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October 10, 2014

Why do people deny the Holocaust, the most documented event in the history of the world?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:13 am

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC has a website, which has a page on Holocaust Denial, with this headline: COMBATING HOLOCAUST DENIAL: ORIGINS OF HOLOCAUST DENIAL

This quote is from the USHMM website page about Holocaust Denial:

The Holocaust was a state secret in Nazi Germany. The Germans wrote down as little as possible. Most of the killing orders were verbal, particularly at the highest levels. Hitler’s order to kill Jews was issued only on a need-to-know basis. The Nazi leaders generally avoided detailed planning of killing operations, preferring to proceed in a systematic but often improvised manner. The Germans destroyed most documentation that did exist before the end of the war. The documents that survived and related directly to the killing program were virtually all classified and stamped “Geheime Reichssache” (Top Secret), requiring special handling and destruction to prevent capture by the enemy. Heinrich Himmler, Reich Leader of the SS and Chief of the German Police, said in a secret speech to SS generals in Posen in 1943 that the mass murder of the European Jews was a secret, never to be recorded. 

Oops, Himmler has been cut off in mid-Sentence again.  I previously blogged here about the Posen speech which is routinely cut off in mid-sentence by the Holohoaxers.

The USHMM article on Holocaust Denial continues with this statement:

In order to hide the killing operation as much as possible from the uninitiated, Hitler ordered that the killings not be spoken of directly in German documentation or in public statements. Instead, the Germans used codenames and neutral-sounding terms for the killing process. In Nazi parlance, for example, “action” (Aktion) referred to a violent operation against Jewish (or other) civilians by German security forces; “resettlement to the East” (Umsiedlung nach dem Osten) referred to the forced deportation of Jewish civilians to killing centers in German-occupied Poland; and “special treatment” (Sonderbehandlung) meant killing.

So it turns out that the Nazis had planned the current “Holocaust Denial” from the very beginning.

There is a Holocaust Museum at the house in Wannsee, 50 miles from Berlin, where the Nazis planned the Holocaust. The dining room of the house, where the conference was held is shown in the photo above.   The minutes of the meeting were not found until many years later.

The dining room in the Wannsee house where the genocide of the Jews was planned

The dining room in the Wannsee house where the genocide of the Jews was planned

An excerpt from Heinrich Himmler’s famous speech at Posen on October 4, 1943 is quoted in the museum display:

…”The Jewish people are being exterminated.” every party member says. “Of course, it’s in our program, elimination of the Jews, extermination, we’ll do it all right.” Among all those who talk like this, no one has witnessed it, no one has seen it through. Most of you will know, however, what it means to see 100 corpses lying together, or 500, or 1,000. To have stuck it out and at the same time to have remained decent – aside from a few exceptions succumbing to human weakness – that has made us tough. This is a page of glory in our history, unwritten and never to be written…

As quoted by the museum, Himmler’s speech is cut off in mid sentence. According to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert, the full sentence from Himmler’s speech is as follows:

This is an unwritten and never-to-be-written page of glory in our history, for we know how difficult it would be for us if today under bombing raids and the hardships and deprivations of war – if we were still to have the Jews in every city as secret saboteurs, agitators, and inciters. If the Jews were still lodged in the body of the German nation, we would probably by now have reached the stage of 1917-18.”

The last part of the sentence is a reference to 1917-18 during World War I when the Jewish labor leaders called a strike of ammunition workers in 1917 and the Jewish Social Democrats overthrew the established government and declared a Republic in Germany in 1918. The Nazis believed that the Jews were responsible for their defeat in World War I because Jewish Social Democrats had signed the Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles. The part of the sentence, that the museum display cut out, explains why the Nazis made the decision to “transport the Jews to the east” six months after they attacked the Soviet Union.

 

 

October 9, 2014

Documentary, about a child suvivor of 5 Nazi camps, nominated for an Emmy

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:27 am

This news article tells about a Jewish child who survived 5 concentration camps during the course of nearly 3 years while World War II, and the Holocaust, were going on.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

“Misa’s Fugue,” the documentary based on the true story of Frank “Misa” Grunwald’s almost three years in Nazi concentration camps as a child, has exceeded [Jennifer] Goss’ expectations in pretty much every way.

