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March 31, 2016

Crushing the bones of the Holocaust victims

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:54 am

One of the readers of my blog wrote the following in a comment:

“Yes, there were machines to crush bones [in the concentration camps]. The prisoners also manually crushed any remaining bones.”

Bone Crusher used in World War II

Bone Crusher used in World War II

I wrote about bone crushing in the camps on my website.

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Another member of the Sonderkommando who survived was Henryk Mandelbaum who arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in April 1944.

The following quote is from The Toronto Star on June 21, 2008:

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Soon after a 21-year-old Henryk Mandelbaum arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in April 1944, he was taken to a gas chamber filled with the lifeless bodies of fellow Jews.

He would become accustomed to the sight. During more than nine months as a member of the Sonderkommando, the group of prisoners the Nazis forced to assist in the disposal of the gassed, Mandelbaum “saw everything from beginning to end,” said Auschwitz-Birkenau museum historian Igor Bartosik ­ “people going into the changing rooms, he saw people changing, he saw the moment of the gassing, the throwing of the Zyklon into the gas chambers, he heard the screams.”

Mandelbaum’s daily routine: help remove hair, gold teeth and hidden jewelry from the dead; carry them to the crematoria; load them into the ovens.

“I thought,” he said in 2006, “I was in hell. Fire and smoke were everywhere. I had to clean the gas chambers and put the bodies in the crematoria, or burn them outside when the extermination was in full swing and the crematoria were not enough … we then had to crush the bones into powder and throw it in the river.”

Sonderkommando members were habitually executed. Fewer than 150 of more than 2,000 who served in the group at Auschwitz-Birkenau survived. But Mandelbaum escaped during a January 1945 “death march,” then spent decades speaking about his experience and leading group tours of the camp.

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March 30, 2016

“common core” is back in the news

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:40 am

You can read the latest news about “common core” here.

I have written about “common core” in at least 3 blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/critical-thinking-assignment-started-with-the-study-of-the-diary-of-anne-frank/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/the-always-perspicacious-glenn-beck-has-written-a-book-on-common-core/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/its-time-for-some-critical-thinking/

All  I have to say about “common core” is that I am against it.

 

Were “the krauts” working on an atomic bomb?

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am

There has been some discussion in the comments section of my blog about whether or not the Germans, aka “the krauts,” were working on an atomic bomb before World War II ended. Allegedly, Max Planck was working on this.

I learned about the question of the atomic bomb when I went to visit the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald, which is near the town of Ohrdruf.

General Eisenhower viewing bodies at Ohrdruf

General Eisenhower viewing bodies at Ohrdruf that were left out for a week

I tried to hire a driver to take me to the site of the former Ohrdruf camp. I was told that there was was nothing to see there.  The site of the former camp was completely off limits and guarded. The people in the nearby town refused to talk. I immediately suspected “Something wrong!” as Dr. Henry Lee would famously say during the O.J. trial.

I won’t keep you in suspense. I believe that Ohrdruf is the place where the Germans were trying to build an atomic bomb.

I wrote the following on my scrapbookpages.com website:

The Buchenwald camp had been liberated the day before General Eisennhower’s visit to the Ohrdruf camp. At Buchenwald, there were shrunken heads, human skin lampshades and ashtrays made from human bones. At Ohrdruf, there was nothing to see except a shed filled with 40 dead bodies. So why did Captain Alois Liethen take four American generals to see Ohrdruf instead of Buchenwald?

What was Captain Liethen referring to when he wrote these words in a letter to his family?

“After looking the place over for nearly a whole day I came back and made an oral report to my commanding general — rather I was ordered to do so by my boss, the Col. in my section. Then after I had told him all about the place [Ohrdruf] he got in touch with the High Command and told them about it and the following tale bears out what they did about it.”

There has been some speculation that the Germans might have tested an atomic bomb near Ohrdruf. In his book entitled “The SS Brotherhood of the Bell,” author James P. Farrell wrote about “the alleged German test of a small critical mass, high yield atom bomb at or near the Ohrdruf troop parade ground on March 4, 1945.” The “troop parade ground” was at the German Army Base right next to the Ohrdruf labor camp.

