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December 28, 2012

Fake Holocaust photos at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (updated)

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 12:16 pm

 Today, I went to the website of the USHMM to see a photo, allegedly taken at Buchenwald, which a fellow blogger believes is a fake.  The photo is shown on this page, along with many other photos that were taken at Buchenwald after the camp was liberated on April 11, 1945.  Curiously, three of the photos on that page, which you can see below, have similar characteristics.

Photo taken at Buchenwald shows smokestack of crematorium

Photo taken at Buchenwald shows smokestack of crematorium

Four Jewish survivors of Buchenwald

Four Jewish survivors of Buchenwald

Two Buchenwald survivors "play fighting"

Two Buchenwald survivors “play fighting”

Notice that the three photos above, which were allegedly taken at Buchenwald, appear to have been printed in an American commercial photography lab, which printed the pictures in a sepia tone and put fancy borders around the photos.  This indicates that the three photos might have been taken on the same day by the same photographer, who took the film home to America to have it developed and printed.

However, there is one problem with these photos.  My 1999 photo of the chimney of the Buchenwald crematorium, which is shown below, looks nothing like the tall chimney in the first photo, which was allegedly taken at Buchenwald in 1945.  As far as I know, the crematorium at Buchenwald was not rebuilt after the camp was liberated.

My 1999 photo of the crematorium at Buchenwald

My 1999 photo of the crematorium at Buchenwald

Buchenwald crematorium

My 1999 photo of the Buchenwald crematorium

The Buchenwald crematorium was located near the gatehouse that was the entrance into the prison enclosure.  The gatehouse was to the right, but out of camera range in the photo above.

So who is right?  Were all three of the old photos above taken at Buchenwald, or not?

I was browsing through the website of Carolyn Yeager yesterday, when I came across a copy of the photo shown below.


I have this same photo on my website here.  The photo was sent to me several years ago, for my exclusive use, by the daughter of one of the men in the photo.  I was told the name of one of the men, but I had to promise his daughter that I would not reveal her father’s name.

This quote is from Ms. Yeager’s website:

A mislabeled photo – turning Germans into Jews

The picture of four men, below right,  is in the Museum’s Buchenwald photo archives labeled as “Group Portrait of Four Jewish Youth at liberation in Buchenwald,” photo #27289. It’s dated Wednesday, April 11, 1945 (Liberation Day!),  courtesy of Morris Rosen; no photographer listed. It adds this information: ” Nucher, (the donor’s friend) is pictured in the lower left. Pictured in the center is Jacob Rosenthal from Satu-Mare.”

Consider the extent of the irresponsible misinformation on the USHMM website when you learn that these are German men after being interned at the notorious Bad Nenndorf  secret prison set up in Germany by the British during their occupation of north-west Germany in 1945. I used this photo in the post for my Oct. 29 radio program The Heretics Hour. The treatment of the prisoners in this camp by the British was far worse than anything experienced by those at Buchenwald.  Below are more pictures of  documented Bad Nenndorf victims. All suffered from actual, unnecessary starvation.

Note that the man in the center is identified by the USHMM as Jacob Rosenthal from Satu-Mare.  It has been so long ago that I don’t recall the name given to me by the woman who claimed to be the daughter of the man in the center of the photo.  In an exchange of e-mails, I was given the following information which I am quoting from my website

The photo above was taken by an American Army photographer shortly after the camp was liberated. In the center of the photo is a Jewish prisoner who had gone into hiding when the Germans started to evacuate the camp, according to his daughter. He first hid in the typhus ward and later dug a hole near the infirmary barrack. He was too weak to stand when this photo was taken.

His daughter wrote in an e-mail to me that her father told her about “the American soldier who asked him to pose for a picture, because he was particularly emaciated compared to the other – political – prisoners. The photographer asked them to assume a serious expression, because he wanted to communicate what happened in the camps during the war.”

Note that the prisoner in the center of the photo is wearing thick socks. The concentration camp prisoners were not normally issued socks. These socks had formerly belonged to an SS guard in the camp.

The following is a quote from the e-mail letter sent to me by this prisoner’s daughter:

When my father arrived in Buchenwald, he was slated to work in the quarry, in effect a protracted death sentence, when a Nazi Jeep drove by seeking building engineers. My father was a textile engineer, but decided to take the chance. He was lucky; his co-worker (they were building barracks) taught him on the job.

Towards the end of the war he would hide near the Germans’ cabin and listen to the newscasts, which told of the approaching American army. This motivated him to find whatever means possible to hold out in the camp and avoid further deportation. I already wrote you how he hid: first by hiding in the typhus ward, then by digging a cave.

