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November 18, 2015

Why didn’t Germany use DDT to kill the lice that spreads typhus?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Health — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:04 am

There were thousands of deaths, from typhus, in the German concentration camps because the Nazis refused to use DDT to kill the lice that spread typhus.  Bad Nazis!

American soldier sprays a Dachau inmate with DDT

American soldier sprays a Dachau inmate with DDT after Dachau was liberated

Dachau was “liberated” by American troops on April 29, 1945 after the camp had been turned over to them under a white flag of truce. The man who had surrendered the camp was immediately killed, but that’s another story.

Sick prisoners in the typhus ward at Dachau

Sick prisoners in the typhus ward at Dachau

On 2 May 1945, the 116th Evacuation Hospital arrived at Dachau and set up operations. According to a report made on 20 May 1945, there were 140 prisoners dying each day in the camp; the principle causes of death were starvation, tuberculosis, typhus and dysentery. There were 4,000 prisoners in the prison hospital and an unknown number of sick prisoners in the barracks who had been receiving no medical attention.

Reporters view the bodies of Dachau prisoners who had died after the camp was liberated

Reporters view the bodies of Dachau prisoners who had died after the camp was liberated

There were 18 one-story wooden SS barrack buildings in the Dachau army garrison which were converted into hospital wards. The medical personnel were housed in the SS administration building. A Typhus Commission arrived and began vaccinating all medical personnel and the prisoners. There was a daily dusting of DDT to kill the lice which spreads typhus.

Dachau prisoners being tested for typhus before they could leave the camp

Dachau prisoners being tested for typhus before they could leave the camp

On 3 May 1945, the sick prisoners were brought to the hospital wards. They were bathed, dusted with DDT powder and given clean pajamas to wear; their old prison clothes were burned.

By July 1945, the typhus epidemic in the Dachau concentration camp had been brought under control by the US Army doctors, and all the prisoners had either been released or moved to a Displaced Persons camp at Landsberg. The photograph immediately above shows former inmates being tested for typhus before being allowed to leave.

This quote from Wikipedia explains why DDT is harmful and is no longer used.

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In 1962, the book Silent Spring by American biologist Rachel Carson was published. It cataloged the environmental impacts of indiscriminate DDT spraying in the United States and questioned the logic of releasing large amounts of potentially dangerous chemicals into the environment without a sufficient understanding of their effects on ecology or human health. The book claimed that DDT and other pesticides had been shown to cause cancer and that their agricultural use was a threat to wildlife, particularly birds. Its publication was a seminal event for the environmental movement and resulted in a large public outcry that eventually led, in 1972, to a ban on the agricultural use of DDT in the United States.[10] A worldwide ban on its agricultural use was later formalized under the Stockholm Convention, but its limited use in disease vector control continues to this day and remains controversial,[11][12] because of its effectiveness in reducing deaths due to malaria, which is countered by environmental and health concerns.

Along with the passage of the Endangered Species Act, the US ban on DDT is cited by scientists as a major factor in the comeback of the bald eagle (the national bird of the United States) and the peregrine falcon from near-extirpation in the contiguous United States.[13][14]

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January 3, 2015

Can ginger root really cure Alzheimer’s disease?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

I was completely flabbergasted when I read on this website that ginger root “is a natural remedy for Alzheimer’s disease.”  I have always thought that Alzheimer’s disease was incurable.

I don’t think that I have Alzheimer’s — yet, but my memory is not what it used to be.   I have never left my keys in the refrigerator, as shown on a TV ad about Alzheimer’s.

Glen Campbell is a famous person, who is making people aware of Alzheimer’s  disease.  You can read about him in this news story: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/movies/glen-campbell-on-the-road-with-alzheimers-in-ill-be-me.html

If there are some young whippersnappers out there, who are reading this, and don’t know who Glen Campbell is, you can listen to some of his famous recordings on YouTube.

http://www.last.fm/music/Glen+Campbell

 

December 29, 2014

New movie about Steve Jobs is in the works

Filed under: Health, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:40 am
The first Apple Computer

The first Apple Computer

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

In the past, I have written a couple of blog posts about Steve Jobs.  These blog posts have been getting a lot of hits lately, and I set out to find out why.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/did-steve-jobs-really-try-to-cure-cancer-macrobiotically/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/did-a-delay-in-having-an-operation-for-cancer-cause-steve-jobs-to-die/

I have now discovered that there is a new movie, being produced by Aaron Sorkin, which will be about the life of Steve Jobs.  You can read about the upcoming movie in the news here.

