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July 14, 2014

How to teach the Holocaust to students in Pennsylvania

I am commenting on an article, which you can read in full here.  This article, written by Ms. Abby W. Schacter is entitled “Simplest, most important lesson of the Holocaust is missing.”

According to Ms. Schacter, the “missing lesson” of the Holocaust is the Sixth Commandment:  Thou shalt not kill.

Excuse me, but I think that Ms. Schater’s theory is completely and totally wrong, and I will tell you why after you have read the following quote from the article.

This quote is from the article, cited above:

The trouble stems in part from a lack of focus on the purpose of such a curriculum. [Rhonda] Fink-Whitman says it’s needed because children are confronted on college campuses by Holocaust deniers. “If we give them that knowledge, then when they get to college and they hear these liars come onto their campuses and tell them these untruths then they have something to counter with.”

Mike Crossey, president of the Pennsylvania State Educators Association, said Holocaust teaching focuses on “a human rights issue,” as is the teaching of “atrocities around the world.” Crossey adds that “by learning and understanding history, our children, hopefully, will be able to make wise decisions for the future” rather than repeat disastrous “mistakes,” let alone “atrocities” of the kind shockingly condoned and carried out during World War II. The new bill means “educating our students about our world’s historic atrocities [to create] an understanding of the need for tolerance and an understanding of the consequences of bigotry and hate,” said Matt Handel, chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. “We must never forget the horrors of what has happened so that we do not allow these tragic chapters of history to be repeated.”

Studying the Holocaust in Pennsylvania public schools is allegedly going to counter Holocaust denial on college campuses, lead to greater tolerance, prevent genocide, promote human rights and lead citizens to reject all bigotry, hatred and prejudice. A tall order indeed, and this isn’t even the full list of concepts included in the proposed curriculum.  […]

…My own answer is simple: We turn to a more authoritative law, to the fundamental moral code of our civilization and of the three great religions whose basic text is the Jewish Bible. We turn to the Sixth Commandment, which prescribes: “Thou shalt not murder.” This, in my view, is the primary lesson of the Holocaust.

It is because of the Sixth Commandment that we must oppose mass murder anywhere, anytime, against anyone. Yet, this central lesson is nowhere to be found in Pennsylvania’s new law.

In my humble opinion, the Holocaust had nothing to do with the Sixth Commandant, unless you are saying that the Jews were driven out of Germany because the Jews were breaking the Sixth Commandant.

German newspaper lists the ritual murders allegedly committed by the Jews

German newspaper lists the ritual murders allegedly committed by the Jews

The following quote is from my own website, scrapbookpages.com:

Begin quote:

According to information in a display in the bunker at the Dachau Memorial Site, Dr. Albert Rosenfelder was among the first people to be arrested by the Nazis in March 1933; he was sent to Dachau on April 13, 1933.

Dr. Rosenfelder was well known because of his involvement in a criminal court case in which the defendant, a non-Jew named Huszmann, was accused of a murder in which the motive was said to be “unnatural lust.” The murder victim was 20-year-old Helmuth Daube whose body was found in front of his home in Gladbeck, Germany in March 1928. His throat had been cut and his genitals were missing; there were wounds on both hands, and a stab wound in the abdomen, although no blood was found near the body. Huszmann was acquitted and subsequently Julius Streicher, the notorious editor of an anti-Semitic newspaper called “Der Sturmer,” stated in his newspaper that Daube’s death had been a “ritual murder” committed by Jews.

The Dachau bunker exhibit says that Dr. Rosenfelder was responsible for Streicher being sent to prison in 1929. Streicher had been convicted of “libeling the Jewish religion under Paragraph 166 of the Weimar Penal Code” and his newspaper was banned for a time. [Streicher was sent to prison because he had published a list of ritual murders committed by the Jews.

No one knows if Dr. Rosenfelder’s disappearance was the result of a revenge murder or if he escaped, or was secretly released and allowed to leave Germany.

End quote

If I have not yet made it clear enough, here is what I am trying to tell you:  The stories of Jews committing “ritual murder” of Christians was one of the main things that caused the Germans to want to get rid of the Jews.  Ritual murder was also the cause of the Holocaust of 1298, which I wrote about at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/the-holocaust-of-1298-in-germany/

In the most recent Holocaust,  Jews were transported out of Germany, or killed in gas chambers, whichever story you want to believe, depending on your religion.

Note that the article, which I quoted above mentions that “children are confronted on college campuses by Holocaust deniers.”  This is a reference to Bradley Smith, who is causing trouble on college campuses by asking for the name of one person who was killed in a gas chamber.

Shame on Bradley Smith for asking colleges to provide the name of one person who was gassed!  This is a trick question because the Nazis did not record the names of the Jew who were gassed.  This simple fact should be included in the education of children in American schools.

American schools should start their education of the children by PROVING that there was a gas chamber at Dachau.

Holocaust educators should start by proving that this shower room was a gas chamber

Holocaust educators should start by proving that this shower room was a gas chamber

 

 

March 31, 2014

What do British students learn “from the horrors of Auschwitz”?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 1:43 pm

I have blogged several times in the past about the one-day student trips to Auschwitz, sponsored by the HET.  I highly disapprove of these propaganda trips.

