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October 17, 2013

French citizens were gassed in Oradour-sur-Glane massacre, according to German newspaper, The Local

Center of Memory at Oradour-sur-Glane

Center of Memory at Oradour-sur-Glane with the ruined village in the background

A German newspaper for English speakers has an article about German President Joaquin Glauck’s visit to the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane; he is the first German official to be granted the right to visit the “Martyred Village” where 642 innocent French victims were killed in a massacre on June 10, 1944.

President of Germany on a recent visit to Oradour-sur-Glane

President of Germany on a recent visit to Oradour-sur-Glane

This quote is from an article in The Land newspaper, which you can read in full here:

Gauck is the first German leader to visit Oradour-sur-Glane, where ruins from the war have been preserved as a memorial to the dead. They include a church where women and children were locked in, before toxic gas was released and the building set on fire.

My photo of the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane church

My photo of the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane church

Oradour-sur-Glane church as it looked before the fire

Oradour-sur-Glane church as it looked before the fire

Oradour-sur-Glane was a French village where German soldiers carried out a reprisal action during World War II.  I have blogged at length about the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane, including this blog post.

You can read the official story of the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane on my website here.

This quote is from the official story on my website:

The authors of the booklet, “Oradour-sur-Glane, A Vision of Horror,” point out that what was most striking about the destruction of the village was “the methodical, systematic and even scientific manner in which it was perpetrated.” As the booklet explains, “The German insistence in asking whether there were any munitions dumps was evidently a step of prudence which may be explained by the desire to protect against explosions which the fire might cause and of which they might be the first victims.”

The SS soldiers brought with them all the equipment necessary to destroy the village including bombs, grenades, cartridges, and incendiary bombs, a collection of modern weapons which the authors call “the last word in science and progress!”

According to the authors, “An asphyxiating gas container intended for the liquidation of the unfortunate victims in the church was specially brought in by lorry.” In the opinion of the authors, “The Germans have distinguished themselves from other peoples by their delirious taste for torture, death and blood.” The official story is that the German beasts made plans in advance to gas the women and children and to carry out this terrible crime in the sanctity of a church.

Bodies found in Oradour-sur-Glane church

Body parts found in the Oradour-sur-Glane church

Unburned bodies found in the church appear to be the victims of an explosion.

The lone survivor of the church was a woman named Madame Rouffanche, who testified for the prosecution during the 1953 military tribunal at Bordeaux.

This quote is from her testimony, as published in the Official Publication:

“Shoved together in the holy place, we became more and more worried as we awaited the end of the preparations being made for us. At about 4 p.m. some soldiers, about 20 years old placed a sort of bulky box in the nave, near the choir, from which strings were lit and the flames passed to the apparatus which suddenly produced a strong explosion with dense, black, suffocating smoke billowing out. The women and children, half choked and screaming with fright rushed towards the parts of the church where the air was still breathable.”

According to Madame Rouffanche, the only witness, who was inside the church and survived, the so-called “toxic gas” was actually “dense, black, suffocating smoke billowing out.”  It was NOT cyanide gas, nor any other kind of gas.

As for the alleged fire in the church, one whole side of the church had no damage from a fire, nor from smoke.

The photo below shows the unburned confessional inside the church.

Confessional inside the Oradour-sur-Glane did not burn

Confessional inside the Oradour-sur-Glane church did not burn

Side altar in Oradour-sur-Glane church as no smoke or fire damage

Side altar in Oradour-sur-Glane church has no smoke or fire damage

Close-up of side altar in Oradour-sur-Glane church has no smoke or fire damage

Close-up of side altar in Oradour-sur-Glane church has no smoke or fire damage

The French have hated the Germans for centuries.  Their derogatory term for a German is Boche.  I hope that the French were able to show at least a little respect for the German leader that they finally invited to see the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane after almost 70 years of lies about the the town.

The massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane was a REPRISAL, which was legal during World War II. According to international law during World War II, under the Geneva Convention of 1929, it was legal to violate the laws of war by responding with a reprisal against civilians in order to stop guerrilla actions that were against international law.  Civilians in Oradour-sur-Glane were fighting as illegal combatants, and this is why the Germans did a reprisal in order to stop them.  The reprisal worked since the illegal fighting stopped after the massacre.

There are two sides to every story.  You can read both sides of the Oradour-sur-Glane story on my website at

October 16, 2013

The debate about “Israel’s right to exist”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:56 am

Someone asked me if I believe that “Israel has the right to exist.”  Wow!  What a loaded question!!!  As regular viewers of my blog may have noticed, I have never written anything about Israel.  I don’t know enough about the subject to write about it.

Map of Israel

Map of Israel

I did a google search to find the answer to the question: “Does Israel have the right to exist?”

I found what I consider to be an excellent essay on the subject of Israel’s right to exist at

Then I did a search on “Does Palestine have a right to exist?” and found this excellent essay entitled “Excuse me, But Israel Has No Right to Exist.”

According to Wikipedia, “As of 27 September 2013, 133 (68.9%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine.”

