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June 11, 2016

the Nazis issued dresses made out of potoato sacks to the Jewish girls at Birkenau

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:54 pm

Today, I read a news article which had the following quote:

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As if the despicable experience of the ghetto weren’t enough, [Hilda] Mantelmacher and the others who were in line for slave labor [at Auschwitz-Birkenau] were told to disrobe.

“They took everything away from us,” she said, including their undergarments. “They gave us wooden shoes that caused blisters on my feet that felt like fire.”

The women were issued potato sacks for dresses.

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Women at Birkenau wearing dresses after taking a shower

Women at Birkenau were issued cotton dresses after taking a shower

Note the photo above which shows women who have newly arrived at Auschwitz-Birkeanu. After taking a shower and having their heads shaved to eliminate any lice, that might spread typhus, the women have been issued cotton dresses to wear. Note that the cloth does not have a flower pattern, which indicates that they were not made from American feed sacks.

Few people today would admit to knowing anything about feed sack dresses because that would reveal their advanced age.  I was born in 1933, so I am familiar with feed sack dresses, but I have never heard anything about potato sack dresses. My family did not put potatoes in sacks to store them, and neither did anyone else, as far as I know.

In the old days in America, chicken feed was sold in sacks made of thick cotton, which had a flower pattern. Women used these sacks to make clothes for their little girls; one sack was enough to make one dress.

As far as I know, a potato crop in America was never stored in any kind of sack. The potatoes that were grown in a back yard garden were stored in a pile inside a shed in the back yard, not stored in sacks. Only in stores were potatoes put into sacks, as shown in the photo below.

sacks of potatoes

Potatoes in “potato sacks”

As far as I know, no one saved the sacks in which potatoes were stored when they were sold in a store. In my home town, no store sold potatoes because everyone grew their own potatoes in their back yard.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Because Auschwitz-Birkenau was a death camp, even those who were not immediately sent to the gas chambers would eventually learn of their fate.

One day [Dr.] Mengele announced to Mantelmacher and her fellow-inmates of “A House” that they would be going to the gas chambers the following day.

Through the intercession of a girl named Lydia, whom [Dr.] Mengele had admired for her attractiveness, “A House” was spared for one more day while the occupants of “B House” were sent to the gas chambers instead.

“The trucks came,” Matelmacher said, “and there was screaming and crying.”

Mantelmacher (now between 14 and 17 years of age), because she was so diminutive, initially didn’t qualify and would be sent to the gas chamber.

“He looked at me and said I was too little,” Mantelmacher said. “You can’t work. I started crying.”

Her friend Lydia told her to go to the back of the line and bite her lips to make them red and to pull her cheeks to give them a red glow. However, [Dr.] Mengele recognized her and was about to dismiss her to the gas chamber when Lydia came to her rescue.

“Look, she is a good worker,” Lydia told him as she lifted Mantelmacher’s potato sack dress. “She has good strong legs.”

In Hamburg, the work was to collect bricks from bombed out buildings for use in new structures. It appeared to Mantelmacher that the city’s residents went about their business oblivious to the slave labor.

“When the bombs came, we were so happy,” she said. “I prayed for the safety of the pilots.”

To Mantelmacher and her fellow-laborers, the bombings gave them joy, confidence and hope.

“If the Nazis win the war, none of us would be here,” she continued. “If I die from a bomb, somebody will survive.”

Nevertheless, there was always the overhanging threat that if a person did not work hard, she would be shot, beaten to death or sent to the gas chamber.

Mantelmacher was eventually sent to another camp, Bergen-Belsen, where Typhus and death were rampant. It was originally built to hold 10,000 inmates but by April 1945, that number had risen to 60,000.

“The dead were stacked up,” she said. “My job was to take away the dead.”

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Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler had already opened a special section at the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp on July 8, 1944, where 1683 Hungarian Jews from Budapest were brought. The Jews in the Hungarian section were treated better than all the others at Bergen-Belsen. They received better food and medical care and were not required to work. They wore their own clothes, but were required to wear a yellow Star of David patch.

