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August 18, 2015

Truth or fiction: Wilhelm Boger and the Auschwitz trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:01 am

You can read about Wilhelm Boger and the Auschwitz trial in a news article today, which has this headline:

Auschwitz trial ensured that Germany would never forget

I wrote about Wilhelm Boger in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/the-grandchildren-of-the-nazi-monsters/

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

On the witness stand, Wilhelm Boger, the man in charge of interrogations at Auschwitz, was confronted with his invention: the “Boger swing.” Prisoners would be brought in for questioning, stripped naked and hung over an iron bar with their hands manacled to their ankles. Their heads down and their genitals exposed to brutal beatings, the victim would swing there. “I didn’t beat them to death,” Boger told the court. “I just carried out orders.” Boger’s attitude was shared by his fellow defendants: They showed no regret, even as, for the first time since 1945, the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial made public the full horrors of the extermination camp.

The news article shows a horrible photo of Boger. I found an old photo, shown below, which is a photo of Boger as a young man.

Wilhelm Boger

Wilhelm Boger

Several years ago, there was a movie entitled The Reader which showed a trial that was something like the Auschwitz trial.  I blogged about the movie at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/the-reader-is-it-a-pernicious-book-and-movie/

I was amazed to learn that Wilhelm Boger was not sentenced to death for his horrible crime of beating prisoners on a swing. He was given life in prison and lived to the age of 70.

This quote is from the news article:

The big Auschwitz trial came about because of a coincidence. A journalist conducting research at the end of 1958 met a former concentration camp prisoner who managed to take some charred documents from a police court when the Polish city of Wroclaw, known to the Germans as Breslau, was burning toward the end of the war. He gave them to the journalist, who sent them to Fritz Bauer, the general state prosecutor of Hessen. Bauer immediately saw that the information contained in the documents would be explosive: They detailed shootings at Auschwitz and included the names of those killed, those who did the killing and the reasons for the executions. They were signed by Rudolf Höss, the commandant in charge of the camp, who died in 1947. The initials of Robert Mulka, the commandant’s adjutant and a future defendant in the Auschwitz trials, could also clearly be identified. It was enough to trigger a major lawsuit and indict several people who had served the Nazis in various functions at Auschwitz. It was a chance to uncover the systematic nature behind the killing machine.

This quote from the news article describes the procedure at Auschwitz-Birkenau when the trains arrived:

The so-called ‘clear-up commando’ was then ordered to come onto the ramp and steal the valuables of the arriving Jews. After this the condemned were taken to the gas chambers in heavy goods vehicles or had to march there in columns. Once there, the innocent and defenseless victims were deceived with mendacious speeches and ordered to undress for a ‘shower’. They were then brought to the gas chambers and the doors were locked. A medical truck brought the deadly gas, Cyclon B, to the death factories. They tossed gas into the chambers and observed the agonizing process of their victims being gassed through a peephole. After this they ascertained the death of their victims, arranged that the bodies be burned in the crematoriums and supervised the pulling out of gold teeth. The hair of female corpses was shaved off and the robbery of valuables from dead bodies was supervised. These figures were then reported by telegram to the official bookkeeper stationed in the Imperial Security Authority (Reichssicherheithauptamt) and responsible for recording the mass murder. He logged the total number of deportees, the number of detainees brought to the camp and the number of those gassed.

Note that the hair of the women was not shaved off until after they were dead.  What a revolting mess that must have been!

Prisoners at Auschwitz had their heads shaved to prevent lice which spreads typhus

Prisoners at Auschwitz had their heads shaved to prevent lice which spreads typhus

Stupid me! I thought that the hair was shaved off because lice, which spreads typhus, hides in the hair. I thought that the in-coming prisoners were given a shower to remove any lice from their bodies, in an attempt to prevent typhus. The photo above shows women at Auschwitz with their heads shaved, before they were killed.

