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November 19, 2016

Rudolf Kasztner is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am
Rudolf Kastzner

Rudolf Kastzner allegedly saved thousands of Jews

The following quote, about Rudolf Kastzner, is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/holocaust-hero-outed-nazi-collaborator-9264239

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A Jewish man [Rudolf Kastzner] hailed as a Holocaust hero for saving thousands from the gas chambers during World War II was actually a Nazi collaborator, it has been claimed.

Journalist and lawyer Rezső (AKA Rudolf) Kasztner was known for his role as an underground leader – but new research suggests he was a “conscious tool” in the Holocaust.

Paul Bogdanor, an expert on Kasztner, believes the man actually helped the Nazis to murder almost half a million Jewish men, women and children during Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’.

Until now, the Hungarian [Kasztner] was considered a hero for rescuing fellow Jews from the clutches of the Gestapo.

He smuggled them out of Budapest on a secret train bound for the free world following the German invasion.

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Here is the rest of the story:

In June 1944, Adolf Eichmann deported 20,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz and then transferred them to the Strasshof labor camp near Vienna.

This was an attempt to extort money from the Jewish community in Hungary, according to Laurence Rees who wrote in his book “Auschwitz, a New History,” that Eichmann convinced the Jewish leaders that he was going against orders in making an exception for these Jews and then demanded money for food and medical care because he had saved 20,000 Jews from the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

David Cesarani wrote in “The Last Days,” that Jewish leader Rudolf Kastner was able to prod Eichmann into sending these Jews to Austria where three quarters of them survived the war.

The last mass transport of 14,491 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz arrived on July 9, 1944, according to a book entitled “Die Zahl der Opfer von Auschwitz,” by Franciszek Piper, the director of the Auschwitz Museum. After this mass transport of Jews left Hungary on July 8, 1944, Horthy ordered the deportation of the Hungarian Jews to stop.

By that time, a minimum of 435,000 Hungarian Jews, mostly those living in the villages and small towns, had been transported to Auschwitz, according to evidence given at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961, in which transportation lists compiled by Laszlo Ferenczy, the chief of police in Hungary, were introduced.

According to Francizek Piper, the majority of the Hungarian Jews, who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, were gassed immediately.

A booklet, which I purchased from the Auschwitz Museum, stated that 434,351 of the Hungarian Jews were gassed upon arrival. If these figures are correct, only 3,051 Hungarian Jews, out of the 437,402 who were sent to Auschwitz, were registered in the camp.

However, Francizek Piper wrote that 28,000 Hungarian Jews were registered.

End of story. That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out.

November 18, 2016

The difference between a blog and a discussion forum

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:08 am

What you are reading right now is a BLOG, which is a word that is short for the word Weblog. Some people think that there is no difference between a blog and a discussion forum.

A blog has a comment section and a discussion forum is nothing but a comment section. But there is a difference between the two. You can read the definition of a discussion forum at

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/discussion-board-discussion-group-message-board-online-forum

Here is the definition of a blog, which I have copied from the Internet:

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A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”)

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There is currently an ad on TV which shows a nice looking old lady who is writing on her blog, while her care giver looks on. That’s me. I have a blog, not a discussion forum. Comments on my blog should be about what I have written, not a discussion about something that I have not written.

I have over I,8OO readers per day, on my blog. These readers are in countries all over the world. They never comment, probably because English is their second language.

I have been advised [privately] by one of my readers, to set up a Hole where I can put the comments that have nothing to do with what I write. This could be called the Bielski Hole, in honor of the Bieklski Brothers who hid Jews in holes in the ground, while the Holocaust was in progress.

November 17, 2016

The story of the little boy with his hands up is taught at Penn University

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 6:16 am
The little boy with his hands up

Famous photo of the little boy with his hands up

I have blogged about “the little boy with his hands up” until I am blue in the face.

My most recent blog post about the little boy with his hands up is this one: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-little-boy-with-his-hands-up-is-back-in-the-news-2/

This blog post about the little boy gives some important information:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/photo-of-the-little-boy-with-his-hands-up-the-rest-of-the-story/

According to this news article, this unimportant story is the subject of a college course at Penn University.

The following quote is from the news article:

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To teach about the Holocaust is to confront human beings in their most evil form. Scholars who teach about the tragedy retell and relate accounts of ungodly cruelty and indescribable misery, agony, and pain.

Teaching the Holocaust can be distressing to one’s soul. Not some long ago, far off catastrophe solely chronicled by history, it lives with us today, present in current affairs and a part of Jewish life. There are people walking the Earth right now who lived it, breathed it, endured it, and miraculously survived. Their pain is a lived pain, their suffering a firsthand horror.

