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May 29, 2011


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Len Rotman


This is fascinating stuff, shocking and horrific, but fascinating at the same time. Thanks so much for posting it. I hope one day to visit some of these sites and perhaps learn what actually happened to my family in Poland.

I can't help but comment on the fact that links between the Holocaust and food keep coming up. The "breakfast invitation" is the most difficult one yet because of the topic to be discussed, but the note, like the monument in your post, says so much without the need for detailed explanation.

Mark A. Edwards

I'm happy to note that 6 months after having written that invitation, Heydrich met his own final solution at the hands of the Czech resistance. Unfortunately the reprisals that followed his assassination were some of the most terrible of the war. There is a lovely memorial to his assassins, all of whom were killed, here in Prague.

Daniel S. Goldberg

Francis Nicosia's excellent review of Stephen Norwood's even better book ("The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower") begins with the following paragraph that seems highly relevant to the post and the series:

"One of our more inherently contradictory tasks as educators is to impress upon students the essential role of education in improving human society, as we simultaneously demonstrate that the worst perpetrators of crimes against humanity in history are often to be found among the best educated elite in most any society. This is certainly the dilemma for those of us who teach courses on the history of anti-Semitism, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust. When discussing with students the infamous meeting at Wannsee on January 20, 1942, for example, one must explain the reality that of the fourteen Nazi officials at that meeting, called to discuss the logistics of mass murdering the entire Jewish population of Europe, eight were holders of doctoral degrees."

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