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April 23, 2014

President Obama has not “made good” on his vow to “speak truth” to Holocaust deniers

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:14 pm

The title of my blog post today is based on the very last paragraph in a news article published on the Israel Hayom website.

The following quote is the last paragraph in the article:

The [Obama] administration has been sensitive about moves that might disrupt ongoing negotiations aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear program. That apparently means passing on a golden opportunity to make good on the president’s vow to “speak truth” to those who deny the Holocaust.

President Obama knows the “truth” about the Holocaust because he had a great-uncle who was one of the American soldiers who was brought on April 7, 1945 to Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, to see the bodies found by the Americans on April 4, 1945, after the camp had been abandoned.

I previously blogged about Ohrdruf at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/mass-murder-at-ohrdruf/

A huge photo of bodies, that were burned at Ohrdruf, is the first thing that you see when you enter the exhibits at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Photo of burned bodies at Ohrdruf is at the entrance to the USHMM exhibits

Photo of burned bodies at Ohrdruf is shown at the USHMM

This quote is from the beginning of the article on the Israel Hayom  website:

The [US] State Department silence over Iran’s most recent Holocaust denial stands in stark contrast with Obama’s repeated pledge to strongly respond to the anti-Semitic revisionism.

The United States would “pledge to speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust,” Obama pledged in a January 2012 message commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He directly addressed Holocaust denials coming from Tehran in an April 2012 speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, condemning Iran for denying the Holocaust and threatening to destroy Israel.

The following quote, which is in the middle of the article, tells us what the fuss is all about:

The State Department has not criticized a statement denying the Holocaust made March 20 by Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei despite President Barack Obama’s promises to “speak truth” to Holocaust deniers.

“The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it’s uncertain how it happened,” Khamenei said in a speech commemorating Nowruz, the Persian New Year, the International Herald Tribune reported. “In Europe no one dares to speak of the Holocaust.”

That same day, Khamenei also vowed to “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground” if “the Zionist regime makes a wrong move” in a post on his official Facebook page.

Note that Khamenei did NOT say that “the Holocaust never happened.”  All he said was that the “reality” of the Holocaust is “uncertain” and that it is uncertain “how it happened.”

How could anyone say that when the Holocaust was proved at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal where the Soviet Union testified that 4 million people were killed at Auschwitz and that 1.5 million were killed at Majdanek?

A movie of the Dachau gas chamber, made by the American military, was shown at Nuremberg. Oops! Did I just write that? I meant to say that the movie was made by the Americans, not that the gas chamber was made by the Americans.

I previously blogged about the Dachau gas chamber movie at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/proof-of-the-nazi-gas-chambers-given-at-the-nuremberg-imt-on-nov-29-1945/

This quote is from the article about Obama’s lack of action on the statements made by the leader of Iran:

A reporter asked State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki at last Friday’s press briefing if she had any comments about the ayatollah’s remarks, which were described as “not very kind either to the United States or to Israel, to put it mildly.” She said she didn’t know about the specifics and would check into it. Told that the ayatollah “again voiced doubts about the existence and the scale of the Holocaust,” Psaki pledged to “take a closer look and we can get something around to all of you.”

No statement has been made by the State Department or the White House since then.

What are we to make of all this?  Does Obama have doubts about the Holocaust, or about the “scale of the Holocaust?”

I blogged about Obama’s trip to visit Buchenwald at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/bertrand-herz-another-buchenwald-survivor/

After seeing Buchenwald, did Obama begin to have doubts?

April 22, 2014

Lessons on the Holocaust, proposed by an ignoramus

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:04 am

In an article in the Wicked Local Bedford online newspaper, which you can read in full here, a suggestion was made by Alan Beauchamp to Jon Sills, the Bedford Public Schools Superintendent, on how to combat anti-Semitism in Bedford schools. Included in the headline of the article was this suggestion: “Don’t sugarcoat horrific history.”

The author of the article wrote that he was “appalled that in this community that anti-Semitism appears on the surface to be endemic from grade school students to high school students.”

This quote is from the article:

I think a PowerPoint presentation that shows numerous photos and videos of Jewish prisoners – men women and children being marched into the gas chambers at Dachau, Birkenwald, Bergen Belsen and other notorious death camps – may open some eyes as to what “kill the Jews” actually entails. It is a messy business. There is no need to coddle these students. History is what it is and sometimes it is not pretty — Arbeit macht frei. Tell them the irony of this and the story of Auschwitz. Sugars coat it and you get Swastikas on bathroom walls in Bedford High School.