 

August 27, 2014

The Nazis were “Green” when being Green wasn’t cool

Update: August 31, 2014:  I have checked my blog stats again and I have discovered that many of my readers have been directed to my blog by this website: http://bbs.tiexue.net/post2_8278990_1.html

I can’t read Chinese, so I don’t know what is written on the website, which I have cited above. However, the photos show me that the Chinese are now being educated in all the Holocaust lies. For example, the soap made from Jewish fat, which is pictured on the Chinese website. I have many of the same photos on my scrapbookpages website and on my blog, which is apparently what is attracting Chinese visitors.

The Chinese website has a link to this post on my blog: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/page/30/

In that particular blog post, I told about one of the more outrageous lies told by Holocaustians. Are the Chinese now interested in the Holocaust because they believe that these outrageous lies are true?

Continue reading my original blog post:

I always check my blog stats every morning, to see what posts on my blog are being read and by whom.  For the last couple of days, there have been hundreds of people in China reading my blog.  What could I possibly have written that could be of interest to the Chinese?

I go to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and I have written several blog posts about Chinese medicine, including two blog posts which you can read here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/can-traditional-chinese-medicine-help-people-with-type-i-diabetes/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/your-life-span-is-determined-by-your-kidneys-and-the-kidneys-are-the-first-organs-to-fail/

But why would people in China want to read what I have written about TCM? Finally, I checked the news and found that the Chinese are getting interested in saving the environment.

The Nazis are noted for trying to save the environment in the early 30ies when this was virtually unknown.

I blogged about Heinrich Himmler growing medicinal herbs at Dachau on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/letters-written-by-heinrich-himmler-to-his-family-are-being-published-in-a-german-newspaper/

I also blogged about Heinrich Himmler doing organic gardening at Dachua on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/heinrich-himmer-the-chicken-farmer/

I am very happy that people in China are reading my blog posts, but Good Luck with understanding my writing. A lot of what I write is sarcastic and might be hard for people to understand unless they are native English speakers.

May 26, 2014

My review of the HBO movie “The Normal Heart”

Filed under: Health, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:49 am

I was frankly disappointed with the movie entitled The Normal Heart, which I saw on TV last night. But my disappointment was due to my own fault.  I wish that I had read up on the plot, before seeing the movie. Then I might have understood it.

I was expecting Jim Parsons, the guy who plays Sheldon Cooper, on the TV show The Big Bang Theory, to be the main star in the movie.  Instead, the main star in the movie is Mark Ruffalo, who plays the part of a gay man named Ned Weeks.  Jim Parsons has a relatively minor part in the movie; he plays the part of a gay man very well, since he is gay in real life.

The Ned Weeks character in the movie is based on the life of Larry Kramer, a gay man who wrote a mostly autobiographical play called The Normal Heart.  The play focused on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

The movie starts out with a color photo of Liberace, dressed in all his finery, and another photo of his young lover. Liberace was one of the first gay men to die of AIDS. Then we see the date 1981, shown on a large expanse of blue water.  A boat appears on the water, and we learn that the boat is going to Fire Island in New York, where Ned Weeks (Larry Kramer) lives. We learn that Fire Island is a gay Mecca. Then we see an extremely handsome man, to whom Ned Weeks is attracted.

As the movie progresses, this handsome man’s looks are destroyed when he gets “gay cancer,” the early name for AIDS, when the disease was thought to be a new kind of cancer. To his credit, Ned Weeks stands by his man, but the movie soundtrack doesn’t play the song “Stand by your man.”  Instead we hear the Gershwin song, “The man I love.”  The implication is that love between two men is perfectly normal.

