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Mahmoud Abbas’ Adviser Visits Auschwitz

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

An adviser to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas visited Auschwitz on Friday.

Ziad al-Bandak, a Christian who advises Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, visited prisoner blocs, gas chambers and a crematorium in the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Poland, The Associated Press reported.

He visited at the invitation of a private Polish foundation that promotes tolerance.

In 2007, the Palestinian and Israeli ambassadors to Poland made a joint visit to the memorial, according to the Huffington Post.

Al-Bandak, who came at the invitation of a private Polish foundation promoting tolerance, laid flowers at the Death Wall in Auschwitz, where Polish resistance fighters were summarily executed and placed a light at the monument to the camp’s victims.

First They Impose Gun Control, Then They Send You to Auschwitz

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Samuel Wurzelbacher aka “Joe the Plumber” is in hot water (which, professionally speaking, he should be able to repair) over his comments blaming the Holocaust on gun control.

Joe is the Republican nominee in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District.

Barring an unexpected endorsement from Yad VaShem, it doesn’t look like Joe will carry the day in November. According to Ballotpedia.com, Joe beat the other Republican candidate 15,166 to 14,323 (Can you imagine going home to tell your wife and kids you got beat by Joe the Plumber?) – which makes the total number of Republicans who give a hoot in Ohio’s 9th 29,489. On the other side of town, incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur has won 42,902 votes to beat has-been Dennis J. Kucinich (also an incumbent, as Ohio has been downsized by the last census) who received 30,564 votes. Altogether 76,366 Dems wemt out to vote in the 9th.

JTA reports that the National Jewish Democratic Council criticized Wurzelbacher, for claiming in a video released by his campaign that the implementation of gun control prevented Europe’s Jews from fighting back against the Nazis.

“In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves were exterminated,” Wurzelbacher says in the video (see enclosed).

In response, NJDC President and CEO David Harris said in a news statement, “Using the memories of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate, under any circumstances. For Ohio Republican House candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher to imply that these innocent lives were taken because of gun control laws is simply beyond the pale.”

Wurzelbacher is running against incumbent Rep. Marcy Kaptur for the seat.

To cite the great Jewish political pundit Groucho Marx (see below): “Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you – he really is an idiot.”

Greek Nazis Increase Power in Sunday’s Vote

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Greece’s neo-Nazi party Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) won between 6.0 and 7.5% of the vote in Sunday’s elections, according to exit polls, European Jewish Press reports.

Last month, Golden Dawn, riding a wave of anti-immigrant anger, received 6.97% of the vote, winning 21 seats in the 300-member Parliament.

The head of Golden Dawn, Nikos Mihaloliakos, is a holocaust denier. He told a reporter: “There were no oven, no gas chambers, it’s a lie.” He then added: “Auschwitz, what Auschwitz? I didn’t go there. What happened there? Have you been there?”

He said he has “read lots of books casting doubt on the number of six million Jews” who died in the Holocaust.

The central board of Jewish communities in Greece called on the Greek government to “condemn and isolate the forces seeking the revival of the darkest ideology of European history.”

Reuters reported that Greek parties committed to a bailout to save Greece from bankruptcy were set to win a slim parliamentary majority on Sunday, beating radical leftists who reject the terms of the lifeline and bringing relief to a world braced for fresh financial turmoil.

An exit poll carried out by five polling companies for Greece’s major television channels projected the conservative New Democracy party as coming in with between 27.5 and 30.5 percent of the vote, with the anti-EU extreme left Syriza party at between 27 and 30 percent.

‘Return to Auschwitz’ To Be Broadcast On WPBT2

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Join three Holocaust survivors for an emotional visit to the nightmarish location they only barely survived, the place where they lost so many of the people they loved. WPBT2 will broadcast the special “March of the Living: Return to Auschwitz” on June 17 at noon and June 19 at 7:30 pm.

The special produced by CBS4 features reporter Ted Scouten walking side by side with these individuals to hear their firsthand accounts of life at the Auschwitz death camp, the symbol for the horrors that were propagated within the Nazi’s system of concentration camps.

More than 1.5 million men, women and children were murdered at Auschwitz, either in gas chambers or by being brutally worked to death. With fewer people alive to tell their stories of what transpired, these brave South Florida survivors want to ensure that no one will ever forget the horror and terror that accompanied the Nazi occupation.

Funding for “March of the Living: Return to Auschwitz” was made possible by Zimmerman Advertising.

For more information on CBS4 and MyTV33, visit cbsmiami.com.

England Players to Visit Auschwitz, Meet Survivors

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The players on England’s Euro 2012 soccer squad will visit the Auschwitz death camp when they travel to Poland for the European Championship.

The final tournament of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2012, will be hosted by Poland and the Ukraine between June 8 and July 1, 2012.

England’s players will go to Auschwitz before their opening game against France. They will sign the museum’s guest book and light a candle of remembrance on the train tracks at Birkenau.

