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January 19, 2017

Heilig Vaterland.

Filed under: Germany, Music, World War II — furtherglory @ 2:06 pm
Special thanks to Herbert Stolpmann's comments which you can read here.

Ulfhethnar version

When I first saw this Youtube video, I wondered if the lyrics were the same as the lyrics in the original song, written by Rudolf Alexander Schröder, in 1914.  Turns out that the lyrics are a little different in the two different versions.  I looked up the original 1914 lyrics, which are at the end of this blog post.

But first, lets start with the new version, which I looked up on the Internet.  Differences between the new and old versions are indicated by showing the old version in brackets.  For example, zieh uns alle in Bann [Sieh uns all entbrannt], the words in brackets are from the original song.

I have copied the new lyrics, which you can read below, or you can read the new lyrics in the link below.

https://www.letras.com/ulfhethnar/1414815/

Heilig Vaterland, in Gefahren,
deine Söhne sich um dich scharen,
von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

Bei den Sternen steht was wir schwören,
der die Sterne lenkt wird uns hören.
Jeder Fremde, dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt.

Jeder Fremde, [Eh’ der Fremde] dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

Heilig Vaterland, heb zur Stunde,
kühl [Kühn] dein Angesicht in die Runde,
zieh uns alle in Bann [Sieh uns all entbrannt] Sohn bei Söhnen steh’n,
du sollst bleiben lang, wir vergeh’n.

Zieh’ uns alle in Bann Sohn bei Söhnen steh’n,
du sollst bleiben lang, wir vergeh’n.
Jeder Fremde, [Eh’ der Fremde] dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt.

Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland,
alle steh’n wir Hand in Hand.

English translation of new lyrics according to google.

Holy Fatherland, in dangers,
Thy sons are gathered round thee,
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

With the stars is what we swear,
Who steers the stars will hear us.
Every stranger, [Eh ‘stranger], robbing you of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at head.

Every stranger, [Eh ‘stranger] robbed you of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at head.
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

Holy Fatherland, lifted the hour,
Cool [bake] your face in the round,
Draw us all together [See us all burnt] Son with sons,
You shall remain long, we shall pass away.

Let us all be a son of a son with sons,
You shall remain long, we shall pass away.
Every stranger, [Eh ‘stranger] robbed you of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at head.

Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.
Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland,
We all stand hand in hand.

End of English translation of new lyrics.

You can follow the link below to the original 1914 lyrics, and hear a piano play the melody on an mp3.  I have also provided an English translation using google translate.

http://ingeb.org/Lieder/heiligva.html

Nach Rudolf Alexander Schröder, 1914

Heilig Vaterland! In Gefahren
Deine Söhne sich um dich scharen.
|: Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland!
Alle stehen wir Hand in Hand! 😐

2 Bei den Sternen steht, was wir schwören.
Der die Sterne lenkt, wird uns hören.
|: Eh’ der Fremde dir deine Kronen raubt,
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt! 😐

3. Heilig Vaterland, heb zur Stunde
Kühn dein Angesicht in die Runde!
|: Sieh uns all entbrannt, Sohn bei Söhnen stehn.
Du sollst bleiben, Land, wir vergehn! 😐

End of old lyrics

English Translation:

According to Rudolf Alexander Schröder, 1914

Holy Fatherland! In dangers
Your sons are gathering around you.
|: Surrounded by dangers, holy Fatherland!
We all stand hand in hand! : |

2 The stars are what we swear.
He who directs the stars will hear us.
|: If the stranger robbed thee of your crowns,
Germany, we fall head at home! : |

3. Holy Fatherland, lift to the hour
Bake your face in the round!
|: See us all burned, son with sons.
Thou shalt stay, land, we shall perish! : |

End of translation

Much if not all of this footage, I believe was lifted from the films Triumph of the Will, and Victory of Faith.  I think I like the original sound track of this footage by Leni Riefenstahlt better.

Leberkäse:The Food of Bavarian Royalty

Filed under: Food, Germany, Health, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:19 am

leberkaese liver cheese, German foodI found an interesting article about this German food that you can read here.

Apparently it tastes almost exactly like spam.

Begin quote

Despite my curiosity, I wasn’t feeling confident about ordering the mystery meat so  J.P. (my German husband) offered to order it so that I could try a bite.  When it came out, I told my German companions that I thought it resembled SPAM which was met with blank stares.  “You know the meat that comes out of a can that’s really cheap and popular with university students.”  From the scowls on their faces it was clear that my unflattering comparison of Leberkäse to canned meat wasn’t appreciated.

