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June 10, 2017

Trump’s proposed cuts to America’s Holocaust Museum

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:38 am

You can read about Trump’s proposed cuts to our nation’s Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC in two recent newspaper articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/politics/trump-holocaust-memorial-museum-budget-cut/index.html

http://nypost.com/2017/06/09/lawmakers-are-furious-over-trumps-proposed-cuts-to-holocaust-museum/

Perhaps the most angry article is from the Jerusalem Post; you can read the article in the link below:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Trump-cuts-3M-from-Holocaust-museum-faces-bipartisan-backlash-496397

But today I feel like quoting from my own scrapbookpages.com web site.

My photo of the “eternal flame” which is dedicated to the Jews in the Holocaust Museum

My photo of the entrance to our nation’s Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

The “Hall of Witness” at the entrance into the Museum

Here is the story on the Washington Museum, on which Trump wants to cut funding, taken from my web site:

https://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Intro.html

Begin quote from scrapbookpages.com:

Sixty years after Hitler’s reign of terror began in 1933, the long awaited US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was dedicated by President William Jefferson Clinton on April 22nd, 1993.

The date commemorated the 50ieth anniversary of the month-long battle in Poland’s Warsaw ghetto uprising, between the Nazis and the Jewish resistance fighters. Ironically, on the opening day of our national museum, which memorializes the genocide of the European Jews, another genocidal religious war was taking place in Europe between the Bosnians and the Serbs.

The Holocaust museum building, shown in my photo above, which incorporates symbolic design features that are intended to be evocative of the Holocaust, was done in a modern architectural style, which Hitler would have called “degenerate.”

Museum exhibit shows the “eternal flame” dedicated to the Jews

The USHMM was not designed to be a dull, boring documentation of historical fact, but rather it is intended to be an intensely personal experience in which the building itself is part of the exhibit. Nothing is spared to convey the horror of the Nazi tyranny and the annihilation of the Jews in Europe.

For visitors, who know little or nothing about the Holocaust, this is a gut-wrenching experience which could cause nightmares; it is not recommended for children under 11 years of age. However, a special exhibit in the museum, called Daniel’s Story, which is based on a book of fiction, is designed to introduce children as young as 6 to the Holocaust.

Located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place in Washington, DC, the Holocaust museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Christmas Day and Yom Kippur, the Jewish religious holiday which falls on a different day each year, usually in the month of September.

Every day, time-stamped tickets to the permanent exhibit are given out free; the line for tickets starts forming around 7:30 in the morning. However, no ticket is necessary for the special exhibits, Daniel’s Story, and other parts of the museum, including the Wexler Learning Center where visitors can use touch-screen computers to learn about the Holocaust.

At the beginning of 1933, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, there were 9 million Jews in all of Europe, including 568,417 in Germany, approximately 250,000 in Austria and 3,028,837 in Poland. On January 30, 1933, after he had received 38% of the popular vote in the three-way 1932 German presidential election, Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by newly-reelected President Paul von Hindenburg. Two months later, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as the president of the United States.

In 1933, both America and Germany were in the throes of the Great Depression, caused by the stock market crash in 1929, but Germany was worse off because of its defeat in the first World War and the devastating terms of the Treaty of Versailles which Germany was forced to sign. Hitler blamed the loss of the war and all of Germany’s subsequent economic, social and political problems on the Jews.

Hitler’s grandiose plans included the systematic extermination of all the Jews in Europe, and after that, he wanted to establish a museum in Prague where visitors would be able to see artifacts related to the vanished Jewish culture. A valuable torah scroll from the Pinkus Synagogue in Prague, which Hitler was planning to display in his museum of Jewish history, is now one of the exhibits at America’s national Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Hitler’s first priority was to unite all the ethnic Germans in Europe under one government and one leader, himself. (“Ein Folk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer”) There would be no place for Jews or Gypsies in Hitler’s new Germany; only the Volkdeutsch (ethnic Germans) would be citizens.

Hitler planned to take back German land given to Poland after World War I, as well as the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine and other territory lost as a result of Germany’s defeat in World War I.

Hitler’s new Germany would be called Gross Deutschland (Greater Germany). Historians would call Hitler’s regime “the Third Reich.” The first Reich was the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and the second Reich was the unification of the German states in 1871.

