10 Survival Tricks Used During The Holocaust

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H/T ListVerse.

You did what was necessary to survive.

The Holocaust of course saw an enormous number of deaths, with some 10 million people killed at the hands of the Nazis. And yet it is also the story of life, of the many ways that the persecuted managed to resist and survive.

10 Beet Juice

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The persecuted were starved and worked ragged in concentration and work camps, and they were also not given proper clothing. This made their bodies very pale and weak, like living skeletons. At the camp of Auschwitz, during medical examinations, the prisoners would use beet juice (and sometimes their own blood) to give their cheeks a blush tone to make them seem healthier.

Should they fail the medical exam, they would be sent to death, so the “blush” in their cheeks gave them leverage over the doctors, tricking them into believing they were healthier than they truly were.

9 Hair Dye

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At the beginning of the Holocaust, the Nazis targeted the mentally handicapped and the elderly. Many of the persecuted chose to burn their birth records to escape the Nazi soldiers, but one thing still gave them away: their age. Older men and women (usually above the age of 40) had hair that was either partially or fully gray.

To make themselves look younger, they would dye their hair. Hair dye frequently ran out of stock at stores in the major Jewish cities because of the increasing numbers of people needing to dye their hair.


8 Fake IDs And Birth Records

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Another way Nazis looked for Jewish people and others to persecute were to look at their birth records, passports, and other IDs. Many Jews had been employed at making genuine IDs before going into hiding, and then when they did go into hiding, they used their skill to help others from facing the same.

They made hundreds of fake papers for Jewish people facing persecution, saving them from the death camps and from the Nazi regime. Many who received fake papers fled the country to Switzerland and Denmark. Adolpho Kaminsky created fake papers for Jews for years after he escaped deportation to a death camp and is one of the most well-known forgers from that time period.

7 Kindertransport

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Many of the persecuted people during the Holocaust cared more about their children than themselves. The kindertransport was a secret escape route for those under the age of 18 from Germany in the years 1938–1940. During this time, children were smuggled out of Germany, Poland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia into countries willing to accept them.

The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 children over the course of those two years. The children were also given fake IDs to use in the event that they were stopped before they reached their destination. Once they reached their sanctuary country, they were assigned a family to stay with. Many children were well taken care of, though some were received with tension. The kindertransport stopped in 1940 after Poland fell to the Nazis and stricter travel laws were enforced.

6 Living

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This sounds redundant, but this was one of the best forms of survival.

Once the persecuted were taken away to camps, they knew that their chances of survival were very slim and that every second they were alive had to count. The prisoners at the death camp Sobibor took this to heart. While they were captive at this camp, they worked their assigned jobs during the day and had lives of their own during the nights.

They regularly socialized, ate/drank together (with the provisions they were allowed), and even had sex lives. When survivors of this camp were interviewed, many of them said that trying to live “normal” lives was their form of resisting the Nazis.

5 Revolt

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The prisoners at the Sobibor death camp tried to live as normal while within the death camp—that is, until they overheard the leaders of the camp talking about the camp’s liquidation.

In the summer of 1943, some prisoners overheard leaders going over the plans for the camp in the coming months. All prisoners were to be exterminated, and the camp was to be destroyed before Russian liberators could arrive. The prisoners (around 600) planned a revolt against the camp.

They individually killed off guards over the course of one day and then broke through the barbed wire fence and ran through and open mine field toward the forest. Only 200 or so of the prisoners survived. You can still visit the site where Sobibor once stood today.

4 Hiding

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Many of the persecuted were taken in by non-Jewish families and hidden in different areas. Some possible hiding areas included unused basements/attics, hidden crawlspaces within walls or floors, secret compartments such as fake bookshelves or fake windows, and many more.

The most well-known case of hiding is of course Anne Frank and her family. They hid in a small apartment above her father’s office for many years, a family friend providing them with food and other basic supplies. Before the war ended, they were discovered and taken to different camps, where all but the father, Otto, died.

3 Exercise

As mentioned before, at many of the camps that the persecuted were taken to, there were medical exams that the prisoners had to pass to stay alive. As well as using beet juice to make themselves seem healthier, (higher heartrate, blush on their face, etc.) the prisoners would often exercise in their barracks before an exam.

They would run, do pushups, sometimes even quarrel with each other in the hopes that they would make themselves look healthier to the doctors.

2  Service To Nazi Soldiers

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Another unusual way of survival, mainly for Jews, was their different forms of services to Nazi soldiers. One of the main services (for men) was finding other Jews and outing them to the Nazi soldiers in the area. These Jewish men would infiltrate secret orders, find out where other Jewish people were hiding, and then report this information to Nazi soldiers in exchange for their lives.

Another was serving as comfort women for Nazi soldiers. They would set up brothels in Nazi-controlled countries, and these women were often treated better than average female prisoners and usually lived longer.

1 Bribery

Believe it or not, high-society people were able to bribe their way out of being persecuted. Many wealthy Jews paid their way to freedom.

Nazi soldiers were power-hungry and wanted to be wealthy themselves and were open to bribery to lift them higher. Many Jews who were able to buy their way out ended up spending all of their wealth on their freedom, ending up poor and without necessary survival supplies, but at least they were alive.


8 Stellar Facts About the Most Accomplished Female Astronomer You’ve Never Heard Of

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H/T Mental Floss.

I will admit I never heard of her.


Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) was a German woman who made great contributions to science and astronomy.


Herschel spotted the comet (called 35P/Herschel-Rigollet) in December of 1788. Because its orbital period is 155 years, 35P/Herschel-Rigollet will next be visible to humans in the year 2092.


In her early twenties, Herschel moved from Germany to England to be a singer. Her brother William (the astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and infrared radiation) gave her singing lessons, and she was his housekeeper. She later became his assistant, grinding and polishing the mirrors for his telescopes.


Herschel was the first female scientist to ever be paid for her work. Starting in 1787, King George III paid her £50 per year to reward her for her scientific discoveries.


Herschel was only 4 feet 3 inches tall—her growth was stunted due to typhus when she was 10 years old.


Herschel was the first woman to receive a Gold Medal from London’s Royal Astronomical Society, in 1828. The second woman to receive one was well over 150 years later, in 1996.


Because Herschel was female and thus wasn’t allowed to learn math as a child, she used a cheat sheet with the multiplication tables on it when she was working.


By NASA / LRO_LROC_TEAM [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A crater on the moon is named in honor of Herschel—it’s called C. Herschel. The small crater is located on the west side of Mare Imbrium, one of the moon’s large rocky plains.


For her 96th birthday, Prussian King Frederick William IV authorized that Herschel receive an award: the Gold Medal for Science.

I Am Going To Need Your Prayers


By the time this posts I will be heading in for sinus surgery.

I am also having a deviated septum repaired also. 

So I will be needing your prayers and good thoughts.

Medal of Honor – John R. Fox Sacrificed Himself by Deliberately Calling an Artillery Strike on his Own Position


H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. First Lieutenant John R. Fox.

John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called artillery fire on his own position after his position was overrun. By sacrificing himself, he succeeded in defeating a German attack in northern Italy during World War II. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997, for willingly sacrificing his life.

Fox was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 18th, 1915, and attended Wilberforce University, participating in ROTC under Aaron R. Fisher and graduating with a commission as a second lieutenant in 1940. He was just 29 years old when he called artillery fire on his position the day after Christmas in 1944, for which he was first posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1982. It was more than fifty years after his death before Fox was finally awarded the Medal of Honor. After being repatriated, his body was buried in Colebrook Cemetery in Whitman, Massachusetts.

Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division with a captured German soldier.

In the early 1990s, it was determined that during and immediately after WWII African-American soldiers had been denied consideration for the Medal of Honor solely because of their race. Seven African-American soldiers had their Medals upgraded in January 1997 to the Medal of Honor; First Lieutenant Fox was one of them.

The 92nd Infantry Division (colored), also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, was a segregated African-American division that fought on the Italian Front during World War II. First Lieutenant John R. Fox was assigned to the 366th Infantry Regiment.

