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August 17, 2014

The “reconstruction” of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp…

A regular reader of my blog made a recent comment, which I am going to discuss at length in my blog post today.  In the comment, there was a quote from this revisionist website: http://codohfounder.com/robert-faurisson-on-david-cole-three-pieces/

Begin quote:
It was in 1975 that [Robert] Faurisson succeeded in having a man in charge at the Auschwitz State Museum, Jan Machalek, admit that this so-called “gas chamber” was not “genuine” (in German: echt) but “reconstructed” (in German: rekonstruiert). Consequently, Faurisson asked: “Reconstructed according to the original plan?” and Machalek replied “yes”. Therefore, coming back to Auschwitz in 1976, Faurisson asked Tadeusz Iwaszko, Director of the archives, whether Machalek had been right or not in saying that the so-called “gas chamber” was “reconstructed according to an original plan”. And Iwaszko replied “Yes”.State 1 – From 1940 to 1943, a Leichenhalle (a cold storage room for bodies, with a washroom, etc.);

State 2 – From June 1944 to January 1945, a Luftschützbunker für SS-Revier mit einem Operationsraum (an air-raid shelter for the SS-hospital with an operating room).

The Leichenhalle was a dead-end room: there was no door on the S/E side.

The Luftschützbunker was a room with an opening on the S/E side: a typical anteroom with two doors and, inside, there were typical partition walls in zig-zag as in any air-raid shelter.
End Quote

Note that the Auschwitz Museum Director told Robert Faurison that “From 1940 to 1943″ the gas chamber was a “cold storage room for bodies, with a washroom” and that “there was no door on the [southeast] side.”

On my first trip to Auschwitz, in 1998, I was told by my tour guide that the door on the southeast side was the original door into the gas chamber. You can see this door in my 1998 photo below.

This door was added when Auschwitz morgue was converted into an air raid shelter in 1944

This door was added to the Auschwitz “gas chamber” when the morgue was converted into an air raid shelter for the SS men in 1944

The original blueprint of the Auschwitz “gas chamber” building is shown below.

Original blueprint of the Auschwitz gas chamber building

Original blueprint of the Auschwitz gas chamber building

The photo above shows the original blueprint for the “gas chamber” building in the Auschwitz main camp. The morgue, shown on the bottom right of the blueprint, has a door into the oven room and another door into the washroom. The gas chamber was in the same location as the morgue and it did not include the area of the washroom [but it does now].

Note the door from the vestibule into the washroom; this door no longer exists and the area of the former wash room is included in the reconstructed gas chamber.

According to a guide book, which I purchased at the Auschwitz Museum in 1998, the gas chamber in the main camp was only used from September 1941 to March 1942 and after that, the gassing of the Jews was done in “the little red house” and “the little white house” just outside the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

However, Danuta Czech wrote that the last victims were members of the Sonderkommando, who were gassed in Krema I in December 1942. The ruins of “the little white house,” also known as Bunker 2, can be seen behind the Sauna building outside the Birkenau camp.

Filip Müller was among the first Jews brought to Auschwitz; he arrived in April 1942 and began working in the crematorium in the main camp in May 1942. Regarding the gassing of prisoners in the main camp, he wrote that “From the end of May 1942 one transport after another vanished in this way into the crematorium of Auschwitz.”

The following quote is from Müller’s book, “Eyewitness Auschwitz“:

At the same time, the siting of the crematorium in the immediate vicinity of the camp was fraught with danger: there was the distinct possibility that The Secret Matter of the Reich could not remain hushed up forever, notwithstanding its top-secret classification. It was for this reason that the columns of deported Jews were conducted to the ‘showers’ either at daybreak when the camp inmates were still asleep, or late at night after roll call. On these occasions a camp curfew was declared. To break it meant to risk being shot. For that same reason those of us prisoners who had been forced to participate in preparations for the extermination of Jews as well as in covering up all traces of the crimes were divided into two groups. This was to prevent us from pooling our information and obtaining detailed knowledge of the extermination methods. Prisoners of the second working party, the crematorium stokers, turned up only after we had swept and thoroughly cleaned the yard. By the time they arrived the chamber had already been aired and the gassed were lying there as if they had just fallen naked from the sky.

Original entrance into the gas chamber building in the main Auschwitz camp

Original entrance into the gas chamber building in the main Auschwitz camp

The entrance into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is through an outside door, shown in the photo above, which opens into a vestibule that is about 6 feet by 8 feet in size. Inside the vestibule, there is a door straight ahead, which opens into the oven room, and another door on the right, but out of camera range, that opens into a small room which was a “laying out” room when this building was used as a mortuary.  The door into the “laying out” room is shown below.

Door into the "laying out" room

Door into the “laying out” room

When the “gas chamber” building was converted into an air raid shelter, the “laying out” room became the “surgery” room; it has a floor drain and was previously furnished with wash basins.

According to the Auschwitz Museum, the “laying out” room “was used to store spare gratings” when the morgue was converted into a gas chamber in September 1941.

Door into the washroom, which is now included in the gas chamber

Door into the washroom, which is now included in the gas chamber

The “gas chamber” in the main Auschwitz camp, which is now shown to tourists, includes the former washroom. In the photo above, the washroom is in the foreground.

August 16, 2014

British students on HET trip learn how to emote at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:25 am

According to a news story which you can read here, “The Holocaust Educational Trust sends about 2,000 post-16 [British] students to Auschwitz-Birkenau a year.”

The “educator for the day,” for the students, was Tom Jackson, according to the article.

This quote from the article is about what Tom Jackson told the students:

The reconstructed gas chamber at Auschwitz 1 has a cold feel to it, a cold that seeps into your bones, as if your body knows the evil took place there.

It sits just a few hundred yards from the electric fence and beyond that a house.

Camp Commander Rudolf Höss lived there with his wife and children – he was the man who oversaw the extension of Auschwitz to Birkeneau and to develop an extermination camp, following orders.

But, as Tom told us these facts and told us that he would have received no punishment if he had not built the gas chamber, I cannot help but feel sick and the faces of the pupils around me reflect that sentiment.

[Jackson] added: “He was a family man, he had a heart, I’m not excusing what he did, but think about these things, too.”

Tom Jackson was referring to the house in the main Auschwitz camp, where the Commandant lived with his wife and children; his house was very close to the gas chamber.  Yet, Jackson told the students that Hoess would “have received no punishment if he had not built a gas chamber.”

The gas chamber in the main camp was inside the crematorium building, in what was obviously a morgue; Hoess did not order the construction, nor the reconstruction, of this building. In the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, there were four gas chambers which were built while Hoess was the Commandant.

House where Rudolf Hoess and his family lived at the main Auschwitz camp

House where Rudolf Hoess and his family lived at the main Auschwitz camp is very close to the gas chamber

This quote is also from the news article, cited above:

Even after death, [the Jews] were stripped further of their identity.

Once killed in the gas chamber, their heads were shaved before their bodies were incinerated to hide the evidence.

For many women, their hair is their pride, and for it to be shaved after death seemed almost as barbaric as the gassing itself.

Surely, the hair was not shaved from the heads of the victims AFTER they were dead. According to Holocaust lore, there were 900 people crowed into the gas chamber at a time.  After the gassing, their bodies were piled up to the ceiling, and covered with bodily fluids that were eliminated as the victims died.   Jewish helpers, called Kapos, had to go inside the gas chamber and drag the bodies to the cremation ovens, which were next door to the gas chamber.

This quote is also from the news article:

While we stood in a place where so much death and destruction took place, a man rode by on his bike.

Tom told us this was normal, that people often walked through the camp on their way home or to work – it seemed cold and cruel but they did not ask the Germans to move in and build a concentration camp, he reminded us.

The gas chambers have gone, destroyed by the Nazis to try and hide what they did, just weeks before the Red Army arrived, but the steps remain, a small reminder of the horrors that took place right by the giant memorial where Rabbi Andrew Shaw gave a moving memorial.

Rabbi Shaw’s grandfather was a victim of the Holocaust and his grandmother a survivor.

His grandfather never knew his child or his grandchildren, he did not even know his wife was pregnant.

In the above quote, it is not clear to me whether Tom was talking about the main Auschwitz camp, or the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. I doubt that “people often walked through the [main] camp on their way to work.” The main camp was in a suburb of the town of Auschwitz, and there was a wall around it.

However, local people could have walked through the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which was a mile wide and a mile and a half long.  Seven villages had been torn down to build the camp.  The displaced villagers might have walked through the camp.

One thing that most tourists don’t realize is that the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau is built on top of a road that used to continue on to the outside of the camp. There were people, coming from outside the camp, and people going outside the camp, while the “death camp” was in operation.

The article about the HET trip starts off by mentioning the Great Synagogue, which was burned down on the night of Novemeber 9, 1939.  What is not mentioned is that this was the night of Kristallnacht, when Synagogues were burned all over Germany.

The HET tours seem to impress upon the students that the Polish town of Oswiecim was a Jewish town, which the Germans took away from the Jews and turned into a German town named Auschwitz.  It was the other way around.

 

August 14, 2014

The Jews were forced to sing as they marched to the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

Rabbi  arrested for singing at the memorial site in main Auschwitz camp

Rabbi Rafi Ostroff  being arrested for singing at the memorial site in the main Auschwitz camp

When I saw the photo above, at the top of a news article, which you can read here, I thought it was an old photo, which showed Jews being arrested by the Nazis during World War II.  Then I noticed that the man on the right has a cell phone in his hand.  This is actually a photo of Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, who was arrested and forced to pay a fine for singing Jewish songs while walking to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, which is now a Memorial Site.

What is the world coming to, if a Jew can’t sing on a visit to the gas chamber at Auschwitz?

The main camp (Auschwitz I) was not a “death camp” for Jews.  It was mainly a camp for political prisoners and illegal combatants in World War II.  You can read the history of the main camp on my website here.

Entrance road into the main Auschwitz camp

Entrance road into the main Auschwitz camp leads to the gas chamber on the right

The photo above shows the gravel road that runs along the outside of the Auschwitz 1 camp. Organized tours start here, then turn right at the first intersection, which is shown in the photo. The road to the right goes through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, which is out of camera range in this shot. The gravel road goes straight ahead to the gas chamber building, and the red brick political building, which is out of camera range. The SS hospital, which is directly across from the gas chamber, can be seen on the right; it is the light-colored, two-story building.

