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May 23, 2017

Trump’s 2nd trip to Yad Vashem — as he tries to make amends

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:46 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump rekindles the eternal flame during a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump wears a yam-aka at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on his second trip to honor the Jews

I previously wrote about Trump’s first trip to Yad Vashem, where he stayed for only 15 minutes. Vad Vashem is a vast place which takes at least 2 days to see.  The Jews were affronted by Trump’s insulting attitude toward the Jews — staying only 15 minutes in such a sacred place. What is WRONG with him?

The following is a quote from a recent news article which you can read in full by clicking on the link below:

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKBN18J1JJ

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U.S. President Donald Trump paid tribute at Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial on Tuesday to the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, calling it an indescribable act of evil.

Holding hands, the president and First Lady Melania Trump walked solemnly to lay a wreath together upon the ashes of Holocaust victims, buried at the site’s Hall of Remembrance.

“Words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil, or the scope of the anguish and destruction. It was history’s darkest hour,” Trump said in a short speech after the memorial ceremony.

“It was the most savage crime against God and his children,” said Trump, who is visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories on the second leg of his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania lay a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Mrs. Donald Trump lays wreath.

Trump’s administration has drawn anger over past omissions and utterances regarding the Holocaust.

In January, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Trump administration statement failed to mention Jews, the overwhelming majority of those who were killed in the Holocaust.

In April, White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar when he said Hitler did not sink to the level of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by using chemical weapons on his own people. Spicer also used the term “Holocaust centers”, in an apparent reference to the Nazi death camps.

Spicer later apologized after his comments sparked an uproar on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews perished in Nazi gas chambers.

The Anti-Defamation League said in April that anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecrations [sic] to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of Trump, and a “heightened political atmosphere” played a role in the rise.

Trump had been criticized for waiting until late February to deliver his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents, previously speaking more generally about his hope of making the nation less “divided.”

He later called such incidents “horrible … and a very sad reminder” of the work needed to root out hate, prejudice and evil.

Trump was due to travel to Rome later on Tuesday, where he will continue a nine-day trip that began in Saudi Arabia.

 

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Trump is singing “I want to hold your hand”

Filed under: Music, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:17 am

Melania Trump recently made news when she refused to hold The Donald’s hand.  You can read all about it at

http://nypost.com/2017/05/22/melania-really-does-not-want-to-hold-donald-trumps-hand/

According to this news article, Melania has once again refused to hold her husband’s hand: http://gizmodo.com/president-trump-lands-in-rome-gets-rejected-by-melania-1795472694

Now Trump is singing the Beetles song “I want to hold your hand”.

May 22, 2017

Deborah Lipstadt accused Trump advisers of “soft Holocaust denial”

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump — furtherglory @ 10:15 am

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What is “soft Holocaust denial” you ask. I think that the person who wrote this news article meant to say “soft core Holocaust denial”.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Writing in the Atlantic, Lipstadt – a leading expert on the Nazi effort to wipe out Europe’s Jews – took aim at the Trump administration for its failure last Friday to mention Jews as the primary victims of the Holocaust.

“Holocaust denial is alive and well in the highest offices of the United States,” wrote Lipstadt. “It is being spread by those in President Trump’s innermost circle. It may have all started as a mistake by a new administration that is loath to admit it’s wrong.

“Conversely, it may be a conscious attempt by people with antisemitic sympathies to rewrite history,” she added. “Either way it is deeply disturbing.”

Lipstadt’s intervention came in amid an escalating row over the White House’s statement on Holocaust Memorial Day. On Monday, Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, accused the media of a “pathetic” attempt to whip up controversy.
Deborah Lipstadt: ‘Many would like to stand up to antisemites. I had the chance to do it’

The historian said she had learned of the White House statement while in Amsterdam for a screening of Denial, starring Rachel Weisz as the historian and Timothy Spall as Irving, and had just passed the house where Anne Frank had hidden when her phone started buzzing with messages of the news.

Lipstadt wrote: “Though no fan of Trump, I chalked it up as a rookie mistake by a new administration busy issuing a slew of executive orders. Someone had screwed up … A clarification would certainly soon follow. I was wrong.”

Referring to the 10-week libel trial she won against Irving in 2000, she added: “The de-Judaization of the Holocaust, as exemplified by the White House statement, is what I term softcore Holocaust denial.

“Hardcore denial is the kind of thing I encountered in the courtroom. In an outright and forceful fashion, Irving denied the facts of the Holocaust.”

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Donald Trump’s wife did not go up to the famous Western Wall in Jerusalem

Filed under: Trump, TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

This morning I watched, on TV, as President Trump went up to touch the Western Wall in Jerusalem. He was not accompanied by his wife. This led me to wonder if women are allowed to touch the wall.

