Scrapbookpages Blog

October 15, 2012

Do the Jews now own the phrase Jedem das Seine?

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:38 am

Jedem das Seine on Buchenwald camp gate

I read in the news here that the neighbors of a Dutch businessman were threatening to sue him if he erected a gate on his property with the phrase “Jedem das Seine” on it.

Jack Bakker, a Dutch businessman and art collector, had made plans to erect a gate in the municipality of Zandvoort. But last year the municipality said it would prevent the construction of an early design of the gate following protests by CIDI, the Dutch watchdog on anti-Semitism. The municipality said it would not authorize construction because it violated building regulations.

The phrase “Jedem das Seine,” which is on the gate into the former Buchenwald concentration camp, means “to each his own,” but it has the connotation of “everyone gets what he deserves.”  Buchenwald was the only concentration camp to have this sign on the gate into the camp, AFAIK.

Buchenwald was a Class II camp, which meant that prisoners in the camp had a slim chance of being released.  Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Gross Rosen, Flossenbürg, and the Auschwitz I camp were Class I camps, which had the slogan “Arbeit macht Frei” on the gate, meaning that the prisoners had a good chance of being released.  Mauthausen was the only Class III camp, which had no sign on the gate; prisoners at Mauthausen were classified “Return unwanted” meaning that they had no chance of being released.

The phrase “Arbeit macht Frei” has now been claimed by the Jews as an icon of the Holocaust.  The claim is made that this slogan was used on the Class I camps to taunt the Jews because they had no chance of being released, even if they worked hard.  The Class I camps which had this sign were mostly populated by political prisoners who were non-Jews.  The “death camps” for the Jews, such as  Majdanek and Auschwitz II,  did not have an “Arbeit macht Frei” sign.

Sign on gate into Gross Rosen concentration camp

Gross Rosen was the camp to which the Jews, who didn’t get on Schindler’s List, were sent.  It was a Class I camp, not a “death camp.”

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

The early design by the Belgian designer Job Smeets featured two smoking chimneys that function as pillars and barbed wire — an apparent reference to Nazi crematoria — and included a translation of the German writing on the gates of Buchenwald: Jedem das Seine (“to each his own”).

“We thought that, fortunately, it was over but now it again seems like this gate is being built,” Wim Post, a neighbor of Bakker, told the RTV crew. “In a museum, people chose whether to see it, but we are confronted with it and we don’t want it.”

Eefje van Bommel, Bakker’s lawyer, told the Dutch daily that the Buchenwald text never made into the final design.

“The gate is being branded for no reasons,” she said, adding that the municipality’s decision not to authorize the gate violated her client’s rights.

Bakker told the Dutch paper Haarlems Dagblad this month through his lawyer of his plans to build the gate, the Dutch daily reported.

His original  plans became known last year when he hired Smeets to work on the gate.

So now we find out that using the phrase Jedem das Seine is anti-Semitic?

Buchenwald was not specifically a camp for Jews; the Jews were “transported to the East,” and political prisoners were sent to Buchenwald.  Near the end of World War II, the survivors of the three Auschwitz camps were sent to Germany; some of the Jews were sent to the Buchenwald camp.


  1. Now here is a very interesting Film of the Warsaw ghetto of 1940. One which won’t see the light on the history channel. Always best to turn all sound off and ignore the introduction from the Spiegel which is has its own agenda. Now what do we see ; Jews living in the same quarter as they had for the last few decades ,no more tightly packed as they had for decades. We see ordinary trade on the streets. There seems to be no problem of hunger. At 4.46 we see the dirty open sewers .At 6.10 we see the council disinfection officers arrive, all the bedding is removed and the room sealed up and ” gassed” . At 8.01 we see the residents being stripped naked to take a shower as part of the disinfection process.
    All the basic elements of the fable are there.

    Comment by Pete — October 16, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  2. Fortunately, one is still free to watch these DVDs.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — October 15, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  3. I’m going to have a gate made up which reads:

    “the Zionist plan for the final solution of the Jewish Question”

    – Theodor Herzl, letter to Czar Nicholas II, November 22, 1899.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — October 15, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

  4. Hmmm….i wonder if they’ll make me laser off my “jedem das seine” tattoo

    Comment by schlageter — October 15, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  5. Suum cuique?

    Comment by Fernan — October 15, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: