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July 20, 2014

Philip Riteman is still educating students about the Holocaust

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:33 am

This morning, I read in a CBS news story that Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman is still out on the lecture circuit, educating young students in Canada about the horrors of the Holocaust.

This quote is from the news article:

One of the last living Holocaust survivors in Atlantic Canada continues to tell his story, and says he worries the horrors he experienced could happen again.

It took four decades for Auschwitz survivor Philip Riteman to begin speaking about what he went through after he was captured by the Nazis when he was 14 years old.

Philip Riteman, Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau

Philip Riteman, Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau

The news article is very short, but it does give a hint that Philip’s story is worth some in-depth study.  I recognized his name, when I read the news article, and I remembered that I wrote about him extensively on my website scrapbookpages.com many years ago: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/PhilipRiteman.html

One of the interesting things about Philip’s story is that he was liberated on May 2, 1945 by American troops. This date identifies him as one of the prisoners who were marched out of the Dachau main camp toward the mountains of Austria in April 1945, just before the main Dachau camp was liberated..

The following information is from my scrapbookpages website:

Acting upon Hitler’s orders, the Commandant of Dachau, Wilhelm Eduard Weiter, made an attempt to evacuate the Dachau main camp before the American liberators arrived. On April 26th, 1945, Weiter left the Dachau main camp with a transport of prisoners bound for Schloss Itter, a subcamp of Dachu in Austria. Weiter allegedly committed suicide when the prisoners on the march were liberated by the Allies, but the truth is that he was probably shot by the Americans.

This quote is from my website page on Philip Riteman:

On November 10, 2005, Riteman gave a talk to College students in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Keith Adolph took the following notes which he posted on his blog:

-Reitman went to school as a normal child in 1938
-Early on in the war it was seen as a fight against evil
-In 1939 Poland was invaded
-His father had ties to the Russian Gov’t and so they traveled to live under Russia and still it was not a good country to live in
-The Germans’ journey to Minsk took them through Reitman’s small town. For months they drove tanks through town
-They killed those in their way or caught watching them

-The Nazis approached the mayor and demanded 10 kilos of gold and 20 kilos of silver or they would level the town. They took the money and left after a time.
-They returned and surrounded the town before asking for more. This time the town could not pay.
-Days later, at 3 AM, the Nazis came to the houses and took people from their homes. They separated children from parents and marched the 3000 residents 60 km. Others (about 5000) were driven.
-During the march they killed roughly 200 residents.
-Before releasing the residents the Nazis took 14 people aside, striped them and shot them dead, letting their bodies drop into 7 graves already dug.
-The residents were then freed and reunited with the others.

-They were left in a small town that was entirely vacant.
-The village had been purged and the people were culled into a mass grave 50 x 100 and 7 feet deep
-En route they came upon a town and they were collected into a ghetto of 40,000.
-After Reitman’s group joined the ghetto, any person approaching the ghetto was shot.
The ghetto had no food.

-Nine months later the ghetto was liquidated
-The residents were told they were being taken to a farm.
-They were all collected into 120 freight cars with all they could carry.
-The trains traveled for hours – all day
-A baby starved to death on the journey
-A man dropped dead and was pushed to the wall
-The train kept going
-The train traveled for 6 nights and 7 days.
-No food, No water
-People were soiling themselves where they stood
-One man was using a spoon to catch snow drops falling outside for water
-Reitman and the others were taken to Auschwitz

-The doors were opened and everyone jumped out
-Reitman grabbed his little sister. Also in the car were his two brothers, his big sister and his parents
-The Nazis beat and pushed them onto a platform
-A woman chasing her baby was stabbed to death with a bayonet
-Reitman was told to pretend that he was 18 when the Nazis were dividing the Jews by age and gender.
-If you were 18-45 you had a chance of surviving
-Parents with their young children were taken straight to the gas chambers.

-The Nazis began to divide the men by occupation
-Reitman pretended to be a locksmith
-The intellectuals were collected (about 300 of them) and machine gunned to death. The Nazis only needed workers.
-They were ordered to strip naked and shot if they moved too slowly.
-The Jews were shaved from head to toe.
-Body searches were conducted. Those caught hiding anything, even their gold teeth were executed.