I would like to know “the irony” of Arbeit macht Frei myself. I blogged about this at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/arbeit-macht-frei-what-does-it-stand-for/

I would certainly like to see some of the “numerous photos” of Jewish prisoners being marched into the gas chambers of Dachau and Bergen Belsen. I am familiar with several photos of Jews marching to the gas chambers at Auschwitz Birkenau.  I blogged about this at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/walking-to-the-gas-chambers-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

As far as I know, there are no photos of Jews marching to the gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen. However, there are survivors of Bergen-Belsen, who are telling school children about the gas chamber at the Bergen-Belsen EXCHANGE camp. I blogged about this at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/holocaust-survivor-eva-olsson-educates-young-students-about-bergen-belsen/

Yes, children, there was a gas chamber at the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp, where Jewish prisoners were waiting to be exchanged for German citizens being held in internment camps in America.  I wrote about the evidence of a gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen04.html

The quote above continues with this information:

Let the students see the corpses piled up like cordwood. Let them see the piles of shoes and yes even teeth. Let them see the bodies being thrown into mass graves. Show them photos of SS Officers separating families at train stations where men were marched to the gas chambers and women were sent to the SS brothels. Let them see the results of Dr. Mengele’s “experiments”. I would expose the students to exactly what “kill all the Jews” means in graphic detail.

I would tell them that, even today, when one walks through Dachau, how one can still hear on the wind the moans and screams of the former inmates. I know this from firsthand experience after visiting the camp many times while stationed in Europe and escorting visitors.

When the man who wrote the words quoted above, was “stationed in Europe,” the Dachau camp was filled with ethnic Germans who had been expelled from what is now the Czech Republic.  After World War II, these refugees lived in the barracks at Dachau, until they were thrown out so that Dachau could be turned into a Memorial Site.  What this man heard was the moans of these former refugees, who lived in extreme poverty at Dachau for 17 years.  They were the lucky ones; other German “expellees” were living on the streets of German cities, begging for food.

I blogged about corpses piled up like cordwood at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/bodies-stacked-like-cordwood-how-many-times-have-you-read-those-words/

I blogged about the piles of shoes at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/do-photos-of-piles-of-shoes-prove-that-prisoers-were-murdered-at-dachau/

If any of the photos on my blog, or on my website scrapbookpages.com, would be useful for the Power Point presentation to the Bedford students, you have my permission to include  them.  For example,  the photo below shows prisoners arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Prisoners arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Prisoners arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo below should be included in the Power Point presentation. It shows German POWs digging holes for shelter in one of Eisenhower’s death camps, which you can  read about on my blog post at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/eisenhowers-death-camps-a-stain-on-american-history/

German POWs digging  holes for shelter in Eisenhower's  death camp

German POWs digging holes for shelter in one of Eisenhower’s death camps

I wrote about how the Holocaust should be taught in American schools in this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/should-the-holocaust-be-taught-in-american-schools/

April 19, 2014

A new novel about the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am
A novel about the Holocaust and the Treblinka camp

A novel about the Holocaust and Treblinka

A new novel entitled The Comandant of Lubizec is available on Amazon. This is a fictional book about real places and real events of World War II.  The title includes the name of a fictional death camp. The name seems to be a combination of Lublin, a city in Poland, which was the headquarters of Operation Reinhard, and Belzec, one of the Operation Reinhard camps. The sub-title of the book is “A novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard.”

You can read the first two pages of the novel at http://www.argusleader.com/story/life/2014/03/23/excerpt-from-patrick-hicks-commandant-of-lubizec/6712213/

Near the end of page 2, you can read the following:

“Little is known about Lubizec but by talking about this one single camp perhaps a larger discussion may arise about other death camps like Bełzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka, which aren’t lodged in the public imagination as fully as they should be.”

Bełzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka were the three Operation Reinhard camps. The author of the novel has invented a fourth Operation Reinhard camp for his novel.

This quote is from Amazon’s description of the book:

After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Millions were shoved into ghettos and forced to live under the swastika. Death camps were built and something called “Operation Reinhard” was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland.

The Commandant of Lubizec is a harrowing account of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have in the Nazi state. It is a sensitive, accurate retelling of a place that went about the business of genocide.
Told as a historical account in a documentary style, it explores the atmosphere of a death camp. It describes what it was like to watch the trains roll in, and it probes into the mind of its commandant, Hans-Peter Guth. How could he murder thousands of people each day and then go home to laugh with his children? This is not only an unflinching portrayal of the machinery of the gas chambers, it is also the story of how prisoners burned the camp to the ground and fled into the woods. It is a story of rebellion and survival. It is a story of life amid death.

I can’t emphasize strongly enough how much I disapprove of novels about true historical events. I don’t like to read books, that take liberties with the truth, because I don’t know which parts are really true and which parts are not.

It seems to me that the author is calling his book a novel, so that he can promote lies about the Holocaust without being called a liar.

For example, the text in the ad for the book on Amazon includes this: “How could he [the Commandant] murder thousands of people each day and then go home to laugh with his children?”

The above statement seems to be based on Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, who lived in a house just outside the main Auschwitz camp.  The two photos below show the front and the rear of the house where Rudolf Hoess lived with his wife and children.

The front of the house where Commandant Rudolf Hoess lived

The front of the house where Commandant Rudolf Hoess lived

The rear of the house where Rudolf Hoess lived was just down the street from the gas chamber

The rear of the house where Rudolf Hoess lived was just down the street from the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

I used the “search inside” feature and found, on page 18 of the book, that the wife of the Commandant of the fictional Lubizec camp had “moved into a house close by.”

