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February 23, 2017

The Jews who were forced to work in Nazi death factories

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:57 am
Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Russian liberator

Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Russian soldier who helped to liberate the camp

A photo that is very similar to the one above is shown in a news article about the Sonderkommando Jews who were forced to help the Nazis, in the killing of the Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The following quote is from the news article which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.773405

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The members of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz worked in the gas chambers. They were posted to the undressing rooms, where the victims had to disrobe; they were responsible for the removal of the bodies after the murder; for removing valuables from the bodies; for burning the bodies; for dealing with the body parts that did not burn completely; and finally they carried the ashes to the river and dumped them in the water.

As Shaul Chazan, one of the Sonderkommando survivors, told me: At 9:30, a transport of 3,500 people would arrive, and four hours later, not a trace of them remained – as though they had never existed. [Chazan’s testimony appears in Greif’s “We Wept Without Tears”; Yale University Press, 2005.] The Sonderkommando carried out all those tasks, but it’s important for me to emphasize that they never took part in the work of murder itself. They did not murder anyone. Only the Germans threw the deadly gas into the chambers.

End quote from news article

I wrote about the Sonderkommando Jews on my scrapbookpages.com website BEFORE I became a Holocaust denier.

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One of the survivors of Auschwitz was Samuel Pisar, who was first sent, at the age of 13, to the Majdanek death camp, in August 1943, when the Bialystok ghetto in Poland was liquidated. A few months later, he was transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was put to work.

In an article in the Washington Post, published on January 23, 2005, Samuel Pisar wrote the following about his experience at Birkenau:

My labor commando was assigned to remove garbage from a ramp near the Crematoria. From there I observed the peak of human extermination and heard the blood-curdling cries of innocents as they were herded into the gas chambers. Once the doors were locked, they had only three minutes to live, yet they found enough strength to dig their fingernails into the walls and scratch in the words “Never Forget.”

One of the Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners, who loaded the corpses of the murdered Jews into the Crematoria ovens after they were killed in the gas chambers with Zyklon-B, was Schlomo Venezia who described his work in an interview with Adam L. Freeman, a reporter with the Bloomberg News, on December 17, 2007.

According to Freeman’s article, posted on the web site http://www.bloomberg.com, Schlomo worked for eight months at Birkenau in 1944, “…12 hours a day, seven days a week, cadaver after cadaver until it became a mechanical task, like feeding a heating furnace with cords of wood.”

Schlomo Venezia wrote a memoir entitled “Sonderkommando Auschwitz,” which was originally published in French; a new Italian version was published in 2007.

The following quote about Schlomo’s story is from Adam L. Freeman’s article in the Bloomberg News on December 17, 2007:

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He [Schlomo] recalls, for example, the day he met his father’s emaciated cousin in an undressing room at the gas chambers. Venezia offered him the only solace possible, he writes — some sardines and a lie that the Zyklon B would kill him quickly.

“It was just terrible to have to lie, but there was no way around it,” Venezia explains. “I tried in some way to make the horrible situation easier.”

The Sonderkommandos, as the prisoners working at the gas chambers were known, were privy to how the Nazis went about their butchery. Determined to keep their methods secret, the Nazis killed members of these units at regular intervals, making Venezia’s memoir rare.

He was 20 years old at the time; he will turn 84 on Dec. 29. His own mother was murdered at the camp while he worked at the ovens — one of more than 1 million Jews killed there.

As we talk over a table of ties in his one-room shop near the Trevi Fountain, Venezia remains almost motionless. His Hungarian-born wife, Marika, tends to shoppers entering through the glass door. At one point, she places a box of coffee-filled chocolates between us.

The descendant of an old Jewish family from Spain and Italy, Venezia was born in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, where he grew up fatherless and poor, speaking Greek, Italian and Ladino, a Spanish-Jewish dialect.

Poverty sharpened his wits, he says. Working the black market in Nazi-occupied Greece, Venezia learned some German, which may have saved his life. In the camp, he escaped beatings by understanding when guards shouted out the number tattooed on his arm: 182727.

Cutting the hair off cadavers, pulling their gold teeth and dragging them to the furnaces became mechanical, Venezia says, because it was the only way to stay sane. The routine broke down only once, he recalls, when the prisoners were confronted with the lifeless body of a woman possessing “the absolute beauty of an ancient statue.”

She looked like “a woman in a painting,” Venezia says, pausing for a moment in reflection. “Like Mona Lisa.” Yet there was nothing to do but cremate her.

