’s killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at this camp, which it built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim [Auschwitz] after occupying Poland.”

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Barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Current preservation work on a barracks building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Why is this building being preserved? It  is being preserved because it was once occupied by Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Anything connected to the history of the Jews is sacred and must be preserved, if possible.

Why were there acres and acres of brick buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which were filled with Jews? Why were so many buildings needed when the Jews were allegedly being killed in gas chambers immediately upon arrival?

This quote is also from the news article:

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The task is all the harder because these types of poorly constructed barracks have never been preserved before, according to the Auschwitz team.

“My colleagues in the building industry laughed when I told them what I was doing. They said it’d be easier to just tear down the wall and rebuild it brick by brick than to restore it the way we’re doing,” says Szymon Jancia, a construction expert at the site.

“We’re aware that people come here specifically to see authentic objects and buildings,” Cyrulik adds for her part.

Protected from the weather by tents 12 metres (39 feet) high, the two barracks under restoration number among the camp’s oldest.

Work on the barracks began in September 2015 and will continue for another couple of years, while the entire project will take more than a decade and cost millions of dollars.

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Who will pay for this restoration work? The Germans, of course.

I have photos of the barracks buildings on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Birkenau01A.html

You can see more photos of the Birkenau barracks on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/Gallery12/index.html

The Auschwitz main camp as caught on a drone camera

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:07 am

 

You can see what the main camp at Auschwitz looks like today, as caught on a drone camera:

https://www.good.is/articles/drone-footage-of-auschwitz

 

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website where you can see more of my photos of the Auschwitz I camp: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/index.html

 

What crime did this handsome man commit that caused him to be held for 12 years in a Syrian basement?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:21 am
Alois Brunner

Alois Brunner

Is my eyesight failing me, or is the man, in the photo above, a very handsome man? To me, he appears to be a nice guy, who would never hurt anyone.

Here is what Wikipedia has say about Alois Brunner:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alois_Brunner

So why was he held in a filthy basement, without visitors, for 12 years? Something wrong!

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2592346/nazi-war-criminal-alois-brunner-died-in-syria-basement/

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Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who invented ‘gas vans’ to massacre Jews and evaded capture after [the] war died after years of squalor and misery in Syrian basement.

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I vaguely remember reading about Alois Brunner on my own website, so I did a search and found that Wolf Murmelstein had contributed an essay about Alois Brunner, which I put up on my website, several years ago.

The following quote is the words written by Wold Murmelstein, which I copied from my own website:

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On the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Vienna Branch of the CENTRAL OFFICE FOR JEWISH EMIGRATION – SS Ltd Alois Brunner – informed us [Jews] about the start of the deportation for “Resettlement in the East.”

The problem of the selection of the persons to send on the transport lists [to the East] arose:

In Berlin (and so for the other “Old Reich” towns ) Leo Baeck said that only the Jewish Leadership could cope with that task in a humane way.

In Vienna, Benjamin Murmelstein preferred to follow the LOD RULE and leave the CENTRAL OFFICE to work out the [transfer] lists and then ask for exemption of persons where a reason understandable for the SS could be stated. Community staff members had to go with the SS men in order to grant assistance to the “unfortunate” selected persons. That kind of “participation” could not be avoided as SS Ltd Anton Brunner (Commandant of Theresienstadt at that time) made it clear that otherwise the Nazi Youth (Hitler Jugend) would be “sent out for the task”.

The number of the few believing Jews for the community staff had been the result of a difficult “bargaining” (requests had to be submitted in a suitable form) with SS Ltd Alois (Anton) Brunner. At end of August 1942, Benjamin Murmelstein, with his family, was about to be sent to Terezin. But Eichmann decided to delay the “re-organization” of Terezin “Jewish Self-Government.”

Prof. Victor Christian recalled the attention on the high scholarly qualities – he had to be still needed in Vienna – of Benjamin Murmelstein and obtained from the Gestapo the authorization for a series of lectures on Jewish Literature.

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Did Alois Brunner have two versions of his first name: Alois and Anton?

I wrote about “gas vans” on my scrapbookpages.com website; the following quote is from my website:

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According to the book, “Mauthausen: The History of a Death Camp” by Evelyn Le Chene, an estimated combined total of 10,000 persons were executed by gassing in the Mauthausen gas chamber, the mobile gas vans that ran between Mauthausen and Gusen, and in the gas chambers at Hartheim Castle.

