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January 12, 2015

Sven Norrman, the man who first told the British about the gassing of the Jews in 1942

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:03 am

The “Warsaw Swedes” were the men who worked with the Polish resistance in World War II as illegal combatants.  A Swedish man named Sven Norrman was a member of this group; he was the man who smuggled out the first proof of the gassing of the Jews, when he revealed to the British, in May 1942, that the Nazis were gassing the Jews in Poland.

This news was broadcast by the BBC, on June 9, 1942, and the rest is history. This was the beginning of the Holocaust.

I was a child in an American elementary school, that was located 25 miles from the gas chamber is Jefferson City, MO.  I have written about the Missouri gas chamber several times on my blog: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/missouri-gas-chamber/

You can read more about the story of the first gassing of the Jews in this article in the British news paper, The Mail Online. This news quickly went around the world.  Anne Frank learned about it, while she was hiding in an attic in Amsterdam, and I heard about it in my elementaryschool classroom in a small town in Missouri.

This quote is from the news article in The Mail Online:

On June 9, 1942, a speech was broadcast on the BBC that would change human history.

Władysław Sikorski, Poland’s prime minister exiled in London, revealed that 700,000 Jews had been systematically murdered in brutal Nazi concentration camps, quarantined and executed en-masse in ghettos, and walked to their deaths in gas chambers.

This was the first time the world and the Allied forces had heard of the crimes of the Holocaust, a secret the Nazi leaders had been able to keep until now.

The information, a dossier of photographs and documents, had come to London from Poland via Stockholm, thanks to a group of Swedish men who had risked their lives to tell the world about the Nazi persecution of Polish Jews

Forgotten hero: Sven Norrman, responsible for couriering the documents that would reveal the Nazi Holocaust and slaughter of 700,000 Polish Jews out of Warsaw, pictured with his Polish-Jewish mistress Gizela 'Iza' Zbyszynska in the years after the war
Forgotten hero: Sven Norrman, responsible for couriering the documents that would reveal the Nazi Holocaust and slaughter of 700,000 Polish Jews out of Warsaw, pictured with his Polish-Jewish mistress Gizela ‘Iza’ Zbyszynska in the years after the war

Was Sven Norrman the man who was called “the terrible Swedish Jew”? No, that was the nickname of General Eisenhower.  You can read about it on my blog post at  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/may-7-1945-the-day-that-the-nazi-atrocities-started/
Some of my readers might be tempted to deny that the gassing of the Jews started in 1942.  Go ahead and deny.  It is not against the law to deny something that never happened.