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January 21, 2016

Just what we need …. another book about the liberation of Dachau

Cover of new book about the liberation of Dachau

The photo above shows the cover of a new book about Dachau. In the photo, American soldiers are examining dead bodies that they had found on a train that was parked on a railroad track just outside the Dachau concentration camp.  These American soldiers assumed that the bodies were the bodies of Jews that had been shot by the evil Nazis.

Actually, these bodies were the bodies of Jews that had been killed when American planes had strafed this train just before it reached the Dachau camp. The prisoners were being taken to Dachau in order to turn them over to the American liberators, who were on their way. You can read all about the “death train” on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain.html

In my humble opinion, I don’t think that this is a suitable photo to use on the cover of a book about Dachau. I would have used the photo below for a cover of a book about the American liberation of Dachau; the photo shows an SS man surrendering the Dachau camp to the Americans.

SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker surrenders Dachau camp to Brig. Gen. Henning Linden

SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker surrenders Dachau camp to Brig. Gen. Henning Linden

The photo below would also be appropriate for a book about the liberation of Dachau. This photo shows Dachau prisoners celebrating after killing some of the guards in the camp. The American liberators allowed, and even even encouraged this, by joining in the killing.

Dachau priosoners celebrate after killing SS men at Dachau

Dachau priosoners celebrate after killing SS men at Dachau

The main Dachau camp was surrendered, on April 29, 1945, to Brigadier General Henning Linden of the 42nd Rainbow Division, by SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker, who is the second man from the right in the first photo above. Wicker was accompanied by Red Cross representative Victor Maurer who had just arrived the day before with five trucks loaded with food packages. In the first photo above, the arrow points to Marguerite Higgins, one of the reporters, who was covering the war.

The surrender of the Dachau camp took place near a gate into the SS garrison that was right next to the prison enclosure.

The following quote is at the very end of the news article:

Anyone found guilty of denying the Holocaust should be locked up for a year with nothing to read but this book.

Actually, the news article, which you can read in full here starts with the following quote:

Begin quote

“Hell Before Their Very Eyes” is John McManus‘ third book about World War II. The Curators’ Professor of History at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Mr. McManus writes that he chose this topic because, having written often about combat, he was “struck by the frequency with which combat veterans ventured the opinion that the most unforgettable, and sometimes traumatic, aspect of their wartime service was the experience of liberating or witnessing a concentration camp.”

Historians estimate that there were as many as 20,000 camps of several different types, but Mr. McManus has chosen to focus on the liberation of just three camps — Ohrdruf, Buchenwald and Dachau, which were liberated in that order in April, 1945. Although the American troops knew of the camps’ existence, none of them were prepared for what they found. “These men discovered,” Mr. McManus writes, ” the very depths of human-imposed cruelty and depravity . For the Americans who witnessed such powerful evidence of Nazi crimes, the experience was life altering. Most reacted with anger, revulsion and abject disgust … . Almost all were haunted for the rest of their lives by what they had seen.”

[…]

Obviously, this is not a book for the squeamish, so it’s important to note that the author presents the gruesome material, of which there is a great deal, with both care and compassion. For example, he spends several pages on the discovery of the “Dachau death train,” 39 boxcars filled with prisoners’ corpses. Of all the horrific sights seen by the G.I.s who liberated the various camps, this one in particular would haunt many of them for life.

[…]

Eisenhower also encouraged journalists to visit the camps. One reporter who quickly accepted Ike’s invitation was Marguerite Higgins of the New York Herald-Tribune. Mr. McManus writes that, initially, when questioning survivors, “Her tone was distrustful and brusque” but after having been shown around the camp, and seeing “the ovens and the stacks of bodies, she softened considerably. (Later in life she would feel great shame at her initial insensitivity.)”

End quote

Marguerite Higgins did not “accept Eisenhower’s invitation to visit the camps.”  She was a reporter who was a war correspondent; she was following the troops. She was at Dachau on the day when the camp was surrendered to the American troops.

After Dachau was surrendered, the American liberators proceeded to kill SS men in the camp, who had surredered. You can read about the “Dachau massacre” on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/SoldiersKilled.html

 

39 Comments »

  1. “Assumed these were the bodies of the Jews,shot by the evil nazis” . Too much assumption going on her. These guys are from a country where you’re “innocent until proven guilty”. Guess they forgot that. Our boys rounding up the SS men and shooting them. Just a wild guess here,but isn’t that a war crime? These assholes should’ve been right behind Goering and his crew,when it came to trial time. The army sure hell didn’t mind putting Lt. Calley for the incident at the village of My Lai. He was just following orders . Sounds like these assholes made up their own orders.

