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January 25, 2017

500,000 Holocaust survivors are living out their final years in poverty

Filed under: Food, Germany, Health, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:37 am

The title of this blog post is a quote from a news article that was published today:

This is the time of the year when you see ads on TV asking for donations for the starving Holocaust survivors in Russia.

The Jews are the richest people in the world; why can’t they take care of their own.

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

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Today, many of the world’s remaining 500,000 Holocaust survivors are living out their final years in poverty. Most of those who are suffering either live in Israel, across the former Soviet Union or in greater New York City.

Of the 189,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel, 25 percent live below the poverty line. Of the 60,000 survivors throughout the former Soviet Union (FSU), poverty is endemic — approaching 85-90%. Even in New York City, home to another 60,000 survivors, about half live below the poverty line.

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I have written many times, on my blog, that I think the reason that these Jews have lived such a long life is because they had a meager diet as children; their diet consisted of bread and oatmeal, with very little meat.  I had a similar diet as a child, and I think that this is why I have lived a long life, and I am still in good health.

March 27, 2015

Most Israelis are not Holocaust survivors, nor children of survivors

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

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a recent news article.

This quote is from the article:

Most Israelis are not Holocaust survivors or children of survivors. The majority are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, from Arab or African countries. Their relatives were not gassed in Auschwitz.
Netanyahu occasionally invokes aspects of the Holocaust – typically to contrast the self-sufficiency of Israel with the helplessness of Europe’s Jews under Hitler.

But there is another aspect of the Holocaust that Netanyahu has publicly cited, which is quite germane to understanding the Israeli election results. In his address to the 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, he held up a letter written by a Franklin D. Roosevelt administration official in 1944, rejecting a request by Jewish leaders to bomb Auschwitz or the railway lines leading to it. The decision to cite that historical episode does not mean Israel’s prime minister is somehow “traumatized” by “Holocaust rage.” Indeed, President Obama commented at the time, “I am deeply mindful of the historical precedents that weigh on any prime minister of Israel when they think about the potential threats to Israel and the Jewish homeland.”

It is precisely the Allies’ abandonment of Europe’s Jews that many Israelis today regard as relevant to their situation. Israelis do not imagine themselves as comparable to captives being herded into gas chambers. But they have a legitimate concern that the international community could abandon Israel in some future hour of need.

So where DO the survivors of the Holocaust live?  Probably, most of them live in America, Canada and Germany.

I wrote about the Jews flocking back to Germany on this previous blog post:

This website tells about the Holocaust survivors in Israel who need money and donations in order to hold the Passover Seder.

The news article, cited above, says that 50,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel are living in poverty. So which is it? Are there Holocaust survivors in Israel or not? And why can’t the Jews in Israel take care of their own people?

This quote is from the news article:

The Jews now have their own country, thanks to Hitler and the Transfer Agreement, but they can’t take care of their own people, and need constant donations from other countries.

You can read about the Transfer Agreement on my blog here:

Update at 11 a.m. today:

In other news about Israel, on this website, you can read this quote:

Israel is a state armed with nuclear weapons and in the grip of a siege mentality due to the collective trauma of the Jewish people that has never been healed. What makes this siege mentality dangerous and pathological is that it prevents Israel from recognizing how its own actions have contributed to the despair, rage, and continuing resistance of the Palestinian people and to its own growing Isolation in the world. There is a sickness rampant in Israeli society whereby most Israelis see themselves as the ultimate victim, an innocent victim in a world that hates them and wants to annihilate them. This then leads to a sense of pathological entitlement whereby because they believe they have been perpetually wronged and abused, they may act with impunity to do whatever they want to secure their own safety, regardless of how it harms or wrongs others.

August 6, 2014

Are supporters of Hamas in America un-American? The question that was not answered on Bill O’Reilly’s TV show

Filed under: TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am

My blog post today is about Bill O’Reilly’s TV show called The Factor; you can read a transcript of the segment in last night’s show, in which Charles Krauthammer spoke about Hamas and the crisis in Gaza here.

