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April 13, 2016

The sad story of Dachau prisoner Theodor Haas

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:13 am
My 2003 photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

My 2003 photo of gate into Dachau camp

Theodor Haas was among the Jews taken into “protective custody” on November 9, 1938. He was sent to Dachau, where he remained as a prisoner for 3 years.

Fence around Dachau camp

My photo of the fence around the Dachau concentration camp

Quoted below is an excerpt from an interview with Theodore Haas, conducted by Aaron Zelman, the founder of the organization called “Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.” At the time of this interview, Haas was living in America and was a member of this organization.

Haas still had nightmares about the persecution that he had endured as a Jew in Nazi Germany. He survived the Holocaust only because he was released from Dachau in 1941, before plans for the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” were made on January 20, 1942 at the Wannsee Conference.

In February 1942, deportation of all the Jews to the death camps in Poland began.

The interview of Theodore Haas is quoted below.

The interviewer, Aaron Zelman, asks the questions and Theodore Haas answers:

Q.) How did you end up at Dachau? How old were you?

A.) November 9th, 1938 was Kristallnacht — The Night of Broken Glass — The night Synagogues were ransacked and burned, Jewish owned shops destroyed; I guess you could call it the night the fires of hell engulfed the soul of humanity. I was arrested November 10th, “for my own personal security.” I was 21 years old. My parents were arrested and ultimately died in a concentration camp in France. I was released from Dachau in 1941, under the condition that I leave Germany immediately. This was common procedure before the “Final Solution.”

Q.) What did you think when you were sent to Dachau? What did you know about Dachau beforehand?

A.) My first thoughts were those of many others: “The world has gone mad.” I knew that the life expectancy at Dachau was relatively short. I knew beforehand that inmates were abused. The horror of Dachau was known throughout Germany.
People [Germans] used to frighten their children, “If you do not behave, you will surely end up at Dachau.” A famous German comedian, Weiss Ferdl, said “Regardless how many machine gun towers they have around K.Z. Dachau, if I want to get in, I shall get in.” The Nazis obliged him; he died at Dachau.

Q.) How did you accept the fears of Dachau?

A.) Due to the constant hunger and extreme cold weather, one becomes too numb to even think of fear. A prisoner under these conditions becomes obsessed with survival; nothing else matters.

Q.) What were the living conditions like in Dachau?

A.) We were issued one quarter of a loaf of bread. That was to last three days. In the morning, we picked up, at the kitchen, a cup of roasted barley drink. There was no lunch.
At dinnertime, sometimes we got a watery soup with bits of tripe or some salt herring and a boiled potato. Our prison clothes were a heavy, coarse denim. They would freeze when they got wet. We were not issued hats, gloves or underwear.
The first night, about 500 prisoners were stuffed into a room designed to hold 50 Believe me, it is possible. Later on, we were forced to sleep on straw. As time went on, the straw disintegrated and we became louse infested. The guards delighted in making weak and ill clothed prisoners march or stand at attention in rain, snow, and ice for hours. As you can imagine, death came often due to the conditions.

Q.) Do you have residual fears? How do you feel about German re-unification?

A.) I have nightmares constantly. I recently dreamed that a guard grabbed me. My wife’s arm touched my face, and I unfortunately bit her severely. German re-unification, in my opinion, will be the basis for another war. The Germans, regardless of what their present leadership says, will want their lost territories back, East Prussia, Silesia, and Danzig (Gdansk). My family history goes back over 700 years in Germany. I understand all too well what the politicians do not want the people to be thinking about.

Q.) You mentioned you were shot and stabbed several times. Were these experiments, punishment or torture?

A.) They were punishment. I very often, in a fit of temper, acted while the brain was not in gear. The sorry results were two 9 mm bullets in my knees. Fortunately, one of the prisoners had a fingernail file and was able to dig the slugs out. In another situation, I was stabbed in the washroom of room #1, Block 16. Twice in a struggle where I nearly lost my right thumb. A German prisoner Hans Wissing, who after the war became mayor of his home town, Leinsweiler, witnessed the whole situation. We stayed in touch until a few months ago, when he died.

Q.) Do you remember some of the steps taken by the Nazis to de-humanize people and to make them feel hopeless? How were people robbed of their dignity?

