Nazi Propaganda Exhibit Opens in Phoenix

Tonight I went to the opening of the ‘State of Deception, Nazi Propaganda’ exhibit at the Phoenix Library, Burton Barr branch in downtown Phoenix. Though I’m interested in the time period there are lessons there that are applicable today, even knowing nothing about Nazi propaganda.  Are we critical consumers of information – in this overload of information can we discern the real messages or who is sending them?  Have we taught our children to listen to information with a discerning filter?

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Why Polish Deaths in WWII don’t get Credit

The number of Poles who died in WWII at the hands of Hitler and Stalin is double what the world gives them credit for. Only half of those who died are included in the definition of “Holocaust.” That fact alone is a big part of what propels me forward in story-telling.
The three leading ‘Holocaust’ teaching institutions in the world are Yad Vashem in Israel, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Poland. On the tourism level, fourth place would go to Anne Frank’s hiding place on Prinsengracht 263-267 in Amsterdam.

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Irena Sendler – Polish Heroine

My favorite Polish heroine is Irena Sendler (1910 – 2008.) Sendler. Assisted by two dozen other Zegota members, she smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto.  Sendler was a Polish Catholic whose father was a doctor, held a position as an administrator with the Warsaw Department of Social Work. From 1939 – 1942 she secretly worked making false documents for many people in the Warsaw area before joining the Zegota underground.  She provided these children with false identity documents and placed them in convents, orphanages and with Catholic families.