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July 16, 2016

Everything you ever wanted to know about Elie Wiesel and his book entitled “Night”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 5:09 pm

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Chapter Summaries in Elie Wiesel’s book entitled Night

Chapter 1: Wiesel grew up in Sighet, a small town in Translyvania. He is a strict Orthodox Jew who is tutored by Moshe the Beadle. When all foreign Jews are expelled, Moshe is deported. He returns to Sighet with horrific tales. Nobody believes him.

Fascists gain control in Hungary and allow Nazis to come into the country. The Jews of Sighet do not believe that anything bad will happen to them. Days later, the town is ordered to evacuate. Eliezer Wiesel’s family is part of the last group. Their former Gentile servant, Martha, warns them of impending danger and offers them a place of refuge. They refuse.

Chapter 2: Eliezer and his townsmen are packed into cattle cars and suffer terribly. One woman, Madame Schacter, continually screams of a fire. She is silenced by her fellow prisoners. As the train arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau, they see smoke rising from chimneys and are inundated with the horrific smell of burning flesh.

Chapter 3: The first selection occurs. Eliezer and his father lie about their age and avoid going to the crematorium. As they walk to Auschwitz they pass a pit of burning babies. When they arrive in their barracks, they are disinfected with gasoline, receive a tattoo, and are dressed in prison clothes. Eliezer’s father asks to go to the bathroom and is clobbered by a kapo. The prisoners are then escorted to Monowitz Buna, a work camp four hours away.

Analysis: Wiesel emphasizes the human failure to comprehend just how evil humans can be. He and his family are warned several times to flee, yet they and the town find the truth to be impossible.

Elie Wiesel’s primary goal in publishing “Night” is to prevent another Holocaust from happening. He emphasizes the need to be aware of evil in the world and to believe first hand accounts of it.

His recounting of the miserable conditions on the cattle cars and the horrific events he witnessed at Birkenau are examples of first hand accounts that must be taken seriously in order to prevent something this horrible from happening again.

Chapter 4: At Buna, Eliezer is summoned by the dentist to have his gold crown removed. He feigns illness. The dentist, he discovers, is hanged. Eliezer’s only focus is to eat and stay alive. He is savagely beaten by the kapo, Idek and is consoled by a French worker, whom he meets again, years after the war.

The prison foreman, Franek, notices Eliezer’s gold crown and demands it. He refuses. Franek beats Eliezer’s father and he gives up the crown.

Eliezer catches Idek having sex with a female French worker. Idek whips him mercilessly and warns him that one word of what he saw will result in more severe punishment. During an air raid, two cauldrons of soup are left unattended. A prisoner crawls to them and is shot right before eating some. The Nazis erect a gallows at camp and hang three prisoners, the last one, a boy loved by all, causes even the most jaded of prisoners to weep.

Chapter 5: It is late summer 1944 and another selection occurs. This time Eliezer’s father is on the wrong side. He gives his spoon and knife to his son. Eliezer rejoices as he returns and discovers there was another selection and his father still lives. Eliezer hurts his foot and is sent to the infirmary. He hears rumors of Russians approaching. The Nazis evacuate the camp. Eliezer assumes infirmary patients will be killed so he leaves. He discovers later that the patients were liberated the next day.

Chapter 6: The prisoners are forced to run 42 miles in one night during a blizzard. Those unable to keep up are shot. The refugees stop in a small village where Eliezer and his father keep each other awake to avoid freezing to death. Rabbi Eliahu enters a small shack occupied by Eliezer, looking for his son. Eliezer recalls–after Eliahu’s departure–seeing his son desert his father, something he prays for strength never to do. Another selection occurs. Eliezer’s father is sent to the death side. A diversion is created and his father switches lines.

Chapter 7: The survivors are packed into cattle cars and sent to Germany. The train stops frequently to remove dead bodies. Eliezer recounts how German workers throw bread into the cattle cars to witness the prisoners kill each other. Eliezer is nearly killed.

