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December 27, 2013

Yad Vashem races to collect 6 millon names of Holocaust victims

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:19 pm

As everyone in the world knows by now, there were 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, but what were their names?  Those sly Nazis didn’t record the names of their victims in the genocide of the Jews, known today as “The Holocaust.”  Now the Holocaust Museum in Israel, Yad Vashem, is trying to collect the names of all 6 million victims.

Entrance into Yad Vashem museum in Israel

Entrance into Yad Vashem museum in Israel

The issue of the lack of names was addressed in a news article, published world-wide today by the Associated Press; you can read the article in full here.

This quote is from the news article:

Contrary to popular belief, the Nazis did not keep meticulous records. They kept tabs on the identity of Jews in Germany, Austria and elsewhere in central Europe, but ordered the wholesale murder of communities elsewhere that were not documented. They also tried to cover up many of their crimes.

The statement above is correct. Way back in the 1940s, when the Jews were being transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the main killing centers in the Holocaust, some of the victims were sent directly, from the incoming trains, to the gas chambers.  Others were kept for a few weeks at Auschwitz, before being transferred to other camps.  No records of the names of those who were gassed were ever kept, nor the names of those who were transferred.  Only the Jews, who were assigned to live in the barracks at Auschwitz, were registered and given a number, which was tattooed on their arm.

Records in all the Nazi concentration camps were kept on IBM Hollerith cards. The code for those who were gassed at Auschwitz was F-6, which was the code for “special treatment.”  The code for Jews who were transported to another concentration camp was also F-6, for “evacuations.”

Jews who were transported, from the ghettos in Europe, to the three Operation Reinhard camps (Belzec, Sobibor and Treblink)  were not registered; they were gassed immediately upon arrival.  The victims were not given a code number, nor tattooed.  Their names are unknown, except to some of their relatives, who are now being questioned by researchers in Israel.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Yad Vashem’s goal is to collect the names of all 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial’s very name — Yad Vashem is Hebrew for “a memorial and a name” — alludes to its central mission of commemorating the dead as individuals, rather than mere numbers like the Nazis did.

It hasn’t been an easy task.

The project began in 1955, but over the following half century, fewer than 3 million names were collected, mostly because the project was not widely known. Many survivors refrained from reopening wounds, or they clung to hopes that their relatives might still be alive.

Those clever Nazis!  They predicted that some day, there would be a world-wide religion, called Holocaustianity, and they diabolically obfuscated the numbers, so that some day, a cult of Holocaust denial would arise.  According to the news article, the main purpose of collecting names now is “to combat Holocaust denial.”  Good luck with that!

Where did the 6 million number come from?  From Adolf Eichmann, the alleged mastermind of the Holocaust?  No, Eichmann mentioned FIVE MILLION victims, not six million.

During his trial in Poland, Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, changed the figure in his confession to a total of 1,130,000 Jews that were gassed but declared “During my tenure at Auschwitz, millions of people died, whose exact number I cannot determine.”

When Rudolf Hoess was questioned on the witness stand at the Nuremburg IMT, he claimed that, after each gassing action, the records were destroyed.  The only person who knew the actual numbers, according to Hoess, was Adolf Eichmann.

At the Nuremberg IMT, a quote, allegedly made by Eichmann in 1945, was introduced into evidence:

“I will leap into my grave laughing because the feeling that I have five million human beings on my conscience is for me a source of extraordinary satisfaction.”

So why is the number of 6 million used today, instead of 5 million?  6 million just sounds better. Since there is no way of knowing the actual number of Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, why not just go with 6 million?

December 25, 2013

Is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising a “myth”? Say it isn’t so!

In a recent article, headlined “Haaretz’s Holocaust Revisionism,” Eugene Kontorovitch wrote that “A new level of vileness has been reached in the pages of Haaretz.”

Haaretz is Israel’s leading newspaper.  It is the equivalent of the New York Times in America.

This quote is from the article written by Kontorovitch on December 23, 2013:

[Haaretz] has crossed all prior bounds of decency and published a criticism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, calling it a “myth,” and accusing its heroes of being responsible for the ultimate liquidation of the Ghetto. Despite disagreements on diplomatic, territorial, and religious issues, the memory of the Holocaust–its heroes and victims–had been the great unifying porch in post-War Jewish consciousness. Now the Holocaust is fair game too.

The [Haaretz] article’s argument is that maybe if the fighters had not been so uppity, if they had not made a fuss–then the Nazis, who had already murdered 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, might have let the remaining 50,000 live. Maybe! It is not a new argument. Rather, the author amazingly resurrects and endorses the arguments of the Judernat, the Jewish collaboration government of the Ghetto. With every new deportation, they urged restrain with increasing urgency–maybe they will let the rest of us live, and if you fight, all the past deportations would be a sacrifice in vain.

There can be no more terrible case of “blaming the victim” than laying any responsibility for the liquidation of the Ghetto at the feet of the fighters.

It is true, the Jewish “communal leadership”–and the rabbis–opposed the uprising. That is what made it brave. The Judenrat had no right to decide if residents of the Ghetto died in gas chambers or fighting for their freedom.

