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May 4, 2015

I am reading a new book entitled “Holocaust High Priest”

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:51 am
New book about Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust

New book about Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust by Warren B. Routledge

I am currently reading a new book, written by Warren B. Routledge, about the Holocaust High Priest, which you may have guessed is Elie Wiesel.  The sub-title of the book is “Elie Wiesel, Night, The Memory Cult, and the Rise of Revisionism.”

I usually don’t start reading a non-fiction book by beginning on the first page. I like to skip around, using the index, to locate the best parts. In this case, the index is not designed for that kind of reading.

The Forward of the book starts off by describing how Elie Wiesel and his father followed the Germans when they abandoned Auschwitz, although they had been given a choice: Elie could have stayed in his cozy, warm hospital bed and waited for the nice Soviet soldiers to liberate him. Instead, he jumped out of his hospital bed and followed those evil German SS men out of the camp. Why wasn’t he afraid of being Holocausted?

So right away, this book tells you “Something wrong!” Why would Elie and his father march for miles through the snow, following those evil Germans when there were nice Russian soldiers coming to save them?

I thought that I knew everything about the Holocaust and Elie Wiesel, but in Chapter 1, I learned new information that I didn’t know before. So I am very glad that I didn’t skip around in reading the book, as I usually do.

Chapter 1 gets started on page 19. It is about a man that I had never heard of. My first thought was that I certainly would not have started a book by writing some boring story about a man that nobody had ever heard of before. But I kept on reading and learned that this information is extremely important.

I am almost to the end. On the very last page are two photos of the 1947 drawings done by David Olere, which depict Elie Wiesel’s description of what he saw on his first Night at Auschwitz.

Painting depicts what Elie Wiesel saw on his first night at Auschwitz

Painting depicts what Elie Wiesel saw on his first night at Auschwitz

I learned something new about the  painting shown in the photo above. The left side of the painting, as  shown on my website, has been cut off.  So to sum up, there is more to the story of Elie Wiesel that I didn’t know until I started reading this book.

In the book, there is a lot of coverage of the famous photo taken at Buchenwald, which allegedly shows Elie Wiesel. The author of this book gives a lot of information regarding the photo.

I wrote about the photo on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/famous-photo-of-buchenwald-survivors-revisited/

May 3, 2015

American liberators of Dachau recall atrocities committed by SS men in the camp

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:34 am
SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker surrenders Dachau camp to Brig. Gen. Henning Linden on April 29, 1945

SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker surrenders Dachau camp to Brig. Gen. Henning Linden, under a white flag of truce, on April 29, 1945

Alan Lukens, who entered Dachau as a U.S. army private in 1945, attended the [70ieth] anniversary ceremony at the former camp, according to a news article which you can read in full here.

Alongside the joy, Lukens remembered that “SS snipers, after hanging out white surrender flags, shot several American GIs as we entered the camp.”

This is the first time that I am hearing about the American GIs who were killed by “SS snipers” at the liberation of Dachau. What were the names of these GIs? Is there a monument in honor of them at the Dachau memorial site? If not, a memorial with their names should be put up immediately.

At the very least, the names of the GIs who were killed during the liberation of Dachau should be honored at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

Where were the “snipers” hiding when they shot these GIs? Was this the famous Tower B incident when several GIs SS men were shot after they had surrendered?

Bodies of dead German soldiers at Tower B

Bodies of dead German soldiers at Tower B

But it gets worse! Read the following quote from the news article:

Abba Naor, a Lithuanian-born former Dachau prisoner who now lives in Israel, was flanked by two of his great-grandchildren as he spoke at Sunday’s ceremony.

“I hope that they and all the children in this world never have to experience such crimes,” Naor said.

He recalled an SS guard ordering the killing of a new-born Jewish boy in December 1944 and reports that some SS commanders were “loving fathers who played with their children after they had driven thousands into the gas chambers.”

Gas chambers (plural)? Oh yes, there were four disinfection chambers where the clothing of the prisoners was disinfected with deadly Zyklon-B gas to kill the lice that spreads typhus. There was also a shower room where gas came out of the shower heads.