Why did General Eisenhower immediately order a propaganda campaign about Nazi atrocities? Was it to distract the media from discovering a far more important story? The first news reel about the Nazi camps called Ohrdruf a “murder mill.”

Burned bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf

Burned bodies of prisoners at the Ohrdruf  forced labor camp

The photograph above, which was taken at the Ohrdruf forced labor camp, on April 13, 1945, is a copy of the one that hangs in front of the elevator door at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It is the first thing that visitors to the Museum see as they step out of the elevator and enter the first exhibit room. This photo is shown because this is what the American soldiers first saw when they liberated Germany from the Nazis in 1945.

The photo shows a pyre made of railroad tracks where the bodies of prisoners who had died at Ohrdruf were burned. Ohrdruf was a small sub-camp of Buchenwald and it did not have a crematorium with ovens to dispose of the bodies.

People in the town of Ohrdruf were forced to look at the dead bodies

People in the town of Ohrdruf were forced to look at the dead bodies of prisoners who had died of typhus in the camp

Regarding the Ohrdruf-Nord camp, General Patton wrote the following in his diary:

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It was the most appalling sight imaginable. In a shed . . . was a pile of about 40 completely naked human bodies in the last stages of emaciation. These bodies were lightly sprinkled with lime, not for the purposes of destroying them, but for the purpose of removing the stench.

When the shed was full–I presume its capacity to be about 200, the bodies were taken to a pit a mile from the camp where they were buried. The inmates claimed that 3,000 men, who had been either shot in the head or who had died of starvation, had been so buried since the 1st of January.

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A typhus epidemic had started in Germany in December 1944 and had quickly spread to all the camps as prisoners were transferred from one camp to another. Half of all the prisoners who died in the German camps died between December 1944 and the end of June 1945. Yet the survivors of Ohrdruf claimed that all the bodies found at the camp were those of prisoners who had been deliberately killed or starved to death.

It would be hard to find a German town, however small or obscure, that is completely lacking in historic or cultural importance. After describing the crimes of the Germans in his autobiography, General Patton went on to tell about how the Americans wantonly destroyed every village and hamlet in their path.

On the same page of his book, in which he describes the atrocities of the Germans, Patton wrote the following:

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We developed later a system known as the ‘Third Army War Memorial Project’ by which we always fired a few salvos into every town we approached, before even asking for surrender. The object of this was to let the inhabitants have something to show to future generations of Germans by way of proof that the Third Army had passed that way.

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Robert Abzug wrote the following in his book entitled “Inside the Vicious Heart”:

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Soon after seeing Ohrdruf, Eisenhower ordered every unit near by that was not in the front lines to tour Ohrdruf: “We are told that the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for. Now, at least, he will know what he is fighting against.'” Eisenhower felt it was essential not only for his troops to see for themselves, but for the world to know about conditions at Ohrdruf and other camps.

From Third Army headquarters, he cabled London and Washington, urging delegations of officials and newsmen to be eye-witnesses to the camps. The message to Washington read: ‘We are constantly finding German camps in which they have placed political prisoners where unspeakable conditions exist. From my own personal observation, I can state unequivocally that all written statements up to now do not paint the full horrors.”

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The following quote is from an article copyrighted in 2004 on the Eisenhower Memorial Commission web site http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org/stories/death-camps.htm

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As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II, General Eisenhower had been given information about the Nazi concentration camp system well before he led the invasion to liberate Western Europe (June, 1944). Reports on the massive genocide inflicted on Jews, Gypsies, political prisoners, homosexuals, dissidents, and other groups by the Schutzstaffel (SS) had been circulated among all the Allied leaders. Very few of the Allied commanders, however, had an accurate conception of what is now known to the world as the Holocaust until their troops began to encounter the death camps as they marched into Western Germany.

