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October 25, 2016

The TWO confessions of Rudolf Hoess

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:31 pm

Why did Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of the Auschwitz camp, write TWO confessions?

The first confession signed by Hoess was labeled by the Allies as Nuremberg Document No-1210. It was an 8-page typewritten document written in German. Hoess wrote the date 14.3.1946 2:30 (March 14, 1946 2:30 a.m.) next to his signature. This date was three days after his capure on March 11, 1946. Hoess had been beaten half to death; alcohol had been poured down his throat, and he had been kept awake for three days and nights before he finally signed this confession at 2:30 in the morning.

A second affidavit signed by Rudolf Hoess on April 5, 1946 was labeled by the Allies at the Nuremberg IMT as document PS-3868. It was a typewritten document, about 2 and a quarter pages long, written in English.

Another document, also labeled PS-3868, was purported to be the English translation of the original deposition given by Hoess in German. The second document was the one that was entered into the proceedings of the Nuremberg IMT.

During his cross-examination of Rudolf Hoess, American prosecutor Col. Harlan Amen quoted from the second affidavit which was alleged to be the English translation of a deposition given by Hoess in German. After reading each statement made by Hoess in his affidavit, Col Amen asked Hoess if this was what he had said and Hoess answered “Jawohl.” [the English equivalent would be “Yes, indeed.”]

You can read more about Rudolf Hoess on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/RudolfHoess.html

How many holes on the roof of a gas chamber does it take to gas a room full of Jews?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:33 am

Today, I am writing, in an answer to a comment, made by a guy named Denying-History, one of the new readers of my blog.

I am quoting his comment:

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Hans stark talks about the pouring of Zyklon though the room of two holes, then the holes being closed. Morgue 1 (based on HC’s view) had three holes, but they say that Stark could have mistaken the number of holes in use. This again fits broads model of two cans of 1kg, though we don’t have a size record from Stark.

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My 1998 photo of the roof of Krema 1 gas chamber

My 1998 photo of roof of the Krema 1 gas chamber in Auschwitz main camp

In September 1998, I climbed up on the roof of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp and photographed the holes, through which the Zyklon-B poison gas was allegedly poured. My photo above shows the holes, which are covered with wooden lids.

My 1998 photo of SS hospital and the roof of the gas chamber

My 1998 photo of SS hospital and the roof of the Auschwitz 1 gas chamber

The photo above shows the hospital for wounded or sick SS soldiers in the German Army. Stupid Germans!!! Didn’t they realize that some gas fumes might have wafted over to the hospital on a hot summer day?

No, actually it was perfectly safe because the holes on the roof were covered with wooden lids. One SS man would lift up the lid, while another SS man would quickly pour the poison pellets into the gas chamber room below.

Gas chamber in foreground and SS hospital in the background

Gas chamber in foreground and SS hospital for wounded soldiers in the background

The famous photo above, which I did not take, shows that there was only a narrow street between the gas chamber and the hospital. The SS men in the hospital could have just dashed across the street, and into the gas chamber, if they decided to commit suicide.

Front entrance into gas chamber in main camp

My 1998 photo of the front entrance into gas chamber in the Auschwitz I camp

My photograph above shows one of the entrances into the reconstructed Krema I gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp. This door was added by the Nazis in the fall of 1944 when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter.

When I visited Auschwitz in 2005, this door was locked and the tourist entrance was through the original door on the other side of the building. In 1998, my tour guide and I entered through the metal door.

The gas chamber room at Auschwitz, which was actually a morgue for dead bodies, was designed to be used by the SS men for shelter in case of an air raid attack.

In my 2005 photo below, notice the peephole in the metal door. This peephole was for SS soldiers to look out to see if all was clear after a bombing raid. Anyone looking in, through this peephole, would only have seen the black wall behind the door.

Air raid shelter door has peephole to look out

My 2005 photo of the air raid shelter door

Wooden door inside gas chamber

My 2005 photo of wooden door into the gas chamber room

Robert Jan van Pelt & Deborah Dwork wrote in their book entitled “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” that the routine gassing of humans was inaugurated at the Auschwitz I camp on September 16, 1941 when 900 Soviet Prisoners of War were killed in the mortuary room of the crematorium which had just been converted into a gas chamber.

According to these two historians, shortly before that, the mortuary room had been put into service as an execution chamber where Polish political prisoners were shot because the Black Wall, formerly used for executions, proved to be too far away from the crematorium for an efficient system.