40 Comments »

  1. Documents are forged all the time. Like I said,”truth is the first casualty of war”. No wonder the Jews don’t like the New Testament. Book of Matthew. Chapter 7 ( I think),” how you judge others,you’ll be judged by the same measure”. So nobody wants Germany to forget. That’s passing judgement no matter how you slice it

    Comment by Tim — August 21, 2015 @ 9:59 am

  2. I read most of the major publications dealing with the Holocaust I find that most of them are not based on facts a lot of things the people say just don’t make sense you have to understand whatever you say has to conform with facts and science their stuff does not here is good start for you.
    http://www.ihr.org/main/search.shtml

    Comment by jrizoli — August 20, 2015 @ 4:08 am

    • In USA the historical background of WWI and WII are not studied at all, In order to understand the Holocaust-Shoah one has to consider the European political, social and economic historical events and conditions; especially the period between WWI and WWII. Unfortunately the authors of the publications You have read adressed the European pubblic which knew those things which USA readers are not aware about.

      Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 21, 2015 @ 10:58 am

  3. ClLIENT! No one had the choice to leave with the SS or stay behind; this had been matter of accidents. At a certain moment the Nazis had to fly and so had not time to kill sick people left behind and could not move anymore the last prisioniers.
    FURTHERGLORY! The cutting of hair even of women had been ordered for humiliation, not for hygienic purposes. Even in Theresienstadt, at the beginning, hairs had to be cut and, thanks to the efforts of the first Elder, for women the so called “Maennerschnitt” – male cut – had been allowed. The photo above shows women prisioniers in march for forced labor. To the Gas Chambers people had been herded in fast way without losing time for hair cut.
    Furhtermore the Nazis did not care about lice or delousing. Indeed lice are usefull for the diffusion of typhus desease with a high death toll.
    Nor did the Nazis care about health or personal safety of inmates.
    In USA You cannot understand how the nazi-docrtrine had sprayed hatred against Jews, Poles, Gypsies, etc.
    Survivor have difficulties to recalll the details and so the many faultfinders show negationist attitudes.

    Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 18, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

    • No one had the choice to leave with the SS or stay behind;…

      Wolf, are you aware that Elie Wiesel, probably the most famous ‘Holocaust’ survivor, claims explicitly in his book ‘Night’ that he was offered this choice? What do you say about that? Do you think he’s lying?

      Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 12:13 am

    • Nor did the Nazis care about health or personal safety of inmates.

      Also, Wiesel says he was in a German hospital recovering from surgery on his injured foot when he was given this choice.

      Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 12:18 am

      • The claim -about the recovery of Elie Wiesel in a German Hospital – in winter 1944-45! (!) – is, at least, hardly consistent with the well known fact that Jews had been banned from recovery in German hospitals already in the late thirties – 1937 or 1938 – and this bann applied in occupied countries too. The Nazi treatment of broken legs for a Lager prisionier had been usually the shooting, when not the Gas Chamber. In winter 1944/45 German hospitals had hardly place for wounded soldiers; so what about the claim – by Elie Wiesel or by some negationist? – of a jewish Lager prisionier recovered for surgery. What the hell is tihis absurd tale?

        Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 20, 2015 @ 1:48 am

      • Wolf, I’m sure it was some kind of hospital — an in-patient care facility — associated with the Auschwitz camp(s) — ie not a normal German hospital.

        And honestly, I do not know if Wiesel is telling the truth or not.

        Comment by eah — August 20, 2015 @ 2:21 am

      • by Elie Wiesel or by some negationist?

        I have not read Wiesel’s book ‘Night’. But I found this on the internet — it is an excerpt from ‘Night’ on the PBS (American Public Broadcasting System) web site:

        At four o’clock in the afternoon of the same day, as usual the bell summoned all the heads of the blocks to go and report. They came back shattered. They could only just open their lips enough to say the word: evacuation. The camp was to be emptied, and we were to be sent farther back. Where to? To somewhere right in the depths of Germany, to other camps; there was no shortage of them.
        “When?”
        “Tomorrow evening.”
        “Perhaps the Russians will arrive first.”
        “Perhaps.”
        We knew perfectly well that they would not. The camp had become a hive. People ran about, shouting at one another. In all the blocks, preparations for the journey were going on. I had forgotten about my bad foot
        [Note: Wiesel had recently had an infection on the sole of his foot drained]. A doctor came into the room and announced:
        “Tomorrow, immediately after nightfall, the camp will set out. Block after block. Patients will stay in the infirmary. They will not be evacuated.”

