There’s No Denying ‘Denial’ is a Must See


Here is a trailer to the movie ‘Denial,’ based on the true story of a Holocaust denier’s civil suit against Deborah E. Lipstadt portrayed by the actress Rachel Weisz:

 

VIDEO: Denial Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Rachel Weisz Movie HD

 

 

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Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

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Rachel Weisz (LEFT) – Deborah Lipstadt (Right)

 

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There’s No Denying ‘Denial’ is a Must See

 

By Norma Zager

Sent Sep 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM

 

Deuteronomy 4:9 reads:

 

9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children’s children;

In the dedication to me, some ten years ago, Prof. Lipstadt quoted Deuteronomy 32:7:

7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee, thine elders, and they will tell thee.

You are invited to read Norma Zager’s “There’s No Denying Denial is a Must See.”  Denial, in theaters this coming Friday. –Ari Bussel

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Sometimes amidst the grandeur and sequel addiction of Hollywood movie making an important movie is created. Denial is such a film.

The story is based on a lawsuit brought in British courts by Holocaust denier and Hitler advocate David Irving against Professor Deborah Lipstadt.

 

A pivotal point of the movie for me was contained in a question asked by the British judge following the summations: If someone is an anti-Semite, but they truly believe what they are saying, can you prove intent to subvert the truth?

 

An interesting conundrum indeed; can evil be justified if one is a true believer, however wrong they may be? It is a compelling question that good people can easily discern. Were the Nazis guilty of murderous acts if they truly believed the Jews deserved to die? If Muslim extremists believe all other religions are Infidels, is that a justification for their murderous ways?

 

In this time of rampant anti-Semitism perhaps I am taking a risk in posing that question, but it is a fact that so much anti-Jewish, anti-Christian sentiment exists today, that question must be asked. Its implications are universal and timeless.

 

Watching the scenes shot at Auschwitz, I felt the cold chill of death hovering and creeping down my back. The inescapable evil and atrocities committed timothy-spall-as-david-irving-in-denial-at-auschwitzby the Germans are second only to those who would deny their existence.

 

But this is not just about the Holocaust; except as it exists as a lesson that evil has lived amongst us forever and continues to do so.

Wars, bombs and trials will not eradicate the dark side of human beings from this planet. Just as cockroaches may be bombed in an entire neighborhood and still thrive in another area of the city.

 

What is dangerous however and what Denial pointed out was that denying or justifying evil only allows it to thrive and grow.

 

Would anyone in their right mind say it is permissible for ISIS to burn a human being alive, to commit the most heinous of evil acts under the guise of true conviction? Because one totally believes Infidels must die, does that mean it is so?

 

As Dr. Lipstadt points out, some things just are:  The earth is round, there was a Black Plague and Elvis is not alive. There was a Holocaust. Some things we just know. Is not any discussion of these issues giving validity to alternate theories and allowing for a contrary and wrong-minded point of view?

 

Because there are some who wish to dispute these facts and offer fictitious proof of their corrupted ideas, does that change the truth?

 

People should know two things:  The Holocaust existed, and the soul of the world ceased to exist in the gas chambers.

 

As I watched Rachel Weisz, who so brilliantly portrays Lipstadt, standing in Auschwitz reciting a Hebrew prayer, in my mind’s eye I saw the ghosts of my family who perished there. Of all the families who lost loved ones, friends and neighbors.

 

Attempting to create a new truth through the use of lies and denial does not alter reality for any except those who choose to believe that which will support their evil intentions.

 

This is not just a movie; it is a look into the future.

 

As radical Islamists destroy religious icons and traces of Christianity and Judaism as they march across the Middle East and the west, I am worried that when the witnesses to their evil are gone and their task complete, no one will remember and testify to what once was.

 

Denial is a rich and intriguing reminder of how much haters can achieve under the auspices of free speech and political correctness.

The movie is brilliantly acted and the story could not be presented at a better time in human history.

 

As evil challenges the world, we are once again faced with the unpleasant task of stopping its march.

 

In sixty years will another professor be taken on for writing and speaking the truth? Will the effort to stop them be successful, or will good overcome?

 

The power of Denial lies in its truth and passion and in the reality that fighting evil is like a Whack-a-Mole game. Hit one and another pops up.

 

Dr. Lipstadt’s courage is admirable and inspiring; the reality of what she faced, frightening and haunting. Her courage and determination was moving and the brilliance of her legal team inspiring. I cannot escape the fact the story, as compelling as it is, is enhanced by incredible performances.

