Remembering What is Difficult To Remember

Repeat Post from January 27, 2016

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One day at a blog most of us know well, we were visited by someone who wrote,

I would encourage those who believe anything negative about Hitler to please have an open mind and do some further study.  We are lied to about almost everything these days.  Carolyn Yeager is a good source for this topic.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to remember – and to remind others – the horrors that were carried out by people who looked like you and me.

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The Holocaust happened, and it could happen again.  There are many times in history when the mass killing of human beings took place as a result of political upheaval.  Genocide is the organized destruction of all or a significant part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group. Well-known examples of genocide include the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Bosnian genocide and, more recently, the Rwandan genocide.

Today, however, we are talking about the Holocaust brought about by the Nazis of Germany, and their supporters in Germany and other countries, during the period preceding and during WWII.  In the case of the Holocaust, it was mainly Jews who were villified, marginalized, and murdered, although other political opponents, and other groups, such as Polish Catholics and gypsies, were also put into ghettos and concentration camps, where they were starved, subjected to hard forced labor, and where they died or were murdered.

While wandering the Innertubes, I happened upon many, many, videos showing film footage taken during WWII, particularly film taken by American troops at the time of the invasion of Germany and Poland at the end of the war.  There are those, like our visitor, who have been convinced that this Holocaust was a hoax (that’s what they call it).  For the rest of us, I offer this film which describes the history in Europe that culminated in Hitler’s Germany, and what happened during WWII.  It is called The Path to Nazi Genocide. 

Here is video of film taken by the United States Army during the closing months of WWII:

These films were made to document what was found, and shown in theaters across the United States so that our citizens were made witness to the evil deeds committed in the name of German National Socialism.

If you have interest in this topic, another good source for information is the website of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

http://www.ushmm.org/

This must NEVER happen again.

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14 Responses to Remembering What is Difficult To Remember

  1. I don’t quite understand the quote at the top. Is someone trying to defend Hitler?

    In one of my history books, it was mentioned that when the concentration camps were freed, US soldiers were ordered to take photos and videos specifically because of Holocaust deniers. Even back then, there were Holocaust deniers. It blow my mind.

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  2. amwick says:

    Seems to me, sometime a long time ago, I met someone with a number on his arm… How can anyone deny this?? The thought is appalling.

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  3. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Thank you Stella for posting this. All of us need to be reminded from time, to time of the pure evil in this world.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    For my jury duty buddy.

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    Great-Uncle served under Patton, Hell on Wheels, eating cats in Africa, to Berlin. Great-uncle saw this. I believe Great-Uncle. Phooey on the dummy commenters.

    Thank you Stella.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Jeans my Father had seen these camps first hand. He said very little. In our neighborhood there was a women who had the numbers on the inside of her wrists. This Lady was always invited to the afternoon BBQs and other functions. She rarely spoke, when she did you could her a pin drop. She was a university professor, taught English Literature. She would always thank WW2 Vets.

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  6. Sharon says:

    There is a simple little book titled “Bright Valley of Love” that sets out the story of a home for disabled children in Germany where, for as long as it was possible, they were sheltered and protected from the killing policies. For a time, it was possible to protect the children by fighting for specific designations, etc. It became more difficult and eventually almost impossible, of course, but there were people inside of Germany fighting for those children in real time.

    Thank you for this, Stella. So important.

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