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The statement lamented that despite that good intention, the world has since the Auschwitz liberation witnessed mass exterminations in places such as Rwanda, East Timor, Sierra Leone, the former Yugoslavia and most recently Darfur in Sudan.
''Today is a solemn occasion on which to commemorate those whose lives were taken in Auschwitz and other Nazi extermination camps,'' according a statement released by Sok An, chairman of a government task force on a proposed U.N.-supported tribunal to try surviving former Khmer Rouge figures for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Recalling that some two-thirds of European Jews were killed at Auschwitz and other extermination camps along with communists, disabled people, homosexuals and prisoners of war, he said, ''At the end of World War II, as the survivors emerged from those camps, the world pledged 'never again.'''
The Health Department's Pest Control Program conducts inspections, exterminations and lot cleaning to eliminate rodent shelter and reduce the overall rodent population.
Sporadic extermination programs performed by the City are not sufficient to stem this tide.
Adding this component would mean that an exterminator must be brought in, traps have to be set and baited and a period of time must pass to ensure successful extermination. This will add thousands to the construction bill for a process that is flawed from the onset.
The most significant document, however, which proves unequivocally that the British government had full knowledge of the exterminations of Jewry at Auschwitz-Birkenau was a recently released memorandum, submitted to President Roosevelt on December 8th, 1942, from Rabbi Perlzweig and Jewish organisations, which was received by the Foreign Office.
My research of Foreign Office files and of the periodical the Polish Fortnightly Review at the Polish Library, has revealed beyond question that the British government knew of the grisly role that Auschwitz-Birkenau played in the Holocaust by December 1942, the month that Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden declared in Parliament that the planned systematic extermination of Europe's Jews was being executed by the Nazis.
He notes that Yad Vashem historian Israel Gutman documents the percentage of Polish collaborators with the Nazis as "infinitesimally small." As well, it was the Polish government in exile that alerted the world to the mass exterminations of the Jews.
From the very beginning of the Nazi occupation in September 1939, the Polish people were selected for removal and displacement, and the Polish intelligensia marked for extermination. This began at once.
George Segal's extraordinary memorial proposes a line of inquiry strikingly different from the familiar exercise - at once useless and obscene - of comparing the Nazi murder machine to other mass exterminations in order to establish a hierarchy of historical horrors.