Front page
Archive
Silflay Hraka?


Bigwig is a systems administrator at a public university
Hrairoo is the proprietor of a quality used bookstore
Kehaar is.
Woundwort is a professor of counseling at a private university

The Hraka RSS feed

Email
bigwig AT nc.rr.com

Friends of Hraka
InstaPundit
Daily Pundit
cut on the bias
Meryl Yourish
This Blog Is Full Of Crap
Winds of Change
A Small Victory
Silent Running
Dr. Weevil
Little Green Footballs
ColdFury
Oceanguy
Fragments from Floyd
VodkaPundit
Allah
The Feces Flinging Monkey
the skwib
Dean's World
Little Tiny Lies
The Redsugar Muse
Sperari
Natalie Solent
From the Mrs.
ErosBlog
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
On the Third Hand
Public Nuisance
Not a Fish
Rantburg
AMCGLTD
WeckUpToThees!
Electric Venom
Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo
Common Sense and Wonder
Neither Here Nor There
Wizbang!
Bogieblog
ObscuroRant
RocketJones
The Greatest Jeneration
Ravenwolf
Ipse Dixit
TarHeelPundit
Blog On the Run
blogatron
Redwood Dragon
Notables
Greeblie Blog
Have A Cuppa Tea
A Dog's Life
IMAO
Zonitics.com
Iberian Notes
Midwest Conservative Journal
A Voyage to Arcturus
HokiePundit
Trojan Horseshoes
In Context
dcthornton.blog
The People's Republic of Seabrook
Country Store
Blog Critics
Chicago Boyz
Hippy Hill News
Kyle Still Free Press
The Devil's Excrement
The Fat Guy
War Liberal
Assume the Position
Balloon Juice
Iron Pen In A Velvet Glove
IsraPundit
Freedom Lives
Where Worlds Collide
Knot by Numbers
How Appealing
South Knox Bubba
Heretical Ideas
The Kitchen Cabinet
Dustbury.com
tonecluster
Bo Cowgill
mtpolitics.net
Raving Atheist
The Short Strange Trip
Shark Blog
Hoplites
Jimspot
Ron Bailey's Weblog
Cornfield Commentary
Testify!
Northwest Notes
pseudorandom
The Blog from the Core
Ain'tNoBadDude
CroMagnon
The Talking Dog
WTF Is It Now??
Blue Streak
Smarter Harper's Index
nikita demosthenes
Bloviating Inanities
Sneakeasy's Joint
Ravenwood's Universe
The Eleven Day Empire
World Wide Rant
All American
Pdawwg
The Rant
The Johnny Bacardi Show
The Head Heeb
Viking Pundit
Mercurial
Oscar Jr. Was Here
Just Some Poor Schmuck
Katy & Bruce Loebrich
But How's The Coffee?
Roscoe Ellis
Foolsblog
Sasha Castel
Dodgeblogium
Susskins Central Dispatch
DoggerelPundit
Josh Heit
Attaboy
Aaron's Rantblog
MojoMark
As I was saying...
Blog O' Dob
Dr. Frank's Blogs Of War
Betsy's Page
A Knob for Brightness
Fresh Bilge
The Politburo Diktat
Drumwaster's rants
Curt's Page
The Razor
An Unsealed Room
The Legal Bean
Helloooo chapter two!
As I Was Saying...
SkeptiLog AGOG!
Tong family blog
Vox Beth
Velociblog
I was thinking
Judicious Asininity
This Woman's Work
Fragrant Lotus
DaGoddess
Single Southern Guy
Caerdroia
GrahamLester.Com
Jay Solo's Verbosity
TacJammer
Snooze Button Dreams
Horologium
You Big Mouth, You!
From the Inside looking Out
Night of the Lepus
No Watermelons Allowed
From The Inside Looking Out
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Suburban Blight
Aimless
The SmarterCop
Dog of Flanders
From Behind the Wall of Sleep
Beaker's Corner
Bad State of Gruntledness
Who Tends The Fires
Granny Rant
Elegance Against Ignorance
Moxie.nu
Eccentricity
Say What?
Blown Fuse
Wait 'til Next Year
The Pryhills
The Whomping Willow
The National Debate
The Skeptician
Zach Everson
MonkeyWatch
Geekward Ho
Argghhh!!!
Life in New Orleans
Rotten Miracles
Fringe
The Biomes Blog
illinigirl
See What You Share
Truthprobe
Blog d’Elisson
Your Philosophy Sucks
Watauga Rambler
Socialized Medicine
Consternations
Verging on Pertinence
Read My Lips
ambivablog
Soccerdad
The Flannel Avenger
Butch Howard's WebLog
Castle Argghhh!
Andrew Hofer
kschlenker.com
Moron Abroad
White Pebble
Darn Floor
Wizblog
tweedler
Pajama Pundits
BabyTrollBlog
Cadmusings
Goddess Training 101
A & W
Medical Madhouse
Slowly Going Sane
The Oubliette
American Future
Right Side Redux
See The Donkey
Newbie Trucker
The Right Scale
Running Scared
Ramblings Journal
Focus On Reality
Wyatt's Torch