    Comment by Tim — February 23, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

  2. The SS guards deserved to die.

    Comment by Jon Hendry — February 2, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    • Jon…
      Why would you say the SS guys deserve to die? I don’t know if you know this but most of the camps were run by the capos they weren’t run by the SS gaurds. The SS guys let the capos run the Camps cuz the SS guys didn’t want to get involved what all the petty things that go on within camps. So if you make a statement that the SS should have been killed you have to show me what they did wrong that would precipitate that.
      Some SS personnel who ran some of these camps were actually killed for behaving badly by the Germans themselves so what does that show you it shows you that the Germans didn’t put up with bad behavior of their own people but I bet you didn’t know that did you.
      Anyone can do bad things but if they do do bad things what happens to them if they do. So you’re going to have to show me something they did that that they deserve to die. And don’t just quote all the propaganda that you have been shown show me some real hard facts and you might be surprised at any wrongdoing that was done by an SS soldier was dealt with severely.

      Comment by jrizoli — February 2, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

  3. Has our glorious host gone MIA? I bet she’s cooking something big for The Big Day.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 27, 2016 @ 10:46 am

    • So a big host is a she?

      Comment by jrizoli — January 27, 2016 @ 10:57 am

      • a she?

        That’s always been my impression.

        Comment by eah — January 27, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

      • I believe so.
        Jeff

        Comment by Jeff K. — January 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

    • Some truth at end of article…

      http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/letters/blames-new-york-times

      Comment by jrizoli — January 27, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    • Happy HoloHoax Cult Day

      On this subject, Catholic Bishop Richard N. Williamson eloquently states:
      About the HoloHoax Cult and their followers

      The Six Million constitute a lay religion with its own dogma, commandments, decrees, prophets, high priests and Saints: St Anne (Frank), St Simon (Wiesenthal), St Elie (Wiesel). It has its holy places, its rituals and its pilgrimages. It has its temples and its relics (bars of soap, piles of shoes, etc.), its martyrs, heroes, miracles and miraculous survivors (millions of them), its golden legend and its righteous people. Auschwitz is its Golgotha, Hitler is its Satan. It dictates its law to the nations. Its heart beats in Jerusalem, at the Yad Veshem monument.

      It is a new religion that has enjoyed a meteoric growth since World War II. It has conquered the West and is setting out to conquer the world. Whereas the progress of scientific thinking in our consumer society has weakened the grip of all the classic religions by making people more and more sceptical as to the truth of religion’s stories and the promises religion holds out, the new religion prospers to the point that anybody caught denying its basic dogma is branded as a “Revisionist”, is cast out of the community, and is treated like only heretics used to be treated. It is in effect a religion, and it is today a major instrument, and, one might say, the popular religion of the godless New World Order.

      Nice to see we have some Cult followers here.
      The thing about being in a cult you don’t know you’re in one until you’re out.

      Comment by jrizoli — January 27, 2016 @ 11:38 am

  4. Well, the glorious dawn has finally arrived once more, and so I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a truly Happy Holohoax Day. Whether you are a true believer; or a genuine, or fake survivor; one of Deborah Lippstat’s hard-core holocaust deniers (or a more dangerous soft-core one); a hate-filled anti-Semite; a harmless investigator searching for the Truth; or someone who is so confused that they don’t know what to believe – then please be comforted by the glad tidings and blessings of the venerable holo-pope – Elie Weisel – who once spoketh these most holiest of words;- “God owes us something”.

    And regardless of whether you fall on your knees and pray for the souls of the 4 million (or is it 1 million) who perished in Auschwitz; or march down to your local synagogue in a fanfare of trumpets; or even spend the day in the bar getting hopelessly drunk in order to escape the festivities – then my thoughts and good wishes are with you on this most sacred day of the year.

    Comment by Talbot — January 27, 2016 @ 9:21 am

    • In your honor Talbot I wanted to give you the list of the day’s events. There is also a live broadcast on YouTube that I know you don’t want to miss.
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/01/26/world-marks-international-holocaust-remembrance-day/79335156/
      Jeff

      Comment by Jeff K. — January 27, 2016 @ 9:46 am

      • Thanks Jeff – I did like the photo of the elderly folk at Auschwitz carrying their Thermos Flasks. Very sensible indeed! – January in Poland can be very cold and bitter, so good thinking on the part of the organisers of this show.

