Abbas says Jews’ behavior, not anti-Semitism, caused the Holocaust

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H/T The Time Of Israel.

The words of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are anti Semitic.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said that the Holocaust was not caused by anti-Semitism, but by the “social behavior” of the Jews, including money-lending.

In a long and rambling at speech in Ramallah at a rare session of the Palestinian National Council, Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a “history lesson,” as he sought to prove the 3,000 year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.

Abbas said his narrative was backed by three points made by Jewish writers and historians, the first being the theory oft-criticized as anti-Semitic that Ashkenazi Jews are not the descendants of the ancient Israelites.

Pointing to Arthur Kessler’s book “The Thirteenth Tribe,” which asserts Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars, Abbas said European Jews therefore had “no historical ties” to the Land of Israel.

He went on to claim that the Holocaust was not the result of anti-Semitism but rather of the Jews “social behavior,  [charging] interest, and financial matters.”

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I can’t believe what I am hearing. Abu Mazen on PA TV basically saying Hitler facilitated building Israel.

Abbas also claimed Israel was a European project from the start, saying that European leaders such as the United Kingdom’s Lord Arthur Balfour restricted the immigration of Jews to their countries while simultaneously promoting the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel.

The 1917 Balfour Declaration endorsed the idea of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

The Balfour Declaration (Wikipedia)

“Those who sought a Jewish state weren’t Jews,” he said, repeating a claim he made in January when he said that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.

In that January speech, he said that European Jews during the Holocaust chose to undergo “murder and slaughter” over emigration to British-held Palestine.

However, on Monday, Abbas claimed that Adolf Hitler, whose Nazi regime was response for the murder of 6,000,000 Jews in the Holocaust, facilitated the immigration of Jews to Israel by reaching a deal with the Anglo-Palestine Bank (today Bank Leumi) under which Jews who moved to the British Mandate of Palestine could transfer all their assets there through the bank.

Hitler hosts Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941 in Germany. (Heinrich Hoffmann Collection/Wikipedia)

The Palestinian leader has a long history of Holocaust denial. His 1982 doctoral dissertation was titled “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism,” and he has in the past been accused of denying the scope of the Holocaust. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.

Abbas, in his Monday address, made no mention of the Jews’ historic presence and periods of sovereignty in the holy land. Israel is the only place where the Jews have ever been sovereign or sought sovereignty.

We will not accept the US

Abbas also spoke at length about the failed peace process, saying that the corruption investigation that felled former prime minister Ehud Olmert was meant to prevent him from reaching a peace deal. Olmert has made similar accusations.

Abbas previously said he rejected Olmert’s peace offer a decade ago. The Olmert proposal provided for a near-total Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and would have placed the Old City — home to Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy sites — under international control.

Abbas also again preemptively rejected the peace plan that the Trump administration is working on, amid an ongoing and deep rift with the US.

Abbas told the PNC that he plans to take unspecified “tough steps” soon against Israel and the United States.

Abbas told the hundreds of delegates that he was sticking to his rejection of any US proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal following the Trump administration’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and a decision to move the US Embassy there in mid-May.

“This is completely unacceptable,” he said, during the opening of a four-day meeting in the West Bank. “We will not accept this deal, and we will not accept the US as the sole broker.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks while US President Donald Trump listens before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017, in New York. (AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)

Abbas appeared to dismiss media reports quoting Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as saying the Palestinians should stop complaining and accept what they are being offered by the Trump administration.

Abbas did not refer to those reports specifically, but said he has been assured that Saudi Arabia remains supportive of the Palestinian positions. “We hear lots of rumors,” he told the delegates. “Don’t believe them.”

The 82-year-old Abbas warned that he might “take tough steps in the near future in our relationship with our neighbors (Israel) and the Americans.” He did not elaborate, but said they would be important and far-reaching.

