~~January 28, 2014~~
Yesterday, January 27, 2014, marked the 69th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Death Camp.
The Auschwitz Concentration Camp was emancipated 69 years ago and on this anniversary, a Jewish leader announced anti-Semitism was now considered a crime. On Monday, January 27, 2014, Israeli officials and Auschwitz survivors recognized the anniversary with a memorial ceremony.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial ceremony was held on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, set by the United Nations in remembrance of the six million Holocaust victims, 1.5 million of the victims died at Auschwitz, most of them were Jews.
Some of the participating survivors entered through the gates emblazoned with “Arbeit Macht Frei” meaning, “Work makes you free” and left a wreath at the camp’s Executions Wall, were death camp inmates, mostly Polish resistance participants, were shot.
Approximately sixty members of the Knesset, about half of Israeli’s legislature, joined the Holocaust survivors for observances, which included a visit to Auschwitz red brick barracks. The barracks housed collections of items removed from the victims: shoes, coats, brushes and purses. More gruesome collections contained human body parts: hair, teeth and artificial limbs. A list of names of the victims was also visited where the survivors could read the names of 4.2 million Jews that did not leave Auschwitz alive.
The Auschwitz concentration camp complex was the largest of its kind established by the Nazi regime. It included three main camps, all of which deployed incarcerated prisoners at forced labor. One of them also functioned for an extended period as a killing center.
The camps were located approximately 37 miles west of Krakow, near the prewar German-Polish border in Upper Silesia, an area that Nazi Germany annexed in 1939 after invading and conquering Poland. The SS authorities established three main camps near the Polish city of Oswiecim: Auschwitz I in May 1940; Auschwitz II (also called Auschwitz-Birkenau) in early 1942; and Auschwitz III (also called Auschwitz-Monowitz) in October 1942.
The Auschwitz concentration camp complex was subordinate to the Inspectorate of Concentration Camps. Until March 1942, the Inspectorate of Concentration Camps was an agency of the SS Main Office, and, from 1941, of the SS Operations Main Office. From March 1942 until the liberation of Auschwitz, the Inspectorate was subordinate to the SS Economic-Administrative Main Office.
In the words of Pastor Martin Niemoeller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews and did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for for me – and there was no one left to speak for me,
If you don’t speak up to oppose injustice or violence, you are condoning those actions by your silence.
I couldn’t let this day go by without honoring the memory of the millions who died at the hands of this regime.
WARNING …. THIS IS GRAPHIC. YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS VIDEO
The Angel of Death of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Published on Mar 13, 2013
This video is about an inspect of the Holocaust that is left unmentioned often time. It discusses the heinous acts of a Nazi doctor, Dr. Josef Mengele.
Auschwitz – Nazi German Concentration Camp
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