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January 16, 2017

Wilhelm Canaris

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:34 am

‘Nun ja, wir mussten den kleinen Admiral mehrmals hoch und runter ziehen weil er so lange zappelte bis er endlich aufgab,.

Translation: Well yes, we had to pull the little Admiral several times up and down because he struggled quite long before he gave up.

Wilhelm Canaris was the head of the Abwher, which was the German military intelligence agency during most of the Nazi era.  Canaris was also a traitor and a double agent, who plotted to assassinate Hitler.  He ended up being hung and strangled by a violin wire on April 9th 1945 in the Flossenberg concentration  camp.

If Donald Trump is the new Hitler, and history repeats itself, then that would mean that Trump’s new appointment, who will become the head of American military intelligence, will also be a traitor, just like Canaris, and might end up being executed for treason.

Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1979-013-43, Wilhelm Canaris.jpg

On January 12th 2017, I wrote a blog post, in my new “name that Nazi” series, in which I asked my readers to identify the man in the photo above.  That same day, I also wrote another blog post entitled “Trump compares US intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany”. 

 You can read my January 12th blog posts here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/

There were two outstanding comments on this earlier blog post.  There was an exceptional comment, made by Herbert Stolpmann, that I used, in part, to begin this blog post today.

Jett Rucker was the first reader to correctly identify the man in the photo.

BEGIN OUTSTANDING COMMENTS ON MY EARLIER BLOG POST:

One of the two hangman commented during an interview about the execution of Canaris: ‘Nun ja, wir mussten den kleinen Admiral mehrmals hoch und rrunter ziehen weil er so lange zappelte bis er endlich aufgab,.

(‘Well yes, we had to pull the little Admiral several times up and down because he struggle quite long before he gave up)

This means that a lynching procedure took place and would have been ordered from the highest level of the hierarchy, with Hitler’s full knowledge, so as to make it as cruel as possible.

Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 12, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

Wilhelm Canaris, also admiral in the Kriegsmarine.

Comment by Jett Rucker — January 12, 2017 @ 10:21 am

END COMMENTS ON MY EARLIER BLOG POST

I wrote a little bit about Canaris on my website, which you can read here:

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

BEGIN QUOTE FROM MY SCRAPBOOK PAGES WEB SITE

On the same day that the Dachau Museum says that Georg Elser was killed by a bomb, April 9, 1945, a group of traitors to the Fatherland, including Rear Admiral Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster were executed at the Flossenbürg concentration camp on the orders of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller, but there was no attempted cover-up of these executions. Canaris, who was the head of the Abwehr, Nazi Germany’s military intelligence agency, before he was arrested, was involved in two failed attempts to assassinate Hitler in 1938 and 1939. General Oster had been arrested the day after the failed July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler. On April 8, 1945, General Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster were put on trial and both were convicted.

END QUOTE FROM MY SCRAPBOOKPAGES WEB SITE

You can read about the downfall of Canaris on Wikipedia by clicking here:

Wikipedia makes a few glaring errors.  In particular, the reason for Canaris initially being removed from his post.

https://en.wikipedia.on/wiki/Wilhelm_Canaris#Downfall_and_execution

Canaris was removed from his post as head of military intelligence, because he failed to obtain any intelligence about the allied landing at Anzio on January 22, 1944.

In  the 2002 version of David Irving’s book entitled “Hitler’s War”, the real story of Canaris’s dismissal from his position, as head of military intelligence, is given.

BEGIN QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR PAGE 652:

Wholly unexpected – and without even a hint from the German Intelligence services – on Jan 22 an American corps staged a sudden seaborne landing south of Rome at Anzio – to the rear of the German lines.  Misled by the assurances of Admiral Canaris, Kesselring had denuded this coastline; only two German battalions met the American troops….

Hitler asked Jodle to determine precisely why Intelligence had failed to predict the landing at Anzio.  Kesselring claimed that it was Canaris’s fault.  In February, Erich Vermeheren, an important Abwher agent in Turkey, put the last nail in the Admiral’s coffin.  This brought even Cicero’s operations to an abrupt end.  Hitler had had enough of Admiral Canaris.  He told Himmler to set up a “unified German secret Intelligence service.”

END QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR

Also completely absent from the current Wikipedia page is the important date of September 26th 1944.

BEGIN QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR – PAGE 740-741

Later that day, September 26, [1944], Heinrich Himmler arrived with a bulging briefcase of things to discuss.  Heading the agenda was the topic, ‘Treason since 1939.’  In a locked safe at the Abwher headquarters outside Berlin, Gestapo investigations had found documents proving that Mayor Gordeler, General Oster, General Beck, and above all Vice-Admiral Canaris – the slippery former chief of Intelligence – had been plotting Hitler’s overthrow since 1939 at least.  Canaris and his men had deliberately betrayed the plans and dates of Hitler’s 1940 western campaign (‘Yellow’) to the enemy.

These documents had been assembled by two of the admiral’s staff – General Oster and Hans vot Dohnanyi – with the view toward someday prosecuting Brauchitsch, then the army’s Commander in Chief, for refusing to aid the anti-Hitler plotters.  From General Munzos Grandes, who had commanded Spain’s contingent in Russia, Hitler had already learned some time ago that Canaris had personally warned Franco against bringing Spain in to the war on Hitler’s side.  Since his arrest in July, Canaris had told ingenious tales, but those who had rejected the Third Reich – Oster and Dohnbanyi – betrayed their friend Canaris equally willingly in face-to-face encounter.  General Alexander von Pfuhlstien, former commander of the ‘Brandenburg’ (Commando) Division, had been arrested on September 4, [1944] and he had once discussed using the division to storm the Wolf’s Lair; Canaris had confidently predicted Germany’s defeat for December 1943.  Colonel George Hansen invited his questioners to search for Canaris’s diaries, these damning documents were evidently found in the locked safe of another Abwher colonel who had succumbed to the suicide epidemic after July 20 – they vanished at the end of the war.

The documents showed that the plotters had sent the then Colonel Georg Thomas – another of Keitel’s department heads – to win over Halder and Brauchitsch in November 1939.  Hadler had refused: Britain’s fight was against the whole of Germany, he had said, not just Hitler.  A 1939 “study’ by Oster dealt explicitly with a coup d’etat.  There were voluminous memorandum by General Bech, and scattered pages of the fabled Canaris diary throwing a revealing new light on the 1943 Black Chapel case and the Abwehr dealings with the Vatican.  In April 1940, the documents indicated, Thomas had shown Halder a treacherous message from one Dr. Joseph Muller: the Vatican was willing to intercede with the British and French provided Hitler and Ribbentrop were first eliminated.  On being informed of this approach, Brauchtish had proposed to Halder that Thomas be arrested.  The same Joseph Muller had betrayed the date of ‘Yellow’ to the Vatican evidently on Abwehr instructions, since Canaris ordered the affair hushed up.  Oster had also warned the Dutch directly.

Hitler grimly informed Jodl of the news Himmler had brought.  The facts about Admiral Canaris were so terrible, he said, that he could not make them public until the war was over; then there would be a state trial at which the German people could take their revenge.

END QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR

In the pages which follow, Irving records how, on the following evening, Hitler’s health took a turn for the worse, and how he was unable to attend war counsels for several days.

Irving leaves it to his readers to draw a causal connection between the news of September 26th and Hitler’s health problems which started in earnest the following night, and lasted for days.  When I read this, I did draw a probable causal connection between the two.

Irving goes on, in his book, to record the Admirals last days.

BEGIN QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR page 807-808:

…at Flossenberg camp they left the traitors Admiral Canaris and General Oster.  A few days before, General Buhle had stumbled by chance on the long-sought diaries of Canaris, and these sealed the Abwehr chief’s fate.  He and General Oster were hanged after a summary court-martial on [April] the ninth [1945].