Very early in the movie, the Dachau concentration camp and the killing of Jews in Poland is mentioned. No one spoke up about the killing of the Jews, the same way that no one spoke up about gay men dying from a new disease.

I was very surprised that the subject of Dachau was brought up. If I had researched the story, before watching the movie, I would have known that Larry Kramer, upon whose life the movie is based, actually made a trip to Dachau after World War II.  In the movie, the implication is that gay men are now dying needlessly in New York, and no one is speaking up about it.

In the first part of the movie, it is mentioned that half of the cases, of this new disease, are in New York, where there are millions of gay men.  In the movie, it is claimed that the US government is INTENTIONALLY ignoring this new disease, which is affecting only gay men, because government officials would like to see gay men wiped out in America.  The first name, that was given to this new disease, was GRID, which stands for Gay Related Immune Deficiency.

At the end of the movie, we learn that 36 million people have died of AIDS. This includes a large number of men and women, who died of the disease in Africa.  The disease spread around the world because Fire Island, where AIDS started, was visited by gay men from all over the world.

One thing, in the movie, that might be of great interest to the followers of my blog, is the mention of Alan Turing, a gay man who “cracked the Enigma code,” which led to the Allies winning World War II.  The implication is that gay men are no different than straight men, and if the US government allows all the gay men in America to die, there will be no more gay geniuses like Alan Turing.

This quote about Alan Turning is from Wikipedia:

Alan Turing was arrested and came to trial on 31 March 1952, after the police learned of his sexual relationship with a young Manchester man. He made no serious denial or defence, instead telling everyone that he saw no wrong with his actions. He was particularly concerned to be open about his sexuality even in the hard and unsympathetic atmosphere of Manchester engineering. Rather than go to prison he accepted, for the period of a year, injections of oestrogen intended to neutralise his libido. […]

A factor in his life unknown to most around him was that he had also continued to work for GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park, on the basis of a personal connection with Alexander, now its director. But since 1948, the conditions of the Cold War, and the alliance with the United States, meant that known homosexuals had become ineligible for security clearance. Turing, now therefore excluded, spoke bitterly of this to his onetime wartime colleague, now MI6 engineer Donald Bayley, but to no other personal friends. State security also seems the likely cause of what he described as another intense crisis in March 1953, involving police searching for a visiting Norwegian who had come to see him. Concern over the foreign contacts of one acquainted with state secrets was understandable, and his holiday in Greece in 1953 could not have been calculated to calm the nerves of security officers.

Although unable to tell his friends about questions of official secrecy, in other ways he actively sought much greater intimacy of expression with them and with a Jungian therapist. Eccentric, solitary, gloomy, vivacious, resigned, angry, eager, dissatisfied — these had always been his ever-varying characteristics, and despite the strength that he showed the world in coping with outrageous fortune, no-one could safely have predicted his future course.

He was found by his cleaner when she came in on 8 June 1954. He had died the day before of cyanide poisoning, a half-eaten apple beside his bed. His mother believed he had accidentally ingested cyanide from his fingers after an amateur chemistry experiment, but it is more credible that he had successfully contrived his death to allow her alone to believe this. The coroner’s verdict was suicide.

 

February 15, 2014

Did the Nazis plan to use mosquitoes as a weapon of war?

One of the regular readers of my blog wrote a comment in which he included this link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26193808

(The BBC specializes in demonizing the German people.)

Did the Nazis really conduct experiments at Dachau, using mosquitoes?  Yes, but I will get to that later.

First, you must read this quote from the news article, cited above:

German scientists at Dachau concentration camp researched the possible use of malaria-infected mosquitoes as weapons during World War Two, a researcher has claimed.

Dr Klaus Reinhardt of Tuebingen University examined the archives of the Entomological Institute at Dachau.

He found that biologists had looked at which mosquitoes might best be able to survive outside their natural habitat.

He speculates that such insects could have been dropped over enemy territory.

Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the SS, set up the institute at Dachau in 1942.  […]

Dr Reinhardt, writing in the journal Endeavour, has found evidence that the unit’s researchers investigated a particular type of mosquito which could live without food and water for four days.

That means it could be infected with malaria and then dropped from the air – and survive long enough to infect large numbers of people, he says.

He speculates that the scientists were investigating the possible use of malaria – transmitted via mosquitoes – as a biological weapon.

It is not known whether there is a connection between the work of the Entomological Institute at Dachau and the experiments carried out by Dr Claus Schilling at the camp.

Schilling used prisoners as experimental subjects in his research on malaria – deliberately infecting them – and was sentenced to death by hanging at the Dachau trials held after the war.

Sounds bad, doesn’t it?

Here is the real story:

It is true that Dr. Klaus Schilling did experiments on prisoners at Dachau while doing research on malaria.

Dr. Klaus Schilling on the witness stand at his trial

Dr. Klaus Schilling on the witness stand at his trial

This quote is from Dr. Johannes Neuhäusler’s book entitled  What Was It Like in the Concentration Camp at Dachau?  Dr. Neuhäusler was a prisoner at Dachau.  I purchased his book at the Dachau Memorial Site in 1997.

“A physician, Dr. Klaus Schilling (sentenced to death by the Allied court), wanted to test a remedy for malaria. Malaria, a tropical disease, did not prevail in Dachau. He could have gone to the tropics to make his tests there. But why go to such trouble? One could make everything more convenient in the concentration camp.”

Dr. Klaus Schilling

Dr. Klaus Schilling

Dr. Klaus Schilling was one of the world’s foremost experts on tropical diseases when he was ordered by Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the Nazi concentration camps, to come out of retirement to work on a cure for malaria after German soldiers began dying of the disease in North Africa. Before his retirement, Dr. Schilling had worked at the prestigious Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. He had begun specializing in tropical diseases after he himself had contracted malaria.

After the war, Dr. Schilling was arrested by the American Army and charged with participating in a “common plan” to violate the Laws and Usages of War because he had conducted experiments on Dachau prisoners, using various drugs in an effort to find a cure for malaria. Most of his subjects were young Polish priests whom Dr. Schilling infected by means of mosquitoes from the marshes of Italy and the Crimea, according to author Peter Padfield in his book entitled Himmler. The priests were chosen for the experiments because they were not required to work, as were the ordinary prisoners at Dachau.

One of the prosecution witnesses at the trial of the German Major War Criminals at Nuremberg was Dr. Franz Blaha, a Czech medical doctor who was a Communist political prisoner at Dachau. An affidavit signed by Dr. Blaha had been entered into the main Nuremberg trial. It was marked Document Number 3249-PS, Exhibit USA-663. His comments in this affidavit about Dr. Schilling are quoted below from the transcript of the Nuremberg trial for January 11, 1946

“3. During my time at Dachau I was familiar with many kinds of medical experiments carried on there on human victims. These persons were never volunteers but were forced to submit to such acts. Malaria experiments on about 1,200 people were conducted by Dr. Klaus Schilling between 1941 and 1945. Schilling was personally ordered by Himmler to conduct these experiments. The victims were either bitten by mosquitoes or given injections of malaria sporozoites taken from mosquitoes. Different kinds of treatment were applied including quinine, pyrifer, neosalvarsan, antipyrin, pyramidon, and a drug called 2516 Behring. I performed autopsies on the bodies of people who died from these malaria experiments. Thirty to 40 died from the malaria itself. Three hundred to four hundred died later from diseases which were fatal because of the physical condition resulting from the malaria attacks. In addition there were deaths resulting from poisoning due to overdoses of neosalvarsan and pyramidon. Dr. Schilling was present at my autopsies on the bodies of his patients.”

The 74-year-old Dr. Schilling was convicted at Dachau and hanged. In his final statement to the court, Dr. Schilling pleaded to have the results of his experiments returned to him so they could be published. During his trial, he tried to justify his crime by saying that his experiments were for the good of mankind.

