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May 3, 2016

“the Poles killed more Jews than the Germans did” Say what?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:15 am

The quote, in the title of my blog post today, is from this news article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/14/holocaust-scholar-questioned-on-claim-poles-killed-more-jews-than-germans-in-war

 Princeton professor Jan Tomasz Gross speaks in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photograph: Alik Kęplicz/AP

Princeton professor Jan Tomasz Gross speaks in Warsaw. Photograph: Alik Kęplicz/AP

I have written about Jan Michael Gross, who lives in America, in several blog posts including these recent posts:
https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/jan-gross-and-jewabne-back-in-the-news/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/historian-jan-tomasz-gross-is-back-in-the-news-as-poland-seeks-to-change-history/

In case you don’t understand all this, the point of this news story is that Jan Gross is trying to claim that the Poles were as bad as the Germans because they killed Jews, the same as the Germans.

There is no worse insult than to claim that some other group of people is as bad as the Germans.  The Germans are the worst people in the world, and they can never be forgiven. There are now more than one million Jews living in Germany, and they are keeping an eye on those murdering Germans to make sure that they don’t kill any more Jews.

May 2, 2016

Jews were forced to sing on their way to the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:55 pm

http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/05/01/hundreds-gather-to-remember-holocaust-in-augusta/

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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AUGUSTA — The Messalonskee High School Mastersingers performed for more than 200 people as part of the Holocaust Remembrance Day program at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Sunday afternoon.

The group of nearly 40 singers performed eight “Songs of Darkness and Hope” which were sung by Jews during the Holocaust, including Ani Ma’amin, known to have been sung by dozens of Jews as they were marched to the gas chambers in Nazi death camps. The students worked on the project for nearly a year in preparation for their Yom HaShoah performances.

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According to the official guide book for the Dachau camp, which I purchased on my first visit to the camp, the Jews were forced to sing on their way to work.

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“Nevertheless, in the first years the concentration camps offered to the outside world a picture of diligence, order and cleanliness. Terror and oppression were not immediately noticeable. When official visitors were conducted around the camp, they saw sparkling clean barracks, well-tended flower beds, and – from a distance – prisoners marching to work singing.”

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Did those evil Nazis really force the Jews to sing on their way to the gas chamber in Auschwitz, or were they singing on their way to work?

I wrote about the Jews singing on their way to the gas chamber on this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/the-jews-were-forced-to-sing-as-they-marched-to-the-gas-chamber-in-the-auschwitz-main-camp/

The following quote is from the same news article, cited above:

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Yom HaShoah, as it is known in Israel and colloquially, commemorates the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust by Nazi Germany and its allies. [the American] Congress designated an eight-day period of remembrance from May 1-May 8 in 1980.

The next exhibit at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, “Children’s Reactions to the Holocaust,” opens May 16 and runs until August 12.

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What ever happened to separation of church and state in America? Apparently this doesn’t apply to the Holocaust religion.

“selected for the gas chamber at roll call”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:14 am
Holocaust survivor Sara Cain

Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Sara Cain

Today I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4798208,00.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Sara Kain was born in 1919 in Kassa (Košice), Czechoslovakia, to a religiously traditional family of eight. In April 1944, a month after the Germans occupied Hungary, the Jews of Kassa and the neighboring towns were concentrated into a ghetto. In May, they were transferred to a brick factory. Sara, her sister Ethel and her parents were deported to Auschwitz [Birkenau] in early June 1944. […]

On arrival at Auschwitz, Sara’s parents were led to the gas chambers. The girls were processed as inmates at the camp.

Sara suffered from numerous sicknesses in the camp. At one roll call, [her sister] Ethel was selected for the gas chambers. With help from acquaintances, Sara managed to get Ethel back.

In April 1945, the camp was liberated by the US Army. After a period of recuperation, she and Ethel decided to make their way to Eretz Israel, where their brother and sister lived.

