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Tribute to survivors of the Holocaust
Holocaust Survivors
and Remembrance Project:
"Forget You Not"™
 Holocaust-Shoah
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Holocaust Remembrance, Sanctuary, and Beyond
A Tribute to Survivors of the Nazi's Holocaust
preserving the past to protect the future ...



 

Kristallnacht --The Night of Broken Glass

Remembering Kristallnacht -- The Night Of Broken Glass 
   November 9-10, 1938 --The Beginning of The Holocaust ...   
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Chelmno --first death camp
.Chelmno --the First Death Camp, operational from late 1941
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Women in the Lvov/Lemberg Ghetto 1942
.Women in the Lvov/Lemberg Ghetto, Poland 1942
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The Holocaust
Holocaust Remembrance and Beyond
The Holocaust

Project  Mission

 Project  Presentation 


Holocaust Remembrance Day
.January 27:.
International
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yad Vashem Photo Archive
.Yad Vashem Photo Archive

USHMM Project: Remember Me?
Remember Me?
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Project on the Displaced Children of the Holocaust

 

Passover in the Warsaw Ghetto
.1943 Passover in the Warsaw Ghetto

1945 Passover at Buchenwald
.1945 Passover at Buchenwald.
Leading the prayer service is
Rabbi Herschel Schacter (1917-2013).


1943 Hannukah at Westerbork
.1943 Hannukah at the Westerbork transit camp, The Netherlands.
Children crowd around the lighting of Hannukah candles.
The very next day, most of them, were deported to Auschwitz.

[In The Netherlands, more than in any other western European country, 70% of its entire Jewish population perished during the Holocaust years.]






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Anne Frank




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.Honoring Anne Frank's Diary
and her unabated spirit of hope.

."I simply cannot build my hopes on
a foundation of confusion, misery and death...
I think... peace and tranquillity will return again.
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Benjamin Fondane
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Remember only
that I was innocent and,
just like you, mortal on that day,
I, too, had had a face marked by rage, by
pity and joy, quite simply, a human face!
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Benjamin Fondane, Romanian-born French poet,
murdered at Auschwitz in October 1944.

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The Holocaaust

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.... And To Them I will give, within my walls, a Memorial with an Everlasting name "Forget You Not"that shall not be cut off.

 I Survived
Holocaust Survivors Tribute
TOC Holocaust Survinors Site
the 20th Century Holocaust
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I survived the Nazi horrors and bestial oppression, and nothing is forgotten ...


Forget-You-NotForget-You-Not



Blinded by the Ultimate Expression of Hate, Intolerance, Racism, and the Aryan Supremacy Doctrine:

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May God have mercy and forgive Germany's monstrous murderous deeds during its Third Reich, or nobody will.
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Holocaust transports

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Plaque


May God guide the New Germany towards peace, redemption and reconciliation with its horrendous Nazi past.

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May God help Poland repent its post-Holocaust horrific anti-Semitic sins
in being involved in the worst peacetime European Pogrom --the 1946
Kielce Pogrom.
[All Jewish victims of the Polish pogrom were able to survive Auschwitz and other Holocaust camps, but not the Kielce Pogrom.]
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Iasi Pogrom, Romania
May God help the Government of Romania to recognize that
the Plaque posted in its Holocaust Monument is an afront to all Holocaust victims of Romania
and that it must be modified to acknowledge both the victims and the regime responsible for it.

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Holocaust-Era Mass Grave of Murdered Jews Found in Romania
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Kielce burial

The Kielce Pogrom triggered a massive westward migration of hundreds of thousands of Jews who had survived the Holocaust. The movement, known as the Brihah, brought Jews from Poland and other eastern European countries to Displaced Persons Camps (DPCs) located in the western zones of occupied Germany and Austria, and in Italy. [USHMM]

Jewish children fleeing postwar Poland

Some 200 Jewish children, fleeing postwar anti-Semitic violence in Poland, arrive at the Prague railroad station.
<holocaustresearchproject.org/ghettos/restrictions&roles.html>


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We could (with much pain and distress) forgive, but never forget ...

