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June 3, 2016

the Stone Stairs of Death

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:59 am
My photo of the Stairs of Death at Mauthausen

My photo of the Stairs of Death at the Mauthausen camp

For the past several days, one of my previous blog posts, about the Stairs of Death at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial Site, has been getting lots of hits: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/stairs-of-death-todesstiege-the-186-steps-at-mauthausen/

I knew that something must be going on, but what? Why the sudden interest in something that I wrote 5 years ago?

Today, I decided to do a search on this, and I found that there is a Facebook page for the “Stone Stairs”. I googled it and learned that the Facebook page is NOT about the stairs at Mauthausen, but about a place in Savanah, Georgia.

You can read more about this at

http://www.savannahmagazine.com/2015/04/17/throwing-stones/

Regarding my photo at the top of the page, I know what you are thinking. How did I get this photo with no teen-aged tourists running up and down the stairs. I got up very early in the morning and called a cab. The driver took me to the bottom of the stairs where I took the photo.  Then I climbed UP the stairs with no teenagers, running up and down, trying to knock me down.

View from the top of the stairs

My photo of the view from the top of the stairs at the Mauthausen quarry

I had gone to see the Stairs of Death the previous day and I had decided that it was too dangerous to climb down the stairs because of all the rowdy teenagers running up and down. As I looked down from the top, I saw a tour bus parked at the bottom of the stairs. The guidebooks don’t tell you this.

A tour bus is shown on the left. The stairs are shown on the right

A tour bus is shown on the left. The stairs are shown on the far right hand side

Before going to Mauthausen, I had read many guidebooks about the camp, but none of them mentioned that you can take a taxi to the place at the bottom of the stairs.

In doing my research on this subject, I found many web pages about the Stairs of Death at Mauthausen. Most of them mentioned that the prisoners had to make many trips each day, carrying heavy boulders out of the camp. Actually, it was only the prisoners, who were being punished for breaking the rules in the camp, that had to carry one boulder up the stairs at the end of each day. The boulders were put on barges, on the river below the stairs, and hauled away.

My photo of the long steep climb out of the quarry

My photo of the long steep climb out of the Mauthausen quarry

After you climb up the stairs, all the way to the top, there is still a long steep road to climb, as shown in my photo below.

Rocky road to the top

Rocky road to the top of the quarry

The prisoners who were in the “punishment company” had to carry a large stone in a back pack like the one shown in my photo below.

Stone carrier used at Mauthausen

Stone carrier used at Mauthausen

 

39 Comments »

  1. Eric Hunt is a sad individual whose mental illness is ruining his life.
    He desperately needs to be on medication.

    Naturally in Nazi Germany he would be sterilized or gassed.

    http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Jury-convicts-man-in-attack-on-Elie-Wiesel-3276032.php

    It’s very telling that the youngest, most active denier right now is a mentally ill person who needs institutional help.
    Hhhhmmmm, says a lot, don’t you agree?

    Comment by Jeff K. — June 5, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RddqP0ABzwM off topic: brilliant video from Eric Hunt.

    Comment by Schlageter — June 3, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

    • This is a good video, but it has too much repetition. We see the same photos over and over. There are some of my photos from my website included.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 3, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

      • FG wrote: “This is a good video, but it has too much repetition.”

        I think repetition is a good thing for viewers brainwashed during decades. A complex matter for newbies and untaught people. They’d even better watch the video several times, IMO. Very educational for beginners…

        Comment by hermie — June 3, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

    • 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      I noticed at the end more pleas for donations.

      I guess being a denier doesn’t pay well.

      Another Hunt crapfest. Maybe he should do something more constructive with his time, like knitting or basket weaving.

      Comment by Jeff K. — June 5, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

      • You wrote: “Another [Eric] Hunt crapfest. Maybe he should do something more constructive with his time, like knitting or basket weaving.”

        Eric Hunt’s life has been ruined by the Holocaustians.

        I have blogged about the sad case of Eric Hunt several times, including this blog post:

        https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/if-you-insist-on-answers-to-your-questions-you-could-be-morally-ill/

        Comment by furtherglory — June 5, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

      • Jeff wrote: “I noticed at the end more pleas for donations. I guess being a denier doesn’t pay well.”

        Anything about the content of his video posted above? Don’t be afraid, Jeff. Will you dare to be the first Holohoaxster going beyond the surface of things?

        Comment by hermie — June 5, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

        • Just the usual, Hermie.
          If the Germans wanted to kill all of the Jews, why did they not kill them all? Why didn’t they kill them all on the first day? Why feed them?

          Plus more making fun of survivors, dwelling on lampshades and shrunken heads, corpses of typhus victims, blah, blah, blah, send me money.