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What do we learn from this story, dear readers? We learn that the Jews knew about the gas chambers from the moment that they arrived at Auschwitz. If any young people were separated from their parents, they knew instantly that the parents had been taken immediately to the gas chamber and killed. Yet the Nazis were nice enough to take photos of the old people before gassing them.

Elderly Jews waiting for a truck to take them to the gas chamber

Elderly Jews waiting for a truck to take them to the gas chamber

Elderly men were photographed before being gassed

Elderly Jewish men before they were gassed to death

But, not to worry. Young girls were saved, from the gas chamber, by the other prisoners in the camp.

What a sloppy way to conduct a Holocaust! No wonder there are so many survivors still alive today, and able to tell us what really happened.

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate after being liberated by soldiers in the Soviet Union

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate after being liberated by soldiers in the Soviet Union

The Auschwitz main camp, the Birkenau death camp and the Monowitz labor camp were liberated by soldiers of the Soviet Union in the First Army of the Ukrainian Front, under the command of Marshal Koniev, on January 27, 1945.

The photo above shows a few of the survivors in the main Auschwitz camp, standing near the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate. One prisoner has his arms around the neck of a Soviet soldier who is wearing a fur hat. This photo was staged in early February, 1945 after the liberation, as the liberators did not have cameras with them.

As far as I know, there were no photos taken by the American soldiers, who liberated Auschwitz, according to Sara Cain.

 

 

 

May 1, 2016

Maximillian Kolbe — fact or fiction?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:14 pm
My photo of cell #18 where Kolbe starved himself to death

My photo of cell #18 where Kolbe starved himself to death

You can read the latest information about Saint Maximillian Kolbe, and decide for yourself if his story is fact or fiction: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2016/04/maximillian-kolbe-and-the-redemption-of-auschwitz.html

Let me say, right off the bat, that I am a heretic. I am going to hell because I don’t believe a word of the Kolbe story.

I wrote about Kolbe on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz06B.html

and I blogged about him at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/father-kolbe-the-catholic-priest-who-died-in-place-of-another-at-auschwitz/

The following quote is from the blog, cited above:

We were graced this month to travel to Poland on a parish pilgrimage. It was my first extended visit to the country, so it was therefore a great joy to visit Niepokalanow — the friary of St. Maximilian Kolbe. The visit started with Mass in the simple chapel founded by the saint. We continued by visiting his cell, viewing his relics and then worshipping in the modern basilica that stands on the site.

The next day our pilgrims visited the great Marian shrine of Czestochowa before going on to Auschwitz. The amazing accomplishments of St. Maximilian Kolbe climaxed in his death at the extermination camp, and to visit his monastic cell one day and his death cell the next was an awesome, moving and troubling experience. Here was a man, who, from his early life, decided to live for others and ended his life dying for another.

 

 

An estimated 1.7 million people visited Auschwitz last year.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 10:29 am
My photo of the ruins of Krema III where Jews were gassed

My photo of the ruins of Krema III where Jews were gassed at Birkenau

I have visited Auschwitz three times; the first time was in 1998, when I was the only person there, besides my private tour guide. I had found this tour guide through a tour company in New York City.

My photo of the infamous gate into Birkenau

My photo of the infamous gatehouse into Birkenau

I recall that my tour guide, in 1998, would not let me get off the road through the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp; she said that there were “snakes in the grass.” She meant real snakes, not Holocaust deniers.

Since then, I have visited the Auschwitz main camp and the Birkenau camp two more times, in 2005 and 2008. I have also visited the town of Auschwitz twice.

My photo of the Holocaust memorial at Birkenau

My photo of the dark and dreary Holocaust memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today, I read a news article about what it is like to visit the Birkenau camp today: http://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/annette-finley-croswhite-the-holocaust-still-has-lessons-to-teach/article_b8b9912a-2c1d-53f4-a7aa-486249725360.html

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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ARMS AND LEGS shoved and kicked me. An elderly woman fell to the ground as people battled their way onto the last bus out of town. Fearful of the crowd’s aggression, I grew protective of my companion, a young pregnant woman. “Be careful,” I called out, “she’s pregnant; please let her on.” At that moment the man behind me wrenched my shoulder backwards and screamed into my ear, “Pregnant, yeah right! Let me on because I’m pregnant too!”

