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July 21, 2017

The fate of African-German children under the Nazis

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 2:41 pm

Today, I am responding to a news article about an African-German prisoner at Dachau: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/world/black-during-the-holocaust-rhineland-children-film/index.html

The photo above shows an African-German prisoner at Dachau

In America, we think of African-American children as being Americans. Not so in Germany. The German people wanted Germany to be a “whites only” country of people with German ancestry. Bad Germans.

There was at least one Dachau concentration camp prisoner who had African Ancestry: Johnny Voste, a Belgian resistance fighter who had been arrested in 1942 for alleged sabotage; he was one of the survivors of Dachau.

According to Paul Berben, a former prisoner at Dachau, who wrote a book called “Dachau: 1933 – 1945: The Official History,” there were 67,649 prisoners in Dachau and its sub-camps when the last census was taken on April 26, 1945, three days before the US 7th Army arrived to liberate the camp.

Many of the sub-camps, to which Berben refers, as “Kommandos,” had already been evacuated and the prisoners had been brought to the main camp at Dachau. The largest number of prisoners in the whole Dachau system were classified as political prisoners, who numbered 43,401; the majority of them were Catholic.

The political prisoners included Communists, Social Democrats, anarchists, spies, and anti-Fascist resistance fighters from the Nazi occupied countries such as France, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, and Poland.

There was a total of 22,100 Jews in the Dachau system on April 26, 1945 and most of them were in the subcamps. Many of them had just arrived a few days before from other camps that had been evacuated.

On April 27, 1945, a train carrying prisoners evacuated from Buchenwald had arrived at the main camp, but less than half the 5,000 to 6,000 mostly Jewish prisoners who had left Buchenwald were still alive after the 21-day trip and able to walk into the main camp.

On April 26th, approximately 3,400 Jews had been death-marched out of the main camp, headed south toward the mountains where it is believed that the Nazis intended to hold them as hostages to use in surrender negotiations with the Allies. Another 1,735 Jews had been evacuated from Dachau by train on April 26th.

Dachau was the camp where Catholic priests, mostly from Poland, were imprisoned. Approximately 2,700 priests were brought to Dachau, where they were designated as political prisoners because they had been arrested as resistance fighters after the invasion of Poland by the Nazis on Sept. 1, 1939.

There were also German priests incarcerated at Dachau and at least one of them, Father Peter Roth, was there because he had been arrested as a pedophile. Father Roth redeemed himself by volunteering to take care of the sick prisoners in the camp and after the camp was liberated, he stayed on to serve as the priest for the German soldiers who were imprisoned at Dachau. The street that borders the camp on the south side has been named after him.

There were 110 homosexuals, 85 Jehovah’s Witnesses and 1,066 anti-socials in Dachau and its sub-camps on April 26, 1945, according to Berben’s book. The Jehovah’s Witnesses were German citizens who were being held because they had refused to serve in the German army.

What I am trying to explain here is that this African-German prisoner at Dachau was not put into a camp because he had African ancestry.

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

Begin quote

A new film aims to highlight a Nazi “secret” mission to sterilize hundreds of Afro German children.

(CNN)In 1937, mixed race children living in the Rhineland were tracked down by the Gestapo and sterilized on “secret order.” Some were later the subject of medical experiments, while others vanished.

“There were known to be around 800 Rhineland children at the time,” says historian Eve Rosenhaft, professor of German Historical Studies, at the University of Liverpool.
It was a little known part of Holocaust history until Mo Abudu, chief executive of Nigerian media network EbonyLife TV, read an online article by Rosenhaft on the plight of these children.
End quote

 

He’s not heavy — he’s my brother

Filed under: Music, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:40 am

This morning, I was watching the news on TV when, for some reason, a famous photo was shown, as someone said “He’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”

This was the famous photo of an American soldier carrying a wounded soldier on his shoulders. The caption on this photo was famous, and for years, many people used this expression.

All this reminded me of my college days, when there was a boy who was famous on the campus of the University of Missouri, for dancing with his sister who was crippled. They would frequently dance on the sidewalk in front of the Student Union and there was always a crowd of people watching them.

