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May 23, 2012

Raoul Wallenberg — the man who saved Jews from the Holocaust — with fake passports

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:50 am

Update Aug. 7, 2016: Newly discovered journal expresses certainty that Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands, was killed in 1947


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This is the year of Raoul Wallenberg, the 100th anniversary of his birth. He is being honored as a hero all over the world.

As everyone knows, there were 425,000 Hungarian Jews killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau in a period of only 10 weeks in 1944.  Or was it 475,000?  The exact number of Hungarian Jews who were gassed is unknown because the Nazis didn’t keep records on the Jews who were sent to the gas chamber immediately upon arrival.

The Nazis had a plan, called “The Final Solution,” which was their plan to kill all the Jews — unless, of course, the Jews could show a passport to a neutral country.  Raoul Wallenburg came along in the nick of time to save 100,000 Jews from the gas chamber by providing them with fake passports to Sweden. Or was it 20,000 Jews that he saved?  The numbers vary according to which news story you read.

Strangely, Hitler was O.K. with this.  He wanted to kill all the Jews, but in 1943, he authorized an exchange camp at Bergen-Belsen where Jews could be exchanged for prisoners held by the Allies.  At Bergen-Belsen, there was a Sonderlager (Special Camp) where several thousand Polish Jews, who had been deported in mid-1943, were held because they were in possession of temporary passports from South American countries.

In July 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt organized the Evian Conference at Lake Geneva where representatives from 32 countries met to decide where the German Jews could find safe haven from the coming Holocaust.  None of the countries, except the Dominican Republic, wanted to accept Jews as immigrants.  In America, there were laws, passed by Congress in 1924 which limited the number of immigrants from Germany. These laws had been passed for the purpose of keeping Jews out of America.

In 1942, President Roosevelt violated the fourth amendment to the American constitution when he issued an order to intern Japanese-Americans and German-Americans in camps in America.  He could have violated the Constitution again by overturning the immigration law that had been passed by Congress in 1924.  But No!  Roosevelt did nothing to save the Jews.

Here is a quote from a news article about Wallenberg, which you can read in full here:

By the beginning of 1944, the Allies knew that Germany under Adolf Hitler was systematically exterminating the Jews of Europe. Eyewitness testimonies about the gas chambers of Auschwitz had removed any doubt as to the meaning of “the final solution.”

What eyewitness testimonies had been given in 1944?  Rudolf Vbera was a Slovakian Jew who had escaped from the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in April 1944 and had told the world that 1.7 million Jews had already been killed in the gas chambers at Birkenau.  How did he know this?

Vrba was a Kapo whose job it was to take the luggage from the Jews when they arrived at the Judenrampe, the ramp where the Jews got off the trains before the tracks were extended inside the camp.  Vrba had an eidetic memory (photographic memory) and the arrival of  millions of Jews at the Judenrampe was instantly recorded in his brain.

The 1.7 million Jews who arrived, while Vrba was at the ramp, were taken in trucks to the Birkenau camp and never seen again by Vrba.  What could have happened to them?  They were gassed, of course.

Rudolf Vrba (real name: Walter Rosenberg)

This quote is from the Wikipedia entry for Rudolf Vrba:

Mass transports [to Auschwitz-Birkenau] began on May 15, 1944 at a rate of 12,000 people a day; they were led to believe they were being resettled, but most were sent straight to the gas chambers. Details from the Vrba-Wetzler report alerting the world to what was happening inside the camp were broadcast in Czech and Slovak on June 15, 1944, by the BBC World Service and reported several days later by The New York Times, prompting world leaders to appeal to Hungarian regent Miklós Horthy to halt the deportations. He ordered them to be stopped on July 7, fearing he would be held personally responsible after the war; 475,000 had already been deported, but another 200,000 were probably saved.

By April, 1944, Dr. Vrba had calculated that 1.7-million Jews had been killed in the death camps. And from guards he’d overhead, he knew that the number was going to climb, with “a million units” expected to arrive from Hungary.

Wait a minute! Rudolf Vrba and another prisoner named Alfred Wetzler had escaped from Birkenau in April 1944 and 475,000 Hungarian Jews were sent to Birkenau before the news that Jews were being gassed was told to the world by the BBC and the New York Times in June 1944?  Why didn’t Rudolf Vrba get the news to the world leaders sooner?  All it took was a passport to a neutral country to save a Jew from the gas chamber!

I recall reading, years ago, the book written by Rudolf Vrba.  I was amazed to read that, after his escape from Birkenau, he went to visit his mother in Slovakia.  His mother had not been sent to a camp?  What kind of a genocide was this, if not all the Jews were sent to camps?

I was also amazed to read about Vrba’s life in the Birkenau camp.  He was feasting on roast chicken and drinking wine!  In fact, when he and Wetzler made their escape, their pockets were filled with cigarettes and a couple of bottles of wine.  As a Kapo,Vrba had been living well at Birkenau while he counted 1.7 million Jews who were taken in trucks directly to the gas chambers.  The official story, as told by the Auschwitz-Museum, is that 1.3 million Jews were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and 1.1 million were gassed.

Here is another quote from the news article about Raoul Wallenberg:

By July 1944, upwards of 400,000 Jewish men, women and children had been deported, in cattle cars, to their deaths in Auschwitz. The man directing the genocide, Adolf Eichmann, now turned his attention to the 200,000 Jews of Budapest.

At this point Raoul Wallenberg arrived as first secretary of the Swedish legation. Scion of a banking family, he had studied architecture in America and done business in Europe. Nothing in his life had demanded particular courage, much less marked him for unique greatness.

Wallenberg came with a single mission: to rescue as many Jews as possible. With nothing more than the authority of his character and a mantle of diplomatic licence, he proceeded to bluff, deceive and defy the Nazis.

He distributed thousands of pseudo “passports” that identified the bearers as emigrants to Sweden. With bundles of such life-saving documents, he appeared at train stations and pulled Jews off death cars. He interceded at forced marches and plucked Jews from death columns. He purchased food and medicine, hired doctors and guards, protected Jews in rented safe houses.

Over a period of six months, at mounting risk to his own life, Wallenberg negotiated with the Nazis, bribed them, intimidated them. Days before liberation, in his most daring stroke, he prevented a massacre in the ghetto by threatening a German general with execution as a war criminal.

Wallenberg’s example inspired similar rescues by neutral Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. His actions are estimated to have saved about 100,000 lives.


    Red Cross transports
    In the last weeks before the liberation of KZ Ravensbrück there were between eight and ten thousand women prisoners rescued by the Swedish Red Cross and the International Committee the with so-called Red Cross transports. The first women, particularly French women, were on the 5th April 1945, brought with buses of the International Committee of the Red Cross, into Switzerland. This was followed under the name “Operation Bernadotte” which became known as the Rescue Transports. Count Folke Bernadotte, who negotiated with Heinrich Himmler for the release of women prisoners from Scandinavia and Western European countries. These were taken with white buses from Ravensbrück. Overall, nearly seven thousand five hundred women went to Sweden and Denmark and were saved, including thousands of Polish Jewess .

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — June 3, 2012 @ 3:09 am

  2. Rosenberg’s and Wetzler’s identities or new names were Rudolf Vraba and Josef Lanik.Both are part of the Yad Vashem data base of jews “perished in der shoa”.Their names were on a transport list to Sobibor.So wait,Vrba said he was in Treblinka and Auschwitz,no word about Sobibor.There are a lot of names from jews with same names, date and place of birth “perished in der shoa” in Auschwitz on palestinian immigration lists.Only coincidence?Rosenberg-Vrba was not the only professional witness who got a fake job-sinecure at an american or canadian crypto-marxist university.Friedman,the so called Auschwitz-investigator got a well paid job at the Columbia University.

    Comment by gebis — May 27, 2012 @ 12:49 am

  3. The only thing Jew Wallenberg was saving
    was the enormous fortunes stolen from
    human beings by Europe’s Jews!
    So let’s stop with the Jew lies and tell the truth!
    Dan Gilfry
    Swedish Liberation Party

    Comment by danielgilfry — May 25, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

  4. Wallenberg worked in Haifa Israel as a bank clerk prior to this, according to wikipedia. Was a known OSS agent, that the US didn’t admit for 50? years. The Wallenberg family controls a third of the Swedish GNP. And 20,000? fake passports aren’t that persuasive as a way to get around a genocidal operation.

    Comment by budly — May 25, 2012 @ 8:58 am

  5. Vrba (Rosenberg) cousin Vera Atkin (Rosenberg) takes a break from her SOE duties to sneak off and save a cousin

    “One of the chief attractions of “A Life in Secrets” is the book’s dual story line, one describing both Atkins’ investigations and Helm’s prodigious research. In a late chapter that exemplifies biographical diligence, Helm follows a series of hazy leads, including an interview with a very elderly and intermittently senile lady, to dig out persuasive evidence that in 1940, Atkins made a hazardous journey to the Netherlands, at one point hiding for days in a barn. Her goal was to deliver a large sum of money to an official in German military intelligence in order to secure a new “Aryanized” passport for her cousin Fritz, thereby saving his life. Had anyone in Britain discovered that she had bribed a member of the Abwehr, she would never have worked for the government again. This, Helm, believes, is a major source of the chronic secrecy, the caginess, for which Atkins was famous.”

    Comment by who dares wings — May 25, 2012 @ 8:44 am

  6. I believe the number of Jews gassed by the Nazis is exactly the same as Japanese-Americans, German-Americans and Italian-Americans gassed by the US during WWII.

    Comment by George — May 24, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  7. When you see interviews with Vrba, he finds the whole thing hilarious. He cracks himself up with jokes (on the Germans) while explaining the holocaust. I.e. World at War, genocide episode. 1974. Vrba relates an SS officers reply to what’s happening to the Jews, “Madame, do you think we are barbarians?” As Vrba smiles at his ironic joke.

    Comment by budly — May 23, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

  8. Wow, his cousin was Vera Atkins? What are the chances that the first Jew to ever escape Auschwitz and tell the world has a cousin who is a prominent SOE agent? LOL.

    Comment by budly — May 23, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  9. Sergey Romanov is a member of the anti-denier team at Holocaust Controversies blog and even he admits Vrba lied under oath. The posting below, part of a longer one by Romanov also pointing out problems with Philip Mueller’s book, can be found here:

    “…Now to Vrba. During the Zuendel trial he testified as follows:

    “A. When I was working in Kanada, in November 1942, I have been taken to the
    dumping truck to Krematoria I in Auschwitz. The Krematoria I in Auschwitz was
    on yard — that yard on the lefthand side had, to my recollection Krematorium
    I, and to the righthand side there was a hospital for S.S. […]

    Q. I asked you if you had been in Krema I in Auschwitz when people were being
    gassed, and I think the answer is no. Correct?

    A. The answer is no. I went there for collecting their clothes from the gas
    chamber in Krematorium I.

    Q. From the gas chamber?

    A. Yes.

    Q. Were you inside?

    A. Yes.

    Q. What did the gas chamber look like?

    A. It was originally a garage which connected the S.S. barracks with that small

    Q. Mm-hmmm.

    A. And there were garage doors.

    Q. Mm-hmmm.

    A. And the roof was reinforced with earth. The inside was dark. The door was
    opened —

    Q. How wide were the doors?

    A. Like a good garage door, and two side opening to two sides.

    Q. Mm-hmmm.

    A. We went in under the pretext that we are collecting — not under the
    pretext, under the order to collect the clothes which were there.

    Consequently, as I understood, the people had to undress before they went into
    that gas chamber.

    Q. You are telling us —

    A. Then they were gassed, and then, because there were clothes in the yard in
    front of the hospital, they were shoved in the gas chamber before they were
    taken out. So I understand that was my job at that time, so I collected the

    Q. The clothes were in the gas chamber.

    A. Right.

    Q. Yes.

    A. So we collected the clothes from there, and at that moment I saw through the
    window of the crematorium a friend of mine from Slovakia, Phillip Mueller.

    Q. Who was he?

    A. Phillip Mueller.

    Q. Phillip Mueller in Auschwitz I?

    A. In Auschwitz I crematoria.

    Q. Yes.

    A. And I was also very well acquainted with his father.

    Q. Yes.

    A. Consequently, there was sort of an affinity between us because I took a
    little bit care of his father before he died in Auschwitz. We came together
    from Maidanek. I spoke with Phillip Mueller through the window. Phillip Mueller
    explained to me —”

    Aside from the problem that in November 1942 Vrba could not have entered the
    gas chamber directly from the outside (the entrance that is there now has been
    constructed in 1944, when the Krema was converted into an air-raid shelter, cf. … _kom1.html ), he could not have met Mueller either, because, as we have already seen, in November of 1942 Muller was in Monowitz.

    And neither did Vrba describe this alleged meeting in his Frankfurt trial

    I’d like your thoughts on all this, dear colleagues.

    With best regards,
    Sergey Romanov”

    Comment by who dares wings — May 23, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  10. Whatever your motives, you seem to determined to besmirch Vrba’s memory. I’d like to know where you found any information about Vrba ever being a kapo, also he testified before Zilina’s Jewish Elders about ten days after his escape, it does not appear that he caused any undue delay. Yes he worked in a “Kanada” command and had direct access to food which he could trade or buy “favors” from other. It also appears that he did work at the Registrar. That he tried to count trains, wagons and made rough estimates that assorted pseudohistorians and deniers find “fascinating”. His mother was not sent to camp ? My, my – maybe there was no genocide ! Good luck with that, continue to further glory – just count me out.

    Comment by Rudolf Sob — May 23, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    • Vrba wrote in his book that he was a Kapo. In May 1945, there were 12,000 Hungarian Jews per day being gassed. So yes, waiting ten days was an “undue delay.” There were 120,000 Jews gassed during the 10-day delay.

      It is significant that Vrba’s mother, who was too old to work, was not sent to a camp, because the first non-German Jews to be sent to camps, only because they were Jews, were from Slovakia, which was an ally of Germany. This is a hint that the Jews were sent to the camps to work, not to be gassed.

      I don’t think that I besmirched Vrba’s memory. I complimented him on the way he was able to live well in a death camp, and then make an escape, with his pockets full of cigarettes and wine. I pointed out that he was nice enough to make a visit to his mother before he contacted anyone about the conditions at Auschwitz where 1.7 million Jews had already been killed.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 24, 2012 @ 6:52 am

  11. Dr. Rudolph Vrba nee Walter Rosenberg, cousins of Vera Atkins nee Rosenberg’s father, provided his expert opinion on the total Auschwitz death toll for the Eichmann trial:

    “Dr. Vrba describes here why the figure given by him is correct. He indicates his method of calculation,
    and also possible errors, not more than plus minus ten per cent, as well as his calculation for the total
    number of victims at Auschwitz, and arrives at a figure of two and a half million.”

    – Giddeon Hausner

    That’s the figure he stuck with at the 1st Zundel trial.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — May 23, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    • I read the information at the nizkor website to which you linked. I am quoting from nizkor:

      “Attorney General: Yes, Dr. Vrba’s statement given on 18 July 1961 in London, which was received here only just now. In this statement Dr. Vrba describes his duties in Auschwitz; one of his duties was in the records department, how the number of victims listed in document No. 4 was arrived at – document No. 4 which we wished to submit and which, as the Court will remember, was contested by the Defence.”

      It has been many years since I read Vrba’s book, but I don’t think he wrote that he worked in the records department.

      In any case, the train records have never been found, so it is unknown how many Jews arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The current number of arrivals (1.3 million) is an estimate given by the former director of the Auschwitz-Museum. Since the Jews who were gassed immediately upon arrival were not registered, their names were not put into the records.

      Vrba was obviously lying about working in the records department, since his estimate of the number of Jews killed at Auschwit-Birkenau is more than double the estimate given in 1980 by Franciszek Piper, the former director of the Auschwitz Museum. Piper began a study of all the available documents at Auschwitz in 1980; he calculated that 1,077,180 prisoners, of which 90% were Jews, had died at Auschwitz, based on his estimate of the number of arrivals minus the number of liberated prisoners and the number of transferred, escaped and released prisoners. This number includes the Jews, not registered in the camp, who are assumed to have been gassed immediately upon arrival.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 23, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  12. Rudolph Vrba’s cross examination by Douglas Christie at the first Zundel trial in Toronto in 1985 left this false witness with egg all over his face. Thomas Kues further deconstructs Vrba’s story here: Jan Karski, Rudy Vrba and others who assisted the OSS. the PWE, The War Refugee Board, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The American Jewish Committee, The World Jewish Congress and The American Jewish Joint Distribution Commitee in promoting the legend of the German genocide of Jews were rewarded with plumb jobs in academia.

    Comment by who dares wings — May 23, 2012 @ 10:50 am

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