Sadly, the bullet holes, made by the shooting of the Polish prisoners, have been plastered over and can no longer be seen.

My photo of the washroom door, which opens into the gas chamber, is shown below. Note that there is a glass window in the door.

My photo of the washroom door into the gas chamber

My 1998 photo of the washroom door into the gas chamber

On my visit to the gas chamber in 1998, I asked my tour guide what kept the prisoners from breaking the door and letting in fresh air. She told me that an SS man was posted behind the door, ready to shoot anyone who tried to break the glass.

After Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss had been beaten half to death by his British captors, he described the 1941 gassing of the Soviet Prisoners of War in the following quote from his memoirs:

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I have a clearer recollection of the gassing of 900 Russians that took place shortly afterwards in the old crematorium, since the use of block 11 for this purpose caused too much trouble. While the transport was detraining, holes were pierced in the earth and concrete ceiling of the mortuary. The Russians were ordered to undress in an anteroom; they then quietly entered the mortuary, for they had been told they were to be deloused. The whole transport exactly filled the mortuary to capacity. The doors were then sealed and the gas shaken down through the holes in the roof. I do not know how long this killing took. For a little while a humming sound could be heard. When the powder was thrown in, there were cries of “Gas!” then a great bellowing, and the trapped prisoners hurled themselves against both doors. But the doors held. They were opened several hours later so that the place might be aired.

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October 24, 2016

David Irving now claims that Jews were gassed in the little red house and the little white house

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:41 am
My 2005 photo of the ruins of the little white house

My 2005 photo of the ruins of the little white house at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Before the construction of four large gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau was completed in 1943, the gassing of the Jews allegedly took place in two old farmhouses, described as “the little white house” and “the little red house.”

The little red house was located north of where the fourth gas chamber, called Krema V, was built at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This house was completely destroyed by the Nazis and nothing remains of it today.

The little red house is now claimed to have been the site of the first gassing of the Jews at Birkenau, beginning in March 1942. The little white house was allegedly put into operation as a gas chamber in June 1942.

One of the readers of my blog has alerted me to the news story that David Irving is now confirming that Jews were gassed in the little red house and the little white house. You can read about this at https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?t=6999

In the past, I have written at length about the location of the little red house and the little white house, which David Irving confirmed several years ago.

You can read about the little white house on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau03.html

You can read about the location of the little red house on my blog at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/the-location-of-the-little-red-house-the-first-gas-chamber-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

On the blog post, cited above, you can see a video of David Irving at the site of the little red house. Irving is doing his best to save his reputation so that he can sell his books.

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott_Bush

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

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08B.html

October 22, 2016

“Museum of an Extinct Race” is back in the news

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:35 pm

I previously blogged about the “Museum of an Extinct Race” at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/hitlers-proposed-museum-of-an-extinct-race/

The subject of the “Museum of an Extinct Race” is back in the news. You can read all about it at: https://www.bu.edu/today/2016/spiritual-resistance-to-the-holocaust/

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

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Held at Auschwitz during World War II, a man presented fellow prisoner Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Meisels with an impossible ethical choice. His son was marked for execution, he told the rabbi, but he could ransom his boy by swapping another person in his place. Would Jewish law permit that awful decision?

“The rabbi said, ‘Don’t ask me the question,’” says Michael Grodin, a core faculty member at BU’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies and director of the center’s Project on Medicine and the Holocaust. “From that, the man gleaned the fact that he probably shouldn’t do that, because otherwise the rabbi would have said OK.…His son died in the gas chambers.”

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The debate over the “Judenrat” –  the Jewish officials who, on behalf of their communities, had to face the Nazi-Fascist authorities in Shoah time – is still going on.

In the following quote, from one of his essays, Wolf Murmelstein, a Holocaust survivor, seeks to defend the good name of the members of the Judenrat.

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Begin essay written by Wolf Murmelstein:

WHO WERE THE JUDENRAT?

The Judenrat had been selected mainly among former Community Officials, such as Board members and high ranking clerks; besides, Eichmann wanted to secure also the experience that local Zionist leaders had in the emigration sector. Later, mainly in the Ghettoes, also persons with little or no community affiliation had been appointed.

