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- THE PHOTOGRAPHER AT AUSCHWITZ: MAN FORCED TO TAKE CHILLING
IMAGES OF INMATES AND THEIR NAZI GUARDS WAS HAUNTED UNTIL HIS
DEATH AT 94
Photographer Wilhelm Brasse died this week aged 94
He had taken up to 50,000 photos in Auschwitz for the Nazis
Mr Brasse hid negatives which were used to convict the
very Nazis who commissioned them
- PUBLISHED: UPDATED: 02:57 EST, 29 October 2012 By Alex Ward
- These chilling images of a young Jewish girl at Auschwitz
are among thousands that have haunted a Nazi photographer all
his life. Wilhelm Brasse was forced to take photographs of frightened
children and victims of gruesome medical experiments moments
from their death at the extermination camp where some 1.5million
people, mostly Jewish died in the Holocaust. Mr Brasse, who died
this week aged 94, has had relive those horrors from inside Auschwitz
but is considered a hero after he risked his life to preserve
the harrowing photographs, which later helped convict the very
Nazi monsters who commissioned the photographs.
- He said: When I started taking pictures again, I saw
the dead. I would be standing taking a photograph of a young
girl for her portrait but behind her I would see them like ghosts
standing there. 'I saw all those big eyes, terrified, staring
at me. I could not go on. He never again picked up a camera.
Instead, he set up a business making sausage casings and lived
a modestly prosperous life.
Before the war, Mr Brasse trained as a portrait photographer
in a studio owned by his aunt in the Polish town of Katowice.
He had an eye for the telling image and an ability to put his
subjects at ease. But his peaceful, prosperous existence was
shattered with the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939.
He was the son of a German father and Polish mother. Too traumatic:
Mr Brasse never picked up a camera again after the war because
when he picked up a camera he 'saw the dead' He said: When
the Germans came, they wanted me to join them and say I was loyal
to the Reich, but I refused. I felt Polish and I was Polish.
It was my mother who instilled this in us. Continued:
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- LEBANON PROTESTERS TRY TO STORM GOVERNMENT PALACE
By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY AND BEN HUBBARD
- The Associated Press - Sunday, October 21, 2012 4:18 PM EDT
- BEIRUT (AP) The funeral for Lebanon's slain intelligence chief
descended into chaos Sunday as soldiers fired tear gas at protesters
who tried to storm the government palace, directing their rage
at a leadership they consider puppets of a murderous Syrian regime.
The assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan in a massive
car bomb Friday threatens to shatter the fragile political balance
in Lebanon, a country plagued by decades of strife much
of it linked to political and military domination by Damascus.
"The Sunni blood is boiling!" the crowd chanted as
hundreds of people clashed with security forces. More than 100
protesters broke through a police cordon of concertina wire and
metal gates, putting them within 50 yards (meters) of the entrance
to the palace. Authorities responded with tear gas and several
officers fired machine guns and rifles in the air. One plain
clothes guard pulled a pistol from his belt and fired over protesters'
heads. Then a roar of automatic gunfire erupted, sending the
protesters scattering for cover. Continued: http://seattletimes.com/html/
- CONCERN FOR THE LOST JEWS!
- By Steven Shamrak - I can understand and even find justifications,
from the Muslim point of view, why Arabs do not want Jews to
reclaim their land, Eretz-Israel. After all, Arabs do not want
any "infidels", including Christians, in the neighbourhood.
Some religious orders motivated anti-Semites, Christians and
Muslims, also do not want to be proven wrong by the return of
Jews to the Holy Land and fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, which
makes their theological claims to inheritance of Jewish tradition
absolute! At the same time, there will always be the brainless
idiots who will need a scapegoat to blame, instead of taking
the responsibility for their own stupidity and personal inability.
- But, I shall never be able to validate Jews, who are assisting
our enemies to undermine the future of Jewish people. Though,
I do understand the distorted psychology behind their self-destructive
attitude and behaviour, induced by PTST and the Stockholm Syndrome
after prolonged exposure to discrimination, abuse and violence.
