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November 7, 2013

Israeli students are being inadvertently subjected to Holocaust distortion by trips only to Poland

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:50 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, claims that, because Israeli students are taken on trips to see Auschwitz in Poland, but not on trips to see the concentration camps in Germany, “a distortion has developed over the years in the presentation and understanding of the Holocaust.”

This quote is from the news article:

The problem is that by focusing on the German extermination camps in Poland, a distortion has developed over the years in the presentation and understanding of the Holocaust. Once the Holocaust is so closely identified with Poland, one loses track of a central fact, that exterminating the Jews was part of the ideology of Nazi Germany, and Poland was merely the physical ground on which this ideology played out.

In addition, many in Israel don’t understand why concentration camps were established in Poland specifically. There are actually two reasons. First, because half of the Jews that the Germans planned to murder, and indeed did murder, lived in Poland.

The second reason relates to the nature of the German occupation of Poland. While Nazi control was exerted in most of Europe through alliances with local fascist regimes, only in Poland did Germany completely dissolve the national government and its institutions. Some of western Poland was directly annexed to the German Reich, while in the rest the “General Government,” led by a German governor, was established. The background taught to Israeli students sometimes ignores the fact that under the direct German occupation some three million Polish non-Jews were imprisoned and killed, mostly from among the intelligentsia and the elite of society.

It’s true: when the Auschwitz main camp was first set up in 1940, in a camp which was formerly a camp for migrant workers, the first inmates were Polish political prisoners who had been imprisoned in a Gestapo prison in Tarnow, Poland, after they were arrested as Resistance fighters, aka illegal combatants.  The Auschwitz main camp was not originally set up as an “extermination” camp to murder Jews, but as a camp for political prisoners.

Almost every story, about Auschwitz, that you will ever read, and including stories that you won’t read, tell you that the Auschwitz main camp was formerly a Polish military barracks.  That is correct, but before that, in 1916, Auschwitz was a place for migrant workers to live between jobs.  The reason for building a camp for migrant workers, in a suburb of the town of Auschwitz, was that Auschwitz was the major railroad hub in Europe. Trains could go, on 44 tracks, to and from Auschwitz, all over Europe, without stopping.

The news article mentions the “occupation of Poland.”  O.K. students, it’s time get out the maps and history books, to review the history of Poland and Germany.

The area of Europe, that was inhabited by German tribes in the Middle Ages, became known as the Holy Roman Empire in the year 800. By the year 1270, the Holy Roman Empire had expanded to include the area known as Upper Silesia. In 1270, the Germans set up the town of Auschwitz in what was then German territory.

In 1457, Auschwitz became part of the Kingdom of Poland and the name of the town was changed to the Polish name Oswiecim.

Most of Silesia was annexed to the German state of Prussia in 1742, except for four duchies. The duchy of Auschwitz was annexed to Galicia, a province which was given to Austria when Poland lost its independence in 1772 and the country of Poland was divided between Russia, Prussia and Austria.

Western Galicia soon became known as The Corner of Three Empires: Russia, Prussia and Austria. The town known as Auschwitz, or Oswiecim or Oshpitzin, became a prime location for Jewish traders or merchants during the time that Galicia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

In 1871, Prussia and the other German states, except Austria, united into the country of Germany. After the defeat of Germany and Austria in World War I, Galicia and the industrial area known as Upper Silesia were given to Poland.

In 1939, after the joint conquest of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union, Upper Silesia was annexed into the Greater German Reich, which at that time consisted of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic.

Map of Germany in 1870 is shown in yellow

Map of Germany in 1871

Do you see the country of Poland on the map above?  In 1871, the country of Poland did not exist.

Map of Germany after World War I

Map of Germany after World War I is shown in Brown

The map above shows what happened to Germany after World War I. The Germans were mad as hell, and were not going to take it anymore.  Hitler blamed the Jews for causing Germany to lose World War I, and a large part of its territory.  Germany had been divided into two parts by the “Danzig Corridor” and the inability to solve this problem was the cause of the start of fighting in Poland in 1939.  World War II didn’t start until later, with the invasion of France.

