There oughta be a law…. One of the most egregious Holocaust lies is the one about the Nordhausen camp, which was first discovered by American troops on April 11, 1945.
The photo below was published in Life Magazine in May, 1945. It shows prisoners at the Dora-Mittelbau camp, aka Nordhausen, who were killed by American bombs. This photo is frequently shown as proof of German atrocities.
I previously blogged about Nordhausen on this post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-liberation-of-the-dora-mittelbau-nordhausen-labor-camp-by-american-troops/
This quote, about the Nordhausen camp, is from Wikipedia:
Mittelbau-Dora (also Dora-Mittelbau and Nordhausen-Dora) was a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Its prisoners were used by the SS mainly in the tunnel excavation and nearby underground stations of the Mittelwerk Ltd., in Kohnstein, situated near Nordhausen, where the V-2 rocket and the flying bomb V-1 rocket were produced.
This morning, I read an article, written by Alan Johnson, which was published yesterday in the Ohio newspaper The Columbus Dispatch.
The following quote is from the article in The Columbus Dispatch:
[Bill] Ruth, a Roman Catholic, remembers praying the Rosary after witnessing the horror [at Nordhausen]. “I wondered if the Germans were praying for the same thing as I was — that the war ends soon.” [The Jews] lost everything: family, homes, possessions. But miraculously, inexplicably, they survived. Central Ohio survivors and an American liberator shared their stories leading to Monday’s dedication of the Statehouse Holocaust and Liberators Memorial. […]
Bill Ruth, a native of Johnstown, Pa., and a radio operator with the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division, had no idea of the hell he was about to enter as his unit approached the Nordhausen concentration camp in central Germany on April 15, 1945. [Nordhausen had been found by American troops on April 11, 1945.]
“After a bitter battle with these fanatic Germans,” Ruth wrote in his diary at the time, “ Nordhausen has fallen and what we encountered is sickening, atrocious and mind boggling. [Nordhausen had been abandoned by the Germans before the Americans arrived.]
“What we saw is hard to describe. … Bodies heaped on piles with barely enough flesh to hold the skeleton together. What looked like hundreds of dead bodies on a pile, you would see a hand move, or leg or a muted groan. These poor souls were literally starved to death and left to die on this pile.”
Ruth, now 92, said he went to war when “President Roosevelt sent me a real nice invitation.” It was 1942 and he was 20 years old.
Ruth said he survived “five near misses” before arriving at Nordhausen.
While he has vivid memories of other wartime experiences, Ruth said he doesn’t want to remember but cannot forget the horror of liberating a death camp. [Nordhausen was a labor camp, where prisoners had been working to build rockets.]
“So much happens during the war and you don’t think about it until years later,” he said at his Worthington home. “I felt like a lot of guys did. It was our duty.”
Nordhausen was an extermination camp where prisoners were left to die of illness and starvation. [Nordhausen had been abandoned by the Germans; the prisoner had been taken to the Bergen-Belsen camp. The prisoners who were too sick to walk had been carried out, on stretchers, by the Germans.]
It should be incumbent upon former soldiers to learn the facts before telling their stories to gullible Americans. Even at the age of 92, Holocaust liars and exaggerators should be put on trial, convicted and sent to prisoner for 5 years. They should be tried under the legal concept of “common design,” for which there is no defense.