        The map showing the number of “holocaust” deaths in the Baltic States, Belorus and the Ukraine depicts surprisingly low totals. I suspect this approximates to the truth – the numbers of Jews who perished in the occupied Soviet Union was actually quite low.

        Canada, of course is heavily involved in “holocaust hogwash”. Apparently, Montreal has one of these Holocaust Memorial Centers, and anyone would think that it commemorates all those who suffered and died within the Nazi death camps in that city itself.

        Comment by Talbot — January 27, 2016 @ 11:52 am

        • The map showing the number of “holocaust” deaths in the Baltic States, Belorus and the Ukraine depicts surprisingly low totals. I suspect this approximates to the truth – the numbers of Jews who perished in the occupied Soviet Union was actually quite low.

          There really weren’t that many Jews in the Baltics to begin with, Talbot. The largest concentration of Jews in Europe was in Poland (Forgive me, I have the tendency to exclude the Soviet Union when I talk about Europe. Naturally there were large numbers of Jews in the Soviet Union. The Germans occupied Belorussia, the Ukraine and the area around Leningrad, however, most of the Soviet Union remained unoccupied. What the Germans did occupy was very important, however. Most of the USSR’s Jewish deaths were concentrated where the Germans did have direct control).
          “Low Totals” is of course relative. The Polish Jews suffered the most deaths, followed by the occupied USSR and Hungary.
          Jeff

          Comment by Jeff — January 27, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    • We have so much to be thankful for

      ABSURD CLAIMS ABOUT THE “HOLOCAUST”
      The “holocaust” has been elevated to the status of a secular religion. Indeed, it IS the real religion of much of Europe and North America’s ruling and political class. They may sneer at Christianity, but those who express doubts or skepticism about some of the claims of this new religion find themselves flung into prison across Europe (David Irving, Robert Faurisson, Germar Rudolf, Ernst Zundel, Vincent Reyounard, Ursula Haverbeck, Sylvia Stolz and thousands more) and in Canada (Arthur Topham; Ernst Zundel) and Australia (Fredrik Toben). It is an intolerant religion which enforces belief in its tenets. Hypocritical European leaders like France’s Francois Holland and Germany’s Angela Merkel may march proclaiming free speech when Charlie Hebdo, a Trotskyist satirical magazine which mocks Christianity and Islam (but never Judaism) is attacked by Moslem terrorists, but they cheerfully jail or fine their own countrymen for doubting the new religion of “holocaust”.
      This religion seeks to impose self-destructive guilt on European people and, of course, extract billions in compensation/reparation for events that may or may not have happened more than 75 years ago.

      Comment by jrizoli — January 27, 2016 @ 10:19 am

  5. Twas the night before Holohoax, when all through the press not a creature was stirring …..because most of their articles for the big day have been written for them days ago !

    Comment by peter — January 26, 2016 @ 4:32 am

    • No kidding!…..Why not tell us how Dachau used their homicidal gas chambers…..whoops they didn’t have homicidal gas chambers….me bad
      But they sure do continue the story. The HoloHuxsters feel it’s ok though because if they had them they say the Germans would of used them.

      JR
      CCFIILE.COM

      Comment by jrizoli — January 26, 2016 @ 7:53 am

  6. Just been glancing through a book entitled;- The Dachau Concentration Camp, 1933 to 1945″, which I purchased during a visit to the camp in 2012. It is more-or-less an official handbook to Dachau, having been published by the ‘House of Bavarian History’, in cooperation with the Dachau Memorial Site.

    But alas, its what I call a 50% book – half of it is good solid, well-researched factual information with excellent photos to match; and the other half is the usual old holohoax assertions, embellishments, half truths, and unverified facts. I feel tricked in a way, into buying what I thought was an official guide to Dachau and its sub-camps. But instead – the authors and publishers have included all the alleged horror from places such as Sachsenhausen, Mauthausen, Auschwitz, Stuthof and goodness knows where. Let’s face it, you don’t expect to read about the Warsaw Ghetto, and view the same tired old photos that we’ve seen dozens of times before, in a book about Dachau. Quite frankly its dishonest!

    In this book they show a photo of a group of Hungarian Jewish mothers holding their babies just after the “liberation” of Dachau in 1945. The caption goes on to say;- ” Many women were pregnant when they were deported in 1944. The SS forced them to abort. Only in the final months did they allow women to give birth to their children.”

    Now wouldn’t you have thought that before they went ahead and printed that slur regarding abortions, then they might at least have provided some kind of evidence as to its truthfulness. The mothers in the photo look very healthy and happy to me, and don’t appear to have undergone any kind of suffering or trauma. Even the babies themselves are bonny and bright!

