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July 4, 2014

The famous old car in the ruins at Oradour-sur-Glane

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:59 am

There is renewed interest in Ordour-sur-Glane because an 88-year-old German army veteran might soon be put on trial in Germany, as a war criminal, because he was there when the Germans did a legal reprisal against the citizens of the town.

Oradour-sur-Glane is now a popular tourist attraction, and an old car in the ruins is frequently photographed. I took photos of the car when I visited the ruins several years ago.

Famous old car at Oradour-sur-Glane

My best photo of the famous old car at Oradour-sur-Glane

There are many old cars in the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane, but the  most famous one is the car, shown in my photo above.

This old car allegedly belonged to Dr. Jacques Desourteaux, the town doctor who arrived back in the village just as the villagers were being assembled on the Fairgrounds. He had been visiting a patient in a nearby hamlet.  The car is just a burned-out empty shell: everything in the interior is gone except the steering wheel. The roof of the car is gone, but the luggage rack is still intact.

Old car with the fairgrounds in the background

Early morning photo of the old car with the fairgrounds in the background

Rear view of the old car at the fairgrounds

Rear view of the old car at the fairgrounds

Notice the bricks that have been placed under the car to keep it from sinking into the ground.

According to Sarah Farmer, in her book entitled Martyred Village, an effort was made in 1992 to preserve this famous old car. Restoration experts dismantled the car, sanded the body, painted the interior with tar to prevent further decay and waxed the outside to repel moisture.

The famous old car with a building in the background

The famous old car with a building on the fairgrounds in the background

The photo directly above shows the old car in front of a building. This photo was taken with a telephoto lens, which makes the car look closer to the building than it really is. A similar photo is shown on the cover of a video that I purchased in the bookshop of the Center of Memory, except that the direction of the car in the video photo is reversed.

According to Sarah Farmer’s book, Martyred Village, the car on the Fairgrounds, shown in the  photos above, is NOT the car, owned by Dr. Jacques Desourteaux.

In her book, Sarah Farmer wrote the following regarding the car:

“When Dr. Desourteaux arrived at the entrance to the town, soldiers forced him to drive up the main street and stop across from the marketplace, where he joined the assembled townspeople. He died with the others that afternoon. A few weeks later, the doctor’s brother and his nephew moved the Desourteaux car to the family property, where it still lies inside the garden wall. The car on the marketplace actually belonged to the wine merchant.”

The doctor’s brother was Hubert Desourteaux and his nephew was Andre Desourteaux.

The old car was at the entrance into the fairgrounds, as shown in my photo below.

The famous old car was parked at the entrance into the fairgrounds

The famous old car is parked at the entrance into the fairgrounds

How the French use a baby’s pram to demonize the German people

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:07 am
Baby's Pram near altar in church at Oradour-sur-Glane

Baby’s Pram to the right of the altar in the church at Oradour-sur-Glane

There is a heated discussion going on in the comment section of my recent blog post about Oradour-sur-Glane.  There is a difference of opinion about whether the German army should have stopped the French terrorists, who were fighting illegally in World War II, by doing a legal reprisal. Some of the visitors to my blog believe that the French should have been allowed to burn captured German soldiers alive, and that the Germans should not have stopped the French by legal means.

The reprisal, conducted by the Germans at Oradour-sur-Glane, would have been completely forgotten by now, had it not been for the efforts of the French to keep the Oradour-sur-Glane story alive.  The ruined village is now a tourist attraction, on par with Auschwitz.  One of the sights that causes tourists to weep is the baby’s pram, which has been placed strategicly near the altar.

When I visited the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane several years ago, I was appalled by the placement of a baby’s pram near the altar of the church.  In the photo at the top of this page, you can see an old rusted baby’s pram on the right side of the altar. The photo above shows a close-up of the pram.

Close-up of baby's pram inside church at Oradour-sur-Glane

Close-up of baby’s pram inside church at Oradour-sur-Glane

Notice that there is a large hole in the floor in the photo at the top of this page. The photo below shows a close-up of the hole.  In the background, you can see the baby’s pram.

Close-up of the hole in the floor near the communion rail in the church

Close-up of the hole in the floor near the communion rail in the church

Tourists are made to believe that mothers, in the church that day, took their babies behind the communion rail to save them from the German soldiers who had entered the church in order to kill the women and children.  In those days, women were forbidden to go behind the communion rail, except in a position of servitude, such as cleaning the church.

While the evil Germans were blowing up babies in their prams, the side altar on the left side of the church remained in pristine condition.

Side altar in the church at Oradour-sur-Glane is in pristine condition

Side altar in the church at Oradour-sur-Glane is in pristine condition

For any open-minded person, one glance inside the church shows what really happened at Oradour-sur-Glane.  The town was full of French Resistance fighters who were storing explosives inside the church.  German soldiers did not enter the church and blow up babies in their prams, but try to tell that to today’s German haters.

