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January 1, 2018

The US Holocaust Museum is in the news

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:02 am

You can read about the United States Holocaust Museum 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

The following quote is from the news article:

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VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law professor Tom Simmons will attend the Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for Faculty hosted at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum this month.

“I am very honored to have been selected to participate in the seminar and spending a week at the U.S. Holocaust Museum with scholars and educators from across the country,” said Simmons. “I look forward to learning more about the fate of the Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust and adding to my toolkit of teaching skills.”

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I have a section about the US Holocaust Museum on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Intro.html

The following quote is from my website:

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In 1993, sixty years after Hitler’s reign of terror began, the long awaited US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was dedicated by President William Jefferson Clinton on April 22nd. The date commemorated the 50ieth anniversary of the month-long battle in Poland’s Warsaw ghetto uprising, between the Nazis and the Jewish resistance fighters. Ironically, on the opening day of our national museum, which memorializes the genocide of the European Jews, another genocidal religious war was taking place in Europe between the Bosnians and the Serbs.

The museum building, shown in the photo above, which incorporates symbolic design features that are intended to be evocative of the Holocaust, was done in a modern architectural style, which Hitler would have called “degenerate.” The USHMM was not designed to be a dull, boring documentation of historical fact, but rather it is intended to be an intensely personal experience in which the building itself is part of the exhibit. Nothing is spared to convey the horror of the Nazi tyranny and the annihilation of the Jews in Europe.

For visitors who know little or nothing about the Holocaust, this is a gut-wrenching experience which could cause nightmares; it is not recommended for children under 11 years of age. However, a special exhibit, called Daniel’s Story, which is based on a book of fiction, is designed to introduce children as young as 6 to the basic facts of the Holocaust.

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The Holocaust Museum is the white building on the left side of the photo

Note that the Washington Monument is in the background of my photo above. You can see more photos of the Museum on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Exterior.html

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

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

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 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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December 22, 2017

Trump is reviving tactics used by Nazi Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:05 pm

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

https://www.alternet.org/trump-trauma/trump-revives-plan-separate-immigrant-children-parents-reviving-tactic-used-nazi

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The Trump administration is contemplating resurrecting one of the most heinous practices of the 20th century under the guise of stopping illegal immigration from Central America, according to the Washington Post.

In a report by Nick Miroff, the Department of Homeland Security is evaluating separating detained children from their parents as one of several anti-immigration measures in response to an increase in migrants crossing the Mexican border.

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Separating children from their parents was a notorious tactic used by Nazi Germany in its mass arrests of Jews and other targeted populations during World War II. In North America, the U.S. and Canadian governments also separated Native American children from their families a century ago.

Using children as informants to target and subsequently arrest parents was a devious tactic employed during the darkest moments of WWII.

The Trump administration justified this approach as a tough but necessary deterrent for illegal immigration, Miroff noted, citing an increase in November arrests as a pretext for considering these actions.

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Here is what really happened in Nazi Germany, contrary to what this news article claims:

The German city of Berlin was the site of the “November Revolution” in 1918 when the Social Democrats political party toppled the imperial government of Germany and proclaimed a Republic on November 9, 1918.

The city of Weimar, in Germany, is where the Social Democrats wrote the constitution for their newly proclaimed Republic; Weimar is only 20 miles from Gotha, the birthplace of the Social Democrat political party.

Weimar is also the birthplace of the liberal Bauhaus movement of modern art and architecture, which was the direct opposite of the Nazi ideal of classic art, literature, music and architecture.

In 1936 when the Nazis remodeled the Oranienburg concentration camp, which then became the Sachsenhausen camp, the Jews were being persecuted relentlessly and pressured to leave Germany, but no Jews were being sent to any of the concentration camps unless they were political dissidents, trade union organizers, asocials, vagrants, criminals, or race mixers and homosexuals who had broken the law.

Rudolf Höss, who came to Sachsenhausen as the adjutant on August 1, 1938, wrote the following in his autobiography:

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As an old-time member of the Nazi party, I believed in the need for concentration camps. The real ENEMIES OF THE STATE had to be put away safely; the asocials and the professional criminals who could not be locked up under the prevailing laws had to lose their freedom in order to protect the people from their destructive behavior.

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This is the same Rudolf Höss who later became the first Commandant of Auschwitz in May 1940. He was later convicted of mass murder by the Allies in a trial in Poland after the war. After his last wish for a cup of coffee was granted, Höss was hanged in front of the reconstructed alleged gas chamber in Auschwitz in April 1947.

When construction started on the new Sachsenhausen concentration camp in the summer of 1936, Nazi Germany was the envy of the Western world. From the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, Hitler had achieved an “economic miracle” in Germany in less than three years.

As yet, there was no sign of Nazi aggression, nor any attempt at world domination by Germany.

Gertrude Stein, the famous Jewish writer who was a mentor to Ernest Hemingway, even suggested in 1937 that Hitler should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Because of the Nazi program of nationalism, the German people had regained their self respect after the humiliating Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign at the end of World War I.

The German people now had great pride in their ethnicity and their country. No people in the world were more patriotic than the Germans in 1936 and no other world leader had the total dedication to his country that Adolph Hitler had.

The ordinary Germans were satisfied with their lives and had no reason to fear the concentration camps or the Gestapo.

Hitler was a hero to the 127 million ethnic Germans throughout Europe, whom he wanted to unite into the Greater German Empire, a dream that had been discussed in his native Austria for over 50 years.

In less than four years, this dream would be accomplished when Austria, parts of Poland that had formerly been German territory, and Luxembourg, the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and the Sudetenland were combined with Germany to form the Greater German Reich.

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Will Trump really become the new Hitler?

December 21, 2017

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz….

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:01 am

Hitler stands up as he rides in his Mercedes Benz

Yes, Hitler had a Mercedes Benz car and now it is up for sale. But who would want it?

Hitler was the most evil person who ever lived — he was responsible for killing Jews. You can’t get any worse than that!

https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nintchdbpict000374280950-e1513869295319.jpg?strip=all&w=960

Hitler’s Mercedes Benz

You can read all about his car in this recent news article: https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/5188966/adolf-hitlers-mercedes-used-in-twisted-nazi-parades-up-for-sale-but-who-would-really-want-to-own-it/

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