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May 10, 2016

90-year-old American war veteran recalls the liberation of Mauthausen

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

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William Phelps wore a first sergeant’s stripes at the unlikely age of 19 as a World War II tank gunner, heard Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unvarnished opinions over lunch one day and made the cover of Yank magazine in 1945 in a memorable photo, patching his trousers with a sewing machine in front of a tank.

But his most important day in Europe was in liberating an Austrian extermination camp.

Outside Linz, Phelps and two dozen soldiers entering the Mauthausen concentration camp 71 years ago last week were stunned at the sight of dead, dying and emaciated prisoners. The Americans saw German guards in the distance running for their lives, prisoners killing some of them with rocks and clubs.

“I’ll tell you, it’s really tough for me to describe because when you come into something like that, you haven’t seen a hundred people naked and stacked up, shriveled up all over the place, and it was unbelievable for me and most of the troops that were there,” said Phelps, 90, of San Antonio.

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The liberation of Mauthausenn was re-enacteed a day later

The liberation of Mauthausenn was re-enacted a day later

The photograph above was taken on May 6, 1945, the day after the official liberation of the Mauthausen main camp. It shows prisoners surrounding an M8 Greyhound armored car.

According to Pierre Serge Choumoff, the liberation of Mauthausen, as shown in the photo above, was reenacted for photographers at the request of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Nazi eagle over the gate had already been removed by the prisoners and a banner, written in Spanish, had been put up by the Spanish political prisoners. The English translation reads “The Spanish Anti-Fascists Salute the Liberating Forces.”

These prisoners were Spanish Republicans who had fought against General Francisco Franco’s Fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War and had escaped to France when the Republicans lost the war. The Spanish Republicans were interned by the French and later, when the Germans defeated France in 1940, they were incarcerated as political prisoners because they were opposed to the Nazis. Germany had fought on the side of Franco in the Spanish Civil War, which was a war between the Fascists and the Communists. For the anti-Fascist Spanish Republicans, Mauthausen has the same significance as Auschwitz does for the Jews.

The news article continues with the following quote:

“We’d seen dead Germans because that’s what we were paid to do. We had to kill them or they had to kill us. But you didn’t have a stack of a hundred people, 200 people, 300 that had been laying there for days.”

As the week began, Phelps, 90, of San Antonio was back in Europe, where he visited the Auschwitz concentration camp as part of a tour marking the Holocaust.

He did not go to Mauthausen, a facility designed to be the last stop for criminals, political prisoners and religious conscientious objectors but that later also housed accused communists, Jews and defeated refugees of the Spanish Republic who had fought Gen. Francisco Franco.

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Here is what really happened when the Mauthausen camp was liberated.

On May 5, 1945, the date usually given for the official liberation of the Mauthausen main concentration camp, a platoon of 23 men from the 11th Armored Division of the US Third Army, led by Staff Sgt. Albert J. Kosiek, arrived at the main camp near the town of Mauthausen. They were guided there by Louis Haefliger, a Red Cross representative in the camp, and two German soldiers, after first liberating the Gusen sub-camp, 6 kilometers to the west.

Haefliger had taken it upon himself to go out and find American soldiers fighting in the area. He brought them first to the Gusen sub-camp because of the rumors that Hitler had instructed Ernst Kaltenbrunner to give the order to kill all the prisoners by blowing them up in the underground tunnels of the munitions factories there.

After the prisoners in the Gusen sub-camp were released by the American liberators, fighting broke out among the inmates and over 500 of the prisoners were brutally killed by their fellow inmates, according to Sgt. Kosiek.

The platoon of American soldiers was unable to control the released prisoners, so they left the Gusen camp and proceeded to the main camp, where the Communist prisoners were already organized into an International Committee that was ready to take control.

According to Manuel Razola and Mariano Constante, two Spanish inmates at Mauthausen who wrote a book entitled “Triangle Blue,” in the last days of the war, the prisoners had formed an International Committee, which took over the camp as soon as the American liberators arrived on May 5, 1945.

Razola and Constante are quoted by Christian Bernadac in his book entitled “The 186 Steps.” According to their story, “The international committee had taken the decision to execute the most criminal SS and common-law elements.” On the night that the camp was liberated, the international committee killed 8 of the Kapos in the camp and 6 of the SS officers.




  1. Where are your sources for your “authentic” histories?

    Comment by glückesprung — May 11, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    • I don’t know what you mean by the term “authentic histories”. Do you mean the Jewish version of history?

