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Default 22-04-2020, 09:36 PM

Just finished reading, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery.

It's a book containing the report of the only man who volunteered to be purposely captured and incarcerated in the camp, on a mission to bring out the story of what was going on in there.

Captain Witold Pilecki (VEE-TOLD, PEE-LETS-SKI).

He was a P.O.W, so he wasn't taken there for outright extermination. However, as one could imagine, it wasn't a fun time, witnessing the murder and brutality of his comrades and innocent civilians on a daily basis for around 3 years. As well as the personal battle to survive.

I only found out about the captains existence recently, and I think his remarkable story of intelligence gathering followed by escape from the dreaded Auschwitz is one small ray of light in a predominantly dark period of history.


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Default 23-04-2020, 12:16 AM

Obviously not the most desirable of missions but still gotta give it to him, he threw himself into hell for what he considered to be a greater overall purpose. Very few individuals would do something like that.


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Default 08-05-2020, 10:23 AM

The Diary of Anne Frank

This has been one of the most moving, important and meaningful pieces of work I've read yet. Up there with The Gulag Archipelago and Ordinary Men.

To think she wrote it between the ages of 13 - 15 is astonishing. For a girl of that age to write so eloquently isn't like anything you'll see, especially not in this day and age. She was intelligent and mature way beyond her years and should have been given more respect from the adults in her life.

Her dream was to become a journalist, and eventually a famous writer. Well, although she sadly didn't live to see it, she got her wish, because this was unintentional literary genius.


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The Diary of Anne Frank

This has been one of the most moving, important and meaningful pieces of work I've read yet. Up there with The Gulag Archipelago and Ordinary Men.

To think she wrote it between the ages of 13 - 15 is astonishing. For a girl of that age to write so eloquently isn't like anything you'll see, especially not in this day and age. She was intelligent and mature way beyond her years and should have been given more respect from the adults in her life.

Her dream was to become a journalist, and eventually a famous writer. Well, although she sadly didn't live to see it, she got her wish, because this was unintentional literary genius.
Some say her dad wrote it, or at least heavily edited it.
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Some say her dad wrote it, or at least heavily edited it.
He did have some editorial input on what was originally published, but he didn't re-write anything.

Anne had decided that when the war was over she would publish a book based on her diary. So she began re-writing and editing and improving the text, deleting stuff she didn't think was interesting enough and adding stuff from memory. The original diary was still kept though.

After the war her dad was given back the diaries, and he decided to fulfil her wish and have them published. However, at the time it was taboo to discuss sex related topics, and Anne had expressed sexual intrigue and impulses, so originally he omitted those parts, as well as stuff he didn't like about himself and his wife.

When her dad died in 1980 he willed all versions to the Netherlands Institute of War Documentation. And being aware that the diary had been challenged over the years, done a thorough investigation and essentially published the entire correct text.


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Hitlers Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

This book is a study a similar to Ordinary Men. Of all the extensive reading and research I've done about The Holocaust, it seems like the women involved in the crimes of this era are largely overlooked in terms of culpability, but many of these bitches were even more sadistic and depraved than some of the top Nazis.

So we of course have the ones who were able to easily claim plausible deniability for their actions such as nurses administering lethal injections because their superiors told them to. But there were others who carried out unspeakable acts just because they could.

When I read about the actions of Johanna Altvater, I was so gobsmacked I had to first of all pause in order to process it, then go over it again to make sure I wasn't mistaken in some way. She walked into a Jewish ghetto one day, beckoned a toddler towards her with a treat, picked the toddler up, held her by the legs and proceeded to bash the child's head off a wall until she was dead, then flung the child's lifeless body at her fathers feet... Another day she entered a children's ward, picked up a child, walked to the balcony and flung the child off on to the pavement below, then later that day rounded up the older children at the balcony and pushed them off one by one... Apparently one of her favourite party tricks was to beckon young toddlers towards her with a treat, and when the child got close enough to get the sweet and opened their mouth to receive it, instead she'd pull out a pistol and shoot the kid in the mouth.

Another SS mans wife, Erna Petri, one day found 6 boys aged 8 - 12 years old. They were at the side of the road freezing, hungry, barely clothed and terrified. The lads had managed to escape from a train destined for a death camp. She took the boys in her carriage to her villa, to await her husbands return that evening, so that he could decide what to do with them. Whilst there she fed and cared for the the boys, in essence providing the young lads with a tiny shred of hope in this living nightmare. When her husband failed to return, she took the boys into the woods, lined them up by a ditch, and shot them all in the back of the head. She's one of the very few who rightly did do a very long time in prison for her deeds, whilst the other psycho bitch pretty much got away with everything she done.

And there obviously were many, many more nasty Nazi bitches doing horrendous things. Those are just a few examples.

I remember a while back that I had to take a break from reading about his kind of inhumane shit, but I think I'm completely desensitised to it all now. I don't imagine there being much that could shock me at this point.


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Night, by Elie Wiesel... Nobel peace prize winner.

True life account of a teenage boys experience, having been evacuated to Auschwitz aged 15 with his mum, dad and little sister.

Upon arrival of course, they were separated from his mum and sister, who likely died immediately, having been pointed in the direction of a crematorium.

The story itself is then heavily based on his and his dads struggle to survive the horrors of the camps they were forced to endure. It's enlightening to read first-hand accounts and details from those who were there, and who just about managed to survive. He was incarcerated for a year, and his dad made it almost all the way before giving up not long before liberation, much to the dismay of his son who tried his best to motivate and keep him alive.

Something that made me smile was when he was writing about the cattle car journey to Auschwitz. He said that at night, under the cover of dark, some of the younger folk "caressed" each other. Obviously he's using soft language, but I take it to mean they consoled each other with sex or sexual activity. In my opinion, fair play, because if I happened to find myself in a similar position, where I was in transit to an uncertain future which could simply mean death on arrival, I'd be doing the exact same thing with willing females.


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