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August 9, 2017

The glass cage from the Eichmann trial is now on display

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:02 am

The glass booth where Adolf Eichmann appeared during his trial is a featured artifact in the exhibition “Operation Finale,” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. Credit John Halpern

The following quote is from the news article which includes the photo above:

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[Eichmann] almost never got to Jerusalem. In 1958, Israeli intelligence received a tip on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, and sent an agent to stake out a working-class Buenos Aires suburb. When the agent got there, and saw for himself the ratty house on the unpaved street, he concluded that the intelligence was off. “The wretched little house,” the agent’s case officer wrote, “could in no way be reconciled with our picture of the life of an SS officer of Eichmann’s rank.”

But it was Eichmann — and two years later, a team of Israeli agents swooped in on him at a bus stop, abducted him, and soon bundled the sedated Nazi onto a plane to Tel Aviv. The epochal trial that followed transformed the world’s understanding of the Holocaust, and not only that. It also played a crucial role in the development of international law, and it was a crucible for Israel, a young state still absorbing, with tensions, the arrival of European Jews.

Eichmann’s abduction in Argentina and prosecution in Israel are the subject of “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. The show goes longer on spy thrills than on moral and legal perplexities, though that may have been inevitable given its co-organizer: none other than the Mossad, the intelligence service that is Israel’s equivalent of the C.I.A.

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So what did Eichmann do that was so horrible that his name is now a household word?

Here is a summary of his crimes (copied from my website):

“Sonderkommando Eichmann,” a special group of SS soldiers under the command of Adolf Eichmann, was activated on March 10, 1944 for the purpose of deporting the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz; the personnel in this Special Action Commando was assembled at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and then sent to Hungary on March 19, 1944 during the celebration of Purim, a Jewish holiday.

On March 18, 1944, Hitler had a second meeting with Horthy at Schloss Klessheim, a castle near Salzburg in Austria. An agreement was reached in which Horthy promised to allow 100,000 Jews to be sent to the Greater German Reich to construct underground factories for the manufacture of fighter aircraft. These factories were to be located at Mauthausen, and at the eleven Kaufering subcamps of Dachau. The Jews were to be sent to Auschwitz, and then transferred to the camps in Germany and Austria.

When Horthy returned to Hungary, he found that Edmund Veesenmayer, an SS Brigadeführer, had been installed as the effective ruler of Hungary, responsible directly to the German Foreign Office and Hitler.

On March 19, 1944, the same day that Eichmann’s Sonderkommando arrived, German troops occupied Hungary. The invasion of Hungary by the Soviet Union was imminent and Hitler suspected that Horthy was planning to change sides. As it became more and more likely that Germany would lose the war, its allies began to defect to the winning side. Romania switched to the Allied side on August 23, 1944.

After the formation of the Reich Central Security Office (RSHA) in 1939, Adolf Eichmann had been put in charge of section IV B4, the RSHA department that handled the deportation of the Jews. One of his first assignments was to work on the Nazi plan to send the European Jews to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa. This plan was abandoned in 1940.

According to Rudolf Höss, the Commandant of Auschwitz, “Eichmann had concerned himself with the Jewish question since his youth and had an extensive knowledge of the literature on the subject. He lived for a long time in Palestine in order to learn more about the Zionists and the growing Jewish state.”

In 1937, Eichmann had gone to the Middle East to research the possibility of mass Jewish emigration to Palestine. He had met with Feival Polkes, an agent of the Haganah, with whom he discussed the Zionist plan to create a Jewish state. According to testimony at his trial in 1961 in Jerusalem, Eichmann was denied entry into Palestine by the British, who were opposed to a Jewish state in Palestine, so the idea of deporting all the European Jews to Palestine was abandoned.

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, at which the Final Solution to the Jewish Question was planned, Eichmann had been assigned to organize the “transportation to the East” which was a euphemism for sending the European Jews to be killed at Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The next day after German forces took over Hungary, Adolf Eichmann arrived to oversee the process of deporting the Hungarian Jews. There were 725,000 Jews living in Hungary in 1944, including many who were previously residents of Romania, according to Laurence Rees, who wrote “Auschwitz, a New History.”

End of story. That’s all she wrote and she rubbed that out.

 

August 8, 2017

“survivors living in Israel, many of whom are well over 90 years old”

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

The title of this blog post is a quote from this news article: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Services-Ministry-to-double-budget-for-Holocaust-survivors-rights-501861

The following quote is from the news article:

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Services Minister Haim Katz promised on Monday to allocate NIS 7 million toward a variety of social benefits and services for the welfare of Holocaust survivors in 2017.

