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June 26, 2017

The Nazis kept names of victims who were gassed — who knew?

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:36 pm

My 2005 photo below shows the glass door, in the rear of the Auschwitz gas chamber, through which the Jews entered the chamber to be gassed. Strangely, none of the Jews ever tried to break the glass to save themselves.

My 2005 photo of the glass door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

The following quote is from a news article which gives names and dates for the gassing of the Jews: https://www.justsecurity.org/42483/time-sounds-silence/

Begin quote from news article:

My father was on a death march through Yugoslavia when liberated by Tito’s partisans in November 1944. My mother was in a courtyard in Budapest waiting to be executed by a firing squad, when Jewish resistance fighters dressed as Arrow Cross policemen intervened and saved her life. My paternal grandparents were murdered in the gas chamber at Auschwitz on May 26, 1944.

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I did not know that the Nazis kept the names and dates that Jews were gassed. Were they trying to get caught or were they just stupid? Where are these record books kept now? Inquiring minds want to know.

The voyage of the ship called “The St. Louis” is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:16 am

The passengers on the ship called “The Saint Louis” wave “goodbye” as the ship leaves — Image copyright Getty Images

You can read about the ship called “The St. Louis” in this news article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27373131

What does this have to do with the price of eggs in China, you ask. It relates to Trump’s current rules on who can enter America.

The following quote is from the news article:

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On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where more than 250 were killed by the Nazis.

“It was really something to be going on a luxury liner,” says Gisela Feldman. “We didn’t really know where we were heading, or how we would cope when we got there.”

At the age of 90, Feldman still clearly remembers the raw and mixed emotions she felt as a 15-year-old girl boarding the St Louis at Hamburg docks with her mother and younger sister.

“I was always aware of how anxious my mother looked, embarking on such a long journey, on her own with two teenage daughters,” she says.

[..]

By early 1939, the Nazis had closed most of Germany’s borders and many countries had imposed quotas limiting the number of Jewish refugees they would allow in.

Cuba was seen as a temporary transit point to get to America and officials at the Cuban embassy in Berlin were offering visas for about $200 or $300 each – $3,000 to $5,000 (£1,800 to £3,000) at today’s prices.

When six-year-old Gerald Granston was told by his father that they were leaving their small town in southern Germany to take a ship to the other side of the world, he struggled to understand what that meant.

“I’d never heard of Cuba and I couldn’t imagine what was going to happen. I remember being scared all the time,” he says, now aged 81.

For many of the young passengers and their parents however, the trepidation and anxiety soon faded as the St Louis began its two-week transatlantic voyage.

Feldman, who shared a cabin in the lower part of the ship with her sister Sonja, spent her time walking around the deck chatting with boys of her own age, or swimming in the ship’s pool.

On board, there was a dance band in the evenings and even a cinema. There were regular meals with a variety of food that the passengers rarely saw back home.

Under orders from the ship’s captain, Gustav Schroder, the waiters and crew members treated the passengers politely, in stark contrast to the open hostility Jewish families had become accustomed to under the Nazis.

The captain allowed traditional Friday night prayers to be held, during which he gave permission for the portrait of Adolf Hitler hanging in the main dining room to be taken down.

Six-year-old Sol Messinger, who was traveling with his father and mother, recalls how happy everyone seemed. In fact, he says, the youngsters were constantly being told by the adults that they were now safe from harm: “We’re going away,” he heard people say again and again on that outward journey. “We don’t have to look over our shoulders any more.”

But as the luxury liner reached the coast of Havana on 27 May, that sense of optimism disappeared to be replaced by fear, then dread.

Granston was up on deck with his father and dozens of other families, their suitcases packed and ready to disembark, when the Cuban officials, all smiles, first came aboard.

It quickly became clear that the ship was not going to dock and that no-one was being allowed off. He kept hearing the words “manana, manana” – tomorrow, tomorrow. When the Cubans left and the ship’s captain announced that people would have to wait, he could feel, even as a little boy, that something was wrong.

For the next seven days, Captain Schroder tried in vain to persuade the Cuban authorities to allow them in. In fact, the Cubans had already decided to revoke all but a handful of the visas – probably out of fear of being inundated with more refugees fleeing Europe.

The captain then steered the St Louis towards the Florida coast, but the US authorities also refused it the right to dock, despite direct appeals to President Franklin Roosevelt. Granston thinks he too was worried about the potential flood of migrants.

By early June, Captain Schroder had no option but to turn the giant liner back towards Europe. “The joy had gone out of everything,” Feldman recalls. “No-one was talking about what would happen now.”

As the ship headed back across the Atlantic, six-year-old Granston kept asking his father whether they were going back to see their grandparents. His father just shook his head in silent despair.

By then, people were openly crying as they wandered the ship – one passenger even slit his wrists and threw himself overboard out of sheer desperation. “If I close my eyes, I can still hear his shrieks and see the blood,” Granston says quietly.