Getting back to the news article, this quote is from the Haaretz newspaper:

So what the Education Ministry ought to do is turn the trip to Poland into a trip to Germany and Poland. First the students should visit the concentration camps in Germany, where they can get an explanation of the overall Nazi policies of oppression, which focused more sharply on the Jews after Kristallnacht in November 1938. There the students can be shown the horrible pictures that were taken by the Allied forces that liberated the camps and discovered survivors who looked like walking skeletons and the bodies of those who had been murdered. There they can also be shown the film that the U.S. Army made when residents of the city of Weimar were taken to nearby Buchenwald to remove the bodies at the camp and bury them.  [The film was entitled “Murder Mills.”  It can be seen on YouTube.]

Weimar, it will be recalled, was the city of Goethe and Schiller, and the looks on the faces of the Germans as they realize the horrors perpetuated by the government that most of them had voted for is the most shocking testimony of what happened when the “land of thinkers and poets,” became “the land of murderers and executioners” (in German this chilling phrase rhymes).

It is true that that German men from Weimar were forced to bury the bodies found at Buchenwald, but there were very few bodies, since the typhus epidemic was almost over at Buchenwald by that time.

There was only a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald

There was only a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald

The photo above shows German citizens from Weimar being forced to look at a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald.

German citizens forced to look at a pile of corpses on April 16, 1945

German citizens forced to look at a pile of corpses on April 16, 1945

The photo above shows German citizens from Weimar being forced to look at a wagon load of corpses, while American soldiers lecture them on what was “done in their name.”  [Note that this photo is an example of poor developing and printing in the darkroom.]

Here is another quote from the news article:

There is something perverse about the fact that a study tour aimed at presenting the Nazi policy in a direct and powerful way does not bring the students to Germany itself. There, in the camps at Dachau, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen and Sachsenhausen, is where the Nazis’ repressive policies began to take shape. Their objective was not just to imprison those the Nazis considered enemies – Jewish, socialists, communists, clergymen and homosexuals – but to gradually eliminate them physically through slave labor and living conditions that would hasten their deaths.

I say “Yes, absolutely.”  Take those Israeli teenagers to Bergen-Belsen and explain to them that Belsen was an EXCHANGE CAMP for Jews who wanted to go to Palestine.  Hitler set up Bergen-Belsen as a camp for 30,000 Jews that he wanted to send to Palestine in exchange for German citizens being held in internment camps in America, and in prisons in the UK.  Unfortunately, very few exchanges were made, but a few Jews from Bergen-Belsen did make it to Palestine. You can read about the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp on my website here.

November 6, 2013

“notorious anti-British Jewish activist” will speak at the 75th commemoration of Kristallnacht at the Jewish Museum in Berlin

November 9th will mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, aka the “Night of Broken Glass” when Jewish businesses, homes and Synagogues were destroyed throughout Nazi Germany.  Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps, while their families tried to find a country to which Jews could emigrate.

Jewish men were arrested after Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau and other camps

Jewish men were arrested after Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau and other camps

On November 8, 2013, in commemoration of this historic event, Brian Klug, a notorious anti-Israel British Jewish activist, will speak at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Klug, who denies there is a new anti-Semitism, will speak on the topic “What do we mean when we say ‘antisemitism’?”

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

At its Kristallnacht commemoration on Friday evening, Nov. 8, the Jewish Museum Berlin – which many consider to be Europe’s leading Jewish museum – will feature as its keynote speaker Brian Klug, a notorious anti-Israel British Jewish activist. Klug, who denies there is a new anti-Semitism, will speak on the topic “What do we mean when we say ‘antisemitism’?”