-If you spoke German in the camps, the Nazis would bring out ‘interpreters’ who beat you with sticks so that you would never speak German again.

-Hundreds of men were put into cold showers and then given striped clothes.
-They were given a bowl, no utensils.
-They were then tattooed.
-Over 2 million died at Auschwitz.
-They were made to march. If you refused, your legs were broken.
-The Jews marched better than the Nazis.
-The Nazis would lock them into their barracks each night.
-They fit 7 into each bunk.
-There were 125,000 men at Auschwitz [main camp] at this time.
-Only 20,000 were Jewish. The others were Russians, Gypsies, Blacks and so on.

-Reitman spent 2 years at Auschwitz [main camp] and then 2 years at Dachau [subcamps]. In between he spent 6 months in Birkenau [AuschwitzII] where there were 2000 men to a barrack
-Smaller camps would kill their population and then call on larger camps to replenish their numbers. This is why Reitman moved around so much.

-Reitman says he had to close his mind to survive. He was like a zombie.
-He learned to never be first or last in line. Always be in the middle.
-He lost five brothers, his parents, his grandparents. He lost nine uncles and nine aunts and many cousins.
-He was the only survivor in his whole European family.
-He could not talk about the camps or his family for forty years.

“What kept you going?”
-If there is a God somewhere he will help me.
-He would have liked to have eaten one big meal and then died
-They ate one bowl of soup a day.
-If they had lost their bowl they were accused of sabotaging the Nazi Gov’t and beaten to death with sticks
-They wouldn’t waste the bullet.
-By comparison, the homeless today live in heaven. The Nazis burned them.
-If you limped, you were shot.
-Those who escaped got only 100-1000 feet and they starved to death.
-When they returned they were shot and burned by their fellow prisoners at the start of their day (5 AM)

-After 6 months in the camp Reitman found an old class mate who was in the camps because he was a Baptist.
-The boy recognized Reitman and called out to him.
-The Nazis had wanted his family’s cattle but the boy’s father would not give it to them. He was shot.
-His mother attacked the Nazis and she was hung in the town center.
-His sisters were cut and raped and shot in the heart.
-His little brother was chased into the woods and shot.
-The boy joined Reitman’s work group on a farm and was instantly hated by the Nazis.
-One day he was stripped and put into a water trough. The Nazis took steel wool and tried to take his freckles off.
-The boy died in the trough which was full of his own blood.
-Reitman and the others had to take the boy back to camp to be burned.
-He was Reitman’s best friend.

-Reitman was sent to another camp. When he arrived the barrack was full of all the dead.
-He and the others were forced to bury the bodies, but they were forbidden to pray.
-At another camp he spent a month in an airplane hanger.
-At Dachau the barracks were filled with bodies piled 7 ft high.
-When they tried to remove them the bodies came apart in their hands.
-These barracks were sunken into the ground 

[the barracks at the Kaufering IV camp were sunk into the ground - http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/KauferingIVLiberation.html ]

Barracks at Kaufering IV sub-camp of Dachau were partly underground

Barracks at Kaufering IV sub-camp of Dachau were partly underground

-They were marched for 2-3 weeks in the winter with only the snow to eat.
-Reitman estimates that 50,000 were killed for their weakness.
-They marched with tanks so that American planes would not bomb the convoys. The Jews wished they would though, just to kill the Germans.
-One night the camp was empty, not a German in sight. In the distance he could see the Americans coming, calling “You’re free!”
-This was May 2, 1945. Reitman was 18 years old and 75 lbs.

-The Americans brought food and medicine.
-Reitman had never seen bananas before, or a coloured person.
-A coloured soldier taught him to peel bananas.
-He would drink 3-4 cans of milk a day

-Reitman says he will never go back to the camps, but urges young people to visit them.
-He says he sees the camp every time he closes his eyes, even when he lived in Newfoundland.
-It would take Reitman 5 years to tell the story of his 5 years in the camps.