      I use many different sources of history, including my personal insights after visiting places where history took place. I find that most Jewish sources of history are not accurate.
      I wrote this after my first visit to Auschwitz:

      Comment by furtherglory — May 11, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

      • When it comes to Truthful History, you have the truth and then you have the OJV, Official Jewish Version, which most times does not line up with the facts at all but sure makes for a good story, the stuff bad movies are made out of.


        Comment by jrizoli — May 11, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

        • When I started studying the Holocaust, I had one big advantage: I had actually seen a gas chamber — the one in Jefferson City. I knew that a gas chamber has to have a very high smoke stack, to vent the gas out of the chamber. Fred Leuchter was the consultant for the Missouri gas chamber, so he knew that there has to be a very high smokestack. Fred is the one and only gas chamber expert in the world, so he had to be demonized by the Jews because he did not have a degree in gas chamber engineering. Fred’s life was ruined by the Jews.

          Comment by furtherglory — May 11, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

          • So are you saying that tall smokestacks were installed in the arbitrary buildings fumigated with Zyklon-B? Tell me how Zyklon-B fumigations were possible anywhere (let alone in the large number of arbitrary places it was done during the war) with your understanding of this matter. Google for and read through NI-9912 which was the German’s wartime guideline and procedure for Zyklon-B fumigations of arbitrary buildings. Your understanding on this matter is very seriously flawed. Leuchter and Faurisson have pandered to your ignorance – you should know better than this given how much time you spend on the Holocaust. This smokestack nonsense you mention is an embarrassment to your, or anyone’s, intelligence.

            Comment by blake121666 — May 11, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

            • As I understand it correct me if I’m wrong the fumigation Chambers wouldn’t need tall stacks because they had fans and were well ventilated and opened up to air out. Whereas if you were going to kill people in gas Chambers you would need Stacks to vent out the gas high above the people on the ground. You wouldn’t have the capability to air out the gas chamber because they were more closed in that’s how I would understand it. So the question would be if the rooms were homicidal gas Chambers used to kill people why didn’t they have stacks on top of their roofs to vent them out. They didn’t have time to open any of the rooms because that would have taken hours or even days to do that and you would never keep up with the amount of dead bodies that were being processed in the area of the gassings if they continued day after day. So the only other way they could vent them out would be with a stack but I don’t see any stacks on top of any of the buildings they claim to be homicidal gas Chambers.
              and like I said the fumigation buildings would need them because they weigh it out manually and by fans
              Also the fumigation Chambers were much smaller rooms so they were easy to air out without stacks.
              That’s why the rooms that they say were gas Chambers really weren’t they were just morgues for the dead bodies and they had their own special circulation systems designed for morgues, systems that work differently than something that would be killing people or delousing clothing.
              The morgues were not made to kill people they were made to keep the bodies cold until they were cremated.
              Hope that helps…


              Comment by jrizoli — May 11, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

              • Furtherglory’s statement was:

                “I knew that a gas chamber has to have a very high smoke stack, to vent the gas out of the chamber”.

                The alleged homicidal gas chambers being referred to in the Holocaust were not US death row gas chambers. They were alleged to have been simple rooms fumigated with Zyklon-B, as was done extensively at the time; only the alleged “gas chambers” allegedly had people in these fumigated rooms. That is what is claimed for the alleged Zyklon-B homicides. There are of course differences between the 2 scenarios (rooms with and without people in them) but smokestacks would not be particularly necessary.

                Read section XI of the NI-9912 document (aeration). Faurisson has a copy at as well as a number of other posts on his blog (search for NI-9912 on his blog). Without fans, aeration time would be 20 hours after just opening doors or windows. With fans, the HCN would disperse fairly quickly – in minutes. But it doesn’t HAVE TO be pushed up a high smokestack.

                I somewhat doubt that even Leuchter made the claim that a smokestack would be necessary. It’s a strange farce to counter bogus Holocaust claims with equally bogus claims; but C’est la vie I guess.

                Comment by blake121666 — May 11, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

  2. The camps have their own justice system they took care of the wrongs within that the camp system if somebody did wrong they kill them. The problem is a lot of the people want you to think that the Germans were killing everyone when that wasn’t the case at all. A lot of the Dead that were in these camps died at the end of the war it had nothing to do with it the Germans,. just more propaganda to get people to believe the Germans are the bad guys the real evil people were the people running the camps most of them were communist things.


    Comment by jrizoli — May 10, 2016 @ 8:17 am

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