In the end, the ship’s passengers did not have to go back to Nazi Germany. Instead, Belgium, France, Holland and the UK agreed to take the refugees. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) posted a cash guarantee of $500,000 – or $8 million (£4.7m) in today’s money – as part of an agreement to cover any associated costs.

On 17 June, the liner docked at the Belgian port of Antwerp, more than a month after it had set sail from Hamburg. Feldman, her mother and sisters all went on to England, as did Granston and his father.

They both survived the war but between them they lost scores of relatives in the Holocaust, including Feldman’s father who never managed to get out of Poland.

Two-hundred-and-fifty-four other passengers from the St Louis were not so fortunate and were killed as the Nazis swept across Western Europe.

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June 25, 2017

Should Trump stop tweeting?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:37 pm

You can read here about whether Trump should stop tweeting:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/25/i-found-trumps-diaryhiding-in-plain-sight-215303

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

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Lots of people want President Donald Trump to stop tweeting. Mitch McConnell wants him to stop tweeting. Carly Fiorina wants him to stop tweeting. Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins and other Republican members of Congress and some Democrats in Congress and Jeb Bush and many of Trump’s advisers and attorneys and even some of his supporters (although not all of his supporters) want him to stop tweeting. His wife wants him to stop. A majority of business leaders want him to stop, and a majority of millennials, and a majority of voters, period. His tweeting, they all believe, is unseemly and incendiary, legally risky and chaotic, undiplomatic, demoralizing, destructive, and distracting, too—for everybody, but especially for Trump.

The people, though, who want Trump to keep tweeting are the people who rely on his words to do their jobs—reporters, biographers, political scientists and strategists, and presidential historians. They often are appalled by the content of the tweets, just plain weary like everybody else of the volume and pace of the eruptions and deeply worried about their consequences as well—but still, they say, the more Trump tweets, the better.

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“it’s somewhere that everybody should visit to see what happened there”

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:36 am

The title of this blog post is a quote from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.thefa.com/news/2017/jun/24/england-u21s-visit-auschwitz-240617

This quote is also from the news article:

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Members of England U21s squad use their day off to visit Auschwitz concentration camp

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The group were taken on a guided tour of two main sites at Auschwitz, seeing the cramped conditions in which prisoners were held and the piles of human hair and clothes which were taken from the murdered victims.

That was followed up with a walk into the death chambers and the yard where prisoners were tortured or executed, before heading into the gas chambers at a location where an estimated 1.1m people lost their lives.

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So the prisoners at Auschwitz were “tortured or executed, before heading into the gas chambers”.  The Nazis were the worst — the worst Jerry, the worst!

Imagine executing people BEFORE heading [them] into the gas chambers. Obviously, those mean ole Nazis wanted to make sure that those Jews were dead. Gassing them was not enough — they had to be executed before being taken into the gas chamber.

The photo below shows elderly and crippled Jews waiting to be taken to the gas chamber. Note that they are not being executed first. No, they are resting while they wait to be gassed.

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Adolf Eichmann look-alike Ben Kingsley will star in new movie

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:01 am
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Adolf Eichmann

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Eichmann look alike Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley will play the part of Adolf Eichmann in a new movie entitled “Operation Finale”.  These two men definitely look very much alike, as you can see by looking at their photos above.

You can read all about this in the recent news article, to which I have linked below:

http://www.empireonline.com/people/oscar-isaac/ben-kingsley-operation-finale/

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Oscar Isaac is already producing and starring in Nazi-hunting thriller Operation Finale. Now his target has been cast, as Ben Kingsley will play Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

… It tells the story of a group of Israeli spies from Mossad who work to track down general Eichmann in 1960s Argentina so he can be brought to justice for his many crimes during World War II.

Isaac will be Peter Malkin, the operative who led the mission to find the man who was one of the main architects of the holocaust. Weitz should be starting the cameras rolling in the autumn.

End quote from news article

According to Wikipedia, Kingsley’s maternal grandfather was either Russian-Jewish or German-Jewish.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Kingsley#Early_life

According to my research, Kingsley’s mother Anna was the illegitimate daughter of an English woman.  A Jew impregnated Kingsley’s grand mother, on his mother’s side, and then abandoned both Kingsley’s mother and grandmother.

In other words, Kingsley’s mother was a half Jew.  But Kingsley was not a Jew according to Jewish law because his Jewish blood did not follow the matriarchal line.

This will be a very interesting movie, which I can’t wait to see!

June 24, 2017

“doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors — They all greased the wheels of death.”

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:03 pm

The title of this blog post comes from a quote in this news article: http://www.cjnews.com/culture/architecture-of-death

The following quote is from the news article:

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The [Evidence] room is all white but may as well be a bureaucratic grey. It’s airy, yet claustrophobic. It looks almost innocuous, but represents pure evil. You could swear it reeks of death.

