N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

The Holocaust

Life Histories…Will We LEARN?

“THOSE WHO FAIL TO LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.”

  Winston Churchill to the House of Commons, 1948

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This famous quote is one to strongly consider as we think about our nation and the world today.  We thought we had conquered most of the world’s diseases, then the Coronavirus moved around the world. 

We thought we had crossed through the problems of discrimination after the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther, Jr…then came more deaths for many people of all colors. We are faced with problems today that could be disastrous for us all. There are those who simply want their voices heard, justice done and then there are the anarchists among us who want to destroy peace and accomplishments of many. What we thought had been attained through new laws of the land against racism and civil rights for all can be destroyed within an instance if lawlessness is allowed to continue. We ask ourselves, “What is next and what has happened to the democratic way of life? Where is law and order?” 

There are forces at work to disrupt anything peaceful.  Some are outsiders, who mean no good will. These forces will take advantage of every tragic event to move our civilization toward something even more tragic. What would that be is not fully known, but the loss of lawfulness, the democratic way and the sanctity of all men and women could be only a starter.

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What exactly is “sanctity?”  It has to do with being sacred or morally upright and correct.”  Is nothing sacred anymore?  Does the hard work of people building businesses, which support our communities…for all races…make it right to “smash…grab…and run”… while laughing about it?!

The values that were taught in most families…about stealing or destroying seems to mean nothing to many who have been given so much by the previous generation? There were marches in Selma; men and women of all colors who went off to war to fight for world freedom.  Do they understand the sacrifices of history? If not, do we blame ourselves for not teaching it more in schools or in the home?  Will these young adults who believe they are changing the world teach their own children the meaning of sacrifice and sanctity? Do they “care less” when it comes to destroying and looting?

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A man records the broken glass during protests

Yes, there are voices that need to be heard, but all people, through our Constitution and laws, have been given a right to freedom of speech when voicing complaints…and should and can be heard without destroying the center of their own universe.  (“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress…”) There is no right given to plunder, steal or take the property of another.

We have also seen how situations can turn from bad to worse when people are singled out because of who they are…minorities…police…the calling of disparaging names because of one’s belief on a particular subject. The victims of violence should be able to mourn their dead. The victim’s memories should be honored, not exploited.

While government officials argue about what to do in this crisis, the “rape” of hard-working American men and women’s businesses goes on…destroying the lives of many.

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BREAK, GRAB, STEAL during protests Photo credit Jueenhan Moon Reuters

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Do not forget history.  It teaches us everything…to do and not to do. It tells us how fragile governments can be when those who believe their ideas are the only ideas, regardless of who they hurt, begs the possibility of raising up leaders to push the world into a brink of despair and even war. We have seen it in our best teacher…HISTORY.

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 Let’s take a look back.

There were good people in Germany before World War II who saw that the path on which their country was heading would lead Germany and other countries into chaos.  Even within the high-ranking military and Christian churches, there were dissidents who stood against Hitler. There were actually six attempts to do away with Hitler, but each failed.

1944 Plot:  …”At the center of this plot was Claus von Stauffenberg, a dashing colonel who had lost an eye and one of his hands during combat in North Africa. He and his co-conspirators—who included Tresckow, Friedrich Olbricht and Ludwig Beck—planned to kill the Führer with a hidden bomb concealed in a briefcase and then use the German Reserve Army to topple the Nazi high command. If their coup was successful, the rebels would then immediately seek a negotiated peace with the Allies. ( Full story of 6 plots  History.com)

 When the bomb exploded, more than 20 people were injured and three officers were killed, but Hitler escaped one more time.  Because of this attempt, more than 7,000 people were arrested and 4,980 people were executed by the Gestapo.” (History Collection)

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At Rastenburg on 15 July 1944. Stauffenberg at left, Hitler center, Keitel on right. The person shaking hands with Hitler is General Karl Bodenschatz, who was seriously wounded five days later by Stauffenberg’s bomb. Wikipedia

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Anarchy is raising an ugly head in today’s modern world.  The very word, from the Latin word, anarchia, and the Greek, anarchos, has the meaning of “no rule.”  (Wikipedia)

We, as a nation of people, have a choice to stand for what is right and honorable…or loss control. Don’t forget “Kristallnacht” (The Night of Broken Glass)  when storefronts belonging to the Jews were shattered. Glass littered the streets and vandalism occurred. Sound familiar?

