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June 10, 2011

“… there is a Hitler in every human being!”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am

“If you would only know that there is a Hitler in every human being!”

These words were spoken to Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross by a Holocaust survivor whom she met, as a young girl from Switzerland, on a visit to the site of the Majdanek (Maidanek) death camp in Poland in 1945. The former Majdanek camp was turned into a museum by the Soviet Union very soon after it was liberated in July 1944.  I didn’t know that young girls from Switzerland were brought there for tours in 1945 — but I learn something new every day.

Dr. Kübler-Ross told about her visit to Maidanek in an interview conducted by Dr. Daniel Redwood, which you can read in full here.

This quote is from Dr. Redwood’s interview with Dr. Kübler-Ross:

This young woman had lost all her brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents in a gas chamber. She was the last one they tried to squash in, and there wasn’t room for one more person, so they pulled her out. What she didn’t understand was that she had already been crossed off the list of the living. They never got back to her. She spent the rest of the war years in this concentration camp swearing that she would stay alive to tell the world about all the atrocities that she witnessed.

When the people came to liberate the camp, she said to herself, “Oh my God, if I spend the rest of my life telling about all these horrible things, I would not be any better than Hitler himself. I would plant seeds of hate and negativity.” She made at that moment a promise to whoever she talked to, God presumably, that she would stay in the concentration camp until she could learn to forgive even a Hitler. When she had learned that lesson, then she would be worthy of leaving. Do you understand that?

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That was the beginning of my journey. When I went back to Switzerland, I said I’m going to study medicine, and I’m going to understand why people, from beautiful, innocent, gorgeous children, turn into Nazi monsters.

I have read about other Holocaust survivors who were saved when they were thrown out of a gas chamber because the room was too full, but I didn’t know until now why they were not taken to the gas chamber again on another day.  According to this survivor of the Majdanek camp, it was because names were crossed off the death list when the victims were taken to the gas chamber and when someone was thrown out of the gas chamber at the last minute, the “Nazi monsters” never got back to them.   The gas chamber lists were never found when the camps were liberated; all the gas chamber records were apparently destroyed and the names of the Jews who were gassed are unknown.

Here is another quote from the very beginning of the interview:

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Interview

DR: What has led you to devote so much of your time, skill and attention to issues of death and dying?

ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS: It started in Maidanek, in a concentration camp, where I tried to see how children had gone into the gas chambers after having lost their families, their homes, their schools and everything. The walls in the camp were filled with pictures of butterflies, drawn by these children.

It was incomprehensible to me. Thousands of children going into the gas chamber, and this is the message they leave behind–a butterfly. That was really the beginning.

In this concentration camp there was a Jewish girl, and she watched me. I hope you understand, I was a very young kid naturally, who hadn’t gone through any windstorms in life. When you grow up in Switzerland, there is no race problem, no poverty, no unemployment, no slums, no nothing. And I went right into the nightmare of postwar Europe.

So I asked her, how can men and women, like you and I, kill hundreds and thousands of innocent children, and the same day they do that, day after day, they worry about their own child at home who has chicken pox. It just didn’t compute in my brain, you know, being very innocent and ignorant.

When I visited the Memorial Site at the former Majdanek camp, I was surprised to see all the artwork on display; there were sculptures and lots of other artwork that had been done by the prisoners in the camp. I remember a rosary that had been fashioned out of bits of bread that had been wadded up and left to dry to make the beads. I did not see the butterfly pictures, but perhaps they had been taken to another Holocaust Museum in America or Israel for display.

The children in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp were allowed to do artwork and they were even given lessons in drawing and painting by an adult teacher.  Some of their pictures were on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC when I visited there years ago.

But to get back to the “Nazi monsters.”  Hitler was an artist himself.  Is that why he allowed the children to draw or paint butterflies before they were killed in the gas chamber?  Hitler may have thought that he was being kind to the innocent children by allowing them to paint butterflies before dying, but I think this was unnecessarily cruel.  It gave the children hope, when there was none.

