Irmgard Dirksen who lives in a nursing home in Pinneberg in the Schleswig Holstein region, was a teenager when she worked at the Stutthof concentration camp where over 11,000 Jews, Poles and Russians were murdered by the SS.
A former Auschwitz prisoner cannot seek justice in a Polish court over the use of the term 'Polish camp' by German media, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled on Thursday.
Erected at the end of March 1942, the canteen was where members of the SS garrison would go to eat, drink and be entertained after clocking off from killing shifts. Dagmar Kopijasz from the foundation that is trying to save the building, said it was an integral part of the camp as much as the red-brick buildings of the Auschwitz main camp and the wooden barracks of Birkenau.
To deal with the trauma he had endured, Thomas Geve recorded his memories by putting them on paper. Now for the first time, more than 80 of his sketches are presented alongside his narrative of events in The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz, written with journalist Charlie Inglefield.
Once asked to draw the view from her bedroom window for homework, Anna Odi couldn’t decide whether to draw the crematorium or the gallows where Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess was executed. She told TFN: “I think I am a hostage to the stories of people who experienced this hell. I am continuing what my parents started, to be a witness. Like my parents, I owe it to the victims.”
Protests were staged in Poland's capital and the southern city of Krakow on Saturday in defence of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detained in Russia on January 17. Protesters demanded the release of Navalny and all political prisoners in Russia.
A testimony to the need for culture, the poems were collected by Bożena Janina Zdunek and inscribed in a notebook that was meant to record the numbers of deceased prisoners.
In a letter to the president of Nigeria, where the 13-year-old is being held, Piotr Cywiński said he would take the 13-year-old’s place, adding: “I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity.”
WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGES: This incomprehensible human tragedy was planned and executed by the Germans at a concentration camp set up on the edge of the Łódź Ghetto for the specific purpose of abusing, humiliating and tormenting Polish children.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Twitter on Thursday for the Belarusian authorities to release illegally held and interrogated oppositionists, writing that the norm should be dialogue, not dictates.
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