When the Soviet Army’s 322nd Rifle Division entered the concentration camp at Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945, they found a desolation. Mounted on shaggy ponies, they had proceeded with caution as they entered the camp, fearful of a Nazi ambush. But there was no trace of the German enemy.
Eventually, Ivan Martynushkin, then a 21-year-old lieutenant, and his comrades spotted “some people behind barbed wire.” The Nazis had evacuated the facility in Poland, the site of one of the world’s most horrific slaughters. But some 7,000 of the weakest and most infirm inmates remained. The Soviet soldiers also came across more than 600 moldering corpses.
“It was hard to watch them. I remember their faces, especially their eyes which betrayed their ordeal,” Martynushkin told Agence France Presse this week, ahead of the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation. Martynushkin is one of the few surviving Soviet soldiers from that day, and has spoken on numerous occasions about his experience then.
“At first there was wariness, on both our part and theirs,” he said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. “But then they apparently figured out who we were and began to welcome us, to signal that they knew who we were and that we shouldn’t be afraid of them — that there were no guards or Germans behind the barbed wire. Only prisoners.”
There was a grim sense of relief. “We saw emaciated, tortured, impoverished people,” Martynushkin told CNN five years ago. “Those were the people I first encountered. … We could tell from their eyes that they were happy to be saved from this hell. Happy that now they weren’t threatened by death in a crematorium. Happy to be freed. And we had the feeling of doing a good deed — liberating these people from this hell.”
Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis killed at least 1.1 million people in Auschwitz’s gas chambers and execution grounds — the vast majority of them were Jews, but the victims also included Poles, Roma, homosexuals and Soviet prisoners of war. Ten days prior to the arrival of the Soviet Army, which had been sweeping through Nazi-held territory in Poland, retreating Nazi troops abandoned Auschwitz and forced some 60,000 inmates on a “death march” away from the site.
The Nazis had attempted to destroy parts of the camp, but could not erase all evidence of the genocide they had perpetrated. At Auschwitz, Martynushkin and his unit found some 370,000 men’s suits, 837,000 women’s garments, and 7.7 tons of human hair, reports AFP.
Brooklyn, NY - A Borough Park woman who was instrumental in saving the life of the Bobover Rebbe during World War II is being remembered by her family for her courageous wartime efforts as well as her prodigious efforts as an artist.
Lola Lieber, author of the Holocaust memoir A World After This, died on Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night) and was buried on Sunday in the Bobover section of Washington Cemetery in Deans, New Jersey.
Mrs. Lieber was born to her parents Luzer and Shaindel Leser in Czecheslovakia on March 15, 1923. Born on Taanis Esther, her given name was Esther Leah, but she was known fondly as Leiku. One of five children, Mrs. Lieber spent several years of her childhood living with her maternal grandparents in Munkach, moving back to her parents and siblings in Krakow in 1937 after newly enacted laws forced her to leave Munkach.
Mrs. Lieber met her future husband Mechel at the wedding of a mutual cousin when she was just 15 years old.
“They took a liking to each other and the two families knew that they would get married, but the war broke out,” said Heshy Lieber, the oldest of Mrs. Lieber’s three children. “She was too young at the time to consider marriage so they waited.”
Both the Lieber and the Leser families were faced with the choice of staying in the Krakow ghetto or relocating to a smaller town in the hopes of living peacefully there. The Liebers elected to leave Krakow and, at their insistence, the Leser family joined them as well.
Despite deplorable conditions, the lack of food, and the desperate struggle for survival, Mechel and Lola Lieber got married in 1941.
In her book, Mrs. Lieber describes the wedding, an occasion that should have been filled with joy but was fraught with fear and despondency.
“I wept that night after the wedding,” wrote Mrs. Lieber. “I said that I had been married without a minyan, outside of a shul, had not worn a real wedding dress, and that our wedding feast was nasty and sour, and that his own mother would not loan me a tablecloth. When I had calmed down, Mechel put things into the perspective that was required for me to start down the road leading to me becoming the woman I would eventually become.”
Mechel Lieber assured his wife that better times were on their way.
“We will survive this era. It is temporary. There will be a world after this. And, if we don’t survive, Hashem forbid it, but if we do not, at least, Lola, at least we have been married.”
As circumstance worsened, the Lieber and Leser families moved to the Polish town of Bochnia.
“There made an aktzia, rounded up people, and everyone tried to hide,” said Heshy Lieber. “They pulled out my grandmother and two kids and they shot them. My parents, who were hiding in a different bunker came out later and they found them.”
