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August 18, 2016

Soviet prosecutor Roman Rodenko

Filed under: Germany — furtherglory @ 12:39 pm

Roman_Rudenko.jpg

Roman Rodenko is shown in the photo above.

There has recently been some discussion on my blog about Roman Rodenko, the Soviet prosecutor in the Nuremberg Trials. I have a vague recollection of writing about him in the recent past, but I can’t find any of my blog posts where I mentioned him.

I wrote about Special Camp No. Seven on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/SpecialCamp7.html

Barracks in Special Camp No. 7

My photo of barracks in Special Camp No. 7 at Sachsenhausen

Special Camp No. 7 was the camp that was run by the Soviet Union after World War II.

The following quote is from my website:

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Special Camp No. 7 was the name given to the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp by the Soviet Union when the camp was turned into an internment camp for German prisoners after World War II ended. According to an Information Leaflet available at the Memorial Site, the former Nazi “preventive detention camp” was converted by the Soviet Union into Zone I for German civilians who were arrested and sent to the Sachsenhausen camp without a trial.

The former brick barrack buildings, which the Nazis had used as a Special Camp for Allied Prisoners of War, were initially converted into Zone II for Soviet citizens who were awaiting return to the Soviet Union. Some of them were former concentration camp prisoners who were looked upon as traitors to Communism; they were waiting to be sent to the gulags in Siberia.

In August 1945, these brick barracks were used by the occupation forces of the Soviet Union as part of their prison camp for German citizens who had been arrested without charges.

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The following quote is from Wikipedia:

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He [Rudolf Renko] was the prosecutor of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1944-1953 and Chief prosecutor of the entire Soviet Union from 1953. He is also well known for acting as the Soviet Chief Prosecutor at the main trial of the major Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials and Chief Prosecutor at the Trial of the Sixteen. He held military rank as a Lt.General at the time he served at Nuremberg.

Rudenko was also one of the chief commandants of NKVD special camp Nr. 7, a former Nazi concentration camp, until its closure in 1950.[1] Of the 60,000 prisoners incarcerated there under his supervision, 12,500 died due to malnutrition and disease.[2]

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Special camp No. 7 at Sachsenhausen

My photo of Special camp No. 7 at Sachsenhausen

Barracks for German prisoners at Sachsenhausen

My photo of barracks for German prisoners at Sachsenhausen

My photos of the Sachsenhausen camp were taken in the rain. Yes, I took a chance on ruining my camera, in order to get these photos. Photos in this area were forbidden, so I was really taking a chance on getting caught, and possibly being thrown into prison.

 

 

how to get a head

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:25 am
This photo allegedly shows Hitlers head

This photo shows Hitler’s head, but is it a real head?

The photo above might show the head of a statue of Hitler, but I am sure that Hitler’s real head is not in the photo. Hitler allegedly killed himself in his bunker in Berlin, and his body was burned beyond recognition.

On this blog post, I wrote about George Elser, the man who allegedly tried to kill Hitler, but failed: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/attempt-to-kill-hitler/

 

August 17, 2016

How could Brunhilde not have known about the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:03 am
Brunhilde Pomsel

Brunhilde Pomsel, the former secretary of Jospeh Goebbels, at the age of 105

Brunhilde Pomsel, the former personal secretary of Joseph Goebbels, is still alive at the age of 105, and she insists that she knew nothing about the Holocaust when it was happening.

You can read all about it here: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/joseph-goebbels-brunhilde-pomsel-secretary-holocaust/2016/08/16/id/743850/

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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The personal secretary of Joseph Goebbels has opened up about her life working for Adolf Hitler’s infamous minister of propaganda — and insists the mass extermination of Jews was carefully hidden from her and her co-workers.

“I know no one ever believes us nowadays — everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret,” Brunhilde Pomsel, now 105, says in an interview with The Guardian.

Instead, Pomsel remembers the niceties of the man history knows as a rabid anti-Semite [Joseph Goebbels] who strongly supported the Holocaust and would poison his six children when the Nazi war machine collapsed in 1945.

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Apparently, Pomsel now believes that the Holocaust happened, but it was kept secret. Will she now be put on trial, at the age of 105, because she should have made it her business to know about the Holocaust and she should have done something to save the Jews?

 

August 16, 2016

Donald Trump knows nothing about Holocust gas chambers

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:40 am
Donald Trump pushing a button to turn on the gas

Donald Trump pushing a button to turn on the gas to kill Jews

What a revolting development this is! Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, is in the gas chamber and Trump is punching the button to gas him to death.