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Tribute Holocaust Survivors

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p r e s e r v i n g   t h e   p a s t   t o   p r o t e c t   t h e   f u t u r e  . . . ™
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PROLOGUE
."We Have All Become Orphans" -- Elie Wiesel

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To Holocaust Survivors
Niemöller
To Holocaust Survivors

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This statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller, has become a legendary expression of the Holocaust. Ironically, Niemöller had delivered antisemitic sermons early in the Nazi regime. He later opposed Hitler and was sent to Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps. Near the end of the war, he narrowly escaped execution.

Niemoeller

 

Martin Niemöller
Bavaria-Verlag
After the war, Niemöller emerged from prison to preach the words that began this post, that all of us know... He was instrumental in producing the "Stuttgart Confession of Guilt", in which the German Protestant churches formally accepted guilt for their complicity in allowing the suffering which Hitler's reign caused to occur. In 1961, he was elected as one of the six presidents of the World Council of Churches, the ecumenical body of the Protestant faiths.

Niemöller emerged also as an adamant pacifist and advocate of reconciliation. He actively sought out contacts in Eastern Europe, and traveled to Moscow in 1952 and North Vietnam in 1967. He received the Lenin Peace Prize in 1967, and the West German Grand Cross of Merit in 1971. Martin Niemöller died in Wiesbaden, West Germany on March 6, 1984, at the age of 92. [EB]

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The Holocaust: A tragic legacy
. INTRODUCTION
.The Holocaust's Tragic Legacy:
The Ultimate Expression of Man's Inhumanity to Man

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Holocaust defined -

- What was the Nazi Holocaust? -

-Holocaust definition

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The road to Auschwitz was built by hate,  
but paved with indifference.  

Sir Ian Kershaw  

Nazi Hell

World War II (WWII), initiated by Hitler's Nazi Germany in 1939, killed some 67 million people (according to Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute) out of which some 27 million were Soviet citizens with some 16 million of them civilians.

Nazi's Holocaust emerged from a Persecutory Campaign initiated by Hitler's Nazi Germany against the ethnically undesirable people with the primary focus on the Jews. That persecutory campaign, during the war years, evolved and transformed into a distinctive genocidal component of WWII whose objective was the total annihilation of Hitler's perceived "undesirables" that were targeted for what they were rather than for what they did or believed in. The so-called "world Jewry," in Nazis' parlance, became Nazis' primary fixation towards total eradication.
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Male Jewish victim  

The emerging Holocaust
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Lódz Ghetto]

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Children of the Holocaust


In the prewar years (1933-1939), the unfolding Jewish Persecutory Program (that was to become the
starting point of the emerging Holocaust) began markedly noticeable to the outside world after Adolph Hitler became the German Chancellor (in January 1933) with the systematic and planned persecution of Jews and their businesses (through the passing of various Anti-Jewish Laws and with the implementation of the so-called Aryanization/Arisierung program), and which evolved with their deprivation of liberty (by round up, forced evacuation and eventual deportation).


Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht.One of the most noticeable and dramatic action taken against the Jewish citizens of Germany and Austria during that time (that for many observers was also the first hint of what was yet to come) was the nationwide pogrom in the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938 known as the Kristallnacht or "The Night of Broken Glass" pogrom.
.That tumultuous period of massive hostility towards Jews was the prelude of what would come (to be known as the Holocaust) and, it can be said to be characterized by oppressive, non-genocidal suffering and by sporadic, non-genocidal murders.


During the War years (1939-1945) that had followed, the Jewish Persecutory Program developed and transformed into a genocidal Persecutory and Victimization Program --the Holocaust, with a machinery set in place primarily for the complete destruction of the entire European Jewry.

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Mass murders --the Holocaust

  

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.a) the non-genocidal suffering has reached a new level of intensity --a peak in human suffering that could be called the genocidal (or mass suffocating) suffering and,
  
. b) the non-genocidal murders have been transformed into a genocidal (or mass-murder) machinery.
..In 1942, following the notorious Wannsee Conference, the implementation of the so-called "Final Solution" to the Jewish Problem began, full speed, in Sobibor, Treblinka, Belzec, Auschwitz-Birkenau and other concentration camps. As trainloads of Jews arrived from all over Europe, many were gassed to death in specially designed chambers (disguised as shower facilities), or shot by firing squads. The rest were forced to work under the most terrible conditions, which ultimately led to death by starvation or execution.