It seems to me that the main argument with regard to Israel’s Right to Exist is that, in case there is another Holocaust, the Jews need a place to go.  Remember the Evian Conference?  You can read about it here, on the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Throughout history, the Jews have been expelled from many countries, e.g. England in 1290 and Spain in 1492.  The Jews need some place to go if they are ever expelled again.  The Palestinians will just have to “suck it up.”

Before the “Land of Israel” was given to the Jews, there was a plan to establish a homeland for the Jews in Uganda, but this fell through.

Remember the 1960 movie Exodus, starring Paul Newman.  I couldn’t understand this movie.  Why were the British trying to keep the Jews out of Palestine?  Paul Newman is Jewish.  What’s not to like?

October 15, 2013

New documentary film about Klara Wizel, a Holocaust survivor who escaped from Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:02 pm

You can read all about Klara Wizel’s new book at

You can hear Danny Naten, the man who made a documentary film of Klara’s story, speak at

This quote is from the website, which gives a synopsis of the Klara’s book:

As the Russian front approaches, Mengele and the Nazi’s selection process speed up. Klara finds herself sick, weak, tired and not able to eat. Naked, she is brought before Mengele, a tall Rock Hudson-handsome man who ideally would have been asking for her hand instead of deciding her fate. Klara was wowed by his presence and hardly realized that Mengele had deemed her unfit and sentenced her to die [in] the gas chamber. As Klara is taken away with approximately seventy other women her sisters Hedy and Rose scream and cry as she is dragged off, for they know this is her death.
Yet, somehow sick and dying on a snowy night, now 17 year old Klara Wizel not only escaped the gas chamber, but she also smuggles herself out of Auschwitz. She’s the only Holocaust survivor of record to ever escape Dr. Josef Mengele’s selection process. Her escape and journey through war torn Europe to get back home to her small home town of Sighet is one of the most inspiring stories of that time.

Whoa! Did you catch that?  Klara is from Sighet, a town in Transylvania (Romania), which is also the home town of Elie Wiesel.  She pronounces her name Vee-Zell, the same as Elie Wiesel.  What a coincidence!

This quote is from Wikipedia:

According to the 1910 census, the city [Sighet] had 21,370 inhabitants; these consisted of 17,542 (82.1%) Hungarian speakers, 2,002 (9.4%) Romanian, 1,257 (5.9%) German, and 32 Ruthenian speakers.

Klara is now 84 years old, and she is just now telling her story to a documentary film maker, and writing a book.  Eli Wiesel does not speak Hungarian, and Klara Wizel probably doesn’t speak Hungarian either.

According to Klara’s story, she arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau at night and went through a selection by Dr. Mengele immediately.  She describes Dr. Mengele as being Rock Hudson-handsome, tall and thin.

Wait a minute!  Dr. Mengele was TALL? Not compared to most German men, and not compared to Rock Hudson.

The photo below shows Dr. Mengele standing alongside other SS men at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  He is the shortest one of the bunch.

Dr. Mengele is the man on the far right, holding a cigarette at chest height

Dr. Mengele is the man on the far right, holding a cigarette at chest height

The gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

The gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp has a glass window in the door

An old black and white photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber, to which Dr. Mengele allegedly sent Klara, is shown in a preview of the documentary. My color photo above, taken in 1998, shows the same view of the gas chamber, which is in the main Auschwitz camp, not the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  Did Dr. Mengele send her to the main camp to be gassed?  Or did Klara get mixed up in her story?

Did Klara escape the gas chamber by breaking the glass in the door and opening the door?  You will have to buy the book to find out.

To get back to the beginning of Klara’s story, this quote is from the start of the description of her book:

At the tender age of 16, Klara Wizel had a picturesque life with a loving and supportive family. There was no way to know that the Holocaust was creeping toward her and that soon this young Hungarian Jew would be fighting for her life due to the most notorious doctor of the 20th century, Dr. Josef Mengele.
Swept up in a week long deportation process along with fifteen thousand other Hungarian Jews, Klara and her family arrive on cold night at the infamous Auschwitz/Berkenau concentration camp after a three day journey with no food or water. There she and her family would first meet Josef Mengele who would later become known as the Great Selector.
That night Mengele selected Klara’s mother Frida, father Icik her older sister Ancy and younger brother Mortho to die in the gas chamber sending the adolescent Klara and two of her sisters Hedy and Rose to be housed like animals in the women’s barracks of Auschwitz. Dr. Mengele, who was in charge of the women’s barracks, would become the chief provider for the gas chambers and order gruesome experiments on children that often maimed or killed his Jewish subjects. Like a blood hound, Mengele, also known as the murderer in white, searched out those who were too old or too sick to survive his cruel science and those who served no purpose to the Nazi regime. As Klara Wizel would later say, “Day or night you never knew when he would show, the ovens were always burning around the clock.”

Note that Klara called Dr. Mengele the “Great Selector” and the “chief provider.”  There were 30 doctors who did the selections at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but Dr. Mengele is the most famous of the 30 doctors.

