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September 9, 2012

Scottish students learn that little children were allowed to take their toys with them into the Auschwitz gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:48 am

Yes, it’s true: the little Jewish children were allowed to take their toys into the Auschwitz gas chamber — and you thought that the Nazis were cruel!

Of course, the Jewish babies had their heads bashed against the nearest tree, but the children, who were able to walk, went to their death carrying their toys with them into the gas chamber.  What happened to the toys after the Jewish children were gassed?  The toys had to be thrown out because they were contaminated with poison gas, so don’t expect to see the toys in the Auschwitz Museum.

In a news article in the online Daily Record, a newspaper in the UK, I learned that a group of “Scottish schoolchildren took the pilgrimage to the brutal [Auschwitz] death camp where the Nazis murdered hundreds of thousands of people.”

Hundreds of thousands?  At the Nuremberg IMT, the Soviets testified under oath that 4 million people were murdered at Auschwitz.

Now we find out that the Nazis weren’t so bad after all.  They allowed little children to take their toys with them into the gas chamber, and they murdered less than a million Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the extermination camp.

This quote is from the article in the Daily Record, which you can read in full here:

Just over 200 pupils from across Scotland were taken to Auschwitz this week by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

It is an ongoing scheme, funded by the Scottish Government, in the hope that those who bear witness to the Holocaust will spread the message that it must not happen again.

Yes, the Holocaust Educational Trust is “an ongoing scheme,” but isn’t this a poor choice of words to use in an article that is favorable to the HET?

According to the article in the Daily Record:

Auschwitz I served as the administrative centre and was the site of the deaths of roughly 70,000 people, mostly ethnic Poles and Soviet prisoners of war.

Auschwitz II was an extermination camp, the site of the deaths of at least 960,000 Jews, 75,000 Poles, and some 19,000 Roma.

Auschwitz I was the main camp, located in a suburb of the town of Auschwitz.  Soviet Prisoners of War were brought to the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau.  The term “ethnic Poles” is a euphemism for the Polish Resistance fighters who were fighting as illegal combatants, in violation of the Geneva Convention, during World War II.  The Scottish schoolchildren were made to believe that the Nazis killed “ethnic Poles,” just because they were Polish.

According to the article in the Daily Record, the tour guide “told how the dead were found, piled in a pyramid in the gas chamber, as the desperate had clambered towards the sky for air. How the little children were allowed to take their toys to the gas chamber because it stopped them being troublesome.”

This is the first time that I have ever heard of little children being allowed to take their toys to the gas chamber, but I have heard about the bodies piled in a pyramid in the gas chamber.  I previously blogged about the pile of bodies found in the gas chamber at Dachau here.

Note that the tour guide “told how the dead were found,”  in the Auschwitz gas chamber.  Found by whom?  At Auschwitz, the gas chambers were blown up by the Nazis before the Soviet liberators arrived. Or did the Soviets find the gas chambers intact and blow them up after they saw the bodies piled up?  Unfortunately, the Soviets did not take a photo of the bodies piled up in the Auschwitz gas chamber.  If they had, the pile of bodies might have looked like the bodies in the photo below, which was taken in the Dachau morgue, after the camp was liberated.

Bodies found in the Dachau morgue, April 1945

This quote is from the article in the online Daily Record:

In Auschwitz I, the teenagers saw the prison cells where for misdemeanours (sic) like feeding another inmate or picking up a guard’s cigarette, the “criminal” was hauled before a kangaroo court which despatched (sic) its victims, one per minute.

Then they were taken to the shooting wall and the punishment dispensed.

Feet away is a post with a hook where a 14-year-old hung until he starved to death. His crime – feeding bread to a dying Jew.

When I visited Auschwitz in 2005, there was no “post with a hook” at the Black Wall where prisoners were executed after being convicted  in “a kangaroo court.”  Has the “post with a hook” been reconstructed recently at the Black Wall?

I took the photo below inside the Auschwitz Museum in 1998.  It shows the “post with a hook” at the Black Wall on the left side of the photo.

