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Netanyahu Attacks Deniers of Mufti-Holocaust Links

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu preceded his flight to Germany Wednesday for a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel with by rejecting criticism of his remarks last night that linked Mufti al-Husseini with the Holocaust.

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog, his cohorts on Israel Radio’s Kol Yisrael (Reshet Bet) and the Palestinian Authority were all over the Prime Minister Wednesday morning, accusing him of re-writing history and inciting Arabs.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments on the Mufti during his speech to the World Jewish Congress were perfectly timed, giving him ammunition to carry with him when talking with Merkel about Palestinian Authority incitement.

He rejected criticism that his comments implied that Hitler was not responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jews, and he explained:

It is absurd. I had no intention to absolve Hitler of responsibility for his diabolical destruction of European Jewry. Hitler was responsible for the Final Solution to exterminate six million Jews. He made the decision.

It is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al -Husseini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentropp, Himmler and others, to exterminate European Jewry. There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He said:

He replied to Arab criticism that he false accused the Mufti of advising Hitler to burn Jews and said:

There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He said:

‘The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question’.

Eichmann’s deputy, added:

‘The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan’.

He reminded listeners that “Haj Amin al-Husseini is still a revered figure in Palestinian society. He appears in textbooks and it is taught that he is one of the founding fathers of the nation, and this incitement that started then with him, inciting the murder of Jews – continues.

New Book Displays All the Art Göring Stole from Jews

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) While being questioned at Nuremberg, Göring was “humble” about having pulled off one of the most extensive theft of artwork in history with the comment, “everybody loots a little bit.” Now, a full list of the artworks confiscated by Hermann Göring, the highest ranking Nazi after Adolf Hitler, has been made available to the public. Every painting Göring ever stole for his private collection, as well as an exhaustive record of art he looted and sent elsewhere, will be displayed in a book due out in the spring.

The full catalog, which detailed the treasures, the original owners and where the works of art were sent, was kept in French archives, and for decades could be accessed only by scholars. For someone whose ultimate goal was to destroy a large chunk of humanity, Göring had a significant attraction to art, or at least, to confiscating collections belonging to Jews and other enemies of the Nazi regime. Göring decorated his retreat near Berlin, the Carinhall, with looted treasures. At the end of the war, when the Allies were closing in, Göring had the artwork loaded up on trains and sent to Bavaria with a plan to move it onward to Austria, but the Allies intercepted the trains and sent the items to Munich.

The book project was undertaken by Nancy Yeide, head of curatorial records at the National Gallery of Washington. The book is expected to be a substantial resource for museums, researchers and those looking for art stolen from their families. In addition, the book serves as a testament to the staggering extent of Nazi theft. Yeide told the Independent, “Göring was essentially a black hole. No one has ever really looked closely at the collection and tried to reconstruct everything that was ever in it. That has been my goal.” Robert Edsel, an expert on looted artwork, told the Independent, “Nancy (Yeide) has been digging and digging. There are families looking for stolen art. It was a very timely book. When works surface—which they will do—this book will be an invaluable tool.”

Many of the 2,000 paintings created by artists such as Renoir, Botticelli and Monet, along with hundreds of sculptures and tapestries in Göring’s private collection, were stolen from Jewish families. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, whose family of Jewish art dealers lost their collection to the Nazis, expressed satisfaction that the general public will finally have access to information of what art was stolen and from whom. Göring, like many high-profile Nazis, had extensive records kept of his activities, at least in part out of a bottomless need for self-aggrandizement. Now these detailed records have provided significant information to researchers. Göring’s original records showed entries handwritten by at least five different people detailing which paintings hung in which rooms on what walls at Carinhall. World War II historian Jean Marc Dreyfus told the Daily Telegraph, “This is the first time we have the complete catalog. My colleagues in other countries tried to reconstitute the list of works in this extraordinary collection, but there was uncertainty over 300 to 400 works because they didn’t have this catalog.”

In addition to thousands of items in Göring’s and Hitler’s private collections, the Nazi loot filled 26,000 railway cars in France alone. Last year, 1,400 works of art were found in a Munich apartment, including paintings by Chagall, Picasso, and Matisse. The apartment belonged to Cornelius Gurlitt, who helped Joseph Göbbels seize, store and sell art considered “degenerate” by Nazi censors. Gurlitt kept a large quantity for himself, including many works that belonged to the Jewish art dealer Alfred Flechtheim.

Hitler and Göring were planning to create a Nazi museum after the war, to display the looted treasures. Hitler planned to feature Bruges Madonna by Michelangelo and two of Vermeer’s greatest paintings. When the Allies won the war, these paintings were recovered from an Austrian salt mine. The mainstream Nazi view was that modern art was degenerate, but a faction declared that modernism had Nordic roots and was permissible. However, Hitler insisted that modern art was depraved and in 1937 held an exhibition he named Die Ausstellung Entartete Kunst— The Degenerate Art Exhibition, to show people just how bad it was. The exhibition featured the works of Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, and Chagall, to name a few. Categories included “Destruction of the Last Vestiges of Racial Consciousness,” and “Complete Madness.” The exhibition was one of the most popular in German history and drew two million viewers to Munich. Göring purchased many of these pieces, even as Hitler was saying the works were decadent.

Former Auschwitz Radio Operator Charged with Accessory to Murder

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

German authorities have charged a 91-year-old woman for her role in the murder of 260,000 Jews in the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust.

