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July 19, 2015

Oskar Groening speaks in “Auschwitz Deportation” episode on American Heroes Channel on TV

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Update 2:30 p.m. July 19, 2015

I have just finished watching Episode 4 of the Auschwitz Deportation series on TV.  I now understand the motivation behind Oskar Groening’s confession regarding his role in the Holocaust.

It turns out that Konrad Morgen had visited Auschwitz to investigate a theft in the Auschwitz camp. It seems that Oskar Groening had stolen money and goods at Auschwitz and had stored the goods in his locker. He had taken the wall off the back of his locker and made a door there. Then he bolted the door on the front of the locker and called a locksmith to open it. When the locksmith was unable to get the door open, he opened up the back of the locker and found the stolen goods. Oskar Groening was in big trouble because he was now a criminal, not a respected SS man. This was what motivated Groening to side with the Jews and start telling lies about how the Jews were treated.  The whole thing back-fired and the Jews turned on him.  That’s how Groenning wound up being tried and convicted of being a war criminal.

Continue reading my original post:

Last night, I watched the Holocaust 103 episode on TV, entitled Auschwitz Deportation, and I was very surprised to see Oskar Groening, looking around 15 or 20 years younger than he is today, as he spoke about his role in the Holocaust.

As Groening spoke, I deduced that he might be mentally unstable. On the show, Groening said that he was “supervising the luggage,” when trains arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He said that he saw SS men “bashing the heads of babies against a lorry.”

Why is he using the British term “lorry” instead of the American term “truck”?  And why is he telling one of the most famous lies about the Holocaust: the bashing of the heads of babies?

I previously blogged about the bashing of babies here and here.  I wrote about a story told by Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman, regarding the bashing of a baby, near the end of this page of my website.

Then it was mentioned on last night’s TV show that “the French were sent to gas chambers.” According to the TV show, there was the story of 4,000 French children without parents who all died because, to the Nazis, “the enemy is the (Jewish) blood inside them.”

After he was totaled out by seeing baby’s heads bashed against the side of a train, Oskar Groening said that he “applied for a transfer to the war front.”  Apparently, Oskar didn’t last long at the front, or maybe he was turned down for some reason, and that’s when he moved to the main Auschwitz camp where his new job was counting the money brought to the camp by the Jews.

But to get back to the beginning of last night’s TV show, the very first thing that is mentioned in the show is that “1.1 million people died in the Holocaust.” This tells you that the show was made fairly recently; the original number of people who died at Auschwitz was 4 million.

The narrator of the show mentions “the scratching of the walls of the gas chamber in the factory of death.” My most popular blog post of all time is the one about the scratching of the walls of the Auschwitz main camp gas chamber:

Literally millions of people, all over the world have read my blog post, cited above. Could it be that Oskar Groening got his information about the scratches on the wall of the Auschwitz gas chamber from me?

Near the beginning of the show last night, a photo of the Commandant’s house is shown. The photo was similar to my photo below, and it might even have been my photo.

My photo of the house where the Auschwitz commandant, Rudolf Hoess lived with his family

My photo of the house where the Auschwitz commandant, Rudolf Hoess lived with his family

The problem with the photo above is that the house, where Hoess lived, was painted red when he lived there. When I took this photo in 2005, the house had been re-painted.

It is little mistakes like this which make current TV shows about the Holocaust unbelievable.  Would it have killed the producers of this show to have found an old photo which shows the house when it was painted red.

But that wasn’t the worst mistake in the TV show. The narrator said that the gassing of the Jews started in Autumn of 1941 in the main Auschwitz camp. He said that “SS men climbed up on the roof of the gas chamber and dropped powder into the gas chamber.”  As every school child in America knows, the gas was in the form of pellets, not powder. This mistake shows that Groening knows nothing about the gassing of the Jews, and he is just trying to please the Jews so that he won’t have to spend the last years of his life in prison.

The screams could be heard outside the gas chamber, so two motorcycles were revved up to “stifle the screams.”  The screams lasted for 15 to 20 minutes before they stopped.  This is the first time that I heard about the motorcycles being used to stifle the screams.

About 10 minutes into the show, the fake photo of prisoners hanging by their hands is shown. Please try to keep up, people!  This photo was revealed as a fake several years ago.

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photo of “pole hanging” is from a Soviet film

The photograph above, which I took inside the old Dachau Museum in May 2001, shows a scene at Buchenwald that was created in 1958 for an East German DEFA film. (Source: H. Obenaus, “Das Foto vom Baumhängen: Ein Bild geht um die Welt,” in Stiftung Topographie des Terrors Berlin (ed.), Gedenkstätten-Rundbrief no. 68, Berlin, October 1995, pp. 3-8)

This fake photo was not included in the new Dachau Museum which opened in 2003, but all the tour guides at Dachau still dwell at length upon the hanging punishment. I have not been to Dachau since 2008; perhaps the fake photo has been brought back.

Found in Strasbourg: bodies of Jews used in experiments at Natzweiler

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In a news article, which you can read in full here, it was reported today that the remains of 86 Jews, used in Nazi experiments during World War II, have been found.

This quote is from the news article:

The remains of 86 Jews used for Nazi experiments have been found at a laboratory in eastern France, it emerged today.

They had been killed in German gas chambers in 1943 during the Second World War Holocaust before their corpses and body parts were taken to the legal medical institute in Strasbourg.

It was thought they had been buried in a common grave in 1946, following the liberation of the city by the Allies two years earlier.

But the Strasbourg authorities confirmed many of the remains were, more than 70 years on, still being stored.

The discovery has raised serious concerns, with one organisation, which represents the UK Jewish community, stating that ‘serious questions’ needed to be asked.

