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September 27, 2015

The many gates at Theresienstadt

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am
Main gate into the walled town of Theresienstadt

Main gate into the walled town of Theresienstadt

This morning, I went to Wikipedia to get the facts on Music at  Theresienstadt.  On the Wikipedia page, I saw the photo below, which was purported to be the gate into the Theresienstadt camp.

The gate into the Small Fortress, NOT the gate into the Theresienstadt camp

The gate into the Small Fortress, NOT the gate into the Theresienstadt ghetto (Click on photo to enlarge)

Gate into the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

Gate into the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt, NOT the gate into the Theresienstadt ghetto

The wall around Theresienstadt fortress

The wall around the Theresienstadt fortress

When Theresienstadt was built as a military fortress in 1780, it consisted of two parts: the Main Fortress, where the Jews were later imprisoned by the Nazis in World War II, and the Small Fortress which was originally built as a prison and was used as such from the time it was completed until a few years after World War II, when the last of the German war criminals, who were incarcerated here by the victorious Allies, were executed.

Old building in Theresienstadt ghetto

Old building in Theresienstadt ghetto (click on photo to enlarge)

Detail of old building at Theresienstadt

Detail of old building at Theresienstadt

The Small Fortress is on the east side of the Ohre river that divides the two parts of the old military fortress, which was named Theresienstadt. The Theresienstadt ghetto is on the west side.

The Main Fortress is now the town of Terezin, which is open to visitors, and even has a hotel where tourists can stay if they don’t mind spending the night in the exact location where Hitler’s SS soldiers once slept.

Gate into the section of the Small Fortress which has the Arbeit Macht Frei sign

Courtyard of the Small Fortress which has the gate with the Arbeit Macht Frei sign

The Small Fortress became a Gestapo prison in June 1940, even before the Main Fortress was turned into a transit camp for the Jews in November 1941.

The following quote is from a pamphlet that I obtained when I toured the Small Fortress:

Begin quote:

People were sent here [to the Small Fortress] for taking part in the democratic and communist resistance movement, for aiding parachutists sent from the west and east to help the Czech resistance, for supporting partisans, escaped prisoners-of-war and Jews, or for individual acts against the Nazi regime. They were intellectuals, workers, farmers, clericals, artists and students, men and women.

The fate of the Jewish prisoners here was particularly tragic. After arrest by the Gestapo for taking part in the resistance movement or breaking the rules established for Jews in Terezin town, they were sent here, given the hardest work and subjected to the worst terrorism by the guards.

It was actually a transit prison as most of the inmates were sent after a certain time before a Nazi court and from there to other prisons and penitentiaries or to concentration camps in Germany, Poland and Austria.

End quote

After visiting the firing range in the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt, tour groups go through the Gate of Death which was the gate through which condemned prisoners had to walk to reach another execution site outside the fortress.

If you don’t want to go through the tunnel to get to the execution site, you can reach the Gate of Death by walking straight ahead when you enter the Small Fortress, instead of turning left into the Administration Court. You will then enter the Fourth Courtyard which is where my tour group emerged when we came through the Gate of Death.

50 Comments »

  1. I have been to Inconvenient Histories. There is a link to it from CODOH.
    I do give the people that post there a great deal of credit for not wandering into the lunatic fringe territory, like the Bible Believers site. Frankly, the founder of CODOH, Bradley Smith, gets my respect. He is obviously an intelligent man.
    As for the rest, well, I guess there is no hope for me. I know too much and know where to go when I have questions. The one thing that I will give Revisionists (at least, the ones that are not crack pot crazy) is that they do encourage debate and force you to rethink things.

    Comment by HCW — September 30, 2015 @ 10:16 am

  2. You fail to mention if there were any executions in that camp they were most likely killed because they were communist agitators and treasonous to the German way of life.
    78% of the Jews in Germany were communist. The Communist Jews were the enemy of the Germany because they declared war on Germany in 1933 and they had Blockcades on all Germany commerce so how would you think the Germans were going to treat them.
    I don’t believe that campt was an execution camp anyway. You’re just propagating more lies. Read the book the Myth of German Villiany you’ll get the right understanding of what happened with Russia, Germany and all of Europe and how the Communists were the ones behind it all. Hitler was trying to stop the spread of communism.
    The reason why the world is like it is today over in Europe is because Hitler didn’t stop them. Of course United States is no better we have the same problems happening here now.

