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May 1, 2014

“Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil” by gassing Jews in Germany

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:53 pm

The title of my blog post today includes a quote from a recent news article which you can read in full at http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635

This quote is from the article:

Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”

It is true that some of the extermination camps (Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Auschwitz, and Majdanek) were outside of Germany, but what about the Dachau gas chamber, which was in Germany. Is he denying the Dachau gas chamber?

What about Chelmno, which was located in the Greater German Reich, as was Mauthausen?

Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”  – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf
Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”  – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

The words in the quote were spoken by Professor Elliot S. Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at Passaic County Community College, who used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make a video, which he recently showed to his class.

According to the news article, “the video reveals Terezin (Theresienstadt) and Auschwitz in all their horror.”

The following quote is from the news article about Professor Pollack’s lecture to his class:

“The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.”

The scratches, which can be seen today, are on the walls of a gas chamber at Auschwitz, but I don’t know of any gas chambers in a “labyrinth of darkened corridors.”  That must have been at Theresienstadt.

I blogged about the gas chambers at Theresienstadt on this post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/gas-chamber-at-theresienstadt/

I blogged about the scratches on the wall of the Auschwitz gas chamber on this post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/

The article also mentions “human ashes dumped into urns and stacked against a wall.”

I previously blogged about the ashes that were put into urns at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/the-urns-used-for-ashes-at-dachau-and-other-concentration-camps/

 

Speaking to the initial location of major concentration and extermination camps outside of Germany, he said “Hitler didn’t want to contaminate German soil.”  – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf

Pollack, an adjunct professor of English Competition at PCCC, used to teach at Ridgefield Park High School. In 1993, after Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation mandating Holocaust education in New Jersey public schools, Pollack visited concentration camp sites at Terezin, outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Auschwitz in Poland to make the video he showed the class on Monday.

The video reveals Terezin and Auschwitz in all their horror. The gas chambers were a labyrinth of darkened corridors where thousands were led to their deaths, some scratching at the walls in their final moments.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/teaching-the-holocaust-passaic-county-community-college-students-confront-horror-1.1004635#sthash.iqLivnqd.dpuf