How many women with babies were there at Dachau in December 1944? I wrote about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/women-prisoners-liberated-at-dachau/

I also wrote about the new-born babies that were brought to Dachau right after the liberation of the camp:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/its-a-miracle-seven-babies-slipped-through-the-nazi-killing-machine-at-dachau/

Note that Abba Naor was “a Lithuanian born Jew”. That means that he had only been in the Dachau camp for a few months.  Lithuanian Jews were brought to Dachau in August 1944, according to Wikipedia. Yet, here he is at the 70ieth anniversary of the camps, telling stories lies, which he thinks that no one will check out.

Waffen-SS soldiers wearing battle fatigue uniforms were killed in the Dachau reprisal

Waffen-SS soldiers wearing battle fatigue uniforms were killed in the Dachau reprisal on the day that Dachau was liberated

There is nothing in this news article about the “Dachau reprisals,” which is a big part of the story of the Dachau liberation. I wrote about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/dachau-liberation-reprisals-another-term-for-the-dachau-massacre/

This news story about the liberation of Dachau was written by two modern-day Associated Press reporters. Back in the old days, it was the custom to give BOTH sides of every news story. That is all in the past.

Today’s reporters give only one side of any news story: the side that is favorable to the Jews.  Old time reporters would have written something like what I wrote in this blog post about the liberation of Dachau: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/emaciated-survivors-of-the-dachau-horror-camp/

 

May 2, 2015

Did Mietek Grocher walk backwards out of the room after his lecture to students in Sweden?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:37 am
Monument of Struggle and Martyrdom at Majdanek

Monument of Struggle and Martyrdom at Majdanek where Grocher was a prisoner

The back side of the Majdanek monument

The back side of the Majdanek monument faces the camp

Holocaust survivor Mietek Grocher recently gave a lecture to students in Sweden, where skinheads interrupted his talk. Grocher is a survivor of the Majdanek death camp in Poland. He claims that he survived because he walked backwards out of a gas chamber in the Majdanek camp.

This quote is from the Jerusalem Post article about his speech:

Members of a Swedish youth movement launched an anti-fascist campaign at a high school where neo-Nazis interrupted a lecture by a Holocaust survivor.

The campaign began last week at the Peders Skrivares high school in the western province of Halland, where on April 22 a group of skinheads demonstratively walked in on a talk given to students by Mietek Grocher, 89, Sveriges Radio reported.

I previously wrote this blog post about Grocher, who survived the gas chamber at Majdanek by walking backwards out of the room: : https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/mietek-grocher-the-man-who-walked-backwards-out-of-a-gas-chamber-and-survived/

April 30, 2015

The first American soldier through the gate at Dachau was George Rose

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

I didn’t write about the liberation of Dachau yesterday, on the 70th anniversary of this big event, because I thought that I had already covered that story very extensively on my blog. As it turns out, I was wrong!

The reason that the subject of the liberation of Dachau is so important is because the liberation of Dachau is symbolic of the liberation of Germany from the Nazis. It is symbolic of the Allied victory over Fascism and the preservation of the freedom of Americans, which had been threatened by the mere existence of Hitler’s Third Reich.

It is symbolic of the Allied liberation of the Jews from the persecution of the Nazis, and the end of the Final Solution which claimed the lives of 6 million Jews. The liberation of Dachau was one of the most significant events of World War II and one of the most important events in world history.

All of the soldiers in the 45th and 42nd Divisions of the US Seventh Army can rightly claim to be heroes because they participated in the liberation of Dachau, no matter who was the first man to set foot inside the camp.

This newspaper article tells the story of George Rose, who claims that he was the first soldier to enter the Dachau camp on the day that the camp was liberated.  The following quote is from the article:

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RALEIGH, N.C. – He was just 18 years old when he helped liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp at the end of World War II.

On Wednesday, 70 years later, George Rose of Wilmington met with North Carolina legislators, who honored him with a special resolution commemorating the anniversary of the U.S. Army’s liberation of the camp and his role in it.

“We went through the gate and that’s when we saw all the boxcars and bodies thrown one on top of another,” Rose said. “Also (we saw) a wall with bodies like rag dolls laying against it. I was 18 years old at this time, but it is something I will never forget.”

End quote

Wait a minute!  He went through THE GATE and he saw boxcars and bodies?  What gate? The train with the bodies of prisoners was parked OUTSIDE the gate into the Dachau concentration camp.

American soldiers examine the bodies found on the

American soldiers examine the bodies found on the “death train” outside the Dachau camp

The train, that was parked outside the camp, had been strafed by American planes, killing prisoners that had been evacuated from the Buchenwald camp for their own safety.