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Today evil does not exist solely in concentration camps, on one continent or in any single area. It spread like the Black Plague, airborne and deadly.

 

How we shall combat its escalation remains to be seen, but attributing any justification or denying its existence is the ultimate recipe for disaster.

 

The very nature of evil’s existence lies in its conviction good men are reactive and will only strike when pushed far enough. One must wonder after this movie how far is far enough?

 

Altering the facts will never change them, and understanding we must reawaken our passion to protect the moral high ground is paramount to our continuation as a species.

 

Denial is a movie that must be seen, not just because it so eloquently portrays one event in human history, but because it is the reminder the past can never be rewritten and – no matter how ugly – can never be denied.

 

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Deborah Lipstadt Autographed Title Page

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, September, 2016

 

First Published September 23, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

Remember Holocaust NAZI Death Camps


John R. Houk
© January 27, 2015
 
Today – January 27, 2015 – is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the NAZI death camp of Auschwitz located in Poland. January 27 is the infamous day commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 
 
 
Published by euronews (in English) 
Published on Jan 27, 2015
 
When he was 21, Ivan Martynushkin was a lieutenant in the Soviet Red Army, commanding a machine-gun unit. By the start of 1945 they had walked thousands of kilometres in Stalin’s drive to defeat Hitler, in this war where civilians suffered untold brutalities.

On January 27 the troops were in Poland.

Martynushkin: “We were moving around Krakow. We didn’t know a thing about any concentration camps in Auschwitz. Our unit had just been told to go to a certain line and set up our position. After …

 
Auschwitz was the worst death toll of murdered people under the German NAZI superiority policy:
 
… A complex of camps, Auschwitz included a concentration camp, killing center, and forced-labor camps. It was located 37 miles west of Krakow (Cracow), near the prewar German-Polish border.
 
… Nearly 60,000 prisoners were forced to march west from the Auschwitz camp system. Thousands had been killed in the camps in the days before these death marches began. Tens of thousands of prisoners, mostly Jews, were forced to march to the city of Wodzislaw in the western part of Upper Silesia. SS guards shot anyone who fell behind or could not continue. Prisoners also suffered from the cold weather, starvation, and exposure on these marches. More than 15,000 died during the death marches from Auschwitz. On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were mostly ill and dying. It is estimated that at minimum 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered.
 
 
The Holocaust was a horrific occurrence aimed primarily Jews but also included Gypsies (Romani), homosexuals, various Slavs and the physically and mentally challenged. Here is a Youtube video showing explicit original filmography of Holocaust survivors (a little than 14 minutes):
 
 
 
Published on Feb 23, 2012
 
Shannon Ward writing as a guest blogger on Danny Jeffrey’s blog Fixed Bayonets has an awesome post that reminds the world Antisemitism is again a growing fixture of prejudice. It’s as if no one learns from the mistakes history has shown a light on.
 
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Arbeit Macht Frei
[Work Will Set You Free]
 
By Guest Blogger Shannon Ward
January 27, 2015 5:43 AM
Auschwitz gate - Arbeit Macht Frei
 
“Work will set you free.” This was above the gate at Auschwitz 1. Why do we remember what has happened so long ago? Why do we explore the evil that exists in the minds of men? Because to forget is to lose the ability to learn from history. History has a habit of repeating itself. If we, as a people, do not learn from the history we are doomed to repeat it, be it good or bad.

 

On January 27th, 1945, Soviet troops of the First Army of the Ukrainian Front, happened upon the gates of Auschwitz. Auschwitz is a name that is synonymous with the evil that was Nazi Germany. What horrors were found by the troops as they and other allied units came upon camp after camp established by the SS to deal with those that were deemed “racially undesirable.” Those who had been left as ‘survivors’ were nothing but walking skeletons. Emaciated human beings, some with blank stares, with obvious signs of disease present.

The bodies of those who died horrible inhuman deaths were stacked like cord wood. Other victims, in mass graves bore witness to the inhumanity that was suffered by so many. The stench of the living, and of the dead. Seeing for themselves the inhumanity that was perpetrated on others because they were deemed inferior because of their race, religion, and other reasons that marked them as needing to be eradicated from the earth.

Information had leaked out as early as 1942 if not before that these camps were operating in the countries of Europe under German occupation. “Relocation” of whole families from throughout Europe meant that many would be used as slave labor, horrible experiments such as what was done by SS officers such as Joseph Mengele. As one of many camps that the Germans established as a place to carry out the “final solution” in the extermination of those the Nazis deemed substandard.