A.) If you had treated an animal in Germany the way we were treated, you would have been jailed. For example, a guard or a group of them would single out a prisoner and beat him with canes or a club. Sometimes to further terrorize a prisoner, the guards would form a circle around a prisoner and beat him unconscious. There were cases of a prisoner being told to report to the Revier (“Hospital”) and being forced to drink a quart of castor oil. Believe me, this is a lousy, painful, wretched way to die. You develop extreme diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and severe dehydration. If the Nazis wanted you to live and suffer more, they would take measures to rehydrate the victim.

Q.) What was the routine like at Dachau?

A.) Three times a day, we were counted. We had to carry the dead to the square. Each time, we had to stand at attention in all kinds of weather. We stood wearing next to nothing, had weak bladders, while our tormentors had sheepskin coats and felt boots. The bastards really enjoyed watching us suffer. I remember how the guards had a good laugh when one of them “accidentally” let loose with a machine gun, killing about 30 prisoners.

Q.) What did people do to try to adjust to Dachau? Keep their spirits up?

A.) There were some actors, comedians, and musicians among us. Sometimes they would clandestinely perform. One of the musicians got hold of a violin and played for us. To this day, it remains a mystery how he got his hands on a violin. I still keep in touch with other prisoners. I am a member of the Dachau Prisoners Association. Each year I go back to Germany to visit.

Q.) Did people ever successfully escape? Do you remember acts of bravery?

A.) Nobody escaped, only in the movies does the “hero” escape. Guards received extra leave time for killing prisoners that got too close to the fence. I do, however, think all prisoners were heroes in their own way. Especially the German prisoners, for they would not acquiesce to the Nazis. They suffered greatly too.

Q.) Did the camp inmates ever bring up the topic, “If only we were armed before, we would not be here now”?

A.) Many, many times. Before Adolph Hitler came to power, there was a black market in firearms, but the German people had been so conditioned to be law abiding, that they would never consider buying an unregistered gun. The German people really believed that only hoodlums own such guns. What fools we were. It truly frightens me to see how the government, media, and some police groups in America are pushing for the same mindset. In my opinion, the people of America had better start asking and demanding answers to some hard questions about firearms ownership, especially if the government does not trust me to own firearms, why or how can the people be expected to trust the government? There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not “brainwashed” about gun ownership and had been well armed. Hitler’s thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis.

End of interview

37 Comments »

  1. In the British Spectator of February 6 there is a review by Jonathan Steinberg of a book by David Cesarani “The final Solution The fate of the Jews 1933-1949.
    With this article comes a picture with text: “The SS deport Jews from the Warsaw ghetto”

    Somehow I got a feeling that this is a still from a movie. Who knows?

    Dr Kim

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/david-cesaranis-final-fascinating-wrong-headed-book/

    Comment by dr kim — April 15, 2016 @ 5:04 am

    • You wrote: “With this article comes a picture with text: “The SS deport Jews from the Warsaw ghetto”

      I wrote about this famous photo on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/photo-of-the-little-boy-with-his-hands-up-the-rest-of-the-story/

      I don’t think that this famous photo is a still from a movie.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 6:00 am

    • The ‘Spectator’ article says this;-

      “The descriptions of life in the Łodz and Warsaw ghettos reveal the existence of rich Jewish neighbourhoods, good restaurants and fancy clothes, as well as the filth, starvation and overcrowding of the masses. Emanuel Ringelblum, one of Warsaw ghetto’s chroniclers, recorded bitterly that ‘the inhumanity of the Jewish upper class has clearly shown itself.”

      Hmm! – this kind of uncomfortable information is often down-played or ignored by the Holocaust proponents, because it doesn’t fit in too well with the narrative of “every poor Jew suffered so terribly.”

      Another two aspects of holocaustianity which are barely spoken about is the role of the Jewish police inside the ghettos, and the actions and behaviour of the Jewish Kapos inside the camps.

      Comment by Talbot — April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am

      • “Hmm! – this kind of uncomfortable information is often down-played or ignored by the Holocaust proponents, because it doesn’t fit in too well with the narrative of “every poor Jew suffered so terribly.””

        I suggest you read Laurence Rees’ book, “Auschwitz, a New History.” He describes such situations, including the story of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, the Chairman of the Lodz Ghetto. Rumkowski was a known pedophile who preyed on young Jewish women. Rumkowski was also known for his habit of getting rid of rivals by having them “deported.” His collaboration did not save his life, the Germans deported him with his family in 1944 when they closed the ghetto. I don’t remember if he and his family were sent to Chelmno when the SS reactivated that camp or Auschwitz-Birkenau but he and his family died.

