Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest We Forget or Genocide What Genocide

Breakdown the word History and you get the words "his" and "story". And that's the sad fact that the facts are obscured by bullies. What's the point of sacrifice and taking a stand if people do not benefit from the price paid with blood?I am not one for chain emails but my friends from British Columbia sent me the following power point. It's not comfortable but that is exactly why you should see it. Because man has committed atrocities upon his fellow man and some people trivialize it. Today being Memorial Day in Canada. I am all for remembering the sacrifices of the uniformed men and women throughout history. But along with that little is said of the untold number of civilians that were literally disposed of by tough armies motivated by whatever form of insane rationalization .




Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

If you recall in a previous post, this was the same guy that insisted homosexuals do not exist in Iran. It's one thing to believe it but it's another thing to say it in public and thinking others will buy it.

So there ya go. President Ahmadinejad does not believe there are homosexuals in his country and does not believe the Nazi slaughter of the Jews in WW II happened. Would you even think you could hold a rational dialogue with this guy?? I know someone who does. You may have heard of him. Whoa cheap shot on the President Elect. Leave it to me.

Yes I am old enough to remember current events from twenty years ago (oxymoron?) . This was big news back then.

The Power Point File included below has some powerful and disturbing images. But since I am sending to you I fact checked it myself. The first part is mostly true and I have the links and text below. The second part is not true and I also provide the links.Best to check any mail you intend to forward. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.





Ike and the Death Camps

As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II, General Eisenhower had been given information about the Nazi concentration camp system well before he led the invasion to liberate Western Europe (June, 1944). Reports on the massive genocide inflicted on Jews, Gypsies, political prisoners, homosexuals, dissidents, and other groups by the Schutzstaffel (SS) had been circulated among all the Allied leaders. Very few of the Allied commanders, however, had an accurate conception of what is now known to the world as the Holocaust until their troops began to encounter the death camps as they marched into Western Germany.
Ike visits the concentration camp at Ohrdruf with Generals Bradley and Patton

On April 4, 1945, elements of the United States Army’s 89th Infantry Division and the 4th Armored Division captured the Ohrdruf concentration camp outside the town of Gotha in south central Germany. Although the Americans didn’t know it at the time, Ohrdruf was one of several sub-camps serving the Buchenwald extermination camp, which was close to the city of Weimar several miles north of Gotha. Ohrdruf was a holding facility for over 11,000 prisoners on their way to the gas chambers and crematoria at Buchenwald. A few days before the Americans arrived to liberate Ohrdruf, the SS guards had assembled all of the inmates who could walk and marched them off to Buchenwald. They left in the sub-camp more than a thousand bodies of prisoners who had died of bullet wounds, starvation, abuse, and disease. The scene was an indescribable horror even to the combat-hardened troops who captured the camp. Bodies were piled throughout the camp. There was evidence everywhere of systematic butchery. Many of the mounds of dead bodies were still smoldering from failed attempts by the departing SS guards to burn them. The stench was horrible.

When General Eisenhower learned about the camp, he immediately arranged to meet Generals Bradley and Patton at Ohrdruf on the morning of April 12th. By that time, Buchenwald itself had been captured. Consequently, Ike decided to extend the group’s visit to include a tour of the Buchenwald extermination camp the next day. Eisenhower also ordered every American soldier in the area who was not on the front lines to visit Ohrdruf and Buchenwald. He wanted them to see for themselves what they were fighting against.

During the camp inspections with his top commanders Eisenhower said that the atrocities were “beyond the American mind to comprehend.” He ordered that every citizen of the town of Gotha personally tour the camp and, after having done so, the mayor and his wife went home and hanged themselves. Later on Ike wrote to Mamie, “I never dreamed that such cruelty, bestiality, and savagery could really exist in this world.” He cabled General Marshall to suggest that he come to Germany and see these camps for himself. He encouraged Marshall to bring Congressmen and journalists with him. It would be many months before the world would know the full scope of the Holocaust — many months before they knew that the Nazi murder apparatus that was being discovered at Buchenwald and dozens of other death camps had slaughtered millions of innocent people.

General Eisenhower understood that many people would be unable to comprehend the full scope of this horror. He also understood that any human deeds that were so utterly evil might eventually be challenged or even denied as being literally unbelievable. For these reasons he ordered that all the civilian news media and military combat camera units be required to visit the camps and record their observations in print, pictures and film. As he explained to General Marshall, “I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’”

His prediction proved correct. When some groups, even today, attempt to deny that the Holocaust ever happened they are must confront the massive official record, including both written evidence and thousands of pictures, that Eisenhower ordered to be assembled when he saw what the Nazis had done.

© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Washington, DC, 2004

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