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April 19, 2016

Belsen had forced much of the world to confront the undeniable reality of the Final Solution

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:09 am
Famous photo of a man struggling to survive at Bergen-Belsen

Famous photo of a man struggling to survive at Bergen-Belsen

I am four days late, and probably four dollars short, in writing about the 71st anniversary of the day, April 15, 1945, when Bergen-Belsen was voluntarily turned over to the British near the end of World War II because of a typhus epidemic in the camp. British soldiers did not liberate the camp, as news stories would have you believe. The Belsen camp was voluntarily turned over to the British.

Famous photo shows a Jewish soldier driving a bulldozer

Famous still photo from a movie shows a Jewish soldier driving a bulldozer to shove bodies into a mass grave

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article with the headline The Legal Lessons of Bergen-Belsen, which you can read in full here.

The news article begins with the following quote:

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Editor’s note: The following is a version of the speech delivered by the author on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at a ceremony in Germany marking the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

“Earth Conceal Not the Blood Shed on Thee!”

These words from the Book of Job are engraved on the Jewish monument that my father, Josef Rosensaft, unveiled here in the midst of the mass graves of Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1946—the first anniversary of the liberation of this notorious Nazi concentration camp. Only one year earlier, thousands of corpses had borne mute witness to the mass murder that had been perpetrated in this place, and the photographs of the human devastation encountered at Belsen by British troops had forced much of the world to confront the undeniable reality of the Final Solution.

It is eerily symbolic, therefore, that exactly 70 years ago today, on April 17, 1946, Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi Party’s chief ideologist and pseudo-philosopher, was being cross-examined before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg about the precise meaning and context of the German term “Ausrottung,” meaning “extermination,” that he had used with respect to Jews in war-time communications with Hitler. Rosenberg also testified that day that he considered the shooting of hostages to be “an accepted act of reprisal.”

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You can read about Bergen-Belsen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/ConcentrationCamp.html

Note that the news article gives a link to my website to show the monument of Alfred Rosenberg.

 

 

 

 

25 Comments »

  1. A happy Hitler Day to all of you, guys. Peace and joy to you and those you love on this holy day.

    Comment by hermie — April 20, 2016 @ 4:19 am

    • HERMIE. So among friends: KISS MY ASS.

      Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 20, 2016 @ 8:19 am

      • Wolfie: So among deadly foes: I don’t even want to breathe the same air as you. Thus there is very little chance that I kiss your ass someday.

        Comment by hermie — April 20, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

        • HERMIE. So among comrades. I would not offer it to your kisses.

          Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 21, 2016 @ 12:54 am

        • Sing him the song by David Allan Coe. “If that ain’t country,I’ll kiss your ass”.

          Comment by Tim — April 21, 2016 @ 4:13 am

  2. In one week we remember the LIBERATION OF BERGEN BELSEN – and so the UK and USA could not pretend any longer that they did not know about the nazi atrocities – the REVOLT OF WARSHAW GHETTO – lasted four weeks while Polish Army surrended after three weeks – and just today THE BIRTDAY OF ADOLF HITLER, who some days later, before going to hell, expressed his satisfaction on the extermination of Jews.

    Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 20, 2016 @ 1:03 am

  3. The Belsen paradox once again…

    How can graphic scenes of epidemic desolation due to a lack of Zyklon B (or other delousing means, whatever) in a collapsing country prove that millions of Jews were mass murdered with Zyklon B (and carbon monoxide, it’s said) in the east?

    By the way, good to know Josef Rosensaft, the leader of the Jews at Belsen, was a Zionist…


    (Note the banner ‘[Open the g]ates of Palestine!’ above Rosensaft)

    …who claimed in June 1945 that 600,000 Jews had been shot at Auschwitz (Oswiecim) when he was there…

    …and who also claimed in November 1945 that homicidal gas chambers had been used and removed at Belsen.

    Comment by hermie — April 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

  4. The words are book of Isaiah not Job. The words are not to be used by the Jews exclusively. It’s talking about all of mans sins. Isaiah 26:21. They put the entire passage down.

    Comment by Tim — April 19, 2016 @ 11:52 am

  5. Havin’ a good puff on your cigarette then matey – as you push all the bodies to somewhere-or-other with your massive great big bulldozer.

    Did your senior officers tell you to do this for the propaganda newsreel film crew? And what did you get out of it – extra rations, or an early return to blitey and a swift demobilisation out of the British army?