          Oh, can’t forget the whole “shower room” fixation.

          Naturally if Mr. Hunt put some honest research into his video, say detailing where the Jews went in the East, that would be a worthwhile endeavor.

          But, unfortunately for me, more red herrings.

          I hope he spends some of his donation money on his badly needed medications, poor fellow.

          Comment by Jeff K. — June 5, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

          • You wrote: “I hope he spends some of his donation money on his badly needed medications, poor fellow.”

            You are implying that Eric Hunt is mentally ill. He’s not crazy; his mother had him tested. [line from a Big Bang show.]
            I think that Eric Hunt suffers from being too smart. It is hard for him to relate to people who are not as smart as he is.

            Comment by furtherglory — June 6, 2016 @ 9:34 am

          • OK. Another empty rambling. Why am I not surprised?😉

            Comment by hermie — June 6, 2016 @ 6:53 pm

            • Yeah, I know. More empty rambling from Hunt, the poor fellow.

              Comment by Jeff K. — June 6, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

  3. That block LOOKS like it weighs over 50 kilos. I couldn’t even STAND UP with such a thing hanging off my back, much less climb stairs. Maybe the prisoners were a lot tougher (they COULDN’T be better-fed) than me. And/or they died trying.

    Maybe I’m TOO well-fed . . . (urp)

    Comment by Jett Rucker — June 3, 2016 @ 9:24 am

    • I believe that the memorial site at Mauthausen is exaggerating about the size of the stone that had to be carried up the steps. It would be impossible for a normal man to carry a stone this size up the steps and then on up the steep road to the top.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 3, 2016 @ 10:14 am

  4. So we have “death camps”; “death marches”; “The Gate of Death”; and now “The Stairs of Death”!

    There is no end to all this nonsense. These holocausters and their fellow travellers are totally immersed in a cult of death. They seem to take a perverse pleasure in the extinction of life, and wallow indulgently in horror while trying to imagine the worst kind of torments and punishments imaginable.

    Comment by Talbot — June 3, 2016 @ 9:21 am

    • When I was reading guidebooks, researching Mauthausen, all the guidebooks advised that tourists not go to the town because of all the horrible people there, who obviously approved of the camp. I ignored all this and went to the town. I have a section about the town on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Town/index.html

      Comment by furtherglory — June 3, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      • Well done, Further Glory, for taking the time to visit Mauthausen and obtaining all the photo images.

        It seems a picturesque, historic little town sitting on the banks of the River Danube. One can easily see from the architecture and the decorative tracery around many of the buildings that the citizens who live there are not “horrible people” at all.

        Horrible people do not build, embellish and maintain their townscape with such dedication, love and care. No – horrible people are those who fabricate horror stories; those who distort and lie about history; those who “reconstruct” fake extermination facilities; those who build ugly, meaningless, satanic monuments and memorials.

        Comment by Talbot — June 3, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

        • You wrote: “horrible people are those who fabricate horror stories; those who distort and lie about history; those who “reconstruct” fake extermination facilities; those who build ugly, meaningless, satanic monuments and memorials.”

          I wrote about all the memorials at Mauthausen on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/the-monuments-and-memorials-at-mauthausen/

          Click on the photos on my blog to see a larger view.

          Comment by furtherglory — June 3, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

        • “Horrible people do not build, embellish and maintain their townscape with such dedication, love and care.”

          Yet these people built concentration camps.
          These people committed the atrocities of Kristilnacht.
          These people committed themselves to the destruction of the Polish elite.
          These people deliberately starved 2 million Red Army POWs to death in less than a year.
          These people committed themselves to the destruction of the mentally and physically ill.
          (I’m perhaps being a bit unfair with that one. German public opinion forced Hitler to publicly halt the program. It did continue in an underground fashion until the end of the war.)

          While your fetishizing the German people is somewhat cute, Talbot, I find it very short sided and very naive.

          Comment by Jeff K. — June 5, 2016 @ 11:00 am

          • I was referring specifically to the good citizens of Mauthausen – who had nothing to do with the establishment of the nearby concentration camp. That was decided in Berlin. But there were plenty of horrible people in positions of power all over the world back then – as there are today. Unfortunately, they are so influential and powerful, that they’re able to hold sway over the remainder of the population. In fact, not all of Austria was committed to the German take-over of the country in 1938, and small communities like Mauthausen could not change a thing even if they wanted to – the people themselves were swept along by a much broader, and more tumultuous historic tide.

            Comment by Talbot — June 5, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

            • “In fact, not all of Austria was committed to the German take-over of the country in 1938”

              Nor were all Germans committed to the takeover of the Nazi Party in 1933.

