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May 31, 2017

The Theresienstadt gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:18 pm

Did Theresienstadt have a gas chamber?  According to this news article, it did.

https://patch.com/illinois/yorkville/holocaust-survivor-steen-metz-shares-his-story-autumn-creek-elementary-sixth

My photo of the place where the alleged gas chamber was located at Theresienstadt

The following is a quote from the news article:

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YORKVILLE, IL – Holocaust survivor Steen Metz shared his story with sixth-grade students at Autumn Creek Elementary School in Yorkville.

Metz was 8-years-old on Oct. 2, 1943 when he was taken from his home in Odense, Denmark. He was arrested with his family and deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp for being Jewish. In the camps, Metz said there was constant hunger, brutal living conditions, and death all around.

About 15,000 children passed through the Theresienstadt concentration camp and most were killed. Metz was only one of the less than 1,500 who survived.

His father died of starvation after less than six months in the camp. He spent about 18 months in the concentration camp with his mother before it was liberated on April 15, 1945 by the Red Cross – only one month before the scheduled launch of the camp’s newly installed gas chamber. Metz returned to Denmark and completed high school and business college in Copenhagen.

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On my scrapbookpages website, I wrote about Theresienstadt and I mentioned the gas chamber on this page: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

 

James Comey will tell the truth about Trump

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:24 pm

Trump is going down!

You can read about it in this news article: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/fbi-comey-testimony/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.

Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s presidential election.
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May 30, 2017

Holocaust humor defames the dead

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 4:43 pm

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.cjnews.com/perspectives/opinions/mcinnes-holocaust-humour-defamed-dead

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We [Jews] find nothing humorous about throwing hundreds of thousands of children into gas chambers. It is hard to find any humour in the murder of six million Jews.

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Into the valley of death rode the 6 million.

Here is the full quote from the news article:

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We are a people with a long memory. We still recall more than 3,000 years later our suffering as slaves in Egypt. We all speak of being at Sinai. We construct sukkot to recall our wandering in the desert.

It should then be no surprise to readers of The Canadian Jewish News that we take anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial seriously. We don’t joke about the wilful degradation of our people. We find nothing humorous about throwing hundreds of thousands of children into gas chambers. It is hard to find any humour in the murder of six million Jews.

Yet, somehow, a hard right-wing pundit who likes to consider himself an edgy humorist thought it quite funny. In fact, following a “fact-finding” trip to Israel sponsored by the boorish Breitbart of Canada, Rebel Media, Gavin McInnes produced a video which mocked the Holocaust, found humour in the butchery of our people and defended Holocaust denial and minimization. And all this was done following his visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

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That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out.

 

 

 

The disinfection chambers for clothing at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:47 pm

It has come to my attention that there are still people who believe that the clothing disinfection chambers at Dachau were used for gassing the prisoners.

My photo of doors into clothing disinfection chambers at Dachau

When the American soldiers liberated Dachau, one of the first buildings that they saw was the building where the clothing of the prisoners had been disinfected to kill the lice that spreads typhus. The soldiers thought that the prisoners were told to take off their clothes, hang the clothes neatly on hangers and then step into the gas chamber to be killed, a few at a time.

At that time, in 1945, few people knew what an actual gas chamber looked like. When the American soldiers saw the door with the word “Gaszeit” on the door, they assumed that this was a room where the Dachau prisoners had been gassed.

Clothing hung up outside the “gas chamber” door at Dachau

The American soldiers who liberated Dachau had never seen a homicidal gas chamber, as I had. I had seen the real gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO when I was a child.  The American soldiers thought that the prisoners were told to take off their clothing and hang everything neatly outside the homicidal gas chamber before going into a small room to be killed with poison gas.

These American soldiers had never before heard of using poison gas to kill lice. At that time, America was using DDT for this purpose. Typhus had been completely wiped out in America and most of these soldiers had never heard of it; they didn’t know that typhus is a contagious disease spread by body lice.

They saw the word “gas” written on the 4 disinfection chamber doors, and assumed that these were the infamous gas chambers used for killing the Jews, which they had heard about. They saw the deloused clothing hung up and assumed that the prisoners had been forced to undress and hang their clothing neatly on a hanger before entering the disinfection chambers to be killed.

It had been common knowledge throughout the world since June 1942 that the Nazis were murdering millions of Jews in gas chambers.

The photograph below, which was taken by T/4 Sidney Blau on April 30, 1945, shows a US soldier standing in front of one of the disinfection chamber doors. Note the word “Gaszeit” on the door, which has since been repainted. Gaszeit is a German word that means gas time in English.

The photograph below, which was taken by T/4 Sidney Blau on April 30, 1945, shows a US soldier standing in front of one of the disinfection chamber doors. Note the word “Gaszeit” on the door, which has since been repainted. Gaszeit means gas time in English.

American soldier poses in front of what he thinks is a homicidal gas chamber at Dachau

These American soldiers had never heard of using poison gas to kill lice. At that time, America was using DDT for this purpose. Typhus had been completely wiped out in America and most of these soldiers had never heard of it; they didn’t know that typhus is a contagious disease spread by body lice.