Starving children in the Warsaw Ghetto

Starving children in the Warsaw Ghetto

Was it wrong for the Judenrat to cooperate with the Nazis, in an attempt to save as many Jews as possible?  I blogged about this question at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/the-son-of-dr-benjamin-murmelstein-defends-his-fathers-reputation-in-a-new-essay/

Were there ever as many as 500,000 Jews living in Warsaw?  The 500,000 figure might be a bit of an exaggeration.  The way I heard it, when I visited Warsaw in 1998, was that there were 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, before deportations to the Treblinka death camp began in 1942.  I blogged about the Treblinka death camp at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/the-murder-weapon-used-at-treblinka-carbon-monoxide-or-zyklon-b-gas/

Before World War II started on September 1, 1939, there were 375,000 Jews living in Warsaw, as many as in all of France, and more than in the whole country of Czechoslovakia. Only the city of New York had a larger Jewish population than Warsaw.

The first Jews had settled in Warsaw after King Kasimierz the Great welcomed Jewish refugees from Western Europe to Poland in the 14th century, but during the 15th century they were expelled from the city of Warsaw, just as they were in Krakow. Between 1527 and 1768, Jews were banned from living in Warsaw.

After Poland was partitioned for the third time in 1795, between Russia, Prussia and Austria, the Jews began coming back to Warsaw, which was in the Russian section. By the start of World War I, Jews made up forty percent of the population of the city of Warsaw. During the 19th century, and up until the end of World War I, Warsaw was in the Pale of Settlement where all Russian Jews were forced to live. When Poland regained its independence after World War I, Warsaw was once again a Polish city. From the beginning, the Jewish district was located southeast of Old Town Warsaw.

The Nazis liked to take action against the Jews on Jewish holidays, so it was on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, that the announcement was made on October 12, 1940 that “Jewish residential quarters” were to be set up in Warsaw. The Ghetto would comprise 2.4 percent of the city’s land, but would contain 30% of the city’s population, according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum. To create the Ghetto, the Nazis moved 113,000 Christian residents out and moved 138,000 Jewish residents in. The rest of the Warsaw Jews were already living in the area of the city, which became the Ghetto.

It was on April 19, 1943 (Passover, a Jewish holiday) that Ukrainian and Latvian soldiers, in the German SS, marched into the Warsaw ghetto, entering at the northern border of the Ghetto on Zamenhofa street. It was not until May 16 that the SS was able to defeat the handful of resistors, who lasted longer than the whole Polish army when the Germans and the Russians jointly invaded Poland in September 1939.

The greatest hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was Mordechai Anielewicz, the leader of the Z.O.B., a Jewish Resistance Organization, which fought against the Germans as illegal combatants during World War II.

Memorial to the ghetto fighters in Warsaw

Memorial to the ghetto fighters in Warsaw

One of the stops on the Memory Lane tour of Warsaw, which I took in 1998, was the monument pictured above, which honors the Jewish Z.O.B. resistance fighters; it is the work of sculptor Nathan Rappaport and is sometimes referred to as the Nathan Rappaport Memorial. It is located on ul. Zamenhofa, the street where the fighting began in the Warsaw uprising.

In the photo above, the front of the monument is shown. It depicts several of the resistance fighters with Anielewicz in the front, holding a hand grenade in his hand.

At the start of the fight, a few hand grenades were virtually the only weapons that the Jews had. After they killed a few SS soldiers and the others retreated, the resistance fighters took the weapons from the hands of the dead SS men, and continued the fight the next day when the soldiers returned.  There were 16 SS soldiers killed in the uprising.

The other side of the Warsaw memorial to the ghetto fighters

The other side of the Warsaw memorial to the ghetto fighters

The back side of the Warsaw Memorial, shown in the photo above, depicts the Jews marching to a gas chamber.

Famous photo of Jews marching to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Famous photo of Jews marching to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

The photos below are included in the Stroop Report.

An underground room where the ghetto fighters his from the SS soldiers

An underground room where the ghetto fighters hid from the SS soldiers during the Warsaw uprising

Destruction in the Warsaw Ghetto during the uprising

Destruction in the Warsaw Ghetto during the uprising

The two black and white photos above are from The Stroop Report, a 75-page book, which consists mostly of telegrams, sent during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Four of these telegrams from the Stroop Report are quoted below:

April 25, 1943:

In total, 1690 Jews were captured alive. According to stories from the Jews, there have definitely also been parachutists dropped here and bandits who have been supplied weapons from an unknown location. 274 Jews were shot, and as on other days, uncounted Jews were buried alive in the blown-up bunkers and, as near as can be determined, burned. With today’s bounty of Jews, a very large portion of the bandits and lowest elements of the Ghetto has, in my opinion, been captured. Immediate liquidation was not carried out due to the onset of darkness. I will attempt to obtain a train for T II (the Treblinka death camp) for tomorrow, otherwise the liquidations will be carried out tomorrow.

April 26, 1943:

At this time there are no more captured Jews in Warsaw. The previously mentioned transport to T.II (Treblinka death camp) was successful.

May 13, 1943:

The few Jews and criminals still remaining in the ghetto have for 2 days used the refuges available in the ruins in order to go back to their well-known bunkers at night, and there to eat and supply themselves for the next day. No evidence on further bunkers known to them can be obtained from the captured Jews. The rest of the inhabitants, where the fire fight took place, were destroyed by the strongest explosive charges. From a Wehrmacht operation 327 Jews were captured today. These captured Jews will only be sent to T.II.

May 24, 1943:

Of the overall total of 56,065 captured Jews, about 7,000 have been destroyed in the course of the large-scale action in the former Jewish living quarter. 6,929 Jews were destroyed (vernichtet) by transport to T. II, so that overall, 13,929 Jews were destroyed. It is estimated that, in addition to the number of 56,065, 5 – 6,000 Jews were destroyed (vernichtet) by explosions and fire.