August 14, 2016

The Majdanek camp, as seen by a young Jewish girl

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:46 am

You can read here about a tour of the memorial site at the former Majdanek concentration camp, written by a young Jewish girl named Carly Cohen:  http://www.jewishchronicle.org/2016/08/01/leaving-auschwitz/

Carly Cohen on visit to Auschwitz camp

Carly Cohen on a visit to Auschwitz main camp before visiting Majdanek camp

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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One aspect of Majdanek that stood out to me was that there was a town overlooking the camp. People’s balconies looked out to the gas chambers and the barracks in which thousands of people were imprisoned. It is mind-boggling to me how people can wake up, make coffee, and sit on their balconies and welcome in the morning by staring death in the face. I never thought I would experience a place that could prove to be more emotional than Auschwitz. I thought I had experienced the worst of the worst while at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but when I went to Majdanek, I proved myself wrong.

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One of the first places that I visited, when I began touring the sites of the Holocaust, was Majdanek. I was very impressed by the sight of the Majdanek camp, but not for the same reason that this young girl was impressed.

When I began my tour of the camps in Poland in 1998, the first place that I visited was Treblinka.

In sharp contrast to the alleged extermination camp at Treblinka, which is in a wooded area as remote as Ted Kaczynkski’s Montana cabin, the Majdanek concentration camp is situated in a major urban area, four kilometers from the city center of Lublin, and can be easily reached by trolley car.

The location of the Majdanek camp is in an area of rolling terrain and can be seen from all sides; it could not be more public or accessible.

The Majdanek concentration camp is located in an entirely open area with no ten-foot wall around it to hide the activities inside the camp, as at Dachau. There was no security zone established around the Majdanek camp, as at Birkenau, and there is no natural protection, such as a river or a forest, as at Treblinka.

Besides being bounded on the north by a busy main road, the Majdanek camp was bounded on the south by two small villages named Abramowic and Dziesiata.

According to the camp guidebook, Heinrich Himmler ordered the liquidation of the Jews in the Lublin district after the insurrection on October 14, 1943 at Sobibor, one of the Operation Reinhard extermination camps on the Polish-Russian border, in which 300 Jews, led by a Jewish Russian Prisoner of War, escaped into the nearby woods.

At that time, the three largest concentrations of Jews in Eastern Poland were at the camp at Majdanek and at the labor camp at Poniatowa, a tiny Polish village where 18,000 people were held, and at the Polish village of Trawniki where 10,000 Jews were imprisoned in a labor camp.

People driving past the camp, while it was in operation, had a completely unobstructed view, being able to see the tall brick chimney of the crematorium wafting smoke from the top of a slope not far away, and the gas chamber building which is a few yards from a busy street.

Majdakek is also known as Maidenek, which is the German version of the name.

What really impressed me, when I visited the Majdanek memorial site was the huge stone monument at the entrance.

Huge monument at entrance to Majdanek Memorial site

Huge monument at entrance to Majdanek Memorial site

Monument as viewed from inside the camp

Monument as viewed from inside the former Majdanek camp

The population of Lublin has more than tripled since the end of World War II and the former Majdanek concentration camp is now within the city limits, like a municipal park except that it is a ghastly eyesore. There are several modern high-rise apartment buildings overlooking the camp on two sides.

On one side of the camp, is a Roman Catholic cemetery which was there even when the camp was in operation.

On the other side of the street, directly across from the former concentration camp, there is now a Polish military installation since this street is part of the main road into the Ukraine and Russia. During World War II, the street which borders the Majdanek concentration camp was the main route to the eastern front for the German army.

The city of Lublin is near the eastern border of Poland and what is now the Ukraine. Between 1772 and 1918, when Poland had ceased to be an independent country and was divided between Prussia (Germany), Austria and Russia, Lublin was in the Russian sector.

In April 1835, Russian Czar Nicholas I issued a decree which created the Pale of Settlement, a territory where Russian Jews were forced to live until after the Communist Revolution of 1917. Lublin was located within the Pale of Settlement, as was the city of Warsaw.

The census of 1897 counted 4,899,300 Jews who were crowded into the Pale of Settlement, which was like a huge reservation similar to those where the Native Americans were forced to live during the same time period in the western USA.

In 1881, Russia began evicting the Jews from the Pale, which began a mass migration. By 1914, two million Jews had left the Pale and had settled in Germany, Austria, America and other countries.

In 1939, when Poland was again divided between Germany and the Soviet Union, Lublin came under the control of Russia again. This lasted until June 1941 when the Nazis launched an attack on the Communist Soviet Union, the ideological enemy of Fascist Germany.