In her book entitled Five Chimneys, Lengyel wrote that Dr. Fritz Klein was the “Chief Selector.” But what does she know? Dr. Klein was also known for having “nice manners,” so Dr. Mengele and Dr. Klein might have been mixed up by the prisoners.

Dr. Fritz Klein was put on trial by the British for his crime of selecting prisoners for the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Dr. Fritz Klein was put on trial by the British for his crime of selecting prisoners for the gas chamber at Auschwitz

I wonder if Klara has a tattoo?  Like Eli, another survivor with a last name that is pronounced Vee-Zell, maybe she somehow got by without being tattooed.

Klara’s description of Dr. Mengele does not ring true. He was not as handsome as Rock Hudson.  He was more “handsome is as handsome does,” meaning that he was very charming.  All of the survivors described him as a man who had “nice manners,” and as a caring person, who was particularly nice to the children, bringing them chocolates and hair ribbons.

You can read more about Dr. Josef Mengele at

The Klara Wizel Story has a facebook page at

Famous Holocaust survivor Irene Zisblatt also has a facebook page at

October 14, 2013

Hair that was shaved from the heads of Jews at Auschwitz was made into human hairnets, according to Auschwitz tour guide

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:50 pm
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In one of the Museum buildings, in the former Auschwitz main camp, there is a display of human hair that was taken from the heads of the Jews whom had allegedly been gassed.

You can clearly see, in the photo below, that the hair, in Block 4 of the Auschwitz Museum, has been subjected to Zyklon-B poison gas.  One blond braid looks like it came from the head of a German girl, and it has not been subjected to Zyklon-B gas.

Human hair in display case at Auschwitz Photo Credit: Lukasz Trzcinski

Human hair in display case at Auschwitz
Photo Credit: Lukasz Trzcinski

When I first visited Auschwitz in 1998, I could not get close enough to take a photo of the human air in a glass case because there was a steady stream of tourists blocking my view. When I returned in 2005, there were signs saying that photographs were not allowed.  So I had to use the photo above, which I copied from another website.  It was taken by a Polish photographer who had plenty of time to get this photo after the hordes of tourists had left.

This quote is from a news article about British students on a one-day HET trip to Auschwitz:

A guide at Auschwitz for more than 20 years, Ms Zak told MM: “We expect various people’s reactions and we learn to deal with it. I have learned not to take it too personal and not to take it home. You can’t take it home.”

Nevertheless, she had a perspective of bleak honesty.

“Your great grandparents could have been wearing nets made of hair from camp victims,” she said.

The majority of people that were killed at Auschwitz were women and children, usually younger than 14. Why? Because women could not work like men, and though the children may have managed, how could she leave them behind? Look at the woman on this picture. How could she leave seven children behind?

“This could have been your grandparents.”

In my humble opinion, it is the height of audacity for a tour guide to tell gullible teens that the Nazis cut the hair from prisoners in order to sell the hair for making hair nets.

Would it have killed this tour guide to tell these 14-year-old children that the hair was cut from the heads of the incoming prisoners in an attempt to prevent typhus which is spread by lice, that hides in the hair?

The hair in the glass case at Auschwitz has obviously been disinfected with Zyklon-B AFTER it was cut from the heads of incoming prisoners.

According to an Auschwitz Museum guide book, entitled Auschwitz 1940 – 1945, which was first published in 1995, the Soviet Army found about 7,000 kilograms of human hair, packed in paper bags, when they liberated the camp. This was only a fraction of the hair cut from the heads of the Jews at Auschwitz; the rest of the hair had been sent to the Alex Zink company in Bavaria to be made into various products.

I don’t think that one of the products that was made from the human hair, taken from the Jews at Auschwitz, was hair nets.  After being disinfected with Zyklon-B, the hair would have been worthless for making human hair nets.

The following quote is from the book Auschwitz 1940 – 1945:

The analysis of the hair found in the camp, made by the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Crackow, is given below:

“Analysis of hair has shown the presence of hydrogen cyanide, a poisonous ingredient proper to compounds known as cyclons.”

Human hair does not normally deteriorate with age. Auschwitz survivors say that the hair in the large glass display case was cut from the heads of the victims after they were killed with Zyklon-B in the gas chambers.  According to Holocaust historians, this display is evidence that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz.

The picture below shows a glass display case in Block 4. There is a little bit of hair, including some that is braided, and two bolts of cloth that were made from hair combined with other material, according to my tour guide.

Cloth made from human hair at Auschwitz

Cloth made from human hair at Auschwitz

This quote is also from the news article about the HET trip for British students:

The infamous concentration camp sign which reads ‘arbeit macht frei’ (‘work sets you free’) is only a stone’s throw away, while symmetrical buildings flanked by systematic and compulsively arranged paths have a haunting purposefulness to them.

So it was not enough for the Nazis to murder 6 million Jews, they had to build “symmetrical buildings” and “compulsively arrange paths” to irritate the Jews 70 years after the war.

