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July 14, 2017

The Diet of Worms

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:15 pm

The video above is a short version and the video below is a longer version of the same scene.  Both show living off a “diet of worms”.

I am writing today about a Klingon food called gagh.  This food is basically live raw serpent worms.  Gagh is always best served live.  Klingons basically live on a “diet of worms”.

I have been getting a lot of good, but off topic comments, this month. Here are  a few examples.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/1000-jewish-holocaust-survivors-want-compensation-from-germany/#comment-81245

The link above is to a recent outstanding but off topic comment quoted below.

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This is off topic (once again), but how come no one ever drags Martin Luther into this?

Luther wrote: “On the Jews and Their Lies”.

He hammered down on them. He said they were full of “Devils feces”. He said that ”they wallow in it like swine”. The synagogue was a “defiled bride, incorrigible whore and evil slut”. Can’t people see why Jews have been hated since the dawn of time.

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The link below was to another off top comment which is also quoted.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/1000-jewish-holocaust-survivors-want-compensation-from-germany/#comment-81252

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Martin Luther was a defender of the Jews when he was young. He condemned the Catholic Church for it’s treatment of the Jews. He even wrote an article entitled “Jesus Christ was born a Jew” in 1523.

Then he learned Hebrew (in order to verify the conformity of the translated Scriptures with the original texts) and so became able to read what the Talmud and rabbinical teachings stated about Christianity.

From that time, his tone changed. He advised that: “Their private houses must be destroyed and devastated, they could be lodged in stables. Let the magistrates burn their synagogues and let whatever escapes be covered with sand and mud.

Let them be forced to work, and if this avails nothing, we will be compelled to expel them like dogs in order not to expose ourselves to incurring divine wrath and eternal damnation from the Jews and their lies.”

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What did Martin Luther have to do with the “diet of worms”

A long time ago, I blogged about the “diet of worms”.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/martin-luther-and-the-diet-of-worms/

April 11, 2017

short poem written by a Holocaust survivor

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:20 am

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The photo above shows child survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, who are showing their tattoo.

You can read a short poem, written by a Holocaust survivor, here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/harry-borden-survivor-photography_us_58ebf7e8e4b0c89f9120b711

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In Limbo
In the black hole of our
Planet Earth
Auschwitz
They drove me out when it ceased to be;
Yet who will drive it out of me?
It still exists.
Only death will be my exorcist.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that “Limbo” is a place where Catholics go if they have not been baptized before they die.  I don’t think that there were ever any Jews in Limbo. On the other hand, there were Catholic prisoners in the Nazi death camps, and this poem was probably written by a Catholic.

Here is one definition of limbo which you can read at

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/limbo

October 31, 2016

Holocaust denying Bishop

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:48 am
Bishop Richard Williamson

Richard Williamson

You can read about Holocaust Denier Bishop Williamson in this 2009 news at https://www.thenews.com.pk/archive/print/161059-Opponents-have-only-a-few-days-left-Nawaz

In the Catholic church, it is a mortal sin to deny that 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. This means that Holocaust Denier Bishop Williamson is going straight to Hell when he dies, unless he shapes up and gets with the program ASAP.

In the past, I have blogged 3 times about Bishop Richard Williamson:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/bishop-richard-williamson/

August 1, 2016

the Jews say that the Catholic church at Birkenau must be moved

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 6:11 pm
Building at Auschwitz-Birkenau that was once used by the Nazis

Building at Auschwitz-Birkenau that was once used by the Nazis is now a church

Another view of the Catholic church at Birkenau

Another view of the Catholic church at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The two photos above show the SS headquarters building that was built in 1944 at Birkenau. This building has been converted into a Catholic church and a  Catholic school. It is located about a quarter of a mile north of the red brick gate house of the Birkenau camp, which is on this same road, but on the opposite side of the road.

The road that goes past this church is used by the residents of the village of Birkenau.

