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April 22, 2016

Holocaust survivor explains the word “ration” to 4th graders in America

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:50 am

I was a fourth grade student in American during World War II, and I knew what the word “ration” meant. Americans had “ration stamps” which we had to use to buy food. This was not a hardship for my family. We were limited in the amount of money that we had to buy food, but we had plenty of ration stamps.

Memories of my pitiful life during World War II came flooding back to me when I read this recent news article:

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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Families torn apart, the arduous and frightening life behind barbed wire, emaciated bodies and then the death march as Russian and Allied forces moved in.

[Holocaust survivor] Sam Silberberg spoke with precision as if the events were still fresh. He paused at certain points to let his audience [elementary school children] process what he was telling them.

Silberberg, 86, had the rapt attention of fourth-and fifth-graders at Top of the World Elementary this week as he shared what life was like in two Nazi concentration camps and his subsequent escape.

It was the first time [that] Silberberg, a Laguna Woods resident, had spoken to an elementary school audience, and so he needed to tailor his content.

But in a way it was fitting that he talked to this age group, since Silberberg was 10 and living in Poland when the Germans entered the country in 1939, intent on cleansing the land of Jews.


Curious students occasionally asked Silberberg to explain certain terms, such as “ration.” Silberberg also involved students by asking them if they understood specific words.


The Nazis shipped Silberberg and his father together to a camp called Blechhammer in present-day Poland. The Germans assigned each prisoner a number, a striped uniform, a canister and sack that officers filled with each day’s food — a few slices of bread, margarine and cup of “watery” soup, according to Silberberg.

Handcuffed prisoners walked to their work assignments. Silberberg assisted a welder piecing together beams.

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I am only vaguely familiar with the place called Blechhammer, so I had to look it up on the internet, where I found the following information at

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Blechhammer was established in April 1942 near Kozle, a town 18.5 miles (30 km) west of Gliwice, Poland. Blechhammer was initally a labor camp for Jews. The original 350 prisoners built a synthetic gasoline plant for the Oberschlesische Hydriewerke (Upper Silesia Hydrogenation Works). When 120 prisoners contracted typhus, they were transferred to Auschwitz, where they were killed. That June the remaining prisoners were transferred to a new and larger camp that had been built nearby.

The camp was populated primarily by Jews from Upper Silesia, however, among the 5,500 prisoners were people from 15 different countries. They were housed in wooden barracks under appalling conditions, with no toilet or washing facilities. Some 200 female Jewish prisoners were put into a separate section of the camp. Hunger and disease were rife, especially diarrhea and tuberculosis. A crematorium was built, in which were cremated the bodies of 1,500 prisoners who had died from “natural” causes or had been killed.

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Excuse me; I don’t think that 4th graders in America should be subjected to this kind of abuse. They are sitting there, looking at their iPhone, or taking selfies of themselves, thinking about the lavish dinner that they will be having tonight.  What do they care about some old man who had to eat “watery soup” seventy years ago?

If any of the students were actually listening, as this old man spoke, did any of them wonder why he had to wear handcuffs as he walked to his work assignments.  Maybe the teacher explained to the students that prisoners in America sometimes worked in a chain gang:

Did the teacher explain to the students, in advance, that the Jews were locked up because of their propensity to lie, steal and cheat? There was a war going on, and the Nazis did not want the Jews to help the enemy.




  1. I couldn’t post this because I don’t do FaceBook etc.
    Please do me this favor:
    Post a comment explaining you are passing on a comment from your friend Zan Overall ( use my name for sure)
    Comment yourself after that if you choose. You might quote Carolyn

    I believe the person who put out this piece is called Further Glory and is a Holocaust revisionist. A friend of mine who admires her tells me she is being ironic in passing on pro-Holocaust articles and opinions. What is wrong with you, Further? Any uninformed person reading “Another Day” would accept it as more proof of the terrible German’s massacres of the poor Jews. BTW what I just wrote WAS irony! Listen, Further, when you present your photograph of what you label “the gas chamber,”
    call it the “alleged gas chamber” or the “phony gas chamber.” Again, what is wrong with you, Further? Irony can be detected in a conversation by tone of voice and facial expression but in print it comes across as a literal flat statement.

    Zan Overall

    Comment by who dares wings — April 26, 2016 @ 9:58 pm

  2. Old Sam Silberberg’s story is yet another account that doesn’t tie in too well with official holocaust orthodoxy, which claims that Jews under the age of 15 were automatically exterminated. But he seems to have done quite well to survive right through until the end of the war. In fact, his diet of bread, margarine and “watery-soup” seems to have had no long term affect upon his longevity and health, because he is obviously well enough at the age of 86 to attend US schools and lecture youngsters on his experiences from long ago.

