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January 21, 2012

“Red Tails” — or How African-Americans singlehandedly won WWII

Filed under: Germany, movies, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:22 am

If you are planning to see the new George Lucas film Red Tails, you better hurry, because I don’t think this flick will be in theaters very long.  I predict that it will very quickly be shot down like the Me 262 jet airplane that is shot down by Joe “Lighting” Little, a Negro pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, who is the hero of the movie.

Black pilot shooting down a jet airplane

Before you get all upset by my use of the word “Negro,” it was pointed out in the movie that African-Americans preferred the term Negro over the term “colored” which was used by whites.  This is news to me.  I was 11 years old when this story was happening in 1944 and it is my opinion that both blacks and whites used the term “colored” which was pronounced “cull-ed.”  The word Negro was only used in a sentence which also had the word Caucasian.

The reason that I think that Red Tails will not be a big hit is because it will appeal to a very limited audience.  This is not a “date movie.”  Women will stay away from it in droves.

The basic premiss of the movie is that black people are superior to whites, but white racists in America would not allow them to fight in World War II until 1944 when black pilots were needed to win the war against the German racists.  There were other black soldiers who fought in World War II, but unlike the Tuskegee Airmen, they were commanded by white officers.  The movie is set in 1944, but filmed though a 2012 lens which shows that the African-Americans back then were no different from white people.

The movie has an all-male cast, except for one Italian girl who is the love interest in the movie.  “Lighting” spots her on a rooftop as he is flying over the pristine Italian countryside which shows no war damage.  She waves at him and he comes back later and knocks on her door.  He speaks no Italian and she speaks no English, but they manage to fall in love and get married.  Her Italian dialogue is not translated.  Only the German words in the movie have sub-titles.  What’s up with that?

The movie begins with a quote from a study done in 1925 which claimed that “blacks are inferior to whites.”  This is quickly followed by a disclaimer:  “Inspired by a true story.”  In other words, what you are about to see is not totally true, but we’re not going to tell you which part is not true. The title of the movie comes from the fact that the Tuskegee Airmen painted the tails of their planes bright red. The Me 262 jet planes are decorated with yellow paint.

Red Tails is about the all-black 332nd Fighter Squadron which was assigned to protect U.S. bombers on a bombing mission to Berlin in 1944.  Nothing is mentioned about Berlin already being bombed into a pile of rubble before 1944.  However, in 1944 Germany had Me 262 jet fighter planes in the air, so this bombing mission was different.  The Tuskegee Airmen were flying P51 planes.

Me 262 jet airplane

This movie is not about history; it is about the African-American heroes of World War II.  If this were a history movie, it would have been pointed out that the Germans delayed getting their jet planes into the air because Hitler disagreed with his generals about the best use of the jet planes.  Hitler wanted the Me 262 to be a bomber plane, not a fighter plane.  If the Germans had used the Me 262 as a fighter plane sooner, all the American planes would have been shot out of the sky and Germany would have had a better chance of winning the war.

The movie does not mention Herman Goering, the head of the Luftwaffe, the German air force.  According to this website,  “In the early part of the war, he remarked, “If Allied planes ever bomb Berlin, you can call me Meyer.” Later on [when] they did, escorted by P-51 Mustangs, he observed, “When I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up.”   It was the Tuskegee Airmen who were flying those Mustangs.   (more…)

January 20, 2012

Should Elie Wiesel come clean?

Filed under: Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:00 pm

Should Elie Wiesel, the world’s most famous Holocaust survivor, come clean about his life story?  There is a whole website devoted to proving that Elie Wiesel was never a prisoner at Auschwitz, nor at Buchenwald.  The latest article on this website is entitled “When did Elie Wiesel arrive at Auschwitz? Could he have received the number A-7713?”  You can read the article in full here.

As far as I know, Elie Wiesel has never acknowledged that Carolyn Yeager has done extensive research and has proved that he lied under oath when he claimed that he has the number A-7713 tattooed on his arm.  I think that Elie should come clean and admit that he is a fraud.  I believe that all the little kids who have read his book Night would come to his defense and forgive him.

Elie Wiesel appears to be in good health, but he is at the age where he could leave this earth any day now.  He should ensure that his legacy is protected before that happens. Who knows what will happen if he dies before coming clean and asking for forgiveness.

