Today I read this about Buchenwald on this web site:
“A crass case in point was Buchenwald, one of the more infamous Nazi camps, where hundreds of thousands had been incarcerated and upwards of 50,000 perished, some in the most sadistic fashion, from Jews who were gassed to priests who were crucified upside down. Americans liberated Buchenwald on April 11, 1945.”
I was appalled when I learned that this was written by Dr. Paul Kengor, who is a professor of political science and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Professor Kengor has written these books: The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand, God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.
I haven’t written any books, but if I ever do, I will include sources and photos to back up statements like “Jews were gassed” and “priests were crucified upside down” at Buchenwald.
Where are the photos of the Buchenwald gas chamber? I’m from Missouri; you’ll have to show me. Was the Buchenwald gas chamber blown up to destroy the evidence? If so, where are the photos of the ruins of the gas chamber?
Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Mauthausen, the other Nazi camps that were comparable to Buchenwald, had shower rooms in their crematoria, but the shower rooms were actually gas chambers where prisoners were murdered. Buchenwald was unique in that it was the only major concentration camp where a shower room in the crematorium was not used to gas the prisoners. There was no shower room in the Buchenwald crematorium; there was only a small shower, big enough for two people, as shown in the photo below.
The photo above shows the Buchenwald crematorium; the door into the bathroom is on the left and the elevator that was used to bring the dead bodies up from the basement is on the right.
All the Catholic priests were consolidated into the Dachau concentration camp. You can read all about the priests here. Here is a quote from that web page:
“Father William J. O’Malley, a Jesuit priest, wrote the following: The Rev. Andreas Reiser, a German, was crowned with barbed wire and a group of Jewish prisoners was forced to hail him as their king, and the Rev. Stanislaus Bednarski, a Pole, was hanged on a cross.”
Stories of crucifixion in the concentration camps might be a reference to the infamous hanging punishment.
The hanging punishment was originated by Martin Sommer, an SS man who was in charge of the Bunker (a prison within the prison) at Buchenwald. This punishment was abolished at Dachau by Commandant Martin Weiss in 1942. Sommer left Buchenwald when he was sent to fight on the Eastern front in 1943.
The photograph above, taken inside the old Dachau Museum in May 2001, shows a scene at Buchenwald that was created in 1958 for an East German DEFA film. (Source: H. Obenaus, “Das Foto vom Baumhängen: Ein Bild geht um die Welt,” in Stiftung Topographie des Terrors Berlin (ed.), Gedenkstätten-Rundbrief no. 68, Berlin, October 1995, pp. 3-8) This fake photo is not included in the new Dachau Museum which opened in 2003, but all the tour guides at Dachau dwell at length on the hanging punishment, which was seldom used.
Ronald J. Rychlak wrote the following about what he read in a book by Father Jean Bernard entitled Priestblock 25487:
“Priests at Dachau were not marked for death by being shot or gassed as a group, but over two thousand of them died there from disease, starvation, and general brutality. One year, the Nazis “celebrated” Good Friday by torturing 60 priests. They tied the priests’ hands behind their backs, put chains around their wrists, and hoisted them up by the chains. The weight of the priests’ bodies twisted and pulled their joints apart. Several of the priests died, and many others were left permanently disabled. The Nazis, of course, threatened to repeat the event if their orders were not carried out.”
The above quote describes the hanging punishment, as shown in the fake photo above.