Famous photo included in the Stroop report on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising

Famous photo included in the Stroop report on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising

I previously blogged here about the famous photo, shown above, which was included in the Stroop Report.  The Stroop report was introduced into the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, including this photo.

December 24, 2013

Did the Nazis plant birch trees at Auschwitz to cover up their crimes?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:30 am
Birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, 2005

Birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, 2005

The subject, of the birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, came up in a comment by a regular reader of my blog.  I am answering his comment in my new post today.

The reader’s comment is quoted below:

I once had some literature that I got from Auschwitz in 1991 which unfortunately I seem to have mislaid, but anyway, it stated that the Nazis planted birch trees around Birkenau because they grew quickly and would cover up their crimes.

But Birkenau is named after the birch trees, surely. And of course they are visible in photos. They would not name a camp after some trees and then plant the trees later, would they?

Birkenau might have been named after the birch trees, which appear to have been deliberately planted at the western end of the Auschwitz II camp, which is now called Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the background of the photo above, you can see the water treatment plant, built with bricks.  The birch trees do not hide anything.

The German word Birken means birches in English. The camp was most likely named after the birch trees.

When I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 2005, there was a sign outside the gatehouse, which said that the seven villages of Brzezinka, Babice, Broszkowice, Rajsk, Plawy, Harmeze, and Brzeszcze-Budy were torn down to provide space for the 425-acre Birkenau camp.

Google Translate gives the German translation of Brzezinka as Birkenau but I don’t know if the Polish word Brezzinka actually means Birkenau in German.

The birch trees are at the far end of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, and do not hide anything. The location and the placement of the trees suggests that they were deliberately planted, but not to hide anything.

Birch tree grove at western end of Auschwitz II camp

Birch tree grove at western end of Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau

I took these photos of the birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, not because I thought that the trees were attractive, but because I was disappointed in the famous birch trees at Birkenau, which are not nearly as beautiful as the birch trees in California.

Hungarian Jews waiting to be gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews waiting to be gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Jews, shown in the photo above, are looking toward the Sauna which is across the road in front of them.  The Sauna had a shower room and disinfection chambers to kill lice in clothing in steam chambers.  The photo above is from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos taken by the SS men at Auschwitz. However, this photo is claimed by Holocaustians to show the Jews waiting for the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V which are behind them.

Crematorium IV which was blown up by the prisoners

Crematorium IV which was blown up by the prisoners

The photograph above shows the gas chamber building known as Crematorium IV, or Krema IV, taken in the Summer of 1943 after it became operational. This building was blown up by Jewish inmates in a camp rebellion on October 7, 1944.

Notice the trees behind the Krema IV gas chamber, shown in the photo above.  These trees are hiding the building from the people outside the camp, but they appear to be full grown trees, that were there before Auschwitz-Birkenau was set up as a camp.

The Krema IV gas chamber, disguised as a shower room, was located above ground in the wing of the building which is to the left in the picture. Note that the roof line of the gas chamber is lower than the roof of the main part of the building. Zyklon-B poison gas pellets were thrown into the fake shower room through windows on the outside wall of the gas chamber.

Krema IV was located just north of the clothing warehouses which were set on fire by the Germans when they abandoned the camp on January 18, 1945.

As for deliberately planting trees to hide evidence, take a look at the photo below, which shows the International Monument at the end of the railroad tracks that were extended inside the camp in May 1944.

Trees behind the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Trees behind the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The International Monument, shown in the photo above, was built on top of a road that went north, from the end of the main road at the western end of the camp, to the Sauna where incoming prisoners took a shower and received clean clothes that had been disinfected with steam.  On the other side of this road, beyond the monument, was farmland where Polish civilians could see everything going on inside the camp, before these trees were planted, and the road was covered by this grotesque monument.

Visitors to the camp today do not realize that the main camp road did not end at the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers.  The prisoners passed the two crematoria, then turned to the right, onto the road that is now covered by the International Monument, and continued on to the Sauna, where they took a shower.

Prisoners walking west toward the road where the International Monument now stands

Prisoners walking west toward the road where the International Monument now stands

The prisoners in the photo above are looking toward the photographer who is standing in front of Krema II.  They are passing Krema III, which is in the background. Notice that there are babies and young children in this group, and others who are too old to work, but they are not heading into the gas chambers, which were allegedly located in the crematoria.  They are headed toward the intersection of the main camp road and another road that leads to the Sauna.  That road is currently covered by the International Monument.

Hungarian Jews headed toward the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews headed toward the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above is from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos, taken by the Germans, which also includes the previous photo of Jews walking past Krema III.  Notice the gate in the background on the far upper right hand side.  This gate opens into the enclosure around the part of the camp where the Sauna is located.

My 2005 photo of the gate into the section where the Sauna is located is shown below.

Gate, on the right hand side opens into the section where the Sauna is located

Gate, on the right hand side opens into the section where the Sauna is located

December 23, 2013

European Court of Justice maintains that the Nazi gas chambers are a “historic fact”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am

You can read a news story, which explains the difference between the laws, pertaining to the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, at http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.564226

This quote is from the news article:

The [European Court of Justice] drew a distinction between the Armenian case and [the] appeals it has rejected against convictions for denying the Nazi German Holocaust against the Jews during World War II.

“In those cases [convictions for denying the Holocaust], the applicants had denied the historical facts even though [the historical facts] were sometimes very concrete, such as the existence of the gas chambers. They had denied the crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime for which there had been a clear legal basis. Lastly, the acts that they had called into question had been found by an international court to be clearly established.”