In his book entitled The Rock of Anzio, Flint Whitlock quotes a statement made by Lt. William Walsh of the 45th Division in a documentary called The Liberation of KZ Dachau.

The following quote is from Lt. Walsh’s statement:

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We finally get up to the main gate [into the Dachau concentration camp]. This is the gate that says, “Work makes you free”….And when I get to the gate, I asked if anybody spoke English, and there was an Englishman there [Albert Guérisse, also known as Patrick O’Leary]. I think he was a naval officer….and I said to him, “Are there any Americans in there?” And he says, “I don’t know…I think so, but there may be only one or two.”

And then I said, “…. I can’t open the gates, but I want you to know there’s all kinds of medical supplies and doctors and food and stuff like this coming behind us, and they’re going to take care of you.” And he said, “I want you to come in here first….I want you to see what was going on.”

And then he finally prevailed on me. I said, “Okay, I’ll go in.” and I went in with [Jack] Busheyhead and a sergant (sic). Of course, we had to squeeze through the gate because they’re all inside, screaming and hollering.

End quote

The man named “Busheyhead” was 1st Lt. Jack Bushyhead, a “full-blooded Cherokee Indian” who was the Executive Officer of I Company, 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, the unit which allegedly murdered 346 Waffen-SS soldiers in cold blood, on Bushyhead’s orders, on the day of the liberation.

John Degro

John Degro

John Degro was a member of this unit. The massacre took place after 1st Lt. Bushyhead had seen the concentration camp and he wanted to avenge the wrongs done to the prisoners, according to Col. Buechner, who wrote a book entitled Dachau, The Hour of the Avenger. 1st Lt. Bushyhead was the Avenger in the title.

However, Col. Buechner wrote that the massacre took place before 3 p.m. and other accounts of the events that day say that the 45th Division soldiers did not arrive at the gate into the prison enclosure until after 3 p.m.

Albert Guérisse was a prominent member of the International Committee of Dachau, a Communist organization which was in charge of the camp after the Commandant and the regular guards had left. He was from Belgium and was actually a British SOE agent or a spy in layman’s terms.

On March 17, 1986, Private First Class John Degro, the lead scout of I Company, 3rd BN, 157th Infantry, 45th Division, wrote a statement regarding his claim to have been the first American soldier to set foot inside the Dachau camp.

Col. Howard Buechner, a 45th Division Medical Corps officer, included Degro’s statement in his book entitled Dachau, the Hour of the Avenger.

The following quote is Degro’s words from Buechner’s book:

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As lead scout, I shot the lock off the gate and entered the compound. There were 32,000 inmates, screaming, between hugging and kissing us. The stench was unbearable. We backed out the gate, let a few inmates out and gave them weapons. We cleaned out the guard towers, took knapsacks off of the dead SS and threw them over the barbed wire into the compound.

End quote

On the day of the Dachau liberation, 1st Lt. William J. Cowling, an aide to Brig. Gen. Henning Linden who was the deputy commander of the 42nd Division, wrote a long letter to his family in which he claimed that he was the first soldier to enter the Dachau concentration camp, along with some “newspaper people.”

The next day Marguerite Higgins, a reporter with the New York Herald Tribune, filed a news report in which she claimed that she and Sgt. Peter Furst were the first two people to go inside the Dachau concentration camp. Furst was a reporter for the US Army Newspaper called the Stars and Stripes.

It was around 10 years ago that a newspaper reporter named Grant Segall, who was working at the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, e-mailed me to ask for my help in a story that he was writing about the liberation of the Dachau camp.

The following quote is from the newspaper article, which he wrote:

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Accounts differ as to which units liberated which camp when. But no one [except scrapbookpages.com] disputes that Private First Class Degro was the lead scout when GIs from the 45th Infantry Division, known as the Thunderbirds, helped to liberate Dachau in southern Germany.

When the troops saw the train’s cargo, says Degro, they spun and vomited. “Then we went out of our heads.”

Disdaining cover, the Thunderbirds stormed the camp. They dragged German soldiers from a hospital, never mind their wounds. They shot many unresisting foes [an atrocity whose documentation was reportedly shredded and burned by Gen. George Patton].

Though historians [including me] particularly question this part of the story, Degro insists that he raised his M-1 rifle and shot a padlock off a gate. The rescuers were hugged by screaming, skeletal prisoners.

