Sunday, April 11, 2010

Never Again

Days of Remembrance April 11-18, 2010.


  1. That photograph is a punch to the stomach. My God.


  2. I spent a long while decided which photo to use lady red. Some of them would turn a grown man's stomach.

  3. One of the books that I was going to talk about, before the computer problems began, is titled;

    'The Abandonment Of The Jews - America And The Holocaust 1941-1945'

    Written by David S. Wyman, and published in 1984 by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House.

    It tells of the complicity, or complacence at the very least, by the Allied Governments, and America especially (although Britain is also painted very blackly) in the murder of millions.

    This book disgusted me. Knowing now, just how much of the Nazi's 'Final Solution' plans were known to the American government, and just how little was done to stop it, almost made me nauseous.

    The very worst was the constant lie that nothing could be done to destroy the death factories, most especially at Auschwitz, because to do so would be to sidetrack assets needed to win the war, when in fact, labor areas in the other end of the camp were bombed more than once, and it was less than three kilometers from them to the gas chambers.

    And that also, bombers en route home would dump unused bombs almost randomly, but never either on the gas chambers & crematoria, or on the rail lines leading to Auschwitz.

    A group of dedicated antisemites within the State Department, slowed, hindered, prevented and subverted the work even of private organizations trying to help.

    This was the book I did not want to read when I saw it at the library, but knew I must.

    While it did not in any way lessen my respect for the men actually fighting in World War II, it caused me to lose any respect whatsoever for those who led this country during that time.

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  5. "Some of them would turn a grown man's stomach."

    That one turned mine.

  6. Dances, there have been many words written about the non action of the allies re the bombing of the camps and railroads that led to them. I have seen persuasive arguments on both sides of what was and wasn't possible and/or known.

    The book you write about appears to provide a definitive answer.

  7. There are more photographs here.

    Fay, thank you for adding the remembrance badge to the top of the page.

  8. It was definitive enough for me, Fay.

    There were other things as well, such as Allied carping that no transport could be found to get rescued Joews out of Europe when it was easily found to evacuate thousands of (non-Jewish) Greeks.

    And in fact troopships were dead-heading back to the US, on ballast.

    And there were three Portugese passenger ships that never stopped making the run between Europe and South America despite being nearly empty.

    From what I can see, the only difference in the levels of antisemitism between the Allies and the Nazis was that the Nazis took it one step further, into doing the actual killing, rather than just letting it happen while they turned their backs as our governments did.

  9. I only with the video would work for me. It plays well for about the first 30 seconds, then starts doing a one-word-at-a-time playback.

  10. Sadly, I believe you Dances (about the book). Not sure if I could bring myself to read it.

  11. Thank you for posting that, Fay. Yes, it's hard to look at but that's exactly why we need to do so. I appreciated seeing your picture too, lady red.

    My library doesn't have that book but I saved the link from Amazon.