Analysis: Wiesel attributes his survival to luck and coincidence, two ideas that play a prominent role in the novel. Each selection is a matter of luck and coincidence; being assigned to easier jobs is a matter of luck and coincidence; leaving the infirmary is a matter of luck and coincidence. Wiesel honestly portrays his feelings toward his father. He recognizes that his father gives him strength to continue; he acknowledges also that his father at times becomes a burden.

Chapter 8: Upon their arrival at Buchenwald, Eliezer’s father is unable to move. Eliezer brings him soup and coffee, against the advice of other prisoners who counsel him to keep it for himself. Eliezer’s father, suffering from dysentery, begs for water. An SS guard becomes annoyed and knocks him in the head. Eliezer wakes up the next morning and discovers his father’s empty bed. He is more relieved than sad.

Chapter 9: Eliezer is only concerned with food during his remaining months at Buchenwald. On April 5, the evacuation of Buchenwald is ordered. Nazis murder thousands daily. On April 10, Eliezer’s block is ordered to evacuate, but it is cut short by air raid sirens. The next day the camp is liberated. Wiesel nearly dies from food poisoning. He recovers, looks in a mirror, and is shocked by his appearance.

Analysis: Eliezer’s reflection that he resembled a corpse ends the novel with a sense of hopelessness. Despite this hopelessness Wiesel dedicates his life to human rights.

Characters in Night by Elie Wiesel

When reviewing characters in Night by Elie Wiesel, keep in mind that these Night characters are actual human beings and that Night is a memoir of Wiesel’s actual experience in a concentration camp.

Eliezer – Wiesel gives a first person psychological account of life in a concentration camp. It is important not to confuse the narrator with the author, even though they are the same person. Eliezer’s experiences cause him to question his faith and the existence of a loving, merciful God. Eliezer’s (the narrator’s) account leaves the reader with a sense of hopelessness, that humanity is irredeemable, that God has abandoned his creation.

Chlomo – Eliezer’s father is the only other character who appears consistently. He is a respected member in Sighet before being deported. Eliezer and Chlomo remain together throughout the ordeal. The narrator is honest and frank in his assessment of his father. He needs his father to keep going, but resents having to take care of him at times. He acknowledges a sense of relief when Chlomo finally dies. One of the more powerful scenes occur towards the end of the novel when Rabbi Eliahou searches for his son during the forced evacuation of Buna. Eliezer recalls seeing Eliahou’s son, recalling that he had abandoned his father. Eliezer then utters a prayer, asking for the strength never to do such a thing to his own father.

Moshe the Beadle – Moshe is Eliezer’s teacher who is deported along with other foreign Jews in Hungary. He escapes, returns, and warns the town about atrocities he witnessed. Nobody believes him.

Madame Shachter – She is deported in the same cattle car as Eliezer. She screams of fires the entire time. The passengers mistake her for a mad woman only to discover she is a prophetess as they see the furnaces of Birkenau and the pit of burning babies.

Juliek – Eliezer first meets Juliek, a young musician, at Auschwitz. He hears him play his violin at Gleiwitz toward the end of the narrative.

Idek – Idek is a kapo at the electrical parts plant at Buna where Eliezer works. Eliezer catches him having intercourse with a French woman. Idek whips Eliezer as punishment.

Franek – Eliezer’s foreman at Buna who steels Eliezer’s gold crown with the help of a dentist and a rusty spoon.

Dr. Josef Mengele – Eliezer encounters Mengele after his arrival at Auschwitz. Known as the angel of death, Mengele sentenced thousands of Jews to their death. He also oversaw cruel experiments on prisoners.

Hilda, Bea, Tziporah – Eliezer’s mother and sisters, whom he never sees after entering Auschwitz.

Important Quotes from Night by Elie Wiesel

Quote: Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Analysis: As Eliezer arrives at Auschwitz he is greeted by his first selection. He and his father follow the line that passes a pit of burning babies. It is difficult for even the most hardened reader not to wince at this passage; it stands out as the most horrible atrocity in a chronicle of horrible atrocities.

