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January 16, 2015

Wikipedia does not mention the gas chambers at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:59 am

Update Jan. 18, 2015

Wikipedia has a page about the “Dachau massacre” which is called a “reprisal.” The Dachau massacre was actually a war crime, which Wikipedia should describe truthfully.

I blogged about Wikipedia’s mistaken page about the Dachau massacre at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/dachau-liberation-reprisals-another-term-for-the-dachau-massacre/

Continue reading my original post:

I was alerted, by a reader of my blog, to the fact that Wikipedia does not mention a gas chamber at the Dachau concentration camp.  I checked it out and found out that it is true — no mention of a gas chamber at Dachau.

Of course, there was a gas chamber at Dachau! How many people have served 5 or more years in prison for denying that there was a gas chamber at Dachau?

I find it very strange that Wikipedia leaves out the gas chamber at Dachau because there was not just one gas chamber at Dachau but four gas chambers that used Zyklon-B, a poison gas.

When American troops arrived at Dachau, they were shown the four gas chambers at the end of the Barracks-X building, which were used for disinfecting the clothes to kill the lice that spread typhus.

An American soldier stands beside the door into a gas chamber at Dachau

An American soldier stands beside the door into a gas chamber at the Dachau concentration camp

Notice the sign on the door, which says “Gaszeit” and the skull and crossbones with the word “Gas” under it.

The official Army report mentioned the “gas chamber” found by American soldiers at Dachau in April 1945.

My photo of the same gas chamber door that is shown in the previous photo

My 2007 photo of the same gas chamber door that is shown in the previous photo of the Dachau gas chamber

On the right in the photo above, taken in May 2007, is the same door that is shown in the 1945 photo above. This door, which opens into a disinfection chamber, shown in the center of the photo, has been bolted to another door. On the left is another door into one of the four disinfection chambers at Dachau. A sign above the door on the left tells visitors that these are disinfection chambers where the clothing of the prisoners was disinfected to kill the lice that spreads typhus.

After Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, the official report of the US Seventh Army was printed as a book entitled Dachau Liberated: The Official Report by The U.S. Seventh Army, Released Within Days of the Camp’s Liberation by Elements of the 42nd and 45th Divisions.

The Official Report was based on two days of interviewing 20 political prisoners at Dachau; the prisoners told the Americans that both the shower room in the Baracke X building,  and the four disinfection chambers were used as homicidal gas chambers.

The following quote is from The Official Report:

“When the American troops arrived on 29 April 1945, there were approximately 32,500 estimated internees of all nationalities, the Poles predominating. During this period, the camp was notorious for its cruelty, but within the last six or eight months, some ‘token’ improvement was noted in the treatment of the internees. However, the new crematorium was completed in May 1944, and the gas chambers, a total of five, were used for the executions and the disposals of the bodies.”

The Baracke X building and the five gas chambers were actually completed in May 1943.

Clothing that has been disinfected at Dachau

American soldiers examine clothing that was disinfected at Dachau

The American soldiers, shown in the photo above, had never heard of using poison gas to kill lice. At that time, America was using DDT for this purpose. Typhus had been completely wiped out in America and most of these soldiers had never heard of it; they didn’t know that typhus is a contagious disease spread by body lice.

They saw the word “gas” written on the 4 disinfection chamber doors, and assumed that these were the infamous gas chambers used for killing the Jews. They saw the deloused clothing hung up and assumed that the prisoners had been forced to undress and hang their clothing on a hanger before entering the disinfection chambers to be killed. It had been common knowledge throughout the world since June 1942 that the Nazis were murdering millions of Jews in gas chambers.

My 2007 photo of sign above a disinfection chamber at Dachau

My 2007 photo of sign above a disinfection chamber at the Dachau Memorial Site

In spite of the fact that the sign above this disinfection chamber clearly states that it was one of the “Fumigation cubicles,” tour guides tell tourists that Jews were herded into these chambers to be killed by gassing.

When I went to Journalism School, back in the Dark Ages, we were taught “false in one, false in all.”  In other words, one mistake and your readers won’t believe anything you say.  That’s why Wikipedia should mention the “gas chambers” at Dachau.

