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April 25, 2017

Jan Demjanjuk is dead but not gone — he is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:57 pm

John Demjanjuk is shown on the right in the photo above

The two letters J in Demjanjuk’s name are pronounced like the letter Y in English words. So his name, when properly pronounced, sounds like Demyanyuk.

You can read the latest news about John Demjanjuk in this newspaper article: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/israeli_filmmaker_doesnt_believe_john_demjanjuk.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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U.S. prosecutors first went after Demjanjuk in 1977, when they accused him of lying about his wartime past to get into the United States, and they sought his deportation. In 1986, he was charged in Israel as being “Ivan the Terrible,” a Ukrainian guard who tortured Jews at the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

He was convicted and sentenced to death, but years later, in 1993, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction, based on new information obtained after the fall of the Soviet Union. The court, however, said the Nazis had trained him as a guard and that he served at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Demjanjuk returned to the United States, and a judge re-instated his citizenship. In 1999, federal prosecutors again sought his deportation. They said Demjanjuk worked at Sobibor and two other camps. They based their case on seven wartime documents that they said tied Demjanjuk to the Nazis.

U.S. District Judge Paul Matia ruled in 2002 that Demjanjuk and other Nazi guards led Jews off trains at Sobibor, disrobed them and led them to the gas chambers. An immigration judge later ordered Demjanjuk deported, but no country initially would take him.

That changed in 2009, when German prosecutors sought to charge him with accessory in the deaths of 28,000 in Sobibor. He eventually was taken to Germany, despite his family’s protests over his poor health. He was convicted in 2011. His case was on appeal when he died.

But his family refused to give up. His attorneys said federal prosecutors withheld an FBI document that questioned the legitimacy of a Nazi guard pass, which judges have said places Demjanjuk in Nazi service. Polster, the federal judge whom Bloch interviewed, ruled the FBI document was based on speculation and mistaken beliefs.

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Sobibor is one of the few Holocaust camps that I have never visited. When I did some research on Sobibor with the intention of going there, I learned that it was a dangerous place, way out in the boondocks, where thieves were waiting to kill American tourists and take all their money.

Fortunately Alan Collins went there and took photos which he allowed me to use on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Sobibor/Tour01.html

Two monuments at Sobibor dedicated to the prisoners who were killed there

Large monument with large pile of ashes in the background

In the photo immediately above, the red stone sculpture represents a woman, looking up at the sky, holding a small child in her arms. In the background can be seen the huge mound of ashes that is located in the former Camp III. These are the ashes of the Jews who were allegedly gassed and burned at Sobibor.

During World War II, and for years afterward, the Sobibor camp was virtually unknown. William Shirer did not even mention it in his monumental 1147-page book entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” It was not until the release of a 1987 TV movie, “Escape from Sobibor,” based on a book with the same name, that the public knew of this remote spot where thousands of Jews lost their lives. The movie tells the story of the revolt during which around 300 prisoners escaped; no more than 50 of them survived to the end of the war.

According to an article in the Liverpool Daily Post, a prisoner named Leon Feldhendler had been formulating plans for an escape for many months but it wasn’t until the arrival in Sobibor of a transport of Soviet prisoners of war, among them Red Army Officer Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pechersky, that the plan of action really began to take shape.

Initially Feldhendler and his conspirators had thought of poisoning the camp guards and making their escape but the guards discovered the poison and shot 5 prisoners in reprisal. Another idea, to set fire to the camp and escape in the confusion, had to be abandoned when the Germans planted mines around the camp perimeter.

Feldhendler met with Pechersky and with the aid of another man, Solomon Leitman, who acted as the interpreter, became Pechersky’s main collaborator in the plot. With his military experience, the former Red Army Lieutenant quickly assumed the leadership of the escape plan.

The exact number of Jews who were murdered at Sobibor is unknown since the bodies were burned on pyres and the train records were destroyed. Estimates range from 170,000 to 250,000 deaths in the short time that Sobibor was in operation.

