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September 3, 2016

The T4 program is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:31 pm
My photo of Hartheim Castle

My photo of the Hartheim Castle where the T4 program took place

You can read about the T4 program in this recent news article:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/t4-program-holocoaust-nazi-germany/1/753935.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany leader, Adolf Hitler signed an order approving the T4 Program or popularly known as the T4 Euthanasia Program. This program was structured to kill anyone in Germany who were [was] mentally disabled, emotionally distressed or elderly people or in other words, people who could not contribute to the fighting or working force of the country.

The photo below is concluded in the article.

A poster comparing living-costs of a "healthy family" with a person suffering from an incurable disease

A poster comparing living-costs of a “healthy family” with a person suffering from an incurable disease

The news article continues with this quote:

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The program was signed on the same day when Germany declared war on Poland. Hence, calling it a war-time measure. Within Germany, posters were being circulated explaining the need to kill the incurable. The new directives allowed physicians to grant “mercy killing” to the people were suffering from incurable diseases. Though the Nazi officials were calling it euthanasia, they were targeting people not only with genetic defects or incurable diseases but also people who were not contributing to the economic growth of the country.

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Several years ago, I visited Hartheim Castle, where the “mercy killing” took place. I wrote about it on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber01a.html

You can see photos of the gas chamber at Hartheim Castle on my web page cited above.

I previously blogged about Hartheim Castle at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/the-crematorium-at-hartheim-castle/

You can see photos of the “technical room” in the gas chamber at Hartheim on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber07a.html

You can read more about Hartheim Castcle and the alleged gas chamber there on this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/index.html

The news article continues with this quote:

How did the T4 program lead to the Holocaust?

The T4 Program, named after the Chancellery offices that directed it from the Berlin address Tiergartenstrasse-4, set a strong precedence for the Holocaust. The mass deportation of people to killing centers was a viable blueprint for the establishment of gas chambers such as Auschwitz. The notion that incurable people were economically “burdensome” was being applied on Jews as well, making them equally vulnerable to the order.

How many people were killed under the T4 Program?

Officially, the T4 Program was put to rest in 1941 with at least 70,000 deaths in two years under its credit, but a lot of evidence indicated that the killings were just kept away from public eyes. The unofficial count by the end of the World War 2 in 1945 was estimated at around 2,00,000 deaths. A lot of instances showed that the T4 Program and Holocaust were taking place simultaneously.

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After visiting Hartheim Castle for two days, I came to the conclusion that no one was gassed there. Deformed and mentally ill people were put to death at Hartheim, by injections, not in a gas chamber. These unfortunate people were unable to walk into a gas chamber.

You can see more of my photos of the interior of Hartheim castle on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber02.html

 

 

 

Jewish Avengers back in the news

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:10 am

This recent news story is about the “Jewish Avengers” who tried to poison Nazis during World War II: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/31/jewish-holocaust-survivor-kill-nazis-poison-arsenic-nuremburg

Joseph xxx a survivor of the Avengers

Joseph Harmatz, one of the Avengers, is still alive today

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

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Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret – that to his knowledge he didn’t actually kill any Nazis.

Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish “Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American-run prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than 2,200 Germans but ultimately caused no known deaths. A recently declassified US military report obtained by the Associated Press has only added to the mystery of why the brazen operation did not kill Nazis, because it shows the amount of arsenic used should have been fatal to tens of thousands.

Still, the 91-year-old Harmatz says the message echoed into a rallying cry for the new state of Israel, established in 1948 – that the days when attacks on Jews went unanswered were over.

“We didn’t want to come back [to Palestine] without having done something, and that is why we were keen,” Harmatz said in a hoarse, whispery voice from his apartment in north Tel Aviv. He lost most of his family in the Holocaust.

Despite a visceral desire for vengeance after the second world war, most Holocaust survivors were too weary or devastated to seriously consider it. But a group of some 50, most[ly] young men and women who had already fought in the resistance could not let the crimes go unpunished. While there were some isolated acts of Jews harming individual Nazis after the war, the group, codenamed Nakam, Hebrew for vengeance, sought a more comprehensive form of punishment.

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One of my very first blog posts was about the Jewish Avengers:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/anton-schmidt-two-minutes-of-silence-in-his-honor-at-eichmanns-trial/