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October 5, 2014

Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas wrote PhD thesis in which he denied the Holocaust

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:54 am

Just recently, both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas spoke before the UN.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas at the UN (Click on photo to enlarge)

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the UN (Click on photo to enlarge)

This quote is from a news article about the story, which you can read in full here:

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazin) stooped to a new low in his accusations towards Israel when he addressed the U.N. last week, and his comments didn’t go unnoticed or unmentioned as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded at the U.N. with a scathing attack on the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s lies and slander.

Among other claims from Abbas were the offensive comments accusing the Jewish State of carrying out a systematic genocide of the Palestinian people, using Israel’s recent defensive war against Hamas as an example.

It is true that a large number of Palestinians were killed by Israeli retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip, with at least 50 percent of those being civilians, but those civilians were killed in almost all cases due to the fact they were cynically used by Hamas as human shields or had their homes used to store and launch rockets from.

What I didn’t realize, until now, is that Abbas is a “Holocaust denier” from way back.   Who knew?

This quote from the article tells about the doctoral thesis that Abbas wrote in 1982 and published in 1984:

Back in 1982 Abbas wrote a Holocaust denying doctorate, later published in 1984 which downgraded the number of Jews killed by Hitler and claimed Zionist collaboration with the Nazis.

Aptly entitled The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism, the paper claimed than less that one million Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis, mostly from disease and malnutrition, and claims “scientific study” proves there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz.

This quote from the news article explains what Abbas wrote in his doctoral thesis:

“…it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached six million, but at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller–below one million.”

“The historian and author, Raoul Hilberg, thinks that the figure does not exceed 890,000.”

“It seems that the interest of the Zionist movement, however, is to inflate this figure so that their gains will be greater… This led them to emphasize this figure [six million] in order to gain the solidarity of international public opinion with Zionism.”

“A partnership was established between Hitler’s Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement… [the Zionists gave] permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.”

In 1998, when I visited the Auschwitz main camp, my private tour guide refused to take me to see the Auschwitz II camp, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. She told me that, before he wrote his famous book, Raoul Hilberg had only seen the main camp on a half day tour, and if that was good enough for him, I didn’t need to see the Birkenau camp, which was all grown up in weeds at that time.

The Auschwitz main camp was the only camp that Hilberg ever saw before he wrote his book, so what does he know?

I had to hire a private tour guide and rent a taxi to get to the Auschitz-Birkeanu camp. My tour guide would not let me get off the road through the camp, but I saw enough to make me think: “Something wrong!”

I was immediately suspicious. You don’t need a 425 acre site, with a well-traveled road going past it, to kill people in gas  chambers. There must have been a better, more efficient, way to kill 6 million Jews.

October 4, 2014

What’s in a name? Sisi and al-Sisi

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:07 am

A man named Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [aka el-Sisi] is now the President of Egypt; this has caused the rise of anit-Semitism in Egypt, according to this news article: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/egyptian-storefront-advertises-hitler-the-cockroach-killer/

The photo below accompanies the article:

Poster in Egypt where anti-Semitism is on the rist

Poster in Egypt where anti-Semitism is on the rise

I don’t know how the name al-Sisi, or el-Sisi, is pronounced, but the name Sisi, which is a German nickname for a girl named Elisabeth, is pronounced “See-see.” I had a German ancestor named Elizabeth, whose nickname was pronounced Sissy.  I always thought that this was short for Sister; I didn’t know why she would be called “Sister.”

A famous woman in history is Empress Elizabeth, the wife of Franz Joseph of Austria. A famous movie was made about her several years ago.

You can read about her on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Elisabeth_of_Austria

A famous movie about Sisi, starring Romy Schneider, was made in 1955.  That’s how I learned how to pronounce the name.

Elizabeth was crowned Queen of Hungary in 1867

Elizabeth was crowned Queen of Hungary in 1867

This quote is from the news article about al-Sisi:

While Egypt’s government has adopted a more moderate pro-Western attitude since the rise of current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, experts say that the storefront sign is a prime example of how anti-Semitism still flourishes in Egypt.

