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April 19, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words: Is that Stephan Ross in a photo taken at Dachau? (Updated)

Filed under: Dachau, Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:33 pm
Recent photo of George Scott

Recent photo of George Scott, who was liberated from Dachau concentration camp

I have received an e-mail from George Scott who doubts that Stephan Ross is in the photo below, which was included with his e-mail message to me. Stephan Ross has identified himself as the young boy on the far left, but was he actually at Dachau on the day that the camp was liberated?

Stephan Ross claims that he is the boy on the far left

Stephan Ross claims that he is the boy on the far left

George Scott is the 14-year-old boy, 2nd from the left

George Scott says that he is the 14-year-old boy, 2nd from the left, at the liberation of Dachau

This quote is from the e-mail message that I received from the son of George Scott:

“The young boy on the left” in this picture is NOT Stephen Ross, it is my father, George Scott. I have reached out to his family who have not ‘cleared the miscommunication”. His son Michael P. Ross sits appointed by President Obama…

The photo above is from a book about George Scott, who has identified himself in a photo taken at the Dachau liberation.

The reason that I am putting this up on my blog is that it is possible that Stephan Ross is receiving honors that should go to George Scot.

I have a whole page on my website devoted to the story of Stephan Ross because, frankly, I don’t believe his story.

The story told by George Scott is more believable: he mentions that he was a prisoner in one of the 11 Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau. In the last days, before the Dachau camp was liberated, the prisoners in the Kaufering camps were brought to the main Dachau camp.

George Schoot mentions that he was in one of the Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau

George Scottt mentions that he was in one of the 11 Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau

This quote, regarding Stephan Ross is from my website:

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According to the book “Dachau 29 April 1945, the Rainbow Liberation Memoirs,” edited by Sam Dann, Stephen Ross (real name Szmulek Rozental) was one of the lucky few who was rescued in the nick of time when Dachau was liberated. Ross was interviewed for the book and according to his own story, he was one of the 1,800 prisoners who were crowded into one quarantine barrack, which was designed to hold only about a hundred prisoners.

Ross said that the prisoners in the quarantine barrack had not been fed for two weeks before the Seventh Army arrived. Food was scarce, and according to Ross, the prisoners were fed only occasionally when they were given “a biscuit, hard as a rock and covered with mold.”

From the quarantine block, Ross said that 80 to 100 prisoners a day were carried out and put on the pile of dead bodies near the barbed wire fence, from where they were taken to the crematory.

According to Ross, the quarantine block was where the German SS Doctors Sigmund Rascher and Klaus Schilling selected prisoners for their ghastly experiments. The doctors “removed thirty to forty prisoners on a daily basis for experiments” according to Ross.

Ross said that he “had been isolated in quarantine for experiments since 1944.”

On the day of liberation, Ross made his way to the main gate, although he said that he “was very weak and hardly able to walk.”

With the help of his brother, who was also in the camp, Ross made it to the front of the crowd and was included in one of the most famous photographs of the liberation, shown at the top of this page.

Stephan Ross and his son

Stephan Ross and his son

The photo above shows Stephan Ross with his son Mike Ross in June 2002.

Quoted below is the continuation of the article on my website about Stephan Ross.

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After the liberation of Dachau, Ross had to stay in the camp until the typhus epidemic was brought under control. When he was released, he made his way to Munich where he was hospitalized for 6 months and treated for tuberculosis.

He was then sent to a Displaced Persons camp for orphans at a former forced labor camp in Landsberg am Lech, near Munich. Finally, he was brought to America where he was able to recover his health.

Stephan Ross is the founder of The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.

Like so many others Stephan Ross suffered terribly. His back was broken by a guard who caught him stealing a raw potato. Tuberculosis wracked his body. He once hid in an outhouse, submerged to his neck in human waste, to save himself from being shot. At one time he was hung [by his arms] for eating a raw potato. At age fourteen he was liberated from the infamous torture camp Dachau by American troops. Stephen will never forget the soldiers who found him, emaciated and nearly dead. They liberated him from a certain death.

When Stephan and his older brother, Harry, the only other surviving family member, were released from the Dachau Camp to seek medical attention, they came upon a U.S. Tank Unit. One of the soldiers jumped off his tank, gave Stephan and Harry his rations to eat and put his arms around Stephen. Stephan fell to his knees, kissed the G.I.’s boots and began to cry for the first time in five years.

The soldier took out of his pocket a piece of cloth and gave it to Stephan to wipe his tears. Stephan later found out that it was a small American Flag with 48 stars. This small flag is a treasured item and it will be kept by Stephan and his children as a symbol of freedom, life, compassion and love of the American soldiers.

At the age of 16, Stephan was brought to America in 1948 under the auspices of the U.S. Committee for Orphaned Children. He was illiterate, having had minimal education prior to the Nazi occupation of Poland in 1939. Over the years, he managed to earn three college degrees. Stephan made a new life in the Boston area and has worked for the City of Boston for over forty years.

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FBI director James Comey offends Poles with remark comparing Poland to Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:23 am

The best thing that ever happened to the Jews in Poland was World War II, which gave them the opportunity to get out of the shtetls in Poland and come to America.

I blogged about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-long-road-from-the-shetetls-of-eastern-europe-to-the-good-life-in-america-and-the-uk-via-auschwitz/

The photo below shows a house where Jews live in a shtetl called Tykosin in Poland.

A house in Poland where Jews lived before World War II

A house in Poland where Jews lived before World War II

According to a news article in the Wall Street Journal today, Poland has “summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest of a remark [made] by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that purported Polish responsibility for the Holocaust”

This quote is from the news article:

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A mention of Poland in the same sentence with Germany as Holocaust perpetrators caused public anger here over the weekend after remarks were published by the FBI chief, James Comey, made at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 15.

“Good people helped murder millions,” Mr. Comey said, according to the FBI’s website. “And that’s the most frightening lesson of all— that our very humanity made us capable —even susceptible —of surrendering our individual moral authority to the group, where it can be hijacked by evil. Of being cowed by those in power of convincing ourselves of nearly anything.”

“In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do,” the FBI director said.

[…]

Poland, which apologized for wartime Jewish pogroms perpetrated by some of its citizens, have for years complained the country is unfairly viewed as an accomplice to Nazi Germany when [Poland] had an anti-Nazi resistance movement so elaborate it is referred to as “an underground state.”

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Polish resistance fighters celebrate their liberation at Dachau

Polish resistance fighters celebrate their liberation at Dachau

I previously blogged about who started World War II in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/alfred-naujocks-and-the-start-of-world-war-ii/

The first time that I went to Poland in 1998, one of my Polish tour guides pointed out to me that the term “Hitlerites” or Nazis should always be used when referring to the enemy in World War II, rather than referring to the enemy soldiers as Germans.

There were many countries that supported or collaborated with the Nazis, and many soldiers from Allied countries or neutral countries that fought in the Waffen SS, the volunteer army of Nazi Germany.

The photo below shows a memorial stone at the Plaszow concentration camp, which was featured in the movie Shindler’s List.

The front of the memorial stone at Plaszow has the inscription in Polish, which uses the name Hitlerists for the perpetrators of the Holocaust

The front of the memorial stone at Plaszow has an inscription in Polish, which uses the name Hitlerists for the perpetrators of the Holocaust

I wrote about the town of Jedwabne on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-lopuchowo-forest-in-poland-where-2000-jews-were-executed-by-the-nazis-during-wwii/