#HolocaustRemembrance Day: Jewish & Nazi Shoah U-Boat Catchers

  1. Holocaust Remembrance: The twenty-seventh of January marks the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. On this date every year, the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, UNESCO commemorates the genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people and other Nazi crimes, and reaffirms its commitment to promote education about the history of the Holocaust and to fight against racism and antisemitism.This year’s International Day is placed under the theme “From Words to Genocide: Antisemitic Propaganda and the Holocaust”.
  2. Holocaust Day 2016http://on.unesco.org/1P2vnEt #‎holocaustremembrance
  3. Jewish & Nazi Shoah U-Boat Catchers: An Amazing Tale of Holocaust Betrayal in World War II” is historical fiction, a story based on historical people, historical events, and peopled with fictional characters who could be you, me or anybody else. After placing the story in context, we begin the story at the beginning of the end. We meet a blonde, blue-eyed Jew, Ingrid Goldberg, who is our protagonist. She and her parents live in Munich, Bavaria. She must decide whether or not to betray Jews who have gone underground (U-Boats) to the Nazis in order for her and her family to avoid being deported to Dachau concentration camp. What would you do? This story has deep moral, ethical, and legal meaning for all human beings. It includes the actual German Police orders for Kristallnacht and the report of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp. History and fiction merge to provide the reader with a unique reading experience. What is it that makes human beings human? This book will help you to remember the past and grapple with fundamentals of morality and ethics related to crimes against humanity and genocide. What is the responsibility of the individual? Recommended for readers of all ages and backgrounds, from 8 to 80, blind, crippled anad crazy, this is a must-read!
  4. Characters: Adolf Hitler (dictator of Germany), Reinhard Heydrich (Police Chief who gave German police orders not to interfere in Kristallnacht), Heinrich Himmler (Reinhard Heydrich’s boss), Herschel Grynszpan (17-year old German Polish boy who murdered Ernst vom Rath in Paris), Ernst vom Rath (murdered German diplomat), Joseph Goebbels (Propaganda Minister), Hermann Goering (2nd most powerful man in Germany), Adolf Eichmann (planned the Final Solution, captured in Argentina, tried and executed in Israel), Zindel Grynszpan father of Herschel Grynszpan), Ingrid Ursula Goldberg (fictional character and protagonist), Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg (Ingrid’s parents), the Gestapo (German secret police), Hermann (fictional Gestapo boss), Conrad (fictional Gestapo officer), Sepp (fictional Gestapo officer), Herbert Schmidt (Ingrid’s husband and father of Ursula), Ursula Schmidt (baby of Ingrid and Herbert), Waltraud Schwarz (fictional female camp guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp), Captain Max Koegel (actual camp commandant of Ravensbruck), Katarina (a fictional female gypsy prisoner at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp for Women), Magda and Margret (two fictional female camp guards at Ravensbruck concentration camp).

  5. Inspiration: The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial was a unique moment in history. For the first time in recorded history, wartime atrocities were planned and supported by the bureaucratic administration of a nation at war. Jews and other “undesirables” had to be caught, arrested, rounded up, transported, guarded, housed, fed, clothed, killed, and disposed of. The financial wealth, jewelry, art, treasures, real estate holdings, business assets, and personal belongings of the Jews had to be disposed of. The entire German bureaucratic apparatus had to be mobilized to process a Jew from his home to his death in a concentration camp. This was done on a massive scale that even today defies the imagination. This was done with frightening German efficiency. How efficient? When a Jew died, naked, his clothing and shoes was recycled and reused. His glasses, his gold wedding ring and his gold teeth were removed before his naked body was finally disposed of. Who were the victorious Allies going to hold accountable for this abomination?
  6. Unique Questions: How did we judge crimes against humanity on a moral, ethical, and legal basis, especially when these crimes had never before been committed on the scale of government sanctioned genocide of an entire race of people? Who was responsible for the crimes against humanity? Hitler? Hess? Goering? Himmler? Goebbels? Streicher? The Generals? The soldiers? The German people? Who could legally be held accountable? How do you punish someone responsible for murdering hundreds, thousands, millions of people? Death? Life? 100 years? 50? 25? 20? 15? 10? 5? Civil penalties? How much should victims, their children, grandchildren, and grandchildren’s grandchildren receive? Are reparations able to ever be paid in an amount equal to the suffering and damage that the Nazis caused? These unanswerable questions had to be answered in some form or other by judges who had never imagined such inhumane behaviour by one nation against a race of people.
  7. Who and How: Who gave the orders to exterminate the Jews? What about the people, civilian and military, who carried out the orders? What about the people who collaborated with the Nazis? What about prisoners who were put in charge of other prisoners? What about Jews who turned in other Jews? What about “bounty hunters”, people who caught and turned in Jews for money? What about the German people, collectively, who did nothing, simply stood quietly by while observing, in full knowledge of the crimes being perpetrated by the Nazi government in the name of the German people? How do you judge such madness?
  8. What: What about the concentration camp commanders, the concentration camp guards, and the doctors who did horrible “scientific” experiments on prisoners? What about the German industries and  businesses who used prisoners and citizens of conquered countries as free or cheap slave labor? What about every German man, woman and child who did nothing to oppose Hitler?
  9. Author’s PurposeThe purpose of this book is to ask the question: What makes us human? Sociologists tell us that humanity is defined by our willingness to help other human beings who are suffering or in need. History, however, tells us that we failed to help the Jewish people in a timely manner. We were too late. In their hour of need, the world had no tools, no laws, no mechanisms, to help the Jews avoid annihilation at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. 6 million Jews died in the flames and furnaces of the Holocaust. In light of not only the Holocaust, but over 2000 years of persecution, from Egypt to England, of abuse and mistreatment by every nation on Earth where Jews have lived, is it any wonder that today Israel defends its interests by any and all means necessary?  The sad truth of history is that the Jewish people learned that if they didn’t defend their interests, nobody else would either…
  10. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Holocaust Denial: Quote: “…the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning, without reservation, any denial of the Holocaust. I quote: “Ignoring the historical fact of those terrible events increases the risk they will be repeated.” With you, I stand in saying: never again. Never. When I paid tribute to Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem, I wrote in the book there, “Never again. Never.”
  11. Memory speaks. That is why it must be preserved and passed to future generations. Our Holocaust Outreach Program sponsors exhibits, workshops and panel discussions. The aim: to confront deniers, or those who would minimize the importance of the Holocaust. 
  12. When President Ahmadinejad of Iran declared that Israel should “disappear,” or be “wiped off the map,” I strongly condemned his remarks – twice.
  13. We at the United Nations stand for human rights.
  14. We stand for democracy and the rule of law.
  15. By working for economic and social development, we build the foundations for peace.
  16. We have a new instrument in our hands. It is called the Responsibility to Protect – the idea that every nation has a legal obligation to protect its people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Where nations fall short, the international community has the right to take collective action. Yes, it is difficult in practice. But I assure you, this is a major advance in safeguarding mankind from crimes against humanity.” – Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General, Remarks at Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Park East Synagogue

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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