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January 14, 2017

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:

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:

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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 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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  1. With due respect to Wolf Murmelstein, his recollections and testimony is not worth very much in the great scheme of things. Yes – he was incarcerated in Theresienstadt during WW2, but he was only a young child at the time, and had no idea at all of what was going on outside the walls of the former Austrian fortress town.

    All his knowledge comes from gossip he overhead at the time; highly exaggerated Jewish survivor testimony; or post-war Allied propaganda. His overview of events was also bound to be colored by the accounts that his father – Benjamin Murmelstein – told him during and after the war.

    But his father was the last Jewish elder of the Theresienstadt Ghetto, and thus he was caught up in the uncertain and intricate machinations with the German ghetto authorities towards the end of the war. But in addition to this, he had to face accusations of collaboration with the Germans from Jewish individuals and organisations afterwards. And quite naturally, he would tell his son, Wolf, only his version of what happen during that eventful time.

    Wolf Murmelstein’s testimony, therefore, is only useful historically when it comes to describing what happened inside Theresienstadt itself; and also recounting what he can remember that his father told him. Everything else – which includes his information about Alois or Anton Brunner – is purely second, or third, hand stuff that he has picked up from other sources.

    Comment by Talbot — January 14, 2017 @ 12:27 pm

  2. Here we go the Horror Disneyland gas van stories……They just can’t let go of their far fetched lies.
    Next they will be saying that the UBER cars were used for gassing Jews….
    It’s all about the suffering of the Jews….no one else suffered….all deaths were Jew deaths.
    What would the Jews do if they didn’t have their Horror Disneyland stories?
    They would”t have anything, people would of forgotten them, they would be feathers in the wind.


    Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 14, 2017 @ 9:41 am

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