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August 6, 2014

Are supporters of Hamas in America un-American? The question that was not answered on Bill O’Reilly’s TV show

Filed under: TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am

My blog post today is about Bill O’Reilly’s TV show called The Factor; you can read a transcript of the segment in last night’s show, in which Charles Krauthammer spoke about Hamas and the crisis in Gaza here.

For several days, on his show, Bill O’Reilly had asked the question “Are supporters of Hamas un-American?”  O’Reilly promised that Charles Krauthammer (who is Jewish) would soon answer this question on his show.

I have been watching The Factor every night, since the show first started many years ago.  I love the show because listeners can learn the truth about what is really going on in the world.

Charles Krauthammer is a frequent guest and his comments are very enlightening, so I was expecting him to answer the question of whether supporters of Hamas in America are un-American.  The obvious implication in the question was “Are true Americans required to support Israel?”

Americans have freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Is there an exception to those freedoms? Is a person, who does not support Israel, un-American?  Sadly, Bill O’Reilly’s show did not answer this question last night.

Bill O’Reilly started off this segment of his show last night by saying this:

Here’s what I don’t understand and I need you to explain it to me. Hamas is a terror group. Everybody knows it, all right.

If you care to be a fair-minded person, you know Hamas is a terror group. Hamas dominates the Palestinian authority through muscle, all right.

They have the guns. Iran gives them the guns so, therefore, they have the power in Gaza, West Bank, whatever. Hamas calling the shots.

So, you have a bevy of Americans who are sympathetic to the Palestinians but, by the same token, are supporting Hamas. And then you have tons of them in Europe. What’s the mentality behind that.

I was expecting Krauthammer to explain that the Palestians had been living in the land that is now Israel for thousands of years, while the current residents of this land are not the descendants of the original Jews who lived there long ago.  I was expecting him to explain that the trouble is caused by the fact that the current Israelis are known as the Khazars, or the Russian Jews, or the Ashkenazi Jews.  They are the descendants of people who converted to Judaism around the year 800; they are not the descendants of the original Jews who lived in Palestine.

Here is what Krauthammer actually said:

I would draw a sharp distinction between the European sympathizers and demonstrators from the American ones.

When it comes to Europe, I think the overwhelming factor is raw, native, deep-seated anti-Zionism. This is — 2,000-year-old anti-Zionism. Now, for a while, they discovered that if you put the veneer of anti-Zionism, the cover of anti-Zionism, you can get away with it in respectable society.

The veneer and the cover are gone. You’ve got placards being carried in Germany, of all places. “Hitler was right. [Chants] of Jews to the gas.

This is raw antisemitism, finding a semi-respectable outlet. And you get the foreign ministers of Britain, of France, Germany and Italy issuing a joint statement denouncing antisemitism in their country.

In the United States, it is very different. Antisemitism is not a major factor here. You know, of all the countries that the Jews have lived in in 2,000 years, this is the most tolerant, friendly, loving country that the Jews have ever known.

What I think is the most important factor here is sheer, raw ignorance. They have no idea what Hamas is, all that you said, they have no idea, for example, that there is no occupation in Gaza.

The Israelis left in 2005. They tore out their settlements. There’s not a settler, there’s not a soldier, there is not a Jew left in Gaza.

Do any of these people know it, no. Are they aware that just a few days ago, the spokesman for Hamas in Lebanon said on Arabic television that the Jews lust for the killing of children. After all, they have always used the blood of children in their mazahs on passover.

And when he was asked about that again, I think it was yesterday, on a major American network, he refused to retract. This is the oldest blood libel of all.

Are they aware of the fact that Hamas’ charter calls not just for the destruction of Israel but for the killing Jews everywhere in the world. This is an openly genocidal organization.

This whole problem could be easily solved by giving Palestine back to the Palestinians, and giving the state of New York to the Jews.  Many of the Jews in America already live in the state of New York and upstate New York is not heavily populated.  All the Jews in Israel could easily fit into the state of New York which is bigger than Israel.

August 4, 2014

70 years ago today, Anne Frank was arrested in her hiding place in Amsterdam

Famous photo of Anne Frank at the age of 13

Famous photo of Anne Frank at the age of 13

You can read about the arrest of Anne Frank and the 7 other people, who were in hiding with her, in a news article here.

