I am finally feeling well enough to wade through a long blog post accusing me of being a Holocaust denier and answer the accusations; you can read the accusations on Paolosilv’s blog post here. The long, tedious post on Paolosilv’s Blog reminds me of the Seinfeld show, which I watch in re-runs every evening. The Seinfeld show is famously about “nothing” and it includes many long conversations in which the members of the cast argue about something that is very insignificant. I don’t have the time or the motivation to address all the points brought up on the Holocaust denier accusation blog post, but there is one point which I believe should be cleared up: the reason for the death marches out of the Nazi camps near the end of World War II.
I wrote this in a comment on my blog on February 22, 2010:
“Towards the end of the war, trains were scarce in Europe. The Germans did not use valuable trains to bring prisoners from the Auschwitz death camp to camps in Germany, which were not death camps, in order to kill them. The prisoners were brought to Germany so that they could work in the factories in the sub-camps.”
Paolosilv’s blog wrote this in answer to my comment:
This is again, untrue. The prisoners were ordered to Germany by Hitler/Himmler so they could not testify. The orders were that they were to be killed, as I have posted the quotes from the Nazis elsewhere.
Why would prisoners be marched all the way from Auschwitz -Birkenau to camps in Germany so late in the war (early January 1945)? Just for ‘labor’? Unlikelihood.
Where is the order from Hitler or Himmler that the prisoners should be marched out of Auschwitz to Germany to be killed? Was this order entered into evidence at the Nuremberg IMT? What about all the survivors of the march out of Auschwitz who ended up in the sub-camps in Germany where they worked in factories? Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, said that the prisoners at Auschwitz were given a choice about whether they wanted to join the march or stay behind. Did the order from Hitler or Himmler say that the Auschwitz prisoners had a choice between being killed or staying behind? Why did 60,000 prisoners join the march which was led through two feet of snow by German soldiers? Maybe because the prisoners knew the Germans would feed them and keep them in good health because Germany needed workers during World War II. In America, women worked in the factories, but in Germany, most of the women stayed at home to take care of their six children.
I also wrote this on my blog:
So that leaves the question: Why didn’t the Nazis just kill the 67,000 Jews that were at Auschwitz and all of its sub-camps on January 18, 1945. Even with three large gas chambers still in operation on that date, it would have taken a long time to kill them all and burn the bodies. The Germans had to leave in a hurry because they knew the Soviet soldiers were close by. If they left all the prisoners behind, there would be 60,000 healthy Jews on the loose who would potentially take revenge on the German people, plus 7,000 sick Jews and children. Besides that, the Nazis needed prisoners to work in the German munitions factories, building Messerschmitt airplanes and V-2 rockets so Germany would have at least some chance of winning the war.”
So, actually the “death march” out of Auschwitz does make historical sense.
In answer to the above statement, Paolosilv’s blog said this:
Here he denies that there were death marches, or puts them into quotes so as to deny their purpose.
Paolo is still insisting that the prisoners were marched out of Auschwitz in order to kill them. In fact, he is not the only one who believes this. Even college professors who teach the Holocaust believe that the “death marches” were a means of killing the prisoners so that they could not testify against the Nazis after the war. So why leave 7,000 prisoners behind, who could potentially testify?
Another quote from Paolosilv’s blog post:
Furtherglory writes that the Nazis did not want them to take revenge on the civilian population, as happened at Weimar.
It makes no sense at all. Most of these people were in rough shape, and were not able to work. You would not march people in the dead of winter hundreds of miles so that they could work. This is utter bullshit.
The prisoners who were marched out of Auschwitz walked 50 kilometers (around 35 miles) to Gleiwitz which was on the border between what had been Poland and Germany in 1938. From Gleiwitz, the prisoners were put on trains to camps in Germany and transferred to sub-camps where they were, in fact, put to work in factories, no bullshit. The 7,500 prisoners who “were not able to work” were left behind in the three Auschwitz-Birkenau camps.
If the purpose of the death marches was to kill the prisoners, why weren’t they, in fact, killed, as planned? The prisoners who were marched out of Auschwitz wound up working in the sub-camps of the major camps in Germany. The most famous prisoner who marched out of Auschwitz was Elie Wiesel, who says that he got up out of his hospital bed and voluntarily joined the marchers. He was taken to Buchenwald where he survived. Primo Levi, another famous Auschwitz survivor, stayed behind and also survived.
I have already addressed the issue of whether or not the Jewish prisoners at Buchenwald were taken out of the camp to prevent them from taking revenge on the civilians in Weimar. The original Yiddish version of the book “Night” tells about the Jewish prisoners who did, in fact, go to Weimar to get revenge, just as the Nazis had anticipated that they would.
In February 2010 I wrote this on my blog:
Dachau was a camp for political prisoners who had a good chance of being released. There was a special badge for prisoners who had been released and then re-arrested, which means that there were numerous prisoners that were given their freedom after they had been “rehabilitated.”
Paulosilv wrote this in his answer to the above statement on his blog:
Here he overlooks the unregistered deaths at Dachau, some of whom were Jews. Others were Poles, Russians and assorted prisoners.———-
If these deaths were “unregistered” how do we know that the deaths occurred? Maybe the reason that some deaths were “unregistered” is because the deaths never happened. There were, in fact, prisoners who were brought to Dachau, given a shower, and then were never seen again. All of them turned up later, very much alive, at the eleven Kaufering sub-camps. The Official Army Report, by the American liberators of Dachau, mentions these prisoners who disappeared and reported that their alleged deaths were “unregistered.” That is the origin of this false information.
I am beginning to feel like Jerry Seinfeld arguing with George about nothing, so I will end this post now.