    Comment by jrizoli — September 27, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    • What proof do you have that 78% of Jews living in Germany were communists?
      How does a boycott of German goods equal a declaration of war?
      More proclamations, no proof. Less talk, more rock, Mr. Rizoli.

      Comment by HCW — September 27, 2015 @ 11:04 am

      • Well one great writer and statesman was convinced that the Jews promoted revolutionary communist movements;
        ” From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown, a definitely recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”
        Winston Churchill 1920

        Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 1:59 am

        • I wasn’t asking if Winston Churchill thought the Communists were a problem, I was asking what proof existed that 78% of German Jews were Communists. I also asked how a boycott equaled a declaration of war.
          Try again.

          Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 5:06 am

          • Try reading carefully what Churchill wrote in the article. He wasn’t saying that Communism was the problem , he was stating that all its leaders were curiously all Jewish.

            Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 6:40 am

            • Wait, I thought Churchill was a drunk. Why would I take the word of drunkard?
              So, you quote Churchill when it suits you? That’s odd.
              Also, from what else I’ve read, I thought Churchill was in the pay of Zionists? Zionists are Jews and therefore Communists, right? Hermie, back me up, you’ve written that the Zionists had Churchill in their back pocket, right?
              Or am I confusing this with some other lunatic fringe conspiracy theory?
              I don’t know, this stuff gets so confusing. Hitler loved the Jews, Hitler hated the Jews but didn’t kill them, Hitler was a Jew, Hitler was in the pay of Jews, the Zionists cooked up the story of the Holocaust to get the Jews out of Europe, the Soviets made up the story of the Holocaust for some reason I can’t understand, etc., etc.
              Is there some kind of condensed version, a Revisionist 101 that can help clear this up for me?

              Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 6:55 am

              • ” Hermie, back me up, you’ve written that the Zionists had Churchill in their back pocket, right?”

                I have indeed. Just as Churchill admitted it on several occasions. And Churchill was funded by the ‘Focus’, a group at that time led by Sir Robert Waley-Cohen, who was depicted as “the veritable dynamic force of Focus” by his own biographer Robert Henriques and as “a businessman who assisted the development of modern Israel” and “a director of the Palestine Corporation, founded in 1922 by British businessmen to encourage the economic development in the British mandate of Palestine, much of which became Israel” by the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/06/obituaries/bernard-waley-cohen-ex-london-mayor-77.html).

                Good to know that Churchill, beside concerns for his wallet and political career, chose to work for Zionism in 1909 at Manchester (where he met Chaim Weizmann, who was a lecturer at the University of Manchetser at that time) in order to prevent British Jewry from becoming what Herzl called a “revolutionary proletariat”, something that would have endangered his duke ass. Herzl admitted that most of the revolutionary movements of the 19th century (including Communism) had been created and led by Jews in order to crush the social orders detrimental to them. And Herzl offered to focus the Jewish masses on the upbuilding of a country for themselves with Zionism rather than on the crushing of Gentile social orders with Jew-led revolutionary movements. In other words, Herzl offered an alternative to the destruction of Gentile social orders by Jews, a cure for Jew-led agitation, another outlet for the corrosive forces of Jewry. His idea was finally perverted and Zionism became one of the most destructive forces of the 20th century. But Herzl’s original idea was good nevertheless, and I can understand that Churchill considered Herzl’s offer.

                Comment by hermie — September 28, 2015 @ 8:31 am

                • See, whatever Hermie just said. He’s the resident expert on Zionism, any further questions ask him.