Years ago, when I was traveling the world over, I wanted to go to Israel. I consulted a Jewish friend about this, and he told me not to go to Israel. He said “the Jews will rob you, rape you, and leave you lying in a ditch beside the road”. Those were his exact words. So I didn’t go to Israel.

This morning I read a news article which answered my question about whether women could go up to the Western Wall: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-becomes-first-sitting-u-s-president-to-visit-the-western-wall/

The following quote is from the news article:

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President Trump on Monday became the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which is considered Judaism’s holiest site.

Mr. Trump was seen placing a note inside the wall as he visited the mens-only side — a tradition visitors can partake in by writing a prayer or request and placing it in one of the wall’s cracks. Meanwhile, first lady Melania Trump was seen standing in front of the small portion of the wall devoted to women.

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Apparently all TV cameras were on Trump, while no one photographed Melania as she touched “the  small portion of the wall devoted to women.”

May 17, 2017

Trump’s presidency falls apart

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:19 am

As I write this, I am listening to Trump give a speech. I think that it is a speech that he made yesterday.

You can read the latest news story about Trump at https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/all-the-kings-men/526980/

May 16, 2017

Is Trump crazy or what?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 4:16 pm

Read this news article before you answer the question in the title of my blog post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-crazy-gop_us_59162dc5e4b00f308cf55361

Is Donald Trump insane?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:26 pm

One of the regular readers of my blog asked me to explain why I believe that Donald Trump is insane. I am not the only one who says that he is insane.

Read this article: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/18/is-donald-trump-sane/

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The Nazis said that they were going to make Germany great again

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:14 am

President-elect Donald Trump cheers on the crowd during his speech at a rally at the Ladd–Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Is it really true that the Nazis said that they were going to make Germany great again?

According to this news article, that is exactly what the Nazis promised: http://shareblue.com/holocaust-survivor-warns-they-said-they-were-going-to-make-germany-great-again/

The following quote is from the news article:

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91-year-old Ilse Sakheim’s parents were killed in Auschwitz. At a recent rally with public officials, she explained why she participates in the resistance: “I see too many parallels now with what happened in Germany.”

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What will happen to America if Trump makes America great again?

May 11, 2017

Donald Trump came up with the phrase “Prime the pump” a few days ago

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:01 am

Yes, it’s true. Donald Trump just came up with the phrase “prime the pump” only a few days ago.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/05/11/trump-says-he-invented-an-84-year-old-phrase-but-why/?utm_term=.e9ea09cc245d

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TRUMP: It is okay, because it won’t increase it for long. You may have two years where you’ll … you understand the expression “prime the pump”?

ECONOMIST: Yes.

TRUMP: We have to prime the pump.

ECONOMIST: It’s very Keynesian.

TRUMP: We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event?

ECONOMIST: Priming the pump?

TRUMP: Yeah, have you heard it?

ECONOMIST: Yes.

TRUMP: Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

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That’s nothing! I came up with the phrase “bat-crap crazy” just a couple of days ago. I coined that phrase to describe Trump.

 

 

 

April 25, 2017

The Donald gives a speech and mispronounces nearly every word

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:13 am

Trump at Holocaust remembrance — Photo credit New York Times

In the past, I have written several blog posts about Donald Trump including this one which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/is-donald-trump-the-new-hitler/

This morning, I listened to President Trump give a speech, and I was shocked to hear him mispronounce so many well-known words, regarding the Holocaust.

For example, Trump mispronounced the word Nazi. He said Nozzy instead of Not-see.

Then he mispronounced the name of the most famous person who ever claimed to be a Holocaust survivor, but wasn’t: Elie Wiesel.

Just before he died, Wiesel confessed that he was never in a concentration camp. He was probably hiding out in his childhood home in Hungary, which I wrote about in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-childhood-home-of-elie-the-wiesel/

Trump mispronounced Wiesel’s first name as Elly, instead of E-lee.  The way that Trump pronounced “Elly”, it rhymed with Smelly and Jelly.   He mispronounced the word Wiesel as Weasel, instead of Vee-zel.

Near the end of his speech, President Trump told the story of Gerda Klein who claimed that she had been held by the Nazis in a prison in Poland for 3 years. Trump did not give the name of the prison, so that we could look it up.

Gerda claimed that she was liberated from Dachau by American soldiers. That day was Gerda’s 21st birthday and she weighed 68 pounds, according to the story told by Trump.

I have written extensively on my scrapbookpages.com website about the liberation of the Dachau camp: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay4.html

I wrote my website many years ago — in 1998, and at that time, I had never heard the story of Gerda Klein.  So I do not believe her story. Trump should have given some proof of this story.

It is strange that I never heard about Gerda Wiessmann when I was studying the liberation of Dachau.

I blogged about Gerda before on the link below.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/holocaust-survivor-awarded-medal-of-freedom/

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