        “What shall we do, father?”
        He was lost in thought. The choice was in our hands. For once we could decide our fate for ourselves. We could both stay in the hospital, where I could, thanks to my doctor, get him entered as a patient or a nurse. Or else we could follow the others.
        “Well, what shall we do, father?”
        He was silent.
        “Let’s be evacuated with the others,” I said to him

        I have bold-highlighted some parts.

        So I hope it is clear now what Wiesel says in the book — it is not from a “negationist”. Also note that apparently Wiesel was expecting a German doctor to be cooperative/helpful enough to allow Wiesel’s father to also stay at the hospital.

        Comment by eah — August 20, 2015 @ 2:39 am

    • The cutting of hair even of women had been ordered for humiliation

      Are you implying ultra-orthodox jews who force their wives to shave their hair, do it to humiliate them?

      Comment by a reader — August 19, 2015 @ 2:55 am

    • Survivor have difficulties to recalll the details

      It’s not exactly that, Wolf — instead, it’s often the case that the “details” they do recall, and relate in books, speeches, etc, are often too fantastic/wildly improbable to be believed.

      Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 5:02 am

    • To “eah”! 1. Elie Wiesel is in no way Holly Scripture and he too is subject to possible confusion. 2. Even for my Father – a leading figure, THE LAST OF THE UNJUST – it had been sometimes painful and difficult to recall events and details. He granted interviews – giving precious evidence – to researchers against the advice of his doctor. Who never stood in the face of the SS can hardly believe things. The same attitude shown by Allied Governments – USA and UK – as the first information about thing going on reached them..
      To “reader”: At the beginning at Theresienstadt there had been persons of working age. Elderly orthodox people arrived later. At any rate, against such orders, any opposition or resistance had been, clearly, unthinkable.

      Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 19, 2015 @ 7:19 am

    • Wolf, surely Wiesel can accurately remember something as eventful and important as whether he was given such a choice — don’t you think so? Also whether or not he was treated in a hospital.

      Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 8:31 am

      • I could not care less about Elie Wiesel. Clear?

        Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 19, 2015 @ 12:36 pm

      • I could not care less about Elie Wiesel.

        OK. Still, his claims directly contradict yours. That’s the point. And he was there, in Auschwitz (or so he says). So it seems to me he ought to know better than you whether or not inmates were given the choice, right? So why should I believe you and not him? Or are you ready to go on the record and call Elie Wiesel a liar?

        Not to mention the fact his claim to have been treated in a German hospital (for prisoners) contradicts your statement that the Nazis did not care about the health and personal safety of the inmates.

        Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

        • I repeat: Even Ellie Wiesel – like many other survivors – is subject to confusion. When evaluating the story of a survivor we ought to check its consistency with what is known as certain about the Nazi attitude. So it may come out that things had been even worse as generally told.Survivors of traumatic events are subject to confusion and in no way can called liars. .

          Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 19, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

        • The per my comment above, Wiesel is very, very confused. And has been for a long, long time.

          Comment by eah — August 20, 2015 @ 2:41 am

  4. Scam upon Scam……Hmmmm they just tossed ZB in the chamber and whamo the people died….LOL
    Then they went in and cut their hair and took their teeth out???
    So touching ZB doused bodies wasn’t an issue, I guess the people were immune to it like snake bite serum…..
    The whole Holocaust tale is a scam and gullible people swallow it lock stock and barrel.
    ZB needs approx 80 degrees F to operate, and it takes a long time to work, so I guess those weren’t problems in the winter especially with NO heat in the buildings.

