Category Archives: anti-semitism

‘Boy in the Striped Pajamas’

This movie, available on Netflix, is very moving. During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and … Continue reading

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After Visiting Auschwitz, Can Life Be The Same?

“Work Will Set You Free” is the greeting in German (“Arbeit macht frei“) as you enter the Auschwitz concentration camp, about an hour’s drive from Krakow, Poland.  The most shocking thing I learned from a tour of Auschwitz was how … Continue reading

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‘Shoes on the Danube’ Memorial

Memorial to Jews rounded up in Budapest, Hungary 1944-45, taken to Danube River, told to remove shoes, and shot by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen. Their bodies floated down river. Details. Posted by Jim Buie on Sunday, April 3, 2016

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1942 Paris Round-up of More Than 32,000 Jews, Sent to Their Deaths

A friend is staying in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower, and close to this memorial. He writes: “We are staying steps away from the site of a most brutal horror, the first major roundup of more than 13,000 French Jews … Continue reading

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Remembering Dachau Concentration Camp, Southern Germany

Photo by Frances Copulvirenti from Dachau Slide Show on Flickr.com Dachau Photo of Jim Buie at Dachau by William Winn. Inscription states: “May the remains of those who were exterminated here between 1933-45 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for … Continue reading

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Vienna’s Long History of Anti-Semitism

Christ Before Pilate, 17th Century, unknown artist. This painting refers to the pogroms of the 15th century and reveals an enduring anti-Semitic tendency. The inscription at the bottom left reads: “With a bloodthirsty trial and judgement/So the godless Jews treated … Continue reading

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‘Babi Yar’, Just Outside Kiev, A Monument to Anti-Semitic Massacre

Shostakovich, Symphony No.13 in B flat minor – “Babi Yar”  Text by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. See English translation.  Babi Yar is a ravine in the Ukrainian capital Kiev and a site of a series of massacres carried out by German forces … Continue reading

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