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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
Today is the 80th anniversary of . A personal story: My grandfather fought in WWII. He never spoke about it, so we didnt know much about his time in the service, but based on the patches on his uniform, we think he did something in intel.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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The next part takes place two years ago. He died, and I'm cleaning out his house with my mom and sister. We find a photo album. When I open it, I feel like it might burn a hole in my hands.
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Elisheva Avital
The first few pages have pictures of Jewish homes being ransacked; people are in robes and pajamas. Several are bleeding.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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Here, some jolly Nazis stealing Jewish holy books, later to be burned.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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Now we move on to the stores:
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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The next section is like a gut-punch. They enter a synagogue, overturn everything. You can see prayer shawls strewn everywhere.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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Then they get to the holy ark, and pry it open to steal the silver and burn the Torah. At this point I feel tears welling up in my eyes.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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Then they pour accelerant, and set the whole thing ablaze. I had never before seen pictures of a shul on fire from the inside.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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At this point, I take out some of the pictures and turn them over. This is what I find: November 10, 1938. Nuremburg. A shiver goes through me. When I google the names, I find they were Nazi photojournalists.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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These are behind-the-scenes pics of happy Nazis on a rampage, presumably on Kristallnacht. What they were doing was COMPLETELY LEGAL.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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You tell us "never again." I'm not so sure.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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For those who have asked, I forgot to add: we have NO idea how he came to own these.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 9
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This is what the synagogue in Fürth looked like after the fire. Thank you to who pointed me to the right one.
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Der Nim Nov 10
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Did I got that right? Your Opa was in the Gestapo or Abwehr and you are Jewish yourself and found then these pictures? Heilige Scheiße what a punch in the guts.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 10
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Thanks again to , this actually appears more similar to the interior photos. Adass Jisroel in Nürnberg. The scrollwork on the bimah is pretty unique.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 10
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Elisheva Avital Nov 10
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Update: I've been in touch with several Holocaust memorial institutions, so thanks to all who helped with that. At the moment, the decision about what to do with them will be left up to the family member who has possession of the album. I'll let you all know what happens to them.
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marc Nov 10
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If these books were from synagouges, we can assume that they were the Talmud. The Talmud has been officially burnt an few times in history including in France. Thank G-D we have survived and thrived. We are lucky we have the land of Israel to run to when things get bad.
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Elisheva Avital Nov 14
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Pseudo-update: I am still investigating the provenance of the photos with the help of several historians. It seems they may already be archived elsewhere, and I can't give them to any one newspaper to publish. Will update further when it's all ironed out.
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