I cautiously tasted a small bite – yep it tasted exactly like warm SPAM. Warning, if you feel the same way, you might want to keep your comments to yourself, or try one of the German dishes that is actually really good.

End quote

 

Should Germany’s “Monument of Shame” be torn down?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Berlin's Monument of Shame

The Monument of Shame in the heart of Berlin

SHOULD THIS MONUMENT OF SHAME BE TORN DOWN? YES!!!

Bjoern Hoecke said Tuesday that the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust is a “monument of shame.”

Björn Höcke in 2015

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-afd-idUSKBN1521H3

Begin quote
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country’s decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Sigmar Gabriel wrote on Facebook that even though he knows the AfD party thrives on provocation, the comments by Bjoern Hoecke, who leads the party in the eastern state of Thuringia, were “shocking.”
“This is not just some kind of provocation,” Gabriel wrote. “We must never let this kind of demagoguery be undisputed.”

Hoecke had called the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust a “monument of shame.” He told party supporters in the eastern city of Dresden that no other country would erect such a memorial in its capital and called instead for Germany to take a “positive” attitude toward its history. He also said Germany needs to perform a “180-degree turn” when it comes to remembering its past.

End quote

My 2002 photo of the site before the Memorial was built

My 2002 photo of the construction site before the Memorial to the Jews  was built

The 19,000 square-meter Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened to the public on May 12, 2005, consists of 2711 stones placed on sloping, uneven ground in an undulating wave-like pattern, giving visitors the feeling of insecurity as though the stones were on unstable ground.

Visitors can enter from all four sides, day or night, and wander on their own through the maze of stones, as though visiting a graveyard with nameless tombstones. The columns are sunk into the ground to various depths and at some places, they are higher than the heads of the visitors. There are no set paths or sign posts to guide viewers. The memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman to deliberately disorient visitors by having all the stones tilted slightly and paths that are not level.

Before 1945, this location was part of the Ministry Gardens; it was adjacent to the large complex of buildings which included Hitler’s Chancellery. After the war, it was part of the “death strip” along the Berlin wall. The memorial covers an area very close to the underground bunker where Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. There is no access to Hitler’s bunker which still exists underground.

My photo of the location before the Memorial was built

My photo of the location in Berlin before the Memorial was built

My photo of the Monument location before it was built

My photo of Monument location when construction began in 2002

January 18, 2017

The famous Wannsee house — then and now

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am
Famous house where the Holocaust was planned

Famous house where the Holocaust was planned

I copied the photo above from a recent article in USA today that you can read here.

My photo of the wanneee house, taken several years ago

My photo of the Wanneee house, taken several years ago

My photograph above, taken several years ago, shows the front of the Wannsee villa, as you approach from a short straight driveway off a street named Am Grossen Wannsee. (Wannsee is pronounced VON-say.)

The property has now been converted into a Holocaust Museum, which opened in 1992 on the fiftieth anniversary of the conference.

Wannsee is a famous suburb of Berlin, where Brad Pitt once rented a house, when he was making a movie in Germany several years ago.

My blog post today has nothing to do with Brad Pitt, but I wanted my readers to know that Wannsee is a famous location in Germany — where the rich and famous live.

More important is the fact that Wannsee is famous as the place where the Holocaust was planned.

The following quote is from my website:

After World War II ended on May 8, 1945, the Allied powers began a search for the Nazi documents that they would need as evidence at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal which was set to begin in November 1945. They found tons of paperwork including secret documents hidden in salt mines and behind walls in the Nazi administration buildings. But the one most important document, the order signed by Adolf Hitler which gave the authority for the genocide of the Jews, was never found.

Finally, in 1947, long after the first proceedings of the Nuremberg IMT had ended, the minutes of a conference held on January 20, 1942 at a villa in Wannsee, a district of Berlin, were found. At this conference, the plans for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” had been discussed. Today, tourists can stand in the very room where the plans were made for the genocide of the Jews.

My photo of the Wannsee house

My photo of driveway leading up to the Wannsee house

Fifteen top officials of the Nazi bureaucracy and the SS attended the Wannsee conference, which was led by 38-year-old Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA).