What “international court” was it that “clearly established” the “existence of gas chambers”?  Is this a reference to the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, where Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau, testified about the gas chambers?

I previously blogged about the Nuremberg testimony of Rudolf Hoess at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/when-rudolf-hoess-stood-trial-at-nuremberg/

Testimony at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg also established the “historical facts” that 4 million people were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz and that 1.5 million people were murdered at Majdanek.  These “historical facts” have now fallen by the wayside, but it is still a crime to “call into question” the gas chambers.  It used to be a crime to claim that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was a reconstruction, but now the reconstruction is being admitted.

You can see photos of the reconstructed gas chamber at Auschwitz on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

Just because the Auschwitz gas chamber is a reconstruction doesn’t mean that you can deny that the room was a gas chamber at one time.  The belief in gas chambers is still required by law.

December 18, 2013

Doubting the Holocaust could soon be a crime in Italy

Italy is one of the last countries in Europe to allow freedom of speech with regard to the Holocaust, but that might soon change, according to a blog post, which I have quoted below.

Famous Holocaust deniers and a possible future Holocaust denial prison

Famous Holocaust deniers and a photo of a possible future Holocaust Revisionist Penitentiary

Begin quote from the post, written by a fellow blogger:

Freedom of thought and expression is under threat in Italy, as Italian turn-coats in Parliament introduced a new amendment to the country’s criminal code that would make doubting the sacred “holocaust” a crime.

The legislation was signed Tuesday by politicians across several parties, including the center-left “Democratic” Party, the center-right People of “Freedom” Party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, ANSA reported.

“It would be a significant response to all those episodes of revisionism, alas all too present in Italy and in Europe, that seek to distort history and memory,” said “Democratic” Party Sen. Monica Cirinna.

The demented Italian politician relished at the prospect of jailing people for having the wrong “attitude,” adding: “A hateful attitude, which now becomes a prosecutable crime.”

“Hateful attitude” is a Zionist code word for non-compliance with Jewish supremacy.

Holocaust denial is already either implicitly or explicitly illegal in 17 countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Romania.

However, Italian law makers will not try to outlaw skepticism of Communist or Zionist atrocities, only the questionable holocaust story.

Zionist psychopaths are very pleased with the new developments.

End Quote

I was horrified when I read the blog post which I have quoted above.

The most highly respected Holocaust Revisionist is Carlo Mattogno, who is an Italian citizen, if I am not mistaken.  Even if he is a citizen of another country now, he could be renditioned to Italy for trial, the same way that Germar Rudolf was renditioned to Germany, where he was “persecuted” for Holocaust denial.

I have read some of the writing of Carlo Mattogno, and he definitely DOES NOT  have a “hateful attitude.”  Just the opposite.  The writing of Carlo Mattogno is remarkable for its lack of hatred.

In a trial of a “Holocaust denier” in Germany, there is no defense.  Note the photo of Sylvia Stolz in the group photo at the top of this page.  Stolz is a lawyer, who was put in prison because she defended her client, a Holocaust denier, who was on trial.

If Italy does pass a law against Holocaust denial, aka Holocaust Revisionism, it will probably include a clause which says that the Holocaust is the truth, and there is no defense against the law, for that reason.  In Germany, the Holocaust is “manifestly obvious.”

The Holocaust is not “obvious” to men like Germar Rudolf and Carlo Mattogno.

You can read below what Mattogno wrote about himself and his research on the Holocaust:

My own contributions to the progress of revisionism began in 1985 with the publication of Il rapporto Gerstein. Anatomia di un falso,[27] for which I used the copious wealth of archival documentation, which I had been able to identify in the preceding years. In January of 1984, at a time when the work was already finished, I sent a few selected pages to Pierre Guillaume to allow him to judge the contents, hoping that it could be published in French. Towards the end of the month, I received an answer from Prof. Faurisson in the name of P. Guillaume, stating his appreciation of the extract I had sent and saying that they had been “très agréablement surpris” (very pleasantly surprised) to discover a text which was “manifestement de haute qualité scientifique” (obviously of high scientific quality). This praise caused me to persevere in revisionist studies.

Until the end of 1989, I maintained a correspondence with various archives in Europe, America, and Israel and received by mail the documents I needed. In 1989, I made my first visit to the Museum and the Camp at Auschwitz and began to collect directly the photocopies of the original documents in the archives. This work resulted in the book Auschwitz: la prima gasazione,[28] a critical and detailed analysis refuting the alleged first homicidal gassing in the basement of Block 11 of the Auschwitz camp, which had served as a model of further assumed gassings. In 1994, I published a reply to the second book on Auschwitz by Jean-Claude Pressac[29], entitled Auschwitz fine di una leggenda.[30] Together with the refutation by Prof. Faurisson and contributions by other scholars it was included in the work organized and edited by Germar Rudolf Auschwitz: Nackte Fakten. Eine Erwiderung an Jean-Claude Pressac.[31]

From 1995 on, I had access to the documents in Moscow and elsewhere, as I mentioned above. Thanks to these sources, I wrote a book on the structure and operation of the Central Construction Office at Auschwitz, entitled La “Zentralbauleitung der Waffen-SS und Polizei Auschwitz,”[32] as well as an essay under the title “Sonderbehandlung” ad Auschwitz. Genesi e significato,[33] both containing a wealth of documents in the appendix, and finally an extensive two-volume work on the history and the technicalities of the cremation ovens at Auschwitz, not yet published. From June 1997 onwards, many of my articles appeared also in the journal Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsschreibung, and since 2003 also in the English sister magazine The Revisionist. The fact that my correspondence with Prof. Faurisson ceased in 1995, the year in which I first visited the Moscow archives together with Jürgen Graf and Russell Granata, is not just a coincidence. From that time on, our positions with respect to the tasks of revisionist research and to the value of historical results achieved by it were too far apart and collisions were inevitable.