I blame Oprah for this debacle. In 2005, Oprah selected the “memoir” of James Frey, entitled A Million Little Pieces as her book club selection. Some people questioned the truth of the book, and Oprah came to the defense of James Frey. Two weeks after defending Frey on the Larry King show, Oprah brought Frey back onto her show and confronted him in front of a live audience. Meanwhile Frey’s “memoir” had sold 2 million copies in the three-month window between Oprah’s announcement of its selection and her confrontation of Frey before a live audience. Oprah’s next book club selection was Elie Wiesel’s Night.  At that time, the book Night was classified as fiction on Elie Wiesel’s own website.  But when Oprah selected it for her Book Club, the book became a non-fictional account of Elie Wiesel’s true story of surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

Another Holocaust survivor, Herman Rosenblat, went on Oprah’s show and told the story of how he met his wife when she threw apples over the fence to him (at the age of 9) while he was in a sub-camp of Buchenwald.  After the publicity that he received from the Oprah show, Rosenblat landed a book contract.  Rosenblat was on the Oprah show twice.  The second time that he was on, I watched the show, and the minute that it was over, I e-mailed Oprah that this story could not possibly be true.  I don’t think anyone paid any attention to my e-mail, but other people also told Oprah that the Rosenblat story was fiction and his book was never published, as far as I know.

All is not lost.  Oprah no longer has a talk show, but she could go on some other talk show (I like the Dr. Drew show) and apologize to Elie Wiesel for enticing him to change the status of his book to non-fiction.  Night is a great piece of literature and Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust icon.  None of that would change if Elie Wiesel would just come clean and tell the truth.  He would be admired even more for telling the truth.  Keep in mind that nothing bad happened to Herman Rosenblat.

Meanwhile Holocaust education continues in American schools.  Read about how a 6th grade class was indoctrinated:

January 19, 2012

The Holocaust of 1298 in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:16 am

Today’s American students might have trouble understanding why the German people all of a sudden turned against the Jews in 1933 under the leadership of that madman Adolf Hitler.  The German Jews were completely innocent, so why were they suddenly persecuted for no reason?

Actually, the persecution of the Jews in Germany, and in other countries in Europe, had already been going on way back in the 13th century.  On June 25, 1298, in the German city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, ordinary citizens of the city committed mass murder, killing and burning their Jewish neighbors.

Memorial in Rothenburg ob der Tauber shows Jews being engulfed by flames

The photo above shows part of the Jewish memorial in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which has a sculpture that shows the Jews being engulfed by flames. The inscription on the memorial says that the Jews were burned in a fire ignited by the inhabitants of the city.  Apparently, the Jews had sought refuge at the Castle, but were attacked there by an angry mob; it is not exactly clear to me whether the Jews were killed and then burned, or burned alive.

Jews had been living in Rothenburg since 1180.  You can read about the famous Rabbi Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg ob der Tauber here.  So what happened in June 1298 that got the Germans so riled up?

The story goes that, in 1298, after more than fifty years of peaceful co-existence between the Jews and the Germans in Rothenburg, there was a series of uprisings in Germany that were led by an “impoverished nobleman” named Rindfliesh, who was from the city of Röttingen.

According to my tour guide, Rindfleish started rumors about Jewish ritual murder and the desecration of Christian consecrated communion hosts because he was unable to pay back a loan from a Jewish money lender. Rindfleish instigated riots in 146 communities in Franconia between 1296 and 1298, including his own city of Röttingen where 21 Jews were killed on April 20, 1298. In nearby Nürnberg, there were 728 Jews killed in 1298 in what is today called the “Rindfleish persecutions.”

Memorial for the murdered Jews of Rothenburg

Only two years after the Holocaust of 1298, the Jews returned to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but there were more uprisings in 1336, 1338, and 1342 in which the Jews were murdered or driven from the city. In 1348, the Jews were murdered or driven out of Rothenburg ob der Tauber again because of accusations that they had started an epidemic of the Bubonic Plague by throwing diseased bodies into the city wells. In 1349, Jews were burned at the stake in an attack that was organized by a congregation in a Catholic church. There were similar attacks on the Jews in Nürnberg and Frankfurt.  The Jews who were driven out of Germany went to Poland, an impoverished country, which welcomed them.

The words on the Jewish memorial at Rothenburg

One might ask why the Jews kept returning to Rothenburg ob der Tauber when it was clear that their lives were in danger there. In those years, the Jews were persecuted everywhere in Europe and they were eventually expelled from every country, starting with England in the year 1290 when King Edward I ordered all the Jews to leave, after an accusation of ritual murder.

At that time, Germany was a collection of states, loosely connected with each other in the Holy Roman Empire, but without a strong federal government which could have officially expelled the Jews from every city and state. After each uprising in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and other places in Europe, the citizens eventually allowed the Jews to return because they had to rely on Jewish money lenders when they needed to borrow money, since this occupation was forbidden to Christians.

