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  • Jewish Leaders Reflect on Pope's Auschwitz Visit

    05/29/2006 4:33:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 399+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 29, 2006
    "A Warning and a Word of Hope" ROME, MAY 29, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Jewish representatives called Benedict XVI's visit to Auschwitz a warning to humanity to help ensure that such a horror will not be repeated. Giuseppe Laras, president of Italy's rabbis, stated on Vatican Radio that "this visit is a warning to humanity and a word of hope and consolation for all those who suffered." "I have read in Benedict XVI's words the suffering for what occurred, for the responsibilities of Nazism, and in a certain part, also of the German people," said Laras. At the site of the concentration...
  • A rainbow is seen in the sky as the Pope Benedict XVI pays his respect to the victims

    05/28/2006 5:11:39 PM PDT · by beaelysium · 44 replies · 875+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | May 28, 2006 | Damir Sagolj
    A rainbow is seen in the sky as the Pope Benedict XVI pays his respect to the victims of the former Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland 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/Damir Sagolj  
  • 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...
  • Iran Wants to Inspect Auschwitz

    03/03/2006 8:30:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 79 replies · 1,551+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/3/06 | NewsMax
    The government of Iran is seeking permission from the Polish government to conduct on-site inspections of the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau as part of its so-called investigation into whether the Holocaust actually took place. The Jewish Forward reports this week: "With an international showdown fast approaching, Iran once again upset Jewish organizations and raised Western ire by questioning the Holocaust. This time, Iran proposed sending a team of investigators to conduct on-site inspections of Nazi concentration camps, in advance of a Tehran-sponsored conference to debate the 'real scale of the Holocaust.'" The plan was quickly rejected by...
  • Holocaust Denier Gets Three Years

    02/20/2006 10:52:30 AM PST · by Jeremiah2911 · 112 replies · 2,335+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 20, 2006 | VERONIKA OLEKSYN
    Right-wing British historian David Irving pleaded guilty Monday to denying the Holocaust and was sentenced to three years in prison, even after conceding he wrongly said there were no Nazi gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Irving, handcuffed and wearing a navy blue suit, arrived in court carrying a copy of one of his most controversial books — "Hitler's War," which challenges the extent of the Holocaust. "I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz," Irving told the court before his sentencing, at which he faced up to 10 years in prison. He...
  • APPEAL AGAINST "POLISH DEATH" CAMPS

    02/07/2006 2:41:06 PM PST · by lizol · 26 replies · 794+ views
    APPEAL AGAINST "POLISH DEATH" CAMPS Polish conservative daily 'Rzeczpospolita' is running an campaign against the 'Polish death camps' expression. Appeal of Mr. Grzegorz Gauden - editor-in-chief of the "Rzeczpospolita" daily - addressed to worldwide mass media Warsaw, 26th January 2004 Dear Sir, Dear Colleague, Acting as the Editor-in-Chief of the "Rzeczpospolita" daily, the most renowned opinion-forming Polish daily newspaper that has always focused on truth and the compliance with the ethical principles also in the sphere of journalism I have noticed with pain and grief that in many renowned newspapers all over the world a term "Polish concentration camps" appears...
  • Survivors mourn at Auschwitz, ponder Pope visit

    01/27/2006 11:06:51 AM PST · by lizol · 18 replies · 457+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 27, 2006 | Wojciech Zurawski
    Survivors mourn at Auschwitz, ponder Pope visit Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:26 AM ET By Wojciech Zurawski OSWIECIM, Poland (Reuters) - Survivors of the most infamous Nazi death camp, Auschwitz, on Friday marked the 61th anniversary of its liberation and looked to a May visit there by German-born Pope Benedict as a sign of healing. "No one can pass indifferently by the tragedy of the Shoah. This crime has stained all humankind, for all time," said Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, using the Hebrew word for the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews. More than 1.5 million people died at...
  • The New "New Testament"

    01/22/2006 12:15:36 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 30 replies · 464+ views
    The Redneck Rastafarian ^ | 1/22/'06 | The Redneck Rastafarian (Zionist Conspirator)
    Have you heard the news? The "old covenant" between G-d and the Jews is no longer in effect. Sinai has been superceded. But not to worry; the Jews still have an important place in this "new testament," even though their role has changed radically. Yes, once upon a time the Creator of the Universe chose the progeny of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to teach the world about G-d. They were given the Holy Torah and the Land of Israel. They built a beautiful Temple in Jerusalem and on behalf of mankind conducted the sacrificial service G-d gave them. But that's...
  • 'Is it possible to describe hell on a sheet of paper?'