The records of the trial of the German soldiers have been sealed for 100 years, so that the German haters can continue their vile comments about the tragedy.

You can read the official version of what happened at Oradour-sur-Glane on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/Story/OfficialStory.html

If you believe the official version of what happened at Oradour-sur-Glane, I have a bridge that I want to sell you….

 

July 3, 2014

What’s the difference between the words “avenge” and “reprisal”?

Filed under: Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:41 am
Inside the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane where women and children were allegedly burned alive

Inside the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane where women and children were allegedly burned alive

(Click on the photo to enlarge) Note the baby pram on the floor of the church where women and children were burned alive, but strangely their clothing didn’t burn.

Read my previous post about a former German soldier, named Werner C, whom the present day Germans are trying to put on trial as a war criminal:   http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/todays-germany-no-country-for-old-men/

This is the headline of a news article in the Mail Online today, which you can read in full here:

On June 10, in 1944, SS Panzer Division member entered the village to avenge a German soldier kidnapped by the French Resistance

“avenge” means to get even for something.  It is not a legal term. A reprisal was legal, under the Geneva Convention in 1944. The laws have since changed and a reprisal is no longer legal.  The Germans are now changing the laws so that actions that were legal during World War II are now illegal under the ex-post-facto laws of the Allies.

This quote is from the Mail Online article:

 An 88-year-old former member of an SS armored division has been charged with murder and accessory to murder for allegedly taking part in the massacre of 642 French villagers by Nazi soldiers during World War Two.

The man, named only as Werner C, from Cologne, has been charged with 25 counts of murder and hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane.

The investigation into the massacre where almost the entire population of the village, including more than 400 women and children, was gunned down or burned alive on June 10, 1944, was re-opened by German prosecutors last year.

I previously blogged about Oradour-sur-Glane at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/what-does-the-evidence-show-about-the-real-story-of-oradour-sur-glane/

My photo of the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane church

My photo of the ruins of the church at Oradour-sur-Glane which was burned in 1944

The Germans are at it again:  another old German soldier will be hauled into a German court, on a stretcher, to be put on trial in connection with the legal reprisal carried out by German soldiers at Oradour-sur-glane in June 1944, in an effort to stop the murder of German soldiers by illegal combatants in the French Resistance.

The French surrendered after 5 weeks of fighting in World War II, but they never stopped fighting. They continued to fight as illegal combatants, ambushing and killing German soldiers by burning them alive.

You can read about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/Story/Synopsis02.html

The bakery in Oradour-sur-Glane where a burned body was found

The bakery in Oradour-sur-Glane where a burned body was found

I have studied the reprisal at Oradour-sur-Glane and I have written extensively about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/index.html

July 2, 2014

Huffington Post shows photos of Buchenwald atrocities

Filed under: Buchenwald, Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:27 pm
Photo shown on Huffington Post shows bodies at Nammering

Photo on Huffington Post shows bodies at Nammering

The photo above is the 12th photo in a series of 15 photos shown by the Huffington Post; the 15 photos purportedly show atrocities committed by the Germans at Buchenwald.

This is the Huffington Post’s caption on the photo above:

A German girl expresses horror at the sight of the decomposing bodies of the slain victims, German civilians of Namering were ordered by Military Government officers of the 3rd U.S. Army to view the exhumed bodies of 800 slave laborers, murdered by SS troops during a forced march from Buchenwald and Flossenburg Concentration Camps. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

Actually, the photo above has more to do with Dachau than it does with Buchenwald. The dead Jews in the photo above were prisoners at Buchenwald, who were marched out of the camp, because the Germans were afraid that when they were liberated by the Americans, they would be allowed to roam the countryside, attacking German civilians.  After being marched for 5 miles out of the Buchenwald camp, the prisoners were put on trains headed to Dachau; the trains were then strafed by American planes, resulting in the famous “death train” which you can read about on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain.html

In fact, the liberated prisoners at Buchenwald DID go to Weimar and attack civilians. Elie Wiesel wrote in the original version of his book Night that Jewish prisoners at Buchenwald went to Weimar, the day after they were liberated. Elie wrote that the Jews stole potatoes and raped German girls.  That part has been cut out from the version of Night, that every school child in America is forced to read.

I previously wrote about Nammering on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/aftermath03.html

I also blogged about Nammering in this previous blog post:  http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-atrocity-at-nammering-germany-in-the-last-days-of-world-war-ii/
This quote is from my previous blog post about Nammering:

According to a book entitled Dachau, A Guide to its Contemporary History by Hans-Günther Richardi, the ill-fated train had left Buchenwald on April 7, 1945 carrying 4,500 French, Italian, Austrian, Polish, Russian and Jewish prisoners from the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald. Five hours after the train departed from Weimar, Hans Erich Merbach, the transport leader, was informed that the Flossenbürg concentration camp, their destination, had already been liberated by the Americans. The prisoners at Flossenbürg had been evacuated and were being death marched to Dachau. The train had to be rerouted to Dachau but it took almost three weeks to get there because of numerous delays caused by American planes bombing the railroad tracks.