The photos of the Jews, who were arrested at Auschwitz, show them walking past the brick buildings in the main camp, not on the road to the gas chamber.  They were not singing on the road to the gas chamber, but on the streets of the camp, where the barracks are located.

According to an old news article, which you can read here, the Nazis DID force the Jews to sing on their way to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.  This was mentioned in a trial of some of the Nazi war criminals, who carried out the gassing of the Jews.

The following quote is from the news article:

A description of how Jewish victims at Auschwitz were forced by an SS officer called “a killer” to sing songs while on their way to the gas chambers was given to the court here today as the trial of 22 former Auschwitz-Birkenau administrators and medical corpsmen continued.

The day’s principal witness, Hermann H. Biermanski, who spent five years at Auschwitz, named Wilhelm Boger, one of the defendants, as the man who made the Jews sing on their way to their death. Boger, according to Biermanski, had “a reputation as a killer” even before he had been assigned to Auschwitz.

Read more: http://www.jta.org/1964/03/20/archive/nazi-forced-jews-to-sing-on-way-to-gas-chambers-witness-testifies#ixzz3AOWJTiep

I wrote about Wilhelm Boger in another blog post, which you can read here.

Wilhelm Boger was an SS administrator who worked in the brick building which was right next to the gas chamber

Wilhelm Boger was an SS administrator who worked in the brick building that was right next to the gas chamber in the main camp

The photo above shows the gallows, on which the Commandant of the Auschwitz camp was hanged after the war. The gas chamber, which is not shown, is on the left, under a mound of dirt covered with grass.  The entrance to the gas chamber was to the left of what is shown in the photo above.

Entrance into the main gas chamber at the Auschwitz main camp

Entrance into the main gas chamber at the Auschwitz main camp was through the oven room

As the victims entered the gas chamber in the main camp, their first view was the ovens which were located straight ahead.

When the Jews entered the Auschwitz gas chamber, they saw the ovens straight ahead of them

When the Jews entered the Auschwitz gas chamber, they saw the ovens straight ahead of them

There was no undressing room for the gas chamber in the main camp; the victims entered with their clothes on, carrying their luggage.  They were told that they were going to take a shower, but there were no shower heads on the ceiling, as you can see in the photo below.

krema1gaschamberTourists today enter the gas chamber in the main camp by going through the room where the cremation ovens are located, as shown on the left in the photo above.  On the left side of the photo above, you can see a bit of one of the cremation ovens.

Auschwitz gas chamber is now roped off so that tourists cannot walk around in the room

Auschwitz gas chamber is now roped off so that tourists cannot walk around in the room

The photo below shows the exit from the gas chamber building, but the victims did not go through this door. Their bodies were carried by the Kapos (Jewish helpers) to the ovens next door to the gas chamber room.

Exit door from the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Exit door from the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

This quote is from another news article which you can read here:

On Friday, August 1st, local police arrested Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, the leader of a group of visiting Australian and South African students, for singing the same songs Jews sang as they marched to their deaths. Security officials at Auschwitz I twice requested that the group cease their singing. Auschwitz-Birkenau officials again requested they cease singing and subsequently summoned police.

Auschwitz-Birkenau marks the height of World War II anti-Semitism. The final resting place of over one million victims, Auschwitz today is a common pilgrimage site for Jews from around the world. Jews and non-Jews alike come to pay tribute to the dead and to assert that never again will the world stand idly by in the face of genocide. It seems that the new wave of Auschwitz security guards, little better than their 1940’s predecessors, have a different agenda. For the first time since January 1945, it seems that proud Jews are no longer safe at Auschwitz.

Another news article, which you can read here, has this quote:

Guards at the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp memorial site shouted at Jews who sang “Ani Maamin” – a song based on lines from Rambam (Maimonides) which was known as the Hymn of the Camps – during a visit to the camp and fined their guide 1,000 zloty, or about $350.

So says the guide, Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, who is also the head of the Etzion Bloc Religious Council.

Ani Ma’amin has several tunes, one of which was composed by a Hassidic rabbi in the cattle cars en route to the Nazi concentration camps. The song was then adopted by other Jewish prisoners and became known as the Hymn of the Camps

“Dear friends,” wrote Rabbi Ostroff on Facebook. “Friday-yesterday. I am leading a group of Bnei Akiva from Australia and South Africa. As usual the group sings holy songs of prayer during the visit. This time the guards of the camp hounded us all the time, shouting at us not to sing. Even in the gas chamber of Aushwitz 1, the guard came up to me and shouted at me: ‘tell them immediately to shut up’.

“We then went to Birkenau. In a secluded part of the camp the boys spontaneously started singing ‘Ani Maamin’. This was the song that prisoners sang on the way to be murdered there. A guard drove after us with his car and demanded that they be silent. I told him that I don’t have control over this as they are singing from their hearts. He then threatened to arrest me and called the police.

“In my group were a few boys [whose] grandparents were prisoners or were murdered in Auschwitz. We cried a lot on that day when they shared their stories with us. I was threatened with 24 hours imprisonment or paying a 1000 zloty fine (about $350). I opted to pay as it was 2 hours before Shabbat.

