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April 15, 2014

The origin of the toothbrush mustache, worn by Hitler

An article in Highbrow magazine, which you can read in full here, is highly critical of the iconic Shepard Fairey image of President Obama, sporting a toothbrush mustache. This desecration of the iconic Obama image was seen recently on a street in Montreal.

This quote is from the article:

In the midst of Montreal’s cobblestone streets and colonial mansions is a small, wooden, fold-up table upon which sits the now iconic Shepard Fairey image of Barack Obama. It does not take long for you and your friends to realize there is something odd about this particular incarnation of the poster because there, just above President Barack Obama’s upper lip is a toothbrush mustache worn, most infamously, by Adolph Hitler. There you stand, all three of you American, two Jewish, staring blankly at an image of your president adorned with the facial hair of the orchestrator of arguably the largest genocide in recorded history.
Images, and the words that oftentimes accompany them, have a tendency to take on lives of their own. The mustache sported so famously by Hitler represents many things. It represents fear, violence, extermination, destruction, hate.

I learned the origin of the Hitler mustache and the reason for this style of facial hair in Germany when I visited Dachau in 1997.

The photo below was displayed in the Dachau Museum in 1977. The museum has been completely changed several times since then.

Poster in Dachau Museum in 1997

Poster in Dachau Museum in 1997 shows Himmler with a toothbrush mustache

The photograph above shows a display in the Dachau Museum; the man in the photo is Heinrich Himmler, who started the concentration camp system in Germany in 1933.

Himmler was the 32-year-old Chief of Police in Munich when he announced on March 20, 1933 that a concentration camp would be opened in the abandoned gun powder and munitions factory in the eastern section of Dachau.

In the photo, what looks like a toupee, that doesn’t quite cover his bald head, is really a popular haircut of that time: the sides and back were shaved with only a section on the top left. His Hitler-style mustache was also popular among the Nazis.

The toothbrush mustache style was adopted after World War I when German men shaved off the ends of their handlebar mustaches after Kaiser Wilhelm II, who wore this popular style, was forced to abdicate.

The first photo below shows Hitler, as a soldier in World War I, wearing a handlebar mustache. The second photo shows him after he adopted the toothbrush mustache in protest against the treatment of the German Kaiser after World War I.

Hitler as a soldier in World War I

Hitler as a soldier in World War I

Hitler with a toothbrush mustache

Hitler with a toothbrush mustache

Kaiser Wilheim shown with a handlebar mustache which he was forced to change

Kaiser Wilhelm shown with a handlebar mustache

The reason for the toothbrush mustache is explained in this Wikipedia entry:

Update on the “Star of David” tiles found at the site of the Treblinka II camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, is headlined Smithsonian Red-faced after “Treblinka Star of David Tiles” Shown to be Not Jewish at All. 

One of the regular readers of my blog alerted me to this new development. I had previously blogged about the work of Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls in finding the Star of David tile, which she claimed was proof that Jews had been gassed at the Treblinka II camp.

This quote is from the news article:

The Smithsonian Institutes’ TV documentary division has been severely embarrassed with the revelation that its recently-released “Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine” documentary—which claimed to have “proved” the existence of “gas chambers” at Treblinka because of the discovery of “tiles with Stars of David,” is an extremely amateurish hoax.

The Smithsonian advertised the documentary on its YouTube Channel by saying that “The watershed discovery of Star of David tiles confirms the existence of Treblinka’s gas chambers and becomes the key to reconstructing the death camp’s sinister workings.”

The Smithsonian YouTube Channel announcement that “Star of David” tiles have been found at Treblinka which “prove” the “gas chambers” at the camp.


April 14, 2014

Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl, the engineers who designed the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:30 pm

Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl were mentioned in an article in the Opinion section of The Australian newspaper today.  The article is critical of “the Fuhrer-fawning fringe”. (You know who you are.)

This quote is from the article, written by Nick Cater:

If the revisionists force us to examine yet again the banality of Hitler’s final solution to rexamine, for example, the blueprints for the factories of mass slaughter built at Auschwitz in 1943, and imagine what might have been going on the heads of architects Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl, we are drawn irresistibly to Hannah Ardendt’s conclusion: “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.”

I mentioned Walter Dejaco in a previous blog post, which I wrote at

Ruins of the alleged underground gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ruins of the alleged underground gas chamber in Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Note the concrete posts, which were designed to hold up the roof of the alleged gas chamber, which was 5 feet below ground.  The alleged perforated metal columns, where the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into the  room, are not there.

