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  • Poland: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen

    12/18/2009 10:32:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 823+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12/18/09 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and KRZYSZTOF KOPACZ,
    OSWIECIM, Poland – The Nazis' infamous iron sign declaring "Arbeit Macht Frei" — German for "Work Sets You Free" — was stolen Friday from the entrance of the former Auschwitz death camp, Polish police said. The 5-meter-long (16-foot-long), 40-kilogram (90-pound) iron sign at the Holocaust memorial site in southern Poland was unscrewed on one side and torn off on the other, police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said.
  • 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 Ć¢ā‚¬ā€¯ a list of the names of seven camp inmates that was discovered last month Ć¢ā‚¬ā€¯ 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 Obama’s 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 father’s side (the ones from Kenya), if they participated in WW2, did not go to Europe. ... So what we appear to have is something that’s commonly known as “resume inflation.” And that’s 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-Böll 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...
  • Bush wrongly blames America for not bombing Auschwitz

    01/14/2008 10:02:11 AM PST · by DFG · 121 replies · 176+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/08 | JR Dunn
    I take second place to no one in my admiration for George W. Bush. But there are times when he comes out with something so obtuse, so ill thought out, that it simply grates on the brain. Remarks of the "I have gazed into Putin's soul" variety. (I gazed into Putin's soul too. I needed two weeks of electroshock to straighten me out afterward.)
  • Bush Wrongly Blames America By J.R. Dunn

    01/13/2008 5:45:50 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 6 replies · 63+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 13 January 2008 | J.R. Dunn
    Bush Wrongly Blames America By J.R. Dunn I take second place to no one in my admiration for George W. Bush. But there are times when he comes out with something so obtuse, so ill thought out, that it simply grates on the brain. Remarks of the "I have gazed into Putin's soul" variety. (I gazed into Putin's soul too. I needed two weeks of electroshock to straighten me out afterward.) Last week gave us yet another example. Visiting Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum and memorial, a deeply moved Bush was heard to say, "We should have bombed Auschwitz." That...
  • Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz

    01/11/2008 10:05:46 AM PST · by starlifter · 94 replies · 182+ views
    JERUSALEM - President Bush had tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial Friday and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing, the memorial's chairman said.
  • Bush Says U.S. Should Have Bombed WWII Death Camp

    01/11/2008 5:54:03 AM PST · by SolidWood · 88 replies · 138+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Friday, January 11, 2008 | AP
    JERUSALEM — President Bush had tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial Friday and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing, the memorial's chairman said. Bush emerged from a tour of the Yad Vashem memorial calling it a "sobering reminder" that evil must be resisted, and praising victims for not losing their faith. ...(snip) Bush was visibly moved as he toured the site, said Yad Vashem's chairman, Avner Shalev. "Twice, I saw tears well up in his eyes," Shalev said. At one point, Bush viewed...
  • PLO's ambassador to Poland visits Auschwitz

    10/27/2007 1:06:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 81+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 10.24.07 | Roee Nahmias
    PLO's ambassador to Poland visits Auschwitz Khaled Soufan arrives at concentration camp as Israeli ambassador's guest. Visit meant to show solidarity with Jews' suffering during WWII, he says Roee Nahmias Published: 10.24.07, 22:56 / Israel Jewish Scene A rare visit: The PLO's ambassador to Poland visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Wednesday. Khaled Soufan was accompanied by David Peleg, the Israeli ambassador to Poland. The two spent some two and a half hours in the camp, during which Soufan told Peleg that only when one visits Auschwitz, can one grasp the scope of the Holocaust. Soufan, a former PLO ambassador...
  • From the H-Bomb to the Human Bomb

    10/22/2007 8:10:11 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 318+ views
    With what measureless naivety has the twenty-first-century democratic citizen managed to be surprised when hate breaks down his door? He has—along with his father and his father’s father—witnessed, directly or indirectly, wars, murderous revolutions, and the genocides that were the last century’s specialty. How could he believe himself immune? “Not here, not me,” he told himself. But then, on September 11, 2001, Americans saw several thousand of their own assassinated, for no reason. There they were, unsuspecting, in their usual places, at work or at a café, white, black, and yellow, housewife and banker, when they suddenly realized that they...
  • 'The Holocaust Won't Disappear' (Spiegel interview with Israeli historian Saul Friedländer)

    10/09/2007 1:19:12 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 1 replies · 280+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/08/2007
    Israeli historian Saul Friedländer -- winner of the 2007 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade to be presented this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair -- spoke to SPIEGEL about the importance of victims' accounts in researching the Holocaust and the failure of efforts in Germany to draw a line under the issue.Historian Saul Friedländer argues that attempts to draw a line under the Holocaust in Germany are bound to fail. SPIEGEL: Professor Friedländer, in contrast to other accounts of the history of the Holocaust, in your book "Nazi Germany and the Jews, the Years of Extermination," you give...
  • Laughing at Auschwitz.