Hamas and Gaza

The meeting of the Palestinian National Council comes at a time of deep divisions between Abbas and his domestic rival, the Hamas terror group that controls the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has raised its profile in recent weeks by organizing mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel. In the weekly marches, thousands of Palestinians gather near the border fence, with smaller groups approaching the barrier, throwing stones or firebombs and burning tires.

More than 40 protesters have been killed and more than 1,700 wounded by Israeli army fire over the past month, according to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza. Israel, which has come under mounting international criticism for the use of lethal force against the protesters, says it has the right to defend its border. It accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attacks and has shown groups trying to breach the fence. Hamas has acknowledged that five of those killed on the first Friday of the riots were its members, and has since been silent on whether fatalities were its members.

Israel says the 6,000 residents of nearby Israeli communities would be in mortal peril if the Hamas-led Palestinians breached the fence.

Palestinians take part in demonstrations near the border with Israel east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza strip on March 30, 2018. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

Abbas praised the “brothers in Hamas” for belatedly adopting what he called peaceful resistance. “Thank God, they (Hamas) finally agreed and this is effective,” he said, while urging organizers to keep their children from protests along the border between Israel and Gaza, warning of a “handicapped” generation.

“Keep the young men from the border, move the children away, we do not want to become handicapped people,” he said.

Hamas leaders have declared that the protests aim to erase the border and liberate Palestine, and some have suggested there would be an eventual mass breach of the border.

Despite the rare praise for his rivals, Abbas posed tough conditions for ending the internal rift that broke open in 2007, when Hamas drove Abbas-loyal forces from Gaza a year after winning Palestinian parliament elections. Since the Hamas takeover, Israel and Egypt have enforced a border blockade on Gaza, aimed at stopping the inflow of rockets and weapons.

Masked gunmen from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of the Hamas terror group, march with their weapons, during a large-scale drill across the Gaza strip, March 25, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

Egyptian mediators have proposed that Abbas assume government responsibilities in Gaza as a way of ending the blockade. Abbas said Monday that he will do so only if Hamas hands over all authority — an unlikely prospect since the terror group refuses to give up control over its weapons.

“Either they give us everything or they take everything,” Abbas said of Hamas.

A new leadership

Later this week, the Palestinian National Council is to elect a new PLO Executive Committee, an 18-member leadership group that has served in recent years to rubberstamp any decisions by Abbas.

The elections, tightly controlled by Abbas, are expected to install a new group of loyalists in the committee.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) gestures during the Palestinian National Council meeting in Ramallah on April 30, 2018. ( AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)


Parkland High School DNC Activist Lauren Hogg Deletes Tweet After James Woods Schools Her on History of Armbands

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H/T Gateway Pundit.

Here is the part of history this little twit slept through it was called The Holocaust and the Jewish people had to wear armbands.

These kids may want to spend a little more time studying their history books and a little less time stumping for the DNC.

Parkland student activist David Hogg and his sister Lauren Hogg encouraged students to start wearing #armbandsforchange to push Democrat talking points.
Hogg said his little sister who also wants to be a DNC activist came up with the idea.

Lauren Hogg later deleted her tweet and apologized after James Woods schooled her on history:

“You might have a little trouble getting Jewish Americans to embrace this look. Do you have some shiny jackboots and brown shirts to go with it? Guessing maybe you skipped history class while you were shilling for the @DNC.”

You might have a little trouble getting Jewish Americans to embrace this look. Do you have some shiny jackboots and brown shirts to go with it? Guessing maybe you skipped history class while you were shilling for the @DNC

To be fair James Woods later commended the teen DNC activists for rethinking their idea.

I commend you for correcting an image that could be mistaken for a hurtful one. We all want a better future. I respect your voice, regardless of any differences we may have. Please just beware of political hacks trying to commandeer your genuine aspirations for a better world. 


25 Things You Didn’t Know About “Schindler’s List”

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H/T War History OnLine.


