Sunday, July 23, 2017

Auschwitz

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Clay Higgins
If a Democrat did this, they press would be singing their praises about how the video was a bold visual way to keep the sacred memory of the Holocaust alive...

Congressman Clay Higgins, a Louisiana State Republican, posted a self-recorded video message of himself inside a gas chamber in Auschwitz Museum last Saturday. In the 5-minute video, the politician used his surroundings to draw parallels between what happened then to the current security situation in the US.

“The world’s a smaller place now than it was in World War II”, remarked Higgins before continuing, “The United States is more accessible to terror like this, horror like this.”

Being a member of the U.S House Homeland Security Committee, Higgins went on to plug the importance of Homeland and the military, “This is why homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible.”

Higgins compared gas chambers to the situation in America saying “It’s hard to walk away from the gas chambers and ovens without a very sober feeling of commitment — unwavering commitment — to make damn sure that the United States of America is protected from the evils of the world.”

As expected, the video message was not well received. People did not appreciate the Congressman’s misguided attempt to use a tragedy of such epic proportions for his benefit, leading to the Auschwitz Museum tweeting, “Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”

In another tweet, “We just remind that it compared summer work as worse than Auschwitz.”

On Wednesday, the 5th of July, Higgins, having publicly lost face, released an equally dramatic apology and removed the video from his facebook page. Contrary to what was contained in the video message, Higgins states that his only intention was to pay homage to the victims in Auschwitz.

He goes on to say, “The atrocities that happened at Auschwitz were truly despicable, and we must never let history repeat itself in such a way. I have always stood with Israel and all Jewish people, and I always will. We live in a dangerous world, and massive forces of evil do indeed yet exist. We must all stand united against those evils. My Auschwitz video has been removed, and my sincere apology for any unintended pain is extended.”

The video may have been retracted by Higgins but not before it was copied and uploaded by others on Youtube.

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91-year-old

A 91-year-old German woman was just charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder–because of her actions during World War II.

The woman, who has not been named by German authorities, was arrested and charged due to her role at the Auschwitz concentration camp. There, she served as a telegraph operator–essentially a secretary–from April to July 1944.

But during her tenure at Auschwitz, massive numbers of Hungarian Jews were murdered in the infamous gas chambers.

The woman in question belonged to an all-female unit working at Auschwitz, which helped the SS quickly exterminate Jews. It’s not entirely clear exactly how, as a telegraph operator, this woman played an accessory role in the deaths.

This woman is widely expected to be the last Nazi charged with crimes in Germany–because the war ended nearly seventy years ago, most of the perpetrators have long since died of natural causes or already been indicted or convicted of crimes.

Earlier this year, a 94-year-old German man, Oskar Groening–known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz”–was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison. Due to his advanced age, he was expected to be the final Nazi war trial–until this yet-to-be-named woman was arrested.

Even though so much time has passed, Nazi war crimes remain a visceral topic in Germany–with the German government and people often advocating going great lengths in order to atone for their crimes in the 1940s.

Despite being 91-years-old, the woman will be tried as a minor–she was under 21 when her crimes were allegedly committed. She’s apparently fit to stand trial, which means that even with a short sentence, she could face the rest of her life behind bars.

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