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June 17, 2014

The Holocaust survivor who hated Volkswagens because that’s the company that made the gas chambers

According to an article in the Wisconsin Daily Union newspaper, which you can read in full here, Holocaust survivor Walter Peltz “hated Volkswagens, because that’s the company that made the gas chambers.”

1966 Volkswagen Beetle

1966 Volkswagen Beetle

This quote is from the news article:

At the end of his life, 84-year-old Walter Peltz found himself back in the Holocaust, reliving the horror years of his incarceration in the concentration camps of Majdanek, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen and Dachau.

Note that Walter Peltz survived four camps, all of which had gas chambers, according to official Holocaust history.  The remains of the gas chambers at Majdanek, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen and Dachau can still be seen today.  Curiously, the design of the gas chambers in these four camps are all different.

The Volkswagen was the people’s car, an inexpensive car designed for the German volk.

This quote is also from the article about Walter Peltz, and his widow Arleen, who spoke to children in the Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson, Wisconsin recently:

Soldiers had to volunteer to be a member of Hitler’s SS, however, and it was those “death squads” that served as guards in most of the major concentration camps, Arleen [Peltz] said.

The widow noted that much later in his life, Walter served as a witness against two former SS officers who made it to Milwaukee under false pretenses, and the officers were then deported.

“I feel sorry for their children, I really do,” Arleen said.

But, she noted, “The men claimed that they were forced to do what they did, but nobody forced them to whip people to death. Nobody forced them to kill infants for fun. Nobody forced them to use swords on pregnant women to kill their babies.”

Wisconsin and Missouri have the largest number of German-Americans today.  What will this do to the self esteem of the German-American students who have to listen to stories of German soldiers stabbing pregnant woman with a sword in order to kill their babies.

I previously blogged about the pregnant women who had their babies in a sub-camp of Dachau, and were then brought to the main Dachau camp:

This quote is from the news article:

[Walter Peltz] spent 18 months at Majdanek, working in the gas chambers and crematoriums. Then he was transferred to Auschwitz as part of a labor force to build railroad tracks. He broke all of his toes on that project serving as a “human mule,” as prisoners did all the tasks animals would usually do.

Arleen said she has been to the former [Majdanek] camp. It’s disconcerting to realize it’s right in the middle of the city and people had to have some idea what was happening there, she said.

“People who told me they didn’t know — I wish they’d said nothing at all,” she said of her visit in latter years.

It was at this camp Dr. Joseph Mengele, famed for his inhuman medical experiments, used to stand, pointing his thumb one direction or the other to indicate whether each new arrival would live or die, Arleen said.

Walter then was transferred via Oranienburg to Sachsenhausen, a labor camp, and then on to Dachau.

Note that Arlene, the widow of Walter Peltz, told the 8th graders in the Jefferson Middle School that Dr. Joseph Mengele was at Majdanek, pointing his thumb to indicate who would live and who would die. According to the news article, her late husband Walter Peltz was working in the gas chambers at Majdanek during this time.

“But Dachau was worse, much worse, [Walter] said. [Arlene] recalled him describing whippings for nothing and prisoners being tortured by being forced to remain still for long periods between electrified wires.”

So Dachau was worse than Majdanek, according to Walter Peltz.  What about the orders given by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the concentration camps, who warned the guards in the camps that they were not allowed to “lay violent hands on the prisoners”?  There were 128 guards in the camp prison at Dachau when the camp was liberated. They were being punished for mistreating the prisoners.

What effect will Arlene’s lies have on the young German-American  students in the Jefferson Middle School?  There should be a law against Holocaust survivors and the widows of Holocaust survivors telling obvious lies to young children in American schools.