Here are 25 things you probably didn’t know about the making of this cinematic masterpiece:

1. One of the 1,200 Jews Schindler saved from the Nazis emigrated to the United States in 1948. After opening a luggage store in Beverly Hills, he spent 40 years trying to make a film about his savior. In 1951 he approached director Fritz Lang, but it didn’t work out. Later on, he convinced Thomas Keneally, an Australian author, to write the novel “Schindler’s Ark,” in 1982.

2. Although Steven Spielberg was one of the very first to acquire the rights, he didn’t feel he was mature enough to direct the movie, so he tried to engage other directors. Roman Polanski felt too close to the story as he himself survived the Holocaust as a child in Krakow. However, he did direct the 2002 “The Pianist,” another true-life Holocaust story. The same thing happened when Martin Scorsese was asked to give it a go, but he insisted that the film should be made by a Jewish director.

Still from the movie

3. Although some extremely famous names were up on the list for Schindler’s part in the film, Spielberg didn’t want a movie-star actor like Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson or Warren Beatty. Instead, he chose Liam Neeson after seeing him in a Broadway production of “Anna Christie.”

4. Branko Lustig became the producer of “Schindler’s List” after showing Spielberg his tattooed serial number from Auschwitz on his arm.

5. For the part of Amon Goeth, Spielberg chose Ralph Fiennes after seeing his performance in  “Wuthering Heights” in 1992 and “A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia.”

6. Spielberg agreed to direct the film but only after shooting “Jurassic Park.”

7. Fiennes had to put on 28 pounds to play the part of Goeth.

8. Spielberg didn’t accept payment for directing the film, saying that it would be “blood money.”

9. When he filmed at Auschwitz, Spielberg didn’t film inside the camps, out of respect for the people who died there.

A photograph of Oskar Schindler (centre) and what is thought to be the original list.
A photograph of Oskar Schindler (center) and what is thought to be the original list.

10. Spielberg wanted to shoot the film in black and white because it reminded him of the black and white documentary footage of the Holocaust, the Moviefone reports.

11. Most of the film was shot in the Jewish ghetto of Krakow. However, the Plaszow concentration camp was also built on the edge of the town.

13. During an interview, Spielberg confessed that “The most moving thing that happened for me was on Passover. We had Passover at the hotel and all the young German actors who were playing Nazis came in with yarmulkes and Haggadah [Passover prayer books] and sat with the Israeli actors and took part in the Passover service. I wept like a baby.”

14. Spielberg spent his days shooting “Schindler’s List” and his evenings editing footage from “Jurassic Park”.

Still from the movie

15. In an interview with Time magazine in 2013, Lustig recalled one of the most painful moments for him; the time he had to recruit children to sing songs as they were being herded onto trucks.

16. There were parts of the shoot Spielberg could not watch without breaking into tears. One of them was when some of the Polish extras playing concentration camp prisoners had to be stripped off and humiliated.

17. Spielberg insisted on starring the Shoah Foundation and recording the testimony of numerous Holocaust survivors.

18. During the shoot, Spielberg captured the image of a little girl in a red coat, one of the very few colored scenes in the film. The actress who played the little girl, Oliwia Dabrowska – three years old at the time – had to promise the director she would not watch the film until she was 18.


19. There was a real life little girl in a red coat, who survived the Holocaust and wrote a book based on her life, “The Girl in the Red Coat,” in 2002.

20. She did watch it when she was 11, and it was traumatizing. However, she watched it again at 18; “I realized I had been part of something I could be proud of Spielberg was right: I had to grow up to watch the film.”

20. The film was made on a $22 million budget, earned $96 million in North America and $225 million overseas.

21. During the Warsaw premiere, Spielberg picked up the saxophone and played five or six minutes of traditional Eastern-European Jewish music.

22. Neeson and Fiennes were also seen together in “Clash of the Titans” in 2010 and 2012’s “Wrath of the Titans.”

23. “Schindler’s List” was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven of them.