All of the Operation Reinhard camps were way out in the boondocks; there were no houses “close by” which would have been good enough for a Commandant’s wife.  For example, the house in the photo below is “close by” the Treblinka camp. Is this the kind of house, in which the Commandant’s wife lived?

House near the Treblinka camp

House near the Treblinka camp

This quote is also from the ad for the book on Amazon:

With a strong eye towards the history of the Holocaust, The Commandant of Lubizec compels us to look at these extermination centers anew. It disquiets us with the knowledge that similar events actually took place in camps like Bełzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka. The history of Lubizec, although a work of fiction, is a chillingly blunt distillation of real life events. It asks that we look again at “Operation Reinhard”. It brings voice to the silenced. It demands that we bear witness.

In other words, since the Holocaustians can’t prove the truth of their story of the Operation Reinhard camps, just write it up as fiction. Take that, you Holocaust deniers!

I wrote about Treblinka in a previous  blog post at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/the-murder-weapon-used-at-treblinka-carbon-monoxide-or-zyklon-b-gas/

April 18, 2014

A petition to remove the Russian tanks from the Red army memorial in Berlin

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:23 am
One of the two Russian tanks on a monument in Berlin

One of the two Russian tanks on a monument in Berlin

A regular reader of my blog wrote this in a comment yesterday:

Apparently a petition has been launched to remove the red army tanks from the red army memorial in Berlin. The senate of the BRD parliament has described this petition as as highly offensive to [the Russians] who ”liberated ” Berlin in 1945 . This once again demonstrates that the modern German state is an occupation construct which fulfills enthusiastically its role as vassal state.

I took the photo above when I visited the city of Berlin in 2001. There are two tanks, one on either side of a huge Russian Monument in the heart of Berlin.

The photo below shows part of the Russian Monument, which has a statue of a Russian soldier in the center.

The monument to the Russian "liberators" of Berlin

The monument to the Russian “liberators” of Berlin

Statue of a Russian soldier on a monument in Berlin

Statue of a Russian soldier on a monument in Berlin

When I first arrived in Berlin, on my visit to the city in 2001, my taxi ride from the airport to my hotel took me down the Strasse des 17 Juni (June 17th Street). Formerly called Charlottenburger Chausee, it was renamed to commemorate an uprising by East German workers in 1953. This broad avenue which leads to the famous Brandenburg Gate, separating East Berlin from West Berlin, cuts through the Tiergarten park and is lined on both sides with lime trees which look as though they were planted after the end of the war.

At the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor), the street becomes Unter den Linden on the former East Germany side. The next day when I drove through both sides of the former divided city, I noticed that West Berlin had lots of trees and large flower pots decorating the streets, while the ground in East Berlin was mostly solid concrete.

On the north side of Strasse des 17 Juni is the Soviet War Memorial, shown in the photos above. It was erected in honor of the 300,000 Red Army troops who died in the Battle of Berlin. The monument was built from the marble of the destroyed Reich Chancellery building, which was Hitler’s headquarters, and is flanked by the two Russian tanks that were the first to enter Berlin.

The monument shown in the photo below is in memory of the German victory over France in 1871.

German monument in Berlin

German monument in Berlin

The monument shown in the photo above is called the Siegessäule. It commemorates the German victory over France in the Franco-Prussian war in 1871.  The statue faces France, as if to say, “Take that, you bastards.”

Monument in Berlin in  honor of German victory over France in 1871

Monument in Berlin in honor of German victory over France in the Franco-Prussian war in 1871

The city of Berlin covers a total area of 340 square miles; it is 28 miles wide from east to west, and 24 miles long from north to south. The city is built on a plain, so it is as flat as a pancake except for the mounds where the piles of cleared rubble are covered over with grass.

Mound of rubble, covered with grass, in Berlin

Mound of rubble, covered with grass, in Berlin

At the beginning of August 1945, three months after the German surrender which ended World War II, American President Harry Truman was on his way to Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, for a conference with Allied leaders Churchill and Stalin, when he took a victory lap around Berlin in an Army Jeep to see the devastation wrought by the Allied bombing. There was not much left of Berlin to see. The capital city of Germany had been bombed 24 times between November 18, 1943 and March 1944, and sporadic hits continued until the city was captured by the Russian army in April, 1945. By that time, the city had been reduced to 98 million cubic yards of rubble.

Each of the 24 bomb attacks involved over 1,000 planes and the dropping of up to 2,000 tons of bombs. Half of the city’s bridges were destroyed and the underground railway tunnels were flooded. There was no gas, electricity nor water in the central portion of the city. The pre-war population of 4.3 million had been reduced to 2.8 million, as people were forced to flee the city; some 1.5 million people became homeless when their homes were bombed.

