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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 http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/selections-for-the-gas-chamber-at-the-majdanek-death-camp/

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

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304418404579467702052177982?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304418404579467702052177982.html

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 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 http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/38925-a-century-of-deceit.html

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 http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/did-the-nazis-actually-steam-jews-to-death-in-a-sauna/  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 http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words/

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.

April 2, 2014

Treblinka I labor camp where Jews were forced to manufacture gravel

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:38 pm

When I visited the Trebrinka death camp, way back in 1998, I was given the opportunity to see the Treblinka labor camp (Treblinka I) but I turned down an invitation from a Polish tour guide to join a group of Polish teenagers who were going to walk about a mile from the death camp to the labor camp.

I had my own Polish tour guide, who told me that there was nothing to see at the labor camp.  I decided not to walk a mile, just to see the bare ground of the former labor camp, where the Nazis had put Jews to work during World War II.

I have never regretted that decision, until today, when I read a news article in the Huffington Post about the new discoveries that have been found at the Treblinka I labor camp.

This quote is from the article in the Huffington Post, which you can read in full here:

Of all the atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich, Treblinka is one of the most mind-boggling. Historians estimate that about 900,000 Jews were murdered at this concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland over a mere 16 months.

The Nazis began deporting Jews, mostly from the ghettos of Warsaw and Radom, to Treblinka in July 1942. There were two camps. Treblinka I was a forced-labor camp where prisoners were made to manufacture gravel for the Nazi war effort. A little more than a mile (2 kilometers) away was Treblinka II, a horrendously efficient death camp.

I am old enough to remember when there were gravel roads in America.  I thought that I knew what gravel is, but I had to google it to be sure.

I found this definition of gravel: “a loose aggregation of small water-worn or pounded stones”.  So those mean ole Nazis had the Jews pounding stones to manufacture gravel.

There were dirt roads in Poland back then. Maybe the Nazis wanted to build gravel roads for their tanks.

I took the photo below as my tour guide drove me to Treblinka. The road shown in the picture is a “black top road.”  Is a gravel road better than a black top road? I have traveled many a road, back in the boon docks of Missouri, and I don’t think so.  A black top road is better than a gravel road.

Road to Treblinka death camp

Road to Treblinka death camp

According to the news article in the Huffington Post, there were Jews killed at the Treblinka I labor camp. Time for a new Memorial, to the murdered Jews, to be put up at the Treblinka I camp.

Memorial stone at the entrance to the Treblinka II camp

Memorial stone at the entrance to the Treblinka II camp

Monument at the Treblinka II death camp

Monument at the Treblinka II death camp

I wrote about the  Treblinka death camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/introduction.html

 

April 1, 2014

Rabbi explains the meaning of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” slogan

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:51 am

In a letter to students at Vanderbuilt, which you can read in full here, Rabbi Schlomo Rothstein explains the meaning of the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” on the entrance gates into the Nazi camps.  A photo of the gate into the Dachau camp, which is shown below, accompanies the letter.

Entrance gate into Dachau concentration camp

Entrance gate into Dachau concentration camp

I previously blogged about the meaning of “Arbeit Macht Frei” at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/arbeit-macht-frei-what-does-it-stand-for/

Arbeit Macht Frei gate at Sachsenhausen camp

Arbeit Macht Frei gate at Sachsenhausen camp

The Arbeit Macht Frei slogan was first used at the the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, which was a camp for political prisoners, not a camp for Jews.

According to Rudolf Höss, who was an adjutant at Sachsenhausen before he became the first Commandant of Auschwitz, the slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” means that works liberates one in the spiritual sense. Sachsenhausen was a Class 1 camp, where prisoners who worked had a good chance of being released.

After World War II, the Sachsenhausen camp was turned into a Communist prison for German citizens. The Arbeit Macht Frei sign was removed and the prisoners did not work.