A Board of Deputies of British Jews spokesman said: ‘This discovery raises serious questions about who knew about these remains and why they did not reveal this sooner.

This building, near the Natzweiler concentration camp, was the gas chamber building

This building, near the Natzweiler concentration camp, was the  building where Jews were gassed

When I visited the former Natzweiler concentration camp in 2004, I had to hire a driver to take me there, as there were no trains nor buses that went to the former camp.

I tried to hire another driver to take me to the gas chamber building, but I was told that it was strictly off limits and no one is allowed to get anywhere near it. I don’t know if that is still the case.

August Hirt conducting an autopsy on the body of a Jew that was gassed at Natzweiler

Dr. August Hirt conducting an autopsy on the body of a Jew who was allegedly gassed at Natzweiler

A book which I purchased from the Natzweiler Memorial Site, on my visit in 2004, has this to say about the gas chamber:

4. The affair of the Israelite corpses

Hirt, professor of anatomy in Strasbourg, received corpses from the camp of Russian war prisoners at Mutzig, but as he thought they were too lean, he asked for people in a good physical condition for studies on heredity.

87 Israelites (30 of whom were women) were sent from the camp at Auschwitz. They were shut up in block 13 at the Struthof where they were measured, and they had to undergo experiments on sterilization. On August 11, 13, 17, 19, 1943, under the direction of doctors from Strasburg, the S.S. gassed the 87 Israelites in the gas chamber at Struthof with cyanide. Death occurred after 30 to 60 seconds. The corpses were transported to the Institut d’Anatomie in Strasburg. 17 entire corpses (3 of which being women’s) were found at the liberation as well as many dissected pieces.

According to Dr. Lang, there were 16 of the 86 bodies (3 women and 13 men) that were found intact in November 1944, not 17, and an autopsy was performed on the bodies.

“The liberation” referred to in the above quote probably means the liberation of France in August 1944. The Natzweiler-Struthof camp was abandoned in September 1944 so it was not actually “liberated.”

Dr. Hans-Joachim Lang was able to identify the 86 Jews who were gassed at Natzweiler after locating their prisoner numbers in the Auschwitz archives. The 29 women and 57 men who were gassed had been deported to Auschwitz from Norway, Poland, Greece, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The bodies of the 86 victims are buried in the Jewish cemetery of Strasbourg and a grave stone with the 86 names was placed there in December 2005.

The Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp was located on top of a 2,500 foot high mountain in the Vosges range, which was a ski area before the camp was built, and still is today as far as I know.

Natzweiler-Struthof was not a death camp, specifically built for the Holocaust, which was the mass extermination of the Jews. It was a camp for the imprisonment of convicted German criminals and Anti-Fascist resistance fighters.

However, the reason that Natzweiler is so well known today is that a small number of Jews were killed there in a gas chamber, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The gas chamber building, shown in the photo above, has been preserved, although I don’t know if anyone is allowed to see it. However, it is not necessary to examine the gas chamber because we have the confession of Josef Kramer, in which he said that he personally gassed 80 Jews. Kramer made his confession after he was arrested at Bergen-Belsen when that camp was voluntarily turned over to the British on April 15, 1945.

Le Struthof, as the camp is known to the French, was located 31 miles from Strasbourg where Dr. August Hirt, a Professor at the University of Strasbourg, was conducting research on racial characteristics. When he requested Jewish skeletons that were undamaged by bullet holes or body blows, Heinrich Himmler ordered that Jews should be brought from Auschwitz to Natzweiler so that they could be killed in a gas chamber there.

In August 1943, a special gas chamber was constructed by adapting an existing building, formerly owned by the Struthof hotel, which was located about a mile from the concentration camp on a side road. This room had previously been used as a refrigerator room by the hotel.

Killing the Jews in one of the gas chambers at Auschwitz and shipping the skeletons to Strasbourg wouldn’t do – the skeletons had to be prepared with great care by Dr. Hirt himself.

According to a Tübingen Professor, Dr. Hans-Joachim Lang, two anthropologists, who were both members of the SS, Dr. Hans Fleischhacker and Bruno Beger, were sent in June 1943 to Auschwitz to select Jews to be gassed so that their skeletons could be added to the rassistische/rassenideologische collection of Dr. August Hirt. There were 57 men and 29 women in the group that was selected.

In the documents submitted to the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, it is mentioned that the Jewish victims were put into quarantine for a time at Auschwitz because there was a typhus epidemic in the camp; then they were brought to Natzweiler-Struthof.

The Nuremberg IMT documents show that 86 corpses were brought to the Anatomie Institute of the Reichsuniversitat Strassburg and that an assistant of Prof. August Hirt saw the tattoos on the arms and secretly wrote down the 86 numbers on a piece of paper.

Update, 9:30 a.m. today

According to another news article, which you can read in full here:

When the story of Alice Simon was last told in the newspaper in 1994, her family in Wisconsin believed they finally had learned her fate. Records at Auschwitz death camp suggested she was murdered there by the Nazis.

Another shock was yet to come.

Alice, a 56-year-old widow who had sent her two children to safety in England, actually left Auschwitz alive, only to be killed days later in the gas chamber at another camp, Natzweiler-Struthof, in August 1943.

And there was more. The Nazis had a diabolical plan to create a museum display of Jewish people’s skeletons. Alice was one of those 86 people.

Hans-Joachim Lang, a German historian, painstakingly identified all of those victims from the numbers tattooed on their arms. Alice was marked with 45263. Lang learned as much as he could about each one and their families, and in 2004 wrote a book called “Die Namen der Nummern,” which translates to “the names of the numbers.”