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September 20, 2017

Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:11 pm

My prize-winning photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The title of my blog post today is a quote from Elie Wiesel who wrote:

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Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz. I went to Yugoslavia when reporters said that there was a Holocaust starting there. There was genocide, but not an Auschwitz. When you make a comparison to the Holocaust it works both ways, and soon people will say what happened in Auschwitz was “only what happened in Bosnia.”

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The above quote was used in an article which you can read in full at

I wrote about the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website in 1998 before I became a Holocaust denier.

I have a whole section about the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website at

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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It’s November 1938, and the Nazis have confiscated a silk factory owned by the same Jewish family for over a decade, arresting the owner.

Fast forward to 2014, and a state official has compared a Colorado Christian baker to the same group that took away what belonged to the Jewish silk factory owner—the father of my grandmother’s cousin, Godofredo.

This in a country founded by people who fled religious persecution.

While America, the country that mostly turned away Jews fleeing Adolf Hitler, is thankfully not on a course to repeat the Holocaust’s atrocities, some of its citizens have taken to comparing matters of individual freedom—such as a baker refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake—to the actions that led to the deaths of 11 million people, including 6 million Jews and 1.5 million children.


September 2, 2017

Today is the anniversary of the day that Anne Frank was sent to a camp

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:14 pm

September 2, 1944: Anne Frank Sent To Auschwitz Concentration Camp

I have a section on my website about Anne Frank, which you can read at

You can read about Anne Frank in this news article:

The following quote is from the news article:

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On September 2, 1944 Anne Frank was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The 15-year-old girl was forced to have her head shaved and was branded with a numerical tattoo. During the day, she had to do slave labor, hauling rocks and digging sod.

Within a year, the young teen was dead. Diseases ran rampant because of the horrid conditions of the concentration camp, but Frank’s exact cause of death is not known. She became famous, post-death, after her diary was found and published. “The Diary of a Young Girl” documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, and is now one of the world’s most famous books.

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Years ago, I visited the Anne Frank house and wrote about it on my website at

Who doesn’t love Anne Frank? She was just a normal Jewish girl. Her family was lying, cheating and stealing, like all Jews do. They could not understand why the Nazis objected to that.



August 27, 2017

Tibor Baranski, the man who saved 3,000 Hungarian Jews

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:01 pm

Tibor Baranski, a retired Buffalo teacher, is credited with saving the lives of at least 3,000 Hungarian Jews during the final months of World War II.

You can read about Baranski in this recent news article:

Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz

Jewish children at Auschwitz

Jews waiting for selection

Here is the story of the Hungarian Jews, as I wrote it on my website:

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In the book entitled “The Last Days,” David Cesarani wrote that an attempt to save the Hungarian Jews was made by Otto Komoly and Dr. Rezo (Rudolf) Kastner, two leading figures in the Jewish Relief and Rescue Committee in Hungary.

Rudolf Vrba

In 1942, the Jewish Council of Slovakia had tried to bribe Dieter Wisliceny, an SS man, to stop the deportation of the Slovakian Jews. When Wisliceny arrived in Budapest, Komoly and Kastner revived the proposal first made to Wisliceny in Slovakia, offering him a $2 million bribe to save the Hungarian Jews from deportation to the death camps.

Wisliceny suggested a down payment of $200,000 to show good faith, but while Komoly and Kastner were trying to raise the money, Wisliceny left Budapest to organize the deportation of the Jews in eastern Hungary to Auschwitz.

According to Cesarani, the Jews confronted Wisliceny with his betrayal, and “he coolly offered to save 600 Jews of their choosing. Soon afterwards Eichmann himself took up the negotiations.”

The following information is from the book entitled “Auschwitz, a New History” by Laurence Reese:

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On April 25, 1944, in his office at the Hotel Majestic in Budapest, Eichmann met with Joel Brand, another leading member of the Jewish Relief and Rescue Committee. Brand had already attended previous meetings with Eichmann and other SS officers in an attempt to bribe them to allow a number of Jews out of Hungary.

Now Eichmann said to Brand, “I am prepared to sell one million Jews to you.”

Eichmann proposed an exchange of “Blood for Goods,” in which the British and the Americans would give the Nazis one new truck for every one hundred Jews. Eichmann promised that the trucks would only be used on the Eastern front where the Germans were fighting against the Communist Soviet Union.

