Δευτέρα, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2016

4 Auschwitz inmates successfully escaped by stealing SS uniforms & a car and driving out the front gates of the camp

On 20 June 1942, the SS guard stationed at the exit to Auschwitz was frightened. In front of him was the car of Rudolph Höss, the commandant of the infamous concentration camp. Inside were four armed SS men, one of whom – an Untersturmführer, or second lieutenant, was shouting and swearing at him.
“Wake up, you buggers!” the officer screamed in German. “Open up or I’ll open you up!” Terrified, the guard scrambled to raise the barrier, allowing the powerful motor to pass through and drive away.
Yet had he looked closer, the guard would have noticed something strange: the men were sweating and ashen-faced with fear. For far from being Nazis, the men were Polish prisoners in stolen uniforms and a misappropriated car, who had just made one of the most audacious escapes in the history of Auschwitz. And the architect of the plot, the second lieutenant, was a boy scout, to whom the association’s motto “Be prepared” had become a lifeline.

Auschwitz guard to face trial – charged with murdering over 3000 people

A ninety-five-year-old man is to stand trial in Rostock, Germany, charged with being an accomplice in the murder of 3681 people at Auschwitz Death Camp. The charge says that Hubert Ernst Zafke, who was a member of the medical staff when 15-year-old Anne Frank arrived at the camp in September 1944, knew that people were being murdered there.
It is alleged that Zafke was present when the murders mentioned in the indictment took place and that he supported the policy.

Pearl Harbor Attack Survivor Recalls his Ordeal

Sailors in a motor launch rescue a man overboard alongside the burning West Virginia during, or shortly after, the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.
Sailors in a motor launch rescue a man overboard alongside the burning West Virginia during, or shortly after, the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.
One of the survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, which brought the United States into World War Two 74 years ago this year, has told the story of how he escaped death.

Site Where Caesar Slaughtered 200,000 Barbarians Discovered in The Netherlands

Site Where Caesar Slaughtered 200,000 Barbarians Discovered in The Netherlands

We know that Caesar ran rampant through much of modern day France, Germany and England and won great victories and also oversaw what were essentially genocidal massacres of many tribes. One such battle and massacre was recently discovered all the way up in the Netherlands. The dig started many years ago near the town of Kessel in the Brabant province.
Map of the Netherlands on the left and a University created diagram of the battle on the right
Map of the Netherlands on the left and a University created diagram of the battle on the right
Early dredging uncovered many metallic objects, leading to full digs uncovering spearheads and swords as well as human skeletons. These skeletons were of men, women and children and many bore evidence of wounds caused by weapons. An adult woman’s skull showed a clear entry point that would almost perfectly fit the narrow pila used by the legionaries.

The Greek battleship Kilkis – Sunk by Stuka bombers on April 23, 1941

Kiklis sunk
Battleship Kilkis was a 13,000 ton Mississippi-class battleship originally built by the US Navy in 1904–1908.
As Mississippi she was purchased by the Greek Navy in 1914, and renamed her Kilkis, along with her sister Idaho, renamed Lemnos. Kilkis was named for the Battle of Kilkis-Lahanas, a crucial engagement of the Second Balkan War. Armed with a main battery of four 12 inch guns, Kilkis and her sister were the most powerful vessels in the Greek fleet.
Kilkis and Lemnos quickly left the United States after their transfer in July, due to the rising tensions in Europe following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria the previous month. After arriving in Greece, Kilkis became the flagship of the Greek fleet.

4 Soldiers of Humble Background Who Helped Make Napoleon Great

Napoleon men
Napoleon Bonaparte was no ordinary Joe. His family were minor nobles from Corsica, and he was always destined to a more privileged life than 99% of Frenchmen. His rise from such “humble” beginnings to become France’s leading general was only extraordinary by the standards of an age in which social status played a bigger part than ability in shaping military careers.
His rise to the position of Emperor was extraordinary by the standards of any age. But he did not rise alone. His career was supported by the Marshals, France’s leading generals. Many of the men who held these positions under Napoleon were far more humble than the Emperor himself.