With almost a cool detachment, The Evidence Room assaults the senses, then leaves them haunted.

This is obviously no ordinary exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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The three key elements in The Evidence Room, from left, the gas column, the hatch and the door.

RON CSILLAG PHOTO

The news article continues with this quote:

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Based on three decades of research, this is a full-scale reconstruction of three key components of the gas chambers at Auschwitz: a gas column, both sides of a gas-tight door, and a gas-tight hatch, with ladder.

These are augmented by more than 60 plaster casts of architectural evidence, including blueprints, architects’ correspondence, contractors’ bills, photographs, survivors’ testimony, drawings, and scale models of the camp and crematoria.

As the museum asserts, this represents the greatest crime committed by architects. After all, someone had to design the crematoria; architects toiled alongside other professionals during the Third Reich – doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors. They all greased the wheels of death.

The whiteness of it all works. It jars and chills.

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I have visited the Auschwitz gas chamber room several times and it looks nothing like the photos above. I took the photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber shown below.

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My photo of the gas chamber at Auschwitz

I have been to Auschwitz several times, and I don’t recognize anything that is shown in the article, cited above.

I have a whole section about the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

 

The proposal to insure the biological continuation of the German people is racist. Who knew?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 2:05 pm

Here is an interesting quote from the above video:

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The proposal to “ensure the biological continuation of the German people” will be, by the democratic parties, for whom I shall speak today, rejected with the greatest insistence, and condemned utterly.  This proposal is racist and inhuman, narrow-minded and backwards, and shows once again, the terrifying ideology of the Nationalist party and its spiritual similarity to Nazi-ideology.

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I recommend that people watch this short video.  It contains some good examples of Hitler’s speaking style with subtitles, and some good classical background video.  Please take 6 minutes to watch.

I am glad that I got to see Germany while it was still Germany.

 

96-year-old Auschwitz medic being tried again in a German court

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:18 pm

96-year-old Hubert Zafke bows his head as he sits in a German court

You can read the latest news article about Hubert Zafke at http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/german-court-removes-3-judges-auschwitz-trial-bias-article-1.3274294

The following quote is from the news article:

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BERLIN (AP) — A German court has removed three judges found to be biased in the often-delayed trial of a former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp.

The German news agency dpa reported Saturday that the Neubrandenburg state court appointed three new judges on Friday. Prosecutors filed complaints after the original judges ruled 96-year-old Hubert Zafke unfit and repeatedly postponed the trial.

Zafke is charged with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly helping the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland function, but his attorney says he did nothing criminal.

The charges stem from a one-month period in 1944 and involve the deaths of Jews who arrived in 14 train transports.

Prosecutors allege that Zafke’s unit was involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews and others.

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My photo of the holes on the roof of the Krema I gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp.

Say what? It took a whole unit of German soldiers to put the gas into the gas chambers at Auschwitz? As my photo above shows, it was a simple task to lift up the lids on the holes in the gas chamber, and pour in the Zyklon-B gas pellets. It would have taken only 3 men, each working an 8 hour shift, to man the gas chamber, pouring the Zyklon-B pellets through the holes on the roof.

You can read more about the holes in the roof by clicking on the link below.

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08A.html

June 23, 2017

David Irving tells it like it is

Filed under: David Irving, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

June 22, 2017

Why are the Jews always persecuted and when did it start?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:44 am

The Jews have been persecuted, in every country in the world, from the beginning of time and they will continue to be persecuted until the end of time.  But why are the Jews persecuted? What’s not to like?

Let’s go to Rothenburg, one of the oldest German cities:

The first Jewish quarter in Rothenburg was located in the heart of the city in what is now the Kapellenplatz (Chapel Square). The first synagogue was located on the Kapellenplatz in a spot that is now a parking place.

In 1286, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph I took away the political freedom of the Jews in all the German states, and imposed special taxes on them. Rabbi Meir Ben Baruch attempted to lead a group of Jews to Palestine but he was arrested and held as a prisoner in a fortress in Alsace, which was a German state at that time.

The story is that he was arrested because his attempted exodus from the Holy Roman Empire would have deprived the Emperor of income from the special taxes. He refused to be freed for ransom for fear that this would lead to the kidnapping of other rabbis for ransom. He died in prison on May 2, 1293. In 1307, a ransom was paid for his body so that he could be buried in Worms, the city where he was born around 1215.

In 1298, the Jews were driven out of Rothenburg by the Christians; on the 700th anniversary of this pogrom in 1998, a Memorial to the murdered Jews of Rothenburg was placed in the Castle garden.

In 1390, the first Synagogue in Rothenburg was converted into a Catholic Church called the Marienkapelle (Chapel of St. Mary) when the Jews were banished from the city. It was torn down in 1804. The second synagogue in Rothenburg was located on the Shrannen Platz where there is now a parking lot.

 

 

 

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