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July 25, 2016

Is Donald Trump the new Hitler?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, the answer to the question in the title of my blog post today is “Yes, Donald Trump is the new Hitler.”

The following quote is from the news article:

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Likening any modern politician to Hitler is a dodgy errand. And while people have been making the comparison this year, it’s usually unfair and inapt. Hitler was ultimate evil. Trump is no mass murderer; Trump is no Nazi; Trump has launched no wars.

But to any serious student of Hitler’s frightening and unforeseen rise to power in Germany, the recurring echoes in Trump’s speeches, interviews and his underlying thinking have become too blatant to overlook.

No resemblance has been stronger than Trump’s claim that he “alone” could rescue America from its misery. Hitler famously conjured the model of “the genius, the great man” who alone held the key to a country’s destiny. Calling democracy “a joke,” Hitler fiercely disdained what he called “weak majorities.” Progress and civilization could be achieved only through “the genius and energy of a great personality,” wrote Hitler in “Mein Kampf,” his racist political manifesto. Among the great personalities he included Frederick the Great of Prussia, Napoleon Bonaparte, Otto von Bismarck and, by implication, himself.

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Most people would think that it is a great insult to compare anyone to Hitler. But what was Hitler really like?

When construction started on the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in the summer of 1936, Nazi Germany was the envy of the Western world. From the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, Hitler had achieved an “economic miracle” in Germany in less than three years.

In 1936, there was, as yet, no sign of Nazi aggression, nor any attempt at world domination by Germany. Gertrude Stein, the famous Jewish writer, who was a mentor to Ernest Hemingway, even suggested in 1937 that Hitler should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Because of the Nazi program of nationalism, the German people had regained their self respect after the humiliating Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign at the end of World War I. They now had great pride in their ethnicity and their country. No people in the world were more patriotic than the Germans in 1936 and no other world leader had the total dedication to his country that Adolph Hitler had.

The ordinary Germans were satisfied with their lives and had no reason to fear the concentration camps, nor the Gestapo. Hitler was a hero to the 127 million ethnic Germans throughout Europe, whom he wanted to unite into the Greater German Empire, a dream that had been discussed in his native Austria for over 50 years. In less than four years, this dream would be accomplished when Austria, parts of Poland that had formerly been German territory, Luxembourg, the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and the Sudetenland were combined with Germany to form the Greater German Reich.

In 1936, Hitler was more loved and admired than all the other world leaders put together. He was also the only world leader who was actively helping the Zionists with their plan to reclaim Palestine as their country.

While America and the rest of Europe were still in the depths of the depression caused by the stock market crash in October 1929, Germany had stabilized its economy and had virtually eliminated unemployment.

Unlike the other countries in Europe in 1936, Nazi Germany was doing very  well, thanks in part to American investment capital. Many American businessmen, led by auto maker Henry Ford, supported Hitler and his Fascist form of government. Other prominent Americans who supported Hitler included Joseph P. Kennedy (the father of President John F. Kennedy), and Prescott Bush (the grandfather of President George W. Bush) and Charles Lindbergh.

Meanwhile, the American government was drifting to the liberal left; Communist refugees like playwright Bertold Brecht and Jewish refugees like Albert Einstein were flocking to America and their influence was strong in American politics. In the 1936 presidential election in America, Al Smith, who had run as the Democratic candidate in 1928 against Herbert Hoover, accused fellow Democrat President Roosevelt of being a Communist.

Hitler had thumbed his nose at the Versailles Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations to France and Great Britain, and a massive program of industrialization had restored Germany to full employment, compared to the 20% unemployment in America in 1936. Roosevelt had copied many of the social welfare programs in Germany, including Social Security, but America was still struggling to recover from the depression.

The workers in Nazi Germany enjoyed unprecedented social benefits such as paid vacations under the Strength Through Joy program (Kraft durch Freude). Factory workers listened to classical music as they worked, and took showers before going home. In order to demonstrate their importance to the country, workers were allowed to march in Nazi parades, carrying shovels on their shoulders just like the soldiers who marched with their rifles.

Everything in Nazi Germany was clean and orderly; there were no slums; the trains ran on time. By 1938, the crime rate was at an all-time low because repeat offenders were being sent to a concentration camp after they had completed their second sentence. Anyone who did not have a permanent address and some visible means of support was hauled off to Dachau and put to work.

