Today, because many do not know their history we can see we are coming in very dangerous situation where the 1930ies are in away coming close to a repeat and the past shall put a stamp again on those who do not agree with the populists of today.
75th Anniversary of arrival of Soviet troops in Poland in offensive to defeat Nazi Germany and so called liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Camps.
- Italian Jew & chemist Primo Levi, celebrated Italian author of poems, short stories for children, science fiction & on his own life experience, from Turin interned at Auschwitz from February 1944 > you had to find a way to do as little as possible to preserve your energy.
- writes about his view of Germans & Germany + his own country Italy + its long period under Fascist dictatorship which led to Italian Jews like singled out + after 1945 Italy continued & continues to this day to have in its political life the heirs of Mussolini’s ideals.
- camps near Krakow cut off to the village of Oswiecim.
- commemoration for Sinti people + mass extermination of 2 August 1944 > Sinti + Roma came primarily fr. Germany, Austria, the Protectorate of Bavaria & Moravia, + Poland, with smaller groups arriving from France, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia/Croatia, Belgium, the USSR, Lithuania, and Hungary. + Norway & Spain.
- about 23 thousand men, women, + children imprisoned in the camp. ~ 21 thousand registered in the camp (370+ children born there).
- about 1,700 Polish Sinti + Roma murdered immediately after arriving at the camp, without being entered in the records.
- approximately 23 thousand Sinti + Roma deported to Auschwitz > ~ 21 thousand died or murdered in gas chambers.
- set up as of 1933 to exterminate all enemies of Nazi Germany => 1° all German Opposition political figures targeted, intellectuals + artists. 2° long list of enemies of the Reich + people declared to be sub-humans like Sinti + Roma people, Jews, priests, nuns, any religious denomination, resistance fighters, POW, homosexuals, + not fitting into Nazis book for a perfect society.
- badge to identify group they belonged to + number tattoo on their arm.
- large industrial death factory > sole purpose to exterminate the undesirable quickly
- 75 years later, Auschwitz name in history books > Far too many docu-drama cheapened memory of atrocities to point of trivializing them.
- ignorance + indifference
We must master the past otherwise the past will master us.
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- Through the Lens of Faith
- Nazi Germany
- the Soup will not be eaten as hot as it is served
- Black page 70 years Release – commemoration Auschwitz
- World remembers Auschwitz survivors
- Luca Jahier, EESC President on the present intolerance
- Polish commemoration of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Seventy-five years ago on January 27
- January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
- 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
- 5th World Holocaust Forum
- Dedication ceremony for a memorial at Jerusalem’s Sachar Park in honour of the casualties of the Siege of Leningrad
- Auschwitz survivors providing a warning of rising anti-Semitism and exclusion of free thinking
- What’s the Future of Holocaust Remembrance?
- Christadelphians’ role in the rescue of Jewish children from Nazi Germany
- Christadelphians, the Kindertransport, and Rescue from the Holocaust
This past week was the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of Soviet troops in Poland in their offensive to defeat Nazi Germany and so called liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Camps. Currently I am reading a biography on Primo Levi, the celebrated Italian author from Turin who was interned at Auschwitz from February 1944. In the biography by Ian Thomson written in 2019 on the centennial of Primo Levi birth, we have a very good picture in Levi’s words of what that camp life was like, of the people he knew, of those who died and those who survived. We also read about the Germans at the camp who ran the factories for I.G. Farben and BASF. In order to survive Levi says; you had to find a way to do as little as possible to preserve your energy.
Levi had a long career in Turin as a chemist and he became…
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