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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.

October 22, 2016

Will the movie, named Denial, win an award for the worst movie ever made?

Filed under: David Irving, Holocaust, movies — furtherglory @ 10:23 am
Debra Lipstadt

Debra Lipstadt

You can read a review of the movie “Denial” at http://buffalonews.com/2016/10/20/overly-clinical-denial-puts-holocaust-denier-trial/

The following quote is from the movie review:

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The film’s most emotional moment comes when Lipstadt and her legal team visit Aushwitz [Birkenau], a death camp not built to be one. As the discussion turns to proving the cyanide [Zyklon-B] used to kill Jews wasn’t for simply disinfecting against lice, Lipstadt drifts away to recite a prayer in Hebrew by the ruins of a gas chamber, while a raindrop that looks like a teardrop hangs from nearby barbed wire [fence].

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I agree that this is a great scene, but it is a very deceitful scene. Would it have killed the producers of this film to have gone to Birkenau in the summer time, so that we could have seen the ruins of the gas chamber very clearly!

The following quote is also from the movie review:

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Numerous sequences [in the film] of Lipstadt jogging or talking with Holocaust survivors are shoved between the trial sequences, and while these events may actually have transpired, they don’t push the plot forward at all. In fact, trimming these scenes would have led to a tighter script, allowing the suspenseful legal thriller hidden in this film to blossom more fully.

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The point is that this film is very bad, and the scenes of Lipstadt jogging make it worse. I have never jogged in my whole life; I consider jogging to be bad for one’s health. I go for a walk every day, and that’s good enough for me. There will never be a movie about me, so I don’t need to jog.

October 21, 2016

Understanding the movie entitled “Denial”

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:32 pm

Scene from movie entitled Denial

Here is the plot of the movie entitled “Denial”:

In 1996, an American historian, Deborah Lipstadt, was sued by a British historian, David Irving, over Lipstadt’s claim that Irving was a liar and a falsifier of history.

In his books and lectures, Irving had contended that Auschwitz had no gas chambers. In bringing the suit, Irving charged that Lipstadt had damaged his career and his reputation.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/10/21/1-movie-review-denial-plainly-told-story-of-holocaust-libel-case-fascinates.html

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….because Lipstadt’s allegedly libelous comments are unambiguous and because she and her publisher don’t want to settle, she and her lawyers need to prove two things or lose the case:

• That Irving’s Auschwitz writings were inaccurate.

• That he did it intentionally, for the purpose of pushing an anti-Semitic agenda.

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I have seen this movie, and I don’t think that it will win any awards.

 

October 15, 2016

My thoughts about the movie entitled “Denial”

Filed under: David Irving, Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:43 am

Yesterday, I was the first person to line up at my local theater, for the long awaited opening of the movie entitled “Denial.” I assumed that the theater would be crowded, and I wanted to get a good seat. As it turned out, there were only about 8 other people there.

The actress who plays Debra Lipstadt is on the left and Lispstadt is on the right

The actress who plays Debra Lipstadt is on the left and Lispstadt is on the right

I won’t keep you in suspense, waiting for my verdict on the movie:  this is, by far, the worst movie that I have ever seen in my entire life. I started going to the movies twice a week, when I was four years old, so I have seen a lot of movies, and this was the worst: “the worst Jerry, the worst.”

Why is this movie so terrible, you ask?

David Irving

David Irving

The movie is about David Irving, a famous British writer who has written a million books, give or take a few. The actor, who plays the part of Irving, looks nothing like him. I have met David Irving twice, so I know that Irving is a handsome man, who has a beautiful voice. He speaks perfect English.

Irving is now 78 years old, and he might have lost some of his good looks, but there is no way that he looks like the actor who plays him in the movie. I think that this casting, of an ugly man to play him, was a way of putting down David Irving and denigrating him.

David Irving used to be the world’s most famous writer of history books — until he made the mistake of denying that Jews were killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz. He denied the gas chambers, long before he had even been to Auschwitz.

In the movie, Debra Lipstadt is shown as she tours the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in the winter when the ruins are covered with snow. The inside of a gas chamber is never shown in the movie.