Walter Dejaco and Fritz Erl were both put on trial as war criminals because of their work in designing the two main gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which are known as Krema II and Krema III.  You can read about their trial at

This quote is from the website, cited above:

Between January 18 and March 10, 1972, two architects responsible for the design and construction of the crematoria [Krema II and Krema III] in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Walter Dejaco and Fritz Ertl, were put on trial in Vienna, Austria. During the trial, an expert report on the possible interpretation of the blueprints of the alleged gas chambers of the Auschwitz and Birkenau crematoria was presented to the court. The report concluded that the rooms in question could not have been gas chambers, nor could they have been converted into gas chambers.

My photo below shows a sign that is located at the ruins of Krema III. (Krema II was a mirror image of Krema III.)

Sign near the ruins of Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sign near the ruins of Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The words on the sign, shown in the photo above are as follows:

A – Entrance to undressing room; C – undressing room; D- underground gas chamber; E – holes on roof for Zyklon-B pellets; F – five cremation ovens; G – chimney for the ovens; M – the International Monument built in 1967; K – gate on the main camp road which goes into the courtyard of Krema III. The dotted line across the bottom of the diagram denotes the main camp road. The five cremation furnaces, shown on the right on the display board, were triple muffle ovens with a total of 15 doors for shoving three bodies inside, so that 45 corpses could be burned at the same time. The ovens in Krema II could also burn 45 corpses at a time.

Note that the sign says “E-holes on roof for Zyklon-B pellets”.  Krema II and Krema III are now in ruins and no holes in the roof have been found by several revisionists who have examined the ruins.  That is the reason for the Holocaust denier cry of “No holes, no Holocaust.”

Location of the poster at Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Location of the poster at Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo below shows Krema III, as it looked in 2005 when I photographed the ruins.

Door into the ruins of Krema III which was used by the SS men

Door into the ruins of Krema III which was used by the SS men

The photo below shows a door, in the center of the photo, which was used by the SS men at Auschwitz Birkenau to enter the building without going through the undressing room.  This door was not included on the original blueprint.

Krema III was originally planned to be built at Auschwitz I, the main camp. The crematorium in the Auschwitz I camp had no morgue because the room, where a morgue was supposed to be, was a gas chamber.

The original blueprints for Krema II and Krema III called for corpse cellars that were completely underground and included a corpse slide which ended in front of the Leichenkeller [corpse celler] doors; this slide was never built. The SS entrance was built instead, but not in the same location as the originally planned corpse slide.

Ruins of Krema III

Ruins of Krema III — the ruins of the SS basement entrance are on the right

The photo above shows the ruins of the Vorraum [the underground vestibule] in the foreground of the photo, with the SS basement entrance on the right. This entrance allowed the SS men to enter the underground rooms in Krema III without going through the undressing room.

Ruins of the undressing room in the foreground with the ruins of the oven room in the background

Ruins of the undressing room in the foreground with the ruins of the oven room in the background

Notice the tour group, on the left hand side, in the photo above.

The ruins, shown in the photo above, are what is left of Krema III.  The building was called a Krema by the Nazis. Krema is the German word for crematorium.  Although this building was called a crematorium, not a gas chamber building, it had no morgue to hold the bodies, after 2,000 people had been killed at one time in the so-called gas chamber.  According to the True Believers of the Holocaust, the bodies were piled up outside the building to await burning in the 15 ovens, which could cremate 45 bodies at a time. The weather in Poland is extremely cold, and the bodies would have been frozen solid, if they had to be kept outside.  Allegedly, architect Walter Dejaco designed a crematorium with no morgue.

Don’t mention what you have read here in any of the 19 countries, now including Russia, where Holocaust denial is against the law, or you will find yourself confined to a prison cell for 5 years or longer.

April 13, 2014

Dr. Michael Shermer says “convergence of evidence” is proof of the Holocaust

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:33 pm

One of my regular readers put up a link to a You Tube video, which shows a debate between Dr. Mark Weber, a Holocaust revisionist, and Dr. Michael Shermer, a Holocaust True Believer.  Scroll down, if you can’t wait to see the video. The link to the video is at the bottom of my blog post.

