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October 18, 2017

German woman convicted of Holocaust denial again

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:34 pm

Ursula Haverbeck

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ursula-haverbeck-holocaust-denier-germany-prison-sentence-six-months-nazi-far-right-racism-anti-a8006496.html

Will someone please prove to this old lady that there really were gas chambers at Auschwitz and other camps, and get her to shut up. Of course, there were gas chambers used for killing Jews — why would anyone deny this? (Just kidding)

I happen to be one of the few people who has ever seen a real gas chamber. When I was in the 4th grade, my school took me and my classmates to Jefferson City, Missouri to see a real gas chamber. It was a two-seater, where two people could be gassed at one time. You can see a photo of the Misssouri gas chamber by clicking on the link below:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/missouri-gas-chamber/

The Nazi gas chambers were large rooms where hundreds of Jews could be gassed at one time. Or were these chambers used to store dead bodies of Jews who had died of disease?

My photo of gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz

I have a section on my website about the gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/GasChamberRuins.html

 

 

October 16, 2017

Sorry, little girls — no Anne Frank Holloween costume for you this year

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:09 pm

Anne Frank is shown in the photo above

I have just heard on the news that the Anne Frank Holloween costume has been withdrawn from some stores.

You can read about it in the news at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/anne-frank-halloween-store-removes-costume-after-complaints/

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote

At least one online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted the teenage diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank, but an identical costume is still available at several online retailers.

Screenshots of the costume for sale at HalloweenCostumes.com posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret.

The costume quickly received criticism. Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the Anti-Defamation League’s Arizona office, said on Twitter that it trivializes Frank’s memory. “There [are] better ways [to] commemorate Anne Frank. This is not one,” he tweeted.

End quote

Everyone in America knows who Anne Frank was. She is the most famous little girl in the world. During World War II, Anne had to hide in an attic – allegedly because those mean ole Nazis were killing Jews for no reason.

Actually, Anne’s father had to go into hiding, not because he was a Jew, but because he was a wanted criminal. He was a business man who was cheating his customers.

I wrote about the Anne Frank house on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

The famous holes in the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:38 pm

When I visited the Auschwitz main camp for the first time in 1998, the first thing that I wanted to see was the famous gas chamber. So I hired a tour guide to take me there.

My 1998 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

The photograph above shows the roof of the Krema I gas chamber and crematorium building in the Auschwitz main camp as it looked in October 1998.

On the right, you can see a red brick chimney of the type used for a stove. Behind it is another larger chimney over the area where the crematory ovens were located; there were two of these chimneys, but one is out of camera range in this photo. At the far end of the roof, there is another chimney which is not located over the gas chamber area.

The gassing of the victims in Krema I at Auschwitz was done by pouring Zyklon-B gas pellets into the gas chamber room through holes in the roof. One of these reconstructed holes is shown in the foreground on the left in the photo above; the other three holes are behind it.

The reconstructed holes are covered by wooden lids, just like the original holes; the lids can be lifted up today, just as they were by the SS men who poured the gas pellets into the gas chamber.

Jean Claude Pressac wrote in his book “Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers” that there were originally three holes in a straight line on the roof of Krema I.

According to the book entitled “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” by Robert Jan van Pelt and Deborah Dwork, the Nazis had “punched three square portholes through the morgue roof and covered them with tightly fitting wooden lids.”

The original holes for the gas pellets were closed up when the room was converted into a bomb shelter by the Nazis in 1944, although this was not mentioned in the construction plans.

After closing the original holes on the roof, two new holes were cut for a ventilation system when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter. The ventilation holes on the roof have since been closed up, but can still be seen on the ceiling inside the gas chamber, as shown in the photo below.

Closed up vent hole on ceiling of Auschwitz I gas chamber

Contrary to Jean-Claude Pressac’s description of “three” original holes on the roof, a statement by Hans Stark, a member of the SS staff at Auschwitz, describes only two holes on the roof of Krema I.

The following quote from Hans Stark is from the book entitled “The Good Old Days,” by Klee, Dressen and Riess:

At another, later gassing–also in autumn 1941–Grabner ordered me to pour Zyklon B into the opening because only one medical orderly had shown up. During a gassing Zyklon B had to be poured through both openings of the gas-chamber room at the same time. This gassing was also a transport of 200-250 Jews, once again men, women and children. As the Zyklon B–as already mentioned–was in granular form, it trickled down over the people as it was being poured in. They then started to cry out terribly for they now knew what was happening to them. I did not look through the opening because it had to be closed as soon as the Zyklon B had been poured in. After a few minutes there was silence. After some time had passed, it may have been ten to fifteen minutes, the gas chamber was opened. The dead lay higgledy-piggedly all over the place. It was a dreadful sight.