On April 4, 1945, elements of the United States Army’s 89th Infantry Division and the 4th Armored Division captured the Ohrdruf concentration camp outside the town of Gotha in south central Germany. Although the Americans didn’t know it at the time, Ohrdruf was one of several sub-camps serving the Buchenwald extermination camp, which was close to the city of Weimar several miles north of Gotha. Ohrdruf was a holding facility for over 11,000 prisoners on their way to the gas chambers and crematoria at Buchenwald.

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Contrary to the information given by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, which is quoted above, Ohrdruf was a forced labor camp, not “a holding facility” for prisoners on the way to the gas chambers. Buchenwald was one of the few camps in the Nazi system that was not claimed to have had a gas chamber.

What is the point of all this, you ask?  The point, that I am trying to make here, is that the stories of World War II and the Holocaust began before the war was over, and the lies continue to this day.

 

March 29, 2016

Should the Nazi extermination camps have been bombed by the Allies?

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 6:50 am

This morning, I found a comment on my blog, which was written by Herbert Stolpmann von Waldeck, who seems to be very well informed about World War II and the Nazi “extermination camps” where Jews were murdered. His entire comment is quoted below.

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THE BOMBING DEBATE
At the beginning of 1944, the War Refugee Board asked Jewish organizations and other groups helping refugees for suggestions on what it should do. Not one suggested bombing extermination camps or rail lines leading to them. There is no evidence that anybody came up with the idea before May 1944. Apparently the first such proposal was made by a Slovak rabbi, Michael Dov Ber Weissmandel, to the Jewish Agency on May 16. At about the same time, two officials of the Jewish Agency in Palestine separately made similar suggestions. Yitzhak Gruenbaum made his to the U.S. Consul-General in Jerusalem, Lowell C. Pinkerton, and Moshe Shertok made his to George Hall, the British under secretary of state for foreign affairs. However, the idea was promptly squashed by the Executive Board of the Jewish Agency. On June 11, 1944, the Executive, with David Ben-Gurion in the chair, overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ask the Allies to bomb the railroad lines and the death camps, with Ben-Gurion summing up:
“The view of the board is that we should not ask the Allies to bomb places where there are Jews.”

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On April 4, 1945, American soldiers of the 4th Armored Division of General Patton’s US Third Army were moving through the area south of the city of Gotha in search of a secret Nazi communications center when they unexpectedly came across the ghastly scene of the abandoned Ohrdruf forced labor camp.

A few soldiers in the 354th Infantry Regiment of the 89th Infantry Division of the US Third Army reached the abandoned camp that same day, after being alerted by prisoners who had escaped from the march out of the camp, which had started on April 2nd. Prior to that, in September 1944, US troops had witnessed their first concentration camp: the abandoned Natzweiler camp in Alsace, which was then a part of the Greater German Reich, but is now in France.

Ohrdruf, also known as Ohrdruf-Nord, was the first Nazi prison camp to be discovered while it still had inmates living inside of it, although 9,000 prisoners had already been evacuated from Ohrdruf on April 2nd and marched 32 miles to the main camp at Buchenwald. According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the camp had a population of 11,700 prisoners in late March, 1945 before the evacuation began.

This photograph below, taken at Ohrdruf on April 8, 1945, shows survivors who had escaped during the evacuation of the camp, but came back after the American liberators arrived.

Ordruf survivors pose with Hayden Sears

Ordruf survivors pose with American Col. Hayden Sears on April 8, 1945

Dead prisoners at the Ohrdruf camp

Dead prisoners at Ohrdruf camp

In the photo above, the prisoners have been partially covered by blankets because their pants had been pulled down, an indication that these men might have been killed by their fellow prisoners after the Germans left. The first Americans on the scene said that the blood was still wet. The liberators all agreed that these prisoners had been shot, although some witnesses said that they had been shot in the neck, while others said that they had been mowed down by machine gun fire.

On April 11, 1945, just a week after the discovery of the Ohrdruf camp, American soldiers liberated the infamous Buchenwald main camp, which was to become synonymous with Nazi barbarity for a whole generation of Americans. Buchenwald is located 5 miles north of the city of Weimar, which is 20 miles to the east of Gotha, where General Dwight D. Eisenhower had set up his headquarters.

