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February 25, 2013

Nazis set up a Family Camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau to fool the Red Cross

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

Most people know about the famous visit by the Red Cross to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in June 1944 where the Nazis fooled Red Cross representatives into thinking that the prisoners were being treated well.  You can read about it on my previous blog post here.

What I didn’t know, until just recently, is that the Czech Family Camp was set up at Auschwitz-Birkenau, in order to fool the Red Cross again, in case Red Cross representatives decided to make a visit to the famous Auschwitz II death camp to see how the Czechs were being treated. The Czech Family Camp was in existence for six months before the Nazis carried out their real plan, which was to murder all the prisoners who had been sent from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz.

One of the survivors of the Czech Family Camp was Otto Dov Kulka (born in 1933) who has written a book entitled Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death. I will get to him later.  Otto’s father was also a survivor of the Family Camp.  You can read about him here.

This quote, regarding the Family Camp, is from this website:

It is still not altogether clear why the organisers (sic) of the final solution created the family camp, with its unusual privileges, only to liquidate it several months later. All that seems clear is that this remarkable activity was connected with the Nazis’ attempts to hide the genocide of the Jews to the outside world, and with the visit of the International Committee of the Red Cross to Terezín, for which Terezín’s SS command ordered the ghetto to be specially embellished. The Terezín SS command then showed the Red Cross delegates a Potemkin village, which had very little in common with Terezín’s cruel reality. A few days before they were murdered, the prisoners of the family camp were ordered to write post-dated postcards to their Terezín relations from the labour camp at Birkenau. The Terezín prisoners were thus meant to gain the false idea, ahead of the Red Cross commissioner’s visit, that their parents, childrens and siblings in Birkenau were all right, and above all alive. Some historians also believe that the family camp was meant to be the target of a similarly-manipulated visit by the International Committee of the Red Cross, this time to Auschwitz.

Map of Auschwitz-Birkeanau

Map of Auschwitz-Birkeanau

But I am getting ahead of the story. The map of Birkenau, in the photo above, shows the Family Camp in section BIIb (B2B) on the left side. Click on the map to see it in a larger size. The main camp road is shown on the map, dividing the Family Camp from the women’s camp and the buildings where disinfection chambers and shower rooms were located. The Krema II and Krema III gas chamber buildings are shown in red on the map.

The article from the website cited above starts out with this quote:

In September 1943 five thousand prisoners were deported from the Terezín ghetto [Theresienstadt] to Auschwitz-Birkenau in two transports.Unlike previous transports, they received unusual privileges: on arriving at the camp they did not undergo the usual selections, and families were also not divided up into various sections in the camp – hence the family camp. The privileges also included the fact that the Terezín prisoners were not subjected to the humiliating ritual of having their heads shaved on arrival, and that children were allowed to spend daytimes in a children’s block. In December 1943 and May 1944, further large transports from Terezín brought a further 12,500 prisoners, who were placed in the family camp. While the first transports consisted exclusively of prisoners who had come to Terezín from the Czech lands, almost half the prisoners on later transports were Jews who had initially been deported from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

In the family camp, labelled section BIIb in Birkenau, the prisoners had to live in a narrow, muddy strip surrounded by an electric fence. They suffered from hunger, cold, exhaustion, illnesses and poor sanitation. The mortality rate was no lower here than in the rest of Auschwitz. The children were allowed to spend the day in the children’s block, where teachers led by the charismatic Fredy Hirsch engaged them in improvised lessons and games.

The unusual privileges given to the prisoners in the family camp were a complete mystery to the members of the Auschwitz resistance movement. After a while, however, they managed to find out that the prisoners’ personal papers contained the abbreviation SB and the period six months. SB – Sonderbehandlung, or special treatment – was code in Nazi jargon for execution without verdict, in Auschwitz usually death in the gas chambers.