              Comment by Jeff K. — June 5, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

              • Yes – that’s quite true.

                Comment by Talbot — June 5, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

              • Neither of you know anything about it. Both Germany and Austria (later) were in terrible shape and the politicians of the major parties had plenty of opportunity to turn things around and they didn’t (couldn’t). It was really a question of trying something new and most people were ready for it. In Austria in 1938 the yes vote for joining the German Reich was over 95%! It was a secret vote and no one was forced to vote yes. In the German nation, Hitler just got more and more popular after 1933. Those who were against him were the communists, the Jews (like Jeff K) and some of the Church people … and those who lost political power under Hitler. Hitler was probably the most popular politician with his own people the world has ever known.

                The “Nazi” Party did not “take over in 1933.” It was given an opportunity and succeeded brilliantly. Since most everyone was happy, why listen to a few communist and Jew malcontents.

                Comment by Carolyn Yeager — June 5, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

                • “Neither of you know anything about it.”

                  Apparently we know more than you.

                  “Both Germany and Austria (later) were in terrible shape and the politicians of the major parties had plenty of opportunity to turn things around and they didn’t (couldn’t). It was really a question of trying something new and most people were ready for it. In Austria in 1938 the yes vote for joining the German Reich was over 95%! It was a secret vote and no one was forced to vote yes.”

                  Perhaps so, but imagine the Austrian’s disappointment when Hitler turned their beautiful country into a backwater.

                  “In the German nation, Hitler just got more and more popular after 1933.”

                  Perhaps Hitler did but the common people derided the Nazi party itself. Hitler’s popularity fluctuated depending on the circumstances, for example, the Aunschluss itself took place at a time when Hitler’s popularity took a bit of a hit due to financial problems in Germany. The Aunschluss helped to bolster his popularity, plus give Germany access to raw materials it needed.

                  “Those who were against him were the communists, the Jews (like Jeff K) and some of the Church people”

                  You know, I was just complaining to Hermie that no one has accused of being a Jew in awhile. Thanks, Carolyn. Only a Nazi groupie like yourself could go there just because I don’t share your delusions of Hitler.
                  ” … and those who lost political power under Hitler. Hitler was probably the most popular politician with his own people the world has ever known.”

                  Again, it depended on the circumstances. Hitler’s popularity, like any politician, ebbed and flowed depending on what was going on.

                  “The “Nazi” Party did not “take over in 1933.” It was given an opportunity and succeeded brilliantly.”

                  Well, I guess you and I have different definitions of “succeeding brilliantly.” I don’t think it is a sign of success to start a war, massacre millions of Jews and non-Jews, lose said war and then cause your country to be divided for over forty years.
                  Just sayin’.

                  “Since most everyone was happy, why listen to a few communist and Jew malcontents.”

                  I don’t think the Germans were very happy at the conclusion of the war.

                  You know, Carolyn, I have a bone to pick with you. I went to your website, the “jan27” deal. I posted a comment and my comment never went through.

                  I’ll tell ya what, I’ll just state my objections here.

                  1) You really should add “denier” somewhere to the name, like “denierjan27.” That should prevent anyone from accidentally accessing said website thinking it is an actual history website. I’m just saying this as a public service.
                  2) You really should stop slapping yourself on the back about the whole correcting history thing. Actual historians, doing actual research, have corrected errors. Not “revisionists,” actual historians think you guys are quacks.

                  There, I feel better now.
                  Please take my suggestions under advisement.

                  Comment by Jeff K. — June 5, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

                • You wrote: “I posted a comment and my comment never went through.”

                  When a comment is classified as “spam” it does not go through. Your comments sometimes get classified as “spam” on my blog because you are making a zillion comments each day.

                  Comment by furtherglory — June 6, 2016 @ 9:39 am

                • Jeff the Hasbara troll wrote in response to the truth I presented: “Perhaps so, but imagine the Austrian’s disappointment when Hitler turned their beautiful country into a backwater,” and other nonsense I don’t want to repeat.

                  Ho ho, what Hasbara tripe. Austria had become a backwater after WWI due to the onerous Treaty of St. Germain which had the objective of making and keeping the German Austrians destitute. But after 1938 it was never a backwater again, up to today. Of course Jeff K never offers any evidence when he comes onto this site LYING and MAKING STUFF UP, such as saying Hitler’s popularity fluctuated, blah blah. Furtherglory confirms that Jeff K is a Hasbara troll, and a pest, by admitting he spams FG’s blog with lots of comments every day. FG really should ban Jeff altogether because he is doing it for money. How else could he spend all day writing comments, most of which don’t get published?? What sane person would do that?