“We were gesturing them back. We didn’t want to hurt their feelings after what they went through,” says Degro, but “they smelled like hell.”

End quote

Note that Segall starts off by saying: “Accounts differ.”  This was because I told him that there are several different accounts of the liberation of Dachau. After acknowledging that there are several different accounts, Segall reported on the account of John Degro, and didn’t mention the other accounts, which I had told him about.

In his book The Rock of Anzio, which is the history of the 45th Thunderbird Division, Flint Whitlock quoted extensively from what Lt. Col. Felix Sparks told him about the liberation.

According to Sparks, 45th Division soldiers arrived at the concentration camp gate shortly before the three jeeps carrying officers of the 42nd Division.

However, Whitlock quotes Pfc. William Donahue of the 42nd Division who said that he was already at the gate into the concentration camp when the men of the 45th Division arrived. Some of them had been drinking, according to Donahue.

Flint Whitlock does not mention John Degro at all in his book, although Degro was a member of the 45th Division. It is not clear when Degro would have shot the lock off the gate into the concentration camp, nor how the gate would have been secured again, once the lock was destroyed.

Sparks told Whitlock that his orders had been to liberate the camp and then to secure it and not let anyone in or out. If Sparks passed these orders down to his men, then John Degro would have been disobeying orders when he shot the lock off the gate and then let some of the prisoners out, as he claims.

In his book, John H. Linden mentioned that it took an hour to get all the prisoners safely back inside, once the gate had been opened by the men of the 42nd Division.

According to Lt. Col. Sparks, as told to Flint Whitlock, he met Brig. Gen. Henning Linden who had just arrived in a jeep at the concentration camp gate. Just prior to this, Linden had accepted the surrender of the concentration camp from SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker near the gate at the southwest corner of the camp. 1st Lt. Cowling claimed in his letter to his family that he had entered the concentration camp while the General was still talking to Lt. Wicker.

It is clear from these quotes that the lock on the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate into the concentration camp did not need to be shot off. The gate could be opened from the outside by removing a bar which locked it. The gate was wide enough for a truck to drive through it, but there was also a pedestrian door in the gate that could be opened without opening the whole gate. The pedestrian door could only be opened by remote control from inside the gatehouse.

There were SS guards inside the gatehouse, waiting to surrender. Twelve of them surrendered to 1st Lt. Cowling, according to John H. Linden, the author of Surrender of the Dachau Concentration Camp 29 Apr 45, the True Account.

Both Cowling and Higgins disagree with Sparks’ version of the story, as they both claim that there were no prisoners in sight when they first entered the concentration camp. The similarity in their stories indicates that they entered the concentration camp at the same time, and each claimed to be the first person to set foot inside the prison enclosure.

John H. Linden confirms in his book that Cowling, Higgins and Furst entered the camp together, along with T/5 Oddi and Pfc. Tinkham, who were assigned to guard them.

On the day of the liberation, the concentration camp was under the control of the International Committee of Dachau, which consisted of a group of Communist political prisoners.

The last Commandant of Dachau, Wilhelm Eduard Weiter, had left the camp with a transport of prisoners on April 26th and had put Martin Gottfried Weiss in charge. As the acting Commandant, Weiss had turned the camp over to the Committee on April 28th and had then escaped with most of the regular guards that night.

The Committee had ordered all the prisoners to stay inside the barracks, so as not to provoke the remaining guards into killing them all.

End of story

April 29, 2015

“Between two throw-ins, right behind my back,” 3,000 Jews were gassed to death.

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:50 am

Today is April 29th, the anniversary of the day that the Dachau concentration camp was liberated in 1945.  I wrote about the Dachau liberation last year on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/emaciated-survivors-of-the-dachau-horror-camp/

On this blog post, I wrote about the “Dachau massacre” on the day that the camp was liberated:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/new-book-about-felix-sparks-gives-a-new-perspective-on-the-liberation-of-dachau-and-the-dachau-massacre/  Wikipedia calls the “Dachau massacre” a “reprisal.

Whatever. Now I am blogging about something different.  Read on.

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber with the prisoner's soccer field in the background

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber with the prisoner’s soccer field in the background

My photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkenau. A soccer field where the prisoners played is shown in the background on  the left.