My photo below shows the symmetrical buildings along compulsively arranged paths. Oh, the Humanity!

Compulsivey arranged path through Auschwitz camp

Compulsively arranged path through Auschwitz with symmetrical buildings on each side

The guard tower in the background of my photo above is shown in the news article about the HET tour.  This indicates to me that the students were led down the path in the photo above, so this is probably the compulsively arranged path, flanked by the symmetrical buildings.

How cruel the Nazis were!  Would it have killed them to remodel the camp with winding paths and asymmetric buildings, so as not to offend the Jews?

The quote from the news article continues with this:

This is a place that was built to not only house misery, but to manufacture it on a scale never seen before.

No, the Auschwitz main camp was NOT built to house misery, but rather, it was built to house farm laborers. There were 22 buildings in the original Auschwitz farm labor camp, which was built in 1916; fourteen of the buildings were only one story high. The Nazis remodeled them into two story buildings with attic space.

Auschwitz was chosen as the site of the farm labor camp because it was the largest railroad hub in Europe. Laborers could be sent on trains to any place in Europe, to harvest the crops.  That is the same reason that Auschwitz was chosen by the Nazis for a TRANSIT  camp.  I previous wrote about Auschwitz being a railroad hub on this blog post.

How is it that an Auschwitz tour guide, with 20 years experience, didn’t know that?

Carla Cohn wrote “My Nine Lives” after surviving Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Mauthausen

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:45 am

Carla Cohn was a small child, living in Berlin, with her prominent Jewish family, when she was sent, along with her sister and her parents to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, the best of all places, to which the Jews were sent, during the Holocaust.

Building L410 for young girls at Theresienstadt

Building L410 for young girls, ages 8 to 16, at Theresienstadt

I have blogged several times about Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, who is the subject of a new film by Claude Lanzman, the man who made the 9 and 1/2 hour film entitled Shoah. Lanzman interviewed Dr. Mermelstein at great length at the time that he was recording testimony from many Holocaust survivors for Shoah, but the interview ended up on the cutting room floor. Lanzman’s new film features the interview with Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein.

Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein was at Theresienstadt from Sept. 27, 1944 until May 5, 1945, so Carla Cohn was not at Theresienstadt during the time that he was there.  In spite of this, Ms. Cohn calls him Murmelschwein in her book. (In German, the word Schwein means pig; this is the worst insult possible in German, sometimes the insult is given as Schweinehund.)

My previous blog posts, about Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, which you can read here and here have generated a lot of comments, including this comment made by Herbert Stolpmann, who has his own blog at

This quote is from a comment made by Herbert Stolpmann:

… Carla Cohn has [this] to say of Dr. Wolf Murmelstein’s late father in her book ‘MY NINE LIVES’:

…The next Judenrat (Jewish Administration Advisor) was a Rabi, Benjamin Murmelstein, generally referred to as ‘Murmelschwein’ (pig). He was generally disliked and distrusted. Rumour had it, that being in charge of the deportation lists, he would substitute a name on the list for a price.

This ancient rumour has been confirmed to me rather poignantly when the past came to haunt me here in Rome a few years ago. I received a phone call by a man I did not know who insisted to come and see me regarding an important Terezin [Theresienstadt,sic] matter. He would not give his name over the phone. I was unable to refuse since it had to do with Terezin. I found myself face to face with an obviously very distressed man who introduced himself as Rabbi Murmelstein’s son!

His father has died recently but the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Toaff, would not permit a Jewish burial for his father. The son was contacting all surviving Terezin ghetto inmates to ask them to give positive testimony for his father, so that he could be buried as a Jew in honour…

I did a search on My Nine Lives and found that parts of the book can be read online. Ms. Cohn wrote her book in the German language, but I decided to read the English translation.  From my limited understanding of the German language, I was able to deduce that her writing style is very good, but I elected to read the English version, so that I would not misunderstand the meaning of her words.

These quotes are from pages 68 and 69 of her book:

From page 68:

The delousing drill was often repeated.  We never knew whether the shower was intended for the purpose of delousing and a “wash,” or whether it was to prepare our bodies for the gas chamber.  Zyklon B gas works more efficiently when the body is wet. […]

A real shower room, not a gas chamber, at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A real shower room, not a gas chamber, at Auschwitz-Birkenau

From page 69:

During the last “selection” by Dr. Mengele, the “Angel of Death,” I was found to be “unfit” and ordered “left” with the sick and aged.  I did not fully register what that meant at that moment.  I did notice that the scramble for the “shower” was even more frantic, though seemingly taking longer than in other times.  I was nude, in the corridor waiting my turn into the “shower.”

An SS man appeared, grabbed me and shoved me back out while whispering, “I have pulled you out once before, what are you doing in here again”!  I have never seen this SS before or afterwards.  My life was saved by “blind” luck in the guise of a case of mistaken identity!

Another push sent me outside, nude.  I found myself among a group of younger women, out in the icy cold. Someone threw some clothes at me, among them a long, black heavy man’s coat of which I grabbed and frantically  put on while hiding between women.