Filip Müller, the author of “Eye Witness, Three Years in the Gas Chambers,” wrote that there were six openings on the roof and several SS men poured the gas pellets into the room. Müller wrote, regarding the job of the SS men:

They removed the covers from the six camouflaged openings. Then, protected by gas masks, they poured the green-blue crystals of the deadly gas into the gas chamber.

Müller also wrote that the noise from truck engines was used to “prevent anyone from hearing the shouting and banging on doors of the dying in the gas chamber.”

Pery Broad, an SS man who worked in the Gestapo office next door to the gas chamber, corroborates Müller’s description of six holes. Broad wrote a report, after he was captured by the British, in which he described how the gas pellets were poured into the Krema I gas chamber: “… the covers had been removed from the six holes in the ceiling…”

The web site of Emory University claims that there were originally five holes on the roof of Krema I:

Originally Crema 1 was equipped with three ovens with a morgue room behind them. In late 1941 the morgue room in Crema 1 was sealed up, five holes were punched in the roof and capped with small chimneys through which the Zyklon-B was dropped, a large fan was installed, and the doors were made gas tight.

The Emory University web site also states the following:

The Museum authorities located the clear scars of five holes in the roof and knocked out four of them for the restoration. Why they didn’t knock out the fifth as well is unknown, but the scar that shows where it was located and then patched can be clearly seen on the roof

The photo below is another view, taken from the roof of the gas chamber. The yellow building on the left is the former SS hospital. Survivors who worked in the hospital testified that they looked out the windows and observed SS men pouring Zyklon-B through the holes on the roof.

SS hospital was right next to the gas chamber in the main camp

Roof of Krema I with SS hospital in the background

On page 363 of their book “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” Van Pelt and Dwork state the following, regarding the gas chamber reconstruction:

“When Auschwitz was transformed into a museum after the war, the decision was taken to concentrate the history of the whole complex into one of its component parts. The infamous crematoria where the mass murders had taken place lay in ruins in Birkenau, two miles away. The committee felt that a crematorium was required at the end of the memorial journey, and crematorium I was reconstructed to speak for the history of the incinerators at Birkenau. This program of usurpation was rather detailed. A chimney, the ultimate symbol of Birkenau, was re-created; four hatched openings in the roof, as if for pouring Zyklon B into the gas chamber below, were installed, and two of the three furnaces were rebuilt using original parts. There are no signs to explain these restitutions, they were not marked at the time, and the guides remain silent about it when they take visitors through this building that is presumed by the tourist to be the place where it happened.

The photograph below shows a museum display of Zyklon-B pellets spilling out of an open can, and several other cans with Zyklon-B labels on them. This photo was taken in the Museum at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, where prisoners were gassed in a room disguised as a shower room. There is a similar display of Zyklon-B cans in the Auschwitz Museum.

Museum display shows Zyklon-B pellets

The Zyklon-B pellets sparkle like tiny landscaping rocks; they are a light blue-green color and about the size of garden peas. The manufacturer recommended that the pellets be heated to a temperature of 78.3 degrees in order to speed up the release of the poison gas fumes, but the reconstructed gas chamber has no means of heating the pellets nor circulating the gas fumes throughout the room.

Door into Air Raid Shelter

Crematorium

Start of Gas Chamber Tour

Reconstructed Gas Chamber

Interior of Reconstructed Gas Chamber

Holes in ceiling of gas chamber

Introduction to Auschwitz I

Back to Photo Gallery 2

Home

 

October 14, 2017

Auschwitz survivor draws the horror of the Nazi death camps

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:01 pm

This is what Auschwitz survivors allegedly looked like

In this news article, you can read about what the survivors of Auschwitz allegedly looked like: https://stv.tv/news/features/1399601-auschwitz-artist-survivor-paints-horror-of-nazi-death-camp/

If the survivors of Auschwitz really looked like this, why did the Nazis allow them to live? Why not kill them and burn the bodies, so that no one would know what had happened in the camp?

Could it be that this drawing of the survivors is not accurate?