24. There were also some complaints. Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, who directed the major Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” called “Schindler’s List” a “kitschy melodrama” and a “deformation of historical truth.”

25. To cheer himself up and carry on with the project, Spielberg had Robin Williams phone him.

While His Maniac Brother was Busy Killing Jews, Albert Göring Worked Tirelessly to Save Them

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H/T War History OnLine.

This is a story that never made the history books.

Albert and Hermann Göring,

What would happen to your family should one of your siblings join a deadly political beast? If you were a member of the Göring family in the first half of the 1900s, you would find your entire family divided. This was the situation between Albert and Hermann Göring, two brothers torn apart by World War II. While one brother, Hermann, became a proud member of the Nazi Party, the other, Albert, chose an entirely different direction.

The years of war pitted brother against brother, as Albert led a resistance effort against his brother and his chosen organization that freed hundreds of potential victims. This is Albert Göring’s history – the story of so many helpless Germans who were safely freed thanks to this younger brother’s persistence and refusal to abide by Nazi rule.

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A Divide Between Brothers

For much of the Göring family’s life, all was well. The family’s patriarch, Heinrich Ernst Göring, enjoyed success as the Reichskommissar to German South-West Africa while his wife, Franziska Tiefenbrunn, left behind her life as a Bavarian peasant to create a family of her own. When the two married, Göring brought two daughters from his first marriage.

Eventually, the couple grew their family and added three more children. On March 9, 1895, Albert entered the world as the youngest Göring sibling – the third son after elder brothers Hermann and Karl. The Göring family enjoyed their status as a prominent German family. Yet in the years to come, everything would change as the political landscape of Germany did too.

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As Albert grew older and began considering different careers, he headed down the path of a filmmaker and began capturing scenes for various films. While the youngest of the Göring siblings took a more artistic approach to his career, older brother Hermann decided politics was his preferred arena – and Adolf Hitler was the leader he wanted to support.

As Hitler built a foundation of stalwart supports and began to rise to power, Hermann Göring quickly became an integral member of the Nazi Party. In the early years of Hitler’s political ascent, Hermann was the leader’s right-hand man. Hermann was even responsible for founding the Gestapo and creating the first concentration camps designed to hold political dissidents. It was this Göring brother who helped implement the “Final Solution,” or the Nazi’s efforts to murder 6 million Jews.

By the time Hitler ascended to total power in 1933 and put his Nazi regime in place to rule the German people, Hermann was the head of the German Luftwaffe and a prominent face within the Party. Hermann truly shaped not only the fate of the Nazi Party but also its cruel tactics.

His younger brother Albert, however, wasn’t impressed by Hitler or Hermann. In fact, Albert quickly became an outspoken opponent of Nazism, speaking out against its brutality and unbelievable power. The youngest of the Görings actively fought against the Nazi Party and its inhumanity, putting his life and his career at risk.

Albert Used His Name to Save the Helpless

In little time, Albert Göring progressed to taking action. As the Nazis became increasingly violent, Göring refused to sit quietly. Instead, he actively fought the Nazis by supplying Jews from Vienna with travel documents that allowed them to escape the country. No family or individual was overlooked – Göring saved common men and women as well as well-known Austrians such as famed composer Franz Lehar his wife.

After fleeing to Czechoslovakia in 1938, Göring became the export manager of Skoda automotive factory. While there, he helped countless employees under his oversight flee German rule and potential death by faking his older brother’s signature on falsified documents. Göring openly encouraged his employees to sabotage the company’s contract with the German military.

His most radical assistance, however, came in German concentration camp transports; Göring would falsify his brother’s name to load trucks supposedly bound for the camps with employees, then secretly transport countless individuals to safety in other countries.

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Because of Hermann’s incredible power within the Nazi Party, not a single soldier could touch Albert, leaving the Nazi police force powerless in stopping him. When Albert was stopped by Nazi officials, he offered his last name – and Hermann’s fortunate position allowed him to leave untouched and unharmed. Albert wasn’t using his older brother’s name or position without Hermann’s knowledge, though. In fact, he would regularly visit Hermann and talk with him about various Jewish criminals or concentration camp prisoners. While there, Albert would convince Hermann to sign releases for certain people, freeing them.

