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March 9, 2017

The horrors of Treblinka are well known

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:37 pm


My photo of the entrance into the Treblinka camp

The title of my blog post is a quote from this news article:

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Of an estimated 300 inmates who escaped from Treblinka that day, about 100 survived the massive SS manhunt. Most of the Committee’s members, including Galewski, Bloch, and Kurland, perished during the uprising. Jankiel Wiernik escaped his captors and found shelter with a righteous Pole. The following year, with the assistance of Jewish underground leaders in Warsaw, he secretly published his memoirs of Treblinka and of the bold camp uprising, which were then smuggled to England and the United States. Wiernik died in Israel in 1972.

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My photo of the bridge over the Bug river on the way to Treblinka

I wrote the following about Treblinka on my website:

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Many feared that the SS would soon liquidate the camp and its remaining prisoners so that all evidence of their heinous crimes would be destroyed.

To forestall this event, a group of Jewish prisoners, calling themselves the “Organizing Committee,” began planning an uprising and mass escape. Composed mainly of the camp’s prisoner functionaries, the Committee included over time former Polish army officer Dr. Julian Chorazycki, “camp elder” Marceli Galewski, former Czech army officer Zelo Bloch, as well as Zev Kurland, kapo at the camp’s “hospital,” and Jankiel Wiernik, a carpenter who worked in the extermination area.

In its preparations, the Jewish underground suffered some serious setbacks. In April 1943, the camp’s deputy commandant discovered Chorazycki, who was in charge of procuring weapons from the outside, with a large sum of money. In the struggle that ensued, the resistance leader chose to commit suicide by swallowing a vial of poison rather than risk the possibility that under torture he would reveal the identities of his comrades.
On August 2, 1943, the Committee launched their revolt. The prisoners seized weapons from the SS storeroom, attacked the German and Ukrainian guards, and set some of the buildings ablaze. Unconcerned with their own safety, the resistance leaders fought bravely to aid the escape of the inmates. Under gunfire from the watchtowers, many prisoners broke through the camp’s barbed-wire fences.

Of an estimated 300 inmates who escaped from Treblinka that day, about 100 survived the massive SS manhunt. Most of the Committee’s members, including Galewski, Bloch, and Kurland, perished during the uprising. Jankiel Wiernik escaped his captors and found shelter with a righteous Pole. The following year, with the assistance of Jewish underground leaders in Warsaw, he secretly published his memoirs of Treblinka and of the bold camp uprising, which were then smuggled to England and the United States. Wiernik died in Israel in 1972.

Republicans blocked a resolution which declared that Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:04 am

I am blogging today about a news article which you can read in full at

This is the headline of the article:

House Republicans Avoid Voting on a Resolution Stating That the Holocaust Targeted Jews

The following quote is from the news article:;

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The resolution, a shrewd effort to pin Republicans down on something the Trump administration has needlessly made an issue, condemned the White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, which failed to mention Jews or the anti-Semitism that led to Adolf Hitler’s genocide against them. It also called for the House to reiterate “the indisputable fact that the Nazi regime targeted the Jewish people in its perpetration of the Holocaust,” condemn Holocaust denialism, and demand acknowledgment from the White House that Jews were targeted.

In the wake of controversy over the Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, the White House defended it, saying that it had wished to be inclusive by acknowledging that other groups had been killed by Hitler’s regime as well.

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The problem is that President Donald Trump has not bowed low enough to the Jews, in spite of the fact that his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are both Jewish.

The victims of the Holocaust included many categories of people besides Jews. However, the non-Jews that were killed are not important. Only the Jews count, and Trump seems to ignore this. What is WRONG with him?

March 8, 2017

Hitler ran gas chambers and crematoria that murdered on average 10,000 Jews a day for three years.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:47 pm

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber

The title of my blog post is a quote from this news article:

According to the news article, Hitler killed 3 billion, 150,000 million Jews. And still, there are many survivors who are still alive today, and out speaking to students to educate them on how horrible the German people were, and probably still are.

The news article starts off with the following quote:

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On November 20, Phil Murphy, the likely Democratic nominee to be the next governor of New Jersey, gave a shocking speech to a group of 400 progressives in which he compared Donald Trump’s rise to power to the ascension of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

Even in the current toxic political environment, his statement crossed the line from political rhetoric to obscenity.

