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August 2, 2017

How many Holocaust memorials does the world need?

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 4:24 pm
One of the shortlisted designs by Adjaye Associates and Malcolm Reading Consultants of the Victoria Tower Gardens, the site of the memorial, which has provoked objections.

One of the shortlisted designs by Adjaye Associates and Malcolm Reading Consultants of the Victoria Tower Gardens, the site of the memorial, which has provoked objections. Photograph: National Holocaust Memorial short list/PR

I am writing today about a news article which has this headline:

Designs for Holocaust memorial go on display at the V&A

https://www.ft.com/content/6bc39acc-76c3-11e7-90c0-90a9d1bc9691

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote:
Holocaust survivors warned of the continuing danger of racism and prejudice as shortlisted designs for a Holocaust memorial in Britain went on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. “In recent times we have seen the splintering of social cohesion,” said Joan Salter, 77, as she welcomed the £40m government-funded project for a National Holocaust Memorial and learning centre in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament in London. “We live in dangerous times and, tragically, a reminder of how fragile our veneer of civilisation is, is more crucial now than ever in our recent history,” she added. Ms Salter was three months old when the Germans invaded Belgium in 1940 and was not reunited with her Polish-Jewish family until 1947.

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The same story was also covered in the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/01/holocaust-survivors-uk-social-cohesion-splintering-warning-memorial

 

James Comey, the former FBI Director, has a “2 million book deal”

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 2:57 pm

Today, I am commenting on the following news article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/james-comey-has-book-deal-publication-set-for-next-spring/2017/08/02/8fa9e4ac-7793-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?tid=pm_entertainment_pop&utm_term=.73d60b498cf7

The following quote is from the news article:

Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most controversial FBI head in recent times, from his handling of the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server to allegations of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Finally, we will learn about what happened when Hillary Clinton had a private e-mail server, which was claimed by Republicans to have been the crime of the century.

As a person who once had a private email server, I can tell you that this is not against any law. Hillary did not do anything wrong, but this accusation caused her to lose the election.

The Roma [Gypsy] girl who was killed at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:50 am

Anna Maria ‘Settela’ Steinbach was 10 when the photo was taken. Three months later she was killed at Auschwitz concentration camp [Westerbork film shot by Rudolf Breslauer, 1944, NIOD]

I wrote about Settela Steinbach on this page of my website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/MemorialSite/GypsyMuseum.html

Were the Gypsies really killed, 3 months after they arrived at Auschwitz, or were they sent on to another camp? I believe that they were transferred to another camp. Why wait 3 months before killing them? Why waste food by feeding them for 3 months, and then killing them?

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/remembering-roma-victims-holocaust-170728114822470.html

The picture at the start of this article was featured in a news article in Al Jezerra today August 2, 2017, that you can read by following the link above.

August 1, 2017

Photos of the ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Auschwitz, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 6:33 pm

You can see the first photo below on this website:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/austrian-court-convicts-man-who-questioned-gassing-of-jews-in-wwii/

Ruins of a gas chamber-crematorium facility at Auschwitz-Birkenau, known as Krematorium II, photographed in November 2015. (Matt Lebovic/The Times of Israel)

My photo of the same ruins of Krema II

Old photo of Ruins of Krema II

Note the lack of trees in the very old black and white photo above.

 

James Comey knew about “That Damn e-mail server”

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:54 pm

I am blogging about a newspaper article which you can read in full at https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/01/heres-why-hillary-clintons-book-title-on-her-2016-campaign-disaster-is-very-ve-n2360864

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

The only saving grace was that then-FBI Director James Comey said that Hillary didn’t know the markings meant they were classified, despite the secretary of state being an original classification authority.

So, what did happen? It couldn’t be that no one trusted you? That character question sunk faster than the Titanic when it was discovered that you set up an unsecured and unauthorized homebrew email server, which handled all of your State Department communications, a truckload of which contained classified information.

Yes, most were up-classified by the FBI when Clinton decided to hand over the server to the authorities, but three were declared classified at the time they were sent or received. The only saving grace was that then-FBI Director James Comey said that Hillary didn’t know the markings meant they were classified, despite the secretary of state being an original classification authority.

Clinton didn’t care about the fallout; she should have. Dishonest and untrustworthy soon became popular words to describe the former first lady. It was compounded by her serial inability to give a straight answer about the server and why she set it up. It appears that it was clearly a violation of the 2009 regulation from the National Archives And Records Administration that stated all electronic communications needed to be recorded and stored by their respective agencies. She said no classified information was sent through the server. That was also untrue. She said that the State Department signed off on the server. Not only was this a falsehood, but also State’s inspector general said if she had come to officials with this request for a homebrew server—it would have been rejected.

End of quote from newspaper article.