Before Dr. Weber’s speech, there is a long list of his credentials given. I did not know, until now, that Mark Weber is so educated and knowledgeable about World War II history and the Holocaust.  I heard him speak, several years ago, and was not impressed.  Now, I realize that he is a very good speaker and he knows his stuff.

I only noticed one tiny mistake: Dr. Weber mentioned that Anne Frank’s father had typhus at Auschwitz and that he was put into a hospital to be treated for typhus.

Actually, Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, stayed for three months in a hospital at Auschwitz because he was suffering from exhaustion. Otto Frank had himself voluntarily checked into the hospital, by a Dutch doctor, who was an inmate himself. (Source: the Anne Frank Museum)

One thing, that Dr. Mark Weber mentioned in his speech, is the story of Holocaust survivor Regina Bialek. He told about her Holocaust story to illustrate that the stories told by Holocaust survivors are unbelievable.

I wrote about Regina Bialek in this blog  post:

In his speech, Dr. Weber pointed out an article, which was published by the ADL in 1978, and revised in 1985.  In this article, it was stated that 2 million people were STEAMED TO DEATH at Treblinka, and that Jews were electrocuted at Belzec.  The famous photo of a disinfection chamber, taken at Dachau, was shown in the publication, and claimed, as late as 1985, to be a homicidal gas chamber.  Dr. Weber was pointing out that the official Holocaust story is very lame, and that it is downright preposterous.

Dr. Mark Weber’s speech ends at 33.50 minutes into the video, and Dr. Michael Shermer begins his speech.

Dr. Shermer begins by saying that the preserved camps are like cemeteries. Holocaust believers go there to pay their respect to the dead, not to find proof of the gas chambers. He says that there isn’t “one proof of the gas chamber.” Then he says that he does not understand why revisionists complain about what the True Believers say. Dr. Shermer believes in the “conversion of evidence.”

I am familiar with the expression “conversion of evidence,” but until now,  I didn’t understand what it means.  According to Dr. Shermer, it means that you can find similarities in the words of Hans Frank, Dr. Josef Goebbels, and the words of Heinrich Himmler in his Posen speech. Later on, Dr. Shermer quotes from the Posen speech, but cuts off the speech before the end. God forbid, he should quote the whole speech.

Dr. Shermer also mentions that the term “conversion of evidence” is illustrated by the fact that Pery Broad, Rudolf Hoess and Johan Paul Kramer used the same language in their Holocaust testimony.  For example, the words “special action,” and “bunker” and “cottage in the woods.”  This “coordination of testimonies” proves the Holocaust, according to Dr. Shermer.

Pery Broad was an SS man who worked in the Gestapo office next door to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. Broad wrote a report, after he was captured by the British, in which he described how the gas pellets were poured into the Krema I gas chamber: “… the covers had been removed from the six holes in the ceiling…”  Today, the reconstructed gas chamber in the main camp (Krema I) has four holes.

Rudolf Hoess was the Commandant of the Auschwitz camp. It is now admitted that Hoess was tortured by the British and forced to confess to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

Johan Paul Kramer is is mentioned on this website:

I blogged about Himmler’s Posen speech at

I wrote about the speeches of Heinrich Himmler on my website at

Dr. Shermer asks if the Nazis had “the intention to kill the Jews.” Then he answers his own question by saying, “I don’t think so.” He points out that Hitler “never gave an order” to kill the Jews.  He explains that “the Holocaust evolved.”  He says that “it doesn’t matter” what the Nazis intended.

Dr. Shermer quotes Robert Jan van Pelt, who wrote that the Auschwitz camp was “never intended to be an extermination camp.”  Auschwitz “evolved over time to an extermination camp.”

Sorry to be so critical, but I think that Dr. Michael Shermer is doing more harm than good, as far as the Holocaust religion is concerned. He should not have attempted to debate Dr. Mark Weber.  He should keep his nutty ideas to himself.





April 10, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Iby Knill breaks her silence to tell story of a twin who was gassed at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:16 pm

In an article in the Mail Online newspaper, 90-year-old Iby Knill tells the story of a twin girl, whom she met on her first night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in July 1944. Iby Knill was among the Hungarian Jews who were sent to Birkenau, beginning in May 1944.

This quote is from the article in the Mail Online:

A grandmother who survived the Holocaust has finally spoken about the horrors of Auschwitz 70 years after promising a girl she would tell the world what she had witnessed.

