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May 17, 2013

Nazis allowed Jews to write letters on their way to the gas chamber, and those letters are now kept in the archives at Arolsen…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:39 am

An article which you can read in full at has this remarkable quote:

While they worked on this, students in the history department worked with Goss to research additional primary source photographs and film footage from the era through USHMM in Washington, D.C.  They also completed an International Tracing Service (ITS) request to see if any documentation on the Grunwald family existed in the Holocaust-era archives in Germany.  Dozens of documents were found.

The documents are among hundreds of artifacts that appear in the film, some emerging “out of nowhere,” Gaston said, during the lengthy discovery process.  Perhaps the most touching example is a hastily written letter by Grunwald’s mother to his father – moments before trucks took her to the gas chamber.  That letter was donated this past July to USHMM and will become part of their Permanent Exhibition, a testament to its uniqueness and importance as an artifact from this tragic time.

Grunwald’s mother was apparently selected for the gas chamber because she was not able to work, but his father was spared.  I can just hear Dr. Mengele saying to Grunwald’s mother:  “Sorry, but I can’t let you slide  — I have to send you to the gas chamber, but not to worry, you can write a letter to your husband, and we will keep it in our archives, so 70 years from now, your descendants can read it.”

Babo Batren waiting for the truck to take her to the gas chamber

Babo Batren waiting for the truck to take her to the gas chamber (Click on photo to enlarge)

Jews waiting for a truck to take them to the gas chamber

Jews waiting for a truck to take them to the gas chamber

Most of the Jews had to walk to the gas chamber and there are numerous photos of them walking, carrying their bundles.  You can see a large collection of these photos on this website:


  1. “JEWISH soldiers who served in the British Army hunted down and executed up to 1,500 high-ranking Nazis in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The soldiers were members of the Jewish Brigade, part of the British Eighth Army, which fought with distinction in northern Italy in the latter stages of the war. As the conflict in Europe ended, the Jewish soldiers started their own mini-war. They formed “revenge squads”, and with the help of their British Army credentials travelled around Germany and Austria searching for men responsible for the Holocaust.” How did they know about the Holocaust so soon and who let them go around murdering German POWs with Talmudic impunity?

    Comment by who dares wings — May 18, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  2. Can you please explain why former Nazis including those who were not going to hang admitted to having gas chambers? Can you explain why the Nazis used the Defense I was following orders, and not there were no gas chambers.

    Hoss and Eichmann admitted it. In fact Eichmann maintained even after he was sentenced to death that he was only following orders….why not just deny the gas chambers if they didn’t exist. Kind seems stupid even after the fact. Anyway stil have not gotten back to me on that math question.

    Comment by NeverAGAIN! — May 17, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    • NeverAGAIN rather boringly wrote yet again :
      ‘Anyway stil have not gotten back to me on that math question.’
      And you haven’t got back to anybody on anything

      Comment by DB — May 17, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    • The former Nazis “admitted to having gas chambers” because they were tortured until they confessed. Not all of the Nazis used the defense of “following orders.”

      Eichmann admitted whatever he was told to admit because he was given Thorazine. I explained all this in a blog post which I wrote about a year ago:

      As for your math question, I am not good at math, so I asked a person who has a Master’s Degree in Math. He told me that, by his calculation, there should have been 28 million Jews after the war, if there were 15.7 million before the war.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 17, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      • It’s not uninteresting to know the man who presided Eichmann’s ‘trial’, Judge Moshe Landau, also headed a commission that made torture legal in Israeli prisons. That gives an idea of the methods used to extract Eichmann’s ‘confessions’.

        Why did some Nazis ‘confess’ there were gas chambers in the German concentration camps? Torture, coercion and false promises (“If you say what I want you to say, you’ll be liberated.”). Another efficient way to make a man say anything you want him to is to threaten him about his family. The Mossad could capture and kill any member of Eichmann’s family as easily they had just captured Eichmann himself. Who wouldn’t ‘confess’ anything in those conditions?

        Anyway false confessions aren’t unusual.…e-confessions/

        Japan crime: Why do innocent people confess?

        Witnesses to the Gas Chambers of Auschwitz:

        Kramer even ‘confessed’ there were gas jet gas chambers at Belsen: 😉

        Comment by hermie — May 17, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

  3. Hhmmm…..2 groups, men and boys, women and young children.
    Now then, if I was going to allow hundreds of complete strangers to have a mass shower, while at the same time allowing them some kind of decency, how would I do it…..?

    Comment by DB — May 17, 2013 @ 10:27 am

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