- Most of them are aware that there is something wrong with
their self-hating attitude toward their own country, but still
unwilling or unable to address this self-destructive and self-hating
behaviour and revise their psychologically induced political
standing. With the progress made in the field of modern phycology
they do not have an excuse for this shameful conduct any more.
They really need to start self-soul searching and address these
- Bastards are doing it Again!
- 1. After Friday prayers in the mosques of Temple Mount, hundreds
of Muslims began hurling rocks at Jewish worshippers beneath
the mount who were visiting and praying at the Kotel (Western
Wall) for the Succot festival.
- 2. Israel brought down an unmanned helicopter that crossed
into its airspace from the Mediterranean Sea. The Lebanese group
Hezbollah has launched several such aircrafts into Israel over
the past few years.
- 3. Eshkol region hit by 55 missiles and mortars from Gaza
early Monday. Source: http://shamrak.com/
- ISRAEL GETS CLOSER TO THIRD TEMPLE
- In October 2012, a threshold was crossed - Can you daily
follow up on the growth of a hyena? Most days, no differences
would be spotted. Yet, from time to time, changes become obvious.
One day, it becomes a monster. The word used in Hebrew for hyena
is complicated because it depicts also the name of a bird and
the word "hypocrisy." In the most literal way, "tzavoa"
means "colored," or "painted," and thus is
a natural choice for naming speckled animals. It is used also
for "hypocrisy," because hypocrites' souls are painted
in complex, misleading patterns. Symbolizing hypocrisy, there
is no better analogy than a hyena to depict the State of Israel.
The most dangerous aspects of Israel are slowly appearing over
time, making it difficult to notice that they are increasing.
One day, Israel became a treacherous monster.
Muslims and Jews consider the Temple Mount a holy place. Muslims
call it Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary; Jews call it Har
HaBait, Mount of the House. The Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock
mosques atop it are among the holiest places to Islam. In the
past, the First and Second Jewish temples stood there. The Western
Wall is nowadays the most visible leftover of the Second Temple.
Quietly and slowly, Israel is planning the Third Temple, an event
which may trigger an Armageddon-style war. http://www.roitov.com/articles/hyena.htm
- A WOULD-BE NEW LEADER OF ISRAEL'S ARABS URGES FULL INTEGRATION
- Bedouin politician Aatef Karinaoui launches a Knesset bid,
slamming Arab MKs and calling for an Arab Spring
to provide a fresh direction for his communityBy Philippe Assouline
October 30, 2012, 7:56 pm 24 It is hard to envisage an Arab Knesset
member declaring that if something were to happen to Israel,
this democracy that protects everyone, the whole Middle East
would be doomed.
- But that is Aatef Karinaouis declared conviction, and
it explains why he is forming the first pro-Israel Arab party,
El Amal Latgir Hope for Change in Arabic
to run in the Knesset elections on January 22, 2013.
- Karinaoui gives the impression of a man who believes his
time has come. A 42-year-old resident of the Bedouin city of
Rahat in the Negev, he is a traditional Muslim but does not consider
himself religious. Though involved in politics for nearly two
decades, and exceedingly busy preparing his Knesset campaign,
he is soft-spoken and patient. In fact, when we recently spoke,
in a cafe at Ben Gurion Airport, he repeatedly extended our chat
to accommodate my questions despite the nudging of his
staff. And his anger at Israeli Arab politicians, who he says
cultivate the division between Jewish and Arab Israelis, clearly
- HEZBOLLAH'S LATEST MUSCLE-FLEXING SHOWS IT IS UNDER DURESS
AND LOOKING FOR A FIGHT
- By Mitch Ginsburg November 1, 2012,
5:51 am 3 Hezbollah has been flexing its muscles of late, sending
a drone into Israel and establishing a surveillance and telecommunication
system along the border. But both of these deeds should be seen
as acts of distress rather than signs of strength. For the Shiite
organization, the situation today, with Sunni Islam ascendant
and Bashar Assad stripped of legitimacy and losing power, is
reminiscent of the period in the run-up to the 2006 Second Lebanon
War, when Hezbollah was desperate for an achievement in the aftermath
of the Cedar Revolution of early 2005.