-He cannot forgive or forget what happened. Only God can forgive.
-Reitman says he does not hate the Germans he met after the war. He only hates the Nazis

-“I am speaking for millions who cannot speak”

-When he saw Americans he applied to go to the USA.
-The Red Cross took care of him in Europe and asked him about his history which they compared to his records held by the Nazis
-A month later he received a letter from Newfoundland from his mother’s sister.
-Then he got another letter from Newfoundland with 20 US $ in it.
-And then another from Montreal with 10 US $
-Then New York from his father’s sister and an uncle who had left Europe in 1890 and another in 1905.
-They were all relatives that he had never known to exist.
-In 1946 he was to come to Canada but the Canadian Gov’t would not allow Jews into the country.
-Newfoundland was not part of Canada at the time and they brought him right over.
-He traveled from Munich to Paris to New York to Newfoundland.
-He had never been on a boat before and he was very sea sick.
-The Newfoundland Gov’t said he was a free man. He was a Newfoundlander.

Most people would give the prize for the best Holocaust lies to Irene Zisblatt, but I think that Philip Riteman is a contender for this prize.  He at least deserves an honorable mention in the list of  Holocaust liars who have told the most egregious Holocaust lies.

From the details of his story, it is clear that Riteman was a political prisoner who was first sent to the Auschwitz main camp.   He was not among the Jews who were rounded up in order to be “exterminated” at the Auchwitz-Birkeanau camp. Riteman was marched out of the Auschwitz camp, and taken to Dachau, where he was then sent to one of the sub-camps to work.  He was brought back to the main camp, and then marched out of Dachau, on a march led by the Commandant of the camp, indicating that he was one of the prominent prisoners that the Nazis wanted to save.

Prisoners marching out of Dachau pass through a German village

Prisoners marching out of the Dachau main camp in April 1945 pass through a German village

 

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 his or her 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.”

June 19, 2014

Former Auschwitz guard “needs to be brougt to trial, even if he passes away…”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:59 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from Serita Gochal, whose parents and in-laws were Holocaust survivors, according to a news article and video which you can see here.

On the video, Serita can be heard saying: “even if he [Johann Breyer] passes away, he still needs to be brought to trial.”

It is not clear whether Serita thinks that he should be tried in absentia “even if he passes away” or if she wants his dead body to be brought into court and propped up for a trial.

In the video, it is said that Breyer “admits to being a former Nazi and SS guard” at Auschwitz. In that case, of course he is guilty of a war crime. After Word War II was over, the Allies created a new law, called “common design” or “common plan” which made it a crime for any person to be associated with a German concentration camp in any way.

Fake guard tower at  Auschwitz-Birkenau

Fake guard tower at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above shows a guard tower that has been added recently at the former Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp.  There is no way to get into the guard tower, because it is a fake tower. Notice the barbed wire fence in the background.

You can read about the “Dachau trials,” conducted by the American Military Tribunal, after World War II, in which the ex-post-facto “common plan” law was used, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauTrials/Introduction.html

In the video, in which 89-year-old Johann Breyer is accused of “aiding and abetting” the murder of the Jews at Auschwitz, it is stated that, as a guard, Breyer, “along with all the other guards, made it possible” to kill the Jews.  Of course, Breyer is guilty of mass murder because if he had not been a guard at Auschwitz, the Jews could have escaped.

Barbed wire fence around the men's camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Barbed wire fence around the men’s section at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Johann Breyer should have cut the wires in the fence, shown in the photo above, so that the Jews could have escaped from Auschwitz-Birkenau. If Breyer had done that, he would have been put on trail by the Germans and probably shot, but at least he would not have been a “war criminal” for not allowing the Jews to escape.

In the video, it is stated that Breyer is guilty of aiding in the murder of 200,000 to 300,000 Jews. What about the other 700,000 or 600,000 Jews, who were murdered at Auschwitz? Why isn’t Breyer guilty of aiding in those murders?

It is pointed out in the video that there were 158 TRAIN LOADS of Jews brought to Auschwitz.  Yet Breyer is only guilty of aiding in the murder of 200,000 to 300,000 Jews?  If he was there, he is guilty of the murder of 900,000 Jews at Auschwitz. That’s the law!

It is not clear, in the news article, whether Serita Gochal’s parents and in-laws were survivors of Auschwitz, or some other camp. They could have been prominent Jews in the Star camp at Bergen-Belsen, and that’s how they survived.  But it doesn’t matter: “even if [Breyer] passes away, he still needs to be brought to trial.”