In 1938 at Vienna, Loewenhertz (Community Manager and Zionist leader), after some weeks of imprisonment, had been appointed by the SS with the order to set up the emigration; Goering had forecasted a two-year time frame for Vienna without Jews. In 1939 at Prague, Weidman, the only qualified Community clerk in office that the Nazis had met upon their arrival, had been appointed; President and Vice-president stood already safe abroad. In 1939 at Lodz, the famous Chaim Rumchowsky had been appointed perhaps only accidentally. In 1941, in many Lithuanian communities, the Judenrat had been chosen by draw. Clearly the right knowledge of German was important.

FOLLOW A NO-PARTICIPATION ATTITUDE OR TAKE THE BURDEN?

Persons who stood safe in the time of “that darknes” worked out the theory that the Judenrat, by taking the burden of their appointment, made it easier for the Nazis to manage the deportation of the Jews. This theory should be evaluated, as much as according to moral point of view as according to consistency with real conditions of power in that time in those countries.

The moral point of view:

In 1941, the rabbis of the Vilna School in Lithuania ruled that the burden had to be taken by accepting appointment as Judenrat. The Rabbi of Kaunas/Kovno ruled that in the event the enemy had decided to exterminate a community, but by one means or another, it is possible to put safe a part of the community, then the leaders have to call upon all their spiritual forces and make every possible effort to put safe that part of their community.

In Poland, a Rabbi remarked that “the law of a kingdom is law even if it is a bad law.”

The real conditions of power at that time in those countries:

In 1933 Hitler had been appointed Chancellor by President Hindenburg, according to the Weimar Constitution procedures. So the Holy Seat, as with other foreign governments, had regular diplomatic relationships and negotiated treaties with the Nazi regime, while the racial laws had been considered internal affairs, not subject to any objection. There had not been, in 1938, any meaningful objection to the annexation of Austria, while that of the Sudetenland resulted from the Munich treaty. In March 1939, as Bohemia-Moravia became a Protectorate, Prime Minister Chamberlin expressed deep feelings of sympathy.

The Jewish leaders – Baeck (Berlin), Loewenhertz (Vienna), Murmelstein (Vienna/Terezin), Cerniakow (Warsaw), Rumchowsky (Lodz), Gens (Vilna), Elkes (Kaunas/Kovno) and others – could not be stronger than many “statesmen,” nor resist better than the governments of all the countries defeated and overrun by the Wehrmacht. They had to cope with the real conditions of power and “as ruled by Rabbi Ytzhak Shapiro of Kaunas/Kovno,” put safe the part of their communities that was possible.

The visas for emigration had been granted by the various consular officials on passports issued by the Nazi police. The International Red Cross Commission had to deal through the German General Consul at Geneva in order to obtain access to the last Concentration Camps to help the survivors. In a briefing on May 4th 1945, the Red Cross Delegate M. Paul Dunant referred to the State Minister for the Protektorate, SS General K. H. Frank, and to the Security Police Chief SS Colonel Weinmann for having granted the safe handing over of power at Theresienstadt and the release of the prisoners of the nearby prison. Indeed M. Paul Dunant took over the control of the Theresienstadt Ghetto on May 5th, as the last Commander had just received a regular order to leave from SS General K. H. Frank. The Red Army reached Theresienstadt only two days later.

WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS DID A JUDENRAT HAVE TO COPE WITH?

With the racist laws, economic and social conditions of Jews got continuously worse, so the need for social and educational services that communities had to grant was increasing. Until 1938, people willing to emigrate had to be advised, while from 1938 on, a proper emigration service had to be set up and assistance given for people imprisoned in the Concentration Camps, since for persons at every possible contact with the Nazis, red-tape was involved. Furthermore, new heavy tasks arose in 1939 with the outbreak of war, as Eichmann made an attempt to establish a kind of “Super Ghetto” in Poland, between the Sun and Bug rivers, in the Lublin distict.

As the first groups of Jews from Vienna and Prague had reached the little Polish town of Nisko, thought to become the centre of that “Super Ghetto,” Eichmann in a speech explained clearly the need of various kinds of work to be performed because “otherwise it would mean to die.” Indeed, in the Ghettoes, the Judenrat had to take care of various town services, distribution of food, utilities, etc.

The recruitment of working groups to work for the German army or factories seemed a good way for survival. That this recruitment later turned out as the first step for further deportations is tragic but the Judenrat can not be blamed for it. A Judenrat had the need to keep under strict control, in too many instances without success, all the many associates in order to prevent abuses against the weak categories (like aged or sick people, orphans) since they had dangerous contact with the SS, who looked every time for informers.