    I’ve been exposing the HoloHoax for over twenty years, watched more video, read more books pro and con, bottom line it’s a scam plain and simple.

    Jim Rizoli
    catch my videos on youtube
    website CCFIILE.COM

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — August 18, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    • “ZB needs approx 80 degrees F to operate, and it takes a long time to work, so I guess those weren’t problems in the winter especially with NO heat in the buildings.”

      Liquids evaporate below their boiling point, Mr Rizoli. For instance, you don’t need to put a glass of water in a room at 100°C to see a portion of it evaporate. Of course, the warmer (and the drier), the better. But Zyklon B pellets would have released a small amount of HCN below 25°C (80°F).

      24:55 – 28:00

      Comment by hermie — August 19, 2015 @ 7:15 am

      • You seem to answer your own question the point is it’s a slow release they could not have killed people in 15 minutes so the whole thing is a scam

        Comment by jrizoli — August 19, 2015 @ 8:01 am

        • jrizoli: “You seem to answer your own question the point is it’s a slow release they could not have killed people in 15 minutes so the whole thing is a scam”

          Yes, Mr Rizoli. I just wanted to correct the oft-repeated 80°F/25°C mistake. For accuracy. I didn’t mean that large amounts of HCN were released from Zyklon B pellets almost instantly as in very numerous Holo-testimonies and allegations told by Zio-propagandists deceitfully called “historians”.

          Comment by hermie — August 20, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      • Sublimation is the physical/chemical term; or perhaps evaporation — not sure how it would be physically classified. I do not know the physical chemistry of the active compound (hydrogen cyanide) in the product Zyklon-B (which was a brand name) — Zyklon-B consisted of pellets of some neutral material that functioned as an adsorbent for HCN. These pellets were impregnated with HCN, then packaged in airtight containers. When exposed to the air, the HCN — which has a fairly high vapor pressure at room temperature, and boils at approx 26C — sublimated or evaporated from the pellets. This happens more rapidly at higher temperatures. Of course a certain concentration in the air is necessary to kill.

        I have also always been skeptical that this could happen rapidly enough in a relatively cool, subterranean gas chamber — one large enough to hold a couple of thousand people — to kill a large number of people in the time frames generally claimed. But as hinted I cannot be 100% sure; perhaps the most important parameter here is the vapor pressure of HCN. Here it seems possible to determine, by experiment, the relevant info. Has such an experiment ever been done? If so, I have not heard about it. If not, perhaps the reason is that the results would pose yet another difficulty for the ‘exterminationists’.

        Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 8:29 am

        • Read the Leuchter report an you will get all your answers of how zb works and everything else.
          I’ve actually met with him a few times last week actually.

          Comment by jrizoli — August 19, 2015 @ 8:38 am

          • Hey, Leuchter and I have something in common.
            We both have history degrees and neither one of us is an engineer. So technically I too could spout off about something I’m not qualified for.

            Comment by HCW — August 22, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

        • Yes, you’re right — the LR does discuss in some detail the physical and chemical properties and of HCN and how it reacts. Thanks.

          Comment by eah — August 19, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

        • The gas chambers could be preheated if necessary so it doesn’t matter if they were above or below ground.http://www.deathcamps.org/gas_chambers/gas_chambers_auschwitz.html

          Comment by HCW — August 19, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

          • HCW: “The gas chambers could be preheated if necessary so it doesn’t matter if they were above or below ground.http://www.deathcamps.org/gas_chambers/gas_chambers_auschwitz.html

            Not the alleged one at Krema I.

