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January 15, 2016

You can’t just use any old photo to illustrate a Holocaust news story

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 1:49 pm

I received an e-mail today from Wolf Murmelstein, who directed me to a news story at http://www.ozy.com/flashback/the-holocausts-first-historian/66244#content

The 2nd photo shown below was used at the top of the news article, cited above.

The photo directly below shows survivors marching out of Ebensee, which was a sub-camp of the Mauthausen concentration camp, after they had been liberated by American soldiers on May 6, 1945.  Note that they are marching briskly; they appear to be healthy and are wearing nice clothes.

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Holocaust survivors who were taken to the Ebensee camp

Holocaust survivors who were taken to the Ebensee camp from the Mauthausen camp

It appears that the prisoners in the photo directly above do not have adequate clothing, but I think that they have deliberately removed their trousers in order to show their skinny legs.

Notice that, in the photograph above, the prisoners all have shaved heads, a procedure which was used in all the Nazi concentration camps in an effort to control the lice which spreads typhus. Their heads were shaved first on the sides and the next time on the top. These prisoners have a regrowth of hair on the top, but have recently been shaved on the sides of their heads. The privileged Kapos were allowed to have a full growth of hair or a beard if they were bald.

According to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert, the last death marches, during World War II, began on May 1, 1945 as the American Army approached the camps. Survivors from the main camp at Mauthausen, and the sub-camps at Gusen and St. Valentin, had been marched to Gunskirchen and Ebensee. Hundreds of the prisoners died from exhaustion, or were shot because they couldn’t keep up, or as they attempted to escape. When American troops in the 80th Infantry Division arrived on May 4, 1945, there were around 60,000 prisoners from 25 different countries at Ebensee.

I am sorry to be so ungrateful for the article that was sent to me by Wolf Murmelstein, but this article is just another example of Holocaust True Believers twisting the facts.  The true story behind the photo, that accompanies the article, shows how the Nazis tried to take care of the prisoners by shaving their heads to eliminate the lice that spreads typhus.

To me, the men in the photo appear to be captured “resistance fighters” also known as “illegal combatants.”

The following quote is from the very end of the article, cited above:

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Yet Boder’s work remained obscure for years. He spent the rest of his career dedicated to disseminating his interviews, writing the book I Did Not Interview the Dead and taking eight years to revisit, translate and type 70 stories. He sent copies to academic libraries, including Yale, Princeton and Harvard. But it wasn’t until the capture and televised trial of infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann in 1961, Pugh says, that the public started talking about the Holocaust. “It took the Eichmann trial to capture the public imagination about the scope of the ‘final solution,’ ” he explains. “Ironically — and tragically — Boder died before the trial.” Pugh notes that despite all of Boder’s work, it took 1960s television to help the reality of what had happened sink in.

Incredibly, Boder’s interviews were not fully digitized, translated and transcribed until 2010. Scholars, writers, psychologists and academics now study the interviewees’ words. Together, the interviews tell a brutal story — “people’s inhumanity to people,” as Pugh puts it simply. But as voices of survivors fade, they also offer a vivid reminder of a genocide that has shaped our collective consciousness.

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The lost art of newspaper fact-checking

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:55 am

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.

Printing press

Old time printing press

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:

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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.

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.,

 

January 14, 2016

Oświęcim, the town formerly known as Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:29 am
Market Square in town of Auschwitz

My photo of the Market Square in the town formerly known as Auschwitz

According to Wikipedia, Oświęcim is a town in the Lesser Poland province of southern Poland, situated 50 kilometres west of Kraków, near the confluence of the Vistula and Soła rivers. This is the town formerly known as Auschwitz.

Auschwitz town hall

Auschwitz town hall [photo credit: Steve Wejroch]

Building on the town square

Building on town square in the town formerly known as Auschwitz

I have a whole section of photos of the town, formerly known as Auschwitz, on my website at http://scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Oswiecim/index.html

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The photo above shows a display of objects in the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Notice the double-paned windows. Prominently mentioned in the Center are the Haberfeld and Hennenberg families who were engaged in distilling and selling liquor.

