The title of my blog post today is a quote from an article, written by Warner M. Montgomery, and published in the Columbia Star weekly newspaper.
I am writing a long comment on this article because it contains some serious errors, which might confuse readers. Mr. Montgomery was writing about a trip that he took to Auschwitz in 1991. The title of the article mentions “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” The “Jewish Question” was whether the Jews should have their own state, within the country of Germany, or whether they should have their own state some place else, e.g. Palestine. I explained all this in a previous blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/kristallnacht-marked-the-beginning-of-hitlers-war-against-the-jews/
This quote is from the article in the Columbia Star weekly newspaper:
June 1991. The sun was shining. Flowers were blooming. Birds were singing. But the air was screaming with the horror of four million people walking to their death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
In 1991, visitors to Auschwitz were told that 4 million people were killed at Auschwitz; this was the number given in testimony by the Soviet Union at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. That number has now been downgraded to 1.1 million deaths at Auschwitz, including 900,000 Jews.
This quote is also from the article written by Warner M. Montgomery:
The trains would arrive at Birkenau where the women and children were unloaded. The men were unloaded two miles away at Auschwitz. Family members never saw each other again. The prisoners passed through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, unsuspecting of what lay ahead.
This is confusing because Birkenau was the Auschwitz II camp, known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Auschwitz I camp, which had the Arbeit macht Frei sign, was two miles from the Birkenau camp. However, the trains that brought the prisoners to Auschwitz stopped in the Auschwitz II camp, where both men and women got off.
The photo below shows both men and women getting off a train that has just arrived at the Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The photo below is shown in the Columbia Star weekly paper, along with the article.
The article in the Columbia Star identifies the photo above as a photo taken in the MEN’S camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was actually taken in the WOMEN’S camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The women’s camp is shown in my 2005 photo below.
This quote is also from the article, written by Warner M. Montgomery:
One room even contained orthopedic appliances, such as crutches, leg braces, even artificial limbs. It was obvious that nothing went unnoticed or unused by the Nazi masters.
When I visited the Auschwitz Museum in the main camp in 1998, I was told by my tour guide that these crutches and artificial limbs were taken from World War II Polish war veterans, who had been brought to the Auschwitz main camp, as prisoners, because they were fighting, as illegal combatants, with the Polish Resistance.