However, a peephole, into the alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp, is shown. This peephole was actually for the SS men to look out of the alleged gas chamber in the main camp to see if it was all clear to come out.

I have a photo of the door with the peephole on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/the-door-into-the-auschwitz-main-camp-gas-chamber/

The alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp is located across the street from the SS hospital, and right next to the administrative offices of the Auschwitz camp. This would be the worst possible place to put a homicidal gas chamber.  The alleged gas chamber was a place for the SS men to go in case the camp was bombed.

David Irving has been called a “denier” because he disputes the claim, by the Jews, that the Holocaust was the deliberate, methodical attempt by the Nazis to kill every last Jew in the world.

It wasn’t until 1988, after Irving had written many books about history, that he became a Holocaust denier, claiming that there were no gas chambers used to kill the Jews.

David Irving is famous for saying that “More women died on the back seat of Edward Kennedy’s car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz.”

This famous remark ruined Irving’s image as a historian and turned him into a Holocaust Denier, the worst label that a person can possibly have. Currently, deniers are in danger of going to prison, for 5 years or more, in 20 different countries, not including the USA, which is the last outpost for deniers.

The thing that has distinguished David Irving from other historians, who deny the Holocaust, is that he was once considered to be a respectable historian, although he was an admirer of Adolf Hitler. I have met David Irving: he is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to history. He was always nice to me, and did not put me down, when I talked with him.

In her famous book entitled, “Denying the Holocaust”, Debra Lipstadt wrote that Irving went from being an author, with unconventional views about World War II, to being a falsifier of history. She wrote that Irving believed the pseudo scientific “report”  written by “a self-proclaimed American execution expert named Fred A. Leuchter.”  She wrote that Leuchter said that the gassing facilities at Auschwitz had not been used to kill human beings, but to kill the lice that spread typhus. I believe that Fred Leuchter is correct: why would he lie?  I have met Fred Leuchter; he is the nicest person that you will ever meet.

In 1996, Debra Lipstadt and her book publisher, Penguin, were both hit with a libel lawsuit brought against them by David Irving. In one of the early scenes in the movie, Lipstadt, who is portrayed by actress Rachel Weisz, shows disbelief as her attorney, Anthony Julius (played by Andrew Scott), tells her the rules of British libel law. The burden of proof will be on Lipstast, the defendant, not on David Irving.

In other words, Lipstadt will have to prove the truth of the Holocaust in order to validate her claim that Irvin denied established facts. Prior to this, Lipstadt had always refused to debate with Holocaust deniers. Now she is being forced to debate with David Irving, the world’s most famous Holocaust denier.

Lipstadt now has the choice of allowing Irving  to claim victory, or to prove the Holocaust in a court of law. Lipstadt chooses to fight David Irving in court — and she wins the case. She proves the Holocaust, as claimed by True Believers. End of story.

September 30, 2016

Had Mr. Irving won his case, the potential repercussions would have been catastrophic.

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, Trump — furtherglory @ 9:33 am

The title of my blog post today is the last sentence in a news article, about a new movie, which tells the story of David Irving’s lawsuit against Deborah Lipstadt: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/30/movies/denial-review-rachel-weisz-denial.html?_r=0

Irving lost the case because he made the mistake of arguing the case himself, instead of hiring a lawyer to represent him.

David Irving is like a walking encyclopedia: he knows the Holocaust backwards and forward, but he is getting on in years and his memory is not what it used to be. He should have hired a lawyer.

The actor who plays David Irving in a new movie

The actor who plays David Irving in a new movie

I think that the photo above gives a wrong impression of David Irving. On the two occasions, in which I have met David Irving in person, he wore a three piece suit, not a sweater. The actor, who is playing the part of Irving, does not resemble Irving at all. David Irving is much better looking than this actor; at least in his younger days, Irving was better looking than this actor.

The photo below shows what David Irving looked like the last time that I saw him, a few years ago.

