Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Holocaust, some of the aftermath

Some of it is still going on, right now I'm specifically thinking of when the death camps were liberated. In the comments to the previous post BobG said
I had an uncle who was in the army at the liberation of Buchenwald; he had difficulty keeping his men (he was a master sergeant) from shooting the guards out of hand when they saw what was going on. Most people that yammer about the holocaust have no idea what they are talking about.

If you haven't seen it, borrow/buy/rent the 'Band of Brothers' disc* with the episode 'Why We Fight' and watch it. It gives a pretty good idea what the troops found when they discovered some of these places.

*If you haven't, get and watch the whole series, an excellent piece of work.


curtislowe said...

I walked through the gates at Dachau 40 years after it was liberated, and I will never forget the feeling of dread and sadness that came over me.

Ed "What the" Heckman said...

I also recommend the full "The World At War" series, especially disc 10 with the two episodes "The Final Solution" parts 1 and 2. After watching those episodes, I was so angry that I wanted dig up a Nazi and kill him all over again for the sheer horror of their crimes.

Firehand said...

Ed, I think I once saw part of it; I'll have to see if I can get hold of it.

You know, I've never watched 'Schindler's List' or a couple of other movies, simply because they piss me off too much.

Ed "What the" Heckman said...

Then maybe you shouldn't watch it. It pissed me off more than Schindler's List.

Windy Wilson said...

I have relatives whom I met while they were still living and breathing who wore Wehrmacht Grey, so I am extra vigilant and sensitised to this stuff. God forbid the world has to go through THAT again. It was costly and close as it was.

Every year at Memorial day I watch Band of Brothers, Currahee, Day of Days, why we fight, and the interview with the real paratroopers. Sometimes I add Crossroads or Breaking point. This year I think I'll invite my liberal neighbors to watch with me, as Memorial Day (Decoration Day in the South) is intended to honor the fallen.