Holocaust Museum Dnepropetrovsk, End of an Era, Beginning of a Nightmare!

by Chossid October. 03, 2012 6284 views

I would like to share a true story with you. I heard this story personally from the older woman in the first picture in the post “Faces.” When the Nazis (may their name be cursed) invaded Ukraine, anyone who could, ran for their life; the evacuation. On carts of every description, but mainly on foot, they fled. Eventually, trains to them to the East. After the horrors of the war ended, in trickles, they returned “home.” But what kind of a home was it? Most of their relatives, neighbors and friends had been decimated. Their homes had been taken over by non-Jews who threatened to kill them, and as often as not did, if they would try to do anything about it.
My friend’s family returned, and settled down on Sholom Aleichem Street. That was the name of the street where all of the Jews lived. There was only one non-Jew who lived on that street, a cripple without hands. Whenever he exited his house people would spit on him and call him names. With the innocence of a child, my friend asked her mother, how could people do such a thing to him? This is what her mother told her.
When most people evacuated, there was one family, a husband, wife, and their daughter, who could not leave, because the mother was very ill. As my friend tells it, the young girl was very beautiful, with long, brown, wavy hair. They had a neighbor with whom they had been friends for many, many years. They had always been kind to him, and he offered to hide them.
As soon as the Nazis entered the town, barely before they even offered the citizens a loaf of bread for every Jewish head, their “friend” was in the forefront, telling them that he had three Jews for them. The soldiers, at first, were going to shoot them. But then they decided, why waste good bullets on Jews? So they told the “friend” to take them to the top of the bridge over the river. Then they had him bind them hand and foot, strangle them, and throw them over, into the river. The ill woman begged him “please have mercy on me, and kill me last, so I do not have to suffer more, seeing my husband and daughter murdered before my eyes!” So on purpose, the despicable man killed her last and made her watch. Right before she herself was murdered, she called out “G-d in heaven! Destroy such hands, that were used to murder!”
This we know from the washerwoman who was scrubbing laundry on the flat stones at the riverbank. But we know more also…
The next week, while the washerwoman was again going about her business, the “friend” once again came along. He was going fishing. There was a custom to throw a mine into the water in order to make the fish rise to the surface, where they could easily be caught. As he was about to toss it in the water, his timing was off, and it blew off his hamds!
His is but one story. The majority of people who hid Jews handed them right over. The minority, who, with great moral strength, and at the risk of their own lives and those of their families, hid and saved Jews, are honored as “The Righteous of the Nations,” in the Yad v’Shem Holocaust Museum in Israel.
Has the world learned from history, or do we see it starting to repeat itself again, with Holocaust denial, an upsurge in anti-semitism, and massive propaganda against Israel, twisting and turning facts to make “good news”? Consider the supposed Israeli shooting of Mohammed Al Dura [camera.org], a 12-year-old Palestinian boy crouched in terror behind his father as he allegedly becomes the fatal victim of Israeli bullets – This has become an icon of Palestinian “martyrdom,” especially in the Arab world. In fact, I believe it was even shown here on a PhotoBlog forum. It has been repeatedly broadcast on television, appeared in Palestinian posters, advertisements and on Arab country postage stamps, fueling Palestinian hatred of and violence against Israel, as well as the ill will of people of all nations, who see it as a sign of Israeli callousness.
After viewing all evidence it was realized that this might be one of the greatest media manipulations the world has ever seen. The French report is, beyond any reasonable doubt, pure fiction. It remains unproven whether Al Dura was actually killed. The badly wounded corpse of a child was shown by doctors at the hospital in Gaza. That child was dead, but he is not the child seen in the famous TV newscast. There is no evidence to support France 2's claim that Mohammed Al Dura was killed by Israeli soldiers, or even that he was killed at all. Contrary to the report's claim that the boy was killed, the committee's review of the raw footage showed that in the final scenes, which were not broadcast by France 2, the boy is seen to be alive! It was revealed that there is no evidence that Jamal or the boy were wounded in the manner claimed, and that the footage does not depict Jamal as having been badly injured. In contrast, there are numerous indications that the two were not struck by bullets at all. There is no evidence that the IDF was in any way responsible for causing any of the alleged injuries to Jamal and the boy. The review showed that it is highly-doubtful that bullet holes in the vicinity of the two could have had their source in fire from the Israeli position, as implied in the France 2 report.
“Never again!” was a good sounding slogan, but as the memory of the world fades, we must resolve to take it upon ourselves to do anything in our power to stop this, to do good deeds and not the opposite, and to make sure that indeed, there should never again be another Holocaust or anything resembling it. I beseech people that when they read something “bad” about Israel or other nations, seek out the truth!