Iby Knill, 90, recalls how on the first night she spent at the death camp in July 1944 a frail teenager crawled over to her and begged ‘if you live, please tell our story.’

Four years ago Mrs knill took a course in theology and it was during one of the group sessions that she finally revealed she was sent to the concentration camp when she was 20.

In a moving testament she describes the realisation that she faced being gassed like six million others.

Remembering her terrible first night at Auschwitz, she said: ‘The girl told me that her and her sister were going to be experimented on.

‘She said they were then going to be gassed and therefore exterminated. She made me promise to tell the story of the camps, if I were to live.

I previously blogged here about Block 10, the building in the main Auschwitz camp where Dr. Josef Mengele allegedly conducted his experiments on twins.

I always thought that Dr. Mengele had a reputation for being very charming, and that he was nice to the twins upon whom he experimented, bringing them candy and hair ribbons. Now the truth comes out!

Dr. Mengele told the little girls that they were going to experimented on and then GASSED.  Not only that, Dr. Mengele allowed the twins, on whom he was going to experiment, to be put into the same barracks as the incoming prisoners, so that they could tell these prisoners what Dr. Mengele had in store for them.

At Auschwitz, the incoming prisoners, who were selected to live, were given a shower and then put into the quarantine barracks near the entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  But not Iby Knill. She was put into the regular barracks, where she met a twin, who was scheduled to be gassed by Dr. Mengele, after he experimented on her. How cruel of Dr. Mengele to tell a child that she was going to be gassed, after he was through experimenting on her!

Iby Knill spent only six weeks at Auschwitz before she was sent to a labor camp to work. Yet, on her first night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, Iby was in the same barracks as one of Dr. Mengele’s twins. No quarantine barracks for her!

Several years ago, I wrote about Iby Knill on my website. This quote is from my website:

Iby Knill was 18 and working as a resistance fighter in Hungary when she was arrested and eventually transported to the Birkenau death camp in June 1944, according to a news article by Virginia Mason, published on January 26, 2010.

Iby’s story begins when she was a young girl growing up in her native Czechoslovakia; when the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, she escaped over the border into Hungary but was arrested as an illegal immigrant.

“There were five of us, all girls and we made a pact to stay together as we walked through those gates and were greeted by the man we later learned was Dr Josef Mengele,” she says of her arrival at Birkenau. “From that day on it became a test of survival.” Miraculously, she adds, all five of them lived to witness the liberation from the Nazis in 1945.

By 2010, Iby had started writing her story and was seeking a publisher for her manuscript, which is chillingly brutal in its frankness, according to Virginia Mason’s article.

According to Iby Knill, “The shower unit and the gas chamber looked the same. They had been built that way, so we never knew if we were to be gassed or just showered.”

In her lectures on the Holocaust, Iby describes the infamous Dr Mengele, whose experiments in the name of medical science earned him the nick name, Angel of Death. “We lined up and he would walk in front of us, picking out the weakest. Their fate was the gas chambers.”

She talks of the cramped, inhuman conditions at Birkenau, the incredible hunger and thirst, and worst of all, the scraps of gray, latherless soap made from human ashes, and the constant fear of extermination in the gas chamber.

According to her story, Iby was able to leave the Birkenau death camp only by volunteering to go to the Lippstadt labour camp, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where she worked in the hospital unit. On Easter Sunday, 1945, while on a death march to the main Buchenwald camp, she was freed by Allied Forces.

Note that Iby was sent to the Lippstadt labour camp, after 6 weeks in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  She VOLUNTEERED to go to the labor camp. Did she volunteer to leave Auschwitz-Birkenau because she didn’t like using the grey soap made from HUMAN ashes?  I can’t say that I blame her: that soap wouldn’t suds and it wouldn’t foam.

Prisoners, who were sent immediately from the Auschwitz death camp to a labor camp, were not tattooed. Iby wrote a book about the fact that she did not have a tattoo, as if she were the only person to leave Auschwitz without a tattoo.

The cover of her book is shown in the photo below.

Iby Knill had no number at Auschwitz

Iby Knill had no number at Auschwitz

The news article about Iby Knill says that she was liberated from Kaunitz, which was a Displaced Persons camp, not a labor camp. She was marched out of the labor camp, and was on her way to the Buchenwald camp when she was liberated by Allied troops, then taken to a DP camp to wait for a chance to emigrate to another country.


