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March 19, 2017

Lithuanian Jews who were killed by the Nazis get no respect

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:45 pm

You can read all about the disrespectful teenagers who are breakdancing at the memorial to the Lithuanian Jews who were killed by the Nazis during World War II:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4294508/Tourists-selfies-Holocaust-war-memorial.html

Breakdancing at Holocaust memorial in Lithuania

I wrote about the Lithuanian Jews on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/the-killing-of-the-jews-in-lithuania/

and on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/memorial-to-lithuanian-jews-coming-down/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Tasteless tourists who post pictures of themselves breakdancing, doing handstands and even performing ballet at a holocaust memorial site where 10,000 Lithuanian Jews were murdered by the Nazis in one day are being shamed online.

The shocking images were taken in front of the mass murder memorial at Ninth Fort in Kaunas, where 9,200 children and their parents were slaughtered on October 29, 1941.

They show tourists grinning happily alongside hashtags such as #happy – apparently oblivious to the gravity of the massacre that took place behind them.

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July 14, 2015

the tower of faces at the USHMM brings tears to the eyes of a Jewish visitor

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:44 am
Photo wall at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is 3 stories high

Photo wall at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is three stories high. It shows photos of Lithuanian Jews.

The following quote is from the website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum:

This three-story tower [shown in the photo above] displays photographs from the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection. Taken between 1890 and 1941 in Eishishok, a small town in what is now Lithuania, the photographs depict a vibrant Jewish community that existed for 900 years. In 1941, an SS mobile killing squad entered the village and within two days massacred the Jewish population.–US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The poor, unfortunate Lithanian Jews! Why was everyone so mean to them?  I wrote about the Lithuanian Jews on these blog posts:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/lithuanian-jews/

Today I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the news article cited above:

An otherwise emotionally reserved person, it took me only about 15 minutes before I broke into tears at the Holocaust museum in D.C., staring at the tower of faces.

I almost broke into tears myself when I saw the “tower of faces.”  These are family photos, many of them color photos, that were taken more than 75 years ago. They should not be put up three stories high, where no one can get a close look at them. The photos have nothing to do with the Holocaust. These photos of part of another story, which is about the Lithuanian Jews.

The following quote is also from the news article:

I know the scale of the mass extermination of Europe’s population of Jews, Roma, and other “asocial” groups. In classes spanning from elementary school to now my undergraduate degree I have learned the dehumanizing and horrifying acts committed by the Nazis during this time.

So those mean ole Nazis exterminated the Roma and other “asocial” groups?  The writer should have explained the term “asocial.”

The Nazis used the term asocial as a catch-all term for vagrants, bums, prostitutes, hobos, perverts, alcoholics who were living on the streets, or anyone who didn’t have a permanent address. Asocial prisoners were not sent to Auschwitz, AFAIK. Asocials were sent to Dachau or other similar camps, where they had to wear a black badge.

The “work-shy,” or those who were arrested because they refused to work, also wore a black badge.  Before 1942, Gypsy men (Roma) wore a black triangle; they were arrested and imprisoned for being asocial because they didn’t have a permanent address, or for being “work-shy” because they were not employed.

Every male citizen in Nazi Germany, who was capable of working, was required to take a job and they were not allowed to quit their job without permission. Gypsy women (Roma) were arrested under the asocial category if they were prostitutes.

This quote is also from the news article:

The gas chamber [in the main Auschwitz camp] the tour guide led us through, where two thousand people where exterminated at a time, could have been a basement, and the crematorium beside it could have been used for baking bread.

Please, please people, use your heads!  If two thousand people were “exterminated at a time,” where were the bodies kept while they were burned a few at a time in the ovens in the crematorium?

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp (click on the photo to enlarge)

Ovens right next to the door into the gas chamber on the right

Ovens right next to the door into the gas chamber on the right

My photo above shows two of the ovens in the crematorium, right next to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. It would have taken a long time to burn 2,000 bodies in these ovens, which were small enough to bake bread.

This final quote is from the news article:

The scale and destruction of the Holocaust are the principle focus of Holocaust education and remembrance, which is important for us to understand what happened, but it also allows us to separate the perpetrators from humanity and the event itself from reality. It’s easy to see it as an event that happened in the past, outside of ourselves, in black and white.