    11/29/2005 5:49:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 40 replies · 1,366+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-29-05 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    The notebooks are now yellow with age and illegible in some sections. Filled with heart-wrenching short stories and poems that depict a horror beyond human imagination, they serve as the last will and testament of a young Jewish boy incarcerated in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II. The stories were written in Polish by an ill and malnourished Avraham Cytryn over a four-year period (1940-1944) - from the time he was 13 until he was 17, when he was transported to Auschwitz and gassedto death. After the war, the notebooks were found scattered on the floor of the family's...
  • ICE DEPORTS “HOLOCAUST REVISIONIST” TO GERMANY

    11/19/2005 8:46:40 PM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 381+ views
    ICE! ^ | November 15, 2005 | ICE!
    CHICAGO — A well-known revisionist and holocaust denier, wanted in Germany for inciting racial hatred by denying that thousands of Jews were gassed to death at Auschwitz, was deported last night by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “ICE is focused on protecting America and promoting public safety by ensuring that fugitive aliens are removed from the United States as expeditiously as possible,” said Deborah Achim, field officer director for Chicago’s detention and removal program. “We are restoring integrity to the immigration system by finding and removing individuals ordered deported by federal immigration judges.”...
  • Europe Died in Auschwitz

    09/26/2005 7:50:14 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 94 replies · 7,747+ views
    Isreal Insider ^ | Sept. 23, 2005 | Sebastian Villar Rodriguez
    Europe Died in Auschwitz By Sebastian Villar Rodriguez September 23, 2005 I was walking along Raval (in Barcelona) when all of a sudden I understood that Europe died with Auschwitz. We assassinated 6 million Jews in order to end up bringing in 20 million Muslims! We burnt in Auschwitz the culture, intelligence and power to create. We burnt the people of the world, the one who is proclaimed the chosen people of God. Because it is the people who gave to humanity the epic figures who were capable of changing history (Christ, Marx, Einstein, Freud...) and who represent the origin...
  • (Bishop) Dolan to visit death camps during Jewish-Catholic trip

    09/11/2005 2:40:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 344+ views
    Journal Online ^ | September 9, 2005 | Tom Heinen
    Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and six other Roman Catholic bishops from the United States will spend a day at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps later this month during a Jewish-Catholic study trip to Poland and Rome with three East Coast rabbis. I see (Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan) as a future cardinal and a very important leader of the Catholic community. - Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz,executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University This is not the first time U.S. bishops have visited the Auschwitz-area camps, the largest of the Nazi-run camps during World War II. Some 1.5...
  • Auschwitz Rave Video Causes Outrage

    08/16/2005 7:24:41 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 48 replies · 2,222+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | 08/16/2005 | Taken out a summary (scroll down the text)
    Auschwitz Rave Video Causes Outrage Auschwitz's infamous railroad -- Not a laughing matter... Zoom AP Auschwitz's infamous railroad -- Not a laughing matter... A video circulated on the Internet depicting a fictitious rave party at the Auschwitz concentration camp has provoked a furious reaction from Jewish groups. The Polish government has also officially requested that "Housewitz" be removed from the Internet, but one Dutch website has refused. Dicky Thijssen, a 22-year old Dutch student has confessed to having produced the clip claiming it was a "very bad joke". "I should never have done it, " he said, "I'm very, very...
  • The scandal of Housewitz

