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Signals from History

May 5, 1945:

A death march from Schwarzheide, Germany to Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia that began on April 18 halts at Leitmeritz, Czechoslovakia. [1]

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May 31, 1943: A Nazi prison administrator in Minsk, Belarus reports that 516 German and Russian Jews have been killed in late May, their gold crowns and fillings taken from their mouths before their deaths.[1]

June 1-6, 1943: During the liquidation of the ghetto of Sosnowiec, a spirited resistance is led by Zvi Dunski.  Ill-armed Jews fight back as deportations proceed.  The Jewish ghetto at Buczacz, Ukraine is liquidated.  Some Jews resist and escape. [1]

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Signals from History

An agonizing moment which you will not hear when you read the story about the six million who perished. Based on a report by American reporter Patrick Gordon at Allied liberation of Bergen-Belsen; April 1945: 

“One woman came up to a sodier who was guarding the milk store and doling the milk out to children, and begged for milk for her baby. The man took the baby and saw that it had been dead for days, black in the face and shriveled up. The woman went on begging for milk. So he poured some on the dead lips. The mother then started to croon with joy and carried the baby off in triumph. She stumbled and fell dead in a few yards.” 

Source: The Holocaust Chronicle

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January 3, 1943: Polish President Vladistow Raczkiewiez requests that Pope Pius XII publicly denounce German atrocities against the Jews. Pius remains silent concerning both the German slaughter of the Polish Jews as well as the German attacks against Polish Catholics

January 4, 1943: Jewish fighting organizations are rounded up in Szestochowa, Poland [the home town of my late wife]. Its leader, Mandel Fiszlewicz, uses a hidden pistol to wound the German commander of the Aktion. Fiszlewicz and 25 other men are immediately shot and 300 women and children from the group are deported to the Treblinka death camp and gassed. [1]

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December 7 1942 [1]

United States Department official G.Robert Borden Reams, an “expert” on the Jews in the Division of European Affairs, advises that the United States Government remain silent concerning details of the Holocaust.

British official John Cecil Sterndale Bennett is upset because Bulgarian Jewish children may be allowed into Palestine based on Jewish Agency appeals.

December 9 1942 [1]
Christian Century, an American Protestant journal, attacks Rabbi Stephen Wise,
claiming he had lied about the Holocaust in recent press conference. Christian Century further argues that even if what Wise has to say is true, to make the facts of the Holocaust public serves no purpose.

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November 4, 1943: The Germans put down a revolt at the slave labor camp at Szebnie, Poland. The camp is liquidated; about 3000 Jews are deported to Auschwitz.

November 14, 1943: Jews from Ferrara, Italy are deported to Auschwitz.

November 23, 1943: 150 Jewish partisans escape occupied Kowno, Lithuania and head eastward towards the Rudninkai Forest. [1]

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May 14, 1941: About 4000 Jews are deported from Paris, most to a camp at Pithiviers, France. [1]

May 15, 1941: Polish Jews who have traveled from Biala Podlaska Jewish POW camp to Konskowla are murdered after the Nazi overseers discovered that four of the POWs have escaped. [1]

“It was in vain that we locked them up for several hundred years behind the walls of the Ghetto.  No sooner were their prison gates unbarred than they easily caught up with us, even on those paths which we opened up without their aid.”
—  A. A. Leroy Beaulieu, French publicist, 1842