This might seem like a strange statement to make, to the people who read my blogs, but when it comes down to it , I know very little in relationship to the Holocaust. Yes, I do know the statistics and the numbers. Yes I do know the stories of the survivors and even know a […]When it comes down to it, I know very little.
I wish I could say that despite the horrors inflicted during the Holocaust, humanity found a way to restore itself.
But I would be lying, because how can we possibly say that, knowing that 1.5 million children were brutally murdered in the most inhumane way.
Children like Greetje Leger who has only become a statistic, containg the data ‘Reached the age of 3 years, born 18 October 1940, Amsterdam- Murdered February 11,1944 Auschwitz.
Like all the other 1.5 million children Greetje was not a statistic but a living human being. Who could have meant so much to humanity. She could have been a mother, grandmother, aunt, nurse, doctor, scientist, plumber, teacher, carpenter, police officer .The list is endless.
Today she should have been celebrating Sinterklaas with her grandchildren or great grandchildren. Her face should have lit up seeing the kids open their presents
However an evil ideology caused her death as a toddler. An ideology that never really went away. it just went dormant for a while and is slowly waking up again.
There are few people that intrigue and disgust me simultaneously in similar measures, but Mengele is one of them. I deliberately am not calling him Doctor because he failed to honor or even pledge to the Hippocratic Oath.
One line of that oath states the following “I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing.”
I will not go into great details regarding his evil acts because so much has already been written about it.
But even in his ‘good’ acts there was a menacing threat connected to it. One of his survivors Renee Firestone(nee Weinfeld) recalled in the documentary “The last laugh” how one time Mengele had examined her and had diagnosed an issue with her tonsils. He advised Renee to get that seen to whenever she got a chance. Shortly after he murdered Renee’s…
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This is the interview I did with Ferne Pearlstein , director,writer and producer of “the Last Laugh”
A documentary where world-famous comedians including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried pitch in with their own views on the boundaries of comedy.
I took a break for a few days in writing about the Holocaust, basically it was getting a bit too much for me and I needed a break.
However I do realize that if I stop writing about the Holocaust it means one less person to tell the stories and opportunity to keep that history alive.
But this break gave me a possibility to approach the Holocaust from a different vantage point. a fresh new perspective as such.
The picture above was a picture was donated to Yad Vashem in 1980 by Lili Jacob. It is a picture of the arrival and processing of an entire transport of Jews from Carpatho-Ruthenia, Hungary, at Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland.
I do not know how often I have seen this picture but it must have been hundreds of time, but only this morning I noticed for the first time the woman holding…
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41 Months and 6 Days was all I was allowed to live.
After 41 Months and 6 Days I was given a death sentence.
No, I was not a criminal.
No, I harmed no one.
In fact I wasn’t even of a school going age as of yet.
What did I do in those 41 Months and 6 Days that warranted my death.
And I mean absolutely NOTHING.
My address was Bilderdijkstraat 138 II, Amsterdam but I died in Sobibor
My name was Alida Roeg , I was killed because I was Jewish.
Find a Grave
This is a blog I had wanted to do for a long time but was reluctant to actually start it. I was afraid it would be used out of context by both pro life and pro choice advocates. However this blog is really about desperation and inhumane sacrifices. I would therefore urge every one not to use this in the current ongoing anti and pro abortion debates.
No one can understand what these women went through,and no one can judge nor should judge them but have compassion instead.
Regardless if pregnant women were able to work, if it was known they were pregnant they were either sent to the gas chambers killing both mother and unborn baby, or they were sent for ‘medical’ experiments and the out come would be the same,death for both.
Dr Gisella Perl was a Romanian Jewish gynecologist deported together with her family to Auschwitz in…
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I don’t want to make this a current political blog, and I won’t.,but I need to get this off my chest. Much too often do I hear that the current generations, often referred to as Generation Y(Millennials) and Generation Z(iGen) have it so much harder then any generation before them. It really gets my blood boiling because it is an insult to those who gave their lives so that they now can complain about everything.
When I read about Filippo Illuminato and how he died I noticed he was only 13. Initially I thought that the dates were wrong, because how could a young boy who had just entered his teenage tears be such a Hero. But the dates were correct.
He was born 21 August 1930 in Naples,Italy. After finishing primary school, he took a job as an apprentice mechanic in a vehicle repair shop.
On 3 September 1943…
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I have to be honest and admit that I am not entirely sure if the title is entirely correct, I am working on presumptions. However they are well founded presumptions.
More then 75% of all Dutch Jews were murdered during the Holocaust it is therefore safe to presume that the at least 75% of these children were murdered too.
I also believe that the picture below is from the same school or after school youth care organisation in Amsterdam which was organised by the Jewish Council.
The things I am certain about is that at least 2 survived one of them is Fred Lessing(below an interview with Fred from January 26,1993)
The other survivor is an unknown visitor to the NIOD Image bank website he said this about the below picture
“‘I am in this picture, sitting in the middle (round shirt collar). Born October 26, 1935. Am sitting next…
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