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January 18, 2016

95-year-old former medic at Auschwitz will go on trial soon in Germany

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:57 am
The road to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The road to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

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The man shown in the photo above is Herbert Z. who will soon go on trial in Germany.

Update 01/18/1016:

The following quote is from another news article which you can read at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3405412/Former-Auschwitz-medic-95-dementia-stand-trial-deaths-3-600-people-Nazi-extermination-camp.html

Begin quote:

Although classed as a medic, such personnel at Auschwitz were not concerned with the health of inmates, but often poured in the Zyklon-B pesticide crystals into the gas chamber to murder them.

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I can’t wait to learn how this will be proved in court in Germany.

Continue reading my original blog post.

A 95-year-old German man will soon be put on trial as “an accessory to murder” in Germany, the country formerly knows as Das Land der Dichter und Denker. He will be tried for his actions at the Auschwitz-Birkenau “death camp” during the 30 days that he worked there as a “medical orderly”.  You can read about it at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35342821

Germany is now trying to make amends for murdering 6 million Jews during World War II, but they will soon be running out of old men to bring into court on a stretcher and charge with “being an accessory.”

The following quote is from another news article which you can read at http://www.dw.com/en/german-court-to-try-former-auschwitz-medic/a-18986981:

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Prosecutors say the man – identified only as Hubert Z. under German privacy laws – was a medical orderly at the camp from August 15, 1944 to September 14, 1944.

During this time, 14 trains carrying prisoners arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where many would eventually be murdered in the gas chambers.

“Given his awareness, the accused lent support to the organization of the camp and was thereby both involved in and advanced the extermination,” said prosecutors in an earlier statement.

The trial in the northeastern German town of Neubrandenburg comes after an appeals court overturned an earlier ruling that the elderly man – who reportedly suffers from dementia – was unfit to stand trial.

The trial is due to begin on February 29 and to run through March, although the sessions would be determined by Z.’s health condition.

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The end of the mile long train tracks at Aushwitz-Birkenau

The mile-long train tracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau end at the International Monument

International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The International Monument in honor of the Jews killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The steps of the Monument lead to the ruins of the gas chambers

The steps of the International Monument lead down to the ruins of a gas chamber

The International Monuent

The International Monument is at the end of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

My photos above, taken in 2005, show that there was a big difference between the thinking of the Jews and the thinking of the Germans.  The Germans would have called this monument an example of “degenerate art.”

Will this 95-year-old man be put into prison after he is automatically convicted?  No, of course not.  He will be sent to a nursing home where he can be with other criminals who formerly worked at a concentration camp, if any of them are still alive.

I predict that America will soon become the 20ieth country to have a Holocaust denial law. When that happens, I could be arrested, tried and automatically convicted because there is no defense against Holocaust denial.  If that happens, I plan to request to be sent to a nursing home in Germany.

January 6, 2016

Jewish Degenerate art which Hitler hated

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:40 am
New Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois

New Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois

You can read about the new Holocaust museum in Skokie in this news article: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/01/05/architecture-tells-its-own-story-illinois-holocaust-museum

The architecture of the Museum is an example of the “degenerate art” which Hitler hated.

The following quote is from the news article:

Originally opened as a small storefront in Skokie in 1984, the Illinois Holocaust Museum initially came out of a protest to a neo-Nazi rally in the late 1970s. The rally never happened and instead, in 1981, the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois was formed, largely via the efforts of local survivors.

I previously blogged about “degenerate art” which Hitler hated: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/entartete-kunst-degenerate-art/

My photo of artwork at Dachau

My 1998 photo of artwork at Dachau Memorial site

 

My photo of the back side of the Dachau monument

My photo of the back side of the Dachau monument, taken in the rain

The point that I am trying to make here, dear readers, is that there was a vast difference between the thinking of the Jews and the thinking of Hitler and the Nazis.  Hitler wanted the Jews out of Germany because he wanted a country for the German people, not a country for Jews.

This quote is from the beginning of the news article, cited above:

Like Star Wars, the space we’re currently standing in has physical “light” and “dark” sides, says my tour guide, a petite blonde who grew up in Chicago and “geeks out” over all things architecture.

She’s referring to a critical component of the overarching design of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a building designed by Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman which opened to the public in 2009. The light and dark refer to the architectural experience visitors are meant to have as they move through the museum, beginning with a stark industrial feel at the onset, ultimately moving towards rounded white rooms flooded with natural light. At the time it opened, Chicago Tribune architectural critic Blair Kamin called it both “moving and flawed.”

Today, we’ve just missed the school tours and the building is relatively quiet, save for TVs in the exhibits, many of which contain survivors talking, remembering.

June 15, 2014

Gouache or gauche: your vocabulary lesson for today

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am

I was startled to read in the news today about the paintings of Charlotte Salomon, a “German-born artist” who was killed, “while pregnant,” by the Nazis in 1943 “at only age 26” in “the gas chambers of Auschwitz.”

Gouche painting by Charlotte Salomon

Gouache painting by Charlotte Salomon

According to the news article, which you can read in full here:

German-born artist Charlotte Salomon created more than 1,300 gouache paintings in her short life. It was remarkable enough in its own right, but even more so considering her dire circumstances.

After I read this, I had to look up the meaning of the word Gouache, because I thought that the painting which was shown, along with the article, was “gauche” or an example of Degenerate art.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, gauche means “crudely made or done.”  To me, that describes Ms. Salomon’s art.  Sorry, but I am not a fan of Gouache.

