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Auschwitz

by Oui Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 03:42:10 PM EST

Film | Testimony: the Liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Death Camp (1940-1945)

Shortly after triggering World War II with its 1939 invasion of Poland, Nazi Germany set about repurposing a system of immigrant barracks in the city of Oświęcim to house political prisoners. Renamed Auschwitz, the facility would become the most notorious killing factory in human history.

"Remembrance of the Holocaust obliges
us to address the scars of the past; at the
same time, it also obliges us to respect human
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built on the fundamental principle that
there is dignity in every human life."


Remembrance Liberation Auschwitz Death Camp

The Red Army obtained detailed information about Auschwitz only after the liberation of Cracow, and was therefore unable to reach the gates of Auschwitz before January 27, 1945.

About 7 thousand prisoners awaited liberation in the Main Camp, Birkenau, and Monowitz. Before and soon after January 27, Soviet soldiers liberated about 500 prisoners in the Auschwitz sub-camps in Stara Kuźnia, Blachownia Śląska, Świętochłowice, Wesoła, Libiąż, Jawiszowice, and Jaworzno.

Over 230 Soviet soldiers, including the commander of the 472nd regiment, Col. Siemen Lvovich Besprozvanny, died in combat while liberating the Main Camp, Birkenau, Monowitz, and the city of Oświęcim. The majority of them are buried at the municipal cemetery in Oświęcim.

In the Main Camp and Birkenau, Soviet soldiers discovered the corpses of about 600 prisoners who had been shot by the withdrawing SS or who had succumbed to exhaustion.

Liberation of Auschwit | Anne Frank Foundation |

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the concentration camp where a little over 7,000 prisoners were still held, including a few hundreds of children. Between 1.5 and 2 million people of different nationalities, particularly around 15,000 Soviet citizens, were killed in the death camp. More than 200 Soviet officers and soldiers lost their lives in fighting to liberate the camp.

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Yesterday we wrote by mistake that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by American soldiers. They were, of course, Soviet soldiers. We recognize the important contribution of all Allied forces during the Second World War and remember the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust.

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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 05:33:53 PM EST
Some early Zionists specifically rejected a state. They embraced cultural Zionism: a movement for renewal of Jewish life through culture, language, literature and art-in Zion.  The Brit Shalom movement-whose members included leading intellectual figures of the Yishuv like Martin Buber, Salman Schocken, Hugo Bergman, Hans Kohn, Gershom Scholem, Judah Magnes and Ernst Simon-was a bridge between non-statist and political Zionism.

It proposed a bi-national state in which Jews and Palestinians would co-exist within two linked, but separate entities.  Nazism and the Holocaust killed this vision and left political Zionism-Jewish nationalism as the only surviving ideology (to our subsequent sorrow).

    Faith unites us, knowledge gives us freedom.

Political Zionism has been a disaster for the Jewish people, though most Jews didn't understand this at its founding. If Ben Gurion had adhered to the follow prescription of Theodor Herzl, Israel may not have become the fundamentalist theocracy it now is.

[Some links added are mine - Oui]

The Israeli Peace Movement | MERIP - Winter 1997 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 05:37:38 PM EST
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Thank you Richard ... I needed this. Always had an admiration for the Holy Land and Jerusalem because of tolerance, peace and unity in diversity of faith. Judaism should be a beacon of light, not darkness.

I will not generalize and still see the oppression, occupation, and apartheid a failure of leadership and offences committed by individuals.

In Amsterdam the Holocaust Memorial Day was politicized by PM Mark Rutte, conflating 7 Oct. terror act with the horror of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

The ICJ ruling is an opportunity for the global community to correct/stop the genocidal acts by Israel.

Your essay should be spread and read by many from all faiths and diverse political homes. Knowledge is an instrument for peace, not war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 08:39:24 PM EST
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In 1492 the Spanish Inquisition, Jews as refugees were welcomed in Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire. The Dutch VOC and Prins Maurits took Iberian Jewish merchants along to its colony of Brazil to let commerce flourish ... including slavery. Later when the Portuguese conquered Brazil, the Jews were scattered over the Caribbean, New Amsterdam and the Seven Provinces of Holland to settle in Antwerp and Amsterdam.

In 1654, 23 refugee men, women and children fleeing from the former Dutch colony of Recife, Brazil, landed in New Amsterdam.