Wiesel writes three times in this passage “Never shall I forget.” He uses anaphora, a poetic device that involves the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of clauses, to highlight the novel’s major theme–to never forget.

Quote: Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.

Analysis: A continuation of the first quote in this section, the phrase “Never shall I forget” is repeated four more times. This section of the passage highlights another major theme of the novel–the struggle to maintain faith in a world full of evil.
More Important Quotes from Night by Elie Wiesel

Use these Night quotes as a reminder to thwart prejudice, racism, hatred, and discrimination, for they are the seeds of human rights violations. These important quotes from Night will help you remember.

Quote: One day I was able to get up, after gathering all my strength. I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.

Analysis: The narrative’s last lines leaves the reader with a sense of hopelessness. Eliezer views himself as dead; innocence is dead; humanity is dead; God is dead. It is important not to confuse the narrator with the author. Elie Wiesel, the older version of Eliezer, the death camp survivor, has dedicated his life to serving mankind and to prevent human rights atrocities, showing the world that humankind is capable of goodness, notwithstanding its inherent evil. For more on Wiesel’s life after his liberation, check out his website.

Quote: The night was gone. The morning star was shining in the sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames… A dark flame had entered my soul and devoured it.

Analysis: Wiesel uses parallel structure–the like grammatical structure of adjacent phrases or clauses that signify equality of importance–to draw attention to the two things which died: his faith and his childhood.

Quote: Yet another last night. The last night at home, the last night in the ghetto, the last night in the train, the last night in Buna.

Analysis: The repetition of “the last night” emphasizes death, not just the death of his fellow prisoners, but the death of humanity.

Themes in Night by Elie Wiesel

Night themes include the dangers of silence and the importance of remembering. Putting into practice these themes from Night by Elie Wiesel can help prevent human rights atrocities. Night themes include the inhumanity of humans toward others and the struggle to have faith in a benevolent God during suffering.

Silence – As Eliezer and his family exit the train at Auschwitz, they are shocked at its existence, causing one of the prisoners to insult them, in disbelief that it was 1944 and they had never heard of Auschwitz. They weren’t alone.

How many otherwise good humans were aware of the existence of concentration camps but chose to remain silent? It is silence which allows the Nazi takeover in Europe. Another silence Wiesel emphasizes is the silence of God to allow such atrocities to occur. Wiesel counsels his readers to not be silent witnesses to hate.

The Importance of Remembering – One of Wiesel’s main objectives in writing Night is to remind his audience that the Holocaust occurred, in hopes that it will never repeat itself. Wiesel has maintained his vigilance against hatred and inhumanity through the Elie Wiesel foundation for humanity.

The Existence of Evil – Philosophers and religious scholars have theorized on the existence of evil for centuries, asking the question “How or why does God allow evil to exist if he is, in fact, all powerful and good. Throughout the narrative, Eliezer answers the question by asserting his God is dead. Despite his avowal that his faith is dead, he maintains scraps of it, praying, for example, that he will never betray his father as Rabbi Eliahou’s son does. He also recognizes that those prisoners who completely lose their faith soon die.

Inhumanity – Eliezer is shocked that human beings can be so cruel. The first section of the narrative portrays the entire city of Sighet in denial. When foreign Jews are deported, the town insists all is well. When Moshe the Beadle returns and reports Nazi atrocities, the town insists all is well. When the Fascists take over in Hungary, the town insists all is well. When the SS begin patrolling the streets, the town insists all is well. When Eliezer suggests they move to Palestine, his father refuses. When Martha the former servant offers them refuge, even after most of the town had been expelled, they remain. Those in Sighet cannot comprehend that other human beings can be so evil.

The Animalization of Humans – Eliezer comments on how prisoners themselves become inhuman in concentration camps. In addition to the kapos who treat regular prisoners almost as cruelly as the SS, Eliezer witnesses three instances of sons turning against their fathers: (1) He witnesses a son abusing his father; (2) He witnesses Rabbi Eliahou’s son abandon him during the forced evacuation from Buna; (3) He witnesses a son beat his own father over a piece of bread on the train to Buchenwald. Eliezer feels guilt over the manner in which he treats his father, feeling him a burden at times.