January 14, 2015

Bringing flowers to Auschwitz — is this allowed?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:52 am

Every day, I check my blog stats to see what search terms have led visitors to my blog.  This tells me what subjects people are interested in reading about.  The favorite search term is “gas chambers.” I have written many blog posts about the Nazi gas chambers, a subject that people can’t seem to get enough of.

Today, I noticed that someone searched for information on bringing flowers to Auschwitz.

Here is the short answer:  If you want to place flowers at the Black Wall in the main camp, you can buy them from a flower shop located there. There is also a book store, at the main camp, where you can choose from a wide selection of books and postcards.

Tourists may place flowers at the "black wall" at the Auschwitz main camp

Tourists may place flowers at the “black wall” at the Auschwitz main camp

International monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

International monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau is a favorite place for flowers

The flower shop at the Auschwitz main camp is a lucrative business, so there might be a rule that you can’t pick flowers on the roadside and bring them into the camp. There are now 1.5 million visitors to Auschwitz, so that would mean a lot of flowers being brought in by tourists.

Flowers purchase in a flower shop at Auschwitz and placed on the monument at Birkenau

Flowers purchased in the Auschwitz main camp were placed on the monument at Birkenau in 2005

The last time that I visited Auschwitz was in 2005.  I walked from “the gate of death” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, all the way to the International Monument at the end of the road. It was early in the morning, and I was virtually the only tourist there. I wanted to take some photos before the crowds arrived.

When I got to the International Monument, I was horrified to see that the clean-up crew had removed most of the flowers and the votive candles, placed there only the day before. I suppose that this is necessary because each day a new crowd of tourists arrives to place more flowers and candles. With over 1.5 million tourists visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2014, there must have been a lot of flowers left there.

On my visit to the Birkenau camp in 2005, there was no place there to eat. I am not sure if that has changed.  The book store had a few candy bars and one could buy a very small cup of coffee or hot chocolate from a vending machine, but that’s all. I had to schedule my time each day so that I could always eat lunch at the main camp.

In 2005, there was a small snack stand near the entrance to the parking lot at the main camp where tourists could buy a “hot dog.”

Inside the Visitor’s Center at the main camp in 2005, there was a snack bar where one could buy cookies, peanuts, cokes, candy bars, pizza, etc. There were tables and chairs nearby where people could eat. Across the street from the Visitor’s Center, there was a Polish restaurant.

The tour groups do not visit some areas of the Birkenau camp, so I was all alone for some time there in 2005. Fortunately, nothing bad happened to me, and I had no problem finding everything on my own, with the aid of a map which I purchased from a taxi driver on the way there.

On my second day there in October 2005, I  first went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. I got there at 8 a.m. and went immediately to the barracks buildings which I had not been able to see the day before because of the crowds of people.

There were two British photographers there, taking some serious pictures for a documentary. I pointed out some interesting features in the barracks to them, which they didn’t know about.

The photos below were taken by me in 2005 at the Quarantine camp, inside Auschwitz-Birkenau, near the entrance through the famous “gate of death.”

The Quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp near the entrance

The Quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp near the entrance

Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau barracks

Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau barracks near the entrance into the camp

A sign inside an Auschwitz-Birkenau barrack building

A sign inside an Auschwitz-Birkenau barrack building

Flowers inside a barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of flowers inside a barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

From the Quarantine camp at the entrance to the Birkenau camp, I walked all the way to the end of the camp, where the International Monument is located.

As I walked along the road, a small cart, that looked something like a golf cart, passed me. There were four women riding in the cart, stopping frequently to pick up the garbage that had been left by visitors the day before.

I thought about asking these women for a ride to the end of the camp, which is about a mile from the entrance, but I didn’t. It occurred to me that the camp should provide carts for older visitors. A trip around the whole Birkenau camp is about 4 miles.

To sum up, bring flowers to Birkenau if you must, but in my humble opinion, this would be a waste of time and money.

 

 

 

January 13, 2015

Holocaust survivor tells students about a concrete “selection platform” at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:10 am

Today, I am blogging about a news article, which you can read in full here.  The following quote is from the article, which was written by Tom Morton:

Eva [Moses] Kor and a hundred others stood sleepless for four days while riding a cattle car through eastern Europe in the spring of 1944.

