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April 29, 2017

The Sobibor death camp is in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:39 am

You can read about the alleged Nazi death camp at Sobibor in this news article: http://www.concordmonitor.com/Shock-treatment-as-a-way-to-fascism-9477497

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

Begin quote

How will Americans respond if fascism becomes real here? I think that remains an open question.

I admire the honesty of the response of Toivi Blatt, a Holocaust survivor, when he was asked about the human response to fascism he saw.

Blatt, who was a Polish Jew, saw his whole family die in Sobibor extermination camp. At the age of 16, he was one of 300 prisoners who participated in an uprising at Sobibor. Two hundred escaped. Of those, 150 were captured and killed.

Blatt was one of 50 Sobibor prisoners who survived the war. After the war he moved to the United States.

This is what Blatt had to say about his experience:

“People asked me ‘What did you learn?’ and I think I’m only sure of one thing – nobody knows themselves. The nice person, on the street, you ask them, ‘Where is North Street?’ and he goes with you half a block and shows you, and is nice and kind. The same person in a different situation could be the worst sadist. Nobody knows themselves. All of us could be good people or bad people in these situations. Sometimes when somebody is really nice to me I find myself thinking, ‘How will he be in Sobibor?’ ”

End quote

I have a section, about Sobibor, on my scrapbookpages.com website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Sobibor/Tour01.html

The following information is from my website:

Sobibor was initially divided into three camps (Lager 1, Lager II and Lager III) but a fourth camp was added later to store munitions captured from the Soviet Army. Lager I was where the Jewish workers in the camp lived. A moat on one side of this camp prevented their escape.

Lager II was where the victims undressed; Jewish workers sorted the clothing in this camp. The barracks for the German SS administrators of the camp were located in the Vorlager.

From Lager II, an SS man escorted the victims through a path lined with tree branches to the gas chambers in Lager III. Only the Ukrainian SS guards and the German SS officers were allowed in Lager III.

The Sobibor camp was 400 meters wide and 600 meters long; the entire area was enclosed by a barbed wire fence that was three meters high.

On three sides of the camp was a mine field, intended to keep anyone from approaching the camp. The watch towers were manned by Ukrainian SS guards who had been conscripted from captured soldiers in the Soviet Army to assist the 30 German SS men who were the administrators of the camp.

In 1965, a German court put 11 of the German SS guards on trial; 6 of them were sentenced to prison, and one committed suicide during the trial; the others were acquitted.

The victims arrived on trains which stopped at the ramp across from the Sobibor station, or in trucks from nearby Polish villages. Most of the Jews were transported in cattle cars, but the 34,000 Dutch Jews who were sent to Sobibor arrived in passenger trains, according to Toivi Blatt. The luggage of the Dutch Jews was transported in separate cars and the victims were given tags which they were told would be used to reclaim their bags. All of the belongings of the Jews were confiscated upon arrival.

At the entrance to the camp, the victims were instructed to deposit their hand baggage and purses before proceeding along the path, called the “Himmelfahrtstrasse” (Street to heaven), which led to the spot where the hair was cut from the heads of the women, and then on to the gas chambers disguised as showers.

According to Toivi Blatt, all documents, photos and personal items were removed from the confiscated baggage and anything that could not be recycled to send to Germany was burned in open fires that lit up the night sky.

The gas chambers in two buildings at Sobibor were torn down long ago.

Survivors of Sobibor do not agree on the number or size of the gas chambers. The victims were killed with carbon monoxide from the exhaust of engines taken from captured Soviet tanks, which were stored in Camp IV. There is also disagreement on whether these were diesel engines or gasoline engines.

End quote from my website

 

1 Comment »

  1. As far as I’m aware, all Soviet and other Allied tanks were powered by diesel and all German tanks were powered by petrol.One only needs to watch YouTube videos of the annual Tankfest at Bovington Tank museum which is in the UK and has the one and only working Tiger 1 tank in the world, tank number 131.Anyone who knows anything about diesel exhaust will realise that it’s not exactly the best or most efficient means of killing people.It may make you sick but very little chance of killing you.That’s one of the reasons that diesel engines were/are used in tunnels in the coal mining industry.

    Comment by D.D. — April 30, 2017 @ 12:27 pm


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