December 12th, 1941

December 12th, 1941

It was on December 12th, 1941 that Adolf Hitler, in a meeting with his top officials, declared that there would be extermination of the Jews. It was at that point that the beating, intimidation and murder of a relative few became the outright slaughter of millions.

Jews were not the only victims though. Homosexuals, Roma (gypsies), prisoners of war, political opponents, dissidents and communists were also rounded up and herded into concentration camps like Natzweiler, where this harsh and unsettling furnace is located. It was the only camp located in France and the first one discovered in western europe. As far as camps go it was not particularly large but, be that as it may, somewhere around 22,000 people died here - roughly 40% of those who were interned. Since the south-western part of germany didn't have a large jewish or roma population, most that were sent here were dissidents and political opponents, taken away in the night under a policy called Nacht und Nebel or Night and Fog. They came for you in the dark and you just disappeared into the fog. Brutal for those taken, terrifying for those left behind.

December 7th might be called "a day that lives in infamy" because of the attack on Pearl Harbour but, terrible as is was, many nations, many peoples, have endured surprise attacks throughout history. For me, December 12th is a far darker day.

On this day in 1941, a man made clear that he wanted to destroy entire groups of people and, in the end, he succeeded in killing millions.

For those that seek to blame others, notably immigrants - illegal or not - and muslims, for your nation's problems, understand that this brutal oven is the ultimate result of that line of thought. Hitler ended up dead, on the wrong side of history.

Certainly, no one sheds a tear for him, that's generally what happens to racists and fascists.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 24 mm
35mm Focal Length: 36 mm
Exposure: 1/2 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-09-05 14:56:04
Posted: 2011-12-12 | 08:41





December 12th, 1941

December 12th, 1941

It was on December 12th, 1941 that Adolf Hitler, in a meeting with his top officials, declared that there would be extermination of the Jews. It was at that point that the beating, intimidation and murder of a relative few became the outright slaughter of millions.

Jews were not the only victims though. Homosexuals, Roma (gypsies), prisoners of war, political opponents, dissidents and communists were also rounded up and herded into concentration camps like Natzweiler, where this harsh and unsettling furnace is located. It was the only camp located in France and the first one discovered in western europe. As far as camps go it was not particularly large but, be that as it may, somewhere around 22,000 people died here - roughly 40% of those who were interned. Since the south-western part of germany didn't have a large jewish or roma population, most that were sent here were dissidents and political opponents, taken away in the night under a policy called Nacht und Nebel or Night and Fog. They came for you in the dark and you just disappeared into the fog. Brutal for those taken, terrifying for those left behind.

December 7th might be called "a day that lives in infamy" because of the attack on Pearl Harbour but, terrible as is was, many nations, many peoples, have endured surprise attacks throughout history. For me, December 12th is a far darker day.

On this day in 1941, a man made clear that he wanted to destroy entire groups of people and, in the end, he succeeded in killing millions.

For those that seek to blame others, notably immigrants - illegal or not - and muslims, for your nation's problems, understand that this brutal oven is the ultimate result of that line of thought. Hitler ended up dead, on the wrong side of history.

Certainly, no one sheds a tear for him, that's generally what happens to racists and fascists.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 24 mm
35mm Focal Length: 36 mm
Exposure: 1/2 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-09-05 14:56:04
Posted: 2011-12-12 | 08:41


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