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May 14, 2014

The “always perspicacious” Glenn Beck has written a book on Common Core

Filed under: California, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am

Last night, on his TV show The Factor, Bill O’Reilly introduced his guest, Glenn Beck, as “the always perspicacious Glenn Beck.”

O’Reilly then proceeded to define this highfalutin word for Glenn Beck, who didn’t know what it meant.

Or maybe Beck was just pretending that he didn’t know.  Glenn Beck is self educated, and he doesn’t know what everyone in America should know, due to their indoctrination in the American school system.

Beck was a guest on The Factor because he is promoting a new book, which he has just written, on today’s educational standards, which are called Common Core.

Glenn Beck’s complaint, about Common Core standards, is that it is part of America’s “cultural war,” about which Bill O’Reilly has spoken many times on his TV show. Beck thinks that the purpose of the Common Core is to produce “good little workers” for American business firms.

Beck specifically mentioned a speech, given by Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft. Beck said that America is now “adopting  a new kind of capitalism, like that in China.” He added that “a truck driver doesn’t need to read Huck Finn.  He was making the point that today’s students are taught to be “good little workers.”

Glen cited the Common Core English test, which has sentences to “indoctrinate kids” into progressive thinking.

Way back in the Dark Ages, when I was in “grade school,” English was taught by having students diagram a sentence on a blackboard, a method which is not taught any more.  If you know how to diagram a sentence, you will never make the mistake of dangling a participle.  Today’s students, who type with their thumbs, on their “mobile device,” don’t know what a participle is and they couldn’t care less about English grammar.

Early on, during Glenn Beck’s former TV show, I deduced that Glenn is not a college graduate. He revealed many times, that he doesn’t know what every college graduate knows.  It was very clear to me that Glenn is completely self educated.

Just to make sure, I went to Wikipedia to confirm that Glenn Beck did not graduate from college.

I found this quote on Wikipedia:

In 1996, while working for a New Haven area radio station, Beck took a theology class at Yale University, with a written recommendation from Senator Joe Lieberman, a Yale alumnus who was a fan of Beck’s show at the time.[38] Beck enrolled in an “Early Christology” course, but soon withdrew, marking the extent of his post-secondary education.[36][39]

[…]
As he later recounted in his books and stage performances, Beck’s first attempt at self-education involved six wide-ranging authors, comprising what Beck jokingly calls “the library of a serial killer”: Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, and Friedrich Nietzsche.[38] During this time, Beck’s Mormon friend and former radio partner Pat Gray argued in favor of the “comprehensive worldview” offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an offer that Beck rejected until a few years later.[36]

I will probably not rush out to buy Glenn Beck’s new book, and I will tell you why:  I have now come to the conclusion that Common Core is a good idea for American’s schools.  All young people are now learning what they need to know to get along in today’s world.  They don’t need to learn the truth; what they need to know is accepted history.

Regarding the recent assignment, given to students in the Rialto Unified School District, to read a revisionist website, and then write a “critical thinking” essay on the Holocaust, I now believe that this was not a good thing. Today’s children need to know the accepted beliefs in America, whether these beliefs are true or not.

If a student wants to get a good job in America, he or she needs a progressive education in a progressive college, and they need to be able to regurgitate all the accepted details of the Holocaust.  A young person, who persists in reading Holocaust denial websites, should be advised that they will have to start their own company because they will not get a job in corporate America.

BTW, my father never read Huck Finn. He didn’t have a Common Core education. He never even made it past the 4th grade. So how was he able to get a job in corporate America? He didn’t. In fact, he NEVER had a job; he bought a truck and became a truck driver, working on his own.  He eventually founded a multi-million dollar, nation-wide trucking company, which is still in business.

Students who live in the 4 states in America, which do not have the Common Core, can always get a job as a truck driver. Or they can start their own business.

 

 

May 13, 2014

One Holocaust survivor’s journey, from the Miedzyrzec ghetto to Majdanek to Auschwitz to Belsen…

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:51 am

You can read the full story of 88-year-old Sonia Warshawski, a Holocaust survivor, in a recent news article here.