According to Dutch historian Johannes Houwink ten Cate, the transportation list of the Jews sent on 19 trains to Sobibor from the transit camp at Westerbork in the Netherlands contains the names and place of birth of the 34,000 Dutch Jews, but the names of the Jews sent from other countries to Sobibor are unknown. Approximately 33,000 Dutch Jews were killed in the gas chambers at Sobibor and 1,000 were chosen as workers at Sobibor, or to be sent to a nearby labor camp. Only 19 Dutch Jews survived.

In 1999, Jules Schelvis, the sole survivor of a transport of Dutch Jews from Westerbork on June 1, 1943, founded Stichting Sobibor. The foundation’s goal is to keep the memory of the Sobibor camp alive.

The Donald gives a speech and mispronounces nearly every word

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:13 am

Trump at Holocaust remembrance — Photo credit New York Times

In the past, I have written several blog posts about Donald Trump including this one which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/is-donald-trump-the-new-hitler/

This morning, I listened to President Trump give a speech, and I was shocked to hear him mispronounce so many well-known words, regarding the Holocaust.

For example, Trump mispronounced the word Nazi. He said Nozzy instead of Not-see.

Then he mispronounced the name of the most famous person who ever claimed to be a Holocaust survivor, but wasn’t: Elie Wiesel.

Just before he died, Wiesel confessed that he was never in a concentration camp. He was probably hiding out in his childhood home in Hungary, which I wrote about in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-childhood-home-of-elie-the-wiesel/

Trump mispronounced Wiesel’s first name as Elly, instead of E-lee.  The way that Trump pronounced “Elly”, it rhymed with Smelly and Jelly.   He mispronounced the word Wiesel as Weasel, instead of Vee-zel.

Near the end of his speech, President Trump told the story of Gerda Klein who claimed that she had been held by the Nazis in a prison in Poland for 3 years. Trump did not give the name of the prison, so that we could look it up.

Gerda claimed that she was liberated from Dachau by American soldiers. That day was Gerda’s 21st birthday and she weighed 68 pounds, according to the story told by Trump.

I have written extensively on my scrapbookpages.com website about the liberation of the Dachau camp: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay4.html

I wrote my website many years ago — in 1998, and at that time, I had never heard the story of Gerda Klein.  So I do not believe her story. Trump should have given some proof of this story.

It is strange that I never heard about Gerda Wiessmann when I was studying the liberation of Dachau.

I blogged about Gerda before on the link below.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/holocaust-survivor-awarded-medal-of-freedom/

Did the Nazis have “transit camps” or only “death camps”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

One of the readers of my blog wrote in a comment that the Nazis did not have “transit camps” where Jews were sent instead of being sent to a “death camp”.

Here are the exact words in the comment:

“I will wonder why deniers keep calling camps “transit camps” when they can’t prove anyone was ever transited through them.”

This is an excellent question. I did a search of all my blog posts and found that there were many camps which the Nazis referred to as “durchgang” camps. This was their word for a transit camp.

Prisoners stayed in a “durchgang camp” for only a day or two before being sent to a permanent camp.

I have written about these “durchgang camps” on these blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/was-chelmno-a-transit-camp-or-an-extermination-camp/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/was-treblinka-really-a-transit-camp/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/the-story-of-treblinka-transit-camp-or-extermination-center/

April 24, 2017

Will Pope Francis be arrested for denying the Holocaust?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:52 pm
The pontiff was speaking to a group of migrants about a refugee he met on a Greek island

Pope Francis seen here denying the Holocaust.

In a recent news article, which you can read in full in the link below, Pope Francis denied the Holocaust.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4437818/Pope-Francis-Nazi-comparison-draws-outrage.html

Begin quote from the news article:

Pope Francis sparks outrage among Jews
after comparing European refugee detention
centres [sic] to Nazi concentration camps.

End quote from news article.

The Pope may be subject to arrest in numerous countries that have Holocaust denial laws.  To make matters worse, he committed this crime during Yom HaShoah.