Symbolism in Night by Elie Wiesel

Understanding Night symbolism brings greater appreciation for Wiesel’s memoirs.

1. Night – The title of the novel symbolizes death, the death of innocence, childhood, faith, and millions of people. The narrative contains many last nights, the last night in Sighet, the last night in Buna, the last night with his father, the last night of innocence, etc. Night also symbolizes a world without God. The worst suffering occurs at night. Wiesel contends that God does not live in the concentration camps and God’s people have no recourse.


2. Fire – Fire represents hell. Eliezer’s hellish experience is foreshadowed by Madame Shachter’s insane screaming on the train to Auschwitz. The pit of burning babies scars Wiesel for life. The specter of the furnace haunts Wiesel and his fellow prisoners throughout. The symbol of fire in Night, however, is ironic. No longer is fire a tool of the righteous to punish the wicked. It has become a tool of the wicked to punish the righteous. It emphasizes Wiesel’s belief that God has abandoned his people.

3. Silence – Silence symbolizes fear, apathy, and inability. Wiesel cannot comprehend that the world can remain silent as the Nazis commit atrocities. It also represents the silence of the oppressed. Eliezer, for example, remains silent when his father is beaten, unable to help him. The entire town of Sighet remains silent to the pleas of Moshe the Beadle, who warns the town of what is coming. Silence also represents the absence of God. Note the camp’s reaction to the young boy’s hanging–silence. A common theme in the narrative is God’s silence as his people suffer.


4. Corpses – Corpses symbolize the living dead. Prisoners are often referred to as corpses, corpses whose spirits have been crushed by suffering. Eliezer looks in the mirror as the narrative ends and sees a corpse, symbolizing the death of innocence and childhood.

 

Elie Wiesel’s book “Night” is about what happens when “the Nazis get you”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

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The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at https://newrepublic.com/minutes/134838/elie-wiesel-boy-lived

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

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Night was first published in English in 1960, and it would take many more years before it became a staple of high school and college courses. (It was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club in 2006.) Sequentially and substantively, it is a kind of sequel to Frank’s diary: It is about what happens when the Nazis get you.

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Why were the Nazis out to get the Jews? It was because of the Jewish propensity to Lie, Steal and Cheat.  Basically, the Nazis were puritans: they loved their mothers, and they did not lie, steal and cheat.

Everything that Elie wrote was a lie. Elie was never in a camp. Elie was in hiding throughout the war. Elie never even met a Nazi. Elie was safe at home in Romania, hiding in his basement.

Elie Wiesel and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Elie Wiesel and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the ruins that Elie and Oprah visited

My photo of the ruins shown in the photo of Elie and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

In January 2006, Oprah Winfrey had chosen “Night”for her book club selection. Shortly after that, she toured the Auschwitz main camp and the Birkenau camp with Elie Wiesel as her guide. The photo above shows Oprah and Elie in Birkenau, standing beside the ruins of Crematorium III, where thousands of Hungarian Jews were allegedly gassed and burned in 1944. Oprah was speechless as Elie Wiesel described the horror of the Holocaust, including the murder of innocent children.

What will be the legacy of Elie Wiesel? Will he go down in history as “Elie the Liar”?

You can read more about Elie Wiesel at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/reading-elie-wiesel-in-auschwitz/article8860273.ece

 

July 15, 2016

Where is Germar Rudolf when we need him?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:34 am

As far as I know, Germar Rudolf has retired from “Holocaust denying,” after spending 14 years in prison for telling the truth about the alleged Holocaust gas chambers.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/exhibit-offers-evidence-nazis-mass-extermination

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Often overlooked in the study of the Holocaust is the role that architecture played in making it possible for the extermination camps to be such brutally efficient factories of death.

The fact that architects – respected professionals – pored over their drafting tables to find ways for ever more innocent people to be murdered each day is the subject of a new exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).