            And “preheated” is only an exterminationist interpretation. Morgues need a temperature between + 2°C and +12°C and so also a heating system ideally. A crematory morgue is a fridge, not a freezer. Dead bodies must be kept cold, not frozen. Frozen corpses would have consumed very large amounts of additional fuel to be cremated to ashes, and they would have glued together when piled (try to put 10 steaks together in your freezer and you’ll see what happens; you’ll get the greatest difficulty in separating them). How can you remove 10, or 20, corpses frozen-glued together from a morgue to ovens for cremation? You can’t. You have to wait until spring before being able to drag them to ovens…

            Comment by hermie — August 21, 2015 @ 7:59 am

            • I stand corrected on Krema I, you are right, it was not preheated. The others were. Krema I was not used very long and was converted into an air raid shelter. Experiments in gassing Soviet POWs and Polish prisoners took place in September of 1941. Initially the prisoners did not die as quickly as expected so more ZB was added. This produced the desired results.
              I don’t think a concentration camp morgue would be very state of the art, certainly nothing like a modern morgue. I think the main purpose of such a morgue would be to keep bodies cool enough to prevent decomposition. The Wikipedia article I found did not mention heaters, it simply said that bodies would be kept cool, from 36F to 39F. I don’t see any reason to have a heater in a morgue. As far as I know no one has ever found any indication of a cooling unit at any of the blown up “Kremas.”

              Comment by HCW — August 22, 2015 @ 12:53 am

              • I’m still looking for a picture of a homicidal
                Gas chamber. Won’t even bother with the conversation with you until you show me one with all the working mechanisms..

                Comment by jrizoli — August 22, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

              • HCW: “I don’t see any reason to have a heater in a morgue.”

                You should rather say that you don’t want to see any reason to have a heater in a morgue. I’ve just provided you with the reasons for such a device. Not even any “state of the art” needed, practical considerations were enough to justify the need for such a device. Concentration camp or not, a practical use of large morgues like the ones at the Birkenau crematoria was vastly worth the installation of heating devices.

                From my perspective, I don’t see any reason to install a ventilation system in an undressing room, but the alleged undressing rooms of Krema II and III were ventilated (and even slightly more ventilated than the alleged homicidal gas chambers) nevertheless.😉

                HCW: “As far as I know no one has ever found any indication of a cooling unit at any of the blown up “Kremas.””

                Why do you think the morgues of Birkenau were semi-underground structures (originally planned as fully underground structures)? For the pleasure of having to dig and build a large underground structure in a swamp? A kind of crazy Nazi quest for architectural challenges or something?

                Comment by hermie — August 22, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

            • Explain to me again, why would you have a heater in a morgue? Heating a body causes it to decompose faster. A decomposing body is a health hazard. A morgue would keep bodies cold until they needed to be disposed of. However, a heater in a gas chamber makes sense when you use ZB to kill large quantities of people.

              Comment by HCW — August 22, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

              • HCW: “Explain to me again, why would you have a heater in a morgue?”

                Go to Poland in winter and you’ll instantly get it.

                As you’ve said, the purpose of a morgue is the storage of cold dead bodies, not the storage of frozen corpses. Can’t see the difference between a fridge and a freezer?

                Comment by hermie — August 22, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

                • I was puzzling over the things you were posting and I couldn’t figure out where you were getting you information.
                  Then I found this:
                  http://www.vho.org/GB/c/GR/RudolfOnVanPelt.html
                  I’m sure what you are talking about comes from Mr. Rudolph. I’m sure he’d appreciate being cited. If this is not it please provide a link so I can view where you are getting your evidence.
                  I’m getting mine from here:
                  http://www.holocaust-history.org/irving-david/vanpelt/vanpelt-stairs-slides.html
                  If the original buildings included chutes to slide corpses down, why were these removed and replaced with stairs? It’s easier to slide dead weight than carry it.
                  Why have a door that opens out in a morgue? It’s more efficient to have a door that opens inward to facilitate the transfer of corpses into a room…better yet to have a door that swings both in and out.
                  For that matter, why have a peephole in the door made with 8 mm glass and protected by metal? Was the intent to spy on corpses?

                  Comment by HCW — August 24, 2015 @ 9:47 am

                • HCW: “If the original buildings included chutes to slide corpses down, why were these removed and replaced with stairs? It’s easier to slide dead weight than carry it.”

