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October 13, 2015

Mauthausen concentration camp in the news ….

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:51 am
My photo of the Jewish Memorial at Mauthausen

My photo of the Jewish Memorial at the former Mauthausen concentration camp

My website scrapbookpages.com has been getting a lot of hits recently, particularly my pages on the Stairs of Death at Mauthausen. There must be something in the news about Mauthausen recently.

My photo of the famous Stairs of Death at Mauthausen

My 2005 photo of the famous Stairs of Death at Mauthausen

I walked up the famous Stairs of Death, but I didn’t walk down them.  I hired a cab to take me to the bottom of the stairs, where I took the photo above, and then slowly climbed up the stairs, resting several times.  Yes, this is a long steep climb!

I did a search on the recent news stories about Mauthausen, but all of the news has been published in German newspapers and I can’t read German well enough to make out what is going on.

My photo of the main gate into the Mauthausen camp

My photo of the main gate into the Mauthausen camp (Click on the photo to enlarge)

The Mauthausen camp was a Class III camp, meaning that it was the worst of the camps.  Yet, it was the most beautiful of the camps; it was located in a beautiful setting, near the beautiful town of Mauthausen in Austria.

The Mauthausen camp was located in a beautiful setting in Austria

The Mauthausen camp was located in a beautiful setting in Austria (Click to Enlarge)

My photo of the entrance into the Mauthausen camp

My photo of the entrance into the Mauthausen camp (Click to enlarge)

My photo which shows another view of the Mauthausen entrance

My 2005 photo which shows another view of the entrance into Mauthausen camp

The notorious Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen was opened on August 8, 1938, a few months after the Anschluss of Austria and Germany on March 12, 1938, which marked the beginning of Hitler’s drive to conquer Europe.

The site for the camp was chosen by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the head of the elite SS Army, and the man who had authority over all the Nazi concentration camps. The location was in isolated farm country, but near the Wienergraben, a municipal quarry which supplied the city of Wien (Vienna) with granite stones. The quarry was near the city of Linz, which Hitler referred to as his “home town,” although he was born in Braunau am Inn, a small town on the border between Germany and Austria.

As a young man, Hitler had had dreams of becoming an architect, but he failed the entrance exam to be admitted to architectural school. Years later, as the German Führer (Leader) he had grandiose plans for uniting all the ethnic Germans and rebuilding Berlin as Germania, the capital of Greater Germany. He was also planning to rebuild Linz, the place where he intended to retire and the place near where his parents were buried in the small town of Leonding.

These plans required plenty of granite and brick, as well as manual labor, so after 1937, many of the Nazi concentration camps were located near quarries or gravel pits so that prison labor could be used for the production of building materials for Hitler’s projects. Other camps that were established near quarries include Buchenwald, Flossenbürg, Gross Rosen in Silesia in 1939 and Natzweiler in Alsace in 1942. The Sachsenhausen camp near Berlin had the world’s largest brick factory and the Neuengamme camp near Hamburg also had a brick factory.

You can read more about Mauthausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/index.html

70 Comments »

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34542489
    fortunately this liberty doesn’t extend to holocaust denial !

    Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    • I’m just curious, all of you “revisionists” out there, do you also deny that the Amenian Genicide happened?

      http://www.armenian-genocide.org/genocide.html

      Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

      • There is one big difference. Were I to deny the Armenian genocide not much would happen to me ; maybe I wouldn’t get a free keebab on Friday night. Were I to deny The Holocaust publically then I am liable to go to jail in ,most European countries . Understand ?

        Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

        • I actually wanted to know if you denied that the Armenian Genocide happened.

          Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 3:04 pm

          • No one cares about the Armenians. Remember Hitler’s famous quote:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obersalzberg_Speech#The_Armenian_quote

            Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

            • Good point.

              Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

              • Other sources have a different view of the subject. According to Heath Lowry, former Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies at Princeton University, a close examination of the quotation reveals that “there is no historical basis for attributing such a statement to Hitler”.[24] According to German historian Winfried Baumgart (see de:Winfried Baumgart), among the documents of Hitler’s speech on 22 August 1938, 1014-PS is the one that contains the original notes taken that day by Wilhelm Canaris, the head of military intelligence. Therefore, in order to Baumgart, 1014-PS, which does not contain the Armenian quote, is superior to the other documents of Hitler’s speech including L-3 which is the only source of the Armenian quote. According to Christopher Browning, American historian of the Holocaust, L-3 document, which contains the Armenian quote, is an “apocalyptic” version of Hitler’s speech that day which was purposefully leaked to the British in order to gain their support to Poland.[25] According to Arnold Reisman, a Polish-American researcher of history, the Armenian Quote may be a contrived sentence and its use in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum may be erroneous.[26]

                Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

            • Though I doubt anyone brought up that quote during the Turkish man’s trial.

              Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

            • furtherglory: “No one cares about the Armenians. Remember Hitler’s famous quote”

              Nice ‘quote’, but too obviously a fraud even for the cartoonish Nuremberg ‘tribunal’ (submitted and rejected).

              But let’s not allow accuracy to spoil a good story… (Should be engraved on the facade of every Holocaust museum in the world.)😉

              Comment by hermie — October 16, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

          • I m not that interested in the Armenian genocide ; as to whether it happened I really don’t know as I haven’t studied it. It doesn’t involve my ethnic group and doesn’t have any great impact on the affairs of the world in 2015.What has a far greater effect on my ethnic group in 2015 is the so called Jewish Holocaust. It might have escaped your notice but there is an existential battle in Europe in 2015 . One million mainly male invadors are coming monthly . These people will within a very short period become the majority and Europe and in particular Germany are incapable of resisting this invasion.
            When any group raises the possibilty of defending their people then the MSM throw the Holocaust at them . That is why I need to find out more about this event.
            You have the luxury of living in the USA .

            Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

            • I do have the luxury of living in the US. We have our own border issues as well. Every year many illegal immigrants flood our states. They become a burden on our taxpayers because they don’t pay taxes, they work under the table for cash. They have their children here which conveys citizenship, entitling those children to public benefits like food stamps and medical without their parents paying taxes. This has gone on for decades. I work in state government so I see this all of the time.

              You are wrong to think the Armenian Genocide doesn’t effect you, just like the Holdomor effects you. The hatred such actions bring effect Europeans and their politics. The ethnic cleansing that occurred after the war also effects Europeans and their politics. None of these things occurred in a vacuum.

              Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

            • Are these invaders all Jewish?

              Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

              • Being American you won’t understand. Have you ever been and lived in England or Europe ? Are you able to speak any other language than American?

                Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

                • Well, I’m pretty good at Spanish. I have been to Europe but it was a long time ago.

                  Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

                • Here is an example from today of how the Holocaust is used actively to destroy my own ethnic group. It was proposed that the crossing of 10,000 Africans and Arabs a day into Europe might be slowed down a bit by detention camps at the border. This will not be accepted as they would remind people too much of concentration camps. So my friend the invasion will continue until my own ethnic group disappears.
                  http://www.fdp.de/content/kubicki-klar-gegen-transitzonen-fuer-fluechtlinge

                  Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 4:24 pm

            • What is your ethnic group?

              Comment by Anonymous — October 21, 2015 @ 12:28 am

    • “Turkey denies that genocide happened and said that 500,000 died, not the 1.5 million….”
      As if that matters to all the Armenians that died.

      Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

  2. “As a young man, Hitler had had dreams of becoming an architect, but he failed the entrance exam to be admitted to architectural school.” I thought young Hitler had dreams of becoming an artist, but failed to be accepted to the art school he applied to. Was he also rejected by a school of architecture? If so, that’s a lot of rejection. I’m not a psychiatrist, but this might explain why he gassed millions of Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals, threw babies into burning pits and chewed carpets.

