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October 11, 2011

I finally got to see the video of Glenn Beck’s trip to Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:52 pm

I signed up for Glen Beck’s GBTV and was finally able to see his “Restoring Courage” video which included footage of his trip to Israel on August 24, 2011 and his visit to Auschwitz before that.  Very early in the video, Glenn says “I couldn’t show you the video in Auschwitz.”  Nevertheless, there is some footage of Glenn and his wife on their trip to the main Auschwitz camp and then to the Birkenau camp.

Photo of Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau

On his visit to the Auschwitz Museum in the main camp, Glenn pointed out a huge photo hanging on the wall, which shows Hungarian women with small children walking down a road at Birkenau. This is one of the photos in the Auschwitz Album, taken by the SS men in May 1944. Glenn was overcome with emotion when he saw this photo, which he described as “grandmothers” holding the hands of the children.   

The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is briefly shown in the video, along with a photo very similar to the one below, which is on my website.

Fingernail scratches on Auschwitz gas chamber wall, Jan. 12, 2004 Photo Credit: Simon Robertson

There is a shot of Glenn and his wife standing inside the gas chamber.  They are in silhouette and there is a black plastic rope across the room so that visitors cannot walk around in the gas chamber.  That’s why Glenn had to use a shot that someone else took of the nail marks.

The photo below shows the view of the gas chamber that Glenn Beck saw.

Auschwitz gas chamber as it looks today Photo Credit: http://www.lookbackatit.com/2009/03/auschwitz.html

I previously blogged here about a free preview of Glenn’s visit to Auschwitz which showed a different photo of the nail marks. I think it is safe to say that there were no nail marks on the wall when Glenn was inside the gas chamber but a photo was added to the video which showed previous marks which have been painted over.

I find it hard to believe that Glenn Beck was genuinely emotional when he visited Auschwitz.  I think he was putting on an act for the Jews who were accompanying him.

11 Comments »

  1. Besides the fact that these scratchings follow a regular and evenly spaced pattern, it’s heartwrenching to see that Moshe and Sarah managed in their last gasps to etch glorious Stars of David (1,2) .

    But do these crosses(3.4) mean that more Christians perished here?

    Avishai(5) didn’t have enough time to carve the name of his sweetheart, what a shonda.

    Let’s rather commemorate this indicible crime with the spirit of respect, deep mourning, and next to g-dliness behavior.

    Or should we follow the advice of this nice guy?

    Comment by Elie Wiesenthal — October 12, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    • Thanks a million for all this information, Elie. I have enhanced the photo and sharpened it so that the Stars of David show clearly. Also, thanks for the links about the Israelis visiting Auschwitz. When I was there, I commented to my guide that I would like to come back again some day and she advised me not to come during the days when the March of the Living was taking place because of the behavior of the Israelis.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 12, 2011 @ 9:05 am

      • You are very welcome, furtherglory; I merely opened my eyes.

        I bet you 18 Shekels you can find “Long Live Israel” or some similar niceties as well.

        Comment by Elie Wiesenthal — October 12, 2011 @ 10:09 am

        • brilliant.

          Comment by schlageter — October 13, 2011 @ 7:53 am

          • schlageter, A sheynem dank!

            Comment by Elie Wiesenthal — October 14, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  2. @FurtherGlory
    Sorry for off-topic but is something that I still cannot understand after carefully regarding your previous post about the operation Reinhardt. If the peoples from Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec has not been killed by the germans, where they have been moved? Into the former soviet territory? Have they been crossed over Bug and left at free to walk to the nearest town? Have they been transported by rail or trucks to a town? What town? Shouldn’t these replacements be well known and documented? The territory east from Bug has been still in the german hand at that time. How is it that jews west of bug have to live in the camp and jews east of Bug may live at free?

    Comment by RoTraveler — October 12, 2011 @ 2:49 am

    • I believe that the Jews were transported across the Bug river to labor camps on the eastern side. When Germany started losing the war, the Soviets took back the territory where these labor camps were located. The Jews were then left on their own and probably most of them died because they had no one to take care of them. When the Germans had to abandon the Auschwitz camp, they marched the Jews westward to other camps like Buchenwald, Mauthausen and Sachsenhausen. The ones who were sick, or didn’t want to join the march, were left behind to take care of themselves. When the Soviet soldiers arrived, they took care of the Jews for a few days, but after that they were left on their own. It took some of them a year to get back to their former homes.

      I previously blogged about what it was like for the Jews at Auschwitz after the Germans left them on their own.

      http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/primo-levi-the-story-of-ten-days-jan-18th-to-jan-27th-1945/

      There was an uprising at Treblinka, but only after the purpose of the camp was finished. There were around 600 people who joined the uprising, but only around 68 of them survived after they escaped from the camp and went into the wilderness. They were in a war zone with no one to take care of them and they could not survive on their own. I think that is what happened to the Jews who were sent across the Bug river.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 12, 2011 @ 8:29 am

  3. “I think he was putting on an act for the Jews who were accompanying him.” No, he was doing the bidding of the Jews that OWN him. Glen Beck is a Mormon.

    Joseph Smith sent Orson Hyde, an LDS apostle, to prepare the land of Palestine for the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland. In Europe, Hyde sought meetings with Jewish community leaders, not to proselytize them but to urge them to return to Palestine. He continued on to Jerusalem. October 24, 1841, he prayed on the Mount of Olives to “dedicate and consecrate this land… for the gathering together of Judah’s scattered remnants.” Orson Hyde’s mission began a long and continual positive link between Mormonism, Palestine and later the modern State of Israel.

    http://www.jewishmag.com/136mag/mormons/mormons.htm

    Comment by who+dares+wings — October 11, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    • Is Glenn Beck a Morman? I have never seen anything about that.

      Comment by sceptic — October 11, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

      • Yes, Glenn Beck is a Mormon. I have relatives who are Mormons, so I recognize Mormon behavior when I see it. The Mormons are good people, and I believe that Glenn is a good person. My only problem with the Mormons is that I believe that they are sometimes insincere. They are always nice and friendly, but I suspect that they are sometimes pretending that they like you when they couldn’t care less.

        Comment by furtherglory — October 12, 2011 @ 8:33 am

        • I’d rather live with good, friendly and maybe insincere people around me than bad and unfriendly species in a very sincere way.

          Comment by Eager for Answers — October 12, 2011 @ 4:47 pm


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