This quote from the interview shows how Dr. Kübler-Ross finally realized that there is a Hitler in all of us:

And I thought, “She is crazy, I don’t have a Hitler in me.” A few days later, I hitchhiked back to Switzerland, because I was very sick. I was near death. I never made it. They found me unconscious in a forest in Germany, with typhoid. But before I ended up in a hospital (I was picked up half dead in a forest, unconscious), I had been so hungry. I had no food in my stomach for three days and three nights. I suddenly realized in the midst of this hike, that if a small child would walk by me with a piece of bread in its hands, I would steal that piece of bread from that child’s hand.

Typhoid is caused by drinking contaminated water.  When I visited Poland, I was advised to drink only bottled water.  Not wanting to take any chances, I even brushed by teeth with the bottled water that was supplied in my hotel room.  Did young girls from Switzerland throw all caution to the wind by drinking tap water in Poland in 1945?  Probably.  Keep in mind that, as a young girl, Dr. Kübler-Ross tried to HITCH-HIKE back to Switzerland from the Majdanek camp, which is in the city of Lublin near the Eastern border of Poland. That was a very foolish thing to do in 1945.  Why did a tour leader allow that?  Or did she go to Poland, which was behind “the Iron Curtain,” by herself in 1945?

In any case, this experience helped her to understand Hitler.  She would have stolen bread from a child when she got hungry while walking through a forest in Germany if she had been given the chance.  Hitler was blinded by mustard gas when he was a soldier in World War I. Was that how he got the idea of gassing little children, after first allowing them to draw butterflies?

In doing a search to find the obituary of Dr. Kübler-Ross, I came across this website which has a conversation between the doctor and John Harricharan who knew her personally.  I learned that Dr. Kübler-Ross died at the age of 78 in 2004.  That means that she was born in 1926; she was one of triplets. She told Harricharan that she left home at the age of 15 with nothing but a backpack.  She said that she was from a wealthy family, but nevertheless, her parents allowed her to leave home at this young age.  Or did she run away from home during war-time?

Here is the exact quote from her interview with John Harricharan:

At the age of 15 I left home to find myself. World War II was raging and the Nazis were leaving millions of people dead or dying in their wake. Cities were being destroyed, people were starving, children separated from their parents–an unimaginable horror of man’s inhumanity to man. I wanted to help, to heal, feed and clothe the less fortunate. So, with others, I did what I could, I was led from those experiences to what I am doing today.
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All I had was my backpack and a few personal possessions. Even though I was born relatively well-off and had a very comfortable life, I gave it all up for the sake of being with those who needed help.

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Remember, I was still a young girl when all this happened. I saw refugees from Germany trying to get over to Switzerland mowed down by machine guns. Traveling through Europe, I did all I could to help feed people. I love relief work! I helped rebuild villages in France, moved on to Belgium and hitchhiked to Poland.

Note that she hitchhiked TO Poland.  I thought that she went on a tour and hitchhiked BACK to Switzerland. Note also that she saw refugees trying to get into Switzerland and being mowed down by machine guns.  Who was manning these machine guns — German or Swiss citizens?  Germany had lost the war and was then occupied.  It must have been the Swiss that were mowing down refugees.

Then she tells the story again about how she met a Holocaust survivor whose whole family had been gassed.  I had assumed that this woman was Jewish, but in her talk with John Harricharan, Dr. Kübler-Ross indicated that the woman was a Polish non-Jew.  Dr. Kübler-Ross explained that she had met this woman when the survivor walked three days through the Polish countryside to find her so that she could cure her one remaining child who had typhoid.   Elizabeth Kübler was a young girl at that time, not yet a medical doctor.

Dr. Kübler-Ross walked with the woman and her child to a place that served as a clinic.  This quote explains what happened then:

There was nothing I could do. We had no antibiotics, no medicine, no anything. I told the woman it was hopeless and that her child would die. She pleaded with me saying, “This is the last of my 13 children. You must save him!” “It is easy to say that,” I replied, “but there is very little I can do. What happened to the others?” With a quivering voice she told me how all her other children, her brothers and sisters, father, mother and grandparents were wiped out in a concentration camp. She ended by saying, “So you see, Mrs. Doctor, (that’s what they called me), you must save this last one.”

The child recovered and the mother came back to find Elizabeth Kübler, who told Harricharan that she always slept in a cemetery, which she considered the only safe place to sleep back then.  Then one day, she was awakened by the mother and her child.