After exactly six months, all the still-living prisoners who had been deported to Auschwitz in September 1943 were told that they would be transferred to the Heydebreck labour camp. Instead of going to this fictitious camp, however, the lorries of prisoners headed to the Auschwitz gas chambers, where on the night of 8 March they were murdered without selection. According to several eyewitnesses, before going to their deaths in the Auschwitz gas chambers they sang, as a sign of resistance, the Czechoslovak anthem, the Jewish anthem Hatikva and the Internationale. Members of the Auschwitz resistance organisation (sic) had warned Fredy Hirsch and other prisoners in the family camp that they were shortly to be murdered, and had appealed to them to rebel – however, there was not enough time to prepare and organise (sic) armed revolt. Fredy Hirsch, who had been expected to lead the rebellion, then died of an overdose of tranquillisers (sic) — it is probable that he committed suicide.

From that point on, the remaining prisoners in the family camp lived in permanent fear that after six months they would meet the same fate. At the beginning of July 1944 these fears were confirmed: unlike in March, however, the prisoners underwent selections, and some of them were sent to work in other concentration camps. By chance, Mengele was persuaded to carry out a selection of the boys from the children’s block, which meant that some of them managed to survive until liberation. Approximately 6-7,000 prisoners remained in the family camp, and were then murdered over the course of two nights, from 10 to 12 July 1944. Of the 17,500 prisoners sent to the family camp, only 1,294 survived.

It is still not altogether clear why the organisers (sic) of the final solution created the family camp, with its unusual privileges, only to liquidate it several months later. All that seems clear is that this remarkable activity was connected with the Nazis’ attempts to hide the genocide of the Jews to the outside world, and with the visit of the International Committee of the Red Cross to Terezín, for which Terezín’s SS command ordered the ghetto to be specially embellished. The Terezín SS command then showed the Red Cross delegates a Potemkin village, which had very little in common with Terezín’s cruel reality. A few days before they were murdered, the prisoners of the family camp were ordered to write post-dated postcards to their Terezín relations from the labour camp at Birkenau. The Terezín prisoners were thus meant to gain the false idea, ahead of the Red Cross commissioner’s visit, that their parents, childrens and siblings in Birkenau were all right, and above all alive. Some historians also believe that the family camp was meant to be the target of a similarly-manipulated visit by the International Committee of the Red Cross, this time to Auschwitz.

The liquidation of the family camp on 8 March and 10-12 July 1944 was the largest mass murder of Czechoslovak citizens during the Second World War.

This quote is from this website, which gives a review of a new book, entitled Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death, written by Otto Dov Kulka, a survivor of the Czech Family Camp:

[Otto] and his mother were part of a unique transport of Jews from Theresienstadt who were housed together in a specially designated “Family Camp”, and allowed to continue some semblance of normal life. He attended a makeshift school, where he and his friends put on plays and concerts, some of which were attended by camp dignitaries like Josef Mengele. They were all aware that this was highly unusual, and could not understand why they should have been singled out for such special treatment (it turned out that they were being kept as a showpiece just in case the Red Cross should visit).

Their good fortune did not last long. In March 1944, exactly six months after their arrival, the entire group was rounded up and taken to the gas chambers. There were no selections, and no possibility of escape – they were simply disposed of en masse. Their place was then taken by a new group, which was again to be granted the same privileges and the same freedoms – but only until their six months had, in turn, come to an end.

Kulka and his mother survived the first culling by a twist of fate: they both happened to be in the infirmary on the night of the liquidation. But they were under no illusion that this was anything but a temporary reprieve. Unlike the rest of Auschwitz, whose inmates might at least hold out hope of being “selected” for work duties, they knew that any future round-up would take in all of them, and that they would all be killed. It is this certainty, this “immutable Law of the Great Death”, that formed the background to Kulka’s experience of Auschwitz, and which has continued to haunt him ever since.

[…]

In later years [Otto] visited the remains of Auschwitz, and made a point of stepping through the doorway into the ruins of the crematorium where his childhood friends were all killed, in the hope that this symbolic act might somehow lay his mind to rest.