        “Another two aspects of holocaustianity which are barely spoken about is the role of the Jewish police inside the ghettos, and the actions and behaviour of the Jewish Kapos inside the camps.”

        Rees describes this, also Timothy Snyder talks about this in his book “Bloodlands, Europe between Hitler and Stalin.” The Jewish police actively participated in rounding up individuals for deportation. Some of them rather notoriously took advantage of their status to “persuade” Jewish women to part with certain “favors” in order to get out of deportation.
        Unfortunately this is sort of thing is the way of the world, Talbot. Some Jews did profit from their time in the ghettos. Not all of the inhabitants were saints. Sometimes hardship turns “saints” into “sinners.”

        Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 1:49 pm

        • You wrote: “I suggest you read Laurence Rees’ book, “Auschwitz, a New History.”

          This book is laugh out loud funny. I wrote about the book in this blog post:
          https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/laurence-rees/

          Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 3:29 pm

          • I’m a little disturbed by the fact that you think the deaths of millions of Jews funny.

            Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

            • I am a little disturbed by the fact that you can’t read a simple sentence correctly. I wrote that the BOOK is funny. It is funny because of all the mistakes that he makes. I pointed out his mistakes. Apparently, you believe that everything that he writes is correct. You must start reading both sides of the story.

              Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

              • “I am a little disturbed by the fact that you can’t a simple sentence correctly.”

                Jim and Diane must really bother you.

                “I wrote that the BOOK is funny.
                It is funny because of all the mistakes that he makes. I pointed out his mistakes.”

                Oh. Well, he’s only a world famous historian. No one is perfect, after all, for some reason you think that 1.5 million Jews waded across the Bug River on the way to some mystical place in the Soviet Union.

                “Apparently, you believe that everything that he writes is correct. You must start reading both sides of the story.”

                I read both sides of the story. This is what your side says:

                The Holocaust is an elaborate hoax, created by the Zionists in order to create the state of Isreal. The allies bought into and assisted in this hoax in order to justify the horrors inflicted upon the German people. These horrors included the firebombing of German cities, the systematic rape of German women and the plundering of German industry of its best minds and material.

                This hoax centers around the former concentration camp Auschwitz. The authors of this hoax attempted, in a rather crude manner, to portray Birkenau as an extermination camp. The reality is that Birkenau functioned as a labor, concentration and transit camp. The authors of this hoax attempted to portray the destroyed crematorium as gas chambers, the reality is that these buildings were nothing more than morgues with crematorium to burn the bodies. The authors of this hoax attempted to portray Krema I as a gas chamber, altering it to look like a gas chamber after the war. The reality is that the Germans closed this original crematorium and converted it to an air raid shelter.

                The authors of this hoax also attempted to portray the transit camps of Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka as extermination centers. The hoaxters took some time to settle on a mode of execution, finally settling on gas chambers as the most plausible explanation.

                The Jews and their backers continue to push this hoax on the world today. They use movies, books and television programs to simultaneously push this agenda and make enormous sums of money from this industry. The main focus of all this is to prevent the world from looking too closely at the conduct of Isreal and the allies.

                So, what do you think? Did I get anything wrong?

                Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

                • You wrote: “Did I get anything wrong?”
                  The plural of crematorium is crematoria. If you are going to write about the Holocaust, it is essential that you know the correct term for the plural of crematorium.

                  Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

                • My mistake.
                  So, did I give the revisionist side of the story correctly? Miss anything?

                  Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

                • You gave the revisionist side of the story correctly. One important fact that you missed, however, is that the American liberators of Dachau modified the shower room at Dachau to make it into a so-called gas chamber.

                  For awhile, the memorial site at Dachau had a sign in the alleged gas chamber, which said that it was not a gas chamber. A few years ago, this sign was removed and now the modified shower room is claimed to have been a gas chamber, used to murder Jews. If you deny this in 19 different countries today, you will go to prison for up to 5 years.

                  I have written extensively about the alleged gas chamber at Dachau on my scrapbookpages.com website.
                  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife01C.html

                  Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

        • You wrote: “I suggest you read Laurence Rees’ book, “Auschwitz, a New History.” He describes such situations, including the story of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, the Chairman of the Lodz Ghetto.”

          I have written several blog posts in which Rumkowski is mentioned. Do a search on Rumkowsi and furtherglory to find all these blog posts.

          Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

        • Fair enough, Jeff – you name a couple of books with some controversial information in them. But that’s really the problem here – the vast majority of the Western public don’t read books very much today, and if they do, its invariably a novel rather than a factually based history.

          Unfortunately, most people – especially youngsters – will only learn about the standard holocaust narrative as presented in schools and colleges, plus what they pick-up from the mainstream media and TV. And let’s face it, all this stuff is deemed to be “kosher”, with not a single controversial idea, thought or question allowed to penetrate the official narrative.

          Comment by Talbot — April 15, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

          • I also suggest Saul Friedländer’s “Years of Extermination.” It is also rather gritty.

            Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

            • I don’t like the title: “Years of Extermination.” Zyklon-B was used in the camps to exterminate the lice that spreads typhus. Is that what he wrote about?

              Or does he claim that human beings were exterminated like lice? That is not a nice way to write about the Jews who died in the camps from typhus because the Germans didn’t use enough Zyklon-B to exterminate the lice.

              Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

              • “I don’t like the title: “Years of Extermination.” Zyklon-B was used in the camps to exterminate the lice that spreads typhus. Is that what he wrote about?”

                No. What he wrote was a factual history about the Nazi extermination of Europe’s Jews.

                “Or does he claim that human beings were exterminated like lice. That is not a nice way to write about the Jews who died in the camps from typhus because the Germans didn’t use enough Zyklon-B to exterminate the lice.”

                You should rejoice. The Nazis had enough ZB to murder a million Jews at Birkenau and deal with the lice problem.

                Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

                • Jeff wrote: “The Nazis had enough ZB to murder a million Jews at Birkenau and deal with the lice problem.”

                  How do you know that? Some exterminationist historians claim that 95% of the Zyklon B used at Auschwitz were for delousing & fumigation purposes and 5% were for genocidal purposes, while other exterminationist historians claim that it was 95% for genocidal purposes and 5% for delousing & fumigation purposes. They look lost in the fog on that matter.

                  Comment by hermie — April 15, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

                • “How do you know that? Some exterminationist historians claim that 95% of the Zyklon B used at Auschwitz were for delousing & fumigation purposes and 5% were for genocidal purposes, while other exterminationist historians claim that it was 95% for genocidal purposes and 5% for delousing & fumigation purposes. They look lost in the fog on that matter.”

                  Which exterminationist say 95% was used for genocidal purposes?

                  You don’t need that much ZB to kill humans, Hermie. The primary purpose of ZB was delousing.

                  Comment by Jeff K. — April 16, 2016 @ 5:36 pm

                • You wrote:
                  “The Nazis had enough ZB to murder a million Jews at Birkenau and deal with the lice problem.”

                  So you are keeping up to date on the Holohoax? For years, we were told that the Nazis killed 4 million Jews at Auschwitz. How many people were sent to prison for Holocaust denial because they disputed that number? Now the number of prisoners killed at Auschwitz is 1.1 million, including 900,000 Jews.

                  I expect the numbers to go even lower.

                  Comment by furtherglory — April 16, 2016 @ 6:03 am

                • “For years, we were told that the Nazis killed 4 million Jews at Auschwitz.”

                  Just like the whole “6 million,” deniers cling to the idea of 4 million Jews dead at Auschwitz.

                  This crowing about 4 million would make more sense if the original plaque said “4 million Jews.”

                  It did not. It said “4 million people.”

                  http://www.vanguardnewsnetwork.com/wolzek/1948_AuschwitzPlaque.html

                  I even used a denier website to make your comfortable.

                  Now, all Jews are people but not all people are Jews.

                  See the difference?

                  Comment by Jeff K. — April 16, 2016 @ 7:19 am

                • You are correct that the plaque at Birkenau formerly said 4 million people were killed there. According to the True Believers, some of the 4 million were Gypsies. I have a photo of the plaque on this blog post:
                  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/why-do-the-numbers-for-auschwitz-birkenau-keep-changing/

                  Comment by furtherglory — April 16, 2016 @ 8:59 am

                • If some Soviet propagandists were able to create 2.9 million fictional victims out of nothing, what makes you think some Zionist Western propagandists/storytellers – aka ‘academic historians’ – wouldn’t have been able to create 1.1 million (or several hundreds of thousands) fictional victims out of nothing as easily, Jeff?