This quote continues the story:

As I opened my eyes I noticed a handkerchief with something in it and a piece of paper. Inside was some black soil and a note written in pencil which read, “Mrs. Doctor, this is blessed Polish soil from Mrs. W. whose last of 13 children you saved.”

This woman must have walked days to the hospital, found her child alive, walked back to her village for the soil, then to the priest to have him bless it, and finally, back to me at the camp. The whole trip must have taken almost a week of walking, It was the best gift I’ve ever received in my entire life. I never saw the woman again but that incident is as clear as ever in my mind, and it had a profound effect on my future.

Note that the woman had soil from her village blessed by a priest.  This indicates that she was probably not Jewish.  Yet, her whole family had been gassed and she had survived only because the gas chamber was full that day.

It is not clear, from this interview with Harricharan, which gas chamber the woman was talking about.  As the interview continues, Dr. Kübler-Ross starts talking about Auschwitz.

This quote from the interview with Harricharan mentions Auschwitz:

Later I went to visit the concentration camps. I saw trainloads of children’s shoes. They were the shoes of the children who were sent to the gas chambers. I remember standing there wondering how we could kill each other, destroy so much, and still worry about whether our children have chicken pox or a toothache? It was difficult for me to understand. So I asked a woman who was standing next to me and she said, ” You too, are capable of doing that.” I disagreed vehemently.

Then I started thinking: if the Nazis were raised in Switzerland, they might have been different, and if I had been raised in Germany, I too could have been like them. Who was I to judge anyone? I realized that there is a Hitler in all of us, but if we seek out and find that Hitler and get rid of him, we can become a Mother Theresa.

And I wanted to know more about these children. I found messages from them scratched into the walls with their fingernails. Messages to their moms and dads. But they also drew pictures of butterflies. There were no butterflies at Auschwitz and I always wondered what made these children draw butterflies and then fearlessly walk into the gas chambers. The woman I met there taught me forgiveness. Boy, did I learn a lot from her! She had hated the Germans but turned around and forgave them.

Note that she went to visit “the concentration camps (plural).”  There are shoes on display at both Majdanek and Auchwitz.  It is clear that these shoes have been exposed to Zyklon-B because they are deteriorating.  The leather suitcases at Auschwitz are not deteriorating.

Dr. Kübler-Ross mentioned that “There were no butterflies at Auschwitz.”  Butterflies are attracted by certain kinds of flowers.  There were flowers at Auschwitz, according to my Jewish tour guide who told me this when I visited the camp in 1998, but roses don’t attract butterflies.

Note that she said, “they also drew pictures of butterflies.”  This leads me to believe that she saw some of the pictures drawn by the children at Theresienstadt who were later sent to Auschwitz.  She also said that she “found messages from them scratched into the walls with their fingernails.”  The walls of what?  I think she is referring to the scratches on the walls of the gas chamber, not the barracks.  I have read stories on other web sites about scratches on the walls of the gas chamber at Majdanek, but I didn’t see them when I was there in 1998.

Note that she said, “if the Nazis were raised in Switzerland, they might have been different, and if I had been raised in Germany, I too could have been like them.”  So at least, she does not think that the Germans carry bad genes, as some people allege.  Presumably, the ethnic Germans in Switzerland are alright.  So who was machine-gunning those refugees?

June 8, 2011

“the Gemlich letter” …. it sounds better in the original German

Filed under: California, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:35 am

This morning I was astounded to read this news headline here:

The Seeds of Hitler’s Hatred: Infamous 1919 Genocide Letter Unveiled to the Public

This quote from the article contains the most important part of the story:

Few have questioned the importance of the Gemlich letter in understanding Hitler and the Holocaust. It not only provides a look into his beliefs, but reveals early ideas of how he would attempt the systematic extermination of the Jews. “Anti-Semitism — born of purely emotional grounds — will find an expression in the form of pogroms,” Hitler wrote, according to a translation provided by the (Simon) Wiesenthal Center. “The final goal must be the removal of the Jews. To accomplish these goals, only a government of national power is capable and never a government of national weakness.”