Ruins of Krema II crematorium

Ruins of Krema II crematorium

Note that Otto Dov Kulka visited “the remains of Auschwitz” and stepped “through the doorway into the ruins of the crematorium” where his childhood friends were killed.  What doorway?  Have the ruins of Krema II, shown in the photo above, been opened up so that tourists can now enter through a doorway?  If so, I think that this is a good idea.

Few people have been brave enough to climb through the hole in the roof of Krema II to see the inside of the gas chamber.  It should be opened up, with wheel chair access, so that everyone can see the inside of the gas chamber, which Fred Leuchter first entered years ago.  Seriously.  Everyone should have the opportunity to see the gas chamber evidence which Fred never  found.

16 Comments

  1. Completely false information….coming from imaginative, but very clearly deceitful Jewish minds. The Red Cross reports covered almost all of the German run camps in Europe …and they demonstrate very clearly, that there were no gassing facilitates anywhere in Europe. The Red Cross was denied entry to ALL Soviet concentration camps where 20-60 million mostly Russian christians were brutally tortured and murdered..

    Comment by stevieb — December 14, 2014 @ 10:30 am

  2. You don’t need (sic) after British spelling

    Comment by Caroline — September 27, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

    • This quote is from Wikipedia:
      Begin quote:
      The Latin adverb sic (“thus”; in full: sic erat scriptum, “thus was it written”)[1] inserted immediately after a quoted word or passage, indicates that the quoted matter has been transcribed exactly as found in the source text, complete with any erroneous or archaic spelling, surprising assertion, faulty reasoning, or other matter that might otherwise be taken as an error of transcription.

      The notation’s usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors in quoted material do not arise from errors in the course of the transcription, but are intentionally reproduced, exactly as they appear in the source text. It is generally placed inside square brackets, to signal that it is not part of the quoted matter; and is traditionally printed in italics, as is customary with foreign words.
      End quote

      According to the above explanation of the use of (sic) I have used the term correctly. I was merely pointing out that this spelling was in the original of what I quoted. Americans might think that the words followed by (sic) were incorrectly spelled by me, when actually this is the British spelling in the original. I am fully aware of British spelling, but some of my readers might not be.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 28, 2014 @ 7:13 am

  3. There is a new diary out of someone claiming to have been sent from Terezin to Auschwitz and survived:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/feb/22/helga-weiss-diary-nazi-death-camp

    “Surprising” enough, it seems quite a few people knew how to cheat the good ole doctor:

    She resolved to say she was older than 14; her mother would pretend to be younger. In fact, the SS man didn’t ask questions and sent them both to the right. “He pointed – I don’t know if it was luck, fate, a miracle. I have friends who are still alive – they are the same age as I am – but their mothers were [sent to the left]. So I was lucky twice. Not only that I was not sent, but that I was together with my mother.”

    I guess it is fate, luck AND a miracle.

    Comment by Question Everything — February 26, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    • What certainly helped is that she, and her mother (left), looked hardly Jewish.

      Comment by Eager For Answers — February 26, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

      • In fact, Helga Weiss inadvertently disproves the Holocaust.

        How anyone bent on exterminating the Jewish race would have missed those museum grade specimen; they would have been the first to be removed from the human race gene pool.

        Comment by Eager For Answers — February 26, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    • From the story you linked to;

      We are in Helga Weiss’s living room on the fourth floor of an apartment building in Prague.[… ]Helga was born in this flat and it has always been her home, apart from the four years she spent in Nazi concentration camps.

      and a few paragraphs later …

      Another drawing marks the birthday of her friend, Francka. The girls had been born in the same maternity ward, and the sketch shows them as babies in 1929

      Somehow she forgot to sketch harrowing scenes of extermination by piano solos, symphonic concerts and theater plays

      She took his advice and began to record life in the camps; bread transported in a hearse marked “Welfare for the young”.

      The reality; bread delivered in Terezin, on a cart. Note how the walking skeletons heroically refrain from stealing some crumbs.

      … and its Hasbaralachically correct interpretation.

      The last drawing is accompanied by a note to say that Francka died in Auschwitz before her 15th birthday.