I previously blogged about Degenerate Art on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/entartete-kunst-degenerate-art/

Selfie done by Charlotte Salomon

Selfie done by Charlotte Salomon

According to the news article:

The majority of her paintings completed between 1941 and 1943 were created while hiding from the Nazis in the south of France…” […]

In the early years of World War II, Salomon fled to the south of France, holing up in a hotel room where she spent two years tirelessly painting the history of her life. That history included a body of more than 1,300 drawn and expressively-colored gouache paintings conceived as a sort of autobiographical operetta on paper. […]

By all accounts, the power of her work is not only in viewing the expressive individual pieces but experiencing them as a gestalt, which the museum exhibition makes possible.

The meaning of Gestalt:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt

I looked up Charlotte Salomon on Wikipedia, and found that the exact date of her death is known: October 10, 1943.

This means the end of Holocaust denial. Apparently, the Nazis DID record the names of the Jews who were gassed, along with the dates, contrary to what Bradley Smith has been trying to tell us.  Bradley maintains that the names of the Jews, who were gassed, are unknown, but what does he know?

This quote, which gives the date of Charlotte Salomon’s death in the gas chamber, is from Wikipedia:

Charlotte Salomon (April 16, 1917 – October 10, 1943) was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theater?: A Song-play) consisting of 769 individual works painted between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, while Salomon was in hiding from the Nazis.

April 17, 2010

entartete Kunst (degenerate art)

I’ve been doing some research on the locations of Eisenhower’s camps for the German soldiers who surrendered at the end of World War II.  One of these camps was at Sinzig in the vicinity of Remagen, a city on the west bank of the Rhine river.  Remagen is famous as the location of the Ludendorff bridge, which was the bridge where American troops first crossed the Rhine.  The bridge eventually collapsed, and today only the towers are left as a reminder. At the site of the Remagen bridge, there is a piece of artwork that Hitler would have called “entartete Kunst,” which, in English, means “degenerate art.”

Modern art at the site of the Remagen bridge

The photo above shows a modern sculpture which would have been banned by Hitler in the Third Reich.  Putting such art at the site which was a turning point in Germany’s loss of the war is like rubbing salt into a wound.  It is unnecessary “piling on.”  Leave the German people some pride, for pity’s sake.

The towers at the Ludendorff bridge are still standing

There is a time and place for everything.  In my opinion, the site of the Remagen bridge is not the place for modern art; it is a historic site where the German people fought and died, during World War II, for what they believed in.  Whether or not we agree with German ideology during the Third Reich, I don’t think that historic World War II sites in Germany are the proper place for modern art.  It would be like putting Nazi art at a historic site for the American revolution in America.

Cover of book for entartete Kunst exhibition in 1937

In 1937, the Nazis put up an art exhibition in Munich, in which they showed modern art, but for the purpose of showing it as degenerate.  Hitler believed that modern art was influenced by the Jews, and that it was un-German.  He was an artist and amateur architect himself, and he favored traditional art and architecture.

Today, the term “entartete Kunst” is used with great pride in Germany because the German people want to distance themselves from the Third Reich and everything that it represented.

The photo below shows modern art on a church in Berlin.  In my opinion, this is an example of using modern art in a  totally inappropriate way.  This is a church, built in traditional style, that was bombed in World War II; the church was restored and this artwork was added.

Modern Art on a restored church in Berlin

The memorial sites of the concentration camps feature “degenerate art” as a symbol of victory over the Nazis. The Buchenwald memorial site has an art museum which features what Hitler would have considered the most deplorable examples of “entartete Kunst.”  One room in the art gallery is devoted to the work of Artist Jozef Szajna who enlarged photographs of Buchenwald inmates and then pasted these photos on huge cardboard cutouts, as shown in the photographs below.

Artwork in Buchenwald Museum

Artwork done by a Buchenwald survivor

German soldiers look at artwork in Buchenwald museum

German soldiers are required to visit a concentration camp memorial site, just like the German school children are required to be indoctrinated.  The photo above is one of the saddest sights I’ve ever seen.  This is what happens when  a country loses a war.  Imagine if America had lost World War II and we were all required to make a trip to a museum to view Hitler’s traditional paintings.

Protestant Church at Dachau has no right angles

Modern Art in courtyard of Protestant Church at Dachau memorial site

The Protestant Church at the Dachau memorial site was built without any right angles, as a protest against the order and discipline of the Nazis.  An exception was made for the artwork in the courtyard of the church, which is shown in the photo directly above. The photo below shows the altar inside the church with a modern square shaped cross on the wall.  To me, this display of modern art in a church at Dachau is appropriate; it celebrates the victory of the prisoners over the Nazis and their culture.

Altar and modern cross on wall of Dachau church

Sculpture at Zeppelin field in Nürnberg

The photo above shows modern art in front of a Museum at the Zeppelin field in Nürnberg.  Another example of the victors rubbing it in by putting “degenerate art” at a place where the Nazis once demonstrated their power.

The two photos below show the clash of cultures in Germany. The top photo shows traditional architecture, while the second photo illustrates the modern architecture of the Jewish Museum; these two buildings are side by side in the city of Berlin, Germany.

Traditional building in Berlin represents German culture

Jewish Museum in Berlin represents “entartete Kunst”

The ultra modern Jewish Museum building in Berlin, designed by Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind, is intended to be in the form of a deconstructed Star of David, as though it has been hit by lightning. The only windows are the angular slits that you see on the sides of the building. The surface of the building is covered with polished metal facing. There is no door into the exhibits; entry is through a tunnel from the Baroque building next door.

The contrast between the old building and the new modern one illustrates the vast difference in thinking between the Nazis and the Jews. Hitler would have called the Jewish museum building “degenerate” architecture.

The memorial site at the former Dachau concentration camp is the appropriate place for “degenerate art,” such as the International Monument, shown in the photo below.

International monument at Dachau memorial site