For several days, on his show, Bill O’Reilly had asked the question “Are supporters of Hamas un-American?”  O’Reilly promised that Charles Krauthammer (who is Jewish) would soon answer this question on his show.

I have been watching The Factor every night, since the show first started many years ago.  I love the show because listeners can learn the truth about what is really going on in the world.

Charles Krauthammer is a frequent guest and his comments are very enlightening, so I was expecting him to answer the question of whether supporters of Hamas in America are un-American.  The obvious implication in the question was “Are true Americans required to support Israel?”

Americans have freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Is there an exception to those freedoms? Is a person, who does not support Israel, un-American?  Sadly, Bill O’Reilly’s show did not answer this question last night.

Bill O’Reilly started off this segment of his show last night by saying this:

Here’s what I don’t understand and I need you to explain it to me. Hamas is a terror group. Everybody knows it, all right.

If you care to be a fair-minded person, you know Hamas is a terror group. Hamas dominates the Palestinian authority through muscle, all right.

They have the guns. Iran gives them the guns so, therefore, they have the power in Gaza, West Bank, whatever. Hamas calling the shots.

So, you have a bevy of Americans who are sympathetic to the Palestinians but, by the same token, are supporting Hamas. And then you have tons of them in Europe. What’s the mentality behind that.

I was expecting Krauthammer to explain that the Palestians had been living in the land that is now Israel for thousands of years, while the current residents of this land are not the descendants of the original Jews who lived there long ago.  I was expecting him to explain that the trouble is caused by the fact that the current Israelis are known as the Khazars, or the Russian Jews, or the Ashkenazi Jews.  They are the descendants of people who converted to Judaism around the year 800; they are not the descendants of the original Jews who lived in Palestine.

Here is what Krauthammer actually said:

I would draw a sharp distinction between the European sympathizers and demonstrators from the American ones.

When it comes to Europe, I think the overwhelming factor is raw, native, deep-seated anti-Zionism. This is — 2,000-year-old anti-Zionism. Now, for a while, they discovered that if you put the veneer of anti-Zionism, the cover of anti-Zionism, you can get away with it in respectable society.

The veneer and the cover are gone. You’ve got placards being carried in Germany, of all places. “Hitler was right. [Chants] of Jews to the gas.

This is raw antisemitism, finding a semi-respectable outlet. And you get the foreign ministers of Britain, of France, Germany and Italy issuing a joint statement denouncing antisemitism in their country.

In the United States, it is very different. Antisemitism is not a major factor here. You know, of all the countries that the Jews have lived in in 2,000 years, this is the most tolerant, friendly, loving country that the Jews have ever known.

What I think is the most important factor here is sheer, raw ignorance. They have no idea what Hamas is, all that you said, they have no idea, for example, that there is no occupation in Gaza.

The Israelis left in 2005. They tore out their settlements. There’s not a settler, there’s not a soldier, there is not a Jew left in Gaza.

Do any of these people know it, no. Are they aware that just a few days ago, the spokesman for Hamas in Lebanon said on Arabic television that the Jews lust for the killing of children. After all, they have always used the blood of children in their mazahs on passover.

And when he was asked about that again, I think it was yesterday, on a major American network, he refused to retract. This is the oldest blood libel of all.

Are they aware of the fact that Hamas’ charter calls not just for the destruction of Israel but for the killing Jews everywhere in the world. This is an openly genocidal organization.

This whole problem could be easily solved by giving Palestine back to the Palestinians, and giving the state of New York to the Jews.  Many of the Jews in America already live in the state of New York and upstate New York is not heavily populated.  All the Jews in Israel could easily fit into the state of New York which is bigger than Israel.

April 30, 2014

“It is a crime in Israel to talk about, promote or commemorate the Nakba.”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:34 am

There are quote marks around the title of my blog post today because the title is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at

Palestinians forced to leave Palestine when Israel became a counry

Palestinians were forced to leave Palestine in 1948

I am writing about this today because I did not know, before today, that there are laws in Israel against mentioning the suffering of the Palestinians, who were forced to leave when Israel became a country.  Until today, I have deliberately avoided reading anything about the atrocities committed by the Israelis because I consider this subject to be a “hot potato,” or something too controversial to be studied.