The capital of Gross Deutschland was to be Germania, which was Hitler’s new name for the city of Berlin. Hitler and his state architect, Albert Speer, began designing magnificent new state buildings in the classic style of Greek and Roman architecture, but none of these buildings were ever built. Hitler envisioned that his nationalist empire, which he called the Thousand Year Reich, would defeat the Communists, and after the demise of the Communists, Germany would be the dominant country in a Jew-free Europe.

Twelve years later, at the end of the World War II, both Hitler and Roosevelt were dead, along with 6 million Jews, which was two-thirds of the total number of Jews in Europe in 1933. Berlin had been reduced to a pile of rubble and Washington, DC was now the undisputed capital of the free world. Hitler’s Third Reich will be remembered for a thousand years, but as the empire which tried to destroy the Jews and failed, not as the glorious empire that Hitler had envisioned.

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany was divided into two new countries and Austria became independent again. Germany lost more territory and the ethnic Germans were scattered more than ever before.

Soon after the defeat of Germany and its Fascist allies, the eastern half of Germany and all of Eastern Europe came under the control of our allies and Germany’s arch enemies, the Communists. In order to hold back the threat of Communism to America, West Germany was made our new ally in 1948 and the Cold War against our former ally, the Communist Soviet Union, became the prime source of anxiety for Americans. During this period, Americans were mainly concerned with building bomb shelters in their back yards, in preparation for the anticipated nuclear war; they had no interest in learning about the destruction of European Jewry in the last war. The word Holocaust was not yet in general use.

Although Palestine was still a British protectorate after World War II, survivors of the Holocaust emigrated there by the thousands. By 1948, the population of Jews in Palestine had reached 600,000 and the new Jewish state of Israel was created. Many Holocaust survivors had emigrated to the United States after World War II, and by 1990, there were 5,981,000 Jews in this country, more than in any other country of the world, including Israel.

For most events in history, memory fades as time passes, but for the Holocaust, it is just the opposite, as American Jews strive to bring the Holocaust to the attention of the public by building museums all across the country. At the year 2000, there were 59 Holocaust museums in America, and more were in the planning stage. Every major American city, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and St. Petersburg, has its own Holocaust museum. By 2000, seven states in America had passed laws requiring students to study the Holocaust in public schools.

In 1978, the subject of the Holocaust became popular among Americans when a television mini-series, entitled Holocaust, was seen by 120 million people in this country. A few weeks later, the announcement was made that a national Holocaust memorial was being planned in Washington, DC.

A few heartless anti-Semites have complained that a Holocaust Memorial Museum, built in the shadow of the Washington Monument, is not appropriate for our nation’s Capitol, arguing that the Holocaust didn’t happen in America; it was not Americans that died in the Holocaust and that Americans were not the perpetrators of the Holocaust in which 6 million European Jews were killed. America has no Museum for the Japanese Americans and German Americans who were put into internment camps during World War II, in violation of the American Constitution. Nor does America have a Museum for the Native Americans killed when Europeans settled in this country. There is not even a Museum in honor of the American soldiers who fought in World War II. So why does America have a Holocaust Museum? The answer is that the Holocaust was the most important event in world history.

End quote from my Scrapbookpages,com web site.

April 13, 2017

Getting back to basics…

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:34 am

Every morning, as soon as I wake up, I turn on my computer and check the number of people who have read my blog the day before. For some reason, these numbers are going higher and higher. People are being directed to my blog on Facebook.

I suspect that these new readers are young people who are new to the zoo. Very soon, America will become the 21st country to pass a Holocaust denial law. That means that you will spend 5 years or more in prison if you deny the story of the Holocaust, as told by the Jews.

You can start educating yourself by reading what the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum says about the Holocaust: https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143

Being quote

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals.

End quote

I have a whole section on my scrapbookpages.com website about the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/index.html

Start by reading this page about the Holocaust Museum:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Intro.html

When I visited the Holocaust Museum on two successive days, I saw only one person that I could identify as Jewish. He was laughing his head off at the exhibits.  The Holocaust Museum is a place for the goyim to worship the Jews, not a place for the Jews to visit.

The entrance to the Holocaust Museum is on the left; the Washington Monument is in the background

The Holocaust Museum is not really in the shadow of the Washington Monument, but it is very close to the monument.