Chancellor Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel

In response, Shimon Samuels wrote the following open letter to German’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Samuels is director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has served as deputy director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, European director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Israel Director of the American Jewish Committee. He was born in the UK and studied in UK, Israel, U.S. and Japan.

Madam Federal Chancellor, we are about to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht Reichspogrom – the Night of Broken Glass State Pogrom – which is considered the prelude to the Nazi Holocaust.

The photo below shows the Jewish Museum in Berlin, where Brian Klug will speak.

Jewish Museum in Berlin

Jewish Museum in Berlin

This quote is from the news article:

Madam Chancellor, the Berlin Jewish Museum has been architecturally described as “a warped Star of David” due to its zigzag structure. The museum’s management is indeed warping the Jewish Star. One of its display halls is called “The Void,” which holds the Israeli artist Kadishman’s stamped metallic faces, dramatically redolent of the gas chambers. That vacuum is becoming pervaded by the noxious fumes of a new Jew-hatred.

The photos below show “The Void” in the Jewish Museum.  The faces are supposed to be “redolent of the gas chamber.”  Who knew?

The "Memory Void" tower in the Jewish Museum

The “Memory Void” tower in the Jewish Museum

The "Fallen Leaves" in the Memory Void Tower

The “Fallen Leaves” in the Memory Void Tower in the Jewish Museum

"Faces" in the "Fallen Leaves" in the Memory Void tower

“Faces” in the “Fallen Leaves” in the Memory Void tower

When I visited the Jewish Museum in 2001, the year that it opened, I thought that the “faces” were supposed to represent the faces of the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.  I didn’t know that the faces were supposed to be “redolent” of the gas chambers.  This just goes to show you how difficult it is for the goyim to understand the minds of Jews.

I hope that Angela Merkel can understand what the Jews are saying.  This quote is from the news article:

Was the Berlin Jewish Museum created, at the cost of Germany’s taxpayers and international donations, to demonize Israel, serve as a fig leaf for antisemitism and to commit memoricide – the murder of the memory of those murdered?

Madam Chancellor, we are deeply aware that the Museum’s actions contravene your personal position and over sixty years of your own and your predecessors’ efforts for German reconciliation with the Jewish people and a commitment to the security of the State of Israel.

Our Centre thus urges your Chancellery to condemn the Museum’s distortion of its role, launch an enquiry into its behavior and suspend public funding until a new management is appointed.

At this point in the story, a little history of the city of Berlin might be helpful.

When Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany in 1933, there were 585,000 Jews living in Germany. The largest Jewish community was in Berlin, which had 160,000 Jewish residents. Only 7,000 Jews returned to Berlin after the war.

The Jews had been expelled from Berlin in 1573 and had not been allowed back into the city for 100 years. When the Jews were finally allowed back into Berlin, they were never forced to live in a ghetto, although the Eastern European Orthodox Jews lived in the Jewish quarter called the Scheunenviertel, northwest of the Alexanderplatz.

When the separate German states were finally united into a country by Otto von Bismarck in 1871, the German Jews were granted full rights of citizenship, which was unusual for that time when the Russian Jews were still being forced to live on a reservation called the Pale of Settlement. The only other European country with a large population of Jews, in which they had been granted full rights, was Austria.

Bismarck was a friend of the Jews and in 1866, he was present when Berlin’s grand Neue Synagogue was opened at Number 30 Oranienburger Strasse.

The Berlin Synagogue was restored after it was destroyed on Kristallnacht

The Berlin Synagogue was restored after it was destroyed on Kristallnacht

The  Berlin Synagogue, shown in the photo above, was burned during Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938, but the blaze was put out before much damage was done. The Nazis occupied the building in 1940 and desecrated the Synagogue by using it for storage.

The Nazis also destroyed the Jewish cemetery in Berlin.

The Synagogue sustained severe damage by Allied bombs during the war and for years it was left as an empty shell. Restoration began in 1988 and the Synagogue was reopened on May 7, 1995, the 50ieth anniversary of the German surrender in World War II.

