Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Daily Teaser — 15-4-2014: Belsen

Ye gods … 

I’ve got to admit to having part two of Treasure Hunters on.

Which has featured some amazing stuff.

That Bugatti, for starters … !

And they’ve just featured what has to be China’s best known — and eye-watering — archeological treasure: the Terracotta Army.

How do you out-do that … ?

Well … 

Digging around Egypt, obviously … 

Well, d’uh!

At ANY rate … ?

Let’s get a move on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi^ putting in her answers: and bagging five out of six.

Let’s see how she — and YOU — do with today’s very somber questions*, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video‡ … 

Q1) 15th April, 1945, saw the liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp: by troops from which country’s armed forces?
Q2) In which country was the Camp … ?
Q3) Initially, the camp was run by troops from the German Army.   The camp later run by which  Nazi organisation … ?
Q4) How many people are estimated to have died at Bergen-Belsen: forty thousand, fifty thousand or sixty thousand … ?
Q5) Jewish prisoners in the camp were forced to wear a yellow … what … ?
Q6) What sort of badge were gay prisoners forced to wear in Bergen-Belsen … ?
Q7) What name — at the now notorious Wannsee Conference — did the Nazi’s apply to what they were doing camps like Bergen-Belsen … ?
Q8) The Nazi exterminations are known as The Holocaust: what’s the Hebrew term for the mass murders … ?
Q9) What’s the legal term for the mass killing practiced by the Nazis: suicide, homicide, genocide or regicide … ?
Q10) Finally … what’s the name of the Holocaust Memorial built in Jerusalem, in 1953 … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions ands answers …
Q1) 14th April, 1828, saw Noah Webster copyright his most famous work: a dictionary of which version of English … ?
Q2) In which year of the 1840s was the second edition released … ?
A2) 1841.
Q3) 14th April, 1927, saw the Volvo motorcar make its world premiere: in a demonstration in which Swedish city … ?
Q4) 14th April, 1956, saw the first demonstration of videotape: was it one, two or three inches wide?
A4) Two.
Q5) 14th April, 2003, saw the completion of the Human Genome Project: the project to map the chemical base pair of human genes.   The pairs are made from which chemical: DNA, DND or TNT … ?
A5) DNA.
Q6) Finally … 14th April, 2010, saw roughly 2700 people killed in an earthquake, in the city of Yushu.   In which country is Yushu … ?
A6) China.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Iris Chang …
“As the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel warned years ago, to forget a holocaust is to kill twice.”
Iris Chang, writing in The Rape Of Nanking.
And Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End Of Love: written, in part, to commemorate the Holocaust … 

Enjoy the day … 

*        Late last year, I actually had a letter of complaint about the Brentwood Gazette Teasers I write: questioning the appropriateness of the set I’d written about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.   My reply involved my apologising if I’d caused offence, and offering my condolences if the complainant had lost a family member in the attacks.   But I also raised what I felt were two good points.   Firstly that, a few months earlier, I’d done a set on the Crucifixion: and heard no complaints, despite having raised it with the editor, just in case.   I also felt that the 9/11 set was much like the Belsen set you see today.   Some things are too terrible to be forgotten.   My only way to remind people that humanity is capable of incredibly cruelty† … is an appropriate question set.   However uncomfortable we may feel about it, these are things we cannot ignore.

†        Cruelty … conspiracy … and outright cock-ups.   I should also add today sees the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster.   My thoughts are with the families of the 96, today.

‡        Going TOTALLY off the somber theme … ?   According to the Wikipedia entry on the company, Troma make a popular series of instructional golf videos.   WHAT … ?

^        They’re not the weird ones, Debbi: there’s probably some REAL weirdies out there.   Don’t even think about Googling for ‘potato’ and ‘insertion’ … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...


!. Britain
2. Germany
3. the SS
4. 50,000
5. Star of David
6. pink armbands (?)
7. eugenics
8. calamity
9. genocide
10. Yad Vashem