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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
13th April 1945: The Gardelegen Massacre
With Allied armies closing in on their concentration camps, the SS intention had been to evacuate then exterminate all remaining prisoners and destroy all evidence of what they had perpetrated. In reality, the system of camps they had created and the number of prisoners involved was so vast that the SS simply did not have the time, men and resources to carry out this intention. In the attempt however, many atrocities were perpetrated.
On the Isenschnibbe estate near the northern German town of Gardelegen, SS and Luftwaffe troops forced 1,016 slave labourers who were part of a transport evacuated from the Mittelbau-Dora labor camp into a large barn which was then lit on fire. Most of the prisoners were burned alive; some were shot trying to escape, although a few did escape to bear witness to the massacre.
American Lieutenant Emerson Hunt, a liaison officer between Ozark HQ and the 701st Tank Battalion, was captured by German forces on April 14, 1945, and bluffed the German forces defending the town of Gardelegen into believing that American tanks were approaching the city, and this persuaded the German commander to surrender to the American forces.
The Americans consequently arrived at the site before the Germans had time to bury all of the bodies. The crime was discovered by F Company, 2nd Battalion, 405th Regiment, U.S. 102nd Infantry Division, when the U.S. Army occupied the area.
On April 21, 1945, the local commander of the US 102nd ordered between 200 and 300 men from the town of Gardelegen to give the murdered prisoners a proper burial. Over the next few days, the German civilians exhumed 586 bodies from the trenches and recovered 430 bodies from the barn, placing each in an individual grave. On April 25, the 102nd carried out a ceremony to honor the dead and erected a memorial tablet to the victims, which stated that the townspeople of Gardelegen are charged with the responsibility that the “graves are forever kept as green as the memory of these unfortunates will be kept in the hearts of freedom-loving men everywhere.”
SS-Untersturmführer Erhard Brauny, the transport leader for the prisoners evacuated from the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp who subsequently ended up in Gardelegen, was put on trial in 1947 before a US military tribunal and was sentenced to life in prison. He died in 1950.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
As far as I can tell at the moment, I'm heading for a quieter spell - that suits me fine, as what I'm never short of is stuff I can do! I'm generally very happy with this life experience. With intuition running the show, the prime purpose of my consciousness is to enjoy the show, and its task is to steer the attention, keeping it looking at the right things. I have a strong feeling of relief, that I've finally "got it" regarding how to live life.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Can you say to yourself that you know what you're doing and why you're doing it?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry mild and cloudy with sunny spells
1007 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I know a bloke who is mute. He communicates through embroidery, sew to speak. Anyway, he always has me in stitches :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Filthy Frank - I Hate Memes
The oldest condoms that were ever found date back to the 1640s and were made of animal and fish intestines.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Only when we learn to channel the energy we direct toward winning over others into winning over ourselves can we begin to develop our humanity.