Another day, his unit found a live baby trying to suck its dead mother’s breast among a heap of corpses in a gas chamber. The prisoners watched without protest as a Nazi guard unloaded his pistol into the infant.

“There were so many terrible things that happened,” he says. “Every day it was something else.”

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February 22, 2017

Karl Röder was forced by Nazi officials to forge the “Arbeit macht frei” slogan on the Dachau gate

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:41 pm
My photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

My photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

The title of this blog post comes from a line in a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.dw.com/en/stolen-arbeit-macht-frei-gate-returned-to-holocaust-memorial-in-dachau/a-37665320

The following quote is from the news article:

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The original wrought-iron gate carrying the infamous Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (“work sets you free”) was returned to Dachau from Norway on Wednesday.

It will be restored and publicly unveiled this April on the 72nd anniversary of the camp’s liberation. The gate will not be returned to its original location, but rather be displayed in the museum on the grounds of the former concentration camp near Munich in Bavaria that now serves as a memorial.

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I have been to the former Dachau camp several times, beginning with my first visit in 1998.

The red brick road up to the Dachau gate

My photo of the red brick road up to the Dachau gatehouse

I have a section on my website about the Dachau gate: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/Gatehouse.html

The iron gate at the entrance through the Dachau gatehouse into the prison compound is shown in my photo at the top of this page.

The sign which reads “Arbeit Macht Frei” was removed soon after the Dachau camp was liberated, but it was reconstructed in 1965 at the same time that two barrack buildings were reconstructed for visitors. One of the reconstructed barracks can be seen on the left side of my photo at the top of this page.

The slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” was allegedly coined by Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels in an effort to convince the public that the Nazi concentration camps were merely work camps designed to politically rehabilitate Communists, Social Democrats and anarchists.

This slogan was first used over the gate of a “wild camp” in the city of Oranienburg which was set up in an abandoned brewery in March 1933 during the time that the first political prisoners were being held for an indefinite period without charges in a number of places in Germany.

In 1936, the Oranienburg camp was rebuilt as the Sachsenhausen camp. The Dachau camp was also rebuilt, starting in 1936. The gatehouse at Sachsenhausen also bears this inscription, but the third major German concentration camp, Buchenwald, has a sign on the gate that reads “Jedem das Seine,” which means To Each his Own.

Dachau and Sachsenhausen were both Class I camps for offenders, who were considered capable of being rehabilitated and who were eligible for possible release.

Rudolf Höss, who trained at Dachau and then served as an adjutant at Sachsenhausen before becoming the first Commandant at Auschwitz, used this motto over the gate into the main camp, Auschwitz I, which was classified as a Class I camp for political prisoners. Auschwitz II, also known as Birkenau, was not a Class I camp, so Birkenau did not have this slogan over the gatehouse.

Two other Nazi concentration camps which used the slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” on their gate houses were Flossenbürg and Gross-Rosen. This slogan also appeared on a gate inside the Gestapo prison in the Small Fortress at Terezin, formerly known as Theresienstadt.

Just how unpopular is Donald Trump?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 7:45 am

donald-trump.jpeg

President Trump gives himself a “thumbs up”.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-unpopular-us-president-how-much-approval-ratings-chart-richard-nixon-white-house-oval-a7590861.html

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It recently emerged [Trump] the former reality TV star was less popular after his first four weeks than any President before him, according to data collected by respected pollster Gallup.

Most Presidents enjoy a spike in popularity at the beginning of their term, but Mr Trump’s 41 per cent approval rating is far below the average 61 per cent.

On taking office, [Trump] the bombastic billionaire also had a record low approval rating of 45 per cent. He was the first president to enter the White House with less than majority approval. 

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I think that we should look on the bright side. Trump is the worst President ever. [“the worst Jerry, the worst”] No matter who is elected President of the USA in the future, he or she cannot be any worse than Trump.

February 21, 2017

President Trump spoke out against anti-Semitic threats, but his words were not enough for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:45 pm

The title of this blog post is a quote from this news article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/02/21/anne-frank-center-slams-trump-do-not-make-us-jews-settle-for-crumbs-of-condescension/?utm_term=.05934eba3a7d

This is the headline on the news article:

Anne Frank Center slams Trump: ‘Do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension’

The following quote is from the news article:

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On Tuesday morning, Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, blasted Trump in a Facebook post.

“His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record,” Goldstein said in the statement. “Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration.”

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Trump is learning that you can never bow low enough to the Jews.