June 21, 2015

Memorial to Lithuanian Jews coming down

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:15 am
Lithuanians killing Jews as German soldiers watch

Lithuanians killing Jews as German soldiers watch

I have previously written about the killing of the Lithuanian Jews on these two blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/us-holocaust-memorial-museum-has-a-new-exhibit-on-the-lithuanian-jews/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/the-killing-of-the-jews-in-lithuania/

Now the subject of the Lithuanian Jews is in the news again.

Memorial to Lithuanian Jews killed in the Holocaust is  coming down

Holocaust memorial wall in Vilnius, Lithuania

The caption on the photo above reads:

Shmuel Levin, chairman of the Jewish religious Community of Vilnius and Lithuania, leans against a wall of the power substation built of tombstones from a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius. City officials want to tear the substation down and return the tombstones used to build it to Lithuania’s tiny Jewish community, which was nearly wiped out during the the Holocaust.

This quote is from the news article, which you can read in full here:

As the last generation of Holocaust survivors begin to leave us, it is more imperative than ever that, as an international community, we assure that the memory of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century does not perish with them.

As a descendent of Lithuanian Holocaust victims, I have spent the last 20 years assuring that the awareness of the Holocaust in Lithuania is not forgotten: 212,000 Lithuanian Jews perished under the hands of the Nazi and Lithuanian collaborators. Yet, the only Holocaust memorial in the country’s capital stands hidden away from public view. This monument, which I have commissioned and aptly named Flame of Hope, is a vital physical reminder of the Shoah in Lithuania, and it is my deepest hope that the newly appointed Commission on Jewish Affairs seriously considers moving the monument to a more public site in the center of Vilnius, where its message can resound within the republic and the rest of the world.

Listening to the sound of my mother’s sobbing after the loss of her father, brother, family and friends in Lithuania, as well as taunts of “Polaca cochina” (Dirty Jew) from my Costa Rican classmates motivated me to spearhead a campaign to install a Holocaust monument in Lithuania to commemorate the genocide of 96.4 percent of the Nation’s Jews during the Holocaust.

What a revolting development this is!  The poor Lithuanian Jews, who never did  anyone any harm, will now have their beautiful memorial removed.

January 28, 2014

US Holocaust Memorial Museum has a new exhibit on the Lithuanian Jews

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:58 am

According to a news article in the Huffington Post, which you can read in full here, the USHMM in Washington, DC, has a new exhibit entitled “Some were neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust.”

Entrance into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Entrance into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This quote is from the article in the Huffington Post:

As you enter the new exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., you see an image of lovely young girls dressed up for a dance class. Some of the girls are Jews and some are not, but you can’t tell which are which. In Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania, in 1935-1936, their lives are intertwined.

Then you hear the woman’s voice. Baffled. Wondering. Three-quarters of a century later, her bewilderment is still with her. “We were friends, I thought.” Once a friend, now an enemy — how could it have happened?

“Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust,” the museum’s newest exhibit, is open for visitors through 2016 and is also accessible online. It is a pertinent place to visit as we observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945, on January 27.

For 20 years, the museum has helped visitors to ask themselves important questions. This exhibit is no exception. It provides an extraordinary range of information while expertly prodding visitors to engage in moral inquiry.

The new exhibit, inside the USHMM, is about non-Jews, living side by side with their Jewish neighbors in Kovno, Lithuania during World War II.  When the Nazis came, the Lithuanians turned on their neighbors, the Jews, and began beating them to death.  What did the Jews ever do to their neighbors to cause them to beat the Jews to death while German soldiers watched?

Famous photo of Lithuanian man stand over the Jews that he has killed

Famous photo of Lithuanian man standing  over the Jews that he has beaten to death

I previously blogged about the Lithuanians killing Jews at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/the-killing-of-the-jews-in-lithuania/

Jews were beaten to death by their neighbors in Kovno, Lithuania

Jews were beaten to death by their neighbors in Kovno, Lithuania as German soldiers looked on

Why didn’t the Lithuanians stand up for their neighbors, and protect them from the Nazis?  By-standers in Lithuania were nothing new.  When did the non-Jews in any country ever stand up for their Jewish neighbors, and save them?

According to the International Jewish Encyclopedia, the Jews had been expelled 77 times before the Final Solution, beginning with their expulsion from Carthage in the year 250 AD and continuing up to 1919 when foreign Jews were expelled from the state of Bavaria, even before the Nazi party was established in Germany.