If Carlo Mattogno is living in Italy, he had better get out of that country FAST.  America is probably the only safe haven left for Holocaust revisionists.

It has gotten to the point where even bloggers are sent to prison for denying the Holocaust, as reported in this news article, about a Swiss blogger, who was convicted of Holocaust denial:  http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/swiss-blogger-sentenced-for-denying-holocaust/2013/08/01/

December 15, 2013

The original guidebook for the Majdanek camp, published in 1986

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:10 pm

A regular reader of my blog asked me, in a comment, to put up a photo of the cover of the original guidebook, published in 1986, which was being sold at the Majdanek Memorial Site, when I visited the former camp in 1998. The cover of the guidebook is shown in the photo below.  All the letters on the black background are pure white, although the letters at the top are yellowed with age.

Cover of Majdanek Guidebook, published in 1986

Cover of Majdanek Guidebook, published in Warsaw in 1986

Here are two of the black and white photos, which are included in the guidebook.

The back door of the gas chamber, which is located near the entrance at Majdanek

The back door of the gas chamber, which is located near the entrance at Majdanek

The inside of the main gas chamber at Majdanek, looking toward the back door

The inside of the main gas chamber at Majdanek, looking toward the back door

On the first page of text in the Guidebook, there is a Table of Contents, which lists “The gassing of the Prisoners” in section 5. of Chapter 7.  (There are 9 chapters in the book, which has 189 pages of text.)

When I visited the camp, for the first and only time in 1998, I was accompanied by a non-Jewish tour guide, who had been provided for me, in advance, by a Tour company in New York City. Before going to the former camp, we had visited a yeshiva in Lublin.  I didn’t even know, at that time, what a yeshiva was, and I was very anxious to get to the camp while there was still enough light to take photos.  One of my photos, taken during the fading light, is shown below.

You can read what I wrote about Majdanek in 1998 on these pages of my website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Majdanek/Majdanek.html

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Majdanek/Majdanek01.html

My photo of a guard tower at Majdanek, taken in 1998

My photo of a guard tower at Majdanek, taken in 1998

As my tour guide and I were driving down a major road, that ran through the city of Lublin, suddenly she said “Look over there — that’s the Majdanek camp.”  I was so taken aback that I could not set my camera properly to take a photo.  This was a “death camp,” where 1.5 million people had been killed — and it was on a major highway? My tour guide sensed that I was acting suspiciously like a depraved Holocaust denier, and that made me even more nervous.

My first thought at my first sight of Majdanek was just like my first thought when I saw the Dachau camp for the first time: Something wrong!

The Majdanek gas chambers were in the section of the camp that was very near the highway, so that is where I began my tour of the camp.

This quote is from the Guidebook, which I purchased at the Visitor’s Center, where I watched a movie, all by myself, since I was the only English-speaking person there on that day.

5. The concrete gas chambers in Majdanek adapted for the use of Cyclone B, were opened in October 1942. Earlier, however, exploiting Auschwitz experience with that gas for killing Soviet Prisoners of War, gassing was begun in a makeshift chamber. Evidence thereof is offered by the efforts of the camp administration to obtain Cyclone B. On 25 July 1942, the administration applied to Tesch and Stabenow International Gesellschaf für Schädlingsbekampfung (International Comany for Pest Control) abbreviated to Testa and performing the function of an intermediary in supplying camps for poison gas, for 1,474 cans of Cyklone B. [...]

The gas took effect within 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the weather, humidity, temperature, quality of the gas, and the state of the health of the condemned.

The technique of killing with the gas is presented below by Perry Broad, an employee of the gas, and the state of health of the condemned. A similar technique was applied in Majdanek.

[quote from Perry Broad] “Right after the cans are opened, their content is poured into the holes.  Each time the opening is covered immediately… The driver starts the engine [of the truck], whose deafening throb is louder than the deadly screams of the hundreds of people being killed by the gas… Cyclone acts rapidly. It consists of hydrocyanic acid in solid form. When it is poured out of the cans, gas evaporates from the grains…” [...]

Photo of cans of CycloneB is included in old guidebook

Photo of cans of CycloneB is included in old guidebook

The gas chambers in Majdanek were also equipped with  installations for the use of volatile gas. An examination carried out by the Polish-Soviet commission immediately after the liberation of the Majdanek camp showed that carbon monoxide had been used.

The human losses in the Majdanek camp were enormous. According to the findings of Zdzislaw Lukaszkiewicz, about 300,000 Poles, Jews, Soviet citizens, and prisoners of other nationalities perished as a result of both forms of extermination, direct and indirect during the three years of the camp’s existence.  (Source: page 91 of a book written by Lukaszkiewicz)

What?  The total number of deaths at Majdanek was 300,000?  That’s not what the Soviet prosecutors claimed at the Nuremberg IMT, where the number 1.5 million was given.

Now the number of deaths at Majdanek has dwindled down to a total of 78,000 deaths, including the deaths of 59,000 Jews. However, the number of 6 million deaths has not changed.  Those sly Nazis managed to kill 1.4 million Jews at some other location, which is still unknown.

The two photos below were also included in the Guidebook that was published in 1986.