August 10, 2014

The road on which prisoners were taken to the Dachau gas chamber

The YouTube video below shows tourists supposedly walking in the footsteps of the prisoners who were taken to the gas chamber at Dachau.  This alleged route is erroneous, as my photos below will show.

The YouTube video starts out by showing tourists who are walking OUT of the section of the former Dachau camp, where the gas chamber is located.  My photo below shows the scene in the first minutes of the video.

Present day entrance into the gas chamber sectio n of Dachau

Present day entrance into the gas chamber area of Dachau

My photo above shows a bridge over the Würm river canal, which divided the Dachau camp. This bridge was not built until long after the Dachau camp was liberated in April 1945, so the prisoners did not enter through the gate shown in the photo, which was not there when Dachau was a camp.

Würm river canal separated the gas chamber location from the prisoner's camp

Würm river canal separated the gas chamber location from the prisoner’s camp

Würm river canal had no bridge over it, near the gas chamber

Würm river canal had only one bridge over it

When the Dachau camp was in operation and prisoners were taken to the gas chamber, there was no bridge across the Würm river canal, except the bridge in front of the gatehouse.

At first, the video shows extensive footage of tourists walking OUT of the gas chamber area.  Finally, we get to the point where the camera dwells on a white table in front of the gas chamber building, and then shows the door into the waiting room for the gas chamber.

My photo below shows the entrance into the waiting room for the gas chamber.

Door into the waiting room for the gas chamber

Door into the waiting room for the gas chamber

To the left of the door, shown above, is an open-air space where the disinfection chambers are located.  When the American liberators of Dachau arrived on April 29, 1945, they thought that the disinfection gas chambers were used as homicidal gas chambers.  Some tour guides at Dachau still tell tourists that the disinfection chambers were used to gas the Jews.

U.S. Army photo shows door into a disinfection chamber at Dachau

U.S. Army photo shows door into a disinfection chamber at Dachau

The American liberators thought that the door, shown in the photo above, was the door into a homicidal gas chamber. They assumed that the prisoners were persuaded to take off their clothes, hang up the clothes neatly on hangers placed on a clothes line, and then enter the rooms that had the word “Gaszeit” on the doors.

My photo below shows the open corridor and the wide doors into the chambers where the prisoner’s clothing was disinfected with the same Zyklon-B gas that was used to gas the Jews.

Doors into disinfection chambers at Dachau

Doors into disinfection chambers at Dachau

Note that the doors into the disinfection chambers, where the clothing of the prisoners was deloused, have been painted over, so that tourists cannot see the word Gaszeit, which was originally on the door.

White table in front of the gas chamber building at Dachau

White table in front of the gas chamber building at Dachau

The photograph above shows the exterior of Baracke X, the new crematorium building, which housed four crematory ovens, a homicidal gas chamber disguised as a shower room, and four disinfection gas chambers used for delousing clothing. The outside wall of the gas chamber is in the section of the building directly behind the recently added round white table, which has a commemorative plaque on the top of it.

The gas chamber is the only room in the Baracke X building which has no windows. To the right of the gas chamber is a mortuary room where bodies were customarily stored, awaiting cremation.

The single door to the left of the mortuary room leads to a small vestibule between the mortuary and the crematorium. The wheel chair ramp in front of this door was added recently.

The double doors open into the crematory room where there are four ovens for burning corpses. The windows on either side of the double doors are the windows of the crematory room. When prisoners were gassed at Dachau, which you are required to believe in 19 countries now, they entered the camp through the gatehouse and went through an admission process, in which they were given a shower, their heads were shaved, and they were given a prison uniform to wear.

After being admitted into the Dachau camp, prisoners were taken, at some time later, to the gas chamber which was outside the camp in the section where there was a garrison for SS soldiers.

Gatehouse at Dachau with fence between the gate and the gas chamber location

Gatehouse at Dachau with fence between the gate and the gas chamber location

The German people are noted for being efficient, but strangely, it never occurred to them to build a bridge over the canal at the other end of the camp where the gas chambers were located.   The prisoners had to walk through the gate house, and traverse the length of the camp to get to the gas chamber.

A much better location for the gas chamber would have been in the spot just inside the camp, where the prisoners were processed when they were admitted.  There was a large shower room in the building near the gatehouse, which is shown in the photo below.

Dachau administration building was just inside the gate

Dachau administration building was just inside the gate

Large shower room in Dachau administration building

Large shower room in Dachau administration building

The photo above shows a large room which used to be the shower room for the Dachau prisoners. This room is in the administration building, which is now a Museum.

August 8, 2014

Taking photos at Auschwitz is now forbidden in certain places

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:36 am
"Selfie" taken at Auschwitz main camp

“Selfie” taken at Auschwitz was put on Twitter

I have been reading about the young American girl who took a “selfie” at the Auschwitz main camp and then put the photo on Twitter. She has been widely criticized for this, but I see nothing wrong with the photo. It shows a pretty girl with some beautiful brick buildings in the background.  What’s wrong with that?

You can read about the outrage caused by the “selfie” here.

