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May 12, 2016

A new version of the liberation of Mauthausen

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:33 am
The entrance into the Mauthausen camp

The entrance into Mauthausen camp

Note the eagle over the gate into the Mauthausen camp. This eagle was pulled down by the prisoners in the camp when they liberated themselves on May 5, 1945. The photo below shows some of the prisoners re-enacting the pulling down of the eagle emblem on May 6, 1945.

Prisoners re-enact the pulling down of the Nazi eagle

Prisoners re-enact the pulling down of the Nazi eagle

One of my very first blog posts, six years ago, was about the liberation of the Mauthausen camp in Austria:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-liberation-of-mauthausen-may-5-1945/

Yesterday, I read a new version of the liberation of Mauthausen, as told by 90-year-old Army veteran William Phelps.

The following quote is from the news article about Phelps:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) 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 a Nazi extermination camp in Austria.

Outside Linz, [Austria] 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.

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Note that the article does not say that Phelps was with the 11th Armored Division, which was the division which arrived at Mauthausen the day after the prisoners had liberated themselves.

Americans enter Mauthausen camp after the prisoners had libeated themselves

Americans enter Mauthausen camp after the prisoners had liberated themselves

Several years ago, I visited the former Mauthausen camp and the town of Mauthausen. I have a whole section about Mauthausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/index.html

I have a section about the history of the camp at: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/index.html

Start by reading this page:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/introduction.html

The town of Mauthausen

My photo of the town of Mauthausen

I have a section about the town of Mauthausen at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Town/index.html

 

 

6 Comments »

  1. RT News last night had a piece about Auschwitz, where the female commentator claimed that her grandparents died there back in WW2. She didn’t give any verifiable details on their names; former addresses where they lived; where they were last seen; or even the dates when they were transported and arrived in the camp. So her verbal outpourings were pure assertions, that we are obliged to accept at face value.

    But that aside, I was perplexed to see a great throng of people wearing blue and white scarves; waving banners and flags; and chanting slogans as they all marched along together. I thought at first that they were soccer fans heading towards a cup match at the local stadium. But no – they were tramping through the main camp at Auschwitz, indulging in an annual ceremony that it is oddly called “The March Of The Living”.

    My goodness me – what has the world come to! That there are large numbers of people who are so unsure whether or not they are still alive, that they feel an overwhelming need to congregate together in order to reassure themselves that they are still living and breathing. Most normal people, I’m quite certain, if they witnessed a spectacle like this, would immediately contact the emergency services in order for these poor souls to be conveyed to psychiatric clinics for evaluation and treatment – because only the truly insane members of society would march up-and-down in public shouting out to all the world the self-evident fact that are alive.

    Comment by Talbot — May 13, 2016 @ 9:21 am

    • I don’t know what the big deal is the people survived whatever circumstances that they had to deal with. Yet they make it look like this survival was the big thing if they survive then obviously things weren’t so bad for them. They came out of the camp in one piece yet they make this look like they went through something horribly bad. Did they emerged from that camp with both legs and arms and their brains and heads intact? Then I think that’s a good thing.
      Why are you complaining now?

      JR

      Comment by jrizoli — May 13, 2016 @ 9:26 am

      • You wrote: “They [the Jews] came out of the camp in one piece yet they make this look like they went through something horribly bad.”

        I find it remarkable that so many Jews, who were in the camps, have lived to advanced age. Is this because of their meager mostly vegetarian diet? I think that it is. I believe that eating too much, and especially, eating lots of meat, is bad for one’s health.

        Comment by furtherglory — May 13, 2016 @ 10:28 am

        • What most people don’t understand is that Hitler actually by putting them in these camps save their lives. If they were outside the camp there would of been a good chance they probably would have been killed. So I don’t know what the people are complaining about they did survive which shows that what Hitler did actually made it good for them.

          JR

          Comment by jrizoli — May 13, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    • You wrote: “they were tramping through the main camp at Auschwitz, indulging in an annual ceremony that it is oddly called “The March Of The Living”.

      I have written about the March of the Living on several blog posts, including this one:

      https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/ride-of-the-living/

      It is my understanding that the “march of the living” does not go through the main Auschwitz camp. The marchers congregate at the main camp and then march to the Birkenau camp where they march through the camp to the Memorial that is between two of the gas chamber ruins.

      The students on the march are very rowdy. They are celebrating the Jewish victory over the Germans.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 13, 2016 @ 10:46 am


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