    09/22/2007 6:46:14 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 81 replies · 1,258+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 09/21/2007
    Newly released photos of SS officers sitting in canvas chairs, participating in sing-alongs and enjoying their free time at a recreation home near Auschwitz have shocked many in Germany this week.
  • Dresden vs. Auschwitz (Germans, as victims of WW2)

    08/23/2007 12:54:32 PM PDT · by lizol · 89 replies · 1,487+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 23/08/2007 | Aviva Lori
    Dresden vs. Auschwitz By Aviva Lori In February 2005, Dr. Gilad Margalit visited Dresden. The winter of 2005 was cold, but at the events marking the 60th anniversary of the Allied bombing of the city it was hot. Very hot. About 5,000 neo-Nazis descended on Dresden from all over Germany and from throughout Europe for the big demonstration on February 13, a Sunday. It was a colorful, violent demonstration that sought to carve out territory in the streets and especially in the national consciousness. The massive physical presence of the demonstrators only heightened the growing recognition in Germany in recent...
  • History matters

    07/26/2007 12:25:39 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 326+ views
    Polish Radio ^ | 26.07.2007 | Michal Kubicki
    History matters 26.07.2007 American students study history of the Holocaust at the Auschwitz camp Michal Kubicki reports There is surely no better place to study the Holocaust than the site of the former German Nazi camp of Auschwitz. Some 1.1 million people, almost one million of them Jews from Poland and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe perished there. A group of ten American students is spending several weeks at the Jewish Centre close to the former camp to gain insights into the common history of Poles and Jews. The Auschwitz Jewish Centre was founded eight years ago to cater for Jews...
  • 11-nation commission agrees to start transferring Nazi archive to Holocaust researchers

    05/15/2007 8:53:17 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 28 replies · 718+ views
    SignOnSandiego ^ | 6:03 a.m. May 15, 2007
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Diplomats from 11 countries agreed Tuesday to bypass legal obstacles and begin distributing electronic copies of documents from a secretive Nazi archive, making them available to Holocaust researchers for the first time in more than a half century. The decision was meant to avoid further delays in allowing Holocaust survivors to find their own stories and family histories, and for historians to seek new insights into Europe's darkest period. The countries governing the archive maintained by the International Tracing Service approved a plan to begin transferring scanned documents as soon as they are ready so that receiving...
  • Young Swedes lack knowledge about communism

    05/09/2007 1:25:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 54 replies · 1,564+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 05/09/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Less than fifteen years after the last Soviet troops pulled out of the Baltic States, a new survey has shown that young Swedes are still in the dark about the fate of its neighbours behind the Iron Curtain. A poll carried out by Demoskop on behalf of the Organization for Information on Communism (Föreningen för upplysning om kommunismen - UOK) found that 90 percent of Swedes between the ages of 15 and 20 had never heard of the Gulag. This can be contrasted with the 95 percent who knew of Auschwitz. "Unfortunately we were not at all surprised by the...
  • Poland concerned by Hirchson attendance at Holocaust march

    04/11/2007 11:26:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 11/04/2007 | Amiram Barkat
    Poland concerned by Hirchson attendance at Holocaust march By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent Polish officials have expressed concern recently regarding the possible attendance of Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson in the annual March of Remembrance and Hope scheduled to take place later this month in Poland. The Poles explained Hirchson's presence might be problematic following suspicions that he embezzled funds from non-profit organizations that organize the march commemorating Holocaust victims. Director of the Middle East Department in the Polish Foreign Ministry relayed his concerns last week during a meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Poland, David Peleg. The Polish diplomat told...
  • Auschwitz exhibition irritates Poles

    04/05/2007 11:55:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 469+ views
    jpost.com ^ | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A disagreement over a Russian exhibit at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz has emerged as a new irritant in relations between Russia and Poland, where resentment of Cold War domination by Moscow remains strong. The camp museum has delayed the opening of the Russian-designed exhibition because it uses the term "Soviet citizens" to refer to people taken to Auschwitz from former Polish territory seized by the Soviet Union at the start of World War II, said museum head Piotr Cywinski. "Why is Russia still interpreting Stalinist times this way?" Cywinski said during an interview on Radio Tok FM....
  • Fresh Russian-Polish crisis looms