I previously blogged here about Jewish revenge and the trial of John Demjanjuk, who was brought into a German court on a stretcher, and tried under the “common plan” ex-post-facto law.  God forbid that Johann Breyer should be given a pass, just because he is 89 years old, and close to death.

REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE. That is the law of the Jews!

May 30, 2014

Piles of shoes prove that the Jews were gassed in the Nazi death camps

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:47 am

This morning, I read an article, entitled “Shoes bear witness to Nazi horrors,” in the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper here. The following quote is from the article:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There are pictures, videos and reams of information and items on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., yet somehow nothing seems more powerful than a room full of dusty, abandoned shoes.

There are thousands of pairs — some had heels, some were sandals — but all covered the feet of Jewish men, women and children before they were sent to the Nazi gas chambers. A visitor gets chills thinking of so many people obeying the command to remove their footwear, likely not knowing what was about to happen to them.

The photo below, taken at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,  DC, is shown in the newspaper article.

Display of shoes at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Display of shoes at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

How do we know that these shoes “covered the feet of Jewish men, women and children before they were sent to the Nazi gas chambers,” as stated in the article?

The Nazis did not keep records of the names of the Jews, who were sent to the gas chamber, but they wanted the world to know that they were gassing the Jews, so they devised a plan to save the shoes as evidence.

Even at Bergen-Belsen, an exchange camp, which did not have gas chambers, the shoes were saved in huge piles, as shown in the photo below.

Piles of shoes at the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp

Piles of shoes at the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp

The largest piles of shoes, an estimated 800,000 pairs, were found at the Majdanek death camp, where it was originally claimed by the Soviet union that 1.5 million Jews had died.  Now, it is claimed that only 59,000 Jews died at Majdanek.

Why were so many shoes found at Majdanek? It could be that each of the 59,000 Jews, who died there, brought several pairs of shoes with them. You never know when you might need a change of shoes.

The photo below was taken by Simon Robertson at the Majdanek Memorial Site.

Thousands of shoes, taken from the prisoners at Majdanek, are still stored there

Thousands of shoes, taken from the prisoners at Majdanek, are still stored there

Pile of shoes at Majdanek when the camp was liberated in 1944

Pile of shoes at Majdanek when the camp was liberated in 1944

A huge pile of shoes, which included baby shoes, was found by the American liberators of Dachau in April 1945. These shoes are shown in the photo below.

Pile of shoes found at the Dachau concentration camp

Pile of shoes found at the Dachau concentration camp

At Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 900,000 Jews were killed, according to the latest figures, there were more shoes found.

Old photo shows shoes found in a warehouse at Auschwitz

Old photo shows shoes found in a warehouse at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the shoes on display in the Auschwitz Museum

My 1998 photo of the shoes on display in the Auschwitz Museum

What were the Nazis planning to do with all these shoes? Were they saving them for future museums to display as evidence of the gassing of the Jews?  During World War II, the Germany people had plenty of shoes; they were not suffering at all during the bombing of German cities — NOT!  The German soldiers had plenty of good shoes; the Nazis didn’t need to recycle shoes for their soldiers — NOT!   Use your heads, people.  Don’t write silly news stories like the one cited above.

 

May 10, 2014

“critical thinking” assignment started with the study of the Diary of Anne Frank

Filed under: California, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:59 am

Last December, the students in the Rialto Unified School District in California were assigned to read The Diary of Anne Frank just before they were given the Common Core assignment, in February 2014, to do some “critical thinking.”

The students were asked to read material on 3 websites, one of which was a Holocaust denial website, and then write an essay, giving their opinion on what they had learned from these three websites.  According to a news story, which I read yesterday, none of the 2,200 students, whose papers have been graded so far, came to the conclusion that the Holocaust was a hoax.