One of the news stories, which you can read in full here, says that photos are now forbidden in the exhibit room, at Auschwitz, where hair, cut from the heads of the Jew, is shown. On my first trip to Auschwitz in 1998, I could not get close enough to take a photo of the hair that is displayed in a large glass case, because of the large crowd of tourists, but I did take a photo of the hair in a small glass case, which is shown below.  I also took a photo of the shoes that are on display.

Human hair was made into cloth at Auschwitz

Human hair was made into cloth at Auschwitz

Shoes worn by the prisoners at Auschwitz are on display

Shoes worn by the prisoners at Auschwitz are on display

Photos in the basement of Block 11 and in the gas chamber are also forbidden now, according to the news article.

I am very glad now that I got to see Auschwitz in 1998 and again in 2005; I was allowed to take photos of everything.  You can see all of my 2005 photos on my website here.

I think that the reason that photos of some things at Auschwitz are forbidden is because there are millions of tourists now visiting the camp, and the crowds must move along quickly; taking photos would hold up the long lines of people creeping along at a snail’s pace.

But there could be other reasons why certain things cannot be photographed at Auschwitz. For example, the reconstructed “standing cells” in the basement of Block 11 look very suspicious to me. These cells were reconstructed by the Soviets, long after they had been torn down, on the orders of the Auschwitz camp commandant.

Standing celll that was reconstructed at Auschwitz

Standing cell has been reconstructed at Auschwitz

My 1998 photograph above shows the reconstructed entrance to one of the 4 standing cells (Stehzellen) in prison cell #22 in the basement of Block 11. These 4 cells were 31.5 inches square; there was no light coming in at all, and no heating or cooling system.

Prisoners had to crawl into the cell through a tiny door, as shown in the photo above. Metal bars at the entrance allowed guards to open the door and look inside the cell. There was no room to lie down, nor to sit down in the cell; prisoners had to stand up. The floors of these cells were covered with excrement left by the occupants.

Prisoners who were being punished were put into these cells at night, and in the morning taken out to perform a full 10-hour day of work. This punishment was usually given to prisoners who had tried to sabotage the work done in the factories at Auschwitz.

The reconstructed door, which is shown in my photo above, opens into Cell #2; there is another cell to the right of the door, which you can see in the photo. To the left in the picture above, you can see the edge of the door into Cell #1 on the left, which gives you an idea of how small these cells were. Imagine the problem of removing a dead body from one of these cells!

After Arthur Liebehenschel replaced Rudolf Hoess as the camp commandant on December 1, 1943, he ordered the standing cells to be torn down. The standing cells have been partially reconstructed.

I previously blogged here about a prisoner named Eleanor Hodys, who claimed to have been kept in a standing cell at Auschwitz for nine weeks.

Door into Cell #27 in basement of Block 11

Door into Cell #27 in basement of Block 11

If photos are not allowed now, in the basement of Block 11, that means that photos of Cell #27 cannot be taken anymore.

In October 1998, I took a tour of the Auschwitz I camp and saw the basement inside  Block 11.

According to my tour guide, on Sept. 3, 1941, the Nazis conducted the first mass killing of people using Zyklon-B in prison cell number 27 in Block 11. Adolf Eichmann was visiting the Auschwitz camp on that day, although Commandant Rudolf Höss was away on business, according to the Auschwitz Museum guidebook. Since 1939, Adolf Eichmann had been the head of Department IV, B4 in the Reich Central Security Office (RSHA); Eichmann’s department was in charge of getting rid of the Jews in Europe.

Karl Fritzsch, the camp commander and the deputy of Rudolf Höss, took it upon himself to carry out this first gassing, while his superior officer, Rudolf Höss, was away.

The wooden door of the cell where the gassing took place is shown in the photo above; notice the glass peephole in the door. In 1998, tourists were not permitted to see the interior of the cell.

According to the news article, tourists are no longer allowed to take photos inside the gas chamber in the main camp. This new rule could have been made because it would hold up the lines of people walking through the gas chamber, or it could be because the so-called gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is too stupid for words.

If you need a photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp, check out my photos here.

August 6, 2014

Are supporters of Hamas in America un-American? The question that was not answered on Bill O’Reilly’s TV show

Filed under: TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am

My blog post today is about Bill O’Reilly’s TV show called The Factor; you can read a transcript of the segment in last night’s show, in which Charles Krauthammer spoke about Hamas and the crisis in Gaza here.

For several days, on his show, Bill O’Reilly had asked the question “Are supporters of Hamas un-American?”  O’Reilly promised that Charles Krauthammer (who is Jewish) would soon answer this question on his show.

I have been watching The Factor every night, since the show first started many years ago.  I love the show because listeners can learn the truth about what is really going on in the world.

Charles Krauthammer is a frequent guest and his comments are very enlightening, so I was expecting him to answer the question of whether supporters of Hamas in America are un-American.  The obvious implication in the question was “Are true Americans required to support Israel?”

Americans have freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Is there an exception to those freedoms? Is a person, who does not support Israel, un-American?  Sadly, Bill O’Reilly’s show did not answer this question last night.

Bill O’Reilly started off this segment of his show last night by saying this:

Here’s what I don’t understand and I need you to explain it to me. Hamas is a terror group. Everybody knows it, all right.