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I leave you with a compelling life of a survivor of one of history’s darkest hours.  At first it began slowly and then the blaming of an entire group of people began.  The innocent were accused…and the rest is “history.”  We pray that this part of our present day history will not be another dark hour.

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Life of Hannah Elizabeth Goslar Pick:
  • Born in 1928 in Berlin. Hannah’s father was Head of the Prussian Press Bureau and adviser to the Minister of Interior of Brandenburg, Germany. In 1933, with the rise of the Nazis to power, Hannah’s family fled to Amsterdam.
  • There, at school, Hannah met Anna Frank, also a refugee from Germany. 
  • In October 1942, while giving birth, both the baby and Hannah’s mother died.
  • On June 20, 1943, Hannah, her younger sister, Gabi, her father and grandparents were sent to the Westerbork transit camp.
  • Hannah and Gabi were separated from their father and sent to the orphanage in the camp. There, she worked cleaning the toilets 
  • In 1944, Hannah, her father and sister were transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she had to do forced labor.
  • When she was told that Anna Frank was also imprisoned there she managed to establish contact with her and even tried to give her a package of food and clothing, which someone else stole.

    Hannah Goslar and Ann Frank

    Ann Frank and Hannah were friends in Amsterdam

  • Hanna’s Father and Grandparents were murdered in Bergen-Belsen.
  • On April 11, 1945, the camp inmates were evacuated. Hannah had contracted typhus.
  • In June, the Soviets handed Hannah and her sister to the Americans and they were returned to Amsterdam.
  • Hannah went to Israel in 1947 and lived in Kfar Hasidim. She worked as a nurse in a pediatric ward at the ‘Bikkur Holim’ Hospital in Jerusalem.  (from Yad Vashem)

    Young Hannah Pick Goslar

    Young adult Hannah Pick Goslar

In Hannah’s own words:

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Whatever happened to SS General Kammler after WWII?

In 2016, I wrote my first historical novel. This was available online as a blog and then published as a paperback.  More recently, I renewed this book called The Seeds and the updated version is now available on Amazon.

What is this book about?    A brief summary is below:

The Seeds asks the question: “Whatever happened to SS General Hans Kammler?”

After World War II, a number of high-ranking officers fled to places like Argentina. This question seemed to be of great interest to my blog readers. Some readers wrote emails that they knew where General Kammler had lived. One even said the General was an uncle who was elderly and had escaped prosecution.

General Kammler, as portrayed in this book, is entirely fiction. However, the accounts of him, are based on historical facts.   From 1944, General Kammler was head of advanced weapons development in Nazi Germany, including the Me-262 jets, the V-2 rockets and perhaps even the exotic Bell Project. The enormous interest in General Kammler led me to explore the thoughts of where he might be hiding and exciting portrayal of him in The Seeds novel evolved.

Locations as described in this novel, such as the World Seed Vault in Norway…sometimes referred to as the “Doomsday Seed Vault”… are actual places that are active today.  For many readers, other locations, people and culture of the Middle East are generally not understood by people around the world. The story involvement in the Middle East only increases the mystery behind the writing of this historical fiction.    Link to The Seeds 


Rest for your Soul

The need for rest is a fact of life in all God’s creation.  After a long summer, the trees shed their leaves and rest throughout the winter until the Spring comes again.  Animals build a place to rest. In particular, the bear goes into hibernation as do many other animals.  These creations of nature seem to have been given a time-clock that makes them listen and do what God intended.