This quote is from the article:

Here is a woman who at 15 survived the ghetto of Miedzyrzec before being ripped from her family and herded into a cattle car to stand atop heaps of bodies. Starved close to death inside the Majdanek concentration camp, she watched as her own mother marched off, arm in arm with other mothers, to the gas chambers.

“I shall never forget in my life, this was the last time I saw her,” Warshawski said, her voice catching.

She witnessed children hanged and prisoners torn to pieces by German shepherds. In the fields, Warshawski spread the ashes of the dead.

“As fertilizer,” she said.

Later, at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Warshawski found herself face to face with [Dr.] Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who experimented on children and prisoners, but survived his “selections” to the gas chambers and was sent on a winter death march to Bergen-Belsen. On a day in April 1945, as English troops swept in to liberate the camp, a German soldier shot Warshawski in the chest.

After 21/2 years in the camps, she survived that, too.

“I was only 18,” she said.

Why did the Nazis allow Sonia Warshawski to live, after she had seen all this horror?  She was a witness to the gas chambers at both Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Then she was sent on a “death march” to Bergen-Belsen, which had, by that time, been converted from an exchange camp into a concentration camp.

The article continues with this quote:

A pile of bookmarks sits near the register [of her tailor shop]. They bear Warshawski’s photo along with images of barbed wire, the number tattooed on her left forearm [48689], and a poem about Auschwitz-Birkenau that she wrote in the hospital after the war. It begins:

In the dusk of night / What a terrible sight / Five chimneys are blasting

Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivoor’s True Story of Auschwitz, is the title of a famous book by Olga Lengyel. The “Five Chimneys” are the chimneys of the crematoria at Auschwitz. I haven’t read the book, but I assume that she means the 4 crematoria at Auschwtiz-Birkenau and the one chimney in the crematorium in the main Auschwitz camp.

Apparently, Sonia Warshawski also saw the 5 chimneys. Fortunately she didn’t go “up the chimney” herself, but lived to tell her story.

It seems strange to me that Sonia Warshawski was first sent to Majdanek, where she was not gassed in any of the 4 gas chambers there, but was transferred to Auschwitz, where there were 4 more gas chambers, to which she was not sent.

Then she was marched out of Auschwitz in the dead of winter, to Bergen-Belsen, which had been voluntarily turned over to the British, yet German soldiers had been allowed to stay in the camp, so that they could shoot innocent prisoners on the very day that the camp was “liberated” by the British.

I was curious about the location of the Miedzyrzec ghetto, so I looked it up on Wikipedia, and found that the ghetto was in the German General Government, which means that it was close to Auschwitz, which was also in the General Government.

This quote is from Wikipedia:

On the seventeenth of July 1943, the [Miedzyrzec] ghetto was liquidated, with all Jews deported to Treblinka and Majdanek death camps; at which time the last 160–200 residents were shot, and the city was officially declared free of Jews. Fewer than 1% of the Jewish population of the city survived the German occupation.

Auschwitz was the only place where prisoners were tattooed, so Sonia Warshawski was not tattooed until 1943, yet her tattoo number is a very low number.  I was curious about this, so I looked it up on the Internet and found this quote on the USHMM website:

 A third series of [tattoo] numbers was introduced [at Auschwitz] in March 1942 with the arrival of the first female prisoners. Approximately 90,000 female prisoners were identified with a series of numbers created for female prisoners in March 1942 until May 1944. Each new series of numbers introduced at Auschwitz began with “1.” Some Jewish prisoners (but not all) had a triangle tattooed beneath their serial number.

Curiously, an exception was made for Sonia Warshawski, whose tattoo number does not start with a 1.

 

 

May 12, 2014

Photos that prove that the Holocaust happened

The photo below is shown on this news article about the critical thinking fiasco in Riealto schools in California.

Bodies found at Nordhausen camp

Bodies found at Nordhausen camp

The caption on the photo is this:

Rows of bodies fill the yard of the Boelcke Barracks located in the south-east of the town of Nordhausen. The barracks was a subcamp of the Mittelbau-Dora Nazi concentration camp.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia

However, the text in the article includes this explanation:

Around 1300 inmates died on 3 and 4 April [1945] when British bombing raids destroyed substantial parts of the barracks during raids that destroyed three-quarters of the town a week before the US Army liberated it.