The reason, that most of the students rejected the premise that the Holocaust was a hoax, could be because the one Holocaust denial website, which they were assigned to read, says that The Diary of Anne Frank is a hoax.  The one and only person, that I know of, who made that claim was Robert Faurisson, one of the first Holocaust deniers. I blogged about it on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/the-dairy-of-anne-frank-is-it-authentic/

Hungarian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Yesterday, I read an article, written by John Hayward on the Human Events website. The photo above was shown at the top of the article,  which included this quote:

If you read the diary of Anne Frank and come away from the experience willing to entertain the notion that this whole Holocaust thing might have been a hoax, you didn’t read it very carefully.

The photo, that is shown above the article, is a poor choice, in my humble opinion, because it is a photo that disproves the Holocaust. The photo shows Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz, where they were given a shower and a haircut before being admitted into the camp. These men are obviously over the age of 45, and should have been sent to the gas chamber, according to Holocaust lore.

The reason that Anne Frank’s family decided to go into hiding was because Anne’s sister Margo had received a notice that she should report for an assignment to work in a labor camp.  I knew what this meant because I had read a book called The Nazi Officer’s Wife.  In the book, the girl who later became a Nazi Officer’s wife, told about how she was treated well, given plenty of food, and allowed to return home after two years in the work camp. Amazingly, she was even allowed to visit a nearby town on weekends and she was allowed to send food home to her family.

It was not just Jews, who were sent to these labor camps.  During the Nazi years, every German boy and girl had to work, for no pay, in a labor camp for two years.

Because the Franks had gone into hiding, they were treated worse than they would have been treated, had they not gone into hiding.

The story of Anne Frank and her family constitutes “Holocaust denial.”  As every student of the Holocaust knows, prisoners over the age of 45, who were sent to Auschwitz, ended up in the gas chamber, after going through a selection, and being waved to the  left by Dr. Mengele, the “Angel of Death.”  Anne’s father was 56 years old, when he arrived at Auschwitz, yet he was not sent immediately to the gas chamber, but was selected to work.

After a few months of working at Auschwitz, Otto Frank, who had previously never worked a day in his life, decided that heavy labor was not for him. He got a Jewish doctor in the camp to put him into the camp hospital, where he remained until the camp was liberated by the Soviet Union.

Anne Frank was over the age of 15 when she arrived at Auschwitz, so she was able to pass the selection and was not sent immediately to the gas chamber. However, she soon became sick and couldn’t work, so she was sent to Bergen-Belsen, the EXCHANGE camp in Germany.  The train that took her to Bergen-Belsen was a train loaded with sick prisoners, which was monitored by the Red Cross.

If Anne had not gone into hiding, along with her family, she would have eventually been sent to the Star camp at Bergen-Belsen, where she would have been treated very well.  Her school friends, who did not go into hiding, were sent to the Star  Camp, where they survived, and then went to Israel after the war.

I wrote a detailed description of the house where the Frank family went into hiding on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

 

May 1, 2014

“Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil” by gassing Jews in Germany

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:53 pm

The title of my blog post today includes a quote from a recent news article which you can read in full at http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635

This quote is from the article:

Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”

It is true that some of the extermination camps (Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Auschwitz, and Majdanek) were outside of Germany, but what about the Dachau gas chamber, which was in Germany. Is he denying the Dachau gas chamber?

What about Chelmno, which was located in the Greater German Reich, as was Mauthausen?

Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”  – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf
Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”  – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

The words in the quote were spoken by Professor Elliot S. Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at Passaic County Community College, who used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make a video, which he recently showed to his class.

According to the news article, “the video reveals Terezin (Theresienstadt) and Auschwitz in all their horror.”

The following quote is from the news article about Professor Pollack’s lecture to his class:

“The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.”

The scratches, which can be seen today, are on the walls of a gas chamber at Auschwitz, but I don’t know of any gas chambers in a “labyrinth of darkened corridors.”  That must have been at Theresienstadt.

I blogged about the gas chambers at Theresienstadt on this post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/gas-chamber-at-theresienstadt/

I blogged about the scratches on the wall of the Auschwitz gas chamber on this post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/

The article also mentions “human ashes dumped into urns and stacked against a wall.”