The sign is “obviously intended to bring to mind the gas chambers,” explained Samuel Tadros, an Egypt expert and research fellow at the Hudson Institute.

“No one uses the word ‘burn’ cockroaches, at least not in Egypt,” Tadros said. “We would say: ‘kill’, or ‘exterminate’, but ‘burn’?”

“The whole thing is meant to remind you of the Holocaust,” he said. “That this is posted by a shop owner as a way of promoting his product, tells you all you need to know about how soaked Egypt is in anti Semitism.”

In the time since al-Sisi was elected, some Egyptians have used anti-Semitism as a way to delegitimize his government.

“Sisi is Jewish and Egypt is now under Zionist occupation,” wrote one newspaper in 2013, according to an article on the topic penned recently by Tadros.

You can read about el-Sisi on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Fattah_el-Sisi

The president of Egypt

President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

 

October 3, 2014

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

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

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

This quote is from the article cited above:

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

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

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

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

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

This quote is from an interview with Plevris:

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

Here is one final quote from the article:

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

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

Fake photo taken at Buchenwald

Fake photo taken at Buchenwald (Click for larger size)

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

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

 

 

 

October 2, 2014

Is Europe a safe place for Jews?

Holocaust survivors gather to remember the Holocaust

Holocaust survivors gather to remember the Holocaust

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

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

Synagogue in Germany where an attempt to firebomb was made

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

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

This quote is from the New York Times article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spectators watch as a synagogue burns in Germany in 1938

Spectators watch as a synagogue burns in Germany in 1938

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

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

September 30, 2014

How many Holocaust memorials are there in Budapest?

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

Holocaust Memorial in Budapest, Hungary

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

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

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

Holocaust memorial on the banks of the Danube river in Hungary

Holocaust memorial on the banks of the Danube river

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

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

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

September 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

This quote is from the news article cited above:

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

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

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

Stumbling stones in Heidelberg in honor of Max and Olger Mayer

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

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

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

This quote is from the news article:

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

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

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

Jewish museum in Berlin

Jewish museum in Berlin

Traditional German building right next to the Jewish Museum

Traditional German building right next to the Jewish Museum

 

September 28, 2014

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

Monument at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Monument at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site (Click to enlarge)

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

Floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which has been torn down

Floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which has been torn down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still shot from a Soviet movie shows "baum hanging"

Still shot from a Soviet movie shows “baum hanging”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autopsy tables at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Autopsy tables at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Doctor at Sachsenhausen camp

Doctor  at Sachsenhausen camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The photo below is from this website.

The location of the shoe testing track at Sachsenhausen

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

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

Monument at Sachsenhausen represents the barracks

Monument at Sachsenhausen represents the barracks which have been torn down

September 27, 2014

New book mentions Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Catholic priest who was killed at Dachau

A new book, entitled Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942 – 1943, mentions a Dutch Carmelite priest named Father Titus Brandsma who has the title of “Blessed” because he has been canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church.

Father Titus Brandsma was a prisoner at Dachau

Father Titus Brandsma was a prisoner at Dachau

This quote is from the news article about the book and it’s author Father George William Rutler:

Fr Rutler, a parish priest in Manhattan, New York and a well-known essayist, has taken his title from the famous quotation in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is in part because of he wishes to show the larger forces at work during WWII and also because an old friend and fellow priest had bequeathed to him a pile of newspapers, journals and radio transcripts for this particular year. Growing up after the war, Rutler sees his book as “a feeble act of thanks from my generation” for the previous one that had endured so many sacrifices on behalf of future ones. -
According to an article which you can read in full here, the author of the book, George William Rutler, “is fascinated by the way large historical events interweave with humbler but no less significant spiritual occurrences, relating that on the day of the British defeat in the first battle of El Alamein, Fr Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite, died in Dachau after giving his Rosary to the SS functionary who gave him a lethal injection.