The Bergen-Belsen camp had different categories of prisoners, and the Hungarian Jews were in the category of Preferential Jews (Vorzugsjuden) because they were considered desirable for exchange purposes.

The first transport of 318 “exchange Jews” left the Bergen-Belsen Hungarian camp on August 18, 1944, bound for Switzerland. On August 20th, the trainload of Hungarian Jews arrived in Bregenz and then went on to St. Gallen the next day.

It seems to me that Mantelmacher was not very accurate in her speech to the school children.

92-year-old frail and deaf woman might be put on trial for her role in killing Jews in the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am

I know what you are thinking, dear reader. You are wondering what heinous crime this woman committed during the time that the Hungarian Jews were being transported to Auschwitz in 1944.

[I thought that the Hungarian Jews were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, but what do I know?]

According to the recent news article, cited above, this woman [Helma M.] “received the details of incoming shipments of Jews to be murdered at the Auschwitz extermination camp,” and she “will stand trial for her involvement in genocide.”

Did Helma M. know, at the time when she “received details of incoming shipments of Jews” that these Jews were being sent to Auschwitz to be killed?

Did Helma M. know the meaning of the word genocide? Did she know that some day, there would be a law against being involved in genocide?

This photo of the gate into Auschwitz illustrated the article

This photo of the Auschwitz  gate illustrates the article

I took a photo very similar to the photo above on one of my 3 visits to the Auschwitz main camp. My photo was taken a little bit earlier in the morning.

My photo of the Arbeit Macht Frei gate

My early morning photo of the Arbeit Macht Frei gate

The German words on the gate literally mean “work brings freedom” but the Jews have now taken possession of these words and they claim that this slogan was used to taunt the Jews, who would never be given their freedom, but instead would go “up the chimney” as they were cremated after being gassed to death.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Helma M., who lives in an OAP home near Neumünster in Germany, escaped justicde [justice] at war’s end because no-one could prove she had personally harmed anyone within the camp near the city of Krakow.

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The rules have changed since “war’s end.” No proof is now required. Helma M. is German and all Germans are guilty and can never be forgiven.

I predict that, after the last German is dead and gone, there will still be trials conducted because the Jews can never get enough revenge.

The news article ends with the following quote:

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Now it is enough to bring prosecutions against former camp guards merely for serving as part of the Nazo ‘murder machine.’

Consequently Jens Rommel, head of the central authority in Germany charged with prosecuting Nazi war crimes, has charged her with complicity in the murders of 260,000 people in the camp.

In her role as a radio operator of the S.S., Mr Rommel said she received and transmitted details of the liquidation of that number of people – most of them Hungarian Jews – between April and July 1944.

Mr Rommel said: ‘Helma M. was involved in the so-called ‘Hungarian Action’ which saw the destruction of at least half the Jewish population of Hungary.

‘Three to four trains arrived daily. Of 360,000 people, at least a quarter of a million of them were murdered immediately, most of them women and children unfit for work.’

He said the killings were organised in the command area where Helma M. worked. He said she knew when the trains arrived and when they left Hungary.
Helma M., who lives in an OAP home near Neumünster in Germany, escaped justicde [justice] at war’s end because no-one could prove she had personally harmed anyone within the camp near the city of Krakow.

When she received news that a train was on its way, S.S. personnel were scrambled to meet it to select those who would live and those who would die instantly.

Helma M. came from Mrągowo, formerly in East Prussia, now part of Poland and knew no other life than that under the Nazi regime.

‘Helma M., would have known what was happening in Auschwitz, would have heard the sound of the shootings and the smell of burning bodies,’ added Mr Rommel.

‘We have learned from other interrogations that people in the command centre talked of the daily events, and as such we say she was a part of the murder machine which made Auschwitz function.’

Prosecutors want her to answer for her crimes before the Juvenile Court of Kiel because she would have been considered a youth at the time of her service in Auschwitz.

Earlier this year experts said she was not fit to stand trial. But she has been ordered to undergo a new examination next month.

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If you have ever wondered why the Nazis wanted to get rid of the Jews, this news article explains it.