July 11, 2003

Unseen History:

For those of you happening upon these pictures for the first time, an explanation of how they came to appear on this site can be found in the first post in this series.

A list of all the Unseen History posts can be seen here, and will eventually be mirrored here.

----------------

We end where we began, at the Ohrdruf work camp, where the American experience of the Holocaust began, with what was for an all to short time the only concrete evidence the West had of the vast Nazi death machine. Other proof came all too soon, in massive, overwhelming amounts. At the height of the Reich campaign against undesirables within and without its death camps numbered in the thousands


Click on picture for a larger version.
S & G 61331
#11310

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Some of the prisoners who were mercilessly massacred by the Nazi SS men lie on the ground at the prison camp. Many of the men were naked and in the last stages of starvation when they were executed.
British Combine - Acme Photo F 15486 from Sport and General.


Click on picture for a larger version.

It takes a special sort of ignorance to look at pictures like the one above, to gaze upon the results of a campaign calculated, approved and directed by Germany's highest leaders, a campaign willingly executed by the vast majority of its citizens and think; "The United States sure was horrible to the Native Americans."

It's hard to believe such wilfull ignorance exists when evidence that can allay it is literally available at the touch of a finger. Yet exist it does. Scan the comments on many of the posts in this series and there it will be, standing out from those around it like a corpse at a wedding.

As the eyewitnesses to the Holocaust grow fewer in number, the meme that conflates the American Indian's experience in the nineteenth century with that of the Jew in the twentieth grows more pervasive. Not that comparisons with the Holocaust need be confined to that example alone, but the experience of the native American is greatly tempting to those of a certain mindset.

"Never Forget" means nothing to these people, because they don't know what they're never supposed to forget was in the first place. Their lack of historical knowledge allows them to peer into the past and see patterns that never existed, much as a child percieves monsters in the shadows of a night-darkened closet.

For those who promulgate the argument, the point is not to equate the native Americans of the 1870s with the Jews of the 1940s. Frankly, they couldn't care less about either group. The equation they are interested in is not Native American = Jew, it's United States = Nazi Germany.

It's a deeply flawed idea on many levels, which is one reason its main appeal is limited to those ignorant of history, an argument so weak it can be refuted with one word.

Geronimo.

Geronimo, the Apache who died in a Florida prisoner of war camp in 1909, yet who fought for so long and so hard against the U.S. that his very name is a symbol of bravery. Geronimo, the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment.

If one wishes to prove that Nazi Germany and America are equivalents, then one must first produce the Jewish Geronimo, reknowned throughout Nazi Germany for his bravery, the Jew whose fame is so everlasting that a German Army regiment has taken his name for its own.