Bodies of prisoners found in the crematorium which was burned down

Bodies of prisoners found in the crematorium which was burned down

The Soviets claimed that the Germans had burned down the wooden crematorium building, after killing the prisoners from the Gestapo prison in Lublin, in front of the ovens.  It is more likely that these political prisoners were killed by the Soviet soldiers who were in Lublin that day.

Photo of "Majdanek labor camp" is included in the Guidebook of 1986

Photo of “Majdanek labor camp” is included in the Guidebook of 1986

On my trip to Poland in 1998, I also purchased a small book, about 5 by 8 inches in size, entitled Majdanek The Concentration Camp of Lublin, by Anna Wisniewska. This book is currently available from Amazon.com.  It has a black and white photo of the huge monument at Majdanek on the cover.

Book Cover of 1997 book about Majdanek

Book Cover of 1997 book about Majdanek

This quote is from page 46 of the book, the cover of which is shown above:

Of the 235,000 victims of Majdanek, 48% were Jews, 31% were Poles, 16% were citizens of the SU (Soviet Union) and 5% were all the remaining nationalities.

So between the publication of a book in 1986 and the publication of this book in 1997, the number of deaths at Majdanek dropped from 300,000  down to 235,000.

December 12, 2013

Holocaust denial unrelated to anti-Semitism

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:05 pm

The title of my blog post today comes from an essay, written by Rabbi Avraham Krieger, which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the essay, which is entitled Preserve the Truth:

Anti-Semitism can have many varieties. In recent years, though, one can notice new phenomena in the Holocaust denial landscape. These new developments are ostensibly unrelated to anti-Semitism and are not part of the larger historical context, but they nevertheless constitute Holocaust denial.

This quote from the essay gives an example of Holocaust denial which is not anti-Semitic:

For example, the Polish historian who heads the State Museum at Majdanek claims that the death camp was never used for large-scale, deliberate extermination of the Jews with gas. He insists that Majdanek was a concentration and labor camp where Jews and Poles died because of the various hardships of the ongoing war all around them. The Poles were quick to embrace this narrative, because it expunges a large part of their collective record, a record marred by their decision not to lift a finger when the camp was active.

The above quote is a reference to the downgrading of the number of deaths at Majdanek, from 1.5 million to 78,000, including the deaths of 59,000 Jews. Frankly, I was amazed when these new figures were first announced in 2005, as the authentic numbers.  I had visited the Majdanek Memorial Site in 1998 and had written about it on my website.  On this page of my website, I wrote, in 2007, about how the numbers slowly dwindled down to 59,000 Jewish deaths.  Changing the numbers was a long slow process; it didn’t happen overnight.

The original story of Majdanek was that there were three gas chambers in building number 41 near the entrance into the camp, and one gas chamber in the crematorium in the center of the camp, which was reconstructed by the Soviets after the Nazis had allegedly burned it down.  After my visit to Majdanek in 1998, I wrote about the gas chambers in Building #41 on this page of my website.

I have not updated the page about the gas chambers on my website, and you can read all about the original claims.  The story of the gas chambers at Majdanek has now changed. I blogged here about the changes in the gas chamber claims.

I’m glad that I didn’t change my page about the Majdanek gas chambers on my website.  I’m not a Holocaust denier, like the rest of you people, who were quick to acknowledge the new claims about the number of deaths at Majdanek.

It’s time to go back to 1.5 million deaths at Majdanek, which was the original number given by the Soviet prosecutors at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.  I ask you: Would the Soviets lie?

Yes, I know that the Soviets lied about Katyn Forrest, but would they lie about the number of Jewish deaths?

December 7, 2013

94-year-old former SS soldier, who worked as a cook in a concentration camp, will not be put on trial

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:58 am

According to an article in the news yesterday, a former SS soldier, who is accused of being a war criminal, is being given a pass because, at the age of 94, he has signs of dementia.  This man would have trouble understanding the charges against him, even if he were sound of mind.

According to the news article, 94-year-old Hans Lipschis was set to be charged with being an accessory to thousands of murders.  Say what?  Hans was a cook. Did he personally poison thousands of Jews?  No, that was not his crime.

The news article does not explain that Hans Lipschis was scheduled to be tried on a charge of “common design” or as it is currently called, the Demjanjuk principle.

John Demjanjuk lying on a stretcher

John Demjanjuk lying on a stretcher in a German courtroom

Common design was the name of an ex-post-facto law, that was dreamed up, as a charge under which the SS men who worked, in any position, in a concentration camp, could be tried as war criminals, even if they had done nothing wrong.  You can read about the “common design” charge, which was first used by the American Military Tribunal at Dachau, on my website here.  “Common Design” was also used at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.

This quote is from the news article:

Germany is in a last push to try to convict former guards at Nazi concentration camps after a historic change in stance by the courts. Previously it was necessary to bring witness evidence of a physical killing. Now, the fact of working at a camp proves guilt.

Prosecutors argue that whatever Lipschis did at Auschwitz, it helped to enable thousands of Holocaust murders by the guards as a group.

Last month, Germany’s war-crimes investigation unit asked regional prosecutors to arrest and try 30 other former guards on similar charges.

Lipschis was arrested May 6 and has been held since in a jail near Stuttgart.

The Ellwangen court based its ruling on Lipschis’ demeanor at court hearings and a psychiatrist’s report that said his powers of concentration and short-term memory were significantly reduced, with ups and downs day by day. Under stress, he became disoriented.

Lipschis, who was recruited during the war as an auxiliary by the SS, the security arm of the Nazi party, has not denied to reporters being at Auschwitz. He has contended he was assigned to the kitchen.

