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March 13, 2017

“the Auschwitz selfie” and Leni Riefenstahl

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:42 am

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2017/03/smile-auschwitz-selfie-why-holocaust-memorials-have-failed

A recent news article, about taking a selfie at Auschwitz, ends with this quote:

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When you allow the Holocaust to symbolise absolute evil, it does not warn you to be vigilant. Rather, it comforts you, because this or that crisis cannot be the same. It allows you to take refuge in distance and in difference; and it becomes trivial enough almost to warrant the terrible phenomenon known as the “Auschwitz selfie”. Aylan Kurdi, goes this line, isn’t Anne Frank. Katie Hopkins isn’t Leni Riefenstahl with a pen.

End quote

How many of these young visitors to Auschwitz know who Leni Riefenstahl is?

I wrote about her on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/

February 14, 2017

Famous house that was shown in the movie Schindler’s List

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:30 am

You can read a recent news article about Amon Goeth at http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/petition-to-conserve-schindlers-list-nazi-torture-house/

To refresh your memory, Amon Goeth was a German military officer, who shot prisoners, that were working in the Plasow camp, with a high-powered rifle, from the balcony on the back of his house.

The prisoners were working in an area that was on the other side of the house, but Goeth had a special rifle that could shoot over a house. [just kidding]

View of the back of Amon Goeth;s house

The front of Amon Goeth’s house today

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My 1998 photo of the front of the house

My photo directly above, taken in 1998, shows the front of the house where Amon Goeth lived during the time that he was the Commandant of the Plaszow camp near Krakow, Poland. His mistress, who had been introduced to him by Oskar Schindler, lived with him in this house.

The house has apparently been remodeled, and it only vaguely resembles the original house.

The photo below shows the back of the house, which has a balcony on the top floor.

Tourists view the back of Goeth's house

Tourists view the back of Goeth’s house

The photo above shows a tour group standing behind the house where Amon Goeth formerly lived. At the top of the photo is the famous balcony from which Goeth allegedly shot prisoners at random with a high-powered rifle.

Goeth’s house was on top of a hill which overlooked a concentration camp where prisoners were forced to work.

The novel, Schindler’s Ark, upon which Spielberg’s movie is based, mentions that Goeth stepped out of the front door of a “temporary residence” and shot prisoners at random.

Later when Goeth moved into the three-story white house on Jerozolimska Street, he shot prisoners from his balcony, according to the novel Schindler’s List.

In the movie, Schindler’s List, Goeth is shown standing on the balcony in the rear of his house, shooting prisoners, who were not working fast enough, using a high-powered rifle. According to my tour guide, Goeth actually shot prisoners from a hill overlooking the Plaszow camp because Goeth’s house was located behind this hill.

The old photo below shows Goeth standing on the balcony from which he allegedly shot prisoners in the camp, which was located on the other side of the house.

Goeth standing on he balcony behind his house

Goeth standing on the balcony behind his house

Amon Goeth was married and had two children, who were living in Vienna, while he was working as the Commandant of the Plaszow camp; his wife divorced him in 1944.

Goeth had been previously married and his first wife had divorced him in 1934, according to the book entitled “Schindler,” written by David Crowe.

Like Oskar Schindler, whose wife did not accompany him to Krakow, Goeth took a mistress, Ruth Irene Kalder, who was one of Oskar Schindler’s secretaries. Goeth lived lavishly and drank heavily, just like his friend Schindler.

Goeth’s mistress remained loyal to him and kept a photograph of Amon on her night table until the day she died.

In an interview with a British journalist in 1983, Ruth Irene Kalder, described Goeth as a charming man with impeccable table manners. She said that she never regretted, for one second, her relationship with Amon, which began when she was 25 years old. Kalder committed suicide in 1983, on the day after this interview.

Allegedly, Ruth Irene had become distraught when she learned that the 82-minute documentary, which the journalist was making, was not just about Oskar Schindler, but would include a negative portrayal of her former lover, Amon Goeth, who was also the father of her love child, Monika, born in November 1945.

Kalder was a young, beautiful woman with a slender figure, a former actress and an experienced secretary; why she chose to live with a monster like Amon Goeth remains a mystery to this day.

 

February 13, 2017

Free Movie, Slaughter House Five

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, movies, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 9:55 am

http://www.bmetv.net/video/3128/kurt-vonnegut-s-slaughterhouse-five-full-movie

I have added the link above, which goes to my favorite movie, which is about the bombing of Dresden.  This link goes to a free movie.

In the movie, if you listen closely, you can hear when David Irving’s book on the bombing of Dresden, is mentioned in the movie.

You are encouraged to take some time today, to watch this movie and think about what happened on February 13, 1945.

February 1, 2017

1978 “Holocaust” miniseries

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

I am blogging again today about a news article you can read here.

Begin quote from news article

The term “Holocaust” was first used in 1978 by the NBC  television network.  They originally used it as the title of a miniseries that was a documentary and story about what happened during the Nazi’s tirade.

End quote from news article

Yesterday I blogged about how this news article used photos of people who had been killed by American bombs, but claimed that the photos showed Holocaust victims.

You can read my earlier blog post at

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/all-you-want-to-know-about-fake-holocaust-photos/

January 7, 2017

Victory of Faith

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

January 4, 2017

Triumpf of the Will

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:57 pm

The movie Triumph of the Will was mentioned in the TV news. I wrote about this famous movie on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg04A.html

You can watch the famous movie on you-tube.