    Comment by who dares wings — October 15, 2015 @ 7:47 am

    • Hitler wanted to be an artist but his artwork was judged not good enough. He was told to apply at the school of architecture but he never did.

      Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 7:49 am

    • This website says that he also applied to art school, but was rejected. One reason might have been that he did not have the German equivalent of a High School diploma.
      https://www.quora.com/Why-was-Adolf-Hitler-rejected-from-the-Academy-of-Fine-Arts-Vienna

      Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 8:44 am

      • I believe those talented enough could be accepted without the diploma, this also applied to the school of architecture.

        Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 10:30 am

        • “What is most likely to have happened next….” / Please. If I tried that you would scream to high heaven about it.

          I believe…

          Yeah, OK, you “believe”. You are fucking ridiculous. You spam the comments, gainsaying nearly everything like some kind of know-it-all child, completely oblivious to how obnoxious and hypocritical you are. At times it’s absolutely unbelievable.

          And BTW…no, I wouldn’t and didn’t “scream to high heaven about it”. I try to pay as little attention as possible to your idiotic drivel. But it’s hard to overlook and ignore since it’s everywhere.

          Comment by eah — October 15, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

          • Wow, did I touch a nerve?

            Also, language.

            Relax, eah. Life is too short to get that upset. We are just having a conversation here. Remember, the events in dispute are 70 years old.

            I never claim to know it all. When I’ve made mistakes I admit them, like an adult. So calm down.

            I simply pointed out the hypocrisy of the author you mentioned. If a real historian had said what is most likely to have happened next that would make revisionists come screaming out of the woodwork. If the author you mentioned doesn’t have proof that such an order existed than he shouldn’t mention it.

            So calm down. Remember, no one gets out of this life alive.

            Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

          • “I believe……”
            I remember reading in the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich that applicants to the art and architecture school could get in even without the high school certificate if they had talent. This was not meant as a criticism.

            Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

            • “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” was the first serious book about the Third Reich that I read when I started studying the Holocaust. I quoted from his book on this page of my website, way back in 1998:
              http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/ElserExecution.html

              I have since learned that there are many mistakes in his book, but at one time, the book was weltbekannt. I have a first edition of the book.

              Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

              • I also see the flaws in it now.
                I still find it valid, Shirer lived in Germany and Austria at that time. He used many original sources to write that book.
                I also see where he is biased.
                Oddly, Shirer spends very little time on the destruction of Europe’s Jews. He talks about the Einsatzgruppen, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Auschwitz. He has very little to say about the other death camps in Poland. He spends much more time on Nazi medical experiments which effected many fewer people.
                See the chapter called The New Order.

                Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 3:10 pm

          • Actually eah I’m well aware of how obnoxious I am. It’s part of my charm.

            Comment by HCW — October 16, 2015 @ 8:53 am

  3. Oh but I have already read that book. Any author who wishes to get a book published on WW2 post war which had a section on the suffering of German civilians post war needs to have it “balanced” by the alleged suffering real or imagined of the Jewish people. May I suggest you read The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finkelstein
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Holocaust-Industry-Reflections-Exploitation/dp/185984488X

    Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 1:26 am

    • This reply is for HCW at the bottom of the comments .

      Comment by peter — October 15, 2015 @ 1:28 am

    • I’ve read portions of “The Holocaust Industry.” You do realize that Finkelstein does not deny that the Holocaust happened.
      I’ll probably read it when I get a chance.
      What does that have to do with whether or not the Holocaust happened?
      People exploit tragedies all of the time, it doesn’t mean that the tragedy didn’t happen. I myself don’t donate money to anything unless it is a charity. This does not include anything to do with Isreal or the Holocaust. I’m not Jewish so I have no personal stake in Isreal. I read books about the Holocaust but I read books about a lot of things.
      As for “The Savage Continent,” even without the Holocaust European Jews had a hard time. They lost their communities, their property, their jobs and so on. Add the Holocaust and they lost their lives or their family members. Basically the Holocaust wiped out a thousand years of Jewish culture and communities and that is sad. Even those displaced, the Germans, Poles, Ukrainians, still had national communities to go back to.

      Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 4:51 am

      • Finkelstein’s book was one of the first books that I read about the Holocaust. I couldn’t understand it at all.

        I wrote about his book on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/if-everyone-who-claims-to-be-a-survivor-actually-is-one-who-did-hitler-kill/

        Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 7:45 am

        • I found the book at 1/2 Price Books the other night. I glanced through it, it is rather short and I didn’t want to pay what they were asking for it. I’ve heard of it and I glanced through it.
          It seems rather interesting. From the foreword the publication of the book sent quite a shockwave through the Jewish community.
          My own feeling is those that suffered deserve some type of compensation. Isreal received reparations for those Jews settled in Isreal after the war. That money covered the cost of settling Jews in the country, which seems reasonable to me.
          It’s ridiculous to expect the German Goverment to continue to pay, however. That’s no more reasonable than expecting Native Americans to continue to ask for reparations, other than the payments they are receiving. Or the Japanese or the descendants of African slaves.

          Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 10:14 am

  4. In case anyone is wondering how I got the photo that is at the top of my blog post, here is the story. There were numerous tourists at the Mauthausen Memorial Site when I was there. Most of them were taking photos of the numerous monuments there. The monument that everyone wanted to photograph was the Jewish memorial. Tourists were standing in line to take this photo, but when you got to the head of the line, you did not get a good spot because someone else would elbow in.

    Finally, it started to rain and all the tourists ran for cover. I moved into the best photo spot and shot several photos in a light rain. The rain gave my photo a unique quality that makes it look like a painting.

    Comment by furtherglory — October 14, 2015 @ 9:44 am

  5. The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK has mentioned another “Stairs of Death” in an article in its online edition. This particular stairs was part of the police prison and
    corrective labor camp located in Poznan in Poland.

    “One notable place was the Stairway of Death. Local historian Michal Krzyzaniak told MailOnline: ‘Prisoners were forced to run up the steps while carrying heavy rocks.
    ‘When they got to the top an SS guard would kick them in the face, sending them hurtling back down to their deaths.
    ‘If the fall didn’t kill them they were shot where they lay.'”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3266090/Revealed-dark-history-Hitler-s-death-camp-Nazis-murdered-psychiatric-patients-nurses-test-gas-chambers-used-mass-extermination-Jews.html#ixzz3oXza76FT

    Comment by jean calgues — October 14, 2015 @ 6:13 am

    • I did a search to find out more about the labor camp in Poznan. I found this website with lots of information about the camp: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/othercamps/zabikowo.html

      However, there was no mention of stairs and Jews being kicked in the face, sending them hurtling to their deaths. Where did you get this information?

      Comment by furtherglory — October 14, 2015 @ 6:42 am

      • I first heard of a “Stairs of Death” when I read the article ‘Revealed, the dark history of Hitler’s first death camp’, written by Ed Wight and published 12 October 2015 in the online edition of the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper. The quote in my comment above, about prisoners forced to run up steps and being shot by the SS, is attributed to ‘local historian Michal Krzyzaniak’ and is taken from the article about Poznan by Mr Wight. What sources Michal Krzyzaniak has to confirm his statement about a ‘Stairs of Death’ in the Poznan camp I have no idea. The only book I can find by him is ‘Poznan 1945’, published by Vesper in 2010, a Polish language account of the Soviet siege. I came to this website to see if there was any other information about the Poznan camp and discovered there was another “Stairs of Death” in Mauthausen. I just thought it was curious that there is a similar story about “Stairs of Death” in two different camps.