As a person who formerly had a private e-mail server, I can tell you that when you have a private server, you can see where your e-mail is really coming from and not from where it is claiming to come from. So Hillary was very wise to have a private e-mail server. She knew where her e-mail messages were really coming from.

On the other hand, why was FBI director James Comey involved in this? What was he up to?  And why did Trump later fire Comey?

Enquiring minds want to know!

How Google controls what you read on the Internet

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:57 am

You can read here about how Google controls what you read: http://www.timesofisrael.com/google-tweaks-algorithm-to-thwart-holocaust-denial/

If you want the Kosher version of the news: Google it!

I used to get 3000 readers every day — from every country in the world.  Then the number of readers went down to 400 per day.  I had no idea what caused this — but now I know. Google puts Holocaust denial way down in the search results.

July 31, 2017

A new museum will soon open at the Treblinka death camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:49 am

You can read here about the new museum that is going up at the site of the Treblinka death camp: http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/317380,Poland-to-open-new-museum-at-German-Nazi-Treblinka-death-camp

Recent photo of Treblinka death camp

When I started studying the Holocaust, and going to the sites of the former camps, the first place that I went, was to Treblinka. I put up a section on my scrapbookpages.com website about Treblinka: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/Treblinka06.html

My 1998 photo of the stones in the Treblinka symbolic cemetery

You can read all about Treblinka on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/index.html

The pages on my website, which are cited above, are strictly kosher. No Holocaust denial! When I went to visit Treblinka, I was a Holocaust believer. I did not start on the path to Denial, until after I saw Treblinka.

To understand what caused me to get on the path to Denial, start by reading this page on my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/Treblinka01.html

July 30, 2017

A famous Holocaust photo that is back in the news….

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 4:09 pm

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and other high-ranking U.S. Army officers on April 12, 1945, view the bodies of prisoners who were killed during the evacuation of the Ohrdruf camp in Ohrdruf, Germany. Courtesy | United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park.

http://www.joplinglobe.com/opinion/columns/carol-stark-a-glimpse-of-old-horrors-new-challenges/article_1efcdd4f-46c4-59db-869f-a7cd004df95c.html

The photo above, from the July 30th, 2017 Joplin Globe, marks the start of the Holocaust as we know it today.

The following quote from my scrapbookpages.com website tells the story of the photo:

Begin quote from my website

On April 4, 1945, American soldiers of the 4th Armored Division of General Patton’s US Third Army were moving through the area south of the city of Gotha in search of a secret Nazi communications center when they unexpectedly came across the ghastly scene of the abandoned Ohrdruf forced labor camp [shown in the photo above].

A few soldiers in the 354th Infantry Regiment of the 89th Infantry Division of the US Third Army reached the abandoned camp that same day, after being alerted by prisoners who had escaped from the march out of the camp, which had started on April 2nd.

Prior to that, in September 1944, US troops had witnessed their first concentration camp: the abandoned Natzweiler camp in Alsace, which was then a part of the Greater German Reich, but is now in France.

Ohrdruf, also known as Ohrdruf-Nord, was the first Nazi prison camp to be discovered while it still had inmates living inside of it, although 9,000 prisoners had already been evacuated from Ohrdruf on April 2nd and marched 32 miles to the main camp at Buchenwald.

According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the camp had a population of 11,700 prisoners in late March, 1945 before the evacuation began.

The photograph at the top of this article, taken at Ohrdruf on April 8, 1945, shows survivors who had escaped during the evacuation of the camp, but came back after the American liberators arrived.

One of the American liberators who saw the Ohrdruf camp on April 4, 1945 was Bruce Nickols. He was on a patrol as a member of the I & R platoon attached to the Headquarters company of the 354th Infantry Regiment of the 89th Infantry Division, Third US Army.

According to Nickols, there were survivors in the barracks who had hidden when the SS massacred 60 to 70 prisoners on the roll call square, before they left the camp on April 2nd. The body of a dead SS soldier lay at the entrance to the camp, according to Nickols.

The American soldiers were told by Ohrdruf survivors that these prisoners had been shot by the SS on April 2nd because they had run out of trucks for transporting sick prisoners out of the camp, but there were sick prisoners still inside the barracks when the Americans arrived.

Among the soldiers who helped to liberate Ohrdruf was Charles T. Payne, who is Senator Barak Obama’s great uncle, the brother of his maternal grandmother. Charles T. Payne was a member of Company K, 355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division.

According to an Associated Press story, published on June 4, 2009, Charles T. Payne’s unit arrived at the Ohrdruf camp on April 6, 1945.

End quote from my website

The following is an excerpt from an Associated Press article:

Begin quote

“I remember the whole area before you got to the camp, the town and around the camp, was full of people who had been inmates,” Payne, 84, said in a telephone interview from his home in Chicago.

