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  • President Donald Trump marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by saying denial of the genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany against the Jewish people will only cause for it to be repeated.

    "Any denial or indifference to the horror of this chapter in the history of humankind diminishes all men and women everywhere and invites repetition of this great evil," he said in a statement Sunday.

    Trump added the act of remembering the Jewish men and women killed during the Nazis' extermination program "is to strive to prevent such suffering from happening again."

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019...6791548656416/

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    • WHEN ETHIOPIAN JEWS TRIED TO SAVE EUROPEAN JEWS FROM HOLOCAUST

      In August 1943, at the height of the Holocaust, Ethiopian Jewish leaders approached the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia with a daring proposal. They asked him to help Jews in Europe flee to Ethiopia and assist Jewish refugees by hosting them in Ethiopian Jewish villages.

      Three months after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and two months after all four of the Auschwitz crematoria were functioning, The Palestine Post, as today’s Jerusalem Post was then called, published an article detailing Jewish immigration to Ethiopia. “Possibilities of Jewish immigration into Abyssinia were discussed by the Ethiopian Minister in London with Mr. Harry Goodman and Dr. Springer of Agudath Israel,” the August 8, 1943 article says. “A leading member of the Falasha (black Jewish) community expressed the desire to assist European Jewry and to welcome them in Falasha towns.” Falasha was the term used to describe Jews in Ethiopia at the time.

      https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/When-...locaust-578821

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      • Originally posted by Mastermind View Post
        ...

        But, when whole masses of human being are led to perceive their enemy or competitors are less than human, it becomes easy for us to release the Beast within us. And it is being released as we speak. When the beast reaches a critical mass, as has been pointed out here in this thread by others, it goes on its rampage. In these contemporary times, we can see the beast's head emerging in Iran and the Philippines. ...
        Mastermind

        I have to disagree a little here for the case of Iran. Although Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians must obey charia, the practice of their faith is allowed. And as for Jews, Iran hosts without incident the largest community of Jews in all the Middle east (apart from Israel of course)

        I won´t go into detail because this is´nt the place, but Jews are´nt murdered in Iran for the sake of being Jews and we may remind ourselves that in Europe or the USA this has´nt been exactly the case as of recently.

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        • Hiding Their Faces, Young Iranians Join Social Media Initiative to Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day
          https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/2...membrance-day/
          In an unexpected display of solidarity with the Jewish community, young Iranians are taking to social media to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

          Joining a popular global social media initiative, the young people photograph themselves holding signs with the hashtag #WeRemember in English and Hebrew. Some are also pictured wearing symbols of the Holocaust such as yellow stars and armbands. All of them hide their faces.

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          • He Helped Jews Escape the Holocaust. He Died Unknown.

            Aristides de Sousa Mendes was his name. We should remember his courage.

            https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/27/o...3S6e0ImI_-rkdY

            Anyone who has seen “Casablanca” knows the connection between Portugal and World War II refugees. But few know the story of the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who in 1940 saved tens of thousands of lives only to be punished for this heroism by his own government. As we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, we should honor this man who engaged in what one historian called “perhaps the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.”

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            • With all due respect; The Beast does not wear just one hat...It is the state of Iran which keeps screaming, "Death to America", "America the Great Satan" and threatening global catastrophe and finances worldwide terror in the name of Islamic jihad.

              It is fantastic that some Iranians honor the remembrance of the Holocaust. But, still, that is a small minority of the total. Hatred organized by states is what led to the Holocaust in the first place.

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              • Originally posted by Cowboy's daughter View Post
                He Helped Jews Escape the Holocaust. He Died Unknown.

                Aristides de Sousa Mendes was his name. We should remember his courage.

                https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/27/o...3S6e0ImI_-rkdY

                Anyone who has seen “Casablanca” knows the connection between Portugal and World War II refugees. But few know the story of the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who in 1940 saved tens of thousands of lives only to be punished for this heroism by his own government. As we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, we should honor this man who engaged in what one historian called “perhaps the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.”
                The man was a hero, lost all his career perks and lived in poverty for what he did, having been punished by the Salazar regime in Portugal.

                Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
                WHEN ETHIOPIAN JEWS TRIED TO SAVE EUROPEAN JEWS FROM HOLOCAUST

                In August 1943, at the height of the Holocaust, Ethiopian Jewish leaders approached the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia with a daring proposal. They asked him to help Jews in Europe flee to Ethiopia and assist Jewish refugees by hosting them in Ethiopian Jewish villages.

                Three months after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and two months after all four of the Auschwitz crematoria were functioning, The Palestine Post, as today’s Jerusalem Post was then called, published an article detailing Jewish immigration to Ethiopia. “Possibilities of Jewish immigration into Abyssinia were discussed by the Ethiopian Minister in London with Mr. Harry Goodman and Dr. Springer of Agudath Israel,” the August 8, 1943 article says. “A leading member of the Falasha (black Jewish) community expressed the desire to assist European Jewry and to welcome them in Falasha towns.” Falasha was the term used to describe Jews in Ethiopia at the time.

                https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/When-...locaust-578821
                Does bring back to mind how Israel went to rescue the falacha from famine in 1983? 1984? Kind of a return gesture.

