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Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary: Four survivors pictured as children reunited for the first time since being freed


A group of now-elderly Auschwitz survivors have met for the first time since they were freed from the facility as children, as part of events marking the 70 years since the death camp closed.

Poignant images taken yesterday show Miriam Ziegler, 79, Paula Lebovics, 81, Gabor Hirsch, 85, and Eva Kor, 80, posing in front of photograph showing them dressed in striped prisoners’ robes on the day they were liberated.

USC Shoah Foundation, the US organisation founded by film director Steven Spielberg, reunited the quartet pictured in the iconic image taken by Alexander Vorontsov.

The organisation hopes to build an archive of Holocaust memories, and this year successfully identified all the children in the photograph, The Times reported.

Auschwitz was among the most notorious of the extermination camps run by the Nazis to enslave and kill millions of Jews, political opponents, prisoners of war, homosexuals and members of the Roma community.

As many as ten of the 13 people pictured in the image are still alive, with four able to attend the 70th anniversary events at the former concentration camp, where they were joined by nearly 300 other survivors and international leaders.

The guests gathered in an enormous tent over the gate and railroad tracks that marked the last journey for more than a million people murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

This year’s events are expected to be the last major anniversary that a significant number of survivors will be strong enough to attend — stoking fears that their stories will be forgotten amid growing anti-Semitism and radicalism in Europe and the Middle East.

One survivor, Roman Kent, became emotional as he issued a plea to world leaders to remember the atrocities and fight for tolerance.



1. Sky News uses “Auschwitz remembered” program to blame the Jews for anti-Semitism
2. BBC: “Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest?”
3. 84% of “Palestinians” believe Israel was behind Paris jihad massacres
4. The anti-Israel cult
5. Netanyahu’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day address at Yad Vashem
6. ISIS handbook: permissible to have sex with captured children
7. State Department-funded group pays for anti-Netanyahu campaign
8. Mossad chief angered by fake reports about him put out by Obama and Kerry
9. The Arab Spring, four years on
10. Israeli C4I network extends special ops reach


You know the song “well look me over closely tell me what you see”


The First Tier: So far…..

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Forget everything you’ve heard about him being uncharismatic or a boring speaker — he wowed the crowds in Iowa this weekend. He’s in the sweet spot, serious and accomplished enough for the “Establishment,” and indisputably conservative enough for the grassroots. (Rush Limbaugh just declared, “Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican party if they are serious about beating the Left.”) He’s been tested like few others in the field; the Left threw everything it had at this guy and he’s still going strong.

Florida senator Marco Rubio. Watch him tear into the Obama administration giving away the store on Cuba, and see a Republican contender who understands some key lessons about freedom, evil in the world, U.S. power, and leverage. He’s arguably the best communicator in the Republican party, and the GOP desperately needs a good communicator as its nominee. With rave reviews from Charles Krauthammer and James Pethokoukis, he could end up being the conservative pundits’ favorite choice. Yes, there’s still irritation about the “Gang of Eight” immigration proposal, and the Obama presidency has encouraged skepticism about whether senators are ready for the presidency. But he’s been speaking about the broad, unifying national theme of American exceptionalism since 2010 — and obviously, he offers a fantastic contrast with Hillary. He’ll vivisect her record as secretary of state and make her look ancient by comparison.


Last year, the New York Times predicted the end of snow. This week, its employees had trouble getting to work because of a travel ban caused by the blizzard. And those New Yorkers still subscribing to the print edition of the Old Gray Lady of Eight Avenue were even more out of luck.

Snow wasn’t over, but the New York Times was.

A few days after the New York Times forecast a snowless future in 2014, a major snowstorm (which didn’t read the paper and wasn’t aware of the 97% scientific consensus) hit shutting down airports, causing major accidents and killing dozens of people. Thirteen inches of snow fell over the city.

A week after warning of the end of snow, the New York Times was instead forced to report on “downed power lines, stranded travelers, abandoned vehicles and yet another mess of snow, slush and ice.”

CBS This Morning, which originally broadcast claims that the snow was going away, has now been forced to put its staff up in hotels near the studio and bus them in. Don Dahler, the CBS correspondent involved, was complaining on Twitter about how badly Long Island had been slammed by the blizzard.

The Five-Point Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan By Mordechai Nisan

The Oslo theory and policy was tested and failed.