April 9, 2014

If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one . . . who did Hitler kill?”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:54 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from Norman Finkelstein’s book entitled The Holocaust Industry, published in the year 2000.

Here is the exact quote from page 81 of The Holocaust Industry:  “If everyone who claims to be a [Holocaust] survivor actually is one, my mother used to exclaim, “who[m] did Hitler kill?”

I thought about this when I read a recent news article at

The article is about a woman who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 on a Kindertransport to the UK.  After World War II, she moved to the USA where she is now out on the lecture circuit, telling her sad story to college students. There is not a day that goes by, in the USA, that a “Holocaust survivor” is not out telling his or her story about surviving the Holocaust.

In his book, Finkelstein cites a book, written by Henry Friedlander, entitled Darkness and Dawn in 1945: The Nazis, the Allies, and the Suvivors. According to Friedlander, as quoted by Finkelstein, “The figure for Holocaust survivors at war’s end is generally put at some 100,000.”

On page 83 of his book, Finkelstein wrote this:

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office recently put the number of “living Holocaust survivors at nearly a million.”

When I read Finkelstein’s book, back in the year 2000, I was just beginning to study the Holocaust, and I could not comprehend what he was saying. For example, he wrote on page 85 that his mother was “A survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Majdanek concentration camp and slave labor camps at Czestochowa and Skarszyksko-Kamiena…”

Umschlagplatz in Warsaw, from which Jews were deported to Treblinka to be killed

Umschlagplatz in Warsaw, from which Jews were deported to Treblinka to be killed

I had made a trip to Poland in 1998, where I had seen the place in the Warsaw Ghetto, from which the Jews were shipped to Treblinka to be killed. I had learned that Treblinka was a “killing center,” not a transit camp, so how did Finkelstein’s mother get to Majdanek?  I was completely confused by this.

To top it all off, I had visited Majdanek in 1998, where I had learned that Majdanek was a “death camp” with 4 gas chambers. According to Soviet testimony at the Nuremberg IMT, there were 1.5 million people. who were killed at Majdanek.

Majdanek "death camp" in Poland

Majdanek “death camp” in Poland

So how did Finkelstein’s mother escape the Majdanek gas chambers? I assumed that the Nazis had spared Finkelstein’s mother because she was young and beautiful.

I have recently learned that Finkelstein’s mother has been accused of being a “Nazi collaborator” because she is suspected of having been a Kapo [a prisoner who was a helper] at Majdanek.

On my 1998 trip to Poland,  I learned about a book entitled The Painted Bird, written by Jerzy Kosinski. My Polish tour guide told me that this book was a fake story. When I returned from Poland, I got the book from my local library and started reading it, but I couldn’t finish it — it was too gory for me.

In his book, Finkelstein wrote:

[The Painted Bird] was purported to be Kosinski’s autobiographical account of his wanderings as a solitary child through rural Poland during World War II. In fact, Kosinski lived with his parents throughout the war. The book’s motif is the sadistic sexual tortures perpetrated by the Polish peasantry. [...]  The Painted Bird became a basic Holocaust text. [...] … and required reading in high school and college classes.

So what does all this have to do with anything? I suspect that there are numerous fake Holocaust books. For example, on page 82 of his book, Finkelstein dares to criticize Eli Wiesel.

This quote is from page 82 of Finkelstein’s book:

Apart from the frailties of memory, some Holocaust survivor testimony may be suspect for additional reasons. Because survivors are now revered as secular saints, one doesn’t dare question them.

Finkelstein goes on to list the lies told by Elie Wiesel, who is the No. 1 “secular saint,” whom people don’t dare to question.  Except for those pesky Holocaust deniers. How many Holocaust denial laws will it take to stop Holocaust denial?  The Russian Federation is the latest country to make Holocaust denial a crime.  The Russians are now forbidden to question the verdict at the Nuremberg IMT, at which it was “proved” that 1.5 million people were killed at Majdanek — except for Normal Finkelstein’s mother.

April 8, 2014

Russia will become the next country to make Holoaust denial illegal

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:53 am

According to a news article, in The Jerusalem Post, Russian lawmakers have approved a new law that will make denying the Holocaust illegal. You can read the news article in full at

This quote is from the news article in The Jerusalem Post:

Russian lawmakers approved a bill that would make Holocaust denial illegal.

