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April 29, 2015

“Between two throw-ins, right behind my back,” 3,000 Jews were gassed to death.

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:50 am

Today is April 29th, the anniversary of the day that the Dachau concentration camp was liberated in 1945.  I wrote about the Dachau liberation last year on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/emaciated-survivors-of-the-dachau-horror-camp/

On this blog post, I wrote about the “Dachau massacre” on the day that the camp was liberated:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/new-book-about-felix-sparks-gives-a-new-perspective-on-the-liberation-of-dachau-and-the-dachau-massacre/  Wikipedia calls the “Dachau massacre” a “reprisal.

Whatever. Now I am blogging about something different.  Read on.

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber with the prisoner's soccer field in the background

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber with the prisoner’s soccer field in the background

My photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkenau. A soccer field where the prisoners played is shown in the background on  the left.

The title of my blog post today is a  quote from Tadeusz Barowski’s famous book entitled This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, which is about his time, as a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, when 400,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed in only 10 weeks.

Or was it 560,000 Jews that were killed in only 10 weeks? Sadly, no one knows the exact number because no one recorded their names, nor their prison identification numbers.  I wrote about the number of Hungarian  Jews that were killed, in 10  weeks, on this  previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/how-many-hungarian-jews-were-murdered-in-the-holocaust/

Crematorium 3 (Krema III) was the main gas chamber where the Hungarian Jews were gassed.

Crematorium 3 (Krema III) was the main gas chamber where thousands of  Hungarian Jews were gassed in May 1944

The gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau were not a secret; all the prisoners were aware of what was going on. Many of the Jews saved themselves by lying about their age, or sneaking  over into the line of the prisoners that had been chosen to be workers in the 425 acre camp. The worker Jews were marched, on the same road, to the Central Sauna where they took a shower and had their hair shaved off. They were then assigned to barracks in the camp.

According to Tadeusz Borowski, a Polish political prisoner at Birkenau,  a soccer field was built at the camp in the Spring of 1944 “on the broad clearing behind the hospital barracks.”  Hospital barracks?  Surely not!  Why would a “death camp” have a hospital? Something wrong!

The team of prisoners played against a team of SS men who worked in the nearby hospital.

My early morning photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

My early morning photo of the ruins of Gas Chamber III at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

By 1944, the railroad tracks into the camp had been extended all the way from the Gate of Death at Birkenau to the gas chambers at the western end of the camp; the men playing soccer were able to see the victims arrive on the trains and then walk to Krema III, which was “right by the fence” that separated the gas chambers from the barracks in the camp. Note the fence in the black and white photo above.

Borowski famously wrote, in his book, that he was the goalkeeper in a soccer game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in May, and “Between two throw-ins, right behind my back, three thousand people had been put to death.”

Three thousand was the number of Jews that typically arrived on each train transport.

During the extermination of the Hungarian Jews in May 1944, an entire transport would be gassed without going through a selection process, in spite of the fact that the Nazis were desperate for workers in their munitions factories.

Most of the Holocaust survivors, who are still alive today, are Hungarian Jews and each of them has his or her unique story of how  they escaped the gas chambers.

I wrote about some of the stories of escape from the gas chambers on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/stories-of-escape-from-the-gas-chambers-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

In other news today, you can read about a movie that is being made about Deborah Lipstadt’s victory over “Holocaust denier David Irving.” at http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Authors-battle-with-Holocaust-denier-to-hit-silver-screen-400609

I blogged about this trial on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/deborah-lipstadt-who-defeated-hard-core-holocaust-denial-now-worries-about-soft-core-denial/

13 Comments »

  1. The coverage of the Groening trial in the English speaking MSM has gone very quiet . I was expecting a daily headline similar to Eichman ‘s trial 54 years ago. It would seem that the poor Mr Groening is after all very confused and has to be prompted by his lawyer to keep to the story as written down for him. This really is a circus.

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    Comment by peter — April 30, 2015 @ 9:34 am

    • This is the one I can’t figure out. I read something a while back about Weisenthal (it may have been here,I dont know). He made some comment towards the late 50’s as to how it was pointless to track every last nazi down. Because he wanted the rift to be able to heal for future generations. I don’t remember it all. Okay the mans dead. So why doesn’t anybody want to respect his wishes ( if he did in fact mean what he said)? All any of this is turning out to be is ” he said,she said”. How is anyone gonna remember specifics that took place that long ago? I’ve gotten to the point to where I’ve figured out this is BS. Don’t ask me for examples,because it’s gotten to the point to where the Jews are having to tell lies to cover the lies. Good example is I read here (I think) they tore down the gas house when they entered Dachau. Shouldn’t that have been left up for “evidence “? Another one that I find confusing is this. The same countries that are wagging fingers at Germany and the accused,are the same ones that were saying,”hell no! We don’t want your Jews “. I don’t like hitler for the simple fact,he’s the enemy. However I’m finding out,he didn’t want the Jews dead.. He just wanted them out of Germany. So does everyone want to keep prosecuting these people in hopes their lies will never be discovered? Eichmann was tried and convicted in a court run by Jews right? Where was that a fair trial? I’m convinced the trials at Nuremberg weren’t being run by the victorious side. The were telling us what to do. Who knows what happened with this guy. Sounds to me like he was set up to be another fall guy. I read where the guy is telling the press everything. His attorney didn’t tell him,” keep your piehole shut “

      Comment by Tim — April 30, 2015 @ 11:50 am

        • Okay. Simple Simon wrote a book about his time at the Mauthausen camp? I don’t see how he was able to put much in his book. It said he got there in February of ’45. Germany surrendered 7 May. In that short of a time how is he gonna really gonna get a feel for the place? On a good day that’s only a little over 2 months he was there. I read where he had to take back his comment about gas chambers not being in Germany. I read where he said in the mid 50’s it don’t make sense to keep prosecuting nazis . He said there’s a rift there that will never close as long there are people after nazis
          And nailing them to the floor ( that wasn’t verbatim,but close to what he said). I wonder if that’s a statement somebody is going to make him take it back. It makes sense he stole the pictures from someone else. How else was he able to pictures. I mean I’m pretty sure he didn’t have a Kodak to take happy snaps with.