In another situation this hostility might have been insignificant. I was standing just outside Auschwitz-Birkenau, however, and these ill-behaved tourists had just left this infamous site of human depravity. Horror stricken, I could not help but wonder at how quickly the process of dehumanization begins in the sea of anonymity and how urgent the lessons of history are today.

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I think that the problem is that the Holocaust has now become a joke. So many lies have been told in the past about the Holocaust, that now no one believes in it.

The following quote is also from the news article:

“….the recently opened souvenir center just outside Birkenau is a particularly troubling indication of Holocaust trivialization.

In the store, Polish key chains are for sale next to postcards featuring cremation ovens or black refrigerator magnets with the word “Auschwitz” embossed in gray. Next door, pierogies and pizzas are offered within sight of the death gate and ramp where so many victims were sent straight to the gas chambers or admitted into the camp to face slow starvation and death. A few miles from Auschwitz, an amusement park is under construction. One will soon be able to combine a visit to the death camp with roller coaster rides. What a difference more than 70 years makes!

April 30, 2016

The significance of the Bug river

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:52 am

If you don’t know the significance of the Bug river, you know nothing.

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

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A tributary of the Narew River, the Bug forms part of the border between Ukraine and Poland for 185 kilometres (115 mi),[2] and between Belarus and Poland for 178 kilometres (111 mi),[2][3] and is the fourth longest Polish river.

[…]

Traditionally the Bug River was also often considered the ethnographical border between the Orthodox and Catholic Polish peoples. The Bug was the dividing line between German Wehrmacht and Russian Red Army forces following the 1939 invasion of Poland in the Second World War.

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The Bug river forms the border between Poland and three other countries. So what? you say. Does it seem strange to you that the Nazis put their “death camps” right on their border with these other countries?

The Bug river forms the border between Poland and xxx

My 1998 photo of the entrance into the Treblinka camp

My 1998 photo of the road into Treblinka camp

Take a look at my 1998 photos of the bridge over the Bug river.

My 1998 photo of the bridge over the Bug river

My 1998 photo of the wooden bridge over the Bug river

My 1998 photo of the middle of the bridge

My 1998 photo of the middle of the bridge

After the joint conquest of Poland by the Germans and the Russians in September 1939, the river Bug (pronounced Boog) became the border between the German-occupied General Government of Poland and the Russian zone of occupation; then Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 and conquered the strip of eastern Poland that was being occupied by the Russians. Treblinka is located in the former General Government.

On January 20, 1942, a conference was held in Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, where plans were made for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Three extermination camps, called the Operation Reinhard Camps were planned at this conference.

Treblinka was the last of the Operation Reinhard camps to be set up; the other two were Sobibor and Belzec. All three of the Operation Reinhard camps were located on the western side of the Bug river. There is a bend in the river near Treblinka, which required a bridge over the river in order to get to the village of Treblinka, although the village is located on the western side of the border between the former General Government and the Russian zone of occupation.

Hardly more than a creek, the Bug is shallow enough in some places so that one can wade across it, and according to historian Martin Gilbert, some refugees, from both sides, did wade across. The movie “Europa, Europa” has a scene in which Jewish refugees are shown walking toward the Russian sector, trying to escape the Nazis in September 1939 by crossing the Bug river on rafts.

I wrote about the significance of Treblinka on this page of my webite: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/introduction.html

The following quote is from my web page, cited above:

Treblinka was second only to Auschwitz in the number of Jews who were killed by the Nazis: between 700,000 and 900,000, compared to an estimated 1.1 million to 1.5 million at Auschwitz.

The Treblinka death camp was located 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Warsaw, near the railroad junction at the village of Malkinia Górna, which is 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the train station in the tiny village of Treblinka.