So when Goss, along with her husband, and Grunwald, the film’s director, Sean Gaston, and other important players in the making of the documentary found themselves at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Philadelphia on September 20, they knew all the late nights, and trips were worth it.

I know what you are going to say: How could a child survive FIVE concentration camps, during the genocide of the Jews, aka the Holocaust, when everyone knows that children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed.

Note that the article calls Terezin a “death camp.”  Why send children from one death camp to another, and then let them survive? Was it because the Nazis wanted survivors to tell the story in documentaries 70 years later?

According to the article:

[Framk ”Misa”] Grunwald was born in Czechoslovakia in September of 1932. Four months later, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. “Misa’s Fugue” centers around Grunwald’s journey through Terezin [Theresienstadt], Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk and Gunskirchen concentration camps.

Nearly 1.5 million children were murdered during the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Grunwald, now 82, was one of the less than 300 children who survived the Nazi death-camp at Terezin in the Czech Republic. For the next two years Grunwald found himself in various camps, in various countries, often getting there by death marches.

So Frank Grunwald spent a year, as a little boy, at Theresienstadt (now called Terezin) before he was hauled off to Auschwitz.  According to the article, Terezin was a “death-camp.”

Grunwald was probably taken to the Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau, where children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed.

Yet somehow, Grunwald was not gassed at Auschwitz, but instead, he was transferred to Mauthausen, a Class III camp for convicted criminals and “Return Unwanted” prisoners, where he was again not killed in the gas chamber, but was transferred to the Melk sub-camp and then to the Gunskirchen subcamp of Mauthausen. Records show that Gunskirchen had only 450 prisoners.

Why did the stupid Nazis keep moving Grunwald around like that?  Did they want a child to survive to the age of 82, so that he could tell his “Holocaust survivor” story in a documentary?

I suspect that Frank “Misa” Grunwald was on the “death march” out of Auschwitz when the camp had to be abandoned because the Soviet liberators were on their way.

According to some Holocaust experts, the purpose of a “death march” was to kill the prisoners before the Soviets could save them.  Some of the survivors of these death marches were sent to Mauthausen in Austria because this was as far away as they could get from the liberators who were coming to save the children.

Melk and Gunskirchen were both sub-camps of Mauthausen where prisoners were working in underground factories which were building Messerschmidtt airplanes.

The Gunskirchen camp was not set up until very late in the war, so there is not much information about it on the Internet.

Ebensee is much better known than Gunskirchen, and I have a page about it on my scrapbookpages website.

The photo below is an old photo which was taken at Ebensee. This photo proves that there were very young children taken to Austria near the end of the war.

Young children at the Ebensee camp in Austria

Young children at the Ebensee camp in Austria

Notice that one of the young children has no shoes, although the older boy has a nice pair of boots.

You can see some old photos of Gunskirchen, taken by the American liberators of the camp, on this website: http://www.remember.org/mooney/images/thumbnails/index.html

The photo below shows the Melk sub-camp, which was in the same area of Austria as Gunskirchen.

Melk, a sub-camp of Mauthausen where Jews worked in factories

Melk, a sub-camp of Mauthausen where Jews worked in factories

Survivors of Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen greet their liberators

Survivors of Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen greet their liberators

Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen

Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen

The prisoners at Ebensee, shown in the photo above, worked in underground factories which manufactured Messerschmitt airplanes. German engineers and civilians also worked in these factories. The site was chosen because there were natural caves which could be enlarged into tunnels so that the munitions factories could be protected from Allied bombing raids.

Of course, some of the prisoners in these camps died, in spite of the fact that the Nazis tried to keep them alive so that they could work as slave laborers in the factories.

The photo below shows dead bodies at the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen.

Dead bodies found in the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen

Dead bodies found in the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen

After World War II ended, the Allies accused the Nazis of taking prisoners to Mauthausen to kill them in the tunnels of the sub-camps.  I wrote about Ernst Kaltenbrunner’s defense to this charge at the Nuremberg IMT, on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/the-testimony-of-dr-ernst-kaltenbrunner-at-the-nuremberg-imt/

On my website, I wrote about the alleged order given by Ernst Kaltenbrunner to kill all the prisoners at Mauthausen and its sub-camps: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/ZiereisDeath.html

 

October 8, 2014

After reading a bad review of “Killing Patton,” I ordered the book

Bill O’Reilly’s new book has been out for several weeks, but I have delayed ordering it because I thought I would probably not like it.

