It was strictly forbidden, even to SS personnel, to photograph Jews arriving at the Birkenau Killing Facility barely one mile from the main Auschwitz camp. The exception was made, by an unknown official, for the camp’s staff photographers to make these authorized photos in spring 1944 at the height of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. These 185 photos are the only images of Jews tumbling out of the boxcars at the most infamous site of Nazi criminality. The photographer scrupulously avoided any scenes of violence, even as the victims were about to be murdered. A momentous and unique record of Nazi criminality–and, as=as these photos cannot hide, the dignity of the victims..
After Peter spent multiple years covering the case of Rudy Kurniawan and his fake wines, the last chapter may have unfolded in August as U.S. District Judge Richard Berman sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Once dubbed ‘Dr. Conti,” Rudy faces a decade in jail and will be forced to pay back hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution. Read the story on winespectator.com.
Peter’s newest article on the Bill Koch counterfeiting lawsuit was published on winespectator.com. The award was reduced drastically, but Koch can still claim victory. Read the Wine Spectator article for free.
Yes, strange to wake up this morning and have it flash in my mind that this is my birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of the murder of Catherine Kitty Genovese. I’m 71 and she would have been a lively 78 if not for the passivity of her neighbors. Would I have done any more for her if I’d heard her screams that cold night in Kew Gardens?
Meanwhile, a little batch of media interviews today (WINS newsradio, 24/7 News Network, AP) on my little ebook about the case. Tragedy meets commerce.
Most murder victims are long mourned by their families and quickly forgotten by the public. Not so Catherine “Kitty” Genovese. In the early morning of March 13, 1964, in Kew Gardens, New York, Kitty’s screams went unheeded by neighbors as she was stalked, raped, and stabbed to death. Had any of those neighbors promptly called the police, she could have been saved. Her death gave rise in psychology to the “Bystander Effect,” which posits that the more witnesses there are to a person in trouble, the less likely it is that any one of them will go to her aid. Kitty’s murder also led to a new emphasis in academia on “pro-social” psychology.
The only account from within the NYPD Detective Bureau of the investigation of Genovese’s murder was written by Chief of Detectives Albert Seedman and Peter Hellman in “Chief! Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives (1974). In this new ebook, the case is revisited, with a new Introduction and Epilogue. Published by The Experiment ($3.99) and available wherever ebooks are sold.