    Comment by Talbot — April 19, 2016 @ 11:28 am

  6. Jewish soldier! Do we know his name? What army he was (had been) serving in?

    Comment by Jett Rucker — April 19, 2016 @ 10:44 am

  7. The British were more responsible for more people dying in bergen-belsen than the Germans.

    JR

    Comment by jrizoli — April 19, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    • I believe that you are correct. The British gave too much food to starving prisoners. Start with this page on my website about Bergen-Belsen: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/Introduction.html

      Comment by furtherglory — April 19, 2016 @ 10:33 am

      • So just to let our visitors HERE know the Germans did their best to keep the camp going but it became overcrowded and food was scarce people starved and thousands were very sick. BUT…..the dead bodies that you see being plowed into the big ditches most likely died later when the British had control of the camp.
        Of course they are never blamed for one death it was the big bad Germans…..Talk about faking history.

        Jim Rizoli
        CCFIILE.COM
        IHR.ORG
        VHO.ORG

        Comment by jrizoli — April 19, 2016 @ 10:48 am

    • Sorry Jim, you are wrong. 35,000 prisoners died between January 1945 and mid-April 1945 when the British liberated the camp. A typhus epidemic broke out in March of 1945 that caused many deaths, including Anne and Margot Frank.

      When the British took over the camp there was 60,000 prisoners interred there. 14,000 died in the weeks following the liberation of the camp, either because the they were too weak, diseased, etc. You are correct that the British fed many of the malnourished the incorrect food, causing many deaths. However, these soldiers were not equipped to deal with or feed the inmates properly.

      Only after med students and doctors arrive at the camp did the situation improve. They started feeding the prisoners on the “Bengali Diet,” rice and other soft foods that the prisoners could digest.

      Comment by Jeff K. — April 19, 2016 @ 2:01 pm

      • I wrote about Bergen-Belsen on my website:
        http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen01.html

        This was written before I became a Holocaust denier, so this information is kosher.

        Quote from my website:

        According to the Memorial Site at Bergen-Belsen, the camp population on December 1, 1944 was 15,257. By February 1, 1945, there were 22,000 prisoners in the camp, and by March 1, 1945, the number of inmates had swelled to 41,520. On April 15, 1945, there were an estimated 60,000 prisoners in the camp. A total of 50,000 prisoners died during the two years the camp was in operation, including 13,000 who died of weakness and disease after the camp was liberated. By far the biggest killer in the camp was typhus, a deadly disease that is transmitted by body lice.

        The story of Bergen-Belsen can be summed up by a chart that hangs on the wall of the Museum there. It shows that there were 350 deaths in the camp in December 1944 before the typhus epidemic started. In January 1945, after a typhoid epidemic started, there were between 800 and 1000 deaths; in February 1945, after the typhus epidemic broke out, there were 6,000 to 7,000 deaths. In March 1945, the number of deaths had escalated to an incredible 18,168 in only one month. In April 1945, the deaths were 18,355 in only one month, with half of these deaths occurring after the British took over. Unlike the death camps in Poland, the Bergen-Belsen camp was not equipped to handle this kind of death rate; there was only one crematory oven in the camp.

        When the British arrived on April 15, 1945, there were 10,000 bodies that were still unburied, and more were dying every day because the Germans could not control the epidemics. By the end of April, in only two weeks time, 9000 more had died. Another 4,000 died before the end of May.
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        Comment by furtherglory — April 19, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

      • You wrote: “A typhus epidemic broke out in March of 1945 that caused many deaths, including Anne and Margot Frank.”

        Anne and Margot Frank were transferred to Bergen-Belsen on a “sick transport.” They were sick before being sent to Bergen-Belsen, so they were even sicker by the time they arrived. To top it all off, the tents, where they were supposed to live at Bergen-Belsen, blew down, so they were out in the cold, as well as being sick. They both died of either typhus, or maybe they froze to death.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

        • Whatever the death rate was in bergen-belsen it really is of no interest to me. The only thing that I care about is the fact that the Germans did not exterminate these people they died of natural causes sickness disease whatever that’s the point. Then when the British took over the camp more people died so to blame the Germans for what happened in that camp is disingenuous at best and people are not being told the truth. The majority of people that die in wars usually die because of natural causes sickness death diseases excetera excetera that’s usually what happens.
          It really gets tiresome to have to defend the Germans when the Germans were not doing anything wrong they were just trying to keep up with a problem of overcrowded camps no food no medical supplies all the things that you needed to keep everyone alive.

          JR

          Comment by jrizoli — April 19, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

          • Jews were still locked down when the Brits took over the prison? Is that gonna be taught in the schools holo program?

            Comment by Tim — April 19, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

          • “Whatever the death rate was in bergen-belsen it really is of no interest to me.”

            What a telling statement!!!
            I thought your point was more people died when the British took over the camp.