    Comment by Talbot — April 22, 2016 @ 9:29 am

  3. That’s interesting about ration stamps in the USA during WW2. Was the system universal throughout the nation, or was it introduced individually into each State where food supplies were rather difficult to obtain and distribute?. Can you remember which items came under the rationing system?

    In Britain everyone was issued with a ration book with coupons inside which had to be handed into the grocer or shop owner upon purchase of basic food items. Rationing became ever tighter as the war progressed, and more and more food came under restrictions. ( when sweets and chocolates came under rationing early in 1943, then British children were not best pleased! ). Even household items such as furniture, beds etc. came under the rationing system.

    Although everyone grumbled about rationing – because the amounts of food available was very meagre to say the least, it did enable poorer working-class families not to go hungry due to wartime shortages.

    Comment by Talbot — April 22, 2016 @ 9:17 am

    • You wrote: “That’s interesting about ration stamps in the USA during WW2. Was the system universal throughout the nation, or was it introduced individually into each State where food supplies were rather difficult to obtain and distribute?. Can you remember which items came under the rationing system?”

      Meat was rationed, so people in America were not eating much meat, particularly roast beef and steak. People were raising chickens in their back yards, so many people were subsisting on fried chicken and lots of eggs.

      Everyone was encouraged to have a victory garden to grow vegetables. I recall that I taught my school friends how to make a garden when I was just a child. Half of our backyard garden was planted in potatoes. We ate potatoes 3 times a day.
      The food that was grown on farms in America went to the Army to feed the soldiers. The factories were used to make guns and bombs. That meant that clothes were scarce, and clothing was made at home. Little children went door to door, collecting scrap metal that was melted down for the war effort.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 22, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

  4. jrizoli. As usual you are writing non sense and lies. The majority of Euroean Jews perished in the Shoah-Holocaust.
    At any rate, for a sound education of the youth it is very usefull tell how important had been in those times of darkness a simple peace of bread or a potato.

    Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 22, 2016 @ 8:47 am

    • Wolf…..comment The majority of European Jews perished in the Shoah-Holocaust.
      Show me that it happened… can you prove it? The official death records show under 300,000 died in all the camps (excluding) Reinhardt, and in Auschwitz under 70k died and at the most half were Jews.

      From Breaking the Spell by Nicholas Kollerstrom

      Page 89

      Interesting info….The figures that the Jews want you to believe is so way off it’s hard to believe..
      also notice how many sick people were in the camp. If this was an “extermination” camp why in Gods name would you hospitalized sick people?

      The total wartime recorded mortality, thrice estimated by Arolsen, is here compared to the mean camp populations as given by Oswald Pohl in a camp data analysis of September 1943.140 The mortality figures appear as roughly correlated to these total camp populations. It would help if names of the thirty thousand or so Jews who died at Auschwitz according to that Arolsen database could be itemized and made available. That way anyone wanting to multiply that total by twenty can be politely invited to specify any further names they believe have been omitted from the list. (The Yad Vashem memorial at Jerusalem claims to have four million names of Shoah victims.141) A letter from Pohl to Heinrich Himmler on March 1944142 broke down the total Auschwitz inmates in the following threefold scheme 1) The Auschwitz base camp (Stammlager) had 16,000 inmates, all male. 2) The Birkenau camp two miles away had 15,000 men and 21,000 women, of which 15,000 were too ill to work. 3) A network of 14 camps centred on Oswiecim, including the huge industrial plant of Monowitz, also had 15,000 inmates, all men, 7,000 of whom worked in Monowitz. There were another 15,000 civilians working at the Monowitz plant in addition to the seven thousand inmates. Thus Pohl has added up 67,000 inmates, of which some thirty percent were women who do not seem to have been involved in the workforce. There were altogether 18,000 hospitalized and disabled. His letter clarifies where the women were, indicates a large-scale hospitalization process which looked after the decrepit and ill who arrived at Birkenau, and defines the massive size of the I.G. Farben industrial plant at Monowitz.

      Last point….the HoloHuxster argument…of course they have a perfectly good explanation….LOL
      Page 83 same book

      Holocaust Believers aver that huge numbers of “unrecorded” people milled around the wartime camps. After all, if the point of the camps was to exterminate people, what would be the point of incriminating oneself by recording their lives and deaths? Thus the famous exterminist axiom, “All Jews arriving at Auschwitz not registered were gassed upon arrival.” But this assumes the very point under discussion, viz. that it was an extermination camp. Why would the very carefully counted Arolsen archive totals exist at all, had mass murder been the purpose?

