Thursday, August 27, 2009

Auschwitz blueprints given to Israeli PM (AP)

The Associated Press, By David Rising (27/8/2009)

BERLIN (AP) -- Architectural plans for the Auschwitz death camp that were discovered in Berlin last year were handed over Thursday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for display at Israel's Holocaust memorial.

The 29 sketches of the death camp built in Nazi-occupied Poland date as far back as 1941. They include detailed blueprints for living barracks, delousing facilities and crematoria, including gas chambers, and are considered important for understanding the genesis of the Nazi genocide.

The sketches are initialed by the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, and Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess.

"There are those who deny that the Holocaust happened," Netanyahu said. "Let them come to Jerusalem and look at these plans, these plans for the factory of death."

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Yad Vashem Official Website- The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

"Diplomacy, painful history for Netanyahu in Berlin" The Associated Press, By Matti Friedman (27/8/2009): 'We cannot allow those who wish to perpetrate mass deaths, those who call for the destruction of the Jewish people or the Jewish state to go unchallenged," he said.