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April 7, 2011

Holocaust survivor tells Greeley, CO students about the gas chambers

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:38 am

Yesterday, I blogged about the methods used by the Nazis to murder the prisoners at Buchenwald.  One of the claims was that the bodies of the prisoners who had been gassed were ejected into the crematorium below.  Today I read in the news about Benny Hochman, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, who told an audience of young students in Greeley, CO that he worked as a Commando whose job it was to remove the bodies after the prisoners were gassed.

This quote is from an article in the Greeley Tribune which you can read here:

Hochman spent five years at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. He worked under the gas chambers collecting bodies by the thousands as they fell through the floor after each gassing and putting them in piles “higher than this building.”

He must have been talking about Buchenwald because there was nothing under the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Two of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers were underground and the other two were in buildings that had no basement.  The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was at ground level, but had dirt piled up against the sides; there was nothing beneath the Auschwitz I gas chamber except the sewer.

Besides that, the prisoners who worked at the gas chambers in Auschwitz were all Jewish, as far as I know. According to the article in the Greeley Tribune, Benny Hochman is not Jewish; he was a political prisoner at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

However, as I wrote yesterday, the French prosecutor at the Nuremberg IMT said this about Buchenwald:  “Certain [of the gas chambers] had a floor that tipped and immediately directed the bodies into the room with the crematory oven.”

The crematory ovens at Buchenwald obviously could not keep up with burning such a large number of bodies, so after the bodies fell through the floor of the gas chamber, they were piled up higher than a building.

The article in the Greeley Tribune said that Hochman called Holocaust deniers “poison.”

I want to make it clear that I am not “poison.”  I believe every word that was said by the Allies at Nuremberg and every word told by Holocaust survivors to students in America.

Hochman’s speech to the students in Greeley gives the proof that a gas chamber was located in the Buchenwald crematorium building, shown in the photo below.

Crematorium at Buchenwald

Bodies piled up outside Buchenwald crematorium


  1. These people need to be sued and put under the oath:

    “He said such a Jew should be forced to take an oath under the rabbi rites with the skull cap, without pictures of Christ, with the Hebrew Bible, in the presence of a rabbi or a pious religious Jew. Then he should swear an oath that he had seen something like that. Then these false statements, these sick statements, would go down by 99.5 percent because the superficial oath was not morally binding for these Jews. ”

    Comment by Kageki — April 8, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    • I don’t think that even a Jewish religious oath would bind them. A rabbi would not participate in making Jews tell the truth.

      Elie Wiesel’s own hometown rebbi only expressed ‘sadness in his eyes’ and a little disappointment over Elie’s lies, which he knew were lies. He didn’t demand that Elie tell the truth.

      There are many rabbis who would demand that their charges lie in order to protect Jewish myths. They do it themselves.

      Judaism is not really a religion, but more of a ‘national history’ and a bunch of laws (again to do with ‘nation’) that binds a tribal people together by separating them from all others.

      Comment by Skeptic — April 10, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  2. Thank you very much for your quick response.
    You have just confirmed that I was right in my assessments

    Comment by Gasan — April 7, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  3. Further Glory,
    I think the whole story is a lie.
    I believe that reporter wrote exactly what Benny had said, otherwise she would not use the word “Autobahn”.
    I also don’t believe that he was a member of any resistance and this is why:
    “I was 16, I didn’t know anything about politics,” Hochman said after the talk.”.
    If did not know anything about politics, why join the resistance movement? By the way, Poland did have organized resistance, but it was pretty much dormant until Germany started to lose the war. That was already in 1943. But that time Benny was already in Auschwitz for three years. If he was really an underground fighter, why didn’t tell us that? People are usually very proud of it and like to brag about this stuff. He does not mention about being a member of any resistance movement.
    He stated that he is from a town “Londz” in Poland. I was not able to locate this place on the map. Did he mean Łódź?
    “He then talked about his family and the life he lived as a boy in his hometown of Londz, Poland before the Nazi invasion. His father, a German, and mother, who was from Ukraine, ran the town bakery with the help of their three children: Benny, his older brother Bullick and younger sister Rosha.”
    I have never heard polish names such as Bullick or Rosha (is it like Rosh Hashanah?). Was Benny his real Polish name?
    It does appear as he made up the whole story. I have looked at the picture where he is showing his tattoo with the number. We cannot see the actual tattoo. I do also believe that any tattoo parlor could make you an “aged” looking tattoo and your book sales will soar.
    He should better go back to “Londz” and try to tell his stories there and see how many books they will be buying.
    In the past two decades, there were lots of newfound survivors, who finally got out of their closets to share their remarkable stories of survivorship. This had become a trend: You are old enough to claim the survivorship, you publish the book, you receive some “motivational speaking” engagements and you sell the book and make some profit. Almost 99% of them are operating within 48 continental states of USA.
    They know damn well, that their “stories” will not be taking with even a single grain of constructive criticism. This is happening due to decades of systematic brainwashing of several generations, which are not able to apply any sort of criticism about certain subjects.
    Let us try a simple interpolation.
    Further Glory,
    Just remember yourself being in a high school or college and that such speaker as Hochmann were invited in your school to tell his stories. What would be your reaction as well as the reaction of your peers? I am 100% sure that you have never heard the word “holocaust” uttered by your history teachers. right? Such definition was not in circulation at that time. Do you remember any newspaper or TV shows using the word “holocaust” in the 1950th or 1960th?
    Where were all these “survivors” fifty-sixty years ago?