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During those genocidal years, in Nazi-occupied Europe of some nine (9) million Jews (as derived from the population census of the Wannsee Protocol)***, some six (6) million of them were murdered with the rest being deprived of liberty, human dignity and forced evacuation from their homes and businesses.

 

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Jude, Holocaust

  


By 1945, in Nazi-occupied Europe, 2/3 of its Jewish population
--men, women and children-- were murdered.


To death camps
Jews deported to death camps

That is by 1945, two out of every three Jews had been murdered...


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NOTE: The Wannsee Conference census estimating the existence of eleven (11) million European Jews included all of the neutral countries (Spain, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey --the European part, and Switzerland) and, as well, the unoccupied territories of France and Soviet Union. The combined Jewish population of those parts of Europe was estimated to be at some two (2) million and thus, it needs to be subtracted from the total Wannsee figure.


The Holocaust ended with the end of WWII when Hitler's Nazi Germany was defeated by the three major campaigns of the Allies in their finest and most costly triumphs of modern History.
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At Yalta in 1945
Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin
at Yalta Conference in February 1945.

(Primary credit goes to the Great Britain --under the incomparable Winston Churchill,
the Soviet Union --under the ruthless and larger than life dictator
Joseph Stalin, and
the United States --under
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only U.S. President to be reelected three times).

Gypsy child, HolocaustRomani/Gypsy HolocaustAsides from the Nazis' primary fixation --that of total eradication of the Jews, another ethnically undesirable people set by the Nazi machine for total annihilation were the European Romanies (Roma/Sinti) better known by their derogatory name as "Gypsies." It is estimated that some one-half million of them were murdered during the same genocidal period representing some 50% of their total European population.

By 1945, one out of every two European "Gypsies" had been murdered...

Apart from their primary targets --the Jews and the Romanies ("Gypsies"), Hitler's Nazi regime had also envisioned the elimination of all Poles and eventually all Slavs (under the so-called General Plan Ost that called for the removal of native populations from the Eastern Europe and resettlement with Germans) if the Nazi's Third Reich would have lasted, as envisioned, 1000 years. However, that never materialized as the Third Reich lasted only 12 horrendous years (1933-1945).


Nazi execution of Poles
.Polish Victims of the War, but Not of the Holocaust:

.The SS German execution in April 1941 of Polish hostages in retaliation for an attack on a Nazi Police Station by the underground organization "White Eagle."

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During the War years (1939-1945) that constituted also the Holocaust murderous years, some three (3) million non-Jewish Poles were also murdered, but they were murdered not because of their ethnicity, religion or creed, but rather because they were viewed as subversive, threatening, or particularly dangerous to the Nazi regime. (Examples of such Poles that were murdered by the Nazis were the elite of the Polish people, their political, civic, and spiritual leaders, members of the intelligentsia, cultural and scientific figures, as well as members of the resistance movement, officers, and so on.) Thus, in this respect, that Polish victimization campaign was a campaign of the War and not of the Holocaust and, as such, those Polish victims need be considered as casualties of the War and not of the Holocaust.
.(And speaking of the Polish casualties of War, it needs to be noted that Poland --unlike any other European country-- was battling for its survival not only from Hitler's Nazi Germany on the West, but also on the East from Stalin's Soviet Union. In this respect, see in here additional information on the Soviet invasion of Poland of September 1939 and, this photo of Polish prisoners captured by the Soviet Red Army.
. Poland thus, during the War years, was savaged by two formidable foes from two opposite fronts: one from the West by the Nazi Germans and, the other one from the East by the Soviet Russians. See, in this respect, the Yad Vashem's entry on the 1940 Katyn [Forest] Massacre by the Soviets. And speaking of that 1940 Massacre, only on November 26, 2010 --after so many decades of denial-- the Russian Parliament finally acknowledged that the Katyn Massacre was indeed ordered and orchestrated by the Soviet Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.)