In the first photo above, the road in the foreground is inside the former Birkenau camp. A barrier gate prevents cars from driving into the camp, but many people drive around the barrier and enter the former camp, which is now a memorial site. I once took a cab to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the cab driver, who was Jewish, took me to this gate, which is a long way from the main part of the camp, which I wanted to see. When I told him that I didn’t know my way to the main gate into the camp, he offered to sell me a guidebook which had a map of the camp. I bought the guidebook; later I found out that this book was free. He took advantage of me and made some money off my stupidity — and the Jews wonder why they were Holocausted.

The road in the foreground of the photo, leads to the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V. These gas chambers were put into operation in the summer of 1943. Before that, the Nazis brought the Jews from the Judenrampe, where they had gotten off the trains, down this road to the “little red house” where the gassing of the Jews first took place. The little red house was torn down long ago, and the exact location of the little red house is in dispute.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.734696

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It’s up to people of moral conscience to raise a voice for the sake of Holocaust memory and declare loud and clear: A church has no place at Auschwitz II.

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At Birkenau, there is a large church in what once was the Nazi commandant headquarters. The church is in direct violation of a 1987 agreement signed by four European cardinals and European Jewish leaders that declares “there will be no permanent Catholic place of worship on the site of the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps.” Pope Francis must recognize this affront and ask that the church be moved.

This is not the first time that a Catholic place of worship was established at Auschwitz. In 1984, Carmelite nuns took over a building at Auschwitz I that once stored the Zyklon B gas used by the Nazis to murder Jews. With the full support of Polish Cardinal Franciszek Marcharski, local authorities granted the nuns a 99-year lease to convert the building into a convent, where the nuns sought to pray for the souls of the murdered. It was around this time that the local Catholic community established the church at Birkenau, called the Parish Church of Brzezinka.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/jewish-world-opinions/1.734050

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The Polish Catholics who attend this church are poor farmers who live in the area where the former camp is located. Where will they go now? When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time, in 1998, these farmers were still using wagons, pulled by horses. Maybe they have cars now and they can drive to another town to attend Mass.

 

 

May 16, 2011

What does it take to become a saint in Germany?

Deutsche Welle ran this story today, 16 May 2011:

Catholic Church beatifies Nazi-resisting priest

A priest who defied the Nazis by continuing to practice Roman Catholicism despite a ban has been beatified by the Catholic church. Georg Häfner died in a concentration camp for his resistance to the Nazi regime.

Beatification is the first step toward sainthood.  But first, the person has to be declared a martyr. I found out from this website why Georg Häfner qualifies as a martyr:

Sixty-eight years after he died of starvation and disease at Dachau, early on this “Good Shepherd Sunday” brought the beatification of the German priest Georg Haefner, whose death at the hands of the Nazis was judged to be “in odium fidei” — out of “hatred for the faith” — and, thus, has seen his designation as a martyr.

Häfner wasn’t killed at Dachau, but he did die “at the hands of the Nazis” because of the Nazi “hatred for the faith.”

According to the book entitled What was it like in the Concentration Camp at Dachau? by Dr. Johannes Neuhäusler, who was also a prisoner at Dachau, there was a total of 2,720 clergymen at Dachau, including 2,579 Catholic Priests. According to Dr. Neuhäusler, there were 447 German priests at Dachau. Of the 1,034 priests who died in the camp, 94 were German.  So Häfner was one of only 447 priests, out of a total of 20,000 German priests, who was sent to Dachau and one out of 94 that died. What did he do to be singled out for persecution by the Nazis?

According to Deutsche Welle, “Häfner was honored by the church for his resistance to Nazi rule. Despite a ban on continuing to practice his religious duties as a priest in Oberschwarzach, which is near Würzburg, Häfner carried on and was arrested by the Nazis in 1941.”