You can read more about this photo here.  I previously blogged about Allied camps for German soldiers here.

I feel like a fool now because I was so gullible.  When I received the photo, I did notice the thick socks and questioned that.  But I believed the woman who had sent me the photo.  I thought that the men in the photo were Jews who had been starved at Buchenwald.

I have enhanced the photo, using PhotoShop, and posted it below, in case anyone else wants to use this photo or blog about it.



  1. Its cute watching Holocaust deniers snap at each other. It’s like watching swastika clothed care bears fight.

    Comment by HCW — November 7, 2015 @ 11:45 am

  2. White people are such cowards that they have to minimize the shit they do by rushing to label each tragedy a hoax. It happens with ALL major atrocities they commit and have committed. They rush tp point the finger back at someone else but never want to acknowledge what their own race had done. How cowardly!

    Comment by Pia — October 13, 2015 @ 6:19 am

  3. Methinks black rabbit protests too much. He’s very worked up about what ‘Carolyn’ is doing in accusing the British (his people) of brutalities toward Germans. Why doesn’t he find out where that picture of the four extremely emaciated men comes from? There is no proof whatsoever they are Jews at Buchenwald.

    FG, I think the photo of the 4 men looks very different from the other two of young boys fooling around, which seem to be by the same camera and in the same place. Even the fancy-cut border (I remember those in pictures my father took in the forties, maybe fifties) on the 4 men is narrower than the other two which are exactly alike. So I’m not at all sure that all three go together. It’s a good effort though, helping move things along, and the labeling of the crematorium chimney is not just “human error” … it is an intentional agenda to turn everything possible into proof of the Jewish Shoah at the hands of Germans, including those four men who must be made into Jews too. It’s not allowable that other people should suffer equally.

    I wonder that it’s okay for USHMM and Yad Vashem to mislabel photographs, but a really serious fault if it should turn out that Carolyn Yeager has done so. Not that I would do it intentionally, but if it should happen, so be it. I will retract it. However, I’m not ready to do that at all at this point. I like to push as far as I can, yet I’m more careful in my work overall than is black rabbit. The story that the seated man in the picture was hiding in a hole in the ground in Buchenwald and that’s why he’s so thin is really ludicrous. On top of that, he was able to also hide outside the Germans’ quarters and listen to newscasts. Oh, these incredible Jews … so superior, so on top of things. What can’t they do?!

    Comment by Carolyn Yeager — December 29, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    • Stop the silly anti- British jibes Carolyn. Black Rabbit is a researcher of value whose web site is interesting and informed.

      Comment by Pete — December 30, 2012 @ 12:51 am

      • Thanks Pete, appreciate that.

        Carolyn ALWAYS uses the ‘British’ angle in her rants about me.

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 30, 2012 @ 1:33 am

        • Okay GUYS, there’s no “rants” here from me. Only legitimate questions that are not answered. Black rabbit does not answer hard questions, like where was the photo of the 4 emaciated men taken? He appears to accept that they’re at Buchenwald. At the same time, he objects strongly to my placing them at Bad Nenndorf “without proof.” Unfortunately, the British have made sure there is practically nothing about their camp(s) on the Internet.

          I try to get down to the essence of things and people, and this makes all but a very few uncomfortable. On the Internet, it’s considered alright that you don’t declare yourself … because it might be dangerous. It’s a great place to hide, while still giving you a place to propagandize.

          Comment by Carolyn Yeager — December 30, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

          • The following comment from Pete in the post about the NYTimes article from May 6, 1945 shows why he lines up with black rabbit. It expresses a distorted and contemptuous view of Germans.

            “The paragraph before last where it describes the Germans docility and industry is the only accurate paragraph in the article . The rest is allied US psychops propaganda. It also describes their craving to obey somebody and at present it is their US and Zionist masters.”

            Comment by Pete — December 14, 2012 @ 6:05 am

            Comment by Carolyn Yeager — December 30, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

            • So docility, industry and obedience are negative characteristics ? Try reading Matthew chapter 5 – 7 .Carolyn and read what our saviour thought about these characteristics. As for the four emaciated men photo whether it was taken at Buchenwald or not is akin to debating how many angels fit on the top of a pin. We all know starvation conditions throughout Europe in 1945 .

