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March 2, 2012

Holocaust survivor Stephen Nasser identifies himself in famous photo taken at Dachau

Filed under: Buchenwald, Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:55 am

An American soldier poses beside the “death train” at Dachau

I previously blogged here about the “death train” found by the American liberators of Dachau.  Now a Holocaust survivor, Stephen Nasser, who is out on the lecture circuit talking to school children, has identified himself as the unconscious prisoner whose head is closest to the door on the left side of the picture.  Nasser has written a book entitled My Brother’s Voice which is used in American schools; a Teacher’s Resource Guide is used to teach the children about the events described in Nasser’s book.

According to his book, Nasser was a Hungarian Jew who was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944 at the age of 13.  Although it was the policy of the Nazis to gas everyone under the age of 15 at Birkenau, Stephen survived the selection process and later wound up in Mühldorf, a sub-camp of Dachau.

The following quote is from the Teacher’s Resource Guide (a pdf file) which shows a slightly different photo of the scene above:

When he was liberated by U.S. troops on April 30, 1945, he (Stephan Nasser) was discovered — unconscious — under a pile of bodies in a boxcar.

Caption: In this published news photo of American liberation of a Holocaust death train in 1945 at Seeshaupt, the caption said that in this boxcar alone sixty-four were dead.  But Nasser believes one was alive.  From the position he was lying when he passed out, and other evidence, he is 99 percent certain that he was the person lying with his head closet (sic) to the door.

The problem is that the photo, which is included in the Teacher’s Guide to Nasser’s book, shows the train that had brought prisoners to Dachau from the Buchenwald camp, not from the five Mühldorf sub-camps of Dachau.  The train was discovered by American soldiers when they liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945, not on April 30th, as stated in the Teacher’s Resource Guide.  Another “death train” went from one of the Mühldorf sub-camps to Seeshaupt, which was  liberated by General Patton’s third army on April 30, 1945. This is not the train that is shown in the photo above.

According to the official Dachau report, compiled by the US Army after the camp was liberated, there were 31,432 survivors in the main Dachau camp, including 2,539 Jews who had been brought to the camp from the sub-camps just a few weeks before the liberators arrived. Most of the Jewish prisoners from the five sub-camps of Mühldorf had been evacuated to the main Dachau camp a few days earlier, accompanied by Mühldorf Commandant Martin Gottfried Weiss, who then became the acting Commandant of Dachau since the actual Commandant had left the camp.

You can read all about the “death train” from Buchenwald to Dachau on my website here.


  1. Steven:

    Read about you in local West Valley News (Phoenix) where you talked at Surprise Elementary School. If you are still in Phoenix on April 24th, I would love to have you honored at our West Valley Yom Hashoah event at Beth Emeth Congregation in Sun City West at 7pm. If you can make it, please contact me Marty Cohen at 623-308-1111 or

    Comment by Martin Cohen — March 29, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

  2. I think you should contact all major publishing houses which churn out these Ho£ocaust Memoirs, cite your website (but not your blog) as proof of your phenomenal Holocaust knowledge, politely mention that evil deniers are exposing obvious errors in memoirs, and offer to be a consultant for future publications. $$$$$$

    Or, as you were there in Germany soon after the war, you could say you became friends with a survivor of many camps.
    (more than 20 to beat this Jew: )
    He told you of all his exploits, but, Mengele (before he fled Germany, or one of his assistants if the time frame doesn’t fit), caught up with the Jew, stitched you both together, and gassed you. But you survived, as you urinated on your sock. But your Jewish friend made you promise before he died, that you would tell his story to shame Germany for an eternity. It took you 60+ years to write it down, due to the painful memories.

    You could write the best survivor account ever, and even Carlo Mattogno couldn’t find fault in it. You’d become wealthy, famous, be invited to speak before AIPAC, meet Elie Wiesel. I think you should go for it.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — March 4, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  3. US congressional nominee: Holocaust ‘blackest lie’ in history

    Thu Mar 1, 2012 7:12AM GMT

    American Republican congressional hopeful Arthur Jones
    Thu Mar 1, 2012 7:12AM GMT
    It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV.” Republican congressional hopeful Arthur Jones

    A US Republican congressional hopeful has emphasized that “Holocaust never happened” and that such an event amounts to “the blackest lie in history.”

    Arthur Jones, who hopes to challenge Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, noted that the claim of killing millions of Jews and other people by Nazis during the World War II “is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Hoffington Post reported.

    “It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV,” he said

    “The more survivors, the more lies that are told,” the 64-year-old candidate said.

    Jones said he hopes to win the Republican primary nomination and move on to challenge Democrat Dan Lipinski next November.

    He also questioned Lipinski’s strange affiliation with powerful pro-Israeli lobby group in the US– American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    Jones underlined that the pro-Israeli lobby “was bragging on their website” on how Lipinski is “spearheading an effort in the [US] House of Representatives with a Jewish Congressman from Virginia named Frank Wolf to get tough with Iran, including closing off any oil exports to China that could lead to World War III.”

    Jones, a Vietnam War veteran, also compared current conditions in the US to the situation in Germany following the end of World War I and insisted that “our country is falling apart economically, politically, culturally, militarily.”

    “We are going down,” he noted angrily.

    “These war-mongering fools in congress like [Republican presidential candidates] Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney — we can’t let Iran have one nuclear weapon but we let Israel have all the nuclear weapons they want,” Jones said. “This is ridiculous.”

    Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on a number of occasions for an historical examination of ‘the Holocaust’ in an effort to uncover realities of the much publicized World War II event. His remarks, however, have sparked outrage among pro-Israeli Western powers, labeling him as a “holocaust denier”.

    Comment by who+dares+wings — March 2, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    • Thanks for bringing attention to this news article.

      “Arthur Jones, who hopes to challenge Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, noted that the claim of killing millions of Jews and other people by Nazis during the World War II ‘is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,’ Huffington Post reported.”

      The phrase “international extortion racket by the Jews” is right. Stephen Nasser is making money off the extortion racket. I wonder if Nasser was actually in a concentration camp, since he made a huge mistake in identifying himself in a photo of a train from Buchenwald, but he was allegedly in a sub-camp of Dachau. There ought to be a law against telling obvious lies about the Holocaust in order to make money. How many of the “Holocaust Survivors” would be sitting in prison today if there were such a law.

      P.S. I suggest that any “Holocaust survivor” who is planning to publish a book should first consult a “Holocaust denier” to check the book for obvious errors of fact.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 2, 2012 @ 9:36 am

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