This morning I read a bad review of the book here.  In reading this bad review, I learned that the book is rich in detail and “meanders” off the track a lot.  That’s what I like when I read books.

I want to know that the tablecloth at the Potsdam Conference was red. I already know about Hitler’s diet, but I might learn more details about his diet from O’Reilly’s book.  Call me crazy, but I want to know the details.  Readers of my blog and my website know that I dote on the details.

General Patton pees into the river as he crosses the Rhine in March 1943

General Patton pees into the river as he crosses the Rhine into Germany in March 1943

This quote is from Patton’s book:

“I drove to the Rhine River and went across on the pontoon bridge. I stopped in the middle to take a piss and then picked up some dirt on the far side in emulation of William the Conqueror.” General George S. Patton, March 1945

I wrote about Patton on my website section on Buchenwald at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation8.html

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. This quote is from the review of “Killing Patton”:

Soon, though, Patton would become the commanding officer in Southern Germany and, with the end of the war, be responsible for the so-called Displaced Persons camps in Bavaria and elsewhere. Many of these displaced persons were Holocaust survivors. Patton had contempt for them. He called them “animals” and, in letters to his wife and in diary entries, made his anti-Semitism as plain as could be. Here, in reference to a critical report on the condition of the DPs by an official named Earl G. Harrison, is a sample diary entry: “Harrison and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to Jews who are lower than animals.”

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But how is it possible to write over 300 pages on Patton and not once mention his rancid Jew-hatred? How is it possible to mention the flower beds at the Potsdam Conference and not pause to cite Patton’s mistreatment of people who, just a short time before, had been in Auschwitz? How is it possible not to mention that Patton ran his camps in such a manner that President Harry Truman, in a letter to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, said, “As matters now stand, we appear to be treating the Jews as the Nazis treated them except that we do not exterminate them.” Golly, gee, Bill, isn’t that colorful enough for you?

O’Reilly, like Patton, forgets why World War II was fought in the first place – to combat the evils of Nazism. Foremost among the evils was anti-Semitism, which provided the rationale for the Holocaust. O’Reilly could easily have mentioned Patton’s repellent anti-Semitism, but it clearly was not all that important to him. He didn’t have a tight narrative. He has a narrow mind.

As soon as I receive my copy of O’Reilly’s book in the mail, I will search for any mention of the famous slapping incident when Patton slapped a Jewish soldier. In my humble opinion, this incident angered the Jews to the point that his death was inevitable.

This quote from this source is about the slapping incident:

Patton also created controversy when he visited the 15th Evacuation Hospital on 3rd August 1943. In the hospital he encountered Private Charles H. Kuhl, who had been admitted suffering from shellshock. When Patton asked him why he had been admitted, Kuhl told him “I guess I can’t take it.” According to one eyewitness Patton “slapped his face with a glove, raised him to his feet by the collar of his shirt and pushed him out of the tent with a kick in the rear.” Kuhl was later to claim that he thought Patton, as well as himself, was suffering from combat fatigue.

As for Bill O’Reilly’s failure to call General Patton an anti-Semite, this is excusable because everyone, who is not Jewish, is now an anti-Semite.  The word has lost all meaning.  Originally, it meant a person who wanted the Jews to have their own country, rather than living in ghettos in every country in Europe, where the Jews had everything that a person would normally have in a separate country.

This quote, regarding anti-Semitism, is from Wikipedia:

In the aftermath of the Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, German propaganda minister Goebbels announced: “The German people is anti-Semitic. It has no desire to have its rights restricted or to be provoked in the future by parasites of the Jewish race.”[31]

After the 1945 victory of the Allies over Nazi Germany, and particularly after the extent of the Nazi genocide of Jews became known, the term “anti-Semitism” acquired pejorative connotations. This marked a full circle shift in usage, from an era just decades earlier when “Jew” was used as a pejorative term.[32][33] Yehuda Bauer wrote in 1984: “There are no anti-Semites in the world… Nobody says, ‘I am anti-Semitic.'” You cannot, after Hitler. The word has gone out of fashion.”[34]

Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke tells students that the Mauthausen gas chamber was blown up

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:59 am
Eva Clarke was born in Mauthausen camp

Eva Clarke was born in Mauthausen concentration camp

In a news article, which you can read in full here, Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, who was born in the Mauthausen concentration camp just before it was liberated, said that the gas chamber had been blown up, to hide the evidence of gassing.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

ONE of the last survivors of the Holocaust [Eva Clarke] gave an emotional talk to children in Llanelli about her birth in one of the darkest periods of history.

