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Aktion Reinhard  Profiting from the Holocaust      August Frank at the WVHA trial in Nuremberg SS- Brigadefuhrer August Frank, one of the heads of the Economic and Administrative Main Office (WVHA) issued an order on the 26 September 1942 to the Aktion Reinhard headquarters in Lublin and to the commandant in Auschwitz, regarding the correct procedure for the treatment and distribution of Jewish possessions and valuables within the extermination camps.   Within the three death camps, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka the Germans established working commandos to sort and pack the possessions of the murdered Jews to the Reich, in accordance with August Frank’s orders.   Heinrich Unverhau who supervised the storage depot in the locomotive sheds at Belzec testified at his trial:   “SS Sturmbannfuhrer Hering accused me of being a saboteur because of the fact that during... (more)

The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

Holocaust Research Project on Ulitzer Reinhard Heydrich Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia On the twenty-ninth of May, 1942, Radio Prague announced that Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, lay dying at the Bulovka hospital in Prague from wounds sustained in a daring ambush by Czech partisans as his car passed through the city outskirts at Holesovice, on the Rude Armady VII Kobylisky not far from the Vltava river. The assassins attempted to kill Heydrich with automatic weapons but experienced a malfunction so a grenade was then tossed at the car by one of the Czechs. The resulting explosion caused sever damage to the right rear wing of the Mercedes, puncturing the tire and blowing a large hole in the bodywork. The attackers then fled and, Heydrich attempted to shoot at the escaping assassins but his weapon also misfired. He then staggered ... (more)

Fear of the Dark

As I'm pathologically fond of pointing out - I'm a child of a bygone era. Oh, I'm not old enough to remember the time before Sputnik, light bulbs, or the coagulation of the planets from protostellar dust clouds, but I surely do remember GI Joe at 45 caliber, Ray Stevens at 45 RPM, and factory-rolled cigarettes at 45¢ a pack sold to anxious minors desperate to rebel (just like everyone else). It seems ironic to me that this column - gilding the edge of JDJ's ultramodern fabric - deals mostly with dusty memories of my vanished youth. On the other hand, I've heard that I should "write about what I know," so my options are extremely limited. Extremely. I mean, how many cab-driving stories can a person take? (Many would say that one is already too many.) I suppose I could repeatedly spew the first 50 digits of pi - which I happened to memorize as a teenaged proto-geek - ... (more)

Our New World

Our world has been changed. We have been changed. Emblazoned in our collective consciousness are indelible, fresh images of unspeakable carnage. We will carry these images with us - shaped in psychic scar tissue - for the rest of our lives. For some of us, September 11 will mark the date we lost an acquaintance, a colleague, or a loved one. For many of us, especially our children, it will mark the date we lost a certain degree of innocence. For all of us, it will mark a dark milestone on the landscape of our memories. My 11-year-old son came home from school that Tuesday with an unsettling bloodlust in his eyes. He had seen the events unfold and was having a purely visceral reaction. Decorum prevents me from recounting all his suggestions for acts of retaliation, but suffice it to say that the U.S. position as a nuclear superpower figured prominently among them. I ... (more)

Holocaust Research Project Launches Education Topic on Ulitzer

Holocaust Research Project Launches Education Topic on Ulitzer. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War. H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as leaflets and books. H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking, and addressing any required corrections. Most materials presented on the H.E.A.R.T website originate in Poland, Germany, the former Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom as well as from private sources in the USA and other countries. H.E.A.R.T cu... (more)