In the centre of its Octagonal Gallery is a column of wire fencing about eight feet high. This hideous contraption is a reconstruction of the columns by which pails of Zyklon B pellets were lowered into the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Architecture as Evidence is based on extensive research by its curators, notably Robert Jan van Pelt, the University of Waterloo architecture professor who was a key expert witness for the defence of American historian Deborah Lipstadt against a lawsuit by British historian David Irving launched 20 years ago. Irving asserted that she had libelled him in her book Denying the Holocaust.

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Note that the alleged Zyklon-B pellets were “lowered in a bucket.” This is a new detail that I have never heard about, before now. The bucket of Zyklon-B pellets were allegedly put inside the alleged wire columns.  Someone apparently figured out the the pellets were small enough to fall through the alleged wire columns.

Some readers might become bored with this disingenuous article, and stop reading before getting to the most important part, which I am quoting below:

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None of the real columns survived – the Nazis apparently dismantled them before liberation. The reconstruction is based on archives, mostly in Russia and Poland, aerial photos, analysis of the structure of gas chambers’ roofs and an eyewitness, a Jewish inmate who was forced to help construct a column.

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Both Germar Rudolf and Fred Leuchter climbed down into the alleged gas chambers and found no evidence of the alleged gassing of the Jews.

Germar Rudolf inside a gas chamber, taking samples

Germar Rudolf inside a gas chamber, taking samples

The photo above shows Germar Rudolf as he literally chips away, at the Holocaust lie that Jews were exterminated, like bugs, in the Holocaust gas chambers.

July 14, 2016

Elie’s first Night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am
This is what Elie Wiesel saw on his first night at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This is what Elie Wiesel allegedly saw on his first night at Auschwitz

Display board shows the road on which Elie and his father walked

Display board shows the road on which Elie and his father allegedly walked into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Note the photo on the display board; the photo shows a woman and three children, who are allegedly on their way to the gas chamber. This famous photo is from the Auschwitz Album; it was taken by an SS man on May 26, 1944.

This photo was shown as evidence at the Auschwitz Trial in Frankfurt where 22 SS men, who had formerly worked at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were put on trial by the Germans in 1963.

On his alleged first night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, Elie Wiesel allegedly saw German soldiers throwing  live babies into a burning pit. That is why Elie used the title “Night” for one of his numerous books.

Born on September 30, 1928 in the Jewish community of Sighet in Transylvania, which is now in Romania, Elie Wiesel was 15 and a half when he allegedly arrived at Birkenau on a train transport of Hungarian Jews in May 1944.

Elie and his father allegedly stayed in the Birkenau camp for only a few days before being transferred to the main Auschwitz camp where he was kept in quarantine for a couple of weeks.

Elie was saved from the gas chamber because he and his father were allegedy selected to work in the Buna Werke camp at Monowitz, also known as Auschwitz III. His two older sisters also survived, but he never saw his mother and younger sister again after he was separated from them upon his arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

According to the display board shown in the photo above, the road through the Birkenau camp was a shortcut to Krema IV and Krema V where there were gas chambers, disguised as shower rooms.

After arriving around midnight at the Birkenau camp, Elie Wiesel and his father were allegedly assigned to a barrack in the Gypsy camp, which was to the left on the interior camp road, shown in the photo above, behind the Men’s camp.

The interior road runs north and south, connecting the Women’s camp to the new section, called “Mexico” by the prisoners. At that time, part of the Gypsy camp had been converted into a transit camp for the Durchgangsjuden who were held there temporarily until they could be transferred to another location.

Elie Wiesel could not have seen the alleged gas chambers at Birkenau because they are at the western end of the Birkenau camp, beyond the intersection of the main camp road and this interior road which bisects the camp from north to south.

Elie wrote in his book, entitled “Night”, that on his first night in the camp, a night that he would never forget, he saw two burning pits, one for children and one for adults, where Jews were being burned alive.

Elie and his father were miraculously spared at the last moment when, only two steps from the burning ditch, they were ordered to turn left and enter the barracks.