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 from Sachsenhausen to Auschwitz, he had the “Arbeit Macht Frei” slogan put over the entrance gate into the Auschwitz main camp, which became known as Auschwitz One.

The Auschwitz II “death camp” did not have the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, and few prisoners were released from there.

This quote is from the Rabbi’s Letter to Vanderbilt students:

“Arbeit Macht Frei” — or “Work Makes You Free” — is not just a slogan. It represents hate at its worst. They were the words twisted in metal above a Nazi death camp in which millions of human beings, Jews and non-Jews alike, were cruelly killed. “Arbeit Macht Frei” has been purchased with blood; it belongs to the murdered.

I do not expect all people to know the words and meaning of “Arbeit Macht Frei.” What I am asking is that this phrase and all phrases from the Holocaust not be separated from their tragic history. This extends to all situations of hate and cruelty: Let us not separate the words from their context.

To separate “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or anything that means destruction, from its horrible historical sense and apply it to causes and campaigns — no matter how righteous — is a gross and dangerous mistake.

Does anyone think that the Vanderbilt students will ask the Rabbi whether the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was put over the entrance into the Auschwitz II “death camp”? Or the Buchenwald camp, which was a Class II camp, mainly  for captured Resistance fighters, in World War II?

How about the Majdanek “death camp” where the latest death toll is 59,000 Jewish deaths?  Does Majdanek have the Arbeit sign? No!

Does the Mauthausen Class III camp have this sign over the gate? No!

The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was only put over the gates into the Class I camps, like Dachau, where prisoners were sometimes released.

My 2003 photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

My 2003 photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

You can read about the sign over the Buchenwald gate on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/buchenwald-was-a-class-ii-camp-with-jedem-das-seine-on-the-gate/

 

March 31, 2014

What do British students learn “from the horrors of Auschwitz”?

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

I have blogged several times in the past about the one-day student trips to Auschwitz, sponsored by the HET.  I highly disapprove of these propaganda trips.

Today I read about yet another student trip in a news article at http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Learning-horrors-Auschwitz/story-20883729-detail/story.html

This quote is from the news article:

We walked the 1,000 steps from the entrance [into Auschwitz-Birkenau] to what’s left of the [Krema II and Krema III] gas chambers. Two huge underground buildings where thousands were led to believe they could take a shower. Edyta [the Jewish tour guide] explained that each chamber could hold 2,000 people, who were killed in just 15 minutes. Their bodies were then mass cremated or burned in a nearby forest and used as fertiliser around the camp.

What does “mass cremated” mean? Were there huge cremation ovens at Auschwitz where the bodies were “mass cremated”?  Before the Auschwitz camp was abandoned by the Germans, the cremation ovens were lifted out of the Birkenau crematoria and taken to Germany to be used in other camps.

A cremation oven, used at Dachau, to burn one body at a time

A cremation oven, used at Dachau, to burn one body at a time

The ruins of Krema V ovens with forest in background

The ruins of Krema V gas chamber with forest in background

Apparently, even with mass cremation, the Nazis had to resort to burning the bodies in “a nearby forest.”  What about the danger of starting a forest fire, which could have burned the whole countryside for miles around?

And using the ashes of the Jews for “fertiliser”?  There were farms, just outside the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where fertilizer was used, but I doubt that Heinrich Himmler, who had a degree in Agriculture, would have used the ashes of Jews for fertilizer.

The news article continues with this quote:

Earlier in the day we were taken to a synagogue in the small town of Oswiecim, better known by its German name of Auschwitz. [...]

Rabbi Marcus showed students some Jewish prayer books and explained that once they became unusable they were ceremoniously buried in cemeteries along with religious scrolls. Hearing that helped me put it all into perspective; to a Jewish person, a book is worthy of a burial. To a Nazi, a Jewish person was not even worthy of that.

There were 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.  Did the Jews really expect the Nazis to bury each body in an individual grave?

The news article continues with this quote:

Throughout the day, educators had urged students to try to remember the individual people who lost their lives at Auschwitz, and the last part of the tour was dedicated to just that.

