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January 14, 2017

Why were there so many barracks buildings in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 2:55 pm

The following quote is from this news article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4907032,00.html

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“Along with the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria, the barracks [at Auschwitz-Birkenau] bear witness to Nazi Germany’s killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at this camp, which it built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim [Auschwitz] after occupying Poland.”

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Barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Current preservation work on a barracks building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Why is this building being preserved? It  is being preserved because it was once occupied by Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Anything connected to the history of the Jews is sacred and must be preserved, if possible.

Why were there acres and acres of brick buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which were filled with Jews? Why were so many buildings needed when the Jews were allegedly being killed in gas chambers immediately upon arrival?

This quote is also from the news article:

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The task is all the harder because these types of poorly constructed barracks have never been preserved before, according to the Auschwitz team.

“My colleagues in the building industry laughed when I told them what I was doing. They said it’d be easier to just tear down the wall and rebuild it brick by brick than to restore it the way we’re doing,” says Szymon Jancia, a construction expert at the site.

“We’re aware that people come here specifically to see authentic objects and buildings,” Cyrulik adds for her part.

Protected from the weather by tents 12 metres (39 feet) high, the two barracks under restoration number among the camp’s oldest.

Work on the barracks began in September 2015 and will continue for another couple of years, while the entire project will take more than a decade and cost millions of dollars.

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Who will pay for this restoration work? The Germans, of course.

I have photos of the barracks buildings on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Birkenau01A.html

You can see more photos of the Birkenau barracks on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/Gallery12/index.html

The Auschwitz main camp as caught on a drone camera

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:07 am

 

You can see what the main camp at Auschwitz looks like today, as caught on a drone camera:

https://www.good.is/articles/drone-footage-of-auschwitz

 

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website where you can see more of my photos of the Auschwitz I camp: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/index.html

 

What crime did this handsome man commit that caused him to be held for 12 years in a Syrian basement?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:21 am
Alois Brunner

Alois Brunner

Is my eyesight failing me, or is the man, in the photo above, a very handsome man? To me, he appears to be a nice guy, who would never hurt anyone.

Here is what Wikipedia has say about Alois Brunner:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alois_Brunner

So why was he held in a filthy basement, without visitors, for 12 years? Something wrong!

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2592346/nazi-war-criminal-alois-brunner-died-in-syria-basement/

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Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who invented ‘gas vans’ to massacre Jews and evaded capture after [the] war died after years of squalor and misery in Syrian basement.

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I vaguely remember reading about Alois Brunner on my own website, so I did a search and found that Wolf Murmelstein had contributed an essay about Alois Brunner, which I put up on my website, several years ago.

The following quote is the words written by Wold Murmelstein, which I copied from my own website:

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On the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Vienna Branch of the CENTRAL OFFICE FOR JEWISH EMIGRATION – SS Ltd Alois Brunner – informed us [Jews] about the start of the deportation for “Resettlement in the East.”

The problem of the selection of the persons to send on the transport lists [to the East] arose:

In Berlin (and so for the other “Old Reich” towns ) Leo Baeck said that only the Jewish Leadership could cope with that task in a humane way.

In Vienna, Benjamin Murmelstein preferred to follow the LOD RULE and leave the CENTRAL OFFICE to work out the [transfer] lists and then ask for exemption of persons where a reason understandable for the SS could be stated. Community staff members had to go with the SS men in order to grant assistance to the “unfortunate” selected persons. That kind of “participation” could not be avoided as SS Ltd Anton Brunner (Commandant of Theresienstadt at that time) made it clear that otherwise the Nazi Youth (Hitler Jugend) would be “sent out for the task”.

The number of the few believing Jews for the community staff had been the result of a difficult “bargaining” (requests had to be submitted in a suitable form) with SS Ltd Alois (Anton) Brunner. At end of August 1942, Benjamin Murmelstein, with his family, was about to be sent to Terezin. But Eichmann decided to delay the “re-organization” of Terezin “Jewish Self-Government.”

Prof. Victor Christian recalled the attention on the high scholarly qualities – he had to be still needed in Vienna – of Benjamin Murmelstein and obtained from the Gestapo the authorization for a series of lectures on Jewish Literature.

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Did Alois Brunner have two versions of his first name: Alois and Anton?

I wrote about “gas vans” on my scrapbookpages.com website; the following quote is from my website:

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According to the book, “Mauthausen: The History of a Death Camp” by Evelyn Le Chene, an estimated combined total of 10,000 persons were executed by gassing in the Mauthausen gas chamber, the mobile gas vans that ran between Mauthausen and Gusen, and in the gas chambers at Hartheim Castle.

The Museum at the former Dachau concentration camp says that 3,166 prisoners were sent to Hartheim Castle to be gassed, although the Dachau camp had its own gas chamber. However, Paul Berben, a prisoner at Dachau, wrote in his book “Dachau: the Official History” that the Chief Camp Doctor at Dachau, Dr. Julius Muthig, confessed to the gassing of Dachau prisoners in the gas chamber at the Mauthausen camp. In the doctor’s confession, Berben wrote that Dr. Muthig stated that “prisoners unfit to work [were] subjected to euthanasia and transferred to Mauthausen concentration camp to be gassed.”