                  Comment by hermie — April 16, 2016 @ 7:34 am

      • THE OD-MEN
        The initials OD stand for the German word Ordnungs Dienst
        Jewish Ghetto Police (German: Jüdische Ghetto-Polizei, Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst), also known as the Jewish Police Service and referred to by the Jews as the hated Jewish Police, were the auxiliary police units organised in the Jewish ghettos of Europe by local Judenrat councils under orders of occupying Germans. Armbands were worn by them for identification. Members of the Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst did not have any official uniforms, often wearing just an identifying armband and a badge, and were not allowed to carry firearms. They were used by the Germans primarily for securing the deportation of other Jews to the concentration camps. The Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst were Jews who usually had little prior association with the communities, they oversaw (especially after the round-ups and deportations to extermination camps began), and who could be relied upon to follow German orders. The first commander of the Warsaw ghetto was Józef Szerynski, a Polish-Jewish police colonel. He changed his name from Szenkman and developed an anti-Semitic attitude. Szerynski survived an assassination attempt carried out by a member of the Jewish police, Yisrael Kanal, who was working on behalf of the underground Jewish Combat Organization. In ghettos where the Judenrat was resistant to German orders, the Jewish police were often used (as reportedly in Lutsk) to control or replace the council. One of the largest police units was to be found in the Warsaw Ghetto, where the Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst numbered about 2500. The Lódz Ghetto had about 1200, and the Lviv (Lemberg) Ghetto 500. They were active in almost all concentration camps in one capacity or other. According to David Crowe’s book, Wilek Chilowicz was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow.
        The Polish-Jewish historian and the Warsaw Ghetto archivist Emanuel Ringelblum has described the cruelty of the ghetto police as “at times greater than that of the Germans, the Ukrainians and the Latvia’s”.sic]

        Comment by Herbert Stolpmann von Waldeck — April 17, 2016 @ 6:51 am

    • David Cesarani’s book is masterly reviewed by Andrew Joyce, Ph.D. in the Occidental Observer.

      Comment by a reader — April 15, 2016 @ 10:16 am

  2. It’s too bad Mr. Haas didn’t fill out a form mentioning his parents at theYad Vashem database, (0 result for a submission by Theodore Haas ).

    That would have lent a semblance of credibility to his fantastic tales.

    In these color pictures taken the day Dachau was liberated, please note there’s hardly any taker for these luscious loaves of bread.

    Comment by a reader — April 15, 2016 @ 3:31 am

    • You wrote: “the day Dachau was liberated, please note there’s hardly any taker for these luscious loaves of bread.”

      The bakery in the town of Dachau was forced to bring bread from the town of Dachau after the prisoners were liberated. I wrote about this on my website at
      http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/aftermath04.html

      Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 6:08 am

      • On your Dachau scrapbook page you wrote:-

        Local farmers were forced to haul the corpses to the Leitenberg, a hill near the camp, where they were buried in mass graves, even though their names were known. The farmers had to dress in their best Sunday clothes and the wagons had to take a circuitous route through the town of Dachau. Note that the US Army had plenty of trucks and personnel for this task, but it was important to humiliate the locals and make them feel guilty.

        Interesting – I wonder if the thousands of dead civilians from the Allied air raids on German cities were ever paraded by horse and cart past the British and American airbases, in order to humiliate the air and ground crews and make them feel guilty.

        Comment by Talbot — April 15, 2016 @ 7:33 am

        • You wrote: “I wonder if the thousands of dead civilians from the Allied air raids on German cities were ever paraded by horse and cart past the British and American airbases, in order to humiliate the air and ground crews and make them feel guilty.”

          No one cares about the suffering of the German people. Germans are not considered to be human beings — because they gassed the Jews. The German people have been condemned to extinction — because they holocausted the Jews.

          Comment by furtherglory — April 15, 2016 @ 7:57 am

      • FG
        FG
        My father-in-law (Josef (Bielmeier and Teufelhart) provided bread deliveries until they were stopped by the welcoming liberators, he still had 30 foreign workers of various nationalities living at that time in the tenement building on his property, including 2 Jews, who with the exception of French nationals did not go back to their own country, one has to wonder, why?
        Apart from that, I doubt that inmate Theodor Haas was ever held in Dachau, if he still lives he can provide his registration number, others still do.

