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February 9, 2018

Did the prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps have toilet paper?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:05 pm

In the comments section of my blog, someone asked if the prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps had toilet paper to wipe their ass after shitting.

Good question. I know the answer to this question. When I went to visit the location of the former Majdanek concentration camp, there were signs that pointed to the toilets, which were claimed to have been there when the camp was filled with prisoners.

Dome at Majdanek camp

After I visited the former Majanek camp, I wrote the following on my website:

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Also to the left, as you face the dome, is the very inappropriate location of the toilets, which are underground but have air vents sticking up, that look like some weird sculpture. The first thing that the tour guides explain to Americans is the toilet etiquette in Poland. In many places, including the camp at Majdanek, one must pay the attendant on duty to use the toilets. Bring your own toilet paper because there is usually none available, even though the charges are supposed to pay for the cost of the paper. The toilets are for both sexes and there is no door on the men’s facility. When I visited the camp, the toilets were unbelievably filthy, just like at the Auschwitz II camp at Birkenau.

The photograph above shows the Mausoleum. To the right of it is located the reconstructed crematorium building. Standing on this spot, you have a panoramic view of the camp below you. Behind the Mausoleum are new modern apartment houses, their balconies painted red, yellow and blue, resembling buildings made with children’s colorful building blocks.

As you are standing in front of the Mausoleum facing the camp area, to the left there are more apartment buildings in the city of Lublin. To the right, as you face the camp area, is Lublin’s main Catholic cemetery which borders the camp; this cemetery was being used when the concentration camp was in operation.

There are noisy black crows flying overhead, which the tour guide says are always present here, as if to give further warning to visitors.

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February 8, 2018

It is a crime to say “Polish death camps”

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:47 am

Don’t ever say “Polish death camp” because you might go to prison for making this mistake.

To be correct, you must say “Nazi death camp in Poland” or you could say “German death camp in Poland.”

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My photo of a fence at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

You can read all about it in this recent news article: http://www.history.com/news/poland-holocaust-law-death-camps

The following quote is from the news article:

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Auschwitz. Treblinka. The Warsaw Ghetto. During World War II, Poland became the epicenter of the Nazis’ crimes—but soon, implying that those crimes were committed by the Polish state will itself be a crime. A controversial new law in Poland makes it illegal to accuse the nation of being complicit with Nazi crimes like the Holocaust. It also outlaws the phrase “Polish death camps.” Both are punishable by prison sentences of up to three years.

The law has provoked an academic and diplomatic firestorm, drawing criticism from historians and rebukes from people like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the law “adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry.” Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims, Yad Vashem, called the legislation “liable to blur the historical truths regarding the assistance the Germans received from the Polish population during the Holocaust.”

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Did the Germans receive assistance from the Polish population during the Holocaust? I believe that they did, but the Polish people now deny it.

When I went to Poland for the first time, I went to a book store to buy a book on this subject as soon as I arrived. The woman in the book store told me that the Polish people were not to blame; only the Germans were bad.  Why did she volunteer this information? I interpreted this to mean that she knew perfectly well that the Polish people wanted to get rid of the Jews, but she denied it.

You can read the history of the Auschwitz camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01.html

 

February 2, 2018

The grave stones of Hitler’s parents — updated

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:40 pm

Update on the Graves of Hitler’s Parents in Leonding, Austria

You can read the latest news about the graves of Hitler’s parents at

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/30/adolf-hitler-parents-grave-tombstone

The following quote is from the news article:

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The tombstone marking the grave of Adolf Hitler’s parents, a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, has been removed from an upper Austrian village cemetery at the request of a descendant, and the grave is ready for a new burial, officials said on Friday.

Walter Brunner, mayor of Leonding village, said the stone with the faded black and white portrait photos of Alois and Klara Hitler was taken down on Wednesday. Village priest Kurt Pitterschatscher said the rented grave was available for a new lease. Austrian graves are usually leased for periods of 10 years. The lease is renewable and can be willed to friends or relatives.

Asked whether he would have trouble persuading people to let their loved ones share a grave with the parents of a man whose name is a universal epitome of evil, Pitterschatscher said: “I really haven’t thought about it.”

He said the stone and black marble marker, topped by a granite cross, was removed without ceremony by a stonemason hired by the relative, described as an elderly female descendant of Alois Hitler’s first wife, Anna. What’s left at the site is a white gravel square and a tree.

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I visited these graves several years ago, and took the photos below.