The persecution of the Jews in Europe continued and in 1511, the Jews in Rothenburg ob der Tauber were forced to wear a yellow badge on their clothing to identify themselves as Jews. The Jews were finally driven out of the city for good in 1520, at which time Christians were allowed to become money lenders.

In 1871, the German states were united into one country and the Jews were given the same civil rights as other citizens; in 1875 a new Jewish community was established by 8 families who moved to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

In 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power, the persecution of the Jews in Germany began again. On October 10, 1938, the last 17 Jews in Rothenburg ob der Tauber were driven out of the city by the local citizens; their fate is unknown.

The photo below was taken in the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The first thing that visitors see in the exhibit area upstairs in the Museum is this painting of a Catholic who was canonized a saint after being murdered in the 13th century in England. The text explains that this person was allegedly killed in a “ritual murder” and the Jews were accused of the crime. Allegations of this kind, which the Jews deny, are referred to today as “blood libel.”

Painting in the Jewish Museum in Berlin

January 18, 2012

Martin Luther and the Diet of Worms

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, movies — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:32 am

Last night I saw a documentary on TV about Martin Luther; the famous “Diet of Worms” was prominently shown in the film.  That brought back memories of my childhood when I was studying the history of the Catholic Church in Catholic school. My classmates and I thought the term “Diet of Worms” was hilarious.  That’s because our teacher pronounced the German word Diet the same as the English word diet which means what a person eats.  Diet in German is pronounced dee-et and it means an administrative assembly. In German, Worms is pronounced something like Vourms.

This documentary was originally shown on PBS in 2003.  It was first presented as a two-part series for British television.  The film is fairly objective and tells the story of Martin Luther accurately; the narrator only briefly mentions Martin Luther’s hatred of the Jews with only one quote from his writings.

Also mentioned briefly is that Martin Luther translated the bible into German.  I was scribbling notes as fast as I could, and I am not sure if it was mentioned that he did this translation in the town of Eisenach.  I was waiting for some mention of Eisenach because Eisenach is the place where Martin Luther holed up in a castle to translate the Bible. A few miles down the road is the town of Erfurt, the place from which St. Boniface set out on his mission to convert the Germans to Christianity. This area has been at the center of German culture since the Middle Ages. Eisenach is where Johann Sebastian Bach was born.

Eisenach is the beginning of “the Classics Road” which ends at Weimar. This is the heartland of German culture, the old stamping grounds of such German greats as Goethe, Schiller, Liszt, Herder, Nietzsche, Cranach, and Bach.  It is also the road that American troops traveled to Buchenwald, arriving on April 11, 1945. Buchenwald is 5 miles from Weimar and it is the only historical thing that Americans are interested in today in that area.

What does all this have to do with anything?  If Martin Luther were alive today, he would be a modern day heretic, railing against Holocaustianity which has replaced Christianity as the world’s foremost religion.  In today’s world, Luther would be brought before a German court, where he would not be able to defend himself. He would not be asked to recant; he would just be sentenced to five or more years in prison for his heresy in speaking out against Holocaustianity.

This video will explain the story of Martin Luther in a way that the modern world can understand.

January 17, 2012

Nate Berkus: “my white Jewish butt”

Filed under: Germany, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:59 pm

I was watching the Nate Berkus show the other day when I heard him refer to his behind as “my white Jewish butt.” This immediately brought a question to my mind: Are Jews “white?”  The word “white,” when used in reference to ethnicity or race, means Caucasian.  I checked it out on Wikipedia and found this definition:

White people (also called Caucasian) is a term usually referring to human beings characterized (at least in part) by the light pigmentation of their skin. Rather than being a straightforward description of skin color, the term white denotes a specific set of ethnic groups and functions as a color metaphor for race.

The most commonly-used definition of a “white person” is a person with a visible degree of European ancestry.[1]

Nate Berkus has skin with “light pigmentation,” and his ancestors were probably from Europe, but does that make him “white?”  White nationalists would say NO — he is a Jew!  If you click on the “color metaphor for race” link above, you will read that “Jews are not Caucasian.”

Remember Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws, which made it a crime for Germans and Jews to have sexual intercourse.  Hitler did not want the Germans and the Jews to race-mix because he considered the Jews to be a different race than the Volkdeutsch (ethnic Germans).  This brings up another question: Are Jews a race? Or are Jews a religion? What about all the Jews today who are atheist, but still call themselves Jews?

