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December 8, 2017

Holocaust survivor Alice Lok Cohana has died at 88 years old

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 2:30 pm
KRT KIDS NEWS STORY SLUGGED: HOLOCAUST KRT PHOTOGRAPH VIA CHICAGO TRIBUNE  (KN5-February 11) Alice Lok Cahana recalls celebrating the Sabbath with her sister while hiding in Bergen-Belsen s latrines, pictured behind her, during World War II. Cahana is one of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors interviewed in the film 'The Last Days,' the new documentary produced by Steven Spielberg.  The Last Days,' (PG-13) which opens friday, survivors revisited concentration camps and the towns where they grew up. (TB) AP,PL 1999 (Horiz B&W Only) Photo: HO / CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Alice Lok Cahana recalls celebrating the Sabbath with her sister while hiding in Bergen-Belsen’s latrines.

You can read about the death of Alice Lok Cohana at

Several years ago, I wrote the following about Alice Lok Cohana on my website:

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One of the Hungarian Jews who survived Auschwitz was Alice Lok Cahana, whose story was recounted by Laurence Rees in his book entitled “Auschwitz, a New History.”

Alice was 15 when she was registered in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, but months later she was sent to the gas chamber in Krema V and told that she would be given new clothes after taking a shower. The purpose of the red brick Krema V building was deceptively disguised by red geraniums in window boxes, according to Alice.

She was inside the gas chamber in Krema V when the revolt by the Sonderkommando unit in Krema IV began on October 7, 1944. This was the occasion when the Sonderkommando blew up the Krema IV gas chamber building with dynamite that had been sneaked into Auschwitz-Birkenau by some of the women prisoners who worked in factories outside the camp.

houston artist and Holocaust survivor, Alice Cahana, is featured in Steven Spielberg's documentary, THE LAST DAYS.  photo shot 2/16/99 HOUCHRON CAPTION (02/18/1999): Alice Lok Cahana keeps memories of concentration camp horrors and small blessings alive in her paintings and in her testimony in the Oscar-nominated film "The Last Days.'' Photo: Kevin Fujii / Houston Chronicle

Alice Lok Cahana The recent news article left out here survival story.

Laurence Rees wrote:

But the revolt did save some lives. It must have been because of the chaos caused by the Sonderkommando in crematorium 4 that the SS guards emptied the gas chamber of crematorium 5 next door without killing Alice Lok Cahana and her group.

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naked game of tag in Nazi gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:50 am
Game of naked tag filmed in Nazi death camp of Stutthof. (Screen capture/Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw)

Stutthof gas chamber tag

You can read about the naked games of tag in a Nazi gas chamber in this November 29th, 2017 news article in the Times of Israel:

I wrote about the naked games of tag on this previous blog post about an article on the same subject in the New York Post:

The following quote is from a page on my web site:

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Nerin E. Gun was a Turkish journalist who was imprisoned at Dachau in 1944; his job was to take down the names and vital information from Hungarian Jewish women who were on their way to be gassed in the fake shower room in the Dachau crematorium.

In his book entitled “The Day of the Americans,” published in 1966, Gun wrote the following regarding his work at Dachau:

I belonged to the team of prisoners in charge of sorting the pitiful herds of Hungarian Jewesses who were being directed to the gas chambers. My role was an insignificant one: I asked questions in Hungarian and entered the answers in German in a huge ledger. The administration of the camp was meticulous. It wanted a record of the name, address, weight, age, profession, school certificates, and so on, of all these women who in a few minutes were to be turned into corpses. I was not allowed in the crematorium, but I knew from the others what went on in there.

Some of the Jews who were selected for slave labor were sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and its subcamps where they worked in German aircraft factories.

Others were sent to the Stutthof camp near Danzig, according to Martin Gilbert, who wrote the following in his book entitled “Holocaust”:

On June 17 Veesenmayer telegraphed to Berlin that 340,142 Hungarian Jews had now been deported. A few were relatively fortunate to be selected for the barracks, or even moved out altogether to factories and camps in Germany.