On May 27, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich was wounded when a group of Czech resistance fighters, who had escaped to England, returned and made an attempt on his life in Prague. Heydrich died of his wounds on June 4, 1942.

The minutes or protocols of the Wannsee meeting, 15 pages in all, were written by 36-year-old Adolf Eichmann. The copy that was found in 1947 was undated and unsigned; it had no stamp of any Bureau. The copy appeared to be a draft report of the meeting that was held on January 20, 1942 at Wannsee.

The full title of the Conference was “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe.” The original phrase was “a final territorial solution of the Jewish question.” The term “Jewish Question” referred to a question that had been discussed for years: Should the Jews have their own state within the country where they lived, or should they assimilate?

On the witness stand at the Nuremberg IMT, Hermann Goering said that the conference was about “the total solution to the Jewish Question” and that it meant the evacuation of the Jews, not extermination.

End quote from my website

January 17, 2017

Heilig Vaterland in Gefahren, deine Söhne sich, um dich scharen…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Music, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:06 pm

My photo of the town of Dachau

Heilig Vaterland in Gefahren, deine Söhne sich, um dich scharen…

Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 13, 2017 @ 10:46

Translation: Holy Fatherland in dangers, your sons are gathering around you…

[Click on the YouTube video below to hear a German song Stolpmann is quoting from]


Die Glorie von Deutschland ist noch nicht vorbei. Es wird kein Ende der Deutschen Glorie geben!

Comment by Gasan — January 13, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

Translation: The glory of Germany is not over yet.  There will be no end to German glory.

The above two comments were written in response to a recent blog post entitled: The Glory of Germany is now “Shown forbei”(updated) which I wrote about on 1/13/2017. You can read it by following the link below.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/13

The full words to the song are:

Heilig Vaterland! In Gefahren
deine Söhne sich um dich scharen.
Von Gefahren umringt, heilig Vaterland
Alle stehen wir Hand in Hand

Bei den Sternen steht, was wir schwören
Der die Sterne lenkt, wird uns hören
Eh der Fremde dir deine Kronen raubt
Deutschland, fallen wir Haupt bei Haupt!
Heilig Vaterland, heb zur Stund Kühn

dein Angesicht in die Runde

Sieh uns all entbrannt, Sohn bei Söhnen stehn
Du sollst bleiben, Land, wir vergehn

The English translation is:

Holy Fatherland! In dangers
Your sons are gathered around thee.
Surrounded by perils, holy Fatherland
We all stand hand in hand.

The stars are what we swear
He who directs the stars will hear us
the stranger robbed thee of your crowns
Germany, we fall head at home!
Holy Fatherland, rise to the hour.

Bring your face into the round.

Look at us all burned, son with sons
You shall stay, land, we will perish.

75 years ago, the Nazis planned the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:57 pm

In this news article, you can read about how the Nazis planned the Holocaust, 75 years ago: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/news/really-closer-understanding-holocaust/

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

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Seventy-five years ago, at a villa on the Wannsee, the Nazis planned the Holocaust. But this wasn’t a turning point,  says Laurence Rees – they were already intent on genocide

On January 20 1942, one of the most infamous meetings in history took place on the outskirts of Berlin. Fifteen men attended the Wannsee conference and discussed the Nazis’ Final Solution – the extermination of the Jews.

Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the Reich Main Security Office, invited a number of functionaries in the Nazi state to assemble at an elegant villa on the shore of the lake [Wannsee]. They ranged from the relatively senior (Heinrich Müller, the head of the Gestapo) to the relatively junior (Adolf Eichmann, the so‑called Jewish expert among the Nazis who took the minutes of the meeting).

Heydrich announced that, with Hitler’s “permission”, there was now the possibility of “evacuating” the Jews to the East. He said…

End quote from news article

Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau who survived the Holocaust

Children, who were prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but somehow survived the Holocaust

The Holocaust was planned at the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942. You can read about this conference on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/EasternGermany/Wannsee/index.html

Don’t worry, the web page cited above was written before I became a Holocaust denier, so there is no Holocaust denial.

The house where the Holocaust was planned

House where the Holocaust was planned

Conference room where the Holocaust was planned

Room where Holocaust was planned

January 16, 2017

Wilhelm Canaris

Filed under: Dachau, David Irving, Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:34 am

‘Nun ja, wir mussten den kleinen Admiral mehrmals hoch und runter ziehen weil er so lange zappelte bis er endlich aufgab,.