As Edyta [the tour guide] explained, the room [in the Sauna building]  where Jews were sent to register was where they were stripped of their identities. “When they left this room they stopped being a person, a human being. They became a number. They became a nothing.” But now that very room is used to remember the human beings behind the numbers.

Wedding and baby photos line the walls. Pictures of families, first days at school – I even spotted two teenage girls in what looked like an early selfie.

These smiling happy people were a far cry from the earlier uniformed photos lining the walls [in buildings in the main Auschwitz camp].

The quote above refers to the photos which have been put up in the Sauna building, where incoming Jews were brought to take a shower and have their heads shaved to get rid of any lice, which could have started a typhus epidemic.  Why did the Nazis save all those photos, which were brought to the camp, by the Jews?

Display of photos in  the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Display of photos in the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sign over the room at Auschwitz where Jews were disinfected to  kill head lice

Sign over the room at Auschwitz where Jews were disinfected to kill head lice

Sign over the entrance to the shower room in the Sauna at Auschwitz

Sign over the entrance to the shower room in the Sauna at Auschwitz

A display table inside the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A display table inside the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Instead of telling the British students the truth, that the Germans tried to save lives by giving the Jews showers and shaving the hair off their heads, the students were told that the Sauna building was where the Jews were “stripped of their identities,” and where they “stopped being a human being.”

Did the guide explain that the Jews believe that Jews are the only human beings, and that the non-Jewish “goyim” are animals, not human beings?

The Jews “became a number” when they entered Auschwitz. What if the Germans had not given each Jew a unique number? How many Jews, who had the exact same name, were in Auschwitz?  Each prisoner was given a unique number which identified them and distinguished them from other prisoners with the same name.

Did the tour guide explain to the students that the Jews had the habit of killing children and leaving their bodies to be found? The Jews did not bury the bodies of non-Jewish children because they believed that these children were not human, and only human beings should be buried.

A blog post, written by another blogger, explains it. You can read this blog post at

http://damianpenny.wordpress.com/2006/07/04/a-dark-anniversary-in-poland/

This quote from the blog, cited above, tells about how Jews were killed in Poland, after World War II, because of a ritual murder:

On July 4, 1946, 42 Jews who had survived the Nazis were butchered by their own countrymen:

The pogrom followed a series of violent anti-Semitic incidents in the Kielce region and elsewhere in Poland after 1945, which claimed about 2,000 Jewish victims. The local violence was directed at former Jewish residents of Kielce who had survived the camps or hidden in the forests until the liberation of Poland from Nazi rule; it occurred at a time of intense anti-Semitic hatred, when rumors were rampant that masses of Jews would soon return to Poland from the USSR to reclaim their houses and belongings.
The more immediate cause was the ritual murder myth, which had been widely disseminated by the Catholic Church in between-the-wars Poland and was still believed by many lower-class Poles.
Rumors had begun to spread in June 1946 that Jews on Planty Avenue in Kielce were killing Polish children and drinking their blood or using it to make matzot. One Jewish eyewitness who survived the pogrom remembered: “At about nine o’clock, on 4 July, crowds started to surround the building. I heard voices from the crowd: ‘You Jews have killed 14 of our children! Mothers and fathers unite to kill all the Jews!’”

 

March 30, 2014

Holocaust Denier Fredrick Töben and changes to Racial Discrimination Act in Australia

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:05 am

Under a proposed new law in Australia, Holocaust Denier Fredrick Töben, a citizen of Australia, could not be prosecuted for “Holocaust Denial,” according to a news article, which you can read at http://www.jewishnews.net.au/new-legislation-deeply-flawed/34495

Fredrick Töben has the title “Holocaust Denier” because, many years ago, he went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and actually descended into the Krema II gas chamber, which is 5 feet underground.  What was he thinking!!!