Many camps, including Auschwitz, were located in the country of Poland. The deaths of Jews, Gypsies, and those who were deemed “racially undesirable” from throughout Europe, met evil at the hands of those who hated them. Some were dissidents who objected to the evils of the Nazis. Some were mentally unfit, the physically handicapped. Some died because of ethnic origins.

 
Anne Frank, a German born Jew who had lived in the Netherlands for most of her life and her sister Margo existed in the horrors ofAnne Frank Auschwitz, were evacuated to another camp in late 1944 and died just weeks prior to the liberation of the camps throughout Europe. 

Approximately 1,200 camps were running throughout Europe. Some camps had sub-camps, camps such as Auschwitz had areas that were for the slave labor and other areas for the extermination of of those who were too young or too old to be of use. An estimated 15 to 20 million people were interned in the camps, many of them never experienced freedom again. Auschwitz was just one camp, but represents through its name what we know of that era. 

We are now living in a time when we see a repeating hatred of Jews. The anti-Semitic rhetoric we are seeing now in countries across the world including in our own country is disheartening. It exhibits that the memories of what happened not so long ago are not being remembered by our civilization. That we have forgotten the horrors of not only WWII but other times of persecution of people. After WWII many said we will never forget. Then they said we should never never forget.

 Holocaust Survivors

Now it is evident that we have forgotten.  Many deny that it occurred, others say that they got what they deserved. Still others will say that it doesn’t concern them. Well it does concern each of us, and humanity as a whole. We should never forget what has occurred to millions of men, women and children starting as early as the late 1930s until the end of WWII.   

January 27, 1945 is a date that we should remember. January 27, 2015 marks 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. It is also recognized as the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust. For all those who died; for those who survived; we must remember! We need to educate those who do not know what happened during those years. There are many books, and movies that are recorded history of what was endured. There still are some who are survivors of a terrible time in history.  For all of those living and long dead, we must never forget.

 Mountain of shoes from Auschwitz

Shoes! Countless thousands of shoes that form a small mountain at Auschwitz. Those shoes are still there, standing as a mute reminder of the men, women, and children, that once wore them. Yes, the shoes remain long after their owners died as victims of the Final Solution. If they could only speak!

Editor’s [Danny Jeffrey] note… Want to know more?
The biggest prisoner escape of WWII occurred at the secretive extermination camp in Sobibor Poland. While no movie can accurately portray the horrors these people knew, this movie goes a long way as a voice for the dead.

Escape From Sobibor [1987 (2:22:41)]
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[Blog Editor: the below info is from the Youtube video above not posted by Danny Jeffrey.]
 
Published by yekoya
Published on Oct 2, 2012
 
Sobibor – The Forgotten Revolt www.sobibor.info
Selected material by Thomas Toivi Blatt.

The facts presented on this website are the Historical research and first-hand account of Holocaust survivor Thomas ‘Toivi’ Blatt, who escaped from the Nazi death camp Sobibor during the prisoner-led Revolt on October 14, 1943. The Sobibor revolt was the most successful revolt and escape from any Nazi camp during World War II. In his search for the truth about Sobibor, Mr. Blatt has extensively researched, investigated and written about its history – the results of which are also presented in two extraordinary books Sobibor – The Forgotten Revolt and From The Ashes of Sobibor. Additionally, the story of the revolt was told in Escape From Sobibor, the award-winning Chrysler Corporation film special of 1987.

Synopsis et détails
Le 14 octobre 1943, la révolte éclate à Sobibor, l’un des plus terribles camps d’extermination nazi. Seuls 300 prisonniers réussiront à en en échapper…

 
[Blog Editor: Google Translate from French –
 
Synopsis and details
 
On 14 October 1943 the revolt broke out in Sobibor, one of the worst Nazi death camps. Only 300 prisoners manage to escape in …]

Sgt. Frenzel Kurt Raab
Capt. Franz Reichleitner Eric P. Caspar
Sgt. Hurst Klaus Grünberg
Lt. Niemann Henry Stolow
Eda Patti Love
Mundek David Miller (II)
Naomi Sara Sugarman
Kapo Sturm Peter Jonfield

 
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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015
John R. Houk
© January 27, 2015
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Arbeit Macht Frei
 
Shannon Ward
 
Edited by John R. Houk with spellcheck

Number Four on SWC’s "Most Wanted" List Arrested in Germany


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It has been roughly 68 years since Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to General Eisenhower May 7, 1945. Think of that – 68 years!

 

I just read an email from the Simon Wiesenthal Center that Germany has finally decided to prosecute a German Concentration Camp guard for his involvement in the murders of 1.3 million people MOST of whom were Jews.