Images of the National Socialist German Workers Party

NSDAP Images www. Holocaust Research Project         [Next] [Last]   1922 NSDAP Delegation in Coburg 800 X 512 92 KB 1934 NSDAP rally in Nuremberg 433 X 599 95 KB A truck of the fascist Nazi party drives through the Prenzlauer Promenade in Berlin - Pankow. 800 X 544 95 KB Action Reinhard killer Willi Mentz's NSDAP card 700 X 441 83 KB Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels with Nazi Party officials in 1926 640 X 440 73 KB Adolf Hitler and other dignitaries at the opening of the Nazi Party museum in the Sterneckerbraeuhaus the Party's first headquarters 706 X 450 63 KB Adolf Hitler casts his vote at a Berlin polling station set up in a schoolroom. (March 1933) 640 X 443 46 KB Adolf Hitler leads an SA unit in a Nazi Party parade in Weimar, 1931. 640 X 393 60 KB Adolf Hitler NSDAP Party Leader 480 X 685 67 KB Adolf Hitler poses with members of his new government soon after his appoin... (more)

IBM Ordered Tried for Nazi Complicity

It's almost 60 years since the end of World War II and half the people now alive are only dimly aware that it was even fought, let alone who won, but IBM may finally have to answer for its actions under the Nazis in court. It has been alleged since 2001 on the strength of a book called IBM and the Holocaust that IBM's punch card machines were instrumental in helping the Nazi death squads process their victims and send them to the concentration camps more efficiently. In response, IBM has claimed that its European operations were confiscated by the Nazis and out of its control. Historians, however, have dredged up documents suggesting the company was actively complicit with the SS. Now a Geneva appeals court has cleared the way for representatives of the Gypsies, who the Nazis decimated in the camps, to sue IBM for "moral reparations." Geneva is allegedly where IBM ... (more)

The Story of Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler "He who saves a single soul , saves the world entire"  The Jewish Inscription on Schindler’s ring given to him by the Jews at Brunnlitz.          Oskar Schindler Oskar Schindler was born on 28 April 1908 in Svitavy, a Moravian industrial town, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many ethnic Germans lived in Svitavy, and the surrounding area, the Sudetenland.   Oscar’s parents Johann Schindler and Francisca nee Luser were both Germans from Silesia, who had settled in Svitavy, where he worked in insurance, and the selling of electrical generators for domestic purposes, and dealing with farm machinery.   A sister Elfriede was born in 1915 - Oskar was very close to her, as was his relationship with his mother. After leaving full time education, Schindler worked in the family business in Svitavy, after a short break he commuted to Brn... (more)

Ulitzer Expands Its Holocaust Research Project Syndication

HEART on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new-media" platform in the world, announced today that the news syndication for the Holocaust Research Project topic on Ulitzer has been expanded to include breaking news from news wires as it happens. HEART on Ulitzer was launched on April 9, 2009. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War. H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as leaflets and books. H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking, and ... (more)

The Killing of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague

On the twenty-ninth of May, 1942, Radio Prague announced that Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, lay dying at the Bulovka hospital in Prague from wounds sustained in a daring ambush by Czech partisans as his car passed through the city outskirts at Holesovice, on the Rude Armady VII Kobylisky not far from the Vltava river. The assassins attempted to kill Heydrich with automatic weapons but experienced a malfunction so a grenade was then tossed at the car by one of the Czechs. The resulting explosion caused sever damage to the right rear wing of the Mercedes, puncturing the tire and blowing a large hole in the bodywork.     The attackers then fled and, Heydrich attempted to shoot at the escaping assassins but his weapon also misfired. He then staggered back to the car and collapsed on the hood in severe pain.   He was rushed to the Bulov... (more)

Show Report: 2009 Jewish Bloggers Conference

The 2009 Jewish Bloggers Conference has ended. It was something of a mixture, with many signs of improvement, but the conference still has a ways to go to reach maturity. It was good enough to give me hope for future iterations. Location and Organization The location and organization was excellent. Food was fine. Service was fine. Acoustics and timing were fine. Things even went, roughly, on schedule. Kol hakavod to the organizers. There were a few snafus. The location of the event was announced in the initial email sent to those bloggers who were invited to attend, but then this information was not repeated. And the location was not listed on the web site!!! The organizer told me that this was done on purpose in order to prevent the uninvited from showing up, which I think is rather a strange thing to say. Many bloggers only found out where the event was by tweeting ... (more)