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May 8, 2016

Jews were offloaded directly from the cattle cars into the gas chambers

The title of my blog post today is a line from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20160507/oakland-woman-traces-familys-holocaust-story

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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The Nazis started weekly transports from Amsterdam in July 1943.

“Relatives tried to get them off the transport list,” Vasos-Baczewski said. “That’s when they knew it was over.”

The Mosbachers did not remain in Auschwitz, Vasos-Baczewski and her husband learned. “We knew that they had been there, but didn’t have specific dates, documentation that they had been killed immediately,” she said.

The world knows now what occurred at the concentration camp. “They had a ramp,” Vasos-Baczewski said. “They could offload directly from the cattle car into the gas chambers.”

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Trains brought Jews into the Birkenau camp in 1944

Trains brought Jews into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 1944

On the map below, note that the gas chambers are marked in red at the top of the map. The train tracks going into the camp are shown at the bottom of the map.

The top of the map shown below points west and shows the western end of the Birkeanu camp where the Zentral Sauna is located. “The little white house” is shown behind the Sauna and to the right. The Sauna was the building where the clothing was disinfected in steam chambers; this building also had a large shower room. The buildings shown just below the Sauna on the map were the clothing warehouses. To the right of the clothing warehouses were Krema IV and Krema V (No. 17 on the map) which had gas chambers disguised as showers. Behind the clothing warehouses were the hospital barracks. On the left side of the map below (No. 15) are Crematorium II and Crematorium III, shown in red. The white part of these two buildings in the drawing denotes the undressing rooms and the gas chambers which were partially underground. No. 14 on the map denotes the main camp road with the women’s camp on the left; the women’s kitchen is right below Crematorium II.

Map of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Map of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

The following quote is also from the news article, cited above:

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The other piece of Vasos-Baczewski’s story came via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and an archive called the International Tracing Service. The tracing service is a portal to “more than 150 million pages of documents relating to 17 million people,” according to the museum’s Raymund Flandez.

It was maintained in Bad Arolsen, Germany, and kept closed to the international community until 2007.

Since then, at no charge, the museum has fielded about 250 requests a month arriving from 75 countries around the world, from people hoping to trace missing relatives or shed light on the experiences of Holocaust victims, Flandez wrote in a release.

The Nazis kept meticulous records of their atrocities, Vasos-Baczewski said. “That was the most sobering thing to see: their names on the documents, the transport lists. The Germans were just great record keepers,” she said.

The Nazis started weekly transports from Amsterdam in July 1943.

“Relatives tried to get them off the transport list,” Vasos-Baczewski said. “That’s when they knew it was over.”

The Mosbachers did not remain in Auschwitz, Vasos-Baczewski and her husband learned. “We knew that they had been there, but didn’t have specific dates, documentation that they had been killed immediately,” she said.

The world knows now what occurred at the concentration camp. “They had a ramp,” Vasos-Baczewski said. “They could offload directly from the cattle car into the gas chambers.”

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Original boxcar that brought Jews to Birkenau

My photo of original cattle car that brought Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau

New Holocaust movie coming soon to a theater near you

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:38 am
 Actors in new Holocaust movie

Actors in new Holocaust movie

Just what we need: another Holocaust movie!

You can read about the latest Holocaust movie at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/remember-review-memorys-no-help-in-christopher-plummers-hunt-for-a-nazi-20160502-gok8zv.html

The following quote is from the article, cited above:

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The octogenarian [Max, played by Christopher Plummer] has dementia, but that doesn’t stop his wheelchair-bound fellow resident Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau) pressing on him written instructions and a reminder of a pledge to carry out their shared plan now he’s a widower. Like a hypnotist instructing a subject, Max grimly sets Zev in motion.

Their scheme, which has Zev unsteadily travelling across American and Canada, is a revenge quest to find the Nazi officer who ushered the pair’s families into the gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp 70 years ago: Max has a name – Rudy Kurlander – and four possible candidates. Zev means wolf in Hebrew, Max reminds him, but with his shaky hands and easy confusion, the ageing Holocaust survivor is an unlikely weapon.

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Excuse me for living, but in my humble opinion, the basic premise of this movie is wrong.  A “Nazi officer” would not have escorted Jews into a gas chamber. That was a job for a Sonderkommando, a Jewish helper who assisted the Nazi officers in the gassing of the Jews. Nazi officers were strutting around in their nice clean uniforms; they did not dirty their hands by shoving Jews into the gas chambers.

This movie will open in a theater near you on May 12, 2016.