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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I hope I did not upset anyone with my last blog about the Holocaust Memorial day.

All children here in UK are taught about the Holocaust at school. Its an important part of history! But its not just about the loss of Jewish people!

Here is a bit more information for the history group, "History Lovers" and anyone else who may be interested. I have done several hours research on the subject which was very hard and made me very sad. I have not felt like that since I had to study it at college when taking my English O level course. We were looking at a particularly nasty piece about a young Jewish girl who was thrown into the oven. It was very dramatic, I was young and devastated by it. I never went back to that class as I felt it had no place in English. I can see how it would have fitted into English Literature though!

I emoticon emoticon If you can get to the last link, then at least there is pleasant soothing music.

11 million, men women and children died. There were Jews, Gypsies (Roma and Sinta),
Here is a link about the Roma and others at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in USA.


There were people from other religious groups including Jehovah's Witnesses.

Also Homosexuals, alcoholics, vagrants, sick, elderly, mentally and physically disabled people and ordinary people who were against the Nazi regime. Among them were many scholars and teachers.

Here is a link about "Extermination through labour"


People who worked in the camps were sometimes exterminated in the ovens or gassed. The Nazi regime did not want witnesses!

The Holocaust began in 1933. Hitler had come to power.

The word comes from the Greek - holokaustos meaning whole+ burnt and refers to animal sacrifice.

Here is the Etymology link from Wikipedia

As well as the Concentration camps there were mobile killing units called the Einsatzgruppen
The Jews were murdered by these in trucks by use of pipes leading from the exhaust into the back of the vehicle.

See this link to read about it


The were different types of concentration camp, including: Transit camps, POW camps, and Police detention centres. Some of the worst Death camps were in Poland where millions of Jews were killed, they were Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Chelmno and Auschwitz complex which covered several miles and housed Auschwitz 1, Birkenau (Auschwitz 2) and Majdanek.

Here is a link to a montage of photographs taken by Joao Luis and its called
The Auschwitz Experience: Museum of Holocausts


Its a very moving experience that I hope you will watch.

Ellen in UK
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    My husband went to the museum in Israel and it was very emotional. He said he will always remember the eyeglasses in a pile.

    I think our children need to know history. In London, the cathedrals still show damage on the outside of the bulidings.

    Good blog.

    1710 days ago
    Humans are the only animal on earth that has such a capacity for extreme hatred not just of our own kind, but of other animals that share this planet. While the animals kill for food and survival, man will kill for the sheer pleasure of it or simply because they feel superior.

    Thank you for keeping this fresh in the minds of all of us.....
    1720 days ago
    There are lots of unpleasant parts of history that we must remember in order to keep bad history from repeating itself. I thought you presented some very good information.
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    1720 days ago
    It is an important part of history-even Steven Spielberg made a powerful movie about it. Hitler was an evil man and it is too sad what he had done to people to further his plans! I love history and unfortunately this is in part of it-just like the World Wars. It probably will not be the last we will see of this kind of hatred-it keeps happening all over the world in smaller scales. I know I wasn't upset by your blog! emoticon emoticon
    1720 days ago
    I went to a former concentration camp in Czech Republic . . . the Holocaust did happen and it took the lives of so many people whose only mistake was being born into a religion or with the wrong hair or eye colour. I'm glad that children are taught about the Holocaust and the toll it took on society as a whole. It needs to be remembered, so that it doesn't happen again.
    1721 days ago
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    It needs to be kept to the fore. This happened in one of the most cultured, educated societies of the time and its perpetrators came to power democratically. We need to be constantly vigilant and consciously put aside the "it couldn't happen here" mentality. Thank you for both posts.
    1721 days ago
    It's awful, but we need to know this and remember, ad especially the ones under 30, because I'm no emoticon t sure they teach as much about it at school.
    1721 days ago
    Ann I think yours was a valuable post .We are now getting holocaust deniers.People who say it did not happen. I have visited Dachau.We were stationed in Germany and went on tours .There is an eerieness to the camps even now.Piles of eye glasses. Not all Germans went along with it though , my friend here ,her husband spent his childhood in a concentration camp he has the tattooed number to prove it .HE is a Catholic German.His parents hid their Jewish neighbours and that was their crime.
    1721 days ago
    Ditto what I said last time... thanks Mel. We can never forget, emoticon
    1721 days ago
    Never Again...
    1721 days ago
    emoticon Was very interesting reading these different things
    1721 days ago
    How true Kathryn's comment on your last blog: "Man is the most horrific animal on the Planet. All in the name of God, of course." Says it all.

    "Lest We Forget"
    1721 days ago
    Thank you we need to keep history real and not change it to fit the current political views or it could happen again in our lifetime.
    I will visit all the links and share this information with my 10 year old son so he really understands the impact. we often talk about what the entire holocaust is not just about the jewish people who were killed. It started with others and once perfected he moved to the jews which is very significant.
    1721 days ago
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