Other team members will visit Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow, where the gentile owner helped save more than a thousand Jewish lives. Some senior players and staff will meet with Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper and meet weightlifting champion Ben Helfgott, another survivor.

The English Football Association and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) have partnered to produce an educational program on the Holocaust for all secondary schools and colleges in England.

“This educational partnership brings together the important work of teaching future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust, using the ability of football to interest and engage young people,” said Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

Wiesel Versus Netanyahu

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

We were dismayed by the criticism Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel leveled at Prime Minister Netanyahu following the latter’s speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mr. Wiesel took issue with what he said was the prime minister’s likening of the Holocaust to the threat posed to Israel by Iran. Obviously whatever Mr. Wiesel says about the Holocaust is worth listening to. But we are nonetheless puzzled.

Mr. Wiesel said:

Iran is a threat, but can we say that it will make a second Auschwitz? I don’t compare anything to the Holocaust…. Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz. I went to Yugoslavia when reporters said that there was a Holocaust starting there. There was genocide, but not an Auschwitz. When you make a comparison to the Holocaust it works both ways, and soon people will say what happened in Auschwitz was “only what happened in Bosnia.”

But Mr. Netanyahu did no such thing. Here is part of what he said:

On this day, when our entire nation gathers together to remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the six million Jews who were murdered, we must fulfill our most sacred obligation.This obligation is not merely an obligation to remember the past. It is an obligation to learn its lessons, and, most importantly, to apply them to the present in order to secure the future of our people. We must remember the past and secure the future by applying the lessons of the past.

This is especially true for this generation – a generation that once again is faced with calls to annihilate the Jewish state. One day, I hope that the state of Israel will enjoy peace with all the countries and all the peoples in our region. One day, I hope that we will read about his calls to destroy the Jews only in history books and not in daily newspapers. But that day has not yet come.

Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. And it is feverishly working to develop atomic weapons to achieve that goal…. I know there are also those who believe that the unique evil of the Holocaust should never be invoked in discussing other threats facing the Jewish people. To do so, they argue, is to belittle the Holocaust and to offend its victims.

I totally disagree. On the contrary. To cower from speaking the uncomfortable truth – that today like then, there are those who want to destroy millions of Jewish people – that is to belittle the Holocaust, that is to offend its victims and that is to ignore the lessons.

Clearly Mr. Netanyahu was not focusing on the human horrors of Auschwitz but rather on the Nazis’ end goal of eradicating the Jewish people and Iran’s vow to obliterate seven and a half million Jews living in Israel.

But what really rankles is that Mr. Wiesel was standing near Barak Obama as the president delivered his own remarks at the United States Holocaust Museum on April 23. Mr. Obama spoke about millions of people sent to their deaths “just for being Jewish.” He also noted the “millions of Poles and Catholics and Roma and gay people and so many others who also must never be forgotten.” He mentioned the killings in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Libya, Central Africa and South Sudan. He spoke of the phrase “never again” as “a challenge to reject hatred in all its forms – including anti-Semitism” and as “a challenge to defend the fundamental right of free people and free nations to exist in peace and security and that includes the state of Israel.”

And he characterized “never again” as “a challenge to nations. It’s a bitter truth – too often, the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale. And we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop in the lives we did not save.”

So here was the president of the United States speaking of the Holocaust – at an event memorializing the Holocaust – as one of a series of tragic and bloody events in recent history. Talk about minimizing the uniqueness of the Shoah!

And yet Mr. Wiesel said nothing at the time. Perhaps he felt it wasn’t his place to take issue with the president at such a sober gathering. But we have heard nothing from Mr. Wiesel on the subject since then. Given his sharp response to what Mr. Netanyahu said, his silence over President Obama’s far more egregious remarks is deafening.

China’s Prime Minister: Auschwitz Visit Left Indelible Impression

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

According to Reuters, China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who toured the Auschwitz  death camp on Friday, said his visit introduced him to “an unforgettable, dark page in the history of humankind” which “cannot be forgotten.”

“Only those who remember history can build a good future,” he added.

Speculation is that Wen’s visit to Auschwitz was intended to show that he understood war-time suffering in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Wen has been trying to present himself as supporting some political reform and “universal values,” despite his own government’s crackdowns on political dissent.

Nazi Death Camp Exhibition Debuts in Shanghai

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Xinhua news agency reports that a concentration camp exhibition Nazi crimes has opened in Shanghai on Thursday.

The exhibition concentrates on the Auschwitz death camp, and will remain on long-term display at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum (SJRM), said museum curator Chen Jian.

Chen described the exhibition as comprised of thirty display boards illustrating how the camp was erected, and the acts of brutality committed there by Nazi soldiers.

Video records and recreated camp items, such as prisoners’ uniforms and cages where prisoners were kept and abused, are also included in the exhibition, marking the first time such items have been shown in China.

The exhibition was co-organized by the SJRM and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/nazi-death-camp-exhibition-debuts-in-shanghai/2012/04/19/

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