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The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz – David de Sola – The Atlantic

Witold Pilecki, Polish hero of Home Army

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The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz – David de Sola – The Atlantic.

It is into this environment that Witold Pilecki, a 39-year old veteran of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921 who fought against the initial Nazi invasion and a member of the Polish resistance, volunteered himself in 1940. Pilecki’s mission was to allow himself to be arrested and, once inside Auschwitz, to collect intelligence for the Polish resistance in the country and the government-in-exile in London, and to organize a resistance from inside the camp.

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October 5, 2012 Posted by | Auschwitz, death, history, Nazi | , , , | Leave a comment

Andy Rooney dies at age 92, CBS reports – Entertainment – Celebrities – TODAY.com

 

Andy Rooney dies at age 92, CBS reports – Entertainment – Celebrities – TODAY.com.

R.I.P.

November 5, 2011 Posted by | death, entertainment, government, history, media | Leave a comment

Adolf Hitlers Rise to Power – Photo Essays – TIME

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Adolf Hitlers Rise to Power – Photo Essays – TIME.Out of Obscurity CLICK LINK FOR SLIDESHOW.
After serving unremarkably in the First World War, the future dictator immersed himself in the German nationalist politics of Munich. In 1921, he claimed control of the German Workers Party and renamed it the National Socialist German Workers Party, and gave himself the title of Führer. In this 1922 photo, he poses with members of the group’s paramilitary organization, the Sturmabteilung, known by its initials, SA.

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November 13, 2010 Posted by | Auschwitz, crime, death, global, history, war | , , , , | 3 Comments

Holocaust Claims Fraud Scheme

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This is sad considering the real survivors need these funds.

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09/11/2010US charges 17 in Holocaust claims fraud scheme

US authorities unveiled charges Tuesday against 17 people in a long-running scheme that fraudulently obtained some 42 million dollars from Holocaust compensation funds from Germany. 

Federal prosecutors said the scheme between 2000 and 2009 resulted in the approval of some 5,500 fraudulent payments from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which administered the programs.

An indictment unsealed in New York said a network of individuals — including six employees who worked for the Claims Conference — systematically defrauded the fund, which was set up to compensate victims of Nazi persecution.

The insiders allegedly approved over 5,500 fraudulent applications, resulting in payouts to applicants who did not qualify for the programs. In exchange, these insiders kept a portion of the money for themselves and their co-conspirators.

“If ever there was a cause that you would hope and expect would be immune from base greed and criminal fraud, it would be the Claims Conference, which every day assists thousands of poor and elderly victims of Nazi persecution,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara in announcing the indictment.

“Sadly, those victim funds were themselves victimized.”

FBI assistant director Janice Fedarcyk said: “Each of the defendants played a role in creating, filing and processing fraudulent claims on behalf of non-qualifying applicants — and dividing up the spoils. Funds established and financed by the German government to aid Holocaust survivors were siphoned off by the greedy, and not paid out, as intended, to the worthy. This was a brazen miscarriage of the compensation programs.”

Officials said the Claims Conference, a not-for-profit organization that administers the program, approved fraudulent claims from the “Hardship Fund,” which provides a one-time payment of 3,600 dollars to victims of Nazi persecution who became refugees; and from the Article 2 Fund, which makes monthly payments to Nazi victims who live on less than 16,000 dollars per year.

Both programs are funded by the German government,

The defendants recruited other individuals to provide identification documents, such as passports and birth certificates, which were then fraudulently altered and submitted to “corrupt insiders,” investigators said.

But some of those who made claims were born after World War II, and at least one person was not even Jewish.

Eleven people were arrested Tuesday on the charges. Charges against five other people, four of whom have pleaded guilty, were unsealed in the same indictment.

The accused face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of conspiracy, fraud and related charges.

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November 10, 2010 Posted by | Auschwitz, crime, death, freedom, global, history, war | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In Canton, Kindness of a Stranger Still Resonates – NYTimes.com

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In Canton, Kindness of a Stranger Still Resonates – NYTimes.com.

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Ted Gup, Mr. Stone’s grandson, spoke Friday with Helen Palm at a program in Canton, Ohio, for those who received gifts from B. Virdot and their families.