Due to the bombing of the railroad tracks, the train from Buchenwald had to take several very long detours through Leipzig, Dresden and finally through the town of Pilsen in Czechoslovakia. In the village of Nammering, the train was delayed for four days while the track was repaired, and the mayor of the town brought bread and potatoes for the prisoners, according to Harold Marcuse in his book entitled Legacies of Dachau. Marcuse did not mention that the food was stolen from the prisoners by SS men.

Continuing on via Pocking, the train was attacked by American planes because they thought it was a military transport, according to Richardi. Many of the prisoners were riding in open gondola cars with no protection from the hail of bullets.

According to the USHMM website, “an American officer in the Nammering area forced SS men collected from a nearby POW camp to exhume the corpses and lay them out on either side of the ravine above the mass grave. The inhabitants of Nammering were then ordered to walk through the gravesite, and the bodies were buried in the surrounding towns of Eging am See, Aicha vom Wald, Nammering, and Fuerstenstein.”

German civilians were forced to dig individual graves for dead Buchenwald prisoners

German civilians were forced to dig individual graves for dead Buchenwald prisoners

Note that young German girls are being forced to dig separate graves for the Jewish prisoners from Buchenwald.  The photo shown by the Huffington Post only shows a woman being forced to look at the dead bodies, which are still clothed.

July 1, 2014

Dutch citizens don’t want a memorial designed by Daniel Liebeskind

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:51 am

When I checked my blog stats this morning, as I do the first thing every morning, I was surprised to see that more people in the Netherlands, than in America, had visited my blog yesterday.

I knew that something, related to the Holocaust, must be going on in the Netherlands, so I began frantically searching.  I found a news story here which tells about a new monument that has been proposed for Amsterdam; Daniel Libeskind will design this monument.  Residents of Amsterdam are objecting to this proposed monument.  “Not in my garden,” say residents.

The photo below is an example of the work of Daniel Libeskind, who favors ultra modern design. In my humble opinion, ultra modern design is not appropriate for a Holocaust Memorial.

Jewish Museum in Berlin designed by Daniel Liebeskind

Jewish Museum in Berlin designed by Daniel Liebeskind

According to the news article,  “Libeskind’s design, somewhat reminiscent of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., includes walls displaying the names of 102,000 [Dutch] victims [of the Nazis].

The photo below shows a Holocaust monument in the same park where the new monument will be built, if the objections of nearby residents can be overcome.

Holocaust monument in Amsterdam designed by Dutch artist Jan Wolkers which reads "Never Again Auschwitz" in the Wertheim park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Holocaust monument in Amsterdam designed by Dutch artist Jan Wolkers which reads “Never Again Auschwitz” in the Wertheim park in Amsterdam (Click to enlarge)

One of the objections to the new memorial is that it is too big. Compared to the Holocaust memorial in the heart of Berlin, (shown in the photo below) the proposed Amsterdam monument is miniscule.

5 acres of concrete blocks in the heart of Berlin

5 acres of concrete blocks in the heart of Berlin

This quote is from another news article, which you can read in full here:

Although the Libeskind design has not yet been unveiled, the work will be called the “Holocaust Names Monument”– because it will feature the names of all 102,000 Dutch Jews, Roma and Sinti (an itinerant Romani people, originally from Central Europe) who perished in Hitler’s camps.

“In percentage terms, the Netherlands had the highest deportation rate in western Europe, but there is no monument to honour their memory as individuals,” said Jacques Grishaver, chairman of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee.

“Their names simply vanished into thin air, like the people. Now, for the first time, families will have a place to go and a name on a plaque to touch.”

Most of those deported from the Netherlands were routed through Westerbork, where enclosed trains left several times a week for the extermination camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Sobibór and Theresienstadt.

Between 1942 and 1945, more than 107,000 captives left Westerbork in 93 trains to Germany. Only 5,200 of them survived long enough to be liberated.

Note that the news article lumps Auschwitz-Birkeanu and Sobibór in with Bergen-Belsen, which was an exchange camp, and Theresienstadt, which was a camp for “prominent Jews.”  No matter where the Jews in Amsterdam were sent, they would up in an extermination camp, and were never seen again.  What could have happened to them?  They were all exterminated, of course.

I previously blogged about the 34,000 Jews who were sent, from Amsterdam, to Sobibór at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/why-were-dutch-jews-sent-to-sobibor-passing-up-auschwitz-and-majdanek/

I also blogged about the Dutch Jew on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/finally-dutch-jews-get-justice-long-delayed/

Allegedly, there were Dutch Jews, who were sent to the Sachsenhausen camp and gassed. I wrote about this on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jews-from-the-netherlands-were-killed-in-the-sachsenhausen-gas-chamber-who-knew/

I blogged about the atrocities, committed against the Dutch Jews on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/stories-told-by-bert-schapelhouman-a-dutch-survivor-of-mauthausen/

According to the stories told by the Dutch survivors, the Dutch Jews were treated worse than any of the Jews from other countries.