In December 1944, American troops had been forced to withdraw from the Italian village of Sommocolonia when the Germans overran them. Fox volunteered to stay behind as part of a small forward observer party. From his position on the second floor of a house, Fox directed defensive artillery fire.

The Germans were in the open in the streets and attacking in strength, vastly outnumbering the small group of American soldiers. Lieutenant Fox radioed in to have the artillery fire adjusted closer to his position, then radioed again to have the shelling moved even closer. The soldier receiving the message was stunned since that would bring the deadly artillery fire right on top of Lieutenant Fox’s position; he would surely be killed.

When Fox was told this, he replied, “Fire it.”

‘That last round was just where I wanted it, the young lieutenant reported. “Bring it in 60 yards more.”

The receiving operator thought Fox was mistaken – the order would train the full fire of up to 75 heavy caliber artillery guns directly on Fox’s position.

Fox confirmed the order: “There’s more of them than there is of us.”

Seconds later the bombardment began. And within minutes, hundreds of shells had hit the target. Each one powerful enough to blast the house and its occupants into oblivion.

Memorial to Medal of Honor recipient John R. Fox in the woods and ruins above Sommocolonia, Italy. Photo Credit

In the end, the artillery strikes forced the Germans to delay their advance through the town. This gave the American soldiers time to reorganize and launch a counterattack which allowed them to retake the town from German control.

 When the soldiers went to recover the body of Lieutenant Fox and the eight Italian soldiers who’d been killed as well, they also found the bodies of about 100 German soldiers around the wreckage.

Medal of Honor citation

For his “gallant and courageous actions, at the supreme sacrifice of his own life,” Fox was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His widow, the former Arlene Marrow of Brockton, Massachusetts, received his medal from President Bill Clinton in a White House ceremony on January 13, 1997.On that day, Clinton also awarded the medal to six other previously neglected African-American World War II veterans, including Vernon Baker, who was the only one living when awarded.

“For extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Sommocolonia, Italy on 26 December 1944, while serving as a member of Cannon Company, 366th Infantry Regiment, 92d Infantry Division. During the preceding few weeks, Lieutenant Fox served with the 598th Field Artillery Battalion as a forward observer. On Christmas night, enemy soldiers gradually infiltrated the town of Sommocolonia in civilian clothes, and by early morning the town was largely in hostile hands. Commencing with a heavy barrage of enemy artillery at 0400 hours on 26 December 1944, an organized attack by uniformed German units began. 

The Medals of Honor awarded by each of the three branches of the U.S. military, and are, from left to right, the Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

Being greatly outnumbered, most of the United States Infantry forces were forced to withdraw from the town, but Lieutenant Fox and some other members of his observer party voluntarily remained on the second floor of a house to direct defensive artillery fire. At 0800 hours, Lieutenant Fox reported that the Germans were in the streets and attacking in strength. He then called for defensive artillery fire to slow the enemy advance. As the Germans continued to press the attack towards the area that Lieutenant Fox occupied, he adjusted the artillery fire closer to his position. Finally he was warned that the next adjustment would bring the deadly artillery right on top of his position. 

After acknowledging the danger, Lieutenant Fox insisted that the last adjustment be fired as this was the only way to defeat the attacking soldiers. Later, when a counterattack retook the position from the Germans, Lieutenant Fox’s body was found with the bodies of approximately 100 German soldiers. Lieutenant Fox’s gallant and courageous actions, at the supreme sacrifice of his own life, contributed greatly to delaying the enemy advance until other infantry and artillery units could reorganize to repel the attack. 

His extraordinary valorous actions were in keeping with the most cherished traditions of military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.”

Al Gore: Global Warming a ‘Principal’ Cause of the Syrian Civil War, Brexit

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The ManBearPig is trying to prove he is relevant when in reality he is just an irrelevant raving loon.

Al ManBearPig Gore

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Thursday in London at Advertising Week Europe 2017 during an interview with Empire Editor-in-Chief Terri White, former Vice-President Al Gore said climate change was a “principal” cause of the Syrian Civil War and Brexit.