The Ohrdruf forced labor camp was a sub-camp of the huge Buchenwald camp. Ohrdruf had been opened in November 1944 when prisoners were brought from Buchenwald to work on the construction of a vast underground bunker to house a new Führer headquarters for Hitler and his henchmen. This location was in the vicinity of a secret Nazi communications center and it was also near an underground salt mine where the Nazis had stored their gold and art treasures.

Buchenwald is located 5 miles north of the city of Weimar, which is 20 miles to the east of Gotha, where General Dwight D. Eisenhower had set up his headquarters.

General Eisenhower views burned bodies at Ohrdruf

General Eisenhower views burned bodies at Ohrdruf on April 12, 1945

The photo above hangs in the United States Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

There has been some speculation that the Germans might have tested an atomic bomb near Ohrdruf. In his book entitled “The SS Brotherhood of the Bell,” author James P. Farrell wrote about “the alleged German test of a small critical mass, high yield atom bomb at or near the Ohrdruf troop parade ground on March 4, 1945.” The “troop parade ground” was at the German Army Base right next to the Ohrdruf labor camp.

Why did General Eisenhower immediately order a propaganda campaign about Nazi atrocities? Was it to distract the media from discovering a far more important story? The first news reel about the Nazi camps called Ohrdruf a “murder mill.”  You can view this news reel film on the Internet.

 

March 28, 2016

Two men who escaped from Auschwitz, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, are back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 12:05 pm

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

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Two escapees from Auschwitz, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, fully aware of the horrid purpose of Auschwitz, memorized as best they could the physical details of the entire Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and reported it to the Slovak underground in April of 1944. For a variety of reasons not attributable to any agency of the United States, their report did not reach the War Refugee Board in Washington, the United States agency with the responsibility of saving Jewish lives, until June 24 and the British Foreign Office until July 4. By then, over half of Hungarian Jewry had already been sent to Auschwitz and almost all of them murdered.

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I have written several blog posts about Rudolf Vrba  and Rudolf Vrba: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/rudolf-vrba/

The following information is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

The plight of the Hungarian Jews first came to the attention of the world when, on April 7, 1944, two Jewish prisoners, Rudolf Vrba, aka Walter Rosenberg, and Alfred Wetzler, managed to escape from Birkenau, the infamous Auschwitz II camp where the gas chambers were located. They made their way back to Slovakia, where Vrba’s mother was still living, and wrote a report which soon reached the hands of the Pope, the King of Sweden, and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Hungarian men who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jewish men who have just arrived at Birkenau in 1944

The Hungarian government and Admiral Horthy were informed that Vrba and Wetzler had proof that the Jews were being gassed at Auschwitz. Vrba, who worked at the Judenrampe, the train platform where the Jews disembarked before the railroad line was extended, had counted the number of Jews who arrived at Birkenau and were then never seen again. Vrba’s estimate was that 1,765,000 Jews had been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau by March 1944, just before he made his escape.

The current estimate of the number of Jews deaths, from all causes, at Auschwitz-Birkenau is 1.1 million. Why was Vrba’s estimate so wrong?

Hungarian children arriving at Birkenau

Hungarian children arriving on a train at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Two other prisoners, Arnost Rosin and Czeslaw Mordowicz, also escaped from Auschwitz at the end of May and wrote a report which told about the beginning of the “Hungarian Action” and the mass murder of the Jews.

Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and Judge Samuel I. Rosenman, two Jewish advisors to President Roosevelt, urged him to intervene, according to Robert E. Conot, who wrote “Judgment at Nuremberg.” Roosevelt threatened that “Hungary’s fate will not be like any other civilized nation’s…unless the deportations are stopped.” With a population of 125 million people in America in 1933, when the Nazis first came to power, the USA had plenty of room to absorb all of the approximately 15.6 million Jews in the world, but the American Congress would not change the laws that limited Jewish immigrants until 1948.