Fredrick Töben descending into the Krema II gas chamber

Fredrick Töben descending into the Krema II gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Notice that he is wearing a suit and tie. Töben is obviously trying to be respectful as he descends into the “Holy of Holies,” as the Krema II gas chamber was called by Robert Jan van Pelt.

Fredrick Töben inspects the walls of the Krema II gas chamber

Fredrick Töben inspects a wall inside the Krema II gas chamber

In the photo above, Töben has his hand on a wall inside the Krema II gas chamber, as he points out that there are no blue stains, caused by Zyklon-B gas, inside the Krema II gas chamber.

According to Germar Rudolf, who is an expert on these matters, the walls of a homicidal gas chamber should have heavy blue stains. But what does he know?

The Holocaustians say that it takes more Zyklon-B gas to kill lice than it does to kill humans, so the walls of the homicidal gas chamber should not have heavy blue stains.

Germar Rudolf inside Krema II, taking samples from the wall

Germar Rudolf inside Krema II, taking samples from the wall of the alleged gas chamber

Germar Rudolf inspecting blue stains on the outside wall of a disinfection building

Germar Rudolf inspecting blue stains on the outside wall of a disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above shows the OUTSIDE wall of a building at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was used for disinfecting the clothing of the prisoners. Zyklon-B causes heavy blue stains, but only when it is used to kill lice, according to the Holocaustians.  I blogged about this locked building, which the Auschwitz Museum will not let tourists see, at:

http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/what-tour-guides-at-auschwitz-birkenau-wont-show-you/

So what does this have to do with anything?

Currently, Fredrick Töben is in the news, as the Australians grapple with the laws of “racial discrimination.”

You can read about it in this news article:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/legal-expert-weighs-in-debate-anti-discrimination-debate/5345922

This quote is from the website, cited above:

Attorney General George Brandis and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek have clashed over whether holocaust deniers will benefit from government’s proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws.

Mr Brandis and Ms Plibersek both cited the case of Holocaust denier Frederick Tobin, who was ordered by the Federal Court to remove material from his website in 2008.

Mr Brandis defended the government’s decision to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by removing the words, to ‘offend, insult or humiliate’. Under the changes, the term ‘intimidate’ would be retained and a new provision against racial ‘vilification’ will be introduced.

So who is Fredrick Töben?  The following quote is from Wikipedia:

In 1994 he established the Adelaide Institute, which he directed until 2009. Töben and his associates at the Adelaide Institute have denied “being Holocaust deniers” in interviews conducted by Australian media, claiming they cannot deny that which never happened.[12]

On 10 October 2000, the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission ruled that the Adelaide Institute should remove website material the Commission considered racial hate speech. On 17 September 2002, the Federal Court of Australia affirmed on appeal the application of Australian anti-racial hatred laws against speech on Töben’s website. It did not, however, force Töben to apologise. The ruling in Toben v Jones (2003) 129 FCR 515, was one of the first applications of Australian anti-racial hatred laws to speech against religious groups.[13][14][15]

[...]

In 1998 Töben was imprisoned for nine months at Mannheim Prison for breaching Germany’s Holocaust Law, Section 130, that prohibits anyone from “defaming the dead”.[16]

 

March 29, 2014

What was the purpose of the death marches out of the concentration camps?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:58 pm

Last night, during a conversation with a teen-aged visitor to my home, the subject of the “death marches” out of the Nazi concentration camps came up.  My young visitor had noticed that, on my library shelf, I have a copy of a huge book which gives the several versions of the Anne Frank diary side by side.

The sight of this book prompted my young visitor to mention that she had studied the Anne Frank Diary in school, and that a Holocaust survivor, who had a number tattooed on the inside of her left arm, had recently given a talk at her school.

At this point, I told her that the tattoo was an indication that the survivor had been a prisoner at Auschwitz, because the Auschwitz camp was the only place where the prisoners were tattooed.  This was news to her; the Holocaust survivor had not mentioned this.