      If so many people died than why did so many survive?

      Jim Rizoli

      Comment by jrizoli — April 22, 2016 @ 9:20 am

      • Not to mention, as by Benton L. Bradberry – THE MYTH OF GERMAN VILLAINY – 4.39 million of them wound up collecting life-time pensions from the German government as “holocaust survivors”; even though no more than 4.5 million Jews ever came under German control. Census figures show that they were all still there after the war. according to the World Almanac the world population of Jews increased (!) between 1933 and 1948 from 15,315,000 to 15,753,000. If the German government under Adolf Hitler had – as alleged – murdered six million Jews those losses should have been reflected in the Jewish population numbers quoted in the World Almanac. The suspicions raised by above numbers concerning the veracity of the allegations made against the Hitler government are confirmed by the official three-volume report by the International… There were only 500,000 Jews in Germany and 190,000 in Austria when Hitler became chancellor in 1933. By the time the war started, due to emigration, only 160,000 Jews remained in Germany and 40,000 in Austria.

        Not the least of which, if extermination was the design, why spend bazillion dollars on resources and transport, killing inefficiently by gas (especially as it was the delousing agent du jour in Europe at the time) to set them up in a camp 100s of miles away. Why not just do it like the Soviet Cheka did it – going house to house, town to town, a bullet in the head. The National Socialists were a dictatorship and they didn’t have to answer to anyone!

        In summary, (author unknown but appreciated): “The ‘Holocaust’ is always such an amazing disruption of the laws of physics. A unique combination of magics, impossibilities, nonsenses, blunders, cynicism, oddities, stupidities and missing links.”

        Watch Jim Rizoli’s interview with Benton Bradberry:

        Comment by Diane King — April 22, 2016 @ 11:39 am

      • You wrote: “If so many people died than why did so many survive?”
        One of the main foods in the camps was turnips. I believe that turnips are extremely good for one’s health. I eat turnips almost every day, and I am in good health at the age of 83. Also, the people in the camps ate very little meat. The worst thing for your health is to eat lots of meat. It is better to eat grains, particularly oatmeal, or whole wheat bread. That’s what the prisoners were eating.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 22, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

    • You wrote: “The majority of Euroean Jews perished in the Shoah-Holocaust.”

      Then why are there so many survivors still alive today?

      You wrote: “At any rate, for a sound education of the youth it is very usefull tell how important had been in those times of darkness a simple peace of bread or a potato.”

      Bread and potatoes were important in America too. People in America were growing potatoes in their back yard and baking their own bread in a wood-burning stove.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

      • FURTHERGLORY. 1. The majority perished – fact not denied by Nazis – while the stroger persons survived but with serious effects on their health, Your question “why are there so many survivors still alive today” reflect the attitude of Western Democrazies to let Hitler perforn the dirty work of exterminating the East European Jews and then cry about genocide. Indeed, from 1933 on the growing disrimination and persecution of Jews had been considered as “internal affair of Germany” and those democrates signed treaties with the Nazi government. At Nuerenberg only events occured after September 1, 1939 had been discussed.
        2, Clearly I compare conditions of those times with those of nowaday when people has no right idea about being hungry.

        Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 23, 2016 @ 2:06 am

        • FURTHERGLORY. 3. The question “wht are so many … still alive” reflects also the feeling of those who made profit from forced sales of Jewish owned assets, from looting Jewish homes, from obtaining positions hold former by Jesw, etc. After 1945 many carrers in politics and universities had been due to the “casual capture” followed by shooting or deportation of another person. This applies mainly to comunist and other left wing parties and governments.
          Just yesterday we read “… in every age they will rise to our destruction …”.

          Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 23, 2016 @ 2:23 am

          • You wrote: “FURTHERGLORY. 3. The question “wht are so many … still alive” reflects also the feeling of those who made profit from forced sales of Jewish owned assets, from looting Jewish homes, from obtaining positions hold former by Jesw, etc.”

            Your feelings about the way that Jews were treated in Germany is the opposite of the way that non-Jews felt in Germany, before the Holocaust. The goyim felt that they were being cheated by the Jews. The Jews felt that they were not being allowed to cheat people enough. There is an old expression: “After you shake hands with a Jew, count your fingers!” When I was in business, I never ever dealt with a Jew who did not cheat me.

            Wikipedia has a page that tells about this.