The news article continues:

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The American Jewish Committee soon after urged the pontiff to ‘reconsider his regrettable choice of words,’

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Maybe someone should explain to the Jewish Committee that the Pope is infallible.  He really can’t reconsider his positions. I learned this when I was a little girl, going to a Catholic school.

The gas chamber at Auschwitz according to Wikipedia

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:21 pm

The following quote, regarding the gas chamber at Auschwitz, is from Wikipedia:

You can read the quote by clicking on this link and scrolling down to the bottom of the section on Gas Vans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_chamber#Gas_vans

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The gas chamber at Auschwitz I was amongst [sic] those blown up. It was reconstructed after the war to stand as a memorial, albeit with the entry door and the wall that originally separated the gas chamber from a washroom removed. The door that had been added when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter was left intact.[5]

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I have a section about the gas chamber in the Auschwitz I camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

The following is a quote from my website:

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Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

The Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, shown in the photo above, is a reconstruction which was done by the Soviet Union in 1947.

The original gas chamber had been converted by the Germans into an air raid shelter in September 1944. A new entrance door, which can be seen in the background of the photo above, had been added. In September 1944, the original gas chamber had been divided into four small rooms. In the photo above, you can see the reconstructed opening into the oven room on the left hand side. This opening had been closed up when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter. During the reconstruction, the opening into the oven room was moved a few feet.

Sorry, but I believe that Wikipedia is wrong about the Auschwitz gas chamber. I am not allowed to make changes on Wikipedia because I am a Holocaust denier.

 

Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:42 am

I have been urged, by one of the followers of my blog, to write something about Yom HaShoah, which is currently going on in Israel for the second day.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/opinion/fl-jjps-jaffe-0419-20170417-story.html

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This year, on April 23 and 24, we will once again gather as a community to “Zachor,” to “Gedenk,” to Remember, our parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and oh so many more of our family members that we, the Children of the Shoah, never had the opportunity to know or to love. They who might have taught us to know what the word “family” meant; who could have given us guidance and direction as we grew up. Those of us who somehow, by some chance, survived the Jewish Holocaust.

And we also are here to honor the “Righteous Among the Nations,” those special selfless citizens who saved Jewish lives. Yes, there were those who saved Jewish children, even those children who were never returned to a Jewish life because their parents and siblings were murdered — and some who were converted to Christianity and remained committed to that faith. We need to be ever grateful. We need to keep reminding the world that such “righteous” people existed, and honor the “hidden children” who later in their lives were committed to have these brave human beings honored at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

We, the Children of the Shoah, are the last generation — the last surviving eye-witnesses to a time when the “civilized world” went mad. When civilization died. When humanity lost its meaning. When Jewish children were the first to be eradicated from Europe’s citizenry; when Jewish life was oh so cheap — and when we were surrounded by a “deafening silence” from most of the outside world.

Soon, too soon perhaps for some of us, there will be no one left to recount personal lives and personal losses; to alert our children, grandchildren and schoolchildren to the hatred and dangers that still exist in our world. To make them aware that evil, hatred and prejudice is still alive and well — and spreading — and how they must learn, understand and be prepared throughout their lives for whatever might come as they go forth into adulthood. If we, who somehow did survive the Shoah, do not alert these children and students … WHO WILL?

And so, this year 2017 at our Yom HaShoah commemoration, we the Children of the Shoah here in Boca Raton, remind the world to “Remember” the Shoah, the Holocaust … and, most especially, we remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children so senselessly and brutally slaughtered.

Yom HaShoah is indeed a sacred mission of remembrance — for the sake of humanity. But, for us, the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Shoah, for the rest of our days, until our final breaths … WE WILL REMEMBER THE CHILDREN.

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I am not Jewish, so it is hard for me to get excited about Yom HaShoah. It seems to me that every day is Holocaust Remembrance day. There are numerous survivors of the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. The survivors were children when the Holocaust was happening. Why didn’t the Nazis realize that these children would grow up to hate the German people for many years to come. Why did the Nazis allow these children to live?

