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May 10, 2014

“critical thinking” assignment started with the study of the Diary of Anne Frank

Filed under: California, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:59 am

Last December, the students in the Rialto Unified School District in California were assigned to read The Diary of Anne Frank just before they were given the Common Core assignment, in February 2014, to do some “critical thinking.”

The students were asked to read material on 3 websites, one of which was a Holocaust denial website, and then write an essay, giving their opinion on what they had learned from these three websites.  According to a news story, which I read yesterday, none of the 2,200 students, whose papers have been graded so far, came to the conclusion that the Holocaust was a hoax.

The reason, that most of the students rejected the premise that the Holocaust was a hoax, could be because the one Holocaust denial website, which they were assigned to read, says that The Diary of Anne Frank is a hoax.  The one and only person, that I know of, who made that claim was Robert Faurisson, one of the first Holocaust deniers. I blogged about it on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/the-dairy-of-anne-frank-is-it-authentic/

Hungarian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Yesterday, I read an article, written by John Hayward on the Human Events website. The photo above was shown at the top of the article,  which included this quote:

If you read the diary of Anne Frank and come away from the experience willing to entertain the notion that this whole Holocaust thing might have been a hoax, you didn’t read it very carefully.

The photo, that is shown above the article, is a poor choice, in my humble opinion, because it is a photo that disproves the Holocaust. The photo shows Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz, where they were given a shower and a haircut before being admitted into the camp. These men are obviously over the age of 45, and should have been sent to the gas chamber, according to Holocaust lore.

The reason that Anne Frank’s family decided to go into hiding was because Anne’s sister Margo had received a notice that she should report for an assignment to work in a labor camp.  I knew what this meant because I had read a book called The Nazi Officer’s Wife.  In the book, the girl who later became a Nazi Officer’s wife, told about how she was treated well, given plenty of food, and allowed to return home after two years in the work camp. Amazingly, she was even allowed to visit a nearby town on weekends and she was allowed to send food home to her family.

It was not just Jews, who were sent to these labor camps.  During the Nazi years, every German boy and girl had to work, for no pay, in a labor camp for two years.

Because the Franks had gone into hiding, they were treated worse than they would have been treated, had they not gone into hiding.

The story of Anne Frank and her family constitutes “Holocaust denial.”  As every student of the Holocaust knows, prisoners over the age of 45, who were sent to Auschwitz, ended up in the gas chamber, after going through a selection, and being waved to the  left by Dr. Mengele, the “Angel of Death.”  Anne’s father was 56 years old, when he arrived at Auschwitz, yet he was not sent immediately to the gas chamber, but was selected to work.

After a few months of working at Auschwitz, Otto Frank, who had previously never worked a day in his life, decided that heavy labor was not for him. He got a Jewish doctor in the camp to put him into the camp hospital, where he remained until the camp was liberated by the Soviet Union.

Anne Frank was over the age of 15 when she arrived at Auschwitz, so she was able to pass the selection and was not sent immediately to the gas chamber. However, she soon became sick and couldn’t work, so she was sent to Bergen-Belsen, the EXCHANGE camp in Germany.  The train that took her to Bergen-Belsen was a train loaded with sick prisoners, which was monitored by the Red Cross.

If Anne had not gone into hiding, along with her family, she would have eventually been sent to the Star camp at Bergen-Belsen, where she would have been treated very well.  Her school friends, who did not go into hiding, were sent to the Star  Camp, where they survived, and then went to Israel after the war.

I wrote a detailed description of the house where the Frank family went into hiding on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

 

May 9, 2014

It’s time for some “critical thinking”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:18 am

The story of the “critical thinking” assignment in a California school goes on, ad nauseam. In today’s news, I read this article here.

The quote below is from the article:

In December, a small group of eighth-grade teachers developed an assignment for the districts 2,000 eighth-grade students. The assignment was a lesson in using critical thinking, one of the Common Core requirements for students. Students were asked to write an “argumentative essay” about the Holocaust, and if it actually occurred or if it was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

The photo shown below was included (in a smaller size) in the article.

Americans viewing  the bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf

Americans viewing the bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf

The photo above shows General Eisenhower in the center of the American soldiers who are viewing the bodies allegedly left out at Ohrdruf when the camp was evacuated on April 2, 1945.  I have this photo on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Ohrdruf/index.html

This quote is from the page of my website, which is cited above:

In the photo above, the prisoners have been partially covered by blankets because their pants had been pulled down, an indication that these men might have been killed by their fellow prisoners after the Germens left. The first Americans on the scene [on April 4, 1945] said that the blood was still wet. The liberators all agreed that these prisoners had been shot, although some witnesses said that they had been shot in the neck, while others said that they had been mowed down by machine gun fire.