Here is the full quote about the Nakba from the news article:

The Nakba is the Arab term symbolizing the Israeli defeat of the Palestinians and the occupation of Palestine’s land during the 1948 war.

The Nakba also refers to Israeli brutality against Christian and Muslim Palestinians inside Palestine. That suffering is denied by many Israelis and Jews, and it is just as immoral as denying the Holocaust.

So intense is the hatred of Palestinians by Israelis that Israel has adopted laws to prohibit Palestinians from showcasing Israel’s atrocities. It is a crime in Israel to talk about, promote or commemorate the Nakba.
Israelis can deny what they do to Palestinians. But Palestinians cannot deny what the Nazis did to Jews. The two issues are unrelated, but are both crimes.

The article, from which I quoted above, was written by Ray Hananina.  The title of the article is

Palestinian professor’s trip to Auschwitz sparks needed debate

This quote is from the first part of the article:

So why do some Arabs deny the Holocaust? Most are angry because they believe the political movement of the Jewish people, Zionism, exploited the Holocaust to browbeat Western audiences into sympathizing with them over the Palestinian cause.

I believe that the above statement is correct. Holocaust denial is against the law in around 19 countries now because the Holocaust is the reason that the Jews need to have their own country to protect them from enduring another Holocaust.

Palestinians were forced to live in tents after they were kicked out in 1948

Palestinians were forced to live in tents after they were kicked out of their country in 1948

Who was it that denied Palestine to the Jews? (the British) Who was it that got the Jews into Palestine illegally? (Hitler)

I wrote about Hitler and “the Transfer agreement” in a previous blog post at

I learned about how Hitler helped the Jews to get to Palestine when I visited the Museum at the house in Wannsee where the Nazis planned “The Final solution.”  The British were only allowing a few 15 year old Jewish boys and girls, who had manual labor skills, into Palestine. Hitler set up schools and farms where the Jewish boys and girls could learn skills that would qualify them for entry into Palestine.  There were photos in the Wannsee museum showing these Jewish children in the schools that had been set up by Hitler.

So you can blame it all on Hitler. If not for Hitler and the Holocaust, there would be no Israel today. The Palestinians would still have their country and there would have been no Nakba.

How long will this problem continue?  It will still be going on, long after I am dead.

The "aparteid" wall in Israel

Palestinians are forced to live behind this wall


January 6, 2013

A Holocaust survivor who criticized “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:43 am

Yehuda Elkana was an Auschwitz survivor who is in the news today because he died recently “at the age of 78.”  You can read about him on the website of The Vancouver Sun here.

This quote is from The Vancouver Sun, which printed an article that was published in The Daily Telegraph on December 29, 2012, about the death of Yehuda Elkana:

While all societies needed a collective mythology (and Elkana was critical of those in Germany who want to “close the chapter” of the Holocaust), “any philosophy of life nurtured solely or mostly by the Holocaust leads to disastrous consequences.”

In a later interview Elkana spelled out his fears for where this philosophy was leading Israel: “We are heading toward turning 100 million Arabs into a terrorist army against us: the whole Arab world! The United States wants to support rational, moderate Arabs. And rational, moderate Arabs will tolerate Israel’s occupation of Arab land less and less. So what is there to look forward to if we go on this way?”

I believe that Yehuda Elkana hit the nail on the head. We have now reached the point where 100 million Arabs are against Israel and America is in the middle of it because of our support for Israel.

I watched Mike Huckabee’s TV show last night.  He told about his recent trip to Omaha Beach where American troops landed and went on to “liberate France and to eventually save the world.” From there, Huckabee traveled to Poland to visit Auschwitz, where he was photographed at the iconic “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate into the main Auschwitz camp. Huckabee said that “what they (the American soldiers) came to fight was made clear when we went to Auschwitz.”  I wondered why Mike Huckabee would go to Auschwitz in the dead of winter.  Now I have learned that he has scheduled a trip to Israel in February this year.  Huckabee is following in the footsteps of Glenn Beck, who first went on a pilgrimage to Auschwitz before going on to Israel.

