Bowers Museum To Host Holocaust Survivor Saved By Oskar Schindler

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Hillman is coming to Santa Ana
She survived the horrors of eight Nazi Germany concentration camps only because Oskar Schindler put her name on a list and on Thursday, April 19 author Laura Hillman is scheduled to speak at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

In her I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree, Hillman detailed her experiences as a teenager living in Adolf Hitler's fascist nightmare from April 1942 to April 1945, when she was rescued by Allied forces.

Nowadays, her message is a reminder that it wasn't a backward, Third World nation that conceived and executed atrocities that systematically slaughtered more than six million Jews. The villains emerged from a highly-educated German society that included notable scientists, doctors, musicians and poets. Even today people must be vigilant against a repeat of the tragedy, she says.

Of course, given that Orange County is home to vocal, unrepentant Holocaust deniers as well as criminal street gangs that openly celebrate white supremacy and Hitler, Hillman's lecture is timely.

She will sign books after the lecture. 

The hour-long event--which begins at 1:30 p.m. and will offer seating on a first come, first served basis--coincides with the Holocaust Remembrance Day and is co-sponsored by Orange County Public Libraries and the Council on Aging.

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Elia Pedersen

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ICantBelieveISaidThat
ICantBelieveISaidThat

Is it just ME or does someone else get the feeling sometimes that maybe Shindler saved TOO MANY holocaust survivors?

Just a thought.

mitch young
mitch young

"Of course, given that Orange County is home to vocal, unrepentant Holocaust deniers"

Fact is that Holocaust 'revisionists' have uncovered important facts about the events of 1933-1945 (or more specifically, 1941-1945). No historical event should be 'sacred' to the point where it cannot be investigated, and the accepted version be challenged. 

 "as well as criminal street gangs that openly celebrate white supremacy and Hitler, Hillman's lecture is timely."

I"m pretty sure you will find 'white supremacist' gangs everywhere -- even in San Francisco. But you do realize that a large chunk of Americans who fought and died fighting the Germans in WWII would be considered 'white supremacists'. Strom Thurmond, for example, landed a glider behind German lines on D-Day. 

On the British side,  Winston Churchill was the most important individual in preventing a German victory in the West. Yet after the war, when 'new commonwealth' immigrants started to flood into the UK, he suggested that the Conservative Party make opposition to this immigration a campaign point, under the slogan 'keep Britain white'.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Blame me, not her, for the simplistic blog post summary.

909Jeff
909Jeff

"it wasn't a backward, Third World nation that conceived and executed atrocities" 

Thats rather simplistic view... and not completely accurate. 

By the time Hitler took power Germany was so battered by the effects of the depression and even more so the heavy impositions of the Treaty of Versailles that it practically was a third world country. Combine that with all the infighting of the political parties, it was a (pardon the cliche') powder keg.  If we are Monday morning quarterbacking it was the sanctions placed on Germany as a result of the treaty that gave Hitler a platform which he used to rally the support of the people. Most notably the industrialists who's businesses were on the brink of failure... Hitler promised prosperity through rearmament.

Westside Activist
Westside Activist

" Fact is that Holocaust 'revisionists' have uncovered important facts about the events of 1933-1945 (or more specifically, 1941-1945). No historical event should be 'sacred' to the point where it cannot be investigated, and the accepted version be challenged."Mitch, you really are an idiot!! These 'facts' they supposedly uncovered are ones they found in their own little imaginations. They (and apparently you) can't let the real truths get in the way.The US and other allies were for the most part anti minority and pro white. Their armies were segregated as well as their cities. Yet these solders were sickened and repulsed by what they found when they came upon the concentration camps. Even the Russians, with their brutal history of barbaric treatment of the Jews, were horrified when they saw the same camps.None of these diverse groups had any reason to 'make up stories' about what happened to the Jews and other undesirables in Europe. Instead they told the world what they found in hopes awareness would prevent it from happening again.Deniers will always turn a blind eye to any proof they are full of shit and continue to make up their own version of the truth to fit their views. Kinda like the Teabaggers.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Classic--defending Holocaust deniers and white supremacists. Más pendejo cada día...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Actually I'm very interested in seeing this. 

Thanks for the post!

CHS
CHS

@909Jeff, you make a good point in that Germany received a beatdown from WW1 (first losing the war and then the sanctions and its economic depression including massive inflation).  But Germany was never close to "3rd world" status since it had long-standing institutions in place such as trains and roads, educational system, arts community, industry, banks, etc.  It was not a situation where the German people had no concept or hope of advancement through hard work, education, etc.  In other words, Germany just had to build itself up again, not start from scratch.

mitch young
mitch young

Meanwhile, Mexico sat out WWII until it became obvious the 'allies' were going to win, and the fuente of your la raza ideology, Jose Vasconcellos, was saying admiring things about Hitler.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I can agree with you to the point that they did have some level of infrastructure and an educated society.  But don't forget that they were forced to pay reparations to other European countries. So not only did they lose (Which prompted much infighting as to who's fault it was) but they were met with an economic depression in addition to the Treaty which imposed extreme sanctions.  So while the German people were suffering the repercussions, they were practically footing the bill to rebuild the rest of Europe... Be it right or wrong, it took a heavy toll on the morale of the people, and yes in fact many thought the outlook of their existence was hopeless. 

    

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Blah blah blah LOVE how you evade personal responsibility--typical.

mitch young
mitch young

Wow, an actual intelligent back and forth, with facts and logic no less, at the OC Weekly blog comments. 

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