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Oswiecim

To remember

village of Oswiecim, more commonly known by German name as Auschwitz, ordinary S. Polish village with small Cavalry school, in swampy land, area covered by forests, about 40 minutes fr.ancient Royal Capital of Krakow.

Death Camps > Holocaust =/=  place you want to visit more than once.

  • Heinrich Himmler, Head of SS wanted to study habits + lifestyle Sinti people (belonged to an Aryan tribe)
  • Sinti housed in Birkenau = large industrial extermination camp, > Auschwitz I = very small in comparison.
  • After study > all gassed in one night / one survivor (sent to another camp day prior to mass execution).
  • could not imagine having family living in such a place > very common amongst SS Guards.
  • Camp Commander Höss hanged in 1947 by Polish Government.
  • site refurbished by SS  just after invasion of Poland > first opened in May 1940 > to house + kill Polish Intelligentsia, Polish Resistance Fighters + Russian prisoners + Resistance fighters from many other European countries, Priests + Nuns also. Later Jews form a contingent of prisoners. => ~ 70,000 people die at Auschwitz I Camp.
  • one building in particular = never forget > Camp Tribunal ~~ only sentence = death.
  • Prisoners quick trial to humiliate + degrade person = common for political prisoners, + inmate stripped naked > outside stone courtyard > knelt + shot behind the head.
  • different insignia prisoners > what class of prisoner
  • list of people not fit into political agenda of Nazi ideology = very long.<= criteria could be racial, ethnic, religious, political, medical, sexual orientation, general, etc… =/= restricted to Jews only
  • ~ 7 million Poles special target => Poland to be wiped out completely +  systematically,
  • Russians + other Slavic people targeted for extermination.
  • Opponents, resistants of any stripe, persons belonging to an opposition or a labour union, journalists, teachers, people suffering fr. physical or mental handicap = exterminated.
  • In Germany = hospitals emptied, families received an official death certificate with an invented cause of death.
  • Catholic Priests + Nuns not safe either,<=  old rivalries of Thirty year War between Catholics + Protestants playing out again > in Bavaria a Catholic stronghold repression was vicious.

 

  • Little library cards recorded in details lives + who they were = madness = ? killing people systematically =>understood humans capable of great evil which boggles the mind + becomes incomprehensible.
  • Birkenau – built on ruins of small village Brzezinka, swampy ground Birkenau or Auschwitz II = immense, cheap wood barracks lined up = opened in November 1943 > trains entered through infamous gate tower.
  • Dr.Mengele + his acolyte decided on the spot >  who would die now or be worked to death or who would be subjected to horrible pseudo-medical experimentation.
  • camp divided in neighbourhoods, all fenced in from each other.
  • Most prisoners at Birkenau = Jews + Gypsies with populations of Russian prisoners +  section for Czech & Slovak families. = one million people perished.
  • no human emotions involved = cold mechanization of death as a means to achieve a political goal enshrined in an ideology of hate > presented to the masses in Germany as well meaning & reasonable to ensure prosperity.

 

  • total numbers of dead =/= important =>  important = to remember people = just like you or me = ordinary people with jobs, families & friends, from all walks of life, from many countries, princes + paupers, of various religions + beliefs.
  • Nazi destroyed Europe, culture, education, humanity > whole way of life.
  • introduced into the world an evil we still live with today, that evil was not destroyed in 1945, it lingers, > in former Yugoslavia 1991-1995 + so many on-going conflicts.

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Preceding

An Anniversary forgotten

How a British ‘Master Spy’ Saved Thousands of Jews in the Holocaust

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Find also to read:

  1. Reformed Churches Muzzled but Protest at Barmen
  2. Through the Lens of Faith
  3. Nazi Germany
  4. the Soup will not be eaten as hot as it is served
  5. Black page 70 years Release – commemoration Auschwitz
  6. World remembers Auschwitz survivors
  7. Luca Jahier, EESC President on the present intolerance
  8. Polish commemoration of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
  9. Seventy-five years ago on January 27
  10. January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  11. 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
  12. 5th World Holocaust Forum
  13. Dedication ceremony for a memorial at Jerusalem’s Sachar Park in honour of the casualties of the Siege of Leningrad
  14. Auschwitz survivors providing a warning of rising anti-Semitism and exclusion of free thinking
  15. What’s the Future of Holocaust Remembrance?
  16. Christadelphians’ role in the rescue of Jewish children from Nazi Germany
  17. Christadelphians, the Kindertransport, and Rescue from the Holocaust

Larry Muffin At Home

You have heard of the village of Oswiecim in Southern Poland about 40 minutes from the ancient Royal Capital of Krakow. Today it is more commonly known by its German name as Auschwitz. I visited this village and the Death Camps about 5 times while in Poland. I did not know much about it at first, no more than the average person did through the usual media reports, movies and history that has been repeated so many times about the Holocaust. I went many times for official reasons to attend ceremonies or because our visitors wanted to see it. It is not a place you want to visit more than once.

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Oswiecim, Southern Poland, today 

Oswiecim was an ordinary Polish village with a small Cavalry school, the school was closed at some point and then the buildings became a trade school which was in turn closed. The area is covered…

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An Anniversary forgotten

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.

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To remember

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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Preceding

How a British ‘Master Spy’ Saved Thousands of Jews in the Holocaust

On Holocaust Memorial Day US Embassy Falsely Claims America Liberated Auschwitz

Oswiecim

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Find also to read:

  1. Reformed Churches Muzzled but Protest at Barmen
  2. Through the Lens of Faith
  3. Nazi Germany
  4. the Soup will not be eaten as hot as it is served
  5. Black page 70 years Release – commemoration Auschwitz
  6. World remembers Auschwitz survivors
  7. Luca Jahier, EESC President on the present intolerance
  8. Polish commemoration of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
  9. Seventy-five years ago on January 27
  10. January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  11. 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
  12. 5th World Holocaust Forum
  13. Dedication ceremony for a memorial at Jerusalem’s Sachar Park in honour of the casualties of the Siege of Leningrad
  14. Auschwitz survivors providing a warning of rising anti-Semitism and exclusion of free thinking
  15. What’s the Future of Holocaust Remembrance?
  16. Christadelphians’ role in the rescue of Jewish children from Nazi Germany
  17. Christadelphians, the Kindertransport, and Rescue from the Holocaust

Larry Muffin At Home

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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