- The revolution broke out immediately after the Lebanese Sunni
Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was murdered in February 2005,
and it left Hezbollah on the ropes. A UN investigation into the
murder had been launched, and would later indict four senior
Hezbollah operatives for the assassination. Syrian troops, the
longstanding backers of Hezbollah, had been ousted from Lebanon
after 29 years of occupation. And a growing chorus of voices
was calling for the disarming of the worlds most powerful
militia. Druze, Christians and Sunni Muslims all reasoned that
with both Israel and Syria gone from Lebanese soil there was
no need for the existence of a private Shiite army in the south
of the state. Even some of the Shiite population was drifting
toward the rival Amal party
- WORLD CITIZEN: IRAN'S AHMADINEJAD FEELS THE HEAT AT HOME
By Frida Ghitis, on 25 Oct 2012, When Mitt Romney vowed during
the last presidential debate that, if elected president, he would
push for an indictment by the International Criminal Court of
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, some of the most powerful
people in Tehran surely flashed a smile. Romney argued that Ahmadinejads
long history of provocative statements regarding Israel and the
Jews amount to genocide incitation, an indictable offense
under international conventions.
Of course, the Republican presidential nominee was really trying
to convince American voters that he would be tougher on Iran
than President Barack Obama. The tactic of targeting Ahmadinejad,
however, would only please much of the ruling regime in Iran,
which already has the Iranian president in its sights. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com
- ISRAEL HALTS WAR GAMES TO DEPLOY TROOPS, RESOURCES IN ESCALATING
- DEBKAfile Special Report October 24, 2012, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags: Gaza Hamas terror IDF Israel US-Israel exercise Qatar Palestinian
rocket explodes in Ashkelon Defense minister Ehud Barak and Chief
of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz decided Wednesday, Oct. 24, that
the heavy Palestinian missile assault from the Gaza Strip, which
escalated to 60 rockets on Israeli civilian locations, in a few
hours, must be stopped. The bulk of the personnel taking part
in the joint Israeli-US war game Austere Challenge 12 and the
Turning Point 6 home front exercise were ordered to pull out,
together with anti-missile interceptors and other resources,
and redeploy in southern Israel across from the Gaza Strip.
Following this decision, another 13 rockets were fired at Ashkelon
early Wednesday afternoon. Debkafiles military sources
report that the two exercises were effectively halted
reduced according to the official communiqué
- after a wide range of towns and villages within range of the
Gaza Strip, including Ashkelon, took a heavy beating from round
after round of rockets, including Grads.
Two Thais working in the fields of the Eshkol district were flown
to hospital in critical condition. Several properties were seriously
damaged and local schools and work places remained closed. The
concentrated assault on Ashkelon, against which 7 rockets were
intercepted by Iron Dome batteries, is taken by Israels
top commanders as the opening shot of a major Hamas offensive,
with worse to come.
Our sources report that officials in Washington and Jerusalem
are in tense discussions over what to do with the 1,000 US troops,
the American Patriots and the US warship standing by with an
Aegis anti-missile battery, assigned to the three-week joint
exercise which started Sunday. On the one hand, the joint exercises
mission was to practice the defense of Israel against potential
Iranian, Syrian, Hizballah and Hamas missile attack. The current
Hamas assault would seem to be an appropriate operational pitch
for the American soldiers to practice tactics in real combat.
- THE SILENT WAR ISRAEL BLOWS UP IRANIAN WEAPONS FACTORY IN
- The bombed Sudanese factory produced Iranian Shehab missiles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2012, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags: Sudan Shahab missiles Iran air strike Sudanese missile
factory in flamesThe Yarmouk Complex of military plants near
Khartoum, whicht was bombed five minutes after midnight Wednesday,
Oct. 24, by four fighter-bombers, recently went into manufacturing
Iranian ballistic surface-to-surface Shehab missiles under license
from Tehran, debkafiles military and intelligence sources
disclose. Western intelligence sources have not revealed what
types of Shehab were being turned out in Sudan but they believe
the Yarmouks output was intended to serve as Tehrans
strategic reserve stock in case Irans ballistic arsenal
was hit by Israeli bombers.