According to a brochure which I obtained from the Center, Jews first settled in Oswiecim 500 years ago. By 1939, over half of the population of Oswiecim was Jewish. This quote is from the brochure: “For several centuries, Jews prospered as traders, merchants, professionals and manufacturers, and were entrusted with tax collection and the administration of the lands of the Polish nobility.”

Today, there were no more Jews left in Oswiecim. Shimshon Klueger, the last surviving Jew, died in 2000. Klueger is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Osweicim.

Today, I read this news article about the town, formerly known as Auschwitz:

http://www.gazettenet.com/news/townbytown/amherst/20501871-95/a-town-called-auschwitznew-exhibit-examines-jewish-life-in-this-polish-town-before-wwii

The following quote is from the news article:

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From the horror of the Holocaust, a few names stand out in particular — perhaps none more so than Auschwitz. Within the sprawling network of camps that Nazi Germany constructed in Europe for slave labor and industrialized killing, the Auschwitz complex, in southwestern Poland, became a particular symbol of brutality: some 1.3 million people, most of them Jews, died there.

But long before World War II began, the town that became the setting for the Auschwitz camps — Oswiecim — had been home to a rich and diverse Jewish community that in 1939 numbered roughly 7,500 people, who lived mostly harmoniously with their Christian neighbors. The coming of the Nazis destroyed that part of Oswiecim: the last Jewish resident in the town died in 2000.

To celebrate the town’s pre-war legacy, the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst has opened a new exhibition, “A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community.” On loan from the Auschwitz Jewish Center at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, the exhibit includes a wealth of photographs and other displays on Oswiecim’s history and the Jewish community, with special emphasis on the early 20th century and the prewar years.

Curator Shiri Sandler says the show, which runs through March 27, is designed to show visitors that there was a human face, so to speak, behind the Nazi camps — that places like Auschwitz didn’t just spring up out of nowhere.

“[Oswiecim] had this rich history, but the [Auschwitz] camp erases the town,” said Sandler, the U.S. director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, where the show was first displayed. That viewpoint tends to be true both for American Jews and non-Jews alike, she noted.

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Today, the German people are rapidly being wiped out, and soon there will be a country, formerly known as Germany, populated by non-whites.  Sic transit Gloria

January 13, 2016

If you ever go to see Auschwitz-Birkenau…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:49 pm

I have deduced from some of the comments on my blog that many of my readers have never visited Auschwitz-Birkenau.

I have lots of photos, which I took on my four visits to the camp in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2008.  You can see my photos on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/index.html

If any of these readers ever do go to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, this is what the experience will be like:

The first thing that most people do, when they visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, is to climb up into the tower at the top of the gatehouse.  Unless you arrive there very early in the morning, you will have to stand in line and wait your turn to climb to the top.

From the tower, as you look out over the remains of the 425 acre camp, you will not be able to see all the way to the end where the International Monument is located.

After you climb down from the tower, your next stop will a row of barrack buildings, near the gate, which have been preserved.  These building were in the “quarantine camp” when the camp was in use, but you will not be told this because Auschwitz-Birkenau was a “death camp,” so who cares if the prisoners die of disease.  Dying of disease would have saved money on buying Zyklon-B gas to kill the prisoners.

After seeing the quarantine buildings, you will walk more than a mile to the end of the camp, where you will place the flowers, that you have purchased in the main camp flower shop, on the steps of the International Monument.

At the International Monument, your tour guide will direct you to the locations of the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers which are on either side of the monument.

You will not be told the following important information by your tour guide:

When the Auschwitaz-Birkeanau camp was in operation, the road through the camp continued on, into the farms and fields outside the camp.  The local people in the vicinity of the camp walked through the camp on a regular basis.  When the camp was turned into a Memorial Site, the International Monument was built on top of this road. The first thing that the local people had seen, as they walked on this road through the camp, were the gas chambers on either side of the road.  Shouldn’t the gas chambers have been hidden from the locals.?

There was also another road that went through the camp on the other side.  Local people used this road as a shortcut to get to the Catholic Church which was a stone’s throw from the camp.  What was WRONG with these Nazis!  Were they trying to get caught gassing Jews?  Fortunately, the local people never squealed on them, or maybe they never found out about the gas chambers, which were in plain sight.