The lower house of the Russian Parliament, or Duma, passed the measure Friday on its first reading, the Voice of Russia reported Monday, making it illegal to deny the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal and punishing the “rehabilitation of Nazism.”

Those found guilty of the crime could be fined up to $8,300 or imprisoned up to three years. Public officials or media personalities would be fined nearly double or face up to five years in prison.

Does anyone, besides me, see a problem with this new law?  The verdict at the Nuremberg IMT included the “proof” that 4 million people had been killed at Auschwitz, and 1.5 million people had been killed at Majdanek, according to the testimony of the Russians.  Now these numbers have been lowered to 1.1 million at Auschwitz and 78,000 at Majdanek.  Not only that, the verdict at the Nuremberg IMT included the “fact” that the Germans had killed prisoners at Katnyn Forest, according to the false testimony of the Russians.

I previously blogged about the Nuremberg IMT at

I also blogged about the Nuremberg IMT at

The news article in The Jerusalem Post continues with this quote:

Those found guilty of the crime could be fined up to $8,300 or imprisoned up to three years. Public officials or media personalities would be fined nearly double or face up to five years in prison.

The bill also needs the approval of the Federation Council, or upper house. It was authored five years ago and resubmitted in February.

“Rehabilitation of Nazism is not only a shot fired at the past and mocking millions of victims,” the head of the Lower House Committee for Security, Irina Yarovaya, a main sponsor of the bill, said in parliament. “It is also a shot fired at the future, an instigation for new crimes against peace and security.”

This YouTube video tells about Katnyn Forest and the Nuremberg IMT.

April 7, 2014

New book “The Unpersuadables” by Will Storr reviewed by Michael Shermer

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:50 am

My blog post today is about a new book which mentions the gas chambers at Majdanek.  I previously blogged about the Majdanek gas chambers at

At the end of Michael Shermer’s review of the book entitled The Unpersuadables is this sentence: “Mr. Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. His next book is on the moral arc of science.”

Michael Shermer’s review of Will Storr’s new book, was published in the Wall Street Journal. You can read the review in full at

This quote is from Michael Shermer’s review:

Mr. [David] Irving is one of a pantheon of unconventional characters featured in Will Storr’s “The Unpersuadables,” a series of vignettes about what he calls “enemies of science.” In addition to Mr. Irving, Mr. Storr profiles British ESP researcher Rupert Sheldrake, Australian creationist John Mackay, past-life regressionist Vered Kilstein and the late John Mack, a Harvard Medical School professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner who also happened to believe in alien-abduction stories.

Mr. Storr’s style is to get close to his subjects by spending enough time with them so that they let down their guard and say what they’re really thinking. For his chapter on Mr. Irving, for example, Mr. Storr spends a week touring Nazi concentration camps with Mr. Irving and his followers. He narrates this trip in a you-are-there account that takes the reader right into a gas chamber at Poland’s Majdanek concentration camp, where Mr. Irving announces to his group: “This is a mock-up of a gas chamber. Those cylinders are carbon dioxide not carbon monoxide. A typical Polish botch job. There are handles on the inside of these doors,” suggesting that the prisoners could have simply let themselves out.

Mr. Storr has an engaging, first-person style and makes it clear that his purpose is to grasp why people believe such irrationalities more than it is to debunk their specific beliefs. But he gives his readers enough information to test the verisimilitude of his characters’ claims. For example, Mr. Storr examines those doors on that “mock-up” gas chamber. He finds that “there were bolts on the outside, two of them, huge ones, each attached to clasps that would have locked the door closed over airtight seals.” Mr. Storr adds that Mr. Irving also saw these details, “the manifest truth” that the gas chamber was real. “What happened in his mind when he saw the bolts?” Mr. Storr asks. Was Mr. Irving “a liar or deluded? Evil or mistaken?”

Mr. Storr finds one answer in a cognitive process called confirmation bias, where we look for and find confirming evidence for our beliefs, ignoring or rationalizing away all disconfirming evidence. We remember in great detail studies that support our political preferences, forgetting all counterexamples. We also tend to befriend people who think like us and so reinforce our beliefs. This cognitive bias is not restricted to the unpersuadables—we all have it—but when you’re dealing with sensitive topics like the Holocaust, it’s especially noticeable.

I haven’t read this new book, and probably never will, so I don’t know if Michael Shermer is aware that the number of gas chambers at Majdanek has been reduced.