The political parties of the opposition (Communists and Social Democrats) had been banned in Germany; political dissidents were being locked up; there was no more bomb throwing or revolutionary fighting in the streets. There were no more crippling general strikes because the trade unions had been banned to prevent the Communists from organizing the workers.

A healthy lifestyle was encouraged by the Nazis and group calisthenics for young people were compulsory. Family values were the order of the day: abortion was banned; homosexuals and prostitutes were imprisoned; women were encouraged to be homemakers, and mothers with four or more children would shortly be awarded military style medals for serving their country.

In Germany, it was safe to walk the city streets at night; no bars were needed on the windows of German homes to keep the criminal element out; all the social misfits were being sent away to the concentration camps; bums and vagrants were no longer allowed to beg on the streets.

Money that had formerly been spent to care for institutionalized persons with mental and physical disabilities was now being used for other purposes as the mentally ill and the severely disabled were being put to death at Hartheim.

The Nazis were attempting to achieve a perfect world like Disneyland’s Main Street, which ends at a replica of Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Germany’s advanced technology was the Tomorrowland of its day.

In America today, the backlash from the Nazi ideology of racialism and nationalism has become the impetus for the creation of today’s Politically Correct world of diversity and tolerance, which is the exact opposite of what it was like in Nazi Germany.

Unfortunately, the end result of Hitler’s policies was the Holocaust, for which he can never be forgiven.

 

July 24, 2016

Why have so many Holocaust survivors lived to an advanced age?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:15 am

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Holocaust survivors return to visit Auschwitz to mark this year’s 70 years of liberation. (left to right) Robert Singer, CEO of the World Jewish Congress; Natan Grossman (Germany); Samuel Beller (US); Florence Sprung (US); Manny Buchman (US); Mascha Schainberg (South Africa); Marcel Tuchman (US); Rose Schindler (US); Jonny Pekats (US); Henry Korman (Germany); Ronald Lauder; Mordechai Ronen (Canada); Joseph Madrowitz (US); Edgar Wildfeuer (Argentina). (Photo: Shahar Azran)

Note that the Holocaust survivors, shown in the photo above, appear to be in fairly good condition, even after their ordeal in a Nazi “extermination camp.”

The photo above was taken in the Auschwitz main camp; these survivors had been prisoners in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, not the main camp.

I think that the secret to their survival is the turnips that they ate while they were prisoners at Birkenau. I have lived to the age of 83 and one of my favorite foods is turnips. I also eat a lot of potatoes, which is another food that the prisoners ate. My favorite food, which I eat almost every day, is potato salad. I eat very little meat, just as the prisoners ate almost no meat.

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

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More than 100 Auschwitz survivors from at least 19 countries arrived in Poland on Monday as part of the World Jewish Congress’ delegation to participate in the upcoming ceremony and events. From the United States, 21 American survivors of Auschwitz will participate in the January 27 observance of the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Given the age and conditions of the survivors and the heavy emotional experience, the WJC also arranged a special medical team of 12 doctors, psychologists and nurses who will accompany the survivors throughout the visit.

“I deeply admire the courage of these survivors,” said Ron Lauder, WJC President, who joined the survivors today at Auschwitz. “For some of them, this was the first time they returned to the place of their nightmares. Each survivor is a living testament to the triumph of good over evil, of life over death, and they are my heroes.”

Lauder has been involved in the restoration and preservation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for more than 20 years and has helped to raise $40 million from 19 countries to ensure that the camp forever be preserved for future generations.

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Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/28380/holocaust-survivors-return-to-auschwitz-to-mark-70-years-of-liberation-jewish-world/#7HdIsSuB6l359I71.99

These survivors were not prisoners in the main camp, where the “Arbeit macht Frei” sign is over the gate, as shown in the photo above.  They were prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which is now in ruins.
The following quote is also from the news article:
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During the Holocaust, Auschwitz was the largest site of extermination of Jews in Europe since 1942. The Nazi Germans killed at least 1.1 million people there, most of whom were Jewish but also Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war and prisoners of other ethnicities.

On January 27, 1945, the death camp was liberated by Soviet troops.

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Note that the news article mentions the number of 1.1 million, which is the current number of people, claimed to have been killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, down from the original claim of 4 million, although the 6 million number never changes.  “Into the valley of death rode the six million.”