On June 19 some 500 Jews, and on June 22 a thousand, were sent to work in factories in the Munich area. […] Ten days later, the first Jews, 2500 women, were deported from Birkenau to Stutthof concentration camp. From Stutthof, they were sent to several hundred factories in the Baltic region. But most Jews sent to Birkenau continued to be gassed.

According to the Museum at the former Theresienstadt ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic, there were 1,150 Hungarian Jews sent to Theresienstadt and 1,138 of them were still there on May 9, 1945.

Other prominent Jews that were sent to Theresienstadt were transferred to Auschwitz in October 1944, including the famous psychiatrist Victor Frankl from Austria, who was not registered in Auschwitz, but was transferred again, after three days in the Birkenau camp, to Dachau and then sent to the Kaufering III sub-camp.

The Jews who were neither gassed nor registered at Auschwitz upon arrival, but instead were transferred to a labor camp, were called Durchgangsjuden because they were held in a transit camp in the Mexico section of the Birkenau camp for a short time.

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December 7, 2017

Happy Chelmno Day! December 7th 1941

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:23 pm

Chelmno was not in the news today.  I know because I did a search.  Funny because there is a connection between the camp and December 7th 1941.

Tombstones stacked against wall of Museum

Tombstones stacked against the wall of Museum at the former Chelmno camp

According to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert, the “Final Solution” began when 700 Jews from the Polish village of Kolo arrived at Chelmno on the evening of December 7, 1941 and on the following day, all of them were killed with carbon monoxide in gas vans. The victims were taken on 8 or 9 separate journeys in the gas vans to a clearing in the Rzuchowski woods near the town of Chelmno.

In his book entitled “Holocaust,” Martin Gilbert wrote the following:

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On 7 December 1941, as the first seven hundred Jews were being deported to the death camp at Chelmno, Japanese aircraft attacked the United States Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Unknown at that time either to the Allies or the Jews of Europe, Roosevelt’s day that would “live in infamy” was also the first day of the “final solution.”

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You can read all about Chelmno on my web site at

You can follow the link below to read more about this day in history.  I have not tagged all my posts on Pearl Harbor yet, but there are a good number you can read. Follow the link bellow:

Chelmno is one of the few camps that I have never visited. I did some research on the camp, and I was told that the former camp is now a hangout for thieves. I was told that if I went there, I would be robbed and raped and left to die beside the road.

Doki no Sakura: Why is this song playing today?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:08 pm

December 6, 2017

Jews getting more restitution is back in the news!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Language, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:28 pm

On December 6th, 2017 the Jewish Telegraph Agency published an article entitled “Senate committee advances restitution bill for Holocaust survivors” which you can read in full by following the link below:

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The JUST Act is designed to build on the international Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues of 2009, which affirms that the protection of property rights is an essential component of a democratic society based on the rule of law and recognizes the importance of restituting or compensating Holocaust-related confiscations made during the Holocaust-era between 1933 and 1945.

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So what else is new?  For one thing, I notice that “restituting” has now become a verb.

Here is an example of this new verbs used in a sentence.  Victims of Jewing are restituting even more cash.

A German woman is seen here  “Restituting” herself!

I copied the above picture from another article on Wolfgang Lauinger, published in the Evening Standard on December 6th, 2017, which you can read by following the link above.

December 5, 2017

Adolf Hitler’s Jewish neighbor

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:25 pm

The story of Adolf Hitler’s Jewish neighbor is in the news:

The following quote is from the news article:

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Edgar Feuchtwanger was 5 years old when Adolf Hitler looked at him for the first time.

It was 1929. The child peered out of his window in Munich and watched the future chancellor of Germany step out of a black automobile. Hitler glanced up and made eye contact with the boy. That was when the boy’s nanny, Rosie, slammed the window shut and made him go to bed.

Some time later, Feuchtwanger was taking a walk with Rosie in his neighborhood when the same man [Hitler] emerged from a building and entered a vehicle. “He looked at me quite benevolently, because he had no clue who I was,” says Feuchtwanger. “People in the street shouted immediately, ‘Heil Hitler!’ But he didn’t salute back. He just lifted his hat a little bit. And then he got into the car.”