The indictment said he was part of the guard corps there between 1941 and 1943, a period when 12 trainloads of prisoners with thousands of people on board arrived as Nazi Germany killed Jewish people on a massive scale.

The SS routinely selected any of the new arrivals it considered incapable of work and killed them immediately in gas chambers.

As a displaced person after the war, Lipschis first lived in Germany, then obtained entry to the United States in 1956 and lived in Chicago. His U.S. citizenship was later revoked and he was expelled back to Germany in 1982 and settled in the small town of Aalen.

The photo below shows Friedrich Wetzel, as he is sentenced to death for the crime of being a supply officer at Dachau.

Fredrich Wetzel was sentenced to death by the Amrican Military Tribunal, on a charge of "common design."

Friedrich Wetzel was sentenced to death by the American Military Tribunal, on a charge of “common design.” because he was a supply officer in the Dachau camp

Friedrich Wetzel, shown in the photo above, was a pathetic, mild-mannered man who wouldn’t hurt a fly; he was the supply officer in the camp and had not personally committed any atrocities. In the defense closing argument on December 12, 1945, Lt. Col. Douglas Bates argued against the concept of “common design.” Bates said the following, with regard to Friedrich Wetzel, as quoted from the trial transcript:

“And a new definition of murder has been introduced along with common design. This new principle of law says “I am given food and told to feed these people. The food is inadequate. I feed them with it, and they die of starvation. I am guilty of murder.” Germany was fighting a war she had lost six months before. All internal business had completely broken down. I presume people like Filleboeck and Wetzel should have reenacted the miracle of Galilee, where five loaves and fishes fed a multitude.”

When will this madness end?  Never!  The Jews can never get enough revenge for the Holocaust.  The German people are just trying to protect themselves.

December 6, 2013

British students on HET tour of Auschwitz learn about “the block of death”

Filed under: Germany, Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:28 am

A news article, in a British newspaper, which you can read in full here tells about a recent trip, taken to Auschwitz, by 17-year-old students from the UK.  Block 11, shown in the photo below, is mentioned in the article.

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Pictured above is Block 11, the prison building, which is located inside a walled courtyard in the Auschwitz main camp. It was here, in this building, that political prisoners, brought from outside the camp, were housed while they awaited trial in the courtroom of the Gestapo Summary Court, which was in this building.

Jewish prisoners from inside Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) were also brought here for punishment for what the Nazis considered serious offenses, such as sabotage in the Auschwitz factories.

My photograph above was taken in 1998, from inside the courtyard between Block 11 and Block 10. It shows the front side of the prison building, known as Block 11. On the left is the black wall, where prisoners were executed after being convicted in the courtroom that was located in Block 11.

In the photo, one can see the concrete wells placed around the basement windows so the prisoners in the cells below could not see out, but some light could enter through the open top of the well.

The windows on the ground floor have bars on them; there were dormitories with three-tiered bunk beds in these rooms, where prisoners lived while awaiting trial. The upper floor window openings, on both sides of the building, have been closed up with bricks with only a small window left at the top.

The back side of Block 11, where prisoners were housed before trial and execution

The back side of Block 11, where prisoners were housed before trial and execution

The photo above shows the other side of Block 11, where there was a gravel pit, which was used as an execution site for 152 Polish Catholic political prisoners. Note that the windows have been blocked up.

The gravel pit is where, in 1988, Carmelite nuns placed the 26-foot souvenir cross from the Mass said by the Pope at Auschwitz II in 1979.  The cross is shown on the left side of the photo above.

Think about all this, as you read this quote from the British news article:

We continue our tour of Auschwitz I [the main camp] and hear of the atrocities committed there.

We walk past Block 11, known as the “block of death,” where prisoners were tortured and medical experiments were conducted.

We are told of the Nazi tactic of sterilising Jews and those with “genetic imperfections” so they could no longer have children with the aim that they would slowly die out.

This is all new to me.  When I first visited the Auschwitz main camp in 1998, my private tour guide told me that Block 11 was where prisoners were held until they were put on trial.  If convicted, they were taken outside to the “black wall” (between Block 11 and Block 10) where they were executed with a shot in the neck.  I was told that “medical experiments” were conducted in Block 10, the building on the other side of the courtyard, across from Block 11.

My tour guide didn’t say anything about sterilising Jews at Auschwitz. This would have been a waste of time because Hitler’s alleged plan was to kill all the Jews.

As far as sterilising people with “genetic imperfections,” I know that Hitler ordered that German people with hereditary conditions should be sterlized so that conditions such as Huntington’s disease, mental illness, and hereditary deafness, would not be passed on to future generations.  Needless to say, this is no longer done in Germany, and one can see people with hereditary conditions on the streets of German cities.

This quote is also from news article:

The pupils from Imberhorne School, 17-year-olds Ellie Radcliffe and Chania Fox, both tell me they want to hear personal stories to humanise the loss of life. This is something our guide, Phillipa Meggit, from the Holocaust Educational Trust, has said on several occasions during the journey here – look beyond the figures which you can’t quantify – how can you imagine an estimated 1.2 million people whose lives were pointlessly snuffed out? – and think about the individuals.  [...]

For Chania, who lives in Crescent Road in East Grinstead, it was a pile of shoe polishes which most struck a chord.

She said: “It was the shoe polishes that really made me stop and think. Just the fact that those people were so deceived and unaware of where they were going, they brought things like that with them.”