I don’t know what happened to the results of his experiments, but they were probably confiscated by the Americans who conducted his trial at Dachau, and used for medical purposes in the USA.  Since he was tried under the ex-post facto law called “common design,” he had no defense.  He was guilty because he had conducted his experiments in a concentration camp.

January 13, 2014

How much caffeine do you need to get started in the morning?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:55 am

For the last couple of years, I have been drinking a large cup of 7-11 coffee to kick start my brain in the morning.  I would drink the 7-11 coffee, on an empty stomach, the first thing in the morning, around 6:30 a.m. before eating breakfast. I never noticed any side effects.

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Then I received an electric coffee maker, along with a bag of Starbucks coffee grounds, for Christmas. I began making my own coffee in the morning, using a 7-11 paper cup, to measure the amount of  brewed coffee that I would drink. After drinking Starbucks coffee, for several days,  I began to notice that, every time I drank Starbucks coffee, I felt woozy, with a sick feeling in my head.  The feeling was similar to the sick feeling that I had when I suffered a stroke.

This sick feeling would usually last all day.  I actually debated whether I should head for the hospital.

I thought about the TV commercial, where a man is shown pressing the button on an emergency device hanging around his neck.  The commercial says that “he wasn’t feeling right.”

Finally, I decided to do a test this morning.  I went back to drinking a large cup of 7-11 coffee.  No sick feeling.  I decided to throw out the bag of Starbucks coffee.

I did a google search to find out how much caffeine is in Starbucks coffee, compared to other brands.  I learned that Starbucks coffee has the most caffeine, compared to other popular brands.  For example, there is twice as much caffeine in Starbacks coffee, as in McDonald’s coffee.  The only other brand that has more caffeine than Starbucks is named DeathWish.

I also learned, from my Internet search, that dark roast coffee has less caffeine.  I always drank dark roast before I started drinking Starbucks coffee.  So now I am going back to dark roast coffee from 7-11, at least until I can buy some dark roast ground coffee that is not Starbucks brand.

This news article claims that caffeine boosts your memory: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/caffeine-enhance-memory-study-article-1.1577823

December 6, 2013

British students on HET tour of Auschwitz learn about “the block of death”

Filed under: Germany, Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:28 am

A news article, in a British newspaper, which you can read in full here tells about a recent trip, taken to Auschwitz, by 17-year-old students from the UK.  Block 11, shown in the photo below, is mentioned in the article.

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Pictured above is Block 11, the prison building, which is located inside a walled courtyard in the Auschwitz main camp. It was here, in this building, that political prisoners, brought from outside the camp, were housed while they awaited trial in the courtroom of the Gestapo Summary Court, which was in this building.

Jewish prisoners from inside Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) were also brought here for punishment for what the Nazis considered serious offenses, such as sabotage in the Auschwitz factories.

My photograph above was taken in 1998, from inside the courtyard between Block 11 and Block 10. It shows the front side of the prison building, known as Block 11. On the left is the black wall, where prisoners were executed after being convicted in the courtroom that was located in Block 11.

In the photo, one can see the concrete wells placed around the basement windows so the prisoners in the cells below could not see out, but some light could enter through the open top of the well.

The windows on the ground floor have bars on them; there were dormitories with three-tiered bunk beds in these rooms, where prisoners lived while awaiting trial. The upper floor window openings, on both sides of the building, have been closed up with bricks with only a small window left at the top.

The back side of Block 11, where prisoners were housed before trial and execution

The back side of Block 11, where prisoners were housed before trial and execution

The photo above shows the other side of Block 11, where there was a gravel pit, which was used as an execution site for 152 Polish Catholic political prisoners. Note that the windows have been blocked up.

The gravel pit is where, in 1988, Carmelite nuns placed the 26-foot souvenir cross from the Mass said by the Pope at Auschwitz II in 1979.  The cross is shown on the left side of the photo above.

Think about all this, as you read this quote from the British news article:

We continue our tour of Auschwitz I [the main camp] and hear of the atrocities committed there.

We walk past Block 11, known as the “block of death,” where prisoners were tortured and medical experiments were conducted.