The room, in the photo below, is called a gas chamber, on a similar photo, at the Yad Vashem museum in Israel.  This room is actually a real shower room.

Shower room inside the Majdanek "gas chamber" is called a gas chamber by Yad Vashem

Shower room inside the Majdanek “gas chamber” is called a gas chamber by Yad Vashem

The entrance to one of the gas chambers at Majdeank was through this air raid shelter door

The entrance to one of the gas chambers at Majdeank was through this air raid shelter door

Notice the peephole in the door shown in the photo above. The peephole was for the people inside the gas chamber to look out. Note that there is a door handle on the inside of the door. The victims inside the gas chamber could look through the peephole, and if it was all clear, they could open the door from the inside.

Did David Irving point this out to the people on his tour?

I saw the Majdanek gas chambers on a trip to Poland in 1998. I had to restrain myself from laughing when I saw the gas chambers at Majdanek.

According to the book review, David Irving made the statement: “Those cylinders [inside the gas chamber] are carbon dioxide not carbon monoxide.”  When I was at Majdanek in 1998, I saw these cylinders, which are in a tiny room inside one of the large gas chambers.

Two cylinders inside the Majdanek gas chamber

Two cylinders inside the Majdanek gas chamber

David Irving pointed out the carbon monoxide cylinders in the Majdanek gas chamber

David Irving points out the carbon dioxide cylinders in the Majdanek gas chamber

When I was at Majdanek, my tour guide told me that an SS man, wearing a gas mask, stood inside a little room, which was inside a larger room, and gassed the prisoners with carbon monoxide.  The SS man was armed with a gun, to shoot the prisoners inside the gas chamber if they tried to attack him. I am not sure if the tour guides are still telling visitors this ridiculous story.

I don’t know the difference between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, so I don’t know what these cylinders were used for, nor why they were stored inside a Majdanek gas chamber room.

The entrance to the Majdanek gas chambers is through a real shower room. My tour guide told me that the purpose of taking a shower was to warm up the bodies of the prisoners so that the gas would act faster to kill them. I laughed out loud, but quickly hid my laughter by pretending to cough.

The prisoners at Majdanek also had to take a dip in a bathtub before they were gassed.  The photo below shows the bathtub inside the fourth gas chamber, at the Majdanek camp.  This gas chamber was reconstructed by Soviets after the building was allegedly burned down by the Nazis.

Bathtub inside the Crematorium at Majdanek death camp Photo Credit: PickledPru

Bathtub inside the Crematorium at Majdanek death camp Photo Credit: PickledPru

David Irving became a “Holocaust denier” when he said that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was a “reconstruction.”  At the time that he said this, the Auschwitz Museum was claiming that the gas chamber in the main camp is original. Now it is being admitted that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is a reconstruction, done by the Soviets after they liberated Auschwitz.

Now David Irving is being ridiculed by Michael Shermer because he is trying to teach people about the Majdanek gas chambers, which are quickly going by the wayside. Majdanek had the lowest number of Jewish deaths of any “death camp” yet it had the highest number of “gas chambers.”

The number of Jews killed at Majdanek has now been officially reduced to 59,000. It was claimed, by the Soviets, at the Nuremberg IMT that 1.5 million Jews had been killed at Majdanek. I wonder what Michael Shermer has to say about that.

P.S. In other news, you can read an interesting article at

April 6, 2014

Renee Firestone’s Shoah testimony

In the YouTube video, Renee Firestone gives her testimony for the Shoah documentary. Very early in the video, she describes the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, to which she was sent in 1944. She says that the camp was surrounded by barbed wire and there were wooden towers along the tracks where the trains arrived.

My photo below, taken in 2005, shows one of the wooden guard towers.

Wooden guard tower at Auschwitz Birkenau

Wooden guard tower at Auschwitz Birkenau

Notice that there is no way to get into the guard tower in the  photo above. This photo shows a reproduction of the alleged guard towers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

My 2005 photo below shows two wooden guard towers that are reproductions at the former women’s camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Wooden guard tower at the women's camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Wooden guard tower at the women’s camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Old photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau shows no guard towers

Old photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau shows no guard towers

The photo above shows the arrival of a train at the Birkenau camp, and a selection of the prisoners, for work or for the gas chamber.

Another photo of a train arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau shows no guard towers

Another photo of a train arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau shows no guard towers

It is obvious that there were no guard towers along the railroad tracks into the Birkenau camp. Renee Firestone was seeing things that weren’t there.

