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July 17, 2017

Former guard at Trawniki concentration camp now living in the USA

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 pm

I have just learned about a former concentration camp guard who was featured in a news article.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/send-nazi-germany-mr-trump-article-1.3298495

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 Photo credit (Turnbull, Bill)

Jakiw Palij — former concentration camp guard

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When President Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Hamburg ahead of the G20 summit, he should tell her that Germany, in accepting responsibility for the Holocaust, must also accept Jakiw Palij, the last known Nazi war criminal still living in the United States.

Trump can make a stand for justice that his predecessors George W. Bush and Barack Obama never did and right an historical wrong.

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Palij, an old man born in 1923, is still living in Jackson Heights — in Trump’s native Queens — despite the Justice Department and federal courts having stripped him of his ill-gotten U.S. citizenship and ordered him deported 13 years ago.

Palij arrived here in 1949 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 1957, lying about his loyal service to the German Reich as a death camp guard in Nazi-occupied Poland. He had volunteered for the SS and was a guard at Trawniki, which the Germans and their Ukrainian collaborators like Palij used as a training camp for death camp guards. Thousands of Jews were murdered at Trawniki.

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I think that it would be wrong to throw this US citizen out just because he worked as a guard at a German concentration camp years ago.

 

 

Dachau experiments are back in the news

After all these many years, the medical experiments done at the Dachau concentration camp, are back in the news.

You can read about it at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dachau-georg-tauber-artwork-nazi-germany

The following quote is from the news article:

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When Dr. Sigmund Rascher of the Schutzstaffel (SS), a paramilitary organization of Nazi Germany, started conducting his merciless medical experiments at the Dachau concentration camp using prisoners as guinea pigs, he sent for a prisoner, an artist, to document his work. His assistant Walter Neff, a former camp inmate himself, approached Georg Tauber, a Bavarian advertising illustrator. Lured by the prospect of a reduced prison term, Tauber took the offer in 1942. However, unable to stomach the barbarity on display, he showed up at these sessions not more than three times.

One day, he told Neff that he had had enough. As Tauber recalled later in a 1946 letter to the Munich Public Prosecution Office, “Neff said to me, ‘Don’t be so stupid, he can get you released in a few months and you’re free.’ ‘Walter,’ I said, ‘even if I have to stay here for another ten years, it’s alright. I can’t watch that again, I just can’t.’”

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I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website about the medical experiments done at Dachau. These experiments were done to SAVE lives.

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/experiments.html

The following quote is from my kosher website:

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Among the worst atrocities committed at the infamous Dachau concentration camp were the cruel and inhumane medical experiments, using prisoners as guinea pigs, conducted by Dr. Sigmund Rascher for the benefit of the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force.

From March 1942 until August 1942, Dr. Rascher performed high altitude experiments under the authority of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. The Nazi justification for these experiments was that this was done in an effort to save the lives of German pilots.

In 1942, the American government did similar high altitude experiments for the US Air Force. According to a book entitled “Lindbergh” by A. Scott Berg, these experiments began on September 22, 1942 when Charles Lindbergh and six of his colleagues flew to Rochester, Minnesota where they met Dr. Walter M. Boothby, a pioneer in aviation medicine, who was the chairman of the Aeromedical Unit for Research in Aviation Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Their mission was to study the medical problems associated with high altitude flying. For the next ten days, Lindbergh himself became a human guinea pig, according to Berg’s book.

After the conquest of Germany, the American government confiscated the results of Dr. Rascher’s tests and made use of his experiments for the US Air Force.

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Read more on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/experiments.html

 

 

 

 

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