We are told of the Nazi tactic of sterilising Jews and those with “genetic imperfections” so they could no longer have children with the aim that they would slowly die out.

This is all new to me.  When I first visited the Auschwitz main camp in 1998, my private tour guide told me that Block 11 was where prisoners were held until they were put on trial.  If convicted, they were taken outside to the “black wall” (between Block 11 and Block 10) where they were executed with a shot in the neck.  I was told that “medical experiments” were conducted in Block 10, the building on the other side of the courtyard, across from Block 11.

My tour guide didn’t say anything about sterilising Jews at Auschwitz. This would have been a waste of time because Hitler’s alleged plan was to kill all the Jews.

As far as sterilising people with “genetic imperfections,” I know that Hitler ordered that German people with hereditary conditions should be sterlized so that conditions such as Huntington’s disease, mental illness, and hereditary deafness, would not be passed on to future generations.  Needless to say, this is no longer done in Germany, and one can see people with hereditary conditions on the streets of German cities.

This quote is also from news article:

The pupils from Imberhorne School, 17-year-olds Ellie Radcliffe and Chania Fox, both tell me they want to hear personal stories to humanise the loss of life. This is something our guide, Phillipa Meggit, from the Holocaust Educational Trust, has said on several occasions during the journey here – look beyond the figures which you can’t quantify – how can you imagine an estimated 1.2 million people whose lives were pointlessly snuffed out? – and think about the individuals.  […]

For Chania, who lives in Crescent Road in East Grinstead, it was a pile of shoe polishes which most struck a chord.

She said: “It was the shoe polishes that really made me stop and think. Just the fact that those people were so deceived and unaware of where they were going, they brought things like that with them.”

I also noticed the small round containers of shoe polish when I visited Auschwitz, but I didn’t photograph them. The Nazis saved the shoe polish because they were planning to send it back to Germany, to give to the German people whose homes had been bombed by the Allies.

The most popular brand of shoe polish was Shinola

The most popular brand of shoe polish in America was Shinola

Shinola was the most well-know brand of shoe polish in America.  A popular expression, back in the day, was “[so and so] doesn’t know shit from Shinola.”  This could be said for the Auschwitz tour guide.

The shoe polish is representative of a different era, when people in America, as well as in Germany, polished their shoes every Saturday night, after their weekly bath in a galvinized tub in front of the kitchen stove. Everyone dressed up, back then, and put on their shined shoes, to go to church on Sunday morning.  The Jews were also shining their shoes, but on Friday night.  Who knew?

September 10, 2013

Jewish genetic diseases — where is Dr. Mengele when you need him.

Filed under: Germany, Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:11 am

Dr. Joseph Mengele was a German SS doctor, who did selections at Auschwitz-Birkeanau, because he wanted to find subjects for his research on Jewish genetic diseases.  His findings have never been released; his research papers are kept in a vault at Yad Vashem in Israel.

Genetic diseases are still a fact of life, and a big problem, for Jewish couples.  Read this news article about an American Jewish couple who went through a screening test before getting married, but still had a child with a Jewish genetic disease.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/10/health/jewish-genetic-diseases-screening/?hpt=he_c1

This quote is from the article:

Eden has a progressive neurological disorder called Mucolipidosis Type IV, also known as ML4. It’s a rare genetic disease that is more common among Ashkenazi Jews, or people of Eastern and Central European Jewish descent. There is no treatment or cure. Eden’s mental development was halted at 18 months old. She is expected to go blind by age 12.