Address of the building where Anne Frank hid for two years

Address of the building where Anne Frank hid for two years

Front door of the building where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis

Front door of the building where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis for two years

Several years ago, I visited the house where Anne Frank lived in hiding; I wrote about it extensively on my website here.

Otto Frank was not a practicing Jew; he did not flee from Germany because he was afraid of being arrested as a Jew. No, Otto Frank was a fugitive from justice.  He had been arrested in Germany for bank fraud after he cheated his banking customers out of their money.  His brother, who was his partner in the banking business, managed to flee to America, but the number of Jews who were allowed into America was severely limited and Otto Frank was denied entry.

Otto Frank, bank fraud criminal

Otto Frank, bank fraud criminal

The following quote is from my website:

Knowing that his family would soon be deported [from Amsterdam], Otto Frank began preparing a hiding place in the annex with a two-year supply of food and other essentials. Five months later, Anne and her family suddenly disappeared, leaving behind notes saying that they had gone to Switzerland, which was a neutral country during World War II. Otto Frank’s brother actually did escape from occupied France to Switzerland, but Otto Frank wanted to remain in Amsterdam because he had a thriving business there [doing business with the German army].

Many other Jewish families in Amsterdam also went into hiding, trusting that their Dutch neighbors and business associates would not betray their hiding places to the police. Approximately 25,000 Dutch Jews hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands which began after the Germans defeated the Dutch in May 1940 in the early part of World War II.

Those unfortunate Dutch Jews who did not go into hiding were sent to the transit camp at Westerbork, from where they were then transported by train to Auschwitz, the infamous killing center, located in what is now Poland, where millions of Jews perished in the gas chambers. Many of the 160,000 Jews in the Netherlands were refugees, like the Franks and their friends in the annex, who had escaped from Germany after Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933. Westerbork was originally a refugee camp for German Jews who were regarded as illegal immigrants in the Netherlands after they escaped over the border from Nazi Germany before the war.

The Franks went into hiding on July 6, 1942 shortly after Anne’s 13th birthday on June 12th. One week later they were joined by Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their 15-year-old son Peter and Peter’s cat. Dr. Pfeffer joined them on November 16, 1942, bringing along his dentist’s drill.

On August 4th, 1944, the police raided their hiding place in the annex and they were taken to the Westerbork transit camp on a passenger train, after a short stay at the Amsterdam headquarters of the Security Police. On September 3, 1944, all 8 were loaded onto a freight train and taken on the last transport of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz, where they arrived on the night of September 5th and 6th. Otto Frank was the only one of the 8 who survived. He died on August 19, 1980 in Switzerland.

Save your comments about the ball point pen issue.  I have studied this extensively, and I previously blogged about it here.

 Photo Credit: Anne Frank Stichting, Tekening: Eric van Rootselaar


Photo Credit: Anne Frank Stichting, Tekening: Eric van Rootselaar

The photo above shows a cross section of the house and the Annex where Anne Frank hid. On the left, in the photo, is the main house, with the annex on the right. Tourists enter the house through a door that has been cut into the wall of the passageway which connects the main building and the annex on the ground floor. Anne Frank’s room is on the 2nd floor (3rd floor in American terms) on the side nearest to the viewer. The tiny window on the side of the attic had a view of the Westerkerk (church).

August 3, 2014

Rialto student mentioned Charles A. Lindbergh in Holocaust hoax essay

I am continuing to follow the Holocaust essay debacle in the California Rialto school district “critical thinking” assignment, and today I read a sample essay here.

The essay starts out with this quote:

Many believe the Holocaust to be an event that almost exterminated all living Jews while other believe it to be nothing more than a propaganda act. I believe that it was a propaganda act, and my reasons are: no cyanide resident on the walls of gas chambers, only a small amount of Jews died in concentration camps, and even the Diary of Anne Frank is a lie.

