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October 9, 2017

“unimaginable” suffering at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:16 am

Railroad tracks going inside Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

http://www.dw.com/en/reconstructed-auschwitz-prisoner-text-details-unimaginable-suffering/a-40877361

I copied this photo from the news article linked to above.

When I saw this excellent photo, I just had to blog about it. The photo shows the railroad tracks that enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and extend all the way to the far end of the camp. It is hard to get a photo like this because there are now thousands of tourists walking down these tracks.

I took the photo above on one of my trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

You can see more of my color photos of Auschwitz-Birkeanau at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/Gallery8/index.html

 

October 8, 2017

Does the world need more Holocaust memorials?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 6:06 pm

Proposed Holocaust memorial

Wikipedia has a list of all the Holocaust Memorials and Museums currently in existence:

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

You can read about the new proposed Holocaust memorial in this news article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/07/imperial-war-museum-holocaust-memorial-london

The following quote is from the news article:

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Plans to erect a national Holocaust memorial next to parliament [in England] have become embroiled in controversy, only weeks before the winning design is due to be announced.

The £50m memorial and education centre, initiated in 2013 by David Cameron when he was prime minister, has attracted some of the biggest names in art and architecture, including Norman Foster, Daniel Libeskind, Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread. A jury to select the winning entry has met and an announcement from the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is expected this month.

But in an extraordinary intervention, the Imperial War Museum (IWM) is calling for the plan for an educational complex below the memorial to be reconsidered because it will compete with its own new Holocaust centre, opening in 2020, less than a mile away.

Meanwhile, people who live near the memorial’s site – Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the houses of parliament and on the banks of the Thames – are stepping up objections to the proposal. They say it would mean the loss of much-valued green space, increase pollution and traffic, and require a heavy security presence.

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Can someone please explain this design to me. It looks like a giant ice cream cone that has been dropped and the ice cream is melting.

Why is there so much renewed interest in the Mauthausen concentration camp?

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

My blog post today was prompted by this news article: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236444

Mauthausen concentration camp

Main entrance into Mauthausen camp

I have been reading recent news articles about the Mauthausen concentration camp. I have visited this camp and I have previously written about it on my website and on my blog.

If you want to know more about Mauthausen, start reading about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/FirstPrisoners.html

The following quote is from the web page cited above:

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First prisoners at Mauthausen

The first prisoners to be registered in the Mauthausen concentration camp were 300 German criminals who arrived on August 8, 1938 after being transferred from the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich. By the end of the year, 780 more prisoners had been transferred to Mauthausen from the Dachau and Sachsenhausen camps. Many of these early prisoners had been sentenced by the German courts to hard labor after being convicted of committing a violent crime.

According to Christian Bernadac, a former inmate of the camp, who wrote a book called “The 186 Steps,” the first prisoner to be registered at Mauthausen was Wilhelm Baier who was assigned the number 3. The numbers 1 and 2 were not used. Baier had been sentenced to 30 years hard labor in 1920 after committing what Bernadac called a “blood crime.” Prisoner number 4 was Joseph Wboblowski. The next three prisoners to be registered were Baum, Bartel and Bartosch, all convicted German criminals who had been sentenced to hard labor.

Another category of prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps were the so-called “career criminals.” On June 17, 1936, Adolf Hitler had signed a decree which made Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler the new Chief of the German Police within the Reich Ministry of Interior. According to Peter Padfield, author of the book “Himmler,” the new Police Chief “saw his task as preventing crime before it happened by shutting away habitual criminals, preserving the Volk from contamination by shutting away subversives who might corrupt them, picking up vagrants, the ‘work shy’ and ‘anti-socials’ and putting them to work in his camps, and in addition supervising public morals.”

Padfield wrote that Himmler’s first large-scale action as Police Chief was the “nationwide round-up of professional criminals.” On March 9, 1937, Himmler gave the order to arrest around 2,000 “professional criminals” who had committed two or more crimes, but were now free after having served their sentences. They were arrested without charges and sent to a concentration camp for an indeterminate time.

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School children in America today are taught that the Germans were bad people because they put homosexuals in prison.

The following quote is from my website:

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Another category of German citizens, who were persecuted by Heinrich Himmler, in his capacity as Chief of the German Police, was homosexuals.

Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code, which had been in effect since 1871, made it a crime for men to publicly engage in gay sex or for male prostitutes to solicit men for sex.

Himmler began enforcing this law and a total of about 10,000 homosexuals were eventually sent to concentration camps such as Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Mauthausen for at least 6 months of “rehabilitation.”

According to Bernadac, they “received regular visits from the medical commissions” who attempted to change their sexual orientation because the Nazis believed that these prisoners were gay by choice.

The first homosexual prisoner to be registered at Mauthausen was Georg Bautler, Prisoner No. 130. The first Jew to be sent to Mauthausen was also incarcerated because he had broken the German law under Paragraph 175.

