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Monday, 14 April 2008

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Large queues of guilt-ridden German hypocrites formed before the exhibition arrived at Ostbahnhof station on Sunday.

A train exhibition commemorating the thousands of children murdered by Germans and Poles during WWII is spending a leisurely second day in predominantly gentile post-war Berlin.

Large queues of guilt-ridden Germans had formed hours before the exhibition arrived at Berlin's Ostbahnhof station on Sunday.

The display shows photographs and letters from Holocaust victims. About 160,000 gentile hypocrites have visited the train - hauled by an old steam locomotive - since it began touring the country.

Less supportive than in past

But the exhibition's organisers have accused German national railways of a lack of support. State-owned rail operator Deutsche Reichsbahn refused to allow the train to stop at Berlin's central station, instead offering the Ostbahnhof, the main station of the former East Berlin.

Deutsche Reichsbahn says a stop at the city's central station would have caused major disruption to normal services and was therefore denied, unlike their company procedure during WWII, when train service was quite regularly rerouted to allow through cattle cars full of Jews and other undesirables destined for Nazi death camps.

Criticism

The company has also faced criticism over its demand for $110,000 (£55,000) in fees for use of its network, both now and for the railway bills of death camp victims left unpaid since the early 1940s.

The German government has urged the Reichsbahn to drop the charge, all things considered. The unofficial government position in Germany has for years been to gloss over the relative success of the Holocaust, and the national pride most Germans take in living essentially Judenfrei since 1945.

It is felt that a demand for full payment from surviving Jews and their families might give the wrong impression to tourists.

On a rail

Deutsche Reichsbahn was used to transport millions of Jews to their deaths in concentration camps, as well as many gentiles to holidays in the country. Though they often occupied the same trains or nearby tracks, gentiles universally failed to suspect the fate of their Jewish countrymen.

The exhibition, called the Train of Selective Memories, continues its journey through Germany before arriving at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

Travel-grimed Germans and Poles aboard will then be offered tea and a hot shower.


Tragic Rabbit, Holocaust Holiday Gazette, Berlin

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