This sounds like there was a ban on all priests in Nazi Germany, which prevented them from practicing the Catholic religion, but that is not the case. According to this website, “Häfner’s reported offense was to preach against the rise of the Third Reich.” So, the truth is that he was banned from “practicing the Catholic religion” because he was preaching against the government.  The priests who didn’t preach against the government were free to practice the Catholic religion with the blessing of Hitler, who was a Catholic.

Of course, Germany is now a free country, a democracy, where everyone has the right of free speech and Catholic clergymen can say anything they want, right?  If you believe that, do a search on “Bishop Richard Williamson.”  He is due to go on trial in July for “Holocaust denial.”  He will automatically be convicted because there is no defense against a charge of “Holocaust denial.”  He will go to prison and if he dies there, he will be a martyr.  He could be the first person to become a Catholic saint for saying what he believes, in defiance of the German government.

March 9, 2010

The Catholic Church – it’s not what it used to be

On Sunday, I attended Mass at a Catholic Church, the first time in many years.  A family member is dating a girl who says she is “half Catholic.”  I know that the Nazis categorized some people has “half Jews,” but “half Catholic?”  Has the Catholic church changed so much that there are now “half Catholics”?

Anyway, I was happy to see that the largest and oldest Catholic Church in my city still has the original high altar.  In the old days, the priest would say Mass in Latin with his back to the people in the church.  Now the the priest says the mass in English in American churches, and he faces the audience.  Many churches have removed the high altar, since it is no longer used.

For example, the photo below shows a church in the town of Geseke in Germany, which has an empty space where the altar used to be.

Empty space where altar used to be in a Catholic Church

Two years ago, when I visited the church shown above, I was totally shocked to see that, not only had the altar been completely removed, but there were Jewish symbols displayed at a side altar.

Side altar in Catholic church has a menorah and a Star of David

There was never a large Jewish population in Geseke and as far as I know, there were no Jews from the town who died in the Holocaust.  That is what is so shocking about this display. While I was standing in front of this side altar, with my mouth hanging open in disbelief, a woman in the church came up to me and directed my attention to a  hanging sculpture, which is the only thing of beauty left in this church. The statue has two sides; in the photo, the choir loft is shown in the background.

Hanging statue inside St. Peter's Church in Geseke, Germany

St. Peter's Catholic Church in Geseke, Germany

I did a little research to find out if there are churches in America that display a menorah. I learned that there is a menorah in a Catholic Church in Boston; here is a quote from this blog:

In memory of Holocaust victims, Cardinal William Kasper, a top Vatican liaison to the Jewish people, rededicated a menorah at the Boston Archdiocese. He’s calling the menorah a reminder of “a common duty and a common responsibility” to promote peace among religions. The ceremony was held before about 200 people, including rabbis, priests, and Holocaust survivors.

The menorah was originally dedicated in 2002, but moved to a new home after the archdiocese sold its land to pay off debts. The recent dedication was on Wednesday in honor of Yom HaShoah.

I also found this quote on this web site:

More than 500 Jews and Catholics sat together in the pews of the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe in Dallas to share in the unveiling and lighting of a menorah donated by the Center for Interreligious Understanding (CIU) in Secaucus, N.J.

The menorah, created by Israeli sculptor Aharon Bezalel, is one of 11 being placed in Catholic centers around the United States. The four-foot 380-pound menorah, which depicts men, women and children being led by a tallis-laden rabbi, is a replica of the Yom Hashoah Menorah presented to Pope John Paul II on April 13, 1999, which is on permanent display at the Vatican’s North American College.

Does America have a new religion now, that is half Catholic and half Jewish? Can’t Catholics have their own religion, without Jewish symbols? Does everything have to be about the Holocaust?

The photo below shows the Hall of Remembrance at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC which I think is evocative of the interior of a church.

The Hall of Remembrance at the USHMM in Washington, DC

The eternal flame on a box filled with dirt from 38 camps

The 6,000 square-foot Hall of Remembrance at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is on the second floor, at the end of the tour of the permanent exhibit. There is a black marble box, filled with dirt from 38 different concentration camps, that is like an altar. 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.

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