The title of my blog post today is a  quote from Tadeusz Barowski’s famous book entitled This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, which is about his time, as a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, when 400,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed in only 10 weeks.

Or was it 560,000 Jews that were killed in only 10 weeks? Sadly, no one knows the exact number because no one recorded their names, nor their prison identification numbers.  I wrote about the number of Hungarian  Jews that were killed, in 10  weeks, on this  previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/how-many-hungarian-jews-were-murdered-in-the-holocaust/

Crematorium 3 (Krema III) was the main gas chamber where the Hungarian Jews were gassed.

Crematorium 3 (Krema III) was the main gas chamber where thousands of  Hungarian Jews were gassed in May 1944

The gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau were not a secret; all the prisoners were aware of what was going on. Many of the Jews saved themselves by lying about their age, or sneaking  over into the line of the prisoners that had been chosen to be workers in the 425 acre camp. The worker Jews were marched, on the same road, to the Central Sauna where they took a shower and had their hair shaved off. They were then assigned to barracks in the camp.

According to Tadeusz Borowski, a Polish political prisoner at Birkenau,  a soccer field was built at the camp in the Spring of 1944 “on the broad clearing behind the hospital barracks.”  Hospital barracks?  Surely not!  Why would a “death camp” have a hospital? Something wrong!

The team of prisoners played against a team of SS men who worked in the nearby hospital.

My early morning photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

My early morning photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

By 1944, the railroad tracks into the camp had been extended all the way from the Gate of Death at Birkenau to the gas chambers at the western end of the camp; the men playing soccer were able to see the victims arrive on the trains and then walk to Krema III, which was “right by the fence” that separated the gas chambers from the barracks in the camp. Note the fence in the black and white photo above.

Borowski famously wrote, in his book, that he was the goalkeeper in a soccer game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in May, and “Between two throw-ins, 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.

During the extermination of the Hungarian Jews in May 1944, an entire transport would be gassed without going through a selection process, in spite of the fact that the Nazis were desperate for workers in their munitions factories.

Most of the Holocaust survivors, who are still alive today, are Hungarian Jews and each of them has his or her unique story of how  they escaped the gas chambers.

I wrote about some of the stories of escape from the gas chambers on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/stories-of-escape-from-the-gas-chambers-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

In other news today, you can read about a movie that is being made about Deborah Lipstadt’s victory over “Holocaust denier David Irving.” at http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Authors-battle-with-Holocaust-denier-to-hit-silver-screen-400609

I blogged about this trial on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/deborah-lipstadt-who-defeated-hard-core-holocaust-denial-now-worries-about-soft-core-denial/

April 27, 2015

January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:36 am
The ruins of one of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The ruins of one of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

1945 photo of the same gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau

1945 photo of the same gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Actually, every day is Holocaust Remembrance Day, but today is one of several official  Holocaust remembrance days.

This quote is from an old article, written by Mark Weber, which is quoted in today’s news about Holocaust Remembrance Day:

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Holocaust Remembrance:
What’s Behind the Campaign?

By Mark Weber

Since the late 1970s “Holocaust Remembrance” has become ever more important in the United States and many other countries. The campaign to remember the Holocaust — often defined as the genocidal killing of six million Jews in Europe during the Second World War – includes numerous commemorative events, education courses in many schools, and a stream of motion pictures, television specials, books and magazine articles.

[…]

Every major American city has at least one Holocaust museum or memorial [except Sacramento, CA]. Worldwide there are more than 250 Holocaust museums and memorials, most of them in the US and Europe. The largest is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, which is run by a taxpayer-funded federal government agency, and draws some two million visitors yearly.

The public is continually reminded of Jewish suffering during World War II. Between 1989 and 2003 alone, more than 170 films with Holocaust themes were made. In many American and European schools, and in all Israeli classrooms, a focus on the wartime suffering of Europe’s Jews is obligatory.

Yehuda Bauer, a prominent Holocaust specialist and a professor at Hebrew University in Israel, observed in 1992: “Whether presented authentically or inauthentically, in accordance with the historical facts or in contradiction to them, with empathy and understanding or as monumental kitsch, the Holocaust has become a ruling symbol of our culture… Hardly a month passes without a new TV production, a new film, a number of new books of prose or poetry dealing with the subject, and the flood is increasing rather than abating.”