Of course, as already noted, all that Polish victimization resulted from the two campaigns of the War has had nothing to do with the Nazi Holocaust (written always with capital letter to be distinguished from any other genocidal event or holocaust parlance).


Shoah

The Holocaust should never ever be confused with the totality of killings of World War II that was a part of, nor be blurred with other atrocities and brutalities of the War. The Holocaust was a distinct, massive, persevering, persecutory and victimization genocidal event of World War II, prosecuted by the Nazi Germany, that was based primarily on race and ethnicity with the sole purpose and goal of "purifying" the European races from the perceived "undesirables," and as such, it needs to be separated from all other killings and brutalities associated with the War.

From immemorial times, each society had their own "undesirables" (most notable, the hard-core criminals, and those holding a particular creed, belief, or political view deemed to pose a threat to the society) and, that component clearly existed within the Nazi Germany. But those particular types of victims of the Nazi Germany (such as the Communists, religious and political opponents, or Jehovah's Witnesses) should never ever be associated nor incorporated with the true victims and survivors of the Holocaust. That is because those groups of people became victims of the Nazi Germany not because of who they were, but because of what they did or believed in. It is therefore important to note that not all victims of the Nazi Germany were victims of the Holocust and, that the Nazi victimization program extended well outside the boundaries of the Holocaust.

1935 Nazi Germany: Jews Are Not Wanted Here
.1935 Nazi Germany: Jews Are Not Wanted Here.

Nazi Germany arresting Jews
.1938 Nazi Germany:
Jews arrested in Baden-Baden, November 10, 1938.

The cleansing of Europe from racially and ethnically "inferior or degenerate breeds" was an essential ingredient in the formulation of a new Europe as envisioned by the Nazi regime. In the so-called "Final Solution" to the Jewish Problem, the rapid extermination of all European Jewry was at the core and center stage of the entire Nazi mass murder process. After all it was argued, this unprecedented "solution" was needed --as a public health campaign-- for the betterment of the world in the pursuit of creating a new "pure" (aka Aryan) "super" race.

T4 victimDisabled victimsConsistent with the creation of a "pure" superior race, the Nazi regime had targeted in addition those with various incurable mental and physical disabilities murdering some 300,000 patients in various hospitals and asylums under the so-called T-4 Euthanasia program. That race "purification" program must also be included as part of the Holocaust.

In the name of perceived race "purification," the homosexuals were also targeted for complete annihilation and thus, they need to be included into what we call the Holocaust. (It is important to stress in here, for that complex category of Holocaust victims, that even if the Genetic Biology Gay victimultimately will determine that the homosexuality is not derived from a genetic condition but rather from a lifestyle condition, the Nazis --for sure-- considered them as "carrying" hereditary genes of homosexuality that needed to be rooted out. Indeed, in their campaign against the homosexuals, Nazis relentlessly pursued not only their current homosexuals, but also their family hereditary traits. That Nazi pursuit was directed primarily towards the male homosexuals as the female homosexuals were, by in large, ignored and tolerated. That duality in the Nazi policy between the male and female homosexuality has had its primary roots in the Christian religion where the sodomy has always been regarded as an absolute sin.)

 

At Birkenau
Jewish women and children at Birkenau marching towards the gas chambers.
[Yad Vashem -- The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.]
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To recapitulate, the Jewish Holocaust (known also as
the Shoah), the Romani (Roma/Sinti) or the "Gypsy" Holocaust (known also as the Porrajmos), the Psychiatric/Eugenic Holocaust (known also as the so-called T4 Holocaust of the disabled), and the Gay Holocaust, were the only components of what is known as the Nazi Holocaust.
Any other victims during the Holocaust years need to be considered as being part of the casualties of war and not of Holocaust. This explicit distinction and demarcation is, as already noted, essential in the precise, unambiguous definition and formulation of the Nazi Holocaust.
In a nutshell thus, the Holocaust (that developed from its prewar Nazi Persecutory Campaign of the "undesirables") was a machinery set in place by the Nazi regime of cleansing the European races from all the perceived "inferior and degenerate breeds" that the Jews, the Romanies/Gypsies, the mentally and physically disabled, and the Homosexuals were considered to be. That was the "line" of the Holocaust that was a clear and unmistakable "line" that needs not be confused or blurred with any other murderous "line" of World War II.
Another way of looking at the Holocaust "line" is how the Texas University Professor, Dr. Ian Hancock sees it, as a genetic "purification" line designed to eradicate the perceived genetic "contaminants" from the European gene pool in pursuit of creating a "pure" superior "master race."