On July 2, American planes bombed Budapest and its railroad facilities in an attempt to stop the deportation of the Hungarian Jews, according to Conot. The King of Sweden and the Pope also intervened and put pressure on Horthy to stop the deportation. The bombing of Auschwitz was briefly considered, but was rejected.

On October 8, 1944, Hungary formally sought peace terms with the Allies, according to the book entitled “The Last Days,” which was published in conjunction with a documentary by the same name, filmed by Steven Spielberg. Hitler had anticipated this move, and the SS protected the pro-Nazi Hungarian leaders of the Arrow Cross fascist political party from arrest while Otto Skorzeny, the famous German commando, and his elite unit kidnapped Horthy’s son. Horthy’s coup was stopped and the Germans forced Horthy to appoint Ferenc Szalasi of the fascist Arrow Cross party as the prime minister of Hungary.

Elderly Hungarian Jews waiting to be taken to the gas chamber

Elderly Hungarian Jews waiting to be taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers

Adolf Eichmann then returned to Hungary and began negotiations with the Hungarian government to deport 50,000 Hungarian Jews to Germany to work in building anti-tank barriers and in the munitions factories in the concentration camps. Due to the destruction of the railways by Allied bombing, the Jews were forced to march on foot to the border between Austria and Hungary where they were then put on trains and taken to various concentration camps, including Mauthausen, Gunskirchen and Buchenwald. Hungarian women were also sent on the march and eventually reached the main Dachau camp, where they were then sent to one of the Dachau sub-camps.

One of the 7,000 Budapest Jews, who were sent to Auschwitz in 1944 and then transferred to Buchenwald or other camps, was the famous Hungarian novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002, Imre Kertész . In several novels, Kertész wrote about the Holocaust, although not about his personal experience.

 

 

March 26, 2016

Why some people are comparing Donald Trump to Hitler

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am
Adolf Hitler gives a Nazi salute in 1927

Adolf Hitler gives a Nazi salute in the city of Nuremberg in 1927

What is the worst possible thing that you can say about a person? The worst possible insult is to compare someone to Hitler.

I am writing today about a news article entitled “Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler,  and what we talk about when we talk about Godwin’s Law”

Donald Trump

Trump raises his hand in what looks like a Nazi salute

The following quote is from the news article:

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There’s something about the Trump 2016 run that makes people cry Hitler at unprecedented levels, even for the Internet age.

In other words, Godwin’s Law is being invoked like never before. Don’t know what Godwin’s Law is? Coined by attorney Mike Godwin in 1990, it states, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” In other words, Godwin’s Law means that as long as you exist as a person with an opinion not miraculously agreed upon by every single person in the world, the collective psychic cesspool that is the Internet will eventually call you Hitler.

Godwin’s Law is normally a pretty straightforward thing, in terms of whether it is being applied for (melo)dramatic effect or not. But as Trump’s campaign marches on and his base grows wider, their violence and nationalism grows louder — and Godwin’s Law loses a degree of rhetorical clarity. It’s meant for people wildly grasping at Hitler or the Nazis or the Holocaust as hyperbole, without actual factual relation. What happens when the similarities between the person being compared to Hitler and, well, Hitler are more eerily present than you’d expect?

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Does Trump have any similarity to Hitler?  Does he want to kill Jews? As far as I know, Trump only wants to get rid of Mexicans who are in America illegally and he is against Muslims, who tend to be terrorists.

This quote is also from the news article:

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It may be helpful here to note that some of the similarities between Trump and Hitler that people are quick to point out should bother and disturb us more than others. When Trump asked supporters at a rally to pledge their loyalty by raising their right hand, it was surreal — but it didn’t necessarily mean anything. It might have been an attempt to dog-whistle white supremacists in his base, but it might also have been an act of mind-boggling ignorance. (I actually feel the same way about the Megyn Kelly “blood coming out of here wherever” remarks — not that it in any way lessens the bread-and-butter misogyny of The Donald, but I believe there’s at least a possibility he was just babbling.)