[…]

On the occasion of the opening of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Mall in Washington, noted Jewish author Melvin Jules Bukiet called the Museum a “statement of raw power,” and added: “It’s not Jewish tragedy that’s remembered on the Mall this week; it’s Jewish power to which homage is paid.”

[…]

Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish scholar who has held teaching posts at New York University and DePaul University, writes in his bestselling book, The Holocaust Industry, that “invoking The Holocaust” is “a ploy to delegitimize all criticism of Jews.” He adds: “By conferring total blamelessness on Jews, the Holocaust dogma immunizes Israel and American Jewry from legitimate censure… Organized American Jewry has exploited the Nazi holocaust to deflect criticism of Israel’s and its own morally indefensible policies.”

[…]

This view is echoed by another Jewish scholar, Tony Judt, director of the Remarque Institute at New York University:

“The Shoah [Hebrew term for Holocaust] is frequently exploited in America and Israel to deflect and forbid any criticism of Israel. Indeed, the Holocaust of Europe’s Jews is nowadays exploited thrice over: It gives American Jews in particular a unique, retrospective ‘victim identity'; it allows Israel to trump any other nation’s sufferings (and justify its own excesses) with the claim that the Jewish catastrophe was unique and incomparable; and (in contradiction to the first two) it is adduced as an all-purpose metaphor for evil — anywhere, everywhere and always — and taught to schoolchildren all over America and Europe without any reference to context or cause. This modern instrumentalization of the Holocaust for political advantage is ethically disreputable and politically imprudent.”

In Israel, says Tom Segev, a prominent Israeli journalist and author, the Holocaust has become “an object of worship.” Moreover, he writes, “the ‘heritage of the Holocaust,’ as it is taught in [Israel’s] schools and fostered in national memorial ceremonies, often encourages insular chauvinism and a sense that the Nazi extermination of the Jews justifies any act that seems to contribute to Israel’s security, including the oppression of the population in the territories occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War.”

Amira Hass, an award-winning Israeli journalist and author, is even more blunt. Writing in a leading Israeli daily paper, she says:

“… Israel has turned the liquidation of Europe’s Jews into an asset. Our murdered relatives are being enlisted to enable Israel to continue not giving a damn about international decisions against the occupation. The suffering our parents endured in the ghettoes and concentration camps that filled Europe, the physical and mental anguish and torment that our parents were subjected to every single day since the `liberation,’ are used as weapons to thwart any international criticism of the society we are creating here. This is a society with built-in discrimination on the basis of nationality, and the discrimination is spreading on either side of the Green Line. This is a society that is systematically continuing to banish the Palestinian nation from its land and usurp its rights as a nation and its chances for a humane future.”

The great lesson of the Holocaust, says Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon, is that Jews must “always remain vigilant and trust no one but ourselves. Jews can only rely on themselves.” Young Jews, he adds, “have the duty to bequeath the lesson, memories and stories, to underscore the importance of the existence of the Jewish state.”

End Quote

April 25, 2015

New book entitled Holocaust High Priest: Elie Wiesel…is now available on Amazon

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:16 am

Yesterday, I tried to order the new book by Warren B. Routledge, which has just been published, but it was not yet available on Amazon.com. Today I received an e-mail from the author himself, who alerted me to the news that the book is now ready to order. I put in my order as fast as I could and now I am eagerly waiting for the book to arrive.

Here is the full title and information about the book: Holocaust High Priest: Elie Wiesel, “Night,” the Memory Cult, and the Rise of Revisionism (Holocaust Handbooks) (Volume 30) Paperback – April 17, 2015 by Warren B. Routledge (Author)

To prepare for reading this book, you might want to read this website: http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com/

I have written extensively on my blog about Elie Wiesel and his claim that he was in a famous photo, taken at Buchenwald. https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/the-famous-buchenwald-photo-is-that-elie-wiesel-or-a-40-year-old-man/

Here is a quote from  the promo of the book:

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Holocaust High Priest weaves together five compelling and interrelated narratives. The book’s main concern is to present the world’s first unauthorized biography of Elie Wiesel. It shines the light of truth on the mythomaniac who, in the 1970s, transformed the word “Holocaust” and made it the brand name of the world’s greatest hoax: the unfounded claim by an extremist segment of World Jewry to the effect that the German government’s wartime policy of territorial transfer of Europe’s Jews out of the Reich was in actuality an “extermination program.” In these pages, both Wiesel’s personal deceits and the whole myth of “the six million” are mercilessly exposed and laid bare for the reader’s perusal. Unfortunately, Zionist control of the U.S. Government as well as the nation’s media and academic apparatus has allowed Wiesel and his fellow extremists to force a string of U.S. presidents to genuflect before this imposter