        Comment by jean calgues — October 14, 2015 @ 8:55 am

        • My opinion is that there is only ONE Stairs of Death and it is at Mauthausen. There are many, many mistakes made about the Holocaust. Ed Wight is a reporter, not a Holocaust expert. I am not an expert, but I have been studying the Holocaust since 1997, when I first went to see Dachau. I have read numerous books about the Holocaust and I have visited many of the former camps. There is nothing like being there, and seeing things with your own eyes. The Mauthausen stairs are spectacular. My photo does not do them justice. The stairs are so long that you can’t get the whole staircase in one photo. If there was another similar staircase, it would be well known.

          Comment by furtherglory — October 14, 2015 @ 9:15 am

        • You can read about the stairs of death on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Quarry/StairsOfDeath01.html

          Comment by furtherglory — October 14, 2015 @ 9:29 am

    • an SS guard would kick them in the face

      Why would they have done what is claimed here? — engage in such heinous, purposeless cruelty — why? Are we really supposed to believe these stories?

      Personally I think nearly all such stories are just brazen lies — the people who tell them know nearly anything they say will be believed, so they pile it on — the worse it makes the Nazis look, the more sympathy they expect to get, including general sympathy for Jews today.

      I mean, conditions in these labor camps were bad enough — there is no need to tell such lies. Hopefully one day it will stop — perhaps first the believing, and then the telling.

      Comment by eah — October 14, 2015 @ 8:39 am

      • Keep in mind that the Nazis put Dr. Konrad Morgen in charge of investigating cruelty and corruption in the camps. Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney, whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis.

        Comment by furtherglory — October 14, 2015 @ 9:20 am

      • You don’t understand human nature very well.
        The SS who ran the camps saw the inmates as either actual threats or complete subhumans. Whenever you have such a situation abuse and excesses occur. An excellent example of this were the Japanese mistreatment of Allied POW’s in World War II. The Japanese also mistreated the Filipinos and Chinese because they saw them as racially inferior.
        While Morgen did manage to prosecute some of the SS Himmler quashed other investigations. Also, the corruption itself is telling. The supposedly pure racial warrior SS stole inmate’s possessions. That doesn’t exactly square with the image of the pure SS.

        Comment by HCW — October 14, 2015 @ 10:36 am

        • When American soldiers “liberated” Dachau, there were 123 SS soldiers in the Dachau prison. The section of the prison where they were being held has since been torn down. They had been put into prison at Dachau for abuse of the prisoners, which was not tolerated.

          When Dachau was turned over to the Americans, under a white flog of truce, these SS men were released from prison by the Germans, so that these SS men could help with the surrender. They were all killed by the American “liberators”. No Americans were ever charged with a crime for abuse of the German people.

          Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 7:30 am

          • The fact that no US soldiers were ever prosecuted for the massacre of the SS at Dachau is wrong. However there is no comparison between the systematic persecution of prisoners in the concentration camps to random acts of violence committed at the end of the war.

            Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 7:55 am

            • You are assuming that men were sent to concentration camps for no reason, IOW persecution. I wrote about why people were sent to Dachau on this page of my website:

              http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/overview.html

              The following quote is from that page:
              Begin quote

              Throughout its history, Dachau was primarily a camp for men; it was used to incarcerate Communists, Social Democrats, trade union leaders, religious dissidents, common criminals, Gypsy men, homosexuals, asocials, spies, resistance fighters, and others who were considered “enemies of the state.” It was not a death camp for the genocide of the Jews, although there were Jewish prisoners at Dachau.

              During its 12-year history, Dachau had 206,206 registered arrivals and there were 31,951 certified deaths. Many of the Dachau prisoners, including Jews, were released after serving an indeterminate sentence. The Jews were always kept isolated from the other prisoners and were treated far worse than the others.

