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  • Pope's Auschwitz speech seen as moving but incomplete

    05/29/2006 11:34:55 AM PDT · by lizol · 49 replies · 837+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 29, 2006 | Tom Heneghan
    Pope's Auschwitz speech seen as moving but incomplete Mon May 29, 2006 9:36am ET WARSAW (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's speech in Auschwitz was the most introspective and moving address of his papacy, but some who heard it still thought he did not go far enough. Ending a four-day pilgrimage to Poland on Sunday, the 79-year-old Pontiff reflected on how hard it was for a German to visit the former Nazi death camp and how challenging the evil committed there was for anyone who believed in a loving God. His bold decision to ask at the infamous death camp the question...
  • Pope's visit to Auschwitz (more pictures)

    05/29/2006 7:53:28 AM PDT · by Tarkin · 4 replies · 536+ views
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  • Pope Benedict XVI enters Auschwitz death camp (Full Text of his address)

    05/28/2006 5:44:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 1,095+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 28, 2006
    Reuters - Sun May 28, 3:47 PM ET Survivors of Auschwitz watch as Pope Benedict XVI pays respect by the death wall as he visits the former Auschwitz death camp May 28, 2006. Calling himself 'a son of Germany,' Pope Benedict prayed at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Sunday and asked why God was silent when 1.5 million victims, mostly Jews, died in this 'valley of darkness.' REUTERS/Peter Andrews German-born Pope Benedict XVI walked alone under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau as he began a poignant visit...
  • Pope asks why God was silent at Auschwitz

    05/28/2006 12:58:29 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 54 replies · 1,361+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2006 | Philip Pullella and Natalia Reiter
    Calling himself "a son of Germany," Pope Benedict prayed at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Sunday and asked why God was silent when 1.5 million victims, mostly Jews, died in this "valley of darkness." Ending a four-day pilgrimage to Poland, Benedict, 79, said humans could not fathom "this endless slaughter" but only seek reconciliation for those who suffered then and those who now "are suffering in new ways from the power of hatred." As on the rest of his trip, he walked in the footsteps of his Polish-born predecessor John Paul, who came to the camp in...
  • German-born Benedict visits Auschwitz (pictures)

    05/28/2006 11:36:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 40 replies · 1,863+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 28.05.2006 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    German-born Benedict visits Auschwitz By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer OSWIECIM, Poland - German-born Pope Benedict XVI, walking solemnly with his hands clasped, visited the Auschwitz concentration camp Sunday, passing alone under its infamous gate — a solitary figure in white. Benedict's black-clad entourage kept its distance as he walked under the gate's notorious words: "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "Work Sets You Free." Other than a brief greeting to the local bishop, Benedict kept silent, his lips moving in prayer and the wind tossing his white hair as he stopped for a full minute before the Wall of Death,...
  • German-Born Pope to Walk Through Auschwitz Gate

    05/23/2006 4:42:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 725+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/23/06 | AP
    Pope Benedict will visit the Auschwitz death camp during an upcoming visit to Poland. And when he does, a church official says the Pope will walk into the camp, instead of entering by car. The German-born Benedict plans to pray at former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland on Sunday. It's a visit heavy with symbolism on the last day of a four-day trip to the homeland of his predecessor, Pope John Paul. Benedict initially planned to ride through the Auschwitz gate in his so-called "popemobile." But he decided to walk once Polish organizers pointed out that Nazi commanders and...
  • Witold Pilecki (amazing life of the Polish hero that too few know about)

    05/15/2006 2:26:03 PM PDT · by lizol · 34 replies · 3,791+ views
    Witold Pilecki Born May 13, 1901, Olonets, Karelia, Russia. Died May 25, 1948, Warsaw, Poland. Witold Pilecki (May 13, 1901 – May 25, 1948); codenames Roman Jezierski, Tomasz Serafinski, Druh, Witold) was a soldier of the Second Polish Republic, founder of the resistance movement Secret Polish Army (Tajna Armia Polska) and member of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa). During World War II he was the only known person to volunteer to be imprisoned at Auschwitz Concentration Camp. While there, he organized inmate resistance, and as early as 1940 informed the Western Allies of Nazi Germany's camp atrocities. He escaped from...
  • Pope Benedict will meet Polish Holocaust survivors