          Comment by tim — May 1, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

  2. I saw somewhere a short film about the holocaust. There was a Jewish man and woman in it. The made a comment on how the Jews would play soccer. He said it wasn’t to much competition. Considering everybody was not eating right,the were basically making a half ass attempt at playing. Well the comments that were there,people were basically saying those Jews were liars,because with them it was ,” no fun allowed!”. Okay those people really need to see this post that said the Jews were giving out false statements. Unless I’m seeing something different, the picture has written beneath it,” a soccer field where the prisoners would play”. I’m not gonna be cheering for the nazis,but I do hear both sides before I decide. If these people that ran the camps were such douchebags,why would they give a hoot one way or another if the Hebs had any down time period. The lady spoke of how they got paid for the work . The only place the currency could be used,was at the prisons company store there in the camp. She mentioned something about they were handmade goods by the other inmates. Something like that. I’m sure theres gonna be plenty of critics that will say this is BS. That’s okay. As far as I’m concerned the story of “Super Jew”, is a bunch of BS. Crossing frozen mountains in his bare feet. Braving the turd infested waters of the outhouse to avoid capture. Playing soccer is easier to buy into,than the exploits of Super Jew.

    Comment by Tim — April 29, 2015 @ 11:36 am

    • The Jews, who were sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz, and the Jews, who were selected to work, all walked on the same road, after they got off the train at Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the end of this road, both groups turned to the right and went on the road that led to the Sauna, where they took a shower and had their heads shaved.

      The intersection of these two roads is now covered by the International Monument, so it is not clear that the road did not end at the gas chambers. I wrote about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/the-people-who-walked-on-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

      Comment by furtherglory — April 29, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

      • If they want a monument to their BS lies I guess that’s okay,but wouldn’t you to be able to show the physical evidence of this intersection? I mean it seems like it’s of great importance. At the end of WW2 and they started making up their horror stories,did they not think that if they got to far out of line with their fairy tales that someone was gonna call them down on em?

        Comment by Tim — May 4, 2015 @ 5:05 am

  3. Well of course. Gassing Jews was like sport to the Germans. The selection on the ramp was similar to a draft (the NFL draft is happening tomorrow, April 30). Those not picked for ‘Team Auschwitz’ were immediately gassed.

    Comment by eah — April 29, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    • oh my g-d. Had to laugh at that one!

      I wonder who won the baby head-smashing contests that were held daily? It’s sad that people actually believe absurd fantasies like that. As if ww2 wasn’t horrific enough.

      Comment by Tom — April 29, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

      • Yes Tom. WW2 did not get by on the “real” horrors,like the “Rape of Nan King”. So they make up really nifty bedtime stories about the Jews. Well I guess the Chinese weren’t as important as the Jews . After all they are Gods chosen and we don’t wanna upset the ol man by saying the Jews are BS liars. So it’s the history of the world according to them.

        Comment by Tim — April 29, 2015 @ 6:35 pm

        • There’s extremely good evidence that the “rape of Nanking” was ridiculously exaggerated. You should look into it. I loved Iris Chang’s book though … alot like Uncle Tom’s Cabin (I’m not being facetious, both these books really yank the heartstrings).

          Comment by blake121666 — April 30, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

          • I’ve always loved how the inbred rednecks have thought by calling a Blackman ,”Uncle Tom ” that they’re insulting him. They fail to realize that the character was based on Henson. I know when Lincoln met Stowe he was joking around and saying ,” so this is this lil lady that started the war”. I’ve questioned some of the smaller facts of history,but never the larger ones(such as the holocaust. Which the only fact there seems to be with that,is it didn’t exist). How can someone come up with such a lie,that the masses accept it as the proverbial “gospel”. That’s why I try to read as much of this site as I can. The author presents all the facts and the followers (such as you) will expound on some of them. I’ll admit,historians do have a penchant for distorting the proverbial “facts”. I always thought the Nips throwing the babies up in the air and they land on the end of a bayonet was a bit over the top. I found out a long time ago there’s enough confusion in a war to go around for everyone. Instead of bringing the truth out,people want to use it for their own gain. Papa Joe and Chairman Mao would climax and have multiple orgasms if they knew about these European countries that send people to the gray bar hotel,just because they question the holocaust. If those people lived in red China or North Korea,it wouldn’t surprise me if they got lockdown. I don’t know. I figure the only reason they pass these laws is to silence people. Heaven forbid they speak their mind and get other people to thinking,”hey. There might be some truth to the holocaust being BS. From what I’m seeing,everyone is rushing to get anyone who was a nazi before they all die off. These people are acting like the “Conquering worm” . Off on a witch hunt and convicticting people on false charges. I read somewhere that Germany is still forking over money to the Jews. Their saying for the holocaust people is,”never forget”. The way they shovel their lies down everybodieies throat,it would be impossible to forget.
            Everything the Jews do towards others is done with extreme malice. Drag the Jews into court. Let them answer for all their

            Comment by Tum — May 1, 2015 @ 8:03 am

    • Why does every second ‘survivor’ mention that they were picked by Mengele to live?

      Where’s the ash?

      Logistically impossible. The whole hoax is just that…

      Comment by Bewildered — May 4, 2015 @ 4:22 am


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