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November 15, 2016

What to expect on a visit to Auschwitz…

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:32 am

Most people join a tour group when they arrange a visit to Auschwitz. It is possible to go there completely alone, without a guide, but few people do.

A shuttle bus takes tourists from the Auschwitz 1 camp to the Auschwitz II camp

A shuttle bus takes tourists from the Auschwitz 1 camp to the Auschwitz II camp

After I went to Auschwitz by myself in 2005, I wrote the following about my trip — on my website at:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/journal.html

November 14, 2016

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:10 am
Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-unleashed-wave-anti-semitic-hatred-516656

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As a middle-class, white Ashkenazi Jew living in California in 2016, I’ve been privileged to avoid the systemic, cultural and interpersonal racism faced by many Muslims, immigrants and people of color across the U.S. today.

However, my uncle was not as fortunate. He was a Holocaust survivor who saw his entire family killed in front of him in a concentration camp. Although overt, violent anti-Semitism is largely absent from the United States and has not been part of my experience, I’ve begun to see a shift in the past six months.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has forced me and thousands of other American Jews to face anti-Semitic threats for the first time. Throughout the election cycle, Jews have used a hashtag created by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, #WeveSeenThisBefore, as a reminder that Trump’s rhetoric and bigotry echo demagogues of the past.

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Donald Trump has a daughter who is married to a Jew, and she has converted, so she is now a Jew.  So there will be Jews in the White House. The Donald is NOT a Nazi.

The name Trump is German, so his ancestors came to America from Germany. The town of Rothenburg in Germany has a tower that is named Trump Tower.

November 13, 2016

My discussion forum

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:25 am

 

 

November 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is still alive and still speaking out

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Today, you can read the latest news about 92-year-old Holocaust Survivor Renee Firestone at http://elvaq.com/features/2016/11/11/holocaust-survivor-shares-her-story-of-auschwitz/

I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/renee-firestones-shoah-testimony/

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

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[Renee Firestone] was two weeks past her 20th birthday when she was hurled into the confined train to Auschwitz in April 1944. Along with her, her father, a textile businessman, her mother, a housewife and her younger sister had been taken from their home in Czechoslovakia. Her brother had already been separated from her family and placed in [several] Hungarian labor camps.

Forced over the Polish border then escorted by Germans on train, it was uncertain as to what their future held.

“This old woman who was sitting at the edge of the cattle car ripped open her coat lining, reached in and removed a gold locket and started to cry, bitterly,” Firestone said in interview with Si Frumkin.

“I thought maybe that was her wedding picture in the locket, her family or grandchildren whom she left behind. . . I thought to myself, how cruel that they wouldn’t let her keep this little memoir and then she closed the locket and through the cracks of the cattle car handed it to the Nazis.”

The trip lasted three days without food or water with only a bucket for hundreds to share for bodily waste.

Nazis banged on the walls during the night, yelling at us to give up any valuables we possessed or we would be shot, Firestone recalls. This was followed by screaming and gunshots outside the train.

After arriving at camp, she was immediately separated from her parents but managed to keep her sister by her side.

The Nazis, described as young, handsome and smiling, led the women into an underground dressing rooms where they were forced to undress and stand naked from mid-afternoon to midnight.

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November 11, 2016

November 11th — the anniversary of the stab in the back

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:25 pm

Museum04.jpg

You can read about the famous “stab in the back” on Wikipedia at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stab-in-the-back_myth

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

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The stab-in-the-back myth (German: Dolchstoßlegende, pronounced [ˈdɔlçʃtoːsleˌɡɛndə])[1] was the notion, widely believed in right-wing circles in Germany after 1918, that the German Army did not lose World War I but was instead betrayed by the civilians on the home front, especially the republicans who overthrew the monarchy in the German Revolution of 1918–19. Advocates denounced the German government leaders who signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918, as the “November Criminals” (German: November­verbrecher).

An illustration from a 1919 Austrian postcard showing a caricatured Jew stabbing the German Army in the back with a dagger. The capitulation was blamed upon the unpatriotic populace, the Socialists, Bolsheviks, the Weimar Republic, and especially the Jews.

When the Nazis came to power in 1933, they made the legend an integral part of their official history of the 1920s, portraying the Weimar Republic as the work of the “November criminals” who used the stab in the back to seize power while betraying the nation.

