Arbeit macht frei

Editorial note: If you have not yet read our mission statement above, please do so in order that you can put our blogs in context. 

25 April 2012

Sign over the entrance to British internment camp in Kenya in the 1950s: Labour and freedom. Almost 1½ millon men, women and children belonging to the Kikuyu tribe were interned in these camps, thousands of them being beaten to death, tortured or hanged as the British army stamped out the Kikuyu-supported Mau Mau rebellion against Britain’s imperialist colonial rule.

Sign over the entrances to the Nazi concentration camps at Dachau in Bavaria and Auschwitz (Oświęcim) in Poland: Arbeit macht frei (Work liberates).  Huge numbers of victims of the Nazis, particularly Jews, were used as slave labour in such camps, vast numbers also being gassed to death in a programme of officially approved genocide. This blog believes that the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews by the Nazis in World War II was the greatest crime in the history of humanity.

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

 1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Das Vierte Reich/The Fourth Reich (6 Feb 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

5. What would Gandhi have said? (30 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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