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September 4, 2013

The inefficient way the Final Solution was conducted — Dutch girl gassed at Sobibor

Today, I read this headline on an article in the online newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward: Dutch City Unveils Memorial to Helga Deen, Jewish Holocaust Victim Teen Diarist Was 18 When She Died at Sobibor

Photo of Arbeit Macht Frie gate

Photo of Arbeit Macht Frie gate appears to have been taken at Theresienstadt

Sign over the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

Sign over the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

The  first photo above accompanied the article in The Jewish Daily Forward.  The second photo was taken at the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt.  The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was on an interior gate at Theresienstadt.  The full picture below shows that this sign was over an interior gate into a prison, where the prisoners had a chance to be released.

The Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

The Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

The slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” has become an icon of the Holocaust, although this sign was only used at places where prisoners had a chance to be released, never on the gate into a death camp. Now that we have established that the photo, which accompanied the story, has nothing whatsoever to do with Sobibor, the death camp where Helga Deen was allegedly gassed.

Here is the story that was published by The Jewish Daily Forward:

The Jewish community of Tilburg in the Netherlands unveiled a statue commemorating Helga Deen, a teenage Jewish diarist who died in a concentration camp 70 years ago. The Liberal Jewish Community of Tilburg unveiled the monument in memory of Deen on Monday in partnership with a neighborhood association, the Dutch daily Brabants Dagblad reported Monday. The city of Tilburg also has named the square where the statue was erected for Deen, who was killed at 18 in a gas chamber at the Sobibor death camp in 1943. Her German mother, Dutch father and 15-year-old brother, Klaus, also were killed there. Unlike the teen Dutch-Jewish diarist Anne Frank, who wrote about her life in hiding in Amsterdam, Deen’s diary was about her monthlong stay as a prisoner in the Vught camp. From there she was shipped to Westerbork, another Dutch concentration camp, and then to Sobibor in Poland. Frank also was incarcerated at Westerbork; she died at 15 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. [Wrong:  Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen. Anne Frank was a German Jew.] Approximately 75 percent of Holland’s Jewish population of 140,000 died in the Holocaust, according to the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem. During her stay in Vught, Deen also wrote to her fiance, Kees van den Berg. Her letters to him were found after van den Berg’s death by his son, who gave them to a local archive along with the diary that Deen sent to van den Berg from the camp. Deen’s writings appeared in a book published in 2007.

Note that Helga Deen sent her diary to her fiance “from the camp.”  Which camp?  From Westerbork?

I can’t imagine the Germans saying to the victims at Sobibor: “If any of you have a diary that you want to send back to Holland, please hand it to one of the Sonderkommando Jews, so that we can wrap it up and put the proper postage on it.” Why would Helga Deen have been sent all the way from Holland to Sobibor, which was a death camp in what is now Poland?

Helga, as well as everyone else in her family, was capable of working.  Why wasn’t Helga put to work digging anti-tank ditches for the German army?

Why did she have to be sent miles away to be killed, when she could have just been shot at the Westerbork camp?

The 34,000 Dutch Jews, who were sent to Sobibor, arrived in 19 passenger trains, according to Toivi Blatt, a survivor of Sobibor.

Meanwhile, German citizens were riding around in cattle cars, because there were not enough passenger trains available during the war.

As we can see, the Final Solution, which was the genocide of the Jews, was handled in a way that was the height of inefficiency — so unlike the German people, who are obsessed with doing everything the RIGHT WAY.

I am going to send a package to the Jews in Siberia this year at Hanukkah, in case Helga Deen is still alive.


  1. “Maybe this diary will be a disappointment to you because it doesn’t contain facts,” Helga wrote in the diary to Kees.

    Has a better summary of the Holocaust ever been written?

    Comment by Eager For Answers — September 6, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    • Thanks for the link. I read this in the article: “Helga and her family were deported to Sobibor concentration camp in German-occupied Poland, where they are recorded as having died on 16 July 1943.” I didn’t know that deaths were recorded at Sobibor. Were these deaths in a gas chamber that were recorded?

      Comment by furtherglory — September 6, 2013 @ 7:27 am

      • I didn’t know that deaths were recorded at Sobibor.

        C’mon furtherglory, of course they were recorded. Who can believe the Germans, of all people, would have failed to record everything down to the tiniest details under their administration.

        You bet such records are kept deep in the vaults of Yad Vashem; only they tell a slightly different story that the one concocted by those haters against humanity.

        Comment by Eager For Answers — September 8, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

        • If records of the deaths at Sobibor were kept, how come the number of Jews who were gassed there is unknown?

          This quote is from Wikipedia:
          Begin quote:
          Situated near the rural county’s only major town of Włodawa (called Wolzek by the Germans).[2] Jews from Poland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union, possibly as well as some non-Jewish Soviet POWs, were transported to Sobibór by rail and suffocated in gas chambers fed by the exhaust of large petrol engines. One source states that up to 200,000 people were murdered at Sobibór.[3] Sobibór survivor Thomas Blatt later wrote that “In the Hagen court proceedings against former Sobibór Nazis, Professor Wolfgang Scheffler, who served as an expert, estimated the total figure of murdered Jews at a minimum of 250,000.”[4]
          End quote

          Note that the “gas chambers [were] fed by the exhaust of large petrol engines.” Why didn’t they set up some real gas chambers, instead of using the exhaust from “large petrol engines”? So inefficient! Better yet, why not take to Jews to Lublin to be gassed in some real gas chambers, which used Zyklon-B?