You can read more about the US Holocaust Museum on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Exterior.html

March 7, 2017

The 6,000 square foot Hall of Remembrance at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:04 am

After visitors finish their tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, the only exit from the museum is through the “Hall of Remembrance”. This is where the goyim pay their respect to the Jews. When I was there, I did not see any Jews visiting the Holocaust Museum.

The altar in the Hall of Remembrance

The 6,000 square-foot Hall of Remembrance is on the second floor of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC at the end of the tour of the permanent exhibit. It is a quiet, solemn place like a church where visitors can breathe a sigh of relief after the unsettling experience of viewing the horrors of the Nazi regime.

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.

Sky light in Museum

Yes, I know that the official number of Jewish deaths in the Holocaust has now been reduced to 1.1 million, but it doesn’t matter. The number 6 is a sacred number for the Jews. [Into the valley of death rode the 6 million]

As you enter, the first thing you see is a rectangular block of black marble, topped by an eternal flame, as shown in the photo above. There are no real windows in the room but shafts of light are provided by narrow glass-covered slits at the four exterior corners of the building, as shown on the left in the picture.

The floor is polished marble in a hexagonal pattern. The 6 walls of the Hall of Remembrance have black marble panels, engraved with the names of the major concentration camps in Poland and Germany. The 6 death camps, where the Jews were gassed, are on a separate panel.

The eternal flame

The photograph above shows a closeup of the black marble block, evocative of a coffin, which contains dirt from 38 of the concentration camps in Europe. The dirt was brought to America in urns, like those used by the Nazis for the ashes of the victims who were cremated, and in a touching ceremony, the dirt was deposited inside the block by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Dirt from a cemetery in Europe where American soldiers are buried was also included, in honor of the American liberators of the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps.

The black marble panel on the wall behind the eternal flame has the inscription: “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

The Hall of Remembrance is the only part of the museum where photography is allowed. No flash photography is permitted, but there is enough light in the room so that flash is not necessary. There are benches around the room where groups of students congregate to have a souvenir photograph taken.

On the other side of the hall, opposite the eternal flame, are two speaker’s stands, one on each side, resembling a pulpit in a church. It is from one of these stands that the President of the United States delivers his speech on his annual visit to the Hall on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

March 5, 2017

Here is what to expect if you go to the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:25 am

The US Holocaust Museum Permanent Exhibit

My photo of the United States Holocaust Museum

My photo of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In the year 2000, I traveled to Washington, DC to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is very close to the Capital Building. I visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on two successive days, spending several hours there each day. I did not take any photos inside the museum because photos were forbidden.

The permanent exhibit at the Museum has the world’s largest collection of Holocaust photographs and artifacts, displayed on three floors of the museum, which is 36,000 square feet in size.

photo that is displayed in USHMM Museum

Photo of Ohrdruf that is displayed in the museum

Visitors are allowed to take their own self-guided tour and spend as much time as they want, looking at the 2,500 photographs and 900 artifacts. The exhibit includes 70 video monitors, 30 interactive stations and 3 video projection theaters.

When I was there, I did not see any tour guides leading large groups of people and disturbing the quiet contemplation of the other visitors. I observed that most of the people who worked at the Museum were African American women, and most of them were overweight.

The exhibits are in chronological order, beginning with the Nazi rise to power in 1933 and ending with the founding of Eretz Israel in 1948.

Each of the three floors of the exhibit has a theme, starting with The Nazi Assault – 1933 – 1939 on the fourth floor, moving on to The Final Solution – 1940 – 1945 on the third floor and ending with The Last Chapter on the second floor. To see the whole exhibit requires at least one to three hours.

According to the museum’s designer, “the primary purpose is to communicate concepts,” not just to display objects.

At the end of the tour, visitors must enter the 6,000 square foot Hall of Remembrance, which has 6 sides symbolizing the 6-point Star of David, and the 6 death camps where 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

As you enter from the 14th Street entrance to the Museum, and walk down the hallway on the main floor, the first place you come to on the left-hand side is the room where the elevators to the permanent exhibit are located. To your right in this room is a table with a box of 500 different booklets, which look vaguely like passports, with the museum logo printed on the cover. Each visitor is asked to select a passport, which has the name and picture of a real person who experienced the Holocaust.

As you proceed through the exhibit, you are supposed to turn the pages in the booklet to find out what happened to the person, whose identity you have assumed. I visited the museum twice on two successive days so I got two passports. I did not see any place to turn in these booklets at the end of the tour, so I assume that they were intended to be souvenirs.