            “The only thing that I care about is the fact that the Germans did not exterminate these people they died of natural causes sickness disease whatever that’s the point.”

            The Germans made it worse when they decided to cram all those people together. And not feed them.

            “Then when the British took over the camp more people died so to blame the Germans for what happened in that camp is disingenuous at best and people are not being told the truth.”

            The people were in the condition they were in because of what the Germans did to them.

            “The majority of people that die in wars usually die because of natural causes sickness death diseases excetera excetera that’s usually what happens.”

            Usually, unless you deport millions of people to death camps and gas them. Or drag them out and shoot them over pits.

            “It really gets tiresome to have to defend the Germans”

            Then why are you? I don’t think any Germans are lining up for you to defend them.

            “when the Germans were not doing anything wrong they were just trying to keep up with a problem of overcrowded camps no food no medical supplies all the things that you needed to keep everyone alive.”

            Well, it makes it worse is when you force thousands of people together without adequate food, water, shelter, sanitation or medical supplies.

            Comment by Jeff K. — April 19, 2016 @ 5:55 pm

            • Jeff I’m a little disappointed that you’re really not representing the truth here the Germans inherited a big problem it wasn’t their fault that all these people have to be crammed into those camps the infrastructure is falling apart around them the Allies will bombing everything in sight these people had nowhere to go what would you expect the Germans to do just leave them where they were. They took them into these camps but it obviously became a problem bigger than they thought so if you do make it look like the Germans responsible for this you’re really not representing the truth here this was a problem that the Allies brought on to Germany because they bombed everything and destroyed everything. The Germans tried to make it right but it was just too much for them.
              You really should be ashamed of yourself for actually trying to make the Germans look like they were the bad guys. The British tried and failed to.

              JR

              Comment by jrizoli — April 19, 2016 @ 6:20 pm

              • “Jeff I’m a little disappointed that you’re really not representing the truth here the Germans inherited a big problem it wasn’t their fault that all these people have to be crammed into those camps”

                Jim, the GERMANS crammed all of these people into these camps. They didn’t inherit the problem, they caused it. A great many of these people were forced laborers, POWs, Jews, etc. that never deserved internment in the first place.

                “the infrastructure is falling apart around them the Allies will bombing everything in sight these people had nowhere to go what would you expect the Germans to do just leave them where they were.”

                Again, self inflicted problem. BTW, why were bombers over Germany, Jim? Did the British and US wake up one day and decide to bomb the crap out of Germany?

                “They took them into these camps but it obviously became a problem bigger than they thought so if you do make it look like the Germans responsible for this you’re really not representing the truth here this was a problem that the Allies brought on to Germany because they bombed everything and destroyed everything. The Germans tried to make it right but it was just too much for them.”

                TRIED to make it right? That’s funny.

                “You really should be ashamed of yourself for actually trying to make the Germans look like they were the bad guys. The British tried and failed to.”

                Gosh golly, I’m overcome with remorse.

                Comment by Jeff K. — April 19, 2016 @ 8:26 pm

              • That’s true, Jim. Even several months after the guns had fallen silent, Britain had to call for a vigorous and unparalleled international cooperation if the whole European continent was not to be turned into a giant Belsen very fast.

                Unsurprisingly, Bevin blamed it all on Hitler’s scortched earth policy, as if the years of Allied obliteration bombings had no connection with the devastation of Germany.

                Exterminationist swindlers like claiming that typhus was caused by the German concentration camps and only by those camps. That way, they can continue to exploit the very graphic scenes photographed and filmed at Belsen, Dachau, Buchenwald and Mauthausen for the sake of their own agenda. But that’s a gross distortion of reality. Typhus was caused by the war, a very long, destructive and exhausting war. Typhus was the siamese brother of war in that part of the world, no more no less. Eastern Europe was just the natural habitat of typhus in those days. WW1 and the following years had witnessed a similar health disaster in that area, even making Lenin state in 1919: “Either socialism (i.e. Bolshevism) will defeat the louse (i.e. the carrier of typhus), or the louse will defeat socialism.” Typhus spread into Russia during the years after WW1 and infected between 20 and 30 million people. An estimated 3 to 10 million of them died. No ‘evil Nazi concentration camps’ were needed for that. War was enough and paved the way for the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse (i.e. epidemics).

                I would even say that the German concentration camps and their delousing stations in fact saved millions of lives, including numerous Jewish lives, in Europe during WW2. The German KL delousing stations of WW2 very probably prevented the emergence of a health disaster as large as the one of WW1 and the following years.

                Comment by hermie — April 20, 2016 @ 3:55 am

        • My mistake. Sorry.

          Comment by Jeff K. — April 19, 2016 @ 8:29 pm


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