Then my young visitor told me that the Holocaust survivor, who spoke at her school, had said that she had been taken on a march out of Auschwitz.  On the march, she had been forced to walk for miles, barefoot through the snow.  When the march ended, the prisoners were allowed to escape, running through the snow, into the arms of soldiers who liberated them.

The story of marching barefoot through the snow resonated with me because many other survivors of Auschwitz have told stories about how the German soldiers, who led the marches out of Auschwitz, walked ahead of the prisoners, tramping down the two feet of snow, so that the women and children could walk better.  The women and children were given a head start, so that they would not have to keep up with the men, who could walk faster.

I have also heard stories about how the women were taken to the clothing warehouses, known as Canada, where they were allowed to select a nice pair of boots for the march.

This is the first time that I have heard that the prisoners were marched barefoot out of Auschwitz.  The women were wearing shoes, while they were prisoners at Auschwitz, but according to this survivor, they were apparently told to take off their shoes so that they could march barefoot through the snow.

Some Holocaust survivors say that the purpose of a “death march” was to kill the prisoners by marching them to death.  Holocaust deniers say that the purpose was to take the prisoners to other camps, where they could be put to work.

I decided to look it up on Wikipedia, where I found a page entitled Death marches (Holocaust).

This quote is from Wikipedia:

Death marches (Todesmärsche in German) refer to the forcible movements of prisoners in Nazi Germany. They occurred at various points during the Holocaust, including in 1939 in the Lublin province of Poland, in 1942 in Ukraine, and between Autumn 1944 and late April 1945 from Nazi concentration camps and prisoner of war camps near the front, to camps inside Germany away from front lines and Allied forces to remove evidence from concentration camps and to prevent the repatriation

The photo below is on the page entitled “Deach marches.” The caption on the photo is this:

Dachau concentration camp inmates on a death march, April 1945, photographed walking through a German village, heading in the direction of Wolfratshausen, Bavaria.

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Were the prisoners, shown in the photo above, really marched out of the Dachau camp to “to remove evidence from concentration camps and to prevent the repatriation”? In the photo, it appears that the prisoners are walking through the rain, wearing shoes and some kind of rain gear.

Would marching the prisoners out of Dachau remove the evidence of the Dachau gas chamber?  Wouldn’t it have been easier to blow up the gas chamber inside the Dachau camp?

Why take a chance on one of these prisoners escaping the march, and living to tell about the gas chamber and other atrocities committed at Dachau?

Other sources, including my website, claim that these prisoners were marched out of Dachau to prevent them from killing Germany civilians in the vicinity of the town of Dachau.

Holocaust deniers claim that prisoners were marched out of Auschwitz, not for the purpose of killing them by marching them to death, but for the purpose of taking them to camps in Germany to work.

I wrote about the prisoners being marched out of Dachau on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay2A.html

 

March 28, 2014

Holocaust survivor in Australia speaks out against changes in free speech laws

The following quote is from an article, which you can read in full at

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/545399/20140328/racial-discrimination-act-tony-abbott-holocaust-moshe.htm#.UzWQ4V7Y1Ph

Holocaust Survivor Moshe Fiszman pleads [with Australia's] leader to abandon his proposed changes [in the Free Speech law], saying that he would be taking away [the Jew's] freedom in doing so.

[...]

[Australian Prime Minister] Mr Abbott claimed that the changes are necessary to remove the restrictions on “free speech,” and that they also include strong prohibitions on racial vilification.

Mr Fiszman, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who spent the Second World War in Nazi concentration camps, begged to differ.

He penned an open letter to the PM, asking him to abandon his plans to change the RDA [Racial Discrimination Act].

[Moshe Fiszman said] “You might think you are increasing freedom, but let me assure you that you will be taking away the freedom of communities such as mine [the Jewish community]. The freedom to live without hatred and without lies being told about us [the Jews],” he wrote.

“That is why every single ethnic community is against this change. Some 39 communities have protested against it. Australia is a beautiful country because, like the United States, we are all migrants – not minorities. But if this law gets up, we will be made to feel like minorities.

