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5x24 "I'm a Good Girl, I Am" Official Synopsis

Burbank, CA (January 27, 2014) – It is the end of Alison’s trial, and a surprise witness shows up leaving the girls shaken to the core in “I’m a Good Girl, I Am,” an all-new episode of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” premiering Tuesday, March 17th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT).

Alison’s trial is coming to a close, and the outcome looks even more bleak when the prosecution calls a surprise witness that not only paints Alison in a bad light but also the PLLs and Mike. Desperate to find any evidence or witness to save their friends, Aria, Emily and Spencer race to find someone or something that can prove Ali’s innocence and put an end to this nightmare.

Meanwhile, Mike becomes a target of “A” when it looks like he might be called to testify, and Ezra and Caleb have differing opinions on what he should do.

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January 27, 1945: Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz concentration camp.

The Auschwitz concentration camp network, which included Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Auschwitz III-Monowitz, and dozens of smaller satellite camps, collectively made up the largest concentration camp run by the Third Reich over the course of the war. The first prisoners arrived at Auschwitz in May of 1940; by 1945 millions of people had passed through - and died - in Auschwitz, with Rudolf Höss estimating a total death toll at 3,000,000 Jews, plus hundreds of thousands of Poles, Roma, prisoners of war, and any other social and political “undesirables”. Because the Nazis destroyed records and many of the camp facilities in an attempt to mask the extent of their crimes as Red Army forces approached, exact numbers are difficult to ascertain, but the generally accepted death toll is around 1.3 million people, who died from gassing, sickness, and starvation.

The original camp, Auschwitz, served a variety of purposes: a prison to hold enemies of the Third Reich/General Government; a steady source of enslaved laborers; a relatively small-scale extermination camp. Medical (in the loosest sense of the word) experimentation was also performed on prisoners at Auschwitz I, including those conducted by the notorious “Angel of Death”, Josef Mengele. Construction began on Auschwitz-Birkenau in late 1941 in preparation for the implementation of the “Final Solution”. Although it was referred to as a prisoner-of-war camp, there was no hiding what purpose this second camp would serve, thanks to the gas chambers and crematoria that made up the tools of Auschwitz-Birkenau’s murder machine. There was even a separate “Gypsy camp” where thousands of Roma and Sinti prisoners were sent to be exterminated. 

When liberation by oncoming Soviet forces became imminent (which it seemed by late 1944), orders were sent out to blow up the camp’s facilities, along with orders to exterminate the remainder of its prisoners. The latter orders were never carried out, but evacuations (i.e. death marches) to other camps did take place. Sadly, the only prisoners the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army managed to free by the time they arrived on January 27, 1945, were those too sick to walk with the rest. They numbered around 7,500, compared to the 50,000 plus who had been forced on the march. One Russian officer describes the scene of the liberation:

They [the prisoners] began rushing towards us, in a big crowd. They were weeping, embracing us and kissing us. I felt a grievance on behalf of mankind that these fascists had made such a mockery of us. It roused me and all the soldiers to go and quickly destroy them and send them to hell.

A child survivor, only ten years old at the time, describes his own experience:

We ran up to them and they gave us hugs, cookies, and chocolate. Being so alone a hug meant more than anybody could imagine because that replaced the human worth that we were starving for. We were not only starved for food but we were starved for human kindness. And the Soviet Army did provide some of that.

In 1947, Rudolf Höss was hanged near Crematorium I of the original Auschwitz camp.

January 27, 1967: Apollo 1 Practice Launch Ends in Tragedy

On this day in 1967, tragedy struck the space program. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee had been selected as the crew for Apollo 1, the first flight of the next generation of spacecraft succeeding the Gemini program.

During a practice launch countdown, a flash fire erupted inside the sealed cockpit. Within seconds the men were unconscious; minutes later they were dead. Because of the pressure of the fire, and the fact that the spacecraft’s hatch opened inward, there was no hope of escape.

Learn more about the Apollo missions with American Experience's “Race to the Moon.”

Photo: Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, Apollo 1 crew (NASA).

Giorno 27 Gennaio.
Una maestra di Roma, entra nella sua classe, dove tra banchi verdi, piccole sedie, disegnini e matite colorate siedono i suoi piccoli alunni, con gli occhi innocenti e puri, ignari di tutto ciò che accadde anni prima.
La maestra donò loro un quadernino con le pagine vuote dicendogli di riempire le righe di quei fogli con i loro sogni.
C’era chi voleva fare la ballerina, chi l’austronauta, chi voleva diventare dottore, chi voleva solamente amore, una famiglia.
Dopo i bambini diedero il foglio con i loro sogni alla maestra, che li raccolse e li bruciò con un accendino.
I bambini rimasero senza parole perché non capivano il motivo di quel gesto, e forse in tanti in questo mondo non lo capirebbero.
Non è difficile da comprendere. Il gesto della maestra ha un significato. Un significato che tutti dovremmo capire. Un significato che nessuno mai dovrebbe dimenticare.
La maestra disse ai bambini che come i loro sogni erano stati bruciati da un accendino, così anni prima, a bambini della loro stessa età e forse anche più piccoli,venne tolto il diritto di sognare, di giocare, di immaginare la propria vita. I loro sogni vennero bruciati, bruciati insieme ai loro corpicini fragili e freddi.
Ovviamente non solo i sogni dei bambini vennero bruciati ma anche quello di tanti adulti e ragazzi. E ovviamente non furono solamente i sogni a bruciare nel fuoco ma anche i loro corpi svestiti dalla crudeltà dell’uomo e dal suo egoismo, orgoglio e dalla sua ignoranza.
Anni fa, prima di noi, ci furono bambini, ragazzi, e uomini che lottarono per rimanere vivi ogni giorno, e anche se questi oggi non ci sono più, ricordiamo che loro furono i primi guerrieri veri della storia, loro furono coloro che provarono il dolore prima di tutti noi.
Anime innocenti, anime pure e pulite da ogni peccato, anime che oggi devono essere ricordate con tutto il rispetto che esista.
PER NON DIMENTICARE.
27 Gennaio 2015, giornata della memoria.
Next episode

“The Red Barn” — The team investigates a 25-year-old case that seems to involve both Red John and the Visualize group, and Lisbon contemplates her future, on THE MENTALIST, Sunday, Jan. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)


Every RJ episode has strong Jisbon scene

I’m wondering what they meant  : “Lisbon contemplates about her future”