Day of Remembrance...

Today was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

We watched a 38 minute video from the National Holocaust Museum in D.C., reviewed the major themes, and symbolism in Spielberg's Schindler's List, and reviewed the first 1/2 of unit one in our class for Thursday's upcoming quiz.

We took a walk to Römmelgasse 8 here in Schorndorf to view 7 Stolpersteine (stumbling blocks) memorials in front of a the house where the Guttenberg family lived. 7 of them died in death camps (6 in Auschwitz). 2 of them were children age 10 and 12. The information about this family was known, so these particular Stolpersteine had all of the information - names, birth dates, when they were apprehended, what camp they were sent to, and what day they died. This family was persecuted due to being members of one of the targeted groups by the Nazi's - Sinti and Roma (gypsies). This group was thought to be sub-human, criminal, vagrants, and treated the same as Jews were in the quest to purify the German race based on the pseudoscience of the Nazi Ideology.

Then I let the class go on their own for lunch as I wandered into the regular Tuesday market to get my lunch...


After I had some lunch, I stopped by yet another Stolperstein in town that was of a young girl who was taken away in the T-4 program by the Nazi's and was killed at Grafenegg. That program targeted mentally and physically handicapped people as being not worthy of living in the negative eugenics campaign.

The day marked the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau...

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