    05/13/2006 4:46:16 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 239+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 12.05.2006
    Pope Benedict will meet Polish Holocaust survivors 12.05.2006 Pope Benedict XVI will meet 32 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp during his visit to Poland at the end of this month. Those will include Poles who were among the first trainload of prisoners to arrive at the former Polish army barracks in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim, which the Germans turned into a death camp in 1940. The pope will meet the former inmates at Auschwitz's haunting execution wall, where thousands of prisoners were shot by the Nazis. Benedict's trip to Poland, the native land of his...
  • A German pope's duty at Auschwitz

    05/12/2006 12:05:03 PM PDT · by lizol · 24 replies · 521+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006 | Timothy W. Ryback
    A German pope's duty at Auschwitz Timothy W. Ryback FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006 SALZBURG The Vatican recently announced that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Auschwitz on his scheduled trip to Poland later this month. This will be his second Auschwitz visit. In 1979, when Joseph Ratzinger was archbishop of Munich, he accompanied Pope John Paul II to the former Nazi death camp, where they celebrated Holy Communion. "It was a moving idea and a moving moment to look across these horrific fields of death in which four million human beings lost their lives, and to experience the resurrection as the...
  • Auschwitz. What's in a Name?

    04/26/2006 9:48:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 210+ views
    The Warsaw Voice ^ | 26 April 2006
    What's in a Name? 26 April 2006 The Polish proposal that the name of the former extermination camp should be changed initially met with criticism, and then support from Jewish organizations. Auschwitz-Birkenau has featured on the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List since 1979. In March, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage moved to the UNESCO that the official name of the camp should be changed from the present: Concentration Camp Auschwitz to Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. One of main arguments for the move has been the necessity to prevent the spreading of a false view of...
  • Poland Honors Those Who Died at Auschwitz

    04/25/2006 9:46:18 AM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 264+ views
    Chron.com ^ | April 25, 2006 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    Poland Honors Those Who Died at Auschwitz By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press Writer © 2006 The Associated Press OSWIECIM, Poland — An 80-year-old Auschwitz survivor joined thousands of people who marched in silence Tuesday at the site of the death camp in remembrance of the 6 million victims of the Holocaust. Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister and Nobel peace laureate, led 8,000 people, mostly students, in the annual March of the Living, a two-mile trek from Auschwitz to the larger, neighboring camp at Birkenau, which housed most of the killing complex's gas chambers. Some 1.1 million people, mostly...
  • Poland welcomes Israeli support for renaming Auschwitz

    04/20/2006 3:05:59 PM PDT · by lizol · 10 replies · 404+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 20/04/2006
    Poland welcomes Israeli support for renaming Auschwitz By Reuters Last Update: 20/04/2006 21:04 WARSAW - Poland on Thursday said it welcomed Holocaust museum Yad Vashem's backing for its efforts to have Auschwitz concentration camp renamed to make clear Nazi Germans rather than Poles were responsible for it. Some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at the site, which remains at the heart of sometimes tense but improving Polish-Jewish relations. Poland has asked the United Nations to change the name of its world heritage site from "Auschwitz Concentration Camp" to "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz". Warsaw is incensed...
  • ADL Urges UNESCO to Ensure That Auschwitz Is Designated As "German" Camp

    04/11/2006 11:41:16 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 269+ views
    ADL.org ^ | April 10, 2006
    Anti Defamation League Urges UNESCO to Ensure That Auschwitz Is Designated As "German" Camp New York, NY, April 10, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has expressed support for the government of Poland's ongoing efforts to ensure that the official name of the Auschwitz death camp, as recorded on UNESCO's World Heritage site registry, emphasizes that the camp was built and operated by Nazi Germany. "We share Poland's concerns over the frequent description of Auschwitz as a 'Polish' camp, since this seems to imply that the camp was built in the name of the Polish people," said Abraham H. Foxman,...
  • Auschwitz name change proposal angers Jewish community