One out of 7 of the buildings destroyed in Germany by the Allied bombing were in Berlin. Out of a total of 245,000 buildings in Berlin, 50,000 had been completely destroyed and 23,000 had been severely damaged; 80,000 residents of the city had been killed. Even the trees in the Tiergarten, a large park in the center of the city, had been killed in the Battle of Berlin. There were so many historic buildings destroyed that Berliners jokingly referred to the American and British air raids as Baedecker Bombing. Baedecker travel guide books were used by tourists to locate famous and historic buildings.

A mere 5 years earlier, after the conquest of France in 6 weeks time, Hitler had visited Paris and taken an early morning tour of the deserted streets to see the famous buildings of the capital city, which were all still intact. Hitler’s earliest ambition had been to be an architect, and he made sure that the beautiful buildings of Paris were not destroyed.

I agree that the Russian tanks should be removed from Berlin. The present Russian Monument should be replaced by a monument to the women in Berlin who were raped and tortured by the Russian soldiers after the “liberation” of Berlin.  It is time to tell the truth about what really happened in the Allied victory over Germany in World War II.

April 16, 2014

The little known fate of the Sudeten Germans

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:21 pm

I am expanding on a comment written on my blog by one of my regular readers.  This quote is from the comment:  “The Sudeten Germans were robbed, persecuted and occasionally murdered by the Prague regime before the Munich Agreement. After the war, the Sudeten Germans were raped, murdered and hideously tortured in large numbers. Then all the survivors were expelled from the country.”

You don’t hear much about the suffering of the Sudeten Germans, although the Munich Agreement is frequently mentioned on comedy shows on TV, as jokes are made about Hitler taking all of Czechoslovakia after he was given the Sudentenland, following World War II.  (The word Sudeten will not go through the wordpress spell checker. This goes to show you how little is known about the Sudeten Germans.)

Fortress at Terezin with Sudeten mountains in the backgroun

Fortress at Terezin with Sudeten mountains in the background

Before I went to the Czech Republic several years ago, I did a lot of research on the subject and wrote about it on my website.  The following information is from my website scrapbookpages.com.

Theresienstadt (now called Terezin) was right on the dividing line between the Sudetenland and the remaining part of Czechoslovakia, with the demarcation line being immediately alongside the town’s fortifications, shown in the photo above. When the Sudetenland was given to the Germans in the Munich agreement, there were 25,000 Jews living there, who fled across the border into the town of Theresienstadt; some of them took temporary refuge in the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt.

Eduard Benes, who replaced Masaryk as president of Czechoslovakia in 1935, had been opposed to the Germans in World War I. During the period between wars, Benes was a strong supporter of the League of Nations and was active in trying to prevent Germany from regaining military power. As an opponent of Fascism, Benes had complained to the League of Nations many times when Hitler began to violate the terms of the Versailles Treaty by rearming and placing troops in the Rhineland on the border between France and Germany.

The Munich “appeasement” of Hitler was intended to prevent another world war, but soon afterwards, Hitler demanded the resignation of Benes, his unrelenting opponent, who was agitating against the German takeover of the Sudetenland. In an effort to maintain peace, Benes resigned and went to England where he set up a Czech government in exile.

On March 14, 1939, following the resignation of Benes, Slovakia declared itself an independent state under the rule of Father Jozef Tiso, a Catholic priest and a Nazi supporter. On the following day, the Nazis marched into Czechoslovakia and took over the rest of the country without a fight. The states of Bohemia and Moravia, which had been dominated by the Germans for centuries under the Holy Roman Empire, became a German Protectorate. The Czech town of Terezin became once again a German town, and the name was changed back to the original name of Theresienstadt.ek were Slovaks who had already been put into labor camps in their own country.

Great Britain, France and Italy assumed responsibility for the conflict in Czechoslovakia since they had signed the Treaty of Versailles which ended the war and stripped the Germans and Austrians of a big chunk of their former territories. Czechoslovakia had become a country as a result of that treaty. America also fought on the side of the Allies in World War I, but did not ratify the Treaty of Versailles because it included the League of Nations, which the American Congress voted not to join.

Austria-Hungary and Germany both signed an Armistice based on the Fourteen Points proposed by Woodrow Wilson, the American President during the war years. One of the key points was self-determination which meant that all ethnic groups had the right to determine the country in which they would live. This point of Wilson’s Fourteen Points was violated by the Treaty of Versailles when half a million Poles and a million Hungarians, along with three and a half million ethnic Germans became citizens of the new country of Czechoslovakia, which was dominated by the Czechs.

In answer to Hitler’s complaints, the British formed a commission to study the problem. This resulted in the Munich agreement, signed on Sept. 30, 1938 between Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, in which the borderland known as the Sudetenland, with its predominantly German population, was given to Germany. There were also 45,000 Jews living in the Sudetenland who were handed over to Hitler as a result of the Munich appeasement.

The Sudetenland had formerly been part of the Austrian Empire but by 1938, Austria was part of the new Greater German Reich created by Hitler in the Anschluss with Austria. The unification of Germany and Austria had been expressly forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles, but the Allies did not protest this violation of the treaty. The Czech government did not have a say in the Munich agreement, since the country of Czechoslovakia was not in existence before the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

The Czechs fought as partisans against the Fascists in World War II, even sending men from England into Czechoslovakia by parachute to assassinate a top Nazi, SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. According to Ben G. Frank in his book entitled “A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe,” over 50% of the Czech partisans were Jews.