When the train stopped, 10-year-old Eva found a crack in the wall, peeked through and still couldn’t figure out where she was, she told an assembly at Natrona County High School on Tuesday.

The girl from a small village in Romania was about to endure horrors that taught her lifelong lessons of survival and even more powerful lessons of forgiveness.

The doors to the cattle cars opened.

Eva, her twin sister Miriam, parents and other family members were hustled to an 85-foot by 35-foot concrete slab known as the “selection platform,” Kor said.

That platform served as the entrance to the Auschwitz (the Germanic word for the nearby town of [Auschwitz] Oswiecim, in occupied Poland) concentration camp where hundreds of thousands of families were torn apart and killed by the Nazis from 1940 to 1945.

Excellent photo of Auschwitz gate taken by Tom Morton

Excellent photo of Auschwitz gate taken by Tom Morton

A guard looked at her and Miriam, and asked her mother if they were twins. After her mother said yes, guards set the twins aside and hauled the rest of her family to their deaths.

Eva and her sister received identifying tattoos on their left arms and spent much of the next year surviving the examinations and experiments of Dr. Joseph Mengele.

The location of the Judenrampe was opened up to tourists in January 2005. I visited the location in 2005 and took some photos.

My 2005 photo of the Judenrampe, where prisoners got off the train at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the Judenrampe, where prisoners got off the train at Auschwitz

Original boxcar which brought Jews to Auschwitz

Original boxcar which brought Jews to Auschwitz

You can see more photos and read about the Judenrampe on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Judenrampe.html

Dr. Josef Mengele, who did selections for the gas chamber at Aushwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele, who did selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele arrived at Birkenau in early May 1943, just at the time that the second typhus epidemic at Birkenau was starting. Mengele himself contracted typhus while he was at Birkenau.

The following quote is from my website:

The first systematic selection for the gas chambers at Birkenau was made when a transport of Jews arrived at Auschwitz on July 4, 1942. The train stopped a short distance from the Auschwitz train station at a wooden platform called the “Judenrampe,” where the selection process took place. The Jews who were considered fit to work were marched to the Auschwitz main camp, which was close to the Judenrampe. There they were given a shower, their heads were shaved, a number was tattooed on their left forearm, and a registration card was made for them.

The Judenrampe was close to the Auschwitz train station, and also close to the main Auschwitz camp, the entrance of which is shown in Tom Morton’s photo above.

When I visited the location of the Judenrame in 2005, there was no display which mentioned that the ramp was made of concrete.

The only other Holocaust survivor, that I know of, who said that the ramp was made of concrete was Philip Riteman.

This quote, which mentions Philip Riteman, is from my website:

The Judenrampe was used from February 1942 until the first of May 1944. At the end of April 1944, the extermination of the Jews from Hungary began. By that time, a railroad spur line had been extended inside the camp, all the way to the gas chambers in Krema II and Krema III.

One of the first prisoners to arrive at the ramp was Philip Riteman who told a group of students at Annapolis Regional Academy in Nova Scotia in May 2007 the following about his trip to Auschwtz-Birkeanu:

After a week, the train comes to a stop along a huge platform, a mile long and four to five hundred feet wide.

“I see a big sign ‘Work makes you free.’ Auschwitz-Birkenau. I never heard of it. I didn’t know even of its existing.”

Riteman overestimated the size of the platform, which was actually about 500 yards long and 3 to 4 yards wide, according to the Auschwitz Museum. In another speech to another group of students, Riteman said that the platform was made of concrete. The ramp was near the main Auschwitz camp, but the sign over the gate that reads “Arbeit Macht Frei” was not visible from the ramp. Riteman told another group of students that the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” were on signs held by Auschwitz inmates at the ramp.

Why is all of this important? It is important because 1.5 million people per year now visit Auschwitz. This is the same number of people who were killed at Auschwitz, according to the information at the monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  These tourists deserve to know the truth.

Photo of children who survived Auschwitz

Photo of children who survived Auschwitz shows Miriam Moses on the far right

Another photo of child survivors with one of the Kor twins on the far right

Another photo of child survivors with Eva Moses Kor on the far right

One has to get up pretty early in the morning to get a good photo of the Auschwitz “Arbeit macht Frei” gate.

I took the photo below, very early in the morning, before all the tourists arrived.

Arbeit macht Frei gate at Auschwitz.

Arbeit macht Frei gate at Auschwitz.

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.

January 11, 2015

New book, by Sarah Helm, about Ravensbrück camp for women, will be out Jan.15, 2015

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:29 am
Cover of new book by Sarah Helm

Cover of new book by Sarah Helm

I have ordered a copy of the new book, written by Sarah Helm, which is available from amazon.com. The book is about the women’s concentration camp at Ravensbrück.

You can see photos of the alleged Ravensbrück gas chamber on this blog: http://roadstakenfromtravelerdrive.wordpress.com/tag/ravensbruck-concentration-camp/

I wrote about the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/gas-chamber-at-ravensbruck-womens-camp/

and in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/the-ravensbruck-gas-chamber-and-the-lachout-document/

Sarah Helm has written extensively about the British SOE women, who were allegedly killed by the Germans in World War II. I used information from her books on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/BritishSOEagents.html

Now Sarah Helm has written a new book about the women prisoners at the Ravensbrück camp; her book will be out on January 15 this year.

You can read more about the gas chamber at Ravensbrück on this website:  http://www.deathcamps.org/gas_chambers/gas_chambers_ravensbrueck.html

[The following information was] Extracted from [Sarah Helm’s new book entitled] If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck, Hitler’s Concentration Camp For Women by Sarah Helm, to be published on January 15, price £25.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2903887/Nazi-death-camp-WOMEN-s-shocking-medical-experiments-injected-prisoners-petrol-syphilis.html#ixzz3OSrPS5y4

The title of Sarah Helm’s book is  similar to the title of a famous poem entitled “If this is a Man,” written by Primo Levi. I blogged about him at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/primo-levi-the-story-of-ten-days-jan-18th-to-jan-27th-1945/

This quote is from the news article in the Daily Mail newspaper:

The air was thick with smoke from the crematorium [at Ravensbruck]. Its three furnaces could barely keep pace.

The gassing at Ravensbruck went on almost right to the end, even during air raids and when Russian guns could be heard in the distance. Over one weekend alone, 2,500 women were gassed.

The aim was to destroy evidence of what had happened there before the Allies arrived.

But there were still thousands left on site on April 30, 1945, when the surviving women awoke to the roar of Russian artillery, the gunfire so close that the sky above the perimeter wall lit up.

The SS guards had fled, and the women prepared a red banner to hang across the camp gates.

But their Red Army ‘liberators’ brought a fresh horror — rape.

Ever since it had crossed the German border, the advancing Red Army had engaged in sexual rampage and now it even raped these starved concentration camp women — many of them fellow Russians.

On entering the gates, these new arrivals would stare in horror and disbelief at the corpse carts, the emaciated forms squatting around the kitchen block and the crematorium furnaces billowing smoke.

The conditions took a terrifying toll. Broken by slave labour, weakened by disease and starvation, beaten to a pulp for no reason, the women succumbed in droves — as was intended.

Ravensbruck had been built as nothing short of an enormous death machine where everything was designed to kill.Those who became too ill or exhausted to work were ‘selected’ for extermination.

Volleys of gunshots from the woods behind the camp signified a new round of killings. Trucks regularly arrived — known as Himmelfahrt (‘heaven-bound’) or black transports — to take away batches of women for unknown destinations from which they would never return.

Later these turned out to be the gas chambers of secret Nazi killing centres in Germany or Austria or — more often — the death camps of Auschwitz or Belsen.

The inspiration behind this facsimile of hell was Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, who supervised the network of concentration camps. He was a frequent visitor.
To aid the wholesale slaughter, Himmler now decreed that Ravensbruck should have its own gas chamber, which was built in January 1945. The camp had become overcrowded to breaking point and he needed to make space for even more prisoners, especially with the camps in the East forced to close.

Shooting and poisoning took too long. Gassing was quicker. It would double the numbers killed. A temporary gas chamber was fashioned out of an old tool shed close to the crematorium, just outside the camp wall.

Measuring 12ft by 18ft, it resembled a car garage. Gaps and holes in the walls were covered with mastic and a special airtight cover fixed over the roof with a small hatch.

The women were pushed inside, 150 at a time, and the door shut. Then a canister of gas was thrown in from the roof. According to a witness, there was moaning and crying for two to three minutes, then silence.

Prisoners in the closest blocks would hear the lorries pull up and wondered why the engines were left running for so long. Then someone said it was to cover the screams from the gas chamber.

In my humble opinion, I believe that Sarah Helm’s reputation as a writer will be harmed by this book.  The so-called “gas chamber” at Ravensbruck was probably a disinfection chamber for killing the lice in the clothing of the prisoners during the typhus epidemic in the camp in the last days of World War II.  Why wait until January 1945 to set up a homicidal gas chamber?

January 5, 2015

Only 92,000 Americans visited Auschwitz in 2014

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:07 pm
The "gate of death" (the gatehouse into the Birkenau camp

“Gate of death” (the gatehouse into the Birkenau camp)

The quote below is from a news article, which you can read in full here.

More than 1.5 million people visited the former Auschwitz concentration camp in 2014, setting a record.  […]

The most visitors came from Poland, with 398,000, followed by Great Britain at 199,000 and the United States at 92,000. Germany and Israel had the fifth and sixth highest totals, 75,000 and 62,000, respectively.

I find it hard to believe that only 75,000 people from Germany and only 62,000 from Israel visited Auschwitz. Notice that the first sentence in the news article says that 1.5 million visited Auschwitz.  Does this number include the visitors who went on to Auschwitz-Birkenau, or does it mean that 1.5 million visited the main camp, known as Auschwitz I, but not all of them went on to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Auschwitz II camp?

When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in September 1998, I arranged for a tour guide through a travel agency in New York City.  The tour consisted of a visit to the main Auschwitz camp for 1/2 a day.  I had to hire another tour guide in Poland to take me to the Auschwitz II camp.  The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was full of weeds, and my guide and I were the only ones there. What a difference today!

Photographs were forbidden when I first visited in 1998, but my camera accidentally went off and I shot the photo below.

My first photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp

My first photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp (1998)

In 1998, tourists were brought into the gas chamber in the main camp through a door that was not there when the building allegedly had a gas chamber.  I was told that the door in the background of the photo above was the door through which the Jews entered the gas chamber. This door was added when the crematorium was turned into an air raid shelter for the SS men.

Now tourists are brought into the gas chamber through the oven room.  The opening into the oven room is shown at the extreme left in my photo.

Click on the photo below see it in a larger size.

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz camp

Good luck getting a good photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber today.  Tourists must file into the gas chamber between ropes, like the ones put up for a line in a bank.

January 4, 2015

Into the valley of death, rode the 6 million

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:19 am

The title of my blog post today is a homage to the poem, written by Alfred Lord Tennyson, entitled “The  Charge of the Light Brigade.” The poem includes these  famous words:

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
This website lists the history of the claims that 6 million Jews had been killed. Get yourself a cup of coffee and sit down to read a long list of the times that 6 million Jews were claimed to have been killed.
List of the number of times that 6 million Jews were killed

List of the number of times that 6 million Jews were killed

 It seems that the Nazis finally got sick of reading about the famous 6 million being killed over and over again, so they actually killed 6 million Jews – NOT!

January 3, 2015

Yes Virginia, there is a gas chamber at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:53 pm

For all you Holocaust deniers, who don’t believe that the shower room at Dachau was really a gas chamber, this recent news article about the Dachau gas chamber is a must read.

This quote is from the article:

The “new” [Dachau] crematorium (which had to be built because the old one proved inadequate for the number of corpses that had to be cremated) is even worse. Not only do the ovens, designed to accommodate human bodies, seem like unthinkable technical devices; the supreme horror is to stand in the gas chamber and imagine what it was like to be herded in there, the doors being closed and bolted, and to hear the hiss of poison gas escaping from the nozzles in the low ceiling above your head.

The gas chamber was disguised as a shower room — even now there is a sign on the wall next to the door reading [Brausebad] “Brauschbad” (or “Brauschenbad”, if I recall the word correctly). Arriving there for a “shower”, prisoners would enter, probably being fooled by the fact that the openings of the gas nozzles are disguised to resemble shower heads, as well as by the drainage grids on the floor, only to have the doors bolted behind them before realising that this was a death chamber.

Contrary to what the news article says, there was no way to bolt the door into the shower room gas chamber.

The article, which I have quoted above, does not have any photos to illustrate it, so I have added some of my own photos below.

My photo of the Dachau gas chamber

My 2007 photo of the Dachau gas chamber

Door into the Brausebad at Dachau

Door into the Brausebad gas chamber at Dachau

Floor drains in Dachau gas chamber are now closed up

Floor drains in Dachau gas chamber are now closed up

The one remaining gas nozzle in Dachau gas chamber

The one remaining gas nozzle in Dachau gas chamber

Signs on wall next to the door into the Dachau gas chamber

Signs on wall next to the door into the Dachau gas chamber

Caution:  Don’t deny that the shower room at Dachau was really a gas chamber, or you might end up in prison for 5 years — or more.

Can ginger root really cure Alzheimer’s disease?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

I was completely flabbergasted when I read on this website that ginger root “is a natural remedy for Alzheimer’s disease.”  I have always thought that Alzheimer’s disease was incurable.

I don’t think that I have Alzheimer’s — yet, but my memory is not what it used to be.   I have never left my keys in the refrigerator, as shown on a TV ad about Alzheimer’s.

Glen Campbell is a famous person, who is making people aware of Alzheimer’s  disease.  You can read about him in this news story: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/movies/glen-campbell-on-the-road-with-alzheimers-in-ill-be-me.html

If there are some young whippersnappers out there, who are reading this, and don’t know who Glen Campbell is, you can listen to some of his famous recordings on YouTube.

http://www.last.fm/music/Glen+Campbell

 

January 1, 2015

New documentary film, entitled “Night Will Fall,” revolves around a British propaganda film

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:57 am

Update Jan. 26, 2015:

HBO will show the documentary film, entitled “Night Will Fall” on January 26, 2015 at 9 p.m. EST. This is a film about the making of a film. Note that this film will be shown at 6 p.m. in California.

You can read about the film at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/arts/television/night-will-fall-examines-the-making-of-a-1945-holocaust-documentary.html?_r=0

Alfred Hitchcock typing with one finger, back in the day when he worked on propaganda films

Alfred Hitchcock typing with one finger, back in the day when he worked on propaganda films

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

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The HBO documentary “Night Will Fall” is a movie about the Holocaust, a movie about remembering the Holocaust and primarily, at least in formal terms, a movie about a movie. It may not do full justice to all these subjects in its tight 78 minutes, but it’s not a film you’re likely to forget.

The most wrenching sequences in “Night Will Fall” are the scenes it incorporates from “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a movie begun under the auspices of the British government in 1945. Using film shot by Allied cameramen at camps including Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Dachau, and assembled by a team that included Alfred Hitchcock as a supervising director, “Factual Survey” was meant to be a historical document and a teaching tool; among the stated goals of the filmmakers was that it be shown to Germans to prove to them that the horrors of the camps were real.

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Before some of my readers get upset and accuse me of calling a British World War II film “propaganda,” let me assure you that I am not the one who used the term “propaganda” to describe a British documentary film.

America also had “propaganda” teams, staffed by Jews who had been trained at Camp Ritchie in America, who came into the liberated camps and told “propaganda” stories that were total lies.

I blogged about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/alfred-de-grazia-commanding-officer-of-the-psychological-warfare-propaganda-team-attached-to-headquarters-of-the-us-7th-army/

This quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

[The film] Night Will Fall revolves around the making of Sidney Bernstein and Alfred Hitchcock’s propaganda film, German Concentration Camps, commissioned in 1945 to show German audiences the atrocities committed in the name of Nazism, but never screened at the time. […]

Bernstein, who would go on to found UK TV station Granada, had experienced the camps first-hand, having visited them within days of their liberation as part of Britain’s propaganda unit.

Did the British really have something called a “propaganda unit”?  I had to look up the word “propaganda” to really understand the purpose of the “Britain’s propaganda unit.”

This definition of propaganda is from this website:

Propaganda is information, ideas, or rumors that are deliberately, and widely, spread to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, or other similar entity.

The word propaganda is usually used when describing official, government versions of events, where the implication is that the stories and information being given are distorted in such a manner as to conceal actual events, and to make you think in the way that the government wants you to think.

Propaganda is at its best when there is a war going on. Since WWI to the present time, propaganda has been used by the media to cheer their country on, sometimes through false hopes and lies. Often, during these periods, the government will leak out certain information of its choosing, and the media will report it, but not always in the way that it was given. In other words, propaganda is often used to misguide the public.

Photo of the children in Bergen-Belsen who came out to meet the British "liberators" of the camp

Photo of the children in Bergen-Belsen who came out to meet the British “liberators” of the camp

Notice the overweight woman in the back row in the photo above.  She was one of the healthy women at Bergen-Belsen, who did not have typhus.

Sign put up by the British warned visitors that there was a typhus epidemic in the camp

Sign put up by the British, after the camp was turned over to them, warned visitors that there was a typhus epidemic in the Bergen-Belsen camp

Irma Grese and Josef Kramer stayed behind to help the British, but they were arrested

Irma Grese and Josef Kramer stayed behind to help the British, but they were arrested (click to enlarge photo)

This quote is from the news article about the making of the film:

London-based film-maker André Singer spent the best part of two years studying gruesome images shot by allied troops as they liberated German concentration camps in 1945 for his documentary, Night Will Fall.

“It was the most appalling footage I’ve ever had to deal with in a pretty long career in film. You start off believing that you’ll get anaesthetised to it, but you don’t,” he says.

Night Will Fall revolves around the making of Sidney Bernstein and Alfred Hitchcock’s propaganda film, German Concentration Camps, commissioned in 1945 to show German audiences the atrocities committed in the name of Nazism, but never screened at the time.

“It was meant to show the German people the error of their ways, but events moved on and the project was shelved,” explains Singer. “In the period from the liberation of the camps in April 1945 through to the Nuremberg trials, the world was in chaos. It was an extraordinary time.”

So the British are now admitting that they made propaganda films about the concentration camps, including the Belsen camp that was voluntarily TURNED OVER TO THEM?

Bergen-Belsen was actually a very large camp which had 8 different sections.  You can read about the camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen00.html

This quote, from my website, is about section 6 where Anne Frank died:

6. Tent Camp (Zeltlager)

This camp was constructed at the beginning of August 1944. At first it was used as a transit camp for women’s transports arriving from Poland. In late October and early November 1944, around 3,000 women who had been evacuated from Auschwitz-Birkenau were housed in the tents because pre-fabricated barrack buildings which had been removed from the Plaszow camp near Cracow and transported to the Star Camp were not yet ready for them. According to Eberhard Kolb (Bergen-Belsen from 1943 to 1945) the Dutch Red Cross was told that the prisoners in this transport were “ill but potentially curable women” and because of this, they were the first to be evacuated from Auschwitz-Birkenau. These sick women, who had just completed a journey of several days in overcrowded railroad cattle cars now had to camp out in tents with no heat, no toilets, no lighting, no beds and only a thin layer of straw covering the bare ground.

Anne Frank and her sister Margot were transferred to Bergen-Belsen from Auschwitz in October 1944 and most likely were housed temporarily in the tent camp. Due to their condition of ill health, the prisoners in the tent camp were not forced to work.

Josef Kramer, the Camp Commandant, who had been in charge of the Belsen camp for only 6 months, was arrested on the day that the British arrived.  He had met the British at the gate into the camp and offered his help.  What a fool!  He should have escaped and gone to Argentina.

The photo below shows Josef Kramer after he was arrested.

Josef Kramer was arrested after he offered to help the British

Josef Kramer was arrested after he offered to help the British

 

 

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