June 30, 2014

“Der Dolchstoss” and the “Road to the Holocaust”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:28 am
German poster shows Der Dolchstoss, the "stab in the back"

German poster shows Der Dolchstoss, the “stab in the back” (Click to enlarge)

You can read about Der Dolchstoss and the Road to the Holocaust on this website.

The photo below is shown in a video on the website. In the video, British historian Ian Kershaw explains the two world wars from the Jewish viewpoint, not to be confused with the “jewpoint.”

Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with the gate into the camp in the background

Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with the gate into the camp in the background

The photo above is frequently shown by Holocaustians and claimed to be a photo of the train tracks, outside the camp, going into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The photo actually shows the tracks INSIDE the camp. Whenever you see this photo, you can expect more lies to follow.

I previously blogged about this gate at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/train-tracks-going-through-the-auschwitz-birkenau-gate-house/

This quote is from the website about Der Dolchstoss and the Road to the Holocaust:

The road to the Holocaust was long and winding, with roots in late 19th-century German anti-Semitism leading to genocide in World War II. What, then, was the role of World War I?

World War I was “pivotal in the collapse of the defenses against anti-Semitism” in Germany, the Holocaust historian Christopher Browning has said.

Humiliating defeat made a wider swath of German society receptive to the view that Jews were ‘Germany’s misfortune,’ as anti-Semites had long put it, to blame for the country’s downfall and an obstacle to national resurgence.

In other words, “the Stab in the Back,” perpetrated by the Jews in World War I, didn’t happen.

Wikipedia calls the Stab in the Back a “myth.”  If you live in a country that still has free speech, you can read the other side of the “myth” on this website.

This quote is from the website, cited above:

Scheming Jews

The Jews played a very central and back-stabbing role in Germany’s defeat, in the following two ways:

1. The Jewish Lord Rothschild used his connections with American Jewry to get America into the war. This was, of course, very easy for the Jews there, who were in control of the media and were serving in senior government functions. In return, the British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour wrote a declaration, promising the Jews their own Zionist state in Palestine.

2. The Marxist Jews in Germany organized strikes and revolutions. Hitler expands on this in his book. These Jews were trying to stir division between the Bavarians and the Prussians, between the common man and the aristocracy, etc. Also they did their best to agitate the soldiers against their government.

These are two cunning, scheming methods. The first one capitalist and the second one communist, but both wholly Jewish. The average Fritz wasn’t so much aware of the first method, but many were aware of the second. It is hardly unreasonable to refer to this as a stab in the back. History books today describe this idea as an “anti-Semitic canard,” and a way of the generals to escape responsibility, while in facts stand proving that the loss of WWI was a result of Jewish manipulation.

If you have ever read a Holocaust survivor story, or if you have ever heard a Holocaust survivor speak, you know that every Jew, that was ever sent to a camp, was completely baffled by this unfair treatment. To hear them tell it, the Jews had never done anything to anger the Germans in the entire history of the world. What’s not to like?

Der Dolchstoss was not the only reason that Jews were deported, but it was one of the events that influenced Hitler and the German people in their desire to get the Jews out of Germany.

I took a photo of Der Dolchstoss poster in the Museum at Dachau in 1997.  This poster is now long gone. The original Museum at Dachau had a large section on the history of Germany, leading up to the Holocaust.  No more.  Das ist shon vorbei.  Now the Museum at Dachau is all about how the Jews were gassed in the shower room.

 

June 29, 2014

ABC news gets the Johann Breyer story wrong — watch video

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:44 am

At 0:25 seconds in this YouTube video, a woman says that Johann Breyer has been accused of crimes committed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Breyer was a guard at the Auschwitz main camp, which is called a “labor camp” in the video.  At the end of the video, it is claimed that investigators have “new evidence” proving what he [Breyer] did.

June 26, 2014

What should Auschwitz guard Johann Breyer have done to avoid being a war criminal

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:26 am

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, “Johann Breyer, 89, had successfully eluded a dark past that allegedly included the extermination of hundreds of thousands of people according to [German] prosecutors.”

There were 900,000 Jews allegedly “exterminated” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Auschwitz II camp, according to the latest figures.

Beginning in May 1944, Breyer was a guard at the Auschwitz main camp, the Auschwitz I camp, which was mainly a prison for political prisoners, although there was a gas chamber in the morgue

In May 1944, while Breyer was working as a guard in the main camp, the gas chamber there was no longer in use, because it had been converted into a bomb shelter for the German guards in the camp.