Clearly, strict secrecy had to be kept on meaning and details of every action aimed to help people to survive; unfortunately the SS had too many well-informed informers. So a Judenrat stood between the hammer of the SS with its harsh orders and the anvil of the fellow inmates with their natural, but in no way realistic, expectations. When denying a request, the Judenrat could not state the real reasons and so these tragic figures are blamed even sixty years later for the sins of the SS.

HOW DID A JUDENRAT HAVE TO FACE THE SS?

At the time of “that darkness,” Jewish leaders could meet only high-ranking SS officers who had only strict margins of power and were themselves spied upon. Furthermore, the encounters were between those who hated and those who were hated, between one who was sitting comfortably in his armchair and one who had to stand for hours receiving foolish orders expressed in a rude way and could not make any objection. It should be noted that any encounter a Judenrat had with the SS Commander could turn out to be the last one. Indeed, Gens of Vilna had been shot in the mouth as soon he was about to enter the Commander’s Office, Eppstein of Theresienstadt had been shot in a nearby prison

WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS DID A JUDENRAT HAVE TO COPE WITH?

With the racist laws, economic and social conditions of Jews got continuously worse, so the need for social and educational services that communities had to grant was increasing. Until 1938, people willing to emigrate had to be advised, while from 1938 on, a proper emigration service had to be set up and assistance given for people imprisoned in the Concentration Camps, since for persons at every possible contact with the Nazis, red-tape was involved. Furthermore, new heavy tasks arose in 1939 with the outbreak of war, as Eichmann made an attempt to establish a kind of “Super Ghetto” in Poland, between the Sun and Bug rivers, in the Lublin distict.

As the first groups of Jews from Vienna and Prague had reached the little Polish town of Nisko, thought to become the centre of that “Super Ghetto,” Eichmann in a speech explained clearly the need of various kinds of work to be performed because “otherwise it would mean to die.” Indeed, in the Ghettoes, the Judenrat had to take care of various town services, distribution of food, utilities, etc.

The recruitment of working groups to work for the German army or factories seemed a good way for survival. That this recruitment later turned out as the first step for further deportations is tragic but the Judenrat can not be blamed for it. A Judenrat had the need to keep under strict control, in too many instances without success, all the many associates in order to prevent abuses against the weak categories (like aged or sick people, orphans) since they had dangerous contact with the SS, who looked every time for informers.

Clearly, strict secrecy had to be kept on meaning and details of every action aimed to help people to survive; unfortunately the SS had too many well-informed informers. So a Judenrat stood between the hammer of the SS with its harsh orders and the anvil of the fellow inmates with their natural, but in no way realistic, expectations. When denying a request, the Judenrat could not state the real reasons and so these tragic figures are blamed even sixty years later for the sins of the SS.

HOW DID A JUDENRAT HAVE TO FACE THE SS?

At the time of “that darkness,” Jewish leaders could meet only high-ranking SS officers who had only strict margins of power and were themselves spied upon. Furthermore, the encounters were between those who hated and those who were hated, between one who was sitting comfortably in his armchair and one who had to stand for hours receiving foolish orders expressed in a rude way and could not make any objection. It should be noted that any encounter a Judenrat had with the SS Commander could turn out to be the last one. Indeed, Gens of Vilna had been shot in the mouth as soon he was about to enter the Commander’s Office, Eppstein of Theresienstadt had been shot in a nearby prison suddenly after having been put under arrest, etc.

Any request for allowance of conditions, for exemption from deportation transport, etc. had to be submitted in a way that an SS could understand. And in the event, the allowance or the exemption had not been granted for reasons never stated and which today can only be conjectured. Fellow inmates, followed years later by so-called historians, of course blame the Judenrat as not capable or brave enough.

A Judenrat, after having stood for hours before a rude SS officer, certainly could not behave in a polite, gentlemanlike way; the physical stress should be properly considered. In the states allied with Hitler, the Jewish leaders had some possibility of approaching higher ranking figures. In Bulgaria, it was possible to save almost the entire community and in Rumania a large part. In Slovakia, high-ranking officials had been bribed and the deportations had been stopped; a part of the community could survive.

HOW DID THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE JUDENRAT ARISE?