        With the outbreak of war all lawful and administrative standards were abolished, the powers the SS had over prisoners which had previously been partly restricted and made a difference between life or death, was lifted. Releases from prison with a few exceptions was stopped. With the outbreak of hostilities the existing Guards were called up for active duty to the front lines and replaced by older members of the SS-Replacement Units (Ersatzreserve). There were delays to implement and introduce these new measures, as the entire camp in late September 1939 was needed for the training of the SS-Totenkopf Division for combat duties. The evacuation of the camp started on the evening of September 26th, with1600 men transported to Mauthausen, 981 to Flossenbürg and a further 2138 moved to Buchenwald. Only 100 prisoners remained in Dachau to perform urgent work, especially on the plantation. Among the Buchenwald contingent were Czechs and all prisoners held in the bunker, these prisoners never returned to Dachau. To the Mauthausen camp the SS sent the German and Austrian political prisoners [the exact figure is not recorded sic], including the inmates of the criminal category and blocks as well as all “second timers”, 44 Jehovah witnesses, 571 asocial prisoners, 11 emigrants, 53 Homosexuals and 227 criminal prisoners. They expected not only hard work at the Mauthausen quarry, but also the hatred of a group of criminal inmates who had been sent in August 1938 from Dachau to help in the construction of the camp facilities there.
        In February 1940 the SS-Units left the camp and the inmates returned. To start with only the rear part of the camp was made available for the prisoners and another entrance was provisionally opened up. On the 18th of February 1940 only 390 inmates arrived from Mauthausen. Even if one considers that these were the ones out of a group of political prisoners, that means that either 204 lost their lives there or were unable for some reason to travel.[The figures do not tally, I am unable to verify this statement sic] Of the 981 men transferred to Flossenbürg late September 1939 only 921 returned to Dachau on the 2nd of March 1941. Three days later 1500 inmates arrived from Sachsenhausen and the camp once again filled up.

        Comment by Herbert Stolpmann von Waldeck — April 17, 2016 @ 1:17 am

  3. It’s amazing when we read these survivor stories how much they went through, how much suffering each and every one of them endured. I mean all of them claimed the most amazing things and stories. Is it possible that one person could be the focus of these things or do they just collect all the stories they heard, which may or may not be true of course, and then claim they all happened to him?

    He claims that in 1941 he was released on the condition that he left Germany totally and that course of action was common. If true then that would account for a large number of jews.

    As for his parents going to a concentration camp in France and dying, can he prove that? I doubt it.

    All in all I don’t believe much if anything of this guy’s story.

    Comment by Mr B — April 13, 2016 @ 11:16 pm

  4. I always apply my own yardstick to assess this sort of uncorroborated story. Its called the “70% Rule”. This means, that about 30% of what he’s telling us is probably true, while the other 70% is likely to be highly embellished or totally fabricated.

    The only other person he names while incarcerated in Dachau is a German prisoner named Hans Wissing. But of course, he died before this interview took place, and thus Theodor Haas is free to say almost anything he likes, because there is no other named witness to come forward to either verify or challenge his testimony.

    Comment by Talbot — April 13, 2016 @ 7:43 am

  5. The sorry results were two 9 mm bullets in my knees. Fortunately, one of the prisoners had a fingernail file and was able to dig the slugs out.

    Uh-huh — exactly where were these slugs? — not much flesh in a knee to capture a slug — I thought about stopping there, but kept on reading — he was persecuted, and I’m sure he did suffer, like all inmates — but I don’t believe the story about the “9 mm bullets” — I guess that makes me a ‘fanatical, anti-Semitic negationist’, and/or ‘deeply ignorant’.

    Comment by eah — April 13, 2016 @ 5:30 am

    • eah
      The guards at Dachau used the Luger P 08 as a personal weapon, with a calibre of 7.65 mm.. The heavier 9×57mm Mauser cartridge was normally used as a rifle bullet with the carbine K98.
      The story of this ‘poor’ surviver is highly suspect and is a repeat that appeared first as a blog by FG published and updated 2009 as well as on other websites. Nothing new!
      Sie lebt im Land der Fantasie so was zu veröfftlichen

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann von Waldeck — April 14, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

      • It is doubtful that someone could survive having untreated gunshot wounds in both knees, especially in an environment like a concentration camp.
        At the very least I would expect massive infections, perhaps the loss of both legs. I doubt the person would ever walk properly again even if infection did not occur or if the person was treated.
        Sounds like an over dramatized account.

        Comment by Jeff K. — April 15, 2016 @ 2:13 pm


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