This quote is from the article about the new book:

WWII “can rightly be understood and probably only fully appreciated as a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives, but in its deepest meaning as a campaign against evil by defenders, consciously or obliviously, of the good.” Doubtless, secular historians such as Andrew Roberts or Sir Max Hastings, who has researched the “multiple and mixed motives” of the war in detail in his own books, would not demur from this conclusion. Certainly Churchill, not a conventional Christian believer but with a deep sense of what a Christian civilization signified, would have agreed with it.

It seems that Father Titus Brandsma was a martyr in the “holy war” now known as World War II. But why was he singled out to be killed?

Dachau was the concentration camp where 2,720 clergymen were sent, including 2,579 Catholic priests. The priests at Dachau were separated from the other prisoners and housed together in several barrack buildings in the rear of the camp. There were 1,780 Polish priests and 447 German priests at Dachau. Of the 1,034 priests who died in the camp, 868 were Polish and 94 were German. Most of them died as a result of the typhus epidemic in the camp.

Other clergymen at Dachau included 109 Protestant ministers, 22 Greek Orthodox, 2 Muslims and 8 men who were classified as “Old Catholic and Mariaists.”

One of the most famous Catholic priests, who was imprisoned at Dachau, was Blessed Father Titus Brandsma, a 61 year old Dutch priest, who was at Dachau for only five months before he was killed by an injection in the camp hospital on July 26, 1942; he was killed by injection because he was suffering from terminal kidney failure.

According to the accounts of his fellow priests, Father Brandsma was beaten and kicked daily even though he was already sick when he arrived in the camp on June 19, 1942. At first, Father Brandsma refused to enter the camp infirmary, and when he did finally consent, Father Brandsma was allegedly forced to participate in medical experiments.

Father Titus Brandsma had been arrested by the Nazis on January 19, 1942 in the Netherlands, which had been under German occupation since May 1940.

On January 15, 1942 the Nazis had sent articles to all the Catholic newspapers with orders that they be published the following day. All of the editors refused because on December 31, 1941, Father Brandsma had drawn up a letter to the 30 Catholic newspapers, urging all the Catholic editors in the Netherlands to violate the laws of the German occupation by not publishing any Nazi propaganda.

Father Brandsma had previously written a Pastoral Letter, read in all Catholic parishes in July 1941, in which the Dutch Roman Catholic bishops officially condemned the anti-Semitic laws of the Nazis and their treatment of the Jews. Dutch Catholics were informed by this letter that they would be denied the Sacraments of the Catholic church if they supported the Nazi party.

Father Brandsma had been very vocal in his opposition to the Nazi ideology ever since Hitler came to power in 1933. He was a prolific writer who had articles published in 80 different publications.

On January 21, 1942, Father Brandsma was put on trial and quickly convicted of treason because he refused to cooperate with the German occupation. Blessed Titus Brandsma died a martyr for the right of freedom of the press in an occupied country.

Pope John Paul II beatified Titus Brandsma in 1985, giving him the title of Blessed Titus Brandsma.

Father Titus Brandsma was a professor of Philosophy and Mysticism at the University of Nijmegan in the Netherlands. He belonged to The Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a religious order that is believed to have been founded in the 12th century on Mount Carmel. The Carmelite priests were dedicated to the worship of Mary, the mother of God.

Entrance into the Carmelite Chapel at Dachau

Entrance into the Carmelite Chapel at Dachau

At the Dachau Memorial Site, there is a Carmelite convent which was built in 1963 just outside the former camp.  The entrance to the convent is through one of the former guard towers, which is shown in the photo above. The convent was built on the site of the gravel pit where prisoners had been assigned to work as punishment for breaking the rules in the camp.

Catholic priests were not sent to Dachau just because they were priests. Catholics and Protestants alike were arrested as “enemies of the state” but only if they preached against the Nazi government.