Berlin was the residence of Karl Marx, the son and grandson of Jewish rabbis, the man who introduced Communism to the world when he published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. This prompted a revolution in Germany, which failed, and resulted in the emigration of a number of German liberals to America where they became known as the “Forty-Eighters.”  My German relatives were not “48ers.” They came to American in 1852.

Berlin also became the center of the social democratic movement, the worker’s movement and the trade union movement in Germany. Berlin was the headquarters of the Social Democratic Workers Party, founded by Karl Liebknecht and August Bebel.

During World War I, a new militant leftist group, formed by Jewish leaders, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, agitated for the overthrow of the Kaiser and the end of the war. The war effort was hampered when 300,000 workers went on strike in January 1918. In November 1918, there was a naval mutiny and a strike of the dock workers.

Finally, on November 9, 1918, Philipp Scheidemann, the Jewish leader of the Social Democrats, proclaimed the first German Republic from a window of the Reichstag building in Berlin.

Twenty years later, the Nazis, who always blamed the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I, perpetrated the pogrom which became known as Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938. Thirty thousand Jewish men, many of them from Berlin, were rounded up and sent to the concentration camps at Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald. They were held for at least two weeks and then released if they promised to leave Germany within six months.

The German Kaiser was forced to abdicate in November 1918 and the German government was taken over by the SPD (Social Democrats). The Jewish leader Friedrich Ebert was subsequently installed as the first president of the new Republic.

The Armistice, which ended World War I, was signed by Matthias Erzberger, a representative of the Ebert government, on November 11, 1918.

The Nazis would later call the Social Democrats “the November criminals” and characterize the signing of the Armistice as a “stab in the back” for the German people. For the next 20 years, a controversy would rage between the liberal left and the right wing Nazis over whether or not the German army had been defeated on the battlefield, a claim which Hitler called the “Big Lie.”

After the Armistice in 1918, Berlin was in total chaos; the city resembled a war zone with revolutionaries fighting in the streets. Before a new democratic constitution could be written, a militant group of leftists, called the Spartacus League, attempted to set up a soviet government, along the lines of the Communist revolution in Russia in October 1917. Their leader, Karl Liebknecht, proclaimed another Republic from the balcony of the imperial palace in Berlin.  After World War II ended, the Soviets tore down the palace, but preserved the section where the hero Liebknecht had proclaimed the Communist Republic.

The Spartacus League renamed itself the German Communist Party (KPD) and called for a general strike of the workers in January 1919.  A volunteer group of 3,000 former soldiers, called the Freicorps, was called in to restore order. They fought against the Red Front (Communist) soldiers in hand to hand combat on the streets of Berlin.

The leaders of the Communists, Liebknecht and Luxemburg, were dragged from their hiding place and murdered in the Tiergarten park in the center of Berlin. Luxemburg’s body was thrown into the Landwehr Canal. A monument to Rosa Luxemburg now stands in the Tiergarten.

Many of the Nazi leaders, including Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Himmler, came from the soldiers, who fought with the Freicorps to put down the Communist Revolution, and the soldiers who fought in World War I, including Adolf Hitler who had been a lance corporal in the German Army. Their memories of the street fighting and the paralyzing workers’ strikes was the source of their later persecution of the Communists, Social Democrats and trade unionists after the Nazis gained power in January 1933.

At the beginning of August 1945, three months after the German surrender, which ended World War II, American President Harry Truman was on his way to Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, for a conference with Allied leaders Churchill and Stalin, when he took a victory lap around Berlin in an Army Jeep to see the devastation wrought by the Allied bombing.

There was not much left of Berlin to see. The capital city of Germany had been bombed 24 times between November 18, 1943 and March 1944, and sporadic hits continued until the city was captured by the Russian army in April, 1945. By that time, the city had been reduced to 98 million cubic yards of rubble.

