“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Angel of Death and the seven dwarfs

Tired of those pesky Holocaust Revisionists poking around all the bizarre contradictions and phantasmagorical exaggerations in your "stories"? .... just redefine "memory" and pull the rug right out from under them!

The Angel of Death and the seven dwarfs
Israeli authors launch Danish version of English book ‘In our hearts we were giants’ documenting the incredible survival of a family of dwarfs in Auschwitz

The horrors and stories of survival of the Holocaust reverberated around the world last week on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

But one story that has gradually begun seeping into the public psyche is that of the Ovitz family a family of dwarf entertainers who were one of the few complete families to make it out of the concentration camps alive.

Authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev were in Copenhagen last week for the launch of the Danish edition of their incredible book 'I hjertet var vi kæmper' (In Our Hearts We Were Giants) documenting the story of the Ovitz family.

And Koren is the first to agree that the story sounds fantastical in itself. When the book was first published in German and then in English a few years ago, there were many sceptics who thought it had to be a work of fiction.

An entire family leaves Auswitz alive? And they manage to help save some of their friends in the process? Oh and they happened to be seven dwarfs?
But the truth of the Ovitz family was tracked down through years of research by the two Israeli authors, with much of their original source material coming from interviews conducted with the last surviving dwarf sibling, Perla, shortly before her death in 2001.

The Jewish family was originally from Romania and with seven of the 12 family members less than 1 metre tall, they turned their fortunes to entertainment and travelled under the name of the ‘Lilliput Troupe’.

The Ovitz family were eventually captured in 1944 in Hungary and sent to Auschwitz. There they managed to convince guards that a number of family friends and neighbours were also members of the Ovitz family and were allowed to stay together.

But while they were spared the horrors of the gas chambers and given better accommodation and food than other inmates it a came at a price – Dr. Josef Mengele.

The Angel of Death was fascinated with the family and provided them with better conditions in order to keep them alive for his own experiments. At times they were even forced to entertain SS troops at the camp, but surviving family members had no recollection of the event, probably just own of many disasssocation techniques developed by them in order to survive.

It was this stumbling block that encouraged Koren and Negev to take a critical view of the case of their incarceration. Not as Koren says, because they didn’t believe the story, but because the premise was so fantastical to begin with that the authors wanted irrefutable proof to document the true account.

‘How can you criticise their memories? So we looked for testimonies of other witnesses who had been in the camp with them, we examined hundreds of Nazi documents, we spoke to people who knew them before and after their time at Auschwitz.’

Koren says that during their research that they uncovered contradicting evidence to the stories of the victims.

‘So we tried to explain and show why survivors told their version that way. It shows the incredible power and weakness of memory’.

It is this approach of multiple source research that the authors believe will become a more common technique when approaching holocaust testimonies in the future as ‘you can give more credit in the war against the Holocaust deniers, because there’s no other way than the truth’.

http://www.cphpost.dk/culture/culture/48168--the-angel-of-death-and-the-seven-dwarfs.html

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