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March 20, 2016

It’s in the books: Over 70 years ago the Holocaust claimed the lives of 11 million people

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:24 pm

And you thought that only 6 million people were killed by the Nazis. No, it was 11 million. The famous 6 million victims were all Jews.

You can read about all the victims of the Holocaust in this news article: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Books/Books-that-Shed-Light-on-the-Holocaust.aspx

The following quote is from the website cited above:

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Over 70 years ago the Holocaust claimed the lives of 11 million people after Hitler took power in 1933. Of these victims were children, the disabled, the elderly, and gays. There were also gypsies, pastors, ending interracial marriages and the sterilization of black children. The reasons behind these despicable actions were to create a master race.

The leader and murder wanted a master race that would control the world after conquering Europe. The idea was if this Aryan race took the helm that Germany would become more fruitful and successful. The Nazis killed two-thirds of Jews living in Europe. Those who escaped and survived remind us through the written words that we should never forget the sins and bloodstains of the past.

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Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Books/Books-that-Shed-Light-on-the-Holocaust.aspx#mGXruvPfGoYdV7oo.99

Note that the article mentions that disabled people and gays were killed in the Holocaust. I blogged about gay people and the Holocaust at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/hitler-started-with-the-gays-say-what/

I mentioned the “Master Race” in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/the-master-race/

The article continues on with the story of Corrie ten Boom who “rescued Dutch Jews from the Gestapo during the Holocaust.”

I wrote about Corrie ten Boom on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/corrie-ten-boom-forgave-a-ravensbruck-ss-guard/

Another book that is recommended is “The boy in the striped pajamas.”

I wrote about this book in two blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/my-review-of-the-boy-in-the-striped-pajamas/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/the-boy-in-the-striped-pajamas-is-back-in-the-news-today/

Elie Wiesel’s book Night is also recommended. I have written several blog posts under the tag “Elie Wiesel.”

The following quote about Elie Wiesel is from the article:

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[Elie Wiesel’s] book, Night, was published in 1960 and explored the terror he witnessed as a teen. His family was marched into cattle cars and the men and women were separated upon reaching the camp. Those who were selected to the right were gasses [gassed] and those to the left were sent to work camps. After the war he’s worked to end anti-Semitism through education, and shared that the rise of Hitler could’ve been averted.

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I have written several blog posts about Elie Wiesel, which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/elie-wiesel/

January 11, 2012

“Creating the Master Race” an exhibit at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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

Yesterday, I blogged about the Courage to Remember exhibit which is currently traveling around to American colleges.  Another USHMM exhibit, entitled Creating the Master Race is also available on loan to colleges and universities. This exhibit explains the connection between the Nazi program of killing the handicapped, in order to “create a Master Race,” and the subsequent killing of the Jews, which was part of the Nazi plan to keep the German race pure.

The Jewish Weekly has a current article about two students at Emory University (where Deborah Lipstadt is a professor) who had many discussions about “how doctors and nurses were complicit in mass murder” during the Holocaust.

This quote is from the article in The Jewish Weekly:

A Ghanaian medical student at Emory University in Atlanta, Pierre Ankomah had a Jewish roommate with whom he’d often discuss how their profession “seriously erred” during the years of the Holocaust, how doctors and nurses were complicit in mass murder.

They spent many hours “questioning why people were able to, en masse, buy into the hideous ideas that were perpetrated by the Nazis,” he says. “Why were there such few and muted voices of dissent?”  […]

Along with other future members of the medical profession, he [the Ghanaian student] visited the venues of the Final Solution as part of a program sponsored by New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust to teach young professionals the moral lessons offered by the Shoah. The museum recently featured those lessons in the exhibit, “Creating the Master Race,” on loan from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

The gist of the article in The Jewish Weekly is contained in this quote:

The doctors who aided and enabled the Nazis’ racist policies — in the name of eugenics, the Nazi-endorsed study of heredity — provide the strongest example imaginable of people abandoning their morality and professional ethics …..

You can read about the USHMM exhibit Creating the Master Race here.  The title of the exhibit is “Deadly Medicine Creating the Master Race.”  A video on the USHMM website explains it.

This quote is from the USHMM website:

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that began with the mass sterilization of “genetically diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.

A few years ago, I went to see Hartheim Castle where handicapped and mentally ill people were killed.  From the exhibits there, I learned why Holocaust historians maintain that there was a direct connection between the killing of the “genetically diseased” and the genocide of the Jews.    (more…)