                  As to denying that he is a Jew, the proof is his burning hatred of Adolf Hitler. AH is the “stumbling block” that no Jew can walk past. If Hitler’s name comes up, Jeff K has to jump in and attack. There is no truer sign.

                  Jeff says he sent a comment to http://Jan27.org that was rejected because his name is known to revisionists. He didn’t mention that he sent a comment to http://eliewieseltattoo.com which was also rejected for the same reason. Furtherglory should take a lesson from that and put Jeff K on a spam list because he doesn’t contribute a thing of value. In this thread, 1/3 of the comments are from him, and they are mostly denigrating Eric Hunt who is not even mentioned in the blog post. His other comments denigrate Hitler who is also not mentioned. This whole comment section (excluding 3) is off topic and the reason is because FG is too nice to pushy Jews like Jeff K taking over his blog.

                  Comment by Carolyn Yeager — June 6, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

                • “Jeff the Hasbara troll wrote in response to the truth I presented: “Perhaps so, but imagine the Austrian’s disappointment when Hitler turned their beautiful country into a backwater,” and other nonsense I don’t want to repeat.”

                  Ok.
                  Austria became Ostmark after the Aunschluss. It became just another province of Germany, losing its importance, especially Vienna.

                  “Ho ho, what Hasbara tripe. Austria had become a backwater after WWI due to the onerous Treaty of St. Germain which had the objective of making and keeping the German Austrians destitute. But after 1938 it was never a backwater again, up to today.”

                  Really? Austria was forced to become neutral and non-aligned.

                  “Of course Jeff K never offers any evidence when he comes onto this site LYING and MAKING STUFF UP,”

                  I never lie. I also never make things up. When I don’t know something I admit it. I generally give books or post articles to make my points. That, however, is wasted on Nazi groupies like you.

                  “such as saying Hitler’s popularity fluctuated, blah blah”

                  It did. Prove me wrong. Hitler’s popularity, like any politicians, fluctuated over time.

                  “Furtherglory confirms that Jeff K is a Hasbara troll, and a pest, by admitting he spams FG’s blog with lots of comments every day.”

                  Actually I’ve cut back a lot lately.
                  The fact that I leave comments doesn’t prove I’m a “Hasbara troll.” I’m simply providing a dissenting voice. You, of course, don’t like such a thing because you prefer any opposition be silenced.
                  Isn’t that right, groupie?

                  “FG really should ban Jeff altogether because he is doing it for money.”

                  That’s hysterical. I’m actually off work today, I get every other Monday off. I have down time at work, coming here gives me brain breaks, which I need.

                  “How else could he spend all day writing comments, most of which don’t get published??”

                  My comments do, in fact, get published.

                  ” What sane person would do that?”

                  Right back at you, groupie. What sane person admires a dead man who caused a war, killed millions of innocents and left his country divided for 40 years? Not particularly admirable traits.

                  “As to denying that he is a Jew, the proof is his burning hatred of Adolf Hitler. AH is the “stumbling block” that no Jew can walk past. If Hitler’s name comes up, Jeff K has to jump in and attack. There is no truer sign.”

                  Can you actually see? After all, that bullshit you spout is clearly filling you up past your eyeballs.
                  I don’t “hate” Adolph Hitler. I simply put him in his proper historical context. He fits in the pantheon of 20th Century dictators like Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. To Hitler, the ends justified the means, like the men I mentioned above. There is no hate, only acceptance of who and what he was.

                  “Jeff says he sent a comment to http://Jan27.org that was rejected because his name is known to revisionists. He didn’t mention that he sent a comment to http://eliewieseltattoo.com which was also rejected for the same reason.”

                  My name is known to deniers? I guess I’m somewhat flattered.
                  My points still stands. You really should change the name, you don’t want innocents stumbling into something they think is a real history site. That is deceitful.

                  “Furtherglory should take a lesson from that and put Jeff K on a spam list because he doesn’t contribute a thing of value.”

                  I think Furtherglory will do what she wants.

                  “In this thread, 1/3 of the comments are from him, and they are mostly denigrating Eric Hunt who is not even mentioned in the blog post.”

                  Schlageter posted a video. I watched it and gave my viewpoints.

                  “His other comments denigrate Hitler who is also not mentioned.”

                  You mentioned Hitler. I responded.

                  “This whole comment section (excluding 3) is off topic and the reason is because FG is too nice to pushy Jews like Jeff K taking over his blog.”

                  I’m hardly taking over. I add my thoughts, people respond, I respond back.

                  Oh, and Carolyn?

