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October 23, 2016

Auschwitz was originally owned by Prescot Bush — who knew?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

This morning, I was shocked to learn, from a news article, that Auschwitz was originally owned by Prescot Bush.The article doesn’t say that this man was the grandfather of George Bush, the former President of the United States. Maybe there was more than one person with this exact same name, except for the extra letter t in one of the names.

The article also refers to this man as Preston Bush.

You can read about George Prescott Bush here:

The following quote is from the news article:

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Originally owned by Preston Bush who used the site to make a fortune from Polish slave labour, Auschwitz was sold to the Nazi regime who established it as the largest extermination camp in Europe in 1940. Today the museum and memorial serve to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust so the world never forgets the atrocities of World War II.

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The article continues with this quote:

Auschwitz was the largest Nazi German Concentration and Death camp in the years 1940-1945. The Nazis deported at least 1,300,000 people to Auschwitz and carried out 1.5 million executions of Jews, Gypsies, Soviets and political prisoners. Approximately, 90 percent of the victims were Jews. The SS (Schutzstaffel) murdered the majority of them in the Gas chambers. Just about 10 kms from Krakow city, Auschwitz Concentration Camp attracts many tourists, who want to visit the place and pay homage to the hapless victims during the Holocaust.  Visitors hear eye-opening accounts of the prisoners and victims that were brought here explore the blocks where they lived and the gas chambers where the majority of them died. Silently they go around, some unable to control their tears, and offer prayers for the departed souls and return with heavy hearts.

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The article then continues with this quote:

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The Nazis deported at least 1,300,000 people to Auschwitz and carried out 1.5 million executions…

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You have to hand it to the Nazis — they could take 1.3 million people and carry out 1.5 million executions.  Only the Germans could do something like that, but after all, they are the smartest people in the world.

I could quote the rest of this news article, but I don’t want any of my readers to die laughing.

Ovens at Auschwitz

Ovens at Auschwitz main camp

The photo above shows the cremation ovens in the main Auschwitz camp.The black objects in front of the ovens are trolleys that were used to shove the bodies inside the ovens.

My 1998 photo of the ovens at Auschwitz

My 1998 photo of the ovens at Auschwitz

I took photos of the crematorium at Auschwitz when I visited the camp in 1998. Note that the dull brown trolleys have been upgraded to shiny black ones.

I was the only tourist there, so I could take lots of photos, which you an see on my website at