The woman, who has not been identified, served in the Nazi SS and worked as a radio operator for the camp’s commandant in 1944. Prosecutors plan to charge her as an accessory to murder because she aided the operation of the death camp.

The woman’s trial will come on the heels of the trial of Oskar Gröning, the so-called “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” who was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year for serving as an SS guard at Auschwitz.

Up until 2011, German authorities only prosecuted people who served in senior Nazi positions. But that year, John Demjanjuk, who had volunteered as an SS guard, was found guilty of accessory for the murder of more than 27,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp.

Since then, German authorities have been going after other people who could be charged as accessories to Nazi crimes. But among the 6,500 former SS members who served in Auschwitz and were still living at the time of prosecution, only 50 have been convicted, according to The Telegraph.

Ashes of Holocaust Victims Buried after Secretly Kept in French School

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

The atrocities of the Holocaust still are being discovered.

Rabbis in Strasbourg, France on Sunday carried a single coffin containing several Jews’ ashes and remains that were used for experiments during the Holocaust by August Hirt, a notorious Nazi anatomy researcher.

Their remains in test tubes and jars had been locked up in a French medical school until this past July, when a researcher found a letter dated 1952 and which referred to the atrocity. After the discovery of the letter, the jars and test tubes were found behind a glass cupboard in a locked room.

The only victim whose remains were identified was Menachem Taffem, a Polish Jew who was gassed to death in the Auschwitz gas chambers.

The corpses of 86 Holocaust victims were sent to the institute at the University of Strasbourg for Hirt to carry out research. Some of the remains were buried after the war, others were locked up secretly and yet others were known and kept for legal and scientific intentions.

‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’: ‘I can only ask my God for forgiveness’

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Former Nazi guard Oskar Groening, 94, asked for forgiveness on Wednesday upon testifying in his trial on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Groening, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” collected and tallied money from new prisoners arriving at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

He testified:

There was self-denial in me that today I find impossible to explain. Perhaps it was also the convenience of obedience with which we were brought up, which allowed no contradiction. This indoctrinated obedience prevented registering the daily atrocities as such and rebelling against them.

I can only ask my God for forgiveness.

During the trial on Wednesday, Auschwitz survivor Irene Weiss, 84, recounted how she arrived to the death camp at age 13 and was immediately separated from most of her family. “A woman pointed to a chimney and said: ‘Do you see the smoke? There is your family,'” she said.

Weiss said she considers Groening more than just a “small cog in the machine.”

“To that 13-year-old, any person who wore that uniform in that place, represented terror and the depths to which humanity can sink, regardless of what function they performed,” she said.

British Teens Accused of Holocaust Theft at Auschwitz

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Two British teenage boys were caught stealing precious historic artifacts at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camps, Polish police said Tuesday.

The two 17-year-olds were detained Monday by police on suspicion of stealing belongings of prisoners who were inmates of the camps during the Holocaust in World War II.

They were spotted Monday afternoon lurking near a building where German Nazi guards used to store belongings confiscated from the prisoners in the camps, said a spokespersons for the museum at the site.

Both of the boys are students at the Perse School of Cambridge, England and were participating in a school history trip at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the school.

The teens “attempted to keep some items of historical importance which they had found on the ground,” the school claimed. “We understand they have explained that they picked up the items without thinking and they have apologized unreservedly for the offense they have given, and expressed real remorse for their action,” said the Perse School spokesperson.

A body search turned up a piece of spoon, a number of buttons, two pieces of glass and a fragment of a razor, which may have been stolen from the site, police said.

Both boys were questioned through an interpreter, according to regional police. If found guilty, they could face up to 10 years in prison for the offense. The spokesperson for the Perse School said the students are cooperating “fully” with the authorities.

Apparently it is not unusual for visitors to try to steal artifacts from the death camp, as horrific as that may seem to some. According to the museum curators, a Swedish man was imprisoned in 2010 for masterminding the theft of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes Freedom) sign posted over the entry gate and which heralded the arrival of prisoners at the death camp at Auschwitz.

Nazis Continue to have their Evils Undone

Friday, May 15th, 2015

A brilliant German scientist was denied her doctorate back in 1938 because, as the daughter of a Jewish woman, she was ineligible as “a first-degree crossbreed,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

But now, at the age of 102, Inbeborg Rapoport will finally receive her doctorate for work on the infectious disease diphtheria, which was ravaging European and American children when she submitted her doctoral papers.

Rapoport was a student at the University of Hamburg, which declared itself “the first national-socialist institute of higher learning in the Reich,” and refused to allow her to complete her oral defense of her dissertation.

But now, almost eight decades later, Rapoport will finally receive her doctorate. Rapoport is already a doctor, having obtained a medical degree from Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, after having arrived alone and penniless in the U.S. in 1938.

Rapoport has had quite the life – she fled Nazi Germany, came to the States and married an Austrian-Jew who came under suspicion as an active member of the Communist party, then fled the U.S. for Europe and now lives in Berlin.

Her son, a Harvard Medical School professor, was able to connect with the dean of the University of Hamburg’s medical school. After many obstacles, Rapoport finally was given – and passed – her oral defense of her dissertation and will receive the long-denied doctorate on June 9.

Rapoport will be the oldest person on record to receive a doctorate.

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