                  Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 9:12 am

                • Hermie! Note that Herzl wanted to model the Jewish state on then time Germany and tried to meet the Kaiser. Maybe because of the well know cultural ties between Jews and Germans mentioned by Chancellor Merkel. Note also that the main Comunist figures – Lenin and Stalin – had not been Jewish. Comunism is in opposition to Jewish faith. Clear? Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 29, 2015 @ 10:51 am

                • Wolf, I believe that Lenin did have some Jewish ancestory but he certainly was not a practicing Christian or Jew, he described himself as an atheist.
                  Stalin was certainly not a Jew, he was brought up in the Russian Orthodox faith and at one time considered the preisthood. Stalin himself was highly Anti-Semetic. Before his death in 1953 there is considerable evidence that Stalin intended on setting off another purge, specifically against Jews in the Soviet Union.

                  Comment by HCW — September 29, 2015 @ 11:07 am

                • wolf: “Note that Herzl wanted to model the Jewish state on then time Germany and tried to meet the Kaiser. Maybe because of the well know cultural ties between Jews and Germans mentioned by Chancellor Merkel.”

                  Herzl also met the Ottoman Sultan and his circle. He even accepted to work for the Sultan and to silence the European press at that time bashing Turkey for her treatment of Armenian nationalists. Herzl also contacted the anti-semitic Czar of Russia to get his support and help for his land grabbing adventure in Palestine, to tell him about “the Zionist plan for the final solution of the Jewish Question”. And no need to mention the numerous Zionist connections in America and Britain.

                  International politics only. No cultural ties involved in that.

                  wolf: ” Comunism is in opposition to Jewish faith. Clear?”

                  Clear, but wrong. Communism was a degenerate child of Judaism. Not intended for the Jews themlves, of course. (Marx would never have conceived such a monstrosity for his Jewish race brothers.) For the Christian masses only. Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the social orders detrimental to Jews by using the Gentile proletariat as a hammer crushing its own leaders. Communism proved to be a very efficient ‘Pale [of Settlement] dissolvent’, at least. Mission: Successful…

                  Comment by hermie — September 29, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

              • HCW: “I don’t know, this stuff gets so confusing. Hitler loved the Jews, Hitler hated the Jews but didn’t kill them, Hitler was a Jew, Hitler was in the pay of Jews, the Zionists cooked up the story of the Holocaust to get the Jews out of Europe, the Soviets made up the story of the Holocaust for some reason I can’t understand, etc., etc. Is there some kind of condensed version, a Revisionist 101 that can help clear this up for me?”

                I was already aware of the “Hitler was a Jew” and “Hitler was in the pay of Jews” funny stories, but never of the “Hitler loved the Jews” one. Where did you get that hilarious one?

                And nobody ever said “the Zionists cooked up the story of the Holocaust to get the Jews out of Europe”. I and others said they cooked that up to get Jews in Palestine, at that time still barred by the British.

                And the Soviets made up the story of the Holocaust as mere atrocity propanda, a classic of almost any war. On August 24, 1941, an international Jewish conference was held in Moscow – the “Jews Against Hitler” Conference – and the participants were patently already very aware of Hitler’s Top Secret extermination of Europe’s Jews (even if the orthodox Holocaust narrative claims: “In August and September 1941, every German unit (Waffen SS, Einsatzgruppen, Ordnungspolizei – police enforcing law and order) progressively adopted systematic genocide.” – http://www.memorialdelashoah.org/upload/minisites/ukraine/en/en_exposition3-genocide.htm).

                https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?t=8690

                Comment by hermie — September 29, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

                • Why, the esteemed Mr. Rizoli pointed me towards The Bad War by M. S. King. Mr. King said that the camps the Jews were in were quite comfortable and that Hitler was trying to send the Jews to the beautiful vacation island of Madagascar. The mean old British got in the way and so all of the Jews died of typhus. Check it out, it’s right up your alley. The part you won’t like is that King said the Polish invaded Germany but based that upon eyewitness testimony. I know how much you loath all eyewitness territory so I would skip over that part.

                  Comment by HCW — September 29, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

                • There was, in fact, a proposal to send the Jews to Madagascar. I covered that in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/did-hitler-just-want-to-expel-the-jews-from-europe-or-did-he-want-to-kill-them-all/

                  Comment by furtherglory — September 29, 2015 @ 4:44 pm

                • I wrote about Poland invading Germany on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/alfred-naujocks-and-the-start-of-world-war-ii/

                  Comment by furtherglory — September 29, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

                • Sorry, testimony, not territory.