My first passport person was a Czech Jewish child whose parents moved to Belgium before the War. She survived by getting false papers and pretending to be non-Jewish; after the war she emigrated to the United States. (Her story parallels that of America’s former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.)

My passport person on the second day was a Polish Catholic, born in 1893, who made her living as a school teacher. She became a resistance fighter soon after Germany defeated Poland in 1939, and was arrested for hiding a Jewish family. She was sent to the women’s camp at Ravensbrück in Germany, and then to Bergen-Belsen where she survived, although she was sick with typhus. After recovering from typhus in Sweden, she returned to her home town in Poland, where she died a natural death years later.

On both days that I visited the museum, I had obtained a ticket in advance so that I could enter the exhibits at 11 a.m. I was told that this is the earliest entry time for persons who have obtained a ticket in advance by mail and are not part of a group.

Most of the visitors to the museum are part of a school group, and most of the groups that I saw appeared to be junior high or middle school students. The other visitors were mostly senior citizens, but each day there were one or two young couples carrying a baby in a backpack. On the two days that I visited, I saw only one person that I could identify as Jewish by his or her clothing and appearance.

There were a few African-Americans among the students, but I did not see any adult African American visitors. The visitors were predominantly white Americans, but almost all the museum personnel were African-American.

Everyone that I saw at the museum was dressed in casual, colorful sports clothes, not like the visitors to Holocaust museums in Europe, who tend to dress in black from head to toe, or at least in conservative clothes in a neutral color.

The uniform of the museum personnel, when I visited in 2000, was a navy blazer, gray slacks, white shirt, striped tie and black dress shoes; both men and women wore the same outfits and some of the women had their hair cut short so that they looked like men.

On my first visit, I entered the building at 10 a.m. so I had time to look around a little and to see a movie, shown in the Helena Rubenstein auditorium on the basement level, which gives an overview of the Holocaust.

There are three elevators, with interiors made of cold hard steel, and a group of visitors enters every few minutes, reminiscent of the Jews entering the gas chamber; the doors close automatically and the elevator rises to the fourth floor. Before getting on the elevator, the visitors are asked to face the back wall where there is a small video monitor overhead, playing a film clip which shows scenes from the American liberation of the camps in Germany, as we hear a voice telling about the discovery of one of the camps, probably Buchenwald.

The attendant told us that the voice is that of a famous person, but she would not tell us who it was. My guess was General George S. Patton, commander of the troops that liberated Buchenwald.

When the film clip ended, the elevator doors opened automatically, and there was a collective gasp from the occupants as we were confronted with a huge floor-to-ceiling photograph, about 9 feet wide.

The photo shows Americans viewing the cremation pyre at Ohrdruf on April 13, 1945. [You can see the photo, near the top of this page.]

In the photo, American soldiers are looking at some railroad tracks which are being used as a pyre to burn the bodies of those who had died in the Ohrdruf camp. At the time that the photo was taken, the bodies were not yet completely burned and the skulls could be easily seen. This must have been a gruesome sight to the 12-year-old students, on the tour, who had never seen anything like this before.

The caption on the photo said that this was the Ohrdruf concentration camp, which is a misnomer, because Ohrdruf was a forced labor camp and a sub-camp of Buchenwald, which was a concentration camp. The corpses were identified in the caption as “prisoners,” not Jews because the forced laborers in this camp were probably not Jewish.

The placement of this photograph is designed to give visitors the same shock that our troops got when they first saw the camps. It also gives Americans a feeling of pride that our soldiers fought and died to liberate the Nazi camps before Hitler could complete “the Final Solution.”

The fourth floor is supposed to be devoted to the years before the Holocaust started, but the exhibit starts off with this enormous photo taken at Ohrdruf near the end of the war and right next to it is a large color photograph of an inmate of Dachau after the American liberation of that camp.

Next is a movie screen which continuously shows some color footage of the Dachau camp, filmed on April 29, 1945 by Lt. Col. George Stevens, who was already a noted Hollywood director at the time. He later directed the movie “Diary of Anne Frank.”

The movie shows some of the German guards at Dachau, with their hands in the air, including a young blond, blue-eyed boy who faces the camera with a look of complete terror on his face.