In today’s world, students in American schools are taught that “race is a social construct” meaning that there is no such thing as race — we are all one race.  So there is no difference between Jews and other Europeans, as far as the schools in America today are concerned.

I recently blogged about two Jewish Holocaust survivors who were saved from the gas chamber because they were “Aryan by marriage” or “married to an Aryan man.”  The word “Aryan” is generally used to mean Caucasian, but “Aryan” actually refers to a language group.  Jews are called “Semites” because the original Jews belonged to the Semite language group, not the Aryan language group.

Herbert Marcuse, who is considered to be the originator of “cultural marxism” which rules our world today, was born in Germany, died in Germany and his ashes are buried in Germany. Does that mean that he was German? Or was he “a white Jew?”  I’m from the old school —where whites were white and Jews were Jews.

January 16, 2012

The woman who “slid down the chute” into an Auschwitz gas chamber

A regular reader of my blog provided a link to an excellent article written by Thomas Kues. You can read some of his articles on the Inconvenient History blog .

Thomas Kues is a serious historian of the Holocaust, aka a revisionist. The title of his latest article is How to Escape from a Homicidal Gas Chamber.  The title is a joke: Kues does not really give instructions on how to escape from a gas chamber, in the event that there is another Holocaust, in which there is a mass gassing of Jews.  Instead, he writes about Holocaust survivors who claimed that they were inside a homicidal gas chamber, but somehow managed to escape.

Kues starts off by mentioning “the peculiar fate of Moshe Peer” who was gassed six times at Bergen-Belsen but he survived.  Most historians deny that there was a gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen.

The first trial of the German “war criminals” was The Belsen Trial where SS men and women who had previously worked at Auschwitz before being transferred to Bergen-Belsen were put on trial for crimes allegedly committed at Auschwitz, as well as for crimes at Belsen.

The British had jurisdiction over the Auschwitz “war criminals” by virtue of the fact that the former Auschwitz staff members had foolishly stayed behind to help the British after the Belsen camp was voluntarily turned over them by Heinrich Himmler on April 15, 1945.

The very first person to testify about an Auschwitz gas chamber, in a court of law, was Sohpia Litwinska.  Kues quotes from her “testimony” and then mentions that Litwinska stated in a previous “affidavit” that she and the others “slid down the chute through some doors into a large room.”

Franz Hoessler was the man who pulled Sophia Kitwinska out of an Auschwitz gas chamber

Kues does not quote from the affidavit of Sophia, but I have it on my website, so I will quote it for my readers.

As quoted in the book The Belsen Trial, Sophia Litwinska said the following in her affidavit:

AT AUSCHWITZ, on 24th December, 1942, I was paraded in company with about 19,000 other prisoners, all of them women. Present on parade were Doctors Mengele and Konig and Rapportfuhrer Tauber. I was one of the 3000 prisoners picked out of the 19,000 by the doctors and taken to our huts, where we were stripped naked by other prisoners and our clothes taken away. We were then taken by tipper-type lorries to the gas chamber chute. They were large lorries, about eight in all and about 300 persons on each lorry. On arrival at the gas chamber the lorry tipped up and we slid down the chute through some doors into a large room. The room had showers all around, towels and soap and large numbers of benches. There were also small windows high up near the roof. Many were injured coming down the chute and lay where they fell. Those of us who could sat down on the benches provided and immediately afterwards the doors of the room were closed. My eyes then began to water, I started to coughing and had a pain in my chest and throat. Some of the other people fell down and others coughed and foamed at the mouth. After being in the room for about two minutes the door was opened and an S.S. man came in wearing a respirator. He called my name and then pulled me out of the room and quickly shut the door again. When I got outside I saw S.S man Franz Hoessler, whom I identify as No. 1 on photograph 9. He took me to hospital, where I stayed for about six weeks, receiving special treatment from Dr. Mengele. For the first few days I was at the hospital I found it impossible to eat anything without vomiting. I can only think that I was taken out of the gas chamber because I had an Aryan husband and therefore was in a different category from the other prisoners, who were all Jews. I now suffer from a weak heart and had two attacks since being at Belsen. I do not know the names of any persons who went into the gas chamber with me.

Note that Sophia identified Franz Hoessler, the man in the photo above, as the SS man who saved her.  In her affidavit, Sophia is testifying against him.  That’s the thanks he got for going inside a gas chamber and pulling her out in the nick of time.