              Dachau was the place where many famous, high-level political opponents of the Nazi government were held near the end of the war. Just before the camp was liberated, there were 137 VIP prisoners at Dachau, including the former Chancellor of Austria, Kurt von Schuschnigg, and the former Jewish premier of France, Leon Blum. They were evacuated to the South Tyrol in April 1945 on three separate trips, shortly before soldiers of the American Seventh Army arrived to liberate the camp.
              End quote

              Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 8:09 am

              • My objection is based upon their treatment, not why they were incarcerated.
                However, in the late 30’s, in an effort to expand the camp system, Himmler, under Hitler’s authorization, began arresting “habitual criminals” and placing them in the camps. This included men who were not currently under suspicion of a crime, it was enough to have committed a crime in the past.
                I understand the incarceration of the German Communists, however the Social Democrats advocated non-violence, they were incarcerated for their opposition to Hitler. This is persecution. The same goes for the clergy.
                As for the homosexuals, they were committing a crime under German law (these laws existed all over Europe) however their crime did not warrant throwing them in a concentration camp. Germany still had a regular prison system, these men were not violent offenders by any means (for the most part).

                Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 10:28 am

                • Everyone who had committed a crime in Germany had to spend at least 6 months in a concentration camp after they were released from prison. This was the law under which homosexuals were sent to a concentration camp.

                  Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

                • HCW: “the Social Democrats advocated non-violence, they were incarcerated for their opposition to Hitler.”

                  The Social Democrats advocated non-violence after Nazi victory only. Prior to that date, they advocated imprisonment for the Nazis and they jailed many of them. Ditto for propaganda. The Social Democrats advocated a multipolar debate only after January 1933. Prior to that time, they banned Nazi newspapers and silenced the NSDAP quite efficiently. The same thing was true in Austria. Many Austrian Nazis were held in Austrian concentration camps before the Anschluss. And Poland held very numerous ethnic Germans in pre-war concentration camps. The Nazis failed to see the reason why they were being critized for using a thing invented by Britain during the Boer wars and also used by democracies. They failed to see that they were just the target of a large Zionist campaign of atrocity propaganda for the grabbing of Palestine.

                  Comment by hermie — October 20, 2015 @ 3:25 am

                • HCW: “As for the homosexuals, they were committing a crime under German law (these laws existed all over Europe) however their crime did not warrant throwing them in a concentration camp. Germany still had a regular prison system, these men were not violent offenders by any means.”

                  The Nazis believed homosexuality was a disease (as almost everybody did in those days) that could be cured. And as they regarded their concentration camps as re-education centers through the healing properties of discipline and labor, they imprisoned the recidivist homesexuals in concentration camps in order to try to cure them, not to punish them as often claimed. The British of that time didn’t believe that the disease of homosexuality could be cured. So they compelled Allan Turing to choose between imprisonment and chemical castration. The United States didn’t believe either that the disease of homosexuality could be cured. So the U.S. used to tell boys to stay away from homosexuals in order to protect their own youth.

                  Comment by hermie — October 20, 2015 @ 3:38 am

  6. Walter Luftl comments on Mauthausen in his report – http://codoh.com/library/document/2383/

    Comment by Les — October 13, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

    • I went to the CODOH website and read this: “In March 1992, a prominent Austrian engineer made headlines when a report he had written about alleged German wartime gas chambers was made public. Walter Lüftl concluded in his controversial report, “Holocaust: Belief and Facts,” that the well-known stories of mass extermination of Jews in gas chambers at the wartime camps of Auschwitz and Mauthausen are impossible for technical reasons and because they are incompatible with observable laws of nature.”

      I have a section on my website about the Mauthausen gas chamber: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/GasChamberEntrance.html

      My advice is to prepare yourself, before going into the Mauthausen gas chamber. Keep telling yourself: “Don’t laugh, don’t laugh.” Otherwise, you might laugh out loud and get arrested.