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

 

July 23, 2016

Did Germany really start World War II?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:33 am

I have been having a lengthy discussion, with one of the regular readers of my blog, about who started World War II, Germany or Poland?

Here is the kosher version of the start of World War II, from this kosher website:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/germans-invade-poland

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July 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s son-in-law tells about his father’s grandmother who hid, from the Nazis, in a hole in the ground for 3 years

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:53 am
Donald Trump's Jewish son-in-law

Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner

 

As we all know, the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II, but there were a few survivors like the relative  of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. His father’s grandmother survived by living in a hole in the ground for 3 years.

I am sure that we will be hearing a lot more about the Jews who survived the Holocaust, now that we will have a Jew living in the White House, or visiting on a regular basis.

You can read this remarkable story at http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/politics/dana-schwartz-jared-kushner-trump-tweet-new-day/

The following quote is from the news story:

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Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner wrote that Trump “is not an anti-Semite” in an op-ed published Wednesday afternoon in the New York Observer — the newspaper Kushner owns.
Kushner’s piece — titled “The Donald Trump I know” — comes after an arts and entertainment writer at the paper published an open letter to Kushner asking for him to publicly condemn the campaign’s use of “blatant anti-Semitic imagery.”
The article, titled “An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees,” was written by Dana Schwartz and posted on the Observer website Tuesday afternoon.
Kushner responded Wednesday, writing that “there are thoughtful points but journalists, even those who work for me at the Observer, are not always right.”
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Finally, we will have a Jew in the White House, and he will be Donald Trump’s advisor. I expect that Trump will spend most of his time in “Jew York” if he becomes President.
When that happens, you will be wishing that “crooked Hillary” were in the White House.
Donald Trump's son-in-law with his dauthter

Donald Trump’s son-in-law with his daughter Ivanka

 

July 19, 2016

What is inside the Auschwitz building that has the windows blocked with black wooden covers?

Filed under: Germany, Health, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:32 am
Trudeau hugs Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger during their visit to the site of former German Nazi concentration camp. (Photo: EPA/CP)

Justin Trudeau hugs Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger during their visit to the site of former German Nazi concentration camp. (Photo: EPA/CP)

The photo above was taken recently in the Auschwitz main camp. It shows a building that has the windows blocked out.

I took a photo of this building on one of my trips to Auschwitz; my photo is shown below.

My photo of Auschwitz building with windows blocked out

My photo of Auschwitz building with the windows blocked out

Why is no one allowed to see what is inside this building? Why can’t we, at least, peek through the windows?

When Soviet troops arrived to liberate the prisoners at Auschwitz, they took a photo which showed that there was nothing covering the windows. The windows were blocked later by someone, who did not want us to know what really happened in this building.

My theory is that this is the building where Dr. Joseph Mengele did research on the diseases and medical conditions that were suffered by Jewish prisoners.

The Holocaust myth is that Dr. Mengele selected prisoners for the gas chambers. My theory is that Dr. Mengele did operations on the Jews who suffered from inherited conditions and diseases, as he tried to cure them.

My photo shows the blocked windows on the left

My photo shows the blocked windows on the left side of the courtyard

In the center of my photo above, you can see tourists standing in front of the famous black wall where prisoners were shot, after being convicted in a trial.

The black where prisoner were shot

The black wall where prisoner were shot

Jews who were “saved from the horror that the Nazis imposed on the continent of Europe”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 8:31 am

Today I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.731810

The title of my blog post is a quote from the news article, cited above.

During World II, Theresienstadt was a prison camp for Jews; it was known as the “Paradise Ghetto”.

I have a section on my website about Theresienstadt at: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/index.html

My photo of Brunnen Park in Theresienstadt

My photo of Brunnen Park in Theresienstadt

The following quote is from the news article:

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Israeli crowdfunding site Headstart added an unusual project last month: An appeal to raise 20,000 shekels ($5,180) to publish the diary of a teenage girl who chronicled the last days of the Theresienstadt ghetto.

Alisa (Alice) Ehrmann Shek wrote her journal in Theresienstadt (also known as Terezin concentration camp) when she was 17. The Beit Theresienstadt museum – an educational center and museum located in Kibbutz Givat Haim Ihud – is behind the funding project. “The diary has only been seen by historians in the field of Holocaust research,” says Beit Theresienstadt’s director, Tami Kinberg. “It represents the only documentation of its type of the last days of the Terezin ghetto.”