Why would a human not know that rest is all important for his/her well being?  Here are some of the health benefits of general rest:

1. Improved Memory – Lack of sleep can make it difficult for you to concentrate and retain information. When you sleep, your brain goes through all the activities and impressions of the day which is important for memory formation.
2. Maintain a Healthy Weight – Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same area of the brain. Sleep releases hormones that control appetite. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat.
3. Heart Health – A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night.
4. Reduce Stress – Sleep and stress have similar effects on your cardiovascular stress. Being well rested can reduce stress levels and improve your overall health.  (from Florida Hospital site)

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Another scripture also tells us, “Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 We cannot be still unless we actually stop what we are doing.  That takes a concerted effort:

  • Putting down the phone
  • Turning off the TV/ Computer
  • Moving to a quieter spot
  • Stop thinking about what you need to do next

One may ask, then what do I do?

  • Just listen…to a bird singing outside, to a quiet music selection
  • Talk quietly to God and then listen to what comes into your mind as His Spirit speaks to yours
  • Take a walk alone…even if it is just around your yard
  • Put your feet in the sand at the beach and listen to ocean slap upon the shore

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  • Look for a flower, a leaf, and small insect or butterfly
  • Concentrate on quieting your spirit and your inner-self
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset

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” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

So how does one rest when things are falling apart or life is too difficult to bear?  We remember, with the choir of Libera, how difficult are the memories of the Holocaust or 9-11 and so much more. Yet we are promised a restful soul through God’s grace.  It is following the courage that is put in the heart by God through every circumstance.

 


World War II…Unforgettable

Having just finished writing and publishing a book on veterans who fought against tyranny around the world, I began to wonder if our recent generations truly understand what these wars were all about.  If you have a teen in your house or an appreciator of history, this is the time to share this blog.

My book, Men and Women of Valor in the Blue Ridge, not only gives the stories of World War II veterans, but of those in the Korean and Vietnam wars. (Click on book at far right for more information)

Men and Women of Valor Book Front revised

 

Therefore, as difficult and as unentertaining as it may be….for it seems the world only wants entertainment, I plan to run a series of three blogs introducing the reasons for each war mentioned and the results of great battles and great loss of life on both sides of the wars.

History is to be learned from…or we will live it again…with even worse consequences.  Here is a quote worth pondering:

“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein

There were several versions of his quote:   Supposedly, Professor Albert Einstein was asked by friends at a dinner party what new weapons might be employed in World War III. Appalled at the implications, he shook his head. After several minutes of meditation, he said. “I don’t know what weapons might be used in World War III. But there isn’t any doubt what weapons will be used in World War IV.” “And what are those?” a guest asked. “Stone spears,” said Einstein. 

This quote (or at least a version of it) dates back to the 1940s when the first nuclear weapons were being developed. Although Albert Einstein didn’t actually develop the atom bomb, his work did make such a device possible. Albert Einstein did not work directly on the atom bomb. But Einstein was the father of the bomb in two important ways: 1) it was his initiative which started U.S. bomb research; 2) it was his equation (E = mc2) which made the atomic bomb theoretically possible.  (Snopes Fact Checking)

Anyone who turns on a TV today is worried that some person or government will go too far and trigger the next great war.  Life as we know it could come to a screeching halt from a computer hacker based anywhere in the world.  Every phase of our lives, from our energy and water supplies, banking, grocery stores, hospitals, fire and police, cell phones, nuclear plants and much more are controlled by the electronics of today.  Einstein was a genius, but even he may not have seen that nuclear devastation may not be the only end of life as we know it.   Regardless, the wars that we have fought with our allies in the past were for one purpose…to keep the world free from tyranny and to give us “peace on earth.”   Men and Women of Valor Back FINALrevised

Yes, PEACE…what a wonderful word.   The Holy Scriptures tell us… “Peace, Peace and there is no peace.”  (Ezekial 13:10)  and yet we are told not to lose hope for Christ said… “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14.27

Yet, so often we are afraid…afraid of what the future may hold.  We cannot forget the sacrifices of those who believed that FREEDOM was worth dying for.  We, or the next generations, must not forget their stories and what they represented to us who are left to lead and to guide our nations. We have freedom of choice because of them.

Below is the first in a historical series to come: World War II…Korea, and Vietnam

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The fury…and Responsibility

Throughout history, there has been religious groups spreading their mayhem into lands where innocent people have been brutalized.  One only needs to read the Holy Scriptures to find what happened when the Jews took revenge on their enemies.  The Muslims invaded territory after territory with slaughter.  The Christians were also brutal during The Crusades.  On and on it goes if we look into Genghis Khan and tribal warfare around the world.

