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CNN -- It's a textbook case of getting it wrong. A Virginia elementary school textbook will soon be history after a college professor and parent, caught more than one mistake in it.
Turns out the errors she spotted were not the only ones. Some of the glaring errors had to do with African-Americans and the Civil War.
"The United States entered World War I in 1916." Wrong - it was 1917.
"There were 12 confederate states." Also wrong - actually, there were 11.
"In 1800, New Orleans was a U.S.
The book says thousands of southern blacks fought in the confederate ranks, something not supported by mainstream Civil War scholarship. But it's the next line that's just plain wrong: "including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson." The textbook actually, does note that it wasn't 'til 1865 that African-Americans could legally serve in the confederate army. It also tells children that Stonewall Jackson died in 1863.
But worse, it's also equivalent to saying the Jews helped the Holocaust," Sheriff said.
Jews were selected to help in the murder of other Jews, the Sonderkommandos, before they themselves were murdered.
The Sonderkommando were Jews who were forced to work in the death camps found at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and Belzec. The Sonderkommando were made to do tasks that can only repulse - yet they had no choice. By simply being in the Sonderkommado, they were doomed to death
Who 'became' a Sonderkommando? Young males who appeared to be in good health were the obvious choice. For those at the death camps, the choice was simple - immediate death in the gas chambers or work for the SS. However, belonging to the Sonderkommando only prolonged the inevitable. The SS were determined to ensure that there were no witnesses to the crimes committed at the death camps - so the men in the Sonderkommando were sure to die one way or another. If they refused to do what the SS required them to do, they were shot on the spot or sent straight to the gas chambers.
At most of the death camps, the Sonderkommando lived 'better' lives than those forced to do work of a more basic nature and they were kept strictly away from other prisoners still alive in the camps. The Sonderkommando usually got more food and could frequently wear their own clothing. However, they were always living on borrowed time.
After the war ended in 1945, those Sonderkommando who managed to somehow survive the death camps were treated with little compassion. They were treated as collaborators and some were executed for their work within the camps.