END QUOTE FROM HITLER’S WAR

January 6, 2017

How and why I began blogging…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:02 am

Many years ago, before I knew what a blog was, I was contacted by a man who was writing a book about the Dachau prisoners, who had been sent to the South Tyrol, shortly before the Dachau camp was liberated by American soldiers.  Franz Halder, the mystery man pictured in the blog post that immediately precedes this one, was among these prisoners.

This man’s theory was that these Dachau prisoners, who had been housed in a separate section of the Dachau camp, were sent to the South Tyrol in order to kill them.

This didn’t make sense to me. Why not just kill them inside the Dachau camp?

I wrote about the Dachau prisoners on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Background02.html

The following quote is from my website page, cited above:

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On April 26, 1945, three days before the American liberators arrived at Dachau, a transport of 1,735 Jewish prisoners left on a train bound for the mountains in southern Germany. Then another 6,887 prisoners, half of them Jews and half of them Russian POWs, were marched south toward the mountains of the South Tyrol. According to testimony given at the Nuremberg IMT, the march to the Tyrol was part of a plan, devised by Ernst Kaltenbrunner, to kill all these prisoners.

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The march to the South Tyrol didn’t make sense to me.  Why not just kill these prisoners inside the Dachau camp? I thought that the reason that these prisoners were being sent to the South Tyrol was to SAVE them, not to KILL them.

The following quote is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

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Nerin E. Gun, a journalist who was a former prisoner at Dachau, wrote the following in his book entitled “The Day of the Americans,” published in 1966:

Begin quote from Nerin E. Gun’s book:

The SS commandant of the camp, Weiter, for having disobeyed Hitler’s orders, was executed by a fanatic SS sergeant, Ruppert, in the countryside while trying to escape. Weiter died with a bullet in the neck, clutching a picture of Hitler.

End quote from Gun’s book

Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert was the SS officer in charge of executions at Dachau; he was put on trial by an American Military Tribunal in November 1945, but he was not charged with the murder of Weiter, nor with the murder of four British SOE women, another crime that he had been accused of, by a former prisoner.

May 6, 1945, the day that Weiter either committed suicide or was shot by someone else, was the same day that the 137 Dachau VIP prisoners were liberated by American soldiers. According to Gun, an SS man named Fritz threw a grenade at the liberators.

Regarding the American retaliation for the grenade attack, Gun wrote the following in “The Day of the Americans”:

Begin quote from “The Day of the Americans”:

The Americans were furious and shot down all the guards posted around the village. The Resistance, during this time, had not sat on its hands. The six Gestapo functionaries, the professional killers who had joined the convoy at Innsbruck, were hanging from the trees in the village square.

End quote from “The Day of the Americans”.

Nerin E. Gun also wrote that Dr. Sigmund Rascher was shot in Innsbruck, although the Museum at Dachau says that Dr. Rascher was executed, on the orders of Heinrich Himmler, in the bunker on April 26, 1945, the day that the VIP prisoners at Dachau were evacuated from the camp to the South Tyrol.

 

 

 

January 5, 2017

The method that was used to put the gas into the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am

One of the regular readers of my blog wrote the following in a comment:

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“That [Dachau] ceiling was built low to begin with. You’d have to change the whole framing of the roof to end up with what is there [now]. The ceiling was built low – originally and by design.

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I have written about the Dachau gas chamber, at great length on this page of my website:

https://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/interior04.html

The following quote is from the website page, cited above:

Begin quote from my website:

After Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, a team of U. S. Seventh Army officers investigated the camp for two days before releasing their official report which stated that the gas was introduced into the gas chambers at Dachau through shower heads suspended from the ceiling of the shower room in Baracke X, the crematory building. It was only later learned that the gas was in the form of pellets which were poured into the gas chamber through two openings on the east wall which are shown in my photos below.

End quote from my website

Holes in the East wall of the alleged gas chamber at Dachau

Holes in the East wall of the alleged gas chamber at Dachau

Closeup of one of the wall openings into the alleged gas chamber

Closeup of one of the wall openings into the alleged Dachau gas chamber

In my first photograph above, you are looking at the interior of the east wall of the alleged gas chamber, which is the wall on the front of the building. The second photo is a close-up of the wall opening on the left.