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Will nothing stop the Jews from lying, stealing and cheating? If this keeps up, the Jews just might be Holocausted again.

Reinhard Heydrich is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:38 pm

Reinhard Heydrich

You can read a recent news article about Reinhard Heydrich at

The following quote is from the news article:

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Apart from Hitler, perhaps no one typified the evil of Nazism more so than Reinhard Heydrich. Cold, calculating, arrogant and brutal, he is a figure whose hands-on approach to dealing with perceived enemies of Germany made him author of some of the worst crimes ever perpetrated by man.

Tall, slender with smooth blond hair and a somewhat high pitched voice, he joined the SS in the early 1930’s, and quickly rose through the ranks with cutthroat efficiency, running the SS intelligence service, the Sicherheitsdienst or SD. In this office, he helped orchestrate notable events which defined Hitler’s policies by purging suspected political rivals in what became known as The Night Of The Long Knives in 1934, and terrorizing Jews in the Crystal Night pogrom of 1938.

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I am not a fan of Reinhard Heydrich, but he is an interesting person who has gotten a bad rap.

Me and that Mercury stayed by side

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:18 pm

The title of my blog post is the title of a famous song about drag racing.

I used to own an Austin Healy 3000, which was a beat-up old wreck, that I bought for $600. My son fixed the gear shift, and worked a long time on tuning the engine.  I used to practice slipping the clutch; this was before laws on drag racing on city streets were strictly enforced.

Austin-Healey 3000 at 2010 Ottawa British Auto Show.jpg

Austin-Healy 3000

I would pull up beside a sports car, and while we were waiting for the red light to turn green, I would gun the engine to signal to the other driver that I wanted to drag race. I soon learned to do this so well that I was winning every time.

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Porshe 911 Carrera 1977

My boss at the company, where I worked, had an expensive new Porsche 911 Carrera.  It was green like the one in the picture above. He used to brag about it on a daily basis. According to him, nothing could beat a Porsche. I remember a song that had the words: “Me and that Porsche stayed by side”.

Finally, I challenged him to a drag race, where we would race “pink slip for pink slip.” If I lost, I wouldn’t be losing much.” If he lost, he would be losing $40,000 or more and his pride.

Finally, the big day arrived. I was ready, but much to my surprise, he chickened out. It’s a good thing that he did, because I think that I could have won.

“There is a biblical reason why the Jews are hated…”

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:10 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from this news article:

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A large glass jar held 580,000 grains of rice — the contents of a 20-pound bag — on display against a dark backdrop at St. Joseph School’s middle school campus in Sylvania.

A piece of paper next to the jar posed a somber question: “How many jars of rice would it take to represent the 7 million Jews that died during the Holocaust?”

The grim visual was the last of seven stations in a temporary Holocaust memorial museum created by Lynn Heintschel’s eighth-grade class.

The three-week-long research project is a precursor to the students’ annual visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Mich.

All 77 eighth graders go on the field trip, but only Ms. Heintschel’s class dedicates an entire unit to learning about the Holocaust.

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The news article does not explain “the Biblical reason” in the headline of the article.

We know from the Bible that Jews are hated because the Romans wanted Jesus to be killed and they got the Jews to do it.

I think that this annual project is not a good way to teach students about Jews. The children should be taught WHY Jews have been hated since the beginning of time. And why they will continue to be hated until the end of time.

Does the Bible say that Jews are hated because they lie, steal and cheat? I don’t know; I don’t read the Bible.

March 7, 2017

The 6,000 square foot Hall of Remembrance at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:04 am

After visitors finish their tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, the only exit from the museum is through the “Hall of Remembrance”. This is where the goyim pay their respect to the Jews. When I was there, I did not see any Jews visiting the Holocaust Museum.

The altar in the Hall of Remembrance

The 6,000 square-foot Hall of Remembrance is on the second floor of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC at the end of the tour of the permanent exhibit. It is a quiet, solemn place like a church where visitors can breathe a sigh of relief after the unsettling experience of viewing the horrors of the Nazi regime.

The room has 6 sides which represent the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, and the 6-pointed Star of David, which is the Jewish emblem. The Hall is three stories high and there is a 6-sided skylight at the top.