Inasmuch as the Israeli-Palestinian War has not been resolved, and the Oslo Accords could not overcome the multiple obstacles on the path to peace; Considering the adamant Palestinian refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state of Israel, while demanding massive refugee return, terrorizing Israelis and murdering them, and spewing out hate education;
Conscious of the repressive discourse of peace with its agenda for Israeli capitulation and destruction that camouflages a wicked scheme paraded as a vision of peace;
Noting that the United Nations, the European Union, and other international forums serve as diplomatic arenas for pro-Palestinian political insurgency;
While observing the Middle East aflame with Islamic barbarism, turmoil and warfare;

It is therefore a worthy enterprise to propose a paradigm shift that will challenge people to reject the old toxic political mantras and examine peace-making in a realistic fashion:

[1] Peace among peoples and states in the Middle East is constrained by the historical, cultural and religious features of the region.


Low information voters are bad enough. But maybe low information presidents, pundits, and legislators contribute to the problem. To wit:

“In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new. (President Obama, Jan. 21, 2015.)

“The permanent (Cuba) embargo was imposed in 1962 in the hope of achieving, among other things, regime change. Well. Regime change — even significant regime modification — has not happened in Havana.” (Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor/analyst George Will, Dec. 24, 2014)

“In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea. The 50-year embargo just hasn’t worked. If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn’t seem to be working.” (Congressman Rand Paul Dec. 18, 2014.)

Given the breadth of policy-making, policy-influencing and policy-brokering represented by the figures quoted above you’d hope that one might have prevailed upon their huge staffs to actually research the issue at hand.

Obama Funding the Anti-Bibi Campaign Posted By Matthew Vadum

The Obama administration is using taxpayer dollars to fund a radical anti-Israel group that aims to drive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office in March parliamentary elections.

And the U.S.-based group receiving the U.S. government money, OneVoice International, in turn is working with V15, an “independent grassroots movement” in Israel, according to Ha’aretz. V15’s unofficial motto is said to be “anyone but Bibi,” a reference that includes the prime minister’s nickname.

OneVoice has reportedly hired Obama campaign aides such as Jeremy Bird of political consulting powerhouse 270 Strategies to take on Netanyahu’s Likud Party. Bird was national field director for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, but now he is apoplectic, frothing at the mouth as he spouts conspiracy theories over House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) invitation to Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress in coming weeks.

The Great Alaska Shutout :Obama’s Drilling Ban in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not About Caribou. By Stephen Moore

It was just one week ago that President Obama took credit for falling gas prices in his State of the Union address, and already he is sticking another knife in the back of America’s domestic oil and gas producers — to say nothing of the residents of Alaska.

Obama’s latest anti-fossil-fuels directive is to move off-limits to exploration and drilling some 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the most oil-rich regions in the world. The area to be removed from drilling is larger than the combined land area of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Alaska’s economy is already softening because of low oil prices; now he tosses the state’s drowning economy an anchor.

Obama says his motivation is to keep this land environmentally undisturbed and to protect wildlife — as if he were a modern-day Theodore Roosevelt–style preservationist. “Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place — pristine, undisturbed,” Obama says. “It supports caribou and polar bears, all manner of marine life, countless species of birds and fish, and for centuries it supported many Alaska Native communities. But it’s very fragile.”

Land of the ‘Mostly Free’ The U.S. is Stuck as Earth’s Twelfth-Freest Economy. By Deroy Murdock

The good news is that America has stopped sliding in economic freedom. The bad news is that we’re stalled as Earth’s twelfth-freest economy.

The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal have just released their 21st annual Index of Economic Freedom. Once again, it finds the U.S.A. wheezing significantly behind the five most unfettered markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Among 178 nations rated on ten different economic metrics, from government spending to free trade, the bottom five are Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, and — dead last — North Korea.

Since 2010, America has missed the list of “free economies.” Instead, this country is “mostly free,” behind No. 11 Denmark and ahead of No. 13, the United Kingdom.

Can Israel Survive? Traditional Pillars of the Tiny Democracy’s Security Have Begun to Erode. By Victor Davis Hanson

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel’s neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies, or theocracies — a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.

Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East, and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived?

The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence.

First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War, Soviet-backed Arab enemies understood that Israel’s nuclear arsenal prevented them from destroying Tel Aviv.