A good read:

Creating Confusion in the Colonies: Jews, Citizenship, and the Dutch and British Atlantics  (Source: KNAW, a Dutch Smithsonian)

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    When reading such a wonderful article in the Jerusalem Post, someone from California had to post a comment disparaging the Dutch and its multi-cultural society. Throughout history the Dutch have had a liberal, open society. After 9/11 another upheaval took place in The Netherlands, the rise of racism, nationalism and Islamophobia with Geert Wilders as prime example. Unfortunately Wilders is closely linked to and funded by the US right-wing Jewish community of Daniel Pipes, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 08:41:16 PM EST
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Beyond pale ... cowards 😡 disguised as medics and women



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 06:55:04 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 at 06:56:45 PM EST
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stalking.gov | Lemki Report, 30 Jan A/V, transcript
QUESTION: Okay. And then my second thing, which is a related but not UNRWA, which has to do with this operation that the Israelis launched in Jenin, the hospital today. What—do you have any comment on that? Is this something that you think is problematic or is it something that you look at with envy, like this is some kind of great "Mission: Impossible" mission that we wish that we could also do?
MILLER: So I'd say that we strongly urge caution whenever operations have the potential to impact civilians and civilian installations. That of course includes hospitals. We do recognize the very real security challenges Israel faces, and its legitimate right to defend its people and its territory from terrorism. Israel, of course, has the right to carry out operations to bring terrorists to justice, but those operations need to be conducted in full compliance with international humanitarian law.
QUESTION: Well, the—do those operations include going into hospitals and murdering people in their beds regardless of whether they're—
MILLER: So—
QUESTION:—that they are suspected or even known terrorists? Is that okay with you guys?
MILLER: So there was a lot in the premise of that question. Obviously, they—we did—do know that they went into—
QUESTION: Well, you don't think that they went in—
MILLER: We—well, hold on.
QUESTION:—and killed people who are completely innocent, do you?
MILLER: We—so let me say that this—
QUESTION: Because if you did think that, then you would be condemning it, right?
MILLER: We certainly would, but I would say that Israel has said that these were Hamas operatives. They have said that one of them was carrying a gun at the time of the operation. So I'm not able to speak to the facts of the operation. You'd have to pass some kind of legal judgement—know all of the facts of the operation. But as a general matter, they do have the right to carry out operations to bring terrorists to justice, but they need to be conducted in full—
QUESTION: Including in hospitals?
MILLER: So we want them to conduct their operations in compliance with international humanitarian law. We would generally say that we don't want them to carry out operations in hospitals, but under international humanitarian law, hospitals do lose some of their protections if they are being used to—for the planning of terrorist operations, for the execution of terrorist operations.
QUESTION: The actual hospital—the actual hospital building does. But I mean, going in disguised as women and doctors and whatever is something different, and then going in and picking out people in particular rooms and particular beds and killing them seems to be something different.
MILLER: So we want them to conduct their operations in compliance with international humanitarian law. We would generally say that we don't want them to carry out operations in hospitals, but under international humanitarian law, hospitals do lose some of their protections if they are being used to—for the planning of terrorist operations, for the execution of terrorist operations.
QUESTION: The actual hospital—the actual hospital building does. But I mean, going in disguised as women and doctors and whatever is something different, and then going in and picking out people in particular rooms and particular beds and killing them seems to be something different.
MILLER: So again, not able to offer an assessment without knowing all these facts. I said some of the facts that have been presented by Israel are that one of them was carrying a gun and that they were planning to carry out or to launch terrorist operations. So you would have to look at all of those facts to make a specific assessment about this operation. But in general, we do want to see hospitals protected. It is important that no civilians were harmed in this operation, but—and as I said, we want—we do believe Israel has—
QUESTION: So how do you know—how do you know that?
MILLER: There have been no reports of civilians who have been harmed in this operation.
QUESTION: Can I follow up on that, please?
MILLER: Go ahead, Said.
QUESTION: Thank you. Actually, on both points. But on this particular one, I mean, Israel occupies the whole West Bank. They are under their control. They don't need to disguise themselves as medics and go into a hospital and kill people, which you called non-civilians. They are actually civilians, but that's beside the point. So—
MILLER: I—so that is very much—but hold on.
QUESTION: Just allow me. Allow me just to follow up.
MILLER: No, Said, but before you call someone a civilian that Israel has said is a member of Hamas, I need to put on the record that that is very much a question that's in dispute.
QUESTION: There are civilian members of Hamas; it's a political organization. I mean, you may disagree with their politics, but that does not make them militants, right? Or—
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