Courses concerning the Holocaust are offered across Penn, scattered throughout the University. They are taught by survivors and the children of survivors, individuals with a personal connection, and researchers with an academic interest.

The study of the Holocaust is as interdisciplinary as Penn, spanning several fields, including literature, language, the law, history, science, medicine, ethics, and film.

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In my humble opinion, the Holocaust should not be taught in America’s universities.

November 16, 2016

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and his connection to the Bielski brothers

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 9:58 am

Here is the account of Jared Kushner’s grandmother and grandfather’s survival story in Jared’s own words.

http://observer.com/2016/07/jared-kushner-the-donald-trump-i-know/

Here is a quote from Jared’s article.

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I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors. On December 7, 1941—Pearl Harbor Day—the Nazis surrounded the ghetto of Novogroduk, and sorted the residents into two lines: those selected to die were put on the right; those who would live were put on the left. My grandmother’s sister, Esther, raced into a building to hide. A boy who had seen her running dragged her out and she was one of about 5100 Jews to be killed during this first slaughter of the Jews in Novogrudok. On the night before Rosh Hashana 1943, the 250 Jews who remained of the town’s 20,000 plotted an escape through a tunnel they had painstakingly dug beneath the fence. The searchlights were disabled and the Jews removed nails from the metal roof so that it would rattle in the wind and hopefully mask the sounds of the escaping prisoners.

My grandmother and her sister didn’t want to leave their father behind. They went to the back of the line to be near him. When the first Jews emerged from the tunnel, the Nazis were waiting for them and began shooting. My grandmother’s brother Chanon, for whom my father is named, was killed along with about 50 others. My grandmother made it to the woods, where she joined the Bielski Brigade of partisan resistance fighters. There she met my grandfather, who had escaped from a labor camp called Voritz. He had lived in a hole in the woods—a literal hole that he had dug—for three years, foraging for food, staying out of sight and sleeping in that hole for the duration of the brutal Russian winter.

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http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.729620

You may also have read the recent news story, cited above, which tells about how the family of Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, survived the Holocaust by living in a hole in the ground in Poland.  Close, but no cigar.

In the news article, Jared Kushner then went on to describe how his grandmother escaped the ghetto of Novogroduk and made it to the woods, where she joined the partisan Bielski Brigade and met his grandfather, who [had] escaped a labor camp.

The family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law was hiding with the Bielski Brothers. The Bielski Brothers were some really bad dudes, who fought the Nazis as Jewish partisans, which was against the law.

There was a movie, made a few years ago, which told the story of the Bielski Brothers. I saw this movie. It is not a pretty story. You can read about the movie on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defiance_(2008_film)

Update, Wednesday, 11:40 a.m.

I just listened to a story about Jared Kushner on the news. I learned that he is 35 years old and that he is currently on the “transition team” although he has “no political experience” just like his father-in-law Donald Trump, who has no political experience.

I learned that, just like his father-in-law, he does not pay taxes. Jared’s father did not pay taxes either.  Now you know how to become rich and famous — just don’t pay taxes.

 

The “Nazi collaborator” who struck a deal with the Germans

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:51 am

In this news article, you can read about Rezso Kasztner, the man who saved Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/holocaust-hero-outed-nazi-collaborator-9264239

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Hungarian Jews who were sent to  Auschwitz-Birkenau

The following quote is from the news article:

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A Jewish man [Kasztner] hailed as a Holocaust hero for saving thousands [of Jews] from the gas chambers during World War II was actually a Nazi collaborator, it has been claimed.

Journalist and lawyer Rezso (AKA Rudolf) Kasztner was known for his role as an underground leader – but new research suggests he was a “conscious tool” [of the Nazis] in the Holocaust.

Paul Bogdanor, an expert on Kasztner, believes the man actually helped the Nazis to murder almost half a million Jewish men, women and children during Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’.

Until now, the Hungarian [Kasztner] was considered a hero for rescuing fellow Jews from the clutches of the [Nazi] Gestapo.

He smuggled them out of Budapest on a secret train bound for the free world following the German invasion [of Hungary].

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I blogged about the Hungarian Jews on this previous blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/the-holocaust-is-mainly-the-strory-of-the-hungarian-jews/

And on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/some-565000-hungarian-jews-were-murdered-in-the-holocaust-according-to-yad-vashem/

Most of the Holocaust survivors, who are out on the lecture circuit today, teaching young children about the Holocaust, were Hungarian Jews who survived Auschwitz.