I also noticed the small round containers of shoe polish when I visited Auschwitz, but I didn’t photograph them. The Nazis saved the shoe polish because they were planning to send it back to Germany, to give to the German people whose homes had been bombed by the Allies.

The most popular brand of shoe polish was Shinola

The most popular brand of shoe polish in America was Shinola

Shinola was the most well-know brand of shoe polish in America.  A popular expression, back in the day, was “[so and so] doesn’t know shit from Shinola.”  This could be said for the Auschwitz tour guide.

The shoe polish is representative of a different era, when people in America, as well as in Germany, polished their shoes every Saturday night, after their weekly bath in a galvinized tub in front of the kitchen stove. Everyone dressed up, back then, and put on their shined shoes, to go to church on Sunday morning.  The Jews were also shining their shoes, but on Friday night.  Who knew?

December 5, 2013

Bradley Smith’s nightmare — he dreamt that he was gassed in a Nazi gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:17 am
Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp, looking toward the back door into the room, 2005 photo

In Chapter 18 of his book entitled Break His Bones, The Private Life of a Holocaust Revisionist, Bradley Smith wrote that he dreamed about what it must have been like for the Jews who were gassed in the Nazi gas chambers.  Bradley Smith is more than a “revisionist;” he is a great writer.  Writing is an art for him.  In my opinion, Bradley is a great artist.

The quote below is from the beginning of Chapter 18 in his book, which was published many years ago, but it is still relevant today. According to an e-mail message that I got from Bradley, he is sending this “breeze from the past” to some 1,400 individuals and student groups at USC, including the folk who maintain Steven Spielberg’s Shoah foundation.

Quote from Chapter 18 of Break His Bones:

One night in late December I dream that I’ve been gassed at Auschwitz. In the dream, as I become aware of myself inside the gas chamber, the gassing itself is already over. I see myself sitting naked in the center of the floor; the room around me choked with naked cadavers heaped to the ceiling. The dead are filthy with feces, urine, vomit and menstrual blood. The scene is faintly illuminated in an ugly green light. [...]

I know in my heart, without reservation, that those men [the Sonderkommando Jews] would not have done what it is claimed they did. I’ve worked and lived among such men [Jews] and their children for twenty-five years. They would not have done it.

Once maybe. Twice. A handful of them. But not all of them. Not day after day, week after week, month after month. They would not have done it. The gas chamber story is a lie. [...]

…… I had read the Robert Faurisson’s article about the “problem” of the gas chambers at Auschwitz, I had felt in my bones that something was badly wrong. Faurisson claimed that the gas chamber stories and the genocide of the Jews are one and the same historic lie. I had felt an immediate and deep anxiety that he might be right. The news didn’t make me happy, it made me fearful. It made my hands sweat.

Faurisson’s paper turned on a statement made by Rudolf Hoess, the SS colonel who claimed to have dreamed up the Auschwitz gas chambers, overseen their construction and murdered millions of victims in them, mostly Jews. In his confession Hoess wrote that after the gassings took place the work-Jews would enter the gas chambers “immediately” to drag out the dead. They would do this while “eating and smoking.” If they were eating and smoking, Faurisson wrote, it was unlikely they were wearing gas masks. But if they were going to enter the gas chamber immediately after a mass gassing Faurisson believed they would have had to use gas masks with special filters or be “gassed” themselves. This alone suggested to Faurisson that Hoess didn’t know diddly about mass gassings with Zyklon B, his poison gas of choice, and that his famous gas-chamber confession was the invention of a tortured mind. We hadn’t yet learned that Hoess, after his capture by British military intelligence, had in fact been tortured to obtain his confession.

The point, that Bradley Smith is making in his book, is that no one would have done the horrendous task of dragging filthy bodies, covered with feces, vomit and blood, out of the gas chambers — just to live for three months longer.  They would have said, “Just shoot me now.”

What allegedly happened is that the Sonderkommando Jews, who carried the gassed bodies to the ovens, were killed after three months.  We know this because the last group of Sonderkommando Jews were allowed to live to tell the story of what happened to the Sonderkommandos.  I previously blogged here about two Sonderkommando Jews who survived.

It was hard for me to enter the so-called gas chamber in the Auschswitz main camp, 60 years after it had been used.  The room is cold, dark and creepy, with a faint smell of dead bodies, as you would expect in a morgue. The Auschwitz gas chamber is right next to the cremation ovens, where a morgue should have been.  There were 900 Jews gassed at the same time in the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp. Their bodies had to be dragged, a few at a time, into the oven room, next door to the gas chamber.

Hot crematory oven right next to the door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

Hot crematory oven right next to the door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

The Sonderkommando Jews would have said: “Get me out of here quick; this place could explode any minute!” (The people in the gas chamber, in my 1998 photo, are tourists, but the Jews who were gassed here had their clothes on, just like the tourists.)

Zyklon-B gas should not be used near hot ovens, according to Fred Leuchter, the world’s leading gas chamber expert, who designed the gas chamber in Missouri.

You can read Bradley’s full excerpt about  the Sonderkommando Jews at http://codohfounder.com/books/chapter-eighteen/

This quote is from near the end of Chapter 18 of Bradley Smith’s book:

One of the things I do as a writer is to use my art to stand witness to the intellectual and moral corruption of the society in which I live. I do no more or less than artists of every discipline have always done. It’s what is expected of us, and it’s especially what we expect of ourselves. But am I not being insensitive to the feelings of Jews, I am asked? I respond that Jewish feelings are no particular concern for me. I’m an artist. My responsibility is to human feeling, human sensibilities. The German bleeds from the thrust of a lie just as the Jew does.

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