Is there no way to prevent Holocaust True Believers from posting fake photos that allegedly prove the Holocaust?  The photo above shows prisoners killed by Allied bombs, not Holocaust victims.

The news, about the fiasco concerning an assignment given recently to 2,200 students in the Rialto Unified School District in California, continues unabated. Today I read an article on the msnbc website which tells about Chris Matthew’s interview with Rabbi Abraham Cooper on his TV show Hardball on Thursday night, May 8, 2014.

The Rialto assignment asked the students to study three websites, including one Holocaust denial website, and then write an essay, using critical thinking, in which they would either defend the official Holocaust story or make a case for Holocaust denial.

The photo below was included in the news report about the Hardball show. (Click on the photo to see a larger size.)

Child survivors in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after the camp was liberated

Child survivors in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after the camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers in 1945

The photo, shown above, is from a film, made by the Soviets after the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was liberated. A similar photo, from the same film, is shown below.

Child survivors at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Still photo, taken from a Soviet film, shows child survivors at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above shows some of the 611 children in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after it was liberated. The girl on the far right is Miriam Mozes, the twin sister of Eva Mozes Kor. The twins were selected by Dr. Josef Mengele for his medical experiments. Miriam and her twin sister Eva both survived; Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated four days before their 11th birthday.

The photo of the children at the barbed wire fence is a still photo from a documentary film made by the Soviets in February 1945, so this is what the children in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp looked like, no more than four weeks after they were liberated by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945.

According to the official Holocaust story, children under the age of 15 were immediately sent to the gas chamber, except for twins like Eva and Miriam Moses, who were selected by Dr. Mengele for his medical experiments.

This photo of the child survivors should not be used in an article about the Holocaust. The photo shows very clearly that children at Auschwitz were kept in good health.  The children at Auschwitz wore their own clothes, not the uniforms that the adults wore.  The Soviets put adult size uniforms on the children before they filmed this documentary about the camp.

The point that I am making here is that a news article about the Holocaust should not show photos that prove the Holocaust denial side of the story. Use a photo that shows emaciated adults, not children, since the children were immediately gassed.

The photo below would be appropriate, but only if you know how to retouch a photo, so that you can remove the double chins on some of the prisoners. This photo is also from the film, made by the Soviets in February 1945.

Prisoners liberated from Auschwitz

Prisoners liberated from Auschwitz

 

 

May 11, 2014

Rialto students will visit the Museum of Tolerance to learn the truth about the Holocaust

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:00 am

Just a short message today to give a heads up to the students in Southern California, who were recently assigned to do an essay, using critical thinking.  The students have now been assigned to visit the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, CA. so that they can learn the truth about the Holocaust, after they were subjected to the horror of reading a Holocaust denial website.

One of the displays at the MOT, which really impressed me, was the one which showed babies being thrown out of a third story window by the Nazis. You can read what one visitor said about this display here.

This quote is from the web page, cited above:

… a family was watching from behind a fence as their niece (who had given birth 7 days prior) was rounded into the cattle cars with other hospital patients. After she left the family noted that an officer appeared in a window a few stories up. He began to toss babies out the window to their death into waiting cattle car beneath. Babies!

The other display, that I can’t forget, is the one which shows the drawings done by Simon Wiesenthal.  I blogged about these drawings on this blog post:
https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/fake-holocaust-pictures-the-legacy-of-simon-wiesenthal/

A word to the wise:  there are guards at the Museum of Tolerance, listening to every word you say.  Don’t be making comments about the displays, or you could wind up being put on trial for Holocaust denial. Not in America, which still has free speech, but you could be renditioned to Germany for trial.  If you don’t know what renditioned means, read my blog post about it at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/new-book-by-germar-rudolf-resistance-is-obligatory/

That’s all, folks. Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2014

“critical thinking” assignment started with the study of the Diary of Anne Frank

Filed under: California, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:59 am

Last December, the students in the Rialto Unified School District in California were assigned to read The Diary of Anne Frank just before they were given the Common Core assignment, in February 2014, to do some “critical thinking.”