Grave of Alois and Klara Hitler in Leonding, Austria

Hitler visited the grave of his parents on March 12, 1938, the day he followed his troops as they invaded Austria.

Close-up of the gravestone of Hitler’s parents in Leonding, Austria

Hitler’s father was a respected civil servant in the Austrian government; his mother was a homemaker who loved and cared for her family.

Grave of Hitler’s parents under a giant fir tree in Leonding, Austria

Hitler’s father died suddenly while having a glass of wine at the Gasthaus Wiesinger on January 3, 1903; his mother died of breast cancer at the age of 47 on December 21, 1907.

Entrance into cemetery of St. Michael’s church in Leonding, Austria where Hitler’s parents were buried.

 

Hitler’s Boyhood Home

More Photos of Hitler’s house

Cemetery Across the Street

Alison Chabloz is accused of posting an antisemitic song online

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:21 pm

You can read all about it in this recent news article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/blogger-alison-chabloz-sings-along-to-antisemitic-song-survivors-in-court-x5l0k7m7d

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A blogger sang along with her songs that describe Auschwitz as a theme park and the Holocaust as the “Holohoax” as she faced trial today for broadcasting antisemitic material.

Alison Chabloz, who calls herself a “Holocaust revisionist”, mocked Anne Frank and Holocaust survivors including a Nobel prizewinner in songs she first performed at an upmarket London hotel before uploading them to the internet.

She questioned whether the Holocaust took place and described the most notorious concentration camp run by the Nazis as a “theme park for fools”.

Ms Chabloz, 53, mouthed along in the dock when a video was shown to Westminster magistrates’ court, as her supporters in the packed public gallery laughed and applauded.

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The moral of this story is “Don’t make fun of the Holocaust.”

February 1, 2018

Should there be a Holocaust forgetting day?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:59 am

There are many days of Holocaust remembrance when everyone must remember the Holocaust. But can we ever have one day in which we completely forget the Holocaust?

Can Germany ever be forgiven for killing Jews?

You can read about Holocaust Remembrance here: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5079151,00.html

The following quote is from the article cited above:

UN marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres: ‘Holocaust did not occur in a vacuum,’ during speech on Holocaust, anti-Semitism; Danny Danon denounced UN Human Rights Council’s report that calls for settlement boycott; Eva Lavi, youngest Schindler’s List survivor, spoke.
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Can the German people ever be forgiven for killing Jews?
I don’t think so. Long after you and I are dead, there will still be many days of Holocaust remembrance.

January 31, 2018

The United States Holocaust Museum

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:13 pm

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is on 14th Street in Washington, DC.  The building is shown in the photo below.

In 1993, sixty years after Hitler’s reign of terror began, the long awaited US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was dedicated by President William Jefferson Clinton on April 22nd.

The date commemorated the 50ieth anniversary of the month-long battle in Poland’s Warsaw ghetto uprising, between the Nazis and the Jewish resistance fighters. Ironically, on the opening day of our national museum, which memorializes the genocide of the European Jews, another genocidal religious war was taking place in Europe between the Bosnians and the Serbs.

The museum building, which incorporates symbolic design features that are intended to be evocative of the Holocaust, was done in a modern architectural style, which Hitler would have called “degenerate.”

The USHMM was not designed to be a dull, boring documentation of historical fact, but rather, it is intended to be an intensely personal experience in which the building itself is part of the exhibit. Nothing is spared to convey the horror of the Nazi tyranny and the annihilation of the Jews in Europe.

For visitors who know little or nothing about the Holocaust, this is a gut-wrenching experience which could cause nightmares; it is not recommended for children under 11 years of age.

However, a special exhibit, called Daniel’s Story, which is based on a book of fiction, is designed to introduce children as young as 6 to the basic facts of the Holocaust.

Although the museum is devoted to the darkest chapter in human history, in 2000, it ranked third in popularity among the many attractions in Washington, DC, right after the White House and the Vietnam Wall.

Located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Christmas Day and Yom Kippur, a Jewish religious holiday which falls on a different day each year, usually in the month of September.

Every day, time-stamped tickets to the permanent exhibit are given out free; the line for tickets starts forming around 7:30 a.m. No ticket is necessary for the special exhibits, Daniel’s Story, and other parts of the museum, including the Wexler Learning Center where visitors can use touch-screen computers to learn about the Holocaust.

At the beginning of 1933, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, there were 9 million Jews in all of Europe, including 568,417 in Germany, approximately 250,000 in Austria and 3,028,837 in Poland.

