Of course, most of you reading this recognize that the official historiography pertaining to WWII is virtually the exact opposite of what really happened during and after WWII. Adolf Hitler and National Socialist Germany did not start WWII, they were not attempting to conquer the world, and there was no systematic plan to exterminate European Jewry.
International Jewry and the countries she (largely) controlled - namely, the US, UK, and Soviet Union - instigated and initiated WWII, while Adolf Hitler was determined to revitalize and rejuvenate the German nation - politically, economically, culturally, and spiritually - while attempting to diplomatically resolve the major political and geographical disputes brought about following the post WWI so-called "peace treaties", particularly the Treaty of Versailles which pertained to Germany specifically, after democratically coming to power in 1933.
Adolf Hitler and National Socialist Germany never advocated or planned to exterminate European Jewry - they simply recognized the parasitic, destructive nature of the Jewish people as an organized political, economic, and cultural force, and wanted to rid German society of Jewish influence and subversion. On the other hand, the organized international Jewish community openly advocated for the systematic destruction and genocide of the German people on a number of different occasions, and convinced their puppet governments and militaries to actually do so during and after WWII (see here also).
LASZLO SCHWARTZ never had a proper adolescence. The Nazis made sure of that.
He was 14 when he and his family disembarked from a cold boxcar onto the selection ramp at Auschwitz, and he says he still remembers the feel of Josef Mengele’s wide leather gloves pinching his scrawny biceps.
As the sadistic concentration camp physician known as the “Angel of Death” sized up the teenage Laszlo, ordering him to line up with the other children, a sinister flame rose in the distance, he said.
“I knew what they were doing, but I didn’t want to believe it,” Mr. Schwartz recently told a class of 50 high school students in this small town in western Germany. “My turn came for Mengele, and he asked me to make a muscle. He asked how old I am. I said 17. It didn’t help.”
At 83, Mr. Schwartz splits his time between Germany and New York City, where he emigrated in 1946. Since July 2010, he has spoken at more than 80 schools around Germany about the kidnappings, starvation and torture he endured during the war and how the last time he ever saw his mother and sister was the day he met Mengele.
Talking about his travails has not always been easy for Mr. Schwartz, whose right cheek still droops slightly where, he says, a member of the Hitler Youth once shot him through the jaw. He says he used to choke up at the thought of losing his mother, but now he is stoic, his articulation slow but deliberate.
For Mr. Schwartz, speaking openly about secrets he kept for decades is cathartic, but for Germany he also plays an invaluable role in bolstering Holocaust education at a time when the number of living witnesses is shrinking by the year.
Germany is not alone in fretting over how to teach the Holocaust once the survivor generation is gone, but its role as perpetrator heightens a sense of urgency.
Survivors’ stories, like the ones Mr. Schwartz recently told at the Martinum Gymnasium in Emsdetten, are especially important for younger generations who feel increasingly detached from the crimes of their forebears, educators say. Firsthand accounts provide an emotional link to the atrocities that other forms of memorialization simply cannot duplicate.
“To hear it from someone who was there is different than reading dry books,” said Fransiska Hollekamp, 17, one of the 50 students here listening to Mr. Schwartz. “It’s so much more real.”