Eva Clarke was born in Mauthausen concentration camp on April 29, 1945 just a day after the Germans blew up the gas chambers there to hide the evidence.

I previously blogged about Eva Clarke at

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/holocaust-survivor-was-born-in-mauthausen-concentration-camp/

Did the reporter, who wrote this recent article, get mixed up.  It was the gas chambers at Auschwitz, which were blown up.  Eva Clark’s mother had been sent to Theresienstadt, and then to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the gas chambers were blown up by the Soviets Germans on April 27, 1945.

The gas chamber at Mauthausen is still there, and it has recently been given more prominence at the Mauthausen Memorial Site.  I have been to the Mauthausen Memorial Site twice and I have personally seen the gas chamber.

One of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber

One of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber, which was also a shower room

I previously blogged about the recent changes at the Mauthausen camp, where the gas chamber has now been given more importance.

http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/93-year-old-survivor-of-mauthausen-visits-the-memorial-site/

 

October 7, 2014

The famous Jewish boycott of German goods in March 1933

You can read about the famous “International Jewish Boycott of German Goods” on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_boycott_of_German_goods

Famous rally at which the boycott of German goods started in America

Famous rally at the start of the boycott of German goods

The caption on the above photo is this: A rally to boycott Nazi Germany, held at the third Madison Square Garden on March 15, 1937. It was sponsored by the American Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labor Committee. John L. Lewis of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia were among the speakers.[1]

Boycott of stores in America in 1933

Boycott of stores in America in 1933

Jewish stores in Germany were boycotted for one day

Jewish stores in Germany were boycotted  on April 1, 1933 for one day in retaliation of Jewish boycott of German goods

The main reason that the Jews rule the world today is because they stick together — they organize. Wherever you find two or more Jews living in the same vicinity, you will find a Jewish organization which meddles in the affairs of the whole population.  You can read about the Holocaust memorials in America in this essay by Mark Weber: http://www.ihr.org/leaflets/holocaust_remembrance.shtml

When I visited the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, I saw photographs of the German boycott of Jewish stores on April 1, 1933. The caption on one of the photos mentioned that “there was talk of an American boycott of German goods” but didn’t say whether this boycott had actually happened. An American boycott of German goods had been declared by Rabbi Stephen Wise on March 23, 1933, the same day that the German Congress voted to give Hitler dictatorial powers under the Enabling Act. The German one-day boycott was supposedly intended to stop the news stories of Nazi atrocities which were being printed in Jewish newspapers.

Every Holocaust survivor, who is out on the lecture circuit today, speaking to 5th graders in America, begins his or her talk by telling these gullible young children about how wonderful it was in Germany before that evil monster Hitler came along, and for no reason at all, started Holocausting the innocent Jews, who had never done anything wrong in the entire history of the world.  Oh, the humanity!

I was born in 1933, and when I first heard about the International boycott of German goods, I almost kicked the slats out of my crib. I assumed that every one in the world knew about the International boycott, but apparently I was wrong.

Today, it would be hard to find a class of 5th graders in America, in which a Holocaust survivor has not given a talk. I previously blogged about a speech given by a Holocaust survivor at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/the-story-of-marion-blumenthal-lazan-child-survivor-of-the-holocaust/

You can hear Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal-Lazan speak in a YouTube video entitled “Four Perfect Pebbles,” which is also the title of her Holocaust survivor book.

This quote is from my previous blog post, cited above:

Marion [Blumenthal-Lazan] continued her talk by saying that in 1935, discrimination against the Jews in Germany began, although she does not give any hint, as to why the German people might have been against the Jews. She said that Kristallnacht was the “beginning of a massive pogrom” against the Jews, although she didn’t explain the word “pogrom,” nor did she explain the events that led up to Kristallnacht. Throughout her talk, Marion did not give the slightest reason why Jews were persecuted in Nazi Germany.