    04/04/2007 12:26:47 PM PDT · by lizol · 10 replies · 475+ views
    Polish Radio ^ | 04.04.2007 | Slawek Szefs
    Fresh Russian-Polish crisis looms 04.04.2007 Already tense Polish-Russian relations get worse following alleged closure of an exhibition of Russian war-time martyrology at Auschwitz. Slawek Szefs reports Kommiersant newspaper has claimed the closure of the Russian exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is a way of pressuring Moscow to officially admit that the Soviet Army had occupied parts of Polish territory during World War Two. Jaroslaw Mensfelt, spokesman for the Museum, says four years ago the Russian side decided to establish a new national exhibition, so the natural consequence was to close the old one in order to prepare and mount another,...
  • Poland closes Russian exposition in Auschwitz

    04/03/2007 12:31:21 PM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 542+ views
    Poland closes Russian exposition in Auschwitz 3.04.2007 The administration of the museum in the former Auschwitz concentration camp has decided to close the Russian exposition and says it can be reopened only if Russia acknowledges occupation of Poland by the USSR. Citizenship of the concentration camp's victims appeared to be a stumbling block for the museum's administration. People burnt in the camp are listed as "USSR citizens" on the Russian stands at the museum which is not true according to the directorate of the memorial. Besides, the museum's representatives claim that while preparing exposition materials Russians gave wrong numbers of...
  • Best book on Auschwitz?? (Vanity)

    03/26/2007 4:11:09 AM PDT · by Colosis · 38 replies · 1,607+ views
    I have just returned from Auschwitz after a short stay in Cracow. I didn't do much research before I went which I now greatly regret. I'm still in a state of semi-shock at what I have seen and would like any recommendations on what I should read. I hear Primo Levi's book is good.
  • On 62nd anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, Poland honors those who tried to save inmates

    01/27/2007 12:40:33 PM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 339+ views
    On 62nd anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, Poland honors those who tried to save inmates The Associated Press January 27, 2007 OSWIECIM, Poland: Poland's president paid homage on the 62nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to those people living near the Nazi death camp who risked their lives to help inmates during World War II. At a ceremony outside the site Saturday, Holocaust survivors and local residents listened to a letter from President Lech Kaczynski in which he said that the world has underestimated the determination of people outside the camp to save prisoners. A presidential aide, undersecretary of state...
  • Polish Nazi death camps to be preserved

    12/07/2006 1:53:22 PM PST · by lizol · 22 replies · 682+ views
    The London Free Press ^ | 6 December, 2006
    Polish Nazi death camps to be preserved Wed, December 6, 2006 By FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES WARSAW, POLAND -- The International Auschwitz Council agreed yesterday to modernize a 51-year-old exhibition at the site of the Nazi death camp and build walls to prevent the ruins of gas chambers from sinking into the ground. The decision to renovate and preserve remains of the vast Nazi death camp in southern Poland marks a change in the long-standing approach to maintaining the site, which has been left as the Allies found it. The Allies liberated the camp at the end of the Second...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad invited to visit Auschwitz

    09/01/2006 7:56:23 AM PDT · by oxcart · 24 replies · 645+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 08/31/2006 | By Amiram Barkat
    The chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, Noach Flug, yesterday invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Auschwitz as a guest of the International Auschwitz Committee. Flug, himself a survivor of the camp, is one of the heads of the organization, some of whose members are non-Jewish former prisoners from Poland, Hungary, France, Great Britain and the U.S., among others. In a letter, Flug wrote that ever since Ahmadinejad became president, "We have been closely following your appearances and racist statements and the fact that you are a serial Holocaust-denier."
  • All European life died in Auschwitz

    08/18/2006 9:31:38 PM PDT · by Let's Roll · 226 replies · 5,395+ views
    Received in an email today | 2002 | By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez
    Subject: Fwd: Spanish newspaper article on Judaism (In English) All European life died in Auschwitz By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the...
  • Poland: Auschwitz martyr Kolbe remembered

    08/14/2006 11:55:37 AM PDT · by lizol · 39 replies · 1,077+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 14, 2006
    Poland: Auschwitz martyr Kolbe remembered By ASSOCIATED PRESS WARSAW, Poland A leading Roman Catholic official led a Mass at Auschwitz on Monday to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar who gained martyrdom by volunteering to die in the place of another man at the Nazi death camp. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop of Krakow and the longtime secretary to the late Pope John Paul II, led the ceremony for the Polish friar whose action during World War II carries symbolic weight for the church and Catholic-Jewish relations. Kolbe was sent to Auschwitz in...
  • Son sues Auschwitz for father's suitcase

