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June 15, 2013

The true story of how SS Lt. Col. Kurt Becher saved 1,000 Hungarian Jews…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:02 pm

According to a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, who recently spoke to students in America, as reported in this news article, here is the true story of how 1,000 Hungarian Jews were saved by Kurt Becher, a German SS soldier, during World War II.

According to the news article, cited above, the truth is that there was no exchange camp at Bergen-Belsen, and the Jews who were exchanged for goods, during the Holocaust, had actually been rounded up in Hungary by two Jewish boys pretending to be Nazis. Believe it or not, that is what really happened, according to Hungarian Holocaust survivor Marika Barnett, who spoke to a group of American High School students recently.

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

[The Jews] lived in fear in their house that they would be taken to the Danube and shot. Nazi soldiers came for them on December 27.

“We were terrified. We were only allowed to take a little suitcase… At gunpoint we were running in front of (Nazis).”

However these were not real Nazis. They were two Jewish boys pretending to be Nazi soldiers. They brought them to a special building SS Lt. Colonel Kurt Becher had set aside to house 1000 Jews in the hopes that he would be given leniency at the end of the war.

For money and for signatures that later helped them when they were put on trial, some of the German SS officers saved Jews from the Hungarian Nazis.

Here is what really happened:  Hitler had given his permission in December 1942 to release Jews, from the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp, for ransom. On August 21, 1944, three SS officers (Kurt Becher, Max Grüson and Hermann Krumey) who were representing Reichsfürher-SS Heinrich Himmler, and a representative of the Budapest Jews, Rudolf Kastner, met with Saly Mayer, a leading member of the Jewish Community in Switzerland.

The meeting took place in the middle of a bridge at St. Margarethen, on the border between Germany and Switzerland, because Mayer refused to enter Germany and he also did not want the SS men to enter Switzerland, according to Jewish historian Yehuda Bauer.

Becher asked for farm machinery and 10,000 trucks, and in return, he promised to free 318 Hungarian Jews from Bergen-Belsen. In a show of good faith, the train with the 318 Jews was already waiting at the Swiss border. Mayer offered minerals and industry goods instead of the trucks. According to Yehuda Bauer, Becher later claimed that he had persuaded Himmler not to deport the Budapest Jews, and that was why Himmler issued an order to stop the deportation of Hungarian Jews three days later.

A second group of 1,368 Hungarian Jews left the Bergen-Belsen detention camp on December 4, 1944 and entered Switzerland just after midnight on December 7th, according to Yehuda Bauer. Altogether, there was a total of 2,896 Jews released for ransom, including a transport of 1,210 Jews from the Theresienstadt Ghetto who entered Switzerland on February 7, 1945.

After the departure of the second Hungarian transport to Switzerland in December, more transports from Budapest continued to arrive at Bergen-Belsen and the Hungarian section remained in existence there until April 15, 1945 when the camp was voluntarily turned over to the British by Heinrich Himmler. According to Eberhard Kolb, who wrote a book about Bergen-Belsen, it was a transport of Hungarian Jews in February 1945 that bought in the lice that started a typhus epidemic in the camp. The delousing facilities in the camp had been temporarily out of order at that time.

After the Hungarian Jews had entered Switzerland, there were false reports by the Swiss press that the Jews were being ransomed in exchange for asylum for 200 SS officers who were planning to defect. When Hitler heard this news, from Ernst Kaltenbrunner, he ordered all further releases of Jews for ransom to stop.

Marika Barnett also told this story to the American students, as reported in the news article:

On Oct. 15, after a failed attempt of the governor of Hungary to join the Allies, members of the Hungarian Nazi Party took over the government and since by then Jews only lived in Budapest, the Hungarian Nazis went from house to house diligently, day and night and took the Jews to the shore of the Danube.

After they removed their clothes, they tied three people together and with one bullet they shot one person and the other two drowned alongside of them. “We lost many, many friends that way.” Her own parents escaped on the way to the collection centers four times by bribing their escorts.

I previously blogged about Kurt Becher here.

After Marika Barnett gave her talk at the High School, a Holocaust revisionist spoke to the students for an hour, giving the true story of Kurt Becher and the Jews who were saved by being exchanged for goods.

Just kidding.  God forbid that American students should learn both sides of history.  Holocaust survivors are allowed to speak to vulnerable students, telling any lies that they can think of; their stories are never vetted in advance.


  1. It is true that the issues of WW2 are still being discussed and much disagreement still exists. Propaganda on all sides is still going on, some truth is coming out. Thanks for the forum and info. The full story it seems, has yet to be told.