 

Outstanding Veteran’s comment

Filed under: Music — furtherglory @ 9:12 am

Begin outstanding comment from an American Veteran:

This is MEMORIAL DAY…

Go to YouTube. Find the link to Billy Joel’s song ,”Goodnight Saigon”. Post that link here, so people can remember our fallen.

I lost Uncle Shaw and Cousin Mike before I got to Nam. I lost someone in my platoon, when I was in the Nam…

We’ve had enough wars to where you can most certainly talk about our boys.  Tell the folks out there the truth. When those brave soldiers die on the field of battle, it sure as hell wasn’t for “mom,apple pie and the American way of life” ( trust me.) When the slopes were taking shots at me, I was fighting for me and my people. We were fighting for each other. We were just trying to get through another day.

End outstanding quote from American Vietnam veteran.

Remember that there are currently 58,307 names on the wall.  That does not count all the vets who died of their wounds when they committed suicide due to PTS or the ones who have died from their Agent Orange wounds.

Thank you for your service Tim, and all other vets.

May 29, 2017

Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the American army

Filed under: Dachau, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:29 pm

Who remembers that Japanese-American soldiers fought in the American army in World War II?

This news article brings the memories of the Japanese-American soldiers back: http://www.timesofisrael.com/these-us-soldiers-liberated-dachau-while-their-own-families-were-locked-up-back-home/

I have a whole section on my scrapbookpages.com website about these Japanese-American soldiers: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/LiberationDay3A.html

The following quote is from my website:

The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which consisted entirely of Japanese-American soldiers, is acknowledged by the US Army as the liberators of one of the 123 sub-camps of Dachau, and also as the liberators, on May 2, 1945, of some of the prisoners who were on a death march out of the main Dachau camp.

The Go for Broke National Education Center web site has the following information about the sub-camp that was liberated by Japanese soldiers in the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion:

On April 29, 1945, several scouts were east of Munich in the small Bavarian town of Lager Lechfield when they saw a sight they would never forget. The Nisei came upon some barracks encircled by barbed wire.

Technician Fourth Grade Ichiro Imamura described it in his diary:
“I watched as one of the scouts used his carbine to shoot off the chain that held the prison gates shut. . . They weren’t dead, as he had first thought. When the gates swung open, we got our first good look at the prisoners. Many of them were Jews. They were wearing striped prison suits and round caps. It was cold and the snow was two feet deep in some places. There were no German guards. The prisoners struggled to their feet. . . They shuffled weakly out of the compound. They were like skeletons – all skin and bones. . .”

Holocaust historians conclude that the Nisei liberated Kaufering IV Hurlach. This camp housed about 3,000 prisoners. Hurlach was one of 169 subordinate slave labor camps of Dachau.

Contrary to claims made by the Go for Broke National Education Cener, the United States Holocaust Memorial Musuem and the US Army credit the 12th Armored Division of the US Seventh Army with the liberation of the Kaufering IV sub-camp of Dachau on April 27, 1945 with help from soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, who arrived on April 28, 1945. Kaufering IV was one of 11 camps, all named Kaufering and numbered I through XI, which were located near Landsberg am Lech, not far from the city of Munich. Kaufering IV, which was near the town of Hurlach, had been designated as a sick camp where prisoners who could no longer work were sent.

End quote from my website.

“So amazing & will never forget” said Trump at Yad Vashem

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:58 pm
“So amazing & will never forget.”
Is this the proper thing to say when visiting a Holocaust Memorial? I don’t think so!
The following quote is from the news article:
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Donald Trump delivered a solemn message of remembrance and a defiant pledge of ‘Never again’ on Tuesday as he visited Israel‘s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem – and left a handwritten message saying his visit was ‘so amazing’.

It was criticized on Twitter by people claiming it failed to show sufficient respect to the victims of the Holocaust – although his speech had been a lengthy tribute to the dead.

One Israeli journalist published a pointed comparison of the message Trump left with that written by Barack Obama when he visited Israel in 2013.

However Trump’s speech was widely praised – and the chairman of Yad Vashem said that he believed the president did not deserve criticism.

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May 28, 2017

How the Holocaust started — the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:11 pm

On April 29, 1945, the day that Dachau was liberated, the soldiers of the 42nd Division arrived at the Dachau gatehouse with the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, then walked north to the crematorium area which was outside the Dachau prison compound.

The first thing that the soldiers saw was the piles of clothing outside this building, waiting to be deloused. In this same building, the soldiers saw the crematory ovens at the north end and what they thought was a homicidal gas chamber in the center.

When the soldiers of the 45th Thunderbird Division of the US Seventh Army arrived separately on the same day, they entered the camp complex through a railroad gate at the southwest corner of the SS Training Center and approached the new crematorium from the west side.

On the branch railroad line that ran to the SS camp at that time, the American soldiers first saw an abandoned train with bodies of dead prisoners, before coming upon this building; they then proceeded south to the gatehouse entrance into the prison compound.