I read much more of her book, starting with her account of her stay at Theresienstadt, followed by her description of her days spent at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  She wrote about how she was eventually sent, in 1944, to the Mauthausen camp in Austria, where she was put to work, with a group of other women, digging a tunnel.  After World War II ended, there were accusations that Ernst Kaltenbrunner had given the order for all the prisoners at Mauthausen to be taken into the tunnel which was to be blown up in order to kill all the prisoners.

Carla Cohn apparently believed, after the war, that the purpose of the tunnel that she had been digging was to kill all the prisoners before the American liberators arrived.

Long story, short: Carla Cohn’s book is a composite of all the Holocaust claims, from the gassing of prisoners in the showers, to blowing up the prisoners in tunnels.  Her claims about Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein should be evaluated in that context.  In other words, I wouldn’t believe anything that she writes.

October 12, 2013

What ever happened to Natalee Holloway? — Chapter Two

I previousy blogged about Natalee Holloway at

Last night I watched an episode on the Nancy Grace TV show, which promised new information on the Natalee Holloway case, but none was given.  It was a rehash of old information, but heavily biased toward Nancy’s belief that Joran van der Sloot murdered Natalee after raping her.

Joran at age 17

Joran van der Sloot at age 17

The show started with Nancy saying that some people think that Natalee was a “runaway.” Then Natalee’s mother (or a haggard women who resembles her) said that the claim that “Natalee was a runaway is not an option.”

Nancy Grace then explained that Natalee could not have been planning to run away because “she was ready to go home.”  Her bags were packed, and in the lobby of the hotel.

Nancy neglected to explain how Natalee’s bags had gotten to the lobby.  She went on to gush about the 125 students on the trip, implying that Natalee could not have been planning to run away because she was on a senior trip with ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE students.

None of the 125 students on the trip spoke on the show, and in fact, group photos were shown with the faces of the other students blocked out.  It was not mentioned that Natalee’s mother had refused to allow the other students to talk to the police in Aruba.

Natalee Holloway's High School graduation photo

Natalee Holloway’s H. S. graduation photo

Nancy then went on to say, in a very ominous tone, that Natalee was last seen alive  at 1 a.m. [Monday, May 30] standing in front of a BAR, and then getting into a gray Honda Civic. [Nancy did not mention that the Honda Civic belonged to the Kalpoe brothers.]

At this point Nancy Grace introduces the heroine of the case, as she says:

“At 11 a.m. Monday, ELEVEN HOURS LATER, Beth Holloway is in Aruba.”

Nancy Grace implied that the police were not called because  Beth Holloway was planning to handle the case by herself.

To me, Beth’s actions are an indication that Beth suspected that her daughter was a runaway and that is why she wanted to handle the case by herself, instead of calling the police.

It was then mentioned that Joran van der Sloot said that Natalee was drunk when she got into the gray Honda Civic at the bar.  Nancy interjects her opinion, based on nothing, as she says “We believe that not to be true.”

There were plenty of witnesses to the drunken behavior of Natalee at the bar the night that she disappeared, but Nancy Grace did not mention that.

The two black security guards at Natalee’s hotel, who were unjustly accused, were brought into the case at this point.  One of them was interviewed on camera, after which, the arrest of Steve Cruz was mentioned, as Nancy explains that Cruz ran a cruise line.  It was said that the security guards were unjustly blamed, while also pointing out that there was a boat involved, implying that the boat could have been used to dump Natalee’s body at sea.

Then Nancy Grace says, in an even more ominous voice: TEN DAYS LATER A JUDGE WAS INVOLVED.

At this point, Jug Twitty (Beth’s husband at that time) speaks for the first time.  Jug said that he and Beth went to the home of Joran van der Sloot where Jug confronted Joran’s father, THE JUDGE.

Jug described Paulus van der Sloot (Joran’s father) as being very rude when they arrived at his house.  Paulus kept telling his son to “say nothing.”  The nerve of that man!  Beth and Jug were only trying to solve the case themselves, without involving the police, and they expected that the father of 17-year-old Joran would cooperate and tell them that Joran had raped and killed Natalee.

Next, Nancy Grace tells her viewers that “Beth met the family [of Joran van der Sloot]”  We are told that Beth “was invited in” by Joran’s family.  On this occasion, Beth brought along a full camera crew and stood outside the iron gate into the van der Sloot property, demanding to be let in so that she could confront Joran’s father, THE JUDGE.

Nothing was said about the behavior of Natalee in Aruba, except to DENY that she was lying on top of a bar while boys took jelly shots off her navel. It was implied that Natalee was a saint; nothing was mentioned about the DNA of some unknown boy on the toothbrush that was found in her hotel room. Nothing was said about how she was alone as she approached Joran who was sitting at a bar minding his own business at the time. [This was caught on camera, but the footage was not shown on the Nancy Grace show.]

Nancy Grace pointed out that JORAN CHANGED HIS STORY 8 TIMES, implying that this is proof of Joran’s guilt.