As I stated earlier, no cyanide residue was left on the walls of these so called “gas chambers.” Fred A. Leuchter, one of America’s leading experts and specialists on the design of fabrication and execution equipment, scraped of some samples of the walls at a gas chamber, there should have been clear signs of cyanide residue on the walls, but there wasn’t any, any at all. Three years later, the Polish government went to the exact location to try and disprove his findings, but they then found out he was right. With this evidence, it should be enough to prove that the Holocaust is a hoax.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Charles A. Lindbergh

But this quote from the sample essay, written by a student who argued on the side of the Holocaust being a hoax, caught my eye:

“If that wasn’t enough, maybe this will be. A man named Charles A. Lindbergh visited one of these concentration camps soon after WW2 ended, and he was told that only 25,000 died in 1 to 1/2 years. Now, even children as young as 8 would agree that 25,000 multiplied by half a dozen camps doesn’t equal 6,0000,000, not even 600,000. Even if we threw away all this evidence, the number of Jews persecuted keeps increasing. First, it’s 6,000,000, then it’s 9,000,000, and then what, 12,000,000? The good people of America need to wake up and get some common sense. Our country has been the one to donate more money to Israel than any other country in the world: 35 billion each year! If we didn’t donate the money, every family in America could have a brand new Mercedes-Benz. Obviously, this evidence should make you believe the holocaust is a hoax.”

Lindbergh visited the Mittlebau Dora camp which had underground factories where the Germans were building rockets.  I previously blogged about the liberation of the Mittlebau Dora camp here.

The Mittlebau Dora camp was bombed by the Allies, and photos of the dead bodies of prisoners, who were killed by bombs, are frequently claimed to be the bodies of Jews who were killed by the Germans.

This quote from this website is what Lindbergh wrote about his visit to Mittlebau Dora after the war:

Here was a place where men and life and death had reached the lowest form of degradation. How could any reward in national progress even faintly justify the establishment and operation of such a place?
After visiting the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Germany, as quoted in The New York Times (20 April 1980)

The student who wrote about Lindbergh in his school essay obviously did not know who Lindbergh was; he wrote “a man named Charles A. Lindbergh,” instead of writing something like this:  “Charles A. Lindbergh, the famous aviator who flew non-stop across the Atlantic ocean from New York to Paris in a single-engine plane in 1927.”  The student should have mentioned that Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathizer who fell into disrepute later in life when he was attacked because of his beliefs.

The most important thing about the Dora-Mittlebau camp is that photos of the dead prisoners, who were killed by Allied bombs, are frequently claimed to be the bodies of dead Jews who were killed by the Germans.  I wrote about this in a previous blog post here.

You can watch a You-Tube video which shows the inside of the tunnel where prisoners were working on the building of V2-rockets.

You can watch a disingenuous propaganda video, which incorrectly states that the 2,500 prisoners who were killed by American bombs, were killed by the Germans.

Beginning in March 1944, a section of the Bergen-Belsen camp was used to house prisoners from other concentration camps or forced labor camps who were sick and unable to work any longer. By 1945, sick prisoners from all over Germany were being brought to Bergen-Belsen. Prisoners in this section received inadequate medical care and there was a high mortality rate, according to the Memorial Site. This section of Bergen-Belsen was also sometimes called the Krankenlager or Sick camp.

The first transport brought to the Bergen-Belsen recuperation camp arrived on March 27, 1944; it consisted of 1000 inmates from the Dora-Mittelbau camp, where the prisoners had been forced to work in underground factories building the V-2 rockets for the German military. Most of these prisoners were suffering from tuberculosis, a fatal disease. By the time Bergen-Belsen was liberated, a little over a year later, only 57 of them were still alive.

Some of the inmates, who had been evacuated from the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp and some of its sub-camps on April 3rd, 4th and 5th, ended up in the town of Gardelegen. The 4,000 prisoners from Dora-Mittelbau had been bound for the Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen or Neuengamme concentration camps, but when the railroad tracks were bombed by American planes, the prisoners had been re-routed to Gardelegen, which was the site of a Cavalry Training School and a Parachutist Training School. The trains were forced to stop before reaching the town of Gardelegen and some of the prisoners escaped.The escaped prisoners terrorized the nearby villages, raping, looting and killing civilians. When they were caught, the prisoners were put into a barn at Gardelegen, and the infamous Gardelegen Massacre was the end result.

August 2, 2014

John Breyer “operated the wooden door on a gas chamber at Auschwitz”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:59 am

The title of my blog post today comes from an article which you can read in full here.  The photo, shown below, accompanies the article.