      No luck on this one, Helga, not a single Franckais to be found on the Yad Vashem database

      Comment by Eager For Answers — February 26, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

  4. Scots-Irish journalist Linda Grant reviews Otto Dov Kulka’s book here; for her too, the Holocaust defeats our attempts to understand it.

    Well, neither do I get how extermination by Motetten und Kantaten could work.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — February 26, 2013 @ 12:18 am

  5. Fredy Hirsch, who had been expected to lead the rebellion, then died of an overdose of tranquillisers – it is probable that he committed suicide.

    I was not aware tranquilizers were readily available, much less in such quantities as to provoke an overdose.

    Kulka and his mother survived the first culling by a twist of fate: they both happened to be in the infirmary on the night of the liquidation.

    In Holocaust lore, wasn’t the infirmary the place to avoid as Mengele made his daily rounds to send patients to the gas chamber?

    Comment by Eager For Answers — February 26, 2013 @ 12:17 am

  6. The International Red Cross were granted unprecedented access by the National Socialist German Government, to monitor and inspect all of the work and transit camps in Germany and the occupied territories.
    The fairy stories by so-called Hollow Hoax survivors of how the Germans fooled the Red Cross is mandatory Communist propaganda to conceal the fact that Red Cross visits to the work and transit camps was carried out on a regular basis.
    Ancillary to the fairy stories of how the Germans fooled the Red Cross, are the fairy stories of the tens of thousands of Hollow Hoax survivors that the SS never quite got around to exterminating, not even those Hollow Hoax survivors who were incarcerated at Auschwitz for up to 1/4 years. The International Red Cross was never permitted access to the Russian Soviet Gulag and the real extermination camps, torture chambers and slave labour camps in which an estimated 80/100 million were exterminated by the CHEKKA and the NKVD.
    My father was a Holocaust survivor from the Holocaust of WW1, and my family survived the Holocaust of WW2, so where do I go to claim reparations as a Holocaust survivor? Jomi

    Comment by John-Joseph:Saintclair — February 25, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    • I suspect that you are not Jewish, so NO REPARATIONS FOR YOU. You wrote: “The fairy stories by so-called Hollow Hoax survivors of how the Germans fooled the Red Cross is mandatory Communist propaganda to conceal the fact that Red Cross visits to the work and transit camps was carried out on a regular basis.” That statement leads me to believe that you are an educated person who knows what really happened.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 25, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    • Regimes killing people at some places simply forbid witnesses to come there. They don’t allow Red Cross delegates to come and go in their killing places disguised as holiday camps. Ridiculous.

      It’s said the Auschwitz resistance told some people they were about to be gassed. In fact the Polish resistance had infiltrated all the parts of the camp and they regularly sent reports outside about what was happening or was allegely happening (one of the Polish resistance’s weapons was propaganda) there. Knowing that, it’s totally impossible the world first heard of the Auschwitz gas chambers after Vrba and Wetzler escaped and told their stories in the end of 1944 as we are told.

      Here is a very interesting article about the Polish resistance and Auschwitz: http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v11/v11p282_Aynat.html

      In fact the Red Cross investigated the gas chamber rumor at Auschwitz-Birkenau and reported:

      “We hope to soon send you names and numbers of inmates of Auschwitz and their nationality. Indeed, a Commando of British prisoners of war working in a mine in Auschwitz in contact with these people. We prayed the prisoners’ main Teschen to strive to get the prisoners of Auschwitz Kommando all relevant information.

      Spontaneously, the prisoners’ main British Teschen asked us if we knew about the “shower room”. It is rumored that there is indeed a camp shower room very modern where prisoners are gassed in series. The prisoners’ British, through his Kommando in Auschwitz, tried to get confirmation of this fact. It was impossible to prove anything. The detainees themselves have not spoken.”

      About the German concentration camps the Red Cross also reported:

      “the barbarous aerial warfare of the Allies”

      “In the chaotic condition of Germany after the invasion during the final months of the war, the camps received no food supplies at all and starvation claimed an increasing number of victims.”