As a historic event, the Nazi Holocaust is of enormous complexity:

Germans embracing Hitler
Hitler and Church

  • How could such an event ever take place, in the first place?
  • How such an absolute breakdown in humanity, moral judgments, and faith in God could have taken place in one of the most cultured country of Europe?
  • How could a most cultured nation in the center of Europe be responsible for such mass atrocities that are defying human comprehension?
  • How could the Church of Germany with all its various denominations close its eyes to humanity and surrender its morality, its soul, and its teachings to the Nazi ideology?
  • How could the average mass German population embraced and supported with such zeal Hitler, the Nazis, Nazism, and the Third Reich?
  • How and Why was democracy lost in Germany in 1933?

How a mighty country such as The United States of America that was founded through its July 4, 1776,
Declaration of Independence that begins with this fundamental proposition,

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident,
  that all men are created equal,
  that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
  that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

Statue of Liberty
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could have closed its eyes on the Holocaust for so long, is a perplexing question for the ages, as the deprivation of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" were at the core and center stage of the entire machinery of the Holocaust. Arguably, the simple answer to this is that no national security interest was involved and thus, no compelling interest existed to intervene. That may be so, if only we could divorce ourselves from the conscience of humanity.

Killing of Jews by civilians in Kovno

Murdering of Jews in Kovno by Lithuanian nationalists under the eyes of the SS in June 1941. When the SS mobile killing units reached Kovno in the first few days of the war against the Soviet Union, they persuaded the anti-communist partisan leader Klimatis to turn his forces against the Jews, to demonstrate that "the liberated population had resorted to the most severe measures against the ... Jewish enemy."

SS Photo - <friends-partners.org/partners/beyond-the-pale/eng_captions/55-1.html>

   

How the great majority of ordinary European people stood by --at best-- in apathy during the Nazi's racial and ethnical cleansing, and --at worst-- taking an active role in it, is a most profound and troublesome question that cannot escape our attention when looking at the present or at the future. The humanity should never ever be allowed to be buried by evil forces and blind ambitions.

Next time --if not on guard-- another mass group or groups of people could be targeted for their complete annihilation. As the late Simon Wiesenthal so eloquently put it, "It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews."

Let this be the great lesson of the Nazi Holocaust that humanity, at all cost, must always be present, preserved, and remain within us. Hate and blind ambitions should never ever be allowed to overcome and poison our judgments and deeds.

Never Again

Never again the humanity should be absent from a society's deeds and moral judgments. The Creator endowed us with a most precious commodity --the humanity, vested in compassion and tolerance towards others, and this is --in fact-- what separates us, humans, from the rest, in the vast Kingdom of the Living.

Anne Frank

The massive human, spiritual, and intellectual destruction that the Nazi Holocaust has brought is beyond quantification. The human talent lost during the Holocaust is impossible to be quantified as we can only ponder how many of the caliber of Jonas Salk were lost and thus, how many cures of various deadly diseases could have been found long time ago. To this if we add the potential loses in other sciences and the arts, the total loss could be staggering and arguably irreplaceable. And this is indeed a sobering reflection that cannot escape our thoughts.

Petr Ginz

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An extraordinary set of pictures from the Auschwitz Album with text commentary by Oliver Lustig of Bucharest, Romania, who is a Birkenau-Auschwitz and Dachau Holocaust survivor, has been posted with corresponding Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Russian translations from the original Romanian text received.