One day, I said to him: “you are very nice to dance with this crippled girl.”

He answered: “She’s not crippled — she’s my sister.”

Then one day, he asked me to dance with him in front of the student union. I told him that I could not dance well enough to dance with him. He said “Don’t worry, I’ll make you look good.”

He did make me look good, and the crowd of people watching us applauded.

The moral of this story is that you should not worry about looking good yourself — you should make others look good.

July 19, 2017

July 20, 1944 Valkyrie — the bomb plot against Hitler

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:38 am

On July 20th, 1944 there was a famous assignation attempt against Adolf Hitler.

The five minute video clip above, which is from a Tom Cruz movie, is a fairly accurate reenactment of the incident.  Many people have objected to the casting of Tom Cruz, in the role of the much taller Claus Schenk, Graf von Stauffenberg, but Tom Cruz looks remarkably like Claus Schenk.

There is virtually nothing in Valkyrie, the movie, which shows what ordinary life was like in Germany in July 1944. There are no extras playing the part of a German Fräulein wearing a dirndl; no Germans drinking beer and singing in a beer garden. There is nothing to indicate that the action is taking place in Germany.

Another movie, Revolutionary Road, which was released around the same time, is authentic 1950s America, right down to the smallest detail.

The only scene in Valkyrie that comes close to showing Germany, as it was in 1943, is when Stauffenberg goes to Hitler’s home called the Berghof to get his signature on a document.

We see the famous picture window that looks out on the Bavarian Alps. Hitler’s henchmen are gathered around him at the Berghof and Albert Speer can be identified: there is a bit player who bears a resemblance to him.

BerghofWindow.jpg

The Berghof and surroundings were bombed by the RAF right before the end of the war on April 25, 1945 — it was done out of spite: the area was of no strategic importance at that point.

The famous picture window before it was destroyed 

Hitler is accurately shown in the movie as a broken man, petting his dog, an Alsatian Sheppard. One bit of information that I didn’t know until I saw this movie, many years ago, is that Stauffenberg put in his glass eye whenever he was in the presence of Hitler. He obviously wanted Hitler to have a good opinion of him; in the scene at the Berghof, Hitler says that he wishes that all his Army officers were like Stauffenberg.

In the trailers for the movie, that were shown for weeks before the movie opened, there is a brief scene where someone kills a mosquito with the lit end of a cigarette. Undoubtedly, there were many people who thought that this was a cruel act committed by Hitler, but there was a German guard at Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair headquarters in East Prussia, who actually killed a mosquito on his arm with a lit cigarette.

The Wolf’s Lair was located on swampy ground and that’s why there were mosquitoes. This scene may have been included by the film makers before they learned that Hitler didn’t smoke. In any case, the scene is totally out of context and has no relevance to the movie plot.

On July 20, 1944, an attempt to assassinate Hitler, which had been planned for years by groups which included former political prisoners who had been released from Sachsenhausen, was made by Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, an insider on Hitler’s staff. One of those involved in the planning was a former Sachsenhausen political prisoner, Julius Leber, a Social Democrat.

The plan was for the political prisoners at Sachsenhausen, including Schuschnigg and the trade union leader, Carl Vollmerhaus, to take over important positions in the German government after Hitler was dead.

According to Information Leaflet Number 20, which I obtained from the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site:

As one of the first measures for the “restoration of the supreme majesty of the law,” the conspirators wanted the concentration camps closed down. For this reason, the “immediate measures” of the July 20, 1944 plan included the occupation of the concentration camps, the arrest of the commandants and the disarming of the guards by the military. But this never happened.

The assassination attempt failed when someone moved the briefcase containing a bomb, which Col. von Stauffenberg had planted near Hitler’s feet. Von Stauffenberg had left the room before the time bomb went off, and had returned to Berlin where a group of high-ranking German army officers were planning to proclaim martial law, after the announcement of the death of Hitler, and take control of the government. The bomb went off, but Hitler survived the blast with only minor injuries.

According to the Information Leaflet, some of the conspirators arrested immediately after the assassination attempt are believed to have been taken to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, including Field Marshall Erwin von Witzleben.