According to Wikipedia: “On 14th June 1940, German authorities in occupied Poland organised the first mass transport of prisoners to the recently opened Auschwitz Concentration Camp [the main Auschwitz camp where Breyer was working in 1944]. The transport, which set out from the southern Polish city of Tarnów, consisted of 728 Poles, including 20 Jews.[1] They were “political” prisoners and members of the Polish resistance…”

Aerial view of the Auschwitz main camp

Aerial view of the Auschwitz main camp, which opened in 1940

Entrance into Auschwitz main camp Photo Credit: REUTERS

Entrance into Auschwitz main camp Photo Credit: REUTERS

Fence around Auschwitz main camp where Johann Breyer worked as a guard

Fence around Auschwitz main camp where Johann Breyer worked as a guard

What should Breyer have done to avoid charges, 70 years later, that include “the extermination of hundreds of thousands of people” at Auschwitz?

First of all, as a guard at the main Auschwitz camp, Breyer should have made it his business to learn that there was another Auschwitz camp, 3 kilometers down the road from where he was working as a lowly guard, and that this camp, known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, was an “extermination camp,” where Jews were being gassed upon arrival.

Breyer was a young man, 17 years old, when he enlisted in the German Army. After he was transferred, from the Buchenwald camp [where he had worked for several years] to Auschwitz, he was still a young man, in the prime of life. He could have easily made regular 3K runs to Auschwitz-Birkenau, to meet the 158 trains that brought Jews to the extermination camp.  He should have known that the 216,000 Jews on those 158 trains were all taken immediately to one of the 4 gas chambers in operation in 1944, and he should done something to stop this horror.

Auschwtiz-Birkenau was a 425 acre site where Jews were gassed upon arrival

Auschwtiz-Birkenau was a 425 acre site where Jews were gassed upon arrival (Click to enlarge)

Newbies to the Holocaust saga might be confused about why the Nazis built a 425-acre camp for the purpose of gassing the Jews upon arrival.  This was how the Nazis tried to fool later generations. The thousands of wooden barracks at Birkenau were fake buildings, that were never used to house prisoners.  Besides that, Auschwitz-Birkeanu was never used as a transit camp; the location of the camp was not selected by Heinrich Himmler because of all the train lines coming into this location.

Old women in one of the barracks at Auschwitz-Birkeanu after the camp was liberated

Old women in one of the barracks at Auschwitz-Birkeanu after the camp was liberated

Don’t let the photo above fool you. These women are actresses, posing in a fake barrack at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Old women were immediately gassed upon arrival.  Johann Breyer had a duty to the Jews to stop this massacre.

Johann Breyer was a German soldier, who might have mistakenly thought that his duty was to serve his country (My country, right or wrong) but he was wrong. His duty was to save the Jews from the gas chambers, located 3 kilometers down the road, from where he was a guard.

 

The quote is from the news article, cited above:
The German government alleges that Breyer served in the Nazi “Death’s Head Guard Battalion” from 1943 to 1945 at Auschwitz and another location according to court papers. They have charged Breyer with complicity in the murder of more than 216,000 Jews from Hungary, Germany, and Czechoslovakia who were deported to Auschwitz in southern Poland on 158 trains. The Germans have asked him to be extradited. Breyer has repeatedly denied any involvement in the deaths of Jews. “Not the slightest idea, never, never, ever,” Breyer told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1992. “All I know is from the television. What was happening at the camps, it never came up at that time.”
So the gassing of the Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau “never camp up at that time”?   Is he saying that the gassing story was only learned later?  Before you say that this is impossible, remember that Elie Wiesel, who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, didn’t know about the gassing of the Jews at Birkenau. He wrote, in his famous book, entitled Night, that the Jews were tossed into burning pits.  This book was written a few years after the war, when Elie should have known about the gas chambers.

Painting done by a Holocaust survivor shows babies being tossed into a burning pit at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Painting done by a Holocaust survivor shows babies being tossed into a burning pit at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Men selected for labor at Auschwitz-Birkenau were not gassed

Men selected for labor at Auschwitz-Birkenau were not gassed

Women and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

Women and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkeanau

Look at the background in the two photos above. The train that brought these two groups of Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau is shown in the background. Notice that the fence posts are the same in both photos.

At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the women who were selected to be gassed immediately walked down the same road, that was used by the men who had been selected for labor.  How was Johann Breyer, working as a guard 3 kilometers away, supposed to know that all the prisoners in BOTH of these groups were gassed?  Yet there are still thousands of survivors, who are still living, and lauding the Germans for putting an innocent former German soldier on trial.

Before becoming a guard at the Auschwitz I camp, Johann Breyer had worked at the Buchenwald concentration camp as a guard.  He was transferred to Auschwitz in 1944.