    08/12/2006 8:13:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 32 replies · 1,013+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 12, 2006 | Charles Bremner and Roger Boyes
    Son sues Auschwitz for father's suitcase By Charles Bremner and Roger Boyes Victim's bag was spotted after museum lent it to an exhibition in Paris SADNESS tinged the voice of Michel Levi-Leleu, a retired French engineer, as he explained why he was locked in a legal battle with the former Auschwitz death camp over a long-lost suitcase and the memory of his father. “I don’t understand the attitude of Auschwitz. I would have thought that they would have come out of this bigger if they had themselves suggested that the case stay in France,” said M Levi-Leleu as he concluded...
  • The Man Who Stepped Out of Line (St. Maximilian Kolbe and Christian Masculinity)

    08/10/2006 6:42:26 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies · 975+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | 8/11/2006 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    The Man Who Stepped Out of LineIn this post-feminist age where men are still learning remedial masculinity, we have a model of manhood lived heroically which we would do well to emulate. In the early twentieth century Poland gave us that manly priest, John Paul II, but also his hero, Maximilian Kolbe, priest, missionary, spiritual father and martyr of brotherly love. St. Maximilian’s feast day is August 14th, the vigil of his beloved Virgin Mary’s Assumption and the day which commemorates the conquest of virile love over the totalitarian creeds of his generation. As men, we could all learn a...
  • Poland wins name change for Auschwitz death camp

    07/12/2006 1:48:31 PM PDT · by lizol · 25 replies · 665+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Wed 12 Jul 2006
    Poland wins name change for Auschwitz death camp WARSAW (Reuters) - The United Nations has agreed to rename Auschwitz concentration camp to stress that Nazi Germans, not Poles, were responsible for the world's most notorious death camp, Poland's Culture Ministry said on Wednesday. "Auschwitz Concentration Camp", a U.N. heritage site, will be renamed "the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz", the ministry of culture said in a statement. Poland asked the U.N. in April to rename Auschwitz, where 1.5 people, mostly Jews, died in World War Two. Warsaw objects to references to "Polish gas chambers" at the "Polish concentration...
  • Poland wins Auschwitz name change

    07/12/2006 8:35:55 AM PDT · by SmoothTalker · 25 replies · 1,145+ views
    "The United Nations has agreed to rename Auschwitz concentration camp to stress that Nazi Germans, not Poles, were responsible for the world's most notorious death camp, Poland's Culture Ministry said on Wednesday. "Auschwitz Concentration Camp", a U.N. heritage site, will be renamed "the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz", the ministry of culture said in a statement."
  • Poland marks first Auschwitz transports

    06/15/2006 10:34:37 AM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 306+ views
    JTA ^ | 15.06.2006
    Poland marks first Auschwitz transports Poland marked the anniversary of the first transport of prisoners to Auschwitz. Ceremonies were held Wednesday at the former Nazi death camp for the 728 prisoners, mostly Catholic Poles persecuted for their political views, as well as a small number of Jews. The prisoners were transported from an infamous prison in Tarnow in the south of the country on June 14, 1940. Although Polish non-Jews were the first casualties of Auschwitz, the majority of the 1.1-1.5 million who died there were Jews.
  • Assessing Benedict XVI's Visit to Auschwitz (by Jewish born French missionary)

    06/07/2006 4:37:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 168+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 7, 2006
    Interview With Father Jean Stern ROME, JUNE 7, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's visit to Auschwitz is a continuation of John Paul II's teachings on the particular relationship between God and the Jews, says a priest whose parents died in that camp. In this interview, held May 28, Father Jean Stern, a Jewish-born French missionary of Our Lady of LaSalette, shared with ZENIT his reflections on Benedict XVI's historic visit to Auschwitz during his trip to Poland. Q: No doubt you followed closely Benedict XVI's visit to Auschwitz. What did you find especially significant about this visit? Father Stern: The fact...
  • The Silence Of God (God Did Not Build Auschwitz; Man Did. Free Will Alert)

    06/04/2006 11:02:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 43 replies · 998+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 05/05/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    "Where was God in those days?" asked Pope Benedict XVI as he stood in Auschwitz last week. "Why was he silent? How could he permit this endless slaughter, this triumph of evil?" It is the inevitable question in Auschwitz, that vast factory of death where the Nazis tortured, starved, shot, and gassed to death as many as a million and a half innocent human beings, most of them Jews. "In a place like this, words fail," Benedict said. "In the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord,...