Because of the discrimination against the Jews in Germany, Marion’s family obtained “papers for America” and were scheduled to leave Germany when Kristallnacht happened on November 9, 1938. Her father was one of the Jewish men who were sent to Buchenwald, but he was soon released because he already had papers for his family to leave Germany.

In January 1939, the Blumenthal family prepared to set sail for America. In December 1939, the family went to Westerbork, in Holland, to wait for passage to America. Unfortunately, in May 1940, Germany invaded Holland and that ended Marion’s dream of going to America.

In her talk to the students, Marion did not mention that Jews were having a hard time leaving Germany because other countries in Europe would not take them. She did not explain that, even in America, there were severe restrictions on how many Jewish immigrants were allowed to come in.

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Finally, Marion gets to the “gas chambers.” Every Holocaust survivor must explain why they were not sent to the gas chamber, especially when they were younger than 15 years old, while in a camp. Keep in mind that, at this point in her talk, Marion has not mentioned that Bergen-Belsen was an EXCHANGE camp. She implies that Bergen-Belsen was an “extermination camp” and since her family had not been exterminated yet, she says that they were put on one of the “three trains to the gas chamber in April 1945.”

 

October 3, 2014

“Holocaust denier” wins case in Greece when his conviction is overturned

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:43 pm

You can read about Konstaninos Plevris, a “Holocaust denier”  in this article: http://www.darkmoon.me/2013/nterview-with-a-greek-holocaust-denier/

This quote is from the article cited above:

Greek nationalist lawyer and self-confessed anti-Semite, Konstaninos Plevris, author of The Jews: The Whole Truth, was initially found guilty of inciting racial hatred against Jews in December 2007, this verdict being based entirely on outspoken quotations found in the above-mentioned 1400-page book.  [...]

Plevris appealed the court ruling, and on the 27th of March 2009 the court of appeals overturned all charges against him. His complete exoneration by the most distinguished legal brains in Greek jurisprudence was to prompt angry charges from Jewish sources that there had been a “miscarriage of justice”.
However, it was not easy to prove that admiration of Adolf Hitler or doubts about the Holocaust could in any way equate with incitement to violence against Jews; nor that failure to love Jews or hold them in high esteem was in itself a crime.

The article cited above includes an interview with Plevris.  This quote is from the interview:

KONSTANINOS PLEVRIS: Three years ago, I published in Athens my book “The Jews: The Whole Truth.” (Picks up book and shows it to camera.) This is 1,400 pages long. This book is full of facts, proofs, references to 270 authors, writers, other books and of course photos. Immediately after the publication of my book, the Central Council of Jews in Greece and the European Jewish Congress started a campaign against me. They went to the prime minister of Greece asking me to be condemned. They went to the Justice Department, and, after three years of legal fights, I have finally won 100 percent in the Supreme Court of Athens. Justice prevailed; the court proved itself to be independent and not under Jewish control.

As far as I know, Plevris is the first person in the history of the world to have had a conviction of “Holocaust Denial” overturned.  This could have a horrendous effect on the Holocaust denial laws in 18 countries, but not in Germany.  In Germany, there is no way that you can beat a Holocaust denial rap because truth is no defense.

This quote is from an interview with Plevris:

PLEVRIS: First of all we have to use common sense. If the Jews are telling the truth, if they are right in what they say, they don’t need to legally penalize so-called “Holocaust Deniers.” If you’re right about something and someone denies it, you can prove that he is wrong. But the Jews use the penal law. This is unbelievable to me. [...]
If the Jews are right, they are obliged to accept a public dialogue. This they refuse. It’s not only forbidden to deny that the “Holocaust” occurred as such — even to doubt it is a crime! In Germany and Austria you are not even allowed to express doubts about the “Holocaust.” Unfortunately, there is no more any Deutschland. Instead there is “Judenland.” If you go to Germany, you will see “Holocaust” monuments and memorials everywhere.

Here is one final quote from the article:

During my trial [Prevris] said to the court: “Look, these people claim that they are God’s chosen people, and they have the nerve to accuse me of being a racist! How can I be the racist here when it is they who claim that they, the Jews, are chosen by God?”

The photo below is included in the article about Holocaust denial.

