Dick Arnold, a Jewish American veteran of World War II, gave a speech on Sunday, April 11, 1945 at the Jewish Community Federation’s annual program in Brighton, NY to honor Holocaust victims. Arnold said that he was with the 87th Infantry Division; he claims that he was one of the first four American soldiers to enter Buchenwald on the day of liberation. You can read more about Dick Arnold here and here. (more…)
April 12, 2010
In today’s online edition of The Register Guard, there is an article by Winston Ross about Bill Sarnoff, a U.S. navy man who was sent to Buchenwald for five days to help the survivors after the camp was liberated on April 11, 1945. Now 84 years old, Sarnoff told his story yesterday to more than 100 people who attended a Holocaust Remembrance Day event. Bill Sarnoff was sent to Buchenwald because he was familiar with several European languages. His job was to help by communicating with the sick prisoners in the camp.
According to the article by Winston Ross, here’s what Sarnoff told the crowd in the Thurston High School auditorium, followed by my comments:
“One day the call came from his superiors for any sailor who could speak a European language, and before long Sarnoff found himself en route to Buchenwald, in western Germany, to help the 23,000 surviving prisoners recuperate and ultimately leave the camp.”
Most accounts of the Buchenwald liberation say that there were 21,000 survivors in the camp.
“The only healthy prisoners he met were women, fed adequately so they could be sex slaves for German soldiers, Sarnoff said. He fed prisoners in the shadow of three crematoriums, used to incinerate the dead.”
There was a brothel at Buchenwald, but it was for the prisoners. There was only one crematorium at Buchenwald. There were 3,000 sick prisoners and 18,000 who were not sick. The photos below show healthy prisoners and the one crematorium.
“Buchenwald starved and beat to death 238,000 prisoners, Sarnoff said. Prisoners were shipped there weekly, 300 at a time, he said. Those under 105 pounds were sent directly to Auschwitz, to be executed.”
According to a U.S. Army report dated May 25, 1945, there was a total of 238,980 prisoners sent to Buchenwald during its 8-year history from July 1937 to April 11, 1945, and 34,375 of them died in the camp. This report was based on records confiscated from the camp by the US military, after the camp was liberated.
A later U.S. Government report in June, 1945 put the total deaths at 33,462 with 20,000 of the deaths in the final months of the war.
Prisoners were not sent from Buchenwald to Auschwitz to be executed. It was the other way around: survivors from Auschwitz, who had not been executed, were evacuated to Buchenwald.
“Children ages 6 to 15 were used for medical experiments, injected with typhoid, diphtheria, pneumonia and syphilis, he said. Sarnoff said he saw a brass blowtorch that had been used to burn many children, to see how they would recover.”
This statement by Sarnoff could easily win a prize for the biggest lie ever told. There were 904 young boys in the camp who were protected by the Communist prisoners who ran the camp. They ranged in age from 4 years old to 17 years old. (Some accounts say that there was a 2-year-old among the orphans.)
There were medical experiments done at Buchenwald, but these experiments were done to find a vaccine for typhus, which was the disease that devastated all the concentration camps in the last 5 months of the war. The prisoners who were used in the experiments were criminals who had been condemned to death and had been sent to Buchenwald to await their execution date.
“He learned that each new prisoner was given a spoon and a bowl, provided so they could consume a meager ration of watery potato soup. If they lost the bowl, they starved. There were no weeds or grass in the camp, as all vegetation had been consumed by the prisoners.”
It is true that each prisoner had to keep his spoon and bowl in his possession, and he had to keep these items from being stolen. If a prisoner lost his bowl, he still had a cup that he could eat soup out of, or he could steal someone else’s bowl. A prisoner who lost all of his dishes and utensils could still eat bread, and he could share a bowl with another prisoner.
Another article published online on April 8th by Glenn Farley/King 5 News had this information about Joe Moser, a World War II fighter pilot who spent two months as a prisoner at Buchenwald:
What gets his daughter Julie Hanes, a nurse, was the torture and the medical experiments carried out on her father and the others.
“They just injected medicines. They didn’t know what they were. They used the same needle over and over and over again,” said Hanes.
According to Wikipedia, there are laws against Holocaust denial in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. Holocaust denial is punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Austria, and up to 5 years in most other countries. Isn’t it time to punish Holocaust liars?
This article totaled me out for today; I can’t read any more news about the Buchenwald anniversary celebration.