Sky light in Museum

Yes, I know that the official number of Jewish deaths in the Holocaust has now been reduced to 1.1 million, but it doesn’t matter. The number 6 is a sacred number for the Jews. [Into the valley of death rode the 6 million]

As you enter, the first thing you see is a rectangular block of black marble, topped by an eternal flame, as shown in the photo above. There are no real windows in the room but shafts of light are provided by narrow glass-covered slits at the four exterior corners of the building, as shown on the left in the picture.

The floor is polished marble in a hexagonal pattern. The 6 walls of the Hall of Remembrance have black marble panels, engraved with the names of the major concentration camps in Poland and Germany. The 6 death camps, where the Jews were gassed, are on a separate panel.

The eternal flame

The photograph above shows a closeup of the black marble block, evocative of a coffin, which contains dirt from 38 of the concentration camps in Europe. The dirt was brought to America in urns, like those used by the Nazis for the ashes of the victims who were cremated, and in a touching ceremony, the dirt was deposited inside the block by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Dirt from a cemetery in Europe where American soldiers are buried was also included, in honor of the American liberators of the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps.

The black marble panel on the wall behind the eternal flame has the inscription: “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

The Hall of Remembrance is the only part of the museum where photography is allowed. No flash photography is permitted, but there is enough light in the room so that flash is not necessary. There are benches around the room where groups of students congregate to have a souvenir photograph taken.

On the other side of the hall, opposite the eternal flame, are two speaker’s stands, one on each side, resembling a pulpit in a church. It is from one of these stands that the President of the United States delivers his speech on his annual visit to the Hall on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

March 6, 2017

The attacks at these cemeteries has me pondering

Filed under: True Crime, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:53 am

The title of my blog post today is a line from this news article:

You can read the original article in The Detroit news at

The reason that I am quoting this line from the news article is because the recent attacks on Jewish cemetaries also has me pondering. Why would someone be smashing Jewish grave stones now? I immediately thought that it was Jews who were smashing Jewish gravestones in order to get attention.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Two years ago, I interviewed some Jewish Holocaust survivors in southeast Michigan exploring a central question: How far has America come since the Holocaust?

I wanted to find out if they thought we as a nation had learned from that scourge on history.

Because looking back, America arrived painfully late in denouncing the atrocities against Jews carried out in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Among those I spoke to was Guy Stern, a Holocaust survivor and former member of the Allied forces who is the current director of the Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

Stern told me the world is still dealing with the bitter legacy of the Holocaust and the lesson is that we must continue to speak out against anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bigotry wherever they are.

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One of the cities where grave stones were first demolished is St. Louis, MO.  Years ago, the Jews in St. Louis had their own enclave where only Jews were allowed to live. This was one of the first gated communities in America. The Jews in St. Louis would not allow non-Jews to live in their walled-in gated community.

March 5, 2017

Here is what to expect if you go to the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:25 am

The US Holocaust Museum Permanent Exhibit

My photo of the United States Holocaust Museum

My photo of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In the year 2000, I traveled to Washington, DC to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is very close to the Capital Building. I visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on two successive days, spending several hours there each day. I did not take any photos inside the museum because photos were forbidden.

The permanent exhibit at the Museum has the world’s largest collection of Holocaust photographs and artifacts, displayed on three floors of the museum, which is 36,000 square feet in size.

photo that is displayed in USHMM Museum

Photo of Ohrdruf that is displayed in the museum

Visitors are allowed to take their own self-guided tour and spend as much time as they want, looking at the 2,500 photographs and 900 artifacts. The exhibit includes 70 video monitors, 30 interactive stations and 3 video projection theaters.

When I was there, I did not see any tour guides leading large groups of people and disturbing the quiet contemplation of the other visitors. I observed that most of the people who worked at the Museum were African American women, and most of them were overweight.

The exhibits are in chronological order, beginning with the Nazi rise to power in 1933 and ending with the founding of Eretz Israel in 1948.

Each of the three floors of the exhibit has a theme, starting with The Nazi Assault – 1933 – 1939 on the fourth floor, moving on to The Final Solution – 1940 – 1945 on the third floor and ending with The Last Chapter on the second floor. To see the whole exhibit requires at least one to three hours.

According to the museum’s designer, “the primary purpose is to communicate concepts,” not just to display objects.

