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Claws Bared in Row Over Shelter for Auschwitz Cat
Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 11, 2010 | Dagmara Leszkowicz and Janusz Chmielewski

Posted on 02/11/2010 6:37:07 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Claws bared in row over shelter for Auschwitz cat

OSWIECIM, Poland (Reuters Life!) - A cat living at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz has caused fur to fly between an animal care group and Polish authorities refusing to allow a shelter to be built for it.

The grey and white cat, known variously as Rudolf or Bruno despite being female, can often be seen sitting near the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work sets you free") sign at the entrance to the camp.

She has seemed unperturbed by an unusually cold winter in Poland that has seen night temperatures dip as low as minus 34 Celsius (minus 29 Fahrenheit).

The museum that runs the camp has rejected a call from the group For Animals to build a cat shelter, saying other animals also live at the site and that visitors are its main priority.

"All we asked for was to erect a shelter, but we were refused," said Joanna Zaremba of the For Animals foundation.

A museum employee tried in vain to give the animal a home.

"The cat was not used to being indoors and the employee had to let her out to feel free. She came straight back (to the camp) like a boomerang, back to the 'Arbeit macht frei' gate," said Adam Cyra, another member of staff.

The cat is believed to have arrived at the camp about six months ago and started to attract the attention of visitors after Polish newspapers and websites reported on the animal's attachment to the site and the campaign to build a shelter.

"I came especially to see this cat as I've heard so much about it in the local media," one Polish visitor told Reuters Television. "I'm ready to adopt the cat and give her a home."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arbeitmachtfrei; auschwitz; bizarre; cats; concentrationcamp; feline; holocaust; kittyping; peta; poland; weird
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A cat rests on a windowsill next to the gate of the former Nazi camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim January 27, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

1 posted on 02/11/2010 6:37:09 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
That's kind of creepy.

I'm a big time cat person, but the cat doesn't need a shelter if they plan on leaving it there. It will get along just fine.
2 posted on 02/11/2010 6:39:26 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s a half-wild “barn cat”. It won’t use a shelter.

She don’t need no pampering.


3 posted on 02/11/2010 6:41:13 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


4 posted on 02/11/2010 6:42:11 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

5 posted on 02/11/2010 6:52:57 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: DogByte6RER

She probably knows where all the warmer places are when she tires of keeping watch.


6 posted on 02/11/2010 6:55:08 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: sinanju

Remarkable thing is that she doesn’t look in the least Jewish.


7 posted on 02/11/2010 6:56:27 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Grumpy kitty is grumpy.


8 posted on 02/11/2010 7:12:52 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference.)
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To: skr
"She probably knows where all the warmer places are when she tires of keeping watch."

I bet she does. She also probably knows where to mooch scraps. Kitty looks pretty healthy.

9 posted on 02/11/2010 7:13:13 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: skr

My sister lives in Minnesota and has 3 outdoor cats. As everyone knows the winters in Minnesota are brutal. She has a doghouse with heated blankets in it for the cats and she feeds them warm food every day. They also sleep in a basement window well where the warm air from the house seeps out through the window.


10 posted on 02/11/2010 7:15:57 PM PST by beckysueb (Scott Brown is a start. Lets keep it going.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Buy it a plastic igloo cat shelter. If it uses it then put it away in the spring. If it doesn’t then donate it to an animal shelter. This is kind of strange. Cats are different.


11 posted on 02/11/2010 7:20:12 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: billorites

Or German!


12 posted on 02/11/2010 7:27:27 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey wasn’t there a story about the sign was stolen a while back? Did they recover it?


13 posted on 02/11/2010 7:30:13 PM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: DogByte6RER

Are they going to catch all the other wild animals and put them in a shelter also? Idiots.


14 posted on 02/11/2010 7:30:51 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: DogByte6RER

Kitler!


15 posted on 02/11/2010 7:53:36 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: PA Engineer

Best shelter is a large plastic storage bin with lid tied on and a hole cut in the top at one end then the thing laid on its side. I have the porch furniture cushions in the one I made for the two porch cats that have adopted me.


16 posted on 02/11/2010 8:05:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Arbeit macht frei" ("Work sets you free") sign at the entrance to the camp.

I thought that sign was stolen. Did they find it and bring it back?

17 posted on 02/11/2010 8:16:21 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: DogByte6RER

“Rudolf”. As in Hoess? “Bruno” as in Strechenbach?


18 posted on 02/11/2010 8:27:16 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Minn
Operating from memory here...always dangerous in my case but I don't have time to look it up right now to verify the details. In short...they found the sign around a week after it was stolen. The sign was in three pieces but can be fixed. In the last couple of days, they arrested a Neo-Nazi type in Norway (I think) in connection with the crime.

Now...about this story...They need to find a place to build that cat a shelter and make sure she has food and water daily.

19 posted on 02/11/2010 8:53:03 PM PST by goldfinch
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To: DogByte6RER

20 posted on 02/11/2010 8:54:37 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MHGinTN

I would think it would be more stable if it was left upright, or upside-down, and the hole cut in the bin rather than the lid. Doesn’t it rock when the kitties move around?


21 posted on 02/11/2010 9:36:38 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Not jewish, not german, it’s a Pole Cat.


22 posted on 02/12/2010 1:22:04 AM PST by blueplum
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To: GOP_Resurrected

Yes...it was recovered.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2413522/posts


23 posted on 02/12/2010 5:03:29 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: blueplum

Boo...


24 posted on 02/12/2010 5:30:23 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: sinanju
"...It’s a half-wild “barn cat”. ..."

I have a barn cat. Her immediate ancestors were never let into the house, as they were working cats; their role was vermin control. She herself gets antsy inside, and her happiest moments are when I let her out and it happens to be raining, snowing, freezing or otherwise miserable weather.

I also have a regular, normal cat, who does not buy into that nonsense; it's quite a contrast to observe. But they both eat cockroaches, so I love them.

25 posted on 02/12/2010 6:26:01 AM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: Arthur McGowan

The bin is on the side, which is flat. No, it doesn’t roll around when they are inside or entering or exiting. The hole in the lid is about the size of a cat door and is at one end, making a nice little cat cave where they can curl up together and get out of the direct wind.


26 posted on 02/12/2010 7:08:49 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: I Buried My Guns

Cats eat roaches? I did not know that. That’s even handier than mice chomping.

My little Karelian Bear Doggie never met a bear, never caught a rabbit, was nonplussed by possums playing dead and was outwitted by raccoons but he was a good ratter in his day.


27 posted on 02/12/2010 7:38:40 AM PST by sinanju
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To: sinanju
We moved into an old house. No matter how often I sprayed, It had cracks that allowed ingress for the roaches. I could hear them skittering across the hall way floor at night (gross, I know). But the cat, who slept at my feet, would leap to action, and in the morning there were only bug parts left.

Thus, I assume it was the cat eating them. If you want I'll examine her stool, but I'd rather not.

28 posted on 02/12/2010 7:52:51 AM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: DogByte6RER

I hope someone helps it...no cat can survive in temps that low....


29 posted on 02/12/2010 3:11:24 PM PST by Fawn
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To: Minn

Yes, they did, some Swedish guy got arrested, they say he was the leader of the groupe that has stolen the sign.


30 posted on 02/13/2010 2:08:24 PM PST by Verdelet (Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori!)
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