The students were asked to read material on 3 websites, one of which was a Holocaust denial website, and then write an essay, giving their opinion on what they had learned from these three websites.  According to a news story, which I read yesterday, none of the 2,200 students, whose papers have been graded so far, came to the conclusion that the Holocaust was a hoax.

The reason, that most of the students rejected the premise that the Holocaust was a hoax, could be because the one Holocaust denial website, which they were assigned to read, says that The Diary of Anne Frank is a hoax.  The one and only person, that I know of, who made that claim was Robert Faurisson, one of the first Holocaust deniers. I blogged about it on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/the-dairy-of-anne-frank-is-it-authentic/

Hungarian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Yesterday, I read an article, written by John Hayward on the Human Events website. The photo above was shown at the top of the article,  which included this quote:

If you read the diary of Anne Frank and come away from the experience willing to entertain the notion that this whole Holocaust thing might have been a hoax, you didn’t read it very carefully.

The photo, that is shown above the article, is a poor choice, in my humble opinion, because it is a photo that disproves the Holocaust. The photo shows Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz, where they were given a shower and a haircut before being admitted into the camp. These men are obviously over the age of 45, and should have been sent to the gas chamber, according to Holocaust lore.

The reason that Anne Frank’s family decided to go into hiding was because Anne’s sister Margo had received a notice that she should report for an assignment to work in a labor camp.  I knew what this meant because I had read a book called The Nazi Officer’s Wife.  In the book, the girl who later became a Nazi Officer’s wife, told about how she was treated well, given plenty of food, and allowed to return home after two years in the work camp. Amazingly, she was even allowed to visit a nearby town on weekends and she was allowed to send food home to her family.

It was not just Jews, who were sent to these labor camps.  During the Nazi years, every German boy and girl had to work, for no pay, in a labor camp for two years.

Because the Franks had gone into hiding, they were treated worse than they would have been treated, had they not gone into hiding.

The story of Anne Frank and her family constitutes “Holocaust denial.”  As every student of the Holocaust knows, prisoners over the age of 45, who were sent to Auschwitz, ended up in the gas chamber, after going through a selection, and being waved to the  left by Dr. Mengele, the “Angel of Death.”  Anne’s father was 56 years old, when he arrived at Auschwitz, yet he was not sent immediately to the gas chamber, but was selected to work.

After a few months of working at Auschwitz, Otto Frank, who had previously never worked a day in his life, decided that heavy labor was not for him. He got a Jewish doctor in the camp to put him into the camp hospital, where he remained until the camp was liberated by the Soviet Union.

Anne Frank was over the age of 15 when she arrived at Auschwitz, so she was able to pass the selection and was not sent immediately to the gas chamber. However, she soon became sick and couldn’t work, so she was sent to Bergen-Belsen, the EXCHANGE camp in Germany.  The train that took her to Bergen-Belsen was a train loaded with sick prisoners, which was monitored by the Red Cross.

If Anne had not gone into hiding, along with her family, she would have eventually been sent to the Star camp at Bergen-Belsen, where she would have been treated very well.  Her school friends, who did not go into hiding, were sent to the Star  Camp, where they survived, and then went to Israel after the war.

I wrote a detailed description of the house where the Frank family went into hiding on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

 

May 9, 2014

It’s time for some “critical thinking”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:18 am

The story of the “critical thinking” assignment in a California school goes on, ad nauseam. In today’s news, I read this article here.

The quote below is from the article:

In December, a small group of eighth-grade teachers developed an assignment for the districts 2,000 eighth-grade students. The assignment was a lesson in using critical thinking, one of the Common Core requirements for students. Students were asked to write an “argumentative essay” about the Holocaust, and if it actually occurred or if it was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

The photo shown below was included (in a smaller size) in the article.

Americans viewing  the bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf

Americans viewing the bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf

The photo above shows General Eisenhower in the center of the American soldiers who are viewing the bodies allegedly left out at Ohrdruf when the camp was evacuated on April 2, 1945.  I have this photo on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Ohrdruf/index.html

This quote is from the page of my website, which is cited above:

In the photo above, the prisoners have been partially covered by blankets because their pants had been pulled down, an indication that these men might have been killed by their fellow prisoners after the Germens left. The first Americans on the scene [on April 4, 1945] said that the blood was still wet. The liberators all agreed that these prisoners had been shot, although some witnesses said that they had been shot in the neck, while others said that they had been mowed down by machine gun fire.