Quote from my website:

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The Nazi party rallies in Nürnberg, Germany were designed to impress the rest of the world with Germany’s military might and the party’s solid support of Hitler. To people who were alive before World War II started, the name Nürnberg immediately evokes images of the spectacular Nazi rallies.

The speeches were broadcast around the world by radio, and films of the event were shown in the newsreels that preceded movies in theaters, the 1930ies substitute for television world news.

In 1935, Hitler commissioned the beautiful and talented movie actress, Leni Riefenstahl, to produce the film “Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), which is still frequently shown on the History Channel on cable television; it is a propaganda documentary of the 1935 annual party rally at the Zeppelin Field.

In 1934, Albert Speer was commissioned to design a permanent stone structure for the party rallies at the Zeppelin Field. According to Speer, his design was “a mighty flight of stairs topped and enclosed by a long colonnade, flanked on both ends by stone abutments. Undoubtedly it was influenced by the Pergamum altar.” He added that “The structure had a length of thirteen hundred feet and a height of eighty feet. It was almost twice the length of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.”

December 30, 2016

Hitler’s infamous dinner on January 25, 1942

Filed under: Germany, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 4:52 pm

I have a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.  While I was at the University, I learned that every story has two sides, and that both sides must be told.  While I do sometimes editorialize — in my blog post today, I want to provide an example of journalistic writing, which presents both sides of the story.

In modern times, in the context of the Holocaust, this method of covering a story is known as Holocaust denial, and you can go to jail for Holocaust denial in a rapidly growing number of countries.

In an earlier blog post I talked about a television show entitled “Hitler:The Monster”.  Among other things, in the older blog post, I talked about the dramatization of a dinner meeting, which allegedly took place on Jan 23, 1943.  On the AHC program, they make it sound like this meeting is the smoking gun, in which Hitler gave his blessing for mass murder.

David Irving recalls a meeting on Jan 25th 1942, that was attended by Himmler, Lammers, and Colonel Hans Zeitzler. The following quote is from page 496 in the 2002 version of David Irving’s book entitled “Hitler’s War” [according to Heinrich Heim’s record].

Here are the words spoken by Hitler at the infamous dinner:

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If I extract the Jew today our citizens get uneasy: “what’s happening to him, then?” But did these same people care one hoot what happened to the Germans who had to emigrate? We’ve got to get it over fast; it’s no better to pull a tooth a bit at a time over three months — once it’s out, the agony is over. The Jew’s got to get out of Europe. Otherwise we will never reach a European consensus. He’s the worst troublemaker, every where. And really: am I not in fact terrifically humane?   During the papal tyranny in Rome the Jews were maltreated. Up to 1830 they hounded 8 Jews through the city on asses every year.  All I say “He’s got to get out”. If he goes for a Burton [kaputt geht] in the process, I can’t help it. I do see one thing however: their absolute elimination [absolute Austottung] if they won’t leave willingly.

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The American Heroes Channel offers a different version, insinuating that it was at this fateful dinner that Hitler ordered the Holocaust verbally, or at least blessed it.  The show cuts to a dinner scene, while sinister violin music plays.

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The announcer says, January 23rd 1942, Hitler invites SS chief Himmler and other senior aids for a quiet meal.  According to his staffs official memos, private moments like this provided the Fuhrer with the perfect opportunity to give the Holocaust his blessing without issuing a direct order.

Robert Citino Continues, saying that

“They are having a fine meal, immaculate table cloth, everything just a so very civilized encounter in which the conversation turns as it often does with Hitler to the Jews.”

Guy Walters Continues, saying that

“The talk is chilling, its not bureaucratic, but Hitler is saying things like, if I had to say to the Jews, could you just go voluntarily and they said they didn’t want to then I would see no other option than extermination.”

Robert Citino continues, saying that

“Notice here how Hitler doesn’t tell anyone to do something specific, he allows those around the table to draw their own conclusion.”

End Quote from show.

The show then goes on to talk about the Wannsee conference, but out of chronological order.   I have blogged about the Wannsee conference several times:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/wannsee-conference/

Could Hitler have only blessed the Holocaust, AFTER the Wannsee conference, not before it?

To quote, out of context, a famous comment from the show, “there were so many parts of it that just didn’t add up.”

December 28, 2016

Hitler: The Fall

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, TV shows, 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 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?”

End quote

 

November 20, 2016

Defending my blog posts about Schindler’s list

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:18 am
Amon Goeth stand on the balcony in the rear of his house

Amon Goeth standing on the patio in the rear of his house

Over the years, I have written several blog posts about the movie entitled Schindler’s List.  Before that, I wrote about Schindler’s List on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/Kazimierz01C.html

Now the subject of Schindler’s List has come up in a recent comment on my blog, written by a newb who knows nothing.

To understand the movie Schinder’s List, start by reading this blog post which I wrote five years ago in 2011: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/schindlers-list-the-movie-is-fiction-fiction-fiction-part-2/

Then move on to a blog post, which I wrote in 2010: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/did-oskar-schindler-save-1200-jews-from-certain-death/

I am now 83 years old, and literally on my death bed. I don’t want to spend the last years of my life arguing about whether, or not, Amon Goeth shot Jews from his second-floor balcony or from a spot on the ground in the rear of his house.

In 1998, I made a trip to Poland, accompanied by a tour guide, who took me to see the house where Amon Goeth was living when he allegedly shot prisoners from his balcony. The balcony, and the patio, are both at the rear of the house. Did Amon Goeth have a special rifle that could shoot over the house and hit prisoners who were working in the camp, a mile away?  I don’t think so.

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