The film does not show the surrendering German guards being shot by American soldiers, or beaten to death by the prisoners, or the bodies of the dead guards piled up in front of the crematorium.

These introductory photographs and films are intended to immediately make American visitors to the museum feel proud of their country’s role in freeing the Jews, and are not concerned with historical accuracy.

From there, the exhibit moves on to show what it was like in Germany when the Nazis first came to power. Nazi marching music is playing in the background, and video monitors show the torch-light parades through the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, young blond girls giving the Sieg Heil salute to Hitler at the annual party rally in Nuremberg, and Hitler waving to his screaming admirers after his appointment as Chancellor.

A large photograph of a Storm Trooper holding a vicious German Sheppard wearing a muzzle is featured in a section titled “The terror begins.” In a display case is a brown Storm Trooper uniform with a red, white and black Swastika arm band.

In my opinion, this section on the Nazi rise to power does not adequately convey the German nationalism and patriotism, or the hatred of Communism, which caused the Germans to turn into barbarians. I overheard a man standing next to me say that “someone should have just shot Hitler.”

Obviously, the display did not get across to him that in the 1930s the majority of the German people loved and supported Hitler, or that the Germans equated Judaism with Bolshevism, which was their word for Communism.

The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles has a much better exhibit on the depth of anti-Semitism in Germany and the street fighting between the Nazis and the Reds, as the Communists were also called.

The exhibit at the USHMM gives the impression that it all started with the Nazi party, and does not explain that anti-Semitism was inexorably building up throughout Europe, starting as early as 1881 with the assassination of Czar Alexander I, which the Russians blamed on the Jews.

There were photographs of the German boycott of Jewish stores on April 1, 1933, and the caption mentioned that “there was talk of an American boycott of German goods” but didn’t say whether this boycott ever happened.

Actually, an American boycott of German goods had been declared by Rabbi Stephen Wise on March 23, 1945, the same day that the German Congress voted to give Hitler dictatorial powers under the Enabling Act. The German one-day boycott was intended to stop the news stories of Nazi atrocities which were being printed in Jewish newspapers.

Although there are some small items on display, most of the artifacts throughout the museum are large objects which really command your attention. As the tour proceeds, these large artifacts gradually overwhelm the visitor with their visual impact.

For example, the first large artifact that we see, near the start of the fourth floor exhibit, is a glass case with a punch card sorting machine and a Hollerith tabulating machine used to count punch cards. Both of these machines were forerunners of the computer and were used by the Germans, who were technically very advanced, to keep track of the Jews who were deported to the concentration camps.

The exhibit area is dark and only the items on display are lighted; the visitors inched their way past the displays in numbed silence both times when I was there.

The whole permanent exhibit is done in a low-key serious vein, befitting a serious subject, not like the glitzy extravaganza at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles which uses elaborate displays of dummies, and gimmicks that give a Disneyland quality to the museum there. The exhibits at the USHMM are simple and easy to understand; they are on an adult level and do not talk down to the visitor.

The next section of the fourth floor exhibit is called the “Science of Race.” On display are swatches of hair in different colors, a color chart used to classify eye color, and a caliper to measure the width of the nose. There are similar exhibits at Hartheim Castle in Austria where disabled people were gassed.

The Nazis were obsessed with race and did a lot of research on eugenics and genetics in an effort to improve the Aryan race, which they called the Herrenfolk, usually translated into “The Master Race” in English.

Their definition of Aryan included only the Nordic ethnic group of the Caucasian race. Strangely, most of the Nazi leaders were from the German state of Bavaria, or from Austria, and were not of the Nordic type. Two huge posters show all the various races of the world, according to the Nazi classification of people.

The Anschluss or unification of Germany and Austria in March 1938 is shown in the next section, but it is not explained that this was a violation of the Treaty of Versailles, and that an important plank of the Nazi party platform was the overthrow of this treaty, which was signed at the end of World War I.

Throughout the exhibit, English words are used, although students of the Holocaust are very familiar with German words like Anschluss, Einsatzgruppen, and Kristallnacht.

The exhibit points out that there were 185,000 Jews in Austria in 1938 when it became part of Gross Deutschland (Greater Germany).

A picture of Jews, being forced to wash the sidewalks in Vienna is shown and the caption reads that the Jews were “humiliated” by the Germans without saying why they were humiliated in this particular way. Actually, the Jews were being forced to scrub Schuschnigg’s Fatherland Front slogans off the sidewalks of Vienna after the Anschluss.

After leaving the elevator, the progression of the fourth floor exhibit is to the left. The displays continue around behind the elevators until you come to a red and white painted metal pole, placed horizontally so that it is a barrier blocking the exit near the end of the room. I noticed that some visitors squeezed through and went around the barrier, but by doing so they missed a significant part of the displays.

The barrier represents the border of Poland which the Germans crossed when they invaded on September 1, 1939, but there is more to the story before you get to that point, so you should turn left at the barrier, where you will see a semicircular niche completely covered with a photograph of Lake Geneva. The title of this exhibit is “No help, No haven.” It is the story of the Evian Conference, which President Roosevelt organized in July 1938.

At the Conference, representatives of 32 countries met at a luxury hotel to discuss the refugee problem after the Germans had taken over Austria in March and made it known that they wanted to get rid of all the Jews.

The museum doesn’t mention that the reason Hitler was particularly concerned about Austria was because it was the country of his birth and that he first became anti-Semitic when he encountered Orthodox Jews on the streets of Vienna when he was a young man. The smell of these Jews was what caused him to turn against the Jews.

The Evian conference was a failure because no country wanted to accept the Jews, but the United States did agree to admit the full quota of Eastern Europeans and Germans allowed by our immigration laws, which had not been done up to that time.

The “Night of Broken Glass” is the subject of the next section. The museum uses the Polish word “pogrom” to characterize this event which happened on November 9, 1938. A pogrom is a state organized or state sanctioned riot in which Jewish property is destroyed, and the Jews are beaten and killed in an effort to force them to leave a town or province, or in this case, a country.

The exhibit does not make it clear that pogroms had been a regular occurrence in Europe for at least a thousand years, and that this was the Mother of all Pogroms. The caption says that 25,000 Jews were arrested after this night. Most sources claim that 30,000 were arrested. Later on, in another museum exhibit, the number is reduced to 20,000 who were arrested.

The caption on the photo mentions that the Jews were sent to the three main German concentration camps, Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald, where they were released if they agreed to emigrate quickly. This section of the display shows a large door frame from the place where the torah was kept in a Synagogue; it has been hacked with an axe to obliterate the Hebrew inscription on it. A glass case shows a number of torah scrolls which were pulled out and desecrated.

A small section called “Enemies of the State” is devoted to the non-Jewish people who were persecuted by the Nazis, and here there are displays about the homosexuals and the Gypsies.

“Communists, Social Democrats, trade unionists, liberals, pacifists, dissenting clergy, and Jehovah’s Witnesses” are listed in the reading material but no details are given and there are no pictures of them.

There was a significant number of Communists incarcerated as political prisoners in the major German concentration camps at Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen, but you would never know it from seeing this exhibit. Not mentioned are the asocials, the work-shy or the criminals who were sent to a concentration camp after they finished their prison time for their second offense. All these categories of people, and also the Jews, were called “enemies of the state” by the Nazis and were put into the concentration camps.

The museum exhibits consistently downplay the fact that numerous Communists were sent to the Nazi concentration camps, barely mentioning it in passing. In the section about the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the reason given for the invasion is that the Nazis wanted “Lebensraum,” or living space, not that they were fighting against Communism.

I did not see any mention of the fact that the policy of incarcerating the “enemies of the state” without benefit of a trial began when thousands of Communists were rounded up, after the burning of the Reichstag in February 1933, and imprisoned at Dachau, the first concentration camp.

One of the displays says that “homosexuals were targeted because of their sexual orientation” but it is not mentioned that there had been a law against homosexual acts on the books since Germany became a united country in 1871. A video monitor shows mug shots of homosexuals who were arrested but there is no mention of the fact that they were arrested for breaking an existing law.

According to the museum, a total of 10,000 homosexuals and a total of 220,000 Gypsies were sent to the Nazi concentration camps. Before 1942, Gypsy men were sent to the camps under the category of asocial because they traditionally didn’t work at a regular job and had no permanent address. They were arrested under a law which said that every person in Germany had to have a permanent address.