The American soldiers were told by Ohrdruf survivors that these prisoners had been shot by the SS on April 2nd because they had run out of trucks for transporting sick prisoners out of the camp, but there were sick prisoners still inside the barracks when the Americans arrived.

The above quote, from my website scrapbookpages.com, is a prime example of why students should do some critical thinking, meaning that they should study both sides of the Holocaust issue, not just the Holocaust Believers side.

If you still don’t get it, I will explain it more clearly:  The American generals were told that these bodies were bodies of prisoners who had been killed by the Germans before they left on April 2nd. Yet the blood was still wet, when the Americans arrived on April 4th and the bodies had been covered by blankets to hide the fact that the bodies had been mutilated.  The story told by some of the escaped prisoners, who had come back to the camp, was that these prisoners had been killed by the Germans because they had run out of trucks to transport them to the main Buchenwald camp.

The fact that this photo is shown in a news article, bemoaning the fact that students are required to do some critical thinking, shows that the whole Holocaust story is a bunch of lies and half-truths.

The photo below is also shown in the article about critical thinking.

Cremation ovens at Buchenwald

Cremation ovens at Buchenwald

In the news article, the caption on the photo above is this:

“Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at Weimar (Buchenwald), Germany, taken by the 3rd U.S. Army. Prisoners of all nationalities were tortured and killed. 04/14/1945.”

“anti-Nazi German women”? Buchenwald was a camp for men. There were no women at Buchenwald, even in the last days of the war. Another obvious lie, told by Holocaust Believers.

Many otherwise well-informed people mistakenly believe that “gas ovens” were used in the Nazi concentration camps to murder the Jews. On the old Hannity and Colmes TV show on 12/13/06, Alan Colmes showed a photo of two cremation ovens at Buchenwald (similar to the photo above) with the remains of partially burned bodies visible, as he said: “A number of people at this conference and your organization have said things like ‘The gas chambers did not exist.’ I want to put up on the screen the furnaces that were used to kill Jews.”

In the last days of free speech in America, for Heaven’s sake, let the students learn all sides of the Holocaust story.

 

May 8, 2014

Update on Holocaust “critical thinking” student assignment

You can read the latest on a school assignment for students in California, which required them to do some “critical thinking” by researching the Holocaust from both  sides.

This quote is from the latest news about the assignment:

After days, of putting up the barricades, the school board backed down, on Monday, May 05, 2014, and discovered that the Holocaust was real and admitted its error.

Coming upon the remains of the Holocaust, General Dwight Eisenhower demanded that the Nazi atrocities be explicitly documented. Eisenhower feared that with the passage of time some “son of a bitch” will deny it.

It seems some of those “sons of bitches” just might govern the Rialto school district. But use your critical thinking skills and make your own decision.

The link on the phrase “son of a bitch” takes you to a website which shows photos, which prove the Holocaust. I have copied some of the photos, that I have identified.

Bodies of dead prisoners piled up at the Crematorium

Bodies of dead prisoners piled up at the crematorium in the Dachau concentration camp

Dead bodies piled up outside the Dachau crematorium

Dead bodies piled up outside the Dachau crematorium

In the first photo above, notice what appears to be a wooden door leaning against something. The second photo shows this same door, which identities the photo as being taken at Dachau, a day or two after the camp was liberated. The bodies were piled up because the camp had run out of coal to burn the bodies. A couple of days later, the Dachau prisoners were put to work hauling these bodies away to be buried.

News men at Dachau several days after the camp was liberated

News men at Dachau several days after the camp was liberated

The photo above is the third photo shown on the website, cited above.  It shows newspaper reporters who were brought to Dachau to get the story. The bodies laid out in the photo are the bodies of prisoners who had died several days AFTER the camp was liberated. These are the bodies of prisoners who died of typhus AFTER the camp was liberated.

Bodies in a mass grave at Bergen-Belsen

Bodies in a mass grave at Bergen-Belsen

The fourth photo shown on the website is the photo above. This photo was taken at Bergen-Belsen, where there was a typhus epidemic in progress when the Germans turned the camp over to the British on April 15, 1945.