An important policy of the Nazi party in Germany was called Gleichschaltung, a term that was coined in 1933 to mean that all German culture, religious practice, politics, and daily life should conform with Nazi ideology. This policy meant total control of thought, belief, and practice and it was used to systematically eradicate all anti-Nazi elements after Hitler came to power.

There were around 20 million Catholics and 20,000 priests in Nazi Germany. The vast majority of the German clergymen and the German people, including the 40 million Protestants, went along with Hitler’s ideology and were not persecuted by the Nazis.

The first clergymen to arrive at Dachau were Polish priests who were sent there in 1939. The Polish priests had been arrested for helping the Polish Resistance after Poland had been conquered in only 28 days.

The largest number of Catholic priests at Dachau were the 1780 priests from Poland. The largest number of deaths of priests at Dachau was 868 from Poland. There were 830 Polish priests at Dachau when the camp was liberated, but 78 priests had already been released.

Bishop Franciszek Korczynski from Wloclawek, Poland published a book in 1957, entitled “Jasne promienie w Dachau” (Bright Beams in Dachau) in which he claimed that the extermination of the Polish clergy was planned by the Nazis as part of the liquidation of the Polish intelligentsia. He wrote that the priests at Dachau were starved and tortured and that the Nazis used the priests for medical experiments.

I got much of the information for my blog post today from a book entitled  “What was it like in the Concentration Camp at Dachau?” written by Dr. Johannes Neuhäusler. I purchased this book at the Dachau Memorial Site on my first visit in 1997.

In his book, Dr. Neuhäusler wrote that, out of the 2720 clergymen imprisoned at Dachau, 314 were released, 1034 died in the camp, 132 were transferred to another camp, and 1240 were still in the camp when it was liberated on April 29, 1945.

The highest number of priests that were released from Dachau was the 208 German priests. Out of the 447 German priests at Dachau, 100 were transferred to other camps and 94 died in the camp; there were only 45 German priests at Dachau when the camp was liberated.

The first German priest to enter Dachau in 1940 was Father Franz Seitz, according to Dr. Neuhäusler’s book. The first priests were put into Block 26, but it soon became over crowded because “practically all the priests interned in the camp at Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg were transferred to Dachau, especially many hundreds of Polish clergymen,” according to Dr. Neuhäusler.

Dr. Neuhäusler wrote that an emergency chapel was set up in Block 26 and on January 20, 1941 the first Mass was celebrated. “Some 200 priests stood enraptured before the altar while one of their comrades, wearing white vestments offered up the Holy Sacrifice.”

In 1940, the German bishops and the Pope had persuaded Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler to concentrate all the priests imprisoned in the various concentration camps into one camp, and to house them all together in separate blocks with a chapel where they could say Mass.

In early December 1940, the priests already in Dachau were put into Barracks Block 26 near the end of the camp street. Within two weeks, they were joined by around 800 to 900 priests from Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen, Auschwitz and other camps, who were put into Blocks 28 and 30. Block 30 was later converted into an infirmary barrack.

One of the priests at Dachau, Father William J. O’Malley, wrote the following regarding the priests who were arrested and sent to Dachau because they were actively helping the underground Resistance against the German occupation of Europe:

“The 156 French, 63 Dutch, and 46 Belgians were primarily interned for their work in the Underground. If that were a crime, such men as Michel Riquet, S.J., surely had little defense; he was in contact with most of the leaders of the French Resistance and was their chaplain, writing forthright editorials for the underground press, sequestering Jews, POW’s, downed Allied airmen, feeding and clothing them, providing them with counterfeit papers and spiriting them into Spain and North Africa.”

Was Father Brandsma forced to be a subject of medical experiments at Dachau?  He was already 61 years old and he was already sick when he was admitted into the Dachau camp. It is highly unlikely that he was used as a subject of medical experiments.