Παρέμβαση Φόρεϊν Όφις προς τη Δικαιοσύνη

18 Ιανουάριος 2016, ΤΗΣ ΦΑΝΟΥΛΑΣ ΑΡΓΥΡΟΥ Η αλήθεια για τις αγωγές Κυπρίων προσφύγων στα βρετανικά δικαστήρια
Η Τουρκία σκόπιμα άφησε να γίνει η διαρροή, δημοσιοποιώντας ό,τι εκείνη ήθελε
Ο Βρετανός ΥΠΕΞ, Φ. Χάμοντ, με τον Τούρκο ομόλογό του, Μ. Τσαβούσογλου.
Στις 8 Ιανουαρίου 2016 το τουρκικό Υπ. Εξωτερικών, επιχειρώντας να προκαταλάβει την απόφαση του Δικαστηρίου στη Βρετανία, το οποίο ακόμα δεν έχει λάβει τελική απόφαση, βγήκε να γνωστοποιήσει (πρώτο δημοσίευμα στην τουρκική εφημερίδα «Χουριέτ») ό,τι αυτή ήθελε. ΄Ισως για να δημιουργήσει σύγχυση μεταξύ των Ελληνοκυπρίων.
Αυτό το έκανε η Τουρκία, προφανώς έχοντας υπόψη και την επίσκεψη του Βρετανού Υπ. Εξωτερικών στη χώρα, που πραγματοποιήθηκε λίγες μέρες αργότερα, ούτως ώστε να δοθεί η εντύπωση διπλωματικού επεισοδίου και να δικαιολογηθεί το αδικαιολόγητο, δηλαδή μια παρέμβαση του Φόρεϊν Όφις στη Δικαιοσύνη. Όπως έγινε με τις δηλώσεις, σε κοινή δημοσιογραφική διάσκεψη στις 15 Ιανουαρίου 2016, μεταξύ του Τούρκου Υπ. Εξωτερικών κ. Μ. Τσαβούσογλου και του Βρετανού Υπ. Εξωτερικών και Κοινοπολιτείας Φίλιπ Χάμοντ στην Τουρκία.

Dirlewanger: A child Molester, Violent Alcoholic, Sadist & War Criminal – Was Kicked to Death by His Guards

Dr. Oskar Paul Dirlewanger (26 September 1895 – 7 June 1945 (certificate of death), a German military officer, was the founder and commander of the infamous Nazi SS penal unit “Dirlewanger” during World War II. Dirlewanger’s name is closely linked to some of the worst crimes of the war. He also fought in World War I as well as in the post-World War I conflicts, and in the Spanish Civil War. He died after World War II while in Allied custody, apparently beaten to death by his guards.
He is invariably described as an extremely cruel character by historians and researchers, including as “a psychopathic killer and child molester” by Steven Zaloga, as “violently sadistic” by Richard Rhodes, as “an expert in extermination and a devotee of sadism and necrophilia” by J. Bowyer Bell, and as “a sadist and necrophiliac” by Bryan Mark Rigg. World War II historian Chris Bishop called him the “most evil man in the SS.” According to Timothy Snyder, “in all the theaters of the Second World War, few could compete in cruelty with Oskar Dirlewanger.
Oskar Dirlewanger was born in 1895 in Würzburg. He enlisted in the Imperial German Army in 1913 and served as a machine gunner in the 123rd Grenadier Regiment on the Western Front of World War I, where he took part in the German invasion of Belgium and later fought in France. He won the Iron Cross 2nd Class and 1st Class medals, having been wounded six times, and finished the war with the rank of Lieutenant in charge of the machine gun company of the Infantry Regiment 121 on the Eastern Front in southern Russia and Romania. At the ceasing of hostilities the German units in Dirlewanger’s area were ordered to be interned in Romania, but Dirlewanger disobeyed orders and led 600 men from his and other units back to Germany.
According to his German biographer Knut Stang, the war was the main factor that determined Dirlewanger’s later life and his “terror warfare” methods, as “his amoral personality, with his alcoholism and his sadistic sexual orientation, was additionally shattered by the front experiences of the First World War and its frenzied violence and barbarism.”
Interwar period
After the end of World War I, Dirlewanger, described in a police report as “a mentally unstable, violent fanatic and alcoholic, who had the habit of erupting into violence under the influence of drugs,” joined different Freikorps right-wing paramilitary militias and fought against German communists in Ruhr and Saxony, and against Polish nationalists in Upper Silesia.