I blogged about a woman who was put into a gas chamber by a “tipper type lorry” at

It is not clear which of the seven gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau had a chute for sliding down into it, like the one that Sohia Litwinska mentioned in her testimony at The Belsen Trial.  The Krema IV and Krema V gas chambers were on the ground floor and had “small windows high up near the roof” where the gas pellets were thrown in by the SS men. But neither of these two gas chambers had a “gas chamber chute” for dumping the victims into the gas chamber from “tipper-type lorries,” which Americans would call dump trucks.

According to the drawings done by Walter Dejaco, one of the architects of the Krema II building, the original blueprint showed a corpse slide for rolling bodies down into the vestibule between the two morgues, which were later converted into an undressing room and a gas chamber.

The corpse slide was never built and instead, stairs were built for the Jews to walk down into the undressing room. Dejaco was acquitted by a court in Austria in 1972; at his trial, the drawings of the corpse slide were entered as evidence.

Is it possible that Sophia had heard about the original blueprint for Krema II?  Keep in mind that she had an “Aryan husband.”  For all we know, her Aryan husband was a friend of Walter Dejaco and he told her husband about the original plans for Krema II.

Dr. Josef Mengele, October 1943

Another survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau was Regina Bialek, a Polish political prisoner, who was saved from the gas chamber at the last moment by Dr. Josef Mengele, who is shown in the photo above. Bialek gave a deposition which was entered into the British Trial of Josef Kramer and Forty-Four Others, also known as The Belsen Trial.

According to Bialek’s testimony, the gassing of the Jews at Birkenau did not stop, even on Christmas day.  Thomas Kues quoted from her testimony in his article. I also quoted from her testimony on my website

The following quote is an excerpt from the Deposition of Regina Bialek (Pole, aged 28):

3. On 25th December 1943, I was sick with typhus and was picked out at a selection made by doctors Mengele and Tauber along with about 350 other women. I was made to undress and taken by lorry to a gas chamber. There were seven gas chambers at Auschwitz. This particular one was underground and the lorry was able to run down the slope and straight into the chamber.

Here we were tipped unceremoniously on the floor. The room was about 12 yards square and small lights on the wall dimly illuminated it. When the room was full a hissing sound was heard coming from the centre point on the floor and gas came into the room.

After what seemed about ten minutes some of the victims began to bite their hands and foam at the mouth, and blood issued from their ears, eyes and mouth, and their faces went blue.

I suffered from all these symptoms, together with a tight feeling at the throat. I was half conscious when my number was called out by Dr. Mengele and I was led from the chamber. I attribute my escape to the fact that the daughter of a friend of mine who was an Aryan and a doctor at Auschwitz had seen me being transported to the chamber and had told her mother, who immediately appealed to Dr. Mengele.

Apparently he realized that as a political prisoner I was of more value alive than dead, and I was released.

4. I think that the time to kill a person in this particular gas chamber would be from 15 to 20 minutes.

5. I was told that the staffs of the prisoners who worked in the gas chamber and crematorium next door changed every three months, the old staff being taken to a villa in the camp to do some repair work. Here they were locked in the rooms and gas bombs thrown through the window.

I estimate that in December, 1943, about 7,000 people disappeared from Auschwitz by way of the gas chamber and crematorium.

There were two underground gas chambers at Birkenau, but neither of them had a ramp where a lorry or truck could drive down into the gas chamber, as Regina Bialek described in her deposition.

Ruins of Krema II undressing room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo above shows that the underground gas chamber at Krema II had steps down into the undressing room, not a ramp where a truck could drive into the building.

January 15, 2012

Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson educates young students about Bergen-Belsen

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:40 am

According to this news article, Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson spoke to a group of secondary school students on December 12, 2011 about “her experiences in the Second World War.”

This quote is from the news article:

She was later moved to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Canadian and British soldiers liberated her in 1945. During her final days there, the Nazis were doing their best to finish off the Jewish prisoners still alive before the Allies arrived.

The reporter who wrote this news story did not mention whether Eva Olsson told the students HOW the Nazis were finishing off the Jewish prisoners.  However, Eva has been out on the school circuit for a long time, educating young students about the Holocaust, and in the past, she has told students about the gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen.

On November 6, 2008, Eva Olsson, who was born into a family of Hasidic Jews in Satu Mare, Hungary, told an audience of 550 delegates to the Upper Canada District School Board’s ACT Now! Symposium in Cornwall that she was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp on May 19, 1944; she also mentioned the gas chambers at Bergen-Belsen where she was later transferred. Eva Olsson and her younger sister Fradel were the only members of her extended family of 89 people who survived the Holocaust, according to her story, published in the news article in the Seaway News on November 6, 2008.