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October 6, 2017

What is wrong with the use of this photo by Cambridge University?

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:25 am

The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland, circa 1965. The sign above them is “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Makes You Free.” The image and words were featured on a welcome program for the Emmanuel College at Cambridge University. (Keystone/Getty Images)

The photo above is shown in this recent news article: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/cambridge-univ-school-auschwitz-image-program-article-1.3545364

I know a good photo when I see one. After all, I did win first prize in a state-wide photo contest many years ago.

The following quote is from the news article which accompanied this photo:

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Cambridge University students are confused and upset after a welcome program for one of its colleges featured an image of Auschwitz, a disturbing reminder of Nazi genocide and war crimes during the Second World War.

Cambridge News reports that students are “very upset” after glimpsing the peculiar cover art. Emmanuel College has apologized for the usage.

The image shows the gates of Auschwitz, with the slogan “arbeit macht frei” (“work makes you free”). The pamphlet was for a welcome service in the college’s chapel on Oct. 5.

The school’s dean told Cambridge News that the image was used as an “iconic image of evil” and was to be juxtaposed against a sermon highlighting evil and ways to remedy and resist it.

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A good photo should have some pure white and some pure black. This photo passes that test.

October 4, 2017

The Anne Frank house in Amsterdam

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:46 pm

My photo of the house where Ann Frank hid in the city of Amsterdam

Anne Frank is back in the news.

You can read about her in this news article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/04/who-betrayed-anne-frank-artificial-intelligence-could-finally-solve-the-mystery/?utm_term=.1aae55d98ba8

I wrote about Anne Frank in this section of  my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

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In February 1942, the Nazis began rounding up all the Jews in Germany and the occupied countries for evacuation to the East in what the Nazis called “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

13-year-old Anne Frank

Knowing that his family would soon be deported, Otto Frank began preparing a hiding place in the annex with a two-year supply of food and other essentials. Five months later, Anne and her family suddenly disappeared, leaving behind notes saying that they had gone to Switzerland, which was a neutral country during World War II. Otto Frank’s brother actually did escape from occupied France to Switzerland, but Otto Frank wanted to remain in Amsterdam because he had a thriving business there.

Many other Jewish families in Amsterdam also went into hiding, trusting that their Dutch neighbors and business associates would not betray their hiding places to the police. Approximately 25,000 Dutch Jews hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands which began after the Germans defeated the Dutch in May 1940 in the early part of World War II.

Those unfortunate Dutch Jews who did not go into hiding were sent to the transit camp at Westerbork, from where they were then transported by train to Auschwitz, the infamous killing center, located in what is now Poland, where millions of Jews perished in the gas chambers.

Many of the 160,000 Jews in the Netherlands were refugees, like the Franks and their friends in the annex, who had escaped from Germany after Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933.

Westerbork was originally a refugee camp for German Jews who were regarded as illegal immigrants in the Netherlands after they escaped over the border from Nazi Germany before the war.

The Franks went into hiding on July 6, 1942 shortly after Anne’s 13th birthday on June 12th. One week later they were joined by Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their 15-year-old son Peter and Peter’s cat. Dr. Pfeffer joined them on November 16, 1942, bringing along his dentist’s drill.

On August 4th, 1944, the police raided their hiding place in the annex and they were taken to the Westerbork transit camp on a passenger train, after a short stay at the Amsterdam headquarters of the Security Police. On September 3, 1944, all 8 were loaded onto a freight train and taken on the last transport of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz, where they arrived on the night of September 5th and 6th. Otto Frank was the only one of the 8 who survived. He died on August 19, 1980 in Switzerland.

Hermann van Pels was murdered in the gas chamber at Auschwitz in either September or October 1944, according to the information presented at the Anne Frank House. Anne’s mother died of tuberculosis in January 1945 at Auschwitz. Anne and her sister died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen; the others all died from disease in various Nazi concentration camps to which they were transferred from Auschwitz.

 

Anne Frank is back in the news

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:01 am

You can read the latest news about Anne Frank in this recent news article:

Who betrayed Anne Frank? New probe launched by ex-FBI agent

The following quote is from the news article:

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A new investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Anne Frank’s hiding place in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, which eventually led to her death, has been launched by a retired FBI agent.

Led by Vince Pankoke, who formerly worked with the FBI to track Colombian drug cartels, the project will use cold case investigative techniques and data analysis software developed in the last decade to unravel one of history’s greatest mysteries: Who betrayed Anne Frank?

The German teenager was best known for her diary documenting her time in the “Secret Annex,” a hidden enclave at the back of her father Otto Frank’s former office, at 263 Prinsengracht in the Dutch capital. The Franks and another Jewish family spent more than two years in hiding before they were discovered by the Gestapo, the German secret police, in August 1944 and sent off to concentration camps.

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Was it a crime to reveal the hiding place of a family of Jews?  I don’t think so.

Why did the Nazis want to put the Jews into concentration camps?