Photo of John Breyer who worked at the Auschwitz main camp

Photo of John Breyer who worked at the Auschwitz main camp

In the news article, the caption on the photo above says “John Breyer, it is said, operated the wooden door on a gas chamber at Auschwitz.”  So it is SAID that John Breyer “operated the wooden door on a gas chamber at Auschwitz.”  How does one OPERATE a wooden door?  Does it take some special training to operate a wooden door?  Did John Breyer have a choice?  Could he have refused to operate that wooden door?

When I visited the Auschwitz main camp in 2005, I took photos of a wooden door, which might have been the door that John Breyer allegedly “operated.”

Wooden door into the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

Wooden door into the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

In the photo above, you can see a metal door, opening to the outside of the building; this door was added to the “gas chamber” in the main Auschwitz camp, in 1943, when it was converted into a bomb shelter, for German soldiers stationed at the camp.  The door handle, on the wooden door into the bomb shelter, is silver colored and hard to see.

There were virtually no door KNOBS in all of Germany in those days. John Breyer might have had some special training to learn how to OPERATE a door handle.

Door handle on a door into the Kehlsteinhaus in Germany

Door handle on a door into the Kehlsteinhaus in Germany

Door handles, instead of knobs, were typically used in Germany for many years.  America was known to the soldiers who occupied Germany, after World War II, as “the land of the round doorknob.”

My photo of a door handle on a door into the Kehlsteinhaus, shown in the photo above, was taken in 1997.

John Breyer started working at the Auschwitz main camp, beginning in May 1944, at which time, the Auschwitz gas chamber was a bomb shelter for German guards.

Wooden door is shown in the background of a photo of the gas chamber

Wooden door is shown in the background of a photo of the gas chamber

The wooden door, shown in the background of the photo above, was not there in 1941 when Jews were allegedly gassed in the morgue room of the crematorium in the Auschwitz main camp.

Door into the "wash room" that is now included in the Auschwitz gas chamber

Wooden door into the “wash room” that is now included in the gas chamber

The photo above shows what was allegedly the back door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp; it is actually the door into a washroom that was not included in the alleged gas chamber.

When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in 1998, tourists were being told that the door, in the photo above, was the back door of the gas chamber in the main camp. I was told that a German guard stood outside this door and prevented the Jews from breaking the glass so that they could escape.  Was John Breyer the guard who stood outside this door and “operated it” so that the prisoners could not escape?  No, he was not a guard at the Auschwitz main camp until May 1944.

Krema I gas chamber in the Auschwitz 1 camp

Krema I gas chamber in the Auschwitz 1 camp shows wooden door in the background

July 30, 2014

August 2nd is a day of remembrance for the 2,900 Roma and Sinti who were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau on that day in 1944

August 2nd has been designated as the day of remembrance for the Gypsies (Roma and Sinti) who were gassed during a single night at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.  You can read about it in a news story here.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

August 2 is the official day of the remembrance of Roma victims of the holocaust. On the night of August 2, 1944, around 2,900 Roma and Sinti were killed in the gas chambers of the Auschitz-Birkenau camp.

The exact number of Gypsies, who were gassed on August 2, 1944, is unknown because the Germans did not keep records, nor names, of the victims who were killed in the gas chamber.  However, there were 4 gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau on that date, and it is possible that the gassing of all the Gypsies could have been accomplished in one night.

The only problem would have been the disposal of the bodies in a timely manner, since there were no morgues, in the gas chamber buildings, to store the bodies until they could be burned in the ovens. The undressing rooms and gas chambers were located in the rooms that were called morgues on the blueprints of the gas chambers.

I previously wrote about the gassing of the Roma and Sinti here.

Why were all the Roma and Sinti gassed in only one night?  What was the big hurry to get rid of the Gypsies after they had been imprisoned in a “family camp” for seventeen months?

Is it possible that the Gypsies were all deported, in a single night, out of the “family camp” to other concentration camps?  Could that be why a tourist cannot walk down a street today, anywhere in Europe, without being accosted by a Gypsy rudely demanding money?  Is that why tourists are advised to wear their backpack in the front of their body to prevent Gypsies from stealing from them?