With two weeks to go, three-quarters of the target has already been raised on Headstart.

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One of the 3 inner courtyards of the Magdeburg building at Theresienstadt

My photo of one of the 3 inner courtyards of the Magdeburg barracks

The interesting thing about this news story is that Alisa (Alice) Ehrmann had nothing to complain about during World War II. She was treated well in “the Paradise ghetto.” She survived, and her husband, who volunteered to go to Auschwitz, also survived.  Yet, her diary will become a book because every word, ever written by a Jew, is precious. The goyim must bow down and worship the Jews at every opportunity.

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My photo of the gate into the walled town of Theresienstadt

Where are the diaries of the Germans who suffered during World War II? Few of the Germans were writing diaries, as they cowered in underground bomb shelters.

After World War II ended, some of the perpetrators of the alleged genocide of the Jews eluded justice, but most of them were captured, brought to trial, and swiftly executed.

Two of the Commandants of Theresienstadt, Karl Rahm and Siegfried Seidl, were executed after being convicted in courts in Litomerice and Vienna.

Karl Rahm was the last Commandant of Theresienstadt; he served from February 8, 1944 to May 5, 1945 when he escaped after handing the camp over to the Red Cross. Rahm was captured in Austria and charged with crimes against humanity for his part in sending some of the Jews to Auschwitz.

The third Commandant of Theresienstadt, Anton Burger, and the camp inspector, Karl Bergel, managed to escape from justice, although they were both tried in absentia and condemned to death. From 1945 to 1948, the Small Fortress was used as a prison where German war criminals awaited trial and subsequent execution for their crimes against humanity.

In other words, the Nazis got no credit for treating the Jews well at Theresienstadt, nor at other camps.

My photo of the gate into the walled town of Theresienstadt

My photo of the gate into the walled town of Theresienstadt

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

 

tear down this eyesore

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:26 am

Remember when Ronald Reagan said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall

It is time for someone, maybe Donald Trump, to say, with regard to the Berlin monument, shown in the photo below: “tear down this eyesore.”

Monument to the Jews in Berlin

Monument to the Jews in the heart of Berlin

Completed memorial covers 5 and a half acres

Berlin Memorial covers 5 and a half acres Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

My 2002 photo of the location of the monument

My 2002 photo of the location of the monument just before it was built

The following article was sent to me in 2002 by Bonnie M. Harris; she gave me permission to publish the article, which is quoted below:

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL BERLIN
A personal perspective by Bonnie M. Harris

As a PhD candidate in Public History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I recently completed a month-long tour of Holocaust sites in Poland, The Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany while performing archival research into the Polenaktion of October 28, 1938. During my research trip to Berlin, I took the occasion to visit the new Holocaust Memorial in the center of the city.

I had read several reviews about the memorial just after it had been constructed in 2005, so I was prepared to see a massive field of stone pillars meant to convey and incite emotions in the viewers about the Holocaust through an abstract artistic approach. As I came upon the memorial from the corner of Ebertstrasse and Hannah-Arendtstrasse, my initial reaction as I looked across the entire area was one of disappointment.

The field of stele first appeared small and insignificant and I did not see how this city block of rectangular concrete slabs could possibly impress me. But as I entered the memorial my perception began to change. At first, the stele were barely inches in height, but as I continued to walk the concrete paths between the slabs, suddenly the ground plunged down and the steles were soon well over my head ­ a fact I could not know or see from where I first stood when I looked over the site. As I continued to walk paths without any forethought as to where I would end up, the ground rose and fell in a random undulation, and the stele towered above me and cut off my vision of the horizon and the sounds of life in the city.

One path looked very much like another and a sense of direction was impossible to maintain. Even as I saw other people pass in and out of my vision as they trespassed the paths of the memorial just as I did, I had this unnatural feeling of being alone and disconnected from all others. I emerged from the forest of concrete on the opposite side of where I had entered and as I looked back on the field of stele, I saw a completely different visual portrayal of the site. I now saw shadows that demarcated height and depth to the field, with variations in angles and slopes. And I could barely see those who still wandered among the stone giants, only catching glimpses as they walked in and out of my field of sight. I realized that what I had just experienced taught me an important lesson about the Holocaust.