I love Mike Huckabee: to me he is the epitome of a good person.  Huckabee is quite religious, since he is an ordained Baptist minister.  As a devout Christian, Huckabee supports Israel, as do most devout Christians.  But is he right to support Israel when even a Holocaust survivor refers to “Israel’s occupation of Arab land.”

This quote is from the article about Yehuda Elkana:

Moving to Israel after the war, Elkana experienced profound unease with the way the Holocaust was being manipulated by governments of right and left to craft an atavistic Jewish national identity. He became convinced that the motives behind Israel’s uncompromising approach to the Palestinians was “a profound existential ‘angst’ fed by a particular interpretation of the lessons of the Holocaust and the readiness to believe that the whole world is against us, and that we are the eternal victim.”

The term “atavistic Jewish national identity” might need some explanation.  What bothers the Palestinians is that most of the Jews in Israel are not the descendants of the Jews who lived in Palestine before they were expelled. Today’s Jews who are “occupying Arab land” are the Ashkenazi Jews, aka Russian Jews, aka Khazars.  The original Jews in Palestine are believed to have been the Sephartic Jews who later settled in Spain; there are not many of them in Israel today.

Yehuda Elkana was 10 years old, and living in Hungary, when he was sent to Auschwitz in 1944, along with the Hungarian Jews.  Ten years old?  Wait a minute.  How did he survive? Surely, he didn’t lie about his age and convince Dr. Mengele that he was over the age of 15.

This quote from the article explains how Yehuda beat the odds and was not gassed at Auschwitz:

In 1944 the family moved to Szeged in Hungary where, later that year, they were rounded up and transported to Auschwitz. They survived by sheer accident. As they were being lined up for the gas chambers, SS guards pulled them out of the line and sent them in a train with other Jews to clean up Allied bomb damage in Austrian cities. They made it to Israel in 1948.

So why was the family of Yehuda Elkana not sent directly to Austria, where 10 year old Yehuda was put to work cleaning up bomb damage?  They were sent first to Auschwitz because of the location of the railroad lines in Europe.  Auschwitz was the largest railroad hub in Europe, analogous to the railroad yard in North Platte, Nebraska, which is the largest railroad hub in the world. The Jews from Hungary were first sent to Auschwitz where they changed trains and then went to Austria.  Yehuda had to make up a story to explain why, as a 10 year old, he was not gassed at Auschwitz.

October 23, 2012

Romney: “The president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:05 am

In last night’s debate, Mitt Romney said:

“The president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel.”

This quote is from an article in the Tampa Bay Times:

Mitt Romney frequently criticizes President Barack Obama’s stance on Israel, saying the president doesn’t hold the Jewish state in a tight enough embrace.

“The president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel,” Romney said in a foreign policy-focused debate, the final one of the presidential election.

We decided to dig into the origin of that statement and check whether Romney’s characterization is accurate.

What Obama (reportedly) said

The “daylight” comment stems from a July 15, 2012, story in the Washington Post about a meeting Obama held in 2009 with several Jewish leaders. The meeting was closed to the press, and there is no transcript of what was said. The Post story was based on interviews with people in the meeting.

Here’s the relevant excerpt:

“If you want Israel to take risks, then its leaders must know that the United States is right next to them,” Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told the president.

Obama politely but firmly disagreed.

“Look at the past eight years,” he said, referring to the George W. Bush administration’s relationship with Israel. “During those eight years, there was no space between us and Israel, and what did we get from that? When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states.”

The White House does not confirm that Obama said those words. There also has been no explicit denial.

Meanwhile, a reader of my blog gave this link to an article in which Henry Kissinger reportedly said that, in 10 years, Israel will no longer exist.

Will Obama’s policies toward Israel cause that to happen?  Will Obama let Iran get a nuclear weapon that will “wipe Israel off the map”?

Mitt Romney is a personal friend of Netanyahu and he has a great love for Israel.  If he becomes president, will he start a war to protect Israel?