My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair; translated by Carolin Sommer

When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf, she had no idea that her life would be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List—a man known and reviled the world over.

Teege’s discovery sends her, at age 38, into a severe depression—and on a quest to unearth and fully comprehend her family’s haunted history. Her research takes her to Krakow—to the sites of the Jewish ghetto her grandfather “cleared” in 1943 and the Plaszów concentration camp he then commanded—and back to Israel, where she herself once attended college, learned fluent Hebrew, and formed lasting friendships. Teege struggles to reconnect with her estranged mother Monika, and to accept that her beloved grandmother once lived in luxury as Amon Goeth’s mistress at Plaszów.  [book link]

Hey fucks

During the holocaust, nobody said, “If we stop Hitler, and we free the Jews from concentration camps, what will we do with all those extra Jews? How will we fed them? What if they overpopulate when they’re released from captivity?”

Do you know WHY nobody said that? BECAUSE GENOCIDE IS FUCKING INEXCUSABLE!!!

So when people ask, “If we stopped eating animals, what will we do with all the animals that are already on factory farms? What if they overpopulate? What if they take over and drive out native species?” the answer is simple:

IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER

Murder is murder.
Rape is rape.
Genocide is genocide.

It’s never acceptable and you need to accept that.

The Haunting Story Behind One Of Gustav Klimt’s Most Famous Paintings

Maria Altmann was in her ‘80s when she entered into a legal battle with the Austrian government in order to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” and other Nazi-plundered Klimt paintings.

The artwork had been stolen from her family’s home after she escaped from Austria as a Jewish refugee of the Holocaust during World War II. Never certain she would even live to see a verdict, Altmann’s fight wasn’t about money or revenge. According to her, she simply wanted to preserve the truth of what had happened to her family.

So the history goes, the paintings in question were originally confiscated by Nazi authorities from Altmann’s uncle, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, and acquired by the state of Austria following German occupation. When Altmann began her fight, in the late 1990s, the portrait of Bloch-Bauer’s wife Adele had already made its way to the Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, where it was known by a colloquial moniker, “Women in Gold,” to obscure the subject’s Jewish heritage.

Shrouded in mystery until Altmann spoke out, the painting had come to be known as Austria’s “Mona Lisa.” Read on here. 

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Here’s what happened when a Holocaust survivor met a Nazi guard 

On Thursday, Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Eva Mozes Kor uploaded a photo of her “face-to-face meeting” with former camp guard Oskar Groening. Groening, the Washington Post reports, is believed to have been a sergeant in the Nazi regime.

Kor explained she was “interested in what will happen when someone from the victims’ side meets with someone from the perpetrators’ side,” but offered a warning about forgiveness and taking responsibility.

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T4 was codename for euthanasia activities performed by Nazi doctors during WWII. T4 was a program of forced euthanasia on the mentally and physically disabled, including children. Children of mixed marriages, disabled soldiers, the sick and anybody else considered “unworthy of life” were also killed. At first, the program’s personnel killed people by starvation and lethal injection, but they later chose asphyxiation by poison gas. 

Between 1939 and 1945, 200,000 people died under T4 guidelines.