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Crimes and Misdemeanors
and the Dachau Gift Shop

PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll

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Posted By:Judy W., 2/18/2014 10:03:00 AM

“You Wouldn’t Believe What I Saw in the Dachau Gift Shop,” is the memorable headline atop a new article by Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg.com. Immediately below said memorable headline is is an even more memorable photo that Goldberg took at — and here’s a phrase you rarely hear all that often — the Dachau Gift Shop — the gift shop at the Dachau concentration camp, which he had recently visited: (Snip) I visited Dachau one afternoon during the Munich Security Conference with a friend, Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post. Visiting Dachau seemed like a particularly appropriate thing for us


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lizzee1, 2/18/2014 10:57:01 AM     (No. 9736978)

Well I learned that Mia Farrow disapproved of the Iraq war but approves of a Syrian intervention. No surprise there.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lancer12, 2/18/2014 11:28:41 AM     (No. 9737015)

Primo Levi-a very beautiful person -author of "Survival in Auschwitz" who killed himself-appears in "Crimes & Misdemeanors"-and speaks of love. "crimes & Misdemeanors" is a very challenging movie.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley, 2/18/2014 11:43:16 AM     (No. 9737039)

When I went to Dachau there was no gift shop. I went with a Jewish guy who was a us military commando, but he cried and prayed the whole time. Never saw that side of him. Very intense.
At that time the signs said the gas chambers had never been used. BS. The smell told another tale.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 2/18/2014 12:00:05 PM     (No. 9737074)

Who´d a thunk a place like Dachau had a gift shop! What do they sell, bobble heads of emaciated Jews or post cards of the body piles?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/18/2014 12:16:13 PM     (No. 9737105)

I also toured Dachau, alone, on an extremely cold Bavarian day before there ever was a "gift shop," They did however have a very somber museum. I had on hiking boots and my toes were tingling from the onset of frostbite. All I could think of were the tens of thousands of prisoners once crowded into this cold space, many of whom didn´t even have shoes or socks.

As a young kid, I´d seen photos of the atrocities of Buchenwald in a shoebox in the attic of a neighbor whose Dad was an Army medic and Battalion photographer at the liberation. The starvation and carnage was attrocious, with mass graves and bodies in them.

I don´t believe the Germans gassed or incinerated as many Jews, as is commonly believed, however it most emphatically did occur. Getting the bodies out of the chambers after the gassing was a miserable business, and they also didn´t have natural gas or petrol in sufficient supply to incinerate bodies on a mass scale, prefering instead to bury the dead in mass graves. They did have incinerators to burn diseased bodies and clothing however. My point is that they didn´t need to exterminate Jews systematically, because no human can survive such horrific conditions for very long. Starved, frozen, diseased, no medical care, no desire to live, will murder millions, all on its own.

Always remind your liberal friends, the Nazis were socialists through and through.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/18/2014 11:10:08 PM     (No. 9737899)

I have no desire to ever see such a dreadful place as Dachau, because I have known a number of people who survived Auschwitz, and lost their families there.

My dear friend (whose parents, sisters and brothers all died in the camps) was matter-of-factly telling me of a visit to her cousin. The cousin had been with her in the concentration camp. When I asked if the cousin had children, my friend said "oh, no, the Nazis took her babies from her at Auschwitz and killed them."

That one sentence was so devastating that I could never, ever want to visit such a place, let alone visit its "Gift Shop."

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