That would more than double the amount, up from NIS 3m., allocated in 2016, the first year of the program that he initiated.

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I have written about this in previous blog posts, but it needs to be repeated. I believe that these Jews have lived to be 90 years old because they had a diet, in the camps, that consisted mostly of potatoes and very little meat. People who eat a diet, that consists of large servings of meat, usually do not live to be 90 years old.

Grandma died at Treblinka and now David Irving’s books are a threat to the safety of Jewish students

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 8:04 am

David Irving’s books are very big and heavy, and they do constitute a threat to students who don’t know how to pull a book off a shelf properly. I agree that something must be done to protect Jewish students.

You can read all about it in this recent news article: https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/manchester-university-under-fire-over-books-by-holocaust-denier-david-irving-1.442561

The following quote is from the news article:

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Dr Lancaster, whose grandmother died at the Treblinka concentration camp, said leaving Irving’s books on open display was a threat to the safety of Jewish students and staff at a time when antisemitic hate crime was on the rise across Europe.

It [the University] is also going to add the label “Holocaust denial literature” to catalogue records for all copies of Irving’s books “where appropriate”.

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I have a section on my website about Treblinka: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/index.html

How does Dr. Lancaster know that her grandmother died at Treblinka? Does she have some proof of her death at Treblinka? Have her bones been found at Treblinka?  There is a symbolic cemetery at Treblinka; you can read about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/Treblinka05.html

Symbolic cemetery at Treblinka

Has Dr. Lancaster ever been to Treblinka? If not, I suggest that she go there, as soon as possible. Treblinka was the first place that I went when I started my Holocaust travels. The Holocaust literally began at Treblinka.

The bridge across the Bug river at Treblinka

Another view of the same bridge

The bridge in my photos above is the dividing line between Poland and Russia. The water that you see in the photo above is in Russia.

After seeing Treblinka, I wrote the following on my website:

When railroad lines were built in the 19th century, the width of the tracks was standardized in America and western Europe, but the tracks in Russia and eastern Poland were a different gauge. Bialystok is the end of the line in Poland; this is as far east as trains can go without changing the wheels on the rail cars. Treblinka is located only a short distance west of Bialystok.

In June 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union and “liberated” the area formerly known as the Pale of Settlement. By the time that the Aktion Reinhard camps were set up in 1942, German troops had advanced a thousand kilometers into Russia. The plan was to transport the Jews as far as the Bug river and kill them in gas chambers, then claim that they had been “transported to the East.”

In 1942, the Germans built a new railroad spur line from the Malkinia Junction into the Treblinka extermination camp. When a train, 60 cars long, arrived at the junction, the cars were uncoupled and 20 cars at a time were backed into the camp. Today, a stone sculpture shows the location of the train tracks that brought the Jews into the Treblinka death camp.

The first Jews to be deported to the Treblinka death camp were from the Warsaw ghetto; the first transport of 6,000 Jews arrived at Treblinka at about 9:30 on 23 July 1942. Between late July and September 1942, the Germans transported more than 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to Treblinka, according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Jews were also deported to Treblinka from Lublin and Bialystok, two major cities in eastern Poland, which were then in the General Government, as German-occupied Poland was called. Others were transported to Treblinka from the Theresienstadt ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic. Approximately 2,000 Gypsies were also sent to Treblinka and [allegedly] murdered in the gas chambers.

Trains continued to arrive regularly at Treblinka until May 1943, and a few more transports arrived after that date.

On October 19, 1943, Odilo Globocnik wrote to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler: “I have completed Aktion Reinhard and have dissolved all the camps.”

End of quote from my website

There are two possible stories of what happened at Treblinka: Thousands of Jews could have been taken to this remote spot and killed — or these Jews could have been sent from Treblinka into Russia. A few Jews did, in fact, return from Russia to Poland. There is no proof whatsoever that any Jews were killed, instead of being sent into Russia.

 

 

August 7, 2017

Why Holocaust denial is against the law in some countries

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:57 am

You can read an answer on Quora about why “Holocaust denial” is against the law in some countries: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-holocaust-denial-a-crime-in-some-countries

The following quote is from the answer:

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Clearly criminalising holocaust denial is against free speech.  Equally clearly, some countries have made a decision that free speech is not a be all and end all, but must be balanced against the other rights of the people in their society.