    08/11/2005 9:22:45 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 735+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | August 11, 2005
    The scandal of Housewitz Free showers in gas chambers, skinny-Jew dress code, dancing to the music played by DJs dressed as Nazi soldiers - are just some of the features of an internet advertisement conceived by a 22-year-old Dutch student. The image of the non-existent site of Housewitz welcomes you with a huge sign Tanzen macht frei, dance will set you free, in the place where the Germans put out the slogan Arbeit macht frei, work will set you free, on the premises of the Auschwtiz camp. If that was not enough, the dance party was advertised for... the national...
  • Jewish Group Urges Removal of Film Clip

    08/10/2005 6:11:22 PM PDT · by minus_273 · 17 replies · 721+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 8/10/05 | JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Writer
    PARIS - An Internet film clip that depicts the Auschwitz death camp as a rave party drew sharp criticism from a leading Jewish rights group Wednesday, which urged authorities to order the film to be removed from several European Web sites. ADVERTISEMENT The 3-minute video depicts SS soldiers as DJs and flashes offensive messages over images of concentration camp victims. The video alternates black-and-white photos of Holocaust atrocities with color images of youths partying at an open-air rave. The Simon Wiesenthal Center's European office in Paris denounced the film as "outrageous," saying in a statement that it goes "beyond the...
  • Auschwitz oven builders scrutinised at exhibition

    07/23/2005 11:23:47 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,279+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/05 | Alexandra Hudson
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Hartmut Topf has spent a lifetime trying to comprehend why family firm Topf & Soehne agreed 64 years ago to build crematoria for Auschwitz and enable industrialized mass murder. He knows there can be no satisfactory answer. A new Berlin exhibition sheds light on Topf, one of countless largely forgotten small firms to provide the technical know-how for the Holocaust. It tries to trace why this eastern German furnace maker became entangled with the Nazis, despite sensing what the ovens were being used for. Fresh archive evidence shows the brothers who ran Topf, cousins of Hartmut's father,...
  • Not to Forget, but to Forgive (Christian in Israel)

    06/17/2005 6:46:21 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies · 270+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 17, 2005 | Patricia Golan
    In Israel, Father Emile Shoufani is probably best known for having organized an extraordinary four-day Arab-Jewish pilgrimage to Auschwitz in 2003. Abroad, where he is known as "Le Cure' de Nazareth" (The Parish Priest of Nazareth)... Shoufani is director of one of the most prestigious schools in the country, St. Joseph's Seminary and High School in Nazareth. Muslim and Druse pupils make up 40% of the student body; the rest are Christians. "This is a Catholic school, but not in the sense of the Jewish religious schools," he explains. "It's a place for students of all backgrounds to be together."...
  • 65th anniversary of first transport to Auschwitz Nazi death camp

    06/13/2005 11:32:57 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 13.06.2005
    65th anniversary of first transport to Auschwitz Nazi death camp 13.06.2005 Commemorations of the 65th anniversary of the first transport of prisoners to the Auschwitz concentration camp have began in the southern city of Tarnow. It was from there that the Nazis had gathered 728 young Poles, mostly soldiers who hadn’t escaped after the German onslaught in 1939, to be sent to Auschwitz. They arrived at the death camp on June 14th, 1940, which is considered to be the official date of the establishment of what was to become the biggest graveyard in World War Two and the site of...
  • Sharon to visit Auschwitz for Holocaust march

    05/04/2005 10:51:35 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 269+ views
    Reuters Polska ^ | 2005-05-04
    Sharon to visit Auschwitz for Holocaust march 2005-05-04 18:57 JERUSALEM, May 4 (Reuters) Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will take part in a commemorative march for Holocaust victims in Poland on Thursday, a trip his aides say will symbolise steadfastness in the face of rising anti-Semitism. He will join Polish leaders and an estimated 20,000 people from around the world in the annual walk between the former Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps, honouring the 6 million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust during World War Two. The event, expected to be the largest ever March of the Living along the...
  • 20,000 to join March of the Living in Auschwitz