          Sorry, but I don’t think that records of the deaths at Sobibor were kept.

          Comment by furtherglory — September 8, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

          • More than often, the Holocaust seems to have been implemented using cheap and let’s admit it, stupid solutions which would have been undoubtedly the preferred choice of shtetl Jews rather than Germans.

            I wonder why.

            Comment by Eager For Answers — September 8, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  2. hermie wrote:-

    “two airtight cells where the victims were suffocated”

    I’m going to devote a few hours of my time today laughing at that classic. Maybe a few years ago the gullible war-weary may have believed that, but today it’s just pathetic.

    Just goes to show that when it comes to those beastly Nazis you have the freedom to invent anything you like….and it will be believed. Unless of course you don’t believe it, then you’re labelled a racist bigot and spreader of hate

    Comment by DB — September 4, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    • DB wrote: “I’m going to devote a few hours of my time today laughing at that classic. Maybe a few years ago the gullible war-weary may have believed that, but today it’s just pathetic.”

      Don’t suffocate while you’re laughing at that one. 😉

      Ironically when the British propagandists intensified their atrocity propaganda campaign, they complained that the people were less gullible than they were during WW1.

      February 29, 1944 letter to the BBC & higher members of the British clergy, from the British Ministry of Information:

      “We know the methods of rule employed by the Bolshevik dictator in Russia itself […] We know how the Red Army behaved in Poland in 1920 and in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Galicia and Bessarabia only recently.

      We must, therefore, take into account how the Red Army will certainly behave when it overruns Central Europe. […]

      We cannot reform the Bolsheviks but we can do our best to save them — and ourselves — from the consequences of their acts. The disclosures of the past quarter of a century will render mere denials unconvincing. The only alternative to denial is to distract public attention from the whole subject.

      Experience has shown that the best distraction is atrocity propaganda directed against the enemy. Unfortunately the public is no longer so susceptible as in the days of the “Corpse Factory,” and the “Mutilated Belgian Babies,” and the “Crucified Canadians.” [WW1 anti-German atrocity propaganda]

      Your cooperation is therefore earnestly sought to distract public attention from the doings of the Red Army by your wholehearted support of various charges against the Germans and Japanese which have been and will be put into circulation by the Ministry.

      Your expression of belief in such may convince others. […]”

      Source: “Allied Wartime Diplomacy: A Pattern in Poland” by Edward J. Rozek

      Comment by hermie — September 5, 2013 @ 2:43 am

  3. FG wrote: “Why did she have to be sent miles away to be killed, when she could have just been shot at the Westerbork camp?”

    …or suffocated at the Vught camp (Holland). According to the Allied propagandists there were ‘suffocation rooms’ – “two airtight cells where the victims were suffocated” – in that Dutch camp. death camp&searchLimits= death camp&searchLimits= death camp&searchLimits= gas chambers&searchLimits=

    (Note the Holocaust-like narrative – Death/Murder camp, suffocation in special rooms, gold fillings removed, crematories for the suffocated victims, mean dogs…)

    …or maybe gassed at the Breendonck camp (Antwerp, Belgium). When they liberated that camp, the Allies claimed they had just found a “gas chamber for slaughter”, a “Death chamber”, a “Memorial to Bestiality” there. Now the Allied propagandists had evidence for their atrocity propaganda about the Nazi ‘gas chambers’ and for the Vrba-Wetzler report they were about to publish (written in April 1944 and published in November 1944). How convenient… 😉 (24 October 1944)

    “Contrary to popular belief, there were never any gas chambers at Fort Breendonk.” –

    Comment by hermie — September 4, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    • The next to last link, which you gave in your comment, shows a photo of ovens at Majdanek with burned bodies in front of them. I have this photo on my website at

      I wrote about the burned bodies and the ovens at Majdanek in this blog post:

      It is my belief that the prisoners from the Gestapo prison in Lublin were brought to the Majdanek camp by the Soviets and killed. The crematorium building was then burned down by the Soviets. The Soviets then claimed that the Germans had killed the prisoners and burned down the crematorium, which has since been reconstructed.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 5, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      • Burned down by the Germans or by the Soviets, anyway that’s not difficult to understand why the Nazis dismantled the Auschwitz crematoria before leaving when you see the type of atrocity pictures used against them after the liberation of Majdanek. We’re often told the Nazis destroyed their homicidal ‘gas chambers’ at Birkenau in order to hide their crimes while they in fact dismantled the huge crematory buildings they had at Birkenau in order to prevent the Allied propagandists from demonizing them with atrocity pictures of crematory ovens once again. Ironically the Birkenau half-underground ‘gas chambers’ were the rooms which were the less damaged rooms in the dismantled Birkenau crematoria.

        Comment by hermie — September 6, 2013 @ 5:49 am

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