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Christian Crusades

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Muslim Warriors

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Genghis Khan

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Christians were burned at the stake during the Inquisition.  Today, in the Middle East,  they are being murdered for their faith.   Jews were murdered by the millions in World War II.

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There has never been a peaceful world since sin and evil began.  Will there ever be peace or will the fury remain?   We’ll attempt to answer this at the end of this blog.

Great anxiety is happening as nations in our modern day time deal with the potential of nuclear warfare and even the possibility of space warfare as more deadly inventions are developed.  Should people be more than a little anxious…you bet they should be!  Who then is responsible for the fright that people feel?    Is it the actions of a new administration which swears to protect the people?    Is it our own imaginations and thoughts that pity the people who try to flee to a safer place regardless of their religious beliefs and actions of tyrants?

An article was written recently that had a number of responses from readers.  A reader challenged the author with the following words about the raw nerves and anxiety of people concerning extreme vetting of refugees who may or may not be Muslim because the entire world is worried about terrorism in all forms.  He wrote the following,  giving specific examples of why extreme vetting may be the only answer to finding out the motives of people who  come to a country other than their own:

“…the US isn’t responsible for anxiety about Muslim refugees. Who is actually responsible? People such as Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry, who in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant who in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant who in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall in Burlington, Washington; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant who in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming ‘Allahu akbar’; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant who in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University. What’s more, all of the Islamists who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. In February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 Muslim refugees. The Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadists among the refugees in camps in his country. Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all. So why are they claiming to be Syrian and streaming into Europe, and now the U.S. as well? An Islamic State operative gave the answer when he boasted in September 2015, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 Islamic State jihadists had already entered Europe. He explained their purpose: ‘It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world, and we will have it soon, inshallah.’ These Muslims were going to Europe in the service of that caliphate: ‘They are going like refugees,’ he said, but they were going with the plan of sowing blood and mayhem on European Crusader streets. As he told this to journalists, he smiled and said, ‘Just wait.’ On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadists into Europe…”

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Radical Muslim Jihadist

 

Most people that I know have a great deal of empathy for those people caught in war and are persecuted for their beliefs. They are not against people for their religious beliefs as long as they are ones of peace and tolerance.  Unless the reasons for coming to America or any other country are for these reasons, people neither want to be enslaved to another religion or murdered for their beliefs. We are all responsible to not allow that to happen. Unfortunately, it will be hard for us to know exactly who those with evil in their thoughts really are unless we actually hear or observe someone spouting these thoughts and goals. We’ve been told “See something…say something.”   Otherwise, we are at the mercy of those professionals in our countries who watch out for us.

 

 

How many  people eager to arrive on our shores and settle in among us are a risk to our safety? This is a difficult problem…as it is in Europe and throughout the free world.
One priority in vetting, should be looked at.  Many people who have been willing to risk their lives in helping the American forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places by serving as language translators and in warfare intelligence, must not be thrown back in the “lion’s den”.  Most of these are Muslim.   They should also, when allowed to immigrate with their families, should not be settled in dangerous communities of the U.S. as some have been.   Read one story of a father of a fallen soldier who is fighting for the translator of his son. 

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Translator’s  face, blurred for his protection, was an Afghan interpreter who worked for the U.S. military. He poses with Afghan commandos in front of a controlled explosion. He worked closely with American Jonathan Schmidt, in the dark tan shirt and a baseball cap (in the center). The translator was with Schmidt when he was killed in a 2012 firefight.  He is now seeking a U.S. visa.

Courtesy of Phil Schmidt

So is there any hope?     Will there be peace on earth?   It begins with us for certain and every individual.  The Holy Scriptures tell us some  disheartening news:

 “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.”   Matthew 24

“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.”   Proverbs 12:20

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”
  Romans 12:17-19
Most Americans are not against the immigration of peaceful Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or any other religion faith.   America is made up of many faces, beliefs, and origins.  As we are told, “A house divided against itself will not stand.”    We must stand for the rights of our American people and live with our neighbors who truly come to live with us in peace.  These…and these only  will be welcomed with open arms.
We, as adults, and leaders of every country must work together to assure that our future generations can live in peace as much as is possible.  We owe it to them.

