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 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/02/12/world/europe/ap-eu-germany-auschwitz-trial.html?_r=0
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.
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 http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/the_facts_about_chimney_fires.aspx