                  Comment by Jeff K. — June 6, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

                • Jeff K —

                  “Ok., Austria became Ostmark after the Aunschluss. It became just another province of Germany, losing its importance, especially Vienna” How stupid and wrong. Austria gained in importance, but this is not something that can be argued here. German Austrians always wanted to be part of Germany, just as did Tirol Germans, but the Allies forbade it, both after WWI and WWII.

                  “Really? Austria was forced to become neutral and non-aligned.” What?. He’s just putting words together that sound good to him. No meaning.

                  “I never lie. I also never make things up.” You read lies and fictions other people have written or said and repeat them. Same thing. Plus you made up the previous sentence I quoted.

                  “Prove me wrong. Hitler’s popularity, like any politicians, fluctuated over time.” Prove yourself right. Fluctuation was very slight and just showed that people in N-S Germany could express their disapproval without fear, unlike the mythology.

                  ” I’m actually off work today, I get every other Monday off. I have down time at work, coming here gives me brain breaks, which I need.” Ha ha, what a riot. I bet he has down time — all the time.

                  “I don’t “hate” Adolph Hitler. I simply put him in his proper historical context.” There’s a lie. And you don’t know history, you just parrot the Jews. You spelled Adolf wrong.

                  “You mentioned Hitler. I responded.” No, you brought up Hitler 3 or 4 times before I came onto the thread; you used the term “living in Nazi Germany” by which you meant Hitler. Which proves your previous quote IS a lie.

                  “I’m hardly taking over. I add my thoughts, people respond, I respond back.” People should stop responding to Jeff K, because if you look at what he is saying (all of his comments), it’s clear this site would be better off without him. And the responses to him are very weak. It’s also a clue that he dodges, and he always has the last word – he will reply and reply until he has the last word.. No one else does that. I will not be back to this thread.

                  Comment by Carolyn Yeager — June 6, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

                • Jeff K —

                  “Ok., Austria became Ostmark after the Aunschluss. It became just another province of Germany, losing its importance, especially Vienna” ”

                  “How stupid and wrong. Austria gained in importance, but this is not something that can be argued here.”

                  Why? Give me something to work with.

                  “German Austrians always wanted to be part of Germany, just as did Tirol Germans, but the Allies forbade it, both after WWI and WWII.”

                  You misspelled “Tyrol.”

                  “Really? Austria was forced to become neutral and non-aligned.”

                  “What?. He’s just putting words together that sound good to him. No meaning.”

                  Prove me wrong.

                  “I never lie. I also never make things up.”

                  “You read lies and fictions other people have written or said and repeat them. Same thing.”

                  Still, no proof.

                  “Plus you made up the previous sentence I quoted.”

                  Which one?

                  “Prove me wrong. Hitler’s popularity, like any politicians, fluctuated over time.”

                  “Prove yourself right.”

                  Why bother? You are running away.

                  “Fluctuation was very slight and just showed that people in N-S Germany could express their disapproval without fear, unlike the mythology.”

                  Unless they were overheard, then off to the concentration camp.

                  ” I’m actually off work today, I get every other Monday off. I have down time at work, coming here gives me brain breaks, which I need.” ”

                  “Ha ha, what a riot. I bet he has down time — all the time.”

                  Snore. Call me a Jew again, that’ll liven things up.

                  “I don’t “hate” Adolph Hitler. I simply put him in his proper historical context.” ”

                  “There’s a lie.”

                  Again, why would I lie about something like that? Is anything I said untrue?

                  “And you don’t know history, you just parrot the Jews.”

                  You parrot white supremacists. See, we’re even.
                  You know, you seem to think the world is just filled with Jews. This is simply not the case.

                  ” You spelled Adolf wrong.”

                  You spelled “Tyrol” wrong.

                  “You mentioned Hitler. I responded.”

                  “No, you brought up Hitler 3 or 4 times before I came onto the thread; you used the term “living in Nazi Germany” by which you meant Hitler. Which proves your previous quote IS a lie.”

                  Did I say Hitler?

                  “I’m hardly taking over. I add my thoughts, people respond, I respond back.”

                  “People should stop responding to Jeff K, because if you look at what he is saying (all of his comments), it’s clear this site would be better off without him.”

                  Typical National Socialist, don’t want dissenting opinions.

                  “And the responses to him are very weak. It’s also a clue that he dodges, and he always has the last word – he will reply and reply until he has the last word.. No one else does that.”

                  Am I not allowed to respond?

                  “I will not be back to this thread.”

                  Aaaawwww, sad to see you go.

                  I wonder what Hitler would think, an “Aryan” running away from a “Jew.”

                  😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

                  Comment by Jeff K. — June 7, 2016 @ 11:20 am


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