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June 20, 2014

Holocaust survivor was saved from the gas chamber at Auschwitz because “the camp commander was afraid to carry out more exterminations”

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:48 pm

You can read the full story of Holocaust survivor Dina Rosenberg Jacobson in this news article at

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/CB/20140412/NEWS01/106130035/A-blue-tattoo-Tier-Holocaust-survivor-inspires-region-never-forget

This quote is from near the end of the article, cited in the link above:

Toward the war’s end, Jacobson said she was among a group of women sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz, but released after 24 hours. She said in a 1977 interview she believed the camp commander was afraid to carry out more exterminations.

The “camp commander” is not named in the article. This could have been Josef Kramer, or it might have been Rudolf Hoess.

The photo below shows Dr. Josef Mengele on the left, Rudold Hoess in the center and Josef Kramer on the right. Dr. Mengle made the selections for the gas chamer, and the other two men were, at separate times, commandants at Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudolf Hoess, and Josef Kramer

Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudolf Hoess, and Josef Kramer

What did the “camp commander” think would happen to him if he carried out more “exterminations”?   The extermination [ausrotten] of the Jews had been ordered by Hitler. The camp commander should have been afraid of what would happen to him if he didn’t carry out more “exterminations.”  Did he expect mercy from the Allies if he stopped the “exterminations”?  His goose was already cooked because he had carried out some “exterminations” already.  [Extermination is the Holocaust believers definition of ausrotten. The German definition of ausrotten is “to get rid of.”]

This quote is also from the article about Dina Rosenberg Jacobson:

Dina Rosenberg Jacobson looks down at [the number tattooed on her arm]. “8-2-7-7-9,” she said, without emotion. “That is the name.”

But not the essence of this Holocaust survivor who, as a young woman seven decades ago, lost nearly all her family and was stripped of her own name and humanity in a concentration camp.

Dina Rosenberg was NOT stripped of her own name.  She was given a unique number, that was exclusively her identification, so that she could not be confused with any other young woman with the name Rosenberg, which is a very common name for Jews.

Here is the gist of Dina Rosenberg’s story, as told in the news article:

In Auschwitz, she and other prisoners got up at 3 a.m. and went to bed at 10 p.m. They moved big rocks back and forth all day long in an effort to break their spirit. They knelt for hours on gravel until their legs bled. She lost hearing when a guard hit her. Stale bread and rotten cabbage soup was a meal. Hunger and thirst was a constant. A wrong look at a guard or wavering in line could earn punishment or death. Countless times, she saw others pulled or herded into the gas chamber.

Why did the guards at Auschwitz allow witnesses to see them pulling or herding the Jews into the gas chamber? Did they want to make sure that, after the war, the Allies would know that Jews had been killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz?

Were there signs on the gas chamber buildings at Auschwitz, so that witnesses like Dina Rosenberg would know that the Jews were being gassed?

U.S. soldier poses in  front of the door into one of the 4 small gas chambers

U.S. soldier poses in front of the door into one of the 4 small gas chambers at Dachau

At Dachau, the Nazis had the courtesy to put a sign, which said “Gaszeit” [gas time] on the door to a gas chamber so that witnesses would know that the Jews were being “herded into the gas  chamber.”  What’s the use of gassing Jews if no one knows about it?

The tattoo number on Dina Rosenberg’s arm is unique: 8-2-7-7-9. Is it possible that the Nazis created a new series of numbers, just for her.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has an article which explains the tattoo numbers:

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007056

This quote is from the USHMM website:

The site of the tattoo was changed to the outer side of the left forearm. However, prisoners from several transports in 1943 had their numbers tattooed on the inner side of their left upper forearms. Tattooing was generally performed during registration when each prisoner was assigned a camp serial number. Since prisoners sent directly to the gas chambers were never issued numbers, they were never tattooed. […]

A third series of numbers was introduced 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.

In order to avoid the assignment of excessively high numbers from the general series to the large number of Hungarian Jews arriving in 1944, the SS authorities introduced new sequences of numbers in mid-May 1944. This series, prefaced by the letter A, began with “1” and ended at “20,000.” Once the number 20,000 was reached, a new series beginning with “B” series was introduced. Some 15,000 men received “B” series tattoos. For an unknown reason, the “A” series for women did not stop at 20,000 and continued to 30,000.

Dina Rosenberg’s tattoo number does not fit into the explanation of the numbers, given by the USHMM.  I did some more research to find out what year Dina was sent to Auschwitz. I learned that she had died recently at the age of 92.  The news of her death can be read at http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140613/NEWS01/306130049/Holocaust-survivor-Dina-Jacobson-Elmira-dies

I had to go back to the USHMM website and read the information about the tattoo numbers again.  I found the information quoted below:

A separate series of numbers was introduced in January 1942 for “reeducation” prisoners [non-Jews] who had not received numbers from the general series. Numbers from this new series were assigned retroactively to “reeducation” prisoners who had died or been released, while their superseded general-series serial numbers were reassigned to new “general” arrivals [Jews].

So Dina’s number was not unique after all. She was given a number that had previously been assigned to a non-Jew.  She died at the age of 92, so she was born in 1922 and was 20 years old when she arrived at Auschwitz in 1942 — too old for the gas chamber.  She was kept alive so that she could tell her story, for years on the lecture circuit, claiming to be a witness to the prisoners being gassed at Auschwitz.

Rest in peace, Dina. You did your part in keeping the gas chamber story alive.

 

The method, used at Dachau, to input the gas into the gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:33 am

Yesterday, one of the readers of my blog provided a link to a website where I found the photo shown below.

Wheel used to turn on the gas which flowed through pipes into the Dachau gas chamber

Hand turning a wheel

The photo above shows what looks like a hand turning a wheel, which will turn on the gas that flowed through pipes, such as the pipes that were found, going into the Dachau shower room.  When the American liberators arrived at Dachau, on April 29, 1945, they had never before seen a homicidal gas chamber, but they assumed that the gas flowed through the shower heads in the large shower room, located just outside the camp.

I took the photo below, which shows two of the wheels, used for turning on the water, which flowed through the shower heads in the alleged Dachau gas chamber.

Pipes going into the Dachau shower room

Pipes going into the Dachau shower room

I took the photo above, through a window on the outside wall of BarackeX at Dachau, which is shown below.

Window on the outside wall in the rear of the Dachau gas chamber

Window on the outside wall in the rear of the BarackeX building, where the gas chamber is located

BarackeX building  at Dachau, where the gas chamber is located

BarackeX building at Dachau

The mass gassing of the Jews had been known since 1942, when the British first announced it over the radio. When the American liberators arrived at Dachau, they were immediately escorted to BarackeX, the gas chamber building, by a British SOE agent, Albert Guérisse, who was a prisoner there; he had been captured while fighting as an illegal combatant in the French Resistance.

An order had been issued from Berlin on July 23, 1942 to begin construction of BarackeX at a cost of 150,000 Reichsmark. On the blueprints for BarackeX, the homicidal gas chamber was called a shower room, but each of the four disinfection chambers was called a Gaskammer, the German word for gas chamber.

By the time that BarackeX was finished in 1943, millions of European Jews had already been killed in the gas chambers at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor after being transported to the East, and millions more were destined to be sent to the death camps at Auschwitz and Majdanek. Dachau was mainly a camp for Communist political prisoners, anti-Fascist resistance fighters, most of whom were Catholic, and Soviet POWs.

The photograph above, taken in May 2007, shows Baracke X, the building where the infamous Dachau gas chamber is located.

Display on the wall where the door into the gas chamber is located

Display on the wall where the door into the gas chamber is located

The photograph above, which I took in 2003, shows a display on the wall near the door into the Dachau gas chamber; this display shows a drawing of the pipes, which are shown in the photo which I took through the window at the back of the building.

The display caption reads: “Drawings by Captain Fribourg, member of the French military mission May 1945.”

The drawing shows some “fittings” on the wall to the left of the control wheels which the display says “were stolen in the postwar years.” The title on the drawing of the pipes and wheels reads: “Operating facilities in the adjacent left corridor.”  This refers to the corridor behind the gas chamber.

Pipes on the wall behind the Dachau gas chamber Photo Credit: USHMM, courtesy of William and Dorothy McLaughlin Copyright: USHMM

Pipes on the wall behind the Dachau gas chamber
Photo Credit: USHMM, courtesy of William and Dorothy McLaughlin
Copyright: USHMM

The old photo above shows the pipes and control wheels, which I photographed through the window on the back wall of the gas chamber.

Besides the large homicidal gas chamber, disguised as a shower room, there were four smaller gas chambers in the BarackeX building.  The photo below, taken by the US Army on April 30, 1945, shows one of the smaller gas chambers.

U.S. soldier poses in  front of the door into one of the 4 small gas chambers

U.S. soldier poses in front of the door into one of the 4 small gas chambers in the BarackeX building

Door into small gas chamber is now bolted in the open position

Door into small gas chamber is now bolted in the open position

Degesch machine was used in the small gas chambers at Dachau

Degesch machine was used in the small gas chambers at Dachau

In the photo above, you can see a Degesch machine; these machines were on the wall inside the small gas chambers, but not in the gas chamber, disguised as a shower room.

The Degesch machine automatically opened a can of Zyklon-B gas pellets and poured the pellets into a wire basket, so that they could be retrieved after the gassing.  The large homicidal gas chamber at Dachau did not use Zyklon-B pellets.  The gas was liquid and it flowed through the shower heads, which were suspended from the 7.6 ft ceiling.

The official Holocaust story, which you must believe in 19 counries, is that sometimes water flowed through the shower pipes and sometimes, it was gas.  I previously blogged about a Holocaust survivor, who got the water, not the gas. https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/holocaust-survivor-who-got-the-water-not-the-gas/

The photo below shows what the BarackeX building looked like when the American soldiers arrived.

Old photo of BarackeX building, taken in 1945 after Dachau was liberated

Old photo of BarackeX building, taken in 1945 after Dachau was liberated

The photo above shows American soldiers looking at a pile of bodies in front of the BarackeX building. Behind the bodies is a wooden structure, with no roof, which is hiding the holes that were used for pouring the Zyklon-B pellets into the gas chamber.

Outside wall of BarackeX was hidden by a wooden structure

Outside wall of BarackeX was hidden by a wooden structure

After it was learned that the gas used by the Germans in their homicidal gas chambers was in the form of pellets, that could not go through the holes in shower heads, it was miraculously found that the pellets had been put into the Dachau gas chamber through two small chutes on  the outside wall, that were hidden by a wooden screen.

There are very strict laws in Germany, regarding the denial of homicidal gas chambers in the concentration camps, so the tour guides tell the tourists, who flock to Dachau, that the gas chamber was used, and the gas was put into the room through two holes on the outside wall.  Don’t deny this, unless you want to go to prison for 5 years.

Just because you are living in America, which has free speech, don’t think that you are protected.  You can be renditioned to Germany and put on trial for Holocaust denial. Ignorance is no excuse, so just remember what I have told you about the Dachau gas chambers.