Dr. Schilling was put on trial at Dachau because he conducted medical experiments on the prisoners

Dr. Schilling was put on trial at Dachau because he had conducted medical experiments

Dr. Klaus Schilling, shown in the photo above as he testified on the witness stand in the post-war trial of the Dachau staff, was put on trial and convicted by the American Military Tribunal because he had conducted medical experiments on inmates at Dachau.

Dr. Schilling was one of the world’s foremost experts on tropical diseases when he was ordered by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the Nazi concentration camps, to come out of retirement to work on a cure for malaria after German soldiers began dying of the disease in North Africa. Before his retirement, Dr. Schilling had worked at the prestigious Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. He began specializing in tropical diseases after he himself contracted malaria.

After the war, Dr. Schilling was arrested by the American Army and charged with participating in a “common plan” to violate the Laws and Usages of War under the Geneva Convention of 1929 because he had conducted experiments on Dachau prisoners, using various drugs in an effort to find a cure for malaria. Most of his subjects were young Polish priests whom Dr. Schilling infected by means of mosquitoes from the marshes of Italy and the Crimea, according to author Peter Padfield in his book entitled “Himmler.” The priests were chosen for the experiments because they were not required to work, as were the ordinary prisoners at Dachau.

One of the prosecution witnesses at the trial of the German Major War Criminals at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal was Dr. Franz Blaha, a Czech medical doctor who was a Communist political prisoner at Dachau. An affidavit signed by Dr. Blaha was entered into the main Nuremberg trial. It was marked Document Number 3249-PS, Exhibit USA-663.

His comments in this affidavit about Dr. Schilling are quoted below from the transcript of the Nuremberg trial for January 11, 1946

“3. During my time at Dachau I was familiar with many kinds of medical experiments carried on there on human victims. These persons were never volunteers but were forced to submit to such acts. Malaria experiments on about 1,200 people were conducted by Dr. Klaus Schilling between 1941 and 1945. Schilling was personally ordered by Himmler to conduct these experiments. The victims were either bitten by mosquitoes or given injections of malaria sporozoites taken from mosquitoes. Different kinds of treatment were applied including quinine, pyrifer, neosalvarsan, antipyrin, pyramidon, and a drug called 2516 Behring. I performed autopsies on the bodies of people who died from these malaria experiments. Thirty to 40 died from the malaria itself. Three hundred to four hundred died later from diseases which were fatal because of the physical condition resulting from the malaria attacks. In addition there were deaths resulting from poisoning due to overdoses of neosalvarsan and pyramidon. Dr. Schilling was present at my autopsies on the bodies of his patients.”

The 74-year-old Dr. Schilling was convicted by an American Military Tribunal at Dachau and was hanged. In his final statement to the court, Dr. Schilling pleaded to have the results of his experiments returned to him so they could be published, but his work was confiscated and used by the US military. During his trial, Dr. Schilling tried to justify his crime by saying that his experiments were for the good of mankind.

 

September 26, 2014

Forget Sobibor — a new gas chamber has been found at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:02 pm
International monument at Dachau

International monument at Dachau in honor of the prisoners who died there

It’s been seven years since I’ve been to the Dachau Memorial Site. I was shocked to learn from this website, that there is another gas chamber in a basement underneath the International Monument at Dachau.  The door into the gas chamber is on the other side of the monument. Who knew?

My 2007 photo below shows the back side of the International Monument with what looks like a basement door. According to the author of the article, cited above, this is a door into another gas chamber at Dachau.  There was no mention of whether this was a homicidal gas chamber like the one in the Dachau shower room, or whether this was a disinfection chamber for the clothing of the prisoners.

This quote is from the article:

At the base of the [International] monument a small set of stairs lead down to a small door. There seem to be no windows in this basement building, which turned out to be one of the many gas chambers on the camp site.