Raul Hilberg stated in his three-volume book, “The Destruction of the European Jews,” that there were six Nazi extermination centers, including Treblinka. The other extermination camps were at Belzec, Sobibor, Chelmno, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau, all of which are located in what is now Poland. The last two also functioned as forced labor camps (Zwangsarbeitslager), and were still operational shortly before being liberated by the Soviet Union towards the end of the war in 1944 and early 1945.

The camps at Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor and Chelmno had already been liquidated by the Germans before the Soviet soldiers arrived, and there was no remaining evidence of the extermination of millions of Jews. The combined total of the deaths at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor was 1.5 million, according to Raul Hilberg.

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97-year-old Holocaust survivor still enjoys laying a guilt trip on German teenagers

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:11 am
Betty Bausch speaking to students

Betty Bausch speaks to students about her experience in WWII

The following quote is from a recent news article which you can read in full at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4797397,00.html

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Just before Holocaust Memorial Day, 97-year-old survivor Betty Bausch has again packed her suitcase and travelled to tell young Germans of the harm that their nation inflicted decades before they were born. In recent years, this has become her life’s work.

Every time that Bausch finishes describing her family’s travails in the Holocaust and asks for audience questions, the room is filled with a tense silence that eventually becomes an honest, if painful, conversation between a survivor of the inferno and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the those who committed the atrocities.

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The moral of this story is this: never try to kick a Jew out of your country. The Jews have a right to live in any country in the world, even though they now have their own country [Israel].

The following quote is also from the news article, cited above:

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Bausch’s story of survival from the days of the war is extraordinary. Thanks to endless resourcefulness, aid in procuring forged documents, and an Aryan appearance, she managed to hide and live under a fake identity, thus avoiding being sent to a concentration camp.

She was born and raised in Amsterdam, where she had a happy childhood. Like most of the Netherlands’s Jews, she did not experience anti-Semitism.

Her parents passed on their religious and Zionist stances to their children. However, they hesitated and didn’t use the permits to immigrate to the Land of Israel that they had before the war. When the Germans invaded the Netherlands, it was too late, and they [her parents] were sent to the Sobibor extermination camp and killed.

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You can read about Sobibor on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Sobibor/Tour01.html

This quote is also from the news article:

Bausch has been speaking for 20 years in the Netherlands and for the past six in Germany. “I always begin by telling the youths about my time at their age, when I was 16 years old,” she said, “because I think that it interests them, what I did at their age, and not at 97.

At that time, we only had one radio, which I would always turn on when Hitler was making a speech. He would say, ‘The Jews are the rats of the world and must be destroyed.’ When my family heard that, they would say to me, ‘Betty, turn it off, turn it off; we don’t want to hear it.’ I was the only one told them, ‘We have to hear it; we have to know what that man wants to do with the Jews. If he says it, he’ll do it.’ They would answer me, ‘No, no, it’s just words.’

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Did you catch that? These Jews in the Netherlands had ONLY ONE RADIO. When I was a child, my family did not have even one radio. We had to go a neighbor’s house to hear President Roosevelt speak on the radio. I should be out on the lecture circuit, telling about how I suffered during World War II. Oh, the humanity!

April 29, 2016

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Dachau

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

On my scrapbookpages.com website, I have a whole section about the Dachau concentration camp:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/index.html

In my web pages about Dachau, I have a section about the liberation of Dachau. I have personally spoken to Dan Dougherty, one of the liberators who lives near me. I wrote about what he said, regarding the liberation of Dachau, on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay.html

The following quote is from my website:

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Liberation of Dachau, 29 April 1945

“Sunday, just after the noon meal, the air was unusually still. The big field outside the compound was deserted. Suddenly someone began running toward the gate at the other side of the field. Others followed. The word was shouted through the mass of gray, tired prisoners. Americans! That word repeated, yelled over the shoulders in throaty Polish, in Italian, in Russian, and Dutch and in the familiar ring of French. The first internee was shot down as he rushed toward the gate by the guard. Yet they kept running and shouting through eager lips and unbelieving eyes. Americans!” Dachau Liberated The Official Report by the U.S. Seventh Army

