Today I remember the loss of Kazimierz Smoleń. He died on January 27, 2012 at the age of 92.
It is almost fitting this man of history died on the very day the Soviets liberated the Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kazimierz Smoleń was given the number 1327 when he was taken to Auschwitz in Poland. He was housed in Auschwitz for 5 years. In April of 1945 he was moved to another location. He survived his 5 years of incarceration in the death camps. He made it out of the Nazi’s vision which was nothing more than a twisted nightmare for millions of Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Disabled, Elderly and dissidents. He survived.
Sadly, approximately 1.1 million others didn’t. He dedicated his life to truth. He shared his story so that others would be able to put a face to this mass murdering spree of the Nazis.
When those out there that like to pretend in some twisted world they live in that the extermination of Jews and others didn’t happen under Nazi rule. Tell them Kazimierz Smoleń and other survivors out there like him would strongly disagree.
Learn from these atrocities. Tell the world that violence isn’t the only way.
I was reading an article about the women who are portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures”. It made me sad. In our patriarchal society it still exists that women are considered inferior. Katherine Johnson is and was brilliant. The vast public hasn’t heard of her until now because of the movie.
Katherine Johnson and her peers were known as “Human Computers”. She graduated college at the age of 18 when other African-Americans rarely went beyond the grade school level. She lived in the segregate South. She defied all odds. She is amazing as she is brilliant!
To think of how many women have contributed to major moments in history only to be a small footnote. It seems ridiculous to me in the 21st Century.
The more you know…
This weekend definitely held the Christmas Theme for us. On Saturday, we went to Hope Lodge to share in a little Christmas Cheer…Colonial Style.
The Volunteers who run this grand old mansion did an amazing job with decorating. They covered all of the time periods that the house was in use. From Colonial to Modern.
Miss Erin dress up in Colonial garb to keep the illusion going.
I love trains. This everyone knows, so to see a train going is aces for me.
They even displayed metal trains from approximately 1920’s-1930’s. It was a wonderful Time.
Today Auschwitz was freed.
The atrocities that were revealed to have happened shortly after the liberation of thousands of Jews of Europe shocked the civilized world. How could anyone do to another person what the German Hierarchy had done to the Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Elderly, Sick and mentally/physically infirm people? Singled out above all were the Jewish of Europe.
Kazimierz Smoleń survived the death camp and spent the rest of his life making sure that people didn’t forget what happened during World War II.
To survive was an amazing feat in itself but he lived to be 92 years old (we lost him in 2012). A chance at a second lifetime. I say a second lifetime because Kazimierz Smoleń didn’t know if he would live through the death camp. He dedicated himself to sharing with the world. Bringing out the harsh realities from the shadows and into the light with the hope of ending this type of darkness that live in men’s hearts.
Our world is plagued by people like Hitler, Goebbels and Mengele. We have daesh who propose they are keeping the word of their God, they are NOT. The warlords in Africa who wipe out entire villages of people like locusts in a wheat field. These groups kill for made up reasons justified by themselves as the right thing. Hitler and his henchmen had that same ideas. Now in the Middle East we have shells of cities because of daesh.
Kazimierz Smoleń lived and died trying to change the world in a good and positive way. Let us all believe what he believed. That goodness does exists. That the evil in this world perpetrated by selfish, ego driven, imbecilic morons will not last much longer. That the people who are victims of these destructive idiots will find the salvation that Mr. Kazimierz Smoleń found that day when Auschwitz was freed.
Kazimierz Smoleń I will always remember you and your bravery in the face of evil!
Sunday saw bright sunny skies and a balmy 60 degrees. It was the perfect kind of day to take in the yearly Revolutionary War Battle Re-Enactment.
What I love about the Re-Enactments is the fact they stay in character and live that way all weekend. It so much fun to speak with General Washington as he surveys his troops.
It doesn’t hurt the mood when it’s autumn with the vibrant colors accenting the encampment.
They held weapon demonstrations before the skirmish.
It turns out Ben Franklin is quite the shooter. The lady in non-period garb is the safety inspector.
In the center, guiding the American Militia is General George Washington.
The British won the skirmish but not the war and the Americans lived to re-enact another battle!
This past weekend I had a big birthday. One of those kinds of Birthday’s that you do something expensive. I had my choice of what I wanted to do. ‘A party?’…No thank you. ‘A Trip?’…yes a trip might be nice. ‘Hawaii?’…no I was just at the beach. ‘You like Disney World’. Yes I do, but I’ve been there many times (although it is a Magical place I will return too). ‘Where would you like to go?’ my wife asked me. I got on Trip Advisor and that’s when it hit me, Ralphie’s House!!! She said, ‘Are you sure?’. Yes I was sure so she packed me in the car and off we went to the land of Drew Carey….CLEVELAND!
The Christmas Story House is located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was so much FUN. Frank Smith, our tour guide, was filled with one story after another about the making of the film, the cast and the neighborhood. He had us laughing and smiling the whole time.
There whole house was refurbished to the 1940’s look after it was purchased by Mega Fan Brian Jones. He and his wife made this a really awesome place to visit. Fun and exciting and well…FUN!
There wasn’t anything that I didn’t experience in this house. The Lamp in the window (you can touch practically everything). The Red Ryder BB Gun, sit on the sofa while holding a ‘blue ball’ or stand by the Christmas tree and get your picture taken.
I even got under the sink where Randy waited for Daddy to come home and kill Ralphie, lol.
I’m making this face because Mrs. Schwartz is yelling at me on the phone. When we were out in the back yard I could hear a train whistle of in the yonder…just like in the movie!
If you are in Cleveland, around Cleveland or thinking of something to do…go to Cleveland and see Ralphie’s House. Tell Frank I said Hi!!!
Today we remember the liberation of Auschwitz. Today I remember a brave man who survived until that Liberation. Today like years before I remember Kazimierz Smolen. He survived and told his story of cruelty and survival.
There are so many places in our world were cruelty continues to churn out destruction. I hope one day we as people will truly understand what those who survived the Holocaust know and have known.
If you kill everyone there is no one to call you victor. Also, fear isn’t respect. If someone fears you, well, you are probably a lame ass loser and bully. Which means you are nothing.
Read up on the holocaust and the pain and suffering of those who were deemed by one man as not worthy. In the end Hitler was a coward as are those who torture and bully.
Two weeks ago the State of Pennsylvania’s Courts ruled that the L&G community was indeed allowed to marry. That the law discriminated against a group of taxpayers based not on legality but “moral” opinion.
PA became the 19th State to allow L&G’ers the right to marry and enjoy all of the protections under the laws of the USA and the State of Pennsylvania. Our Republican Governor (Who is currently in a campaign for re-election) said he will not fight the decision but is still against Gay Marriage. I really thought it would have to taken longer for this issue to come up in our State Court.
Since there is no longer “Gay Marriage” it’s just plain old simple Marriage I prepare to marry the same person for the third time. She would like this to be the last wedding we have, lol. I completely agree 😉
Today is International Remembrance Day. Today marks the 69th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The atrocities committed during WW II by the Nazi’s needs to highlighted today of all days. Those same types of atrocities are still being committed all over the globe in the 21st century because we fail to learn from what is the worst that Humanity has to offer.
Today I remember Kazimierz Smolen. He died on 1/27/2012.
He died in the same town that held him captive during WWII. He lived a long life of 91 years against all odds. I never knew the man until I read an article about him reflecting on Remembrance Day. I honor him today on this auspicious day!