Fake photo taken at Buchenwald

Fake photo taken at Buchenwald (Click for larger size)

The photo above is very controversial. You can read about the photo on this website: http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com/the-evidence/photographic-evidence/buchenwald/

I have blogged several times about inappropriate photos being used in Holocaust articles. The photo above, which is a fake photo, should not be used in a story about Holocaust denial because it is FAKE, FAKE, FAKE.

 

 

 

October 2, 2014

Is Europe a safe place for Jews?

Holocaust survivors gather to remember the Holocaust

Holocaust survivors gather to remember the Holocaust

CAPTION: GERMAN WORRY The synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, where a firebomb landed this summer but failed to ignite. For Jews in Germany, “this has very, very deep meaning,” said one synagogue member. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

The photo above, which shows Holocaust survivors at a gathering in Belgium, is at the top of a New York Times article entitled “Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows”

Synagogue in Germany where an attempt to firebomb was made

Synagogue in Wuppertal Germany where an attempt to firebomb was recently made

A recent article in the New York Times, which you can read in full here, tells about changes, which have made Europe an unsafe place for Jews.

This quote is from the New York Times article:

SARCELLES, France — From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany.

The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on.

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The news spread quickly in the early morning of July 29 among the Jews of Wuppertal, Germany. Someone had tried to firebomb the city’s synagogue. The devices had failed to ignite, leaving the building with little damage, unlike the collective psyche of its members.

“For Jews in Germany, especially for us, this has very, very deep meaning,” said Artour Gourari, a local businessman and synagogue member. “Synagogues are burning again in Germany in the night.”

Nowhere in Europe has the postwar imperative to fight anti-Semitism been more complete — and more intertwined with national redemption — than in Germany. In Wuppertal, a manufacturing center, the city’s synagogue was burned in 1938 during the two-day rampage known as Kristallnacht, when an anti-Jewish pogrom swept across Nazi Germany.

After the war ended, Wuppertal’s Jewish community had no synagogue and, with only 60 members, seemed destined for extinction. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the German government opened the country to persecuted Soviet Jews, and soon refugees from Uzbekistan, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia had settled in Wuppertal. The local Jewish population reached 2,500. The presidents of Germany and Israel attended the 2002 inauguration of the new synagogue.
Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story
Continue reading the main story

Now a police van is stationed around the clock in a small park across from the synagogue. The police have arrested three suspects in the firebombing attack, all Palestinians, including one from Gaza, as well as a 17-year-old refugee. The refugee has lived in Wuppertal for two years, among the different Muslim communities of Turks, North Africans and asylum seekers from Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Until the synagogue attack, Wuppertal officials had taken pride in the peaceful coexistence of so many religions and ethnicities. Many of the older Muslims had arrived in the 1960s for work but assumed they would eventually return to their home countries. Now a third generation, born in Germany, is growing up with different expectations, as well as a sense of alienation.

“They have to justify why they don’t fully belong to the society,” said Samir Bouaissa, a local Muslim leader.

One of the local high schools is named after a famous Jewish poet, Else Lasker-Schüler, and is commonly called “The School Without Racism.” Yet two recent graduates described rising tensions in the multiethnic student body, including resentment by some Muslim students over a sister-school arrangement with a school in Israel. This summer, during the Gaza crisis, several Muslim adolescents began circulating anti-Israel posts on social media.

This one “got shot yesterday,” said a Facebook post from Gaza shared by a student. It showed a photograph of a female Israeli soldier and added an obscenity. The student added his own postscript: “You get what you deserve.”

Antonia Lammertz, 19, a recent graduate, said only a small minority of students were extreme but that a softer bias was common even among the mainstream. “In my school, to be called a Jew was to be cursed, or insulted,” she said, noting a problem that officials have tried to root out at many German schools.

Spectators watch as a synagogue burns in Germany in 1938

Spectators watch as a synagogue burns in Germany in 1938

The photo above was taken in November 1938 when synagogues in  Germany were set on fire in a pogrom called Kristallnacht.  This was a signal for the Jews to get out of Germany, but alas, no country would take them.  Not even America.  You can read about the ship, called The Saint Louis here.

It is time for the Jews to get out of Europe again, and this time they have their own country to which they can go: Israel.

September 30, 2014

How many Holocaust memorials are there in Budapest?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:44 am
Holocaust Memorial in Budapest, Hungary

Holocaust Memorial in Budapest, Hungary

(Click on the image above to see a much larger size)

Why are people in Hungary protesting at this Holocaust Memorial Site?

