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February 10, 2014

The story of the Nazi gold, as presented at the Nuremberg IMT

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

A reader of my blog provided this link in a comment:

This quote is from the website cited above:

The witness [Walther Funk, last president of the Deutsche Reichsbank] was then questioned about the film, which, according to Mr. [Thomas J.] Dodd’s statement had been made immediately after the occupation of Frankfurt. To this he answered that he knew all about it because he had been personally present during [the film’s] production. A few days after the occupation [of Frankfurt] some U.S. lorries had pulled up at the door of the [bank] branch and the manager requested to hand over Reichsbank [empty] bags which were then filled with gold teeth, jewellery, etc. taken from the lorries and put in the empty safes. After these safes had been filled cameramen appeared and made a film of their contents.

Where and how did the men who were driving the lorries [British term for trucks] find the gold teeth and jewelry, which they put into the safes at the Deutsche Reichsbank, in a deliberate attempt to incriminate the German “war criminals” on trial at Nuremberg?

Allegedly, gold teeth were found at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, near Berlin.  These were not gold teeth, taken from the mouths of Jews, but rather, allegedly taken from Soviet POWs who had been held as prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp.

I visited the Sachsenhausen Memorial site twice, once in 1999 and once in 2001, and wrote about it on my website.

This quote is from the section of my website about the Soviet trial of the SS men at Sachsenhausen:

The defendants were not charged with murdering Jews in the Sachsenhausen gas chamber, but rather with the gassing of Soviet Prisoners of War, since the Jews at Sachsenhausen had been transported to Poland, beginning in February 1942, before the gas chamber was built.

During the proceedings, the Soviet prosecutors charged that the defendants had been co-responsible for 100,000 deaths at Sachsenhausen, or half of the approximately 200,000 prisoners that the Soviets claimed had been incarcerated in the Sachsenhausen camp at some time during the years between 1936 and 1945.

This estimate of 100,000 deaths was based on the discovery of six suitcases filled with dentures at Sachsenhausen by the Soviet liberators. The filled suitcases were shown in the film “Sachsenhausen Death Camp” which was presented as evidence at the Nuremberg International Military tribunal.

Gold teeth allegedly found at Sachsenhausen concentration camp

Gold teeth allegedly found by Soviet soldiers at Sachsenhausen concentration camp

Soviet POWs were shot at Sachsenhausen, and also gassed in the small gas chamber there, according to the Soviets.

Lots of people had gold teeth during the years that World War II was fought, although it was quite expensive to have a gold tooth set in a bridge between two other teeth which were capped in gold. AFAIK, gold was not used for GOLD FILLINGS.

The Soviet Army couldn’t afford guns for all their soldiers; how could the Soviet soldiers afford gold teeth?

Gold teeth, taken from Jews in the concentration camps, were allegedly found in the Merkers mine, near the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald.

This quote is from the book entitled The Rape of Europa:

[The Americans] left the mine in the evening and drove back to Frankfurt to report their findings. With them was Major Perera, an officer sent by Third Army to examine the gold and currency. Pereara reported an initial count of 8,198 gold bars, 711 bags of American twenty-dollar gold pieces, over 1,300 bags of gold coins, hundreds of bags of foreign currency, and $2.76 billion in Reichsmarks […] A bank official found in the mine, Herr Veick, had confirmed that it represented most of the reserves of Germany’s national treasure.


Other rooms [in the Merkers mine], reserved for the SS, were crammed with gold and silver platters and vases, all flattened with hammer blows to make them easier to store. Entire trunks were filled with jewelry, watches, silverware, clothing, eyeglasses, and gold cigarette cases, the last vestiges of an enormous hoard the SS had not yet been able to smelt. There were 8 bags of gold rings, many of them wedding bands. A soldier opened another bag and lifted out a handful of gold fillings.  They had been pulled from the teeth of Holocaust victims.

The gold in the Merkers mine was supposed to go to the Soviet Union because it was in their future zone of occupation.  Did the Americans give the gold from the teeth of the Jews to the Soviets, who then claimed that these were the teeth of Soviet soldiers who were killed at Sachsenhausen?

The photo below shows General Eisenhower looking at some of the gold found in suitcases in the Merkers mine.

General Eisenhower looks at gold found in suitcases inside Merkers mine

General Eisenhower looks at gold found in suitcases inside the Merkers mine

Although the Merkers mine was in the territory which had been promised to the Soviet Union, as their future zone of occupation, the Americans got there first and removed the gold.  If there were any gold teeth in the Merkers mine, the Americans would have confiscated it.

I wrote about American Army Captain Alois Liethen on my website.  This quote is from my website:

Captain Liethen was an intelligence officer who was at Ohrdruf to investigate the camp for the US military. He had apparently already investigated some of the concentration camps while still in the United States before he went overseas on June 10, 1944. In his letter to his family, he mentioned the names of the Commandant of Ohrdruf and his assistant, two men that he was already familiar with and was looking for. Captain Liethen served as an interrogator for captured Germans who were being screened for potential war crimes trials. As far as I know, the administrators of the Ohrdruf camp were never brought to justice.

The letter which Captain Liethen wrote to his family continues as follows:

One of the men with whom I spoke had been in a camp in Poland where he knew that there were over 3000000 gassed and then burned. Yes I mean 3 Millions of people. Why? Well, I questioned all of the inmates of this camp as well as a lot of others who had escaped thru our lines and here are the real reasons: Some were thrown in because they were Jews, they were the ones that had the least chance of survival; Some were thrown in because they were half Jews, their chances were no better — and this made up the greatest number of the inmates; Some were people who, from Poland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, and all of the other over run countries refused to swear allegiance (sic) to the Nazi government. Once you were in the clutches of the Gestapothe odds were 99 out of a hundred that you wound up in a place like this. One bit of evidence that I have which I will keep to show you even tho I have been offered fabulous prices for it is a piece of gold, pure gold weighing about 5 ounces, which I found in the pockets of a prisoner who had been a guard in this camp near Metz. This will verify Life magazine insofar that this gold was derived from the teeth which were knocked out of the mouths of the corpses prior to their incineration in this fancy oven. I have other stories that I will have to check on later on as we over take these concentration camps.

The camp, where the Polish prisoner said that 3 million people were gassed, was Auschwitz. When Auschwitz was evacuated on January 18, 1945, the prisoners were marched back to Germany and put on trains to Buchenwald and other camps. Some of these prisoners were assigned to Ohrdruf. When Ohrdruf was evacuated, the prisoners were marched back to Buchenwald and then put on trains to Dachau and Theresienstadt.

It is sad to learn that Americans presented fake evidence at the Nuremberg IMT.