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  • Poland Changes its Controversial Holocaust Law

    06/30/2018 5:29:49 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 2018 | Herb Keinon, Jeremy Sharon
    Poland has amended its controversial Holocaust law that made it a crime punishable by up to three years in jail to say “Polish concentration camps,” four months after the law went into effect. Polish lawmakers voted on Wednesday by a vote of 388-25, with five abstentions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is pleased that Poland “fully rescinded” clauses in its Holocaust law. “I’m pleased that the Polish government, the parliament, the senate and the president of Poland decided today to fully rescind the clauses that were signed and caused a storm and consternation in Israel and among the international...
  • Vanity: Looking for some first-hand images of Auschwitz.

    06/20/2018 4:31:31 AM PDT · by Spacetrucker · 30 replies
    My addled brain | Myself
    My daughter is an avid history buff and has, over the past few years, done quite a bit of reading on the Nazi concentration camps. I would love to take her to some of these sites some day, but for now all I can do is get some first-hand pics of someone else's visit. If anyone has been to any of the concentration camp memorial sites and has pics they could share it would be greatly appreciated.
  • 4 in 10 millennials don't know 6 million Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows

    04/12/2018 2:12:06 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 120 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 12, 2018 | Amir Cohen
    More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. -- 22 percent -- haven't heard of, or aren't sure if they've heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven't heard of the Holocaust or aren't sure if they did. Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in World...
  • 41% of Americans Have to Ask, 'What's Auschwitz?'

    04/12/2018 1:45:41 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/12/2018 | By Arden Dier
    Newser – Thursday is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and a new survey suggests the day is sorely needed. The results show that many Americans, particularly young adults, lack a basic understanding of the Nazi genocide during World War II. Though 96% of respondents said the Holocaust took place, 31% believe a maximum of 2 million Jews were killed, well under the actual figure of about 6 million, reports the New York Times. The percentage increased to 41% among millennials, defined as those aged 18 to 34. Some 41% of Americans and 66% of millennials had no idea about Auschwitz, the death...
  • When Israel Ignorantly Blames the Holocaust on the Poles, It Boosts Their Illiberal Nationalists

    02/08/2018 11:39:22 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 32 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan 30, 2018 | Oded Even Or
    Contrary to other European countries, such as France or Norway, Poland was directly controlled by Nazi Germany. There was no puppet regime in Poland to assist the Germans, like the Vichy or Quisling governments, and the Nazis annexed parts of the country, while putting the rest under the control of a German governor, Hans Frank. Frank subjected Poland to a terror "much fiercer and more protracted [...] than anywhere in Europe," scholar Norman Davies says, as cited by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This terror included capital punishment for offering any help to Jews. While it’s true that Poles aided,...
  • On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz

    01/27/2018 5:13:48 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 20 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 01/26/2018 | Harpygoddess
    Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, opened in 1940 and was the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps. Located in southern Poland, Auschwitz initially served as a detention center for political prisoners. However, it evolved into a network of camps where Jewish people and other perceived enemies of the Nazi state were exterminated, often in gas chambers, or used as slave labor. Some prisoners were also subjected to barbaric medical experiments led by Josef Mengele (1911-79). During World War II (1939-45), more than 1 million people, by some accounts, lost their lives at Auschwitz. In January 1945, with the...
  • Court Rules 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz', 96, Must Go to Jail

    12/29/2017 12:23:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 11/29/2017
    Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that a 96-year-old German must go to jail over his role in mass murders committed at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during World War Two, refusing to overturn a lower court ruling. Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" for his job counting cash taken from the camp's victims, was sentenced to four years' jail in 2015, but wrangling over his health and age have delayed the start of his sentence. The Constitutional Court rejected the argument by Groening's lawyers that imprisonment at his advanced age would violate his right to life, adding...
  • Jewish groups slam British tourists for 'unbelievably crass' photographs taken at Auschwitz [tr]

    11/28/2017 6:09:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2017 | Iain Burns
    Jewish groups have lashed out at 'unbelievably crass' selfies taken by young British tourists at a former Nazi death camp where over a million people were murdered. The photographs, which appeared on social media, show visitors smiling and posing at Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland.
  • The Three Bullets of Francesca Mann

    10/23/2017 6:29:45 AM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 23, 2017 | Gary Gindler
    On October 23, 1943, the next train with the Jews – about 1,700 people -- arrived at the death camp (Konzentrationslager) Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Unlike all other trains arriving at Auschwitz, it was a real passenger train, not a cattle train. Also, none of their arriving Jews wore the yellow Star of David on their clothes. Arriving Jews were greeted warmly by the “representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Third Reich” Franz Hössler, who announced that this is their last stop before crossing the border with Switzerland, from where they would travel to different countries of South America....
  • Four in ten German school kids don’t know what Auschwitz was, survey finds

    09/28/2017 7:53:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 September 2017 16:41 CEST+02:00
    Only 59 percent of German school children aged 14 or older know that Auschwitz-Birkenau was a Nazi death camp, a study released on Thursday shows. The study by the Körber Institute found that less than half (47 percent) of 14 to 16 year olds had heard of the death camp where over one million people were murdered between 1941-1945. Their peers aged 17 or over were more likely to have heard of Auschwitz, but three in ten still didn’t know what it was. In the population as a whole, 86 percent of Germans know what the camp's purpose was. “We...
  • Faces of Nazi guards-Poland publishes details of 10,000 of Adolf’s men

