Posts Tagged ‘Hitler’

TRUMP LOVES HITLER, WAT?

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Trump loves Hitler, wat? Trump is back and as they say with a vengeance. Did he ever go away? And that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, when joining me at my table for the full hour to discuss the latest revelation that Trump actually said “Hitler did a lot of good” and so much more is my partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.

According to excerpts of an upcoming book from Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, then-President Donald Trump allegedly praised Adolf Hitler during a discussion with his White House chief of staff John Kelly in 2018 while on a trip to Paris to commemorate the armistice after World War I. “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things,” Trump reportedly told Kelly, who was explaining to the 45th President who the allies and adversaries were in both World Wars, according to Bender. Bender also writes in the book that Trump was “undeterred” and persisted in his defense of the German dictator by claiming the country made economic gains under Hitler’s leadership. You can’t make this stuff up folks.

Trump loves Hitler, wat?

But that’s not all. Covid-19 infections are rising throughout the country. We look at the alarming increase in cases and wonder why so many aren’t alarmed. Should vaccines be mandated to save us all? Joe Manchin remains on our radar as he continues to be in control of the American government. Should we be losing patience with President Joe Biden’s failure to get Manchin inline with his party? According to a leaked video of Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), obstruction is the playbook for Republicans. Is that why Roy or anyone was sent to Congress — to obstruct?” Majorie Taylor Greene invokes the Holocaust again. Why hasn’t she been expelled from Congress? And is Elvis Presley Jewish?  

Trump loves Hitler, wat? Ashli Babbitt a martyr? This week in Tucker Carlson. Whatever happened to the Matt Gaetz indictment? — and we’re just getting started. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. See you there!

Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen Survivor Marion Lazan

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Concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorThe Holocaust, concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: WRITERS PAM JENOFF JESSICA SHATTUCK

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As we commemorate HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we visit with two authors best known for their Holocaust historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff and New York Times Notable Author and PEN finalist Jessica Shattuck.

Holocaust Remembrance DayFor Pam Jenoff it all began with the astonishing success of her THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL the World War II heartrending, Quill-nominated International Bestseller. Many successful books later she comes to us with her new title, THE ORPHAN’S TALE, already on the New York Times Bestseller List. THE ORPHAN’S TALE is set amid the unconventional world of a traveling circus, the novel bringing together two women—both refugees from their own pasts and each attempting to live under the radar during the Nazi incursion. Drawing on a little a little-known, real-life Nazi-run program, the Lebensborn Program, in which Jewish babies were ripped from their families and sent by train to concentration camps and the circuses of the era that sheltered Jews during the War, THE ORPHAN’S TALE exposes the light in the shadows of World War II.

Holocaust Remembrance DayAuthor Jessica Shattuck’s grandparents were Nazi’s. She admitted the truth in a recent New York Times op ed. “My grandparents were Nazis,” Shattuck wrote. “It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this.” It was when Shattuck came upon a picture of her grandfather in his Nazi uniform that Shattuck could no longer deny the truth, even though she had had and loved her grandmother who Shattuck says did not seem temperamentally suited to hate. Understanding why and how this woman Shattuck knew and loved was swept up in a movement that became synonymous with evil led to Shattuck’s writing her gripping new novel THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE (currently on the New York Times Bestseller List). Turbulent, disturbing, fraught, haunting, THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE provides rarely seen insight into the lives of ordinary Germans during the Nazi era, providing a perspective rarely examined in the voluminous literature of the Second World War.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nazi, Germany, World War II, historical fiction, Jewish literature two interesting conversations with bestselling authors Pam Jenoff and Jessica Shattuck on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 19, the podcast posted 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MARION BLUMENTHAL LAZAN

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Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 12, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, 3 p.m. ET.

HOLOCAUSTMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

HOLOCAUSTThe Holocaust, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NANCY SPIELBERG AND GLENN KURTZ: ABOVE AND BEYOND THE HOLOCAUST

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SpielbergAboveandBeyondmovieaddIt is 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet soldiers and still stories of the Holocaust remain untold. Two of those stories are brought to light thanks to the miracle of film. Joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 27, 3 pm ET are the producer and the director of the film ABOVE AND BEYOND, Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman. And author Glenn Kurtz who uncovered a family treasure which shows the remarkable footage of his grandfather’s birthplace in a Polish village filmed in 1938 prior to the outbreak of World War II, the story of Glenn’s efforts to discover what happened to the people in the film as told in Glenn’s award-winning book THREE MINUTES IN POLAND.

ABOVE AND BEYOND, THE BIRTH OF THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE is produced by accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg and directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, who has produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television, including HAVA NAGILA and BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH, which was short-listed for an Academy Award. ABOVE AND BEYOND tells the moving and powerful story of a group of World War II pilots, mostly American, who risked life and limb to volunteer to fight for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence.