    Comment by Gasan — April 7, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    • I went to high school and college in the late 40ies and early 50ies. There were no speakers who came to my classes in either high school or college. That was completely unknown then. The word Holocaust was unknown and what is now called the Holocaust was not talked about. There were one or two Jewish professors at my college but I didn’t realize at the time that they were Jewish because they kept quiet about their religion or ethnicity. There was still a lot of prejudice against Jews in the 1950s. World War II was still too fresh in everyone’s mind to be included in history classes. In the 1940s and 1950s, I don’t remember any TV shows or movies about what is now called the Holocaust. If I had heard Hochman tell his story when I was a teenager, I would not have believed it. His story would have been dismissed by all my classmates as a “tall tale.”

      Comment by furtherglory — April 7, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  4. I have found another blog about Benny Hochmann:

    “The march took place in March of 1944, during bitter cold and snow. The prisoners grew very weak. If any one of them stumbled or fell, they were shot or torn apart by the guards’ dogs. According to Hochman, only 20 percent of those who marched out of Auschwitz made it to the Buchenwald camp.
    There were no gas chambers in Buchenwald, so Hochmann could not be used as a commando anymore. Instead, he was put on a crew to work on the Autobahn.”

    I am reading it right? “THERE WERE NO GAS CHAMBERS IN BUCHENWALD”?
    Is this some sort of a cruel joke? Benny Hochmann has joined the group of “poisonous revisionists and deniers”? The French Prosecutor said it himself (what was his name, again?), that there was the gas chamber in Buchenwald with the tipping floor, right?. Anyone who does not affirm that claim is a “denier” and “poison”. Am I guessing it right, that Benny Hochmann is denying official documents of Nuremberg IMT?

    Did I understand it right that all sixteen-years old siblings of Polish officers were automatically sent to Auschwitz as political prisoners?
    What a bunch of baloney!

    Comment by Gasan — April 7, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    • I read the article at the link that you provided. Here is a quote from the article:

      “When the gas house at the camp was completed, Hochman was one of four men chosen to work there. His job was to collect the dead bodies of those who had been killed in the gas house, load them on a cart, and transport them to the nearby crematorium.”

      The term “gas house” implies that this was the “little red house” or the “little white house” at Auschwitz-Birkenau. But these little houses were both one-story houses with no basements. In any case, the article does not say there was a hole in the floor of the gas chamber or that the bodies fell into the crematorium. The crematorium was in a separate building because he had to transport the bodies to it on a cart. So he was definitely talking about the little houses, not Krema II, III, IV or V. So the story that he told to the kids in Greeley had to be about the Buchenwald gas chamber.

      In the article that you linked to, it was the reporter who wrote that there was no gas chamber at Buchenwald; there was no indication that Benny said that. So Benny is not “poison;” he is not a denier. It is the reporter who is denying what the French prosecutor said at Nuremberg. If I recall correctly, the judgment at Nuremberg included Buchenwald in the list of camps that had gas chambers.

      Benny was most likely sent to Auschwitz because he was in the Polish Resistance. He is in his eighties now and his memory is probably not what it used to be. He should write down everything he says, so that he can avoid contradicting himself in the talks that he gives to students.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 7, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    • At the link which you provided, there is a photo of Benny Hochman showing off his Auschwitz tattoo. This is the caption under the photo:

      “Benny Hochman shows his Holocaust “name,” to Holyoke JR/SR High Principal Susan Ortner. He wasn’t Benny, but B-3156, which was poked into his skin with an ice pick and ink when he was a teenager.”

      According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum web site, the numbers beginning with B were not used until 1944, long after Benny arrived, and the numbers beginning with B were given to the Hungarian Jews. Poor Benny. Looks like he has been caught in another lie.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 7, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

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