    But the question is;- if the Germans wanted to exterminate the entire Jewish Race in Europe, then why did they allow these women to continue their pregnancies throughout their entire terms and go on to give birth to a new generation. It just doesn’t make sense!

    Comment by Talbot — January 22, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    • The SS forced them to abort.

      Just curious: In this book, do they provide citations for such/similar claims? Some/any kind of reference?

      Comment by eah — January 22, 2016 @ 2:03 pm

      • The photo of the mothers is credited to “Sydney Blau NA Washington”. There are other photos credited to NA Washington – but no individual is named ( does NA mean National Archives possibly?). Many other photos are credited to Yad Vashem, UHSMM, and “KZ-Gst Dachau”. Some photos are uncredited, others say private ownership, and a small percentage come from other museums/ institutions inside Europe.

        The book was published in 2005 by the Comite International de Dachau; Barbara Distel; Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

        Comment by Talbot — January 22, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

      • Between December 1944 and February 1945, seven Jewish women gave birth amidst the upheavel at Kaufering I, a satellite camp of the Dachau Concentration Camp – all of them survived.

        Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 22, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

        • According to the ‘Dachau Concentration Camp, 1939 to 1945’ guide book, there was a “plantation” at the Dachau camp which was basically a garden and farm where some of the inmates worked. Unfortunately there is very little information about it, but there are a couple of photos – one of which shows some impressive greenhouses, cold-frames and seed beds, plus fields of crops in the background. But it doesn’t supply us with very much detail of what went on there. Instead, we are given the following piece of nonsense about what happened at the plantation ;-

          Entitled; “Beatings Harassment and Death – they dragged a half-dead Jew (no name) to the plantation … here Kapo Max Schnell beat him with the truncheon, urged him to hurry up, and heaped upon him with such insults, that in the whole world, could only be formed in the German language. And so we marched, at the head of the column the Jews sang – let us sing and be gay…that Jew died the following day.”

          I can’t believe that I actually sat in a car all the way from Calais to Munich in order to visit Dachau, and then spend 15 Euros on a book telling me that a bunch of Jews were marching around in the cabbage fields singing “I’m glad to be gay”. I’d rather have stayed in Calais with the illegal immigrants – at least you’d get something sensible out of them.

          Comment by Talbot — January 23, 2016 @ 1:02 pm

    • Dachau was basically a camp for males, it was as late as August 1944 that a women’s section was opened inside Dachau. Its first shipment of women came from Auschwitz-Birkenau and was part of the overall program to relocate camps during the retreating front. Only 19 women guards served at Dachau, most of them until liberation.

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 22, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

  7. I’m probably not going to read this, I’m not really all that interested.
    Plus I have enough to read right now.
    For a very good book on the Concentration Camp system, read KL, A History of the German Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsman.
    Interesting fact about Wachsman, he was on of the graduate students used by Richard Evans to collect research for the Irving-Lipstadt Libel Trial.
    Jeff

    Comment by Jeff K. — January 21, 2016 @ 11:28 am

  8. That precious picture on the cover of this new book about Dachau encapsulates it all. America really is a lunatic asylum for people who are, with very few exceptions, serial mass murderers.. They have no shame or conscience –even after seventy years. The REAL mass murderers were, and still are, the Americans themselves. If they ever want to find REAL moral perverts, monsters and war criminals, they need o-n-l-y look in any mirror.

    Friedrich Paul Berg
    Learn everything at http://www.nazigassings.com
    Nazi Gassings Never Happened! Niemand wurde vergast!

    Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — January 21, 2016 @ 11:15 am

  9. I expect this new book is being published in time for Holohoax Day on the 27th of January. Last year – for the 70th Anniversary – we were deluged by the Auschwitz jamboree, but this time, maybe its Dachau’s turn to receive all the limelight. Sky TV’s contribution this year is another one of these “Return to Dachau” type shows, which follow some of the elderly survivors back to the camp for the umpteenth time. But I certainly hope the former inmate who was seen being photographed at Dachau smashing a wounded SS guard to death with a heavy spade makes an appearance. His testimony would provide riveting TV for all the viewers – both young and old.

    Comment by Talbot — January 21, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    • You wrote: “But I certainly hope the former inmate who was seen being photographed at Dachau smashing a wounded SS guard to death with a heavy spade makes an appearance.”