The photograph below shows three of the disinfection gas chamber doors on the outside of the building. These doors are as wide as the rooms, to provide plenty of ventilation; the manufacturer of the Zyklon-B pellets recommended that the rooms be aired out for 20 hours after gassing the clothing. The American soldiers thought that these small rooms were the homicidal gas chambers, which had already been reported in American newspapers.

Disinfection chambers for clothing at Dachau concentration camp

 The door into the alleged homicidal gas chamber at Dachau is shown in the photo below. The sign over the door says “Brausebad” which means shower bath. Showers in American homes were not common back then and the American soldiers did not know the meaning of the word Brausebad.

My photo of the door into the alleged Dachau gas chamber

My photo above shows the alleged gas chamber at Dachau

From this humble beginning, the story spread to include claims that there were gas chambers in all the Nazi concentration camps.

The Holocaust is the story of the gassing of the Jews.

Tomorrow is “Decoration Day”

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:05 am

You can read here about the origin of Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day: http://dailysignal.com/2017/05/26/meaning-memorial-day-civil-war/

When I was a child, Memorial Day was not a holiday. It was called Decoration Day and it was the day that women and children put flowers on the graves of dead American soldiers. Men did not take a day off from work on that day.

I recall the day that I participated, for the first time, in the celebration of the “Memorial Day of Decoration” when I was four years old.

The cemetery in the town where I lived was up on a high hill. I walked up that high hill with my mother, carrying a small American flag to put on the grave of an American soldier. I was very proud of myself for being able to walk up that high hill, carrying my little flag to put on a grave.

May 27, 2017

Kushner’s luxury underground condo?

Filed under: Food, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:04 pm
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Kushner’s Grandmother Rae complaining about her accommodations in her Luxury underground condo.

Kushner’s grandfather and grandmother actually lived in a luxury underground condo, located within the huge Bielski  bunker complex, with more than 1000 other Jews.  Nowadays, it is refereed to as a “hole in the ground”. You can read a little bit more about the luxury bunker complex by following the link below.

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

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The partisans lived in underground dugouts (zemlyankas) or bunkers. In addition, several utility structures were built: a kitchen, a mill, a bakery, a bathhouse, a medical clinic for the sick and wounded and a quarantine hut for those who suffered from infectious diseases such as typhus. Herds of cows supplied milk. Artisans made goods and carried out repairs, providing the combatants with logistical support that later served the Soviet partisan units in the vicinity as well. More than 125 workers toiled in the workshops, which became famous among partisans far beyond the Bielski base. Tailors patched up old clothing and stitched together new garments; shoemakers fixed old and made new footwear; leather-workers laboured on belts, bridles and saddles. A metalworking shop established by Shmuel Oppenheim repaired damaged weapons and constructed new ones from spare parts. A tannery, constructed to produce the hide for cobblers and leather workers, became a de facto synagogue because several tanners were devout Hasidic Jews. Carpenters, hat-makers, barbers and watchmakers served their own community and guests. The camp’s many children attended class in the dugout set up as a school. The camp even had its own jail and court of law.

Some accounts note the inequality between well-off partisans and poor inhabitants of the camp.

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I wonder if the Kushners were among the well-off partisans.

In addition, the partisans stole food from local starving villagers, according to the next quote from Wikipedia.  They subjected local villagers to violence and murder, though some of the villagers willingly gave up their food rather than being murdered.  This is explained in the same Wikipedia article cited above.

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Like other partisan groups in the area, the Bielski group would raid nearby villages and forcibly seize food; on occasion, peasants who refused to share their food with the partisans were the subject of violence and even murder. This caused hostility towards the partisans from peasants in the villages, though some would willingly help the Jewish partisans.

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Slate article about Kurshner’s holocaust experience

The following is a quote from the news article in the link above.

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…miraculously, Kushner, her father, and her sister did [Escape the Ghetto]—and were eventually rescued by the legendary Jewish partisan Tuvia Bielski. For a year, they lived in the forest with Bielski’s brigade of more than 1,000 Jews until, in the spring of 1944, “he brought us out from the woods.” Novogrudok had been liberated by the Soviets.

End quote from Slate.

Rae Kushner.

Fat faced Rae Kushner was a cook in the Bielski luxury bunker complex, and might have prepared food stolen from local peasants murdered by the partisans.

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008263

The following is a quote about Kushner on the US holocaust museum web site.

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Shortly thereafter [escaping from the ghetto], the Bielski partisans took in the escapees from Novogrodek—including Rae and her family. In the Naliboki encampment where the Bielskis had managed to shelter over 1,200 people, Rae regularly stood guard and often cooked the camp meals—mostly potatoes, soup, and small pieces of bread.

While in the partisans, Rae reconnected with Joseph Kushner, whom she knew prior to the war. They married a year after the Bielski camp was liberated by the Russian army in July 1944.

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So it turns out that the Kushners had it relatively easy in their bunker complex.  They had whole bunkers filled with underground dairy cows.  Probably much easier than the poor local villagers whom they sometimes murdered and and from whom they stole food.

The FBI may soon be coming after Kushner  — maybe he should dig himself a new “hole in the ground” and hide in it.

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