The Nazi propaganda depicted Weimar as “a morass of corruption, degeneracy, national humiliation, ruthless persecution of the honest ‘national opposition’—fourteen years of rule by Jews, Marxists, and ‘cultural Bolsheviks’, who had at last been swept away by the National Socialist movement under Adolf Hitler and the victory of the ‘national revolution’ of 1933″.[2]

A 1924 right-wing German political cartoon showing Philipp Scheidemann, the German Social Democratic politician who proclaimed the Weimar Republic and was its second Chancellor, and Matthias Erzberger, an anti-war politician from the Centre Party, who ended WWI by signing the armistice with the Allies, as stabbing the German Army in the back

Scholars inside and outside Germany unanimously reject the notion, pointing out the German army was out of reserves and was being overwhelmed in late 1918.[3] To many Germans, the expression “stab in the back” was evocative of Richard Wagner‘s 1876 opera Götterdämmerung, in which Hagen murders his enemy Siegfried with a spear in his back.[4]

The famous Schindler’s List

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:37 am

I have written several blog posts about the famous Schidler’s List:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/schindlers-list/

Now Oskar Schindler is back in the news:

Holocaust education program receives collection materials on Holocaust rescuers Oskar and Emilie Schindler

Holocaust box car display on college campus

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 7:23 am
Holocaust box car on display at college campus

Holocaust box car on display at University of Guelph

How cruel the Nazis were! Jews had to ride, standing up in box cars, on the trains to the concentration camps. Who was riding on the passenger trains? Probably the German soldiers. The Jews should have been riding in passenger cars; after all, the Jews are God’s Chosen People.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/boxcar-full-of-atrocity-459528

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For the second year, the Holocaust railcar exhibit is parked in the center of the University of Guelph campus. Until the end of the week, anyone walking through Branion plaza won’t miss it.

A replica of the kind of wooden cattle car used to transport Jews and others to death and concentration camps, the boxcar is a grim and unsettling reminder of the depths to which humanity can sink.

It is proving to be a potent educational tool, a shocking reminder of the past, and a wake-up call about contemporary genocide.

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Sorry but I don’t approve of teaching college students to worship the Jews.

 

November 10, 2016

Was the Auschwitz camp originally owned by the grandfather of George Bush?

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:32 pm
My photo of the barracks in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of barracks in the main Auschwitz camp

I have just read a news article which claims that Auschwitz was originally owned by Preston Bush:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2016/oct/21/sad-history-revisited-1530475–1.html

Was “Preston Bush” an ancestor of former president George Bush?  I don’t think so!

The following quote is from the news article:

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Originally owned by Preston Bush who used the site to make a fortune from Polish slave labour, Auschwitz was sold to the Nazi regime who established it as the largest extermination camp in Europe in 1940. Today the museum and memorial serve to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust so the world never forgets the atrocities of World War II.

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George Bush’s grandfather was Prescott Bush. I previously blogged about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/auschwitz-was-originally-owned-by-prescot-bush-who-knew/

78th anniversary of Kristallnacht

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am

Kristallnacht was the name given to a riot that took place in Germany 78 years ago on November 9th and 10th.

You can read about this event on this news article: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2044815/has-world-forgotten-terrible-lesson-kristallnacht

Kristallnacht was the Nazi pogrom against the Jews which started on the night of November 9, 1938.

This was a state-sanctioned riot in which the windows of all the Jewish stores in every city in Germany and Austria were smashed. Police stood by to prevent looting, but merchandise was thrown into the street and destroyed.

Every synagogue in Germany was set on fire; the fire department extinguished the fires only if other nearby buildings were threatened.

A total of 91 people lost their lives.

This travesty took place after a three-day death watch over Ernst vom Rath, a diplomat at the German embassy in Paris who was shot by Herschel Grynzspan, a 17-year old Polish Jew.

Herschel had fled to Paris when the Nazis announced in October 1938 that all Polish Jews in Germany would be deported back to Poland. The Polish government had already torn up their passports when they evicted them earlier. The Poles would not allow them back into their country. It seems that no country wanted the Jews.

Grynzspan’s parents and sister were forced to live in a refugee camp on the border; his motive for killing vom Rath was to call the attention of the world to the plight of the stateless Jews, that no country wanted.

I blogged about this last year at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/77th-anniversary-of-kristallnacht-the-night-of-broken-glass/

 

November 9, 2016

Did Trump have help from the Jews when he won the election?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:20 pm

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