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This photo is included in the news article

This photo is included in the news article

The photo above shows Trump supporters raising their hands in what looks like a Nazi salute.

The following quote is from the last paragraph in the news article:

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The ethics of the whole phenomenon are murky at best. Does Trump, whose personal #brand of racism will *probably* not lead him to exterminate millions in gas chambers, deserve to be indiscriminately called Hitler? No. But is it enormously important that people be educated about the disturbing ways the two leaders created their paths to power? Absolutely. There is a world of difference between contextualizing Trump’s racist policy proposals in terms of documented history and some egg-avatared MRA dude hissing rape threats at “feminazis” on Twitter.

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March 25, 2016

New book about the Ovitz family of dwarfs

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:44 am

You can read a news story about this new book at http://www.ekathimerini.com/207233/article/ekathimerini/life/book-on-the-ovitz-familys-auschwitz-survival-story-now-available-in-greek

The photo below is included in the news article.

The Ovitz family

The Ovitz family included several people of normal height

The following quote is from the news article:

In May 1944, all 12 members of the Ovitz family were deported to Auschwitz. It appeared that they were destined for extermination in the gas chambers but their death was averted by the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who picked them for genetic experiments.

“I was saved by the grace of the devil,” Perla, who was 20 at the time, said in an interview with Israeli journalists Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev, who tell the story of the Ovitz family in their book “Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz.” The book was recently published in Greek by Pigi.

The Ovitz family came from the village of Rozavlea, in northern Romania. The father, Rabbi Shimshon Eizik Ovitz, a dwarf, married twice and had 10 children. Seven were dwarfs. “The seven kids had a talent for music and went on to set up their own ensemble in the 1930s,” Negev said in an interview with Kathimerini. The so-called Lilliput Troupe performed all over Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia until all of its members were arrested and sent to Auschwitz in 1944.

Their life at the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] concentration camp was a mix of “normality and hell,” Negev said. [Dr.] Mengele went to great lengths to keep them alive so that he could conduct his notorious experiments. The seven Ovitzes and their relatives – including several fellow villagers who pretended to be relatives so that they too would be spared the gas chambers – were given their own room and their own clothes; they enjoyed better meals; they were under a sick form of protection. “[Dr.]  Mengele would pull out healthy teeth, pluck hairs and extract bone marrow. He subjected them to painful experiments on a daily basis in order to uncover the secrets of genetics,” Negev said.

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I wrote the following about Dr. Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz on my scrapbookpages.com website.

Photo of an inmate at Auschwitz

Famous photo of an inmate at Auschwitz

Twins or family members who had the same congenital defect, such as a hunch back or a club foot, were pulled out of the line to be used as subjects for Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical research on genetic conditions and hereditary diseases. From one of the Hungarian transports in 1944, the Ovitz family, consisting of seven dwarves, two children, and their normal-height sisters, were saved because Dr. Mengele wanted to study them.

In all, 23 Jews from the town of Rozavlea in Transylvania survived; another family from the town was saved after they claimed that they were related to the Ovitz family.

Movie about Deborah E. Lipstadt will be in theaters soon

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — furtherglory @ 7:57 am

Deborah E. Lipstadt

Deborah E. Lipstadt is shown in the photo above.

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Bleecker Street today announced it has acquired North American rights to Mick Jackson’s film, DENIAL, based on the Deborah E. Lipstadt’s acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz (THE DEEP BLUE SEA, THE CONSTANT GARDENER) will star alongside two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson (MICHAEL CLAYTON, SELMA) and Cannes Award winning Timothy Spall (MR. TURNER, HARRY POTTER).

Adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (THE READER, THE HOURS), the book recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust happened.

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Did you catch that, all you depraved Holocaust deniers? Deborah E. Lipstadt has proved the Holocaust in a court of law. This is the end of Holocaust denial.