  

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In January 2007, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received a mysterious anonymous donation (from a retired US military man) of a photograph album with the inscription "Auschwitz 21.6.1944" containing 116 photographs of SS guardians from Auschwitz. This stunning new photo album, (believed to have been created and belonged to Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz) provides a rare insider's view of Auschwitz camp staff enjoying leisure time at a facility adjacent to the notorious death camp where thousands were been murdered every day. (See also this New York Times article and the USHMM presentation.)

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Auschwitz Memorial Museum, Poland

Auschwitz Memorial Plaque
George Santayana (1863-1952), American Atheist Philosopher,
Harvard University Ph.D and Professor therein.
Jewish boy at liberation in Buchenwald
A little Jewish boy, age 4, Joseph Schleifstein, sits on a United Nations
Refugee Relief Agency truck in the KZ camp Buchenwald, May, 1945.
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Prisoners at liberation of Bergen-Belsen Camp
.Prisoners at liberation of Bergen-Belsen Camp
National Army Museum, London, UK
<national-army-museum.ac.uk/exhibitions/shortVisits/iconic/page19.shtml>
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Pile of corpses from the Holocaust

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Holocaust Survivor

The Age of the Survivors is drawing to a close. 
Before long no one will be left to say, "I was there, I saw, I remember what happened." 
All that will be left will be books of literature and research, pictures and films, and multitudinous testimony.
 
Zvi Gill -- Holocaust survivor, author, and journalist. 

 

Jews displaced to Kovno Ghetto
.Jewish families being moved into the Kovno ghetto.
Photo Credit: George Kadish. Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv, Israel.
<shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/kovno/kovno.html>

Nazi fun during the Holocaust years in Poland
.Nazis having some fun
at the expense of a tormented Jew in 1942 Rzeszów, Poland.

Rounding up of Jews in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
.Following anti-Nazi violence,
Jews are being rounded up in the Jewish quarter
of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 22, 1941.
(Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie)

Prior to WW II, there were approximately 140,000 Jews living in The Netherlands, but by war's end, over 100,000 Dutch Jews had been murdered ... most by the Nazis ... but some by Dutch collaborators. Seventy five percent (75%) of Dutch Jews perished during the Holocaust, the highest percentage in any country in Nazi-occupied Europe, except for Poland.

<jewishwebindex.com/holland.htm>
70% of the Jews in The Netherlands perished in the Holocaust.
This 70% figure represents the highest loss in any country
occupied by the Germans in western Europe.
The deportation of Dutch Jewry was a
"pitch-black" chapter in Dutch history.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, at Yad Vashem, March 2005.

 1942 deportations from The Netherlands
Anxious faces peer through a train window as they await deportation
from Westerbork, Holland (1942).
Photo Credit: Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
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"Go, my children, save your lives, but remember always to remain Jews
and tell the world what the German murderers did to us."
.Reb Emmanuel Grossman


 

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The Liberating US Army at Dachau
[United States Photo Archives]
 


Holocaust Remembrance and Beyond
Holocaust remembrance
Holocaust children
Holocaust children
Holocaust killing
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"Forget You Not"
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."Those of you who may survive, bear witness, let the world know what has happened here."
Aleksander Aronowich Pechersky
leader of the Sobibor revolt, seconds before the outbreak
<sobibor.info>

 
Emaciated prisoners from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp
..Emaciated prisoners, survivors of
the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
Photo Credit: By Kurt Zalud -- Associated Press

Fate has placed upon the survivors of the Holocaust an unprecedented painful burden --that of revealing to the world the excruciating and most humiliating experiences of their lives.

It is our goal to present herein --through our "Forget You Not" Project-- a balanced and considerate view of the Holocaust, of the unspeakable monstrosity, brutality, cruelty, and evil displayed, of the total breakdown and collapse of humanity and faith in God, as well as, to reveal some faces and voices of those that were able to overcome the ghettos and the concentration camps of that incredible dark period in human history.

The spirit of survival and defiance of many ordinary people was poignant beyond words transforming them, by their circumstances, from ordinary into extraordinary human beings.
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Jews captured during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
An SS sergeant interrogating Jews captured during the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
United States National Archives
Buchenwald prisoners with Elie Wiesel
Buchenwald at Liberation, April 16, 1945. Elie Wiesel is in 2nd row, last from left.