The countries that have laws making holocaust denial a crime are almost entirely those that were directly affected*: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania

The European Union also has a Framework Decision for Combating Racism and Xenophobia** by which signatories agree to criminalise inciting violence or hatred, against race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin, condoning, denying or grossly trivialising genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Although full implementation was blocked by the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries.

In addition several of the countries with laws criminalising holocaust denial, and several other countries, have more generic laws preventing either usage of Nazi symbols or denial of crimes against humanity.

Many of these countries:

  • feel the right not to be subjected to racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism is more important than the right to free speech
  • limit speech in other ways, such as banning hate speech.
  • have other laws designed to suppress any potential revival of Nazism

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There is an easy way to stop people from denying the Holocaust: Don’t let anyone see the former concentration camps. Especially, don’t let anyone see the alleged gas chambers.

Seeing the alleged gas chambers was what put me on the Road to Denial. Of course, I had one advantage: I had seen a real gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO. I knew that a gas chamber requires a high smoke stack to get rid of the gas fumes. So when I saw the alleged gas chamber at Dachau, I said to myself: “Something wrong!” There was no high smoke stack.

 

August 6, 2017

Should books by a famous Holocaust denier be displayed in public?

Filed under: David Irving, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:50 pm

Sorry, no freedom of speech is allowed for Holocaust deniers. That’s the law according to the Jews. Get lost, all you deniers!

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/university-refuses-to-move-books-by-holocaust-denier-kzx25b7gb

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Manchester University has come under fire for refusing to move works by David Irving from open display on library shelves or to label them as “Holocaust denial” literature.

In recent months, growing numbers of British universities, including Cambridge and University College London (UCL), have reclassified works by the controversial writer. They either moved them to “closed access” areas, or inserted disclaimers inside the books, following a campaign led by Dr Irene Lancaster, formerly a teaching fellow in Jewish history at Manchester University, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, now master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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There are two  sides to everything —  except the Holocaust. Only one side of the Holocaust is allowed — the side according to the Jews.  There is a lot of money involved here. The Jews have made fortunes from books and movies about the Holocaust.

I have met David Irving in person. He is a handsome man with the world’s most beautiful male voice. I have read several of his books which are very detailed and very interesting.  I hope that he wins this case.

 

Ernst Zündel has died

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:28 pm

You can read about it at

https://jrizoli.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/ernst-zundel-has-died/

The following quote was copied from the link above:

Ernst Zündel has died. The world has lost a great man. For those who do not know him, he was instrumental in bringing forth The Truth about the holocaust lies. He was persecuted and jailed several times in Canada and in Germany and was prohibited also from living in the U.S. with his wife, who is an American citizen. All of this harassment he endured because of the extreme fear of those who have perpetuated the holohoax lies and the terror they experience as the world comes closer and closer to seeing The Truth, which will likely lead to another jewish explusion.

…the long and shameful history of anti-Semitism in Ireland.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:53 am

2nd December 1938: Some of the 5,000 Jewish and non-Aryan German child refugees, the ‘Kindertransport’, arriving in England at Harwich from Germany. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Irish people are noted for being very friendly and fun-loving. I’ve been to Ireland. It was the first place I went when I started traveling 30 years ago.  I was welcomed in Ireland as if I were a long lost cousin.

I was not aware, until now, that the Irish are anti-Semitic. Why would anyone not love Jews?  What’s not to like?

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/comment-antisemitism-was-rife-when-ireland-shut-the-door-to-jews-seeking-refuge-35999118.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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The columnist Kevin Myers sparked outrage this week with his offhand remark that Jews were “not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price”.

Myers was sacked for his reference to two highly-paid Jewish BBC broadcasters in The Sunday Times in an article about salaries at the British broadcaster.

After apologising profusely, he later claimed he was a “great admirer of Jews” and their culture of “exploring their talent and making the most of it”.

The former columnist insisted that he was not anti-Semitic, but the suggestion that Jews were motivated by money would have been familiar to anyone who has followed the long and shameful history of anti-Semitism in Ireland.

Public figures have expressed much more virulent anti-Jewish sentiments in the past; unlike Myers, in most cases they got away with it, because at times in our history such sentiments were popular.

The hateful stereotype of the grasping Jew was a theme in political discourse, going right back to Arthur Griffith and the birth of Sinn Féin.

At its worst, the stirring of hatred against Jews by some politicians and churchmen helped to create a climate where Jewish refugees from Europe were unable to escape to Ireland from the Holocaust. It could be a life-and-death issue.