Woman begging for money outside a church in Strasbourg, France

Woman begging for money outside a church in Strasbourg, France

July 29, 2014

Holocaust survivor brought Jewish soap and Zyklon-B crystals to school presentation

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:10 am

Holocaust survivor Mike Jacobs, who brought Jewish soap to school presentations, died at the age of 88, after making numerous speeches to school children; you can read about him in this recent news article in the Dallas Morning News here.

The following quote is from a news article, originally published in the April 20, 2001 edition of the Dallas Morning News. The article was republished yesterday and you can read it in full here.

Some [students] stayed after the presentation [by Mike Jacobs] and gingerly touched Holocaust relics that he brought: a bar of soap made by the Nazis from human fat, the hat that was part of his camp uniform, a jar of poison crystals used in the gas chambers.

Soap made from Jewish fat was shown as evidence at the Nuremberg IMT

Soap made from Jewish fat was shown as evidence at the proceedings of the Nuremberg IMT

Zyklon-B pellets shown in the Mauthausen Museum

Zyklon-B pellets shown in the Mauthausen Museum

This quote is also from the article originally published on April 20, 2001:

Born Mendel Jakubowicz in Konin, Poland, he was 14 when the Nazis took over his town. He spent his teens shuttling from ghettos to concentration camps and survived Auschwitz. More than 80 of his relatives were among the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

The Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885, and back in the old days, it was noted for being an outstanding newspaper.  Those days are shon vorbei.  The story of Mike Jacob’s presentation of Jewish soap and Zyklon-B pellets to American students is an example of  “all the news that is [NOT] fit to print.”

July 28, 2014

Holocaust survivor Edith Eger was pulled from a pile of corpses by an American G.I.

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:33 am

This quote is from the website of Dr. Edith Eger, Ph.D. at http://www.heroicjourney.com/pages/about/edieeger.htm

Almost a year to the day from when she arrived in Auschwitz, [Edith Eger] was pulled from the pile of corpses in the woods by an American GI who was there with the 71st Infantry to liberate the Gunskirchen Larger camp. He saw her hand move. She weighed 60 pounds and had a broken back, but she was alive!

On January 18, 1945, Jewish prisoners were marched out of Auschwitz and taken to various camps, including Mauthausen where a tent camp was set up for the Hungarian Jews. Gunskirchen was a sub-camp of the Mauthausen Class III camp in Austria, where prisoners were sent to work in factories.

Entrance into Ebensee, a camp similar to Gunskirchen

Entrance into Ebensee, a camp similar to Gunskirchen in Austria

You can read about the liberation of Gunskirchen, and see many photos of the dead and dying prisoners, on this website:

http://www.remember.org/mooney/full_version.html

On the website, cited above, there are many photos of corpses lying on the ground when the Americans arrived.

This quote is from the website of Edie Eger:

Edie’s story began in Kassa, Hungary where she grew up with her parents and older sisters, Magda and Klara. In May of 1944 at the age of 16 her life changed forever. Edie was sent by the Germans to Auschwitz concentration camp along with her parents and sister Magda. [...]

…the guards [at Auschwitz] found out from other inmates that Edie had been a ballerina in Hungry. They told Dr. Mengele, who liked to be entertained by the inmates. He sent for Edie to dance for him. As Edie was onstage dancing for Dr. Mengele, she saw the black smoke from the gas chamber, which likely contained the ashes of her mother, drift upward toward heaven.

How terribly insensitive of Dr. Mengele!  He had 16-year-old Edie dancing on a stage that was outside where she could see the black smoke coming from the gas chamber building, which likely contained the ashes of her mother.  Edie was 16 years old, so she had not been selected for the gas chamber, which was the fate of the prisoners under the age of 15 or over the age of 45.

But it gets worse!

This quote is from Edie’s website:

Edie said as she continued to dance, “Dr. Mengele discussed with the guards who should die next. I prayed. Not for myself, but for Dr. Mengele, so he would not have to kill me. It was then that I began to pity the Nazis; they were more imprisoned than I. Somehow I would survive, but they would always have to live with what they had done.”