Failing that, the Jewish Cochise, "incomparable as a leader and a strategist," would also be acceptable.

Or the Jewish Crazy Horse, whose image has been slowly carved into a mountain over the last 55 years by a World War II veteran and his descendants.

Or Sitting Bull, whom thousands of Americans paid to see and cheered for as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show And Exhibition.

It's not like there aren't examples to pick from. Jews fought back against the Nazi regime in the Warsaw Ghetto, at Bialystok, at Sobibor, Treblinka and a hundred other locations, known and unknown.

Yet there are none. America took those whom it oppressed and made them heroes. Germany.......well, we know what Germany did.

None of this is meant to denigrate or whitewash the suffering of the North American Indians, 6000 to 7000 of whom died as a result of actions directly sponsored by the British and American states. Millions more died as a result of disease, especially in the years before the English arrived on the continent, or due to the slow, worldwide grind of culture against culture, a grind that continues to this day. The American Indians died, over hundreds of years, like the Gauls, the Maratha, and the Nubians before them. People have died throughout history because of where they were, because someone else wanted the land they lived on. Others surrendered, and survived.

The victims of the Holocaust died because of who they were. They died regardless of whether they fought or surrendered. 6 million died in 7 years.

The numbers alone make comparisons between the Holocaust and the American Indian experience ludicrous. 7000 deaths over 400 years, versus 6 million in 7.

If that is not enough, there is a final bit of evidence, one that speaks directly to the nature of the respective governments overseeing the fate of the Jew and that of the American Indian.

In 1944, the German bureaucrat in charge of Jewish Affairs, an intimate of Hitler, was Adolf Eichmann.

In 1870, the American bureaucrat in charge of Indian Affairs, an intimate of President Grant, was Ely S. Parker, a Seneca Indian.

----------------------------


Barring another overlooked Army Surplus cabinet, this is the last post in the Unseen History. Thanks for stopping by to read them.

Postscript: Some final thoughts on the Unseen History posts are here.

Posted by Bigwig at July 11, 2003 12:37 AM | TrackBack
Postscript:
First time visitor to House Hraka? Wondering if everything we produce could possibly be as brilliant/stupid/evil/pedantic/insipid/inspired as the post you just read? Check out the Hraka Essentials, the (mostly) reader-selected guide to Hraka's best posts, and decide for yourself.
Comments

My paternal Grandmother was part Cherokee and part Black slave.

Tons of Indians assimilated.

No Jews assimilated into the Third Reich, that is for sure, unless the rumors about Hitler and Heydrich are true.

Posted by: Michael Strickland at July 12, 2003 08:44 PM

Magnificent in the compass of the horror. Horrible in what you've shown. You have created an important document that requires publication. Particularly affecting is the last bit demolishing the Jew=Indian concept. You are to be congratulated. There are a few of us who have seen a deathcamp (mercifully, as a tourist) and will not be dissuaded that this did indeed happen and with a merciless, industrialized intensity that are the true "memes" of the 20th Century. Carry on.

Posted by: Alex at July 13, 2003 06:44 PM

The Indian Assimilation is a good point. I should have thought of it, esp as according to family rumour my generation is either 1/16th Creek or Choctaw, a percentage that would allow us Native American status if my family had kept up the tribal ties.

Posted by: bigwig at July 14, 2003 01:32 AM

i am doing a class project and i need some pictures of death camps, can someone help me get some more pictures?

Posted by: Teniya at May 12, 2004 10:51 AM

i am doing a class project and i need some pictures of death camps, can someone help me get some more pictures?

Posted by: Teniya at May 12, 2004 10:51 AM

i am doing a class project and i need some pictures of death camps, can someone help me get some more pictures?

Posted by: Teniya at May 12, 2004 10:51 AM
Post a comment Note: Comments with more than two dashes per line will be blocked as spam.









Remember personal info?