THE SEEDS a novel by N.W. Boyer

For those who love mystery and intrigue, I would again like to introduce to my readers my novel, THE SEEDS, which is fiction with a few historical characters thrown into the plot.    Chapter by chapter the mystery unfolds.  I have set up a special blog so that my audience may read from the beginning. Click on any chapter missed. Simply leave your email if you’d like to be notified as each chapter is published.   It would also be great to hear your comments as you get into the story.   THE SEEDS

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A Short Film Winner- The Porcelain Unicorn

A friend, John O’Neil, whom my husband and I  met recently shared with me a most moving video clip that had won First Place in the “Tell it Your Way” contest out of many entries.   Having written a number of  stories in this Boyer Writes on the lives of those who lived through World War II and the Holocaust,  I felt it would be appropriate to present this story of two people and how their meeting changed their lives.

This article written in the New York Times by Stuart Elliot gives the details:

September 24, 2010, 2:30 pm
Director Selects Winner of Philips Consumer Contest
By STUART ELLIOTT

“Ridley Scott, known for directing movies like “Blade Runner” and “Gladiator,” has chosen the winner of a contest to create short films that was sponsored by Philips.

Mr. Scott picked a film called “Porcelain Unicorn” as the winner of the Tell It Your Way contest. The name, echoing the long-time Burger King slogan, “Have it your way,” underlines the nature of the contest, which is in the genre known as consumer-generated or user-generated content.

“Porcelain Unicorn,” which can be watched on YouTube, was the brainchild of an American director, Keegan Wilcox. Mr. Wilcox, a producer and director at ELA Advertising in California, wins prizes that include a week working at Ridley Scott Associates and the promotion of his short by Philips in venues that include a section of the Philips Web site.

Mr. Scott selected the short from among more than 600 entries in the contest, which was inspired by online commercials for Philips, under the title “Parallel Lines,” created by the London office of DDB Worldwide, part of the Omnicom Group.

A People’s Choice Award was also presented in the contest, to a short called “Baby Time,” by a French director, Cedric Petitcollin. “Baby Time” can also be watched on YouTube.

There is also a YouTube channel devoted to the contest. The entries were winnowed to 306 semifinalists, which a panel of judges narrowed to 10 finalists. The public then voted on YouTube to select five of those 10 shorts for the final round of judging, during which Mr. Scott chose “Porcelain Unicorn” as the winner.”

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Life’s Attitudes and Thankfulness: Alice Herz Sommer