Lublin, being close to the border of the German-controlled General Government of Poland, was one of the first cities to be conquered by the Germans. The German conquest of the Soviet sector of Poland in the last 6 months of 1941 brought Polish Communists and also millions of Jews, who were the sworn enemies of the Nazis, under the control of the Germans.

In order to avoid having partisans attack them from the rear as they advanced into Russia, the Nazis rounded up those whom they considered their political enemies and confined them in the Majdanek camp, along with the captured Soviet POWs.

But, to get back to the apartment houses, with their balconies overlooking the camp, I did not photograph them because I did not want to invade their privacy. However, my tour guide did point out the balconies, as she told me about the Polish residents watching as the Germans shot thousands of Jews at Majdanek.

The gas chambers at Majdanek are on the other side of the camp, near the highway, where thousands of vehicles were passing by. People could observe the Jews entering the alleged gas chamber building.

The Nazis claimed that the Jews were only taking a shower, not being gassed to death, in this building. The identical building right next to the gas chamber building is closed to tourists. The clothing of the Jews was disinfected in this building, in order to kill the lice that spreads typhus.

 

 

August 13, 2016

Anniversary of the day the Berlin wall was built

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:55 pm

August 13th is the anniversary of the day that the wall was built in Berlin in 1961.

My photo of the last piece of the wall before it was torn down

My 1989 photo of the last piece of the wall before it was torn down

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dw.com/en/what-germany-was-like-when-the-berlin-wall-was-built/a-17708563

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“No one has the intention of building a wall,” said Walter Ulbricht, head of the State Council of East Germany, at an international press conference in East Berlin on June 15, 1961. Less than two months later, at dawn on August 13, construction workers began stretching barbed wire across the roads to Berlin’s western sectors. It was a fateful day for the German people. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall would separate the city into east and west.

Berliners were in shock. “A concentration camp barrier” has been stretched through the center of Berlin, said then mayor – and later chancellor – Willy Brandt a few hours later in front of the city’s parliament. The Berlin Wall would remain for exactly 10,315 days, becoming a symbol of the Cold War and dividing the world into two hostile blocs: the capitalist West and the communist East. More than 250 people lost their lives trying to cross the barrier.

The Berlin Wall would become a symbol that survived generations

Many of the people who fled the East in 1961 were much-needed youth: From the start of the year, every second person who made the move was under 25.

Wirtschaftswunder – an economic miracle

German youth in 1961 were born in the midst of war and destruction, in bombed-out cities or out in the country among billeted soldiers and refugees. Some went hungry as infants; many never got to know their fathers. Their parents would prefer to forget those dark days.

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Auschwitz was the “crossroad” of Europe

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:25 am

Today I am answering a comment on my blog with this new blog post.

This is the comment, made by a new reader of my blog:

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what happened to all the guys that didn’t get registered in the [Auschwitz] camp. cause as far as i know we have no records from trains leaving auschwitz for some other destinations with these people.
we have plenty of entry for trains coming but surprisingly no [none] for the next journey!! don’t tell me these people evaporate just like smoke or that some magical dwarf shouted nach & nebel and they all disappeared.
and just as long as you denier aren’t able to answer that question, you are to be the liars, the hoax maker.and the testimonies, despite errors and some weirdness still reflect an image of the reality.

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Here is what really happened:

Shown below is a a map of the railroad lines leading to Auschwitz, the Cross Roads of Europe.

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When railroad lines were built in the 19th century, the little town of Auschwitz, at the junction of three empires, became the crossroads of Europe. There were 44 train lines coming into Auschwitz, making it at one time a larger railroad hub than Penn Station in New York City.

Jews arrived on trains

Jews arriving on a train at Auschwitz-Birkenau

It was because Auschwitz was such an important railroad junction that a camp for migrant workers was built in a suburb of the town in 1916; seasonal farm workers from all over Europe were sent from Auschwitz to the large German estates. The migrant worker camp, with its beautiful brick barracks buildings, was the place that eventually became the Auschwitz I concentration camp.

The plan to establish a concentration camp at Auschwitz was first announced by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler on April 27, 1940.

Konzentrationslager Auschwitz, the main camp, was originally opened on June 14, 1940, as just another concentration camp, in the former Polish military garrison in Zazole, a district of the town of Auschwitz.

Thirty German criminals, who were prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, were brought to Auschwitz in May 1940 to convert the garrison into a prison camp.

Throughout its existence, the Nazis called Auschwitz a concentration camp, not an extermination camp nor Vernichtungslager. The term “extermination camp” was coined by the Allies and initially, it applied to all the Nazi camps.