Mounds of rubble in Berlin were covered over

Mounds of rubble in Berlin were covered over

Each of the bomb attacks on Berlin involved over 1,000 planes and the dropping of up to 2,000 tons of bombs. Half of the city’s bridges were destroyed and the underground railway tunnels were flooded. There was no gas, electricity or water in the central portion of the city. The pre-war population of 4.3 million had been reduced to 2.8 million, as people were forced to flee the city; some 1.5 million people became homeless when their homes were bombed.

One out of 7, of the buildings destroyed in Germany by the Allied bombing, were in Berlin. Out of a total of 245,000 buildings in Berlin, 50,000 had been completely destroyed and 23,000 had been severely damaged; 80,000 residents of the city had been killed. Even the trees in the Tiergarten, a large park in the center of the city, had been killed in the Battle of Berlin. There were so many historic buildings destroyed that Berliners jokingly referred to the American and British air raids as Baedecker Bombing. Baedecker travel guide books were used by tourists to locate famous and historic buildings.

Is there a Museum in Berlin in honor of the suffering of the goyim in World War II?  No, of course not!  It would be offensive to the Jews to say anything about how non-Jews suffered in World War II, not to mention that this would amount to “Holocaust distortion.”

Three years ago, I wrote another November blog post, which you can read here.

November 4, 2013

A working definition of the new rules regarding Holocaust denial and Holocaust distortion

A news article from Canada, which you can read in full here, clarifies the new rules regarding what you can say about the Holocaust without fear of going to prison for 5 years.

This quote is from the news article:

Forms of Holocaust denial also include blaming the Jews for either exaggerating or creating the Shoah for political or financial gain as if the Shoah itself was the result of a conspiracy plotted by the Jews. 

Are there any Holocaust survivors out there, exaggerating or writing books for financial gain?  No, of course not.  Elie Wiesel hasn’t made a penny off his exaggerated Holocaust claims. Neither has Eva Kor, nor Irene Zisblatt.

This quote is also from the news article:

Holocaust denial may include publicly denying or calling into doubt the use of principal mechanisms of destruction (such as gas chambers, mass shooting, starvation and torture) or the intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people.

Why would anyone ever doubt the gas chambers?  Every one of the gas chambers, used by the Nazis in the genocide of the Jews, was obviously a working gas chamber, air tight, with a 40 foot vent pipe on the roof, a means of heating the Zyklon-B pellets to 78.3 degrees, and a means of dropping the Zyklon-B pellets into the room — NOT!!!

You can see photos of the Nazi gas chambers on a previous blog post here.

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The photo above shows a real gas chamber, and don’t you deny it, unless you want to go to prison for 5 years.

Note that the gas chamber is explosion proof, with no hot ovens next door — NOT!!!  Note the wooden door in the background, which made the room air tight — NOT!!!  Note the light fixtures, which are explosion proof — NOT!!! (The wooden door had been added when the room was converted into an air raid shelter by the Germans in 1943.)

This quote is from Fred Leuchter, a gas chamber expert, who says that the alleged gas chambers were not workable:

4. Construction [of the Nazi gas chambers]
Construction of these facilities shows that they were never used as gas chambers. None of these facilities were sealed or gasketed. No provision was ever made to prevent condensation of gas on the walls, floor or ceiling. No provision ever existed to exhaust the air-gas mixture from these buildings. No provision ever existed to introduce or distribute the gas throughout the chamber. No explosion-proof lighting existed and no attempt was ever made to prevent gas from entering the crematories, even though the gas is highly explosive. No attempt was made to protect operating personnel from exposure to the gas or to protect other non-participating persons from exposure. Specifically, at Auschwitz, a floor drain in the alleged gas chamber was connected directly to the camp’s storm drain system. At Majdanek a depressed walkway around the alleged gas chambers would have collected gas seepage and resulted in a death trap for camp personnel. No exhaust stacks ever existed. Hydrogen cyanide gas is an extremely dangerous and lethal gas, and nowhere were there any provisions to effect any amount of safe handling. The chambers were too small to accommodate more than a small fraction of the alleged numbers. Plain and simple, these facilities could not have operated as execution gas chambers.