Have you ever seen a gas chamber?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:21 am

I’m not talking about the gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO which is a two-seater, in which two people can be gassed at one time.  No, I’m talking about the famous gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where a large room full of Jews were gassed at one time with Zyklon-B gas, the same gas that was used to kill lice in the clothing of the prisoners. [God forbid the Jews should die of typhus which is spread by lice.]

My 2005 photo of an alleged gas chamber in the main Auschwitz concentration camp

You can read about the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers on these pages of my website:

https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsII03.html

https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsII02.html

https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsII01A.html

You can read the latest news about the alleged Nazi gas chambers at

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/rom-reveals-architecture-of-the-holocaust/article34731202/

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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ROM to reveal architecture of the Holocaust with exhibit created at University of Waterloo
In 2000, Prof. van Pelt’s testimony was a key factor in a libel suit in which the false assertion that Auschwitz had no gas chambers and the Holocaust had never happened played a central role. The book based on his testimony was published in 2002.

Now there is another book, The Evidence Room, written by Prof. van Pelt and three colleagues – Donald McKay, Anne Bordeleau and Sascha Hastings – to supplement the exhibition.

“It is difficult to imagine the details of a gas chamber, where humans were locked in to die,” says one Holocaust survivor, quoted in the new book. Published by New Jewish Press, a Toronto firm, it will be available at select bookstores during the ROM run.

“One has to feel the double grates that protected the bucket filled with poison pellets from the desperate hands of the condemned, peer into the bucket, imagine the pellets melting away, the poison oozing out of them,” says the survivor. “Only then can real awareness arise in the soul and place the viewer inside the gas chamber.”

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The exhibit provides a reconstruction of the steel mesh gas column through which the Zyklon B pellets were lowered into the chamber. Viewers also examine a reproduction of original architectural drawings. Among the details: the door of the gas chamber with a tight seal around the edge.

The entire exhibit is in white, the colour of innocence, which contrasts with the blackness of the evil subject matter.

The most compelling feature of the exhibition is its tactile character, says a survivor of the death camp at Dachau.

“By removing colour, sound and interpretation from The Evidence Room, we are forced to rely on touch to elicit its meaning.”

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April 23, 2017

A special interview with Elie Wiesel’s son

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:27 pm

I will bet that you didn’t know that Elie Wiesel had a son. I didn’t know it until I read this news article: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228469

The following quote is from the news article:

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Arutz Sheva spoke with Elisha Wiesel the son of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, the late Eli Wiesel. Wiesel was in Krakow, Poland, to participate in the annual March of the Living Holocaust commemoration.

“To see this cemetery, and to see a thousand years of Polish Jewry, and some of the great names that are buries here, you remember that it’s not just that there was a death here in Poland. There was a life for Jews here, before, in Poland,” Wiesel said.

“I don’t think you can boil [the Holocaust] down to just one message,” he said. “I think there was a message for the world, which very much resonated on ‘we can’t allow this to happen again. Humanity should treat itself in a humane way, not in an inhumane way.”

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There is a video of Elie’s son as he tours a famous cemetery. When I saw the video, I recognized the stones in a famous Jewish cemetery which I had visited, many years ago.

I have a section on my website about this cemetery: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/KazimierzCemetery.html

The photo below shoes the entrance into this famous Jewish cemetery.

Iron gate into famous Jewish Cemetery

My photo of graves in this cemetery

My photo of  a grave stone in this famous cemetery

People are tweeting about Majdanek

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:36 am

I have just learned that people on Twitter are tweeting about some of my blog posts. What a revolting development this is!

I signed up for Twitter but I have yet to complete my account. Now I have learned that people are tweeting about the Majdanek camp in the Holocaust.

I have a whole section on my scrapbookpages.com website about Majdanek:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Majdanek/index.html

My website is kosher — written before I became a Holocaust denier. My blog is not kosher; it is full of denial, so be cautious in quoting my blog.

