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August 1, 2016

the Jews say that the Catholic church at Birkenau must be moved

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 6:11 pm
Building at Auschwitz-Birkenau that was once used by the Nazis

Building at Auschwitz-Birkenau that was once used by the Nazis is now a church

Another view of the Catholic church at Birkenau

Another view of the Catholic church at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The two photos above show the SS headquarters building that was built in 1944 at Birkenau. This building has been converted into a Catholic church and a  Catholic school. It is located about a quarter of a mile north of the red brick gate house of the Birkenau camp, which is on this same road, but on the opposite side of the road.

The road that goes past this church is used by the residents of the village of Birkenau.

In the first photo above, the road in the foreground is inside the former Birkenau camp. A barrier gate prevents cars from driving into the camp, but many people drive around the barrier and enter the former camp, which is now a memorial site. I once took a cab to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the cab driver, who was Jewish, took me to this gate, which is a long way from the main part of the camp, which I wanted to see. When I told him that I didn’t know my way to the main gate into the camp, he offered to sell me a guidebook which had a map of the camp. I bought the guidebook; later I found out that this book was free. He took advantage of me and made some money off my stupidity — and the Jews wonder why they were Holocausted.

The road in the foreground of the photo, leads to the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V. These gas chambers were put into operation in the summer of 1943. Before that, the Nazis brought the Jews from the Judenrampe, where they had gotten off the trains, down this road to the “little red house” where the gassing of the Jews first took place. The little red house was torn down long ago, and the exact location of the little red house is in dispute.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.734696

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It’s up to people of moral conscience to raise a voice for the sake of Holocaust memory and declare loud and clear: A church has no place at Auschwitz II.

[…]

At Birkenau, there is a large church in what once was the Nazi commandant headquarters. The church is in direct violation of a 1987 agreement signed by four European cardinals and European Jewish leaders that declares “there will be no permanent Catholic place of worship on the site of the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps.” Pope Francis must recognize this affront and ask that the church be moved.

This is not the first time that a Catholic place of worship was established at Auschwitz. In 1984, Carmelite nuns took over a building at Auschwitz I that once stored the Zyklon B gas used by the Nazis to murder Jews. With the full support of Polish Cardinal Franciszek Marcharski, local authorities granted the nuns a 99-year lease to convert the building into a convent, where the nuns sought to pray for the souls of the murdered. It was around this time that the local Catholic community established the church at Birkenau, called the Parish Church of Brzezinka.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/jewish-world-opinions/1.734050

End quote

The Polish Catholics who attend this church are poor farmers who live in the area where the former camp is located. Where will they go now? When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time, in 1998, these farmers were still using wagons, pulled by horses. Maybe they have cars now and they can drive to another town to attend Mass.

 

 

11 Comments »

  1. I was under the impression that the building the Carmelite nuns occupied was previously the camp theatre (not the Zyklon B storage building). That building is visible outside the fence at the western end of the Auschwitz I camp, next to the so-called ‘Wall of Death’ and Block 11.

    Those pesky God’s Chosen won’t allow anyone else to play any part at Auschwitz, even though plenty of Poles died there too (from typhus and malnutrition).

    Furtherglory, can you throw any light on this matter?

    Comment by John Smith — August 2, 2016 @ 8:02 am

  2. The church has no place there? What could be a better place for a church . Christ spent time in hell ( some people say the bible says that,others say it don’t . You have to come to your own conclusion). Something about he was plucking out people that didn’t belong there. It said he was there for 3 days. I can’t think of a better place that needs a glimmer of hope. The Bronx. One of the highest crime rates in America . They have churches. I can’t think of a place that needs churches like they do. As to what may or may not have happened at Birkenau,they need a church there. What is the foundation for their argument. I don’t see where they gave a reason for the not being there. So how could someone support their assertion ? If they really do wish to heal the wounds of the past,then there’s not a better way to do it. This just sounds like another thing for them to bitch about,with their controlling attitude. Maybe they’re the ones ( the Jews ) ,that need to spend some time in hell.

    Comment by Tim — August 2, 2016 @ 6:13 am

    • You wrote: “As to what may or may not have happened at Birkenau,they need a church there.”

      When this building was converted into a church, the local people needed a church that was easy to get to, since they were poor farmers who didn’t have cars. This building is sacred because of it’s past connection to the Jews.

      The most important point is that this building contains a school for the children of the farmers who live in this area. These people will have to build a new school. The Jews will then complain that the new school is too close to a building that was once allegedly used to kill Jews.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 2, 2016 @ 9:21 am

      • They won’t complain. They’ll cry like babies. From where I sit,they can kiss my ass. I remember hearing jokes growing up,about Jews being greedy. Damned if there was not some truth behind it. Greedy in every way possible. Just like spoiled ass kids.

        Comment by Tim — August 3, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

  3. There was a group of Catholic nuns living at Auschwitz in the 1980’s. The Jews complained and out they went –
    http://codoh.com/library/document/703/

    Comment by Les — August 2, 2016 @ 12:13 am

    • I wrote about the Catholic nuns, who were kicked out, on this blog post:

      http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Crosses.html

      Comment by furtherglory — August 2, 2016 @ 9:25 am

    • You wrote: “There was a group of Catholic nuns living at Auschwitzs in the 1980’s.”
      You quoted the following:
      Begin quote
      A rather remarkable international incident occurred in 1984 which would draw into question the entire issue of Auschwitz and victimization as the attention of the world became riveted on Poland, when a group of Carmelite nuns announced their decision to construct a convent on the grounds of the former concentration camp. The area chosen for the convent was located adjacent to the former site of Auschwitz I, where many Poles and Russians had been incarcerated and perished in prodigious numbers. When the nuns announced their intention to offer prayers and penance on behalf of the dead, Jewish organizations voiced their disapproval by launching an international protest.
      End quote

      The incident that you mentioned happened in 1998. I rushed to Auschwitz to get the story, as fast as I could. I was planning to send the story to the Sacramento Bee. They turned down my story, saying that they could not print it because it would be offensive to their Jewish readers.

      Instead, I started my own website and put this story up. I kicked the Sacramento Bee to the curb; I never read that paper again.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 2, 2016 @ 9:40 am

  4. Nothing new. Zionist Jewry tried to have this church removed as soon as it was established. They failed at that time. But there’s a good chance they’ll succeed this time.

    Comment by hermie — August 1, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

  5. It will be interesting to see how this feud unfolds between the Jews and the Catholics. Roman Catholicism is very influential in Poland, and its adherents won’t gladly or lightly relinquish control of their church and school which lies inside the former Birkenau administration headquarters.

    Although the Polish government and its people fully embrace the “holocaust” – they don’t regard it as an exclusive Jewish event. They claim that their own countrymen and women suffered just as much as the Jews during WW2 – and therefore the Auschwitz complex was a place of pain and suffering for them as well.

    Relations between Jews and Poles have always been problematic. There’s not a lot of love lost between them, and they often regard one another with suspicion and distrust. So will this issue result in the Polish government and its religious authorities standing firm, or is International Jewry now so powerful that it can flex its political and financial muscles to demand that the Poles give way.

    Watch this space!

    Comment by Talbot — August 1, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

  6. There’s a difference between the One True Religion and the Religion Above All Other Religions.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — August 1, 2016 @ 8:10 pm


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