Poland’s Justice Minister says, “Enough with this lie.” Poles are maligned worldwide because of this misleading phrase, which suggests then-occupied Poland was culpable for the camps, when the Nazis ordered them built on its soil.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase “Polish death camps” when referring to the wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday.
Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro – Photo: YouTube Screenshot
Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical and newspaper accounts since it suggests that the country, which was occupied by Nazi Germany throughout World War II, was responsible for the camps set up on its territory. Continue Reading »
Pope Francis, after visiting the Nazi concentration & extermination camp in Poland, wrote in the visitor’s commemorative book: ‘Lord, have mercy on your people. Lord, forgive us for so much cruelty.’
OSWIECIM, Poland – Hunched on a bench near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, Pope Francis prayed silently on Friday in tribute to 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, gassed there by Nazi occupiers during World War Two.
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Pope Francis walks through a gate with the words “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, July 29, 2016.
Now serving in the Nahal Brigade, Daniel Tomohiro speaks of growing up in Japan, being inspired by his grandfather’s stories of making aliyah and fighting in Israel’s War of Independence.
• “My grandmother was in Auschwitz and was saved only because a German nurse covered her with a blanket,” he says.
By Danny Brenner
Daniel Tomohiro is not the typical Israeli soldier. His Hungarian grandparents survived the Holocaust, made aliyah, and fought in the War of Independence, but they then moved to Australia, where his mother met and married a Japanese man and moved to Iwata, Japan.
Now Tomohiro has come full circle and is serving in the Israel Defense Forces, undergoing basic training with the Nahal Brigade’s 50th Battalion. Continue Reading »
With some returning for 1st time, survivors from around the globe arrive at former death camp to pay respect to their relatives, loved ones & the millions of other Jews murdered by the Nazis.
Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp, a day before official commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its liberation.
Visitors hold Israeli flag at entrance of Auschwitz. – Photo: Reuters
Coming from around the world, some returning for the first time, the survivors paid homage Monday to relatives murdered by Nazi Germany and the millions of other Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Continue Reading »
Johann Breyer of Philadelphia, faces extradition to Germany after being arrested in what could be the last legal battle against an American accused of Nazi war crimes.
By Arutz Sheva
Johann “Hans” Breyer, 89, of Philadelphia, was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a German arrest warrant charging him with aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children while he was a guard at the Auschwitz death camp.
Liberation from Auschwitz – Screenshot
Breyer was arrested by U.S. authorities Tuesday night and spent the night in custody.
Legal filings unsealed Wednesday in the U.S. indicate the district court in Weiden, Germany, issued a warrant for Breyer’s arrest the day before, charging him with 158 counts of complicity in the commission of murder. Continue Reading »
FM Baird visited the memorial museum that documented the Nazi atrocities & preserves the memory of the victims.
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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird paid a visit on Thursday to the memorial museum at the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp.
Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird, second right, walks through the ill-omened “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Sets You Free) gate of the World War II Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim – Photo: AP
Baird and Canadian ambassador to Poland, Alexandra Bugailiskis, walked through the “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Sets You Free) gate though which inmates were brought into the camp from across Europe to face death either in its gas chambers or from forced labor, starvation and disease.
“I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first. I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be forgotten.” says Al Quds University Professor Mohammed Dajani.
An Al-Quds University professor who took 27 students to see the Nazi death camps two weeks ago in Poland was met with condemnation and calls of being a traitor by his Palestinians peers.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where Nazi Germany murdered at least 1.1 million people – Photo: AP
Professor Mohammed Dajani of Al-Quds University took students from his university as well as Birzeit University in Ramallah on a Holocaust education trip in March, as part of a joint Israeli-Palestinian program that seeks to expose each side to other’s suffering with hope of fostering tolerance. Continue Reading »
Visit to Nazi death camp is aimed to teach Israeli & Palestinian students about the other side’s suffering, in effort to see how empathy can facilitate reconciliation.
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A group of 30 Palestinian students arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Thursday, in what is believed to be the first organized visit by Palestinian students to a Nazi death camp.
The gate of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz.- Photo by AP
The students are spending several days in Kraków and Oświęcim guided by two Jewish Holocaust survivors.
A news blackout on the trip was requested by the organizers.
Lawmakers from 13 countries join Israeli delegation at concentration camp in Poland which includes more than 250 people, including 60 MKs.
The largest-ever delegation of MKs, plus hundreds of Israelis and Jewish politicians from around the world are scheduled to head to Poland early Monday morning for a joint Israeli-Polish ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud Beytenu) and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) will lead the delegation, as Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein pulled out of the trip following the death of his wife on Friday.
“Seven decades after millions of members of our nation were cruelly murdered by the Nazis, it is my privilege and responsibility to lead the largest delegation of the Knesset, the parliament of the independent Jewish state, to the valley of death of Auschwitz-Birkenau,” Levin said Sunday. Continue Reading »
The new historical & cultural program targets countries in which Holocaust denial is prevalent, in an attempt to cultivate awareness & realization.
The Auschwitz museum at the site of the former Nazi death camp in Poland launched an online Holocaust awareness program in Arabic and Farsi on Monday.
Train-tracks to Auschwitz – Photo: REUTERS
The expanded educational program designed as an attempt to target countries in which Holocaust denial is commonplace.
“We want to address groups of people who often have little knowledge of this subject or who even advocate revisionist views,” museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki was quoted as saying by AFP. Continue Reading »
Poland opposition’s bill would impose prison terms on those who say “Polish camps” instead of properly identifying them as “Nazi” camps.
Poland’s conservative opposition on Friday called for use of the erroneous term “Polish death camp” in reference to Nazi German facilities to be punishable by jail time, AFP reports.
Jews carry Israeli flags at Auschwitz – Reuters
Users of the term could get up to five years in prison, according to a bill introduced in parliament on Friday by the Law and Justice party.
Lawmakers voted to have it sent back to committee for more work. Continue Reading »
Unable to extend the loan of half of historic structure to Holocaust Museum in Washington, its return was finally achieved this week.
Officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp museum say half a historic barracks that was on loan to the United States has been returned to Poland after two decades and long negotiations.
Auschwitz Barracks – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The barracks was at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, which wanted the lease extended. But Polish regulations passed in 2003 allow only five-year loans and Poland asked for its return soon after. Following years of negotiations, the Holocaust Museum agreed in October to return it. Continue Reading »