This quote is from a previous American court case against Breyer in 1994:

Breyer was initially assigned to the Buchenwald concentration camp where he served in the SS Totenkopf guard unit from February, 1943 to May, 1944. At Buchenwald, Breyer was trained to use a rifle and guard prisoners. In uniform, Breyer accompanied prisoners to and from work sites, and stood guard with a loaded rifle at the perimeter of the camp, under orders to shoot any prisoner trying to escape who failed to heed a warning to stop. In May, 1944, Breyer was transferred to Auschwitz, a death camp complex established in Nazi-occupied Poland. Again uniformed as an SS Totenkopf guard and armed with a rifle, Breyer patrolled the camp’s perimeters and escorted prisoners to and from work. In August, 1944, Breyer took a paid leave, never to return to guard duty. While Breyer denied that he personally engaged in any abuse of prisoners, he was aware that prisoners were tortured and killed at Buchenwald and Auschwitz.

June 25, 2014

Should old American soldiers be brought into court on a stretcher and tried for World War II war crimes?

German soldiers, killed by Lt. Bill Walsh, after they had surrendered

German soldiers, killed by American Lt. Bill Walsh, after they had surrendered

I previously blogged about the killing of German soldiers by Lt. Bill Walsh, shown in the photo above, at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/ss-soldiers-were-shot-by-lt-bill-walsh-on-the-day-that-dachau-was-liberated/

Today’s news is filled with stories about Johann Breyer, an 89-year-0ld former German soldier, who has been accused of being an accessory to murder in 158 cases, involving the gassing of Jews at Auchwitz-Birkenau in 1944.  Breyer was a guard at the Auschwitz main camp, and had no involvement with the 158 trains that brought 216,000 Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in May 1944.  There is no evidence that any of these 216,000 Jews were killed in a gas chamber.  There is no evidence that gas chambers existed at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

If Johann Breyer can be brought to trial in Germany for alleged crimes committed in 1944, can old American soldiers be tried for the well-known killing of German soldiers, who had surrendered with their hands in the air, in April 1945 at Dachau?

General Patton’s Army was accused of several incidents in which German prisoners of war were shot, which he admitted in his autobiography.

Patton wrote the following entry in his diary on 4 January 1945:

“The Eleventh Armored is very green and took unnecessary losses to no effect. There were also some unfortunate incidents in the shooting of prisoners. I hope we can conceal this.”

In another incident involving the shooting of German and Italian Prisoners of War, an American captain was acquitted on the grounds that he had been following the orders of General Patton, who had discouraged American troops from taking prisoners during the landing of the US Seventh Army in Sicily.

A third execution of German soldiers who had surrendered on April 29th, known as the Webling Incident happened in the village of Webling on the outskirts of of the town of Dachau. American soldiers of the 222nd Regiment of the 42nd Rainbow Division executed soldiers of the German Home Guard after they had surrendered. The Home Guard consisted of young boys and old men who were forced into service in the last desperate days of the war to defend their cities and towns.

After an investigation by the US Army resulted in the court martial of the soldiers involved in these killings, General George S. Patton tore up the papers and tossed them in the wastebasket.

Col. Howard A. Buechner, the American medical officer who was there when Waffen-SS soldiers were executed during the liberation of Dachau, wrote in his book The Hour of the Avenger, regarding the court martial of soldiers in the 45th Thunderbird Division:

“Public outrage would certainly have opposed the prosecution of American heroes for eliminating a group of sadists who so richly deserved to die.”

German soldiers, who so richly deserved to die, had nothing to do with the Dachau concentration camp

German soldiers, who so richly deserved to die, had nothing to do with the concentration camp

I previously blogged about another incident in the killing of innocent German soldiers at Dachau at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/the-us-7th-army-ig-report-on-the-killing-of-guards-in-tower-b-at-dachau/

German soldiers were imprisoned at Dachau

German soldiers were imprisoned at Dachau

In early July 1945, the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corp (CIC) set up War Crimes Enclosure No. 1 in the former concentration camp at Dachau for suspected German war criminals who had been rounded up by the U.S. Third Army War Crimes Detachment.

In the photo above, accused German war criminals are shown entering the prison compound of the former Dachau concentration camp.

The authority for charging the defeated Germans with war crimes came from the London Agreement, signed after the war on August 8, 1945 by the four winning countries: Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA. The basis for the charges against the accused German war criminals was Law Order No. 10, issued by the Allied Control Council, the governing body for Germany before the country was divided into East and West Germany.

Law Order No. 10 defined Crimes against Peace, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity. A fourth crime category was membership in any organization, such as the Nazi party or the SS, that was declared to be criminal by the Allies. The war crimes contained in Law Order No. 10 were new crimes, created specifically for the defeated Germans, not crimes against existing international laws. Any acts committed by the winning Allies which were covered under Law Order No. 10 were not considered war crimes.

Every member of the elite SS volunteer Army was automatically a war criminal because the SS was designated by the Allies as a criminal organization even before anyone was put on trial. Any member of the Nazi political party, who had any official job within the party, was likewise automatically a war criminal regardless of what they had personally done.

Under the Allied concept of participating in a “common plan” to commit war crimes, it was not necessary for a Nazi or a member of the SS to have committed an atrocity themselves; all were automatically guilty under the concept of co-responsibility for any atrocity that might have occurred.