If you care to be a fair-minded person, you know Hamas is a terror group. Hamas dominates the Palestinian authority through muscle, all right.

They have the guns. Iran gives them the guns so, therefore, they have the power in Gaza, West Bank, whatever. Hamas calling the shots.

So, you have a bevy of Americans who are sympathetic to the Palestinians but, by the same token, are supporting Hamas. And then you have tons of them in Europe. What’s the mentality behind that.

I was expecting Krauthammer to explain that the Palestians had been living in the land that is now Israel for thousands of years, while the current residents of this land are not the descendants of the original Jews who lived there long ago.  I was expecting him to explain that the trouble is caused by the fact that the current Israelis are known as the Khazars, or the Russian Jews, or the Ashkenazi Jews.  They are the descendants of people who converted to Judaism around the year 800; they are not the descendants of the original Jews who lived in Palestine.

Here is what Krauthammer actually said:

I would draw a sharp distinction between the European sympathizers and demonstrators from the American ones.

When it comes to Europe, I think the overwhelming factor is raw, native, deep-seated anti-Zionism. This is — 2,000-year-old anti-Zionism. Now, for a while, they discovered that if you put the veneer of anti-Zionism, the cover of anti-Zionism, you can get away with it in respectable society.

The veneer and the cover are gone. You’ve got placards being carried in Germany, of all places. “Hitler was right. [Chants] of Jews to the gas.

This is raw antisemitism, finding a semi-respectable outlet. And you get the foreign ministers of Britain, of France, Germany and Italy issuing a joint statement denouncing antisemitism in their country.

In the United States, it is very different. Antisemitism is not a major factor here. You know, of all the countries that the Jews have lived in in 2,000 years, this is the most tolerant, friendly, loving country that the Jews have ever known.

What I think is the most important factor here is sheer, raw ignorance. They have no idea what Hamas is, all that you said, they have no idea, for example, that there is no occupation in Gaza.

The Israelis left in 2005. They tore out their settlements. There’s not a settler, there’s not a soldier, there is not a Jew left in Gaza.

Do any of these people know it, no. Are they aware that just a few days ago, the spokesman for Hamas in Lebanon said on Arabic television that the Jews lust for the killing of children. After all, they have always used the blood of children in their mazahs on passover.

And when he was asked about that again, I think it was yesterday, on a major American network, he refused to retract. This is the oldest blood libel of all.

Are they aware of the fact that Hamas’ charter calls not just for the destruction of Israel but for the killing Jews everywhere in the world. This is an openly genocidal organization.

This whole problem could be easily solved by giving Palestine back to the Palestinians, and giving the state of New York to the Jews.  Many of the Jews in America already live in the state of New York and upstate New York is not heavily populated.  All the Jews in Israel could easily fit into the state of New York which is bigger than Israel.

August 4, 2014

70 years ago today, Anne Frank was arrested in her hiding place in Amsterdam

Famous photo of Anne Frank at the age of 13

Famous photo of Anne Frank at the age of 13

You can read about the arrest of Anne Frank and the 7 other people, who were in hiding with her, in a news article here.

Address of the building where Anne Frank hid for two years

Address of the building where Anne Frank hid for two years

Front door of the building where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis

Front door of the building where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis for two years

Several years ago, I visited the house where Anne Frank lived in hiding; I wrote about it extensively on my website here.

Otto Frank was not a practicing Jew; he did not flee from Germany because he was afraid of being arrested as a Jew. No, Otto Frank was a fugitive from justice.  He had been arrested in Germany for bank fraud after he cheated his banking customers out of their money.  His brother, who was his partner in the banking business, managed to flee to America, but the number of Jews who were allowed into America was severely limited and Otto Frank was denied entry.

Otto Frank, bank fraud criminal

Otto Frank, bank fraud criminal

The following quote is from my website:

Knowing that his family would soon be deported [from Amsterdam], Otto Frank began preparing a hiding place in the annex with a two-year supply of food and other essentials. Five months later, Anne and her family suddenly disappeared, leaving behind notes saying that they had gone to Switzerland, which was a neutral country during World War II. Otto Frank’s brother actually did escape from occupied France to Switzerland, but Otto Frank wanted to remain in Amsterdam because he had a thriving business there [doing business with the German army].

Many other Jewish families in Amsterdam also went into hiding, trusting that their Dutch neighbors and business associates would not betray their hiding places to the police. Approximately 25,000 Dutch Jews hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands which began after the Germans defeated the Dutch in May 1940 in the early part of World War II.

Those unfortunate Dutch Jews who did not go into hiding were sent to the transit camp at Westerbork, from where they were then transported by train to Auschwitz, the infamous killing center, located in what is now Poland, where millions of Jews perished in the gas chambers. Many of the 160,000 Jews in the Netherlands were refugees, like the Franks and their friends in the annex, who had escaped from Germany after Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933. Westerbork was originally a refugee camp for German Jews who were regarded as illegal immigrants in the Netherlands after they escaped over the border from Nazi Germany before the war.

The Franks went into hiding on July 6, 1942 shortly after Anne’s 13th birthday on June 12th. One week later they were joined by Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their 15-year-old son Peter and Peter’s cat. Dr. Pfeffer joined them on November 16, 1942, bringing along his dentist’s drill.

