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October 11, 2017

Auschwitz prisoners had to burn the bodies of fellow Jews

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:55 pm

You can read, in a recent news article, about how Jewish prisoners had to put the bodies of their fellow Jews into a furnace at Auschwitz:

Marcel Nadjari, a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, wrote about his experience of having to take bodies from gas chambers to the camp’s crematorium (REUTERS)

I took a photo of this same oven when I visited the site of the Auschwitz main camp in 1998; my photo is shown below.

My 1998 photo of same ovens at Auschwitz

Note that the recent photo of these ovens shows that the wall behind the ovens has changed. It is now a brick wall.

The crematorium in the main Auschwitz camp, later designated as Krema I, was first put into operation in September 1940; prior to that time, bodies were taken to Gleiwitz to be burned in the city crematorium.

Initially, this crematorium contained two ovens which each had two openings, called muffles or retorts. Bodies were shoved inside by means of a device shown in the photo above. The ovens were deep enough to hold two bodies, placed end to end. A third oven was installed at the end of 1941. Krema I was in operation until July 1943.

The two photos above show one of the two ovens which were reconstructed by the Soviet Union in 1947 when the main camp was turned into the Auschwitz Museum. The small doors at the bottom were for removing ashes.

The blueprints for the crematorium at Auschwitz I show that there were three ovens when the crematorium was first put into operation. One of the ovens was later removed.

Trump’s advisers fear that he is “unraveling”

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 12:49 pm

You can read a recent news article about Trump at

The following quote is from the news article:

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At first it sounded like hyperbole, the escalation of a Twitter war. But now it’s clear that Bob Corker’s remarkable New York Times interview—in which the Republican senator described the White House as “adult day care” and warned Trump could start World War III—was an inflection point in the Trump presidency. It brought into the open what several people close to the president have recently told me in private: that Trump is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.”

The conversation among some of the president’s longtime confidantes, along with the character of some of the leaks emerging from the White House has shifted. There’s a new level of concern. NBC News published a report that Trump shocked his national security team when he called for a nearly tenfold increase in the country’s nuclear arsenal during a briefing this summer. One Trump adviser confirmed to me it was after this meeting disbanded that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron.”

In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. Trump’s ire is being fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and, to a surprising degree, by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a person close to Trump said. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”

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What does this mean? Has Trump gone completely bat crap crazy? This is not the first news article which has questioned his sanity. I recall that I have previously blogged about rumors of Trump’s mental illness. .