At the end of the tour, visitors must enter the 6,000 square foot Hall of Remembrance, which has 6 sides symbolizing the 6-point Star of David, and the 6 death camps where 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

As you enter from the 14th Street entrance to the Museum, and walk down the hallway on the main floor, the first place you come to on the left-hand side is the room where the elevators to the permanent exhibit are located. To your right in this room is a table with a box of 500 different booklets, which look vaguely like passports, with the museum logo printed on the cover. Each visitor is asked to select a passport, which has the name and picture of a real person who experienced the Holocaust.

As you proceed through the exhibit, you are supposed to turn the pages in the booklet to find out what happened to the person, whose identity you have assumed. I visited the museum twice on two successive days so I got two passports. I did not see any place to turn in these booklets at the end of the tour, so I assume that they were intended to be souvenirs.

My first passport person was a Czech Jewish child whose parents moved to Belgium before the War. She survived by getting false papers and pretending to be non-Jewish; after the war she emigrated to the United States. (Her story parallels that of America’s former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.)

My passport person on the second day was a Polish Catholic, born in 1893, who made her living as a school teacher. She became a resistance fighter soon after Germany defeated Poland in 1939, and was arrested for hiding a Jewish family. She was sent to the women’s camp at Ravensbrück in Germany, and then to Bergen-Belsen where she survived, although she was sick with typhus. After recovering from typhus in Sweden, she returned to her home town in Poland, where she died a natural death years later.

On both days that I visited the museum, I had obtained a ticket in advance so that I could enter the exhibits at 11 a.m. I was told that this is the earliest entry time for persons who have obtained a ticket in advance by mail and are not part of a group.

Most of the visitors to the museum are part of a school group, and most of the groups that I saw appeared to be junior high or middle school students. The other visitors were mostly senior citizens, but each day there were one or two young couples carrying a baby in a backpack. On the two days that I visited, I saw only one person that I could identify as Jewish by his or her clothing and appearance.

There were a few African-Americans among the students, but I did not see any adult African American visitors. The visitors were predominantly white Americans, but almost all the museum personnel were African-American.

Everyone that I saw at the museum was dressed in casual, colorful sports clothes, not like the visitors to Holocaust museums in Europe, who tend to dress in black from head to toe, or at least in conservative clothes in a neutral color.

The uniform of the museum personnel, when I visited in 2000, was a navy blazer, gray slacks, white shirt, striped tie and black dress shoes; both men and women wore the same outfits and some of the women had their hair cut short so that they looked like men.

On my first visit, I entered the building at 10 a.m. so I had time to look around a little and to see a movie, shown in the Helena Rubenstein auditorium on the basement level, which gives an overview of the Holocaust.

There are three elevators, with interiors made of cold hard steel, and a group of visitors enters every few minutes, reminiscent of the Jews entering the gas chamber; the doors close automatically and the elevator rises to the fourth floor. Before getting on the elevator, the visitors are asked to face the back wall where there is a small video monitor overhead, playing a film clip which shows scenes from the American liberation of the camps in Germany, as we hear a voice telling about the discovery of one of the camps, probably Buchenwald.

The attendant told us that the voice is that of a famous person, but she would not tell us who it was. My guess was General George S. Patton, commander of the troops that liberated Buchenwald.

When the film clip ended, the elevator doors opened automatically, and there was a collective gasp from the occupants as we were confronted with a huge floor-to-ceiling photograph, about 9 feet wide.

The photo shows Americans viewing the cremation pyre at Ohrdruf on April 13, 1945. [You can see the photo, near the top of this page.]

In the photo, American soldiers are looking at some railroad tracks which are being used as a pyre to burn the bodies of those who had died in the Ohrdruf camp. At the time that the photo was taken, the bodies were not yet completely burned and the skulls could be easily seen. This must have been a gruesome sight to the 12-year-old students, on the tour, who had never seen anything like this before.

The caption on the photo said that this was the Ohrdruf concentration camp, which is a misnomer, because Ohrdruf was a forced labor camp and a sub-camp of Buchenwald, which was a concentration camp. The corpses were identified in the caption as “prisoners,” not Jews because the forced laborers in this camp were probably not Jewish.

The placement of this photograph is designed to give visitors the same shock that our troops got when they first saw the camps. It also gives Americans a feeling of pride that our soldiers fought and died to liberate the Nazi camps before Hitler could complete “the Final Solution.”

The fourth floor is supposed to be devoted to the years before the Holocaust started, but the exhibit starts off with this enormous photo taken at Ohrdruf near the end of the war and right next to it is a large color photograph of an inmate of Dachau after the American liberation of that camp.

