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June 5, 2013

Wanted: German composer to write a new opera about “die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.” Must love Jews.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:02 pm
Richard Wagner, famous anti-Semite

Richard Wagner, famous anti-Semite

The famous German composer, Richard Wagner, has been featured in the news lately because May 22, 2013 is the anniversary of his birth 200 years ago.  Sadly, Wagner has become more famous for being an anti-Semite than he is for his music.   Wagner wrote an essay entitled “Das Judenthum in der Musik” (“Jewishness in Music”) which was published in 1850 under a pseudonym.  In 1889, he wrote an expanded version under his own name.  That was when the shit hit the fan, and his good name was ruined forever.

This quote is from a news article about Wagner which you can read in full here:

May 22 marked the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth. The occasion was feted worldwide, with commemorative performances in London, New York and Milan. In Germany, however, the mood was tempered by more sombre appraisals of the man behind the music. Wagner was a virulent anti-Semite, and his posthumous association with Hitler has made it hard for Germans to consume his music without apology. In Berlin, the bicentenary was as much an opportunity for post-Third Reich hand-wringing as it was an artistic celebration.

Early in May, an adaptation of Wagner’s Tannhäuser opened in Düsseldorf; set in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, its traditionally erotic overture was replaced by a gas chamber murder scene. The production was expected to be one of the highlights of the bicentenary, but the controversial staging was quickly pulled—after an outpouring of complaints and reports that some audience members were so traumatized they required medical attention. In 2012, a production of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in northern Bavaria was nearly cancelled after news leaked that its star, Evgeny Nikitin, had a large swastika tattooed on his chest.

Wagner was Hitler’s favorite composer. Every Nazi party rally in the city of Nürnberg began with a performance of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” which was Hitler’s favorite opera. The music composed by Wagner glorified Germany’s past and German nationalism, which is why Wagner was so beloved by Hitler and the Nazis.

To this day, the music of Wagner is hated by the Jews because it was Hitler’s favorite music.

The photo below shows a statue of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which survived the destruction of the city of Nürnberg by Allied bombs on the night of January 2, 1945, although all the buildings around it were demolished. New modern buildings have replaced the historic buildings that were destroyed.  Nürnberg was bombed because it was the favorite city of Hitler and the Nazis; there were no factories nor military installations there.

Statue of Hans Sachs, die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Statue of Hans Sachs, die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Statue was saved during the bombing of Nuremberg

Statue of Hans Sachs was saved during the bombing of Nuremberg

Hans Sachs lived from 1494 to 1576, during the Renaissance period, and was a contemporary of Albrecht Dürer and Martin Luther, the man who led the Protestant Reformation. Sachs was a folk singer who belonged to the guild of Meistersingers or master singers in Germany. In 1515, he established his residence at Nürnberg after a period of traveling all over Germany writing and singing songs.

Sachs became a shoemaker but continued to compose thousands of poems and songs. His name was immortalized by Richard Wagner (1813 to 1883) who wrote an opera based on him, called “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.” A performance of this opera always preceded the annual Nazi rallies at Nürnberg in the 1930ies.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Wagner being an antiSemite:

The Wagner scholar Barry Millington has advanced the idea that Beckmesser represents a Jewish stereotype, whose humiliation by the aryan Walther is an onstage representation of Wagner’s antisemitism.[12] Millington argued in his 1991 “Nuremberg Trial: Is There Anti-Semitism in ‘Die Meistersinger’?” that common antisemitic stereotypes prevalent in 19th-century Germany were a part of the “ideological fabric” of “Die Meistersinger” and that Beckmesser embodied these unmistakable antisemitic characteristics.[13]

Is there a pejorative term, analogous to the term “anti-Semite,” for people who hate Germans?  No, it is normal and expected that everyone hates Germans, and for good reason, so there is no word for it.  The Germans have been rehabilitated and they now bow down to the Jews, but it is no use — they can never be forgiven for the Holocaust.

60,000 Buchenwald prisoners were executed just before the camp was liberated, according to a Jewish survivor

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:39 am
Bodies piled up at Buchenwald after the camp was liberated

Bodies piled up at Buchenwald after the camp was liberated

Holocaust survivor Moshe Avital was a 16-year-old orphan at Buchenwald on April 11, 1945 when American troops found the camp.  Communist prisoners had already taken over the camp, and the German SS guards had fled for their lives.  According to estimates by the U.S. military, there were 21,000 survivors, including 4,000 Jews, in the Buchenwald main camp when American troops arrived to save them.

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, 84-year-old Moshe Avital spoke to students in May this year at Wappingers Junior High School in Wappingers Falls, NY.