I previously blogged about the ashes that were put into urns at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/the-urns-used-for-ashes-at-dachau-and-other-concentration-camps/

 

Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”  – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

April 25, 2014

“Arbeit macht Frei” from morning to night

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:39 pm
Sign on the gate into the Auschwitz main camp

Early morning shot of the sign on the gate into the Auschwitz main camp

Early evening photo of Arbeit macht Frei sign

Early evening photo of Arbeit macht Frei sign in Auschwitz main camp

The phrase “Arbeit macht Frei” means that “Work will set you Free.”

In today’s world, this phrase has lost all meaning because the Jews have made this slogan into a motto which means that the Jews were immediately gassed to death in the concentration camps, after they had been fooled into thinking that they would be set free if they worked.

I have blogged until I am blue in the face about the meaning of this phrase and how it  was used in the Nazi concentration camps, but it’s no use.  The Jews have changed the meaning to suit their agenda. That’s all you know on earth. And all you need to know (borrowed from Keats).

March 16, 2014

11-year-old boy who was selected to be a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:53 pm

At Auschwitz, the Sonderkommando Jews were selected to work in the crematoria, carrying bodies out of the gas chamber, and shoving them into the cremation ovens.  But first, the Sonderkommando Jews had to pull the gold teeth out of the mouths of their fellow Jews, after they had been gassed.  (Shouldn’t they have pulled the gold teeth out BEFORE the Jews were gassed, and their bodies were contaminated with poison gas?)

Bodies of dead Jews were put onto a trolley before being shoved into the ovens at Auschwitz

Bodies of dead Jews were put onto a trolley before being shoved into the ovens at Auschwitz

Holocaust survivor Martin Becker was selected to be one of the Sonderkommando Jews, at the age of 11; he worked in this job for 5 years before he was marched out of the Auschwitz camp.

Martin Becker is still alive, at the age of 87, and he is out on the lecture circuit, telling his story, which you can read in full at http://www.thewrap.com/martin-becker-holocaust-survivor-waxword-column

Look at my photo above, taken at Auschwitz in 2005.  It shows the trolley, on which the bodies were placed, before they were shoved into the ovens at Auschwitz. At the age of 11, Martin Becker had no trouble dragging a body out of the gas chamber and throwing it up onto a trolley car.

My 1998 photo of a trolley for putting bodies into the oven at Auschwitz

My 1998 photo of a trolley for putting bodies into the oven at Auschwitz

In my photo above, there are lighted candles on the trolley where the bodies would have been placed by the Sonderkommando Jews.  At the age of 11, Martin Becker was not much taller than the trolley car.  Yet, he somehow managed to do his job as a Sonderkommando, so that he would not be shoved into the oven alive.

Why did the Nazis keep Martin Becker alive for 5 long years?  Didn’t they know that he might live to the age of 87 and tell his story to the world?

This quote is from the article about Martin Becker:

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Martin Becker was sent to Auschwitz in 1941, as a child of 11. His parents and grandparents were marched off to the gas chambers. He was handed a pliers and ordered to pull gold from the teeth of gassed corpses, individuals — he recalled in my living room this week — who moments earlier had been alive.

Martin Becker lived and worked in this death camp [Auschwitz] for five years, forced to serve as a Sonderkommando, one of the cursed crew charged with disposing of corpses, removing valuables and putting them in the ovens.

It was terrible,” he said simply, with devastating understatement. He recalled a friend he made among the Sonderkommando, Eric, who missed some of the gold in the teeth. He was thrown in the oven by a Nazi guard, still alive. He recalled 1944, when the Hungarian Jews were shipped to their deaths in Auschwitz: “They had a lot of gold in their teeth.”  [...]

The Nazis were careful to kill the Sonderkommando at regular intervals. They were witnesses to crimes, and as such, needed to be liquidated. Martin Becker said that at a key moment of liquidation, he slipped into a line of Russian children and was overlooked.  [...]

How many times did Martin have to slip into a line of Russia children to escape being killed?  According to Wikipedia, the Sonderkommando Jews were killed every 4 months, and replaced by Jews who had just arrived at the camp.