    02/02/2017 5:13:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-31-17
    Faces of Nazi guards who helped oversee the death of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz revealed as Poland publishes details of 10,000 of Adolf’s men The names of almost 10,000 Nazi SS commanders and guards who helped in the extermination of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz have been posted online for the first time. The huge searchable database, which includes hundreds of photographs, has been uploaded by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR) in an attempt to dispel false claims that many of the guards were Polish. The list of 9,686 names are predominantly German and...
  • At Auschwitz, a Jewish journalist confronts his anti-Polish bias

    01/27/2017 4:44:23 PM PST · by SJackson · 67 replies
    JTA ^ | January 25, 2017 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) — I did a shameful thing on my first visit 20 years ago to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In a guestbook outside an Auschwitz museum exhibit featuring information on 70,000 Polish non-Jews who were murdered here, I downplayed the significance of their deaths by writing: “Your pain is no credential here, it’s just the shadow of my wound.” Those words — a quote from a Leonard Cohen song that I abused as a high school student from Israel while touring the camp that my grandmother had survived — resurfaced in my consciousness last month...
  • Trudeau at Auschwitz: The Achilles Heel of Multiculturalism

    07/12/2016 8:27:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/12/16 | Howard Rotberg
    After Auschwitz, multiculturalism and moral relativism, are obscene -- Inclusive diversity is a weak substitute, and sometimes it takes a visit to Auschwitz to understand why In November of last year, Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a speech in London England, setting out his view of Canada’s values: “Compassion, acceptance, and trust; diversity and inclusion—these are the things that have made Canada strong and free”, he noted, and continued: “We have a responsibility—to ourselves and to the world—to show that inclusive diversity is a strength, and a force that can vanquish intolerance, radicalism and hate.”
  • Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years

    06/24/2016 9:06:55 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 24, 2016 | Alan Yuhas
    A Pennsylvania man who claimed for years to have escaped from Auschwitz, met track and field star Jesse Owens and Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, confessed on Friday that he had fabricated the entire story. “I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz,” Joseph Hirt, 86, wrote in a letter sent to his local paper, LNP, this week. “I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally...
  • The Israeli Left's War Against the Israeli Flag (and the true impulses behind it)

    06/11/2016 10:55:51 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 9, 2016 | Steve Plaut
    The Israeli Left has a serious flag problem. Well, a problem with the Israeli flag to be precise. The one with the six-pointed blue star. Not the ISIS flag. The Left intensely dislikes people who wave Israeli flags, although I think it would be okay with those radical anti-Trump protesters waving Mexican and Iranian flags. At the Israeli Left's own rallies, like one widely reported recently, one sees oodles of Stalinist red flags, lots of PLO flags, and sometimes one may see Hamas flags, but no Israeli flags. In a few famous cases, the Left's contempt for the flag goes...
  • Croatian Jews to Boycott Official Holocaust Remembrance

    05/03/2016 2:02:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    VOA News ^ | April 04, 2016
    Croatia's Jews will boycott the country's official ceremony honoring the victims of the pro-Nazi regime of World War II, accusing the current government of doing little against what they say is a resurgence of neo-Naziism. The main Jewish agency says it will hold its own commemoration "in line with the Jewish tradition." ... Every April, Croatia honors the victims of the Jasenovac death camp, operated by the pro-Nazi Ustasha regime of World War II. The camp is known as Croatia's own Auschwitz. Historians still debate the exact number of people murdered in the camp, with some saying the total is...
  • Former SS Auschwitz guard apologizes at trial

    04/29/2016 5:46:09 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 125 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 29, 2016 | David Rising
    A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it. Reinhold Hanning told the Detmould state court that he had never spoken about his service in Auschwitz from January 1942 to June 1944, even to his family, but wanted to use his trial as an opportunity to set the record straight. "I want to say that it disturbs...
  • Former Auschwitz guard dies days before trial

    04/08/2016 9:38:09 AM PDT · by Borges · 134 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/8/2016
    A former Auschwitz guard has died days before his trial in Germany -- dashing the hopes of survivors who wanted to see justice for their dead parents. Ernst Tremmel, who was 93, was a guard at the notorious Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. He was accused of 1,075 counts of accessory to murder, covering the time he worked at the camp from November 1942 to June 1943.
  • Man at Trump rally tells protesters to 'go to f---ing Auschwitz' (language warning)

    03/13/2016 4:55:28 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3/13/16 | Kyle Bogden
    A man carrying a Donald Trump campaign poster shouted abuse at protesters while he was leaving a rally in Cleveland on Saturday, 12 March. While walking past a group of protesters who were filming at the time the man slowed down and shouted: “Go to Auschwitz, go to f---ing Auschwitz”. Anti-Trump protesters and Trump supporters yelled at one another as supporters left Cleveland’s International Exposition Center after the Republican frontrunner’s rally had finished. At a rally earlier Saturday outside Dayton, Trump was briefly surrounded by Secret Service agents when a man tried to breach the security buffer. He was stopped...
  • On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz

    01/27/2016 3:09:56 PM PST · by harpygoddess · 15 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 01/27/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    On this date (January 27) in 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz. Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, opened in 1940 and was the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps. Located in southern Poland, Auschwitz initially served as a detention center for political prisoners. However, it evolved into a network of camps where Jewish people and other perceived enemies of the Nazi state were exterminated, often in gas chambers, or used as slave labor. Some prisoners were also subjected to barbaric medical experiments led by Josef Mengele (1911-79). During World War II (1939-45), more than 1 million people, by...