By CHRISTOPHER MAAG
Published: November 7, 2010

CANTON, Ohio — The event was a reunion for people who were never supposed to meet, commemorating an act of charity that succeeded because it happened in secret.

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Ted Gup: Hard Times, a Helping Hand

A battered old black suitcase holds a family secret — records of anonymous philanthropy during the Great Depression.

Kirk Irwin for The New York Times

The letters, checks and checkbooks that author Ted Gup was given and used to write his book, “A Secret Gift.”

Samuel Stone

Kirk Irwin for The New York Times

Canton is having tough times once again.

Helen Palm sat in her wheelchair on the stage of the Palace Theater and read her plea for help, the one she wrote in the depths of the Great Depression to an anonymous stranger who called himself B. Virdot.

“I am writing this because I need clothing,” Ms. Palm, 90, read aloud on Friday evening. “And sometimes we run out of food.”

Ms. Palm was one of hundreds who responded to an advertisement that appeared Dec. 17, 1933, in The Canton Repository newspaper. A donor using the pseudonym B. Virdot offered modest cash gifts to families in need. His only request: Letters from the struggling people describing their financial troubles and how they hoped to spend the money. The donor promised to keep letter writers’ identities secret “until the very end.”

That end came last week at the city’s famed 84-year-old Palace Theater, at a reunion for families of B. Virdot’s recipients. About 400 people attended. For the older people, it was a chance to remember the hard times. For relatives of the letter writers, it was a time to hear how the small gifts, in the bleakest winter of the Depression, meant more than money. They buoyed the spirits of an entire city that was beginning to lose hope.

November 8, 2010 Posted by | culture, death, depression era, history, social | , , , | Leave a comment

Jill Clayburgh, Oscar-nominated actress and Broadway veteran, dies at 66 of leukemia

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Jill Clayburgh, Oscar-nominated actress and Broadway veteran, dies at 66 of leukemia.

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November 6, 2010 Posted by | art, culture, death, entertainment, photography, social | , , , , | 1 Comment

gulfnews : Story of a rare spice

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gulfnews : Story of a rare spice.

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But the old apothecaries were more cautious with nutmeg than with other spices. The Salerno School decreed: “One nut is good for you, the second will do you harm, the third will kill you.” That isn’t strictly true but in large doses nutmeg can be intoxicating. Its oil contains myristicin: in large doses this acts as a deliriant, while causing palpitations, convulsions, nausea, dehydration and pain. It is fatal to a number of animals, including dogs.

The Dutch, who had time to get to know nutmeg, add it to most of their vegetable dishes. It is also popular in Quebec. The spice is popular in historical spheres of Moorish influence but not, oddly, in India.

In England, nutmegs are essential to the spiced foods of Christmas, to custard tarts and to the mealy, stodgy brood of national puddings. It has an affinity with cinnamon and can often take its place. It is lovely in mashed potato.

Of course, the spice is almost universally available today. Jars on supermarket shelves don’t begin to hint at its past. But the story of food can sometimes be the story of humanity, and nowhere does that seem more true than in the case of nutmeg, the headiest, most alluring, most blood-soaked of the spices.

October 31, 2010 Posted by | cooking, death, global, health, history, medicine, recipe | , , , | Leave a comment

LandscapeOnline.com :: Article : LASN October 2010 Ordinances: Poisonous Plants

 

 

LandscapeOnline.com :: Article : LASN October 2010 Ordinances: Poisonous Plants.

October 22, 2010 Posted by | death, environmental, gardens | | Leave a comment

Happy Days dad Tom Bosley dies at 83 – Entertainment – Celebrities – TODAYshow.com

 

 

Happy Days dad Tom Bosley dies at 83 – Entertainment – Celebrities – TODAYshow.com.

October 19, 2010 Posted by | culture, death, history, humor, media, social | Leave a comment

Exposing the GOPs Shameful Historical Role in the Native American Genocide | | AlterNet

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Exposing the GOPs Shameful Historical Role in the Native American Genocide | | AlterNet.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | culture, death, government, history, social | , , | 1 Comment