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May 5, 2016

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp

Filed under: Germany — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:51 am
Roman chapel in Mauthausen dates back to the 13th century

My photo of a Roman chapel in the town of Mauthausen dates back to the 13th century

I have a section on my website about the Mauthausen camp at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/index.html

You can read about the beautiful town of Mauthausen on my website at http://scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Town/index.html

Don’t go to the town of Mauthausen if you are a hater of the German people. You could end up as a Holocaust denier and you don’t want that to happen to you.

You can read my page about the liberation of Mauthausen on my website at http://scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Liberation/index.html

I blogged about the liberation of Mauthausen at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-liberation-of-mauthausen-may-5-1945/

I wrote about the aftermath of the liberation of Mauthausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Liberation/aftermath.html

I wrote about the liberation of Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html

That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out (old country song)

 

4 Comments »

  1. The following piece comes from FG’s scrapbookpage about the Mauthausen “gas chamber;-

    “An American Prisoner of War, Lt. Jack H. Taylor, told the liberators that he had been scheduled to die in the gas chamber four times, but was saved by the other inmates. His next scheduled date to be gassed was May 6, 1945, but the American liberators saved him in the nick of time.”

    Well, all I can say to this heart-warming story of human survival is – Lucky old Jack!. On no less than four occasions was he saved by other plucky inmates who either used their ingenuity, or simply pulled him from the gassing line-up at the very last moment. Then, on the fifth occasion, providence intervened, when the US army under the supreme leadership of the ever-so-righteous Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled into the camp and finally rescued him.

    I’ve no doubt when his miraculous story of survival was broadcast nationwide across America in 1945, it confirmed in the public’s mind a number of false premises;-

    1) That the Nazis were unspeakably evil
    2) That there were gas chambers at Mauthausen
    3) That the former enemy had been executing US Prisoners of War there by gassing them
    4) That the camp inmates – even though they were tortured and oppressed themselves – were noble and courageous
    5) That the US army were true liberators and righteous avengers
    6) That your ordinary G.I. Joe is full of grit and fortitude – and has a lucky streak

    Yes, you certainly performed a great propaganda service for the US goverment and military there – Jack me ol’ buddy.

    Comment by Talbot — May 6, 2016 @ 6:41 am

  2. In Holland, the 4th of May is Remembrance Day or in Dutch “Dodenherdenking” ( Remembrance of the Dead) which in a way is very much “Jodenherdenking” (Remembrance of the Jews).
    The King and the Queen of the Netherlands depart from the Palace on the Dam Square to the next door centuries old ‘New Church’ where many prominent Jews are present and even Kaddish is sung/said – without the audience participating, though.
    Jewish people tell their stories.
    Interesting enough is the fact that fairly new the dead from recent wars are also commemorated.
    There was a lot of opposition to this new approach.
    Why do you think?

    Comment by dr kim — May 5, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

    • These Jews were “Dutch resistance fighters”. I wrote about one of these fighters on my website.
      On May 5, 1945, Dutch resistance fighter Pim Boellaard was interviewed about his ordeal during his three years of captivity. As a resistance fighter, who continued to fight after the surrender of the Netherlands, he did not have the same protection as a POW under the Geneva Convention of 1929. He was one of 60 Dutch Nacht und Nebel prisoners who were transferred from the Natzweiler camp to Dachau in September 1944. Boellaard was a member of the International Committee of Dachau, representing approximately 500 Dutch prisoners at Dachau.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

      • The Remembrance Day in full is called “National Remembrance Day” so it is not Jewish at all. It is however dominated by the Jews.

        Comment by dr kim — May 5, 2016 @ 1:24 pm


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