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June 10, 2013

Muslim religious leaders pray for the prisoners who were executed at the Black Wall at Auschwitz

Muslim leaders pray at the Black Wall in the Auschwitz main camp

Muslim leaders pray at the Black Wall in the Auschwitz main camp

The Wall of Death is at the end of a courtyard between Block 10 and Block 11 at Auschwitz

The Wall of Death is at the end of a courtyard between Block 10 and Block 11 at Auschwitz

Muslims bow their head to the ground in front of the Black Wall at Auschwitz

Muslims bow their heads to the ground in front of the Black Wall at Auschwitz; Block 10 is in the background

The Muslim leaders may have thought that they were praying for the Jews who were murdered, for no reason, at the black wall, but they were misguided — literally.

The men and women who were executed in front of the Black Wall were political prisoners, mostly Polish resistance fighters, who had been convicted by the Gestapo Summary Court, which was located in Block 11, the brick building on the right hand side of the courtyard.

These Polish resistance fighters, aka illegal combatants, had been brought to the Auschwitz main camp, after they were captured, but were not registered as inmates; they were housed in dormitory rooms on the first and second floors of Block 11 while they awaited trial in a courtroom set up in Block 11.

If and when they were convicted, these illegal combatants were taken to a small washroom in the Block 11 building where they were ordered to strip naked, after which they were marched to the wall in groups of three. They were then executed with one shot to the neck at close range.

Some of the prisoners, who were shot at the wall, were Czech resistance fighters from the Gestapo prison at the Small Fortress in Theresienstadt.  There were also two Jewish leaders from the Theresienstadt ghetto who were executed at the Black Wall because they had refused to obey orders. Camp inmates at Auschwitz-Birkenau were also executed at this wall for resistance activity inside the concentration camp.

But the Muslim leaders were not told any of this.  They were led to believe that they were praying for Jews who had been genocided because of intolerance on the part of the Nazis.

This quote is from a news article, about the visit of the Muslims, which you can read in full here:

Muslim religious leaders from across the globe knelt in solemn prayer for Holocaust dead at Auschwitz on May 22, before the notorious Wall of Death at the former Nazi German death camp in southern Poland.

Thousands of Auschwitz prisoners perished at the wall, grey and still riddled with bullet holes. Adorned with flowers, it is a stone’s throw from the infamous wrought iron “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) gate at the camp’s entrance.
[…]
The emotional visit was part of a Holocaust awareness and anti-genocide programme organised in part by the US State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom. Of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II, a million were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau, mostly in its notorious gas chambers, along with tens of thousands of others including Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.
[…]

The total number of people executed at the black wall, according to the Nazi records, was 1,646 people, including 117 Jews, 1,485 Poles, 19 Russians, 5 Czechs and 20 Gypsies, but according to the Auschwitz Museum, there were 20,000 people murdered at the black wall.

There are no records of the 20,000 people who were allegedly executed at the black wall.  The complete records, compiled by the office of Richard Glücks for all the Nazi concentration camps in the years 1935 to 1944, are now stored on microfilm and kept in the Russian Central Archives in the Central State Archives No. 187603 on Rolls 281 through 286. Richard Glücks was the head of Amt D: Konzentrationslagerwesen of the WVHA; he was the highest-ranking “Inspector of Concentration Camps” in Nazi Germany.

Many people have noticed that there are no bullet holes in the black wall. That’s because this is not the original black wall; according to my tour guide in 1998, this is a reconstruction which is supposed to look like the original. The original black wall, made out of cork, was removed after Arthur Liebehenschel replaced Rudolf Hoess as the camp commander in November, 1943, and ordered the executions at the wall to stop.

The wall at the end of the courtyard, as it looked when Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz

The wall at the end of the courtyard in 1945 when Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz

The Auschwitz Black Wall is a recostruction

The Auschwitz Black Wall is a reconstruction

Notice the lack of bullet holes in the wall and the cork panels in front of the wall, where allegedly 20,000 Jews were shot.

7 Comments

  1. Here we go again…..but true in the last two paragraphs….

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22886415

    Comment by DB — June 13, 2013 @ 8:40 am

  2. “Thousands of Auschwitz prisoners perished at the wall […] it is a stone’s throw from the infamous wrought iron “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) gate at the camp’s entrance.”

    I’d like to see someone throw a stone 262 metres.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — June 11, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

  3. Why didn’t they visit the other famous Soviet ‘reconstruction’ of that camp – the ridiculous ‘gas chamber’ in Krema I? Afraid they start laughing at that crude forgery? Afraid they realize the stupid alleged gassing process looks more like a childish fantasy elaborated by a band of uneducated mujiks than like a Top Priority technology developed by German engineers?

    Comment by hermie — June 11, 2013 @ 4:07 am

    • Important visitors to Auschwitz are always taken to the Wall of Death for a photo opportunity. The gas chamber in the main camp is not a good place to take photos. Krema I is also not a good place to bow your head on the floor. The gas chamber is very creepy. The best place for photos is at the International Monument in the Auschwitz II camp. It is a long walk to the Monument, so important visitors are taken to the Wall of Death for photos instead.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 11, 2013 @ 7:11 am

      • Ok. That’s just for the show. Thanks for that explanation.

        Comment by hermie — June 12, 2013 @ 3:00 am


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