There was actually Russian currency printed in Russian, Ukrainian or Polish, and Yiddish!

Old report card – the system was 1-5, with 5 being the highest possible grade.

I think this was school work

Now imagine that this is your apartment… your view of the street outside… it has always been peaceful, friends and neighbors strolling by… but suddenly one day, peeking through the curtain you wake up….

…to this….

…and this….

…and this is the least of it…

…this is only the beginning…

…even the children salute the invading, conquering…

…terrifying…

…and utterly terrible…

…Nazi forces.

Look how they greet them with joy!

Suddenly your neighbors are no longer your friends…

They will turn you in for a loaf of bread!

…and in one awful night, all of your houses of worship are burned…

Your shops ransacked and destroyed…

by these nice looking soldiers…

Look how they are applauded!

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Yokai - 7 years ago

Strong images, nice post !!

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Helen Hooker 7 years ago

A very sobering post Leah. One day we'll finally learn from our dreadful mistakes.

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years ago

Even though history like this so painful, we have to remember, we must tell it to every generation ... perhaps, some day, mankind learns the lesson.

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Eiram Marie 7 years ago

Thank you for the link, Leah!

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Chossid 7 years ago

In reply to yellodog: Not all humans are awful. Humans have free choice, which is what separates us from lower forms of life. We have the free choice in any given situation to chose what is morally good or morally not good. Those who carried out the Holocaust chose the latter. It is our mission to chose to do good to others, and as Marie said, to make sure we teach our children the truth of what happened and their responsibility to choose to do good, so that it does not happen again!

I know a man who was newly married and his 35 year old pregnant wife was brutally murdered in the Sbarro bombing in Jerusalem. He saw his choice, and decided that rather than, as some would, being full of anger and desire for revenge, he would encourage people to chose to do good, so as to try to wipe out the badness in the world. In her memory, he made a special organization called Partners in Kindness, which encourages people to do kind things to others. I encourage everyone to [url=http://www.partnersinkindness.org/about_us.html]visit their website, to subscribe to their emails[/url], (the only daily emails I always read,) and to ADD IN RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS TO OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS.

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Eiram Marie 7 years ago

We must never forget! We must always remember that this really happened. We must teach our children so nobody can twist the history and pretend this never happened. Very important lesson for us all.

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Sara G 7 years ago

Horrible acts..photography tells the truth! Thanks for this post as horrible as it was for us to looks at, blessed are the ones that lived through it..

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Josy 7 years ago

Thank you for this report...And I share completely Antonio's opinion

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Dan Ravasio 7 years ago

A very disturbing report, Leah.....

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Antonio Gil 7 years ago

Incredible story. And now, in Europe, there are some signs not very good. Like in Hungary, for instance.

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Gillian Parsons 7 years ago

No words just sad sad thoughts that we do not seem to be able after all these years to learn lessons for a better future.

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Abby 7 years ago

A great set of an important part of History.......

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Marsha 7 years ago

Goes to show how photography so aptly documents history. Not only the actual incidents, but also specific details, as well as emotions and actions of people. Perhaps humans will learn to use to it remember dark times such as these....for what they were....

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Dan Ravasio 7 years ago

Awesome, amazing, horrifying, unreal, impossible to be real, the surreal impossibility of the ultimate in human atrocity - yet real... yet possible again... yet still occurring.... yet will be again... the horror of it all - again....still today.... we never change... we never learn.... never...

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Dean Singleton 7 years ago

Incredible set.

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