Major expulsions of the Jews in Europe occurred in England in 1290, France in 1306 and again in 1394, Switzerland in 1348, Hungary in 1349, Austria in 1422, Spain in 1492, Lithuania in 1495 and again in 1656, and Portugal in 1497. The International Jewish Encyclopedia also says that the Russian Jews were confined to a reservation called the Pale of Settlement in 1772.

After many of these expulsions, the Jews fled to Poland. The Polish people welcomed them, starting in the 14th century.

After the Nazis conquered Poland in 1939, they gained control of millions of Jews, who were the enemies of Fascism.  Bad Nazis!  They would not let the Jews live in peace, and fight against Germany as Resistance fighters.

The Final Solution was unique in that it was the first time that the Jews were expelled from all of Western Europe at the same time.

During World War II, there were 4,950 cities and towns in Europe in which the Jewish communities were destroyed by the Nazis, according to the Wannsee Museum in Germany.  Wannsee is the place where the Final Solution was planned.

This quote about the Kovno ghetto is from Wikipedia:

In the autumn of 1943, the SS assumed control of the ghetto and converted it into the Kovno concentration camp. The Jewish council’s role was drastically curtailed. The Nazis dispersed more than 3,500 Jews to subcamps where strict discipline governed all aspects of daily life. On October 26, 1943, the SS deported more than 2,700 people from the main camp. The SS sent those deemed fit to work to Vaivara concentration camp in Estonia, and deported surviving children and the elderly to Auschwitz.

On July 8, 1944, the Germans evacuated the camp, deporting most of the remaining Jews to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany or to the Stutthof camp, near Danzig, on the Baltic coast. Three weeks before the Soviet army arrived in Kovno, the Germans razed the ghetto to the ground with grenades and dynamite. As many as 2,000 people burned to death or were shot while trying to escape the burning ghetto. The Red Army occupied Kovno on August 1, 1944. Of Kovno’s few Jewish survivors, 500 had survived in forests or in a single bunker which had escaped detection during the final liquidation; the Germans evacuated an additional 2,500 to concentration camps in Germany.

[…]

The Kovno ghetto had several Jewish resistance groups. The resistance acquired arms, developed secret training areas in the ghetto, and established contact with Soviet partisans in the forests around Kovno.

In 1943, the General Jewish Fighting Organization (Yidishe Algemeyne Kamfs Organizatsye) was established, uniting the major resistance groups in the ghetto. Under this organization’s direction, some 300 ghetto fighters escaped from the Kovno ghetto to join Jewish partisan groups. About 70 died in action.

The Jewish council in Kovno actively supported the ghetto underground. Moreover, a number of the ghetto’s Jewish police participated in resistance activities. The Germans executed 34 members of the Jewish police for refusing to reveal specially constructed hiding places used by Jews in the ghetto.

In the last days of World War II, Lithuanian Jews were brought to the Dachau concentration  camp.  I wrote about a Lithunian survivor of Dachau on my website here:

This quote is from my website, scrapbookpages.com:

Mendel Rosenberg was born in 1929 in Lithuania. In 1940, the Russians took over Lithuania and it became part of the Communist Soviet Union; this was part of the secret agreement signed by the Nazis and the Russians before their joint invasion of Poland in September 1939 which was the start of World War II.

On June 22, 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Most of the Lithuanians welcomed the Germans as liberators, and a few days before the Germans arrived, those who supported the Nazis started killing the Jews. Lithuanian political prisoners were released from the NKVD prisons by the German invaders and allowed to join in the killing of the Communist Commissars and the Jewish members of the NKVD, which was the equivalent of the German Gestapo.

[…]

Thousands of Lithuanian Jews, including the Rosenberg family, were confined in the Siauliai Ghetto where they worked in factories, manufacturing goods for the Germans. In 1943, Rosenberg was sent to the Stuthoff concentration camp near the city formerly known as Danzig. Rosenberg’s mother remained at Stuthoff, but Rosenberg and his brother were transferred to the Dachau concentration camp.

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In anticipation of the liberation of Dachau, 1,759 Jewish prisoners were put on a train on April 26th and sent toward the mountains in the South Tyrol. Three days later, the train stopped and the prisoners learned that the German guards had abandoned them; they had been saved by American troops.

Why did the Germans send Jewish prisoners out of Dachau before the camp was liberated?  To prevent them from attacking the German people after they were liberated!

There were towns in Poland where the Polish people turned on their Jewish neighbors, but blamed it on the Nazis.  I blogged about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-lopuchowo-forest-in-poland-where-2000-jews-were-executed-by-the-nazis-during-wwii/

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