              Comment by Pete — December 30, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

              • What you say is ridiculous, Pete, and is the very avoidance I’m talking about. You are no holocaust revisionist when you say starvation was common throughout Europe in 1945 so it doesn’t matter where pictures came from. Why bother with any of it then, and why are you here? Just to see yourself in print? I haven’t found anything worthwhile you have contributed.

                It is plain as day that “craving to obey somebody” does not equate to any kind of healthy sense of “obedience” — Christian or otherwise. You also say that Germans are presently “craving to obey” their US and Zionist masters. I wonder whom you obey? Someone. Both you and black rabbit twist things around to try to change the subject; refuse to answer for what you say and do by denigrating the question or discussion as “unimportant” or “quibbling”; finally you “team up.” Those are all tactics of disruption and also of controlling the board. The only recourse other people have is not to play the game … to ignore you.

                Comment by Carolyn Yeager — December 30, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

                • Do you really think that Europe in April 1945 had an abundance of food ? really ? Have you ever left Texas ? Do you know where Europe is?
                  I haven’t found anything worthwhile from you ; in fact I would feel you are probably an ADL plant , either that or a stranger to reason.
                  Likewise I will ignore you.

                  Comment by Pete — December 30, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  4. The “smokestack from the crematorium” is just mislabelled. Having looked through hundreds, if not thousands of photos on the USHMM and Yad Vashem’s websites, I’ve found many that have been mislabelled. Here’s two examples. The first is of Buchenwald, and not Treblinka as they claim.The second was taken in the British Zone of Occupied Germany, and not Poland as they claim.

    It’s just human error, nothing sinister. Perhaps a little arrogance by the Jew who labelled the photo for the USHMM archive, who clearly assumed that a chimneynear Buchenwald must be a crematorium chimney.

    No one except Carolyn claims that photo is of four Germans at Bad Nenndorf. Even the blog she links to; just features the photo, the blogger doesn’t make any claims about where it was taken. Although the use of it in a story about the treatment of Germans by the British would obviously lead someone to believe it’s a photo of Germans.

    I think your analyst that the three photos “appear to have been printed in an American commercial photography lab, which printed the pictures in a sepia tone and put fancy borders around the photo” is highly valid.

    A blogger just used this photo (unwisely) to illustrate a story he C&P from the Guardian. And Carolyn has made some wild assumptions based on nothing.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 29, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    • A crematorium chimney does not have to be very tall, like the chimney shown in the photo. However, a chimney used to vent a gas chamber does have to be that tall. Could this be a building where clothes were disinfected with Zyklon-B and the poison had to be vented through a tall chimney? The other building next to the alleged crematorium is no longer in existence at the Buchenwald Memorial Site. The Buchenwald crematorium was located near the gatehouse, and I don’t think it had a building next to it, like the building shown in the photo.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 30, 2012 @ 6:46 am

  5. Carolyn links to a blog which uses that photo of the four men, and reproduces this Dec 17, 2005 article in The Guardian:

    But that photo of the four men doesn’t appear in the Guardian article.

    Another Guardian article by the same journalist published 3 weeks later, does feature another of the photos Carolyn’s used:

    What’s the actual proof that that photo is of four Germans at Bad Nenndorf ?

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 28, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    • FG have you seen these videos codoh frequenter friedrichjansson has made? He cites your website in the Dachau one. Which I think is superb.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 29, 2012 @ 12:14 am

      • Thanks for supplying a link to this video. Excellent video. The best thing about it is the music. Usually, I have to turn the sound off to watch a Holocaust video. This is an awesome presentation. The most important point that was made in the video is that the Holocaust story is based on TESTIMONY, not on evidence.

        As I have said many times, people were not as educated and sophisticated back in 1945, as they are now. That’s why people were easily fooled. Now we think that it is remarkable that anyone ever believed the gas chamber claims.

        Comment by furtherglory — December 29, 2012 @ 6:29 am

  6. In war there is no kindness. What men have done to his fellow man should scare the hell out of us. Here in the USA. Was a Prison camp in Chicago during the Civil war. North allowed men to freeze to death and then tossed the bodies into Lake Michigan. A very interesting story. People who survived the major wars. Rarely speak of the time.

    Comment by johncoyote — December 28, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  7. It appears we have been raising the same issue . I covered this in reference to a compilation of Allied crimes i have been researching to remove any notion that recent claims of allied brutality in Iraq and Afghanistan were mere blips of errant behavior but more or less the indoctrination of Uniformed personnel in the allied forces in that extreme brutality is policy and not misjudgment higher up the chain of command. It is inherent ..

    Comment by owainglyndwr1416 — December 28, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

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