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December 29, 2016

What the world needs now — more Holocaust museums!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:30 am

In this news story, you can read about a new Holocaust museum that will soon be going up in Great Britain:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/challenge-designing-holocaust-memorial-britain/

The following quote is from the news article:

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On 18 November, the Government announced the 10 shortlisted teams in the running to design a £50 million national Holocaust memorial for Britain, to be erected in Victoria Tower Gardens just outside the Palace of Westminster. The memorial project is a legacy of the coalition government led by David Cameron, whose cross-party Holocaust Commission recommended its construction after a survey revealed that of 8,000 British secondary school children, less than a third knew what ‘anti-Semitism’ was, and ‘the majority of those surveyed did not know some of the most fundamental facts that explain why and how the Holocaust happened’. Announcing the subsequent design contest, Cameron’s successor Theresa May said: ‘We need to ensure that we never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and the lessons that must be learnt from it.’

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This photo of the Jewish Museum in Berlin is included in the news article

This photo of the Jewish Museum in Berlin is included in the news article

I have a photo, of the structure shown above, on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Berlin2002/JewishMuseum/JewishMuseum01.html

December 28, 2016

Hitler: The Fall

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

I had my first opportunity to watch the final installment of the six part Hitler series, entitled “The Fall”.  In preparation for my analysis of this series, I re-read David Irving’s book, Hitler’s War, the 2002 updated version.

The final episode starts with the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6th 1944, on what is called D-Day, and ends with Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin Bunker at the end of April 1945.

This is a great deal of history to cover in a one-hour show with lots of commercials.  Important topics include the aftermath of D-day landing, the July 20th, 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler, fall of France, the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s rapidly declining health, the Yalta Conference, the final Battle for Berlin, Hitlers marriage to Eva during the last days in the bunker, and their final suicide in the bunker after all was lost.

I would say, all in all, it was a pretty good summery of the final days of World War Two, which might be valuable for college students, who are ignorant in History, to learn about these important topics.

Most of the accounts on the final episode agree with the accounts written  by David Irving, although the show seems to have, as it’s main thesis, that Hitler was the most evil man that ever lived, while Irving simply recounts the facts of history.

The show selects the same dividing line, the D-day invasion, as Irving does for section VII of his book entitled “The Worms Turn”.  Irving concludes his book with the final section VIII Endkampf which covers the final collapse and Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin bunker.

Hitler’s doctor, Morrell, left us detailed records of Hitler’s declining health and his use of a large number of medications.  Irving’s book does a great job of citing individual entries 0f Dr. Morrel’s records, but I think that the show also did a very good job in documenting Hitler’s declining health on film.

In addition to Hitlers War, Irving also dedicated an entire other book to Dr. Morrell, and both books do a good job of telling the story of Hitler’s rapidly declining health, near the end of the war.

A little background here might be appropriate, for some of my younger readers, about my next observation.  One of Hitler’s best generals, General Rommel believed that the key to repelling an invasion was to strike quickly and not let the invading forces establish a beach head.  Irving writes on page 681 about D-day, “the Allies had established a beachhead …some 15 miles wide and two miles deep inland.”

He continues “Thus by the time Hitler’s war conference began, the Battle of France was already lost – if Rommel’s dictum about defeating the enemy on the beaches had meant anything.”

The very ending of the episode before Hitler:The Fall, called Hitler:The Monster also claims that Hitler’s over sleeping on D-day had a significant effect.  This comes in the final minute of Hitler:The Monster, but if you are watching a marathon, this bleeds right into the final episode.

I watched most of the entire six part marathon, and observed that the series never mentioned the word “typhus”, as far as I could tell, and spent no time documenting the mass rape of German women after the fall of Berlin. Although the series does mention the firebombing of Hamburg on July 27th 1943; there was very little talk about the attacks on German civilians by the firebombing of a different city in Germany every day and every night during that period.

But all in all, I would say that the last episode of the series provided a fairly good short one-hour history of the time from D-Day to the fall of Berlin.

I welcome comments by anyone else, who saw the show.

December 23, 2016

Christine Flowers is a lawyer.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:42 am
My photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

My photo of the gate into the Dachau concentration camp

The title of my blog post today is the last sentence in a news article, which you can read in full at

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20161223_Flowers__Truth_is_the_antidote_for_the_poison_of_Holocaust_denial.html

So she’s a lawyer. And I’m not. So what does that make me? Dog shit?

The following quote is from the news article written by Christine Flowers:

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Ironically, though, the [newspaper] column elicited something that I didn’t see coming. Apathy is one thing, and so is nationalistic bravado in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, but the response that I got from a man named Joe was so unexpected, I had to reread it a few times just to make sure it wasn’t a joke.

Joe wrote me a long email that started off with a compliment: “Christine, obviously you seem to be a very caring person with your article.” And then, like Joe Frazier landing one of those deadly left hooks on your weak side, he wrote: “But, of course, you use some of the same propaganda that we have heard for 70 years about the Jews and their genocide and the 6 million.”

And he proceeded to explain to me how the Holocaust was a lie, and “there were no gas chambers.” To make sure I believed him, Joe helpfully provided links to support his thesis, most of which included the word “hoax.”

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The article continues with this quote:

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The thing is, I don’t even feel good that my post [on Facebook] ridiculing Joe was “liked” over 250 times and that my old law professor suggested I should win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

I keep coming back to the idea that there are still people out there, people with thousands of Facebook friends like Joe, who believe the Holocaust never happened.

You’ll sigh and raise your eyebrows and try to convince me that this is just a fringe element of society and that, of course, most educated people believe that Auschwitz, Dachau and Treblinka existed in stone and brick and mortar and not simply as the architecture of fantasy. Of course, that’s true.

But it’s not enough to say these are the fringe elements in society, these deniers of Germany’s great shame, just as it’s not enough to say that anyone who thinks slaves were well-treated by their “masters” is a lobotomized moron.

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December 14, 2016

The Nazis allegedly used Jewish grave stones to pave roads

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:17 pm

The Nazis used Jewish grave stones to pay roads, according to a news article, which you can read here:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/12/14/photo-exhibit-making-north-american-premier-highlights-erasure-of-polish-jewish-history-since-world-war-ii/

I wrote about the use of grave stones, to pave roads, on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/did-the-nazis-use-jewish-tombstones-to-pave-roads/

The photo below allegedly shows a road paved with Jewish grave stones. Actually, this is a still shot from the fictional movie entitled “Schindler’s List.”

Photo from the movie  scoindler's List

Still photo from the movie Schindler’s List

The following quote is from the news article:

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Speaking about Polish photographer Lukasz Baksik’s works that show how Jewish gravestones in Poland have been stolen and reused for other purposes over the decades — particularly during the eras of Nazi and Soviet rule — Elizabeth Gelman said, “The big thing for us is this has been going on for so long. Generations in Poland have grown up walking on and walking by — and in some cases even dancing — on people’s graves, without thinking about it, without really knowing what they are.”

Furthermore, Gelman noted, “this goes on in all of our communities, to some extent. What aren’t we seeing? What have we pushed to the side and stopped caring about? What are the things in our own communities that are important to recognize but we no longer see?”

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The rapper who says that he has walked inside the ovens at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:16 am
My photo of an oven at Auschwitz

My photo of two ovens at Auschwitz

My photo of an oven at Auschwitz

My photo of another oven at Auschwitz

https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/12/14/antisemite-my-ass-ive-walked-inside-the-ovens-at-auschwitz-tweets-angry-rapper-before-announcing-retirement/

In the news article, in the link above, you can read about the rapper, named Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, who tweeted the following:

“I’ve walked inside the ovens of Auschwitz. I’ve been inside the dorms where workers starved to death, too frail to move. I’ve seen the showers & the rail cars where millions died. I’ve been in the ghettos of Warsaw. I’ve seen systematically genocide. I’ve studied the Hebrew bible and the stories of the Maccabees and the traditions of old Judea. I’ve swayed to the songs of Rosh Hashana…”

Note that my first photo above shows a device that was used to put bodies into the ovens in the main Auschwitz camp. The ovens were too hot for the workers to get close enough to shove bodies inside, so the device, shown in my photo was used.

