In my brief career as a journalist, my first job was working as a “fact checker.” In the old days, every word that was printed in a newspaper had to be checked for accuracy before the newspaper went to press. Then, when the first copy of the newspaper rolled off the press, the fact checker had to grab the paper and check for any obvious errors on the front page. Only then, did the presses roll and the first newspapers would hit the streets; the ink on the paper was barely dry.
In rare cases, where there was an obvious error on the front page, the fact checker would yell STOP THE PRESS. The error would be corrected and the press would start up again, slowly at first, but then at great speed. Sometimes, the press would roll at such great speed that all the papers would be cut up. Then the printing process had to start again.
All that ist shon forbei (in the past).
Today, I read a news article here about the famous “Lost Transport.”
I previously wrote a blog post about the “Lost Transport”, which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/holocaust-survivor-was-liberated-by-the-soviet-army-while-on-the-train-to-the-gas-chamber-on-april-23-1945/
I am going to play the role of a “fact checker” for the news article that is cited above.
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
It began in April 1945, just as the British were about to liberate the concentration at Bergen Belsen. The Nazi SS, fearing reprisals, chose to get rid of as much evidence as possible in the short time they had left. They did it by loading seventy five hundred sick and dying Jewish inmates onto three transport trains, all bound for the concentration camp at Theresienstadt; Established early in the war Theresienstadt was the Nazi showplace created to prove to the world how well the Third Reich was treating its prisoners. The ruse lasted just long enough to shoot a movie about it while proving to the Red Cross how humane life actually was for the inmates. The deception worked and the world was none the wiser. In reality most of the Jewish participants were eliminated within weeks, mainly at Auschwitz.
End quote from newspaper.
- Bergen-Belsen was not liberated by the British. The camp was voluntarily turned over to them because there was a typhus epidemic that was out of control in the camp.
- The Nazis did not send prisoners on trains to Theresienstadt in order to “get rid of evidence.” They were trying to save lives by sending prisoners to another camp where there was no typhus epidemic.
- The “deception” at Theresienstadt was not done to fool the Red Cross, but to show the Red Cross that the prisoners were, in fact, being treated well.,