The Nika Riots: Sports Riots that Nearly Toppled an Empire.

Today soccer is unequivocally the most popular sport in a world with countless different sports vying for fans. In the ancient world there were not many options for sports outside of the wildly exciting chariot races, especially after Gladiatorial games were outlawed, so almost any sports fan was simply a fan of chariot racing.
Chariot racing had passionate and rowdy fans, and Constantinople was both the Capital of the Byzantine Empire and the capital of Chariot racing, having a Hippodrome (stadium) that could easily seat 80,000 spectators and had a private box from which the Emperor would often watch.
Chariot racing featured teams of four-horse chariots that raced around a simple oval track with long straightaways. Pileups were common and part of the thrill, as was cheering for your favorite team. Four teams initially were prevalent in races, but by this period only two teams known as the blues and the greens were popular, Justinian and his wife Theodora were noted blues fans.

With a Pistol to His Head, this American Soldier Exclaimed We Are All Jews Here and Saved over 200 Jewish POWs

With a Pistol to His Head, this American Soldier Exclaimed We Are All Jews Here and Saved over 200 Jewish POWs

Roddie Edmonds
Perhaps there is a point in a soldier’s life, where he is so certain that he might die that he would rather dictate the terms of such death on high moral and gallant grounds than have it occur in a manner that betrays his fellow brothers in arms.  This is the familiar story of those in World War 2, where storming the beaches of Normandy or Iwo Jima on the first wave surely had to produce such thoughts.
Yet, for a few men there would come a time where such a decision would be theirs and theirs alone with survival on one hand and certain death on the other.  This is the story of non-Jewish Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds who with a Nazi gun to his head refused to give up Jewish POWs and instead declared with gun to head, “We are all Jews here.”
The Constant Revelation of History
Countless stories crucial to completing a fascinating historical war record are lost to time and the death of those who could give first-hand accounts. Fortunately for the world, there were still multiple men who could testify to this account and with such a high degree of certainty that the State of Israel would recognize Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds’ sacrifice.
By 1945, the treatment of the Jewish people by the Nazi state was becoming more and more clear.  Atrocities the world knew of and those we did not were being revealed with each square mile of Europe retaken.
American soldiers had long been told of the German treatment of Jews and were told if captured to destroy dog tags or identification that would mark them as such.  For Russians on the Eastern front, if they were captured and identified as Jewish they were often if not always sent to extermination camps.
However, that practice had made its way to the Western front as well although these POWs were often sent to slave labor camps where the odds of survival were very low.
American POWs from the Battle of the Bulge via http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en
American POWs from the Battle of the Bulge
This was an unfortunate fate that would meet many who fought the Germans in the last year of the war.  But for a group of prisoners of war detained at Stalag IXA, a different fate would await them.  For there was a senior NCO in charge who rallied the men of that camp to invite certain death upon themselves in order to protect the few who would be destined for an unspeakable fate at the hands of Nazi Germany.
Life as a German POW
For Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, the Reich’s last ditch offensive at the Battle of the Bulge would unfortunately end his war by putting him in the hands of the enemy.   Edmonds served with the 422nd Infantry Regiment in Europe and when captured, found himself as the senior NCO among the Prisoners of War.
For all the chaos that was World War 2, there was a pretty regular attempt to maintain military discipline within prison camps and that would often put senior leaders in charge and responsible for representing the men to their captors.
In January of 1945, an order came out for the Jewish POWs of Stalag IXA in Germany to fall out in the morning for an undeclared fate.  For Edmonds this put him in an awkward position as to whether to ensure the order was followed as directed and risk a few men, or defy the Nazi proclamation and risk them all.
And while history won’t record how Edmonds came to such a decision, it would vindicate him as a hero of World War 2 and in keeping with the best traditions and spirit of the United States Military.