November 15, 2016

75 years ago, the Nazis started deporting the German Jews

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:14 pm

You can read about the start of the deportation of the German Jews in Berlin, 75 years ago, on this news article:

http://www.dw.com/en/commemoration-marks-75-years-since-the-start-of-jewish-deportations-by-the-nazis/a-36089519

The following quote is from the news article:

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75 years ago, the Nazis began deporting [Germany’s] Jews to death camps. The infamous Track 17 at Berlin’s Grunewald station was the departure point. Contemporary witness, Horst Selbiger, shares his memories of the “shipments.”

Railroad tracks in Berlin where Jews were put on trains and deported

Railroad track 17 in Berlin where Jews were put on trains to be deported to concentration camps

The first deportation left Track 17 of Berlin’s Grunewald station on the 18th October 1941. 1089 children, women and men were taken by force to Lodz [in Poland]. By the end, some 50,000 Jews from Berlin were deported; [they were] victims of the Nazi “Reign of Terror.”

Today, these railway platforms are memorials situated on the edge of the capital [city]. This is where Horst Selbiger [a Holocaust survivor] will be holding his speech. “For me, Track 17 is the train station from where all the suffering began. Us kids were smarter than the grown ups. We knew by 1941 that the Jews were being exterminated like vermin.”

The adults were led to believe otherwise, but Selbiger, who was 13 at the time, as well as his classmates, had already been observing for a long time that the Jews were being carted off.

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What to expect on a visit to Auschwitz…

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:32 am

Most people join a tour group when they arrange a visit to Auschwitz. It is possible to go there completely alone, without a guide, but few people do.

A shuttle bus takes tourists from the Auschwitz 1 camp to the Auschwitz II camp

A shuttle bus takes tourists from the Auschwitz 1 camp to the Auschwitz II camp

After I went to Auschwitz by myself in 2005, I wrote the following about my trip — on my website at:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/journal.html

November 14, 2016

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:10 am
Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-unleashed-wave-anti-semitic-hatred-516656

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As a middle-class, white Ashkenazi Jew living in California in 2016, I’ve been privileged to avoid the systemic, cultural and interpersonal racism faced by many Muslims, immigrants and people of color across the U.S. today.

However, my uncle was not as fortunate. He was a Holocaust survivor who saw his entire family killed in front of him in a concentration camp. Although overt, violent anti-Semitism is largely absent from the United States and has not been part of my experience, I’ve begun to see a shift in the past six months.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has forced me and thousands of other American Jews to face anti-Semitic threats for the first time. Throughout the election cycle, Jews have used a hashtag created by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, #WeveSeenThisBefore, as a reminder that Trump’s rhetoric and bigotry echo demagogues of the past.

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Donald Trump has a daughter who is married to a Jew, and she has converted, so she is now a Jew.  So there will be Jews in the White House. The Donald is NOT a Nazi.

The name Trump is German, so his ancestors came to America from Germany. The town of Rothenburg in Germany has a tower that is named Trump Tower.

November 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is still alive and still speaking out

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Today, you can read the latest news about 92-year-old Holocaust Survivor Renee Firestone at http://elvaq.com/features/2016/11/11/holocaust-survivor-shares-her-story-of-auschwitz/

I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/renee-firestones-shoah-testimony/

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

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[Renee Firestone] was two weeks past her 20th birthday when she was hurled into the confined train to Auschwitz in April 1944. Along with her, her father, a textile businessman, her mother, a housewife and her younger sister had been taken from their home in Czechoslovakia. Her brother had already been separated from her family and placed in [several] Hungarian labor camps.

Forced over the Polish border then escorted by Germans on train, it was uncertain as to what their future held.

“This old woman who was sitting at the edge of the cattle car ripped open her coat lining, reached in and removed a gold locket and started to cry, bitterly,” Firestone said in interview with Si Frumkin.

“I thought maybe that was her wedding picture in the locket, her family or grandchildren whom she left behind. . . I thought to myself, how cruel that they wouldn’t let her keep this little memoir and then she closed the locket and through the cracks of the cattle car handed it to the Nazis.”

The trip lasted three days without food or water with only a bucket for hundreds to share for bodily waste.

Nazis banged on the walls during the night, yelling at us to give up any valuables we possessed or we would be shot, Firestone recalls. This was followed by screaming and gunshots outside the train.

After arriving at camp, she was immediately separated from her parents but managed to keep her sister by her side.

The Nazis, described as young, handsome and smiling, led the women into an underground dressing rooms where they were forced to undress and stand naked from mid-afternoon to midnight.

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November 11, 2016

The famous Schindler’s List

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

I have written several blog posts about the famous Schidler’s List:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/schindlers-list/

Now Oskar Schindler is back in the news:

Holocaust education program receives collection materials on Holocaust rescuers Oskar and Emilie Schindler

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