April 22, 2017

Jews were allegedly killed in gas chambers during the Holocaust

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:59 am

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The gas chambers at Auschwitz Birkenau were not a secret; all the prisoners in the camp were allegedly aware of what was going on. Why didn’t the prisoners do something about this horror? Who knows?

According to Tadeusz Borowski, a Polish political prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, who wrote a book entitled “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen,” a soccer field was built at Birkenau in the Spring of 1944 “on the broad clearing behind the hospital barracks.”

By this time, the railroad tracks had been extended all the way to the gas chambers at the western end of the camp, and the men who were playing soccer nearby were able to see the victims arrive on the trains and then walk to their deaths in Krema III, which was “right by the fence” that separated the gas chambers from the barracks in the camp.

Borowski wrote that he was the goalkeeper in a game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and “Between two throw-ins in a soccer game, right behind my back, three thousand people had been put to death.” Three thousand was the number of Jews that typically arrived on each train transport. However, during the extermination of the Hungarian Jews in 1944, an entire transport would allegedly be gassed without going through a selection process, in spite of the fact that the Nazis were desperate for workers in their munitions factories.

The photo at the top of my blog post shows the entrance to the ground floor oven room in the Krema III gas chamber building at Auschwitz Birkenau.

My photo of the other side of the ruins of Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo immediately above shows the ruins of the entrance to Krema III. The construction of the building was completed in 1943. Note the fence which enclosed the area around the building.

The alleged gassing of the Jews stopped at the end of October 1944 and the cremation ovens were removed in November 1944. The buildings were not blown up with dynamite until January 20, 1945, two days after the Germans had abandoned Auschwitz-Birkenau. Did the Germans come back to blow up the buildings, or was this done by the Russian liberators? Who knows?

My early morning photo of the Krema III building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo above shows the ruins of the Krema III undressing room for the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The gas chamber, which is shown on the left, at right angles to the undressing room, was below ground but not directly underneath the brick building which housed the furnace room.

The reinforced concrete roof was six inches thick, with four holes, in a zig-zag pattern, where the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into the room. These holes were shown on aerial photos taken by the US military in 1944, but they cannot be seen today because the entire roof of Krema III was destroyed when the Nazis blew up the building on January 20, 1945, two days after they had abandoned the camp.

According to the book entitled “Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account” by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew who allegedly worked at Auschwitz as the chief pathologist under Dr. Josef Mengele, the three-foot high roofs of the gas chambers in Krema III and Krema II were covered with dirt and planted with grass.

On the blueprint of Krema III, the gas chamber was called Leichenkeller 1 (Corpse Cellar # 1). In the photo above, one can see the solid concrete columns that once supported the roof of the gas chamber. When the gas chamber was in use, it had holes in the roof through which the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into wire columns, which can no longer be seen today. The holes were closed up by the Germans before they blew up Krema III and the wire columns were removed, so that no evidence that this was once a gas chamber can be seen today.

The SS entrance into the Krema III gas chamber

The location of the SS entrance, shown in the center in my photo above, was not on the original blueprints. Krema III was originally planned to be built at Auschwitz I, the main camp.

The original blueprints for Krema II and Krema III called for corpse cellars that were completely underground and included a corpse slide which ended in front of the Leichenkeller doors, but this slide was never built. The SS entrance was built instead, but not in the same location as the originally planned corpse slide.

Krema III was located on the right-hand side of the east-west main camp road, while Krema II was on the left side of the road, as you enter the camp. A short road, perpendicular to the main camp road, connected the two barbed-wire enclosures of the Krema buildings. Directly opposite the gate into the Krema III barbed-wire enclosure was an identical gate into the Krema II enclosure.

Today there are millions of tourists who take guided tours of the former Birkenau camp. The first time that I went to see the Birkenau camp, my tour guide and I were the only people there.

The whole camp was grown up in weeds, and there were signs warning visitors not to get off the road because there were snakes in the grass — literally.  There are still “snakes in the grass” at Birkenau, but they are humans, not real snakes.

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