This quote is from the article in the Wall Street Journal:

In 1945, Avital weighed 70 pounds after a two-year period of starvation and hard labor in six concentration camps. He also was an orphan. Avital’s mother and father, along with half of his 10 siblings, were killed during the Holocaust. His parents were sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz, the first camp the family went to.  […]

Buchenwald, the sixth and final camp Avital was in, became infamous for the cruelty its SS, or Schutzstaffel, officers inflicted on prisoners. Most prisoners there died of starvation and poor living conditions, Avital said.  […]

“The German high command gave orders to the SS to annihilate the entire population because the Americans were coming closer,” Avital said. “Barrack by barrack we were taken into the woods (surrounding the camp) and … 60,000 of 80,000 prisoners were executed.”

The Holocaust museum reports that exact numbers of the dead aren’t available, but at least 56,000 men in the camp system were killed, about 11,000 of them Jewish.

There were 63,084 prisoners in the Buchenwald complex, including the sub-camps, in December 1944 according to the records kept by the Germans. The population of the main Buchenwald camp and all the sub-camps reached 80,436 in late March 1945 after the death camps in what is now Poland were closed and the Jewish survivors were brought to various camps in Germany, including Buchenwald.  Moshe Avital was among the prisoners who were evacuated out of the war zone in what is now Poland and brought to Buchenwald.

Non-Jewish survivors of Buchenwald, April 14, 1945

Non-Jewish survivors of Buchenwald, April 14, 1945 (US Army photo)

What the article in the Wall Street Journal neglected to mention is that the Nazis kept records of the deaths in the Buchenwald camp.

According to a U.S. Army report dated May 25, 1945, there was a total of 238,980 prisoners sent to Buchenwald during its 8-year history from July 1937 to April 11, 1945, and 34,375 of them died in the camp. This report was based on records confiscated from the camp by the US military, after the camp was liberated.

A later U.S. Government report in June, 1945 put the total deaths at 33,462 with 20,000 of the deaths in the final months of the war.

The International Tracing Service of Arolsen, an affiliate of the Red Cross, released a report in 1984 which said that the number of documented deaths in Buchenwald was 20,671 plus an additional 7,463 at the notorious satellite camp called Dora, where prisoners were forced to work underground in the manufacturing of V-2 rockets for the German military. (In October 1944, Dora became an independent camp named Nordhausen.)

According to an information booklet, which I obtained from the Buchenwald Memorial Site, records kept by the camp secretary show the number of deaths each year in Buchenwald, as follows:

1937 – 48
1938 – 771
1939 – 1235
1940 – 1772
1941 – 1522
1942 – 2898
1943 – 3516
1944 – 8644
January to March 1945 – 13,056
March to April 11, 1945 – 913

Total 34,375

The horrendous death toll during the first two months of 1945 was due to a typhus epidemic in the camp. During the same time period, there were also severe epidemics in all the other major concentration camps in Germany.

Monument in honor of the Resistance Fighters who were prisoners at Buchenwald

Monument in honor of the Resistance Fighters who were prisoners at Buchenwald

Buchenwald was primarily a camp for political prisoners, including prominent Communists and Social Democrats, as well as French, Polish and Dutch resistance fighters, and also pastors of the Confessional Church and Catholic priests who preached against the Nazis. A Monument to the Resistance Fighters is shown in the photo above; it stands on the highest point of the Ettersberg about one kilometer from the former Buchenwald camp.

On April 11, 1945, the day that American troops arrived to liberate the Buchenwald camp, the Communist political prisoners had already taken control of the camp and forced the SS guards to flee for their lives. When the American liberators arrived, they observed that some of the prisoners had left the camp and were hunting down the SS men in the surrounding forest. The SS soldiers were brought back to the camp and shot, hanged or beaten to death by the inmates while the American soldiers looked on and sometimes joined in.

Buchenwald was one of the two main camps for French Resistance fighters who were fighting as illegal combatants in World War II; the other one was Natzweiler.  These captured Resistance fighters could have been legally executed because they were fighting in a war in violation of the rules of the Geneva Convention, but instead, they were allowed to live, but put into concentration camps.

Starting in January 1945, Jewish survivors of Auschwitz were brought to Germany and put into various concentration camps, including Buchenwald.   Most of the Jews were sent to sub-camps of Buchenwald to work in factories, except for the youngest prisoners.  One of the sub-camps was Ohrdruf, which was found by American soldiers on April 4, 1945.  Ohrdruf was the only camp ever visited by General Eisenhower.

You can read about other Buchenwald liars in this article on another website here.

There should be a law in America that punishes persons who tell lies that promote hatred of a race or ethnic group.  In this case, Moshe Avital should go to prison for at least 5 years for promoting hatred of the German people.  It is highly unlikely that the junior high school students in Wappingers Falls, who were brain-washed by Moshe, will look up the facts about Buchenwald.