The following quote is from “Night” by Elie Wiesel:

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Not far from us, flames were leaping up from a ditch, gigantic flames. They were burning something. A lorry drew up at the pit and delivered its load-little children. Babies! Around us, everyone was weeping. Someone began to recite the Kaddish. I do not know if it has ever happened before, in the long history of the Jews, that people have ever recited the prayer for the dead for themselves …. Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp …. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent sky.

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After a few days in the Birkenau camp, Elie and his father were allegedly transferred to the main Auschwitz camp, where they were allegedly housed in Barrack 17 for a short time.

In his book entitled “Night,” Elie Wiesel wrote that he was tattooed with the number A-7713 at the main Auschwitz camp. After a few weeks in the main camp, Elie and his father were then allegedly sent to Auschwitz III, the Monowitz camp also known as Buna.

Monument in honor of the Jews who worked at Monowitz

Monument in honor of the Jews who worked at the Monowitz camp

The figures in the monument, shown above, are supposed to look like the  curved fence posts in the three Auschwitz camps.

 

July 13, 2016

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — the enduring legacy of Elie Wiesel

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:06 pm

You can read about the “enduring legacy of Elie Wiesel” in this news article written by Sara J. Bloomfield: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-j-bloomfield/elie-wiesels-enduring-leg_b_10968548.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Without him [Elie Wiesel], it is hard to imagine the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is not only because he led the 1978-79 presidential commission that recommended the creation of the museum and then went on to serve for six years as the founding chairman of the governing council that would oversee its development. Equally consequential, he imagined a very particular mission for the Museum that only he had the moral authority to envision and the precision of language to powerfully articulate.

Today the Museum embodies that bold and ambitious mission but the struggle for what some felt was the soul of the institution was not without debate and controversy in those early years. Ultimately, due to the power of his moral clarity, intellect and eloquence, it was Elie’s vision that would carry the day.

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The Hall of Witness inside the US Holocaust Museum

The Hall of Witness inside the US Holocaust Museum

I visited the USHMM in the year 2000 and wrote about it on a section of my website here: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/index.html

I previously blogged about the USHMM here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/the-united-states-holocaust-memorial-museum-in-washington-dc-is-a-place-of-worship/

I wrote about the exhibits in the museum, in the year 2000, on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Exhibits.html

The main purpose of the USHMM is to indoctrinate American students in worship of the Jews. When I was there, in the year 2000, I did not see one person whom I could identify as Jewish. The Museum exists to indoctrinate the goyim.

Elie Wiesel — a Holocaust icon everywhere but Poland

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:26 am

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.730246

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

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Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir, “Night,” isn’t on the Polish school curriculum, says Jakub Nowakowski, director of Krakow’s Galicia Jewish Museum, who hosts teacher-training seminars on how to educate about the Holocaust, adding, “It wasn’t even translated into Polish until the mid 1990s, and only in a limited edition. It wasn’t readily available until 2007.”

Poles have their own canon of Holocaust literature taught at school, such as “Medallions,” by Zofia Nałkowska, “Conversations with an Executioner,” by Kazimierz Moczarski; and “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen,” by Tadeusz Borowski.

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There may be a few people, living in a cave somewhere, who don’t know the name Tadeusz Borowski. I wrote about him on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/tadeusz-borowski-auschwitz-survivor/

July 11, 2016

a devastating three-hour guided tour, the only way summer visitors are allowed in the camps.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a recent news article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/10/touring-auschwitz-the-week-after-elie-wiesel-s-death.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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This week, just after the death of Eli Wiesel, I traveled with my family to Auschwitz, the largest crime scene in world history.

 Nowadays it’s a gruesome but essential tourist destination in Oswiecim, Poland, an hour and a half west of charming Krakow. A visit to Auschwitz (the German name for the area) includes a devastating three-hour guided tour, the only way summer visitors are allowed in the camps.

Wiesel’s classic book Night, which went from selling 1,000 copies when first published in the indifferent 1950s to more than 10 million today, offers a shattering supplement to the experience.