Next is a movie screen which continuously shows some color footage of the Dachau camp, filmed on April 29, 1945 by Lt. Col. George Stevens, who was already a noted Hollywood director at the time. He later directed the movie “Diary of Anne Frank.”

The movie shows some of the German guards at Dachau, with their hands in the air, including a young blond, blue-eyed boy who faces the camera with a look of complete terror on his face.

The film does not show the surrendering German guards being shot by American soldiers, or beaten to death by the prisoners, or the bodies of the dead guards piled up in front of the crematorium.

These introductory photographs and films are intended to immediately make American visitors to the museum feel proud of their country’s role in freeing the Jews, and are not concerned with historical accuracy.

From there, the exhibit moves on to show what it was like in Germany when the Nazis first came to power. Nazi marching music is playing in the background, and video monitors show the torch-light parades through the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, young blond girls giving the Sieg Heil salute to Hitler at the annual party rally in Nuremberg, and Hitler waving to his screaming admirers after his appointment as Chancellor.

A large photograph of a Storm Trooper holding a vicious German Sheppard wearing a muzzle is featured in a section titled “The terror begins.” In a display case is a brown Storm Trooper uniform with a red, white and black Swastika arm band.

In my opinion, this section on the Nazi rise to power does not adequately convey the German nationalism and patriotism, or the hatred of Communism, which caused the Germans to turn into barbarians. I overheard a man standing next to me say that “someone should have just shot Hitler.”

Obviously, the display did not get across to him that in the 1930s the majority of the German people loved and supported Hitler, or that the Germans equated Judaism with Bolshevism, which was their word for Communism.

The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles has a much better exhibit on the depth of anti-Semitism in Germany and the street fighting between the Nazis and the Reds, as the Communists were also called.

The exhibit at the USHMM gives the impression that it all started with the Nazi party, and does not explain that anti-Semitism was inexorably building up throughout Europe, starting as early as 1881 with the assassination of Czar Alexander I, which the Russians blamed on the Jews.

There were photographs of the German boycott of Jewish stores on April 1, 1933, and the caption mentioned that “there was talk of an American boycott of German goods” but didn’t say whether this boycott ever happened.

Actually, an American boycott of German goods had been declared by Rabbi Stephen Wise on March 23, 1945, the same day that the German Congress voted to give Hitler dictatorial powers under the Enabling Act. The German one-day boycott was intended to stop the news stories of Nazi atrocities which were being printed in Jewish newspapers.

Although there are some small items on display, most of the artifacts throughout the museum are large objects which really command your attention. As the tour proceeds, these large artifacts gradually overwhelm the visitor with their visual impact.

For example, the first large artifact that we see, near the start of the fourth floor exhibit, is a glass case with a punch card sorting machine and a Hollerith tabulating machine used to count punch cards. Both of these machines were forerunners of the computer and were used by the Germans, who were technically very advanced, to keep track of the Jews who were deported to the concentration camps.

The exhibit area is dark and only the items on display are lighted; the visitors inched their way past the displays in numbed silence both times when I was there.

The whole permanent exhibit is done in a low-key serious vein, befitting a serious subject, not like the glitzy extravaganza at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles which uses elaborate displays of dummies, and gimmicks that give a Disneyland quality to the museum there. The exhibits at the USHMM are simple and easy to understand; they are on an adult level and do not talk down to the visitor.

The next section of the fourth floor exhibit is called the “Science of Race.” On display are swatches of hair in different colors, a color chart used to classify eye color, and a caliper to measure the width of the nose. There are similar exhibits at Hartheim Castle in Austria where disabled people were gassed.

The Nazis were obsessed with race and did a lot of research on eugenics and genetics in an effort to improve the Aryan race, which they called the Herrenfolk, usually translated into “The Master Race” in English.

Their definition of Aryan included only the Nordic ethnic group of the Caucasian race. Strangely, most of the Nazi leaders were from the German state of Bavaria, or from Austria, and were not of the Nordic type. Two huge posters show all the various races of the world, according to the Nazi classification of people.

The Anschluss or unification of Germany and Austria in March 1938 is shown in the next section, but it is not explained that this was a violation of the Treaty of Versailles, and that an important plank of the Nazi party platform was the overthrow of this treaty, which was signed at the end of World War I.