When Hitler came to power in Germany, he made new laws for the protection of the German people, including a law which banned marriage between Germans and other races.  This quote from Wikipedia explains it:

The Nuremberg laws were based on a belief in Scientific racism and derived from a primitive understanding of genetics. Although the Nazis took these ideas to violent extremes, they were based on thinking that already existed across Europe and America. Nazi laws banning “inter-marriage” and according to Nazi racial ideology the Germanic-Nordic-Aryans were a master race and in accordance with ideas expressed in Eugenics and Social Darwinism;[38] they therefore sought to preserve their supposed racial superiority by banning inter-marriage with people they regarded as inferior or as a threat, in particular Jews, Gypsies and blacks who were classified as untermenschen (subhumans) that were seen as racially distinctive minorities of “alien blood”.[4][39]

The Wikipedia quote is a biased explanation of the German law, which was really a law to prevent Germans from mixing with Jews because Jews had many kinds of genetic diseases.  For generations, the Jews had married close relatives to keep the money in the family. Sometimes, even brothers and sisters married. The result was genetic diseases.

This quote from this website mentions inbreeding among the Jews as a cause of genetic diseases:

Genetic diseases with a high prevalence in Jews are mostly recessive. In general, over 1,000 recessive diseases have been discovered. Most are rare but the prevalence of some of these diseases is increased 100-fold or more in Jewish as in other isolated ethnic groups with predominant inbreeding. This increased prevalence is usually but not invariably confined to individual Jewish ethnic groups (“edot Israel”) and not found in Jews in general. Most are severe and often lead to early death. In some diseases genetic analysis has identified the first appearance of an abnormal “founder” gene originating in a small number of individuals within a Jewish group. This creates a genetic bottleneck whereby the prevalence of a recessive genetic disease is maintained at a high level by subsequent inbreeding.

August 25, 2013

Did the Nazis actually steam Jews to death in a Sauna?

Filed under: Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:16 am
The Central Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Central Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The large brick building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, which was called “die zentrale Sauna,” is shown in the photo above.   I previously blogged about the Sauna at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/why-was-there-a-sauna-at-auschwitz/

For 60 years, the Central Sauna building was not open to tourists. During that time, visitors to Auschwitz could only speculate about what the Auschwitz Sauna looked like.  I imagined that the Auschwitz prisoners had the luxury of taking steam baths.  After all, the prisoners were playing soccer and attending concerts.  Would it have been so unusual for the Nazis to provide steam baths for the soccer players after a game?

The online Free Dictionary gives this definition for the word “sauna”:

A Finnish steam bath in which the steam is produced by pouring water over heated rocks.
A bathhouse or room for taking such a steam bath.

I imagined that the Auschwitz-Birkenau Sauna building had individual steam baths for the prisoners.  In the old days, a health resort typically had a canvas box, in which a person would sit inside, with their head sticking out of a hole in the top.  In the 1940s, in America, a “sauna” looked something like the modern sauna box in the photo below.  I have actually taken a steam bath inside a canvas box, with my head sticking out.  I have also had a “mud bath” but I don’t think the Nazis provided mud baths for the prisoners.

An individual sauna box for a steam bath

An individual sauna box for a steam bath

Yesterday, I read an article, in the online Guardian newspaper, about the Ovitz family of dwarves, who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

Members of the Ovitz family of dwarves who were sent to Auschwitz

Members of the Ovitz family of dwarves who were sent to Auschwitz

According to this article, the dwarves had a close call when they mistakenly thought that they had been sent to the gas chamber:

What actually happened was that the Ovitzs and their neighbours were taken to the camp sauna for disinfection, where the water poured over heated stones produced much steam and fumes, as well as temperatures intense enough to cause someone to faint. The sauna had a particularly traumatic effect on both small children and fragile dwarves that might easily have created the impression of being gassed.

So it turns out that the Ovitz family of dwarves, and their neighbors who were falsely claiming to be related to them, were actually sent into a steam room, which they mistakenly thought was a gas chamber.

In October 2005, I had a chance to see the inside of the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau. There were no steam rooms inside the Sauna building.  The building was called a Sauna because it had iron boxes in which the prisoners’ clothes were steamed to kill the lice that spreads typhus.  These boxes looked something like the individual saunas used at health resorts at a time when rich people would routinely go to a spa town to “take the waters.”