Mechel Lieber and his wife snuck out in the middle of the night to bury the dead, carting them away on a pushcart. Despite the bitter cold and the snow, the young couple laid their murdered family to rest, digging their gravse in the frozen ground using a single shovel and a spoon.
In a video interview, Mrs. Lieber recalled how she had given her young sister in law Marilka a tiny doll.
“She still had it in the hand,” said Mrs. Lieber, who captured the emotional moment in a 1950 painting. “She was killed. She still held onto the doll. I don’t know, when I think, how did we do it? How did we survive it?”
A short time later a recount of Jews was held in Bochnia and Mrs. Lieber was asked where she was born. Replying that she was born in Munkach, she was excused and asked by the Gestapo commander to return the next day.
“She was a pretty young girl and everyone was scared what would happen,” said Heshy Lieber.
In her memoirs, Mrs. Lieber recalled being questioned by a commander named Schomburg, who spoke to her in Czechoslovakian, Hungarian and German to verify her claims of being from Munkach. With her excellent command of languages and her years spent in Munkach, Mrs. Lieber was able to pass herself off as a non-Polish citizen.
“He asked if I liked goulash and certain Hungarian pastries,” wrote Mrs. Lieber. “I knew all of these things, of course, and we chatted about them.”
After being questioned whether she knew a particular Hungarian song and answering in the affirmative, the commander ripped the yellow star from Mrs. Lieber’s clothing and told her she was free to leave the ghetto. Not content to walk away with her own freedom, Mrs. Lieber explained that she had other family members who were also from Munkach.
“She was told they were also free,” said Heshy Lieber.
Here’s something Hypatia Livingston has posted on Breitbart Unmasked that is hard to believe.
A 21-year-old Massachusetts man who considers himself a “sovereign
citizen” recently tried to get out of a traffic ticket with an unusual
defense — even for a sovereign citizen. Rather than claim that the laws
don’t exist, Christopher Noone claimed that he doesn’t exist,
and therefore no one has the right to fine him for anything. He is
disputing the state’s definition of personhood by claiming he “wasn’t a
person as defined by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, [and
therefore]he wasn’t bound by its laws.”
Someone should tell Christopher Noone that if he’s not a person under the law, he doesn’t have any rights under the law either.
Here’s a pretty good explanation as to what a person is, in case Christopher actually is dense enough not to understand the concept. This a political cartoon criticizing the nonsensical idea of “corporate personhood” Check the left side of the image to see what a person actually is.
Image via seattle.cbslocal.com
Here’s more from Breitbart Unmasked
“I, Christopher Patrick Noone, do not consent to being a person, because I am not according to the legal definition of a person that being a
fiction. I, Christopher Patrick Noone, am a living breathing free man,
not a legal fiction. Nor do I have any contracts or obligations to or
with any legal fictions,” Noone wrote in a motion he presented to the
Um, if you don’t consent to being a person, than you don’t consent to
having rights either. Sorry that’s just the way it is. Does he have
any idea how people have been treated, when they’re not regarded as
People? I’ll point out just a couple of examples, slavery in the
antebellum south, and the Holocaust.
Also as Dave Rogers at The Salem News pointed out,
A check of Noone’s name and date of birth, provided by Noone, showed that there was no license status for him and that he had been charged with unlicensed operation in Monson.
And if you keep reading, you’ll eventually see this,
Later, Noone asked another prosecution witness, Registry of Motor Vehicles employee Patricia Kelly, what requirements were necessary to obtain a driver’s license. When told that a person had to be 16 years of age and provide proof of identification such as a birth certificate or Social Security number, Noone said he had none of those documents.
“So, you have no evidence I am a person,” Noone said, adding that according to his beliefs, a person is a corporation as far as the commonwealth is concerned.
Trepanier was recalled to the witness stand, where he told prosecutor Nathaniel Sears that Noone told him his full name and his date of birth. Noone quickly objected, saying he did no such thing.
“I don’t have a date of birth,” Noone said.
Hypatia Livingston posted an image of a statue face palming over at Breitbart Unmasked, but it isn’t enough, Christopher Noone deserves an epic face palm compilation for his stupidity!
What an idiot.*
*Note: much of this is from a comment I posted on the Breitbart Unmasked article, but since it was my own comment, its not really plagiarism.
Police are looking for someone who posted anti-Muslim flyers in a Bensonhurst apartment complex. According to an NYPD spokesperson, a 65-year-old woman called police shortly after midnight on Saturday to report that the flyer pictured above was posted on the wall across from her apartment. Officers canvassed the area and found more of the flyers tacked up across the residential complex on 21st Drive.