    04/30/2005 11:57:43 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 30.04.2005
    20,000 to join March of the Living in Auschwitz 30.04.2005 More than 20,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s March of the Living at the site of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, southern Poland. The march, commemorating victims of the Holocaust, will be the largest in the 18 year history of the event. Delegations from almost 50 countries are expected to arrive in Auschwitz on May 5. Alongside thousands of young people and the camp survivors, there will be prime ministers of Poland and Israel Marek Belka and Ariel Sharon. The idea of the March...
  • An anti-Semite? Not Father Kolbe

    04/21/2005 9:34:13 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 463+ views
    The Tidings ^ | April 21, 2005 | Patricia Treece
    An anti-Semite? Not Father Kolbe By Patricia Treece There is much that is good about "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope," a PBS "Frontline" presentation from 2002 that has re-aired in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the program also accuses John Paul of canonizing an anti-Semite --- Polish Franciscan and WWII martyr of charity, St. Maximilian Kolbe. As one who was asked by Father Kolbe's religious order, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, to write his biography ("A Man for Others," Harper San Francisco, 1982), I should like to respond to that charge. I told of Father Kolbe's extraordinary life through the testimonies...
  • Classical Music as Terri Put to Death

    03/31/2005 10:32:21 AM PST · by tomahawk · 28 replies · 1,050+ views
    3/31/05 | Tomahawk
    As Terri Schiavo was being brutally starved/dehydrated until her vital organs stopped functioning and she died, the butchers played classical music in the room, selections from the composer Debussy. Classical music also was played at Auschwitz (where my father's family was murdered by the Nazis, and where my father spent several months before being sent to other camps). Here's a description: "As you exit out of the rear of the administration building, you see the famous 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (Work Makes You Free) gate immediately on your right. This gate was the main entrance into the camp until it was...
  • Another Reason to Take Down Syria - Nazi Alois Brunner

    02/23/2005 4:45:29 AM PST · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 12 replies · 2,309+ views
    WANTED ^ | 2002 | Louis Bulow
    Alive in Damascus: "the most outstanding surviving Nazi war criminal" Never too late for justice .. Alois Brunner was born in Austria in 1912 and joined the Austrian Nazi Party in 1931 at the age of 19. His anti-Semitism was considered to be so extreme that he was swiftly tapped to be Adolf Eichmann’s private secretary. As head of the Nazi’s Jewish affairs office in prewar Vienna, he organized persecution that forced thousands of Jews to flee to other European countries and the United States. When World War II started, he sent 47,000 Austrian Jews to concentration camps. After organizing...
  • Dodd, Harry & Russia

    02/06/2005 12:44:58 PM PST · by Willie Green · 7 replies · 634+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 6, 2005 | Dateline D.C.
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Christopher Dodd, the very liberal Connecticut Democrat, wrote of his recent visit to Venezuela in a letter to the editor of The Washington Post. Hugo Chavez, the neo-Marxist military leader, was "democratically elected," Mr. Dodd notes; he urges the White House "to reconsider its failed approach to Venezuela." In just the same way, Dodd would welcome back Jean-Bertrand Aristide, his best friend in Haiti. Dodd is known in Washington as "the senator from accounting," a richly earned sobriquet for the legislation he initiated that would have protected the Arthur Andersen firm for its role in the Enron...
  • Anne Bayefsky: Never Again? The U.N. gets a P.R. boost [will be costly to Israel]

    02/03/2005 8:46:45 AM PST · by Tolik · 12 replies · 924+ views
    NRO ^ | January 27, 2005 | Anne Bayefsky
    On Monday, the United Nations marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp with a day-long special session of the U.N. General Assembly, followed by the opening of an exhibition. Throughout the event, the words "never again" were repeated many times. But what exactly did they mean to U.N. members and officials? Here is the cynical response: They meant that the secretary-general has been seriously weakened by the Oil-for-Food scandal and ongoing congressional and criminal investigations, as well as the sexual abuse of refugees in the Congo by U.N. peacekeepers and the mishandling of sexual-harassment charges...
  • Holocaust survivors from Montreal recall horrors of Auschwitz