The Museum at the former Dachau concentration camp says that 3,166 prisoners were sent to Hartheim Castle to be gassed, although the Dachau camp had its own gas chamber. However, Paul Berben, a prisoner at Dachau, wrote in his book “Dachau: the Official History” that the Chief Camp Doctor at Dachau, Dr. Julius Muthig, confessed to the gassing of Dachau prisoners in the gas chamber at the Mauthausen camp. In the doctor’s confession, Berben wrote that Dr. Muthig stated that “prisoners unfit to work [were] subjected to euthanasia and transferred to Mauthausen concentration camp to be gassed.”

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January 12, 2017

Trump compares U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:49 am

The most insulting thing, that anyone can do or say, is to compare anyone or anything to Nazi Germany. The Nazis were the worst! “The worst Jerry — the worst!” [quote from the Seinfeld show]

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/11/anti-defamation-league-says-trumps-nazi-remarks-di/

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The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday accused President-elect Donald Trump of diminishing “the horror of the Holocaust” by comparing U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany.

“The President-Elect’s use of Nazi Germany to make a political analogy is not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

His statement comes after Mr. Trump slammed U.S. intelligence agencies for allegedly leaking an unsubstantiated Russian report to the media.

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Trump is no Hitler. Trump is bringing Jews INTO the White House. Hitler got the Jews OUT of Germany, which was the great crime now known as the Holocaust.

January 10, 2017

Should American students learn anything about Hitler?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

The reason that I am asking if American schools should teach anything about Hitler, and the history of Nazi Germany, is because I have just read a news article in which this question is discussed: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/parents-upset-over-school-project-that-includes-dressing-up-like-hitler/384650275

Adolf Hitler is one of the most famous persons in History, if not THE most famous person in History. American students should know this about him:

Hitler killed 6 million Jews! or was it 1.5 million? Whatever the number, you can’t kill Jews and expect to be honored as an important person in history!

If you kill even one Jew, you will forever be hated and reviled the world over, until the end of time. The Jews will see to that!

The number one rule, in any country, is MUST LOVE JEWS!

Here’s my suggestion: I think that American students should be shown the famous movie made by Leni Riefenstahl, which is entitled “Triumph of the Will”. This is a movie about the rise of Hitler. Hint: Hitler was a self made man! He was born the lowest of the low, and rose to be the man most loved, and most hated, in history.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will

In this movie, students will see old film clips in which Hitler is shown being cheered by millions of people as he rides through the streets of Germany, with no protection from the crowds of people, who are cheering him and throwing flowers at this feet.

The sad truth is that Hitler was more loved, and more admired than any other man in history — until the Jews got their revenge and made him into the most hated man in the world.

Regular viewers of the History Channel will recognize the marble reviewing stand at the Zeppelin Field, shown in my photograph below:

The place where Hitler used stand as he reviewed his troops

My photo of the place where Hitler stood as he reviewed his troops

This is the place where the Nazi swastika was blown up by the Allies in a symbolic display of victory over the Nazis on April 24, 1945.

The film clip of the dynamiting of the swastika has been shown thousands of time on American TV.

On the central promontory, which is the speaker’s stand, where Hitler used to give his speeches, you can still make out the faint outline of another swastika which was removed from the marble by the American military.

Inside the Golden Hall, at the Zeppelin Field, a gold mosaic swastika has been left on the ceiling as a grim reminder of Germany’s dark past.

Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927

Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927

You can read the history of the Nazi rallies on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg04A.html

January 9, 2017

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers” what do you get?

Every morning, I start my day by googling “Holocaust gas chambers” and then reading the news results first. There is always a long list of news stories about the Holocaust. Almost all the news stories are about the True Believer version of the Holocaust, as told by Holocaust survivors who have lived to an advanced age.

Today, I googled “Holocaust gas chambers” as usual, but  read the web results, instead of the news stories.

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers”, my website comes up at Number 7, and my blog comes up at Number 10.
https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/stuck-in-the-door-of-the-gas-chamber-how-irene-zisblatt-survived-auschwitz-birkenau/

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers” and click on “images”, four of my photos are in the top 10.

I am very happy that all of the time and effort that I have put into my website and my blog has not gone by the wayside.

 

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