This morning, I read an article, entitled “Shoes bear witness to Nazi horrors,” in the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper here. The following quote is from the article:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — There are pictures, videos and reams of information and items on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., yet somehow nothing seems more powerful than a room full of dusty, abandoned shoes.
There are thousands of pairs — some had heels, some were sandals — but all covered the feet of Jewish men, women and children before they were sent to the Nazi gas chambers. A visitor gets chills thinking of so many people obeying the command to remove their footwear, likely not knowing what was about to happen to them.
The photo below, taken at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, is shown in the newspaper article.
How do we know that these shoes “covered the feet of Jewish men, women and children before they were sent to the Nazi gas chambers,” as stated in the article?
The Nazis did not keep records of the names of the Jews, who were sent to the gas chamber, but they wanted the world to know that they were gassing the Jews, so they devised a plan to save the shoes as evidence.
Even at Bergen-Belsen, an exchange camp, which did not have gas chambers, the shoes were saved in huge piles, as shown in the photo below.
The largest piles of shoes, an estimated 800,000 pairs, were found at the Majdanek death camp, where it was originally claimed by the Soviet union that 1.5 million Jews had died. Now, it is claimed that only 59,000 Jews died at Majdanek.
Why were so many shoes found at Majdanek? It could be that each of the 59,000 Jews, who died there, brought several pairs of shoes with them. You never know when you might need a change of shoes.
The photo below was taken by Simon Robertson at the Majdanek Memorial Site.
A huge pile of shoes, which included baby shoes, was found by the American liberators of Dachau in April 1945. These shoes are shown in the photo below.
At Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 900,000 Jews were killed, according to the latest figures, there were more shoes found.
What were the Nazis planning to do with all these shoes? Were they saving them for future museums to display as evidence of the gassing of the Jews? During World War II, the Germany people had plenty of shoes; they were not suffering at all during the bombing of German cities — NOT! The German soldiers had plenty of good shoes; the Nazis didn’t need to recycle shoes for their soldiers — NOT! Use your heads, people. Don’t write silly news stories like the one cited above.