According to this article, “the Gemlich letter,” which has recently been acquired by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in California, is the first and only time that Hitler wrote something which clearly indicated his plans to “attempt the systematic extermination of the Jews.”   (more…)

June 6, 2011

Polish Political prisoners at Dachau

Polish political prisoners at Dachau

In the photo above, Polish prisoners celebrate the liberation of Dachau on April 29, 1945. Today, most people think of Dachau as a death camp, second only to Auschwitz, where Jews were sent to be “exterminated,” but it was actually a camp that was primarily for “political prisoners” who were “Resistance fighters” during World War II. On the day that Dachau was liberated, the largest number of prisoners in the whole Dachau system, including the 123 sub-camps, were the 43,401 “political prisoners.” The majority of them were Catholic.

The “political prisoners” included Communists, Social Democrats, anarchists, and spies, but most of them were anti-Fascist resistance fighters from German-occupied countries, including France, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, and Poland.  The largest group of “political prisoners” was from Poland.

The Official Report by the U.S. Seventh Army, which was released a few days after Dachau was liberated, listed the following statistics for the Dachau main camp:

Poles: 9,200; Russians: 3,900; French: 3,700; Yugoslavs: 3,200; Jews: 2,100; Czechoslovaks: 1,500; Germans: 1,000. There was also a combined total of 1,000 Belgians, Hungarians, Italians, Austrians, Greeks, etc.

Most of the Jews had only recently arrived from the Dachau sub-camps where they were sent after being brought to Germany from the death camps in Poland.  The Official Report by the U.S. Seventh Army was based on two days of interviews with the survivors of the camp, including the Jewish survivors who told stories about how they had been treated at Auschwitz.  Today, visitors to Dachau can rent an audio guide to the camp and listen to these stories told by Auschwitz survivors who were only at Dachau for a few days before the camp was liberated.

The official history of Dachau is now a book entitled  That was Dachau  written by Stanislav Zamecnik and published in 2002. Zamecnik was a Polish political prisoner at Dachau from 1941 to 1945.  His book has replaced the old Dachau history, written by Paul Berben, who was also a Dachau prisoner. Berben’s book told too many good things about Dachau; he did not write about the atrocities committed by the Germans, so that’s why his book had to be replaced.

Another book, entitled  Listy spod morwy (Leaves under the Mulberry Tree), written by Polish political prisoner Gustaw Morcinek and published in 1957, is quoted on one of the signs that have been put up for tourists at Dachau in recent years. Morcinek was a prisoner at Dachau from 1940 to 1945.

This quote from Leaves under the Mulberry Tree is on a sign at Dachau:

The particular hate of the SS men was vented [on the Jewish prisoners], they were beaten, hounded by dogs, starved, forced to heavy, trying work, and above all hit with rifle butts and batons until they died under the beating. If someone needed too long to die, a SS man with boots jumped on his chest, the breastbone broke with dry crackle, blood flowed out of the victim’s mouth, and then slowly the body went rigid.

Two days before Dachau was liberated, there were 128 SS men who had been imprisoned in the bunker (camp prison) for crimes committed against concentration camp prisoners; they were released and ordered to guard the camp after the regular guards fled for their lives.  The SS man who killed Jews by jumping on their chests was probably among the SS men in the wing of the bunker that was reserved for the SS men who committed such crimes.  He was probably killed during the “Dachau massacre” so we will never know his side of the story.

You can read all about Morcinek on Wikipedia here.  This quote is from Wikipedia:

In 1914 he (Morcinek) was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army and after 1918 served briefly in the Polish Army. In 1920, when Cieszyn Silesia was divided between Poland and Czechoslovakia, his hometown Karviná fell to Czechoslovakia. Morcinek was a pro-Polish activist and thus decided to stay in Poland.
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Morcinek spent the years 1936-1939 abroad, in Western Europe.

He returned to Poland shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Morcinek was arrested by the Gestapo on 6 September 1939.  He was initially imprisoned with Wadysaw Dworaczek and the rest of people belonging to the Polish intellectuals from Silesia.   Gustav spent the whole war in the German concentration camps Skrochowitz, Sachsenhausen, and Dachau.  The supposed reason given for his arrest was his “anti-German activity” before the war and the fact that a dog in one of his novels was called “Bismarck.” When he was in concentration camps he was given a choice to sign a Volksliste but refused.