You can see lots of photos, which I took at Auschwitz in 2005, on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/index.html

Famous Jazz musician Coco Schumann is back in the news at age 91

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:34 am

I previously blogged about Coco Schumann, the famous jazz musician, known as the “Ghetto swinger”, who played in the Theresienstadt ghetto and later in the Auschwitz “death camp.”

Coco Schumann

Coco Schumann

This quote is from a news article about him:

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Known as Germany’s most famous swing guitarist, the now 91 year old Coco Schumann has played with jazz greats like Marlene Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. Yet until the 1980s none of his colleagues knew of his experience in the Holocaust. Coco didn’t speak about “it.” Not even his closest friends knew what had happened to him except for the barest of facts Coco volunteered.

“I was in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz,” he would say and leave it at that.

[…]

In 1943, at 19 years old, Coco was turned in by a snitch for being Jewish and playing “forbidden” jazz in underground swing clubs in Berlin. The Nazis deported him to Theresienstadt. In its earlier years, Theresienstadt was not yet a death camp. “It was the flagship-ghetto the Nazis showed the world,” says Coco. Much to his astonishment, Coco discovered a coffeehouse shortly after his arrival.

“A coffee house! In the ghetto! I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

There, Coco found the legendary Ghetto Swingers playing the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington that the Nazis had long outlawed in the rest of Germany — a surreal background tune to the cataclysm of the war. Because the Ghetto Swingers’ drummer had been deported to Auschwitz a few days before, Coco took his place. They played every day.

“We feigned a normal life. We tried to forget that there was an impenetrable fence all around.”

[…]
A well-known German newspaper once printed a headline above a profile of him: “Coco Schumann — the horrible life of a jazz legend.”

Coco has a different perspective. “But that’s not true. No, my dear, I tell myself, looking at this bright planet, it was a wild and colorful ride, at times too long, but always too short, life has shown me its unbelievably mean and terribly beautiful face. But one thing it was and is certainly not: horrible.

Read Coco Schumann`s incredible life story in the forthcoming book The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers (DoppelHouse Presse, January 2016) and Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs (Atria/Enliven, October 2015).

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January 12, 2016

Operation Reinhardt or Operation Reinhard?

One of the regular readers of my blog [hermie] wrote the following in a comment:

Why would the Nazis have named that operation [Operation Reinhardt] after German Secretary of State for Finances Fritz Reinhardt if no seizure of money and other valuables had been intended in the first place? Would have been nonsensical.

Was this operation really called Operation Reinhardt or was it called Operation Reinhard?

On January 20, 1942 at Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, a conference was held to plan “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question” for Europe’s 11 million Jews. SS General Reinhard Heydrich, who was the head of RSHA (Reich Security Main Office) as well as the Deputy of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) led the conference. The protocols from the conference, as written by Adolf Eichmann, contained the expression “transportation to the East,” a euphemism that was used to mean the genocidal killing of all the Jews in Europe.

On May 27, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich was fatally wounded by two Czech resistance fighters who had parachuted into German-occupied Bohemia from Great Britain where they had been trained. Even before Heydrich died 8 days later, Odilo Globocnik began preparations for Aktion Reinhard, which was the plan to send Jews to their deaths at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor, according to Martin Gilbert’s book “The Holocaust.”

A fourth extermination camp had already opened at Chelmno in what is now western Poland, and the first Jews had been gassed in mobile vans on December 8, 1941, according to the Central Commission for Investigation of German Crimes in Poland.

There were no “selections” made at the three Operation Reinhard camps, nor at the Chelmno camp. All the Jews who were sent to these camps, with the exception of a few who escaped, were immediately killed in gas chambers, but there were no records kept of their deaths.

Treblinka and the other two Operation Reinhard camps, Sobibor and Belzec, were all located near the Bug river which formed the eastern border of German-occupied Poland. The Bug river is very shallow at Treblinka; it is what people from Missouri would call a “crick” or creek, compared to the Missouri and the Mississippi rivers. It is shallow enough to wade across in the Summer time, or to walk across when it is frozen in the Winter.

A bridge over the Bug river for trains and cars

My 1998 photo of a bridge over the Bug river for trains and cars

The territory on the other side of the Bug river was White Russia (Belarus) and the section of Poland that was given to the Soviet Union after the joint conquest of Poland by the Germans and the Soviet Union in September 1939.