Every kid grows up with a mean neighbor. For Feuchtwanger, that neighbor would eventually be responsible for the systematic genocide of six million Jews. [now down to 1.1 million] And Feuchtwanger’s prominent literary family was Jewish.

In 1929, Hitler was on the rise, his power growing; he took up residence at Prinzregentenplatz 16, in a luxurious nine-room apartment visible from the boy’s childhood window. “I knew he wasn’t a good thing,” Feuchtwanger says, speaking via Skype in his German-British accent. His parents were politically engaged; they read the papers and paid close attention to their neighbor’s virulent anti-semitism.

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The Jews had plenty of time to get out of Germany before they were Holocausted, and many of them did. Now the Jews are back in Germany and it seems that they are now safe there. The Germans have learned their lesson.

This 99-year-old Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned for being gay ‘doesn’t deserve compensation’

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

The following is a quote from a Pink News article which you can read by following the link above, dated December 5th, 2017.

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He survived the Holocaust, only to spend months in prison for being gay when he returned home.

And now, 99-year-old Wolfgang Lauinger has been denied compensation by Germany.

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(Creative Commons)

Wolfgang Lauinger  wants money from the German Government.

The article is a little vague, but apparently Lauinger “survived” the Holocaust by moving to America, but when he got back to Germany in 1950, he was locked up in Germany for being gay in public.  Now he wants money.

It is unclear in the article why the Germans don’t want to pay him , but apparently, he was never actually convicted.  He just spent 5 months in jail while awaiting trial.

December 4, 2017

Alleged Shinder’s list survivor unable to identify Amon Goeth

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:19 pm

Rena Finder was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1929

You can read Rena’s tale in the  Dec 4th Telegram news article linked to above.

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“After the Holocaust was over, and someone showed me a picture of [Amon] Goeth, I did not know who he was. I was too afraid to ever look him in the face, so I never knew what he looked like.” The one thing she did notice about him was that he had two very large dogs, that were vicious themselves. She claims that large dogs still scare her to this day….

She claims that the award winning film [Schindler’s List], produced by Steven Spielberg, is exactly what life was like during that time.

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Her inability to identify Amon Goeth from a photo, and her belief that it was exactly like in the fictional movie makes me think she was never really in Plaszow.

Click on the link above to see many other articles about Schindler’s list.  You can also click on the link below to read several other articles I have written about Rena Finder.

New Pictures of Ursula Haverbeck, the appealing German grandmother

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:53 pm

I am officially dubbing Ursula the appealing German Grandmother.  There is no new news about her, but new very appealing photos of her are appearing in the various news articles reporting on her recent appeal.

Ursula looks happy and appealing as she enters the courtroom in this image from Yeshiva World.  Notice her fashionable brown overcoat.

Ursula Haverbeck im Landgericht Detmold

Ursula looks very appealing wearing her red vest in her Spiegel photo.  Notice the brown coat draped over her chair.

The last link above is to a German language article.

You can read more articles and see more pictures of appealing Ursula by following this link below.

December 3, 2017

The FBI Trump-Russia probe

Filed under: True Crime, Trump — furtherglory @ 12:55 pm

You can read all about it in this recent news article:

The following quote is from the news article:

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President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former adviser K.T. McFarland were the Trump transition officials who spoke to former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials, CNN reported over the weekend.

McFarland told a friend in an email [that] when she was on Trump’s transition team that Russia “threw” the U.S. election to Trump, The New York Times reported Saturday.

McFarland went on to serve in the Trump White House and has been nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Singapore. CNN also reported she met with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking at contacts between Russians and the Trump administration.

read more:

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So that is what happened!

On election night, I went to bed, confident that Hillary would win, based on the information that she had 3,000 more votes than Trump had. The next morning, I was amazed to learn that Trump had won the election. How did that happen?

Something wrong! as Dr. Henry Lee used to say.

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