The American soldiers were told by Ohrdruf survivors that these prisoners had been shot by the SS on April 2nd because they had run out of trucks for transporting sick prisoners out of the camp, but there were sick prisoners still inside the barracks when the Americans arrived.

The above quote, from my website scrapbookpages.com, is a prime example of why students should do some critical thinking, meaning that they should study both sides of the Holocaust issue, not just the Holocaust Believers side.

If you still don’t get it, I will explain it more clearly:  The American generals were told that these bodies were bodies of prisoners who had been killed by the Germans before they left on April 2nd. Yet the blood was still wet, when the Americans arrived on April 4th and the bodies had been covered by blankets to hide the fact that the bodies had been mutilated.  The story told by some of the escaped prisoners, who had come back to the camp, was that these prisoners had been killed by the Germans because they had run out of trucks to transport them to the main Buchenwald camp.

The fact that this photo is shown in a news article, bemoaning the fact that students are required to do some critical thinking, shows that the whole Holocaust story is a bunch of lies and half-truths.

The photo below is also shown in the article about critical thinking.

Cremation ovens at Buchenwald

Cremation ovens at Buchenwald

In the news article, the caption on the photo above is this:

“Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at Weimar (Buchenwald), Germany, taken by the 3rd U.S. Army. Prisoners of all nationalities were tortured and killed. 04/14/1945.”

“anti-Nazi German women”? Buchenwald was a camp for men. There were no women at Buchenwald, even in the last days of the war. Another obvious lie, told by Holocaust Believers.

Many otherwise well-informed people mistakenly believe that “gas ovens” were used in the Nazi concentration camps to murder the Jews. On the old Hannity and Colmes TV show on 12/13/06, Alan Colmes showed a photo of two cremation ovens at Buchenwald (similar to the photo above) with the remains of partially burned bodies visible, as he said: “A number of people at this conference and your organization have said things like ‘The gas chambers did not exist.’ I want to put up on the screen the furnaces that were used to kill Jews.”

In the last days of free speech in America, for Heaven’s sake, let the students learn all sides of the Holocaust story.

 

May 7, 2014

Jaw-dropping writing assignment in a California school!

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:20 am

Last night, I was absolutely flabbergasted to hear, on Fox News, about an assignment in a California school, in which 8th graders were asked to write an 18 page essay about the Holocaust and “whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

You can read all about this controversy in a news article here.

According to the news article, these California students were given “three sources to use to write their essays. One of the sources reportedly alleges the gassings in concentration camps were a “hoax” and there is no evidence Jews actually died in gas chambers.”

This quote is from the news article:

The [first] source, [given in  the assignment] traced to a webpage on biblebelievers.org.au, states: “With all this money at stake for Israel, it is easy to comprehend why this Holocaust hoax is so secretly guarded. In whatever way you can, please help shatter this profitable myth. It is time we stop sacrificing America’s welfare for the sake of Israel and spend our hard-earned dollars on Americans.”

The other two sources were from About.com and History.com, KTLA-TV reports.

In a follow-up news article about the essay assignment, the biblebelievers.org.au website article is criticized because it states that the Diary of Anne Frank is a fraud. This is a mistake in the website article, which I noticed.  I blogged about this controversy at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/the-dairy-of-anne-frank-is-it-authentic/

The purpose of this 8th grade assignment was to teach students “critical thinking.”  When I was in the 8th grade, back in the Dark Ages, there was no such thing as “critical thinking.”  I had to look up this term on the Internet to find out exactly what it means.   I found a definition which I am quoting below:

A well-cultivated critical thinker:

Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely

Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively

Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards

Thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences

Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems

I have not had any training in “Critical Thinking,” but here is how I would answer the question on the assignment:

The term “Holocaust” is the name given to a number of events, involving the Jews, which happened in Europe during the period between 1933 and 1945. The details of these events are quite controversial and there are two schools of thought concerning these events: One school of thought is that the details have been  exaggerated and some claims are outright lies. The official version of the events, which are collectively called “the Holocaust,” is the Jewish version that is required by law, in 19 countries, to be believed under the threat of 5 years in prison.

No other event in the entire history of the world is required by law to be believed. This leads some people to doubt the events that people are required by law to believe in 19 different countries.

As for me, I’m from Missouri, the “Show Me” state. I don’t believe anything until I see the proof.  Show me the proof of the gas chambers.