      You don’t have to be an engineer to determine that the so-called gas chamber at Mauthausen is a shower room.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 14, 2015 @ 6:53 am

  7. I have to say, it is a beautiful setting.
    The camp appears very solidly built with all of the brickwork.

    Comment by HCW — October 13, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    • You can read about the history of the Mauthausen camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/index.html

      Way back in the 1950ies, I took a tour down the Danube. The tour boat went right past the Mauthausen camp, but the tour guide did not point it out, nor tell us what it was. I thought that it was some old castle, and I thought that the tour guide should have mentioned it. In the 1950ies, the word Holocaust, meaning the story of the Jews, was as yet unknown.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 13, 2015 @ 10:09 am

      • Going off memory, I believe the SS built Mauthausen to utilize the prisoners for a brick factory. It was the first SS business venture.

        Comment by HCW — October 13, 2015 @ 10:31 am

        • Nope, got that wrong. It was a granite quarry, missed that in your blog. For some reason I thought it was a brick factory.

          Comment by HCW — October 13, 2015 @ 10:34 am

          • On this page of my website, I wrote about the first prisoners at Mauthausen: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/FirstPrisoners.html

            On that page, I wrote that Christian Bernadac was a prisoner at Mauthausen. I have since learned that he was not a prisoner there.

            Comment by furtherglory — October 13, 2015 @ 10:52 am

            • I can see why you mistook it for a castle. It looks more like a fortified position guarding the waterway.
              I’m not surprised that your guide in the 50’s did not mention it, I think in the 50’s the German people wanted to put as much distance between them and the concentration camps as possible.

              Comment by HCW — October 13, 2015 @ 10:59 am

              • In the 1950ies, Germany was still a pile of rubble. The German people were busy removing the rubble and rebuilding their country after Germany was bombed back to the stone age. I wrote about this on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg01.html

                Continue reading about the deliberate bombing of churches at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg01A.html

                Comment by furtherglory — October 13, 2015 @ 11:57 am

                • Sorry,

                  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blitz

                  Comment by HCW — October 13, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

                • Wikipedia as a reference source is still regarded as of little merit and any university with a claim to respectability bans students from citing Wikipedia in work essays. With regard to historical events such as WW2 there are large numbers of Jews who use their spare time to edit narratives to fit in with the Jewish ethnic narrative.
                  The best reference book with regard to WW2 aerial bombing today is Professor Richard Overy’s ” The Bombing War; Europe 1939-1945 ”
                  He does point out that the indiscriminate carpet bombing and targeting of civilians was a British invention implemented by Churchill and his advisor Professor Lindemann.
                  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10372306/The-Bombing-War-Europe-1939-1945-by-Richard-Overy-review.html

                  Comment by peter — October 14, 2015 @ 5:32 am

                • So, Peter, are you saying that the Germans did not bomb the above cities? That it is another Jewish invention?
                  Admittedly, using Wikipedia is a little lazy but I didn’t feel like giving the page numbers for the following books:
                  The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
                  The Storm of War
                  A Military History of World War II
                  Bloodlands, Europe between Hitler and Stalin

                  Feel free to read the above books yourself.

                  Comment by HCW — October 14, 2015 @ 6:33 am

                • During WWII, the Germans largely employed the Luftwaffe to achieve strategic military objectives — ie in support of the army. There were instances of what one can only call apparently needless bombing of cities that was mostly unrelated to any direct, strategic military objective — eg Rotterdam and Belgrade. However, the Wehrmacht was operating in both of those countries — the Netherlands and Yugoslavia — at the time.

                  After abandoning Operation Sea Lion (the planned invasion of the UK), not to mention experiencing significant losses, Hitler scaled back bombing of the UK in late 1940. The invasion of the Soviet Union began on June 22, 1941, and after that the Luftwaffe was heavily engaged on the eastern front, North Africa, and in air defense.

                  But it is not at all clear that if Hitler did not have much more important uses for the Luftwaffe, that he would not have used it to eg bomb English cities — you just cannot know.