The first to blame the Judenrat had been, already before the liberation, persons who stood safe in London, Jerusalem, New York or Geneva and, as shown by historians like Hilberg or Laqeur, they had been unable to start any useful action to help those who stood in the hell of that darkness. For such persons, the accusations raised by former inmates against the Judenrat, almost all dead as Martyrs, resulted in being very useful in order to divert attention from their failure to start any useful action, just as from their own political bankruptcy in 1938 and 1939.

The accusations raised by former inmates against the Judenrat can be subdivided into four classes:

1. Accusations arising from hysteria and a persecution complex which suddenly resulted in absurdity at hearings by investigating officers or magistrates.

2. Accusations raised by persons who had been prevented by the Judenrat from trafficking in various ways.

3. Accusations raised by persons for the denial of petty, but absurd, favours.

4. Accusations raised, mainly by Communists, for the purpose of political hatred. Indeed in Poland, the Communist government had an interest in blaming the Judenrat and speaking about Jewish accomplices, in order to have the support of anti-Semite nationalists. Besides those who wanted to divert attention from their failures to help or to politically bankrupt, the absurd accusations against the Judenrat turned out to be advantageous for banks, insurance companies, big corporations and many persons who had bought Jewish properties at very bargain prices. Indeed, the few survivors among the Judenrat – Loewenhertz (Wien), Murmelstein (Wien/Theresienstadt), Cohen (Netherlands) – would have been precious for their knowledge about details of the seizures of Jewish properties in order to obtain a prompt restitution, at a time when documents had been still available and survivors would have had so many more opportunities to start again. Some years later, the “revisionist historians” could speak about Jewish accomplices and guilt.

The writer of the present essay is the son of the last survivor among the few Judenrat who reached the liberation alive, and he feels therefore that it is his duty to fight for the reputation of those Martyrs who had left no one who could do this.

End quote from the writing of Wolf Mermelstein

 

 

 

 

 

Will the movie, named Denial, win an award for the worst movie ever made?

Filed under: David Irving, Holocaust, movies — furtherglory @ 10:23 am
Debra Lipstadt

Debra Lipstadt

You can read a review of the movie “Denial” at http://buffalonews.com/2016/10/20/overly-clinical-denial-puts-holocaust-denier-trial/

The following quote is from the movie review:

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The film’s most emotional moment comes when Lipstadt and her legal team visit Aushwitz [Birkenau], a death camp not built to be one. As the discussion turns to proving the cyanide [Zyklon-B] used to kill Jews wasn’t for simply disinfecting against lice, Lipstadt drifts away to recite a prayer in Hebrew by the ruins of a gas chamber, while a raindrop that looks like a teardrop hangs from nearby barbed wire [fence].

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I agree that this is a great scene, but it is a very deceitful scene. Would it have killed the producers of this film to have gone to Birkenau in the summer time, so that we could have seen the ruins of the gas chamber very clearly!

The following quote is also from the movie review:

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Numerous sequences [in the film] of Lipstadt jogging or talking with Holocaust survivors are shoved between the trial sequences, and while these events may actually have transpired, they don’t push the plot forward at all. In fact, trimming these scenes would have led to a tighter script, allowing the suspenseful legal thriller hidden in this film to blossom more fully.

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The point is that this film is very bad, and the scenes of Lipstadt jogging make it worse. I have never jogged in my whole life; I consider jogging to be bad for one’s health. I go for a walk every day, and that’s good enough for me. There will never be a movie about me, so I don’t need to jog.

October 21, 2016

Understanding the movie entitled “Denial”

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:32 pm

Scene from movie entitled Denial

Here is the plot of the movie entitled “Denial”:

In 1996, an American historian, Deborah Lipstadt, was sued by a British historian, David Irving, over Lipstadt’s claim that Irving was a liar and a falsifier of history.

In his books and lectures, Irving had contended that Auschwitz had no gas chambers. In bringing the suit, Irving charged that Lipstadt had damaged his career and his reputation.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/10/21/1-movie-review-denial-plainly-told-story-of-holocaust-libel-case-fascinates.html

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….because Lipstadt’s allegedly libelous comments are unambiguous and because she and her publisher don’t want to settle, she and her lawyers need to prove two things or lose the case:

• That Irving’s Auschwitz writings were inaccurate.

• That he did it intentionally, for the purpose of pushing an anti-Semitic agenda.

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I have seen this movie, and I don’t think that it will win any awards.