After Slovakia split off into an independent country, it became an ally of the German Fascists. The rest of the small states in Czechoslovakia were taken over by Poland and Hungary to bring their former citizens back into their respective countries in accordance with Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Hungary became a Fascist ally of Germany, but there was still an ongoing dispute between Germany and Poland over the territory which Germany had lost to Poland after World War I. Germany had been divided into two parts, separated by the Polish Corridor which was created to give the Poles access to the port of Danzig.

Once again, Hitler used the excuse that ethnic Germans were being mistreated and discriminated against when he invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 after efforts to resolve the problem peacefully had failed. Allegedly, 58,000 ethic Germans had been killed since April 1939 when the Germans first started trying to negotiate for a right-of-way across the Polish Corridor. Without a highway or railroad through the Corridor, the Germans could only access the eastern part of Germany by boat.

At the heart of the dispute between Germany and Poland was the free city of Gdansk, formerly the German city of Danzig, with its 100% German population, which was taken from the Germans in the Treaty of Versailles. Another bone of contention was the industrial section of Silesia which was given to Poland after World War I. In a self-determination vote, the people of Silesia had voted to become part of Germany, but this was ignored by the League of Nations, even though this was one of Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Although war had been avoided in the conflict between the Germans and the Czechs, this time there was no “appeasement” of Hitler. Great Britain and France, after signing an agreement to protect Poland in case of an attack by Germany, were forced to declare war on Germany and World War II began two days after the first shots were fired on September 1, 1939.

With the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, Czechoslovakia again became an independent country and all the ethnic Germans, except for the few who could prove that they were anti-Fascist during the war, were expelled from their homes and sent into war-torn Germany, many of them dying along the way from hunger and exhaustion. The Czechs and the Jews exacted their revenge by attacking these refugees as they fled to Germany. Many of the refugees had to live for as long as 18 years in the former Nazi concentration camps, such as Dachau, until they could find new jobs and homes, as Germany was slowly rebuilt.

As soon as a typhus epidemic at Theresienstadt was brought under control, the prisoners were released and the Small Fortress became a prison for German Nazis from 1945 to 1948.

 

 

 

April 15, 2014

The origin of the toothbrush mustache, worn by Hitler

An article in Highbrow magazine, which you can read in full here, is highly critical of the iconic Shepard Fairey image of President Obama, sporting a toothbrush mustache. This desecration of the iconic Obama image was seen recently on a street in Montreal.

This quote is from the article:

In the midst of Montreal’s cobblestone streets and colonial mansions is a small, wooden, fold-up table upon which sits the now iconic Shepard Fairey image of Barack Obama. It does not take long for you and your friends to realize there is something odd about this particular incarnation of the poster because there, just above President Barack Obama’s upper lip is a toothbrush mustache worn, most infamously, by Adolph Hitler. There you stand, all three of you American, two Jewish, staring blankly at an image of your president adorned with the facial hair of the orchestrator of arguably the largest genocide in recorded history.
Images, and the words that oftentimes accompany them, have a tendency to take on lives of their own. The mustache sported so famously by Hitler represents many things. It represents fear, violence, extermination, destruction, hate.

I learned the origin of the Hitler mustache and the reason for this style of facial hair in Germany when I visited Dachau in 1997.

The photo below was displayed in the Dachau Museum in 1977. The museum has been completely changed several times since then.

Poster in Dachau Museum in 1997

Poster in Dachau Museum in 1997 shows Himmler with a toothbrush mustache

The photograph above shows a display in the Dachau Museum; the man in the photo is Heinrich Himmler, who started the concentration camp system in Germany in 1933.

Himmler was the 32-year-old Chief of Police in Munich when he announced on March 20, 1933 that a concentration camp would be opened in the abandoned gun powder and munitions factory in the eastern section of Dachau.

In the photo, what looks like a toupee, that doesn’t quite cover his bald head, is really a popular haircut of that time: the sides and back were shaved with only a section on the top left. His Hitler-style mustache was also popular among the Nazis.

The toothbrush mustache style was adopted after World War I when German men shaved off the ends of their handlebar mustaches after Kaiser Wilhelm II, who wore this popular style, was forced to abdicate.

The first photo below shows Hitler, as a soldier in World War I, wearing a handlebar mustache. The second photo shows him after he adopted the toothbrush mustache in protest against the treatment of the German Kaiser after World War I.

Hitler as a soldier in World War I

Hitler as a soldier in World War I

Hitler with a toothbrush mustache

Hitler with a toothbrush mustache

Kaiser Wilheim shown with a handlebar mustache which he was forced to change

Kaiser Wilhelm shown with a handlebar mustache

The reason for the toothbrush mustache is explained in this Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toothbrush_moustache#In_Germany

Update on the “Star of David” tiles found at the site of the Treblinka II camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, is headlined Smithsonian Red-faced after “Treblinka Star of David Tiles” Shown to be Not Jewish at All. 