Back side of International monument at Dachau

Back side of International monument at Dachau

Dachau building which is now hidden by International Monument

Dachau building which is now hidden by International Monument

Shortly after the Dachau camp was liberated, the Polish prisoners, who were mostly Catholic, put up a Catholic Cross where the International Monument now stands. This means that the gas chamber, which is allegedly under the International Monument, was not there until after the camp was liberated on April 29, 1945.

After the Dachau camp was liberated, it was immediately turned into a prison camp for German POWs who were held for several years after the war. Dachau became known as War Crimes Enclosure No. 1.

This quote is also from the article about Dachau:

Before entering the gates of the camp, we passed the track where inmates loaded ammunition and army uniforms into carriages.

Next to the railway line, I stood on the spot where thousands of political prisoners, women and children, had stood before entering the camp.

Tracks near the Dachau gate are narrow gauge tracks, not train tracks

Tracks near the Dachau gate are narrow gauge tracks. Photo Credit: Windy Wilson blog

My 2007 photo of the narrow gauge tracks near the Dachau gate

My 2007 photo of the narrow gauge tracks at Dachau gate

The tracks shown in my photo above were not the train tracks, which brought prisoners from the train station to the gate into the Dachau camp. These are narrow gauge tracks used to transport items made in the factories at Dachau, which were outside the camp gates.  The incoming prisoners had to walk to the camp from the train station.

The author of the article about Dachau took the 45 minute walk to the camp on the “Path of Remembrance.”  This is the same path that the prisoners walked from the train station to the camp.

September 25, 2014

After the Rialto Holocaust assignment fiasco, students will now study “The Holocaust Chronicle,” a Jewish history of the Holocaust (updated)

Filed under: California, Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:50 am

Scroll down to read the update.

You can read about the new assignment for the students in the Rialto school district at http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20140918/rialto-unified-details-plan-to-re-teach-holocaust-were-really-trying

Previously, the students were asked to study both sides of the Holocaust and write an essay, giving their opinion. Now these same students will be trained in only the Jewish side of the story.

The Holocaust Chronicle is a 709 page book, which weighs about 20 pounds. I have a copy of this book in my home library and I have read most of it.

Jewish book tells history of the Holocaust

Jewish book tells history of the Holocaust

I found this quote, regarding the identity of the girl on the cover:

The young girl pictured on our homepage, and on the cover of The Holocaust Chronicle book, was discovered by British troops in the typhus ward of the Bergen-Belsen, Germany, concentration camp in April 1945. She was one of approximately 60,000 inmates found alive at the camp. Of that number, at least 10,000 were so ravaged by disease and the effects of overwork that they died after their liberation.

The girl’s name, background, and ultimate fate are unknown. We do know that she looked into a camera in April 1945, and that she may very well have walked out of Bergen-Belsen, ready to make her future. If you feel you can identify this girl, please contact us by clicking here, and forward your remarks.

So you can’t get past the cover of this book without reading mistaken so-called facts about the Holocaust. There were 13,000 prisoners who allegedly died after Bergen-Belsen was voluntarily turned over the the British.  Bergen-Belsen was an EXCHANGE camp, a fact which should have been mentioned.

There are numerous mistakes in The Holocaust Chronicle.

In looking for the mistakes, I started with the section on Dachau. On page 578, there is a full-page photo of a Dachau guard who has been shot in the leg, so that he can’t escape the prisoners who are preparing to beat him to death with a shovel. There is an American soldier in the background, holding a pistol. He has his back turned and is ignoring the whole thing.  Is he the one who shot this man in the leg so that the inmates could beat the man to death with a shovel?

German was shot in the leg at Dachau so that the prisoners could beat him to death with a shovel

German man was shot in the leg at Dachau so that the prisoners could beat him to death with a shovel

This is a photo that illustrates the “Dachau massacre,” but the book does not mention this war crime committed by the American liberators.  The man who is preparing to beat the man with a shovel is a Polish Resistance Fighter who was legally incarcerated at Dachau because he was an illegal combatant.  Does The Holocaust Chronicle explain this?  Of course not.

