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September 18, 2015

Germany seeks to torture another 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 4:43 pm

You can read here about a man named Reinhold H. who is the next person in Germany who will be tortured, by being dragged into court, because he was a guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau, seventy years ago.

This is the headline of the article:

Germany seeking to try former Auschwitz guard, 93
Prosecutors await health assessment for man known as Reinhold H., accused of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above, which was included with the news article, should not be used in a news article that mentions that prisoners were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. As everyone knows, children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed upon arrival, so how could these children have survived?  One of the children in the photo, Eva Kor, is still alive and well and giving lectures.

Eva Moses Kor is the girl on the far right

Eva Moses Kor is the girl on the far right

This quote is from the news article:

The retiree [Reinhold H.] is accused of serving as a guard at the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1942 through 1944. Prosecutors argue he is an accessory to murder for helping the death camp function but he’s not charged with a specific killing.

The suspect says he was assigned to a part of the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] camp not involved in the mass murders.
BERLIN — A court in western Germany says it’s waiting on a doctor’s assessment of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard to determine if he can stand trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

This is not the first time this year a nonagenarian has stood trial for his alleged activities at the Nazi death camp during the Holocaust.

In July, 94-year-old former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” was given a four-year jail sentence [after he] was convicted by a court in the northern German city of Lueneburg of accessory to murder in 300,000 cases of Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers from May to July 1944.

Reinhold H. will be tried for the crime of “accessory to murder.”  At the time that he committed this alleged crime, he didn’t know that it was a crime to work at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

Germany should be worrying about the consequences of their plan to allow 800,000 Muslims from Syria into their country.

Movie entitled “Son of Saul” in theaters Dec. 18, 2015

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am
Photo from Wikipedia shows Sonderkommando Jews with a bone grinder

Photo from Wikipedia shows Sonderkommando Jews with a bone grinder.

According to Wikipedia:

Sonderkommandos were work units made up of German Nazi death camp prisoners. They were composed almost entirely of Jews who were forced, on threat of their own deaths, to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims during the Holocaust.

The following Sonderkommandos survived the Holocaust:  Zalman Gradowski, Filip Müller, Henryk Tauber, Leib Langfus, Morris Venezia, Henryk Mandelbaum [Saul Ausländer is a fictional character]

Photo of Dachau Sonderkommando shoving a body into an oven at Dachau

Photo of Sonderkommando shoving a body into an oven at Dachau is an re-enactment, done after Dachau was libertated

A photo similar to the one above is included in the news story and it is purported to be a real photo of a Sonderkommando Jew shoving a body into an oven.

The following information, about the movie entitled Son of Saul, is from the movie review website known as “Rotten Tomatoes”.

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkomando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and …
Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity)
Genre: Drama
In Theaters: Dec 18, 2015 Limited
Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
Sony Pictures Classics

You can read the following review of the movie on this website:

Son of Saul

Based on the experience of a Hungarian Jew held in a concentration camp during the Second World War, Son of Saul follows a man who has the harrowing job of leading prisoners into the showers where they will be executed and cleaning up afterwards by shovelling their remains into the river.

Shaken by the death of one young boy, he is driven to give him a proper Jewish burial. Featuring superb acting on all levels, director Laszlo Nemes takes us right into the camp through a unique use of surround sound and filming in 35mm. 5 out of 5 stars. – Sian Jones, producer.

Among the horrors of the Holocaust, the Nazis assigned so-called Sondercommandos a peculiarly dehumanizing job: to herd fellow inmates into gas chambers and dispose of their bodies. Saul is one such man, his face an effigy of pain. When he believes he’s found his own son among the dead, his humanity is restored as he attempts to give the boy a proper burial.

Much of the film lingers on Saul’s face, leaving the most lurid shots out of focus: an interesting directorial choice that avoids a fetishistic lingering on the bodies of victims that still allows viewers to feel the full oppressiveness of his situation. A powerful, devastating film. 5 out of 5 stars. – Deana Sumanac-Johnson, reporter.

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I am looking forward to seeing this movie in December.  I will write a review of the movie after I see it. You can be sure that I will have a lot of criticism of this movie.