At first, the Auschwitz main camp, known as the Stammlager, was only a camp for Polish political prisoners, including some Jews, and also German common criminals, who assisted the Nazis in supervising the other prisoners.

The first transport to the main Auschwitz camp consisted of 728 Polish inmates of the Gestapo prison at Tarnow, Poland. They were mostly university students, including a few Jews, who had joined the Polish Resistance.

The Polish Army never surrendered to the Germans and no Armistice was ever signed. The Poles continued to fight during World War II, but as insurgents or illegal combatants, not as soldiers on the battlefield. When captured, the Polish resistance fighters were sent to Auschwitz or other concentration camps such as Buchenwald and Dachau.

Among the first 728 prisoners who arrived at Auschwitz on June 14, 1940 was 18-year-old Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who later became Poland ‘s foreign minister and a pioneer of German-Polish reconciliation.

The important point here is that Auschwitz was a railroad hub with many train lines coming into the town of Auschwitz. Prisoners who were brought to Auschwitz could be sent from there, by trains, to any place in Europe.

 

 

 

August 12, 2016

The Allied bombing of Nuremberg during World War II

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:12 am

Last night I watched the old movie, entitled Judgement at Nuremberg, which is about the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/JudgmentAtNuremberg.html

The movie starts with black and white movie scenes, which show mile after mile of destruction done by Allied bombing of the city. Nuremberg was bombed because it was Hitler’s favorite city and because it was the site of Nazi rallies before the war.

I have a whole section on my website, entitled

Allied bomb destruction of Nürnberg

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg01.html

German boy looks at the destructioon in Nuremberg

German boy looks at bomb damage in city of Nuremberg

The city of Nuremberg has been restored and the Germans have learned their lesson, which is “Don’t harm one hair on the head of a Jew, or your country will be destroyed again.”  There are now one million Jews back in Germany, and they are keeping an eye on the Germans, to keep them in line.

 

 

 

German prosecutors are running out of war criminals to be put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:37 am

For years, Germany has been trying to make amends for killing 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, but to no avail.  The Jews have been receiving reparations from the German people for over 70 years, but it is never enough.

The motto of the Jews is “Never forgive, never forget.”

Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, is pushed in a wheelchair after a break in his trial in Detmold, Germany, in this file picture taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bernd Thissen/Pool/Files

Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, is pushed in a wheelchair after a break in his trial in Detmold, Germany, in this file picture taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bernd Thissen/Pool/Files

The following quote is from a recent news article :

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German prosecutors have also recently charged two other Auschwitz death camp employees, a medic and a radio operator. But the suspects’ high age and frail health, more than 70 years after the end of World War Two, prevented the cases from going forward.

[Jens] Rommel said that more than 95 percent of a potential pool of suspects were either dead or too frail to be put on trial.

“It’s frustrating sometimes to see a suspect die just a few days before the start of a trial after much work has been invested into the case,” said Rommel.

Rommel said he is also concerned that a pending verdict by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice might stop Nazi crime investigations altogether. The court is expected to rule on the appeal of [Oscar] Groening, who has rejected the broader definition.

“If the [federal] court reverses the verdict and decides that the proof is not sufficient it would become extremely difficult to go forward with any other cases,” Rommel said.

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My suggestion is that the wives of the dead German war criminals could be put on trial. Women usually live longer than men, so there should be plenty of widows to put on trial. In any case, the show must go on. “Never forgive, never forget” — that is the motto of the Jews.

 

August 10, 2016

Good news! Germany has found more elderly citizens to put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am

 

Stutthof building claimed to be a gas chamber

Stutthof building claimed to have been a homicidal gas chamber

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216183

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German investigators said on Tuesday they have identified eight suspected Nazi war criminals who worked at the former Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland, NBC News reported.

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I blogged about the Stutthof camp at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/survivor-of-the-stutthof-camp-was-not-sent-to-the-gas-chamber-because-she-pinched-her-cheeks-and-stood-tall-in-order-to-look-healthy/

One might ask why a lowly typist at a little-known concentration camp would be put on trial as a war criminal.

The answer is: She was there, so she is guilty because she did nothing to save the Jews. She might claim that she didn’t know that the Jews were being gassed while she was busy typing.  She should have made it her business to find out, and she should have given her own life to save the Jews.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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German prosecutors have in recent years have attempted to bring surviving Holocaust perpetrators to justice while there is still time.

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I don’t think the German people should worry about this. There is no reason why dead people cannot be put on trial. Remember that the first three laws of the Jewish religion are Revenge, Revenge, Revenge.

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