                  Comment by HCW — September 29, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

                • Oh, and Hitler protected the Jews and was there best friend:

                  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/david-irving-hitler-appointed-me-his-biographer-1366464.html

                  Comment by HCW — September 29, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

                • Hermie, I’m going to give you credit for giving both a link to a Holocaust site and CODOH. The device I’m on does not like CODOH however so I’ll have to look at it on my phone.
                  See, I appreciate that. It shows you actually take the time to look things up and know what you are talking about….unlike Rizoli who spouts off and expects everyone to believe him.
                  Thanks to you I actually know more about Zionism. I do go and check on things that you post, naturally I interpret them differently than you but that’s OK too.

                  Comment by HCW — September 29, 2015 @ 7:16 pm

                • The idea of sending Jewish Poles to Madagascar predates WW II. Wolf discussed this previously. The Polish government itself wanted to send its 3 million Jews in the 1930’s:
                  http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Total/Polish%20Antisemitism.htm
                  The Poles dropped the idea because it was not financially feasible and Madagascar would only support about 60,000 Jews, not 3 million.
                  Poland was simply not prepared to invade Germany, they stopped their mobilization after the French and British protested because the French and British did not want to give the Germans a reason to invade. Also, Hitler originally planned to invade Poland on August 26th, 1939 but stopped it because he wanted more time to detach Britain and France from the Poles. Not all of the German units received the halt order in time and one of those units invaded Poland so technically Germany invaded first anyway.
                  See the Storm of War by Andrew Roberts for full details.

                  Comment by HCW — September 29, 2015 @ 7:32 pm

                • HCW: “Why, the esteemed Mr. Rizoli pointed me towards The Bad War by M. S. King. Mr. King said that the camps the Jews were in were quite comfortable and that Hitler was trying to send the Jews to the beautiful vacation island of Madagascar.”

                  I doubt Mr. King wrote “the beautiful vacation island of Madagascar”. And one must have a weird conception of friendship to call a guy wanting to expell an entire people to a remote area a friend of that people. Nobody needs enemies with such ‘friends’ on his side…

                  HCW: “Oh, and Hitler protected the Jews and was there best friend: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/david-irving-hitler-appointed-me-his-biographer-1366464.html

                  Irving’s quite pathetic attempt to reconcile his new Holocaust beliefs with his theory that Hitler wasn’t aware of the ‘Holocaust’ is hilarious. Only a dumb bitch like Deborah Lipstadt still regards the post-imprisonment new Irving as a Holocaust revisionist.

                  Comment by hermie — September 30, 2015 @ 6:25 am

                • HCW: “Hitler originally planned to invade Poland on August 26th, 1939 but stopped it because he wanted more time to detach Britain and France from the Poles. ”

                  Wasn’t it rather because he wanted more time to let peace another chance?

                  It seems it was after all…

                  [url=http://postimg.org/image/kg8jj9sij/full/][img]http://s25.postimg.org/yzfokolnj/Hitler_Plan_de_Paix_des_16_Points_Ao_t_1939.jpg[/img][/url]

                  Comment by hermie — September 30, 2015 @ 6:30 am

                • Wrong link. Sorry.

                  Comment by hermie — September 30, 2015 @ 6:31 am

                • HCW: “Thanks to you I actually know more about Zionism. I do go and check on things that you post, naturally I interpret them differently than you but that’s OK too.”

                  Glad I could help. And glad to see you’re open-minded enough to go into things in conflict with your current views.

                  Your different interpretation of that stuff is OK indeed.

                  Comment by hermie — September 30, 2015 @ 6:41 am

                • Hermie, the phrase stuck with me because King described it in that fashion. He also said that the camps where the Jews were placed were quite comfortable. Naturally he did not mention the actual concentration camp system set up after Hitler came to power.

                  Comment by HCW — September 30, 2015 @ 8:04 am

                • I pride myself on being open minded. Why do you think I have spent a lot of time studying revisionist theories?
                  Frankly, some of the things I read gave me a moment’s pause but after further research I concluded there was nothing to what the revisionists were saying.