I didn’t have to look very far from the above cited page to find another serious mistake on page 585. There is a photo of some Gypsy children on page 585.  The caption on the photo says that these children “had been subjected to savage medical experiments.”

Gypsy children who are suffering from a disease called "Noma."

Gypsy children who are suffering from a disease called “Noma.”

I blogged about these children, who are suffering from a disease called “Noma,” on this blog post:

http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/what-imams-learned-on-their-trip-to-auschwitz/

I also blogged about a famous photo, taken at Nordhausen. This photo is shown on page 598 of The Holocaust Chronicle, with a caption that says that these bodies are the bodies of inmates, which the Germans “had left to rot” at Nordhausen.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/prisoners-killed-by-american-bombs/

Should public schools in America allow children to study the Jewish version of history, or is this a violation of the First Amendment?

What if a student points out a mistake in The Holocaust Chronicle?  Will they be expelled for the crime of “Holocaust denial”?

Update Sept. 26, 2014:

I started looking through my copy of The Holocaust Chronicle again this morning to get an idea of what the students in the Rialto school district will be learning about the Holocaust.

On page 451 of the book, I found the photo below, which I have on my website scrapbookpages.com.

Demonstration of how the corpses were dragged to the ovens at Dachau

Demonstration of how the corpses were dragged to the ovens at Dachau

This photo is not on a page about Dachau in The Holocaust Chronicle. It is on a page about the Warsaw ghetto. The caption on the photo identifies the men in the photo as Sonderkommandos, and says that the Sonderkommando Jews assisted the Nazis in order to spare their own lives.  There is no hint that this photo was taken after the liberation of Dachau, at the suggestion of the American liberators.

The photo is part of a set of 3 photos.  The other two photos, which I have on my website are shown below.

Photo taken after Dachau was liberated shows how bodies were dragged to the ovens

Photo taken after Dachau was liberated shows how bodies were dragged to the ovens

Demonstration of how bodies were put into the ovens at Dachau

Demonstration of how bodies were put into the ovens at Dachau

This quote is from the page of my website which shows the three photos above:

The three old photos [above] show crematory workers demonstrating how they dragged the dead bodies out of the morgue, loaded them onto a stretcher and then shoved them into the cremation ovens. Posed photographs, such as those shown [above], were offered for sale to American soldiers who visited the museum set up in Baracke X by the US Army after the liberation of Dachau. All three photos are courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

According to Marcus J. Smith, a U.S. Army doctor, who wrote a book called “The Harrowing of Hell,” the chief of the crematorium crew was Ludvik “a heavy, powerfully muscled Czech who has labored in the crematorium for a long time.” Smith wrote that Ludvik sent him a letter in which he complained that his team of 10 people were not being treated as well as they had been by the SS. Ludvik wrote in this letter: “We feel that after our liberation, at least the same standard of living should be maintained. But our position is worse than then as to food, drinks and tobacco.”

Smith wrote that, because the cremation efforts were too slow, the bodies were buried by German civilians “at the American commander’s request.” The corpses were taken on carts to the burial site on a hill called Leitenberg where the bodies were transferred to a bulldozed excavation, according to Smith. He wrote that “Eventually 2,400 bodies were buried.” That would mean that there was a total of 3,110 bodies in the camp, including those of the prisoners who died between April 29th and May 6th after the liberation. There were allegedly 2,310 bodies on the death train that arrived in the camp on April 27, 1945, which would have to be included in this total. There were 2,226 prisoners who died in the month of May 1945 after the liberation of the camp; they were buried in a cemetery in the town of Dachau.

Why is this photo, taken after the liberation of Dachau, on a page about the Warsaw ghetto in The Holocaust Chronice?

The only reason, that I can think of, is that this is a horrible photo which illustrates how evil the Nazis were.  Students, who will be required to study this book, will assume that the dummy in the photo is a human being who is being dragged to an oven, probably while still alive.

 

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