Some of the conspirators who were seriously injured or sick, or who had tried to escape arrest by suicide or had become ill while imprisoned, were sent to the well-equipped infirmary barracks at Sachsenhausen where they were kept alive for further interrogations or until they could be put on trial in the People’s Court.

One of the conspirators who was brought to the Sachsenhausen infirmary with severe injuries was Colonel Siegfried Wagner, who had jumped out the window of his apartment in Potsdam on July 22, 1944 in an attempt to escape arrest; he died in the infirmary four days later.

Colonel Carl-Hans von Hardenberg, who was slated to become the head of the state of Berlin-Brandenberg after the takeover by the conspirators, was also taken to Sachsenhausen with severe injuries after he attempted suicide to escape arrest. He was one of the survivors of Sachsenhausen, thanks to a Communist fellow-prisoner, Flor Peeters, who took care of him.

Another conspirator, Lieutenant Colonel Hasso von Boehmer, was brought to the infirmary at Sachsenhausen, so that he could be kept alive long enough for the People’s Court in Potsdam to sentence him to death and execute him.

Only a few of the many conspirators, who were involved in the July 20th plot, were tried in the People’s Court; the others were sent directly to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp without a trial. Only a few of the many conspirators, who were involved in the July 20th plot, were tried in the People’s Court; the others were sent directly to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp without a trial.

Randolph von Breidbach, a resistance fighter against the Nazis, was arrested in 1943 and tried by the Reich War Court; although he was found not guilty by the court, he was held in prison until February 1945 when he was transferred to the Sachsenhausen infirmary, where he stayed behind when the camp was evacuated two months later. He died on June 13, 1945 in Sachsenhausen and was buried in a mass grave behind the infirmary barracks.

On July 30, 1944, ten days after the assassination attempt by von Stauffenberg, Hitler ordered that the family members of von Stauffenberg be arrested as “kinship prisoners.” A total of 180 relatives, mostly wives and children, were arrested in August 1944 and imprisoned at Sachsenhausen in the special section of brick buildings located outside the prison enclosure, called the “Schuschnigg barracks.” This was where former Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg was held, along with his wife and child, until he was transferred to Dachau in 1945.

 

Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein

Filed under: Germany, Language, Music, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:19 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erika_(song)

Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein
und das heißt: Erika.
Heiß von hunderttausend kleinen Bienelein
wird umschwärmt Erika
denn ihr Herz ist voller Süßigkeit,
zarter Duft entströmt dem Blütenkleid.
Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein
und das heißt: Erika.

On the heath, there blooms a little flower
and it’s called Erika.
Eagerly a hundred thousand little bees,
swarm around Erika.
For her heart is full of sweetness,
a tender scent escapes her blossom-gown.
On the heath, there blooms a little flower
and it’s called Erika.

In der Heimat wohnt ein kleines Mägdelein
und das heißt: Erika.
Dieses Mädel ist mein treues Schätzelein
und mein Glück, Erika.
Wenn das Heidekraut rot-lila blüht,
singe ich zum Gruß ihr dieses Lied.
Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein
und das heißt: Erika.

Back at home, there lives a little maiden
and she’s called Erika.
That girl is my faithful little darling
and my joy, Erika!
When the heather blooms in a reddish purple,
I sing her this song in greeting.
On the heath, there blooms a little flower
and it’s called Erika.

In mein’m Kämmerlein blüht auch ein Blümelein
und das heißt: Erika.
Schon beim Morgengrau’n sowie beim Dämmerschein
schaut’s mich an, Erika.
Und dann ist es mir, als spräch’ es laut:
“Denkst du auch an deine kleine Braut?”
In der Heimat weint um dich ein Mägdelein
und das heißt: Erika.

In my room, there also blooms a little flower
and it’s called Erika.
Already In the grey of dawn, as it does at dusk,
It looks at me, Erika!
And it is as if it spoke aloud:
“Are you thinking of your fiancée?”
Back at home, a maiden weeps for you
and she’s called Erika.

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

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3298493.1499128532!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/nazi4e-2-web.jpg

 Photo credit (Turnbull, Bill)

Jakiw Palij — former concentration camp guard

Begin quote from news article:

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.