Nancy Grace wearing handcuff necklace

Nancy Grace wearing handcuff necklace

Hanscuff necklace worn by Nancy Grace

Handcuff necklace worn by Nancy Grace on her show

At this point, I stopped taking notes.  Nancy’s show was so disingenuous that I couldn’t take it any more.  Besides that, Nancy was wearing a necklace that resembled handcuffs, which I found to be very disconcerting.

I was expecting new information about the case, but there was absolutely nothing new.  Nancy kept referring to Joran as “Urine van der Slewt”  instead of pronouncing his name correctly as YOUR-an van der SLOAT.

Beth Holloway has received a lot of criticism, but you would never know it, from the latest Nancy Grace TV show on the subject. You can read about it on the Wikipedia page for Beth.

October 11, 2013

Unrepentant Nazi war criminal “remained an arrogant Nazi monster until his dieing (sic) day,” according to UK newspaper

An article in the International Business Times, which you can read in full here, starts off with this headline:

Nazi War Criminal Erich Priebke’s Political Will: ‘Jews were to Blame for the Holocaust’

This quote is from the article:

In the interview, [Eric] Priebke proved he remained an arrogant Nazi monster until his dieing day. He claimed Jews are partially to blame for the Holocaust, which extent he however denied. He reveals himself as an unreconstructed anti-Semite who continued to peddle the lies that stoked the genocide of six million Jews, among them 1.5 million children, as well as millions of Russians, Poles, gypsies and gays.

“Responsibility lies with both parties,” [Priebke] said. “Due to their religious beliefs most Jews considered themselves better and above all other human beings,” Priebke says, adding that nevertheless he doesn’t hate them. “There are also good people among them.”
“In Germany Jews’ behaviour was openly criticised since the early years 1900s. They had amassed a huge economic and political power, despite being a scanty part of the world population. This was perceived as unjust.

“It is a fact that even today if you take the 1,000 most powerful and rich individuals in the world, most are Jews,” Priebke said..

Priebke claimed that Jewish migrants from Eastern Europe caused “a real catastrophe” in Germany after the First World War. [Following World War I, German territory was given to the new country of Poland. The Poles denied citizenship to the Jews, and forced them to go to Germany where they became stateless persons.]

“They stockpiled huge capital while most of Germans were living in poverty. Moneylenders got richer and annoyance towards Jews grew higher,” Priebke says.

Priebke said Hitler tried to persuade Jews to leave Germany peacefully but “had to lock them up in lagers as war enemies” after the Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass. [Jewish men were locked up for several weeks until their families could arrange for them to leave Germany.]

So, what was the heinous war crime committed by Priebke?  Why was he hunted down in Argentina and brought back to Germany for trial?

Erich Priebke as a young SS soldier

Erich Priebke as a young SS soldier

This quote from the article in the International Business Times explains Priebke’s crime:

During WWII [Priebke] served under the command of Herbert Kappler in Rome.

On 23 March 1944 Keppler ordered the execution of 335 Italians, in retaliation for an attack by partisan troops that had killed 33 German soldiers.

The execution by firing squad was carried out under captain Priebke’s supervision in the ancient Ardeatine Caves in central Rome.

At his trial Priebke claimed he had only ticked off the names of those killed from a list that included 12 underage boys, about 80 Jews and a catholic priest.

After World War II ended, the Allies made a new law called “common plan,” or “common design,” under which any German was guilty of a crime if he or she were anywhere near where the crime was committed. So when Priebke “ticked off the names” of the people to be killed in a reprisal action, he was guilty of a  crime under the new law of  “common plan.”

Note that the article in the International Business Times does not mention the word “reprisal.”

During World War II, reprisals were legal.  A reprisal was an action carried out against the enemy in an effort to stop the enemy from engaging in partisan activity.  Note that the people killed in the reprisal in Italy were described as “partisans.”

Under the rules of the Geneva Convention of 1929, POWs, who had been captured while fighting on the battlefield, were protected from reprisals.  However, it was not until the Geneva Convention of 1949 that civilians were also protected against reprisals. The Geneva Convention of 1949 states that the principle of the prohibition of reprisals against persons has now become part of international law in respect to all persons, whether they are members of the armed forces or civilians.

According to international law during World War II, under the Geneva Convention of 1929, it was legal to violate the laws of war by responding with a reprisal against civilians in order to stop partisan actions that were against international law.

The fact that “underage boys” as well as Jews and a Catholic priest were killed in the reprisal where Priebke “ticked off the names,” indicates that this was a legal action taken against civilians as revenge against the civilians for killing German soldiers.

Priebke was guilty of being a “war criminal” only because the Allies changed the laws AFTER World War II.

Would it have killed the reporter for the International Business Times to have explained all this?

In today’s news, only one side of the story is told.

October 10, 2013

Elane Geller: “What the world knows about the Holocaust comes from Nazi records”

In the news yesterday, there was a newspaper article which quoted Elane Geller, a Holocaust survivor who gave a speech in Pomona, California at the “Courage to Remember” traveling Holocaust exhibit.