    Comment by Dennis Gannon — March 12, 2018 @ 3:47 pm

  2. I have no idea why do you claim that the holocaust survivor who is talking about the shooting at the Danube, is lying. The shooting of Jews in Budapest is a known fact. Maybe Kurt Becher saved some Jews and helped them to escape, but that does not mean that those events the witness is describing, did not happen.

    Comment by opinionmaker — May 4, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

  3. I have a question : is it a blog to rehabilitate Nazi ideology ? If yes, then without me ! The Holocaust is no hoax, and everyone who stands for the contrary is a criminal and should be duly prosecuted.All the victims of the Nazis deserve respect but there is only lcontempt for the likes of Faurisson, Irving and Co.

    Comment by Bernard — October 23, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    • When I started writing my blog in 2005, I had many subjects, including the Holocaust. Every day, I check my blog stats to see which subjects my readers are interested in. Gradually, I eliminated all subjects, except the Holocaust, because the Holocaust was the only subject that was being read by lots of people.

      To answer your question, this is not a blog to rehabilitate Nazi ideology. It is a blog where readers can discuss history, particularly the history of World War II and the Holocaust.

      You need to find a blog that discusses the Jewish view of history.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 23, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

      • There is a problem with the many who infest The Holocaust arena. They are liars, deniers and hate the Jews!

        Comment by Patrick Dempsey — November 6, 2015 @ 4:16 am

    • Even Eichmann spared some Jews. Look to the Kasztner Train. It doesn’t make these two any less guilty that they are, or Hoess, Himmler, Heydrich or Hitler.

      Comment by Patrick Dempsey — November 6, 2015 @ 4:11 am

  4. Please, if your search for the Factual Truth in The Holocaust is what you require look at:

    The Truth is there, it is Factual, well Documented and has an Integrity borne out of the Remembrance for the 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of Europe. Though we may not find all of the 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of The Holocaust there, we can begin the process of comprehension. This grasp of History will not only lead us toward an understanding of what these Jewish People were forced to endure but it will realign our own Humanity’s appreciation of what all Intolerance’s bring. There will be questions I can answer. There will be questions I will answer. There are obviously questions I will fail to acknowledge. But the Truth does not require any question which does not expect the Integrity or the Veracity that is drawn from within The Holocaust! The major disconnect between what We know, and what we espouse to come to terms with, has been confined in and amongst the many fine individuals lost to us all within the Catastrophe which is 6,000,000 Murdered Jewish lives. The responses I give are my own. The answers given belong to others, better qualified, more appreciative of what needs to be said and more able to deliver other than what they saw, what they witnessed and what they too endured. These are the Survivors and without them, The Holocaust would be a Document borne along by perpetrator evidence, witness testimony and the still urgent need to Remember the 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of Europe. might too easily be forgotten if Their Truth had not emerged. Any document requires its own mix of direct Testimony, corroborated evidence and the will of the guilty to admit their wrong doing.

    Patrick Dempsey

    Comment by Patrick Dempsey — February 26, 2015 @ 6:40 am

  5. There should exist a Holocaust university for ‘survivors’ with acting and ‘history’ lessons and those ‘survivors’ should be allowed to speak only after they have their diploma. That would prevent so many ‘Holocaust survivors’ from ridiculing the official Holocaust narrative every time they open their mouths. 😉

    Comment by hermie — June 16, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    • There should be a law against Holocaust lying. Only then would the survivors bother to look up the actual history before telling their lies to young students.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 16, 2013 @ 10:23 am

      • There is a Law against lying! It is both defamation and libel! As for what the denier chooses to do! Lie! Deceive and alter History to an agenda that is anti-Semitic and hate filled! We have not arrived at that in all Country’s. Where there’s a will there is a way! 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of Europe should expect nothing less!

        Comment by Patrick Dempsey — February 26, 2015 @ 6:39 am

    • There is a Holocaust University for Survivors! It is called Life! Their life is our future should we choose to learn the lessons of their Survival!

      Comment by Patrick Dempsey — February 26, 2015 @ 6:33 am

  6. This ‘survivor’ says in the article:-

    ‘ … I am one of the 10 percent who survived.” ‘

    Didn’t the Israelis say about 5 or 10 years ago that there were 1 million ‘survivors’ still alive? And if there were, how many millions were alive at the end of the war?

    And if this liar was one of the 10 percent who survived, how many tens of millions of Jews were there 80 years ago?

    Comment by DB — June 15, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    • If you’d care to look at the official figures for those Jews sought out by The Wannsee Conference, 11,293,300 Jews of Europe were sought out for Slaughter. That said! The Fact that 6,000,000 of these Jews were Murdered would suggest that 5,293,300 Jews of that target Survived!

      Comment by Patrick Dempsey — February 26, 2015 @ 6:36 am

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