I have some photos of the Auschwitz survivors on my website; you can see these photos below:

Men who survived Auschwitz

Women who survived Auschwitz

Child survivors walk out of Auschwitz

Women who survived Auschwitz

Could it be that these photos are fake, and that the survivors were not in good condition, as shown in these photos?

National Holocaust Monument opens in Ottawa

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:03 am

The monument’s entrance. Photography by Doublespace Photography.

You can read about the new monument in this recent news article: http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/13898-studio-libeskind-s-national-holocaust-monument-opens-in-ottawa/

For those people who do not understand why the Jews were Holocausted, take a look at the photo above.

Hitler was an amateur artist; he enjoyed painting pictures. But he did not paint pictures like the one shown above. If Hitler had a grave, which he does not, he would be turning over in it at the thought of the monument shown in the photo above.

 

October 13, 2017

Simon Wiesenthal was responsible for spreading the “five million” number of non-Jews killed in the Holocaust

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:50 pm

My photo of fence at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My blog post today is based on an article entitled “Why they keep leaving Jews out of the Holocaust” which you can read in full at https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/09/why-they-keep-leaving-jews-out-of-the-holocaust/

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote

The Canadian government has announced that it will correct a memorial plaque at its new National Holocaust Monument, which spoke of the “millions of men, women and children during the Holocaust” — but neglected to mention Jews.

Unfortunately, Canadian Minister of Heritage Melanie Joly has compounded the original error, by announcing that the new plaque will acknowledge “the six million Jews, as well as the five million other victims, that were murdered during the Holocaust.”

But there is, in fact, no historical basis for that “five million” figure. Still, it keeps cropping up, cited by people who apparently assume it’s true just because a lot of other people keep saying it is.

After critics blasted the Trump administration for neglecting to mention Jews in its January 2017 statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, White House spokesperson Hope Hicks said that the administration was trying to be “inclusive of all those who suffered.” She then provided a link to a Huffington Post UK article titled “The Holocaust’s Forgotten Victims: the 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed by the Nazis.”

[..]

The author of the article in question was Louise Ridley, an assistant news editor at HuffPost UK who specializes in “media, social affairs and gender,” according to her tag line. In the article, Ridley described some of the groups that were persecuted, in differing degrees, by the Nazis, such as gays, Roma (Gypsies) and the disabled. Her list also included “communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, trade unionists, and resistance fighters.”

She also pointed out that the Nazis murdered several thousand priests, and millions of Polish civilians and Soviet prisoners of war. In fact, the total number of non-Jews killed by the Hitler regime far surpasses five million.

But none of that was part of the Holocaust.

The Germans murdered a lot of innocent people, for a variety of reasons. But the only ones who were targeted for complete annihilation, and whom the Nazis hunted down, in country after country, for the sole purpose of murdering them, were the Jews.

The term “Holocaust” was coined to refer to that specific historical event.

Simon Wiesenthal picked a number of non-Jewish victims that was high enough to seem substantial, but still a little less than the number of Jewish victims. He thought that this formulation would still keep Jews as the primary focus. Evidently he didn’t realize how easy it would be for someone — even an American or Canadian government official — to slide down the slippery slope from “a Holocaust of Jews and non-Jews,” to a Holocaust without Jews at all.

It’s just not that far from a Holocaust of everybody, to a Holocaust of nobody in particular.

End quote

 

 

The Auschwitz brothel is mentioned in today’s news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:03 pm

Did the Nazis really provide brothels for their prisoners? Yes, it’s true.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4976754/The-Auschwitz-BROTHEL-prisoners-rewarded.html#ixzz4vPo62Fck

Begin quote from news article:

  • 76 years ago this month Nazi Heinrich Himmler ordered brothels to be set up in concentration camps 
  • The diabolical scheme was aimed at encouraging inmates to work harder in return for a ‘reward’
  • Women would be tricked into volunteering for the sex work with extra rations and better conditions
  • The women would have to spend 15 minutes with up to 20 men per day, watched by a Nazi guard 

 

I wrote about this on my scrapbookpages.com website many years ago.
Begin quote from my website:

In June 1941, Heinrich Himmler made another visit to Mauthausen and ordered that brothels be built for the prisoners at both the main camp and at Gusen. Today visitors can see the reconstructed brothel building which has a series of tiny rooms, just big enough for a bed. By the fall of 1942, there were 8 to 10 prisoners from the women’s camp at Ravensbrück who had been brought to work in the brothel. They were volunteers who had been promised better treatment if they agreed to become prostitutes for the prisoners. Other camps such as Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and even the Auschwitz I camp also had brothels for the non-Jewish prisoners.