My photo of a cremation oven at Auschwitz

My photo of a cremation oven in the Auschwitz main camp

Note the track in front of the oven, in my photo above. The ovens were so hot that the workers could not get close enough to shove a body inside, so a device had to be used.  Perhaps the rapper meant that he climbed inside this oven, when no one was looking.

Note that a door has been cut into the wall of the cremation room in the Auschwitz main camp, so that tourists inside the gas chamber can now look into the oven room.

My photo of bunk beds inside an Auschwitz barrack

My photo of bunk beds inside an Auschwitz prisoner’s barrack

I would not call the room, that is shown in my photo above, a “dorm” room, as the rapper did. When I was in college, I lived in a dorm that had bunk beds, like the beds shown in the photo above, but my dorm was much nicer than this.

The following quote is from the news article:

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A rapper went on a Twitter rant this week against fans slamming him for Jew-hating song lyrics — ending the hostile exchange by announcing  his retirement from the music industry, the UK magazine FACT reported on Tuesday.

American recording artist Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, denied the accusations by claiming knowledge of Judaism and empathy for the tribe. “Antisemite my ass,” he wrote, claiming, “I’ve walked inside the ovens of Auschwitz. I’ve been inside the dorms where workers starved to death, too frail to move. I’ve seen the showers & the rail cars where millions died. I’ve been in the ghettos of Warsaw. I’ve seen systematically genocide. I’ve studied the Hebrew bible and the stories of the Maccabees and the traditions of old Judea. I’ve swayed to the songs of Rosh Hashana…”

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December 13, 2016

What happens when you google “Did the Holocaust happen?”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 7:28 am
The ruins of a gas chamber at Auschwitz

The ruins of a gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Here’s what you get when you google “Did the Holocaust happen”: https://mic.com/articles/162081/google-did-the-holocaust-happen-and-a-neo-nazi-website-is-the-first-result#.7TycuXUze

Quote from the article, cited above:

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Googling “Did the Holocaust happen” leads to numerous top-ranked search results from white supremacist and Holocaust denial sources, including a top-ranked result from online neo-Nazi site Stormfront, the Guardian reported Sunday.

Google is still pulling up a Stormfront forum post calling the Holocaust, the brutal Nazi mass murder of at least 6 million Jews, 1.8 million Poles and millions of other persecuted peoples during World War II, a “lie” as of Monday evening. The Stormfront thread appears before the Wikipedia article on Holocaust denial and a list of common FAQs on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website.

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There are two sides to every story — except the Holocaust. When it comes to the Holocaust, there is one side that you must believe in 20 countries around the world, if you don’t want to go to prison.

America still has free speech, but not for long. I am expecting that a Holocaust denial law will soon be passed in America. When that happens, I will be on my way to prison. I will be on the wrong side of history.

December 12, 2016

Frederick the Great

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 1:10 pm

Today, a young person who is studying world history, asked me about “Frederick the Great.” This young person wanted to know what Frederick ever did that made him so great?

For one thing, Frederick the Great was involved in the history of Theresienstadt.

I have a whole section, about Theresienstadt, on my scrapbookpages.com website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/index.html

My photo of the original old fortress at Theresienstadt

My photo of the original old fortress near the city of Theresienstadt

My photo of the main gate into Theresienstadt

My photo of the main gate into Theresienstadt

Theresienstadt was a prominent place that became involved in the Holocaust.

The following quote is from my website:

[Before World War II started] there was a dispute between Germany and Poland regarding the free city of Gdansk, which had formerly been known as the German city of Danzig. The population of Danzig was 100% German; the city of Danzig had been taken from the Germans in the Treaty of Versailles.

