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December 18, 2016

“liberal American Jews are far worse than kapos”

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 5:45 am

The title of my blog post today is in quotes because these are words that were written by David Friedmann, a Jewish writer, back in June 2016.

A recent news article explains that “kapos [is] a Holocaust-era term referring to Jews who cooperated with the Nazis.”

This is the headline of the news article:

Dem: Trump’s Israel ambassador uses ‘frighteningly casual’ Holocaust talk to vilify liberal Jews

You can read the news article in full at https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/policy/international/310876-dem-trumps-israel-ambassador-uses-frighteningly-casual-holocaust

The news article continues with this quote:

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) says President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Israel [David Friedmann] “lacks any foreign policy experience.”

Moore specifically ripped David Friedman for comparing liberal Jews to Nazi collaborators.

“From his blind support for settlements in the West Bank and flagrant opposition to a two-state solution to his unconscionable and frighteningly causal use of holocaust imagery to vilify progressive American Jews, Mr. Friedman lacks the experience and temperament necessary to serve as our nation’s ambassador to Israel,” she said in a statement Friday.

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So, what exactly is a kapo?

The daily supervision of the Nazi concentration inmates was handled by prisoners who were designated as Kapos; the job of a Kapo was to assist the German guards.

The Kapos were usually German criminals. They were typically more cruel than the guards and would beat the prisoners while the guards looked the other way.

After World War II ended, some of the Kapos at the Dachau concentration camp, and the Kapos at other camps, were prosecuted by the American Military as war criminals because they had aided the Nazis. Jewish and homosexual prisoners had particularly been singled out for abuse by the Kapos.

The testimony of Rudolf Hoess, on April 15, 1946 at the Nuremberg IMT, put the blame for ill treatment of the prisoners in all the camps on the Kapos.

The following quote is from the trial transcripts of the testimony of Hoess at the Nuremberg IMT:

HERR BABEL: Did you make any observations as to whether there was any ill-treatment of prisoners to a greater or lesser degree on the part of those guards, or whether the ill-treatment was mainly to be traced back to the so-called Kapos?
HOESS: If any ill-treatment of prisoners by guards occurred-I myself have never observed any–then this was possible only to a very small degree since all offices in charge of the camps took care that as few SS men as possible had direct contact with the inmates, because in the course of the years the guard personnel had deteriorated to such an extent that the standards formerly demanded could no longer be maintained.

We had thousands of guards who could hardly speak German, who came from all lands as volunteers and joined these units, or we had older men, between 50 and 60, who lacked all interest in their work, so that a camp commander had to watch constantly that these men fulfilled even the lowest requirements of their duties. It is obvious that there were elements among them who would ill-treat internees, but this ill-treatment was never tolerated. Besides, it was impossible to have these masses of people directed at work or when in the camp by SS men only; therefore, inmates had to be assigned everywhere to direct the other prisoners and set them to work. The internal administration of the camp was almost completely in their hands. Of course a great deal of ill-treatment occurred which could not be avoided because at night there were hardly any members of the SS in the camps. Only in specific cases were SS men allowed to enter the camp, so that the internees were more or less exposed to these Kapos.

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According to Harold Marcuse, who wrote the book “Legacies of Dachau,” Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the concentration camps, did not condone cruelty in the concentration camps. Marcuse wrote that “Himmler had indeed punished several of the most sadistic and corrupt concentration camp commandants. He replaced the sadist Piorkowski in Dachau, for instance, with the much more competent Martin Weiss in September 1942…”

In his testimony at the Nuremberg IMT on April 15, 1946, Rudolf Hoess spoke about how the prisoners at Dachau and other concentration camps were punished.

The following quote is from the testimony of Rudolf Hoess at the Nuremberg IMT:

HERR BABEL: You have already mentioned regulations which existed for the guards, but there was also a standing order in each camp. In this camp order certainly punishment was provided for internees who violated the camp rules. What punishment was provided?
HOESS: First of all, transfer to a penal company (Strafkompanie), that is to say, harder work and restricted accommodations; next, detention in the cell block, detention in a dark cell; and in very serious cases, chaining or strapping. Punishment by strapping was prohibited in the year 1942 or 1943–I cannot say exactly when–by the Reichsführer. Then there was the punishment of standing at the camp gate over a rather long period, and finally corporal punishment.

