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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

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“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.”

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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:

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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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