The photo shown below has the caption: “6 million Jews”.  The men in this photo are not Jews.  They are Russian Prisoners of War in the Mauthausen camp in Austria.

Russian Prisoners at Mauthausen

Russian Prisoners of War at Mauthausen

Moving right along, we see a very famous photo, which shows a BRITISH soldier shoving bodies at Bergen-Belsen into a mass grave. These are the bodies of prisoners who died of typhus. The British used a bulldozer so that they would not have to handle diseased bodies.

British soldier drives a bulldozer to shove bodies of typhus victims into mass  grave

British soldier drives a bulldozer to shove bodies of typhus victims into mass grave

Remarkably, the caption on the bulldozer photo is this:

20 million Russians were murdered, raped and humiliated.
And now, much of the world denies or wants to forget about it.

And people wonder why there are so many “Holocaust deniers.”

Finally, we get to the last photo, which is the most disingenuous of all: a photo of the prisoners at Nordhausen who were killed by an American bomb that hit the camp.  This photo is frequently shown as a photo of Jews killed by the Nazis.

Bodies laid out at Nordhausen were the bodies of prisoners killed by an American bomb

Bodies laid out at Nordhausen were the bodies of prisoners killed by an American bomb

 

 

May 7, 2014

Jaw-dropping writing assignment in a California school!

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:20 am

Last night, I was absolutely flabbergasted to hear, on Fox News, about an assignment in a California school, in which 8th graders were asked to write an 18 page essay about the Holocaust and “whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

You can read all about this controversy in a news article here.

According to the news article, these California students were given “three sources to use to write their essays. One of the sources reportedly alleges the gassings in concentration camps were a “hoax” and there is no evidence Jews actually died in gas chambers.”

This quote is from the news article:

The [first] source, [given in  the assignment] traced to a webpage on biblebelievers.org.au, states: “With all this money at stake for Israel, it is easy to comprehend why this Holocaust hoax is so secretly guarded. In whatever way you can, please help shatter this profitable myth. It is time we stop sacrificing America’s welfare for the sake of Israel and spend our hard-earned dollars on Americans.”

The other two sources were from About.com and History.com, KTLA-TV reports.

In a follow-up news article about the essay assignment, the biblebelievers.org.au website article is criticized because it states that the Diary of Anne Frank is a fraud. This is a mistake in the website article, which I noticed.  I blogged about this controversy at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/the-dairy-of-anne-frank-is-it-authentic/

The purpose of this 8th grade assignment was to teach students “critical thinking.”  When I was in the 8th grade, back in the Dark Ages, there was no such thing as “critical thinking.”  I had to look up this term on the Internet to find out exactly what it means.   I found a definition which I am quoting below:

A well-cultivated critical thinker:

Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely

Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively

Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards

Thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences

Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems

I have not had any training in “Critical Thinking,” but here is how I would answer the question on the assignment:

The term “Holocaust” is the name given to a number of events, involving the Jews, which happened in Europe during the period between 1933 and 1945. The details of these events are quite controversial and there are two schools of thought concerning these events: One school of thought is that the details have been  exaggerated and some claims are outright lies. The official version of the events, which are collectively called “the Holocaust,” is the Jewish version that is required by law, in 19 countries, to be believed under the threat of 5 years in prison.

No other event in the entire history of the world is required by law to be believed. This leads some people to doubt the events that people are required by law to believe in 19 different countries.

As for me, I’m from Missouri, the “Show Me” state. I don’t believe anything until I see the proof.  Show me the proof of the gas chambers.

May 6, 2014

Holocaust denial is now illegal in Russia

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:25 pm

Russian president Vladimir Putin has just signed a law which will make it a criminal offense for a Russian citizen to “deny facts recognized by the [Nuremberg] international military tribunal that judged and punished the major war criminals of the European Axis countries…”

You can read the full story in this news report:  http://jpupdates.com/2014/05/05/holocaust-deniers-russia-now-face-prison-time/

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill making attempts to “whitewash Nazism” punishable with hefty fines and prison sentences, the Kremlin press service said Monday.