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David Irving in 2013

The following quote is from the news article:

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[The movie entitled] “Denial” begins with Mr. Irving loudly interrupting one of Ms. Lipstadt’s lectures at Emory University in Atlanta, where she teaches history, by offering $1,000 to anyone who can prove the Nazis gassed Jews at Auschwitz. It’s a tense moment for Ms. Lipstadt, who has vowed never to debate with anyone like Mr. Irving, a notorious gadfly who has built a lucrative career by claiming the Holocaust didn’t happen.

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David Irving does not claim that “the Holocaust didn’t happen.” No, he claims that the Holocaust didn’t happen the way that the Jews claim that it did. I agree with everything that David Irving says about the Holocaust.

The news article continues with this quote:

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Shortly after his visit, Mr. Irving brought a lawsuit in Britain against Ms. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), and her publisher, Penguin Books, for calling him a Holocaust denier and hurting his reputation as a historian. In his writings, Mr. Irving, an admirer of Hitler, insists there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz and that any deaths there were the results of illness and starvation.

But in Britain, where libel laws differ from those in the United States, the burden of proof is on the defendant. To Ms. Lipstadt’s chagrin, she and her legal team must focus on disproving Mr. Irving’s evidence.

Surely the creators could have found some compelling drama in the characters’ personal lives. But “Denial” rarely ventures outside its narrow journalistic parameters. Once the verdict is rendered, there is no judicial post-mortem, only an exhausted sigh of relief. As the world knows, the court ruled in Ms. Lipstadt’s favor.

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In my humble opinion, I think that it is a crying shame that David Irving’s illustrious career ends this way. The Jews have won the case, but at what cost!

 

September 16, 2016

If you’ve ever wondered why Hitler killed the Jews, this home movie explains it

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:02 am

This news article, about a new short film, will help you to understand why Hitler killed the Jews:

http://forward.com/culture/349794/an-auschwitz-home-movie-scored-by-eric-clapton/

The following quote is from the news article:

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I’d always avoided Auschwitz,” Philippe Mora says near the beginning of his new documentary, “Three Days in Auschwitz.” “I was like, ‘Who wants to go to Auschwitz?’”

Mora’s question is, at least on the surface, perfectly understandable. After all, with any number of exotic and enticing locations currently available for our visiting or vacationing pleasure, a site [Auschwitz-Birkenau] where at least 1.1 million people (90% of them Jewish) were gassed, shot, starved and worked to death by the Nazis hardly conforms to anyone’s idea of an appealing destination.

[He’s talking about Auschwitz-Birkenau, not Auschwitz, the main camp.]

Of course, one visits former concentration camps not to “get away from it all,” but to bear witness to one of the darkest chapters in human history. And for Mora, a French-born Australian film director and artist whose extensive filmography includes such notable credits as “Mad Dog Morgan,” “Death of a Soldier” and the second and third installments of the “Howling” horror franchise, the emotional, psychological and historical pull of Auschwitz eventually proved too compelling to ignore.

Born four years after World War II ended, Mora learned much later that eight members of his family had been killed at Auschwitz. Seeking to come to terms with their deaths, in 2010 he finally traveled to Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum for the first time — a visit that inspired several returns and eventually led to the making of “Three Days in Auschwitz,” which was released in select U.S. theaters and on DVD and Video On Demand on September 9.

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Aerial view of Auschwitz

Aerial view of Auschwitz main camp

My photo of Barrack building in Auschwitz main camp

My photo of Barrack buildings in the Auschwitz main camp

You can read about Auschwitz, the main camp, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz02.html

My photo of the ruins of Krema III gas chamber at Birkenau

My photo of the ruins of Krema III gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The women's camp at Birkenau

My photo of the women’s camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Quarantine barracks at Birkenau

My photo of the Quarantine barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Why were there “quarantine barracks” in a death camp? Did the Nazis want to make sure that none of the prisoners died of typhus or other diseases? Did they want to make sure that the prisoners were perfectly healthy when they were gassed to death?

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

 

September 13, 2016

Denial is not a river in Egypt

Filed under: David Irving, Holocaust, movies, World War II — furtherglory @ 8:46 am

Denial is the title of a new movie about Debra Lipstadt’s lawsuit against David Irving.