 

Here is the email followed by a cross post of the link to a BBC News story about 93 year old Hans Lipschis who has escaped justice and has still lived to be accountable for his part in killing Jews in the Nazi ethnic cleansing that history has labeled the Holocaust.

 

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Number Four on SWC’s “Most Wanted” List Arrested in Germany

 

Email sent by Simon Wiesenthal Center

Sent: May 6, 2013 3:03 PM

 

Perhaps we would not be seeing the resurgence of neo-Nazi criminal activity today if a better job had been done convicting and punishing perpetrators for their crimes during the Holocaust,”    — Dr. Efraim Zuroff, SWC Chief Nazi Hunter

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomed the arrest in Germany of Auschwitz SS-Death’s Head guard Hans (Antanas) Lipschis, number four on the Center’s “2013 Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals” list.

 

The Center noted that Lipschis served from October 1941 until January 1945 in the most notorious of Nazi death camps, where approximately 1,300,000 inmates were murdered, among them approximately 1,100,000 Jews.

“Lipschis’ arrest is a welcome first step in what we hope will be a large number of successful legal measures taken by the German judicial authorities against death camp personnel and those who served in the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units), which together murdered more than three million Jews during the Holocaust,” said Dr. Zuroff.

 

His arrest was made possible by the 2011 conviction in Munich of Sobibor death camp guard Ivan Demjanjuk, who was the first Nazi war criminal convicted in Germany after many decades, without evidence being presented to the court of a specific crime with a specific victim. The importance of that verdict is that it provides a legal basis for the prosecution of many Holocaust peretrators (sic), who spent lengthy periods in carrying out mass murder, but would otherwise have escaped prosecution.

“There is no small irony in the fact that on the day of the opening of the most important trial of a neo-Nazi in recent years in Germany, the German authorities arrested a guard of the notorious Auschwitz death camp,” continued Dr. Zuroff.

“Despite the passage of decades since the latter committed his crimes, the prosecution of Holocaust perpetrators remains extremely significant. The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers and old age should not afford protection to those who committed such terrible atrocities,” Dr. Zuroff concluded.

 

Read related BBC News story, Germany arrests ‘former Auschwitz guard’ Hans Lipschis

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Germany arrests ‘former Auschwitz guard’ Hans Lipschis

 

BBC News

6 May 2013 Last updated at 13:04 ET 

 

A 93-year-old alleged former guard at the Auschwitz extermination camp has been arrested in southern Germany.

 

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody in Aalen after prosecutors concluded there was “compelling evidence” that he had been complicit in murder.

 

Mr Lipschis acknowledges he served with the Waffen SS at the camp in occupied Poland, but claims he was only a cook.

 

Last month, the Simon Wiesenthal Center named him as number four on its list of most-wanted Nazis.

 

The organisation accused him of participating in the mass murder and persecution of innocent civilians, primarily Jews, at Auschwitz between October 1941 and 1945.

 

“This is a very positive step, we welcome the arrest, I hope this will only be the first of many arrests, trials and convictions of death camp guards,” the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff told AFP news agency.

 

Mr Lipschis is the first person arrested as a result of a series of new investigations launched by the German authorities into some 50 former Auschwitz guards who are still alive.

 

His house was searched by police and he was then brought before a judge and remanded in custody.

 

An indictment against him is currently being prepared, according to the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office.

 

Demjanjuk precedent

 

Auschwitz was the biggest Nazi extermination camp, where more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, were murdered.

 

Prosecutors have pointed to a re-interpretation of criminal law after the conviction of John Demjanjuk in May 2011.

 

Demjanjuk was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 28,060 Jews while he was a guard at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.

 

His case means that potential defendants might no longer be able to hide behind the argument, in court, that they were simply following orders.

 

Mr Lipschis’ wartime identification papers prove he belonged to an SS company deployed as guards in Auschwitz. He was reportedly granted “ethnic German” status by the Nazis.

 

He has told neighbours and reporters he worked only as a cook and saw nothing of the gas chambers and crematoria.

 

One German newspaper has previously reported that Mr Lipschis, who was born in what is now Lithuania in 1919, finished World War II fighting for Germany on the eastern front.

 

He moved to Chicago in the US in 1956, where he lived until 1983, when he was expelled for having concealed his Nazi past.

 

At the time it could not be proved that he was personally responsible for any killings.

 

He returned to Germany and his whereabouts, in Aalen, have apparently always been known to the authorities.

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