 

Happy birthday to Holocaust survivor who is 107 years old

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am

On this website, you can read about a Holocaust survivor who has just celebrated her 107th birthday: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/10/20/cincinnatis-oldest-holocaust-survivor-turns-107/92493860/

The following quote is from the news article:

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… [in 1941] the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was eight years into the mass slaughter of Jews. At the end of WWII, 6 million Jews would be killed, with nearly a quarter million coming from Slomovits’ home of Romania.

Esther Slomovits turned 107 Thursday. She’s Cincinnati’s oldest Holocaust survivor.

The Slomovits were loaded onto a train for deportation to a Nazi death camp, but Sidney’s former employer bribed someone to stop the train, rescuing the Slomovits’.

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How does one stop a speeding train? When I was a child, I lived only a stone’s throw from the tracks of the Missosuri-Pacific railroad line. It never occurred to me that I could have bribed someone to stop a train going through my town, so that I could get a passenger off the train. The passengers on the train used to lean out the window and wave to me. Were they signaling to me because they wanted me to stop the train so that they could escape?

The most important part of this story is her secrets to living a long life. The following quote is about her habits:

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The key to her longevity, she said, is spending time with those you love, being in nature, a hearty breakfast, substituting honey for sugar and “on your 107th birthday, celebrate with sponge food cake – no icing!”

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The important part of her secret to longevity is that she eats honey instead of sugar. So far, I have lived to the age of 83, and I never touch sugar. If I need to sweeten my food, I use raw honey.

 

October 20, 2016

Could Trump be the new Hitler?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:24 am
Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

In this news article, it is suggested that The Donald could become the new Htiler:

http://www.businessinsider.com/hitler-trump-comparisons-2016-10

The following quote is from the article:

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Many observers have already drawn parallels between Trump and Adolf Hitler — not late Hitler, but early Hitler, before the horrors of the late 1930s and World War II (in other words, before Hitler became Hitler, back when millions of Germans viewed him as a refreshingly bold and strong leader who could restore a troubled country).

To do so is not to suggest that Trump is or would become another Hitler. No one knows what Trump would do with the power of the presidency, and fanatical psychopathic dictators like Hitler are thankfully rare. But the parallels between the rise of the two men are clear enough that it would be unwise to ignore them. Especially because, as Slate’s Will Saletan recently observed, Trump’s rhetoric is, in fact, becoming more and more early-Hitler-like.

Hitler himself went from fringe politician to chancellor of Germany in the space of a few years. And he went from Chancellor to dictator in a matter of months.

If Trump is elected president next month, he will instantly have more power than Hitler had when he was appointed chancellor of Germany in 1933. 

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If Trump is elected President, he could become an all-powerful dictator, just like Adolf Hitler. Trump’s hair could become his symbol, just like Hitler’s haircut became famous.

In the middle of last night’s debate, Trump said, regarding Hillary: “Such a nasty woman.”

Hitler respected women, unlike Trump. You can read the latest news about Trump’s disrespect for women:

New Accuser Tearfully Alleges Trump Assaulted Her at U.S. Open: He Said ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am?’

There are other differences between Trump and Hitler. Trump has had two wives who have divorced him, and he is now married to a third woman. Hitler was never married, although he did go through a marriage ceremony just before he committed suicide. Hitler served in the Army, but Trump has never had any military service.

October 19, 2016

Hitler’s birthplace might be torn down

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:40 am

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My photo of Hitler’s birthplace is shown above.

While I was taking the photo above, everyone who passed me on the street smiled and nodded to me. I took this to mean that the Austrians still love Hitler, and that they were happy to see an American visiting this building.

In today’s news, there is an article, which claims that Hitler’s birthplace in Austria will soon be torn down, but I don’t think that this will ever happen.

You can read this news at http://now.howstuffworks.com/2016/10/18/austria-destroy-adolf-hitler-birthplace

The photo below accompanies the article.

Hitler's birthplace in Austria

Hitler’s birthplace in Austria

This isn’t the first time that Hitler’s birthplace has been scheduled to be torn down. I wrote about plans to tear down this historic building on a previous blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/hitlers-birthplace-in-braunau-am-inn-austria/

I have a section on my website about Hitler’s birthplace: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BraunauAmInn/index.html

Hitler was a great man, but he made the fatal mistake of kicking the Jews out of Germany. He can never be forgiven for that. The Jews are back in Germany now — one million at last count. They are safe in Germany now. Who would ever kick them out again?

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