    04/11/2006 10:50:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 47 replies · 2,122+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 11.04.06 | Michal Kubicki
    Auschwitz name change proposal angers Jewish community Poland’s request to UNESCO for the name of Auschwitz to be changed on the World Heritage List to the Nazi-German Concentration Camp has met with criticism from the international Jewish community. Michal Kubicki reports 11.04.06 Poland has asked the UN culture organization UNESCO to describe the former Auschwitz camp as ‘Nazi’ and ‘German’ in the UNESCO list of heritage sites. UESCO is to respond to the request by the end of June. In Germany the proposal has provoked mixed reactions. At present the site of the former camp is listed as the “Auschwitz...
  • International ignorance about Auschwitz

    04/11/2006 1:33:17 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 122 replies · 1,674+ views
    Knowing that there is a widespread misconception about the origin of and operation of the Nazi German Auschwitz Birkenau death camps, the Polish government is taking steps to change the name of the camps to emphasize that the camps were Nazi German facilities. This proposal to change the name has met with resistance from some quarters. At the same time it has stirred a sudden debate in Poland that has raised the ire of both the Jewish people who were prisoners at the camp, Polish veterans groups and the families of Polish people who were also prisoners at the camps....
  • Polish request to rename Auschwitz site met with criticism (WJC "they want to redefine history")

    04/07/2006 2:04:22 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 17 replies · 506+ views
    World Jewish Congress ^ | 07 April, 2006
    The Polish government's request to change the official name of the "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp" to "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau" has been met with criticism. Maram Stern, deputy secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, said that "they want to redefine history by changing the name". Although the camp had been built and run by Nazi Germany, everybody in the area had known about its existence and workers were recruited from the Polish population in the neighboring village. The government in Warsaw wants the history of Auschwitz, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, to be separated...
  • Auschwitz escapee who told the world dies in B.C.

    03/31/2006 3:08:46 AM PST · by lunarbicep · 17 replies · 1,506+ views
    theglobeandmail ^ | march 31, 06 | MARK HUME
    VANCOUVER -- When Rudolph Vrba fled Auschwitz in the spring of 1944, he made what may have been the most monumental escape of all time, slipping past Nazi guards and attack dogs that were trained to rip prisoners to pieces. Although his life ended quietly this week in Vancouver, where he succumbed to cancer at age 82, his escape shook the world 62 years ago because of the secret he and a fellow prisoner revealed. They told the world about Auschwitz. Dr. Vrba's feat was remarkable not merely because of what he did -- managing, with prisoner Alfred Wetzler, to...
  • Poland seeks name change for Auschwitz

    03/30/2006 10:31:19 AM PST · by lizol · 27 replies · 766+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 30/03/2006
    Poland seeks name change for Auschwitz Poland’s new conservative government wants to change the official name of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on the Unesco world heritage registry, an official said today. The government, led by the Law and Justice party, hopes to change the name from Auschwitz Concentration Camp to the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Culture Ministry spokesman Jan Kasprzyk said. Polish officials have complained in the past that foreign media sometimes refer to Auschwitz – a death camp located in occupied Poland where Nazi Germany killed 1.5 million people – as a Polish concentration...
  • Auschwitz escapee William Herskovic dies in Encino at 91

    03/07/2006 10:01:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 766+ views
    William Herskovic, who helped fuel the Belgian resistance during World War II after escaping from the Auschwitz concentration camp, has died. He was 91. Herskovic died Friday at his Encino home after a lengthy battle with cancer, said his daughter, Patricia Herskovic. He was the longtime operator of Bel Air Camera in Westwood, which he opened soon after moving to Los Angeles in 1957. Three months after arriving at Auschwitz, Herskovic fled the camp on the first night of Hanukkah in 1942, cutting through a chain-link fence to freedom with two other prisoners using a pair of wire cutters he...
  • HOLOCAUST VICTIMS SUE FRANCE OVER STOLEN PROPERTY

    03/03/2006 3:14:31 PM PST · by Cornpone · 4 replies · 381+ views
    The Tocqueville Connection ^ | 3 March 2006 | The Tocqueville Connection
    NEW YORK, March 3, 2006 (AFP) - Holocaust survivors and victims' families have filed a lawsuit in New York seeking compensation from France for property taken from 75,000 Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps in World War II. As well as the French government, the lawsuit names the state-run SNCF railway and the pension manager for French civil servants, CDC, as defendants who "committed, conspired to commit and aided and abetted others who committed crimes against humanity." France's culpability, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, stemmed from its operation of holding camps...