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February 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor was forced to stand in line 17 times for gas chamber selection

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:27 am
Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler inspects Monowitz, July 1942

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler inspects Monowitz factories, accompanied by German engineers, July 1942


According to the news reports, some of the Jewish prisoners at Monowitz worked in the Siemens factory at Brobeck, which is shown in the photo directly above.  Reinhold Henning has been accused of mistreating these prisoners.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

A Holocaust survivor today told a court how he was forced to stand naked in line 17 times during his time at Auschwitz [Monowitz camp] while the Nazis decided who should be sent to the gas chambers.

Justin Sonder was one of three former prisoners who testified about the horrors they experienced at the trial of Reinhold Hanning [Henning], who is accused of helping to murder 170,000 Jews.

Justin was put through 17 selections at Monowitz

Justin Sonder was put through 17 selections at Monowitz

Hanning [Henning], 94, sat only a few metres from the witnesses, but showed no emotion as they spoke of crematoria chimneys belching flames and seeing people being shot.

Prosecutors say Hanning [Henning] told them that he was a guard at Auschwitz but denied taking part in any executions.


Mr Sonder, the youngest of the witnesses at 90, arrived at Auschwitz at age 17 and was selected to be a slave labourer for the IG Farben company [in the Monowitz camp], rather than sent directly to the gas chambers.

He told the court that after three or four months, he was considered one of the ‘older’ prisoners and feared most selection days, when SS men would look at rows of inmates, who were forced to stand in a line naked for up to four hours, and decide who was still fit to work and who should be killed.

‘I don’t have the words to describe how it was, when you know that you could be dead in one or two hours, it made you sick, made you crazy,’ he said, his voice trembling with emotion.

‘I survived 17 selections,’ added Sonder, a retired police officer from Chemnitz, who lost 22 family members in the Holocaust.

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So why is Justin Sonder testifying against 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning? Did Henning make the selections at Monowitz, and decide who would live and who would die?

No, Henning did not make the selections, but he was there, so he is a war criminal, who deserves to spend his final years in prison because HE WAS THERE.

When will this madness stop?

Prisoners at work at Monowitz

Prisoners at work at Monowitz

You can read about the Monowitz camp on my website at


Holocaust survivor testifies that chimneys at Auschwitz belched out flames

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 6:51 am


The photo above shows fire coming out of a chimney. Is this what prisoners at Auschwitz saw, as their relatives were gassed and burned?

The following quote is from a news article in the New York Times, which you can read in full at

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DETMOLD, Germany — Three Jewish Auschwitz survivors have testified in the second day of the trial of a former SS sergeant alleged to have served as a guard in the Nazi death camp.

The defendant, 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, showed no emotion as the witnesses told of crematoria chimneys belching out flames,  and people being shot before their eyes.

Prosecutors argue that Hanning is guilty of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder because he helped the death camp complex function, even though there is no evidence of him committing a specific crime.

About 40 survivors and their families have joined the trial as co-plaintiffs as allowed under German law. The trial is scheduled to hear three more when testimony resumes next Thursday.

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Can you believe this?  The poor Jews at Auschwitz had to watch as flames belched out of chimneys.  Where were the famous German chimney sweeps who cleaned the chimneys to prevent fires?

Every town in Germany has a chimney sweep, who travels around on a bicycle, cleaning chimneys.  If you see a chimney sweep, you are supposed to greet him, or wave to him, so that you will have good luck.


The photo above shows the current chimney sweep of Erlangen Germany.

I lived in Erlangen Germany for two years, back in the dim past, and I never failed to wave at the town’s chimney sweep passing by on his bicycle.

You can read more about chimney fires at