This part of Poland had formerly been occupied by the Russians between 1772 and 1917; between 1835 and 1917, this area was included in the Pale of Settlement, a huge reservation where the Eastern European Jews had been forced to live.

The tiny village of Treblinka is located on the railroad line running from Ostrów Mazowiecki to Siedlce. A short distance from Treblinka, at Malkinia Junction, this line intersects the major railway line which runs from Warsaw, east to Bialystok. Trains can reverse directions at the Junction and return to Warsaw, or turn south towards Lublin, which was the headquarters for Operation Reinhard. A few Jews from Warsaw were sent to the Majdanek death camp in Lublin on trains that turned south at the Malkinia Junction.

When railroad lines were built in the 19th century, the width of the tracks was standardized in America and western Europe, but the tracks in Russia and eastern Poland were a different gauge.

Bialystok is the end of the line in Poland; this is as far east as trains can go without changing the wheels on the rail cars. Treblinka is located only a short distance west of Bialystok.

In June 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union and “liberated” the area formerly known as the Pale of Settlement. By the time that the Aktion Reinhard camps were set up in 1942, German troops had advanced a thousand kilometers into Russia. Allegedly, the plan was to transport the Jews as far as the Bug river and kill them in gas chambers, then claim that they had been “transported to the East.”

In 1942, the Germans built a new railroad spur line from the Malkinia Junction into the Treblinka extermination camp. When a train, 60 cars long, arrived at the junction, the cars were uncoupled and 20 cars at a time were backed into the camp. Today, a stone sculpture shows the location of the train tracks that brought the Jews into the Treblinka death camp.

Monument at the spot where the train station once stood at Treblinka

Monument at the spot where the train station once stood at Treblinka

The first Jews to be deported to the Treblinka death camp were from the Warsaw ghetto; the first transport of 6,000 Jews arrived at Treblinka at about 9:30 on 23 July 1942. Between late July and September 1942, the Germans transported more than 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to Treblinka, according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Jews were also deported to Treblinka from Lublin and Bialystok, two major cities in eastern Poland, which were then in the General Government, as German-occupied Poland was called. Others were transported to Treblinka from the Theresienstadt ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic. Approximately 2,000 Gypsies were also sent to Treblinka and allegedly murdered in the gas chambers.

Trains continued to arrive regularly at Treblinka until May 1943, and a few more transports arrived after that date.

On October 19, 1943, Odilo Globocnik wrote to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler: “I have completed Aktion Reinhard and have dissolved all the camps.”

In an article published on August 8, 1943, the New York Times referred to a headline in a London newspaper which read: “2,000,000 Murders by Nazis Charged. Polish Paper in London says Jews Are Exterminated in Treblinka Death House.” The subtitle read : “According to report, steam is used to kill men, women and children at a place in the woods.”

The London newspaper story was based upon an article published on August 7th in the magazine Polish Labor Fights, which contained information from a Polish report on November 15, 1942.

More news about the killing of the Jews at the Treblinka camp came from Vasily Grossman, a Jewish war correspondent who was traveling with the Soviet Red Army.

In November 1944, Grossman published an article entitled “The Hell of Treblinka,” which was later quoted at the trial of the major German war criminals at Nuremberg. Grossman had interviewed 40 survivors of the Treblinka uprising and he had talked to some of the local farmers. The camp had been completely razed to the ground; there was nothing left for Grossman to see, “only graves and death.” The Jews had all been killed, according to Grossman.

Proof that Treblinka was an extermination camp is contained in a 16-page secret document, that was submitted by Nazi statistician Dr. Richard Korherr to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler on March 27, 1943. Reichsführer-SS Himmler was a five-star general and the leader of the SS; he was responsible for all the Nazi concentration camps, which were administered by the SS.

This report on “The Final Solution of the European Jewish Problem,” compiled at Himmler’s request, stated that of the 1,449,692 Jews deported from the Eastern provinces, 1,274,366 had been subjected to Sonderbehandlung at camps in the General Government.

On April 1, 1943, when Himmler had the report prepared for submission to Hitler, the words “Sonderbehandlung at Camps in the General Government” were changed to “Transport of Jews from the Eastern Provinces to the Russian East, Processed through the Camps in the General Government.”