You can read about the new movie in this news article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/09/13/tiff-toronto-rachel-weisz-denial-holocaust/90296080/

The following quote is from the news article:

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In ‘Denial,’ a university professor [Debra Lipstadt] writes a book about people who deny the Holocaust ever happened. One of the deniers [David Irving] suddenly sues her for libel. They both fight to prove their version of history in this film based on a true story.

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David Irving denies that the room. shown in my 2005  photo above, is  a  homicidal gas chamber

The news article continues with this quote:

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The stakes are high: In English civil courts, the burden of proof in libel cases is on the defendant, and if Irving had won, it would have legitimized anyone who claimed the Holocaust was fabricated. Astoundingly, that means Lipstadt’s legal team had to prove the Holocaust occurred. “The film is about the fight for truth in general,” says Weisz, who flew to Toronto on her day off from rehearsing her upcoming off-Broadway play, Plenty.

Denial takes dialogue verbatim from trial records (Irving argues forcefully that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz). Weisz, who identifies as Jewish, filmed at Auschwitz, chronicling a trip that Lipstadt and her Scottish power lawyer (Tom Wilkinson) took for research. “It’s the first time they’ve ever let anyone film there” for anything other than a documentary, says Weisz, who had never been to the death camp before.

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September 9, 2016

New movie about Deborah Lipstadt will open nationwide on Oct. 21, 2016

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:40 am
Rachel Weiss will play Deborah Lipstadt in new movie

Rachel Weiss will play Deborah Lipstadt in new movie

A news story, which you can read in full here, has this headline:

She had to prove the Holocaust happened

How does one prove that something happened? It either happened or it didn’t.

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

The news article begins with this quote:

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ATLANTA – You’ll need your imagination for this one. [You can say that again.]

At issue is that it’s hard to imagine anyone having to prove in a court of law that the Holocaust happened [the way that the Jews say that it did].

Deborah Lipstadt did it, though, and her story has been made into a film called “Denial,” set to be released in New York on Sept. 30 and nationwide on Oct. 21.

Lipstadt, a professor of modern history and Jewish Holocaust studies at Emory University, was sued by prominent Holocaust denier and British historian David Irving in the 1990s, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The film and her book that it’s based on, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” recount how Irving sued Lipstadt for libel in England for calling him a “Holocaust denier.”

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Of course, the Holocaust HAPPENED, but did it happen the way that David Irving wrote that it did, or did it happen the way that Debra thinks that it did.

David Irving

David Irving

I’m with David Irving on this one. I have met him. He’s a walking encyclopedia, as I have said many times. However, he is now old and senile, as am I. He will not be able to defend himself adequately now.

 

August 24, 2016

Anthropoid — the movie, now showing in a few select theaters

Filed under: Germany, movies, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:47 am

There is a new movie, about the story of Reinhard Heinrich, which I am dying to see, but it is not showing in any of the theaters anywhere near me. The movie is based on Operation Anthropoid, a famous historical event that took place years ago.

Reinhard Heydrichh is the man in the middle

Reinhard Heydrich is the man in the center

Reinhard Heydrich was noted for having a feminine type body with hips wider than his shoulders, as depicted in the photo above.

Heydrich is also noted for having had two girlfriends at the same time, and for getting one of them pregnant, then refusing to marry her. However, none of this is pointed out in the movie. Would it have killed the producer of this movie to have included a little bit of human interest?

You can read a review of the movie at http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/anthropoid-2016

The following quote is from the review, cited above:

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The events [in the movie] take place in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in the early 1940s. As students of World War II should know—well, as anyone should know, really, but let’s not get into that—Czechoslovakia was for all intents and purposes handed over to Germany in 1939, which gave Hitler access to a wealth of natural resources and manufacturing power to fuel the German war machine which then went on to conquer Poland and put the Second World War into active motion.

The SS was terribly efficient in quashing the Czechoslovakian resistance movement, but a Czech government in absentia kept up the effort, and in late 1941 it flew a plane from England and dispatched parachutists to drop outside of Prague, where they were to begin a daring and divisive mission.