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January 12, 2017

Trump compares U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:49 am

The most insulting thing, that anyone can do or say, is to compare anyone or anything to Nazi Germany. The Nazis were the worst! “The worst Jerry — the worst!” [quote from the Seinfeld show]

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/11/anti-defamation-league-says-trumps-nazi-remarks-di/

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The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday accused President-elect Donald Trump of diminishing “the horror of the Holocaust” by comparing U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany.

“The President-Elect’s use of Nazi Germany to make a political analogy is not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

His statement comes after Mr. Trump slammed U.S. intelligence agencies for allegedly leaking an unsubstantiated Russian report to the media.

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Trump is no Hitler. Trump is bringing Jews INTO the White House. Hitler got the Jews OUT of Germany, which was the great crime now known as the Holocaust.

January 10, 2017

Should American students learn anything about Hitler?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

The reason that I am asking if American schools should teach anything about Hitler, and the history of Nazi Germany, is because I have just read a news article in which this question is discussed: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/parents-upset-over-school-project-that-includes-dressing-up-like-hitler/384650275

Adolf Hitler is one of the most famous persons in History, if not THE most famous person in History. American students should know this about him:

Hitler killed 6 million Jews! or was it 1.5 million? Whatever the number, you can’t kill Jews and expect to be honored as an important person in history!

If you kill even one Jew, you will forever be hated and reviled the world over, until the end of time. The Jews will see to that!

The number one rule, in any country, is MUST LOVE JEWS!

Here’s my suggestion: I think that American students should be shown the famous movie made by Leni Riefenstahl, which is entitled “Triumph of the Will”. This is a movie about the rise of Hitler. Hint: Hitler was a self made man! He was born the lowest of the low, and rose to be the man most loved, and most hated, in history.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will

In this movie, students will see old film clips in which Hitler is shown being cheered by millions of people as he rides through the streets of Germany, with no protection from the crowds of people, who are cheering him and throwing flowers at this feet.

The sad truth is that Hitler was more loved, and more admired than any other man in history — until the Jews got their revenge and made him into the most hated man in the world.

Regular viewers of the History Channel will recognize the marble reviewing stand at the Zeppelin Field, shown in my photograph below:

The place where Hitler used stand as he reviewed his troops

My photo of the place where Hitler stood as he reviewed his troops

This is the place where the Nazi swastika was blown up by the Allies in a symbolic display of victory over the Nazis on April 24, 1945.

The film clip of the dynamiting of the swastika has been shown thousands of time on American TV.

On the central promontory, which is the speaker’s stand, where Hitler used to give his speeches, you can still make out the faint outline of another swastika which was removed from the marble by the American military.

Inside the Golden Hall, at the Zeppelin Field, a gold mosaic swastika has been left on the ceiling as a grim reminder of Germany’s dark past.

Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927

Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927

You can read the history of the Nazi rallies on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg04A.html

January 9, 2017

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers” what do you get?

Every morning, I start my day by googling “Holocaust gas chambers” and then reading the news results first. There is always a long list of news stories about the Holocaust. Almost all the news stories are about the True Believer version of the Holocaust, as told by Holocaust survivors who have lived to an advanced age.

Today, I googled “Holocaust gas chambers” as usual, but  read the web results, instead of the news stories.

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers”, my website comes up at Number 7, and my blog comes up at Number 10.
https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/stuck-in-the-door-of-the-gas-chamber-how-irene-zisblatt-survived-auschwitz-birkenau/

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers” and click on “images”, four of my photos are in the top 10.

I am very happy that all of the time and effort that I have put into my website and my blog has not gone by the wayside.

 

January 8, 2017

Holocaust victims had to wear “ersatz trousers”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am
Holocaust survivor holds her late husband's trousers that he wore at Auschwitz

Holocaust survivor holds the trousers that her late husband wore at Auschwitz where he was a prisoner

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/antiques-roadshow-discovering-lost-objects-holocaust/

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In a carrier bag stowed at the top of her wardrobe, Sybil Van der Velde keeps a pair of trousers. They are made of a thick ersatz cloth, striped blue and a white that has slowly yellowed over the decades.

The bottoms are frayed and legs flecked with stains. Still, unmistakably, they are the uniform of the dreaded Auschwitz concentration camp. Clothes synonymous with the worst of humanity, and for Sybil’s husband Joe, the only possessions he had left in the world for four interminable years living in the shadow of the gas chambers.  [ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/11370972/Holocaust-Memorial-Day-Telegraph-revealed-Nazi-gas-chambers-three-years-before-liberation-of-Auschwitz.html ]

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Ersatz was a word that was frequently used during World War II, when many things, such as coffee, were rationed. Civilians in America had to drink “ersatz coffee” because real coffee was rationed.

But coffee beans were not rationed; my family bought coffee beans and ground them in a coffee grinder, which I still have in my house, just as this woman has her husband’s “ersatz trousers”.

I vaguely recall reading about this woman’s story before, and as I recall, I blogged about it at that time.

How does this woman know that her husband wore this exact pair of pants?

The background in the photo shows that she is currently living in luxury, but she is still complaining. I think that she somehow found a pair of pants that look like what the prisoners wore at Auschwitz, but are not authentic.

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:

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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.

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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

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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:

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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


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