Like the other major Nazi concentration camps, Mauthausen also had a canteen where the prisoners could buy cigarettes and other items. According to Christian Bernadac, a French journalist who wrote a book about the camp, the inmates had to pay 10 to 20 Pfennings (pennies) per cigarette at the canteen. The camp used prison script (Prämienscheine) to pay the prisoners for their work. Bernadac wrote that the salaries “could vary between 50 Pf to 4 Reichmarks (dollars) a week, depending on their proficiency.”

The prisoners had to work 12 hours a day, Monday through Friday. On Saturday at noon, the work week ended and the prisoners had a day and a half to rest. On Sundays, they played football (soccer) in the camp. The soccer field was located in the spot where the Russian Camp was later built.

According to Edwin Black, author of “IBM and the Holocaust,” the Mauthausen camp had a “massive Hollerith Department” where punch cards were used to keep track of labor assignments. The following quote is from Black’s book:

Hollerith operators located in the Arbeitseinsatz, across from the Political Section, could see the entire parade grounds, including the arrival of every prisoner transport. A low-level SS officer supervised Mauthausen’s Hollerith Department. But day-to-day sorts and tabulations were undertaken by a Russian-born French army lieutenant POW name Jean-Frederic Veith. Veith arrived at Mauthausen on April 22, 1943, just days before his fortieth birthday. Among Veith’s duties was processing the many Hollerith lists from other camps, not only transferred prisoners for new assignment, but also those the sorts had determined were misrouted.

Veith compiled both the voluminous death lists and new arrival rosters, and then dispatched the daily “strength numbers” to Berlin. His section stamped each document Hollerith erfasst – “Hollerith registered” – and then incorporated the figures into the camp’s burgeoning database. Hence, the enormity of Mauthausen’s carnage was ever-present in his mind as he ran the machines.

In early 1944, a quarantine camp was built to hold incoming prisoners in an attempt to prevent epidemics. By the fall of 1944, thousands of prisoners in the over-crowded camp were dying of typhus and other diseases. In the final months before the liberation, there were around 300 prisoners dying each day from disease.

According to Martin Gilbert, author of a book entitled “Holocaust,” there were 30,000 deaths in Mauthausen and its sub-camps in the first four months of 1945. This was approximately half of the deaths in the whole history of the camp; the same thing was happening at the other camps such as Dachau and Bergen-Belsen.

At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal after the war, the top Nazi officials claimed to have no knowledge of the horrible conditions at Mauthausen and the other concentration camps in Germany and Poland. One of the men on trial was Albert Speer, who was charged with a war crime for the use of slave labor in the German munitions factories, such as those at Mauthausen and Gusen.

On March 30, 1943, Speer made his one and only visit to a concentration camp, taking a tour of Mauthausen, which at that time was just switching over from forced labor in the granite quarry to munitions factories using prison labor. Speer was a close personal friend of Hitler and one of the most powerful men in the Nazi government, holding the position of state architect and later the title of Armaments Minister. It was his job to work with Hitler, an amateur architect, in designing new buildings for Berlin and Linz. As the war progressed, plans for the buildings were put on hold and the concentration camps became work camps.

 

In June 1941, Heinrich Himmler made another visit to Mauthausen and ordered that brothels be built for the prisoners at both the main camp and at Gusen. Today visitors can see the reconstructed brothel building which has a series of tiny rooms, just big enough for a bed. By the fall of 1942, there were 8 to 10 prisoners from the women’s camp at Ravensbrück who had been brought to work in the brothel. They were volunteers who had been promised better treatment if they agreed to become prostitutes for the prisoners. Other camps such as Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and even the Auschwitz I camp also had brothels for the non-Jewish prisoners.

Like the other major Nazi concentration camps, Mauthausen also had a canteen where the prisoners could buy cigarettes and other items. According to Christian Bernadac, a French journalist who wrote a book about the camp, the inmates had to pay 10 to 20 Pfennings (pennies) per cigarette at the canteen. The camp used prison script (Prämienscheine) to pay the prisoners for their work. Bernadac wrote that the salaries “could vary between 50 Pf to 4 Reichmarks (dollars) a week, depending on their proficiency.”