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                • In Canada, strangers brave sub-zero temperatures for Holocaust survivor funeral

                  Rabbi Zale Newman says 150 people turn out in freezing conditions for Toronto burial of Eddie Ford after Facebook post asking for mourners to make up a quorum

                  https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-can...vivor-funeral/

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                  • Austria shares responsibility for the Holocaust, visiting president says

                    Alexander Van der Bellen lays wreath at Yad Vashem, tells President Rivlin that his country aims ‘to ensure that Jews everywhere feel safe’

                    https://www.timesofisrael.com/austri...resident-says/

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                    • Since i posted the original links to the tattooist story in good faith, it looks like there might be some controversy brewing

                      https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...heather-morris
                      A hit book around the world, The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the story of the Slovakian Jew Lali Sokolov, and how he fell in love with a woman he tattooed at the camp. Sokolov, who died in 2006, told Morris his story, which she turned it into the novel that has now sold more than 400,000 copies in the UK alone.
                      But Morris’s blend of fiction and fact has troubled some – particularly the Auschwitz Memorial Research Centre, which published a lengthy report clarifying the known facts about events in the book last December, saying the novel contained “numerous errors and information inconsistent with the facts, as well as exaggerations, misinterpretations and understatements” and described it as “an impression about Auschwitz inspired by authentic events, almost without any value as a document”.

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                      • IN WORK AND RESCUE, HE HAD THE MOTTO, 'IT CAN BE DONE'

                        He put Dracula on the big screen, and saved hundreds of Jews from a real monster

                        A new documentary sheds light on Carl Laemmle, a German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Studios and fought to rescue 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany

                        https://www.timesofisrael.com/he-put...-real-monster/

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                        • Finnish volunteers in SS units took part in WWII Nazi atrocities, Finland says

                          After an Israeli historian’s appeal to Finland’s president to examine murder of Jews, country’s state archives look into the role of Finns in the Waffen-SS drive eastward in 1941-3

                          A total of 1,408 Finns volunteered in the Waffen-SS from 1941 to 1943. They served in the well-armed 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, one of the 38 divisions of the Waffen-SS distinguished by its complement of volunteer recruits from an assortment of northern European nations stretching from Estonia to Belgium and including the Scandinavian countries.

                          The path of the Wiking division’s advance through western Ukraine and into the Caucasus during this period reads like a litany of Nazi killing fields of Jews and others.

                          https://www.timesofisrael.com/finnis...-finland-says/

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                          • https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...last-survivors

                            A documentary I found very moving. Couple of points struck me, the guy returning to auschwitz was intense and also I'm not sure how I feel about the survivors children essentially "blaming" the parents for their problems. Complex.

                            Anyway worth a watch, you'll need a vpn outside the UK I suspect.

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                            • Originally posted by downsizer View Post
                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...last-survivors

                              A documentary I found very moving. Couple of points struck me, the guy returning to auschwitz was intense and also I'm not sure how I feel about the survivors children essentially "blaming" the parents for their problems. Complex.

                              Anyway worth a watch, you'll need a vpn outside the UK I suspect.
                              Haven't watched it yet ... But I know that children of survivors often suffer terribly because of the demons haunting their parents.

                              This happened in my family, not me btw, and is often a subplot in post-Holocaust literature.

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                              • THE JEWS WHO STABBED GERMANY IN THE BACK

                                Seventy-nine years after Kristallnacht, ‘A Deadly Legacy,’ a new history of German Jewish soldiers during World War I, traces the origins of the European scapegoating that would engulf the continent some years later

                                A similar bewilderment afflicted Germany at the end of World War I. The first stab-in-the-back story—Dolchstoss in German—happened when the German army returned home in defeat in November 1918. The reason for their surrender was obscure to many Germans: the enemy had never touched German soil, and both at the beginning and the end of the war—at least according to German newspapers—the Kaiser’s forces appeared to be winning. So there was only one possible explanation: Germany had been betrayed by Socialists and (you guessed it) Jews, 1918’s equivalent of the traitorous Sixties counterculture.

                                Historians have often remembered that right-wing Germans let their Jewish compatriots take the rap for Germany’s defeat and for the shame of Versailles’ punitive peace. They have been less inclined to remember that for most of the war German Jews and gentiles stood proudly together in defense of their country. Jews welcomed the war as a fight for justice, freedom and, most important of all, German culture.

                                ...

                                Stern in his book about the intellectual roots of Nazism, The Politics of Cultural Despair, wrote that “No single idea played so powerful and so pernicious a role in postwar Germany as the notion that an undefeated army had voluntarily laid down its arms in the hope of a just peace. Because of it, Germans were able to feel that the Allies had tricked, not defeated them,” and that sinister elements of German society had aided this betrayal: “socialists, liberals, and Jews.”

                                The Weimar republic had been “fathered by traitors.” And so when the republic was swept away by the Nazis, Germans swallowed their reservations. They were certain that, whatever Hitler’s shortcomings, at least he would never double-cross them and lead their homeland to ruin.

                                https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-art...ny-in-the-back

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