I previously blogged about the “traveling Holocaust exhibit” here and here.

Photo in the traveling exhibit has been cropped

Photo in the traveling exhibit has been cropped

This quote is from the Pomona newspaper article:

Holocaust survivor Elaine Geller, 77, told more than 150 people on Monday including state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali and Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz of Temple Beth Israel in Pomona to speak out against Holocaust deniers.

“There are a lot of young people here,” Geller said. “I’m going to give you a gift. The next time anyone says to you there was no Holocaust, tell them who the hell do you think kept those records? Nobody, nobody gave us pencil and paper and reams of paper to record what Hitler wanted to do. … What the world knows about the Holocaust comes from Nazi records. That’s all I will say for now.”

Nazi records found after World War II were used at the Nuremberg IMT

Nazi records found after World War II were used at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal

I googled Nazi records and found this information on the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This quote is from the page about Nazi records:

In order to avoid any accusation of exclusive reliance on personal testimony, which later generations might perceive to be biased, prosecutors decided to base their case primarily on thousands of documents written by the Germans themselves. These masses of documents were translated into the court’s four official languages, analyzed for their significance, and reproduced for distribution to defense attorneys and other trial participants. The prosecution presented other evidence through artifacts, diagrams, and photographs taken by Nazi photographers in concentration camps.

Now that we know about the Nazi records, this means the end of the CODOH website and Bradley Smith’s efforts to find the name of one person who was gassed.  The names of the millions of Jews who were gassed must be somewhere in all those records, along with the blueprints and building plans for the gas chambers.

I mentioned Elane Geller in a previous blog post, which I am quoting:

A few years ago, I heard Elane Geller, a survivor of the Auschwitz II camp (Birkenau) give a talk at a local college.  Geller is famous for saying that she ate toothpaste and drank her own urine to survive at Birkenau.  This doesn’t make any sense at all. I had to use baking soda to clean my teeth when I was a child during World War II, yet the Nazis provided expensive toothpaste for the Jews at Birkenau?  More likely, the toothpaste was in the Red Cross packages that were handed out at Birkenau.

In her talk, Geller spent almost an hour ranting about “Holocaust deniers,” and barely mentioned her ordeal at Birkenau.  She did say that she does not have an Auschwitz identification tattoo because her father sneaked her into Birkenau.  Yes, you read that right. At the age of four, Elane Geller was sneaked into the Birkenau camp, hidden under a tarp on a truck; her father was not able to find a Polish family to take care of his daughter and he didn’t know what else to do with her, so he decided to sneak her into Birkenau where her aunt was a prisoner.

The gate of death at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The gate of death at Auschwitz-Birkenau where Elane Geller was a prisoner

I also included the story of Elane Geller on my scrapbookpages website.  This quote is from my website:

Elaine Geller was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 4, after seeing her mother and grandparents shot right in front of her. Geller survived and now gives frequent lectures about the Holocaust. Geller told an audience in Granite Hills, CA on March 4, 2009 that she never officially got any food while she was in the Birkenau camp, since she was a child and because of her age, she wasn’t counted at Auschwitz; Geller survived only because her aunt shared her food. She did what was necessary to survive, including stealing food, eating toothpaste and drinking her own urine. The Granite Hills high school newspaper reported on her talk, mentioning that “two Nazi soldiers said her hair was too pretty for a Jewish girl, and they shaved her bald. When her aunt came back from work she saw her and began to cry. For crying, the Nazis beat Geller’s aunt right in front of her, and then they hit Geller’s head with their fists so now she has calcified ears.”

Geller survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and was eventually sent to Bergen Belsen where she was liberated by British soldiers in April 1945.

The only Holocaust survivor, whose story is more unbelievable than the story of Elane Geller, is Elie Wiesel.  You can read all about him at

October 8, 2013

How long did it take for prisoners to die in a Nazi gas chamber?

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Many people have wondered how long it took for the gas to take effect in a Nazi gas chamber.  After reading the story of a Holocaust survivor, who gave a talk to students in Canada recently, I now know the answer.  In a previous blog post, I wrote about how gassing methods were first tested and perfected at Dachau. I also blogged about the story of Eva Olssen here.

According to Holocaust survivor Eva Olssen, it took 20 minutes for her relatives to die in the gas chamber.  This quote is from a news article which you can read in full here.

It was May 15, 1944.

Olsson and her 19 extended family members, who lived in a two-room apartment in Hungary, were forced from their home.

Four days later they arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau — also known as The Killing Factory. She was holding her young niece’s hand and a prisoner whispered to Olsson to give the child to an older woman. Olsson didn’t let go. The prisoner said it again and after a third time, Olsson let go of the girl’s hand. That ensured she would survive.

Her mother, sisters and nieces went the other way to a gas chamber. You would hear screaming for 20 minutes and then there was silence, she said.