            Comment by furtherglory — April 23, 2016 @ 6:37 am

            • FURTHERGLORY. You ought to distinguish feelings, facts and propaganda. In Germany Jews had been very loyal citizens and worked thorougjly and did in no way cheat the population. The fact had been that the BIG BUSINESS – strongly aryan owned like Krupp and others – and linked to the MILITARY CLASS needed a scape goat for the economical and social problems. From early Romanticism on the intelectual class looked for an “internal enemy” as the “external enemy” had been Napoleonic France. After 1815 the German nationalism looked toward the slavonic world to conquer and dominate. Acording to Paul de La Guardr – Paul Boettiker – in an essays writen in the seventies of century XIX the Jews had to be sent to Palestine or Madagascar.
              WWI, WWII and related tragedies are due to the propaganda of intellectuals whitout any morality who, unfortunately, enjoyed to much free speech.
              In hiistory we Jews had been cheated, exploited and robbed for centuries and centuries and had been almost allways the scape goats fot the faillures of rullers.
              Clearly, we too have our wrongdoers like any other population. But .. . persecutions turned many normal persons in wrongdoers. But I do not accept all the hostile statements here. Look instead to the racial discriminatory laws in force until 1968 in several USA States or the behaviour of WASP owned USA High Finance and their influence on USA foreign policy.

              Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 23, 2016 @ 9:18 am

              • You wrote: “You ought to distinguish feelings, facts and propaganda. In Germany Jews had been very loyal citizens and worked thorougjly and did in no way cheat the population.”

                Sorry, but I have to disagree with your statement above.

                On this page of my website, I have several quotations from Hitler’s speeches, which indicate that Hitler thought that the Jews were cheating the German people. He did not want the Jews out of Germany because the Jews were “loyal” citizens.


                Comment by furtherglory — April 23, 2016 @ 9:39 am

                • FURTHERGLORY. And You still believe that Hitler even told in an official speech pwhat he really wanted? The Nazis had various ways to speak in a polite form to hide their real plans. In USA many WASP persons hoped to use Hitler to fight URSS until the last German soldier fallen on battlefield and so get rid of German industrial competitors and take the Russian fields.

                  Comment by WOLF MURMELSTEIN — April 23, 2016 @ 11:24 am

                • wolf wrote: “FURTHERGLORY. And You still believe that Hitler even told in an official speech what he really wanted? The Nazis had various ways to speak in a polite form to hide their real plans.”

                  So you concede that the words ‘Vernichtung/Ausrottung of Jewry / the Jewish race’ (words used by Hitler in several public speeches) didn’t mean ‘kill them all’ in the 1940’s, don’t you?

                  Comment by hermie — April 24, 2016 @ 11:07 am

  5. It’s important for people to know that Hitler had no choice but the lock the Jews up in camps like he did. They were a group that would cause a lot of problems with the functioning of Germany at the time and the only other thing to do was to put them in the camps and have them work. The problem is it didn’t work out as planned because a lot of them came from ghettos that were infested with lice and they brought the lice to the camps and people got sick and died in record numbers. So the suffering that the Jews experience was just something that you really couldn’t avoid but they make a big deal of it like it was done on purpose to them so they would suffer. All the people in these camps including the some soldiers died of typhus and disease so again the Jews make it all about themselves not really telling everybody the 100% truth of what was really going on in the camps.
    The majority of the Jews survived to tell their stories so I don’t know what the big deal is. But when you listen to their hate filled stories you will see if you read between the lines there’s more to it than meets the eye and they weren’t so innocent.


    Comment by jrizoli — April 22, 2016 @ 8:23 am

    • The jews had attempted despoiled 109 countries over 500 years (being tossed out of said countries, sometimes more than once). They were notorious for moving in on their host, taking over, sucking the life out of the country through dispossession of said host. This must have been a popular jewish sport in Europe in those days. They had proven themselves to be the vilest, bringing in the most obscene “art” and “entertainment” into Berlin. They were hostile and numerous and held money positions in Weimar Germany. THIS is what Hitler had to deal with when he came to power. Fortunately (for them, not for us), the scourge of the earth fled Germany on Jan 30, 1933 when Hitler came to power.

      Hitler had made no secret of the contempt he felt for the activities of these ‘refugees’ in their “cannabilizing” German cities and society with their filth – pornography, anything-goes mentality, putrid moral displays throughout but especially in Berlin – (a tactic jews use today to destroy their host society). They knew his feelings concerning them and just when the Fuehrer attempted to bring Germany back from ‘the abyss’ of not only the moral decay but also economic destruction, the U.S. Jews declare war against Germany – targeting the fragile German economy. What would you do? Knowing that this ‘fifth column’ existed in the midst of its population? Remove them from the Reich and THAT was the state position and plan – NOT destroy them – ONLY THE JEWS think THAT way – but to put them somewhere else OUT OF THE REICH!

      Comment by Diane King — April 22, 2016 @ 11:53 am

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