    01/31/2005 10:54:44 AM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 371+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | Thu Jan 27, 4:55 PM ET | NELSON WYATT
    MONTREAL (CP) - It took Bella Jedwab a long time to recognize her dear friend when their paths finally crossed at the Auschwitz death camp 60 years ago. Canadian Press Photo "She had shaved hair and I had shaved hair," Jedwab said. "We couldn't recognize each other. I said, 'You are Luba?' " They had worked together in the Lodz ghetto in Poland but were separated when the Nazis decided to exterminate people in the community and rounded them up. "We were very close friends," Jedwab said Thursday in an interview at a gathering marking the 60th anniversary of the...
  • Guantanamo, The United States' Auschwitz

    01/31/2005 8:54:26 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 70 replies · 3,128+ views
    Pravda ^ | 01/25/2005 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    Nobody should grandstage or try to score cheap points from Auschwitz. Neither should Guantanamo exist in this day and age. Before the hail of criticism is unleashed, together with hacking attacks and threatening messages on the author's personal and secret e-mail accounts, let it be said that Auschwitz, together with the other concentration camps, showed the depths of depravity and evil to which the human being can descend. For those of us who have visited such a camp, we can only start to imagine the sheer horror of what took place, the studied concentration of cruelty and hatred against innocent...
  • World ignores Russia's role in the destruction of Nazism

    01/31/2005 8:42:29 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 155 replies · 1,968+ views
    Pravda ^ | 01/31/2005 | Vadim Trukhachev
    The somber ceremony in Auschwitz was supposed to help Russia and the West overcome certain contradictions President Vladimir Putin was on a visit to Poland on January 27th, where he participated in the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The ceremony, which originally promised to commemorate victims of Nazism, turned out to be another political spectacle, at which Polish politicians tried to show Russia its place.The Polish press launched the anti-Russian campaign a week before Putin's visit to Krakow and Auschwitz. Polish journalists wrote in their articles that Russia and Poland had started the new cold...
  • They died – and now we sneer

    01/30/2005 4:31:53 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 24 replies · 1,538+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | January 30, 2005 | Leo McKinsry
    The wind moaned gently in the nearby forest of the Vosges mountain. A thick blanket of snow lay on the ground and on the thousands of white crosses that marked the graves of US servicemen who had fallen in France during the Second World War.With my wife and her aunt Nancy from Pittsburgh, we had come to the American military cemetery at Epinal in eastern France, where 5,200 US soldiers are buried. We were paying tribute to one of those brave men, Private Bill Anderson from Pennsylvania, Nancy's brother, who went through D-Day and then died at the age of...
  • Cheney Tours Nazi Concentration Camp

    01/28/2005 11:57:43 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 26 replies · 901+ views
    AP ^ | Fri Jan 28 | DEB RIECHMANN
    OSWIECIM, Poland - Vice President Dick Cheney toured a Nazi concentration camp here Friday, walking through red-brick barracks, viewing mounds of human hair and walking under a cynical sign at the main gate that reads: "Arbeit macht frei," which means "Work brings freedom." Cheney had toured Auschwitz once before — back in 1975 when he was chief of staff for President Ford. On Friday he spent about 90 minutes in freezing temperatures walking around the snow-covered camp. He signed a condolence book at one of the first crematoriums where 400 people, mostly Jews, were gassed at a time and their...
  • British Muslims Cheapen the Holocaust

    01/28/2005 7:17:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies · 494+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | January 28, 2005 | Melanie Phillips
    They'd prefer a Jew-free remembrance of the current anti-Palestinian "genocide." Countries around the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz yesterday – but the Muslim Council of Britain did not take part in the commemorations for reasons that belie an underlying anti-Semitism. The Muslim Council of Britain did not attend Britain’s Auschwitz commemoration in Westminster Hall, because, according to its Secretary-General Iqbal Sacranie, the event excluded “ongoing genocide and human rights abuses around the world and in the occupied territories of Palestine.” In a subsequent radio interview, he attempted to undo the damage. The report, he claimed,...