"Forget You Not" Project
A word from the Editor
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Forget-You-NotForget-You-NotTABLE OF CONTENTS 
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What is the Holocaust?

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Holocaust Background Information

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Heroes and Heroines of the Holocaust

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Faces and Voices of Holocaust Survivors

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Holocaust Studies, Anti-Semitism and Related Topics

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The Holocaust Combative Page

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Holocaust Selected Readings, Photos, and Items of Interest

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Holocaust Selected Books

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Descendants of the Holocaust

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Holocaust Related News

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Holocaust Memorial Drives

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"Dead men will have indeed died in vain if live men refuse to look at them."
Legacy of the Holocaust

A Detailed Definition of the Holocaust and its Tragic Legacy
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And to Them I will give, within my walls, a Memorial with an everlasting name "Forget You Not" that shall not be cut off.
{Inspired from Isaiah 56:5 }.

  

"Cries from Earth to Heaven
by Romanian Composer Serban Nichifor

  


 
"Forget You Not"™ Project  www

Yad Vashem Photo Archive


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Survivors of the Holocaust

There are 350,000 survivors of the Holocaust alive today...
There are 350,000 experts who just want to be useful with the remainder of their lives.
Please listen to the words and the echoes and the ghosts.
And please teach this in your schools.

 Steven Spielberg  

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Where was God?
.God and the Holocaust
Where was God when millions were murdered?
Over the last few decades this question has haunted
both Jewish and Christian theologians:
If God is all-good and all-powerful,
HOW could he have permitted the Holocaust to take place?
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Genesis and the Holocaust
{From The First Book of Moses}


The Holocaust under God
.Shoah Painting by David Olère (1902 - 1985), Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor
<shoah.freeservers.com/photo.html>

      For Jews, the central theological question posed by the Holocaust is theodicy --the question of divine justice, or whatever it is possible to speak of a just God working in history after the Holocaust. The question for Christianity arises from Christian culpability for almost two millennia of anti-Semitism, which fed the hatred and indifference that made the Holocaust in "Christian" Europe possible.

      If Jews, or some Jews, ask about the silence of God, the failure of God to act to save his people, Christians must ask about the silence of "man," specifically Christians, who not only failed to act to save their Jewish neighbors, but, in many cases, aided and abetted the violence.

Rosemary Radford Ruether and Herman J. Ruether 

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.Cries from Earth to Heaven:™
Reaching for the Star of David during the Holocaust
.Searching for the elusive God
through the Star of David
during the Holocaust

© by Mikhail Onanov,
Chicago area artist.



"Perhaps some day someone will explain how, on the level of man, Auschwitz was possible; but on the level of God, it will forever remain the most disturbing of mysteries." 

-- Elie Wiesel, Legends of Our Time, p. 20
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"The little faith I used to have has been completely shattered. If God existed, He would have certainly not permitted that human beings be thrown alive into furnaces, and the heads of little toddlers be smashed with gun butts or shoved into sacks and gassed to death."

-- 1943 Diary of a 14-year-old Polish Jewish girl, Rutka Laskier, who perished at Auschwitz.

 


Where was God?: Lightening of the Christmas Tree, Auschwitz, 1944
Where Was God During the Lighting of That Christmas Tree?
Lighting of the Christmas Tree, December 1944,
by
Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz.
.Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Christmas Eve in Auschwitz as Recalled by Polish Prisoners
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The God We Never Knew ...
Where was God during the Holocaust?*

 

"The element that distinguishes the Holocaust was the search for God.
From morning till night we cried out for a sign that God was still with us...
We sought Him, but we did not find Him.
We were always accompanied by the crushing and unsettling feeling
that God had disappeared from our midst.
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Belsen survivor

 


From Testimony of a Holocaust Survivor 
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* Rabbi Emeritus Laszlo Berkowits didn't ask "Where was God?" after his time in the German death camps,
but asked
"Where was man?"

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Remembering The Holocaust
 Moment  of  Silence  and  Remembrance 

*** A Holocaust Prayer ***

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