Although Hermann knew he risked his own life allowing his little brother to sabotage his Nazi efforts, he continued to sign documents. Hermann was, according to some historians, secretly proud of his younger brother’s efforts, and wanted to show that Albert was as strong as he in an entirely different way.

So, though it could have cost Hermann truly everything, he was always the first to approve Albert’s release whenever he was arrested by the Gestapo or in need of yet another favor. Despite the war that divided them, the Göring brothers continued to be close as siblings.

The Göring Name Haunts Albert’s Later Years

Despite all of Albert Göring’s incredible work to both free and save Jewish citizens throughout Nazi-occupied nations, the years after World War II weren’t kind to this Göring brother. His last name kept him alive and allowed him to perform incredible acts, yet in the aftermath of the war it turned against him. Albert was questioned during the Nuremberg Tribunal and even held prisoner until some of the many whom he’d helped testified regarding his heroic acts.

Even after escaping an unnecessary Nuremberg trial, Göring was arrested in Czechoslovakia thanks to his Nazi-associated last name. He was soon released, only to be arrested yet again by the Czech authorities and stand trial before a People’s Court. It wasn’t until 1947 that Göring was finally free of his last name’s negative association.

However, his trials weren’t over yet. Göring finally returned to his home nation of Germany that same year and discovered he wasn’t welcome. Germans shunned him due to his last name, leaving him without a job and without any income. He ended up surviving thanks to a government pension, which allowed him a tiny income with which to live in a small apartment.

In 1966, Albert Göring’s life ended – and not one of his anti-Nazi actions was recognized or acknowledged at the time. Though his incredible actions weren’t lauded during his lifetime, Göring today is known as a hero who fought from within Nazi Germany, and against his brother, to save as many individuals as he could.

Syndrome K: The Fake Disease That Fooled the Nazis and Saved Lives

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H/T Mental Floss.

Many Jewish lives were saved by quick thinking people like Vittorio Sacerdoti, Giovanni Borromeo and Dr. Adriano Ossicini.



Though their actions wouldn’t be revealed until 60 years later, the ruse began on October 16, 1943, when Nazis raided a Jewish ghetto near Rome’s Tiber River. As Jews were being rounded up, the doctors hid a number of runaways inside the walls of the nearby Fatebenefratelli Hospital. It was then that the doctors, including Vittorio Sacerdoti and a surgeon named Giovanni Borromeo, came up with a plan to diagnose the refugees with a fictitious disease. They called it Syndrome K.

To pull it off just right, the Nazis had to believe these patients had a lethal disease that could infect anyone who came into contact with them. In the cramped quarters of deportation trains, one sick passenger could infect everyone on board—soldiers included.

The name Syndrome K came from Dr. Adriano Ossicini, an anti-Fascist physician working at the hospital who knew they needed a way for the staff to differentiate which people were actually patients and which were Jews in hiding. Inventing a fake disease cut out all the confusion—when a doctor came in with a “Syndrome K” patient, everyone working there knew which steps to take. “Syndrome K was put on patient papers to indicate that the sick person wasn’t sick at all, but Jewish,” Ossicini told Italian newspaper La Stampa in 2016. “We created those papers for Jewish people as if they were ordinary patients, and in the moment when we had to say what disease they suffered? It was Syndrome K, meaning ‘I am admitting a Jew,’ as if he or she were ill, but they were all healthy … The idea to call it Syndrome K, like Kesselring or Kappler, was mine.”

The “Kesselring” Ossicini was referring to was Albert Kesselring, the Nazi commander who, among other things, was in charge of Hitler’s Italian occupation; meanwhile, Herbert Kappler was the SS chief responsible for a mass reprisal killing in 1944. Naming a deadly contagion after two ruthless Nazi commanders must have felt fitting for Ossicini and the other doctors at the hospital.