“The Federal Law makes it a criminal offense to deny facts recognized by the international military tribunal that judged and punished the major war criminals of the European Axis countries, approving the crimes this tribunal judged, and deliberately spreading false information about the Soviet Union’s activities during World War II,” the Kremlin press service said in an English-language statement, according to Russian media.

In my humble opinion, it is completely and totally stupid to base a law on “facts” that were “recognized” at the Nuremberg IMT. As almost everyone in the world knows by now, the verdicts at Nuremberg were based on lies told by prosecution witnesses, and on numerous fraudulent documents.

There is an article, written by Mark Weber for the Institute of Historical Review, which you can read in full at http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v12/v12p167_Webera.html

The article is quite lengthy, and excessively erudite, but this quote from the article outlines the most important aspects of the crimes committed by the Allies at the Nuremberg IMT:

The Charter of the International Military Tribunal permitted the use of normally inadmissible “evidence.” Article 19 specified that “The Tribunal shall not be bound by technical rules of evidence… and shall admit any evidence which it deems to have probative value.” Article 21 stipulated: /42

The Tribunal shall not require proof of facts of common knowledge but shall take judicial notice thereof. It shall also take judicial notice of official governmental documents and reports of the United [Allied] Nations, including acts and documents of the committees set up in the various allied countries for the investigation of war crimes, and the records and findings of military and other Tribunals of any of the United [Allied] Nations.

On the basis of these articles, the Tribunal accepted as valid the most dubious “evidence,” including hearsay and unsubstantiated reports of Soviet and American “investigative” commissions. For example, the Tribunal accepted an American congressional report that “proved” gas chamber killings at Dachau, and a Polish government report (submitted by the US) that “proved” killings by steam at Treblinka. /43 (No reputable historian now accepts either of these stories.)

In addition, the Tribunal validated Soviet reports about Auschwitz and Majdanek (documents USSR-8 and USSR-29), which explained in detail how the Germans killed four million at Auschwitz and another one-and-a-half million at Majdanek. (These days, no reputable historian accepts either of these fantastic figures.)

German guilt for the killing of thousands of Polish officers in the Katyn forest near Smolensk was similarly confirmed by Nuremberg document USSR-54. This detailed report by yet another Soviet “investigative” commission was submitted as proof for the charge made in the joint indictment of the four Allied governments. As a Soviet prosecutor explained: “We find, in the Indictment, one of the most important criminal acts for which the major war criminals are responsible was the mass execution of Polish prisoners of war shot in the Katyn forest near Smolensk by the German fascist invaders.” /44 (Interestingly, two of the eight members of the Soviet Katyn Commission were also members of the Soviet Auschwitz commission: Academician N. Burdenko and Metropolitan Nikolai.) It wasn’t until 1990 that the Soviet government finally acknowledged that the Katyn massacre was carried out, not by a German unit, as “proven” at Nuremberg, but by the Soviet secret police. /45

It is sometimes claimed that the evidence presented by the prosecution to the Nuremberg Tribunal was so incontrovertible that none of the defense attorneys ever disputed the authenticity or accuracy of even a single prosecution document. /46 This is not true. Not only did defense lawyers protest against the prosecution use of spurious documents, but some of the most important Nuremberg documents are now generally acknowledged to be fraudulent. /47

For example, defense attorney Dr. Boehm protested to the Tribunal that Nuremberg document 1721-PS, which purportedly confirms attacks by stormtroopers against Jewish synagogues in November 1938, is a clumsy forgery. He went on to explain his reasons at some length. /48

Several Nuremberg documents based on the purported “death bed confession” of Mauthausen commandant Franz Ziereis, are demonstrably fraudulent. (Nuremberg documents 1515-PS, 3870-PS, and NO-1973.) These documents supposedly prove systematic killings of hundreds of thousands of people by gassing and other means at Mauthausen and Hartheim. /49

Almost forty years after the Tribunal handed down its verdicts, Nuremberg document USSR-378 was definitively exposed as a fraud. It is a purported record of numerous private conversations with Hitler by Hermann Rauschning, a former National Socialist official in Danzig. In brutal language, the Führer supposedly revealed his most intimate thoughts and secret plans for world conquest. Rauschning’s “memoir” was published in 1939 in Britain under the title Hitler Speaks, and in the United States in 1940 as The Voice of Destruction. It was this US edition that was accepted in evidence at Nuremberg as proof of the “guiding principles of the Nazi regime.”