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I am very glad that I took the opportunity to visit Auschwitz three times in the past, before it was over run by tourists.

The first time that I visited Auschwitz, in 1997, I was the only tourist there; I was accompanied by a private tour guide from New York City, who met me in the train station in Warsaw, and drove me from Warsaw to the camp on several successive days.

My tour guide showed me the “ash pits” where the ashes of the Jews had allegedly been thrown, after the Jews has been gassed to death. Before I went to Poland, and saw the evidence, I truly believed that the Jews had been gassed. The ash pits started me down the road to Denial.

The Germans were the first people to become concerned about the environment. Yet they threw ashes into a pond. I don’t think so.

A large ash pit at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of a large ash pit at Auschwitz-Birkenau; the Sauna building is in the background

My photo of the ash pit near Krema III gas chamber

My photo of the dried up ash pit near the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber

Markers show the location of the ashes of Jews killed in gas chambers

My photo of markers at the location of ashes of Jews killed in gas chambers

My photo of markers at the ash pond near Krema II

My photo of markers at the ash pond near the ruins of the Krema II gas chamber

The building in the background of my photo, directly above, is the ruins of the Krema II gas chamber. The German people were the first to worry about the environment, yet they allegedly dumped ashes into ponds.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Our guide started by explaining that Auschwitz, where more than 1.1 million Jews—plus two hundred thousand Poles, gypsies, homosexuals and others—died between 1940 and 1945, is actually three large sites, now known as: Auschwitz I, the original camp commandeered from the Polish Army by the Nazis, where the mocking ARBEIT MACHT FREI (“Work makes you free”) sign greeted Polish inmates who were quickly worked to death; Auschwitz II, better known as Birkenau, the sprawling extermination camp built from scratch by inmates three kilometers away and named for the surrounding birch trees, where once stood scores of wooden barracks, four gas chambers and four crematoria; and Auschwitz III, also known as Monowitz-Buna, an I.G Farben rubber plant that employed slave labor and where another factory sits today.

Wiesel spent time in all three at various times in 1944 and 1945, with Auschwitz-Birkenau the first and worst. 

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July 9, 2016

90 percent [of Hungarian Jews] were exterminated in Auschwitz ovens or Birkenau gas chambers

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:08 pm

The title of my blog post today is from a line in a news article which you can read in full at http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/07/08/amb-nancy-brinker-must-never-forget-elie-wiesel-and-his-message.html

Why were Elie and his father spared? The motive in sending the Jews to Auschwitz was to exterminate them with bug spray, known as Zyklon-B.

What was so different about Elie and his father?  Why weren’t they killed?

The following quote is from the news article:

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In March of 1944, Hungary was occupied by Germany and the Final Solution to exterminate Jews of Eastern Europe was underway. Elie was just 15 years old when he and his family along with his Jewish neighbors were rounded up and sent to locally set up ghettos.

Once settled in the ghettos the Jews of Hungary in May of 1944 were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and shortly after their arrival 90 percent were exterminated in Auschwitz ovens or Birkeneu gas chambers. Elie’s mother and one of this three sisters were killed there. Wiesel and his father were sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp. His father died just a few weeks before liberation. Elie was freed after the camp was liberated by the U.S. 3rd Army on April 11, 1945. Elie survived the Holocaust with his two sisters and they were reunited in a French orphanage. Elie finally made his way to America in the mid 1950’s.

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So Elie was in a “French orphanage?” Is that where he met some young survivors of Auschwitz who had been sent to France after Auschwitz was liberated? Did he get his Auschwitz story from these young boys? I think that he did.

There is a website at http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com/ which devoted to exposing the lies told by Elie Wiesel.

Elie Wiesel claims that he is in this photo taken at Buchenwald

Elie Wiesel claims that he is in this photo taken at Buchenwald but he was never in Buchenwald

July 8, 2016

the famous letter from Sigman Rascher to Himmler

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:14 pm

A letter written by Sigman Rascher to Heinrich Himmler is used by Holocaust True Believers to prove that there was a homicidal gas chamber at Dachau.

