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March 14, 2016

“Approximately 90 percent of the Jews deported to Birkenau were sent almost immediately to the gas chambers”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:52 pm

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article, which you can read in full here:  http://www.courant.com/community/woodstock/hc-pt-woodstock-speaker-discusses-female-face-of-genocide-0317-20160314-story.html

The news article begins by giving the credentials of the author:

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Woodstock Academy welcomed Dr. Sarah Cushman as its third guest in a Genocide Speaker Series on March 7.

Cushman is the head of educational programming at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester [England]. She has made it her mission to take a hard look at the Holocaust and examine how people came to be so brutal to others.

After receiving a B.A. in history and education from Bowdoin, she completed a PhD in holocaust history at Clark University. She was a Steven Spielberg Fellow in Holocaust History, a Holocaust Educational Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a recipient of the Crown Family Doctoral Research Scholarship, and a recipient of the Lipper Doctoral Research Scholarship. For a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship, Cushman researched the lives of women at the Birkenau concentration camp.

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With all these credentials, Dr. Sarah Cushman is obviously an expert on the Holocaust, so who am I to criticize or doubt her claims.

Here is the story of the Holocaust, as told by Dr. Cushman:

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Approximately 90 percent of the Jews deported to Birkenau were sent almost immediately to the gas chambers. [Auschwitz Birkenau was 425 acres in size. Why were Jews sent to such a large place, only to be gassed upon arrival?]

They included pregnant women, women with young children, the elderly, and the disabled.

[It is well known that babies were born in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, and they survived.]

Ten percent were reserved for slave labor. Unsanitary conditions, starvation, disease, exposure to the elements, and forced hard labor killed most of them within three months of arrival, according to Cushman. [Why are so many Holocaust survivors alive today, and out on the lecture circuit telling lies?]

Some were guinea pigs in medical experiments. Some were forced to work as prostitutes for privileged male prisoners. The best jobs were in the factories, kitchens, and as couriers. Few women had access to these opportunities. Some served as prisoner functionaries. In return for supervising women prisoners, they received certain privileges, including more food and better clothing. The positions also came with a degree of power that required them to brutalize the women under their control.  [Their position of power also gave them the opportunity to save the women under their control. They were not REQUIRED to brutalize the women prisoners.]

I wrote about the Auschwitz brothel on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/block-24-at-auschwitz-the-brothel/ ]