An Auschwtiz prisoner was standing beside the trains when Jews arrived

An Auschwitz prisoner was standing beside the trains when Jews arrived

In the photo above, notice the prisoner, wearing a striped uniform, standing beside the train on the far right.  These prisoners, who helped the Nazis, were called Kapos (captains).  They advised the prisoners on how to survive the selection that took place as soon as the train stopped.

Eva Olssen was saved because a Kapo told her not to hold the hand of a child.  Children under the age of 15 were gassed within hours after arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Photos were taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944; Eva Olssen arrived on May 19, 1944 so she is not shown in any of the pictures.

You can read about Auschwitz-Birkenau on my website at

You can read about the deportation of the Hungarian Jews, including Eva Olssen, at

Could Eva Olssen have heard the screams coming from the gas chamber?  It is possible, although not very likely.

The photo below shows the ruins of Krema II, one of the four gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  In 1944, railroad tracks were extended inside of the camp, to within a few yards of Krema II and Krema III.  The International Monument, which is shown in the background of the photo, was built a few feet from Krema II and Krema III.

Ruins of Krema II, one of the gas chambers, at Birkenau

Ruins of Krema II, one of the gas chambers, at Birkenau

Ruins of oven room in Krema II with women's camp in the background

Ruins of oven room in Krema II with women’s camp in the background

In the photo directly above, you can see the kitchen in the women’s camp in the background.  The women’s barracks are behind the kitchen, but not shown, in this photo.  The gas chambers in Krema II and  Krema III, were five feet below ground. It would have been hard to hear screams, but not impossible.

In 1944, the train tracks had been extended inside the Birkenau camp, right up to the location of Krema II and Krema III.  The photo below shows how close the tracks are to the Holocaust monument which is between the ruins of Krema II and Krema III.

The end of the train tracks at Birkenau is close to the ruins of Krema II and Krema III

The end of the train tracks at Birkenau is close to the ruins of Krema II and Krema III

In the photo above, the ruins of Krema II are on the left, but not shown.  The ruins of Krema III are on the right.

Prisoners walking past Krema III gas chamber building which is in the background

Prisoners walking past Krema III gas chamber building which is in the background

The prisoners in the photo above are walking past Krema III, which is in the background. They are looking toward Krema II, as they walk to the showers. Strangely, there are some children in the photo, who were not selected to be gassed. There are also some prisoners who look as if they are able to work.

All this is very confusing.  You would think that the Nazis would have put the gas chambers off in the woods somewhere, not out in the open, near a road where other prisoners marching past could hear the screams.  How horrible — to hear the screams of your mother dying in a gas chamber!

October 7, 2013

America’s Simon Wiesenthal Center forces German magazine to close down

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

Controversial World War II magazine to close

Bauer Media plans to stop printing the magazine “Der Landser,” though not for legal reasons. It had faced complaints about the magazine’s Second World War content from the Jewish Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Wehrmacht soldiers photographed in 1939

Wehrmacht soldiers photographed in 1939

The caption on the photo above states: “Wehrmacht soldiers take a break from a drill in 1939. (Photo: Josef Gierse) Soldiers like these are portrayed in the magazine as ‘decent guys’ ”

The crime committed by the German magazine “Der Landser,” was their on-going claim that the German Wehrmacht soldiers were “decent guys.”

This quote is from the German newspaper:

In July, the Simon Wiesenthal Center went public with several complaints and demanded that “Der Landser” be withdrawn from publishing. The Jewish center, headquartered in the US, was founded in 1977 and is an international NGO. One element of its activity is the hunt for surviving Nazi war criminals. In its complaints against “Der Landser,” the NGO invoked German laws against the use of Nazi symbols, against sedition and against holocaust denial. According to the accusations from Los Angeles, “Der Landser” propagates right-wing ideas and should therefore no longer be allowed to be in print.

Bauer Media Group announced the end of “Der Landser” on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday, which focuses on atonement and repentance. The Simon Wiesenthal Center was happy about the news: “We are very pleased that Bauer Media Group made the right decision,” Efraim Zuroff, who heads the Israel office of the organization and is its main Nazi hunter, told DW. “We did some serious research and clearly showed that there was a problem. People who served in units that had committed war crimes were presented in a completely neutral way and their crimes were being swept under the carpet. They were publically portrayed as people who simply did their duty, rather than as war criminals.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is named after the famous Nazi hunter, who made his home in Austria after World War II.  I previously blogged about him at

One of the first books that I purchased, when I started studying the Holocaust, was a book by Simon Wiesenthal, entitled “The Sunflower.” In the book, Wiesenthal was grousing about the fact that he would not have a sunflower on his grave, as the Germans did.

The photo below shows a German grave with a Sunflower on it.

German grave is decorated with a Sunflower

German grave is decorated with a Sunflower

The photo above is on this page of my website, where you can read about the German civilians who were imprisoned at Buchenwald in Special Camp No. 2, which was set up by the Soviets after World War II.

After reading Wisenthal’s book, I was able to understand the significance of sunflowers when I saw the graves at the site of the former Buchenwald camp.  I can’t quote from Wiesenthal’s book because I was so offended that I threw it into the trash.

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