On January 30, 1933, after he had received 38% of the popular vote in the three-way 1932 German presidential election, Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by newly-reelected President Paul von Hindenburg. Two months later, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as the president of the United States.

In 1933, both America and Germany were in the throes of the Great Depression, caused by the stock market crash in 1929, but Germany was worse off because of its defeat in the first World War and the devastating terms of the Treaty of Versailles which Germany was forced to sign.

Hitler blamed the loss of the war and all of Germany’s subsequent economic, social and political problems on the Jews.

Hitler’s grandiose plans included the systematic extermination of all the Jews in Europe, and after that, he wanted to establish a museum in Prague where visitors would be able to see artifacts related to the vanished Jewish culture. A valuable torah scroll from the Pinkus Synagogue in Prague, which Hitler was planning to display in his museum of Jewish history, is now one of the exhibits at America’s national Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Hitler’s first priority was to unite all the ethnic Germans in Europe under one government and one leader, himself. (“Ein Folk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer”) There would be no place for Jews or Gypsies in Hitler’s new Germany; only the Volkdeutsch (ethnic Germans) would be citizens.

Hitler planned to take back German land given to Poland after World War I, as well as the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine and other territory lost as a result of Germany’s defeat in World War I.

Hitler’s new Germany would be called Gross Deutschland (Greater Germany). Historians would call Hitler’s regime “the Third Reich.” The first Reich was the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and the second Reich was the unification of the German states in 1871.

The capital of Gross Deutschland was to be Germania, which was Hitler’s new name for the city of Berlin.

Hitler and his state architect, Albert Speer, began designing magnificent new state buildings in the classic style of Greek and Roman architecture, but none of these buildings were ever built. Hitler envisioned that his nationalist empire, which he called the Thousand Year Reich, would defeat the Communists, and after the demise of the Communists, Germany would be the dominant country in a Jew-free Europe.

Twelve years later, at the end of the World War II, both Hitler and Roosevelt were dead, along with an alleged 6 million Jews, which was two-thirds of the total number of Jews in Europe in 1933.

Berlin had been reduced to a pile of rubble and Washington, DC was now the undisputed capital of the free world.

Hitler’s Third Reich will be remembered for a thousand years, but as the empire which tried to destroy the Jews and failed, not as the glorious empire that Hitler had envisioned.

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany was divided into two new countries and Austria became independent again. Germany lost more territory and the ethnic Germans were scattered more than ever before.

Soon after the defeat of Germany and its Fascist allies, the eastern half of Germany and all of Eastern Europe came under the control of our allies and Germany’s arch enemies, the Communists.

In order to hold back the threat of Communism to America, West Germany was made our new ally in 1948 and the Cold War against our former ally, the Communist Soviet Union, became the prime source of anxiety for Americans.

During this period, Americans were mainly concerned with building bomb shelters in their back yards, in preparation for the anticipated nuclear war; they had no interest in learning about the destruction of European Jewry in the last war. The word Holocaust was not yet in general use.

Although Palestine was still a British protectorate after World War II, survivors of the Holocaust emigrated there by the thousands. By 1948, the population of Jews in Palestine had reached 600,000 and the new Jewish state of Israel was created. Many Holocaust survivors had emigrated to the United States after World War II, and by 1990, there were 5,981,000 Jews in this country, more than in any other country of the world, including Israel.

For most events in history, memory fades as time passes, but for the Holocaust, it is just the opposite, as American Jews strive to bring the Holocaust to the attention of the public by building museums all across the country. At the year 2000, there were 59 Holocaust museums in America, and more were in the planning stage.

Every major American city, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and St. Petersburg, has its own Holocaust museum. By 2000, seven states in America had passed laws requiring students to study the Holocaust in public schools.

In 1978, the subject of the Holocaust became popular among Americans when a television mini-series, entitled Holocaust, was seen by 120 million people in this country. A few weeks later, the announcement was made that a national Holocaust memorial was being planned in Washington, DC.

A few heartless anti-Semites have complained that a Holocaust Memorial Museum, built in the shadow of the Washington Monument, is not appropriate for our nation’s Capitol, arguing that the Holocaust didn’t happen in America; it was not Americans that died in the Holocaust and that Americans were not the perpetrators of the Holocaust in which 6 million European Jews were killed.