This section includes a large Gypsy wagon, which looks like a pioneer Conestoga wagon without the white canvas cover. On the wagon is a violin which was owned by a Gypsy man. Nearby is a glass case with a Gypsy woman’s outfit of clothing, consisting of a black Persian lamb jacket, a silk blouse and a black skirt of expensive looking material. Silver bracelets and tortoise shell hair combs are on the wall of the case, along with a studio portrait of a well-dressed Gypsy woman. The owner of these clothes must have owned a fancier wagon than the one on display.

Most people are familiar with the colorful painted caravans that the Gypsies traveled around in; if one of these horse-drawn vans could not have been found, the museum should have at least displayed a picture of one, so that visitors would not be puzzled by the juxtaposition of the expensive clothes and a wagon made of rough, unpainted wood with no top.

The last thing in the Nazi Assault section on the fourth floor is the story of the St. Louis, a ship with European Jews that was denied entry into the United States. No country wanted the Jews.

The exhibits continue on the third floor which is the section entitled The Final Solution – 1940 – 1945. The phrase “The final solution” comes from the title of the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942 at a villa in the Wannsee suburb of Berlin where the genocide of the Jews was planned.

Another section has a train cattle car which was actually used to transport Jews to Auschwitz where many were gassed immediately upon arrival. One can enter the train car and experience the terror felt by the Jews as they were transported to their deaths.

Also on this floor is a large pile of shoes brought from the warehouse where 800,000 shoes were stored at the Majdanek death camp in Poland. Majdanek was the headquarters for the Operation Reinhard death camps at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor. The clothing taken from the Jews before they were gassed at the three Operation Reinhard camps was sent to Majdanek to be disinfected.

The Final Solution exhibit includes a model of a gas chamber door at the Majdanek death camp where Jews were gassed. In this section of the exhibit are bunk beds brought from the prisoners’ barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau. There is an audio theater where visitors can sit and rest while they listen to the eye-witness stories of Holocaust survivors from “Voices from Auschwitz.”

The really horrible scenes from the Holocaust are blocked by a low wall which only adults can see over. Children under 11 years of age are discouraged from entering the permanent exhibits but when I visited the Museum, there was nothing to prevent parents from taking very young children up the elevators.

The original confession signed by Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Hoess was displayed in a picture frame which included a photo of Hungarian Jewish women and children, carrying their hand baggage in sacks, on their way to one of the the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1945.

The third and last section of the exhibits, called the Final Chapter, is on the second floor. There are photos showing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by American soldiers, including photos of the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald, which was the first camp to be found by American troops.

The exhibits in the Final Chapter include the trial of the German war criminals at the Nuremberg IMT and a section on those people who worked to save the Jews.

There is an aerial photo of the Monowitz camp in the Auschwitz complex after it was hit by Allied bombs.

The only exit from the permanent exhibits is through the Hall of Remembrance, which is like a church, where the goyim can worship the Jews. Do I need to tell you that you must be respectful in this room, or you might be arrested. If you don’t know by now that you must worship the Jews, I can’t help you.

July 13, 2016

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — the enduring legacy of Elie Wiesel

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:06 pm

You can read about the “enduring legacy of Elie Wiesel” in this news article written by Sara J. Bloomfield: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-j-bloomfield/elie-wiesels-enduring-leg_b_10968548.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Without him [Elie Wiesel], it is hard to imagine the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is not only because he led the 1978-79 presidential commission that recommended the creation of the museum and then went on to serve for six years as the founding chairman of the governing council that would oversee its development. Equally consequential, he imagined a very particular mission for the Museum that only he had the moral authority to envision and the precision of language to powerfully articulate.

Today the Museum embodies that bold and ambitious mission but the struggle for what some felt was the soul of the institution was not without debate and controversy in those early years. Ultimately, due to the power of his moral clarity, intellect and eloquence, it was Elie’s vision that would carry the day.

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The Hall of Witness inside the US Holocaust Museum

The Hall of Witness inside the US Holocaust Museum

I visited the USHMM in the year 2000 and wrote about it on a section of my website here: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/index.html

I previously blogged about the USHMM here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/the-united-states-holocaust-memorial-museum-in-washington-dc-is-a-place-of-worship/

I wrote about the exhibits in the museum, in the year 2000, on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Exhibits.html

The main purpose of the USHMM is to indoctrinate American students in worship of the Jews. When I was there, in the year 2000, I did not see one person whom I could identify as Jewish. The Museum exists to indoctrinate the goyim.