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Syndrome K wasn’t just a pet name to distinguish actual patients from Jews in hiding; the doctors had to find ways to make the disease seem real when Nazi troops combed the hospital for people to round up. To do so, the doctors would have special rooms filled with “victims” of Syndrome K (also called “K” Syndrome), which they warned the soldiers was a highly contagious, disfiguring, and deadly disease.

The Nazi troops, scared of contracting the mysterious ailment, wouldn’t even bother to inspect the people in the rooms when they raided the hospital. There were also children to worry about, so the doctors coached them on how to cough violently enough to ward off any inspections that a curious soldier may want to conduct.

“[The] Nazis thought it was cancer or tuberculosis, and they fled like rabbits,” Dr. Sacerdoti told the BBC in 2004. Syndrome K hit close to home for Sacerdoti, who used the disease to save his 10-year-old cousin, Luciana Sacerdoti.

When, more than a half-century later, the doctors’ fabrication was finally revealed, they became recognized for their life-saving actions. Borromeo was recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, a World Holocaust Remembrance Center. He was also integral in orchestrating the transfer of many Jewish patients from hospitals in the ghettos to Fatebenefratelli in order to get them better treatment in a safer environment before the raids began.

The hospital itself was even recognized as a “House of Life” by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which advocates on behalf of Holocaust saviors. In the years leading up to the raids, the hospital had become known as a haven for persecuted Jews. The hospital administration at the time, including Borromeo, allowed doctors like Sacerdoti—a Jew who had been fired from previous jobs because of his religion—to work under false documents.

The actual number of people saved by the doctors at Fatebenefratelli was probably around a couple dozen. No matter the final tally, though, the quick thinking and ingenuity of doctors like Sacerdoti, Borromeo, and Ossicini were a glimmer of hope during a time when happy endings were in short supply.


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.

The WW2 Spy Who Accepted the Surrender of an Entire German Army

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H/T War History OnLine.

An amazing piece of World War II history.

Frederick Mayer was a man described by some as fearless. He was a German Jew whose family emigrated from their home on the Western edge of the Black Forest in 1938 to make a new life in the United States. Mayer eventually headed back into Nazi-occupied territory in Europe – serving as U.S. spy.

Life as a spy was not short of action. Mayer parachuted onto an Alpine glacier, infiltrated enemy lines, and posed as a German officer to ascertain crucial intelligence. In 1945, after capture and torture by the Gestapo, he was responsible for accepting the surrender of a large German force.

Mr. Mayer died at his home in Charles Town, West Virginia, on April 15 this year. He was 94 years old. In an interview, Mr. Mayer stated that he had a “good combination of hatred and love: a hatred of the Nazis and a love for America.” His father fought valiantly in World War I, and Mayer had seen his family forced from their homeland by an evil regime that later murdered 6 million European Jews in the Holocaust.

Mayer was born in Freiburg, Germany, on Oct. 28, 1921. His family owned a hardware store that was boycotted because they were Jewish once Hitler became chancellor in 1933. His father didn’t want to leave Germany. With a military background, he thought his former service would protect his family from persecution. His mother, however, demanded that the family flee to the U.S. Young Fitz (Mayer’s nickname) was captivated by cowboy stories of the American West, and so looked forward to the journey.

After arriving in New York, Mayer changed his name to Frederick. He acted as the breadwinner while working as a mechanic at companies such as General Motors and Ford.

Once the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Mayer enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was the perfect opportunity to kill Nazis, which was the reason many Jewish boys joined. Mayer’s superiors were impressed by his skill and native fluency in German and French, as well as English. They recommended him for the Office of Strategic Services, which later became the CIA. Mayer was assigned to the German Operational Group before heading out.