On August 4th, 1944, the police raided their hiding place in the annex and they were taken to the Westerbork transit camp on a passenger train, after a short stay at the Amsterdam headquarters of the Security Police. On September 3, 1944, all 8 were loaded onto a freight train and taken on the last transport of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz, where they arrived on the night of September 5th and 6th. Otto Frank was the only one of the 8 who survived. He died on August 19, 1980 in Switzerland.

Save your comments about the ball point pen issue.  I have studied this extensively, and I previously blogged about it here.

 Photo Credit: Anne Frank Stichting, Tekening: Eric van Rootselaar


Photo Credit: Anne Frank Stichting, Tekening: Eric van Rootselaar

The photo above shows a cross section of the house and the Annex where Anne Frank hid. On the left, in the photo, is the main house, with the annex on the right. Tourists enter the house through a door that has been cut into the wall of the passageway which connects the main building and the annex on the ground floor. Anne Frank’s room is on the 2nd floor (3rd floor in American terms) on the side nearest to the viewer. The tiny window on the side of the attic had a view of the Westerkerk (church).

August 3, 2014

Rialto student mentioned Charles A. Lindbergh in Holocaust hoax essay

I am continuing to follow the Holocaust essay debacle in the California Rialto school district “critical thinking” assignment, and today I read a sample essay here.

The essay starts out with this quote:

Many believe the Holocaust to be an event that almost exterminated all living Jews while other believe it to be nothing more than a propaganda act. I believe that it was a propaganda act, and my reasons are: no cyanide resident on the walls of gas chambers, only a small amount of Jews died in concentration camps, and even the Diary of Anne Frank is a lie.

As I stated earlier, no cyanide residue was left on the walls of these so called “gas chambers.” Fred A. Leuchter, one of America’s leading experts and specialists on the design of fabrication and execution equipment, scraped of some samples of the walls at a gas chamber, there should have been clear signs of cyanide residue on the walls, but there wasn’t any, any at all. Three years later, the Polish government went to the exact location to try and disprove his findings, but they then found out he was right. With this evidence, it should be enough to prove that the Holocaust is a hoax.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Charles A. Lindbergh

But this quote from the sample essay, written by a student who argued on the side of the Holocaust being a hoax, caught my eye:

“If that wasn’t enough, maybe this will be. A man named Charles A. Lindbergh visited one of these concentration camps soon after WW2 ended, and he was told that only 25,000 died in 1 to 1/2 years. Now, even children as young as 8 would agree that 25,000 multiplied by half a dozen camps doesn’t equal 6,0000,000, not even 600,000. Even if we threw away all this evidence, the number of Jews persecuted keeps increasing. First, it’s 6,000,000, then it’s 9,000,000, and then what, 12,000,000? The good people of America need to wake up and get some common sense. Our country has been the one to donate more money to Israel than any other country in the world: 35 billion each year! If we didn’t donate the money, every family in America could have a brand new Mercedes-Benz. Obviously, this evidence should make you believe the holocaust is a hoax.”

Lindbergh visited the Mittlebau Dora camp which had underground factories where the Germans were building rockets.  I previously blogged about the liberation of the Mittlebau Dora camp here.

The Mittlebau Dora camp was bombed by the Allies, and photos of the dead bodies of prisoners, who were killed by bombs, are frequently claimed to be the bodies of Jews who were killed by the Germans.

This quote from this website is what Lindbergh wrote about his visit to Mittlebau Dora after the war:

Here was a place where men and life and death had reached the lowest form of degradation. How could any reward in national progress even faintly justify the establishment and operation of such a place?
After visiting the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Germany, as quoted in The New York Times (20 April 1980)

The student who wrote about Lindbergh in his school essay obviously did not know who Lindbergh was; he wrote “a man named Charles A. Lindbergh,” instead of writing something like this:  “Charles A. Lindbergh, the famous aviator who flew non-stop across the Atlantic ocean from New York to Paris in a single-engine plane in 1927.”  The student should have mentioned that Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathizer who fell into disrepute later in life when he was attacked because of his beliefs.

The most important thing about the Dora-Mittlebau camp is that photos of the dead prisoners, who were killed by Allied bombs, are frequently claimed to be the bodies of dead Jews who were killed by the Germans.  I wrote about this in a previous blog post here.

You can watch a You-Tube video which shows the inside of the tunnel where prisoners were working on the building of V2-rockets.

You can watch a disingenuous propaganda video, which incorrectly states that the 2,500 prisoners who were killed by American bombs, were killed by the Germans.

Beginning in March 1944, a section of the Bergen-Belsen camp was used to house prisoners from other concentration camps or forced labor camps who were sick and unable to work any longer. By 1945, sick prisoners from all over Germany were being brought to Bergen-Belsen. Prisoners in this section received inadequate medical care and there was a high mortality rate, according to the Memorial Site. This section of Bergen-Belsen was also sometimes called the Krankenlager or Sick camp.

The first transport brought to the Bergen-Belsen recuperation camp arrived on March 27, 1944; it consisted of 1000 inmates from the Dora-Mittelbau camp, where the prisoners had been forced to work in underground factories building the V-2 rockets for the German military. Most of these prisoners were suffering from tuberculosis, a fatal disease. By the time Bergen-Belsen was liberated, a little over a year later, only 57 of them were still alive.