One of the regular readers of my blog alerted me to this new development. I had previously blogged about the work of Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls in finding the Star of David tile, which she claimed was proof that Jews had been gassed at the Treblinka II camp.

This quote is from the news article:

The Smithsonian Institutes’ TV documentary division has been severely embarrassed with the revelation that its recently-released “Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine” documentary—which claimed to have “proved” the existence of “gas chambers” at Treblinka because of the discovery of “tiles with Stars of David,” is an extremely amateurish hoax.

The Smithsonian advertised the documentary on its YouTube Channel by saying that “The watershed discovery of Star of David tiles confirms the existence of Treblinka’s gas chambers and becomes the key to reconstructing the death camp’s sinister workings.”

The Smithsonian YouTube Channel announcement that “Star of David” tiles have been found at Treblinka which “prove” the “gas chambers” at the camp.

 

April 14, 2014

Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl, the engineers who designed the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:30 pm

Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl were mentioned in an article in the Opinion section of The Australian newspaper today.  The article is critical of “the Fuhrer-fawning fringe”. (You know who you are.)

This quote is from the article, written by Nick Cater:

If the revisionists force us to examine yet again the banality of Hitler’s final solution to rexamine, for example, the blueprints for the factories of mass slaughter built at Auschwitz in 1943, and imagine what might have been going on the heads of architects Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl, we are drawn irresistibly to Hannah Ardendt’s conclusion: “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.”

I mentioned Walter Dejaco in a previous blog post, which I wrote at  http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/the-woman-who-slid-down-the-chute-into-an-auschwitz-gas-chamber/

Ruins of the alleged underground gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ruins of the alleged underground gas chamber in Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Note the concrete posts, which were designed to hold up the roof of the alleged gas chamber, which was 5 feet below ground.  The alleged perforated metal columns, where the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into the  room, are not there.

Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl were both put on trial as war criminals because of their work in designing the two main gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which are known as Krema II and Krema III.  You can read about their trial at http://www.whale.to/b/1972_vienna_auschwitz_trial.html

This quote is from the website, cited above:

Between January 18 and March 10, 1972, two architects responsible for the design and construction of the crematoria [Krema II and Krema III] in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Walter Dejaco and Fritz Ertl, were put on trial in Vienna, Austria. During the trial, an expert report on the possible interpretation of the blueprints of the alleged gas chambers of the Auschwitz and Birkenau crematoria was presented to the court. The report concluded that the rooms in question could not have been gas chambers, nor could they have been converted into gas chambers.

My photo below shows a sign that is located at the ruins of Krema III. (Krema II was a mirror image of Krema III.)

Sign near the ruins of Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sign near the ruins of Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The words on the sign, shown in the photo above are as follows:

A – Entrance to undressing room; C – undressing room; D- underground gas chamber; E – holes on roof for Zyklon-B pellets; F – five cremation ovens; G – chimney for the ovens; M – the International Monument built in 1967; K – gate on the main camp road which goes into the courtyard of Krema III. The dotted line across the bottom of the diagram denotes the main camp road. The five cremation furnaces, shown on the right on the display board, were triple muffle ovens with a total of 15 doors for shoving three bodies inside, so that 45 corpses could be burned at the same time. The ovens in Krema II could also burn 45 corpses at a time.

Note that the sign says “E-holes on roof for Zyklon-B pellets”.  Krema II and Krema III are now in ruins and no holes in the roof have been found by several revisionists who have examined the ruins.  That is the reason for the Holocaust denier cry of “No holes, no Holocaust.”

Location of the poster at Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Location of the poster at Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo below shows Krema III, as it looked in 2005 when I photographed the ruins.

Door into the ruins of Krema III which was used by the SS men

Door into the ruins of Krema III which was used by the SS men

The photo below shows a door, in the center of the photo, which was used by the SS men at Auschwitz Birkenau to enter the building without going through the undressing room.  This door was not included on the original blueprint.

Krema III was originally planned to be built at Auschwitz I, the main camp. The crematorium in the Auschwitz I camp had no morgue because the room, where a morgue was supposed to be, was a gas chamber.

The original blueprints for Krema II and Krema III called for corpse cellars that were completely underground and included a corpse slide which ended in front of the Leichenkeller [corpse celler] doors; this slide was never built. The SS entrance was built instead, but not in the same location as the originally planned corpse slide.

Ruins of Krema III

Ruins of Krema III — the ruins of the SS basement entrance are on the right

The photo above shows the ruins of the Vorraum [the underground vestibule] in the foreground of the photo, with the SS basement entrance on the right. This entrance allowed the SS men to enter the underground rooms in Krema III without going through the undressing room.

Ruins of the undressing room in the foreground with the ruins of the oven room in the background

Ruins of the undressing room in the foreground with the ruins of the oven room in the background

Notice the tour group, on the left hand side, in the photo above.