“The people were in terrible shape, dressed in rags, most of them emaciated, the effects of starvation. Practically skin and bones.”

When Payne’s unit arrived, the gates to the camp were open, the Nazis already gone.

“In the gate, in the very middle of the gate on the ground was a dead man whose head had been beaten in with a metal bar,” Payne recalled. The body was of a prisoner who had served as a guard under the Germans and been killed by other inmates that morning.

“A short distance inside the front gate was a place where almost a circle of people had been … killed and were lying on the ground, holding their tin cups, as if they had been expecting food and were instead killed,” he said. “You could see where the machine gun had been set up behind some bushes, but the Germans were all gone by that time.”

He said he only moved some 200-300 feet (60-100 meters) inside of the camp. But that was enough to capture images so horrible that Gen. George S. Patton Jr. ordered townspeople into Ohrdruf to see for themselves the crimes committed by their countrymen – an order that would repeated at Buchenwald, Dachau and other camps liberated by U.S. soldiers.

“In some sheds were stacks of bodies, stripped extremely – most of them looked like they had starved to death. They had sprinkled lime over them to keep the smell down and stacked them several high and the length of the room,” Payne said.

End quote

On April 11, 1945, just a week after the discovery of the Ohrdruf camp, American soldiers liberated the infamous Buchenwald main camp, which was to become synonymous with Nazi barbarity for a whole generation of Americans.

Buchenwald is located 5 miles north of the city of Weimar, which is 20 miles to the east of Gotha, where General Dwight D. Eisenhower had set up his headquarters.

The Ohrdruf forced labor camp was a sub-camp of the huge Buchenwald camp. Ohrdruf had been opened in November 1944 when prisoners were brought from Buchenwald to work on the construction of a vast underground bunker to house a new Führer headquarters for Hitler and his henchmen. This location was in the vicinity of a secret Nazi communications center and it was also near an underground salt mine where the Nazis had stored their treasures.

A. C. Boyd was one of the soldiers in the 89th Infantry Division who witnessed the Ohrdruf “death camp.” In a recent news article, written by Jimmy Smothers, Boyd mentioned that he saw bodies of prisoners who had been gassed at Ohrdruf.

There has been some speculation that the Germans might have tested an atomic bomb near Ohrdruf. In his book entitled “The SS Brotherhood of the Bell,” author James P. Farrell wrote about “the alleged German test of a small critical mass, high yield atom bomb at or near the Ohrdruf troop parade ground on March 4, 1945.” The “troop parade ground” was at the German Army Base right next to the Ohrdruf labor camp.

Why did General Eisenhower immediately order a propaganda campaign about Nazi atrocities? Was it to distract the media from discovering a far more important story?

The first news reel about the Nazi camps called Ohrdruf a “murder mill.” The camp was claimed to be a place where prisoners were killed; the possibility of an atomic bomb being made was not mentioned.

That’s all she wrote — and she rubbed that out. [lines from a song]

 

 

July 29, 2017

How would you define the term “Polish death camp”?

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:22 pm

Is this a photo of a Polish death camp? Or a photo of a  death camp in Poland?

What is a “Polish death camp”?  Is it a death camp located in Poland, or is it a death camp run by Polish people?

This news story is concerned with this problem:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/2/Artykul/317828,German-broadcaster-refuses-to-apologise-for-%E2%80%98Polish-death-camp%E2%80%99-reference-report

The following quote is from the news report:

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Auschwitz survivor Karol Tendera launched legal action over the promotion of a ZDF documentary about the liberation of Majdanek and Auschwitz, WWII German Nazi death camps located in occupied Poland.

In the promotional material on the zdf.de website, the expression “Polish death camps” was used. The description was changed after Polish authorities protested.

In April 2016, a Kraków district court found that ZDF had damaged Tendera’s dignity and national identity by referring to WWII German Nazi concentration camps Majdanek and Auschwitz as “Polish death camps”.

The use of the term “Polish concentration camp” by international media outlets has sparked numerous complaints from Poland in recent years, prompting some news agencies to change their style guidelines.

In 2007, following a Polish request, the World Heritage Committee attempted to clarify the matter by listing the Auschwitz camp as a “German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp”. (pk)

End quote

As a person who has a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, I think that the proper term would be “a death camp in Poland” not “a Polish death camp.”

The term “Polish death camp” implies that the death camp was run by Polish people. The term “a death camp in Poland” does not imply that the death camp was run by Polish people, although it was located in the country of Poland.

July 28, 2017

The words of Anne Frank…

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 1:19 pm

Photo of Anne Frank at the age of 13

The following words are a famous quote from The Diary of Anne Frank:

It’s difficult in times like these: Ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

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