Translation: Well yes, we had to pull the little Admiral several times up and down because he struggled quite long before he gave up.

Wilhelm Canaris was the head of the Abwher, which was the German military intelligence agency during most of the Nazi era.  Canaris was also a traitor and a double agent, who plotted to assassinate Hitler.  He ended up being hung and strangled by a violin wire on April 9th 1945 in the Flossenberg concentration  camp.

If Donald Trump is the new Hitler, and history repeats itself, then that would mean that Trump’s new appointment, who will become the head of American military intelligence, will also be a traitor, just like Canaris, and might end up being executed for treason.

Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1979-013-43, Wilhelm Canaris.jpg

On January 12th 2017, I wrote a blog post, in my new “name that Nazi” series, in which I asked my readers to identify the man in the photo above.  That same day, I also wrote another blog post entitled “Trump compares US intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany”. 

 You can read my January 12th blog posts here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/

There were two outstanding comments on this earlier blog post.  There was an exceptional comment, made by Herbert Stolpmann, that I used, in part, to begin this blog post today.

Jett Rucker was the first reader to correctly identify the man in the photo.

BEGIN OUTSTANDING COMMENTS ON MY EARLIER BLOG POST:

One of the two hangman commented during an interview about the execution of Canaris: ‘Nun ja, wir mussten den kleinen Admiral mehrmals hoch und rrunter ziehen weil er so lange zappelte bis er endlich aufgab,.

(‘Well yes, we had to pull the little Admiral several times up and down because he struggle quite long before he gave up)

This means that a lynching procedure took place and would have been ordered from the highest level of the hierarchy, with Hitler’s full knowledge, so as to make it as cruel as possible.

Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 12, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

Wilhelm Canaris, also admiral in the Kriegsmarine.

Comment by Jett Rucker — January 12, 2017 @ 10:21 am

END COMMENTS ON MY EARLIER BLOG POST

I wrote a little bit about Canaris on my website, which you can read here:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/ElserExecution.html

BEGIN QUOTE FROM MY SCRAPBOOK PAGES WEB SITE

On the same day that the Dachau Museum says that Georg Elser was killed by a bomb, April 9, 1945, a group of traitors to the Fatherland, including Rear Admiral Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster were executed at the Flossenbürg concentration camp on the orders of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller, but there was no attempted cover-up of these executions. Canaris, who was the head of the Abwehr, Nazi Germany’s military intelligence agency, before he was arrested, was involved in two failed attempts to assassinate Hitler in 1938 and 1939. General Oster had been arrested the day after the failed July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler. On April 8, 1945, General Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster were put on trial and both were convicted.

END QUOTE FROM MY SCRAPBOOKPAGES WEB SITE

You can read about the downfall of Canaris on Wikipedia by clicking here:

Wikipedia makes a few glaring errors.  In particular, the reason for Canaris initially being removed from his post.

https://en.wikipedia.on/wiki/Wilhelm_Canaris#Downfall_and_execution

Canaris was removed from his post as head of military intelligence, because he failed to obtain any intelligence about the allied landing at Anzio on January 22, 1944.

In  the 2002 version of David Irving’s book entitled “Hitler’s War”, the real story of Canaris’s dismissal from his position, as head of military intelligence, is given.

BEGIN QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR PAGE 652:

Wholly unexpected – and without even a hint from the German Intelligence services – on Jan 22 an American corps staged a sudden seaborne landing south of Rome at Anzio – to the rear of the German lines.  Misled by the assurances of Admiral Canaris, Kesselring had denuded this coastline; only two German battalions met the American troops….

Hitler asked Jodle to determine precisely why Intelligence had failed to predict the landing at Anzio.  Kesselring claimed that it was Canaris’s fault.  In February, Erich Vermeheren, an important Abwher agent in Turkey, put the last nail in the Admiral’s coffin.  This brought even Cicero’s operations to an abrupt end.  Hitler had had enough of Admiral Canaris.  He told Himmler to set up a “unified German secret Intelligence service.”

END QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR

Also completely absent from the current Wikipedia page is the important date of September 26th 1944.