Historian K. O’Donnell published a volume called They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany. He described these men: “A more eclectic group of desperados could not be found: former Luftwaffe pilots, Jewish escapees from German death camps, Polish deserters, world-class athletes, and even a former convict.” One recruit referred to the group as the craziest people he ever met.

At the start of 1945, Mayer was a highly trained agent for the Secret Intelligence division of the OSS and became the leader of the Operation Greenup. It was a mission focused on intelligence gathering in the area of Innsbruck. Allies suspected the Germans were plotting to make their final stand in the war there. On February 25, 1945, Mayer flew from his base in Italy and arrived in the Austrian mountains by parachuting with his team in the dead of night onto the ridge of a glacier.

John Billings, his command pilot on the mission, described Mayer as fearless about returning to Nazi Germany. It was hard to find a pilot to volunteer to fly in the difficult winter conditions over the glacier, but eventually, Billings stepped up, saying, “If they are crazy enough to jump there, I will be crazy enough to take them there.”

Hans Wynberg, a Dutch-born Jew whose family was sent to Auschwitz, and Franz Weber, an Austrian officer who had defected from the German army, worked with Mayer. The trio had supplies packages dropped with them, but unfortunately were unable to locate the packet containing their skis. They had to walk down the glacier, sometimes waist deep in snow.

They eventually made contact with Weber’s family. Weber’s sister was a nurse who helped Mayer disguise himself as a German officer in uniform and bandaged up from a head wound. Then he posed as a French electrician to infiltrate a Messerschmitt factory. His undercover work led to valuable intelligence and a network of informants that helped identify the location and dimensions of Hitler’s Führerbunker in Berlin, the condition of Nazi war plants and movement of enemy freight and troops through the Brenner Pass.

However, things took a turn for the worse when a member of Mayer’s spy network betrayed him. He was imprisoned and tortured. His captors whipped him, doused him with water and suspended him from a rifle, but he only admitted he was an American officer when the man who had betrayed him was brought in and identified him. His torturers wanted to know the location of his radio operator, but Mayer insisted that he worked alone.

The German officer in charge was one Franz Hofer. Hofer, convinced that the war was a lost cause, was looking for a way to surrender to the Americans rather than to the Soviets. When he realised for certain that his prisoner was an American officer, he had Mayer cleaned up, dressed, and fed. In fact, Mayer was taken to Hofer’s home, met Hofer’s wife, and ate with them. During these discussions, it was agreed that the Germans under Hofer should surrender to Mayer, as the representative of the US military.

Tom Moon, author of This Grim and Savage Game: OSS and the Beginning of U.S. Covert Operations in World War II, wrote, “The Germany Army in that area had in effect surrendered to an OSS Jewish Sergeant.”

Mr. Mayer was recommended for a medal of honor in 1945 by a superior officer. In the nomination was written, “In constant danger of his life, he exhibited almost unbelievable courage, resourcefulness and enterprise.” Mayer received the Legion of Merit and the purple heart, among a number of other awards.

5-year-old Christian boy cut in half by ISIS Warning NSFW Photos

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This is from World Net Dailey.

This is the fanatical mindset that cost 6 million people their lives at the hands of the Nazi’s during The Holocaust.

The same fanatical mindset  that drove the Japs in the Pacific and in China and the surrounding area like The Rape of Nankig and the Batan Death March.

ISIS needs to be totally destroyed just like the rabid animals they are.


‘This little boy, he was called Andrew’

WARNING: There are some images of purported atrocities against children at the end of this article. They are extremely graphic. Please exercise extreme caution.

The images of atrocities by members of the Islamic State jihadist group, also known as ISIS, against their soldier and civilian enemies in Iraq and Syria have been have circulating for some time. There have been reports, many documented in images and even videos, of ISIS crucifixions, executions, mass burials and worse.

But now a flood of new reports and photographs reveal such horrors being inflicted on children.

One such report came from the Anglican Communion News Service, which said the 5-year-old son of a founder of Baghdad’s Anglican church was “cut in half during an attack by the Islamic State.”