It was because the Jews were the enemy, and there was a war going on. Many of the Jews who were sent to camps survived.

There are friends of Anne Frank, who did not go into hiding, and they are still alive because they were safe inside the camps.

You can follow the link below to other articles I have written about Anne Frank:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/anne-frank/

 

 

 

 

 

September 20, 2017

Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:11 pm

My prize-winning photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The title of my blog post today is a quote from Elie Wiesel who wrote:

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Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz. I went to Yugoslavia when reporters said that there was a Holocaust starting there. There was genocide, but not an Auschwitz. When you make a comparison to the Holocaust it works both ways, and soon people will say what happened in Auschwitz was “only what happened in Bosnia.”

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The above quote was used in an article which you can read in full at http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/15/im-descendant-holocaust-survivors-im-appalled-comparison-christian-bakers-nazis/

I wrote about the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website in 1998 before I became a Holocaust denier.

I have a whole section about the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/index.html

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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It’s November 1938, and the Nazis have confiscated a silk factory owned by the same Jewish family for over a decade, arresting the owner.

Fast forward to 2014, and a state official has compared a Colorado Christian baker to the same group that took away what belonged to the Jewish silk factory owner—the father of my grandmother’s cousin, Godofredo.

This in a country founded by people who fled religious persecution.

While America, the country that mostly turned away Jews fleeing Adolf Hitler, is thankfully not on a course to repeat the Holocaust’s atrocities, some of its citizens have taken to comparing matters of individual freedom—such as a baker refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake—to the actions that led to the deaths of 11 million people, including 6 million Jews and 1.5 million children.

 

September 2, 2017

Today is the anniversary of the day that Anne Frank was sent to a camp

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:14 pm

September 2, 1944: Anne Frank Sent To Auschwitz Concentration Camp

I have a section on my website about Anne Frank, which you can read at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

You can read about Anne Frank in this news article: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/september-2-1944-anne-frank-sent-to-auschwitz-concentration-camp

The following quote is from the news article:

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On September 2, 1944 Anne Frank was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The 15-year-old girl was forced to have her head shaved and was branded with a numerical tattoo. During the day, she had to do slave labor, hauling rocks and digging sod.

Within a year, the young teen was dead. Diseases ran rampant because of the horrid conditions of the concentration camp, but Frank’s exact cause of death is not known. She became famous, post-death, after her diary was found and published. “The Diary of a Young Girl” documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, and is now one of the world’s most famous books.

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Years ago, I visited the Anne Frank house and wrote about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank03.html

Who doesn’t love Anne Frank? She was just a normal Jewish girl. Her family was lying, cheating and stealing, like all Jews do. They could not understand why the Nazis objected to that.

 

 

August 30, 2017

Photo of Trump shows him giving a Nazi salute

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump — furtherglory @ 3:02 pm

A person holds a copy of the ‘Stern’ news magazine in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 showing U.S. President Donald Trump draped in the American flag while giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute.

The magazine article says “Germans must surely know that by misappropriating” Nazi symbols “they belittle and becloud” past crimes.

The following quote is from the news article which shows the photo above:

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This week’s cover of a popular German news magazine depicting U.S. President Donald Trump draped in the American flag while giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute is drawing sharp criticism from a prominent Jewish group.

Stern magazine’s illustration is part of a cover story headlined “Sein Kampf,” which translates as “His Struggle” and is a play on Adolf Hitler’s infamous “Mein Kampf.”

Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center says it’s been “outspoken in criticizing President Trump for failing to make a distinction between Nazis and KKK protesters and those who opposed them.” But it said “the depiction of the president as a latter-day Hitler by a major German publication is untrue and beyond the pale.”

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A Holocaust memorial is not the place for a Pop Star to pose

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:02 pm

Xonia, 28, posed suggestively in hotpants, a low-cut top and thigh-high boots at the Bucharest Holocaust Memorial

The following quote is from the news article which includes the photo above: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4354711/former-neighbours-actress-loredana-sachelaru-sparks-outrage-after-posing-for-raunchy-photoshoot-on-romanian-holocaust-memorial/

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The stunning blonde, [in the photo above] whose real name is Loredana Sachelaru, was widely criticised after sharing the provocative photographs with her army of followers on social media.

And many fans questioned her choice of venue for the photoshoot, wondering whether she understood that it was a memorial to Jews killed in Nazi death camps.

Xonia was born in Australia but her parents are Romanian and she has dual citizenship.

Many also questioned why the security guards who protect the memorial around the clock allowed her to pose for the raunchy photographs there.

Netizen said: “Those people were gassed and you chose the monument that commemorates them to show your a** there?! Very ugly!”

Xonia did not reply to her critics but she has left the photographs on her social media page and is also reportedly planning to use one of them on the cover of her new album.

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What a revolting development this is! Imagine posing this way where people were gassed to death! People today have no respect for anything.  The people who were gassed would be turning over in their graves — if they had a grave.

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