Note that Leuchter mentioned “a floor drain in the alleged gas chamber.”  The floor drain was actually in another room, which had a door with a glass window in it, that was added to the Auschwitz gas chamber by the Soviet Union when they reconstructed the Auschwitz gas chamber. At the time that Leuchter examined the gas chamber, the staff at Auschwitz was claiming that the gas chamber was original. Tour guides were claiming that the gas chamber included the room that has the door with a glass window and the floor drain.

I blogged about the floor drain in the Auschwitz gas chamber here.

I was first called a “Holocaust denier” when I pointed out the floor drains in the Dachau gas chamber here.

This quote is at the beginning of the news article about Holocaust denial:

“A Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion” – The present definition is an expression of the awareness that Holocaust denial and distortion have to be challenged and denounced nationally and internationally and need examination at a global level. IHRA adopted the following working definition of holocaust denial and distortion:

Holocaust denial is discourse and propaganda that deny the historical reality and the extent of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War II, known as the Holocaust or the Shoah. Holocaust denial refers specifically to any attempt to claim that the Holocaust or Shoah did not take place.

So what does this mean?  At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, where the Nazis were put on trial after the war, the Soviet Union claimed that 4 million people had been killed at Auschwitz, and 1.5 million were killed at Majdanek.  Now the ESTIMATE of the number of Jews killed at Auschwitz is 900,000, and the records at Majdanek show that 59,000 Jews died at Majdanek.  Which figures are we required to believe, under the new definition of Holocaust denial?

I am going to go with 4 million at Auschwitz and 1.5 million at Majdanek, because this adds up to 5.5 million, a figure that is close to the 6 million that is the required belief.    The figures of 900,000 and 59,000 add up to less than  1 million.  Where did the other 5 million Jews die?

This quote from the news article explains “Holocaust distortion,” the new form of Holocaust denial:

What is Holocaust distortion?

Distortion of the Holocaust refers to:

a. Intentional efforts to excuse or minimize the impact of the Holocaust or its principal elements, including collaborators and allies of Nazi Germany;

b. Gross minimization of the number of the victims of the Holocaust in contradiction to reliable sources;

c. Attempts to blame the Jews for causing their own genocide;

d. Statements that cast the Holocaust as a positive historical event. Those statements are not Holocaust denial but are closely connected to it as a radical form of anti-Semitism. They may suggest that the Holocaust did not go far enough in accomplishing its goal of “the Final Solution of the Jewish Question”;

e. Attempts to blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps devised and operated by Nazi Germany by putting blame on other nations or ethnic groups.

The last definition is a tricky one: Is it a crime to say that America had internment camps for “enemies of the state”?  I would go with “Nazi Germany was the only country that put people in camps during Word War II.”  Definitely, I would go with saying that Italy had no camps, because that would “blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps” by Nazi Germany.

In my opinion, the new definition of Holocaust denial needs some explicit details, regarding what we are required to believe.  For example, are we required to believe that the Nazis marched Jews out of the camps for the purpose of killing them by marching?

Are we required to believe that Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, was a “holding camp” for prisoners waiting to be gassed in the gas chamber at Buchenwald?

Holocaust denial began when Paul Rassinier, “the father of Holocaust denial,” denied that there was a gas chamber at Buchenwald.  Do we have to go back to the days when it was required to believe that there was a gas chamber at Buchenwald?

To be on the safe side, I would go with a “gas chamber at Buchenwald.”  After all, Elie Wiesel, who claims that he was a prisoner at Buchenwald, although he has no Buchenwald ID number, says that he was saved from the gas chamber at Buchenwald, just in the nick of time.

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