Some of the inmates, who had been evacuated from the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp and some of its sub-camps on April 3rd, 4th and 5th, ended up in the town of Gardelegen. The 4,000 prisoners from Dora-Mittelbau had been bound for the Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen or Neuengamme concentration camps, but when the railroad tracks were bombed by American planes, the prisoners had been re-routed to Gardelegen, which was the site of a Cavalry Training School and a Parachutist Training School. The trains were forced to stop before reaching the town of Gardelegen and some of the prisoners escaped.The escaped prisoners terrorized the nearby villages, raping, looting and killing civilians. When they were caught, the prisoners were put into a barn at Gardelegen, and the infamous Gardelegen Massacre was the end result.

August 2, 2014

John Breyer “operated the wooden door on a gas chamber at Auschwitz”

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The title of my blog post today comes from an article which you can read in full here.  The photo, shown below, accompanies the article.

Photo of John Breyer who worked at the Auschwitz main camp

Photo of John Breyer who worked at the Auschwitz main camp

In the news article, the caption on the photo above says “John Breyer, it is said, operated the wooden door on a gas chamber at Auschwitz.”  So it is SAID that John Breyer “operated the wooden door on a gas chamber at Auschwitz.”  How does one OPERATE a wooden door?  Does it take some special training to operate a wooden door?  Did John Breyer have a choice?  Could he have refused to operate that wooden door?

When I visited the Auschwitz main camp in 2005, I took photos of a wooden door, which might have been the door that John Breyer allegedly “operated.”

Wooden door into the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

Wooden door into the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

In the photo above, you can see a metal door, opening to the outside of the building; this door was added to the “gas chamber” in the main Auschwitz camp, in 1943, when it was converted into a bomb shelter, for German soldiers stationed at the camp.  The door handle, on the wooden door into the bomb shelter, is silver colored and hard to see.

There were virtually no door KNOBS in all of Germany in those days. John Breyer might have had some special training to learn how to OPERATE a door handle.

Door handle on a door into the Kehlsteinhaus in Germany

Door handle on a door into the Kehlsteinhaus in Germany

Door handles, instead of knobs, were typically used in Germany for many years.  America was known to the soldiers who occupied Germany, after World War II, as “the land of the round doorknob.”

My photo of a door handle on a door into the Kehlsteinhaus, shown in the photo above, was taken in 1997.

John Breyer started working at the Auschwitz main camp, beginning in May 1944, at which time, the Auschwitz gas chamber was a bomb shelter for German guards.

Wooden door is shown in the background of a photo of the gas chamber

Wooden door is shown in the background of a photo of the gas chamber

The wooden door, shown in the background of the photo above, was not there in 1941 when Jews were allegedly gassed in the morgue room of the crematorium in the Auschwitz main camp.

Door into the "wash room" that is now included in the Auschwitz gas chamber

Wooden door into the “wash room” that is now included in the gas chamber

The photo above shows what was allegedly the back door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp; it is actually the door into a washroom that was not included in the alleged gas chamber.

When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in 1998, tourists were being told that the door, in the photo above, was the back door of the gas chamber in the main camp. I was told that a German guard stood outside this door and prevented the Jews from breaking the glass so that they could escape.  Was John Breyer the guard who stood outside this door and “operated it” so that the prisoners could not escape?  No, he was not a guard at the Auschwitz main camp until May 1944.

Krema I gas chamber in the Auschwitz 1 camp

Krema I gas chamber in the Auschwitz 1 camp shows wooden door in the background

July 30, 2014

August 2nd is a day of remembrance for the 2,900 Roma and Sinti who were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau on that day in 1944

August 2nd has been designated as the day of remembrance for the Gypsies (Roma and Sinti) who were gassed during a single night at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.  You can read about it in a news story here.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

August 2 is the official day of the remembrance of Roma victims of the holocaust. On the night of August 2, 1944, around 2,900 Roma and Sinti were killed in the gas chambers of the Auschitz-Birkenau camp.

The exact number of Gypsies, who were gassed on August 2, 1944, is unknown because the Germans did not keep records, nor names, of the victims who were killed in the gas chamber.  However, there were 4 gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau on that date, and it is possible that the gassing of all the Gypsies could have been accomplished in one night.

The only problem would have been the disposal of the bodies in a timely manner, since there were no morgues, in the gas chamber buildings, to store the bodies until they could be burned in the ovens. The undressing rooms and gas chambers were located in the rooms that were called morgues on the blueprints of the gas chambers.

I previously wrote about the gassing of the Roma and Sinti here.

Why were all the Roma and Sinti gassed in only one night?  What was the big hurry to get rid of the Gypsies after they had been imprisoned in a “family camp” for seventeen months?

Is it possible that the Gypsies were all deported, in a single night, out of the “family camp” to other concentration camps?  Could that be why a tourist cannot walk down a street today, anywhere in Europe, without being accosted by a Gypsy rudely demanding money?  Is that why tourists are advised to wear their backpack in the front of their body to prevent Gypsies from stealing from them?

Woman begging for money outside a church in Strasbourg, France

Woman begging for money outside a church in Strasbourg, France

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