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  • Police: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen

    12/18/2009 12:04:59 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 1,091+ views
    AP ^ | 2009/12/18
    WARSAW, Poland Polish police say the infamous iron sign over the gate to the Auschwitz memorial site with the cynical phrase "Arbeit Macht Frei" German for "Work Sets You Free" has been stolen. Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said police believe it was stolen between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday, when museum guards noticed that it was missing and alerted police. She says police have launched an intensive search. She says there are currently no suspects but police are pursuing several theories.
  • The man who smuggled himself into Auschwitz

    11/29/2009 12:35:13 AM PST · by the scotsman · 18 replies · 1,787+ views
    BBC News ^ | 28th November 2009 | Rob Broomby
    'When millions would have done anything to get out, one remarkable British soldier smuggled himself into Auschwitz to witness the horror so he could tell others the truth.'
  • Auschwitz Launches Facebook Page

    10/15/2009 3:25:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 397+ views
    WA Today ^ | October 16, 2009
    The memorial museum at Auschwitz has launched a Facebook page, hoping that the popular social networking site will help it reach young people around the globe and engage them in discussions about the former Nazi death camp and the Holocaust. The site, which opened earlier this week, already has more than 1,800 "fans" who have subscribed, with the number growing by the hour - some 500 signed up Thursday morning alone. Many have left messages in English, Hebrew and Polish, the majority expressing the sentiment: "Never again." "This is a kind of an experiment," memorial spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The...
  • Irena Sendler passed over for '07 Nobel Peace Prize for algore (MUST read-true heroine)

    10/12/2009 5:06:00 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 1,566+ views
    The Holocaust - the systematic annihilation of six million Jews - is a history of enduring horror and sorrow. The charred skeletons, the diabolic experiments, the death camps, the mass graves, the smoke from the chimneys ... In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed by the Nazis. 1.5 million children were murdered. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of handicapped children. Yet there...
  • Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit

    05/29/2009 11:42:19 PM PDT · by bronxville · 17 replies · 1,548+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | 29 May 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit The first time they discussed his participation in the war was when Mr Obama wrongly said during the campaign that Mr Payne had "liberated" Auschwitz. Opponents swiftly pointed out that had been done by the Red Army.
  • Message In A Bottle: Hidden Auschwitz message hailed as rare find

    05/06/2009 3:49:22 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 3,237+ views
    sfgate ^ | May 6, 2009 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA,
    A note hidden in a bottle by Auschwitz prisoners 65 years ago in a desperate attempt to preserve a small piece of themselves was added Wednesday to the archives of the Polish state-run museum dedicated to the memory of the former Nazi death camp's victims. Museum Director Piotr Cywinski hailed the document — a list of the names of seven camp inmates that was discovered last month — as a rare discovery and a cause for celebration, given that at least three of the prisoners are still living today.
  • Workmen in Poland Find Hidden Auschwitz Camp Letter

    04/28/2009 12:27:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,308+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 28 Apr 2009
    The note, written in pencil then rolled up and inserted in a bottle, contains the names of seven young people who probably thought they were doomed to die in the notorious Auschwitz death camp. A construction crew renovating a cellar near the Auschwitz site discovered the bottle hidden in a concrete wall, officials said on Monday. Dated September 9, 1944, the note bears the names, camp numbers and hometowns of the seven prisoners -- six from Poland and one from France. "All of them are between the ages of 18 and 20," the final sentence reads. "They were young people...
  • My Visit To AuschwitzMore Articles

    02/12/2009 7:43:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 42 replies · 1,515+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | Feb 11 2009 | Christopher Buckley
    My Visit To Auschwitz More Articles By Christopher Buckley Christopher Buckley Posted Feb 11 2009 Editor's Note: Several years ago, the bestselling novelist Christopher Buckley, accompanied by his late father, the writer and iconic conservative intellectual William F. Buckley Jr., visited Auschwitz. He had never published his haunting account of that experience, but the current furor over Bishop Richard Williamson's claim that the Holocaust is largely a myth and "not one" Jew was gassed at Auschwitz compelled him to do so on The Daily Beast website, where he is a regular contributor. February 19, 2001 You go through...
  • Gaza and Auschwitz, a comparison

    03/16/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT · by Alouette · 11 replies · 1,286+ views
    Vicious Babushka ^ | Mar. 16, 2009 | Vicious Babushka
    The next time some doofus tries to claim that "Gaza is just like Auschwitz" please refer them to this link.
  • Many British schoolchildren can't identify Auschwitz

    03/10/2009 11:47:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies · 935+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Tue, Mar 10, 2009 | Bruce Tomaso
    According to this item from The Times of London, a survey of secondary students in Great Britain (age 11 to 16) revealed that many could not identify Auschwitz -- even though Holocaust studies are part of the national curriculum. The Times cites a poll of students done by the British Press Association. It found that "about 10% were not sure what it [Auschwitz] was, 8% thought it was a country bordering Germany, 2% thought it was a beer, the same proportion said it was a religious festival and a further 1% said it was a type of bread."
  • German firm 'used hair from Auschwitz to make car parts'

    03/03/2009 6:56:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,508+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 Mar 2009 | Tony Paterson
    One of the pillars of German industry, the giant but debt-crippled Schaeffler car parts supplier, was accused yesterday of using hair shorn from at least 40,000 Auschwitz death camp prisoners to make textiles at its factories in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. The highly disturbing allegations were contained in new evidence unearthed by Polish historians at the Auschwitz museum, who said they had found rolls of fabric made from camp inmates' hair at a former Schaeffler factory in Poland's southern region of Silesia. The discovery was the latest in a series of damaging blows for the ailing Schaeffler...
  • President visits Auschwitz-Birkenau on the anniversary of its liberation

    01/27/2009 6:44:05 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 13 replies · 431+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | Jan 27 09 | Warsaw Business Journal
    President Lech Kaczyński will today visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest Nazi concentration camp. The visit will commemorate the 64th anniversary of the camp's liberation.
  • Should Auschwitz Be Left to dDecay?

