Thursday, January 27, 2005

Remembering the Wannsee Conference and the Liberation of Auschwitz

This article is posted as part of the January 27, 2005, BlogBurst, to remember the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, sixty years ago, on January 27, 1945.

January 27, 2005, marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. On January 20th, we marked the anniversary of the 1942 Wannsee Conference. In the course of that Conference, the top figures of the Nazi hierarchy formalized the plan to annihilate the Jewish people.

The Wannsee Conference was convened on January 20, 1942, for the purpose of preparing a final solution to the Jewish question in Europe. The final solution involved evacuating all Jews in Europe to transit ghettos, from which they were to be transported to concentration camps in the East.

"The Fuehrer (Adolph Hitler)... expressed his determination to clean up the Jews in Europe... "Not much will remain of the Jews. About sixty per cent of them will have to be liquidated; only about forty per cent can be used for forced labour."

Those at the meeting eventually decided on what became known as the Final Solution. From that date the extermination of the Jews became a systematically organized operation. It was decided to establish extermination camps in the east that had the capacity to kill large numbers including Belzec (15,000 a day), Sobibor (20,000), Treblinka (25,000) and Majdanek (25,000).

Auschwitz was the single most notorious death camp of them all. It is estimated that somewhere between 2-3 million Jews were destroyed in this camp alone during its brief five year history. Shortly before the camp was liberated by allied forces, the camp commander sent every prisoner who could move (about 66,020 people) on a forced death-march to the west. On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz came under control of the allies where only 7,000 prisoners were left behind. Of those prisoners that remained, not all could be saved.

The hatred of the Jews down through history is well documented. The desire to exterminate the Jews continues today with radical Arabs using terror attacks and suicide bombers to destroy the will of Israel and kill its people. Europe is once again standing against the Jews by siding with the Palestinians. The Palestinians work toward statehood in the historic land of Israel from where they plan to continue the Jihad (holy war). Russia is exporting stinger missiles to Israel's arch enemy, Syria. Iran is working toward building nuclear weapons. Egypt continues to facilitate the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza strip. The United Nations continues to pass non-binding, anti-Jewish resolutions, including the resolution last year calling for Israel to tear down the separation barrier which serves as Israel's last defense against Arab suicide bombers and terrorists.

The secular world has been against the Jews since the beginning. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with be with the Jews until the end. On what side do you stand?

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