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April 23, 2015

A few oldies, but goodies, that have withstood the test of time

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 7:33 am

Every morning, as soon as I wake up, I brew myself a cup of strong coffee and then check my blog stats to see which of my numerous blog posts are getting the most hits. The blog post that is consistently at the top of the list is this one:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/

Two other blog posts are are consistently in the top 10 are these two:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/hair-that-was-shaved-from-the-heads-of-jews-at-auschwitz-was-made-into-human-hairnets-according-to-auschwitz-tour-guide/
https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/the-gas-chamber-disguised-as-a-shower-room-in-the-crematorium-at-dachau/

This blog post about the liberation of Dachau also gets lots of hits:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/91-year-old-wwii-veteran-breaks-his-silence-about-the-dachau-massacre/

I am currently working on two new blog posts, which I will put up soon. These things take time.

April 19, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words: Is that Stephan Ross in a photo taken at Dachau? (Updated)

Filed under: Dachau, Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:33 pm
Recent photo of George Scott

Recent photo of George Scott, who was liberated from Dachau concentration camp

I have received an e-mail from George Scott who doubts that Stephan Ross is in the photo below, which was included with his e-mail message to me. Stephan Ross has identified himself as the young boy on the far left, but was he actually at Dachau on the day that the camp was liberated?

Stephan Ross claims that he is the boy on the far left

Stephan Ross claims that he is the boy on the far left

George Scott is the 14-year-old boy, 2nd from the left

George Scott says that he is the 14-year-old boy, 2nd from the left, at the liberation of Dachau

This quote is from the e-mail message that I received from the son of George Scott:

“The young boy on the left” in this picture is NOT Stephen Ross, it is my father, George Scott. I have reached out to his family who have not ‘cleared the miscommunication”. His son Michael P. Ross sits appointed by President Obama…

The photo above is from a book about George Scott, who has identified himself in a photo taken at the Dachau liberation.

The reason that I am putting this up on my blog is that it is possible that Stephan Ross is receiving honors that should go to George Scot.

I have a whole page on my website devoted to the story of Stephan Ross because, frankly, I don’t believe his story.

The story told by George Scott is more believable: he mentions that he was a prisoner in one of the 11 Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau. In the last days, before the Dachau camp was liberated, the prisoners in the Kaufering camps were brought to the main Dachau camp.

George Schoot mentions that he was in one of the Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau

George Scottt mentions that he was in one of the 11 Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau

This quote, regarding Stephan Ross is from my website:

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According to the book “Dachau 29 April 1945, the Rainbow Liberation Memoirs,” edited by Sam Dann, Stephen Ross (real name Szmulek Rozental) was one of the lucky few who was rescued in the nick of time when Dachau was liberated. Ross was interviewed for the book and according to his own story, he was one of the 1,800 prisoners who were crowded into one quarantine barrack, which was designed to hold only about a hundred prisoners.

Ross said that the prisoners in the quarantine barrack had not been fed for two weeks before the Seventh Army arrived. Food was scarce, and according to Ross, the prisoners were fed only occasionally when they were given “a biscuit, hard as a rock and covered with mold.”

From the quarantine block, Ross said that 80 to 100 prisoners a day were carried out and put on the pile of dead bodies near the barbed wire fence, from where they were taken to the crematory.

According to Ross, the quarantine block was where the German SS Doctors Sigmund Rascher and Klaus Schilling selected prisoners for their ghastly experiments. The doctors “removed thirty to forty prisoners on a daily basis for experiments” according to Ross.

Ross said that he “had been isolated in quarantine for experiments since 1944.”

On the day of liberation, Ross made his way to the main gate, although he said that he “was very weak and hardly able to walk.”

With the help of his brother, who was also in the camp, Ross made it to the front of the crowd and was included in one of the most famous photographs of the liberation, shown at the top of this page.

Stephan Ross and his son

Stephan Ross and his son

The photo above shows Stephan Ross with his son Mike Ross in June 2002.

Quoted below is the continuation of the article on my website about Stephan Ross.