[…]

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.

End quote

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.’”

End quote

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.

End quote

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

 

 

 

 

July 16, 2017

Girls und Panzer — Panzerlied

Filed under: Germany, Music, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 2:18 pm

July 15, 2017

Obituary: Barbara Kulaszka

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 4:53 pm

A memorial for Barbara Kulaszka, seen here in 1990, was held Wednesday night at an Etobicoke library branch. Barbara Kulaszka, seen here in 1990

photo credit (CBC)

Barbara Kulaszka passed away on June 15th, 2017.  She was a lawyer who represented Ernst Zundel among others.  Her death did not really make the news, but people who wanted to stop her memorial ceremony did make the news.

Barbara’s Wikipedia article does not even show a picture of her.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Kulaszka

Barbara Kulaszka has been in the news because people were “deeply disturbed” by her being able to have a memorial service which you can read in full by following the link below to a news article.

http://www.cp24.com/news/library-gathering-to-remember-lawyer-who-represented-holocaust-deniers-draws-controversy-1.3500626

Begin quote from July 12th, 2017 news article

Some groups had called for the booking to be cancelled, however city officials said they were not able to reject the request.

In a statement, Mayor John Tory said he was “deeply concerned” about the meeting and said he has expressed those concerns to the library staff.

“Following a request I made to consider the cancellation of this event, I was informed that the library has received legal advice that it cannot reject this room booking request,” Tory said in the statement. “I have asked the library to ensure this event is closely monitored.”

He said his office will also be asking the library board to review its room rental policies in the wake of the event.

In a statement, Count James Pasternak said he is “deeply disturbed” by the meeting and called on the library to cancel the permit.

“It is truly shocking that individuals who spread hatred, deny the Holocaust and have ties to neo-Nazi groups are being provided a permit by the Toronto Public Library to host an event inside a public building,” Pasternak said in the statement.

End quote from news article

This video was posted July 15th, about Barbara Kulaszka, by Ezera Levant, who calls himself the rebel commander.  You can read his original article by clicking on the link below.

https://www.therebel.media/do_holocaust_deniers_deserve_free_speech

Auschwitz photo shows kitchen building, not a gas chamber building

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:58 pm

The first photo below was copied from the blog of Tom Adamson:

https://conatusnews.com/conceit-ignorance-holocaust/

Photo shows the kitchen in the Auschwitz main camp on the left hand side

My photo above shows the same kitchen building at the Auschwitz camp

My 1998 photo of Auschwitz kitchen before it was painted white

My two photos above show the kitchen in the main Auschwitz camp. The kitchen is located on the right just after you enter the Arbeit Macht Frei gate.

The kitchen was painted white when the Auschwitz camp was in operation; since my visit to Auschwitz in 2005, it has been painted white again.

 

July 14, 2017

Germans agree to give Jews even more money!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:09 pm
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Jews asking Germans for still more money.  Photo credit Marco Limberg

http://time.com/4854006/holocaust-survivor-negotiation-claims-conference-germany/

The following quote is from a news article written on July 12th, 2017, which you can read in full by following the link above.

Begin quote from news article

The negotiators agreed to reduce the amount of time a person has to have lived “in hiding or under false identity” in order to be eligible for a pension, from six month to four months, which will affect an estimated 1,000 people who were not previously eligible. The budget for 2018 funding for partner agencies that provide in-home services for survivors was also increased by more than $60 million, and an agreement was reached to allow an estimated 5,000 people who in the past received smaller one-time payments for hardship to receive new payments that would make their compensation more commensurate with the amount provided nowadays.

End quote from news article.

It seems like I blog about this almost every day, but then more money is awarded to the Jews.

I just wrote about this subject a few days ago.  It is hard for me to keep up with all this news about holocaust victims constantly being awarded more money. You can review my last article about the Germans paying more money, that I wrote on July 13th by clicking on the link below.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/germany-agrees-to-pay-pensions-for-holocaust-survivors/

The news article concludes with the following quote:

Begin quote

“When you’re talking about compensation for the Holocaust, there is no justice. Nothing is perfect,” Schneider says. “But it was a good piece of work.”

End quote

 

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