I blogged about this film when it was in production: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/new-movie-about-debra-lipstadt-currently-being-filmed/

I also blogged about Deborah E. Lipstadt on these posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/denying-the-holocaust

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/deborah-e-lipstadt

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/

The news article continues with this quote:

Producers Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff said, “We have found the perfect partner to bring this important and exceptional story to American audiences with Andrew and Bleecker Street. It’s an awesome responsibility to join Deborah in the defense of truth and history which continues to shape our world. It could only be achieved with a top class cast and we feel fortunate to have Rachel, Tom and Tim headlining this stellar cast with their talent and passion.”

“Deborah Lipstadt teaches history, but her own story is about what is happening right now all around us. DENIAL shows how one person can make a difference in the world by standing up for what is right,” said Jonathan King, EVP Narrative Film, Participant Media.

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On my scrapbookpages.com website, I wrote about Deborah’s visit to the Black Wall at the main Auschwitz camp, several years ago. I included a photo of her entering the courtyard where the black wall is located.  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz05.html

This new movie will probably win an Academy Award, since it is about the favorite subject of the Jews: the Holocaust.

March 24, 2016

“Trawniki concentration camp” mentioned in Holocaust themed opera

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:32 am

I doubt that one non-Jewish person in a million knows where Trawniki is located, nor the historical significance of this God-forsaken place.

I am writing about Trawniki today, in order to explain the following quote from a news article about a new opera which is based on the Jewish version of the Holocaust:

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Weinberg, whose parents and sister were killed in the Trawniki concentration camp, fled to the Soviet Union in 1939. It was there that he became friends with Shostakovich, who used what influence he had to protect Weinberg, a vulnerable foreign Jew in a country where anti-Semitism remained strong. When Weinberg was imprisoned, Shostakovich intervened to get him out.

But if the influence of Shostakovich could spring Weinberg from prison, it could not make Soviet authorities love [the opera] The Passenger. The opera’s dark themes found little favor with a musical establishment that preferred uplifting, outward-looking works that celebrated working-class or communist heroes; a focus on the Holocaust deflected attention from the favored theme of Soviet sacrifices during “The Great Patriotic War.” Weinberg, who completed the opera in 1968, died in 1996 without ever seeing it performed.

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article67824407.html#storylink=cpy

When I visited the memorial site of the former Treblinka “death camp,” in 1998, I saw two large stones placed at an angle to form a gate into the former camp.

Entrance into Treblinka memorial site

My 1998 photo of memorial stones at the entrance into Treblinka memorial site

At the gate into the Treblinka memorial site, there are also 6 memorial stones, set close together. Each of the six stones is inscribed with a different language including Hebrew, English and Polish.

The English inscription says that the Treblinka camp was in operation from July 1942 to August 1943 and that during those 13 months, 800,000 Jews were killed there. The inscription also mentions the Aug. 2, 1943 uprising, calling it the “armed revolt which was crashed [crushed] in blood by the Nazi hangmen.”

It was this uprising, along with the uprisings at Sobibor and the Warsaw ghetto, which allegedly motivated the Nazis to execute all the Jews at the Trawniki forced labor camp near Lublin in November 1943.

Yes, Trawniki was a “forced labor camp” not a concentration camp.

Ashes of prisoners killed at Majdanek are under this dome

Ashes of 18,000 prisoners killed at Majdanek are under this dome

At the memorial site of the former Majdanek concentration camp, there is a small stone, near the Mausoleum shown in the photo above, which commemorates the deaths of around 18,000 Jews on that spot on November 3, 1943, an event that was code-named by the Nazis with the cynical word “Erntefest” which means Harvest Festival in English.

The Majdanek inmates called this day, November 3, 1943, “bloody Wednesday.” This was the largest mass execution carried out at any of the concentration camps in the history of the Holocaust. The victims were the last remnants of the Jewish population in the Lublin district.

According to the Majdanek guidebook, Heinrich Himmler ordered the liquidation of the Jews in the Lublin district after the insurrection on October 14, 1943 at Sobibor, one of the Operation Reinhard extermination camps on the Polish-Russian border, in which 300 Jews, led by a Jewish Russian Prisoner of War, escaped into the nearby woods.

