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.
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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: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/
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.
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.
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.