Edie and her sister Magda were close to death many times. Whenever they showered, they never knew if they would receive water or gas. They had to carry ammunitions for the Nazis on the infamous “death march.” They were used as human shields on top of a train full of ammunitions. The Nazis thought that the allies would not drop bombs on a train carrying prisoners, but they were wrong. The bombs killed others around them, but Edie and her sister survived.

From June 1944 to May 1945 Edie and Magda were moved from camp to camp, eventually ending up in Gunskirchen Larger camp. They were becoming exhausted and emaciated with hunger. Edie became so weak that she went in and out of consciousness. Even her sister’s vigilance as a caretaker couldn’t revive Edie. She was unconscious when guards thought she was dead and they tossed her in a mass grave in the woods behind the camp.

According to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert, in his book entitled Holocaust, the last death marches of the war began on May 1, 1945 as the American Army approached; prisoners from the main camp at Mauthausen and the sub-camps at Gusen and St. Valentin were marched to Gunskirchen and Ebensee. Hundreds of them died from exhaustion, or were shot because they couldn’t keep up, or as they attempted to escape. When American troops in the 80th Infantry Division arrived on May 4, 1945, there were around 60,000 prisoners from 25 different countries at Ebensee.

I don’t have much information about Gunskirchen, but you can read about Ebensee, a similar sub-camp of Mauthausen, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html

I previously blogged about Dr. Edith Eger here. She first told the story that she was saved from the gas chamber by turning cartwheels to distract the guards.

You can read more about Dr. Eger’s ordeal in The Budapest Times newspaper here.

This quote is from The Budapest Times:

Many in the audience suppressed tears as Eger told the story of her survival. She was the youngest daughter of a Jewish tailor in Budapest, and she was transported to Auschwitz just as she turned 16. Her sister, a talented violinist, managed to hide and avoid deportation.
Their father, a stubborn man, was shot upon arrival at the concentration camp because he refused to shave his head. The remaining two children were ripped from their mother’s arms still on the ramp leading off the train, and she continued her way to the gas chamber.
Edith and her sister Magda were saved only by luck and instinct. The talented Edith entertained Dr. Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death”, with private ballet presentations, and in return she got a piece of bread and more time to live.
“I did what the victims of violence often do: I dissociated,” Eger said of her encounter with Mengele. “I imagined that the music is from Tchaikovsky and I am dancing on the stage of the Budapest Opera in the role of Julia.”.

What? Edie’s father “refused to shave his head”?  I didn’t know that the Jews had to shave their own heads at Auschwitz.  The hair was shaved from the heads of the prisoners in order to control the lice that spreads typhus.

Hungarian women walking toward the women's camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau after their heads were shaved

Hungarian women walking toward the women’s camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau after they were given a shower and their heads were shaved

The photo above shows Hungarian women walking into the women’s section on the south side of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after they have had a shower and a change of clothes. Behind them is a transport train and in the background on the left is one of the camp guards. The woman with dark hair in the center of the photo is Ella Hart Gutmann who is in the outside row facing inward. Next to her is Lida Hausler Leibovics; both women were from Uzhgorod. Their heads have been shaved in an attempt to control the lice that spreads typhus.

What is the point of all this?  When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade — or you write books — or you turn your ordeal into a lucrative career in Psychology — and laugh all the way to the bank.  Along the way, you sprinkle in a few lies, such as the one about Dr. Mengele discussing which prisoners he was going to kill next. This happened while you were dancing and watching the smoke come out of the chimney while your mother’s body was burning. Oh, the humanity!

July 26, 2014

Anti-Semitism on the rise in Europe

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:14 am

According to a news article in the The Telegraph, which you can read in full here: Anti-Semitism is on the march, as Europe braces for violence against the Jews.

Pro-Palestinians protestors burn an Israeli flag in Berlin

Pro-Palestinian protestors burned an Israeli flag in Berlin

This quote is from the news article:

European cities are braced for violent clashes this weekend as people take to the streets to protest against Israeli military operations in Gaza.

Thousands of police are being deployed in cities across Europe with Berlin alone deploying 1,500 police officers in a response and authorities in Paris have sought to ban outright marches planned for this weekend.

The protests have triggered warnings that the spectre of anti-Semitism has returned to haunt Europe.