The movie begins by following two parachutists, Jan (Jamie Dornan) and Josef (Cillian Murphy). Josef cuts his foot badly on the way down and needs some stitching up. Contemporary movies like to signal their integrity and/or authenticity by including graphic scenes depicting the suturing of icky wounds, and this one is no exception.

The duo’s bad luck continues, as they are sniffed out and then nearly sold out by a couple of quasi-quisling farm folk. And then, once they get to Prague and make their contacts, the remnants of the Czechoslovakian resistance with whom they have to work are in large part appalled by the mission they’ve come to carry out.

That is, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, engineer of the Final Solution and the iron fist personally dispatched by Hitler to crush resistance, a man nicknamed “the Butcher of Prague.” 

Local resistance leader Ladislav (Marcin Dorocinski) balks, while suitably avuncular cohort “Uncle” Hajsky (Toby Jones) counsels cooperation. Jan and Josef shack up with a local family, establish covers in part by romancing a couple of local women, and start doing recon to determine the pattern of Heydrich’s comings and goings.

So here’s where the spoiler question comes in: do these heroes pull it off? Well, the answer to that is part of the historical record, and yet, who knows. Some folks might want to go into this movie blind, or semi-blind, or what have you. For myself, I found the picture a frustrating experience. It is cast with largely British actors, which is fine, but it does not follow what I now consider the anachronistic convention of having them speak with their native accents; rather, Ellis makes the performers speak English in heavy Czech, or “Czech” accents—I don’t have the ear to make a pronouncement as to how accurate they are, although all the actors are dedicated and expert professionals. In any event, this strategy kind of made me yearn for the anachronistic practice, which at least had a kind of inherent consistency. I also found the movie’s style off-putting. It’s shot in widescreen format, about a 2.35 ratio, but almost all of the shots are handheld. A lot of the time the experience of the movie is like looking at a very long wobbly rectangle, and the frequently abrupt cutting doesn’t help. The tighter the aspect ratio, the more effective the hand-held, or simulated hand-held, camerawork is, I’ve found. The movie’s scenario also trucks in a variety of clichés. And, near the end, at least one mistaken, overstated metaphor.

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When I visited Prague, years ago, I took a guided tour, which included a stop at the hairpin curve where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down. He was fatally wounded on this corner, but not before he jumped out of the car and began firing his gun.

The hairpin turn where Heydrich was ambused, his car can be seen on the left.jpg

The photo above shows the hairpin turn where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down; this is where he was fatally wounded. This is what the curve looks like today.

To some people, Heydrich is a hero, but to others, he can never be a hero because of the way that he treated women. Getting a girl pregnant, and then not marrying her, was unknown in Germany back then.

July 17, 2016

Throw Mama from the train a kiss

Filed under: Germany, movies, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:30 pm

The following quote, from this news article, made me think of a famous line, allegedly spoken by immigrants to America, and I used it for the title of my blog post.

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A Holocaust survivor has relived the childhood horror of watching a Nazi death squad gun down her mother, during a talk at a Baldock school.

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Note that Hannah’s mother was gunned down “during a talk at a Baldock school.”

The photo of Hannah Lewis, shown below, was included in the news article. LitttleHannah

The following quote is from the news article:

Hannah was born in 1937 in Włodawa, a market town in eastern Poland where Jews made up about half the population before the war and the Nazi occupation.

In 1943 she and her family were rounded up and sent to a forced labour camp in Adampol.

Her father and cousin were able to escape, join the resistance and warn Haya that a Nazi Einsatzgruppe (death squad) was on the way – but Haya stayed because she was unable to move Hannah, who had typhus.

On liberation Hannah was found starved and hiding in a ditch by a Red Army soldier, and was reunited with her father. She moved to Britain in 1949 and now has four children and eight grandchildren.

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The Death’s Head symbol was worn by the Einsatzgruppen, the soldiers who followed behind the regular troops, killing the Communists and Jews, when the German Army invaded Russia on June 22, 1941. The Death’s Head symbol was also worn by the guards in the Nazi concentration camps.

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General Sepp Dietrich is shown wearing a death’s head emblem on his cap

 

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