The photo below shows a box for steaming clothes, inside the Central Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A steam chamber for disinfecting the clothing of prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A steam chamber for disinfecting the clothing of prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This quote from the Guardian explains the gassing operation at Auschwitz-Birkenau:

Though we had five first-hand eyewitness accounts [of the gas chamber, given by 5 dwarves], we wanted to verify the story. The only way to do so was to study the procedures and manuals of operating a gas chamber. These were designed to kill between 500 and 2,000 people at once, depending on the size of the hall. Cyclone B was effective only at a room temperature of 27C, which was achieved by cramping a mass of people together. Gas chambers were simply not operated for merely 22 people; small groups were shot.

Furthermore, according to the camp’s rigid safety orders, SS personnel had to wear gas masks when operating Cyclone B. Although the victims died within 15 minutes, the SS men routinely waited half an hour before turning on the powerful fans that dispersed the gas from the chamber. Only then were the doors opened. The operators themselves did not enter; instead, Jewish inmates from the Sonderkommando were sent in to drag out the bodies for cremation. Once the extermination process had begun, it could not be halted, because by then it would have been impossible to open the doors.

What actually happened was that the Ovitzs and their neighbours were taken to the camp sauna for disinfection ……

Every Holocaust survivor has to have a story about how they were saved from the gas chamber.  Even the 22 members of the Ovitz family, which included their fake relatives, had to make up a story about why they were not gassed.

Dr. Josef Mengele was over-joyed to have this family available for his research into hereditary conditions; he would never have allowed them to be gassed, but still the dwarves had to make up a lie.

This quote from the Guardian article, and the links provided by the Guardian, explains the Nazi policy:

When the Nazis came to power, the Ovitzs were doubly doomed: under the Aktion T-4 euthanasia programme, the Germans set out to kill people who were physically or mentally disabled, whose lives were considered “unworthy of living”, “a burden on society”; and, as Jews, the Ovitzs were the target of the Final Solution.

On 19 May 1944, they were brought to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp because they were Jews. But, by a twist of fate, their disability played for them. It was rare that one person from an entire family survived the camp, let alone two, but all 12 members of the Ovitz family – the youngest a baby boy just 18 months old, the oldest his 58-year-old dwarf aunt – emerged alive.

I have to give the Guardian credit for exposing the lies told by Holocaust survivors.  This quote is from the Guardian:

In her autobiography, Auschwitz: True Tales From A Grotesque Land, Sarah Nomberg-Przytyk describes in appalling detail the horrible death of two members of the Ovitz group, one of them an 18-month-old baby boy who died as a result of one of Mengele’s experiments: “Around him, like pillars of stone, stood a large woman, along with the child’s mother, slim and frail; the three midgets sat in miniature chairs.” In the evening, the dead toddler was placed outside the block with the other corpses to be taken to the crematorium. Nomberg-Przytyk also recounts the death of Avram Ovitz, the leader of the group: “The old midget wanted his wife” and tried to slip through the barbed wire; a guard spotted him and, when Avram got close enough, shot him. “He never made it to his wife.”

But the little boy and his uncle Avram were not killed, and lived to see liberation day. What, then, caused Nomberg-Przytyk to make such grave mistakes? Most likely she was compressing a number of events, and attributed to the dwarves two common occurrences in the daily life of the camp: the death of a child in his mother’s arms and the shooting of an inmate who approached the electrified fence.

And there were others, such as Renee Firestone, who described the death of the Ovitz dwarves: “The Germans found a community of midgets, transported them to Auschwitz, shot them en masse and then were forced to let them sit in a pile for three days until the crematoria could take them.”

One plausible explanation for the discrepancy between fact and remembrance is that the survivors, who regarded their own deliverance as miraculous, found the chances slim that someone as helpless as a dwarf could escape death. The fact that the Ovitzs were transferred several times from one side of the camp to the other caused their fellow inmates to lose touch with them, and in Auschwitz, when you stopped seeing someone, it could mean only one thing.

The seven dwarves, as well as their entourage, all survived the war, and emigrated to Israel in May 1949.

The first story about the Treblinka camp, told by the Soviets who came across the remains of the camp, was that the prisoners were steamed to death in steam chambers.  You read about it at http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v12/v12p133_Allen.html

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