The basis for the “common plan” theory of guilt was Article II, paragraph 2 of Law Order No. 10 which stated as follows:

2. Any person without regard to nationality or the capacity in which he acted, is deemed to have committed a crime as defined in paragraph 1 of this Article, if he was (a) a principal or (b) was an accessory to the commission of any such crime or ordered or abetted the same or (c) took a consenting part therein or (d) was connected with plans or enterprises involving its commission or (e) was a member of any organization or group connected with the commission of any such crime or (f) with reference to paragraph 1 (a), if he held a high political, civil or military (including General Staff) position in Germany or in one of its Allies, co-belligerents or satellites or held high position in the financial, industrial or economic life of any such country.

Thirty thousand German soldiers were held, without trial, as prisoners for years after the war. Note that the name of the camp indicated that all German soldiers were war criminals.

As far as I know, there were no American soldiers put on trial for killing German soldiers who had surrendered with their hands in the air.

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Shouldn’t old soldiers in American be treated the same as old soldiers in the German army?

Unfortunately, the policy in America is to cover up crimes committed by US soldiers.  Remember Bradley Manning?

This quote is from an article, which you can read at http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/2/10/America-war-crime/

[US] Soldiers who have blown the whistle on atrocities committed by others in uniform, meanwhile, have been subjected to the full force of the government’s wrath. Since 2008, six soldiers have been charged with espionage for revealing information to journalists about atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers. When Private Bradley E. Manning sent Wikileaks a video of U.S. soldiers gunning down civilians in Iraq, he was arrested, and he has been detained in inhumane conditions in solitary confinement since. As Mazahir M. Hussain noted, “Bradley Manning should’ve really considered committing some war crimes instead of exposing them, [it] worked well for Frank Wuterich.”

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/2/10/America-war-crime/

 

June 23, 2014

Johann Breyer was complicit in the murder of 216,000 Jews in the gas chamber at Auschwitz — Updated

John Breyer, at the age of 17, when he was in the German army

John Breyer, at the age of 17, when he was in the German army

Update July 23, 2014:  John Breyer has died while awaiting trial.
You can read about it here.  He will probably be put on trial, even after his death. I wrote that Breyer might be put on trial after his death here.

Update June 24, 2014:

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, Johann Breyer has been charged with crimes committed at the Auschwitz II camp, from May 1944 to October 1944, when the Hungarian Jews were brought to the camp in 158 trains. Starting in May 1944, Breyer was a perimeter guard at the Auschwitz I camp, which was 3 kilometers from the Auschwitz II camp.  Before that, he was a perimeter guard at the Buchenwald concentration camp, where there was no gas chamber.

The following quote is from the news article:

In Germany, Breyer was accused in connection to the extermination of approximately 158 trainloads of Jewish prisoners coming from Hungary, Germany and Czechoslovakia. This is documented to have occurred between May 1944 to October 1944. Thousands of women, men and children from the trains were sent to their deaths in the gas chambers. Breyer has denied any direct involvement in the execution process. Prosecutors argue that being a perimeter guard [at the main Auschwitz camp] and his overall presence in the camps is being involved in the process and that his role served to aid in the the deaths.

The reporter, who wrote this article used a photo from this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz12.html

Unfortunately, the reporter didn’t read the text on my website, after stealing the photo, or she would have known that the Jews, who were gassed between May 1944 and October 1944, were gassed at the Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau.  My photo shows the gate into the Auschwitz I camp, where Breyer was a guard, but the gas chamber in this camp was no longer in operation in 1944.

Another news article, which you can read in full here, also gets the story completely wrong.

This quote is from the article, cited above:

As an armed guard at the Nazi concentration [main] camp at Auschwitz and a member of the notorious SS “Death’s Head” battalion, the authorities charged on Wednesday, Mr. Breyer was complicit in the gassing of 216,000 Jews taken [to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp] in 1944 from Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany.

The Germans, seeking to have him extradited to stand trial, have charged him with 158 counts of aiding and abetting in murder — one count for each of the 158 trainloads of Jews taken to the killing center at [the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp] in a six-month span. Most of the so-called deportees, including many thousands of women, children and old people, were killed in gas chambers almost immediately after arriving at Auschwitz [Birkeanau], with their bodies burned in four crematories.

Mr. Breyer acknowledged two decades ago, when first questioned by the American authorities, that he had worked as a guard at Auschwitz [main camp], but he said that he had done so involuntarily and had nothing to do with the gassings. His lawyer, Dennis Boyle, insisted Wednesday that Mr. Breyer had worked in a prison section of Auschwitz [ main camp], not among the guards in the extermination area [Auschwitz-Birkeanu]. “He was absolutely not one of those guards,” Mr. Boyle said.

You can read about the history of the “Death’s Head” unit of the SS on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/SScamp/SSHistory.html

Continue reading my original post:

According to a recent news article, which you can read in full here, 89-year old former German SS soldier Johann Breyer, now living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA, has been charged with being “complicit” in 158 cases of murder in the deaths of 216,000 Jews at Auschwitz.