“You might think you are increasing freedom, but this change will hurt disadvantages, underprivileged groups, like the Aborigines who regularly visit the Jewish Holocaust Museum.”

He continued, “I came to this country because it was the furthest away from Europe I could get. Also, I had four years behind bars as a refugee after the war because nobody wanted me, so I had plenty of time to check out what Australia was made of. I researched its constitution and so forth, and I liked it.

[...]

“What do they want to change this law for? If you start playing around with it, where will it end up? Who is it giving the freedom to? They want the right-wing loonies to have a free rein so they can write and say whatever they like and get away with it scot-free. Holocaust deniers like the Adelaide Institute.”

Mr Fiszman was the only member of his family to survive after suffering in various Nazi concentration camps, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau.

“This is my opinion as a survivor, the opinion of a man who went through living hell for five-and-a-half years, on death row for 24 hours a day. I am dead against it. Don’t let them touch the freedom of the people in the country.

After I read the news article, I did some  research on Moshe Fiszman and found a website which gives the following information about Moshe, obtained in an interview:

http://www.arturszulc.se/anslagstavlan/mellan-himmel-jord/a-interview-with-moshe-fiszman-holocaust-survivor

The following information is from the website, cited above:

What happened to your family? And where you put into a camp? What camp?

In August 1942 the Jewish population (including my family of five people) nearly 24 000 people men, woman, children, babies, pregnant woman, old people, were cramped in cattle trucks over 100 per truck, no food, water or toilet, and what we found out later, taken to a place called Treblinka, and gassed to death, their bodies burned, and the ashes used as fertilizer.

3 000 Jews, including myself, were given striped clothing, and were declared as prisoners of the K/Z. Majdanek.

In July 1944 we were death marched to Tomaszow Mazowiecki for six days. From there to Auschwitz- Birkenau were I was selected to live a while longer. There after I was taken to Natzweiler-Struthof (my prisoner number 25627), from there to Vaihingen am Enz, were we left a mass grave of  1600 prisoners. In March 1945 marched to Dachau (my prisoner number 150321), and finally all Jewish prisoners marched in to the Austrian Alps and by miracle freed.

I survived. What actually what did I survive? I had no family, no home and no country to go back to, I was alone in a cursed country.

You spent almost two years in Majdanek. How does one survive such an ordeal? What kept you going?

Hope.
And the will not to allow the savages to turn out the light on the Jewish people and their history.

[...]

You managed to survive. What happened after the War? How did you end up in Australia?

I was lucky, for five and a half years of starvation and maltreatment, to be found by a front line unit of the 7th U S Army in the mountains of Austria. Lived as a refuge for four years in UNNRA camps, finally Australia was ready to accept me as a migrant.

From this interview, and Moshe’s description of his survival in the Holocaust, we learn that Moshe Fiszman is the living proof of what Holocaust deniers claim.

1. Moshe Fiszman was sent to Treblinka, a death camp, where he was not gassed in any of the 10 gas chambers, but was sent on to the Majdanek death camp, where it was initially reported that there were 5 gas chambers.

2. Next Moshe was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where he was again not gassed in any of the alleged 5 gas chambers.

3. From Auschwitz, Moshe was sent to the Natzweiler-Struthof camp, which was mostly a camp for Resistance Fighters, although it had the obligatory gas chamber.  (Was Moshe sent to Natzweiler because he was fighting in the Polish Home Army of illegal combatants?)

4. When the Natzweiler-Struthof camp was abandoned, Moshe was sent to Dachau, which allegedly had a gas chamber, but Moshe was again not gassed. He was sent to a sub-camp of Dachau, called Mittenwald.

5.  After the American Seventh Army liberated the main Dachau camp, they went on to liberate the Mittenwald camp.  After the camp was liberated, it became a Displaced Persons camp, where Moshe stayed on until he went to Australia.