The letter is quoted below, first in German and then in English.

Esteemed Reichsführer! [Himmler]

Wie Sie wissen, wird im KL Dachau dieselbe Einricht[ung] wie in Linz gebaut. Nachdem die “Invalidentransporte” sowieso in bestimmten Kammern enden, frage ich, ob nicht in diesen Kammern an der sowieso dazu bestimmten Personen dieWirkung unserer verschiedenen Kampfgase erprobt werden kann? Bis jetzt liegen nur Tierversuche bezw. Berichte ueber Unfaelle bei Herrstellung dieser Gase vor. Wegen dieses Absatzes schicke ich den Brief als “Geheimsache.”
(signed)
S. Rascher 28

The English translation of the body of the letter is as follows:

As you know, the same installation as in Linz [Austria] is to be built in Dachau. As the ‘invalid transports’ terminate in the special chambers [in Linz] anyway I wondered if it would be possible to test the effects of our combat gases in these chambers [in Dachau] using the persons who are destined for those chambers anyway. The only reports which are available so far are for experiments on animals or of accidents in the manufacture of these gases.

Eye witness descriptions of the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:38 pm
Baracke X where the Dachau gas chamber is located

Baracke X is the building where the alleged Dachau gas chamber was located

Dachau gas chamber

Wall of Dachau gas chamber has two openings to the outside through which gas pellets were allegedly poured into the chamber

Close-up of one of the wall openings

Close-up of one of the wall openings

Visitors to Dachau enter the Baracke X building, shown in the first photo above, through a door on the south side of the building, and proceed through the waiting room, and then into the undressing room before entering the gas chamber. On the wall of the undressing room is a sign which tells visitors the following:

Begin quote from the sign

Gas Chamber

This is the center of potential mass murder. The room was disguised as “showers” and equipped with fake shower spouts to mislead the victims and prevent them from refusing to enter the room. During a period of 15 to 20 minutes up to 150 at a time could be suffocated to death through prussic acid poison gas (Zyklon B).

End quote from the sign

The second photo above shows three empty holes on the ceiling of the alleged gas chamber, where shower heads had been before they were stolen by tourists as souvenirs. Just below the ceiling of the Dachau gas chamber are two light fixture boxes [not shown], which were claimed, in a film shown at the Nuremberg IMT, to be the “top vents” for introducing the poison gas into the gas chamber.

Information given to tourists about the gas chamber at Dachau varies according to the person who is guiding the tour. Some guides tell visitors that the gas chamber was never used, while others maintain that the gas chamber was used a few times. If the gas chamber was never used, why was it built? Some of the guides say that it was used to train SS men in how to use a gas chamber.

A recent visitor who took a tour of Dachau wrote the following on her blog:

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Interestingly enough, Dachau was never considered an extermination camp. Hitler made sure that none of these camps resided in Germany. He wanted them to be in the countries that he occupied so it would be easier to transport the foreign people to them. So, knowing this, many wonder why Dachau had a gas chamber in it. The most popular theory is that since Dachau was one of the first concentration camps, it acted as a model for others. When Germans were trained to work in concentration camps, they were trained to use gas chambers, and some were trained at Dachau.

Some guides say that the gas came through fake shower heads, but others tell visitors that gas pellets were poured onto the floor through the two screened openings on the east wall of the gas chamber.

All but one of the shower heads has been stolen by visitors as souvenirs and at least one guide tells tourists that the gas pellets were dropped through the holes in the ceiling. Three of the holes for the shower heads are shown in the second photo above.

Although anyone can look up into the holes where the shower heads used to be and see that there are no pipes of any kind there, one tour guide told a visitor on September 24, 2008 that there were special plumbing pipes that brought the gas through the shower heads. It has been known for at least sixty years that the Zyklon-B gas that was allegedly used at Dachau was in the form of pellets the size of peas, and could not have come through the small holes in the shower heads.

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