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Hitler’s birthplace shows that confronting dark past can take decades

first_imgAs anti-racism protesters topple statues of slave traders and colonizers worldwide, some nations are pondering how to mark their dark past. In Austria, debate over confronting one link to Adolf Hitler has taken decades, and it’s not over yet.Austria recently unveiled plans to convert the house where the Nazi leader was born, in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border, into a police station.It also suggested moving a rock that stands on the sidewalk outside, which is inscribed with an anti-fascist message, to a Vienna museum. ‘Never again’The rock, which carries the inscriptions “fascism never again” and “millions of dead” but does not mention Hitler, was installed by the town in 1989.At that point, Austria was moving away from its position of denying responsibility for the Holocaust, a post-war stance during which it described itself as the first victim of the Nazis.Partly because of that, some say that Austria has done less to confront its Nazi past than neighboring Germany.”Sometimes it feels like something that is done as a chore rather than a commitment made out of deep conviction,” said Gerhard Baumgartner, a historian and scientific director at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance.While progress has been made in terms of education on the Holocaust and erecting memorials since the 1980s, Jewish and survivors’ groups say more remains to be done, especially in explaining how widespread and systemic the Nazis’ crimes were.”That is very important – that people really know there was something everywhere,” said Charlotte Herman, head of the group officially representing the Jewish community in the province of Upper Austria, which includes Braunau.She and Mernyi mentioned the “Stolpersteine”, or “stumbling blocks”, project as one way to raise awareness.Originally a German initiative, it involves laying small brass plaques to Holocaust victims in the pavement at relevant places, like where they lived.Those plaques cover a fraction of Holocaust victims, but are a relatively common sight in Vienna, where a notoriously repressive and anti-Semitic system was put in place with local support after Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria in 1938.”In all of Austria, in every corner, in front of almost everyone’s door, something happened, whether it’s death marches, people walking past and dying in the street,” said Herman.Hitler’s role in history is well known, so there is no need to spell it out in great detail at the house, she added. But attention should be called to the building.”Because this is where evil was in fact born.”  While many agree that the house should not be allowed to become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the idea of removing the rock has upset some Jewish and survivors’ groups who have said that Austria must confront its role in the Holocaust.More consultations on the rock will now be held.”Clearly [the government] wants to let the world forget that the worst mass murderer in history was born in Braunau,” said Willi Mernyi, head of the Mauthausen Committee, Austria’s main Holocaust survivors’ group.”This approach is wrong … One must recognize what happened.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Alice McGuire

first_imgAlice May McGuire, 67, of Rexville passed away at 7am, Friday, July 10, 2020 at her home. She was born at home in Franklin, Ohio on November 2, 1952 the daughter of J. T. and Barbara Gross McGuire. Survivors include three sisters Linda (John) Walston and Marilyn McGuire of Rexville, and Kim (Jim) White of Versailles; 4 nieces and one nephew along with several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Alice was a homemaker and a member of the Rt. 46 Pentecostal Church at St. Leon. She was an excellent cook, especially known for her cornbread. She enjoyed following the Cincinnati Reds, watching game shows on TV, watching NASCAR, and was a big fan of driver Jimmy Johnson. Funeral services for Alice will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Vernon Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in the Rodney Cemetery in Decatur County. Visitation will be on Tuesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

AAG still mulling over team selection for SA Seniors

first_img… Baird, Archibald, Foster and Perry being consideredTHE final team to represent Guyana at the South American (SA) Senior Championships set for two weeks from now in Ecuador, has not yet been selected by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG). However, national men’s javelin record-holder Leslain Baird, and Penn Relays silver medallist jumper Emanuel Archibald are among those being considered.Speaking with Chronicle Sport yesterday, AAG president Aubrey Hutson confirmed that the selection had not yet been finalised, but noted that the Association is hoping to take about six athletes to the event. As always though, finances will be the defining factor.“We’re still working on it. It depends heavily on our financial capabilities,” he said.Pressed about possible choices, Hutson related that overseas-based Emanuel Archibald and Andrea Foster had indicated their interest to represent and were being considered, while Baird and local sprinter Rupert Perry were also being given some thought.With the local National Seniors Championships not being held until July 1 -2, and the South American Senior Championships set for June 23 – 24, Hutson said the athletes will be selected based on how close, in their respective events, they are to the qualifying marks of the World Championships.“We couldn’t hold trials because of the South American Junior Championships. So we’re looking to send persons who wish to qualify for World Championships. We’re looking at those athletes whose times are close to the (World Championships) qualifying time and will give them a chance,” Hutson explained.The National Seniors Championships had originally been set for June 3-4, in time to assess the seniors, and make a selection, before the South American Senior Championships. However, after a late request was made for Guyana to hold the South American Junior Championships, that event was held on that date instead.This left the National Seniors being pushed to July, leaving a void of trials for the SASC, and saw the AAG installing this new criterion.Archibald has been enjoying a notable season thus far, which peaked with his silver medal claim at the Penn Relays men’s long jump clearing 7.47m, while representing his school University of the West Indies.Archibald was last year awarded a scholarship from the National Sports Commission to attend the University in Jamaica.However, the World Championships qualifying mark for the men’s long jump is 8.15m. Archibald also participates in the triple jump and dabbles in sprints. However, even in the triple jump Archibald’s 15m personal best is some distance from the 16.80m qualifying leap required to make it to the World Championships.A CARIFTA Games bronze medallist, Foster is a middle-distance runner studying on a scholarship at Essex College in the USA. Foster has had a SB of 2:11.48s and 4:40.00s respectively in the women’s 800m and 1500m. For her, she has to bring her times down to 2:01.00s and 4:26.70s to make anywhere near London this August.In the case of Baird, not even Guyana’s national record of 69.97m in the men’s javelin is far from the 83m the IAAF has set for persons to qualify in this event.Perry is another sprinter. However, he has a huge task achieving the 10.12 seconds and 20.44 seconds qualifying marks for events that Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will no doubt dominate when he takes his final race.last_img read more