The following quote is from the article that was published in the Seaway News on November 6, 2008.  This article can no longer be found on the internet, but fortunately, I copied it and saved it.

Olsson told the story of her experiences as a slave labourer at a German munitions factory, and as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen in 1944 and 1945.  […]

As people sat at the Nav Canada Training and Conference Centre trying to hold back tears, she spoke of how she witnessed her mother and three young nieces being led away to the gas chambers on their arrival to Auschwitz, never to be seen again.  […]

The room fell silent as Olsson told of witnessing firsthand the horror of the “death factories” created by the Nazis. She told stories of German soldiers being ordered to shoot babies in their mother’s arms-killing both mother and child–to not waste two bullets. She spoke of seeing the Angel of Death-Dr. Josef Mengele-and the hospital where he experimented on young Jewish children by infecting them with diseases such as tuberculosis.  […]

Perhaps the most gruesome aspect of the tale was her recollection of her imprisonment in Bergen-Belsen when the camp ran out of pellets to fuel the gas chambers.

“On that day, five children at a time were put into the (crematorium) ovens alive, five children at a time, to be burned alive,” said Olsson, who contracted typhus in the death camp.

Notice that Eva Olsson saw the cremation ovens (plural).  The photo below shows the one and only cremation oven at Bergen-Belsen.  This photo shows that the oven was burned in the fire when the British burned down the whole camp to stop the typhus epidemic.  She did describe the gas accurately: the Zyklon-B gas was in the form of pellets.

The one and only cremation oven at Bergen-Belsen

Did “the Nazis” at Bergen-Belsen really allow the prisoners to witness the burning of children ALIVE in the cremation ovens (plural) of Bergen-Belsen after they ran out of pellets for the gas chamber?  Did Eva Olsson really see German soldiers shooting mothers and babies with one shot in order to save bullets?  Did “the Nazis” choose young witnesses, who would have a good chance of surviving for 70 years after the war, so that 8th graders in America and Canada could learn all about these atrocities?  Yes, dear reader, all of this is true.  And if you deny it, you could wind up in prison for 5 years!

I did a little more research on Eva Olsson and found “Mrs. Parker’s Grade 8 Blog” which has a post dated 30-11-2011 about “A Memorable Visit from Dr. Eva Olsson.”  This account of a speech by Eva Olsson sheds some light on Eva’s claim that the Nazis were trying to speed up the process of killing the Jews at Bergen-Belsen just before the Allied liberators arrived.

This quote is from Mrs. Parker’s blog; she is paraphrasing what Eva Olsson told the students:

Six days before the camp was liberated the SS shut off the water completely and took away all the food rations in order to speed up the deaths.

The truth is that the Bergen-Belsen camp had been bombed by the British and the prisoners had no water because the water pump had been destroyed.  A few days before the Bergen-Belsen camp was voluntarily turned over to the British, there were 30,000 new prisoners brought to the camp after they were evacuated out of the war zone.  These 30,000 people descended on the food supplies in the camp and ate all the food.

So it appears that Eva Olsson has changed her story a bit and is not telling 8th graders about the gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen anymore.  Hopefully, she has also dropped the story of the Nazis burning babies alive in the crematory ovens at Bergen-Belsen.

January 14, 2012

The unbelievable testimony of the Holocaust survivors: Are the Jews overplaying their hand?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:21 am

Out of all the dramatic stories told by the Holocaust survivors, who are currently out on the lecture circuit and/or publishing their memoirs, which one takes the prize for the most unbelievable? 

The first story that comes to mind is the one told by Irene Zisblatt, about how she was saved because the gas chamber was too full on the day that she was scheduled to be gassed.  She was rescued by a young Jewish Sonderkommando who tossed her over a 10-foot high fence into an open railroad car, so that she could be transported out of Auschwitz. That one tops the story of Anna Levin-Ware who was pulled out of the Auschwitz gas chamber because she was “Hungarian by marriage.”

My personal favorite Holocaust story is the one told by Esther Terner Raab, who was a survivor of Sobibor, one of the three Operation Reinhard camps. In a TV documentary, which I saw many years ago, Esther told about a party in the Sobibor camp that the SS men had before the famous “escape from Sobibor.”  At the party, Esther was told by the SS men that they were celebrating the fact that one million Jews had been killed at Sobibor.

Unlike the other Nazi death camps, the SS barracks at Sobibor were located inside the camp. According to another Sobibor survivor, Toivi Blatt, the Jewish workers in the camp sometimes socialized with the SS guards.