                  The chutes were not removed. The chute does not appear in a partial plan of Krema II dated December 19, 1942…but chutes do appear in all successive plans (see below):

                  Plan 2136 of the Zentralbauleitung of 22 February 1943 for Crematorium III;
                  Plan 2197 of the Zentralbauleitung of 18 March 1943 for Crematorium II;
                  Plan 109/15 of the firm Huta of 24 September 1943 for Crematoria II and III;
                  Plan 109/16A of the firm Huta of 9 October 1943 for Crematoria II and III.

                  The subject of the plan of December 1942 was merely a project to transfer the basement access to the street side (Verlegung des Kellerzuganges an die Strassenseite), and not a proposal to eliminate the chute.

                  HCW: “Why have a door that opens out in a morgue? It’s more efficient to have a door that opens inward to facilitate the transfer of corpses into a room…better yet to have a door that swings both in and out.”

                  Some revisionists (such as Carlo Mattogno) think that morgue 1 of Krema II could be used as an additional delousing gas chambers. About that, Mattogno wrote: “the change of the door of morgue 1 from opening inwards to opening outwards might as well have a very simple and innocent explanation: Due to capacity restrictions of crematories, they are normally equipped with morgues for storing corpses of infectious diseases. Spotted fever claimed many lives at the Birkenau camp, and since morgue 1 was the only morgue equipped with both an air intake and exhaust, it is most likely that the victims of this epidemic were temporarily stored there. Intelligent ventilation design causes a slight underpressure in such morgues to prevent the nauseous gases developed by stored corpses from entering the rest of the building. Under such circumstances any double door would have to open outwards in order to stay closed.”

                  Other revisionists (such as Samuel Crowell) think that morgue 1 of Krema II could be used as an air raid shelter. If they are right, doors opening inwards would be blown in by a bomb exploding close to the building.

                  HCW: “For that matter, why have a peephole in the door made with 8 mm glass and protected by metal? Was the intent to spy on corpses?”

                  Anti gas air raid shelters (Google pics of WW2 gas tight shelters and you’ll see) and delousing gas chambers (it is a proved fact that the delousing doors in Auschwitz were equipped with such) were equipped with such doors.

                  Anti gas air raid shelter in Hamburg (WW2): http://www.cwporter.com/airraidshelter.jpg

                  Comment by hermie — August 24, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

            • Exterminationist……another clever term from the people that brought Holohoax. Did you rip that off from creationist?

              Comment by HCW — August 22, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

          • What you’re saying makes no sense at all. Where were the pre heaters where were fans the room that they show you an Auschwitz and these other places could not kill people simply put they could not do it the mechanisms are not there to do it or were even there to do it. They are going to tell you anything to make you believe the holocost lie none of it makes sense you don’t have doors with windows in them in a gas chamber you don’t have separated rooms with no doors that connect crematoria and supposedly the gas chambers this whole thing is such a scam it’s hard to believe people can even believe it.

            Comment by jrizoli — August 21, 2015 @ 8:36 am

            • Well, the actual “Krema” were destroyed before the SS evacuated the camp. I’ve been told that the SS destroyed them because they didn’t want the Soviets to use them for propaganda purposes…….of course, no one bothered to destroy all the hair, clothes, baggage etc. They also didn’t destroy the camp itself, just the “Krema.” How peculiar. I’d think if this was a case of “scorched earth” then the SS would have destroyed the camp, especially Monowitz.
              Well, anyway, off to watch a movie with the wife and kids. I’ll make sure to check out your website.

              Comment by HCW — August 21, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

              • Oh, and one more thing, commas and periods are your friends.

                Comment by HCW — August 22, 2015 @ 6:51 pm

  5. I read the book The Reader and then saw the movie starring Kate Winslet. Both very powerful and well worth the time and effort. However they didn’t show the holocaust in a very good light because the story hinges on one event that happened after the camp was cleared of prisoners who wanted to leave with the Germans…

    Comment by Clent — August 18, 2015 @ 11:15 am


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