At around 18.40 in the YouTube video, Renee says that she went into an UNDERGROUND UNDRESSING room where she undressed before taking a shower.

Say what?  Were there actually underground undressing rooms for the shower rooms? AFAIK, the underground undressing rooms were for the underground gas chambers.

At around 20.00 in the video, Renee says that the Germans were using DDT in the Birkenau camp.  If the Germans were using DDT to kill lice in the camps, why were there typhus epidemics in all the camps?

When Renee went through the selection line, upon arrival, Dr. Mengele was on the line that day. Who else?  Every Holocaust survivor, who is alive today, was saved because Dr. Mengele was not doing his job properly.

To her credit, Renee calls him DOCTOR Mengele.  Other survivors refuse to give him the title of Dr.

At around 24:10 in the video, Renee says that Dr. Mengele asked for her to be brought to him.  He wanted to question her about her ancestry, since she didn’t look Jewish. Renee had blonde hair and looked German. Dr. Klein then shows up and they question her about her parents and grandparents.  At this point, Renee walks away from Dr. Mengele, without  being dismissed,  but she is not killed. When she tells her story to the other girls, they tell her that her story is impossible.  No one could walk away from Dr. Mengele and live.

At around 34:37 in the video, Renee tells about the latrine.  According to Renee, the prisoners were only taken to the latrine about 3 days a week. Upon arrival at the latrine building, the prisoners had to decide whether they were going to relieve themselves, or whether to use the water faucet in the latrine to wash themselves.

One of the latrines in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

One of the latrines at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Wash basins inside the women's barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Wash basins inside the women’s barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Strangely, Renee didn’t mention that the women could also wash themselves every day in the wash basins inside the barrack buildings in the women’s camp.

I didn’t watch the YouTube video to the bitter end. I was too upset by Renee’s obvious lies.

On this blog post  I quoted the Guardian newspaper on what Renee Firestone said about the dwarfs at Auschwitz.

Begin quote:

And there were others, such as Renee Firestone, who described the death of the Ovitz dwarves: “The Germans found a community of midgets, transported them to Auschwitz, shot them en masse and then were forced to let them sit in a pile for three days until the crematoria could take them.”

End quote

The dwarfs were not killed and their bodies were not left in a pile for 3 days. All of the dwarfs survived and all of them lived long lives.

There were many other questionable things that Renee said in her Shoah video. For example, she told about the “horsemeat salami” that the prisoners were given to eat. How did she know  this? Had she tasted horsemeat prior to her stay at Birkenau?


April 5, 2014

School in Germany — a picture is worth a thousand words

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 8:39 am
Students at Walther Rathenau School participating in the Holocaust Memorial program, Germany, March 24, 2014. Photo by Boaz Ada

Students at Walther Rathenau School participating in the Holocaust Memorial program, Germany, March 24, 2014. Photo by Boaz Ada

I previously blogged about another picture that is worth a thousand words at

The photo above shows what Germany has now become: a country of diversity, where only half of the citizens are ethnic German. What really caught my attention in this photo is the name of the school — Walther Rathenau Schule.

I was vaguely familiar with the name Walther Rathenau, but I had to look him up on Wikipedia to refresh my memory. The Wikipedia entry for Rathenau begins and ends with this quote:

Walther Rathenau (September 29, 1867 – June 24, 1922) was a German industrialist, politician, writer, and statesman who served as Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. He was assassinated on June 24, 1922, two months after the signing of the Treaty of Rapallo, 1922.


Things changed with the Nazi seizure of power. The Nazis systematically wiped out public commemoration of Rathenau by destroying monuments to him, closing the Walther-Rathenau-Museum in his former mansion, and renaming streets and schools dedicated to him. Instead a memorial plate to Kern and Fischer [the assassins] was solemnly unveiled at Saaleck castle in July 1933 and in October 1933 a monument was erected on the assassins’ grave.[14]

The news article, which shows the photo above, is about Israeli professor Gideon Greif who spoke to students in the Walther Rathenau Schule and “A Muslim girl wearing hijab” asked him a question, following his lecture.

This news story, and the photo of students in Germany, illustrate the victory of the Jews over Germany. Schools in Germany are now named after Jews, not German heroes, and the ethnic Germans are being replaced by mixed race people, who are being taught by Jews.

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