Complicit? What does that mean? It means that he was present, somewhere inside one of the three Auschwitz camps, when 216,000 Jews arrived on 158 trains, and he did nothing to prevent the Jews from being taken to the gas chamber.  If he had tried to prevent the deaths of these 216,000 Jews, he would have been shot, on the spot, but he would have gone down in history as a hero, who tried to save Jews from an ignominious death.

Copy of the "criminal complaint" against Johann Breyer

The “criminal complaint” against Johann Breyer (click on the photo to enlarge)

The Talmud teaches that “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.”

  http://jewinthecity.com/2013/09/he-who-saves-just-one-life-saves-the-world-entire/#ixzz35ZNdmqpz

Are the names of the 216,000 Jews, who arrived on these 158 trains known?  Yes, but there was always a “selection” done by Dr. Josef Mengele, who was always at the ramp, looking for twins for his experiments.

The Jews, who were gassed immediately after they got off the trains in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, were not registered, so their names are unknown.

Each of the Holocaust survivors, who is still alive today, has a story about why they were not gassed.

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

What the news article didn’t tell you is that Breyer will be prosecuted in a German court, under the “common design” theory, an ex-post-facto law, that was made up by the Allies after the war. Under this concept, every German man or woman was guilty of murdering Jews, if they were anywhere near a concentration camp during World War II, working in any capacity. Even a person, who once worked as a baker, or a supply clerk in a Nazi camp, is guilty under the “common plan” or “common design” concept that was dreamed up by the Allies after the war.

This quote is from the news article:

An 89-year-old Philadelphia man [Johann Breyer] was ordered held without bail today on a German arrest warrant charging that he aided and abetted in the deaths of 216,000 Jews while he was a guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

The “Auschwitz death camp” was Auschwitz-Birkenau, aka Auschwitz II, which was located near the “Judenrampe” (shown in the photo below) where the Jews got off the trains, before the tracks were extended inside the camp when the Hungarian Jews were deported in May 1944.

The train ramp, from where the Jews were taken to the Auschwitz II camp

The train ramp, from where the Jews were taken to the Auschwitz II camp to be gassed

However, this quote from the news article says that Breyer worked at the Auschwitz I camp:

Breyer testified in U.S. court that he served as a perimeter guard at Auschwitz I, which was largely for prisoners used as slave laborers, though it also had a makeshift gas chamber used early in the war; it was also the camp where SS doctor Josef Mengele carried out sadistic experiments on inmates.

But [Breyer] denied ever serving in Auschwitz II, better known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death camp area where the bulk of the people were killed.

Note that, according to the news article, the Auschwitz I camp had a “makeshift gas chamber.”  What does that mean?  Is this a reference to the fact, now admitted, that the gas chamber in the main camp was created by the Soviets after the war?

Or is the term “makeshift gas chamber” an admission that the so-called gas chamber in the main camp was a morgue room that could not have been used as a homicidal gas chamber?

Will the prosecution have to prove that the “makeshift gas chamber” in the main camp could have been used to kill people?  No, of course not. It is “common knowledge” that Jews were gassed inside what looks like a morgue room in the main Auschwitz camp.

Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp was located in the morgue room

Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp was located in the morgue room (Click on photo to enlarge)

Quote from the news article:

By early 1943, [Breyer] arrived at Auschwitz, still a [17-year-old] teenager. He allegedly became a member of the Death’s Head battalion. In the next year, 216,000 Jews arrived by train and “were exterminated upon arrival,” the indictment says. They “were taken from the train ramp by armed Death’s Head guards directly to the gas chambers for extermination. … The armed Death’s Head guards were under orders to shoot to kill anyone who tried to escape.”

Note that all the Jews, who had arrived by train, “were exterminated upon arrival.”  What? There were no selections?  Where was Dr. Mengele when these 216,000 Jews arrived by train? Maybe he was sick.  It is known that Dr. Mengele got typhus while he was at Auschwitz, so maybe he missed doing the selections from 158 trains.

You can read about the “Death’s Head” battalion on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/SScamp/SSHistory.html

The photo below shows the “Death’s Head” emblem. Any German soldier, who wore this emblem, was a criminal, under the ex-post-facto laws of the Allies.

Death's Head emblem worn by SS men on their caps.

Death’s Head emblem worn by SS men on their caps.

If Johann Breyer is renditioned to Germany for prosecution under the “common design” charge, he will be automatically convicted because there is no defense against the “common design” charge. Any German person, who was anywhere near a German concentration camp is automatically guilty, regardless of their job at the camp.

John Breyer claims that he does not have a tattoo, which all SS soldiers were supposed to have, showing their blood type. Dr. Mengele did not have this tattoo either.  If an SS soldier were caught after the war, he would have been instantly recognizable as an SS soldier, so apparently these soldiers were given a choice in the matter, since the tattoo marked them as a “war criminal.”

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