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August 19, 2013

Edward D. Royce took photos at Dachau that “have long served as rebuttal to Holocaust deniers”

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:15 pm

Edward D. Royce is the father of Republican Congressman Ed R. Royce.  In the news today is an article in the Orange County Register, about Edward D. Royce, which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the news article in the online Orange County [California] Register:

Former Stanton Mayor Edward D. Royce, whose photographs of corpses at the Dachau concentration camp have long served as rebuttal to Holocaust deniers, was honored Monday with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Distinguished Service Award for his role in helping liberate the camp when he was an Army private.

Royce, father of Republican Congressman Ed R. Royce, took the podium at the Museum of Tolerance ceremony and recalled being among the first liberating forces to arrive at the camp on April 29, 1945.

So Edward D. Royce was one of the American soldiers who arrived at Dachau on April 29, 1945, the day that the camp was surrendered to American soldiers under a white flag of truce.  That means that he was either with the 45th Division or the 42nd Division, the two outfits that are credited with liberating the Dachau camp.  I did a quick check on the internet to determine which outift he was with and found this website:

This quote, regarding the military service of Edward D. Royce is from the website, cited above:

Branch of Service:
Unit of Service:
3rd Field Artillery Observation Battalion

Oops! This means that Edward D. Royce was not at Dachau on the day that the camp was liberated.  He might have been among the soldiers who were brought in trucks to see the camp, long after it was liberated.

This quote from the Orange County Register tells about what Edward D. Royce saw at Dachau:

“I saw heaps of clothes in front of the building with bad – German for bath – painted on the door, the shower heads that pumped deadly gas instead of water, the room filled halfway to the ceiling with naked bodies and the room with ovens for burning the bodies,” said Royce, 88. […]

Royce’s black-and-white photos, taken with a camera borrowed from his brother, documented the ovens and corpses at the camp. An estimated 6 million Jews were killed during World War II, and an estimated 30,000 prisoners died at Dachau, including deaths from extermination, disease, starvation and suicide.

I did an Image search on Google and found this page for Edward D. Royce:

I found only one photo of Dachau in the search results for Edward D. Royce, and it is not a photo that was taken by any of the American soldiers.

The photo, which is shown below, was one of the pictures in a packet of photos that were available for purchase when the U.S. soldiers were brought to Dachau in trucks, long after liberation day, so that they could go home and tell their relatives that they had participated in the liberation of Dachau.

Photo that was available for purchase at Dachau

Photo from Google Image search results for Edward D. Royce

The photo, from the Image search, has been cropped so that it does not show the logo that is in the bottom left hand corner. This is supposed to be a photo, taken by Edward D. Royce at Dachau.

I have the same photo on this page of my website.  The photo below shows the full picture before it was cropped.

Photo taken long after Dachau was liberated was available for sale

Photo, taken long after Dachau was liberated, was available for sale

Notice the logo in the lower left hand corner. This photo was taken long after the Dachau camp was liberated.

A small Museum was set up by the former prisoners at Dachau, shortly after the camp was liberated.  On this page of my website, you can see a photo of the original small museum that was set up by the prisoners.

So it appears that another “liar, liar, pants on fire,” has been caught lying about his role in the liberation of Dachau.


  1. Also, notice it is only one body being cremated. Some have tried to claim they did 2 or 3 or even 4 at a time. Do the math next. How long does it take to cremate a body, per Google TODAY, let alone with WW2 furnaces. Well, then, you now know it was impossible to cremate as many as the liars claim. That is the weakest point of the holohoax story and exposes so many of the “survivor” stories as liars.

    Comment by Dennis Gannon — March 13, 2018 @ 9:02 am

  2. Perhaps you should dig a little deeper and verify the facts:

    Central European Artillery Unit Mission served at a home base in Europe, while sending out “FIELD SQUADRONS” to various Army Division campaign locations. Edward Dudley Royce, Jr aka Ed Royce, Sr (in reference to California Congressman Edward Randall Royce, (Jr.), most certainly was there. The photos are not published, they are on display at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum.