The report cited an emotional Canon Andrew White, chaplain of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad.

“I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half,” he said. “I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew.”

The report said it happened in the Christian village of Qaraqosh after Kurdish forces left and Islamic State fighters arrived.

A report quoted a source, Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American businessman, confirming the beheading of children by Islamic State fighters, who then “put their heads on a stick and have them in the park.”

“The world hasn’t seen this kind of atrocity in generations,” he told CNN.

The report, which included images, said the terrorists “who have invaded Mosul and other ancient Christian communities in Syria and Iraq have made music videos of themselves murdering civilians and captured soldiers.”

“They are literally enjoying the act of killing and the fear and suffering experienced by others. This sadism may be the purest manifestation of evil witnessed since the Rape of Nanking during WWII.”

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, which has staff members traveling in Iraq, has evaluated many of the reports and finds them “completely consistent with who these guys are.”

“They’re absolute barbarians. We’re at a loss of words to describe who these guys are.”

He cautioned, nevertheless, that news agencies and readers always should be a little skeptical of random images posted online, because there’s likely an element of propaganda in such disputes.

Some of the recent images appear that they may have been staged, he said. But others appear genuine.

The Anglican report quoted Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

“The horrific events in Iraq rightly call our attention and sorrow yet again. Christians and other religious minorities are being killed and face terrible suffering,” he said.

“What we are seeing in Iraq violates brutally people’s right to freedom of religion and belief, as set out under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is extremely important that aid efforts are supported and that those who have been displaced are able to find safety. I believe that, like France, the United Kingdom’s doors should be open to refugees, as they have been throughout history.”

The aid group Barnabas Aid, which provides assistance to the persecuted church worldwide, reported recently that “hundreds of thousands” of Iraqi Christians are facing a “humanitarian crisis” while fleeing from the terror of Islamic State fighters.

“At least 200,000 Christians are now thought to be fleeing towards the Iraqi Kurdistan region. Some of the displaced had already fled to the Nineveh plain from Mosul, which was taken by ISIS. … A number of towns have reportedly been completely emptied of their Christian populations,” the report said.

The report, which included multiple images, said Islamic State terrorists “have begun their promised killing of Christians in Mosul, and they have started with the children.”

“Several images have emerged of Christian children beheaded by ISIS, merely for being Christian,” the report said.

The report said the Muslim fighters crucified victims “because to them crucifixion is especially humiliating due to its Christian implications.”

The images show children lying in rocky fields where they died, a woman whose throat was cut and the decapitated bodies of children.

A Gospel Coalition “Factchecker” is warning that one of the images reportedly goes back to 2013 when it was claimed she was a Muslim Syrian girl named Fatima Meghlaj who was decapitated when Syrian forces shelled her home.

“ISIS is an organization that has committed heinous acts of violence and violated the human rights of many of our fellow believers,” the organization said. “But we must not partake in the spreading of lies, even if it is against our enemies.”

The report continued: “While it is possible that children are being beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, there is currently no credible evidence to support that claim. We should pray this report turn[s] out to be just rumor and that whatever other crimes are being committed, that God is sparing the children of Iraq from ‘systematic beheading.’”

Bishop Julian Dobbs of Barnabas Aid told WND he’s heard multiple accounts of “atrocities against all Christians, adult and children.”

“This is a disaster of almost unparalleled proportions for Christians,” he said.

The report said the images and videos are made and distributed “to intimidate others.” One showed blood gushing from a woman whose throat was slit. Another was of a “distraught father in Syria” holding the body of his decapitated daughter, who was executed because she was of a Christian family.

WARNING: Following are extremely graphic images, purportedly of atrocities against children by jihadist fighters. Please exercise extreme caution.

Children lie where they died (image courtesy

Image of child's decapitated body (image courtesy

Another image of decapitated child, reportedly in Syria (image courtesy


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