US Soldiers outside a German POW Camp via commons.wikimedia.org
US Soldiers outside a German POW Camp
In the morning when the German officer in charge came to collect the Jewish POWs, he was shocked to see that all 1,000 plus prisoner had fallen out to report.  As the highest ranking enlisted man in the camp, Master Sergeant Edmonds had ordered that every man fall out to report that morning.
The German officer was reported to exclaim that not all these men could be Jews and when he ordered Edmonds to correct the problem, Edmonds was quoted as saying, “We’re all Jews Here.”  Angered by the defiance, the German officer put a pistol to Edmonds head, but rather than relent, Edmonds would as the kids call it today, punk out a German officer with a pistol to his head.
A Defiant Act of Heroism
Rather than give up his Jewish brothers in arms, Edmonds would tell the officer that if he killed him that he would have to kill them all and when the Allies won this war which was ever more apparent in early 1945, that he would be tried as a War Criminal. The German camp commandant, then holstered his pistol and walked away.
It is reported that up to 200 prisoners in that camp were of Jewish descent and they were all save a horrible and almost certain life-ending fate because Master Sergeant Edmonds said otherwise.
Yad Vashem Hall of Names Memorial to the Holocaust via creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Yad Vashem Hall of Names Memorial to the Holocaust via creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
As this story has been reported and confirmed as a recent revelation of History, the Jewish living memorial to the Holocaust known as Yad Vashem would recognize Edmonds as Righteous Among the Nations which is an honor given to those who protected the Jewish people during World War 2.  The most famous recipient of this honor is Oskar Schindler known to many through the movie Schindler’s List.
Edmonds would be one of only 4 American given this high honor and the first American Soldier to be recognized for his specific and gallant actions to protect the Jewish people.
But for a warrior like Edmonds, there was no other choice than to protect his own and risk the life of over 800 men to do what history would recognize as the great moral act of that day.  While many would hope they would do the same, Edmonds died an old man in 1985 never having to wonder for himself.
What he did with a pistol to his head that day, has been one of the long lost stories of that great struggle.  But lost no more, he deserves the highest honor one could give and the respect of the historical record.

A New Breed of Soldier: How the French Revolution Made Napoleon’s Career Possible

Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power marked the death knell of the French Revolution. His autocratic government ended the attempts at increased democracy that had shaken the country for a decade.
The situation was a terribly ironic one. Napoleon never could have risen to power without the revolution he destroyed.

The quest for the lost submarine: HMS Triumph, mysteriously sunk in 1942 in the Aegean Sea, Greece

Photo provided by the Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Photo provided by the Royal Navy Submarine Museum
During the second world war, some 40 British submarines were sunk in the Mediterranean.
Many have been found, but HMS Triumph, lost with all hands in January 1942, is still unaccounted for.
HMS Triumph (Lt. John Symons Huddart, RN) sailed from Alexandria on 26 December 1941 to land a party on Antiparos Island, before making a patrol in the Aegean Sea.

The Nazi Occupation of Greece, 1941-44: An Endless List of Crimes, Atrocities and Bloodbaths

Despite the fact that several historians and modern day Nazi apologists are trying to exonerate the Germans for the countless atrocities and crimes against humanity they committed in Greece during WW2, the truth cannot be hidden.
In Greece, from 1941 to 1944, the civilian deaths resulting from the Nazi German, fascist Italian (until 1943, when the Italians swiftly changed sides) and Bulgarian occupation, adds up to about 578,000 persons.