Throughout the exhibit, English words are used, although students of the Holocaust are very familiar with German words like Anschluss, Einsatzgruppen, and Kristallnacht.

The exhibit points out that there were 185,000 Jews in Austria in 1938 when it became part of Gross Deutschland (Greater Germany).

A picture of Jews, being forced to wash the sidewalks in Vienna is shown and the caption reads that the Jews were “humiliated” by the Germans without saying why they were humiliated in this particular way. Actually, the Jews were being forced to scrub Schuschnigg’s Fatherland Front slogans off the sidewalks of Vienna after the Anschluss.

After leaving the elevator, the progression of the fourth floor exhibit is to the left. The displays continue around behind the elevators until you come to a red and white painted metal pole, placed horizontally so that it is a barrier blocking the exit near the end of the room. I noticed that some visitors squeezed through and went around the barrier, but by doing so they missed a significant part of the displays.

The barrier represents the border of Poland which the Germans crossed when they invaded on September 1, 1939, but there is more to the story before you get to that point, so you should turn left at the barrier, where you will see a semicircular niche completely covered with a photograph of Lake Geneva. The title of this exhibit is “No help, No haven.” It is the story of the Evian Conference, which President Roosevelt organized in July 1938.

At the Conference, representatives of 32 countries met at a luxury hotel to discuss the refugee problem after the Germans had taken over Austria in March and made it known that they wanted to get rid of all the Jews.

The museum doesn’t mention that the reason Hitler was particularly concerned about Austria was because it was the country of his birth and that he first became anti-Semitic when he encountered Orthodox Jews on the streets of Vienna when he was a young man. The smell of these Jews was what caused him to turn against the Jews.

The Evian conference was a failure because no country wanted to accept the Jews, but the United States did agree to admit the full quota of Eastern Europeans and Germans allowed by our immigration laws, which had not been done up to that time.

The “Night of Broken Glass” is the subject of the next section. The museum uses the Polish word “pogrom” to characterize this event which happened on November 9, 1938. A pogrom is a state organized or state sanctioned riot in which Jewish property is destroyed, and the Jews are beaten and killed in an effort to force them to leave a town or province, or in this case, a country.

The exhibit does not make it clear that pogroms had been a regular occurrence in Europe for at least a thousand years, and that this was the Mother of all Pogroms. The caption says that 25,000 Jews were arrested after this night. Most sources claim that 30,000 were arrested. Later on, in another museum exhibit, the number is reduced to 20,000 who were arrested.

The caption on the photo mentions that the Jews were sent to the three main German concentration camps, Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald, where they were released if they agreed to emigrate quickly. This section of the display shows a large door frame from the place where the torah was kept in a Synagogue; it has been hacked with an axe to obliterate the Hebrew inscription on it. A glass case shows a number of torah scrolls which were pulled out and desecrated.

A small section called “Enemies of the State” is devoted to the non-Jewish people who were persecuted by the Nazis, and here there are displays about the homosexuals and the Gypsies.

“Communists, Social Democrats, trade unionists, liberals, pacifists, dissenting clergy, and Jehovah’s Witnesses” are listed in the reading material but no details are given and there are no pictures of them.

There was a significant number of Communists incarcerated as political prisoners in the major German concentration camps at Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen, but you would never know it from seeing this exhibit. Not mentioned are the asocials, the work-shy or the criminals who were sent to a concentration camp after they finished their prison time for their second offense. All these categories of people, and also the Jews, were called “enemies of the state” by the Nazis and were put into the concentration camps.

The museum exhibits consistently downplay the fact that numerous Communists were sent to the Nazi concentration camps, barely mentioning it in passing. In the section about the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the reason given for the invasion is that the Nazis wanted “Lebensraum,” or living space, not that they were fighting against Communism.

I did not see any mention of the fact that the policy of incarcerating the “enemies of the state” without benefit of a trial began when thousands of Communists were rounded up, after the burning of the Reichstag in February 1933, and imprisoned at Dachau, the first concentration camp.

One of the displays says that “homosexuals were targeted because of their sexual orientation” but it is not mentioned that there had been a law against homosexual acts on the books since Germany became a united country in 1871. A video monitor shows mug shots of homosexuals who were arrested but there is no mention of the fact that they were arrested for breaking an existing law.