Are the protesters offended because this memorial is not big enough? It seems to be quite small, compared to the Holocaust Memorial on the banks of the Danube river, which is shown below.

Holocaust memorial on the banks of the Danube river in Hungary

Holocaust memorial on the banks of the Danube river

Compared to the 5-acre Holocaust Memorial in the heart of Berlin, the memorial in the first photo above is woefully inadequate.  I blogged about the Berlin Memorial at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/memorial-for-the-murdered-jews-of-europe-is-crumbling-after-only-five-years/

Estimates vary considerably regarding the number of Jews from Hungary, who were killed in the Holocaust.  I previously blogged about this at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/how-many-hungarian-jews-were-murdered-in-the-holocaust/

Most of the Holocaust survivors who are still alive today are Hungarian Jews, who escaped the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

September 29, 2014

Vergangenheitsbewältigung is failing in Germany and anti-Semitism is on the march

According to a news article which you can read in full here, “With anti-Semitism on the march, Germany’s politicians and opinion makers are grappling with what went wrong with the country’s seven-decade-long struggle to come to terms with its past, or as they call it, Vergangenheitsbewältigung.”

In other words, the Germans can never bow low enough to the Jews; they can never build enough monuments in honor of the Holocaust; nor can they ever pay enough restitution to the Jews.

I previously blogged about this on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/american-pastor-jobst-bittner-thinks-todays-germans-have-original-sin-and-collective-guilt-for-the-holocaust/

I also blogged about the number of German Jews who were killed in the Holocaust: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/how-many-german-jews-were-killed-in-the-holocaust/

This quote is from the news article cited above:

Since the Holocaust, Germany has measured its progress by how the country treats Jews. For example, the government provided generous funding to rebuild Jewish communities and allowed Jews from the former Soviet Union to relocate to Germany. But with a rising tide of anti-Semitism in recent months, there are now questions about how significant the culture of Holocaust remembrance has been in preventing hatred of Jews.

The wave of modern anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence inundating Germany in recent months jolted Chancellor Angela Merkel and religious and political leaders to participate in a “Stand-Up: Jew-Hatred-Never Again!” rally organized on Sept. 14 by the Central Council of Jews in Germany in the heart of Berlin’s government district, not far from the country’s national Holocaust memorial.

Today’s Germans cannot walk three feet without literally stumbling on Stolpersteine, which are stumbling stones honoring individual Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust, as well as some Jews who survived the Holocaust.

Stumbling stones in Heidelberg in honor of Max and Olger Mayer

Stumbling stones in Heidelberg in honor of two German Jews Max and Olga Mayer

Thanks to Hitler and the Transfer Agreement, the Jews now have their own country, but they don’t have to live in it. The Jews can live in any country in the world, where they can set up their monuments and museums.

In spite of this, the Jews still want to live in Germany.

This quote is from the news article:

The list of anti-Semitic incidents [in Germany] between July and early September is long. Protests against Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza led seamlessly to Molotov cocktails tossed at a synagogue in Wuppertal, a city in western Germany, on July 29 — the first torching of a Wuppertal synagogue was during the Hitler era in 1938. Anti-Israel protesters attacked Jews for wearing kippot on the streets of Berlin in a couple of incidents in July. And that’s just a taste.

German authorities recorded 184 anti-Semitic incidents in June and July. According to a study by German human rights NGO Amadeu Antonio Foundation, there were 25 anti-Semitic incidents in August.

To me, the two photos below illustrate why Jews and Germans should not live in the same country. The first photo shows a Jewish Museum in Berlin and the second photo shows the entrance into the Museum through a traditional German building.

Jewish museum in Berlin

Jewish museum in Berlin

Traditional German building right next to the Jewish Museum

Traditional German building right next to the Jewish Museum

 

September 28, 2014

Sachsenhausen was an “experimental” camp, says student who toured the camp

Monument at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Monument at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site (Click to enlarge)

The photo above was taken by me in 2001; it shows one of the Sachsenhausen cremation ovens in the background. This statue might have been moved, by now, to another spot at the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site. The gas chamber at Sachsenhausen was located to the right of this statue.

Floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which has been torn down

Floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which has been torn down

Old photo of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which was equipped with shower heads

Old photo of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which was equipped with shower heads and had a window to let in natural light

This quote is from a news article, about a tour taken by York College students, which you can read in full here:

The first stop on their [student tour] itinerary was Berlin where they visited the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen.

For York College student Trey Sokolik, it was Sachsenhausen that made the biggest impact on his experience.

“It was an experimental camp so people didn’t know how they were going to die,” Sokolik explained. “The torture methods they used there were actually what brought the Sachsenhausen commander [Rudolf Höss] to Auschwitz.”

“They would hang people from their hands,” he continued. “Just thinking about what that felt like is horrible.”

The “hanging from their hands” was the practice of “baum hanging,” which is illustrated in the photo below. This torture is officially called Strappado.

Still shot from a Soviet movie shows "baum hanging"

Still shot from a Soviet movie shows “baum hanging”

I visited the Sachsenhausen camp twice, once in 1999 and again in 2001.  I had to go back a second time because I completely missed the gas chamber the first time that I was there. The gas chamber, which is quite small, is located in the area of the cremation ovens. (The gas chamber has a floor drain, and could have been used also as a shower room.)

Sachsenhausen is actually located in the town of Oranienburg, which is close to Berlin, and only a short train ride away.

What kind of an “experimental camp” was Sachsenhausen? Maybe this student is referring to the medical experiments, which were done at Sachsenhausen.

According to a brochure, which I purchased at the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site in 2002, there was a total of five infirmary (hospital) barracks in the Nazi Sachsenhausen concentration camp. (After the camp was liberated by Soviet troops, the camp was turned into a camp for German prisoners for the next ten years.)

The brochure says that the infirmary barracks at Sachsenhausen were used for presentation to high ranking visitors, foreign delegations and journalists. At the same time, medical experiments on prisoners, murders and selection for mass executions took place in the infirmary, according to the brochure.

Two of these infirmary barracks have been preserved at the camp Memorial Site. Nearby is the small building used by the Pathology Department. This is where autopsies were done to determine the cause of death or to see the results of the medical experiments on the subjects who died. The photograph below shows the autopsy room with the tile-covered tables where the autopsies was performed.

Autopsy tables at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Autopsy tables at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Doctor at Sachsenhausen camp

Doctor  at Sachsenhausen camp

Heinz Baumkötter, whose photograph, shown above, hangs in the Pathology Lab at Sachsenhausen, was prosecuted as a war criminal by a Soviet Union Military Tribunal in October 1947; he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1956, he was released by the Soviets, but was then put on trial again in a West Germany court, and convicted of murder.

According to Rudolf Höss, who was an adjutant at Sachsenhausen before he became the first Commandant of Auschwitz, “Arbeit Macht Frei” means that works liberates one in the spiritual sense. Sachsenhausen was the first concentration camp to have the Arbeit Macht Frei sign.

Höss was himself a prisoner at one time and he complained about having to sit all alone in a prison cell without having any work to occupy his time. When Höss was transferred to Auschwitz, he had this same slogan put over the entrance gate to the Auschwitz main camp, called Auschwitz I. When the Sachsenhausen camp was turned into a Communist prison for German citizens, the Arbeit Macht Frei sign was removed and the prisoners had nothing to occupy their time.

Sachenhausen was the first camp to have the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign

Sachenhausen was the first camp to have the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign

Immediately in front of the Sachsenhausen gate house is the roll call area (Appellplatz), which is shown in the center of the photograph above. According to a museum pamphlet, the SS constructed a shoe testing track here in 1940 where prisoners of the penal commando had to test the soles of army boots by marching for days. The civilian director of the shoe-testing operation was Ernst Brennscheidt, who was sentenced to 15 years of forced labor after he was convicted of Crimes against Humanity by a Soviet Union Military Tribunal in October 1947.

Is this why Sachsenhausen was called “an experimental camp?”  Because of the experiments done on the shoes?

The photo below is from this website.

The location of the shoe testing track at Sachsenhausen

The location of the shoe testing track at Sachsenhausen (Click for larger size)

My photo below shows a reconstruction of the alleged shoe testing track, which is in front of a wall that shows the location of the former barracks at Sachsenhausen

Monument at Sachsenhausen represents the barracks

Monument at Sachsenhausen represents the barracks which have been torn down

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