Deported Holocaust Denier Goes On Trial
by TJ Reporter - Thursday 16th of November 2006
The trial of a man accused of being one of the world’s foremost Holocaust deniers began this week in Germany.(Read the rest here.)
Germar Rudolf, 42, appeared in court in Mannheim on Tuesday following his deportation from the United States last year.
(HC Note: Rudolf didn't appear as a witness at Irving's trial (which was in 2000, not 1998.)
Millions Of Nazi Docs Opened To Public
The 21-year-old Russian sat before a clerk of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate's office, describing the furnaces at Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp where he had been a prisoner until a few weeks previously.(Read the rest here.)
“I saw with my own eyes how thousands of Jews were gassed daily and thrown by the hundreds into pits where Jews were burning,” he said.
“I saw how little children were killed with sticks and thrown into the fire,” he continued. Blood flowed in gutters, and “Jews were thrown in and died there”; more were taken off trucks and cast alive into the flames.
It seems there will be quite a few interesting testimonies in this archive, and it is hardly a consolation for deniers.
For some it is a Holocaust industry:
Profiting from the Holocaust
If lawyers ever wonder, in a rare moment of introspection, why they are generally held in low esteem, they need look no further than the obscene fee application pending before a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn, N.Y.(Read the rest here.)
Burt Neuborne, the court-appointed lead settlement counsel in a class action brought on behalf of Holocaust survivors against Swiss banks, has turned himself into the poster boy for avaricious attorneys. He demands $4.75 million for his role in administering the $1.25-billion settlement and determining distribution of the money.
Holocaust survivor wants her paintings removed from Auschwitz
Dina Babbitt once made a deal with Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi doctor who subjected concentration-camp prisoners to horrendous medical experiments.(Read the rest here.)
He needed someone to illustrate his perverse racial theories with portraits of Auschwitz's Gypsy prisoners, an inferior group according to Nazi ideology. A trained artist, she agreed to do the work as the price of saving her mother, as well as herself, from the concentration camp's gas chamber.
As things turned out, Babbitt, her mother and the portraits survived. She eventually settled in northern California, while seven of her paintings wound up in a museum at Auschwitz dedicated to preserving a historical record of the Holocaust.
Ever since discovering in 1973 that they were there, Babbitt has tried to get them back. Museum officials have steadfastly stonewalled her request, once invoking the legal principle of work for hire — the concept that the patron, not the artist, holds the rights to a commissioned work of art.
There's been lots of news about Babbitt. Here's the Museum's response, with which it is hard to disagree. Items and documents of historical value should stay in museums, period.
Auschwitz renovation sparks concern
A proposal to renovate the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp is drawing criticism from Holocaust survivors in Israel, who fear modernization will disturb the camp's original state and the somber memorial to those who suffered and died there.(The full article is here).
The renovations, proposed last month by Piotr Cywinski, 34, the new director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, call for updating five exhibits housed in former prisoner barracks, and establishing a new education center to modernize the message of the memorial for younger generations.
Cywinski added that preserving original artifacts, including hair samples and personal belongings that were stripped from prisoners, is also a high priority.
Holocaust survivors in Israel, however, are worried that the renovations could make the camp seem more like a museum and less like the site where nearly 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, were slaughtered by the Nazis during World War II.
"We have a lot of museums. We have a lot of places where we talk about the Holocaust, but Auschwitz is the original place where it happened," said Noach Flug, president of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. "You must have the feeling as it was then, the smell and the look. It is important not to change."
"It is a symbolic place and therefore it is important that the gas chambers and the crematoriums and the blocs and all the hairs and the shoes, all these thing should be in the original form," said Flug. "It should be as it was."
Flug's criticism is misplaced. Updating exhibits is not even an "option", it is a necessity. It is also necessary to remove or update the memorial plaques with "1,5 million" death toll, which are incorrect (the death toll is closer to 1 million) and which have thus become an easy target for deniers.
Besides, the crucial parts of Auschwitz and Birkenau - the crematoria - will never be in their "original state", since Krema I in the main camp is a reconstruction by the Soviets, and Birkenau crematoria are but ruins. So what all the fuss is about?