I just realized my blog is short on images: WARNING;Some images are very graphic. Viewer disretion advised.
Women, rollcall, Auschwitz Album.
guard tower, fences
Rudolf Vrba , one of the men who escaped to tell of Auschwitz Birkenau camp ( the other was named Alfred Wetzler). Arnost Rosin also escaped later, and contributed to theAuschwitz Protocols.
**In May 1944, Himmler claimed in a speech that
The Jewish question in Germany and the occupied countries has been solved.
By October, he ordered an end to the murders, but they continued.
Dietrich Eichholtz »Generalplan Ost« zur Versklavung osteuropäischer Völker
Madajczyk, Czesław. Die Besatzungssysteme der Achsenmächte. Versuch einer komparatistischen Analyse." Studia Historiae Oeconomicae vol. 14 (1980): pp. 105-122
Hitler’s War in the East, 1941–1945: A Critical Assessment by Gerd R. Uebersch̀ear and Rolf-Dieter Müller
Davies, Norman (1982). God’s playground, a history of Poland. New York: Columbia University Press
Tadeusz Piotrowski (1997). Poland’s Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide…. McFarland ; Company. pp. 295.
No justice for the Jews of Latvia.
No justice for Slovaks.
Hitler orders Euthanasia
Rules of war.
The Wehrmacht Oath of Loyalty to Adolf Hitler, 2 August 1934
I swear by God this sacred oath that I shall render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler, the Führer of the German Reich, supreme commander of the armed forces, and that I shall at all times be prepared, as a brave soldier, to give my life for this oath.
November 2, 1943 Himmlers telegram to Mufti:To the Grand Mufti: The National Socialist movement of Greater Germany has, since its inception, inscribed upon its flag the fight against the world Jewry. It has therefore followed with particular sympathy the struggle of freedom-loving Arabs, especially in Palestine, against Jewish interlopers. In the recognition of this enemy and of the common struggle against it lies the firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between the National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims of the whole world. In this spirit I am sending you on the anniversary of the infamous Balfour declaration my hearty greetings and wishes for the successful pursuit of your struggle until the final victory.
Reichsfuehrer S.S. Heinrich Himmler.
Some recent research, however, apparently argues that al-Husayni did work with Eichmann for the dispatch of a special corps of Einsatz commandos to exterminate the Jews in Palestine, if Rommel managed to break through the British lines in Egypt.
Husayni did intervene on May 13, 1943, with the German Foreign Office to block possible transfers of Jews from Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, after reports reached him that 4000 Jewish children accompanied by 500 adults had managed to reach Palestine. He asked that the Foreign Minister to do his utmost to block all such proposals and this request was complied with. A year later, on the 25 July 1944, he wrote to the Hungarian foreign minister to register his objection to the release of certificates for 900 Jewish children and 100 adults for transfer from Hungary, fearing they might end up in Palestine. He suggested that if such transfers of population were deemed necessary, then:
“It would be indispensable and infinitely preferable to send them to other countries where they would find themselves under active control, as for example Poland, thus avoiding danger and preventing damage.”
(source: wiki, Shoah).
Functionalists: Historians who believe Hitler had no master plan for the Holocaust.
Intentionalists: Those who believe he did.
The terms were coined in a 1981 essay by the British Marxist historian Timothy Mason. Notable functionalists have included Raul Hilberg, Christopher Browning, Hans Mommsen, Martin Broszat, and Zygmunt Bauman. Notable intentionalists have included Andreas Hillgruber, Karl Dietrich Bracher, Klaus Hildebrand, Eberhard Jäckel, Richard Breitman, and Lucy Dawidowicz.
I think based on the quotes found, that the Intentionalists are right.
I have found a list from the Operation Paperclip postings on the internet (CIA -BND German secret employment of Nazis). I posted the info in the comments section, because it;s a bad google translation from German.
Goerings brother saved peoples lives.
The Kindly Ones," novel by Jonathan Littell.
Responding to the German philosopher Ernst Nolte who claimed that the Holocaust was not unique, the German historian Eberhard Jäckel wrote in 1986 that the Holocaust was unique because:
The National Socialist killing of the Jews was unique in that never before had a state with the authority of its responsible leader decided and announced that a specific human group, including its aged, its women and its children and infants, would be killed as quickly as possible, and then carried through this resolution using every possible means of state power.
Encyclopaedia Britannica defines Holocaust as the systematic state-sponsored killing of six million Jewish men, women, and children and millions of others by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II.
In The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust, Donald Niewyk and Francis Nicosia use the term to include Jews, Gypsies and the disabled.
George Steiner famously suggested that Nazism was Europe’s revenge on the Jews for inventing conscience.