      In case some of the newbs here don’t know what photo you are talking about, I have included it at the bottom of this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/polish-political-prisoners-at-dachau/

      Comment by furtherglory — January 21, 2016 @ 11:10 am

      • The murdered SS-man Weiss is seen lying on top of others killed on http://dachaukz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/dachau-kz-suffering-and-death.html
        Inmates inciting American troops to murder the German prisoners, Lt. Walsh placed his division under the command of Lt. Bushyhead (nickname Bird’s Eye) of Native American Indian origin, to guard the prisoners.
        Lt. Bushyhead placed the prisoners against the wall of the empty coal bunker and shot them with a few salvos of machine gun fire, giving inmates pistols in order to finish off the survivors. The bodies were looted. No action was taken by the Americans to prevent the inmates from taking revenge upon German personnel. The middle- aged man shown here was killed by inmates with a shovel, this is the same man seen lying dead along the wall holding a crucifix in his hand. General Patton was informed of this massacre, but ordered the evidence destroyed and prohibited any further investigation. No one ever prosecuted for the murder of German soldiers interned at Dachau, who were entitled to protection under the Hague convention. Dachau was surrendered in full accordance with the terms of international law.
        That the murder victims were members of the camp guard personnel is simply a lie, photographs show soldiers from all German units. Even the camp personnel were not all criminals per se.

        Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 22, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

        • @Herbert Stolpmann. I read your BlogSpot about Dachau KZ, and it was informative and interesting. You provide a detailed account of the ugly massacre of the SS soldiers by the Americans immediately after the liberation of the camp. It would appear that Patton decided not to investigate the event, which one can – possibly – understand at that moment in time. The SS by then had become so demonized, and the awful scenes of dead bodies in the train, and around the crematorium, had made the US hierarchy very reluctant to pursue court martials against their own troops. But as the months went by and the emotions of the event had subsided, then cooler heads should have taken a more legalistic decision to proceed with charges against Lt, Bushyhead. After all, he was a lieutenant – an officer, not a soldier from the ranks – who knew perfectly well that it was a war crime to execute military prisoners who had surrendered.

          But I had a wry smile at the categories of inmates held inside Dachau. They were all designated as “Enemies of The People” – and included “communists, social democrats, civic politicians, monarchists, Jews, beggars, vagrants, gypsies, work-shies, loafers, prostitutes, habitual drunkards, brawlers, summarised traffic offenders, psychopaths and the mentally ill.” I thought to myself, well, doesn’t everyone living in this world fall into at least one of these categories – so maybe all of us deserve to be incarcerated in Dachau as enemies of the people. In fact, there would be no “people” left, because everyone will be classified as an “enemy”!

          Comment by Talbot — January 23, 2016 @ 10:34 am

          • Still no outcry from those that write the history..
            The allies can murder anytime they want and get away with it.

            Comment by jrizoli — January 23, 2016 @ 10:52 am

    • “Holohoax Day” is only about Auschwitz. Jan. 27th is the designated Day of Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. So I don’t think they will be talking about Dachau.

      It’s good that they’re stuck with Auschwitz on their Big Day since the entire Auschwitz Myth-narrative has been demolished by the revisionists. Go to http://jan27.org

      Comment by Carolyn Yeager — January 21, 2016 @ 9:07 pm

    • On last year’s 70th Anniversary Party at Auschwitz, the “survivors”, dignitaries and guests all gathered for a ceremony outside what they call “The Gate of Death” at Birkenau. But I thought to myself; “Well, a lot of these poor old souls are now in their eighties and nineties. Should they really be sitting outside in the freezing cold Polish winter? I do hope they wrap themselves up nice and warm, otherwise many of them might die from exposure, hypothermia and pneumonia – and then Birkenau really would have a gate of death on its hands!”

      But I needn’t have worried, because they had erected a huge marquee which was heated inside, and so the assembled multitude could listen intently to the inspired words of the saintly cosmetics billionaire – Ronald S. Lauder – as he called upon all governments of the world to introduce “Hate Laws” in their nations.

      Comment by Talbot — January 22, 2016 @ 10:33 am

  10. Actually the American soldiers didn’t kill the SS soldiers in the camp they MURDERED them.
    But this is how the whole thing went down all over Germany, it was all part of the plan to destroy Germany piece by piece.
    The allies to this day have not been held accountable for their evil war crimes against humanity.
    But our resident HoloHuxsters here will say great job taking down the evil empire.
    Like they say the Victors write the history……and the Jews have rewritten the whole story so much you wouldn’t even recognize it for the same event that we know it was.
    FG again a pleasure to see you are back with new info….No surrender!

    Comment by jrizoli — January 21, 2016 @ 8:54 am


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