Chief British prosecutor Sir Hartley Shawcross and his Soviet colleagues cited numerous quotations from it. Defendant Baldur von Schirach contested its authenticity, but defense attorney Pelckmann (who did not know any better) accepted this “evidence” as authentic. /50 In 1983 Swiss historian Wolfgang Hänel established that the “memoir” is entirely fraudulent. Rauschning never had even a single private meeting with Hitler. /51

Another fraudulent Nuremberg document is the so-called “Hossbach protocol” (document 386-PS), a purported record of a high-level 1937 conference at which Hitler supposedly revealed his secret plans for aggressive conquest. US Nuremberg prosecutor Sidney Alderman called it “one of the most striking and revealing of all the captured documents,” and told the Tribunal that it removed any remaining doubts about the guilt of the Germans leaders for their crimes against peace. It was largely on the basis of this document that Göring was condemned to death. /52

Similarly spurious is Nuremberg document L-3 (US-28), supposedly a record of a bellicose speech by Hitler to armed forces commanders on August 22, 1939. It contains a widely cited quotation attributed to Hitler, “Who talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?” /53

In Germany, a person who is put on trial for Holocaust denial, is not allowed to put on a defense. I assume that this will also be the case in Russia. If not, there is sure to be a lot of Russian crimes exposed by deniers trying to defend themselves.

May 5, 2014

Dachau gas chamber was a “windowless room”…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am
Dachau gas chamber

Dachau gas chamber

According to Pfc. Harold Porter, a medic with the U.S. Army’s 116th Evacuation Hospital, the gas chamber found by the American liberators of Dachau, on April 29, 1945, was a “windowless room.”

You can read the entire letter, which Pfc. Porter wrote to his parents from Dachau here.

This quote from the letter, which Pfc. Porter wrote to his parents, describes what he called the “execution chamber” at Dachau:

Behind the furnace was the execution chamber, a windowless cell twenty feet square with gas nozzles every few feet across the ceiling. Outside, in addition to the huge mound of charred bone fragments, were the carefully sorted and stacked clothes of the victims – which obviously numbered in the thousands. Although I stood there looking at it, I couldn’t believe it. The realness of the whole mess is just gradually dawning on me, and I doubt if it will ever on you.

Two little windows on the east wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Two little windows on the east wall of the Dachau gas chamber

What in the hell is he talking about?  Of course, there were windows in the gas chamber. In 2007, I photographed the two little windows, shown in the photo above and in the two photos below, in the Dachau gas chamber

My 2007 photo of one of the openings on the  wall of the Dachau gas chamber

My 2007 photo of one of the openings on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Another opening on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Another opening on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Technically, these two openings on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber are not windows; there is no glass covering the openings. The openings were connected to chutes on the wall outside the gas chamber.  According to the tour guides at Dachau, these openings were used to put Zyklon-B pellets into the gas chamber.

Piles of clothing at Dachau prove that thousands of Jews were killed in the gas chamber

Piles of clothing at Dachau prove that thousands of Jews were killed in the gas chamber

According to Pfc. Porter, the gas came through “gas nozzles” on the ceiling.  Actually, the Zyklon-B gas was in the  form of pellets, which could not go through a nozzle. My photo below shows one of the nozzles on the ceiling of the Dachau gas chamber.

My 2001 photo of the last remaining shower nozzle in Dachau gas chamber

My 2001 photo of the last remaining shower nozzle in Dachau gas chamber

Is it possible that the US Army constructed the two little windows on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber, after they learned that the gas could not have come  through the shower heads?  No, no, no! Americans would never do something like that.  Don’t even suggest this in the 19 countries which have laws against Holocaust denial, or you might end up in prison for 5 years.

The family of Harold Porter should keep his letter private, lest he be indicted for Holocaust denial posthumously. Even worse, he could be accused of implicating the US Army in the construction of the little windows in the Dachau “execution room” AFTER the camp was liberated.

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