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Polish prisoners celebrate their liberation from Dachau

Polish prisoners celebrate their liberation from Dachau concentration camp

You can read more about the liberation of Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay3.html

April 28, 2016

The largest mass murder in a single location in human history

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 7:46 am

If you know anything at all about world history, you already know that the largest mass murder in a single location took place near Oświęcim, the town formerly known by it’s German residents as Auschwitz.

Town hall in Auschwitz

Town hall in Auschwitz

The area where the town of Auschwitz is located is rich in natural resources and geographically well-situated. Oświęcim, aka Auschwitz, attracted settlers and occupiers throughout its history. By 1300, Oświęcim was a mid-sized market town with more than a hundred homes. Many early residents were Germans, who called the town Auschwitz.

Building in Auschwitz

Building in Auschwitz

Ashkenazi Jewish settlers began migrating eastward from central Europe in the thirteenth century, arriving in Oświęcim in the mid-sixteenth century. Although Oswięcim’s Jews weathered accusations and prohibitions, they also enjoyed privileges and economic freedoms. By the 1860s, half of the town’s residents were Jews.

Synagogue in Auschwitz

Synagogue in Auschwitz

If you don’t know the history of Auschwitz, you can catch up by reading this news article at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/27/auschwitz-short-history-liberation-concentration-camp-holocaust

The following quote is from the news article:

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Auschwitz: a short history of the largest mass murder site in human history

The first Nazi base in Auschwitz, named after the nearby Silesian town of Oświęcim, was set up in May 1940, 37 miles west of Krakow. Now known as Auschwitz I, the site covered 40 square kilometres.

In January 1942, the Nazi party decided to roll out the “Final Solution”. Camps dedicated solely to the extermination of Jews had been created before, but this was formalised by SS Lieutenant General Reinhard Heydrich in a speech at the Wannsee conference. The extermination camp Auschwitz II (or Auschwitz-Birkenau) was opened in the same year.

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There may be a few people in the world, who have been living in a cave somewhere, and they have never heard of the Wannsee conference, where the Holocaust was planned by the Nazis.

The following quote is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

The full title of the Wannsee Conference was “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe.” The original phrase was “a final territorial solution of the Jewish question.” The term “Jewish Question” referred to a question that had been discussed for years: Should the Jews have their own state within the country where they lived, or should they assimilate?

On the witness stand at the Nuremberg IMT, Hermann Goering said that the conference was about “the total solution to the Jewish Question” and that it meant the evacuation of the Jews, not extermination.

The minutes or protocols of the Wannsee meeting, 15 pages in all, were written by 36-year-old Adolf Eichmann. The copy that was found in 1947 was undated and unsigned; it had no stamp of any Bureau. The copy appeared to be a draft report of the meeting that was held on January 20, 1942 at Wannsee.

On the witness stand at the Nuremberg IMT, Hermann Goering said that the conference was about “the total solution to the Jewish Question” and that it meant the evacuation of the Jews, not extermination.

The full text of the letter from Goering to Reinhard Heydrich, ordering the Final Solution, (Nuremberg Document PS-710) is quoted below:

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To the Chief of the Security Police and the SD, SS Gruppenfuehrer Heydrich

Berlin

In completion of the task which was entrusted to you in the Edict dated January 24, 1939, of solving the Jewish question by means of emigration or evacuation in the most convenient way possible, given the present conditions, I herewith charge you with making all necessary preparations with regard to organizational, practical and financial aspects for a total solution [Gesamtloesung] of the Jewish question in the German sphere of influence in Europe.

Insofar as the competencies of other central organizations are affected, these are to be involved.

I further charge you with submitting to me promptly an overall plan of the preliminary organizational, practical and financial measures for the execution of the intended final solution (Endloesung) of the Jewish question.