Alice Herz Sommer

Why would someone who has lost family and spent years in a concentration camp have anything to be happy about?   How can she say that life is beautiful and music was the instrument God used to bring  Himself  into the presence of those who were suffering the most?  The beautiful smile on the cover of her book shown here would hardly tell the story nor the video at the end of this writing.
In 2010, Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust at age 107.     She came from a  German-speaking Jewish family and at age five,  Alice was a music pupil of the famous composer, Franz Zeist in Prague.  Her father  made machine parts and her mother was a concert pianist.  All perished in the death camps.  She married Leopold Sommer, the famous concert cellist who also died at Auschwitz.
When asked by many interviewers, ” What do you believe about life and what have you learned?” These are some of the things that she says about different topics:
  • Banned musicians who played concert style in her prison camp
“Whenever I knew that I had a concert, I was happy. We performed in the council hall before an audience of 150 old, hopeless, sick and hungry people. They lived for the music. It was like food to them. If they hadn’t come to hear us, they would have died long before…as we would have.”
  • Her dedication to her music and helping herself  at the “show camp…Terezin-Theresienstadt concentration camp..” set up to impress the Red Cross that all was going well in the camps and a staging post for those who would die.
“From my inner spirit came…now, you alone can help yourself…not your husband, not the doctor, not the child…at that moment I knew I had to play Frederic Chopin’s 24 etudes, which are the greatest challenge for any pianist. Like Goethe’s ‘Faust’ or Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’ … I practiced for hours and hours until they forced us out.”
  • Her young son, who was in the camp with her
“He took part in a performance of the children’s opers Brundibar,  staged for Red Cross officials in 1944. Soon after the show, all the children — except Raphael and one girl — were sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Of the 15,000 children in our camp,   Raphael was one of only 130 to survive.”
  • About her family
“The whole family of my husband, several members of my family, all my friends, all the friends of my family, nobody came back.”
  • On the trial of Adolf Eichmann that she attended in 1962
“I have to say that I had pity for him. I have pity for the entire German people. They are wonderful people, no worse than others. … [What they did] was a terrible thing, but was Alexander the Great any better? Evil has always existed and always will. It is part of our life.”
Liberated in 1945 by allied forces,  Alice immigrated to Israel as a music teacher; living there forty years.  She went to England to join her son, Raphael, who died of a heart attack.
  • On thankfulness and end of life
“Raphael died without pain. It is the greatest miracle and the greatest privilege in our life, to die without pain, so I am full of thankfulness.”
  • On life
“When you are pessimistic, your body behaves in an unnatural way. It is up to us whether we look at the good or the bad. When you are nice to others, they are nice to you. When you give, you receive.”
Words of wisdom from a woman who has lived more than most ever will.   Listen to her words in the video below and give thanks.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO SS. GENERAL HANS KAMMLER?

SS General Hans Kammler

SPECIAL NOTE by the author:   This blog has received the most hits worldwide than any of my other blogs, which may say something about the fascination that people have for history and the unknown facts of history.  People have commented that their relatives were somehow connected with General Hans Kammler, but can not prove such claims. Readers have argued back and forth concerning their claims…as I receive an email each time they comment.  What it matters all in all these many years later is probably of little consequence in that most of the criminals of the Nazi era are dying off even if they did escape the punishments that was due them. Regardless, the speculation goes on….and readers enjoy the mystery.  Thanks for reading and wondering. 

 

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As the Russians were approaching and the Germans knew the war was lost, the project that was to be a great defeat to the Allies was in danger of falling in the hands of the free world.  No one was to know the secrets of the anti-gravity machine that was being tested.  To be certain of this Gen. Kammler had a number of his top-ranking scientists put to death.  They were not going to tell anyone anything that had been discovered.

Who was Gen. Kammler?

General Dr Hans Friedrich Karl Franz Kammler was an engineer and high-ranking officer of the SS in Nazi Germany.   He oversaw SS construction projects and was put in charge of the V-2 missile program.    Kammler was born in Stettin, Germany.  Rising to at least  3rd in seniority within the 3rd Reich, Hitler put him, as a civil engineer, in charge of a very important project.   Years later, it has been suggested that Hans Kammler had possibly been part of the American strategy known as  Paper Clip.

Operation Paperclip was the OSS program (Office of Strategic Service) to recruit German scientists to work in American science programs.   It seemed a strange thing that at the Nuremberg Trials, almost no mention was made of Kammler.   He was also charged with constructing facilities for various secret weapons projects such as the Messerschmitt Me 262 and V- 2 rocket. It is also certain he constructed concentration camps and crematorium. It is known that he visited Auschwitz with Himmler.  Perhaps this was to see if his construction of a death facility was working properly.

He was married with children.  He called himself a Gottgläubiger or one who broke away from Christianity.   Did he die in 1945 as some believe?    If he died, there are about four possibilities of how that could have occurred.

  • That he committed suicide with a cyanide capsule on 7 May, 1945.
  • That he shot himself in the head on 9 May, 1945.
  • That he asked his aide Zeuner to shoot him.
  • That the Soviets executed Kammler along with 200 other SS soldiers

Others do not believe that he died and perhaps went with other Nazi soldiers into seclusion in South America.  One thing is definite.   The Bell and Kammler disappeared…

Special Note: If you would like to order my historical fiction book that brings a story of suspense and drama to the possibility of where Hans Kammler may have hidden, click this link to my book entitled The Seeds.  Click this linkThe Seeds Book Cover Revised