    The 3rd Battalion 16th Field Artillery is a field artillery battalion in the United States Army. The unit’s nickname is “Rolling Thunder” and their motto is “Macte Nova Virtute” (Go Forth With New Strength). The 16th Field Artillery Regiment has a very distinguished history. During World War II the 16th Artillery served in Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.

    Click to access eto-062.pdf

    Exodus 20:16

    Comment by EMR — February 1, 2016 @ 10:37 am

  3. The conventional Holocaust narrative as conspiracy theory:

    Now, when we turn to Holocaust scholarship, do we find a narrative centered on covert machinations and some vastly interwoven skein of surreptitiously issued directives? Indeed we do. Only instead of being evident in the outline of the revisionist critique, as Michael Shermer would have us believe, such features actually constitute the salient core of the dominant extermination-by-killing-machine narrative that we find in movies and textbooks.

    When hard evidence of gas chambers collapses under scrutiny, we’re next assured that those preternaturally resourceful Nazis covered their tracks at all turns—that the archived blueprints for showers and shelters were gas chamber plans in subterfuge, that extermination orders were concealed under an elaborate euphemistic code, that budgetary allocations are slyly nested under the copious camouflage of quotidian expense reports, work orders, and so on. It’s all right there in Walter’s Laquer’s The Terrible Secret, or in just about any standard history you care to pick up in the Holocaust studies section of your local Barnes & Noble—all the hallmarks of conspiracy theory surreally accorded the stature of a master narrative.

    Comment by fnn — August 20, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    • The only revolt known in the history of Mauthausen and its sub-camps took place in Ebensee a few days before the liberation when a transport from Nordhausen, Amstetten, Schlier and Neuengamme had inmate strength to more than 30,000. At roll call, the Commandant ordered them to file into one of the tunnels, in which an old locomotive packed with explosives had been lodged. The prisoners, to a man, blankly refused. The SS guards were paralysed with indecision. The hordes of humans swayed and murmured. For the first time since their arrest, the prisoners who were not already dying saw the possibility that they might just survive the war. Understandably, they neither wished to be blown up in the tunnel, nor mown down by SS machine-guns for refusing. But they knew that in these last days, many of the SS had left and had been replaced by Volksdeutsche. A quick consultation with some of his command made it clear to the Commandant that they too were reluctant either force the men into the tunnel, or to shoot them down. With the war all but over, they were thinking of the future, and the punishment they would receive for the slaughter of so many human beings was something they still wished – even with their already stained hands – to avoid. And so the prisoners won the day

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — August 20, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

  4. Very nice detective work FG. But regardless of who took the photo, I wonder what does the Orange Country Register’s Martin Wisckol believe it proves.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — August 19, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    • Off topic, but I’m sure you’ll be interested to hear: Malthausen sub-camp Ebensee had a homicidal gas chamber too.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — August 19, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      • Thanks for the link. I have written a new blog post about Ebensee, which I just put up today.

        Comment by furtherglory — August 20, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    • The photo proves that bodies were cremated at Dachau, until they ran out of coal. They were cremated, instead of being buried, in an attempt to prevent disease.

      After the Germans ran out of coal at Dachau, the bodies had to be buried up on a hill so as not to contaminate the ground water.

      The photo was one of a series of posed photos, taken after the camp was liberated. A packet of photos was available for purchase by the soldiers, who were brought to the camp long after it was liberated.

      American soldiers were not permitted to carry cameras. The few soldiers, who had a camera, were carrying a camera that they had liberated from a German soldier. The German soldiers were encouraged to carry cameras. It was very difficult to get film during World War II, even in America. All the film was being used by the Armies.

      American soldiers who took photos in Europe had no way to develop the film. They had to send the film back to the USA for development. Even in America, film had to be sent by mail to a lab for development.

      For all these reasons, I don’t believe that this man took photos at Dachau.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 20, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

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