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What should you learn from this news article? The Jews have been hated since time began, and they will continue to be hated, the world over, until the end of time.

That’s all she wrote —  and she rubbed that out.

 

August 5, 2017

The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 4:56 pm

You can read a news story about this Holocaust arts competition at: http://www.dailylocal.com/article/DL/20170802/NEWS/170809961

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WEST CHESTER >> Eagerness and persistence paid off for Stetson Middle School student Grace McCabe. McCabe, who will enter ninth grade at Rustin High School this year, recently won first place in her age group in the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council.

The competition is an annual event designed to encourage all Philadelphia-area middle school and high school students to learn about and reflect upon the history of the Holocaust. According to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, students are invited to submit Holocaust themes and lessons through essays, poems, short works of fiction, two-and three-dimensional as well as multimedia works of art, original songs, musical compositions, and dance. The contest is named in memory of the young leader of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Memorial stone in Warsaw ghetto

Names of victims carved on back side of stone in Warsaw ghetto

The former location of the Warsaw ghetto is now a memorial site

McCabe’s story entitled, “Lebensborn Redemption” fell under the theme of Experiences of Children and won first place in the seventh/eighth-grade prose writing category. In 1935, faced with a declining birthrate in Germany, Heinrich Himmler, a leading member of the Nazi Party, created the Lebensborn program to further the Aryan race by whatever means possible.

Young children with Aryan features were kidnapped from families living in German-occupied areas. After they were “Germanized,” the children were placed with pre-approved German couples who would raise them as their own. The program also provided the opportunity for German women deemed “racially pure” to meet and have children with SS officers to create a “super-race.”

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Forgive the Nazis and make some money doing it

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:58 pm

Eva Kor is a Holocaust survivor who has made a career out of forgiving the Nazis.

You can read about it in this news article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/should-holocaust-survivors-forgive-the-nazis_us_59861cbbe4b00833d1de2888

Why does Eva Kor advocate forgiving the Nazis? She’s alive, isn’t she? She could have been killed by the bombs that were dropped during World War II.  The camps were relatively safe from bombing.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Many of the people who survived the Holocaust have the “victim mentality,” which is to me a poor me mentality with too much focus on what was done to me. They have extreme difficulty in getting rid of that feeling, that I was used as a human guinea pig, or I was used in slave labor, or I was not treated like a human being. It is understandable, of course. I was a good victim for many years. There is a lot of anger that comes with that. The question is, what does the anger do to you? Does it help you? Who are you hurting when you are angry? You are not hurting the perpetrator – you are HELPING the perpetrator by remaining the victim. You are only hurting yourself.

In my experience, anger is a seed for war. Healthy, happy people do not start wars. Some people take out their anger on their children, or on themselves. But if you look at people who forgive, they are at peace with themselves. Therefore, forgiveness is a seed for peace. When I forgave Mengele, and then all the Nazis, and then anyone who had ever hurt me, I felt a tremendous burden lifted from my shoulders. I realized that although I was liberated in 1945, I was not free until I forgave in 1995.

I have spent a lot of time and effort promoting the idea of forgiveness because it helped me to heal. I am willing to do anything I humanly can to convince survivors to at least try it. I joke about it, but it’s a fact: forgiveness is free. Therefore everybody can afford it. It has no side effects. It works. If people do not like how it feels to be free, they can always take their pain back and remain victims. But I have not found a larger platform where I can advocate it. If some organization would adopt the idea and help me advocate it on the world scene, I think it would help some survivors. But maybe it is too late. They have lived like victims for 70 years. What are the chances they will try something new?

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The White House as a crime scene?

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 12:28 pm

This is the headline of the top news story today:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/05/robert-mueller-donald-trump-russia

White House as crime scene: how Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump

The news article begins with this quote:

The legal net around Donald Trump’s beleaguered presidency tightened dramatically this week with news that a grand jury has been established a few hundred yards from the White House, to pursue evidence of collusion with the Kremlin.

It is a troubling development for the president, for several reasons. In the US legal system, a grand jury has broad powers to issue subpoenas, and ultimately indictments, at the request of prosecutors.

The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, former FBI chief Robert Mueller, had been using a sitting grand jury in Virginia to authorise his team’s demands for documents and witnesses. The convening of a separate grand jury in Washington suggests the Mueller team – working in a suite of offices a few blocks’ walk from where the 20-odd jurors sit – is going to be making extensive use of it. It will not be hospitable terrain for the president. Trump won only 4% of the vote in the District of Columbia.

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