                  Comment by HCW — September 30, 2015 @ 8:12 am

                • I assume that you are familiar with the website called Inconvenient History: http://inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2014/volume_6/number_3/the_great_holocaust_mystery.php

                  This is where the real deniers or revisionists write their excellent articles. If you can read these articles, and still believe in the Holocaust, there is no hope for you.

                  Comment by furtherglory — September 30, 2015 @ 9:13 am

                • Hermie, it’s odd that you would post a newspaper article. I thought newspaper articles were unreliable, like eyewitness testimony. I also thought they were nothing more than propaganda. Now, if you have any other evidence besides the article I would be happy to look at it.

                  Comment by HCW — September 30, 2015 @ 11:38 am

                • HCW: “Hermie, the phrase stuck with me because King described it in that fashion. He also said that the camps where the Jews were placed were quite comfortable. Naturally he did not mention the actual concentration camp system set up after Hitler came to power.”

                  From what you wrote in your previous comment, I had understood that King dealt with the camps set up by Hitler.

                  What’s the big deal with concentration camps in the first place? Such facilities were invented by the British during the Boer wars. And Austria had concentration camps, where numerous National Socialists were imprisoned, years before Hitler came to power in Germany. The vilification of such facilities is just Zionist atrocity propaganda. The idea was to depict a hellish Germany in order to demonstrate to Britain that German Jews (and Jews in general) crucially needed a haven in Palestine and that only total bastards could impose restrictions on immigration there. Zionism has always been a martyrology-based movement. In 1905, when a first Judeo-Bolshevik revolution almost overthrew Czarist Russia, some Jews even announced the possible imminent end of Zionism, arguing that “a free and happy Russia (i.e. a Bolshevik Russia), with its 6,000,000 Jews, would possibly mean the end of Zionism, since the abolition of the [Russian] autocracy (i.e. anti-semitic Czarism and its “Pale of Settlement” in Eastern Europe) would practically eliminate the causes that brought Zionism into existence (i.e. Jewish martyrdom)” [https://www.radioislam.org/islam/english/revision/sixmillion/1905-Six-Million-Jews-End-of-Zionism.gif]. No Jewish martyrdom, no Zionism. Knowing this, it’s not hard to understand why Zionists (and especially the Zionists of the 1930’s and 1940’s) made a very intensive use of atrocity propaganda. The vilification of Hitler’s Germany was just part of their campaign for Palestine grabbing. Nothing new. Nothing original. For instance, Zionist propagandists had also accused the Czar of plans to exterminate 6,000,000 Jews as the solution to the Jewish question in 1906, 1908, 1911 and 1915 (https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?t=8743).

                  Comment by hermie — October 1, 2015 @ 12:15 am

                • HCW: “Hermie, it’s odd that you would post a newspaper article. I thought newspaper articles were unreliable, like eyewitness testimony. I also thought they were nothing more than propaganda.”

                  Are you claiming that the Milwaukee Journal was a Nazi newspaper distorting facts to depict Hitler in a positive way?

                  HCW: “Now, if you have any other evidence besides the article I would be happy to look at it.”

                  A quick search on Google will probably provide you with all the information you need about Hitler’s 16-point peace plan…

                  HCW: “after further research I concluded there was nothing to what the revisionists were saying.”

                  There is none so blind as the one who doesn’t want to see…

                  Comment by hermie — October 1, 2015 @ 12:27 am

    • Besides, the author of this blog is much more in line with your train of thought. I’m the one who thinks you are full of it.

      Comment by HCW — September 27, 2015 @ 11:22 am

      • jrozoli has apparently been unable to detect that I am a revisionist. I try to give both sides of the Holocaust story, so it might be hard for some people to understand that I am a revisionist. I don’t believe anything until I see the proof. I am from Missouri, the Show Me state. If you want to convince me of anything, you will have to “show me.”

        Comment by furtherglory — September 27, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

        • His rant struck me as odd because it seemed to be pointed at you. I understand him not liking me but I think you would be a different story. Besides, he’s posted replies here before, you would think he would get your viewpoint.

          Comment by HCW — September 27, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    • jrizoli,

      In a recent comment on another post, the person who comments (currently — I think this person has used other monikers in the past) as HCW said you were someone who regretted that some Jews survived the ‘Holocaust’. I mention this here so you can reply, if you care to.