Today I read about yet another student trip in a news article at http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Learning-horrors-Auschwitz/story-20883729-detail/story.html

This quote is from the news article:

We walked the 1,000 steps from the entrance [into Auschwitz-Birkenau] to what’s left of the [Krema II and Krema III] gas chambers. Two huge underground buildings where thousands were led to believe they could take a shower. Edyta [the Jewish tour guide] explained that each chamber could hold 2,000 people, who were killed in just 15 minutes. Their bodies were then mass cremated or burned in a nearby forest and used as fertiliser around the camp.

What does “mass cremated” mean? Were there huge cremation ovens at Auschwitz where the bodies were “mass cremated”?  Before the Auschwitz camp was abandoned by the Germans, the cremation ovens were lifted out of the Birkenau crematoria and taken to Germany to be used in other camps.

A cremation oven, used at Dachau, to burn one body at a time

A cremation oven, used at Dachau, to burn one body at a time

The ruins of Krema V ovens with forest in background

The ruins of Krema V gas chamber with forest in background

Apparently, even with mass cremation, the Nazis had to resort to burning the bodies in “a nearby forest.”  What about the danger of starting a forest fire, which could have burned the whole countryside for miles around?

And using the ashes of the Jews for “fertiliser”?  There were farms, just outside the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where fertilizer was used, but I doubt that Heinrich Himmler, who had a degree in Agriculture, would have used the ashes of Jews for fertilizer.

The news article continues with this quote:

Earlier in the day we were taken to a synagogue in the small town of Oswiecim, better known by its German name of Auschwitz. […]

Rabbi Marcus showed students some Jewish prayer books and explained that once they became unusable they were ceremoniously buried in cemeteries along with religious scrolls. Hearing that helped me put it all into perspective; to a Jewish person, a book is worthy of a burial. To a Nazi, a Jewish person was not even worthy of that.

There were 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.  Did the Jews really expect the Nazis to bury each body in an individual grave?

The news article continues with this quote:

Throughout the day, educators had urged students to try to remember the individual people who lost their lives at Auschwitz, and the last part of the tour was dedicated to just that.

As Edyta [the tour guide] explained, the room [in the Sauna building]  where Jews were sent to register was where they were stripped of their identities. “When they left this room they stopped being a person, a human being. They became a number. They became a nothing.” But now that very room is used to remember the human beings behind the numbers.

Wedding and baby photos line the walls. Pictures of families, first days at school – I even spotted two teenage girls in what looked like an early selfie.

These smiling happy people were a far cry from the earlier uniformed photos lining the walls [in buildings in the main Auschwitz camp].

The quote above refers to the photos which have been put up in the Sauna building, where incoming Jews were brought to take a shower and have their heads shaved to get rid of any lice, which could have started a typhus epidemic.  Why did the Nazis save all those photos, which were brought to the camp, by the Jews?

Display of photos in  the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Display of photos in the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sign over the room at Auschwitz where Jews were disinfected to  kill head lice

Sign over the room at Auschwitz where Jews were disinfected to kill head lice

Sign over the entrance to the shower room in the Sauna at Auschwitz

Sign over the entrance to the shower room in the Sauna at Auschwitz

A display table inside the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A display table inside the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Instead of telling the British students the truth, that the Germans tried to save lives by giving the Jews showers and shaving the hair off their heads, the students were told that the Sauna building was where the Jews were “stripped of their identities,” and where they “stopped being a human being.”

Did the guide explain that the Jews believe that Jews are the only human beings, and that the non-Jewish “goyim” are animals, not human beings?

The Jews “became a number” when they entered Auschwitz. What if the Germans had not given each Jew a unique number? How many Jews, who had the exact same name, were in Auschwitz?  Each prisoner was given a unique number which identified them and distinguished them from other prisoners with the same name.

Did the tour guide explain to the students that the Jews had the habit of killing children and leaving their bodies to be found? The Jews did not bury the bodies of non-Jewish children because they believed that these children were not human, and only human beings should be buried.

A blog post, written by another blogger, explains it. You can read this blog post at

http://damianpenny.wordpress.com/2006/07/04/a-dark-anniversary-in-poland/

This quote from the blog, cited above, tells about how Jews were killed in Poland, after World War II, because of a ritual murder:

On July 4, 1946, 42 Jews who had survived the Nazis were butchered by their own countrymen:

The pogrom followed a series of violent anti-Semitic incidents in the Kielce region and elsewhere in Poland after 1945, which claimed about 2,000 Jewish victims. The local violence was directed at former Jewish residents of Kielce who had survived the camps or hidden in the forests until the liberation of Poland from Nazi rule; it occurred at a time of intense anti-Semitic hatred, when rumors were rampant that masses of Jews would soon return to Poland from the USSR to reclaim their houses and belongings.
The more immediate cause was the ritual murder myth, which had been widely disseminated by the Catholic Church in between-the-wars Poland and was still believed by many lower-class Poles.
Rumors had begun to spread in June 1946 that Jews on Planty Avenue in Kielce were killing Polish children and drinking their blood or using it to make matzot. One Jewish eyewitness who survived the pogrom remembered: “At about nine o’clock, on 4 July, crowds started to surround the building. I heard voices from the crowd: ‘You Jews have killed 14 of our children! Mothers and fathers unite to kill all the Jews!’”