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Tag Archives: Auschwitz
Given that this week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I’d like to share a new book on the Holocaust that I’ve been reading: Gotz Aly’s Why the Germans? Why the Jews? It raises the question of … Continue reading
I don’t think I could. (Or at least I’d like to think that I couldn’t.) But there are a lot of people who say they believe in hell—that it exists—and yet they are also happy to imagine themselves enjoying heaven. How … Continue reading
From his Cairo speech yesterday: Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were … Continue reading
Dr. George Tiller Was Guilty of “Nazi stuff”: Did Bill O’Reilly Cross a Line with His Dr. George Tiller Rhetoric, Implying That He Should Be Stopped By Any Means Necessary?
Would it have been murder to kill Auschwitz’s Dr. Josef Mengele? Salon today reminds us that Bill O’Reilly equated Dr. George Tiller with Nazi-levels of atrocity: Tiller’s name first appeared on the Factor on February 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly … Continue reading
Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: John Heartfield’s Art Depicted the Murderous Nature of Hitler’s Nazi State
A German born opponent of Nazi Germany, John Heartfield’s political art parodied the pretensions of Hitler’s regime and deconstructed its murderous nature. Below is a man set on a medieval wheel of torture turned into a swastika: More John Heartfield images here. … Continue reading
At around 11:30 this morning, I was blown away by what I saw at Matt Drudge’s website. Drudge made use of a classic antisemitic visual template—the sinister, overlarge, and shadowy Jew—as a way of supporting his “reporting” on the besieged Pope Benedict. … Continue reading
In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler sought, and received, support from many German Protestants and Catholics. At a Berlin rally, Hitler warmly greets a Roman Catholic Bishop, and is warmly greeted in return. Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive
According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive, the woman seated at the right was liberated from Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and immigrated to Costa Rica. She was the only survivor of a family that had seven children. The photo above was taken … Continue reading
Studio portrait, from 1922, of two-year-old Kurt Klein. In 1937, Kurt Klein’s parents sent him to live with relatives in Buffalo, New York. His parents, unable to immigrate, died at Auschwitz in 1942. According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum archives: Kurt was … Continue reading
This image was taken at the Tzebnia sub-camp at Auschwitz, AFTER its liberation. A physician is looking at a little girl. Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive
Name: Roszi Frank Age: 24 She was born in Hungary, and was deported to Auschwitz, where, after being moved again, she ended up at a subcamp of Gross Rosen. As the allies closed in on various camps (toward the end … Continue reading
According to historians Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt, in their history of Auschwitz titled, Auschwitz (Norton 1996, p. 268), toilet facilities were minimal: The “privy” meant to serve 7,000 inmates was a shed with one concrete open sewer … Continue reading
On January 27th, 2005, when others were commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Muslim Council of Britain abstained. At the time, George Mason University’s History News Network website posted this from writer Melanie Phillips: Countries around the … Continue reading
Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of Three Carpatho-Ukrainian Jews Awaiting Selection, Auschwitz-Birkenau, May 1944
Italian Jew, Primo Levi, was a concentration camp survivor (he had been at Buna-Monowitz). His words below come from his poem, “Shema”, which he penned in January of 1946: You who live secure In your warm houses, Who return at evening to find … Continue reading
Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of a Prisoner at Auschwitz, Apparently Shot Attempting to Climb a Barbed Wire Fence, and Left to Hang There
Italian Jew, Primo Levi, was a concentration camp survivor (he had been at Buna-Monowitz). His words below come from his poem, “Buna”, which he penned in December of 1945: Torn feet and cursed earth, The long line in the gray morning. The … Continue reading