Esther’s story was corroborated by another Sobibor survivor, Moshe Bahir, who testified in 1965 at the trial of several of the Sobibor perpetrators in Hagen, Germany. Moshe Bahir testified, under oath in a court of law, that he was a witness to a celebration by the Germans in February 1943 after one million Jews had been killed at Sobibor.

So it wasn’t just young attractive girls who were invited to the SS celebration of one million Jewish deaths; there were also young men like Moshe Bahir who were invited.  The SS men were so happy that they had killed one million Jews, they wanted to share their jubilation with two of the Jews who were still alive and waiting for their turn to be killed.

Sobibor memorial site Photo Credit: Alan Collins

The photo above shows the spot in Camp III at Sobibor where a brick building with gas chambers once stood. A large block of stone, erected in 1965, represents the gas chambers in two buildings at Sobibor, which were torn down long ago.

The Nazis claimed that the Aktion Reinhard camps were set up as transit camps for the “evacuation of the Jews to the East,” a euphemism for the genocide of the Jews. Unlike the concentration camps, such as Auschwitz and Majdanek, the three Aktion Reinhard camps did not have ovens to cremate the bodies. The Jews were not registered upon arrival and no death records were kept at the Aktion Reinhard camps.

During World War II, and for years afterward, the Sobibor death camp was virtually unknown. William Shirer did not even mention it in his monumental 1147-page book entitled The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

It was not until the release of a 1987 TV movie, Escape from Sobibor, based on a book with the same name, that the public knew of this remote spot where thousands of Jews lost their lives. The movie tells the story of the revolt during which around 300 prisoners escaped; no more than 50 of them survived to the end of the war.

Survivors of Sobibor do not agree on the number or size of the gas chambers in the camp. The victims were killed with carbon monoxide from the exhaust of engines taken from captured Soviet tanks, which were stored in Camp IV. There is also disagreement on whether these were diesel engines or gasoline engines.

The three Aktion Reinhard camps were all in remote locations, but “each site was on a railroad line linking it with hundreds of towns and villages whose Jewish communities were now trapped and starving” in the spring of 1942, according to Martin Gilbert’s book entitled The Holocaust. Sobibor was linked by rail with many large Jewish communities, including Lublin, Wlodawa and Chelm. Jews were also brought from the Theresienstadt ghetto, located in what is now the Czech Republic, and from the Netherlands, to be gassed at Sobibor.

The Sobibor camp was on the eastern edge of German-occupied Poland, five kilometers west of the Bug river. The Bug river was as far as trains from western Europe could go without changing the wheels to fit the train tracks in the Soviet Union, which were a different gauge. On the other side of the Bug river from Sobibor was the Ukraine, which had belonged to the Soviet Union until it was taken by the Germans shortly after their invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

The unsuspecting victims, who arrived at Sobibor, were told that they would be sent to work camps in the Ukraine after they had taken a shower, but instead, the Jews were immediately killed in gas chambers disguised as shower rooms.

Deportations to the Sobibor killing center began in mid April 1942 with transports from the town of Zamosc in Poland, according to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert. The Jews from the Lublin ghetto were also sent to Sobibor to be gassed, although there were several gas chambers at Majdanek just outside the city of Lublin. During the first phase of the extermination of the Jews at Sobibor, which lasted until July 1942, around 100,000 Jews were gassed to death.

Their bodies were buried in mass graves, then later dug up and burned on pyres. During the next phase, the bodies were burned immediately, according to Toivi Blatt, one of the few survivors of Sobibor. At the age of 15, Blatt had been selected to work in sorting the clothing in the camp.

Map of the Sobibor death camp

The Sobibor killing center was initially divided into three camps (Lager 1, Lager II and Lager III) but a fourth camp was added later to store munitions captured from the Soviet Army. Lager I was where the Jewish workers in the camp lived. A moat on one side of this camp prevented their escape. Lager II was where the victims undressed; Jewish workers sorted the clothing in this camp. The barracks for the German SS administrators of the camp were located in the Vorlager.

From Lager II, an SS man escorted the victims through a path lined with tree branches to the gas chambers in Lager III. Only the Ukrainian SS guards and the German SS officers were allowed in Lager III.

The Sobibor death camp was 400 meters wide and 600 meters long; the entire area was enclosed by a barbed wire fence that was three meters high. On three sides of the camp was a mine field, intended to keep anyone from approaching the camp. The watch towers were manned by Ukrainian SS guards who had been conscripted from captured soldiers in the Soviet Army to assist the 30 German SS men who were the administrators of the camp. In 1965, a German court put 11 of the German SS guards on trial; 6 of them were sentenced to prison, and one committed suicide during the trial; the others were acquitted.