Brand was asked to go to Istanbul in Turkey to negotiate the deal. Eichmann hoped to obtain 10,000 trucks in exchange for one million Jews. But even before Brand reached Turkey on May 19, 1944, Eichmann had already ordered the deportation of the Hungarian Jews, which began on April 29, 1944.

According to the book written by Laurence Rees, SS officer Kurt Becher, who was a Lt. Col., equal in rank to Eichmann, was trying to blackmail the Weiss family, owners of the biggest industrial conglomerate in Hungary, into giving its shares to the SS in return for safe passage out of the country.

Rees wrote:

By the time of his meeting with Brand, Eichmann knew that his rival Becher had successfully arranged for shares of the Manfred-Weiss works to be transferred to the Nazis; in return, about fifty members of the Weiss family were allowed to leave and head for neutral countries.

Brand was accompanied to Istanbul by another man named Bandi Grosz, a former agent of the Abwehr, the German intelligence agency, whose operations in Hungary had been taken over by an SS officer, Lt. Col. Gerhard Clages.

At the last meeting with Brand, SS officers Clages, Becher and several other Nazis had been present.

The following quote is from the book by Laurence Rees:

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It was not until May 26, 1944 that the head of the Jewish Agency in Palestine notified a British diplomat, Sir Harold MacMichael, of the Nazis’ proposals. But it only took the British a matter of moments to reject the Brand mission, seeing it as an attempt to split the Western allies from the Soviets.


In mid-June, Grosz was interrogated in Cairo by British intelligence officers and the story that he told was a surprising one. He claimed that Brand’s mission was only a camouflage for his own. Under the direct orders of Himmler, Grosz had been sent to facilitate a meeting in a neutral country between high-ranking British and American officers and two or three senior figures from the SD – Himmler’s own intelligence service. The purpose of the assignation was to discuss a separate peace treaty with the Western allies so that – together – they could fight the Soviet Union.

Himmler’s offer was immediately turned down. The British perceived Germany to be a threat to the British policy of “balance of power” and had refused all offers to become allies with Germany before the war; they had also refused several peace offers from Germany before the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Great Britain and America needed the help of the Soviet Union in their plan to destroy Germany and in return, Churchill and Roosevelt had promised eastern Europe to the Communists as early as 1943 at the Tehran Conference.

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According to Wikipedia, at the Tehran Conference, Churchill and Roosevelt agreed to the following:

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Poland’s borders were declared to lie along the Oder and Neisse rivers and the Curzon line, despite protests of the Polish government-in-exile in London. Churchill and Roosevelt also gave Stalin free rein in his own country, and allowed the USSR to set up puppet communist governments in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Baltic states, Romania, and other Eastern European countries.

By turning down Himmler’s offer of an alliance against the Soviet Union, the lives of a million Hungarian Jews were sacrificed; in the end, the British lost their empire and Hungary became a Communist country.

Great Britain and America eventually became allies with Germany in 1948 against the Soviet Union in the Cold War, which lasted until 1989.

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August 24, 2017

“most people on this planet have no clue as to how German Nazis went about their lethal business”

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 5:04 pm

The title of this blog post is a quote from something that Bill O’Reilly said on television.

You can read the news article about Bill O’Reilly and what he said about the Nazis at

The news article about the Nazis starts off with this quote:

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As hard as these past several days have been for people who’d prefer to have a consistently anti-Nazi president, they have been even more trying for those tasked with defending our commander in chief.

One of those defenders is Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host ousted from the network for the same behavior that somehow did not prevent Donald Trump’s election.

O’Reilly now hosts his own podcast, but apparently felt the need to address the controversy over Trump’s response to Charlottesville via the written word.

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The news article then continues with this quote:

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Trump’s defenders have generally taken three approaches: They have argued that of course Trump hates Nazis but the media is making a big deal over nothing; or that the real issue is Confederate heritage, which deserves real respect; or that in the 19th century many evil racists were Democrats, so there. (The last two arguments don’t really mesh, but never mind.)

O’Reilly, however, takes an entirely original and dare I say bold tack. The problem isn’t Democrats or the media. And it certainly isn’t a racist and bigoted president. No, it’s a lack of historical knowledge.

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I have written about Bill O’Reilly on my website.

The following information is from my website:

The thing that angered Bill O’Reilly and so many other Americans was that Churchill compared the 9/11 victims to Nazis, which was O’Reilly’s interpretation of Churchill’s statement that the victims were “little Eichmanns.”