The information about the two wall openings in the Dachau gas chamber, which is given in the display in the undressing room next to the gas chamber, is as follows:

“Vents – flaps where prussic acid poison pellets could be inserted from the outside.” [The text of the display reads as though it were written by a lawyer. It seems to have been written to satisfy both the doubters and the believers.]

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The openings for the “poison pellets,” shown in my two photographs above, are approximately 16 by 28 inches in size. There are two bins on the outside wall of the alleged gas chamber, which could be opened in order to pour the pellets onto the floor of the gas chamber.

The grated openings are less than two feet above the floor of the alleged gas chamber, and two of the 6 floor drains, in the room, are about 4 feet from the openings. The prisoners inside could have easily swept the poison pellets down the drain and poisoned everyone in the Dachau camp.

The manufacturer’s guidelines for the use of Zyklon-B, the poison gas allegedly used in the Dachau shower room, cautioned users that the pellets should be put back into the can, after gassing was complete, and returned for recycling, not swept down a drain. [Those stupid Nazis! Why did they put so many floor drains in a gas chamber? They were just asking for Holocaust deniers to speak up.]

In the descriptions of the gas chamber given by the American soldiers, who saw it in the first few days after liberation, it was universally stated that the gas was dispensed through the shower heads.

None of the American liberators, who saw the gas chamber in the first few days, mentioned the openings on the interior east wall where the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured onto the floor through the two bins on the outside.

The prisoners, who escorted the American soldiers through the gas chamber, always pointed out the peephole on the rear wall of the alleged gas chamber, but none of the soldiers were directed to look behind them at the front wall where the two opening for the gas bins were located. This makes me think that the two large openings on front wall were not there until days later.

None of the American soldiers, who saw the homicidal gas chamber immediately after the liberation of the camp, knew that the gas that was used was not liquid or invisible vapor, but rather, the gas was in the form of Zyklon-B pellets that were about the size of peas.

The Nazis allegedly used Zyklon-B pellets in both the disinfection gas chambers, for killing lice to prevent disease, and in their homicidal gas chambers for murdering people.

Contrary to the description given above, written by a medical doctor with the US Army, the holes for the fake shower heads, that were set flush with the concrete ceiling, were not “evenly spaced.”

There are three rows of these ceiling holes. On the north side of the ceiling, there are three holes on the left side, then two ceiling vents with one hole between them on the right side. In the middle row, there are 6 holes and in the row near the south wall, there are 5 holes, making a total of 15 randomly-spaced holes for the fake shower nozzles.

My photo of the Mauthausen gas chamber shows what real shower heads looked like

My photo of the Mauthausen gas chamber shows what real shower heads looked like

 

 

January 3, 2017

Follow the red brick road — to the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:53 am

RedBrickRoad.jpg

My 2007 photo above shows the red brick path on which the Jews walked into the Dachau concentration camp.

In 2005, the entrance into the Dachau Memorial site was changed, to a different location, so that visitors could walk on the exact same brick path, on which the prisoners walked, as they neared the Arbeit Macht Frei gate into the prison camp.

My photo above shows the brick path and the grass covering the rubble of the factory buildings that were torn down after American troops took over the SS training camp and garrison next door to the concentration camp. The buildings in the background are in the former SS camp that was right next to the Dachau concentration camp.

A new gravel path, which leads from the Dachau bus stop to the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, was constructed in 2005 on the south side of the Dachau complex, which includes the former concentration camp and what is left of the former SS Army Garrison and Training Center for concentration camp administrators. Dachau tour guides refer to the SS Training Camp as a “school of violence” or a “school of terror.”

The entrance into the Dachau Memorial Site was changed again when a new Visitor’s Center was completed. New signs which tell the story of Dachau were added. I wrote about the new Visitor’s Center at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/visitors-center-at-dachau/

Visitors can now see a few of the buildings inside the former SS garrison, including the Administration building which is the white building trimmed in yellow on the right in the photo above. When I visited in 2007, I was told that this building was the Commandant’s house, but I have since learned that his house was torn down in 1987.

