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June 3, 2015

The Holocaust has a Facebook page

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:02 pm

According to my daily blog stats, around 15 people per day visit my blog as a result of being directed there by a Facebook page.

This has puzzled me for a long time and today I decided to find out what the Holocaust Facebook page looks like.  You will have to sign in to your own Facebook account to access the Holocaust page.

I took a look at the page and found the photo below, at the top of the page.

This photo was copied from the Holocaust Facebook page

This photo was copied from the Holocaust Facebook page

The above photo is quite controversial and I have written extensively about it on my scrapbookpages.com website, as well as on my blog.

The famous photo was included in the “Final Solution” section at the Dachau Museum when I visited the Memorial Site in 1998. The photo is from the Stroop Report on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which began on April 19, 1943.

The 1965 version of the museum at the Dachau Memorial Site, which was still there in 1998, put a lot of emphasis on the genocide of the Jews. Although Dachau was a prison for political prisoners and anti-Nazi Resistance fighters, not a death camp for the Jews, there was a large section in the 1965 museum, entitled “The Final Solution,” which showed photos from the death camps at Auschwitz and Majdanek, along with horrible pictures taken at Bergen-Belsen, Wöbbelin, and the Warsaw Ghetto.

When I visited the Dachau museum in May 2001, the Holocaust section was no longer available and construction work on the new exhibits in the west wing of the service building was in progress. The new Dachau museum which opened in May 2003 is all about the Dachau concentration camp and it does not include the photo above, nor the old section called “The Final Solution.”

The photo below is also on the Holocaust Facebook page.

Photo of rabbi which is on the Holocaust Facebook page

Photo of rabbi which is on the Holocaust Facebook page

In the photo, it appears that the soldiers in the background are laughing at the Jew in the photo, but that is not what is happening.

I wrote about this photo on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/Museum/1965Museum2.html

This quote, about the photo above, is from my website:

Begin quote:

According to the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, the famous photo shown [on Facebook] was taken by a German soldier in the Polish town of Olkusz on July 31, 1940 during a reprisal action against the townspeople after a German policeman named Ernst Kaddatz was killed by members of the Polish resistance on July 16, 1940.

In the photo, Jewish men are lying face down on the ground while German Wehrmacht soldiers face the camera behind Rabbi Moshe Isaac Hangerman who is barefoot and wearing tefillin (phylacteries) as he appears to be praying.

One Jew and two Polish men were killed during this action and all the men in the town, from 15 to 60, were forced to lie on the ground from early morning until noon as punishment.

End quote

In My Humble Opinion, I do not think that the Holocaust should have a Facebook page, unless it is done by a real expert on the Holocaust.

Update June 5, 2015

I visited the Holocaust Facebook page again this morning, and the photo of the Jewish man was gone.  However, I did read these words which were put up 5 years ago:

Begin quote:

Statement Regarding Holocaust Denial & Anti-Semitism

Before positing on the wall or sharing any information on this [Facebook] page please accept the following statement from the creator of this page:

This page is not a medium for any individual to deny the historically accurate fact that the Holocaust occurred. The Holocaust happened. There is no other point of view that should be discussed on this page. Nor is this page a medium for attacking any group, race or individual. Specifically, any anti-Semitic comments or other anti-social behavior will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be reported and blocked and the content deleted.

End quote

On my blog, I allow, and even encourage, all points of view, as long as people are reasonably civil.

April 3, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

Filed under: Dachau, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

Rabbi Moshe Isaac Hangerman with German soldiers in the background

The photo above was shown in the Dachau Museum from 1965, when the Museum first opened, until 2003, when the Museum was enlarged and changed.  This photo was removed because it has nothing to do with Dachau.

The photo currently hangs in the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem and according to the museum, the photo was taken by a German soldier in the Polish town of Olkusz on July 31, 1940 during a reprisal action against the townspeople after a German policeman named Ernst Kaddatz was killed by members of the Polish resistance on July 16, 1940.

In the photo, men are shown are lying face down on the ground while German Wehrmacht soldiers in the background smile for the camera. Rabbi Moshe Isaac Hangerman is shown, barefoot and wearing tefillin (phylacteries), as he appears to be praying.

One Jew and two Polish men were killed during the reprisal action and all the men in the town, from 15 to 60, were forced to lie on the ground from early morning until noon as punishment.

The Polish resistance was fighting as illegal combatants; reprisals were legal under the Geneva Convention of 1929.