      Comment by eah — September 27, 2015 @ 11:47 am

      • Yep, I sure did!!!!!!!!!!! The only other moniker I’ve used is P. O. Truth, which, frankly, I now regret.
        PLEASE reply, Mr. Rizoli. While you are doing so, please look at the replies I’ve left for you on this page. Feel free to answer any that you like…..or all of them.

        Comment by HCW — September 27, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    • The countries that Germany invaded, annexed or made protectorates of before Britain and France declared war are the following:
      Austria
      Czechoslovakia
      Poland
      None of the above countries were Communist, in fact, Austria was a fascist country, Czechoslovakia was a democracy and Poland was ruled by a cabal of colonels that were as right wing and anti-Semitic as Hitler.
      After Britain and France declared war on Germany, Germany invaded the following countries:
      Denmark
      Norway
      Belgium
      The Netherlands
      Yugoslavia
      Greece
      Notice I did not include France, as they were in a state of war with Germany it was completely justified for Germany to invade. Germany was not in a state of war with these other countries.
      None of these countries were Communist. In fact, the first country that Germany did invade that was Communist was the Soviet Union. Most countries in Europe were staunchly anti-Communist and were doing just fine keeping their native Communists in line without German help.
      In fact, it was only after Germany was driven out of the Soviet Union and the Red Army entered Eastern Europe did Eastern Europe become Communist. So, the Germans were directly responsible for the Iron Curtain.
      If you go back to World War I, the Germans brought Lenin back from his exile to Russia so that he could help end the war in the East. So, in a way, the Germans were directly responsible for the rise of Communism and everything that came after.
      So, how did Hitler do anything to stop Communism?

      Comment by HCW — September 27, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

      • Austria was and is as German as Yorkshire is English and is the ethnic German rump of the Austrian empire carved out by the allies in 1919. Czechoslovakia was an artificial state which oppressed its German minority ( a larger group than the Slovaks ) ,created by the allies which fell apart in 1939 just as it did in 1993. Poland was another land which had stolen German land in 1919 and followed a policy of ethnically cleansing Germans from land where they had lived for centuries.
        Denmark and Norway were invaded to forestall an allied invasion of Scandinavia to get control of the iron ore fields ; Belgium and the Netherlands because those two countries were to be used by the allies to invade Germany and seize the Ruhr. They also permitted the RAF to fly over their territory to attack German cities
        Yugoslavia was attacked because the British paid £ 100,000 to overthrow the legitimate government in a putsch so they could have a new ally to attack Germany from the south, likewise Greece was part of this British/Churchill plan . The old drunkard had not learnt from the disaster of Gallipoli.

        Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 2:15 am

        • Again, not the point.
          I do appreciate the history lesson, professor.
          The point is, none of these countries were Communist, so how was Hitler preventing the spread of Communism?

          Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 5:57 am

          • Clearly reason is a stranger to you. The countries above were attacked for the reasons I gave in my reply.

            Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 6:43 am

            • No, my point was none of these countries were Communist. Hitler did not prevent the spread of Communism by attacking these countries, in fact, by attacking the Soviet Union he facilitated the spread of Communism. Stalin was a sociopath but a smart sociopath. Why kick the Germans out and leave open the possibility of another invasion from the West? So, as his Red Army “liberated” Eastern Europe he made damn sure that any government installed in those countries were friendly….and gradually Communist.
              Before the war Eastern European countries were staunchly anti-Communist.

              Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 7:06 am

        • Belgium and the Netherlands because those two countries were to be used by the allies to invade Germany and seize the Ruhr. They also permitted the RAF to fly over their territory to attack German cities

          Probably both true to some extent — but remember the German offensive in May, 1940 was comprised of two parts: 1) the typical swing thru the low countries, just as in 1914; and 2) the armored push thru the Ardennes, which was ultimately decisive, as German tanks reached the channel — so the Germans actually needed to attack the low countries in some force as a ruse — ie to draw the French army and the BEF there — this left their right flank relatively vulnerable — except for the Maginot Line, which the French thought impenetrable — but the Germans had little trouble breaching it, and then moved quickly to cut off the French armies and the BEF.