The brick path, shown in my photo above, was originally lined on both sides by a row of poplar trees. On the left side of the road, as you are looking into the SS training camp, there were formerly factories where the prisoners worked, and on the right side was an open field with a view of the barracks inside the concentration camp.

Most visitors assume that the tracks on the left side of the photo above were railroad tracks, on which trains loaded with prisoners arrived at the camp. These tracks were actually narrow gauge tracks used to transport material to and from the Dachau factories, where the prisoners worked.

New prisoners had to walk 3 kilometers to the Dachau concentration camp, from the railroad station in the town of Dachau. There are now 12 posters along the route from the station to the camp which tell visitors what happened as the prisoners walked through the town.

The Dachau camp was not turned into a Memorial Site until 1965. A visitor, who saw the former Dachau concentrtion camp in 1964 wrote this on his blog:

Begin quote from visitor’s blog:

One evening I asked what I shouldn’t miss when in Munich. More than one fellow traveler told me to make sure I visited Dachau, which was not far to the north. The next morning I made my way to the Autobahn and hitchhiked north towards the infamous destination. Drivers who picked me up would ask where I was going. When I replied “Dachau”, the response was uniform; the conversation quieted to silence. In retrospect, the response shifted from awkward embarrassment to naked shame.

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The Dachau concentration camp was located inside a large complex, which included an SS Army garrison and an SS Training Camp. When the Memorial Site first opened in 1965, the US Army was still occupying the former SS garrison and the gatehouse building was being used by the Americans, so the entrance to the concentration camp was on the east side of the camp, not through the “Arbeit macht Frei” gate into the camp.

BarbedWireFence.jpgMy photo above shows the “very long border of the high wire fence,” which visitors to Dachau saw in 1964.

January 2, 2017

Pressac says that the Germans used dummy shower heads inside the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:54 pm

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I took the photo above when I visited the Dachau memorial site. This was the last remaining shower head inside the alleged gas chamber. All the others had been stolen by tourists.

Note that the shower head in the photo above was smashed by a visitor to the Dachau camp.

You can read about Pressac in a recent news article at http://www.5280.com/news/magazine/2016/12/honor-international-holocaust-remembrance-day-boulder

If you have never heard of Jean Claude Pressac, this means that you have never studied the Holocaust.

The news article begins with the following quote:

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Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany killed about six million Jews. Nothing will ever adequately answer the question “Why?”—but the Mazal Holocaust Collection, one of the largest private Holocaust archives in the country, provides some clues. In 2014, the daughter of the late Harry Mazal, a Texas businessman, gifted her father’s library to the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. And with January 27 being International Holocaust Remembrance Day, there’s no more appropriate time to explore the collection.

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You can read about the late Henry Mazel at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ahro

I have visited the Dachau memorial site several times, and I have a large section about Dachau on my website at:

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

The news article also includes the following quote:

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American forces liberated the [concentration] camp at Dachau on April 29, 1945. Two days later, a congressional committee toured the site. Its report unveiled the terrors committed there in grim detail: As Allied forces closed in on Germany, the Nazis relocated captives by train to Dachau. “[A]t least 100 of these civilian prisoners had been jammed into each [of the 50 cars]—locked in—and they had been on the road for several days without food or water. Approximately 3,000 of them were dead upon arrival.”

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I wrote about the Dachau “death train” on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain.html

You can read more about the Dachau camp on this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/index.html


December 23, 2016

Could Herschel Grynszpan still be alive?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:44 am
Herschel Grynspan

Photo on news article shows Herschel Grynszpan, then and now

On this news article, you can read about the possibility that Herschel Grynszpan is still alive: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.759957

In 1938, there was a night of violence in Germany, that came to be known as  Kristallnacht. This was the night that German citizens smashed windows in Jewish shops and set fire to over 200 Jewish Synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic. Ninety-one people were killed during this uncontrolled riot which the police did not try to stop.

That night, Hitler and his henchmen were gathered at the Bürgerbräukeller, a beer hall in Munich, celebrating the anniversary of Hitler’s attempt to take over the German government by force in 1923; Hitler’s failed Putsch had been organized at the Bürgerbräukeller.