    01/26/2009 11:35:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies · 1,401+ views
    On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, two experts on Auschwitz argue for and against the idea that the former Nazi death camp should be allowed to crumble away. Historian Robert Jan Van Pelt says that once the last survivor has died it should be left for nature to reclaim, and eventually forgotten. But former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, once an inmate, says Auschwitz must be preserved to bear witness to the fate of its victims. ROBERT JAN VAN PELT, HISTORIAN AND AUTHORMany Auschwitz survivors have told me that a visit to the camp can teach little to those...
  • Auschwitz architectural plans uncovered

    11/09/2008 9:00:24 AM PST · by mojito · 88 replies · 2,664+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/9/2008 | Staff
    The German newspaper Bild published never-before-seen architectural plans of the Auschwitz extermination camp on Saturday that reveal, in their unequivocally marked sections, that everyone involved in the operation of Auschwitz knew full well that it was intended for the systematic extermination of human beings, the paper said. The floor plans, cross-sections and maps on yellowing paper, mostly on a scale of 1:100, were reportedly found during the evacuation of an abandoned Berlin apartment. They were drawn up between 1941 and 1943. The 28 documents include detailed blueprints of prisoner barracks, gas chambers marked clearly Gaskammer (Gas chamber) in a Gothic-inspired...
  • [Prime Minister] Brown's (endearingly mis)pronounced friendship [Auschwitz=Ouchwhich]

    07/21/2008 4:21:14 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-21-08 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    As Gordon Brown, the first British prime minister ever to address the Knesset, told our parliamentarians on Monday, his father was a lifelong friend of Israel who chaired the Church of Scotland's Israel Committee, visited at least twice a year and learned Hebrew. Evidently, he didn't teach his son. Brown admirably attempted, in Hebrew, to utter a phrase of greeting at the start of his speech and to quote Herzl's "If you will it, it is no dream" at the end - but rather mangled both. Indeed, his pronunciations were notable on several occasions, including an "Auschwitz" rendered as "Ouchwhich."...
  • Barack Obamas Uncle In The Attic

    05/28/2008 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Quaker · 6 replies · 69+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | May 28, 2008 | Quaker
    Barack Obama reminisces about his uncle that helped to liberate prisoners in Auschwitz. The only problem is the Red Army liberated Auschwitz not the Americans. (Video Included)
  • Does Barack Have an Uncle and Did He Liberate Auschwitz?

    05/28/2008 2:41:43 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 32 replies · 132+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 5/27/2008 | Moneyrunner
    Well, no. But it makes a good story, and is designed to appeal to Jews. His mother was an only child, so Obama has no American uncles. His uncles on his fathers side (the ones from Kenya), if they participated in WW2, did not go to Europe. ... So what we appear to have is something thats commonly known as resume inflation. And thats what you get when you have a man who has no real experience. When what you have is an empty suit who is trying to pretend that there is substance there. But what was the point...
  • Barack Obama: His Uncle May Have Been in Attic--But Not Auschwitz

    05/27/2008 5:23:40 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 22 replies · 3,274+ views
    DBKP ^ | May 27, 2008 | Mondoreb
    Gaffe n. A clumsy social error; a faux pas Prevaricate v. To stray from truthfulness or sincerity. Was Barack Obama's latest whopper--about his uncle liberating Auschwitz and then hiding in the attic for six months: was it a prevarication or a gaffe? What others have said: "In one of his more egregious and easily demonstrated lies, made even more so by the day he decided to let it loose on, Obama has rewritten WWII history such that the allies liberated Auschwitz." --Purple Avenger, Ace of Spades HQ"Is there a point at which the media will start calling Barack Obama out...
  • France - Le Pen: Auschwitz didn't have gas chambers

    04/25/2008 9:07:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 83 replies · 1,147+ views
    Le Pen: Auschwitz didn't have gas chambers Extreme right-wing leader repeats claim that no Jews were gassed or burned at Nazi death camps, says Auschwitz inmates worked as laborers for factory Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen sparked a chorus of outrage in France on Friday by repeating an incendiary claim that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail of history." Anti-racism and Jewish groups threatened immediate legal action against the National Front chief - who already holds several similar convictions - after he made the comments in a magazine interview. "I said the gas chambers were a detail of...
  • Iranians in Germany to visit Auschwitz

    03/28/2008 11:11:43 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 22 replies · 512+ views
    JTA ^ | 03/28/2008 | Staff
    Thirty Iranian expatriates living in Berlin will visit Auschwitz in April. The ex-pats want to show Iran's president, who has denied the scope of the Holocaust, that they have no doubt about the facts of the Holocaust, "the most massive, industrialized extermination in the 20th century," a statement by organizers said. The trip, from April 11 to 14, is sponsored by the Iranian Dialog Circle of Berlin and the Berlin educational branch of the Heinrich-Bll Foundation, which is associated with Germany's Green Party. The group also will meet with the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor in Krakow and with the...