Churchill did not use the full name of Adolf Eichmann. He just assumed that everyone knew who Eichmann was. The name Eichmann became a household word in 1961 when he was put on trial in Israel for Crimes Against Humanity for his part in the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II.

What Churchill didn’t realize is that most people don’t know that Eichmann was not the Mastermind of the Holocaust, but rather a low-level technocrat whose job was to make sure that the trains to the camps ran on time.

Comparing the victims to Eichmann, Churchill wrote that the people working in the Twin Towers were the “technocratic corps at the very heart of America’s global financial empire.”

In other words, they were mere cogs in a big machine, the unimportant little guys behind the scene, just like Adolf Eichmann who had no authority in Nazi Germany and was not a decision maker.

Ernst Kaltenbrunner, who was 6 levels above Eichmann in the Reich Security Main Office, was put on trial at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal and specifically charged with gassing the Jews. Eichmann was the head of the Jewish Department in the Reich Security Main Office, but he was not important enough to make the cut.

Eichmann got the job because he and Kaltenbrunner had been friends from their school days in Linz, Austria, the city that was also the boyhood home of Adolf Hitler.

So unimportant was Eichmann that he did not even leave Germany to escape prosecution until 1950.

So if Eichmann was such small potatoes, how did he rate a trial in Israel?

Eichmann was kidnapped in 1960 from Argentina, where he was a citizen, by the Israeli Mossad; he was sneaked out of the country on a plane, disguised as an unconscious patient on a stretcher. There were hundreds of bureaucrats and technicians who were at the same level in the Nazi hierarchy as Eichmann.

The reason that Eichmann was put on trial was because he was the man who had typed up the minutes of the Wannseee Conference, the meeting where the Final Solution was planned on January 20, 1942.

In the minutes of this meeting, a copy of which was discovered in 1947, the participants had used euphemisms such as “transportation to the East” when what the men at the Conference had allegedly meant was the extermination of the Jews in gas chambers.

It was of utmost importance to hunt down Eichmann, put him on trial, and establish that he had falsified this key document.

After 11 months in custody in Israel, Eichmann was finally put on trial and he confessed the truth, which was that the Conference was held for the purpose of planning the genocide of the Jews.

Up to that time, there had been no documentation found which showed that Hitler had ordered the killing of all the Jews.

The Eichmann trial finally provided the proof of the systematic plan to exterminate the Jews; that is why Eichmann is considered by many people to be the second most important Nazi, next to Adolf Hitler.

Ward Churchill denies that the Nazis had an official policy to kill all the Jews.

To Bill O’Reilly, this is like saying that 2 plus 2 does not equal 4. German law states that it is “manifestly obvious” that the Nazis had a systematic plan to genocide the Jews; this is a fact that does not have to be proved, thanks to the Eichmann trial.

Churchill assumed that everyone is familiar with Holocaust denial and that everyone knows that Eichmann was a low-level technocrat who never personally killed anyone and never ordered the death of anyone. This mistake on his part got him into trouble, and when he tried to explain what he meant by “little Eichmanns” his explanation fell upon deaf ears.

O’Reilly and others in the media continued to call for Churchill’s head because he had compared the 9/11 victims to Nazis.

Calling an innocent victim a Nazi is the worst thing that anyone can do. But calling someone a “little Eichmann” is not the same thing. Eichmann implemented the transportation of the Jews to the death camps, but he also arranged the transportation of German Jews to Palestine before the war.

Churchill wrote in his essay that all Americans are to blame for not stopping the policies of their government which caused the “terrorists” to “push back.”

Vincent Reynouard got into trouble because he wrote that the victims of Oradour-sur-Glane were connected to the French Resistance, and that this was the cause of the destruction of their village.

Most people believe that both the 9/11 attack and the Oradour massacre were atrocities that were perpetrated for no legitimate reason.

The German Waffen-SS Army and the “terrorists” both targeted innocent civilians, simply because both the Nazis and the “terrorists” were “evil-doers,” and anyone who says otherwise is guilty of “hate speech” in the opinion of most people.

In France, hate speech is a crime, even though French citizens technically have freedom of speech. Will the controversy about Ward Churchill and his opinions about 9/11 finally end American Freedom of Speech, as we know it? Could Ward Churhill’s essay be called “approval of a war crime” in a court of law, just like the writings of Vincent Reynouard?

Here is another news article with this headline:

CU regents fire Ward Churchill

By Berny Morson, Rocky Mountain News
July 24, 2007

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BOULDER – The first, very long chapter of the Ward Churchill saga ended this afternoon as just about everybody – including Churchill – had predicted.