However, no commander could decree this corporal punishment on his own authority. He could only apply for it. In the case of men, the decision came from the Inspector of Concentration Camps Gruppenführer Schmidt, and where women were concerned, the Reichsführer reserved the decision exclusively for himself.

Discipline in all the concentration camps was very strict and even the guards or camp administrators, who broke the rules, were put into a wing of the Dachau bunker (camp prison) which was reserved for SS men. Just before the camp was liberated, there were 128 SS men from various concentration camps, who were in prison at Dachau.

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Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the head of RSHA, testified at Nuremberg that there were 13 main concentration camps and one of them, called Danzig-Matzkau was a Straflager (punishment camp) for SS men who had mistreated prisoners. The 12 main concentration camps in the Greater German Reich, as listed by Lucy Dawidowicz in her book entitled “The War Against the Jews, 1933 – 1945,” were Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, Ravensbrück, Flossenbürg, Neuengamme, Gross Rosen, Natzweiler-Struthof, Mauthausen, Stutthof, Mittelbau-Dora and Theresienstadt. Bergen-Belsen was initially a holding camp which did not become a concentration camp until December 1944.

 

1 Comment »

  1. The Kapos were mostly criminal communist….In Paul Rassinier’s book Debunking the Genocide Myth, he said they (Kapos) were the ones who really ran the camps. The SS tried their best to not get involved. This information is about Dora a sub camp of Buchenwald where they mad weapons like the V2 rockets and other things for the war.
    You can download the pdf of the book here….it’s one of the best books to understand the workings of the penal camps. The penal work camps were were the most brutality occurred.
    vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres/debunk.pdf

    There was a chain on command in the penal working camps….people today have been brainwashed to think the SS were the bad guys….those who were, were dealt with harshly and some were executed for their brutality or corruption.

    Quote from book…
    We know that the S.S. delegated to the prisoners the direction and administration of the camps and that this practice of self-administration was called Häftlingsführung. There were, for example, Kapos (who headed Kommandos), Blockältester (Block supervisors), Lagerschutz (prisoner police), Lagerältester (camp supervisors) along with other prisoners who composed a whole concentration camp bureaucracy which in fact wielded all of the authority in the camp.

    Notice what he says about the Kapos….
    Quote from book.
    This latter group (Kapos) constituted a much greater obstacle to any humanizing of the camps than did the S.S. The “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you” is a concept of another world, which had no meaning in the concentration camp. “Do unto others what has been done to you” was the motto of all the Kapos, who had spent years and years in Straflagers and Arbeitslagers, and in whose minds the horrors that they had lived through had created a tradition, which, by an understandable distortion, they felt obliged to perpetuate. If by chance the S.S. forgot to mistreat us, these prisoners took care to make up for the slip.

    So the S.S. guarded the perimeter of the camp, and it can be said that we hardly ever saw them inside the camp, except when they simply went through to take the salute of the prisoners, the famous “Mützen ab”. They were helped in their guard duty by a company of marvelously trained dogs, always ready to bite and capable of hunting out an escaped prisoner tens of miles away. Every morning, the Kommandos that were to work outside the camp, often they traveled three or four miles on foot — when they had to go farther, they used trucks or trains — were accompanied, according to their importance, by two or four S.S., guns in hand, each with a muzzled dog on a leash. This special guard, which complemented the surveillance of the Kapos, just kept watch from afar, and did not intervene in supervision of the prisoners unless a show of force was called for.
    In the evening, at the roll-call by Block, when everyone was there, at a whistle, all the Blockführer turned toward the Block for which they were responsible, counted those present, and then went back to report. During this operation non-coms went around the Blocks to enforce silence and attention. The Kapos, Block Chiefs, and Lagerschutz (5) greatly helped them in making this task easy. From time to time an S.S. man stood out from the others for his brutality, but it was rare; and in no case was he ever more inhuman than the prisoner trustees who filled the positions that are mentioned in the preceding sentence .

    The grind of the days was merciless; the steps that the S.S. took, or pretended to take, to improve things turned into an additional torment. The very travel back and forth was more killing than the work itself. Added to that fact was the fact that the Kapos of the Ellrich Kommando were the worst of brutes, whose blows rained down upon the prisoners without pity. Then, too, the work was rigorously supervised; in short, it was the Kommando of death, and every night corpses were brought back.

    Comment by jrizoli — December 18, 2016 @ 11:57 am


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