Protesters have attacked synagogues, smashed the windows of Jewish-owned business and torched others, in scenes [in France] disturbingly reminiscent of the 1938 Kristallnacht [in Germany]. The marchers have chanted “Jews to the gas chambers”, and Jewish people have been attacked on the streets of Berlin.

[...] A number of openly anti-Jewish Facebook groups have sprung up in the last three weeks and incidences of users posting anti-semitic messages have increased.

The number of times the phrase “dirty Jew” was posted on Twitter, for example, has gone up six-fold since Operation Protective Edge was launched, according to an analysis of data.

In the week before, there was an average of four tweets a day which included the offensive term, which went up to around 60 in the weeks after. Only a handful of them were used “innocently”.

The word Judiada, which in Spanish literally translates as Jewry but is used as a derogatory term, was tweeted almost 120 times the day Israel began its ground invasion. This compares with an average of 20 times a day in the month of June.

Israeli public figures have also been attacked, including the model Bar Refaeli, who has had people posting comments on her Instagram saying: “Times like these make u wanna wonder and wonder and wonder: why…why didn’t hitler finish what he started?” Under a photo of her playing with her dog, one wrote: “#riphitler”.

You can read another article about the anti-Semitism in Europe here.

Anti-Semitism violence in Europe

Anti-Semitism violence in Europe

In the photo above, “A French riot police officer looks at burning barricades in Sarcelles, a suburb north of Paris, on July 20, 2014, after clashes over Gaza. Source: AFP”

 

July 25, 2014

Why does the Majdanek death camp get no respect?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:29 am

This morning, I read an article in the Epoch Times about the Majdanek death camp in the city of Lublin in Poland.  The article is entitled The Forgotten Concentration Camp in Poland Left Off the “Holocaust Tourism” Circuit.  What a revolting deveopment this is !!!

Double barbed-wire fence around Majdanek

Double barbed-wire fence around Majdanek

This quote is from the article:

Today the anniversary of the liberation of Majdanek passes almost unnoticed, unlike that of the liberation of Auschwitz, fully six months later in January 1945, which has been adopted in Britain as Holocaust Memorial Day. In history books, in film and on television, the discovery of the concentration camps in Germany by Allied troops in April 1945 is recognised as a pivotal moment in world history, when humankind had to re-assess its understanding of what one set of people might do to another, after which, in Adorno’s words, it would be barbaric to write poetry.

The photo below is at the top of the article. (Click on the photo to enlarge)

Monument at the Majdanek memorial site

Monument at the Majdanek memorial site

Monument at Majdanek is very close to a major road

Monument at Majdanek is very close to a major road that goes past the camp

In the photo above, you can see several guard towers and another monument on the far left side. Suddenly coming upon this huge monument is like coming upon Stonehenge as you are driving down the road.  In my humble opinion, this eyesore should be torn down.

Monument which covers the ashes of prisoners killed at Majdanek

Monument which covers the ashes of prisoners killed at Majdanek

The ashes under the huge dome, shown in the photo above, were recovered from a compost pile in the camp. For all we know, these ashes were put on the snow-covered paths inside the camp and put on the compost pile after they were removed when the snow had melted.

Close-up of the dome which covers the ashes at Majdanek

Close-up of the dome which covers the ashes at Majdanek

The words on the dome, translated into English, mean “Let our fate be a warning to you.”

The Majdanek camp, which was called Maidanek by the Germans, was the very first Nazi camp, of any kind, to be liberated by the Allies; it was liberated on July 23, 1944. Most of the prisoners had been marched out of the camp and taken to other camps that were not yet in a war zone.  Only a few crippled Russian POWs, who had defected to the side of the Germans, had been left behind; they are shown in the photo below.

Russian POWs who had defected were left behind at Majdanek

Russian POWs who had defected were left behind at Majdanek

As the very first Nazi camp to be liberated, one would expect the remains of the camp to be the first one on the list of camps to be visited by today’s tourists.  All of the gas chambers at Majdanek are still intact and there are many barrack buildings still standing.  So why does Majdanek get no respect?  I think that it is because the number of Jewish deaths at Majdanek has now been officially downgraded to 59,000. The official number of all the deaths at Majdanek has been downgraded to 78,000.  The Soviet liberators initially reported that 1.5 million people had been killed at Majdanek; this was the number of deaths that the Nazis were charged with at the Nuremberg IMT.