BEGIN QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR – PAGE 740-741

Later that day, September 26, [1944], Heinrich Himmler arrived with a bulging briefcase of things to discuss.  Heading the agenda was the topic, ‘Treason since 1939.’  In a locked safe at the Abwher headquarters outside Berlin, Gestapo investigations had found documents proving that Mayor Gordeler, General Oster, General Beck, and above all Vice-Admiral Canaris – the slippery former chief of Intelligence – had been plotting Hitler’s overthrow since 1939 at least.  Canaris and his men had deliberately betrayed the plans and dates of Hitler’s 1940 western campaign (‘Yellow’) to the enemy.

These documents had been assembled by two of the admiral’s staff – General Oster and Hans vot Dohnanyi – with the view toward someday prosecuting Brauchitsch, then the army’s Commander in Chief, for refusing to aid the anti-Hitler plotters.  From General Munzos Grandes, who had commanded Spain’s contingent in Russia, Hitler had already learned some time ago that Canaris had personally warned Franco against bringing Spain in to the war on Hitler’s side.  Since his arrest in July, Canaris had told ingenious tales, but those who had rejected the Third Reich – Oster and Dohnbanyi – betrayed their friend Canaris equally willingly in face-to-face encounter.  General Alexander von Pfuhlstien, former commander of the ‘Brandenburg’ (Commando) Division, had been arrested on September 4, [1944] and he had once discussed using the division to storm the Wolf’s Lair; Canaris had confidently predicted Germany’s defeat for December 1943.  Colonel George Hansen invited his questioners to search for Canaris’s diaries, these damning documents were evidently found in the locked safe of another Abwher colonel who had succumbed to the suicide epidemic after July 20 – they vanished at the end of the war.

The documents showed that the plotters had sent the then Colonel Georg Thomas – another of Keitel’s department heads – to win over Halder and Brauchitsch in November 1939.  Hadler had refused: Britain’s fight was against the whole of Germany, he had said, not just Hitler.  A 1939 “study’ by Oster dealt explicitly with a coup d’etat.  There were voluminous memorandum by General Bech, and scattered pages of the fabled Canaris diary throwing a revealing new light on the 1943 Black Chapel case and the Abwehr dealings with the Vatican.  In April 1940, the documents indicated, Thomas had shown Halder a treacherous message from one Dr. Joseph Muller: the Vatican was willing to intercede with the British and French provided Hitler and Ribbentrop were first eliminated.  On being informed of this approach, Brauchtish had proposed to Halder that Thomas be arrested.  The same Joseph Muller had betrayed the date of ‘Yellow’ to the Vatican evidently on Abwehr instructions, since Canaris ordered the affair hushed up.  Oster had also warned the Dutch directly.

Hitler grimly informed Jodl of the news Himmler had brought.  The facts about Admiral Canaris were so terrible, he said, that he could not make them public until the war was over; then there would be a state trial at which the German people could take their revenge.

END QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR

In the pages which follow, Irving records how, on the following evening, Hitler’s health took a turn for the worse, and how he was unable to attend war counsels for several days.

Irving leaves it to his readers to draw a causal connection between the news of September 26th and Hitler’s health problems which started in earnest the following night, and lasted for days.  When I read this, I did draw a probable causal connection between the two.

Irving goes on, in his book, to record the Admirals last days.

BEGIN QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR page 807-808:

…at Flossenberg camp they left the traitors Admiral Canaris and General Oster.  A few days before, General Buhle had stumbled by chance on the long-sought diaries of Canaris, and these sealed the Abwehr chief’s fate.  He and General Oster were hanged after a summary court-martial on [April] the ninth [1945].

END QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR

January 14, 2017

Why were there so many barracks buildings in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 2:55 pm

The following quote is from this news article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4907032,00.html

Begin quote

“Along with the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria, the barracks [at Auschwitz-Birkenau] bear witness to Nazi Germany’s killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at this camp, which it built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim [Auschwitz] after occupying Poland.”

End quote

Barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Current preservation work on a barracks building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Why is this building being preserved? It  is being preserved because it was once occupied by Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Anything connected to the history of the Jews is sacred and must be preserved, if possible.

Why were there acres and acres of brick buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which were filled with Jews? Why were so many buildings needed when the Jews were allegedly being killed in gas chambers immediately upon arrival?

This quote is also from the news article:

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The task is all the harder because these types of poorly constructed barracks have never been preserved before, according to the Auschwitz team.

“My colleagues in the building industry laughed when I told them what I was doing. They said it’d be easier to just tear down the wall and rebuild it brick by brick than to restore it the way we’re doing,” says Szymon Jancia, a construction expert at the site.

