Signals from History

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Signals from History

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]

Signals From History

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Signals from History

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]

Israel Lobbied Against the Death Penalty for Nelson Mandela

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In an article posted by Israel Hayom December 9, 2012, documents recently released from the Israeli security archives indicated that Prime Minister Golda Meir encouraged philosopher Martin Buber and author Haim Hazaz to write a letter to the South African government encouraging them to refrain from sentencing Nelson Mandela and his ANC colleagues to death.