Gore said, “I was just in the Persian Gulf region and the scientists for the lat couple of years, one of the lines of investigation they have been pursuing has led them to the conclusion that significant areas of the Middle East and North Africa are in danger of becoming uninhabitable. And, just a taste of this, to link it to some of the events that the UK and the European Union are going through and I know that’s another source of stress because we are now on the eve next week of the Brexit process – but think for a moment about what happened in Syria. You know we look at the gates of hell opening, they long since have opened, but before the gates of hell opened in Syria, what happened was a climate-related extreme drought.”

“The scientists have published these peer review studies for several years now showing exactly why it’s related to the climate crisis. From 2006 to 2010, 60 percent of the farms in Syria were destroyed and had to be abandoned and 80 per cent of the livestock were killed. The drought in the eastern Mediterranean is the worst ever on record – the records only go back 900 years, but it’s historic. And 1.5 million climate refugees were driven into the cities in Syria, where they collided with refugees from the Iraq War. And Wikileaks revealed the internal conversations in the Syrian government where they were saying to one another ‘we can’t handle this, there’s going to be a social explosion’. There are other causes of the Syrian civil war, but this was the principal one. And those in the region recognize that. And it has unleashed, with other factors an incredible flow of refugees into Europe which is creating political instability in Europe and which contributed in some ways to the desire of some in the UK to say ‘Whoa we’re not sure we want to be a part of that anymore.’ And you can go through the list of countries around the worlds where stability and political success of governance is really challenged. Some countries have a hard time even in the best of seasons but the additional stress this climate crisis is causing really poses the threat of some political disruption and chaos of a kind the world would find extremely difficult to deal with.”

(h/t Grabien)

Robber Tries To Commit Robbery With Gun Magazine, Gets Slapped


H/T Bearing Arms.

This clown is fortunate he did not win the Darwin Award. 

This robbery might have actually worked in New York City or San Francisco, but was met with utter contempt by a pizza shop employee in South Carolina, where most folks know the difference between a firearm and a magazine.

A man tried to rob a pizza place on Ocean Boulevard Tuesday night by pointing a gun’s magazine at the employee, but the employee slapped it out of the suspect’s hands, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

Police responded to the location at about 10 p.m. Tuesday night and spoke to the employee, who said he saw the suspect and asked if he needed help. The report states the suspect then pulled out a magazine for a firearm and pointed at the victim, telling the victim to give him everything he has. The victim then slapped the magazine out of the suspect’s hands.

The suspect grabbed two rounds that fell out of the magazine, turned around, and walked out the door, the report states.

The employee in this instance was clearly educated enough about firearms and ammunition to not consider a magazine containing several cartridges by itself a lethal threat, and contemptuously slapped it out of the would-be robber’s hand.

Army vet awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam battle

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H/T Yahoo News.

At least Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles got honored for his bravery while he was still alive.   

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An Army veteran was awarded the Bronze Star this week for his heroism in a Vietnam War battle that left more than 50 fellow U.S. soldiers dead and close to 200 injured.

Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles was presented with the military distinction on Monday during a ceremony in his hometown of Murrieta, in Southern California, for gallantry in the face of the enemy during the Battle of Suoi Tre in March 1967.

Former Army Maj. Gen. Juilian Burns, who presented the award, said Engles was seriously wounded on the battlefield but continued to man his gun and return fire at the enemy. Burns said that when military officials spoke to those who witnessed the battle, “we came to realize Joe was more than just a gunner.”

Engles was seriously wounded during the battle, but he continued to man his gun and return fire, Burns said in a statement.

“As the battle commenced with intense rocket and grenade and sniper fire, he (Engles) manned the gun and commanded his team to return fire,” the statement said. “When a rocket landed close, without regard for his personal safety he neutralized the enemy ordnance and continued the mission.”

After battlefield medics removed shrapnel from Engles’ arm, he immediately returned to his gun to continue fighting, Burns said.

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