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The Hall of Remembrance

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:31 am

The Altar in the Jewish Hall of Remembrance in Washington, DC

The 6,000 square-foot Hall of Remembrance, shown in the photo above, is on the second floor of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It is at the end of the tour of the permanent exhibit in the museum.

This is a quiet, solemn place, like a church, where visitors can breathe a sigh of relief after the unsettling experience of viewing the horrors of the Nazi regime.

The Hall of Remembrance has 6 sides which represent the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, and the 6-pointed Star of David, which is the Jewish emblem. The Hall is three stories high and there is a 6-sided skylight at the top, which is shown in the photo below.


Skylight at Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

As you enter the Museum, the first thing that you see is a rectangular block of black marble, topped by an eternal flame, as shown in the photo at the top of my blog post.

There are no real windows in the room but shafts of light are provided by narrow glass-covered slits at the four exterior corners of the building, as shown on the left in the photo above.

The floor of the Museum is polished marble in a hexagonal pattern. The 6 walls of the Hall of Remembrance have black marble panels, engraved with the names of the major concentration camps in Poland and Germany. The 6 death camps, where the Jews were allegedly gassed, are on a separate panel.

On the other side of the hall, opposite the eternal flame, are two speaker’s stands, one on each side, resembling a pulpit in a church. It is from one of these stands that the President of the United States delivers his speech on his annual visit to the Hall on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The photograph, at the top of this blog post, shows a closeup of a black marble block, evocative of a coffin, which contains dirt from 38 of the concentration camps in Europe. The dirt was brought to America in urns, like those used by the Nazis for the ashes of the victims who were cremated, and in a touching ceremony, the dirt was deposited inside the block by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Dirt from a cemetery in Europe where American soldiers are buried was also included, in honor of the American liberators of the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps.

The black marble panel on the wall behind the eternal flame has the inscription: “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

The Hall of Remembrance is the only part of the museum where photography is allowed. No flash photography is permitted, but there is enough light in the room so that flash is not necessary. There are benches around the room where groups of students congregate to have a souvenir photograph taken.

The 6-sided skylight at the top of the Hall of Remembrance is shown in the photo above. The number 6 is of great importance in the story of the Holocaust. After the Jewish population of Palestine reached the magic number of 600,000, the country of Israel was born in 1948.

You can continue reading about this at



August 22, 2017

the reasons Himmler gave orders to end the systematic slaughter of the Jews in the fall of 1944

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 8:49 am


My photo of the ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau

I am commenting today on a news article which you can read in full at

Heinrich Himmler during World War II. (Archive photo)

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The author also hopes that the full opening of the Vatican archives from that period could shed more light on all the reasons Himmler gave orders to end the systematic slaughter of the Jews in the fall of 1944, many months before the Nazis surrendered to the Allies in May 1945. More specifically, eyewitnesses reported Himmler gave orders to blow up the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau two months before Joseph Stalin’s Red Army stormed the camp gates in January 1945.

But Max Wallace, a Canadian historian, author and filmmaker, believes there is more to the story.

The author also hopes that the full opening of the Vatican archives from that period could shed more light on all the reasons Himmler gave orders to end the systematic slaughter of the Jews in the fall of 1944, many months before the Nazis surrendered to the Allies in May 1945. More specifically, eyewitnesses reported Himmler gave orders to blow up the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau two months before Joseph Stalin’s Red Army stormed the camp gates in January 1945.

The reasons for Himmler’s directives “may very well rewrite the history of the Holocaust,” Wallace wrote in a new book, “In the Name of Humanity. The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust.” The author gave Catholic News Service an advance copy of the book, which is being released by Penguin/Random House Canada August 22 and worldwide in the spring of 2018.

The book is based on the insights of other Holocaust historians and more than 15 years of Wallace’s own research – sifting through thousands of documents in archives around the world, he told Catholic News Service in an interview in July.

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I believe that it was the Soviets who blew up the gas chambers so that they could spread their false story about the Jews being gassed.


The ruins of Krema II

Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the site of the largest mass murder in the history of mankind. It was here that over 500,000 Jews were gassed to death with Zyklon-B, an insecticide that was also used to disinfect clothing in the camp, according to Robert Jan Van Pelt, a noted Holocaust historian.

The old black and white photo above was taken shortly after Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Union on January 27, 1945. The photo at the top of the page shows the same view of the ruins of Krema II, taken in October 2005. The trees in the background are at the west end of the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau.