His “anti-German activity” BEFORE the war?  How can that be?  The Poles did nothing to provoke the German invasion of Poland in 1939.  Or did they?  What exactly was his “anti-German activity”?  We will probably never know because it is now politically incorrect to mention something like that.  As far as visitors to Dachau know, Morcinek was a perfectly innocent Polish citizen who was kept, for no reason, in a concentration camp from 1939 to 1945.

But wait! Wikipedia goes on to say, in this quote, that Morcinek was actually engaging in anti-Germany activity:

Morcinek was politically active from a young age. He was an active advocate of joining whole Cieszyn Silesia to Poland. During the interwar period when he was an anti-German activist, some critics accused him of spreading hatred. After the war, he was a supporter of PZPR (Polish United Workers’ Party) and was a member of the Sejm (parliament) from Katowice electoral district (1952-1957).

When I visited Poland for the first time in 1998, my private tour guide drove me through the Polish countryside towards Auschwitz.  The scenery was the same for miles and miles, then all of a sudden, there was a change in the terrain and the look of the houses.  I remarked to my guide: “This looks a lot like Germany.”  To which she replied, “This IS Germany.”  We had just entered the territory known as Silesia.   The reason that Silesia was so important back then was because it was a region with coal and other minerals.  In fact, Morcinek had worked in a coal mine as a young man.  It was because of the coal and other minerals that he wanted Poland to have this important region.

Finally, the big day arrived: Dachau was liberated and the Polish political prisoners got their revenge.  The photo below, which hangs in the Dachau Museum, shows a Polish political prisoner preparing to beat a German to death with a shovel while American soldiers are shown in the background shooting the Germans who have just surrendered the camp. Note that this same man is shown in the photo at the top of the page.  He is the man in the middle, holding up a bottle of wine as the Polish political prisoners celebrate their liberation.

Dachau prisoners prepare to beat a German to death

The American liberators aided the Polish political prisoners at Dachau in their revenge killings by shooting the German guards in the leg so that they could not escape.  The man in the photo above appears to have been wounded in the leg.

June 5, 2011

If you go to Auschwitz…tips for Glenn Beck

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:56 am

Glenn Beck is planning a trip to Auschwitz in the near future.  I assume that his trip will be a big production with video cameras following his every step; the trip will probably be made into a documentary.  I assume that he will be guided by Holocaust experts who will direct the trip.  I don’t know if he will have any input himself, but if he does, I have some suggestions.

First of all, there are TWO Auschwitz camps: the main camp and the Birkenau camp.  [The third Auschwitz camp, Monowitz, is no longer open to tourists because the factories there are still being used.] I’m not sure if Glenn Beck knows that. The main camp has the exhibits of hair and shoes and the famous black wall.  When I visited Auschwitz in 1998, the main camp was the only part that was shown on the guided tours.  I had to hire a separate guide to take me to the Birkenau camp because the regular guide told me that there was nothing to see at Birkenau.

I learned later that Raul Hilberg, who wrote The Destruction of the European Jews, had seen only the Auschwitz main camp on a 1/2 day tour before he published his famous book in 1961; he wrote a two-volume history of the Holocaust without ever seeing the Birkenau camp where the Jews were gassed.

Location of the “black wall” at Auschwitz main camp

The famous “black wall” at Auschwitz

When any well-known person makes a pilgrimage to Auschwitz, the usual procedure is to place flowers at the famous “black wall.”  This will be Glenn Beck’s first photo opportunity.  However, the black wall was the place where political prisoners were executed after a short court trial that was held in the building shown on the right in the first photo above.  Only a few Jews were executed at this wall.  Glenn Beck should save the flower ceremony for Birkenau where the Jews were gassed.  You can read more about the black wall here on my web site.

The International Monument at Birkenau

The photo above shows the International Monument, which is located between the ruins of Krema II and Krema III, the two largest gas chambers. You can read about the Monument here.

The Birkenau camp is huge and it is a long walk to the Monument, which is at the western end of the camp.  I would seriously suggest that Glenn Beck and his entourage take a couple of golf carts to ride around Birkenau, which is a 425 acre site.