The ruins, shown in the photo above, are what is left of Krema III.  The building was called a Krema by the Nazis. Krema is the German word for crematorium.  Although this building was called a crematorium, not a gas chamber building, it had no morgue to hold the bodies, after 2,000 people had been killed at one time in the so-called gas chamber.  According to the True Believers of the Holocaust, the bodies were piled up outside the building to await burning in the 15 ovens, which could cremate 45 bodies at a time. The weather in Poland is extremely cold, and the bodies would have been frozen solid, if they had to be kept outside.  Allegedly, architect Walter Dejaco designed a crematorium with no morgue.

Don’t mention what you have read here in any of the 18 countries, now including Russia, where Holocaust denial is against the law, or you will find yourself confined to a prison cell for 5 years or longer.

April 13, 2014

Dr. Michael Shermer says “convergence of evidence” is proof of the Holocaust

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:33 pm

One of my regular readers put up a link to a You Tube video, which shows a debate between Dr. Mark Weber, a Holocaust revisionist, and Dr. Michael Shermer, a Holocaust True Believer.  Scroll down, if you can’t wait to see the video. The link to the video is at the bottom of my blog post.

Before Dr. Weber’s speech, there is a long list of his credentials given. I did not know, until now, that Mark Weber is so educated and knowledgeable about World War II history and the Holocaust.  I heard him speak, several years ago, and was not impressed.  Now, I realize that he is a very good speaker and he knows his stuff.

I only noticed one tiny mistake: Dr. Weber mentioned that Anne Frank’s father had typhus at Auschwitz and that he was put into a hospital to be treated for typhus.

Actually, Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, stayed for three months in a hospital at Auschwitz because he was suffering from exhaustion. Otto Frank had himself voluntarily checked into the hospital, by a Dutch doctor, who was an inmate himself. (Source: the Anne Frank Museum)

One thing, that Dr. Mark Weber mentioned in his speech, is the story of Holocaust survivor Regina Bialek. He told about her Holocaust story to illustrate that the stories told by Holocaust survivors are unbelievable.

I wrote about Regina Bialek in this blog  post:

http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/polish-political-prisoner-was-driven-in-a-dump-truck-down-a-ramp-and-straight-into-a-gas-chamber-at-auschwitz/

In his speech, Dr. Weber pointed out an article, which was published by the ADL in 1978, and revised in 1985.  In this article, it was stated that 2 million people were STEAMED TO DEATH at Treblinka, and that Jews were electrocuted at Belzec.  The famous photo of a disinfection chamber, taken at Dachau, was shown in the publication, and claimed, as late as 1985, to be a homicidal gas chamber.  Dr. Weber was pointing out that the official Holocaust story is very lame, and that it is downright preposterous.

Dr. Mark Weber’s speech ends at 33.50 minutes into the video, and Dr. Michael Shermer begins his speech.

Dr. Shermer begins by saying that the preserved camps are like cemeteries. Holocaust believers go there to pay their respect to the dead, not to find proof of the gas chambers. He says that there isn’t “one proof of the gas chamber.” Then he says that he does not understand why revisionists complain about what the True Believers say. Dr. Shermer believes in the “conversion of evidence.”

I am familiar with the expression “conversion of evidence,” but until now,  I didn’t understand what it means.  According to Dr. Shermer, it means that you can find similarities in the words of Hans Frank, Dr. Josef Goebbels, and the words of Heinrich Himmler in his Posen speech. Later on, Dr. Shermer quotes from the Posen speech, but cuts off the speech before the end. God forbid, he should quote the whole speech.

Dr. Shermer also mentions that the term “conversion of evidence” is illustrated by the fact that Pery Broad, Rudolf Hoess and Johan Paul Kramer used the same language in their Holocaust testimony.  For example, the words “special action,” and “bunker” and “cottage in the woods.”  This “coordination of testimonies” proves the Holocaust, according to Dr. Shermer.

Pery Broad was an SS man who worked in the Gestapo office next door to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. Broad wrote a report, after he was captured by the British, in which he described how the gas pellets were poured into the Krema I gas chamber: “… the covers had been removed from the six holes in the ceiling…”  Today, the reconstructed gas chamber in the main camp (Krema I) has four holes.

Rudolf Hoess was the Commandant of the Auschwitz camp. It is now admitted that Hoess was tortured by the British and forced to confess to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

Johan Paul Kramer is is mentioned on this website: http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com/2006/08/kramer-vs-kremer.html

I blogged about Himmler’s Posen speech at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/let-himmler-speak-stop-cutting-him-off-in-mid-sentence/

I wrote about the speeches of Heinrich Himmler on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/HimmlerSpeeches.html

Dr. Shermer asks if the Nazis had “the intention to kill the Jews.” Then he answers his own question by saying, “I don’t think so.” He points out that Hitler “never gave an order” to kill the Jews.  He explains that “the Holocaust evolved.”  He says that “it doesn’t matter” what the Nazis intended.

Dr. Shermer quotes Robert Jan van Pelt, who wrote that the Auschwitz camp was “never intended to be an extermination camp.”  Auschwitz “evolved over time to an extermination camp.”