August 20, 2017

Auschwitz survivor who was forced to paint for Dr. Joseph Mengele

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 4:38 pm

Now the truth comes out. Dr. Joseph Mengele forced prisoners to paint pictures at Auschwitz!!!

You can read about it at

I can see it all now. Dr. Mengele swinging a horse whip and shouting “Start painting now, you lazy prisoners, or I will horse whip you.”

The following quote is from the news article:

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Babbitt and her family began fighting with authorities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial in 1973 after the discovery of six of her watercolor portraits of Roma (also known as gypsies). A seventh was found in 1977.

After several failed attempts to get the artwork returned — including State Department intervention spearheaded by then-Rep. Shelly Berkley of Nevada; the involvement of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington; and a petition signed by 400 comic-book legends, including Stan Lee, declaring that artwork belongs to the artist — a recent discovery by Babbitt’s youngest daughter delivered yet another emotional blow to the family.

“I had begun having an ominous feeling anyway as the anniversary of my mother’s death was approaching,” Karin Babbitt said about learning that her mother’s paintings would be part of a new exhibit at the National Museum in Krakow. “There was nothing worse that you could put in my face at that time.”

Along with the ongoing rightful ownership issue, Karin contends that the Oświęcim-based museum is in violation of a “permitted public use” agreement that prohibits it from profiting from Babbitt’s work, for example, by reproducing the watercolors in books the museum plans to sell. Pawel Sawicki of the museum’s press office responded: “For this exhibition, a catalogue has been prepared which contains all works from the exhibition. Using the images in the catalogue is allowed as so-called ‘permitted public use’ connected with promotion of the exhibition.”

Karin, a special-education teacher and resident of Santa Cruz, where her mother lived for nearly 30 years, recounted the fraught history of her paintings that were signed and dated in 1944.

“The SS came in [to her barracks] and saw the art my mother had painted,” she said. “She was put in a jeep and driven to Mengele’s office in Birkenau. She’s thinking, ‘I’m dead.’” Instead, the SS told the young artist that she was to paint portraits of Roma Gypsy prisoners “to have a record of their inferiority,” Karin said.

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August 12, 2017

Essays by Wolf Murmelstein

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:05 pm

Dr. Wolf Murmelstein is the son of Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Elder of the Theresienstadt Ghetto and the youngest of the Terezin children able to remember things. He currently lives in Italy.

The six essays below were written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein and submitted to me for publication.

Theresienstadt, a Special Case in Shoah History

The Last “Unrighteous” & The Judenrat Question (two essays)

Otherwise, It Would Mean to Die

The Jewish Community of Salonica during the Shoah

Holocaust survivor dies at the age of 113

Filed under: Auschwitz, Food, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal died at the age of 113

You can read about this Holocaust survivor in a news article at:

The following quote is from the news article:

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Israeli media are reporting that the world’s oldest man, who lived through both world wars and survived the Holocaust, has died a month short of his 114th birthday.

Ynet on Saturday quoted Israel Kristal’s daughter as saying her father died Friday. Shula Kupershtuch says: “He always saw only light and good in everything.”

Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world’s oldest man last year.

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I have said this many times: Many of the Jews in the concentration camps camps lived to an advanced age because of their potato based diet.

Potatoes are very easy to grow; they will grow in very poor soil without any help from the grower. I know this because my family had half of a large garden planted with potatoes. I owe my good health, and my advanced age, to the fact that I eat lots of potatoes.


August 10, 2017

the gate of death at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Health, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:33 am

The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland, circa 1965. (Getty Images)

My early morning photo of Gate of Death

Concentration camp survivors walk out of the main gate with the sign “Arbeit macht frei” (work will set you free) at the Auschwitz museum, near the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, January 27, 2009 marking the 64th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND)

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

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Sigmund Sobolewski, one of the first prisoners to walk through the gates at Auschwitz, has died. He was 94.

Born in Torun, Poland, in 1923, Sobolewski was only 17 when he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Known as Prisoner 88, he was held there for 4 1/2 years.

His inmate number was tattooed on his arm and he never forgot what he went through — and he tried to make sure no one did, either.

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As I have said, and written, many times. I believe that a simple diet, that includes lots of potatoes and very little meat, is the key to living a long life.

Excuse me, I am going to eat a bowl of potato salad now. I am 84 years old and I expect to live to the age of 94.



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