Daily Archives: February 13, 2009

Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of Auschwitz Prisoners Unloading Confiscated Clothing

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Jewish Man with a Wicker Chair Arrives at the “Judenramp” (Auschwitz-Birkenau, May, 1944)

Source: US Holocaust Museum archive

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Walled Entrance to an Area Used as a Gas Chamber, and Later in the War as a Bomb Shelter, Auschwitz Main Camp (Auschwitz 1). The Building in the Background was a Regional Headquarters for the Gestapo

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Men Selected for Forced Labor, Auschwitz, May, 1944

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: The ‘Canada’ Warehouses Behind Barbed Wire, Auschwitz

The Auschwitz storehouses where German soldiers collected clothes and other items confiscated from prisoners were nicknamed by them “Canada” (perhaps because they associated Canada with material abundance).

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of a Column of Auschwitz Prisoners Walking to (or from) a Work Assignment (1942-1944)

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Jewish Men from Carpatho-Ukraine Arrive at Auschwitz-Birkenau, May 1944

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Carpatho-Ukrainian Jews at the “Judenramp” (Receiving Area) Await Selection for Labor or Immediate Extermination, Auschwitz-Birkenau, May, 1944

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of Three Carpatho-Ukrainian Jews Awaiting Selection, Auschwitz-Birkenau, May 1944

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: The Story of German Senior Officer, Albert Battel

In one segment of the PBS DVD, Auschwitz, is the story of Albert Battel, a German senior officer who took great risks to protect Jews (in the Polish city of Przemysl) from deportation and the death camps: At the German … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Stacked Corpses

The above photograph, according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum website, was taken at Ohrdruf on April 6, 1945. More “Bearing Witness to the Holocaust” photos here and here and here.

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: German Execution of Poles in Leszno (October 1939)

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Interior of Berlin Synagogue after Kristallnacht, 1938

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of a Ukrainian Jew on the Heel of a Mass Grave

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Contemplating His Pole

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Howard Nemerov and Learning from History

Howard Nemerov served in both the Canadian and American armed forces during World War II, and as a pilot flew combat missions over the North Sea against the Germans. His poem, “Ultima Ratio Reagan,” is a warning against historical ignorance … Continue reading

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Two Nations Squabble over the BUST of a WOMAN

According to Der Spiegel, Egypt is making a renewed attempt to get Germany to give the ancient bust of Nefertiti back: The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has possession of the bust and rejects any charge of cheating. The idea that … Continue reading

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David Frum on the Republican War on Obama

Conservative David Frum thinks the Republican party needs to start working and compromising with the Democrats, and not spend the next several years in a Rush Limbaugh-style war against all things Obama. He thinks that if the Republican party doesn’t … Continue reading

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Holocaust Denial v. Young Earth Creationism?

In terms of a perversity of soul, Holocaust denial says something far darker about a person than young earth creationism. Young earth creationism is incorrect about the age of the earth and the fixity of species, but it is not … Continue reading

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Three Books I Recommend for Reflection Upon the Authoritarian, Fascist, and Anti-Semitic Mind

The Authoritarian Spectre, by Robert Altemeyer. Altemeyer is a social psychologist at the University of Toronto. The book as a whole is excellent, but there is a chapter in particular on how people read Holocaust denial literature that is especially … Continue reading

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