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June 20, 2016

18-year-old American soldier who discovered the Gunskirchen death camp

Filed under: Germany — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

Bill Jucksch made a gruesome and accidental discovery while serving as a soldier in the 71st Infantry Division under Gen. George S. Patton during world war II.

He was only 18 years old when he stumbled upon a death camp in Austria.

The following quote is from a news article:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/he-was-when-he-stumbled-upon-a-nazi-death-camp/article_72c80751-f5af-5c35-8dbc-2cba9cc716f4.html

Jucksch said that he and three other soldiers were walking down a narrow dirt road when they were assaulted by an unpleasant odor. The smell made them wonder if something was dead.

As they approached a small town of hastily built shacks, the horrors of war exponentially increased for the young men.

“When I opened the first door, I saw two layers thick of dead people and then live ones crawling between the bodies,” Jucksch said. “They were trying to get to the door and were yelling ‘Americana.’ ”

The Great Neck resident said he still remembers the stench of death, urine and human waste.

“I’ve never seen anything so inhuman,” Jucksch said. “I saw 6-foot guys wearing only 50 pounds of bone.”

It was the most horrifying experience of his life.

Juksch radioed his captain to send medics, food, cots and blankets. A clinic was set up to help nourish the survivors back to health.

It wasn’t until after the war that Jucksch realized he had helped Jewish Holocaust victims and witnessed one of the most profound atrocities of the 20th century.

End quote from news article

Note that the Americans, who discovered Gunskirchen, radioed for FOOD to be brought to the camp. If these prisoners were in such bad shape, they should not have been given food.

I wrote about the Ebensee and Gunskirchen camps on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html

 

6 Comments »

  1. “Six-foot guys wearing only 50 pounds of bone”? I shudder at the thought. And no FLESH at all, it would seem.

    I’ll be 85 in 14 years or so. At that time, if not sooner, I hope to amuse myself, and others, with stories about atrocities I witnessed (but of course did NOT commit). Until that time, I guess I’ll just continue on quietly, perhaps even working occasionally if absolutely necessary.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — June 20, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

  2. “Send FOOD,cots and blankets”. What’s wrong here? “Food”. If someone is that far gone,YOU DONT GIVE THEM FOOD ! That’s a sure fire way to kill them. The body would go into shock,with the introduction of food,if they’ve been denied food. A handful of cornflakes would not only be too much,they would be too rich. Why would you want cots? They’re in that bad of shape,you’re gonna tote them off to first available aid station. That shits so obvious,Stevie Wonder could see it.

    Comment by Tim — June 20, 2016 @ 10:37 am

    • You wrote: “Send FOOD, cots and blankets.”

      The prisoners at Gunskirchen had been MARCHED from the main camp at Mauthausen to the sub camp of Gunskirchen. If they could march, they could eat. I wrote about the liberation of Mauthausen on my website at http://scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Liberation/index.html

      Comment by furtherglory — June 20, 2016 @ 10:46 am

      • Lots of people that can’t eat,can still get around. They can’t eat because it would overload their system. Shock which would most certainly be followed by death. Mobility is not an issue with. Go to New England Journal of Medecines website. You should be able to find something there. That’s why we did experiments on starvation . Some of the objectors in WW2 refused to fight. Instead they’d volunteer for these clinical studies. The top brass knew some of our POWs would be coming home in that condition. So they needed to know the most effective way to nurse our boys back to health

        Comment by Tim — June 20, 2016 @ 10:54 am

    • Wonder why are we getting all these stories. Wait till I tell you about my brother’s
      stories: te bombarbment of Rotterdam and what he now remembers of it. Well, I was there too and much younger.
      When you are so old you are happy to have people listening to you. Maybe you could write a book. Please don’t these people give an audience. Or find out what they did wrong and put them in jail

      Comment by Dr Kim — June 20, 2016 @ 11:34 am

      • Like I always say Doc,I’m just trying to figure this out. History and the loathsome attitude people have towards Jews,is as old as time itself. I could probably spend a lifetime studying it and not be any closer . When it comes to the hebs,nothing seems to have a clear answer. Too much obfuscation. I’m still trying to figure holo laws. They’re either there to hide something or they don’t want the Jews to get their feelings hurt. Welcome to this toilet earth. Nobody is loved

        Comment by Tim — June 20, 2016 @ 12:27 pm


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