You can read about the Majdanek death camp on my website here.

Several barracks buildings were converted into  Museum

Several barracks buildings are filled with artifacts in a museum

Majdanek was opened to Polish tourists soon after it was liberated

Majdanek was opened to Polish tourists soon after it was liberated

Guard tower at Majdanek camp

Guard tower at Majdanek camp

July 24, 2014

Famous photos of SS guards herding Jews to the gas chambers at Auschwitz—NOT!

The photo below accompanies a recent news article in the LA Times. The article is about John Breyer, the Nazi war criminal who died before he could be put on trial, at the age of 89, for the crime of helping to herd 216,000 Jews, from 158 trains, to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

This quote is from the news article:  “Even though [Breyer] was assigned to the Death’s Head guard battalion at Auschwitz, he said he refused to kill anyone, so he served as a perimeter guard, far from the killing.  He says that he never shepherded prisoners from the trains to the gas chambers.”

Breyer was given a choice? When he was assigned to be a guard at Auschwitz, he was asked if he would be willing to kill Jews?  Was he asked if he would be willing to herd 216,000 Jews to the gas chamber, and he said “No.”?

Photos of the Jews arriving on trains at Auschwitz-Birkenau show that Breyer is correct in implying that there were no armed guards forcing the Jews to walk to the gas chambers.

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Notice that the photo above, which shows Jews who have just arrived on a train at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, does not include SS guards herding the Jews along, at gun point.

A train load of Jews that have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A train load of Jews that have just arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp (Click to enlarge)

In the photo above, the Krema II gas chamber building is shown in the background.

I have tried to find some photos that show SS soldiers, like John Breyer, herding the Jews from 158 trains toward the four gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but I have been unable to find any such photos. The photo above shows hundreds of Jews who have just arrived on a train.  Note the Kapos, the Jewish helpers, who are wearing striped uniforms; there are one or two SS men in the photo, but they are not pointing guns at the Jews.

SS men directing Jews toward the gas chamber

SS men directing Jews toward the gas chamber, while Kapos stand by to help on the left

The photo below shows some Jews shuffling along, carrying their bundles.  They are obviously on the way to one of the gas chambers.  Where else could they be going? Auschwitz-Birkenau was a death camp, where all the Jews from 158 trains were immediately herded into gas chambers, according to all the recent news articles about the John Breyer case.

Jews walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Jews walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

This photo is the most famous of the "walking to the gas chamber" photos

This photo is the most famous of the “walking to the gas chamber” photos

Jews walking to the entrance into the Krema III gas chamber

Jews walking toward the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Notice in the photo above that all the Jews, from a train that has just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, are walking toward the entrance into the undressing room of Krema III, but there are no SS guards in sight.

Walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

In these photos, where are the SS men, like John Breyer, who forced the Jews to walk to the gas chambers?

The photo below shows a man, who is wearing a striped uniform and a striped cap.  This man is a Kapo, a Jewish prisoner, whose job it was to assist the Jews arriving at the Auschwitz death camp.  The Holocaust survivors, who are alive today, were told by a Kapo, at the train, to lie about their age, because everyone under the age of 15 was automatically sent to the gas chamber.

A Kapo standing beside a train that has just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A Kapo standing beside a train that has just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Visitors today, who take a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, are first taken to the “quarantine barracks” near he entrance into the camp. Why did they need to “quarantine” in-coming prisoners.  Who cares if any of the incoming prisoners had any disease that might cause an epidemic in the camp?  All the prisoners were scheduled to be gassed upon arrival, according to the prosecutors of elderly men like John Breyer.

My 2005 photo below shows one of the barracks in the quarantine camp.  Obviously these barracks were never used because the Jews were immediately herded into the gas chamber by men like war criminal John Breyer.

My 2005 photo of barracks in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

My 2005 photo of barracks in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Tourists at Auschwitz-Birkenau should not be taken first to the “quarantine barracks.”  This is a way of promoting Holocaust denial.  Prisoners did not need to be held in quarantine in a “death camp,” where they were taken immediately from the train to the gas chamber.

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