The victims arrived on trains which stopped at the ramp across from the Sobibor station, or in trucks from nearby Polish villages. Most of the Jews were transported in cattle cars, but the 34,000 Dutch Jews who were sent to Sobibor arrived in passenger trains, according to Toivi Blatt. The luggage of the Dutch Jews was transported in separate cars and the victims were given tags which they were told would be used to reclaim their bags. All of the belongings of the Jews were confiscated upon arrival.

At the entrance to the camp, the victims were instructed to deposit their hand baggage and purses before proceeding along the path, called the “Himmelfahrtstrasse” (Street to heaven), which led to the spot where the hair was cut from the heads of the women, and then on to the gas chambers disguised as showers. According to Toivi Blatt, all documents, photos and personal items were removed from the confiscated baggage and anything that could not be recycled to send to Germany was burned in open fires that lit up the night sky.

January 13, 2012

The murder weapon used at Treblinka — Carbon Monoxide or Zyklon-B gas?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

The question about the murder weapon used to kill the Jews at the Treblinka death camp came up in a comment on my blog.  Why is this detail important?  Remember Pat Buchanan?  He ruined his chance of ever becoming President of the United States when he wrote, in the New York Post on March 17, 1990:

During the war, the underground government of the Warsaw Ghetto reported to London that the Jews of Treblinka were being electrocuted and steamed to death.

The Israeli court, however, concluded the murder weapon for 850,000 was the diesel engine from a Soviet tank which drove its exhaust into the death chamber. All died in 20 minutes, Finkelstein swore in 1945.

The problem is: Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody. In 1988, 97 kids, trapped 400 feet underground in a Washington, D.C., tunnel while two locomotives spewed diesel exhaust into the car, emerged unharmed after 45 minutes.

When I visited the Treblinka Memorial site in October 1998, I purchased a small pamphlet from the visitor’s center.  I learned, from this pamphlet, that the first gas chambers at Treblinka used carbon monoxide, but 10 new gas chambers were built and these gas chambers used the poison gas known as Zyklon-B. I learned that Treblinka did not have delousing chambers which used Zyklon-B; all the clothing taken from the prisoners at Treblinka was sent to the Majdanek camp to be disinfected with Zyklon-B before being sent to Germany.

Monument in the location of the gas chambers at the Treblinka death camp

The photo above shows the 26-foot high granite memorial stone, which was designed to resemble a tombstone. It is located approximately on the spot where the gas chambers once stood, according to my tour guide. This view was taken from the front side of the memorial stone, and you can see some of the stones of the symbolic cemetery behind it. The large crack down the middle of the stone is part of the design.  According to the pamphlet which I purchased at the visitor’s center, “The great monument in Treblinka is a homage of the Polish people to those ashes lie under the concrete plates of the symbolic cemetery. It is one of the most tragic monuments of martyrdom in Poland.”     (more…)

January 12, 2012

The year of Janusz Korczak, a Polish hero who accompanied orphans to the Treblinka death camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am

I read in the news today that “the life and work of Janusz Korczak, Jozef Kraszewski and Father Piotr Skarga will enjoy widespread promotion over the coming twelve months, with parliament having approved 2012 dedicated to the three men.”

I first heard of Janusz Korczak when I visited the memorial site at Treblinka in 1998; Treblinka was one of the three Operation Reinhardt death camps in which around 1.5 million Jews were gassed. Included among the victims at Treblinka were 192 orphans from an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto which was headed by Janusz Korczak, who accompanied the orphans to Treblinka and died along with them.

The Treblinka memorial site has 17,000 stones in honor of the 17,000 Polish cities and towns that were destroyed by the Nazis during World War II.  Janusz Korczak is the only individual who has a stone in his honor.

Stone at Treblinka in honor of Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak was a pseudonym for Dr. Henryk Goldzmit, who was a teacher, a social worker and a pediatrician. He also did a weekly radio show for children, and wrote a series of children’s books in which the central character was a boy king named King Matt. In July 1942, Korczak turned down the opportunity to escape from the Warsaw Ghetto, and instead accompanied 192 orphans to Treblinka where he was murdered in the gas chamber along with them.

On the march to the Umschlagplatz, the deportation center in Warsaw, where the Jews would be put on trains to Treblina, one child was carrying the flag of King Matt with the Zionist flag on the other side of it. The Zionist flag is now the blue and white flag of Israel.   The children were dressed in their best clothes, and each carried a blue knapsack and a favorite book or toy. (more…)

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