Photo of a drawing in the Auschwitz Museum which shows a post with a hook

Still photo from Russian film shows the hanging punishment

Still photo from Soviet  film shows the hanging punishment

How was the 14-year-old boy hung from the “post with a hook” at Auschwitz?  If he had been hung by the neck, he would have soon died, so maybe the tour guide told the Scottish schoolchildren that he was hung by the arms until he starved to death.

The photograph above, which was taken inside the Dachau Museum in May 2001, shows a scene at Buchenwald that was created in 1958 for an East German DEFA film. (Source: H. Obenaus, “Das Foto vom Baumhängen: Ein Bild geht um die Welt,” in Stiftung Topographie des Terrors Berlin (ed.), Gedenkstätten-Rundbrief no. 68, Berlin, October 1995, pp. 3-8) This fake photo is not included in the new Dachau Museum which opened in 2003, but all the tour guides at Dachau dwell at length on the hanging punishment.

On my trip to Auschwitz in 2005, I overheard a tour guide tell a group of visitors that the two poles in front of the windows of Block 10 were used for the hanging punishment in which prisoners were hung by their arms tied behind their back. This punishment was originated by SS man Martin Sommer at the Buchenwald camp. In 1942, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler made a new rule that the SS men, in all the camps, were forbidden to “lay violent hands on the prisoners,” which would have included hanging by the arms.

Poles in front of Block 10 at Auschwitz

It was in front of the Black Wall that political prisoners, mostly Polish Resistance fighters, who had been convicted by the Gestapo Summary Court in Block 11, were executed. These prisoners had been brought to the Auschwitz I camp, but were not registered as inmates. They were housed in dormitory rooms on the first and second floors of Block 11 while they awaited trial in a courtroom set up in the building.  They were not murdered because they had picked up a cigarette or given food to a dying Jew.  They had not spent any time as inmates in the camp.

Block 11, where the Gestapo courtroom was located, is on the right.  Block 10 is on the left

After being convicted in the courtroom in Block 11, the guilty prisoners were taken to a small washroom in the Block 11 building where they were ordered to strip naked.  Then they were marched to the Black Wall in groups of three and executed with one shot to the neck at close range. Some of the prisoners, who were sent here, were Czech Resistance fighters from the Gestapo prison at the Small Fortress near the Theresienstadt ghetto.

The complete records, compiled by the office of Richard Glücks for all the Nazi concentration camps in the years 1935 to 1944, are now stored on microfilm and kept in the Russian Central Archives in the Central State Archives No. 187603 on Rolls 281 through 286. Richard Glücks was the head of Amt D: Konzentrationslagerwesen of the WVHA; he was the highest-ranking “Inspector of Concentration Camps” in Nazi Germany.

The total number of people executed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to the Nazi records, was 1,646 including 117 Jews, 1,485 Poles, 19 Russians, 5 Czechs and 20 Gypsies, but according to the Auschwitz Museum, there were 20,000 people murdered at the Black Wall in the Auschwitz I camp.

What else did the Scottish schoolchildren learn from the tour guide at Auschwitz?  Believe it or not, according to the article in the Daily Record:

The [Auschwitz II] camp stretches across 6720 acres and the factory of death sprawls as far as the eye can see.

Schoolchildren today might have a hard time visualizing what 6,720 acres looks like.  It is true that “the factory of death sprawls as far as the eye can see.”  But 6,720 acres?  I was told by my private tour guide in 1998, that the size of the Birkenau camp was 425 acres.

My grandparents had a 40-acre farm.  This was enough land for a corn field, a wheat field, a cow pasture, a pig pen, a hen house, an orchard, and a house with a large vegetable garden.  6,720 acres is the size of the entire county where their farm was located.  To help young people visualize: the Holocaust Memorial in the heart of Berlin is about 5 acres. Also, the Dachau concentration camp is about 5 acres.

The purpose of the trips, that are promoted by the Holocaust Educational Trust, is to teach schoolchildren in the UK to hate the Germans and to idolize the Jews.  The schoolchildren do not learn history, they learn hatred. God forbid, they should learn the truth about Auschwitz.