          Comment by eah — September 28, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    • jrizoli: “The Communist Jews were the enemy of the Germany because they declared war on Germany in 1933 and they had Blockcades on all Germany commerce”

      The Jews who declared an economic (and propaganda) war on Nazi Germany were Zionist Jews, mainly Zionist vets Samuel Untermyer, Nahum Goldman and Stephen Wise, then campaigning for the transfer of numerous Jews from Central and Eastern Europe to Palestine. At once irritating the Nazis with an economic war and a massive campaign of atrocity propaganda and leaving only a single door open for Germany’s Jews and their assets with the Ha’avara agreement was very tricky but also very efficient (the number of Jews in Palestine almost doubled from 1933 to 1939). Becoming a majority in Palestine as the preliminary step to statehood had always been part of the Zionists’ plan, from their very beginning as a political movement. That was an immigration-obsessed movement.

      Comment by hermie — September 27, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

      • I’m sorry, what?
        Gobbledygook alert.
        Just kidding Hermie. I couldn’t help myself.
        I was really hoping Rizoli would come back and answer some of my questions. I guess he needed time to make some of those videos he likes to post on YouTube.
        You know Hermie I think you need your own metapedia page. You at least make some sense. You ought to check into it.

        Comment by HCW — September 27, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

        • Hey HCW have you got a Hasbara number or do you do their work on a freelance basis?

          Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 2:00 am

          • Hey Peter, LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!!
            There’s a fanged, clawed Jew behind you trying to steal your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅
            Just kidding, don’t have a heart attack.
            Actually, none of the above. I wouldn’t mind it, I’m sure the Isreali government pays really well.
            You know, I think I sense another Hitler hero worshipper. What a brilliant man and what a warlord. It took real balls to take on the three most industrialized countries on the planet……of course he lost but I’m sure his heart was in the right place. And what an organizational genius, to attack Moscow in October without supplying his troops with winter gear!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!
            I guess he forgot Russia gets real cold in the winter.
            I can see why the man still has so many admirers.

            Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 6:12 am

            • His military aim was to win the battle over Russia before the US sided with Britain, when victory would be uncertain He didn’t plan on attacking Moscow in the winter.

              Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 6:46 am

              • I get the military aim, Peter.
                In fact, I’ll expand on it.
                After the failure of the Battle of Britain, Hitler decided to clear the decks in Europe by attacking the Soviet Union. Hitler believed that by conquering the Soviet Union this would help drive the British to the negotiating table by depriving Britain of their last potential ally in Europe. In fact, his logic was faulty in this regard because Churchill was more interested in enlisting the U.S. as an ally, not the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, Hitler wanted to destroy the USSR as a potential enemy before turning his full attention on the British. Hitler figured that even if the destruction of the USSR did not drive the British to negotiate it would make him unassailable because access to the USSR’s vast supply of raw materials would make him immune to any British blockade.
                How am I doing so far?
                Hitler never considered the capture of Moscow to be important even though his military planners did. Hitler believed the destruction of the Red Army far more important. Hitler wanted to prevent the escape of the Red Army into the interior of the country. He also wanted to capture the Ukraine to get access to it’s vast fertile farm country and other raw materials. He believed the capture of the Ukraine far more vital as it would prevent food shortages in Germany and Western Europe.
                How’s that? Did I do OK?
                There’s more I could go into but I think you get the picture.

                Comment by HCW — September 28, 2015 @ 7:34 am

                • Not bad , a reasonable summary. The war was often one of unintended consequences rather than a grand geopolitical operation.

                  Comment by peter — September 28, 2015 @ 11:50 am

  3. Theresienstadt was part of the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN Empire, not the German. The Austrians imprisoned Gavrilo Princip here after he shot Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 (starting World War I). Being only 19 years old at the time, Princip was, and was treated as, a juvenile.

    He died at Theresienstadt during World War I, of tuberculosis.

    Maybe the tour guides mentioned this most-famous prisoner of all to you. He had nothing to do with Jews.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — September 27, 2015 @ 10:01 am


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