The term Sonderbehandlung, sometimes abbreviated SB, was allegedly used by the Nazis to mean death in the gas chamber; the English translation is “special treatment.”

The terms “evacuation” and “transportation to the East” were allegedly Nazi code words for sending the Jews to death camps where they were murdered in the gas chambers. The words “resettled” and “liquidated,” when used to refer to the Jews, were also euphemisms which were allegedly used to mean “killed in the gas chambers”.

The term “die Endlösung der Judenfrage” was written by Hermann Goering in a letter to Reinhard Heydrich on July 31, 1941. Translated into English as “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” this is as a euphemism which was allegedly used by the Nazis to mean the genocide of the Jews in Europe.

However, at the Nuremberg IMT, Goering testified that the term meant the “Total solution to the Jewish question” which was a euphemism for the evacuation of the Jews to the East.

The Nazis referred to Treblinka as a Durchgangslager (transit camp).

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was responsible for completing, by March 1943, the resettlement of 629,000 ethnic Germans from the Baltic countries into the Polish territory that was incorporated into the Greater German Reich in October 1939. He was also responsible for deporting 365,000 Poles, from the part of Poland that was incorporated into the Greater German Reich, to occupied Poland, and for deporting 295,000 citizens from Luxembourg and the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, which were also incorporated into the Greater German Reich. All this had been accomplished by Himmler by March 1943 when Dr. Korherr, who was Himmler’s chief statistician, made his report on what had happened to the Jews who were living in Eastern Poland.

In 2000, a document called the Höfle Telegram was discovered by Holocaust historians in the Public Records Office in Kew, England. This document consists of two intercepted encoded messages, both of which were sent from Lublin on January 11, 1943 by SS-Sturmbannführer Hermann Höfle, and marked “state secret.”

One message was sent to Adolf Eichmann in the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) in Berlin and the other to SS-Oberststurmbannführer Franz Heim, deputy commander of the Security Police (SIPO) at the headquarters of German-occupied Poland in Krakow.

The encoded messages gave the number of arrivals at the Operation Reinhard camps during the previous two weeks and the following totals for Jews sent to the Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor and Lublin (Majdanek) camps in 1942:

Treblinka, 71,355 [713,555]; Belzec, 434,500; Sobibor, 101,370; and Majdanek, 24,733.

The number for Treblinka, 71,355, was a typographical error; the correct number is 713,555, based on the total given. The total “arrivals” for the four camps matches the total of 1,274,166 “evacuated” Jews in the Korherr Report.

Besides the freight trains that carried the Jews in box cars to Treblinka, there were also passenger trains with 3,000 people on board each train, as well as trucks and horse-drawn wagons that brought the victims to Treblinka.

January 11, 2016

“Son of Saul” wins only one Golden Globe award

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:21 am

You can read the full list of the Golden Globe winners at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/golden-globes/12041121/golden-globe-nominations-2016-winners-live.html

When it comes to awards for movies, any film about Jews or the Holocaust is bound to win in at least several categories.  Last night, the movie Son of Saul won an award for Best Foreign Film, but nothing else.  What a revolting development this is!

You can read a review of the film at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/movies/review-son-of-saul-revisits-life-and-death-in-auschwitz.html?_r=0

Photo from the movie Son of Saul

Photo from the movie Son of Saul

I have not seen the film because it has not yet played in the city where I live.  I will finally get to see it in February.

January 10, 2016

Letter written by Holocaust victim moments before she entered the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

There is a common mistaken perception that the German people are cruel and hateful.  After all, they did kill 6 million Jews — for no reason at all.

But in my personal experience, I have always found the German people to be extremely nice and always helpful.  To give you an idea, I have traveled extensively in Germany, in my old age, and I never once had to throw my suitcase up on a train.  The person behind me, man or woman, always grabbed my suitcase and threw it onto the train for me. And this was not a heavy suitcase; I could have handled it myself, in case the person behind me was not German.

This morning, I read a news story about a woman who was gassed at Auschwitz, but the Nazis were kind enough to allow her to write a letter to her family, just before she boarded a truck that would take her to the gas chamber.  That letter survived the war.

To me, this proves that the Germans are nice people, always considerate and helpful.