America has no Museum for the Japanese Americans and German Americans who were put into internment camps during World War II, in violation of the American Constitution. Nor does America have a Museum for the Native Americans killed when Europeans settled in this country. There is not even a Museum in honor of the American soldiers who fought in World War II. So why does America have a Holocaust Museum? The answer is that the Holocaust was the most important event in world history.

After a visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003, school children at an Atlanta school incorporated what they had learned into their math problems.

January 28, 2018

Should students in Germany be required to visit a concentration camp memorial site?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:11 pm

I am blogging about a news article which you can read in full here:
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-should-school-trips-to-auschwitz-be-mandatory-in-germany/a-42133444

The following quote is from the news article:

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It seems like Germany has been hit by a new wave of hatred for everything Jewish. Yet the underlying phenomenon is nothing new. Anti-Semitic attitudes have always been common in society, and despite all the crimes committed in the name of Germany during the Nazi era, these attitudes were never fully eradicated .

But now, unlike in the past, the hatred is being expressed recklessly and without restraint. The outrage has grown accordingly. How did this happen? After all, this country has been dealing with its guilt in an exemplary manner for decades, and has been rightly held up by many countries as a role model. Nonetheless, something must have gone wrong. One often hears that schools do not teach students enough about the Nazi era. Incidentally, similar criticism is heard about East Germany’s communist dictatorship.

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I believe that the Germans are getting sick of the Jews again. Enough already! There is only so much Holocaust guilt that the Germans can take.

I lived in Germany for 20 months when my husband was stationed there in the American Army. I met many German people and I was really impressed with how nice they were. I never heard any German person say that they hated Jews. Maybe that has changed and the Germans are getting sick of the Jews again.

“Melania’s marriage to Trump must feel like the Holocaust”

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 10:57 am

The title of my blog post is in quotes because these words were spoken by Bill Maher.

You can read about it at https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/maher-jokes-melania-s-marriage-must-feel-like-the-holocaust-1.5768371

The following quote is from the news article:

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For Holocaust Remembrance Day, ‘Melania went to the Holocaust Museum to cheer up. She signed the guest book: ‘I know the feeling,” joked Maher in his opening monologue

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Melania has her own quarters where she lives with her young son. The Donald must make an appointment when he wants to see her.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Bill Maher, the often controversial HBO political satirist, hit nerves on Friday night when he compared Melania Trump’s marriage to Donald Trump to the Holocaust. The late-night comedian has stirred up his fair share of controversy of late, having called himself a “house n**ger” and has even been sued by Donald Trump for insisting his father is an orangutan – explaining Trump’s “orange hue.”

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January 27, 2018

Today is January 27th — Holocaust Memorial Day

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:12 pm

You can read about Holocaust Memorial Day in this news article:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2586155/holocaust-memorial-day-2018-liberation-auschwitz-date/

The following quote is from the news article:

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The focus of Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember the atrocities of the Second World War, and ensure that mankind doesn’t repeat the horrific mistakes of its past.

HMB is a UK remembrance day, which we have followed since 2001. The event is also in tribute to those who died in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur – in similarly horrific genocides.

The BBC broadcast a special Holocaust edition of the Antiques Roadshow earlier this month, broadcasting powerful survivor stories.

Each year there is a theme, with a strong focus on remembrance and learning from the past. This year’s theme is ‘How Can Life Go On?’

As the event’s organisers explain: “It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the genocides.

“On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.

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January 25, 2018

41% of young Germans claim that they don’t know that Auschwitz was a “death camp”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:44 am

The title of my blog post today is a line from a news article which you can read in full at https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/opinions/anti-semitism-in-germany-hockenos-opinion/index.html

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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The facts jar and perplex ordinary Germans: Seventy years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is still alive in Germany — and apparently getting worse.

So concerned are Germany’s lawmakers, they’ve just established a high-level commissioner post to fight discrimination against the Jewish community.

Headline: Leading member of German far-right party resigns after converting to Islam

Even after decades of rigorous political education and intense, self-critical soul searching, 9% to 10% of Germans express classic anti-Semitic feelings, according to a 2017 report commissioned by the Bundestag. Many more, up to 50%, harbor more mild anti-Semitic prejudices.

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So half of all Germans hate Jews? How could this be? As everyone knows, Jews never lie, steal or cheat! Jews are the best people in the world. That’s why they have been hated since the beginning of time, and will continue to be hated until the end of time.

There is an old saying: “After you shake hands with a Jew, count your fingers.” The implication is that Jews will steal anything, including your fingers.

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