I have a section on my website that is all about Anne Frank: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank02.html

President Trump, under pressure to speak out against rising anti-Semitic vandalism in the country…

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:36 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/21/trump-calls-rising-violence-aimed-at-jews-horrible-and-painful/?utm_term=.9cc12014caac

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump

Why should there be “rising violence aimed at Jews” at this point? Is it because we have Jews in the White House now: Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka who converted to Judaism after she married Kushner?

The following quote is from the news article:

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“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Trump said.

During an earlier interview with NBC News at the site, Trump said: “Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop, and it has to stop.”

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A preposition is not a word with which one should end a sentence

Filed under: TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 am

I recently wrote a blog post, on which I made a serious mistake in grammar when I ended a sentence with a preposition.

One of my readers offered to help me with my grammar.

This made me think about an old episode on the TV show “Beavis and Butt-head”, in which two FBI agents were having a conversation.

The first FBI agent said to his partner: “That’s the trailer they were jacking off in.”

The second FBI agent said: “You know better than to end a sentence with a preposition.”

Beavus and Butthead

Beavis and Butt-head

The first FBI agent then says: “Is that the trailer in which they were jacking off?”

In other words, there are some things that you just can’t write without ending your sentence with a preposition.

Technically this quote is from the movie “Beavis and Butt-Head do America”  based on the TV show.  I especially like the old lady in the movie.

February 20, 2017

A Jewish visitor to Sachsenhausen completely misunderstands the history of the camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:44 pm
My photo of the sculpture at Sachsenhausen

My photo of the sculpture at Sachsenhausen

You can read, in this news article, about how a young Jewish woman was completely mislead about Sachsenhausen: http://jewishjournal.com/opinion/215357/burned-ovens-drowned-sea-rammed-vehicles-bombed-pieces-marched-death-world-want-jews-us-today/

I have a section on my website where you can read all about Sachsenhausen: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/index.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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I walked into a concentration camp in Germany – and I walked out. A Jewish woman leaving a Nazi camp defies the odds and realities of millions of human beings.

“If you are done with the alt-right you filthy kike, then fuck off to Israel or just get into the oven. Problem solved.” A man wrote me those words, which I read before coming face to face with the crematorium at a Nazi concentration camp in Germany, the very ovens where bodies of millions of Jews were incinerated.

I found myself unexpectedly terrorized, shaken to my core. Never did I imagine visiting a concentration camp. Despite being born to a Jewish mother, I had zero desire and felt no family connection to the Holocaust. But there I found myself in Sachsenhausen: standing trapped within barbed wire and walls, fighting the most intense bone chill of my life, losing hope in humanity and in myself.

On the heels of hearing a German parliamentarian negate that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe or worldwide, a cab driver affirm that Jews were responsible for 9/11, and a former neo-Nazi quote an Austrian military officer in saying his radical political beliefs would have been welcome had they won the war, I felt paralyzed – staring into the ovens in search of answers, of lessons, of direction.

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You can read about Sachsenhausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/ConcentrationCamp/GasChamber.html

The following quote is from my website:

Station Z was the nickname that the SS gave to the execution site at Sachsenhausen. Beginning in the fall of 1939, Station Z was the site where prisoners who had been condemned to death in a Nazi court were executed by a firing squad.

According to the memoirs of Rudolf Höss, who was on the staff at Sachsenhausen for a time, anyone who was convicted of war-time sabotage or enemy activity against the state was sent to the nearest concentration camp for execution, and the first such execution after the war started in 1939 was carried out at Sachsenhausen when a Communist, who had refused to perform his assigned air raid duties in an aircraft factory, was shot.

Staton Z is also the location of an alleged gas chamber that was allegedly first put into operation in 1943, presumably to gas Russian POWs since there were no Jews in the camp at that time.

At a Military Tribunal conducted by the Soviet Union in October 1947, Camp Commandant Anton Kaindl confessed to the gassing of prisoners, on his own authority, at Sachsenhausen. This was an obvious lie.

The gas chamber and the execution site were both inside the Industrial Yard, where the factories were located; they were separated from the prison enclosure by a brick wall.

The name Station Z was intended to be a joke, according to the Memorial Site, because the entrance to the camp was through Building A, which was the gate house, and Station Z was the exit from the camp for those who had been executed.