                  Anyway, the fact is the Allies did a LOT more of it during the war than the Germans — When ‘collateral damage’ was the point. And in many, many instances, the bombing was for absolutely no strategic purpose — Dresden being the best known, and perhaps worst example. But there were many such examples.

                  Arthur Harris — ake ‘Bomber Harris’ — was in charge of RAF Bomber Command during the war. The following sign was help up during a recent PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden:

                  This is the product of the propagandized brains of some German youth — the demonization of their country.

                  Comment by eah — October 14, 2015 @ 9:02 am

              • in the 1950s the Marxist re education of the German people had only just begun and the Holocaust was as yet not the state religion. Now of course in 2015 with the destruction of the German people in full swing through ethnic replacement the concentration camps are a vital part of the Besatzungskonstruckt Deutschland and millions are spent keeping them shiny and freshly painted, it would be the first thing the guide would point out.

                Comment by peter — October 14, 2015 @ 5:37 am

                • Oh, I forgot one, the Third Reich at War.

                  Comment by HCW — October 14, 2015 @ 6:54 am

                • You will find that I am well read HCW and I live in the world of 2015 where the politics of this era are shaped by the propaganda of the powerful of the last century . In fifty years time the land of my birth will be populated by a largely African and Asian mix. To understand how tragic change is coming about one needs to understand the power of the state religion of Holocaustianity which underpins all the powerful agents changing my land and aims to criminalise those who love their own European folk.

                  Comment by peter — October 14, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

                • I am also well read, Peter. Unlike many US citizens I’ve read a great deal of European history, it fascinates me, such a rich heritage.
                  Perhaps I can suggest a book for you. I’m currently reading The Savage Continent, it’s about what Europe went through after World War II. The author does a good job in talking about the massive ethnic cleansing that occurred after the war. He paints a very sympathetic view of the Germans forced from Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc.
                  Now, he also talks about the destruction of Jewish lives and culture during and after the war. Maybe you could learn something….

                  Comment by HCW — October 14, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

                • On this page of my website, I wrote about the ethnic Germans who were expelled: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife01E.html

                  The following quote is from the web page, cited above:

                  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife01E.html

                  The photo above [in the Dachau Museum] shows information in the Museum about the Dachau refugee camp which housed ethnic Germans who had been expelled from the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic, after World War II ended. Many of the “expellees” from the Sudetenland settled in Bavaria where Dachau is located. One of the streets near the former Dachau camp is named Sudetenland Strasse.

                  Unless visitors spend a lot of time in the Museum at the Memorial Site, they will probably leave without learning that Dachau was a refugee camp for Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans) longer than it was a concentration camp. Even then, visitors are likely to be confused about who the refugees were.

                  Some guides at Dachau tell visitors that the refugees were people from the Soviet Union or Russia who were fleeing Communism, although they were actually Germans who were the victims of ethnic cleansing after German land in East Prussia, eastern Pomerania, eastern Brandenburg and Silesia was given to Poland, and the Sudetenland in the former Czechoslovakia was given to the newly formed Czech Republic.

                  A total of 9,575,000 ethnic Germans were expelled from the eastern territories of Germany and 3,477,000 were expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945 and 1946. An additional 1,371,000 ethnic Germans were expelled from Poland. Altogether, a total of 17,658,000 Volksdeutsche were expelled from their homelands and forced to flee to Germany, which was about the size of the state of Wisconsin after World War II. (Source: A Terrible Revenge by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas)

                  Comment by furtherglory — October 15, 2015 @ 7:12 am

                • To FG:
                  What happened to those Germans is a tragedy, however this was going on all over Europe. There were mass expulsions of Poles from former areas in the Ukraine that used to be Polish and vice versa. Stalin deported the entire Chechen and Tatar people from the Ukraine into the interior of the Soviet Union.
                  The Croatians also suffered in Yugoslavia.

                  The Germans were the largest ethnic group that faced expulsion after WWII but they were not the only one.

                  Comment by HCW — October 15, 2015 @ 7:47 am


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