You can read the story of the letter in this news article:

http://www.wpbf.com/news/holocaust-letter-presented-to-us-holocaust-memorial-museum/37300788

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PALM BEACH, Fla. —Frank Grunwald is a Holocaust survivor. He was separated from his family when he was 12 years old.

Grunwald and his father survived. His older brother and his mother were never to be seen or heard from again.

Grunwald always wondered what happened to his mother, and it wasn’t until his father passed away years later that he discovered a letter that explained it all. He found a note written on July 11, 1944, hours before she [his mother] was killed in a gas chamber.

Grunwald wanted the letter to be preserved, so he is donating it to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

At the Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach on Wednesday night, museum officials accepted the letter and shared the story of Grunwald.

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In the video that is included with the news article, a woman explains that the Nazis allowed the Jews to “keep pencil and paper” in case the Red Cross made an inspection of the camp.

So it was only because of the Red Cross that this woman was able to write a letter while she was on the truck taking her to the gas chamber.

Wait a minute! Where was this “gas chamber” located?

Was it at the far end of the the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, over a mile from the entrance to the camp?

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The building called “the central sauna” is shown in the photo above

Was this woman actually on a truck that was taking her to the Sauna for a shower.  The Sauna building, where the clothing was disinfected and incoming prisoners were given a shower, was at the far end of the camp, about a mile from the entrance gate into the camp.

This woman might have been confused about where the truck was taking her.  Her 12 year old daughter was not being taken on this same truck.  This should have alerted the woman to the possibility that she was not on her way to the gas chamber.  The daughter survived, although the alleged policy of the Nazis was to gas everyone under the age of 15.

January 9, 2016

Elie Wiesel still lying his head off at the age of 87

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:42 am

Elie Wiesel has recently admitted that he has no ID number tattooed on his arm, which is an admission that he was never in a concentration camp, as he has been claiming for years.

He was not a prisoner at Auschwitz, where all incoming prisoners were immediately tattooed with a number on their arm.

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The gate into the Buchenwald camp is shown in the photo above.

He was not at Buchenwald which was a class II concentration camp in Germany. The sign on the gate into the camp reads “Jedem das Seine” which is German for “Everyone gets what he deserves.”

I have a section about Buchenwald on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/index.html

According to a recent news article, Elie Wiesel was quoted as follows:

“I belong to a generation that has seen probably the darkest of its moments and lived them …but also the happiest. The Day of Liberation [of Buchenwald]…when suddenly, the Americans came in! Days earlier, 10,000 left Buchenwald [to be killed] and [we] were the last to leave literally the last…. we were supposed to leave the next day. ”

Read more: http://forward.com/the-assimilator/329182/michael-douglas-presents-award-to-elie-wiesel-at-blue-card-gala/#ixzz3wl8jYYHO

I have written extensively about Elie Wiesel and the liberation of Buchenwald on my scrapbookpages.com website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation0.html

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation4.html

 

January 8, 2016

Elie Wiesel admits that he has no concentration camp tattoo

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, famous Holocaust liar

I received an e-mail this morning in which I was alerted to a new blog post by Carolyn Yeager entitled “Elie admits he doesn’t have tattoo A7713.”

This quote is from the e-mail message:

Elie admits he doesn’t have the tattoo A7713

A7713 IS A NUMBER that is widely recognized because of the story Night written by Elie Wiesel.

According to the story, 15-year old Eliezer had that number tattooed on his left forearm two days after he arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May (or was it April?) 1944.

Wiesel says the story is a true report of his life experience and that he has that number on his arm still today. Yet by refusing to show it to the public for the past 60 years, he is as good as admitting that he does not have it.

In courts of law, whenever a claimant fails to provide proof of his claim, he forfeits his right to that claim.  Wiesel has failed to provide proof that he has the tattoo so he must give up the claim. This is the clearest admission he could make, would you not agree? I mean, we’re not talking about a private area of his body that he would not want to expose, but only his left forearm.  Continue reading at Elie Wiesel Cons The World

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I wrote about Elie Wiesel on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/HungarianJews4.html

I wrote the web page, cited above, before Caroline Yeager started her blog.  In other words, I was questioning Elie Wiesel’s story long before this became an issue.

I have written several blog posts under the tag “Elie Wiesel” which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/elie-wiesel/

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