Those of us, who only approach the experience of the Holocaust from the peripheral historical facts, will never be able to fully understand the perceptions and sufferings of those who actually lived through it ­ who actually walked its paths. And even those of us who do all that we can to try to learn about the Holocaust through the testimonies of those who survived, we will never be able to walk the same path and feel exactly what they felt, because each experience is as individual as each stone slab in the field of 2711.

Even though they may appear the same from the outside, as the Nazis tried to strip all individuality from their victims, the stones are of varying heights, with varying degrees of slant, shading, color, and reflection. Individualities still existed among the Holocaust victims and to a great degree it was the randomness of individuality that allowed some to survive and a great many to die.

I also learned that once you have immersed yourself in Holocaust education by trying to internalize the testimonies of the witnesses and by becoming a witness yourself by seeing the camps, the gas chambers, the ovens, the burial sites and other places of death and torture that can now only be memorialized, your perception forever changes and you now have a clearer understanding of what the Holocaust really was and how it impacted personal lives and family dynamics, as well as an entire culture’s identity and international societal ethics.

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Why are Jews flocking back to Germany?

Filed under: Germany — furtherglory @ 8:14 am

You can read about why Jews now want to be German citizens here:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Report-Descendants-of-Jews-who-fled-Nazis-seeking-German-citizenship-after-Brexit-459530

The short answer to the question in the title of my blog post is this:

Jewish children sent to England now want to go back to Germany because Britain wants out of the European Union

You can read here about why American Jews want to become German citizens:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/07/14/american-jews-consider-the-unthinkable-should-they-become-german-citizens/

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

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Joost Oppenheim came into the world stateless.

He had no choice: Born in the Netherlands to refu­gees from Nazi Germany, both the country of his birth and the country of his ancestry refused him citizenship.

Eighty-one years later, Oppenheim and his family have a choice, but the decision is so wrenching that it has left relatives across three generations arguing about the ethics of identity.

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Holocaust denier kicked to the curb in Canada

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:43 am

You can read about Holocaust Denier Monika Schaefer at http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/canadian-greens-expel-holocaust-denier-monika-schaefer-video/2016/07/17/

Photo from Monika Schaefer's website

Photo from Monika’s website

If you have no interest in the Holocaust, nor in Holocaust denial, at least listen to Monika play the fiddle in the video below.  I hope that I am correct in calling her instrument a fiddle, not a violin.

The following quote is from the news article:

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The Canadian Green Party on Friday issued a press release condemning “statements made by former candidate” Monika Schaefer. Green Party leader MP Elizabeth May said in the same press release: “I am shocked by comments made by Ms. Schaefer and I condemn her terribly misguided and untrue statements. Ms. Schaefer does not represent the values of the Green Party nor of our membership.”

It began on Thursday, when B’nai Brith Canada exposed Schaefer—the Green Party’s candidate in Alberta in 2006, 2008 and 2011—as denying the Holocaust in a homemade YouTube video. Schaefer described the Holocaust as “the most persistent lie in all of history,” and claimed that victims of Nazi death camps “were kept as healthy and as well-fed as was possible,” and that “there were no gas chambers there.” She denounced “the 6-million lie” and recommended the writings of Ernst Zündel, a German Holocaust denier who had been deported from Canada in 2005.

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If this is happening in Canada, can America be far behind? The Jews will do anything to preserve their cash cow — the Holocaust

This quote from the news article explains it:

Emily McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada, said “Monika Schaefer’s comments denying the Holocaust are outrageous and shocking. Ms. Schaefer has no standing within the Green Party of Canada, and her views are exclusively her own. Ms. Schaefer was rejected as a potential Green candidate for the riding of Yellowhead prior to the 2015 federal election, and also rejected as a potential candidate for the 2014 by-election in Fort McMurray-Athabasca.”

“In light of Ms. Schaefer’s untrue statements made in a recent online video, we will be initiating the process to terminate her membership with the Green Party of Canada at the earliest possible opportunity,” McMillan added.

A Green Party member may be expelled by a resolution of Federal Council or a General Meeting of members. The Party will request a motion be put forward to terminate Schaefer’s membership at its next Federal Council meeting, according to the press release.

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