SpielbergBookThreeMinutesinPolandGlenn Kurtz, a graduate of the New England Conservatory-Tufts University double degree program who holds a PhD from Stanford University in German studies and comparative literature and whose writing has been published in the New York Times, Salon, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. In THREE MINUTES IN POLAND, DISCOVERING A LOST WORLD Glenn recounts his four-year journey to identify the people captured in his grandfather’s haunting images, and introduces us to seven survivors of Hitler’s scourge.

Untold stories of World War II with Nancy Spielberg, Roberta Grossman, Glenn Kurtz on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MY CONVERSATION WITH “THE MONUMENTS MEN” AUTHOR ROBERT EDSEL

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I recently interviewed author of  The Monuments Men, Rescuing d Vinci and Saving Italy, Robert M. Edsel. The interview was part of a show, “World War II, The Untold Stories.”

Not only is Robert Edsel the author of these three fine works, but also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film The Rape of Europa. Robert Edsel is also the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and a trustee at the National WW II Museum.

Now Edsel’s The Monuments Men has been turned into a film of the same name produced, directed and starring George Clooney. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, the film is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Nazi-controlled Germany, and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves, and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Who is Robert M. Edsel and how did he come upon this little known story of World War II? Listen to my interview with Robert M. Edsel on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast. Edsel, you’ll discover, is as fascinating a man as the tale he tells.

GD’S ANGEL: HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MARIONE INGRAM

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Young Marione Ingram holding her mother’s hands before the bombings began

Yesterday I interviewed Holocaust survivor Marione Ingram.  In my time I have met more than my share of Holocaust survivors, read books, including Marione’s own new account of her life in Nazi Germany, The Hands of War, A Tale of Endurance and Hope, from a Survivor of the Holocaust, a book, which by the way, that I highly recommend.

I loved her book. Yes, the story that she tells is truly horrific, aren’t all survivor stories so? Yet this story touched me more deeply than most. I finished the book last week, but Marione’s story continued to haunt me.

Thanks to Comcast, a truly awful company, our internet service went down just prior to airtime. So that when I was finally able to begin the interview, I hadn’t had a chance to conduct a preliminary conversation with Mrs. Ingram to get a “feel” for my subject.

FYI: Just a few minutes of idle chit-chat is enough for this interviewer to gain an understanding of her interviewee. Without that, as you can tell when you listen to the beginning of  my interview with Marione Ingram, timing is off. By the way, we all do that when we engage in conversation: establish a rhythm with one another. When we can’t find it that’s when we tend to say that a person is not our cup of tea, but I digress.

The interview began. Marione and I quickly established our rhythm; we knew instinctively that we were like-minded souls. Marione began the interview speaking to my audience but a few minutes into the hour she was speaking to me, and I to her. If you listen you will be privy to our private conversation.

Marione asked to read from her book. She did and I listened with rapt attention.  Speaking with her still prominent German accent, her own voice, made the lyric of her work that much more meaningful.

My heart began doing strange things. By the end of the interview I will admit to you that I could barely speak. There were tears glistening in my eyes, in truth they bubble up even as I write. Yes, I was horrified by Marione’s telling of the unspeakable things that happened to her, the horrors inflicted by the Nazi regime, not to mention her fellow Germans, when she was a mere child. The atrocities are difficult to fathom for those of us of healthy minds. Of course I was shaken to the core by her story.

Hours after the interview had ended I found myself still shaken, my emotions as raw as they had been earlier. I thought to myself that I must be missing something. I was so disturbed  that I couldn’t fall asleep. I sat up in bed, and I thought. And then finding no relief I turned on the TV and what was I met with? On PBS a show Seeds of Resiliency that chronicled the journey of 12 people who have overcome physical or emotional hardships. There, on my TV screen were three more Holocaust survivors! They were riveting. Oh, I thought to myself, what a day. What is going on? Even this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show fit into the theme of the day. The subject: Israel.

And then, finally, I grabbed the seed of awareness that had been generating within my psyche.  I smiled as I thought to myself: Evil lost, Hitler lost! Goodness won!  Not because the allies won the war and beat Hitler and his cronies. That was merely an ending to something that should never have begun. No, what I realized then was something far more profound. For it was then that I realized that I had met with the mysterious ways that are Gd’s, the Gd that chose — hand-picked — Marione Ingram and the other survivors of the evil onslaught as his earth angels. 

What is an angel? Is an angel not someone who has seen the worst and seeks only to make things better? Is an angel not someone who deplores hate in all its form and worships only love? Surely an angel is someone who in the face of evil will not remain silent, or cower to the enemy. An angel is Marione Ingram who despite being the recipient of the very worst that is in mankind, can bare her soul in a guileless manner because the evil-mongers might strip a nine year old girl of everything, but an angel clings to dignity. What is left? Only the the purest of heart…and isn’t that by its very definition an angel?

Marione Ingram, a gift from Gd.

Thanks, Marione.

Marione’s Interview can be found on the player on this page. Simply press on the interview.

Listen to the related show: NY TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR JENNA BLUM | THOSE WHO SAVE US

 

 

 

 

 

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