Joseph Goebbels made a speech, at the beer hall, in which he said that he would not be surprised if the German people were so outraged by the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath, by a Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan, that they would take the law into their own lands and attack Jewish businesses and Synagogues. Goebbels is generally credited with being the instigator of the pogrom. (Pogrom is a Polish word which means an event in which ordinary citizens use violence to drive the Jews out.)

In spite of the Jewish “holy war” against the Nazis, there were no Jews sent to any of the concentration camps solely because they were Jewish, during the first five and a half years that the Nazi concentration camps were in existence. Jews were sent to the Dachau concentration camp, from day one, but it was because they were Communists or trade union leaders, not because they were Jewish.

The first Jews, to be taken into “protective custody” in Germany, simply because they were Jewish, were arrested during the pogrom on the night of November 9th & 10th in 1938, which the Nazis named Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass).

Kristallnacht was the night that German citizens smashed windows in Jewish shops and set fire to over 200 Jewish Synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic. Ninety-one people were killed during this uncontrolled riot which the police did not try to stop.

That night, Hitler and his henchmen were gathered at the Bürgerbräukeller, a beer hall in Munich, celebrating the anniversary of Hitler’s attempt to take over the German government by force in 1923; Hitler’s failed Putsch had been organized at the Bürgerbräukeller.

Joseph Goebbels made a speech, at the beer hall, in which he said that he would not be surprised if the German people were so outraged by the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath, by a Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan, that they would take the law into their own lands and attack Jewish businesses and Synagogues. Goebbels is generally credited with being the instigator of the pogrom. (Pogrom is a Polish word which means an event in which ordinary citizens use violence to drive the Jews out.)

Approximately 30,00 Jewish men were arrested during the pogrom, allegedly for their own protection, and taken to the 3 major concentration camps in Germany, including 10,911 who were brought to Dachau and held as prisoners while they were pressured to sign over their property and leave the country.

The majority of these Jews were released within a few weeks, after they had promised to leave Germany within six months; most of them wound up in Shanghai, the only place that did not require a visa, because other countries, except Great Britain, refused to take them.

In anticipation of such violence against the Jews by the Nazis, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had invited 32 countries to a Conference in Evian, France in July 1938 to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees.

The only country which agreed to allow Jewish refugees, as immigrants. was the Dominican Republic; 5,000 German Jews emigrated to the Dominican Republic before the start of World War II.

The American Congress refused to change the US immigration laws, passed in 1920 and 1921, to allow a higher quota of Jewish refugees from Germany to enter, although America did start filling the quota under the existing laws for the first time. The poor Jews — no country wanted them!

 

December 12, 2016

Frederick the Great

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 1:10 pm

Today, a young person who is studying world history, asked me about “Frederick the Great.” This young person wanted to know what Frederick ever did that made him so great?

For one thing, Frederick the Great was involved in the history of Theresienstadt.

I have a whole section, about Theresienstadt, on my scrapbookpages.com website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/index.html

My photo of the original old fortress at Theresienstadt

My photo of the original old fortress near the city of Theresienstadt

My photo of the main gate into Theresienstadt

My photo of the main gate into Theresienstadt

Theresienstadt was a prominent place that became involved in the Holocaust.

The following quote is from my website:

[Before World War II started] there was a dispute between Germany and Poland regarding the free city of Gdansk, which had formerly been known as the German city of Danzig. The population of Danzig was 100% German; the city of Danzig had been taken from the Germans in the Treaty of Versailles.

Another bone of contention was the industrial section of Silesia which had been given to Poland after World War I.

In a self-determination vote, the people of Silesia had voted to become part of Germany, but this was ignored by the League of Nations, even though this was one of Wilson’s Fourteen Points.

Although war had been avoided in the conflict between the Germans and the Czechs, this time there was no “appeasement” of Hitler.

Great Britain and France, after signing an agreement to protect Poland in case of an attack by Germany, were forced to declare war on Germany. World War II began two days after the Germans fired the first shots near Danzig on September 1, 1939.

