Scrapbookpages Blog

April 13, 2016

The misuse of Holocaust photos in today’s news articles

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:37 am

55e7192ec84f21899b0377ff36cbc52c

The photo above was used to illustrate a news article which you can read at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/nazism-is-an-abomination-not-a-term-of-casual-abuse/news-story/c5758e1893e03ed0d4fd0820e79d089a

Nazism is an abomination, not a term of casual abuse

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

Begin quote

Nazis, who represent the ultimate evil and conjure horrific visions of suffering and depravity, are appearing in our culture with disturbing frequency and obscenely littering our public square. We have soup Nazis, grammar Nazis, eco-Nazis, femi-Nazis, nico-Nazis, health Nazis, jazz Nazis, ticket Nazis, lunchbox Nazis and traffic Nazis, to name but a few. The real Nazis must be delighted with these distortions.

I get why people are tempted to introduce Nazis into a discussion, why the appeal of invoking and exploiting this imagery is so powerful. The Third Reich embodies a unique historical evil and is a convenient metaphor for illustrating the concept of right versus wrong. It’s a cheap trick that packs a punch as a scare tactic, is hard to beat for shock value and is guaranteed to work as a sensational headline generator.

End quote

The photo above is a very poor choice to illustrate the Holocaust. Note the warm clothing, including warm caps and coats. Many of the women in the photo are past the age to be selected as workers.

Note that some of the women have a full head of hair, which means that they have been in the camp long enough for their hair to grow out after the hair was initially shaved to get rid of any lice.

These women appear to be in good health, not starving to death. Would it have killed the people who wrote this article, to have used a proper photograph of starving, emaciated prisoners, freezing to death without proper clothing?

 

February 11, 2016

Auschwitz survivors speak at trial of Reinhold Hanning

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:12 pm
This photo of Auschwitz survivors is shown in news article

Photo of Auschwitz survivors is shown in news article

Please, please, please — stop using photos like the one above to illustrate the horror of Auschwitz.  One prisoner in the photo is having trouble walking out of the camp, after it was liberated, but the other men in the photo look like they are in excellent condition.

The photo above was used in a news story about how Auschwitz survivors confronted Reinhold Hanning, a former SS man who worked at the Auswchwitz 1 camp.  Hanning allegedly mistreated the prisoners at Auschwitz, so let’s see some photos of the prisoners who were mistreated.

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate their liberation

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate their liberation

Notice the man on the far right, who has a double chin. None of the survivors of the Auschwitz main camp look like they were starving.

Prisoners in the Auschwitz main camp after they were liberated

Prisoners in the Auschwitz main camp after they were liberated

The photo above would be more suitable for showing the prisoners after they had been liberated from the main Auschwitz camp.

Young prisoner is carried out of Auschwitz camp after it was liberated

Young prisoner is carried out of Auschwitz camp after it was liberated

The photo above would be suitable to illustrate the horror of the Auschwitz camp, but why was this boy allowed to live?  He was under the age of 15, and he was not in good health, so why wasn’t he gassed?

Survivors of the main Auschwitz camp

Survivors of the main Auschwitz camp

The photo above is also used in the news article, but again, this shows that the survivors of Auschwitz were in good health.  The man in the center of the photo is leaning on a crutch, but maybe he had just sprained his ankle.  At least, the Nazis provided him with a crutch, instead of forcing him to crawl around.

The photo below is my favorite Auschwitz survivor photo.

Woman survivor of Auschwitz main camp

Woman survivor of Auschwitz main camp

Notice that the woman in the photo above is wrapped up in a warm comforter, but she is unhappy about being dragged out of her warm bed to pose for an Auschwitz liberation movie.

May 27, 2015

Holocaust survivors identify themselves in famous photo

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:46 pm
Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp identify themselves in a famous photo

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp identify themselves in a famous photo

In the above photo, which is shown on this news article, survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp identify themselves.

The original of this photo is a still shot from a movie. It can be seen on  this website: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/our_collections/auschwitz/

Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp who were liberated by Soviet soldiers

Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp who were liberated by Soviet soldiers

The news article begins with this quote:

“There are more than half a million Holocaust survivors worldwide and some need urgent help to live a dignified life, says an adviser to the US secretary of state”

The Holocaust survivor on the far right in the photo is Eva Kor, who seems to me to be living a dignified life. She is frequently mentioned in news articles today.

Holocaust survivor shown leaving the Auschwitz main camp which was not a death camp for Jews

Holocaust survivor shown leaving the Auschwitz main camp which was not a death camp for Jews

The news article ends with this quote:

“Austria and Poland have programmes to pay pensions to survivors who suffered on their territories but live abroad, while Germany is running a four-year $1 billion (£650 million) home care programme for survivors.”

It seems to me that the Holocaust survivors are already being compensated for their suffering, but it is never enough.  The Jews can never get enough money from the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and they can never get enough revenge.

Another photo of Auschwitz child survivors who are still alive

Another photo of Auschwitz child survivors who are still alive

May 17, 2014

Beware of illustrating news articles with photos that promote Holocaust denial

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

Update, Sept. 20, 2014:

This photo was used to illustrate a news article about the Holocaust

This photo was used to illustrate a news article about the Holocaust

The photo above was taken at Bergen-Belsen after the camp was voluntarily turned over to the British.  It shows an adult woman, who is overweight, and a group of children that look healthy and well-fed.  This type of photo should not be used to illustrate the horror of the Holocaust. I copied the photo from this news article: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/18/night-will-fall-review-holocaust-documentary-hitchcock-liberation-belsen-auschwitz

Continue reading my original post:

Still shot from Soviet film made in February 1945

Still shot from Soviet film made in February 1945

The photo above, which shows child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is used in an article about the Holocaust, entitled “The World is Full of Holocaust Deniers,” which you can read in full here. The child on the far right is Miriam Moses. Her twin sister is Eva Moses Kor, a survivor who is still alive today.