Goering

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The fifteen men who met at Wannsee for this historic occasion were not elder statesmen, but men in their prime, who were, for the most part, long standing members of the Nazi party. Heydrich’s involvement with the Nazis dated back to the dawn of the Fascist movement in Germany when he was a teen-aged member of the Freikorp, a volunteer militia group which engaged in bloody street battles with the Communists, who were led in Berlin by the Jewish militants, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxembourg, and in Munich by the Jewish leader, Kurt Eisner.

Approximately 11 million Jews were to be involved in the final solution of the European Jewish question, distributed as follows among the individual countries:

Country – Number

A. Germany proper 131,800
Austria 43,700
Eastern territories 420,000
General Government 2,284,000
Bialystok 400,000
Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia 74,200
Estonia – free of Jews –
Latvia 3,500
Lithuania 34,000
Belgium 43,000
Denmark 5,600
France / occupied territory 165,000
unoccupied territory 700,000
Greece 69,600
Netherlands 160,800
Norway 1,300

B. Bulgaria 48,000
England 330,000
Finland 2,300
Ireland 4,000
Italy including Sardinia 58,000
Albania 200
Croatia 40,000
Portugal 3,000
Rumania including Bessarabia 342,000
Sweden 8,000
Switzerland 18,000
Serbia 10,000
Slovakia 88,000
Spain 6,000
Turkey (European portion) 55,500
Hungary 742,800
USSR 5,000,00

Ukraine 2,994,684
White Russia
excluding Bialystok 446,484

Total over 11,000,000

 

April 27, 2016

The scale of Birkenau is overwhelming, and it was built for the sole purpose of murdering Jews

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:23 pm
British students on HET tour at Birkenau

British HET tour at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The title of this blog post comes from a British news article which you can read in full at  http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/14454508.Time_will_not_allow_us_to_forget/

The following quote is from the news article:

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By 1941 the Nazi genocide had stepped up and [the] Auschwitz [main camp] became too small due to the sheer number of prisoners arriving from across occupied countries.

Two miles away is the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau – a camp with an area covering an area the size of 250 football pitches [425 acres].

The scale of Birkenau is overwhelming, and harrowingly it was built for the sole purpose of murdering Jews.

The iconic railway tracks and entrance dominate the bleak and desolate camp. It is difficult not to see the brick watch tower from any part of the site.

Rabbi Barry Marcus of London’s Central Synagogue revealed that only around 25 per cent of prisoners were taken to the camps to work, while 75 per cent were sent straight to the gas chambers.

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So the stupid Nazis built a camp that was the size of 250 football fields, just for the purpose of gassing Jews.

The news article continues with this quote:

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The first camp we visited was Auschwitz [main camp], one hour from Krakow airport.

Sign in main Auschwitz camp warns against touching fence

Sign in main Auschwitz camp warns against touching the electrified fence

Originally the [Auschwitz main camp] site was used as a barracks [for German soldiers] but when the Nazis invaded Poland the empty buildings became the first concentration camp in that area.

Barracks for German soldiers at Auschwitz

Barracks for German soldiers with Appell Platz at Auschwitz main camp

Barrack building Auschwitz main camp

Barrack building in the  Auschwitz main camp was for German soldiers

Auschwitz barracks in winter 2006 Photo Credit: José Ángel López

Auschwitz barracks in winter 2006
Photo Credit: José Ángel López

As we made our way under the ”Arbeit Macht Frei” sign at the gates [into the main camp], the persecution was revealed in greater detail.

The sign translates as ‘work makes you free’ – a sick joke by the Nazis, as nobody was supposed to leave the [main Auschwitz] camp alive.

More likely than not you have heard horrifying stories from survivors or other Holocaust educators but the true extent cannot be described without seeing it for yourself.

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What do British students learn from their HET tours? They learn to worship Jews and to hate Germans.  “that’s all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” [Ode to a Grecian urn]

 

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