      “…as many as 9,000 parcels were packed daily. From the autumn of 1943 until May 1945, about 1,112,000 parcels with a total weight of 4,500 tons were sent off to the concentration camps”

      “Parcels were sent to Dachau, Buchenwald, Sangerhausen, Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg, Flossenburg, Landsberg-am-Lech, Flöha, Ravenshbrück, Hamburg-Neuengamme, Mauthausen, Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, to camps near Vienna and in Central and Southern Germany. The principal recipients were Belgians, Dutch, French, Greeks, Italians, Norwegians, Poles and stateless Jews.”

      Comment by hermie — February 25, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    • Many thanks for your compliments. I do not have a University Degree, and I had a basic Secondary Modern education, but I have studied history and associated disciplines for most of my life, and that is my education.
      The most important discipline is knowing how to recognise the difference between fact (truth) and propaganda which is very difficult because the vast majority of people in the West are conditioned with polarised mentalities, and this condition is reinforced by personal prejudice and in cases, hatred; and nothing is more contentious to the polarised mentality than the defence of German conduct during WW1 and WW2, because, as more than one historian has noted,
      people have been brainwashed into believing that Germans are evil incarnate, and as for WW2, Adolf Hitler and Satan were one and the same. It is a matter of historical fact that National Socialist Germany granted unprecedented access to the International Red Cross to monitor and inspect all work and transit camps in Germany and the occupied territories in response to fabricated allegations by the Soviet Communist Allies: Soviet Communist Britain and Soviet Communist America. So extensive was this anti german propaganda in America, that the New York Times reported in 1937 in a short article:”Six million victims noted. Emphasis on “victims.”
      Perhaps the most important factor in penetrating the polarised mentality, is recognising the political complexion of Franklin (Franklinstein) Delano Rossocampo Rosenvelt and Winstein Jacobson (fake Churchill) who were hard core Zionist Communists.
      Your suspicions are correct, I am not Jewish, and neither are those people who call themselves “the Jews.”
      98/99% of those people around the world who call themselves “the Jews,” are Eastern European Asiatic Mongol Khazars whose ancestors converted in the 7 century AD to Talmudic Zionism; and these Khazar converts have no historical, biological or ethnic connection to the Middle East whatsoever. They constitute what is correctly called The Global Khazar Zionist Terror Network which is also known as International Finance which holds virtually every nation on the planet hostage through usuary (Jusuary/Jewsuary). Jomi

      Comment by John-Joseph: Saintclair — February 26, 2013 @ 1:48 am

      • you said it all JJS.

        Comment by wolf — February 26, 2013 @ 10:32 am

      • Good response John. I myself did get a university degree and went to a decent university as well. I realised the “Holocaust ” was hogwash because I have a questioning mind.
        Unfortunately over 90% of people accept what is told to them without any thought , and the majority of students at UK universities in 2013 don’t bother to ask questions.

        Comment by Pete — February 27, 2013 @ 8:41 am

        • Pete: Many thanks for your response. I worked at a local university and one of the lecturers was very impressed with my knowledge of history, and on one particular day he gave a lecture on Israel and a number of students made up a montage of symbols relating to the history of Israel, one of them being the so-called “Star of David.” I asked this lecturer if he was aware that those people who call themselves the “Jews” are Eastern European Asiatic Mongol Khazars, and he said he was aware of this fact.
          I asked him if he told this to his students, and he said he was not allowed to because it would compromise his position as a lecturer. The same applied with any discussion on the Hollow Hoax.
          You are right when you say that the majority of students at UK universities don’t bother to ask questions.
          It is almost certainly the case that if they did ask awkward questions their position as students would be compromised.
          It is said that the Inquisition was instrumental in shaping/maintaining the status quo within the Catholic Church.
          Today the new Inquisition (God’s Special Pets) have surpassed the Inquisition of the old Catholic Church, and that, Pete, is called progress. Jomi O O
          O

          Comment by John-Joseph: Saintclair — March 1, 2013 @ 1:51 am


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