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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:03 PM

The gates of hell: Auschwitz 75 years on

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The Nazi death camp where more than one million people perished was liberated on 27 January 1945. As one survivor, now aged 90, prepares to commemorate the date, she explains why the Holocaust must never be forgotten … especially in an age of rising antisemitism and nationalism....

Now aged 90, Renee will soon again stand at the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Along with up to 200 other Holocaust survivors and scores of heads of state, political leaders and dignitaries, she will mark the 75th anniversary on 27 January of the camp’s liberation by Russian soldiers. A ceremony will include speeches by survivors, and by Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, and Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress. Britain will be represented by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Among other events to mark the anniversary and Holocaust Memorial Day is a global forum on Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism, at Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial in Jerusalem, on 23 January. It will be attended by dozens of world leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, the French president, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, Mike Pence, the US vice-president, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president. The Polish president pulled out last week, claiming he had been denied the opportunity to make a speech.
At least 1.1 million people – mostly Jews – were murdered at Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps. In the weeks before Red Army troops arrived on 27 January 1945, thousands of prisoners were shot, tens of thousands more forced on to death marches, and most of the gas chambers destroyed. About 7,000 prisoners remained.


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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/12/auschwitz-gates-hell-75-years-on

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leftstreet Jan 13 #2
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captain queeg Jan 13 #4
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Initech Jan 14 #6
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whistler162 Jan 14 #8
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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:03 PM

1. More:

In Israel, a small number of third-generation survivors have had their grandparents’ camp identification numbers tattooed on their own arms as a memorial. The trend, although limited, has been controversial and shocking to many, and not just because of the Jewish prohibition on tattoos.
But, for many, the young people’s motive – “never forget” – is more relevant than ever in a time of rising antisemitism, nationalism and populism. According to Cywiński, the significance of this year’s anniversary lies not just in the number of years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but is “related to the world we live in today. Antisemitism, racist and xenophobic reactions are being revived on an unexpected scale, and groups that openly promote hatred are on the rise. All this in the profound helplessness of our democratic institutions, weakened by populism and demagoguery, which have been reborn in so many countries around the world”.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:29 PM

2. DURec

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:37 PM

3. Holocaust denier Arthur Jones

appeared at an event near Chicago last Saturday.

I have "interacted" with him before. He does not like me, nor does his wife, and I take pride in that.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:51 PM

4. Murder on an industrial scale

Eisenhower realized it was hard to believe and foresaw future generations would deny it. That’s part of why the records are so good. Even so there are many deniers.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 04:41 PM

5. In my view, there are 2 types of deniers.

1) The liars, and
2) the uninformed.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 04:49 PM

6. This is why playing with Neo Nazism and white supremacy is dangerous.

We must never give these groups a platform. What happened in the Holocaust must never be allowed to happen again.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 04:53 PM

7. And we must confront them.

Loudly, and in large groups. They never feel safe to speak their lies in public without fear of retaliation.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 04:54 PM

8. Neighbor and her children

survived Auschwitz. She was a Polish Catholic. Never knew the story other than she survived while her husband escaped Russia and fought with the 2nd Polish Corps.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 04:55 PM

9. There is no reason for any informed person to deny that the holocaust happened.

None.

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