The first stop at Birkenau should be the gate house, where visitors can climb up into the tower and look out over the vastness of the camp.  To give you an idea of the size of the camp: you literally can’t see from one end of it to the other. To see everything at Birkenau requires a 5 mile hike.  Not that Glenn Beck can’t walk that far, but if he is there for only one day, he will have to conserve time in order to see everything.

I’m sure that Glenn Beck has read Night by Elie Wiesel, but if he hasn’t, he will undoubtedly read it in preparation for his trip.  The photo below shows the road on which Elie and his father saw the two burning pits where Jews were being burned alive when he arrived at Birkenau.  The photo at the entrance to the road is a famous photo from the Auschwitz Album; this photo, which was taken by the Nazis themselves, shows a woman and two children walking to the gas chamber.

Road through the center of the Birkenau camp

The road shown in the photo above goes through the center of the Birkenau camp, from south to north.  When the death camp was in operation, there was another road midway along this road, which went west to the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V and also to the Sauna, where the prisoners who had been selected to work, took a shower. The photo below shows the other side of this intersection where the entrance to the women’s camp is located.  There are other ways to get to the women’s camp, and tours do not go through this gate.

Entrance to the women’s camp at Birkenau

The buildings where the clothes were deloused are located in the section shown in the photo above. I was told that these buildings were “off limits” but I went through this gate anyway and photographed one of the disinfection buildings which you can see here.

The Sauna is not to be missed.  That’s why I am seriously suggesting that Glenn Beck take a golf cart to get there.  Most tour groups don’t go to the Sauna because it is such a long walk.  You can see photos of the Sauna building here.

The road to the Sauna building at Birkenau

Glenn Beck mentioned on his show last Thursday that he had seen the movie Schindler’s List.  The building shown in the photo above is where the Jewish women on the List were taken when they were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau; there is a very dramatic scene as they wait for the gas to come out of the shower heads; then they are overjoyed when water comes out instead.  After their shower, the women exit the building and look across the road where the Krema IV and Krema V gas chambers were located.  This scene in the movie is hard to understand because Jews are shown walking down the steps into the gas chamber, but both Krema IV and Krema V were above ground.  It was Krema II and Krema III that had stairs down into underground rooms.

The water treatment plant at Birkenau

On the road to the Sauna, you will be some large round brick structures, which are shown in the photo above.  This is the water treatment plant.  Birkenau is located on very wet ground and the water was not fit to drink; the water had to be purified in these large tanks.

Behind the Sauna is the ruins of the “little white house” where Jews were gassed while the gas chambers were being built in Krema II and Krema III.  You can read about “the little white house” here.

Bunker No. 2, known as “the little white house”

The Birkenau camp was in the process of being expanded when it had to be abandoned because the soldiers of the Soviet Union were in the area.  The photo below shows the new section, called Mexico, which was never completed.

The Mexico section of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Notice the houses in the background.  These are new houses that were built after the war.  There were seven small villages that were torn down to build the Birkenau camp.  Birkenau is like a bog garden, which is the name for a place that is always wet and plants that love water grow there.  The photo above shows the spot where there was a barrack and the location is now filled with standing water.  This means that Birkenau was a very unhealthy place.  (What was Himmler thinking when he chose this place for a camp!)

The big attraction at Birkenau is the ruins of the two largest gas chambers, Krema II on the left side of the main road through the camp and Krema III on the right side.  These two buildings were mirror images.

Ruins of Krema III gas chamber

Ruins of Krema II gas chamber

The photo above shows the ruins of the Krema II gas chamber with the International Monument in the background.   I took this photo in 2005; I’m not sure, but I think that this place is now fenced off and guarded to keep people from climbing down into the very room where the Jews were gassed.  You can read about Krema II here.

If Glenn Beck and his entourage go all the way around the Birkenau camp, they will return to the entrance on the road shown in the photo below.  This road was heavily traveled by local farmers when the Birkenau camp was in operation as a death camp. The small hole in the foreground of the photo is a one-man air raid shelter.  The Nazis expected that Auschwitz might be bombed.  There was a lot of talk about bombing the camp to destroy the gas chambers, but the Allies decided against it.  The Auschwitz III camp, aka Monowitz, was bombed instead because there were factories there.

The road that goes along the outside of  the Birkenau camp

For more photos of Auschwitz-Birkenau, go to my photo gallery here.  Or go to my Auschwitz Scrapbook here.