In 1943, the three largest concentrations of Jews in Eastern Poland were at the camp at Majdanek and at the labor camp at Poniatowa, a tiny Polish village where 18,000 people were held, and at the Polish village of Trawniki where 10,000 Jews were imprisoned in a labor camp.

According to the Majdanek guidebook, “In the autumn of 1943, the Nazi authorities were alarmed by the uprisings in the Warsaw and Bialystok ghettos, by the activity of the resistance movement in the camps and by the rebellions in the death camps at Sobibor and Treblinka.” Their greatest fear was that the Jewish prisoners at Lublin would start a rebellion that would result in their escape to the forests where they would join the Polish partisans who were fighting the German Army.

The Nazis also feared that their plans to exterminate the Jews were being thwarted, by the cooperation of the camp resistance movement at Majdanek, with the Polish underground organizations fighting as partisans outside the camp.

The camp guidebook devotes a whole section to the activities of the camp resistance movement, which included activists from the Polish Home Army, and the main political parties: the Polish Socialist Party, the Peasant Party, the National Party, and the Polish Worker’s Party.

Along with the Polish civilian partisans, and the Jewish partisans hiding in the forests, there were also escaped Russian Prisoners of War, who would sometimes shoot the Jewish partisans. Although Poland had been conquered, within a month after the country was invaded, by the joint effort of the Germans and the Russians, guerrilla warfare continued in Poland until the Germans finally surrendered to the Allies in May 1945.

March 23, 2016

The Holocaust according to Daniel Goldhagen

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:41 am

One of the regular readers of my blog wrote a comment in which Daniel Goldhagen was mentioned. Daniel Goldhagen is a Holocaust expert who has written several books, including a book entitled Hitler’s Willing Executioners. His book was one of the first books that I read when I began studying the Holocaust.

I quoted from Daniel Goldhagen’s book on my scrapbookpages.com website, which I began writing in 1998:

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“During the Holocaust, Germans extinguished the lives of six million Jews and, had Germany not been defeated, would have annihilated millions more. The Holocaust was also the defining feature of German politics and political culture during the Nazi period, the most shocking event of the twentieth century, and the most difficult to understand in all of German history. The Germans’ persecution of the Jews culminating in the Holocaust is thus the central feature of Germany during the Nazi period. It is so not because we are retrospectively shocked by the most shocking event of the century, but because of what it meant to Germans at the time and why so many of them contributed to it.”

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

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I decided to look Goldhagen up on Wikipedia. I was amazed to learn that Goldhagen has a page on Wikipedia which has a section entitled  Criticism, which I am quoting:

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Criticism

The book [Hitler’s Willing Executioners] sparked controversy in the press and academic circles. Some historians have characterized its reception as an extension of the Historikerstreit, the German historiographical debate of the 1980s that sought to explain Nazi history.[26] The book was a “publishing phenomenon”,[27] achieving fame in both the United States and Germany despite being criticized by some historians,[28][29][30][31][32] who called it ahistorical and,[33] according to Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg, “totally wrong about everything” and “worthless.”[34][35] Due to its alleged “generalizing hypothesis” about Germans, it has been characterized as anti-German.[36][37][38] The Israeli historian Yehuda Bauer claims that “Goldhagen stumbles badly,” and

Does not seem to be acquainted with some basic developments in German society in the nineteenth century. Certainly, there was what he calls eliminationist antisemitism and its impact increased as the century matured…But antisemitism came in different forms, and Goldhagen puts all antisemitism in the same basket, including the liberal type that wanted to see the Jews disappear by assimilation and conversion…The vast majority of German antisemitics did not wish to abolish formal Jewish emancipation. Goldhagen makes much of the radical antisemitism of the Conservative Party in Germany; but in 1893 it obtained less than 10 percent of the votes, whereas the National Liberals, among whom there were a number of former Jews, were much more numerous. Goldhagen ignores this and makes the counterfactual statement that “conservatives and völkisch nationalists in Germany…formed the vast majority of the population.

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