Petula Dvorak has posted an excellent commentary on the Washington Post’s website about Pamela Geller’s recent anti Muslim bus ad campaign featuring the monster. This is also a pretty good commentary on Godwins in general.
I would like my D6 bus without a side of Hitler, please.
Twenty Metro buses are crisscrossing the nation’s capital with Der Führer on their sides for the next month, thanks to an incendiary, anti-Muslim ad campaign by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
The westbound D6 featured a PNC Bank ad early Monday. Whew. But Shanna Dick is ready for Hitler’s face if it ever appears on that route.
“I just want to draw a big crucifix over his face, so I don’t have to look at it,” said Dick, 44. “Two wrongs don’t make a right. Hell isn’t big enough for him. And the side of a city bus isn’t the right place for that kind of evil, either.”
Adolf Hitler is a little too present these days.
Brian Tashman reports on the paranoia, fear mongering, demonetization, and Godwin spewing.
Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller is outraged that the USC Shoah Foundation, a genocide history project founded by Steven Spielberg, is giving an award to President Obama at its upcoming “Ambassadors for Humanity” gala.
Geller, who believes Obama is “single-handedly paving the way for the next holocaust,” told WorldNetDaily that the award “is illustrative of the willful blindness of liberal Jews” who have “traded their religion” and “traded G-d (and their morality)” for political clout.
“Shame on Steve Spielberg for rendering ‘never again’ an empty slogan, devoid of meaning,” she said.
WND editor Joseph Farah, evangelist Ray Comfort and Laurie Cardoza Moore of the Christian Zionist group Proclaiming Justice to the Nations also denounced the USC Shoah Foundation, likening the group to Nazi appeasers.
Our own Vicious Babushka said it best.
For Geller and the rest of these idiots, just replace “on twitter” with “on the internet.”
A southern California school district has agreed to revise an assignment that asked eighth-graders to debate in writing whether the Holocaust actually happened.
Middle-school students in the Rialto Unified School District were asked to research arguments made about the Holocaust and write an argumentative essay explaining whether they believe the Nazis, in fact, systematically killed 6 million European Jews between 1933 and 1945.
School officials initially defended the assignment, saying it was intended to teach teens to evaluate the quality of evidence made by opponents or advocates of a topic.
“When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment says. “For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.”
Students are required to cite textual evidence in the assignment and address rebuttals to the claims they make themselves.
“Explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain,” the students are advised.
The Los Angeles-based Anti-Defamation League criticized the assignment, which was made last month, on Friday and expressed its concerns to Rialto Unified’s interim superintendent, Mohammad Z. Islam.
“An exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value,” said Matthew Friedman, associate regional director of the ADL’s Los Angeles office.
He said the assignment helps to legitimize “hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust denial.”
“It is also very dangerous to ask junior high school students to question the reality of the Holocaust on their own, given the sheer volume of denial websites out there,” Friedman said.
He said it would have been better to show the voluminous evidence related to the Holocaust to question why some people still question its reality.
TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!!!!
CREATION VS EVOLUTION
VACCINATION VS DEADLY CHILDHOOD DISEASES
SOCIALISM VS FREE MARKET
UNIONS VS. SWEATSHOPS
SLAVERY: GOOD OR BAD FOR “THE NEGRO”?
BENGHAZI VS 9/11, WHICH WAS WORSE?
Its really sad when a gesture like this causes outrage.
By William Booth, Published: April 12
JERUSALEM — Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick vacation abroad.
Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be forgotten.”
But the trip was explosive news to some, perhaps more so because it took place as U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were in danger of collapse, and emotion surrounding the decades-old conflict is high.
Controversy was also heightened by rumors — untrue — that the trip was paid for by Jewish organizations. It was paid for by the German government.
I always knew the Nazis would hate B.J. Blazkowicz, after all he’s killed well over a thousand of them, and even Hitler himself in the first game’s universe. Now It seems that the they would have hated him even more.
There’s been speculation for more than two decades that the hero of the iconic Wolfenstein first-person shooter games—B.J. Blazkowicz, the guy who you use to machine gun hordes of Nazis—was Jewish. But the game’s creators have long been coy about the character’s origins. Not so much anymore.
It’s not clear if the next Wolfenstein game, slated for release on May 20 from Machine Games and Bethesda Softworks, will be explicit about it. When we last saw the game, it appeared to avoid the topic directly despite making a reference to Blazkowicz being able to read Hebrew and forcing an undercover Blazkowicz to stomach the prattling of Nazis about people with “pure blood”. Admittedly we saw only a thin slice of the game and, for all we know, the full, new Wolfenstein might be more explicit.