Sorry to be so critical, but I think that Dr. Michael Shermer is doing more harm than good, as far as the Holocaust religion is concerned. He should not have attempted to debate Dr. Mark Weber.  He should keep his nutty ideas to himself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l8ZUVVB4z8

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Iby Knill breaks her silence to tell story of a twin who was gassed at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:16 pm

In an article in the Mail Online newspaper, 90-year-old Iby Knill tells the story of a twin girl, whom she met on her first night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in July 1944. Iby Knill was among the Hungarian Jews who were sent to Birkenau, beginning in May 1944.

This quote is from the article in the Mail Online:

A grandmother who survived the Holocaust has finally spoken about the horrors of Auschwitz 70 years after promising a girl she would tell the world what she had witnessed.

Iby Knill, 90, recalls how on the first night she spent at the death camp in July 1944 a frail teenager crawled over to her and begged ‘if you live, please tell our story.’

Four years ago Mrs knill took a course in theology and it was during one of the group sessions that she finally revealed she was sent to the concentration camp when she was 20.

In a moving testament she describes the realisation that she faced being gassed like six million others.

Remembering her terrible first night at Auschwitz, she said: ‘The girl told me that her and her sister were going to be experimented on.

‘She said they were then going to be gassed and therefore exterminated. She made me promise to tell the story of the camps, if I were to live.

I previously blogged here about Block 10, the building in the main Auschwitz camp where Dr. Josef Mengele allegedly conducted his experiments on twins.

I always thought that Dr. Mengele had a reputation for being very charming, and that he was nice to the twins upon whom he experimented, bringing them candy and hair ribbons. Now the truth comes out!

Dr. Mengele told the little girls that they were going to experimented on and then GASSED.  Not only that, Dr. Mengele allowed the twins, on whom he was going to experiment, to be put into the same barracks as the incoming prisoners, so that they could tell these prisoners what Dr. Mengele had in store for them.

At Auschwitz, the incoming prisoners, who were selected to live, were given a shower and then put into the quarantine barracks near the entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  But not Iby Knill. She was put into the regular barracks, where she met a twin, who was scheduled to be gassed by Dr. Mengele, after he experimented on her. How cruel of Dr. Mengele to tell a child that she was going to be gassed, after he was through experimenting on her!

Iby Knill spent only six weeks at Auschwitz before she was sent to a labor camp to work. Yet, on her first night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, Iby was in the same barracks as one of Dr. Mengele’s twins. No quarantine barracks for her!

Several years ago, I wrote about Iby Knill on my scrapbookpages.com website. This quote is from my website:

Iby Knill was 18 and working as a resistance fighter in Hungary when she was arrested and eventually transported to the Birkenau death camp in June 1944, according to a news article by Virginia Mason, published on January 26, 2010.

Iby’s story begins when she was a young girl growing up in her native Czechoslovakia; when the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, she escaped over the border into Hungary but was arrested as an illegal immigrant.

“There were five of us, all girls and we made a pact to stay together as we walked through those gates and were greeted by the man we later learned was Dr Josef Mengele,” she says of her arrival at Birkenau. “From that day on it became a test of survival.” Miraculously, she adds, all five of them lived to witness the liberation from the Nazis in 1945.

By 2010, Iby had started writing her story and was seeking a publisher for her manuscript, which is chillingly brutal in its frankness, according to Virginia Mason’s article.

According to Iby Knill, “The shower unit and the gas chamber looked the same. They had been built that way, so we never knew if we were to be gassed or just showered.”

In her lectures on the Holocaust, Iby describes the infamous Dr Mengele, whose experiments in the name of medical science earned him the nick name, Angel of Death. “We lined up and he would walk in front of us, picking out the weakest. Their fate was the gas chambers.”

She talks of the cramped, inhuman conditions at Birkenau, the incredible hunger and thirst, and worst of all, the scraps of gray, latherless soap made from human ashes, and the constant fear of extermination in the gas chamber.

According to her story, Iby was able to leave the Birkenau death camp only by volunteering to go to the Lippstadt labour camp, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where she worked in the hospital unit. On Easter Sunday, 1945, while on a death march to the main Buchenwald camp, she was freed by Allied Forces.

Note that Iby was sent to the Lippstadt labour camp, after 6 weeks in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  She VOLUNTEERED to go to the labor camp. Did she volunteer to leave Auschwitz-Birkenau because she didn’t like using the grey soap made from HUMAN ashes?  I can’t say that I blame her: that soap wouldn’t suds and it wouldn’t foam.

Prisoners, who were sent immediately from the Auschwitz death camp to a labor camp, were not tattooed. Iby wrote a book about the fact that she did not have a tattoo, as if she were the only person to leave Auschwitz without a tattoo.

The cover of her book is shown in the photo below.

Iby Knill had no number at Auschwitz

Iby Knill had no number at Auschwitz

The news article about Iby Knill says that she was liberated from Kaunitz, which was a Displaced Persons camp, not a labor camp. She was marched out of the labor camp, and was on her way to the Buchenwald camp when she was liberated by Allied troops, then taken to a DP camp to wait for a chance to emigrate to another country.

 

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