Another bone of contention was the industrial section of Silesia which had been given to Poland after World War I.

In a self-determination vote, the people of Silesia had voted to become part of Germany, but this was ignored by the League of Nations, even though this was one of Wilson’s Fourteen Points.

Although war had been avoided in the conflict between the Germans and the Czechs, this time there was no “appeasement” of Hitler.

Great Britain and France, after signing an agreement to protect Poland in case of an attack by Germany, were forced to declare war on Germany. World War II began two days after the Germans fired the first shots near Danzig on September 1, 1939.

Hitler’s prediction that another World War would mean the annihilation of the European Jews, then became an actuality.

The town of Theresienstadt soon became one of the most infamous transit centers in Hitler’s systematic plan to exterminate European Jewry.

With the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, Czechoslovakia again became an independent country and all the ethnic Germans, except for the few who could prove that they were anti-Fascist during the war, were expelled from their homes and sent into war-torn Germany, many of them dying along the way from hunger and exhaustion.

The Czechs and the Jews exacted their revenge by attacking these refugees as they fled to Germany. Many of the refugees had to live for as long as 18 years in the former Nazi concentration camps, such as Dachau, until they could find new jobs and homes, as Germany was slowly rebuilt.

As soon as a typhus epidemic at Theresienstadt was brought under control, the prisoners were released and the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt became a prison for German Nazis from 1945 to 1948.

In its long and ignominious history, Theresienstadt has come full circle and is now the Czech town of Terezin. The country of Czechoslovakia has now been split once again into the two independent countries: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

what the world needs now is more Holocaust museums

Filed under: California, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:03 am

You might think that the world has enough Holocaust museums and monuments, but you would be wrong. The world can never have enough Holocaust remembrance.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at https://www.apollo-magazine.com/challenge-designing-holocaust-memorial-britain/

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On 18 November, the Government [of Great Britain] announced the 10 shortlisted teams in the running to design a £50 million national Holocaust memorial for Britain, to be erected in Victoria Tower Gardens just outside the Palace of Westminster. The memorial project is a legacy of the coalition government led by David Cameron, whose cross-party Holocaust Commission recommended its construction after a survey revealed that of 8,000 British secondary school children, less than a third knew what ‘anti-Semitism’ was, and ‘the majority of those surveyed did not know some of the most fundamental facts that explain why and how the Holocaust happened’.

Announcing the subsequent design contest, Cameron’s successor Theresa May said: ‘We need to ensure that we never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and the lessons that must be learnt from it.’

The shortlist is impressive. It includes well-established firms such as Ralph Appelbaum Associates (best known for designing the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.) and Studio Libeskind (founded by ‘starchitect’ Daniel Libeskind, whose existing projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre), alongside artists Rachel Whiteread and Anish Kapoor, and prominent authors James E. Young, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Simon Schama, whose works, in one way or another, have dealt with the theme of memory.

All are well-versed in the international vernacular of commemorative architecture, not least Young, who served on the judging panels for both Berlin’s Denkmal for the Murdered Jews of Europe and the National September 11 Memorial in New York. We must assume that our collective memories are safe in the hands of these experts in the sombre, grey palate of 21st-century memorialisation.

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I have written several blog posts about Daniel Liebeskind, and his “degenerate art” which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/daniel-libeskind/

I have a section, on my scrapbookpages.com website, about Daniel Liebeskind and his art: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Berlin2002/JewishMuseum/JewishMuseum01.html

Jewish art in Berlin by Daniel Liebeskind

My photo of Jewish art in Berlin, designed by Daniel Liebeskind

Thank God that Daniel Liebeskind’s contract to put Jewish art in the city of Sacramento was canceled. Instead, his proposed Sacramento design was installed inside a park in Russia.