This quote is from Wikipedia:

Because of their intimate knowledge of the process of Nazi mass murder, the Sonderkommando were considered Geheimnisträger — bearers of secrets — and as such, they were kept in isolation from other camp inmates, except, of course, for those about to enter the gas chambers. Since the Nazis did not want Sonderkommandos’ knowledge to reach the outside world, they followed a policy of regularly gassing almost all the Sonderkommando and replacing them with new arrivals at intervals of approximately 4 months; the first task of the new Sonderkommandos would be to dispose of their predecessors’ corpses. Therefore since the inception of the Sonderkommando through to the liquidation of the camp there existed approximately 14 generations of Sonderkommando.[1]

Was Martin Becker big for his age, when he was 11 years old? Was he a big, strapping boy, who could throw the body of a grown man onto a trolley cart?  His photo below, shows that he is shorter than the average man today, but maybe he has shrunk with age.

Martin Becker was a Sonderkommando Jew at Auschwitz

Martin Becker was a Sonderkommando Jew at Auschwitz

December 6, 2013

British students on HET tour of Auschwitz learn about “the block of death”

Filed under: Germany, Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:28 am

A news article, in a British newspaper, which you can read in full here tells about a recent trip, taken to Auschwitz, by 17-year-old students from the UK.  Block 11, shown in the photo below, is mentioned in the article.

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Pictured above is Block 11, the prison building, which is located inside a walled courtyard in the Auschwitz main camp. It was here, in this building, that political prisoners, brought from outside the camp, were housed while they awaited trial in the courtroom of the Gestapo Summary Court, which was in this building.

Jewish prisoners from inside Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) were also brought here for punishment for what the Nazis considered serious offenses, such as sabotage in the Auschwitz factories.

My photograph above was taken in 1998, from inside the courtyard between Block 11 and Block 10. It shows the front side of the prison building, known as Block 11. On the left is the black wall, where prisoners were executed after being convicted in the courtroom that was located in Block 11.

In the photo, one can see the concrete wells placed around the basement windows so the prisoners in the cells below could not see out, but some light could enter through the open top of the well.

The windows on the ground floor have bars on them; there were dormitories with three-tiered bunk beds in these rooms, where prisoners lived while awaiting trial. The upper floor window openings, on both sides of the building, have been closed up with bricks with only a small window left at the top.

The back side of Block 11, where prisoners were housed before trial and execution

The back side of Block 11, where prisoners were housed before trial and execution

The photo above shows the other side of Block 11, where there was a gravel pit, which was used as an execution site for 152 Polish Catholic political prisoners. Note that the windows have been blocked up.

The gravel pit is where, in 1988, Carmelite nuns placed the 26-foot souvenir cross from the Mass said by the Pope at Auschwitz II in 1979.  The cross is shown on the left side of the photo above.

Think about all this, as you read this quote from the British news article:

We continue our tour of Auschwitz I [the main camp] and hear of the atrocities committed there.

We walk past Block 11, known as the “block of death,” where prisoners were tortured and medical experiments were conducted.

We are told of the Nazi tactic of sterilising Jews and those with “genetic imperfections” so they could no longer have children with the aim that they would slowly die out.

This is all new to me.  When I first visited the Auschwitz main camp in 1998, my private tour guide told me that Block 11 was where prisoners were held until they were put on trial.  If convicted, they were taken outside to the “black wall” (between Block 11 and Block 10) where they were executed with a shot in the neck.  I was told that “medical experiments” were conducted in Block 10, the building on the other side of the courtyard, across from Block 11.

My tour guide didn’t say anything about sterilising Jews at Auschwitz. This would have been a waste of time because Hitler’s alleged plan was to kill all the Jews.

As far as sterilising people with “genetic imperfections,” I know that Hitler ordered that German people with hereditary conditions should be sterlized so that conditions such as Huntington’s disease, mental illness, and hereditary deafness, would not be passed on to future generations.  Needless to say, this is no longer done in Germany, and one can see people with hereditary conditions on the streets of German cities.

This quote is also from news article:

The pupils from Imberhorne School, 17-year-olds Ellie Radcliffe and Chania Fox, both tell me they want to hear personal stories to humanise the loss of life. This is something our guide, Phillipa Meggit, from the Holocaust Educational Trust, has said on several occasions during the journey here – look beyond the figures which you can’t quantify – how can you imagine an estimated 1.2 million people whose lives were pointlessly snuffed out? – and think about the individuals.  [...]