June 3, 2011

Glenn Beck is going to Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:12 am

Yesterday, Glenn Beck announced that his last TV show will be on June 30, 2011. Then he will be going to Poland to visit Auschwitz.   He said that Auschwitz “is the last place on earth” that he wants to go. He wants to go to Red Square; he wants to go to England. Auschwitz is not on his list but he’s going there because he “knows the story” and he “knows it’s true.”

Has Glenn Beck’s life been threatened?  Has “Spooky Dude” ordered a hit on him?  Months ago, I wrote on my blog here “Is Glenn Beck Trying to Get Himself Killed?” After years of insulting the Jews, Glenn Beck has taken a 180 degree turn and he is now peddling “Stand with Israel” banners.

On yesterday’s show, Beck compared himself to Oskar Schindler. He pointed out that Schindler “didn’t get it at first.”  But then Schindler “saw the light” and he “put his life on the line to save the Jews.”  Now it seems that Glenn Beck is following in Schindler’s footsteps.  He is going to save Israel from the “Freedom for Palestine” people; the “Israeli occupation” is a LIE, according to Beck.  Why the concern over the “plight of the Palestinians?”  It is Israel that is in danger from Hamas and Hezbollah.

Beck cried more than John Boehner as he described how he was overwhelmed by the movie Schindler’s List. He said that he “was weeping at the end” and he couldn’t move.  He had to be escorted out of the theater.  He had been totaled out by the ending of the movie when Schindler’s Jews present him with a ring engraved with a line from the Talmud: “He who saves a single life, saves the world.”

Beck mentioned that he also saw the movie Life is Beautiful.  Then he said, regarding these two movies, “Here’s what hits you so hard — they are true.”  It’s been years since these movies came out, but Glenn Beck is just now “getting it” and he’s going to Auschwitz.  He’s never been to England, and he would like to see the pyramids in Egypt, but he’s going to Auschwitz instead.  Did he cut a deal with the Jews?

Beck’s show lost more than 300 advertisers over the years, which probably led to his show being taken off the air. But there is one ad that has been played many times — the one about the elderly Holocaust survivors who are now starving in Siberia.  Yesterday, the ad was shown again, and I noticed the part where the tattoo on the arm of one of the Jews is shown.  That part had been cut out, but now it’s back.  The tattoo starts with an A, followed by several numbers.  This indicates that the person with this identification number arrived at Auschwitz in 1944 when the Hungarian Jews were deported.

Beck’s show on Wednesday laid the groundwork for the theme of Thursday’s show.  On Wednesday’s show, Beck told about how the Jews have been “oppressed” since the year 175 BC when the King of Syria outlawed circumcision.  Now by an “amazing coincidence” it is starting all over again in San Francisco where a ban on circumcision has been proposed.

On Wednesday, Beck went through a long list of countries that had expelled the Jews over the years; he mentioned around 12 of the 82 times that the Jews were expelled and then said that the Jews had been “kicked out of every single country in the world.”  He was not blaming the Jews — it is the rest of the world that is at fault.  But don’t worry; Glenn Beck is going to save Israel.

June 1, 2011

Why are there still 50,000 American soldiers in Germany?

Filed under: Germany — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:05 am

I heard on a TV show that there are still 50,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Germany.  Why is Germany still occupied?

When World War II ended, the US government made a film which instructed the American soldiers on how they were to treat the Germans.  You can see this film on YouTube.

Holocaust survivor who was tattooed with a “B for Birkenau”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:22 am

When 82-year-old Holocaust survivor Ben Midler recently gave a talk to a sixth grade class in Del Mar Heights, CA,  the students asked to see his tattoo. According to a news article in the Del Mar Times, which you can read here,

“Without hesitating, Midler showed them his left forearm bearing the number “B-2433” — “B” for Birkenau.”

Numbers starting with the letter B were first used at Birkenau in May 1944 when the Hungarian Jews were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  The first tattoo numbers used for the Hungarian Jews started with the letter A, but when the numbers reached A-20,000, a new series of numbers, beginning with the letter B, was started, but only for male prisoners.  According to the USHMM, “some 15,000 men received B series tattoos.”  The women continued to receive numbers starting with the letter A, up to 30,000.   (more…)

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