December 8, 2016

Remembering the day when the Jews declared war on Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 6:44 am

WarOnGermany.jpg

BoycottGermanGoods.jpg

Who started the war between Germany and the Jews, and when did it start?  Good question! Most people think that Germany was to blame — the Jews were innocent victims who never did anything wrong.

An article which you can read here explains how it got started: http://altrighthistoryoftheus.weebly.com/world-war-ii.html

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In 1933, shortly after Hitler first came to power in Germany, Jews around the globe declared economic warfare on Germany. Launching a global boycott of German made goods, Jews worldwide refused to sell any merchandise made in or imported from Germany in their stores. This retaliatory measure was adopted by Jews around the world as an attack against the Third Reich.

Hitler’s government was determined to wrest control of the German banking system, the media, and other professions out of the hands of Jewish Communists who hoped to lead a second Bolshevik Revolution, imposing Communism not only on Germany but on all of Western Europe, just as they had done less than two decades earlier in Czarist Russia.

Once Hitler came to power, he set about to remove Jews and other subversives from positions of influence, ordering the Jews to leave Germany, or else they would be rounded up and placed in labor camps and detention facilities to await deportation out of Germany.

While some Jews did choose to leave Germany, most refused and were placed in concentration camps. The camps built and run by the Germans were much like the camps operated by the United States in which Japanese Americans were confined following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They were monitored by the International Red Cross and were operated in compliance with the terms of the 1929 Geneva Convention.

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December 5, 2016

the little Jewish boy who wasn’t just whistling “Dixie” when he jumped off a train bound for Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:37 am

I won’t keep you in suspense: the little Jewish boy, who survived the Holocaust, and is now out on the lecture circuit, raking in money, as he tells his Holocaust story, was actually whistling Glenn Miller’s famous song entitled “In the Mood” to distract the German guards. [He wasn’t just “whistling Dixie”, a phrase that means that a person is lying.]

The following quote is from the news article, which you can read in full at http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/performance/the-th-train-simon-gronowski-recounts-his-narrow-escape-from/article_f30e421a-111c-522f-ae66-01f45e322053.html

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Simon Gronowski  [a Holocaust survivor] said he often thinks about the moment in April 1943 when he was eleven years old and jumped from a train carrying more than 1,600 Jews to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Gronowski and his mother, Chana, who had been arrested by the Gestapo at their hiding place in Brussels, were being sent from a transit camp at Mechelen in Flanders to almost certain death in the gas chambers [at Auschwitz]. 

Many prisoners were still dozing that night when the death train was ambushed by three resistance fighters, allowing 233 [Jews] to escape, including Gronowski. He was among the 118 passengers on the infamous 20th train who got away safely. Others were shot by the Germans.

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You might think that it is easy to jump off a moving freight train, but it is actually very dangerous. When I was a child, I lived in a house that was only a few feet from the tracks of a major railroad line.

The homeless bums, who were “riding the rails” would jump off the freight trains that went though the small town where I lived. Then they would head straight for the house where I lived and knock on the back door. They would offer to chop wood for our wood-burning kitchen stove, in exchange for a jelly sandwich. The bums didn’t expect any peanut butter on their sandwich. This was during the Depression when people didn’t expect much.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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The day that still haunts Simon Gronowski  is April 19, 1943. Train 801 left the Dossin barracks  at 10 p.m. with 1,631 Jews — ranging in age from  six weeks old to ninety — bound for Auschwitz. Gronowksi awoke in his mother’s arms and saw men prying open the carriage. When the train slowed, his mother lowered him to the running board. Gronowski, who had practiced jumping, leaped off the moving train, landing on the gravel without falling.

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His mother lowered him to “the running board”? What kind of a train has a “running board”?

To me, the term “running board” means a step that is outside the door of a car or a truck. In the old days, people used to thumb a ride, alongside a road. They would hop onto the “running board” which was a step just below the car door.

The photo below shows a little girl standing on the running board of a car. She is probably wearing her First Communion white dress.

running board.jpg

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