For Chania, who lives in Crescent Road in East Grinstead, it was a pile of shoe polishes which most struck a chord.

She said: “It was the shoe polishes that really made me stop and think. Just the fact that those people were so deceived and unaware of where they were going, they brought things like that with them.”

I also noticed the small round containers of shoe polish when I visited Auschwitz, but I didn’t photograph them. The Nazis saved the shoe polish because they were planning to send it back to Germany, to give to the German people whose homes had been bombed by the Allies.

The most popular brand of shoe polish was Shinola

The most popular brand of shoe polish in America was Shinola

Shinola was the most well-know brand of shoe polish in America.  A popular expression, back in the day, was “[so and so] doesn’t know shit from Shinola.”  This could be said for the Auschwitz tour guide.

The shoe polish is representative of a different era, when people in America, as well as in Germany, polished their shoes every Saturday night, after their weekly bath in a galvinized tub in front of the kitchen stove. Everyone dressed up, back then, and put on their shined shoes, to go to church on Sunday morning.  The Jews were also shining their shoes, but on Friday night.  Who knew?

June 13, 2013

New exhibit in Block 27 at Auschwitz has been opened by Netanyahu

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:09 am

One of the followers of my blog made a comment in which he included a link to a news article about a new exhibit that has just gone up in Block 27 at the main Auschwitz camp.

My 1998 photo of Block 27 in the main Auschwitz camp

My 1998 photo of Block 27 in the main Auschwitz camp

Block 27 is located on the first street that intersects the main camp street, as you enter through the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate into the Auschwitz main camp. Turn to your right on this street and go past the camp kitchen to find Block 27.

I saw the displays in Block 27 on my first trip to Auschwitz in 1998.  I honestly don’t remember much about about it, since I saw so many of the displays in the barracks of the main camp that day. It was a bit overwhelming, but I did manage to take a photo of the exterior of Block 27, which is shown above.

This quote is from the news article:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has opened a Holocaust exhibition at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp site in southern Poland.

The display in Block 27 places the former camp in the broader context of Nazi Germany’s systematic attempt to wipe out Europe’s Jewish population.

It is being overseen by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust institute.

I have never visited the Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem in Israel, but photos of it, that I have seen, show that it is far more glitzy than your average museum.  I am assuming that the displays in Block 27 will now be more spectacular than the displays in the old version.

Interior of Yad Vashem

Interior of Yad Vashem

This quote is from the BBC news article:

The new permanent Shoah exhibition has replaced the dilapidated one that was installed in 1960s communist-era Poland.

It is an impressive, powerful exhibition. Upon entering a darkened room a prayer can be heard. The next room displays a panorama of slides and video of pre-war Jewish life in Europe. One room is devoted to Nazi ideology, showing video of speeches by Hitler and Goebbels. A map points out the numerous Jewish extermination sites across Europe. One of the most moving displays highlights the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis. An art installation reproduces their pencil drawings made during the Holocaust on stark white walls.

There is also a Book of Names, running to 58 volumes, which aims to list all the names of the six million Holocaust victims. Finally, there is a room for visitors to sit and reflect upon the horrors they have just seen.

Note that the new exhibit “has replaced the dilapidated one that was installed in the 1960s communist-era Poland.”   When I saw Block 27 in 1998, I was told that the displays, that I was now seeing, had been put up AFTER the fall of Communism.  So apparently, this new exhibit is the third exhibit in Block 27, not the second one.

I didn’t take any photos of the interior of Block 27 in 1998, but my impression was that all the displays in the former Auschwitz barracks put heavy emphasis on the Polish resistance movement, and in keeping with this theme, there was a special section on the second floor of Block 27, which was devoted to the Jewish resistance to the Nazis, both inside the camp and on the outside. According to the information given in Block 27 in 1998, Jewish partisans fought with the Polish Home Army, known as the Armia Krajowa or Polish AK, and also organized resistance on their own.

When I was there in 1998, there was a small white memorial stone to the Jews who had been gassed. The stone is shown in my photo of Block 27 above. This was the only memorial stone, that I saw, which was specifically dedicated to the Jews, and did not include the other groups that were targeted by the Nazis.

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