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After the liberation of Dachau, Ross had to stay in the camp until the typhus epidemic was brought under control. When he was released, he made his way to Munich where he was hospitalized for 6 months and treated for tuberculosis.

He was then sent to a Displaced Persons camp for orphans at a former forced labor camp in Landsberg am Lech, near Munich. Finally, he was brought to America where he was able to recover his health.

Stephan Ross is the founder of The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.

Like so many others Stephan Ross suffered terribly. His back was broken by a guard who caught him stealing a raw potato. Tuberculosis wracked his body. He once hid in an outhouse, submerged to his neck in human waste, to save himself from being shot. At one time he was hung [by his arms] for eating a raw potato. At age fourteen he was liberated from the infamous torture camp Dachau by American troops. Stephen will never forget the soldiers who found him, emaciated and nearly dead. They liberated him from a certain death.

When Stephan and his older brother, Harry, the only other surviving family member, were released from the Dachau Camp to seek medical attention, they came upon a U.S. Tank Unit. One of the soldiers jumped off his tank, gave Stephan and Harry his rations to eat and put his arms around Stephen. Stephan fell to his knees, kissed the G.I.’s boots and began to cry for the first time in five years.

The soldier took out of his pocket a piece of cloth and gave it to Stephan to wipe his tears. Stephan later found out that it was a small American Flag with 48 stars. This small flag is a treasured item and it will be kept by Stephan and his children as a symbol of freedom, life, compassion and love of the American soldiers.

At the age of 16, Stephan was brought to America in 1948 under the auspices of the U.S. Committee for Orphaned Children. He was illiterate, having had minimal education prior to the Nazi occupation of Poland in 1939. Over the years, he managed to earn three college degrees. Stephan made a new life in the Boston area and has worked for the City of Boston for over forty years.

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FBI director James Comey offends Poles with remark comparing Poland to Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:23 am

The best thing that ever happened to the Jews in Poland was World War II, which gave them the opportunity to get out of the shtetls in Poland and come to America.

I blogged about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-long-road-from-the-shetetls-of-eastern-europe-to-the-good-life-in-america-and-the-uk-via-auschwitz/

The photo below shows a house where Jews live in a shtetl called Tykosin in Poland.

A house in Poland where Jews lived before World War II

A house in Poland where Jews lived before World War II

According to a news article in the Wall Street Journal today, Poland has “summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest of a remark [made] by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that purported Polish responsibility for the Holocaust”

This quote is from the news article:

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A mention of Poland in the same sentence with Germany as Holocaust perpetrators caused public anger here over the weekend after remarks were published by the FBI chief, James Comey, made at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 15.

“Good people helped murder millions,” Mr. Comey said, according to the FBI’s website. “And that’s the most frightening lesson of all— that our very humanity made us capable —even susceptible —of surrendering our individual moral authority to the group, where it can be hijacked by evil. Of being cowed by those in power of convincing ourselves of nearly anything.”

“In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do,” the FBI director said.

[…]

Poland, which apologized for wartime Jewish pogroms perpetrated by some of its citizens, have for years complained the country is unfairly viewed as an accomplice to Nazi Germany when [Poland] had an anti-Nazi resistance movement so elaborate it is referred to as “an underground state.”

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Polish resistance fighters celebrate their liberation at Dachau

Polish resistance fighters celebrate their liberation at Dachau

I previously blogged about who started World War II in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/alfred-naujocks-and-the-start-of-world-war-ii/

The first time that I went to Poland in 1998, one of my Polish tour guides pointed out to me that the term “Hitlerites” or Nazis should always be used when referring to the enemy in World War II, rather than referring to the enemy soldiers as Germans.

There were many countries that supported or collaborated with the Nazis, and many soldiers from Allied countries or neutral countries that fought in the Waffen SS, the volunteer army of Nazi Germany.

The photo below shows a memorial stone at the Plaszow concentration camp, which was featured in the movie Shindler’s List.

The front of the memorial stone at Plaszow has the inscription in Polish, which uses the name Hitlerists for the perpetrators of the Holocaust

The front of the memorial stone at Plaszow has an inscription in Polish, which uses the name Hitlerists for the perpetrators of the Holocaust

I wrote about the town of Jedwabne on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-lopuchowo-forest-in-poland-where-2000-jews-were-executed-by-the-nazis-during-wwii/

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