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October 4, 2010

Priests killed in the gas chamber at Dachau

In a video entitled Time of An Ordeal: Story of Polish Clergy at the Nazi Dachau Concentration Camp the archbishop emeritus of Warsaw, Kazimierz Majdanski, tells about the Catholic priests who died in the gas chamber at Dachau, and he names names.  After he rattles off a long list of names, Majdanski says the Dachau gas chamber was “crowded with priests from Poland.”   You can see the video here.

In the narration of the video, Archbishop Majdanski said:

Some of them (the priests) could have saved themselves, but none of them lowered themselves to such pacts. In 1942 the authorities of the camp offered Polish priests the possibility of special treatment, on the condition of declaring that they belonged to the German nation.

The priests were offered the possibility of “special treatment”? Special treatment (Sonderbehandlung) was a Nazi euphemism which meant death in the gas chamber.  Did the Commandant of Dachau actually use the term Sonderbehandlung to mean a bribe for the Polish priests becoming German? For a Pole to become a German would have been a fate worse than death.  The Poles hate the Germans and the Germans hate the Poles.  Always have and always will.

Did  the German word Sonderbehandlung actually have various meanings for the Nazis, not just death in the gas chamber?  How is a person supposed to know when the Nazis were speaking in euphemisms, and when they were not?

Then Archbishop Majdanski said in the video:

When Father Dominik Jedrzejewski was offered his freedom on the condition that he give up his priestly functions, he calmly answered “no,” and died.

A Polish priest at Dachau was offered his freedom in exchange for giving up the priesthood?  This implies that Catholic priests were brought from Poland to Germany simply because they were priests and for no other reason.  If the Nazis were putting priests into concentration camps just because they were priests, why didn’t they round up all of the 20,000 priests in Germany and send them to camps?  Hitler himself was Catholic; he didn’t target priests because they were priests.

Kazimierz Majdanski had been arrested on Nov. 7, 1939 when he was a student in the seminary of Wloclawek. Wait a minute!  November 7th?  That was about six weeks after the Polish Army was defeated in the field and the Poles decided to begin fighting as illegal combatants, aka Resistance fighters. Was Majdanski sent to Germany, and first put into the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and then transferred to Dachau, because he was a priest or because he was a member of the Polish Resistance?

The video is long, but try to watch the whole thing. You will get a lesson on how to make a disingenuous propaganda film by putting together photos from other locations that are not part of your story and using photos that show something other than what you are saying.