End quote from my website

Vice president Mike Pence visits Dachau memorial site

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:15 am
My photo of the back side of the monument at Dachau

My photo of the back side of International monument at Dachau, taken in a light rain

My photo of the monument

My photo shows another view of the Dachau International monument

You can read a news article here about Vice President Mike Pence and his recent visit to the Dachau memorial site: http://www.jta.org/2017/02/19/news-opinion/politics/mike-pence-visits-site-of-nazi-camp-dachau

The point of the article, cited above, is contained in this quote which is at the very end of the article:

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The visit [to Dachau] comes after an outcry over the Trump Administration’s statement issued last month for international Holocaust Remembrance Day, which did not specifically mention Jews.

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There is a law in Germany that any official visitor must first go to Dachau and place a wreath in honor of the Jews who were killed by the Germans. After all these years, the German must still be demonized and they must forever hang their heads in shame. That’s what happens when you kill God’s Chosen People.

There are now over one million Jews back in Germany and they are keeping an eye on the Germans, to make sure that they bow down to the Jews.

The following quote is from the news article:

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The Pences visited the International Memorial at the center of [the Dachau] camp, where they laid a wreath.  They also visited a Jewish memorial and a Catholic memorial on the grounds, and attended a service at the Church of Reconciliation, located on the camp grounds.

They also toured the barracks, a crematorium, and a gas chamber.

Naor described to Pence the work he did at the camp, and a typical meal, which he said was a slice of bread. “If it was a miracle that we survived, I don’t know” what it was, Naor said.

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Maybe it was a huge chunck of bread and a bowl of soup that this prisoner was given for each meal, and that’s how he survived.

I wrote about Dachau on this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/how-many-prisoners-were-murdered-at-dachau/

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Dachau was established in 1933, and served as the model for all other Nazi camps. Over 200,000 people from across Europe were imprisoned in Dachau and over 41,000 killed. U.S. soldiers liberated Dachau in April 1945.

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That is old news. The number of prisoners who died at Dachau has been lowered considerably. I wrote about the number of prisoners that were killed at Dachau on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/how-many-prisoners-were-murdered-at-dachau/

The point of all this is that, no matter how low the Germans bow down to the Jews, they can never be forgiven for Dachau, or any of the other camps where Jews were imprisoned.

February 19, 2017

Typesetter’s cabinet on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory”

Filed under: TV shows, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:03 pm

A few days ago, I watched a rerun of the very first episode of the TV show named “The Big Bang Theory”. The show takes place in an apartment that was first occupied by Sheldon Cooper.  Then Leonard Hoffstetter becomes Sheldon’s room mate after passing a test, where he answers Sheldon’s  science questions correctly.

In the very first episode, the furniture in Sheldon’s apartment consisted of two folding lawn chairs and a coffee table made from something which I am not able to identify. In the background, there is a chest of drawers, which I believe is a typesetter’s chest.

There are tiny drawers in the chest, that used to be filled with type, which was formerly used to set type for a newspaper. I know this because I used to live in a small town that had a newspaper that was actually set in type by hand, one letter at a time.

My next door neighbor was the editor of the newspaper. When I was 12 years old, she took me to visit the newspaper office where she used to set the type for the town newspaper. In her newspaper office was a chest of drawers like the one that is shown on The Big Bang TV show. This was my introduction to the newspaper business and I decided, then and there, that I wanted to be a newspaper editor some day.

Fortunately, I lived only 45 miles from the University of Missouri which had the only university in the world, at that time, which had a School of Journalism. As the saying goes, the rest is history. I actually took a class in typesetting by hand, at the University of Missouri.

But to get back to The Big Bang TV show, the typesetter’s drawers are never mentioned on the show. I would like to know the story behind the drawers, and why they are never mentioned on the show.

World leaders are attending a conference in Munich

Filed under: Germany, Trump — furtherglory @ 9:41 am

You can read a news article about the on-going conference in Munich here: http://time.com/4674331/munich-conference-nato-europe-us-foreign-policy/

The following quote is from the last line in the article:

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U.S. Sen. John McCain, an outspoken critic of Trump’s Russia policies, is among more than a dozen American representatives expected to attend as part of a U.S. congressional delegation.

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When I attended Journalism school at the University of Missouri, back in the Dark Ages, we were taught that the most important part of the story should be mentioned in the headline. In this case, the headline should have said something about Donald Trump screwing up as usual.  Instead, the news article begins with this quote:

BERLIN (AP) — Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are getting their first opportunity to meet with members of the Trump administration amid concerns over the new president’s commitment to NATO and posture toward Russia.

Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are leading the U.S. delegation to the Munich Security Conference opening Friday. The annual weekend gathering is known for providing an open and informal platform for allies — and adversaries — to meet in close quarters.

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