Hitler’s prediction that another World War would mean the annihilation of the European Jews, then became an actuality.

The town of Theresienstadt soon became one of the most infamous transit centers in Hitler’s systematic plan to exterminate European Jewry.

With the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, Czechoslovakia again became an independent country and all the ethnic Germans, except for the few who could prove that they were anti-Fascist during the war, were expelled from their homes and sent into war-torn Germany, many of them dying along the way from hunger and exhaustion.

The Czechs and the Jews exacted their revenge by attacking these refugees as they fled to Germany. Many of the refugees had to live for as long as 18 years in the former Nazi concentration camps, such as Dachau, until they could find new jobs and homes, as Germany was slowly rebuilt.

As soon as a typhus epidemic at Theresienstadt was brought under control, the prisoners were released and the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt became a prison for German Nazis from 1945 to 1948.

In its long and ignominious history, Theresienstadt has come full circle and is now the Czech town of Terezin. The country of Czechoslovakia has now been split once again into the two independent countries: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

December 4, 2016

Stolen Dachau gate has been recovered

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 6:21 am
Gate that was stolen from the Dachau memorial site

Gate that was stolen from Dachau has been recovered

You can read the news story about the recovery of the gate [shown in my photo below] at https://m.dailymercury.com.au/news/police-recover-dachau-gate/3119057/

My photo of the gate into the Dadchau camp

My photo of the gate into Dachau camp

I have a section about the Dachau camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/index.html

You can read the history of Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/overview.html

My photo of the Dachau gas chamber

My photo of the Dachau gas chamber

You can read about the history of the alleged Dachau gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/history01.html

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

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An iron gate stolen from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany has been found … in western Norway.

The gate with the Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work sets you free”) was stolen in November 2014. It was found [recently] in a parking lot in a town near Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.

However, police have no leads on who stole it, or why.

“Our forensic teams have found no useable evidence like DNA,” police spokeswoman Kari Bjoerkhaug Trones said.

More than 40,000 prisoners died at Dachau, near Munich, during the Second World War.

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November 23, 2016

The Hour of the Avenger — the story of the liberation of Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:57 am
Body of German guard at Dachau unlawfully killed by American soldiers

Body of German guard at Dachau unlawfully killed by American soldiers

The photo above shows a German guard at Dachau who was unlawfully killed, and his body mutilated, by American soldiers after the Dachau camp was voluntarily surrendered under a flag of truce.

Bodies of German guards killed at Dachau after the camp was surrendered

Bodies of German guards killed at Dachau after the camp was surrendered

A reader of my blog recently made the following comment:

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Probably the best book on the liberation of Dachau is “Hour of the avenger” [written by] Howard Buechner, where the author witnessed the unlawful execution of German guards and medical staff.

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I wrote about “The Hour of the Avenger” on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/91-year-old-wwii-veteran-breaks-his-silence-about-the-dachau-massacre/

My blog post, cited above, starts with this quote:

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Most news articles, about the American soldiers who liberated the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945, mention that these veterans have never talked to their families about the horror of Dachau.  Now one of the Dachau liberators, Don Ritzenthaler, has broken his silence and has told his grandson about what really happened at Dachau when the camp was liberated [by American soldiers].

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I wrote about the surrender of the Dachau camp to American soldiers on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Surrender.html

 

November 8, 2016

The difference between a blog and a discussion forum

Filed under: Dachau, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 5:55 am
What is the Difference Between a Blog and a Forum?

Dear reader:  What you are reading now is a blog, which I started 6 years ago. Over the years, I have written thousands of blog posts, which are archived and can still be read.

Every day, my blog is being read by over 1,800 people, who are located in countries around the world. Some of these readers are located in countries that I didn’t even know existed, before I started my blog.

Recently, my blog has turned into a discussion forum where people are carrying on long discussions about everything except what I have written. I have learned that some of my new commenters are people who have been kicked off other discussion forums, and have recently come to my blog to continue their discussions.

My photo of the main gate into the Dachau camp

My photo of the main gate into the Dachau concentration camp

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