“We’re aware that people come here specifically to see authentic objects and buildings,” Cyrulik adds for her part.

Protected from the weather by tents 12 metres (39 feet) high, the two barracks under restoration number among the camp’s oldest.

Work on the barracks began in September 2015 and will continue for another couple of years, while the entire project will take more than a decade and cost millions of dollars.

End quote

Who will pay for this restoration work? The Germans, of course.

I have photos of the barracks buildings on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Birkenau01A.html

You can see more photos of the Birkenau barracks on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/Gallery12/index.html

The Auschwitz main camp as caught on a drone camera

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:07 am

 

You can see what the main camp at Auschwitz looks like today, as caught on a drone camera:

https://www.good.is/articles/drone-footage-of-auschwitz

 

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website where you can see more of my photos of the Auschwitz I camp: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/index.html

 

What crime did this handsome man commit that caused him to be held for 12 years in a Syrian basement?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:21 am
Alois Brunner

Alois Brunner

Is my eyesight failing me, or is the man, in the photo above, a very handsome man? To me, he appears to be a nice guy, who would never hurt anyone.

Here is what Wikipedia has say about Alois Brunner:

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

So why was he held in a filthy basement, without visitors, for 12 years? Something wrong!

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2592346/nazi-war-criminal-alois-brunner-died-in-syria-basement/

Begin quote:

Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who invented ‘gas vans’ to massacre Jews and evaded capture after [the] war died after years of squalor and misery in Syrian basement.

End quote

I vaguely remember reading about Alois Brunner on my own website, so I did a search and found that Wolf Murmelstein had contributed an essay about Alois Brunner, which I put up on my website, several years ago.

The following quote is the words written by Wold Murmelstein, which I copied from my own website:

Begin quote

On the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Vienna Branch of the CENTRAL OFFICE FOR JEWISH EMIGRATION – SS Ltd Alois Brunner – informed us [Jews] about the start of the deportation for “Resettlement in the East.”

The problem of the selection of the persons to send on the transport lists [to the East] arose:

In Berlin (and so for the other “Old Reich” towns ) Leo Baeck said that only the Jewish Leadership could cope with that task in a humane way.

In Vienna, Benjamin Murmelstein preferred to follow the LOD RULE and leave the CENTRAL OFFICE to work out the [transfer] lists and then ask for exemption of persons where a reason understandable for the SS could be stated. Community staff members had to go with the SS men in order to grant assistance to the “unfortunate” selected persons. That kind of “participation” could not be avoided as SS Ltd Anton Brunner (Commandant of Theresienstadt at that time) made it clear that otherwise the Nazi Youth (Hitler Jugend) would be “sent out for the task”.

The number of the few believing Jews for the community staff had been the result of a difficult “bargaining” (requests had to be submitted in a suitable form) with SS Ltd Alois (Anton) Brunner. At end of August 1942, Benjamin Murmelstein, with his family, was about to be sent to Terezin. But Eichmann decided to delay the “re-organization” of Terezin “Jewish Self-Government.”

Prof. Victor Christian recalled the attention on the high scholarly qualities – he had to be still needed in Vienna – of Benjamin Murmelstein and obtained from the Gestapo the authorization for a series of lectures on Jewish Literature.

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Did Alois Brunner have two versions of his first name: Alois and Anton?

I wrote about “gas vans” on my scrapbookpages.com website; the following quote is from my website:

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According to the book, “Mauthausen: The History of a Death Camp” by Evelyn Le Chene, an estimated combined total of 10,000 persons were executed by gassing in the Mauthausen gas chamber, the mobile gas vans that ran between Mauthausen and Gusen, and in the gas chambers at Hartheim Castle.

The Museum at the former Dachau concentration camp says that 3,166 prisoners were sent to Hartheim Castle to be gassed, although the Dachau camp had its own gas chamber. However, Paul Berben, a prisoner at Dachau, wrote in his book “Dachau: the Official History” that the Chief Camp Doctor at Dachau, Dr. Julius Muthig, confessed to the gassing of Dachau prisoners in the gas chamber at the Mauthausen camp. In the doctor’s confession, Berben wrote that Dr. Muthig stated that “prisoners unfit to work [were] subjected to euthanasia and transferred to Mauthausen concentration camp to be gassed.”

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