According to the museum, a total of 10,000 homosexuals and a total of 220,000 Gypsies were sent to the Nazi concentration camps. Before 1942, Gypsy men were sent to the camps under the category of asocial because they traditionally didn’t work at a regular job and had no permanent address. They were arrested under a law which said that every person in Germany had to have a permanent address.

This section includes a large Gypsy wagon, which looks like a pioneer Conestoga wagon without the white canvas cover. On the wagon is a violin which was owned by a Gypsy man. Nearby is a glass case with a Gypsy woman’s outfit of clothing, consisting of a black Persian lamb jacket, a silk blouse and a black skirt of expensive looking material. Silver bracelets and tortoise shell hair combs are on the wall of the case, along with a studio portrait of a well-dressed Gypsy woman. The owner of these clothes must have owned a fancier wagon than the one on display.

Most people are familiar with the colorful painted caravans that the Gypsies traveled around in; if one of these horse-drawn vans could not have been found, the museum should have at least displayed a picture of one, so that visitors would not be puzzled by the juxtaposition of the expensive clothes and a wagon made of rough, unpainted wood with no top.

The last thing in the Nazi Assault section on the fourth floor is the story of the St. Louis, a ship with European Jews that was denied entry into the United States. No country wanted the Jews.

The exhibits continue on the third floor which is the section entitled The Final Solution – 1940 – 1945. The phrase “The final solution” comes from the title of the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942 at a villa in the Wannsee suburb of Berlin where the genocide of the Jews was planned.

Another section has a train cattle car which was actually used to transport Jews to Auschwitz where many were gassed immediately upon arrival. One can enter the train car and experience the terror felt by the Jews as they were transported to their deaths.

Also on this floor is a large pile of shoes brought from the warehouse where 800,000 shoes were stored at the Majdanek death camp in Poland. Majdanek was the headquarters for the Operation Reinhard death camps at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor. The clothing taken from the Jews before they were gassed at the three Operation Reinhard camps was sent to Majdanek to be disinfected.

The Final Solution exhibit includes a model of a gas chamber door at the Majdanek death camp where Jews were gassed. In this section of the exhibit are bunk beds brought from the prisoners’ barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau. There is an audio theater where visitors can sit and rest while they listen to the eye-witness stories of Holocaust survivors from “Voices from Auschwitz.”

The really horrible scenes from the Holocaust are blocked by a low wall which only adults can see over. Children under 11 years of age are discouraged from entering the permanent exhibits but when I visited the Museum, there was nothing to prevent parents from taking very young children up the elevators.

The original confession signed by Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Hoess was displayed in a picture frame which included a photo of Hungarian Jewish women and children, carrying their hand baggage in sacks, on their way to one of the the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1945.

The third and last section of the exhibits, called the Final Chapter, is on the second floor. There are photos showing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by American soldiers, including photos of the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald, which was the first camp to be found by American troops.

The exhibits in the Final Chapter include the trial of the German war criminals at the Nuremberg IMT and a section on those people who worked to save the Jews.

There is an aerial photo of the Monowitz camp in the Auschwitz complex after it was hit by Allied bombs.

The only exit from the permanent exhibits is through the Hall of Remembrance, which is like a church, where the goyim can worship the Jews. Do I need to tell you that you must be respectful in this room, or you might be arrested. If you don’t know by now that you must worship the Jews, I can’t help you.

March 4, 2017

Tips for visitors to the US Holocaust Museum

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:46 am

I have just read a news article, which states that Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, recently visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I wish that I had known about this visit in advance — I could have given Ivanka some tips on what to look for.

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post about what to look for when you visit this museum, which is at the end of the Capital Mall, very close to the White House.

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

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First daughter Ivanka Trump toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and her father [Donald Trump] may soon do so as well, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The tour was private, and Trump was joined by her husband’s parents Charles and Seryl Kushner, who are Orthodox Jews. Her husband and senior adviser to President Trump Jared Kushner’s grandmother was a Holocaust survivor who helped found the museum. [this is news to me]

Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism before marrying Kushner in 2009.

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O.K. here is my advice to The Donald. If you tour the Museum, keep saying to yourself “Don’t laugh! Don’t laugh.” The Holocaust Museum is so full of errors that it is hard to keep from laughing.

If you do find yourself laughing, you should quickly turn it into  a cough. I have been to many Holocaust sites, and I’ve never been arrested. I have always avoided going with a tour group, for fear that I would burst out laughing at the ridiculous stories that are told.

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