March 27, 2014

Ireland’s desperation for victims of the Holocaust

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:05 am

The Irish are desperate to be included among the countries that suffered at the hands of the Nazis. The Irish have recently put up a memorial to a Jewish woman who lived for a time in Ireland before she was sent to Auschwitz in 1942 and killed.

A couple of years ago, a teacher in Ireland assigned students to find the one and only Irish prisoner who had been incarcerated in the Dachau concentration camp.  I received many e-mails from Irish students who were trying to find out the name of the only Irish prisoner at Dachau.

I did some research on the subject of the only Irish prisoner at Dachau and wrote two blog posts about this:

http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/more-about-the-only-irish-prisoner-at-dachau/

http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/the-only-irish-prisoner-at-dachau/

You can read about the only Irish prisoner to be killed by the Nazis in this news article:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/memorial-to-ireland-s-only-holocaust-victim-unveiled-1.1737753

This quote is from the Irish Times article, cited above:

A memorial to Ireland’s only Holocaust victim Ettie Steinberg has been unveiled at a secondary school in Malahide, Co Dublin.

[Lynne Jackson, chair of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland] said the stone memorial to Ettie Steinberg was a way for the school to create a permanent Holocaust memorial.

Steinberg’s family were [sic] from Czechoslovakia and came to Dublin from London in 1926. In 1937 she married a Belgian man and later moved to Belgium and then Paris, where she had a son. In 1942 she and her little boy were transported to Auschwitz and killed.

In Jews in Twentieth-Century Ireland , Dermot Keogh notes, “the Steinbergs in Dublin had secured visas for Ettie and her family trough [sic] the British home office in Belfast. The visas were sent immediately to Toulouse but they arrived too late. Ettie and her family had been rounded up the day before…”

I checked the timeline for Auschwitz to confirm that Jews were killed at Auschwitz in 1942 and found this on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website at

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007259

January 25, 1940
The SS decides to construct a concentration camp near Oswiecim (Auschwitz).

May 20, 1940
The first concentration camp prisoners—30 recidivist criminals from Sachsenhausen—arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp.
March 1, 1941
Reichsfuehrer SS and Chief of German Police Heinrich Himmler inspects Oswiecim (Auschwitz). Because nearby factories use prisoners for forced labor, Himmler is concerned about the prisoner capacity of the camp. On this visit, he orders both the expansion of Auschwitz I camp facilities to hold 30,000 prisoners and the building of a camp near Birkenau for an expected influx of 100,000 Soviet prisoners of war. Himmler also orders that the camp supply 10,000 prisoners for forced labor to construct an I.G. Farben factory complex at Dwory, about a mile away. Himmler will make additional visits to Auschwitz in 1942, when he will witness the killing of prisoners in the gas chambers.

[...]

January 25, 1942
SS chief Heinrich Himmler informs Richard Gluecks, the Inspector of Concentration Camps, that 100,000 Jewish men and 50,000 Jewish women would be deported from Germany to Auschwitz as forced laborers.

February 15, 1942
The first transport of Jews from Bytom (Beuthen) in German-annexed Upper Silesia arrives in Auschwitz I. The SS camp authorities kill all those on the transport immediately upon arrival with Zyklon B gas.

December 31, 1942
German SS and police authorities deported approximately 175,000 Jews to Auschwitz in 1942.

Notice that the last entry in the timeline says that 175,000 Jews were sent to Auschwitz in 1942, which could have included the Jews sent from France to Auschwitz in 1942.  Ettie Steinberg and her son, who were killed in Auschwitz, were in Paris in 1942, and could have been on a transport sent from Paris to Auschwitz.

This quote is from a Yad Vashem web page about the Holocaust in  France:

In July 1942 some 23,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and in the remainder of the Occupied Zone. At the initiative of Pierre Laval, the Prime Minister of the Vichy regime, most of the Jewish children were deported to the East together with their parents.

So the Irish have a legitimate claim for a Holocaust Memorial.

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