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On 15 August 1945, Philippe Pétain was tried for his collaboration with the Nazis and convicted, and the 89-year-old Marshal was sentenced to death by firing squad. De Gaulle however stepped in and taking into account Pétain’s age and his First World War record, commuted Pétain’s death sentence to life imprisonment. Pétain was imprisoned, in relative luxury, on the island of Île d’Yeu, on the Atlantic coast of France. Increasingly frail, he needed constant care. He died on 23 July 1951, aged…

On 15 August 1945, Philippe Pétain was tried for his collaboration with the Nazis and convicted, and the 89-year-old Marshal was sentenced to death by firing squad. De Gaulle however stepped in and taking into account Pétain’s age and his First World War record, commuted Pétain’s death sentence to life imprisonment. Pétain was imprisoned, in relative luxury, on the island of Île d’Yeu, on the Atlantic coast of France. Increasingly frail, he needed constant care. He died on 23 July 1951, aged…

Holocaust concentration camp - tragic does not even begin to describe the Holocaust. How could this happen?

Holocaust concentration camp - tragic does not even begin to describe the Holocaust. How could this happen?

Title: My God is Able to Deliver me from the Fiery Furnace but even if he Does Not.  From the artist: When Lili Jacobs accidently discovered the Auschwitz Album at the close of WWII, the very first person she saw when she looked inside was Rabbi Naftali Zvi Weiss, the chief rabbi of Bilke (pictured left), her Rabbi from her home town. I was struck by the Yellow Star on the Rabbi’s jacket; it actually appears to be cringing. #Holocaust

Title: My God is Able to Deliver me from the Fiery Furnace but even if he Does Not. From the artist: When Lili Jacobs accidently discovered the Auschwitz Album at the close of WWII, the very first person she saw when she looked inside was Rabbi Naftali Zvi Weiss, the chief rabbi of Bilke (pictured left), her Rabbi from her home town. I was struck by the Yellow Star on the Rabbi’s jacket; it actually appears to be cringing. #Holocaust

Gregory, son of Haim and Feiga Shehtman, was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1934.  In September 1941, Gregory was taken to Babi Yar, a ravine just outside Kiev, and murdered.

Gregory, son of Haim and Feiga Shehtman, was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1934. In September 1941, Gregory was taken to Babi Yar, a ravine just outside Kiev, and murdered.

Bergen Belsen, Germany, Two women survivors, after the liberation, April 1945.  This picture speaks through centuries.

Bergen Belsen, Germany, Two women survivors, after the liberation, April 1945. This picture speaks through centuries.

Witold Pilecki - To prove that Auschwitz was killing people, not a labor camp, forged papers,entered a ghetto roundup, and was sent to Auschwitz. He redistributed food to prisoners, trained them in martial arts, and passed news out. He & a few others beat up guards, stole their clothes and left the camp carrying the guard's stolen papers. They were in the woods for 3 days, til they met up with the Home Army and passed the info on. This was the first  evidence of the existence of death camps.

Witold Pilecki - To prove that Auschwitz was killing people, not a labor camp, forged papers,entered a ghetto roundup, and was sent to Auschwitz. He redistributed food to prisoners, trained them in martial arts, and passed news out. He & a few others beat up guards, stole their clothes and left the camp carrying the guard's stolen papers. They were in the woods for 3 days, til they met up with the Home Army and passed the info on. This was the first evidence of the existence of death camps.

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