The prisoners had to work 12 hours a day, Monday through Friday. On Saturday at noon, the work week ended and the prisoners had a day and a half to rest. On Sundays, they played football (soccer) in the camp. The soccer field was located in the spot where the Russian Camp was later built.

According to Edwin Black, author of “IBM and the Holocaust,” the Mauthausen camp had a “massive Hollerith Department” where punch cards were used to keep track of labor assignments. The following quote is from Black’s book:

Hollerith operators located in the Arbeitseinsatz, across from the Political Section, could see the entire parade grounds, including the arrival of every prisoner transport. A low-level SS officer supervised Mauthausen’s Hollerith Department. But day-to-day sorts and tabulations were undertaken by a Russian-born French army lieutenant POW name Jean-Frederic Veith. Veith arrived at Mauthausen on April 22, 1943, just days before his fortieth birthday. Among Veith’s duties was processing the many Hollerith lists from other camps, not only transferred prisoners for new assignment, but also those the sorts had determined were misrouted.

Veith compiled both the voluminous death lists and new arrival rosters, and then dispatched the daily “strength numbers” to Berlin. His section stamped each document Hollerith erfasst – “Hollerith registered” – and then incorporated the figures into the camp’s burgeoning database. Hence, the enormity of Mauthausen’s carnage was ever-present in his mind as he ran the machines.

In early 1944, a quarantine camp was built to hold incoming prisoners in an attempt to prevent epidemics. By the fall of 1944, thousands of prisoners in the over-crowded camp were dying of typhus and other diseases. In the final months before the liberation, there were around 300 prisoners dying each day from disease.

According to Martin Gilbert, author of a book entitled “Holocaust,” there were 30,000 deaths in Mauthausen and its sub-camps in the first four months of 1945. This was approximately half of the deaths in the whole history of the camp; the same thing was happening at the other camps such as Dachau and Bergen-Belsen.

At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal after the war, the top Nazi officials claimed to have no knowledge of the horrible conditions at Mauthausen and the other concentration camps in Germany and Poland. One of the men on trial was Albert Speer, who was charged with a war crime for the use of slave labor in the German munitions factories, such as those at Mauthausen and Gusen.

On March 30, 1943, Speer made his one and only visit to a concentration camp, taking a tour of Mauthausen, which at that time was just switching over from forced labor in the granite quarry to munitions factories using prison labor.

Speer was a close personal friend of Hitler and one of the most powerful men in the Nazi government, holding the position of state architect and later the title of Armaments Minister. It was his job to work with Hitler, an amateur architect, in designing new buildings for Berlin and Linz.

As the war progressed, plans for the buildings were put on hold and the concentration camps became work camps for Jewish prisoners.

End quote from my scrapbookpages.com website

October 11, 2017

Auschwitz prisoners had to burn the bodies of fellow Jews

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

You can read, in a recent news article, about how Jewish prisoners had to put the bodies of their fellow Jews into a furnace at Auschwitz: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/11/buried-letter-recounts-auschwitz-prisoners-job-burning-bodies-fellow-jews-in-death-camp.html

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

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

My 1998 photo of same ovens at Auschwitz

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

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

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

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

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

October 9, 2017

How should the Holocaust be taught?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 4:26 pm

Holocaust is being taught in American classroom

A news article, which you can read here, tells about how the Holocaust should be taught to American students today: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/schools/20171009/teacher-gets-new-lessons-on-holocaust

Do you see something wrong in the photo at the top of the page? All of the students are people of color. Do these students have any sympathy for the Jews? I think not.  These students think of themselves as people who are treated badly; they have no sympathy for the rich Jews who were Holocausted many years ago.

These students should be taught that the Jews were Holocausted because they were lying, cheating and stealing, and the Germans were fed up with them.

“unimaginable” suffering at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:16 am

Railroad tracks going inside Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

http://www.dw.com/en/reconstructed-auschwitz-prisoner-text-details-unimaginable-suffering/a-40877361

I copied this photo from the news article linked to above.

When I saw this excellent photo, I just had to blog about it. The photo shows the railroad tracks that enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and extend all the way to the far end of the camp. It is hard to get a photo like this because there are now thousands of tourists walking down these tracks.

I took the photo above on one of my trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

You can see more of my color photos of Auschwitz-Birkeanau at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/Gallery8/index.html

 

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