The Israeli Air Force has a long record of pre-emptive attacks
for destroying an enemys long-range missiles in the early
stages of a conflict. In June 2006, for instance, the IAF destroyed
90 percent of Hizballahs long-range missiles in the first
hours of the Lebanon war.
Videos of the explosions caused in the air raid over Sudan showed
large quantities of phosphorus flares in the sky suggesting that
a large stockpile was demolished along with the manufacturing
- U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF U.S. COMPANIES
U.N.'s war on Israel puts American economy in crosshairs.
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff - October 25, 2012 12:56 pm
- The Washington Free Beacon has obtained a report soon to be
released by the United Nations that calls for an international
campaign of legal attacks and economic warfare on a group of
American companies that do business in Israel, including Hewlett-Packard,
Caterpillar Inc., and Motorola Solutions Inc.
- The Human Rights Council (HRC), a body dominated by Islamic
countries and known for its hostility to, and heavy focus on,
the Jewish State, issued the report. The George W. Bush administration
refused to participate in the HRC, but President Barack Obama
joined it soon after taking office. Members of the HRC include
infamous human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan,
Libya, China, and Cuba. Continued:
- MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR GAZA TO SECEDE, ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK
TO BECOME ONE
- Gaza and the West Bank have become two irreconcilable entities,
many say. Meanwhile, Israelis increasingly support a state shared
with West Bank Palestinians, albeit unequally.
- By Christa Case Bryant, Staff writer - The Christian Science
Monitor - October 24, 2012 - Jerusalem - After decades of the
"two states for two people" blueprint more or less
dominating proposals for Israeli-Palestinian peace, a new paradigm
is gaining momentum. Under this model, Israel absorbs the West
Bank and its 2.5 million Palestinians, while Hamas-run Gaza becomes
a separate entity aligned with the Middle Easts rising
- Such a development could potentially improve stability after
decades of unresolved conflict, but it represents a blow to Palestinian
statehood aspirations as well as to Israelis who see a Palestinian
state as essential for their own security. Gaza militants
firing of more than 70 rockets and mortars into Israel today
emphasized the security risk posed to Israel by a rogue neighbor
that neither it nor the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority
(PA), can control.
- A visit to Gaza yesterday by the emir of Qatar, a key member
of the regions emerging Islamist alliance and the first
leader to make a state visit since Hamas took over in 2007, underscored
the fact that Gaza and the West Bank have since become two distinct
and potentially irreconcilable entities. Unless
or until that split is resolved, Palestinians cant present
a united front at the peace table with Israel.
- Its a wonderful excuse [for Israelis]
to say, Until you settle things with yourselves and we
have one address and we can talk to the new leadership [peace
talks will be postponed], says Alon Liel, a veteran
Israeli diplomat who now works in the private sector. And
you hear more and more people speaking about the possibility
of annexing the West Bank or at least finding an agreement that
in practical terms will be one state while Gaza will stay on
its own or have an agreement with Egypt.
- Israeli Jews have long eschewed the possibility of a single
binational state out of fear that it would sooner or later result
in an Arab majority, undermining their ideal of a state that
is Jewish and democratic. While the removal of Gaza
from the equation would allow Jews to retain a clear majority,
the democracy question is more controversial.
- If Israel were to annex the West Bank, 69 percent of Israeli
Jews would not want the territory's 2.5 million Palestinians
to be allowed to vote, according to a poll published by the Israeli
newspaper Haaretz yesterday.
- Mr. Liel had a hand in the poll but says he would support
it only if it were democratic. In practical terms, we already
have one state, he says. The Palestinian Authority
is not an independent political unit. It is dependent on Israel
for everything, including security. So
many Israelis feel
we dont have negotiations, we dont have real pressure
from outside world to negotiate, on the ground
quiet. So why not continue?
- A September poll carried out jointly by Israeli and Palestinian
groups revealed that roughly 30 percent of Israelis and 31 percent
of Palestinians support a one-state solution, up from 11 percent
and 27 percent respectively four years ago. (Editor's note: This
section has been revised and updated to more accurately reflect
the most recent polling data.)
- Gaza's secessionists ) Continued: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/1024/Momentum-builds-for-Gaza-to-sece