A word to the wise:  Don’t use photos like this when promoting the Holocaust or when railing against Holocaust deniers.

This quote is from the article, which is illustrated by the photo above:

Only 54 percent of the world’s population has heard of the Holocaust.

54 percent.

This is the most staggering statistic in a new survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of more than 53,000 people in over 100 countries, conducted by First International Resources. But that figure speaks to only those who have heard of it: Only a third of the world’s population believe the genocide has been accurately described in historical accounts. Some said they thought the number of people who died has been exaggerated; others said they believe it’s a myth. Thirty percent of respondents said it’s probably true that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, two-thirds of the world’s population don’t know the Holocaust happened—or they deny it.

I find it hard to believe that two-thirds of the people in the world today have never heard of the Holocaust — or that they deny it. Using  photos, like the one shown at the top of my blog post, will cause even more people to deny the Holocaust.  As every Holocaust True Believer knows, children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed upon arrival at Auschwitz, unless they were twins.

So what should Holocaust promoters do?  My suggestion is that they should use photos of dead bodies that do NOT illustrate the Holocaust, but claim that the bodies are dead Jews, killed in the Holocaust.

For example the photo below, which shows prisoners killed by American bombs at Nordhausen; this photo is frequently used by Holocaust promoters, who claim that these are the bodies of Jews killed by the Nazis.

Photo shows prisoners killed by American bombs at Nordhausen

Photo shows prisoners killed by American bombs at Nordhausen concentration camp

During World War II, German soldiers were allowed, and even encouraged, to carry cameras. American soldiers were not allowed to carry cameras, but many of them took  cameras from the cold dead hands of German soldiers, and used them to take photos of the concentration camps.  Soviet soldiers were lucky to have a rifle, and most of them had probably never even seen a camera.

Auschwitz was “liberated” by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945, but it was not until February 1945 that the Soviets finally got around to filming the Auschwitz survivors.  Because of this, the only images of the Auschwitz survivors, that can be seen today, are still shots from the Soviet film. Unfortunately, these still shots show Auschwitz inmates as being in good health.

Child survivors with chubby cheeks show their tattoos

Child survivors with chubby cheeks show their tattoos

For example, the photo above is unsuitable for a story about the horror of Auschwitz because it shows healthy children.  So what should Holocaust promoters do?

The photo below is frequently used to illustrate the alleged ill treatment of Jewish children at Auschwitz. The photo actually shows Gypsy children, who were suffering from a disease called “Noma.”

Gypsy children, suffering from a disease called

Gypsy children, suffering from a disease called “Noma” were left behind at Auschwitz

Notice the girl, on the far left in the front row, who has a beautiful face. Holocaust promoters use this photo to show how cruel the Nazis were, claiming that this girl was tortured because she was so pretty.

The photo below, which is a still shot from the Soviet film, shows a child survivor of Auschwitz, who is being carried out of a brick building at Auschwitz because he is too weak to walk.

Suitable photo for a news article about Holocaust denial

Suitable photo for a news article about Holocaust denial

Miriam Moses, the twin sister of Eva Moses Kor is shown on the far right in the photo at the top of my blog post. Her twin sister, Eva Moses Kor, is shown on the far right in the photo below, which is also a still shot from  the Soviet film.

Miriam Kor is shown in the back row on the far left

Eva Moses Kor is shown in the second row on the far right

Dr. Josef Mengele, known as “Doctor Death” by Holocaustians, was famous for giving chocolate and hair ribbons to the little girls at Auschwitz. In the film, taken by the Soviets, it appears that Eva Moses is seriously overweight, possibly from eating too much chocolate.  This is an example of a photo which should NOT be used by Holocaust promoters.

The photo below, which shows Auschwitz survivors who are not in the best of health, would be a suitable photo for Holocaust promotion.

Still photo from Soviet film shows Auschwitz survivors

Still photo from Soviet film shows Auschwitz survivors

Still shot from the Soviet film which depicts the liberation of Auschwitz

Still shot from the Soviet film which depicts the liberation of Auschwitz

I have the photo, shown above, on my website, along with the following text:

The photograph above shows some of the 5,800 Birkenau survivors, most of whom look like well-fed Polish peasants, walking out of the camp shortly after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. In the background you can see the wooden barracks buildings, with windows under the roof, and the posts of the barbed wire fence. These survivors are walking along the interior camp road that bisects the Birkenau camp from north to south, connecting the women’s camp with the new section of Birkenau, known as “Mexico.” This is a still picture taken from the Soviet movie which is shown at the beginning of the tour at the Auschwitz Museum.

The tall, skinny guy wearing an arm band is Dr. Otto Wolken, a medical doctor in the Birkenau Quarantine camp, who stayed behind to help his fellow prisoners when the Birkenau camp was evacuated. He was the first witness to testify at the Auschwitz Trial, held by the German government in Frankfurt between 1963 and 1965.

You can see part of the Soviet film in this YouTube video: