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June 16, 2015

Is the Auschwitz III camp (Monowitz) now open to visitors

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:44 am

This morning, I read a news article here which included this quote:

Over 200 Educators Visit Auschwitz, Gaining Valuable Experience
Visitors on this trip visited the entire camp, which consists of three separate sections: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II which is also known as Birkenau, and Auschwitz III the labor camp.

Did this tour group really visit the Monowitz camp? I thought that the Auschwitz III camp [Monowitz] was off limits because the factories there are still being used.

The Monowitz sub-camp of Auschwitz was known as Bunalager (Buna Camp) until November 1943 when it became the KL Auschwitz III camp with its own administrative headquarters.

Auschwitz III consisted of 28 sub-camps which were built between 1942 and 1944. This area of Upper Silesia was known as the “Black Triangle” because of its coal deposits.

The Buna plant attracted the attention of the Allies, and there were several bombing raids on the factories.

On my two trips to Auschwitz, in 1998 and 2005, I tried my best to take a tour of the Monowitz (Auschwitz III) camp. I was told that the Monowitz camp was off limits because the factories are still being used.

Finally, I bribed a nice Polish guide to take me close to the Monowitz camp, so that I could get some photographs. I took some photos NEAR the camp, but my guide would not let me get close enough to take a photo of the buildings inside the former Monowitz camp.

A reader of my website sent me a photo several years ago, which he said that he had taken just outside the Monowitz camp.

Photo take inside the Monowitz Buna Werke Photo Credit:

Photo shows the fence around the Monowitz Buna Werke

KL Auschwitz III, also known as Monowitz, was very important to the Nazis because of its factories, which were essential to the German war effort.

The Monowitz industrial complex was built by Auschwitz inmates, beginning in April 1941. Initially, the workers walked from the Auschwitz main camp to the building site, a distance of 4 to 6 kilometers each way. By 1942, barracks had been built for the prisoners at Monowitz.

The Jews, who were sent to Auschwitz and then assigned to work at Monowitz, had a much better chance of survival because the factory workers were considered too valuable to send to the gas chambers, at least while they were still able to work.

Two famous survivors who worked at Monowitz were Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi, both of whom wrote extensively about the Holocaust. [It is questionable whether Elie Wiesel was ever at any of the Auschwitz camps.]

Bomb shelter in the town of Monowitz was for the SS men

Bomb shelter in the town of Monowitz was for the SS men

Bomb shelter for SS men in the town of Monowitz

Bomb shelter for SS men in the town of Monowitz

The photo above shows the ruins of a bomb shelter which the Nazis built near the Monowitz factories. The barracks where the prisoners lived at Monowitz have all been torn down and replaced by houses. The people on the left in the photo above are Polish residents, not tourists. Note the street sign on the left; this building is on an ordinary city street in the town of Monowitz.

The factories at Monowitz were built by the IG Farben company, which was attempting to produce synthetic rubber, called Buna. The Polish village of Monowice, which was renamed Monowitz by the Germans, is 4 kilometers from the site of the factories, which were located on the east side of Oswiecim.

Some of the old factory buildings are still standing, although now abandoned, while others are still in use as factories. The concrete wall around the factories, with its distinctive curved posts, can still be seen along the road from Oswiecim to the Krakow airport.

Monument to the Jews who died at Monowitz

Monument to the Jews looks like the curved fence posts around the Monowitz camp

In the photo at the top of my blog post, you can see part of the solid concrete fence that surrounds the ruins of the factories, which are still in existence today.

When you enter the town of Oswiecim, coming from the Krakow airport, the fence is the first thing that you see. This tells you that the area around this town, formerly known as Auschwitz, was once the home of Nazi forced labor camps, where the Jews worked as slave laborers.

The fence stretches for miles and behind it are factories, built by the Germans, that are still being used today. The factories and the ruins are off limits to visitors; the tour groups do not visit the ruins, and the private tour guides refuse to take visitors there.

The following quote is also from  the article:  “The Educational Trust was the foundation who invited the educators to Poland.”

Did the teachers on the trip really see the Monowitz camp or was this a mistake made by the person who wrote the news article?

June 15, 2015

anti-Semitism in the Baltics — what a revolting development this is!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:51 am

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, there is growing anti-Semitism in the Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Latvian man was a soldier in the Waffen-SS in WWII

Latvian man was a soldier in the Waffen-SS in WWII

The following quote is from the news story:

Across the countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Jewish leaders say their communities are feeling increasingly uncomfortable as anti-Semitism once again appears to be on the rise. An Estonian museum exhibition mocking the Holocaust, a stage musical celebrating the life of a notorious Latvian Nazi mass murderer and the repatriation of the remains of a Lithuanian leader long linked to Nazis have all contributed to a climate of hate that has Jews on edge.

[…]

In Talinn, Estonia, a highly controversial Holocaust-themed exhibition caused outrage last month when, among its exhibits, was a picture showing the iconic Hollywood sign replaced by the word “Holocaust,” which some perceived as a suggestion the genocide was an entertainment event. Another sick exhibit recreated a gas chamber and had 20 naked actors pretending to be Jews playing tag, seemingly suggesting there was humor in the gas chambers experience. The exhibits were eventually withdrawn.

Hatred of the German people is considered normal — there is no word for it. Only the Jews have a word for the crime of not idolizing them enough: anti-Semitism.

Fortunately, the Jews have plenty of places where they can go, when they are not wanted, including their own country of Israel. They can always come to America where they would be welcomed by the 6 million or more Jews that are already here.

June 14, 2015

A major design change that streamlined the gassing of the Jews

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 1:43 pm

A news article, which you can read in full here, explains how the Nazis made a few changes in the gassing process to streamline the gassing of the Jews. The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

One minor change — call it a “Duh” moment — was to design the gas chamber doors so they opened outward, rather than inwards, because the many dead bodies inside the gas chambers blocked the door’s entrance, making it difficult to push the door inwards. One major design change resulted in locating the gas chambers and the crematoria on the same floor. Previously, the gas chambers had been located in the basement, with the crematoria located on the first floor, necessitating a time-consuming and inefficient transportation of the dead from floor to floor. Putting them on the same floor streamlined the process.

Yes, it’s true. At first, the stupid Nazis had designed gas chambers with both doors opening inward. This was in the gas chamber at the main Auschwitz camp. But where were the gas chambers and the ovens on different floors? The following quote is from the book entitled IBM and the Holocaust in which Edwin Black describes the corpse chute at Buchenwald.

Once the murder decision had been made, all sixteen Jews in the shelf [one row in the barracks] were immediately marched to a small door adjacent to Buchenwald’s incinerator building. The door opened inward, creating a short, three-foot-long corridor. Jews were pushed and herded until they reached the corridor end. There, a hole dropped thirteen feet down a concrete shaft and into the Strangling Room. A camp worker recalled, “As they hit the floor they were garroted … by big SS guards and hung on hooks along the side wall, about 6 1/2 feet above the floor … any that were still struggling were stunned with a wooden mallet … An electric elevator … ran [the corpses] up to the incinerator room [cremation ovens].

As for the doors into the gas chambers opening inward, this is shown in the photo below.

Door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp opened inward

Door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp opened inward

The photo above shows a wooden door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. The door opens inward, as you can see. After the Jews were gassed, how did the Nazis get the door open? Don’t worry, there was another door at the other end of the gas chamber. But that door had a glass window, which the Jews could have easily broken.  I was told by my Jewish tour guide, in 1998, that an SS man stood outside the door, ready to shoot anyone who broke the glass.

The ruins of the undressing room for one of the gas chambers at Auschwtiz-Birkenau

The ruins of the undressing room for one of the gas chambers at the Auschwtiz-Birkenau camp

The photo above shows the undressing room for the Krema III gas chamber, which was called Leichenkeller 2 (Corpse Cellar #2) on the blueprint of the building. The victims entered the undressing room by descending the stairs shown in the background in the photo above. Note that the stairs are very short, since the undressing room was only about five feet underground.

To the left in the photo are the steps of the International Monument which is located between Krema II and Krema III at the western end of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The undressing rooms at Auschwitz-Birkenau were only partially underground since the concrete roof over the buildings was three feet above ground.

The crematory ovens in Krema III were on the ground floor with the entrance on the south side of the building. There was a typhus epidemic at Auschwitz-Birkenau in the summer of 1943 and the undressing room could have doubled as a morgue in the event that the bodies piled up faster than they could be burned in the ovens.

The Holocaust victims walked down the steps into the undressing room while an orchestra played classical music. The location of the orchestra was southeast of Krema III, outside the barbed wire enclosure and right next to the soccer field. This was the location where concerts were held for the prisoners while the gassing operation was in progress. The victims were told that they were going to take a shower, after which they would have a nice, hot meal. They took off all their clothing and then proceeded to the end of the long undressing room where there was a door into a Vorraum (vestibule).

Entrance for the SS men at Krema III in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Entrance for the SS men at Krema III in Auschwitz-Birkenau is shown near the bottom of the photo

The location of the SS entrance, shown in the photo above, was not on the original blueprints for Krema III. Krema III was originally planned to be built at Auschwitz I, the main camp. The original blueprints for Krema II and Krema III called for corpse cellars that were completely underground and included a corpse slide which ended in front of the Leichenkeller doors, but this slide was never built. The SS entrance was built instead, but not in the same location as the originally planned corpse slide.

Undressing room for Krema III (gas chamber number 3)

Ruins of gas chamber in Krema III (gas chamber number 3) Note the columns which held up the roof

According to the official version of the Holocaust, which you must believe to stay out of prison in 19 countries, the reinforced concrete roof of Krema III (gas chamber #3) was six inches thick, with four holes, in a zig-zag pattern, where the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into the room. These holes were shown on aerial photos taken by the US military in 1944, but they cannot be seen today because the entire roof of Krema III was destroyed when the Nazis blew up the building on January 20, 1945, two days after they had abandoned the camp.

Undressing room for Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Undressing room for Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

On the left wall of the vestibule was a door into the gas chamber, which was located at a right angle to the undressing room. On the right wall of the vestibule was a door into another anteroom which had an exterior entrance for the SS men. On the back wall of the vestibule was a single elevator which was used to bring the bodies up to the crematory ovens after the victims had been gassed. The ovens and the gas chambers were NOT on the same floor.

New movie about David Irving’s lawsuit against Penguin Books and Debra Lipstadt is being planned

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

You can read about the new movie that is being planned, which will show David Irving’s lawsuit against Debra Lipstadt, in a news article here. Hilary Swank will play Debra Lipstadt — an excellent choice IMHO.

Debra Lipstadt

Debra Lipstadt

I have followed this case closely and I previously wrote about it on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/deborah-lipstadt-who-defeated-hard-core-holocaust-denial-now-worries-about-soft-core-denial/

Previously, I wrote the following explanation of why the judge ruled in favor of Lipstadt:

The judge in the case wrote a 333 page judgment. I downloaded the judgment from the Internet at the time of the trial and read it. The judge ruled in Irving’s favor on some points, although his overall judgment was against Irving. On the subject of Lipstadt going to bookstores and on Lipstadt preventing Irving’s book from being published, the judge ruled that Irving was correct in his claims, but that Penguin was not guilty of these charges, so because of that, he had to rule against Irving [in the entire case].

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the trial:

David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt is a case in English law against American author Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books, filed in an English court by the British author David Irving in 1996, asserting that Lipstadt had libeled him in her book Denying the Holocaust. The court ruled that the Irving’s claim of libel relating to English defamation law and Holocaust denial was not valid because his deliberate distortion of evidence has been shown to be substantially true. English libel law puts the burden of proof on the defence, meaning that it was up to Lipstadt and her publisher to prove that her claims of Irving’s deliberate misrepresentation of evidence to conform to his ideological viewpoints were substantially true.

In the past, I have participated in endless discussions of this case, and I have no desire to discuss it any more. The Jews believe that the Holocaust was proved in a court of law, and no amount of discussion will convince them otherwise.  Now, this new movie will again prove the Holocaust.

Here is how Wikipedia explains the verdict in the case:

Although English libel law puts the burden of proof on the defendant rather than the plaintiff, Lipstadt and Penguin won the case using the justification defence, viz. by demonstrating in court that Lipstadt’s accusations against Irving were substantially true and therefore not libelous. The case was argued as a bench trial before Mr Justice Gray, who produced a written judgment 334 pages long detailing Irving‘s systematic distortion of the historical record of World War II. The Times (April 14, 2000, p. 23) said of Lipstadt’s victory, “History has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”[2]

Take that all you deniers — the Holocaust has been proved in a court of law.

I previously wrote a blog post, in which I contrasted Lipstadt’s attitude compared to to my way of thinking: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/the-reader-is-it-a-pernicious-book-and-movie/

June 12, 2015

Should the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp be rebuilt for tourists?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:48 am
The ruins of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The ruins of Auschwitz-Birkenau in the winter of 1988

My blog post today was inspired by a comment made by one of the regular readers of my blog:

Your picture of the Birkenau ruins made me think about the possible reconstruction of the wooden barracks and Krema. […]  Although costly I am sure there is plenty of money available and then they can go the whole hog and employ people in costume to give it more authenticity.

When I began my travels, many years ago, the first place that I went, was to Boston. I took several tours to historic places that had been restored. There were people playing the part of colonial residents, who were available to answer questions. They remained in character at all times, using the language of historic times and pretending not to know anything about modern devices and language.

This could be done at Auschwitz, and today’s young students could learn a lot from this.

The train tracks, that go through the “Gate of Death” at Birkenau are still there. I am sure that trains could still go from the main station in the town of Auschwitz and enter the camp through the “Gate of Death.” This could give young students today a real thrill, as the train comes down from a steep ramp and enters the camp. Heinrich Himmler was standing on this ramp when he got the idea of building a camp at Birkenau.

SS men at Auschwitz wore their uniforms at all times

SS men at Auschwitz wore their uniforms at all times

There could be actors, wearing pristine uniforms, playing the part of the SS men, as shown in the photo above, which is from the Auschwitz Album. This would give students an understanding of the German ideal of cleanliness and order.  Hint: the Nazis believed that the Jews were dirty.

Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Nazis took photos of the Jews at Auschwitz, in order to show that they looked completely different from the German people, and for this reason, they didn’t belong in Germany.  But where were they supposed to go. No country would take them in, not even the good ole USA.

I previously blogged about why the Germans hated the Jews on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/der-dolchstoss-and-the-road-to-the-holocaust/

This is allegedly a replica of a guard tower at Auschwitzl

This is allegedly a replica of a guard tower at Auschwitz

The Auschitz-Birkenau camp should be restored to the way that it actually looked when it was a death camp for Jews.  Guard towers, like the one shown in the photo, were not there when the Jews were Holocausted.  In fact, in the 1940ies, the word Holocaust did not mean the killing of 6 million Jews.  How many students today know that?

However, I believe that the ruins of the gas chambers should be left alone.  I blogged about the ruins on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/at-auschwitz-birkenau-the-execution-chambers-are-now-roped-off-and-in-ruins/

A brick stove that heated a barracks building that is gone now

A brick stove heated a barracks building that is gone now

The 425 acre Birkenau camp is now filled with the brick stoves that once heated the wooden barrack buildings.

This photo shows the uniforms that the prisoners wore and the uniforms of the Soviet liberators of the camp

This photo shows the uniforms of the prisoners and the uniforms of the Soviet liberators

Actors wearing the uniforms of the prisoners or the uniforms of the liberators could re-enact the liberation of the camp in January 1945. Little children could re-enact the Jewish children walking out of the Birkenau death camp.  Eva Moses Kor, a child survivor of Birkenau, who is still alive, could be a consultant for this re-enactment.

This photo of the children marching out of Birkenau is on the Wikipedia page about the liberation

This photo of the children marching out of Birkenau is on the Wikipedia page about the liberation

The best view of the Auschwitz-Birkeanu ruins is from the gate tower; I took the photo below in 1998 when my tour guide and myself were the only people there, and it was raining. The barracks in the foreground are reconstructions.

My 1998 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau taken from the top of the gate tower

My 1998 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau taken from the top of the gate tower

Today’s young students who are taken on trips to Auschwitz should be made to understand that the world was quite different back then.  I know — I was alive then.

There were many people in American back then who were living in tar paper shacks without central heat and without running water inside the house; there were many Americans who were worse off than the prisoners at Birkenau, including me.

The photo below shows how the Birkenau camp looked in 2005. The wooden barracks buildings are all gone and there is nothing left but the stoves that once heated the barracks.

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Birkeanau

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Birkeanau

Fence around the Birkenau camp is original

Fence around the Birkenau camp is original

In the photo above, note the one building (on the far left side) that is still standing. Imagine if each of the brick chimneys in the photo had a restored wooden barrack building for tourists to visit.

Currently, the 425 acre camp is mostly empty with very few buildings still standing.

My photos below show what it looked like in 2005 when I last visited the memorial site.

Chimneys for the stoves in the barracks which have been torn down

Chimneys for the stoves in the barracks which have been torn down

Original fence around the Birkenau camp

Original fence around the Birkenau camp

Ruins at the former men's camp at Birkenau

Ruins at the former men’s camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

I took this view from the Birkenau tower in 1998

I took this view from the Birkenau tower in 2005

In the photo above, you can see tourists entering the restored section of Birkenau where they can see what the original barracks buildings looked like. I took this photo early in the morning before the crowds of tourists arrived.

June 11, 2015

A reporter’s recent trip to Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:21 am
Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is now in ruins

My 2005 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau camp shows that the camp is now in ruins

Alert: The first “hate speech” and “Holocaust denial” case is being tried in Montana now: http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/05/montana-hate-speech-case

The following quotes are from a news article, headlined “Lessons from Auschwitz,” which you can read in full here.

Globe senior reporter Emma Rigby accompanied teachers from Wirral to the Nazi concentration camps as part of a project aimed at giving them a fresh insight into the horror that occurred there, enhancing their teaching of the Holocaust and helping to make sure it never happens again.

This quote from the news article amazed me:

As we made our way around Auschwitz I, we were taken into what remains of the crematorium. We stood where 70,000 people died.

In the quote above, the reporter was obviously referring to the morgue in the main Auschwitz camp, not to the crematorium where the bodies of the Jews were burned. In the kosher version of the Holocaust, the morgue was a gas chamber where 70,000 Jews were gassed, and there was no morgue to store the bodies until they could be burned.

I blogged about the Arbeit Macht Frei sign on this previous blog post; https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/arbeit-macht-frei-slogan-hi-jacked-by-holocaust-historians/

This quote is also from the news article:

Walking through the iron gates of Auschwitz I, I looked up and saw the infamous phrase “Arbeit macht frei”  – “Work will set you free”.

At that point, I knew that what I was about to see would be worse than I could have ever imagined because for those who were taken Auschwitz-Birkenau – made up of three separate main camps Auschwitz I, Birkenau and Monowitz and dozens of satellite camps – work certainly did not set them free.

Here is another quote from the news article:

The Holocaust was not carried out in secret. There were those who are known as “bystanders” who did exactly that.

Sorry, but I beg to differ. I believe that the “bystanders” stood by and did nothing because they didn’t know about the Holocaust until several years after the war.

I wrote about the citizens of Dachau, who were bystanders on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/why-the-citizens-of-dachau-did-nothing-to-save-the-dachau-prisoners/

I wrote about how the citizens of Dachau were punished for being “bystanders” on this  blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/how-the-citizens-of-dachau-were-punished-for-not-helping-the-dachau-prisoners/

I also wrote about the citizens of Dachau at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/residents-of-the-town-of-dachau-were-forced-to-view-the-atrocities-in-the-dachau-camp-after-it-was-liberated/

This quote is also from the news article:

Homes which existed before the construction of Birkenau are visible from the guard tower. And those living within several miles would have been able to see and smell the fumes from the crematoria.

On my two trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau, I climbed  up on the tower of the gate house, and looked out over the camp. I don’t know of any other guard tower that tourists are allowed to climb at Birkenau. I could not see any homes from the guard tower. The distance from the guard tower to any homes, that might have been built recently, is over a mile.

My photo of the Mexico section of Auschwitz shows houses very nearby

My photo of the Mexico section of Auschwitz-Birkenau shows houses very nearby (click on the photo to enlarge)

When I was at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005, there was a sign that said that 7 small villages had been torn down to make room for the 425 acre camp. There were no houses that were visible in 2005. I believe that the houses, which this reporter saw, have been built recently.

June 10, 2015

What was Hitler like before the Jews turned him into the most hated person in the world?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:56 am

I am answering a comment, made on my blog by one of my regular readers, with a new blog post. The following words were written by me and put up on my scrapbookpages.com website, several years ago.

When construction started on the new Sachsenhausen concentration camp in the summer of 1936, Nazi Germany was the envy of the Western world. From the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, Hitler had achieved an “economic miracle” in Germany in less than three years. As yet, there was no sign of Nazi aggression, nor any attempt at world domination by Germany. Gertrude Stein, the famous Jewish writer who was a mentor to Ernest Hemingway, even suggested in 1937 that Hitler should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Because of the Nazi program of nationalism, the German people had regained their self respect after the humiliating Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign at the end of World War I. They now had great pride in their ethnicity and their country. No people in the world were more patriotic than the Germans in 1936 and no other world leader had the total dedication to his country that Adolph Hitler had.

The ordinary Germans were satisfied with their lives and had no reason to fear the concentration camps or the Gestapo. Hitler was a hero to the 127 million ethnic Germans throughout Europe, whom he wanted to unite into the Greater German Empire, a dream that had been discussed in his native Austria for over 50 years. In less than four years, this dream would be accomplished when Austria, parts of Poland that had formerly been German territory, Luxembourg, the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and the Sudetenland were combined with Germany to form the Greater German Reich.

In 1936, Hitler was more loved and admired than all the other world leaders put together. He was also the only world leader who was actively helping the Zionists with their plan to reclaim Palestine as their country.

While America and the rest of Europe were still in the depths of the depression caused by the stock market crash in October 1929, Germany had stabilized its economy and had virtually eliminated unemployment. Unlike the other countries in Europe in 1936, Nazi Germany was doing well, thanks in part to American investment capital. Many American businessmen, led by auto maker Henry Ford, supported Hitler and his Fascist form of government. Other prominent Americans who supported Hitler included Joseph P. Kennedy (the father of President John F. Kennedy), and Prescott Bush (the grandfather of President George W. Bush) and Charles Lindbergh.

Meanwhile, the American government was drifting to the liberal left; Communist refugees like playwright Bertold Brecht and Jewish refugees like Albert Einstein were flocking to America and their influence was strong in American politics. In the 1936 presidential election in America, Al Smith, who had run as the Democratic candidate in 1928 against Herbert Hoover, accused fellow Democrat President Roosevelt of being a Communist.

Hitler had thumbed his nose at the Versailles Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations to France and Great Britain, and a massive program of industrialization had restored the country to full employment, compared to the 20% unemployment in America in 1936. Roosevelt had copied many of the social welfare programs in Germany, including Social Security, but America was still struggling to recover from the depression.

The workers in Nazi Germany enjoyed unprecedented social benefits such as paid vacations under the Strength Through Joy program (Kraft durch Freude). Factory workers listened to classical music as they worked, and took showers before going home. In order to demonstrate their importance to the country, workers were allowed to march in Nazi parades, carrying shovels on their shoulders just like the soldiers who marched with their rifles.

Everything in Nazi Germany was clean and orderly; there were no slums; the trains ran on time. By 1938, the crime rate was at an all-time low because repeat offenders were being sent to a concentration camp after they had completed their second sentence. Anyone who did not have a permanent address and some visible means of support was hauled off the Dachau and put to work.

The political parties of the opposition (Communists and Social Democrats) had been banned in Germany; political dissidents were being locked up; there was no more bomb throwing or revolutionary fighting in the streets. There were no more crippling general strikes because the trade unions had been banned to prevent the Communists from organizing the workers.

A healthy lifestyle was encouraged by the Nazis and group calisthenics for young people were compulsory. Family values were the order of the day: abortion was banned; homosexuals and prostitutes were imprisoned; women were encouraged to be homemakers, and mothers with four or more children would shortly be awarded military style medals for serving their country.

It was safe to walk the city streets in Germany at night; no bars were needed on the windows of German homes to keep the criminal element out; all the social misfits were being sent away to the concentration camps; bums and vagrants were no longer allowed to beg on the streets. Money that had formerly been spent to care for institutionalized persons with mental and physical disabilities was now being used for other purposes as the mentally ill and the severely disabled were being put to death in gas chambers.

The single-minded Nazis were attempting to achieve a perfect world like Disneyland’s Main Street which ends at a replica of Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle; their advanced technology was the Tomorrowland of its day. Fifty years later, the backlash from their ideology of racialism and nationalism was the impetus for the creation of today’s Politically Correct world of diversity and tolerance, which is the exact opposite of Nazi Germany.

The Nuremberg laws, enacted in 1935, stripped the Jews of their citizenship and made it a crime for Jews to have sexual intercourse with Germans. Jews were excluded from many jobs and government positions, and they were not allowed to ride on street cars or sit on park benches reserved for Aryans. The rest of the world, particularly Americans, ignored these early warnings; at that time America was a segregated country with institutionalized racism, and there were many restricted neighborhoods where Jews were not allowed to buy a home. American universities had quotas for Jewish students and numerous clubs and organizations did not allow Jews as members. While the Nazi racists were encouraging 300,000 Jews to leave Germany in the 1930ies, the American government was handing a one-way ticket to Mexico to 500,000 Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American citizens during the same time period.

Ever since the leftist revolutions, led by the Jews in Russia and Germany, had brought an end to World War I, the world had been polarized by Communism and Fascism. The first hint that a second world war was soon going to be fought over the conflicting ideologies of Communism and Fascism came in July 1936 with the Spanish Civil War which started when General Francisco Franco led a military revolt against the leftist Republic. Hitler and Mussolini gave their support to Franco, while Roosevelt and the leftist French leader supported the Communist side. The battle lines for World War II were already drawn in 1936 when Nazi Germany formed the Axis Alliance with Mussolini’s Fascist Italy and imperial Japan. In his book Mein Kampf, written while he was imprisoned for treason in 1924, Hitler had already predicted future problems between Japan and the United States.

The Treaty of Versailles included a provision for establishing the League of Nations, which consisted of the Allied countries and any neutral countries that wanted to join. Not until years later was Germany allowed to join. The purpose of the League, which America did not join after Congress voted against it, was to prevent future wars. The League was a forerunner of the United Nations which was formed in May 1945, shortly before the end of the second World War.

Germany was eventually allowed to join the League of Nations in 1926 after the country had been politically rehabilitated, but Hitler had withdrawn from it because the main objective of the Nazi party was to overturn the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1931, the rules of the League of Nations were violated for the first time when Japan invaded China, another member of the League. When the other nations in the League did nothing, this signaled to the world that the Treaty of Versailles could be violated with impunity and this set the stage for Hitler to disregard its terms. By 1936, Hitler had already violated the Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations and by building up an army of 400,00 men, which was considerably larger than the 100,000 soldiers that the Treaty allowed.

Hitler had also put troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles; then he took back the Ruhr after France had annexed this German territory when Germany was unable to pay reparations after its economy had collapsed a decade earlier.

America had signed a separate peace treaty with Germany after World War I because the American Congress refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, so America was in no position to stop Hitler once he started on his path to German hegemony, as world domination by one super power, such as the United States, is now called.

In August 1936, the Olympic games were being held in Berlin, and the Nazis had removed all the bums, winos and male prostitutes from the streets, sending them to Dachau or Sachsenhausen for six months of rehabilitation. Then in a concession to the liberals in America, Great Britain and France, who were threatening to boycott the games, the anti-Semitic signs and slogans on the city streets were temporarily removed and the anti-Jewish newspapers were taken off the stands. Two token Jews were even allowed to train for the Olympics on the German team, and a Jew, Captain Wolfgang Fürstner, was put in charge of the Olympic Village. Fürstner killed himself after he was replaced at the last minute.

The Germans won the most medals for first place, second place and third place in the 1936 Olympics, defeating the second-place Americans by a wide margin of 57 points. The story about Hitler refusing to acknowledge a victory by Jesse Owens was incorrect, according to noted historian John Toland, who wrote:

That the Führer publicly turned his back on the great black athlete was denied by Owens himself, who further claimed that Hitler did pay him a tribute. “When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.”

Charles Lindbergh, who was America’s greatest hero after flying solo to Europe, was the special guest of Hitler at the Olympics and sat beside him at the games. Lindbergh had by then moved to England in an effort to get away from the rampant crime in America. He was so impressed with Germany’s right-wing Utopia that, by 1938, he was making plans to move there and Hitler’s chief architect, Albert Speer, had been commissioned to design a house for him. He quickly changed his mind in November 1938 after Kristallnacht, the state-sponsored pogrom in Germany, in which the windows of Jewish businesses were smashed and Synagogues were burned. Newspapers around the world played up the story with banner headlines. Kristallnacht marked the end of Hitler’s popularity and the Western world’s admiration for Germany. Time magazine selected Stalin, the Communist leader of the Soviet Union, for its Man of the Year award in 1939.

During the two days of rioting during the Kristallnacht pogrom in Germany and Austria, on Nov. 9th and 10th in 1938, Nazi officials went to all the small towns in Germany and ordered the Jews to leave within 24 hours or be sent to a concentration camp. This was a plan to consolidate all the Jews in a few large cities. Those who were unable to leave, or refused to leave, were rounded up in the following days and sent to the three main concentration camps: Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald. There were 30,000 Jews in all who were arrested, and around 10,000 were sent to each of these three main camps. They were released within a few weeks if they paid a fine and promised to leave Germany within six months. There were few countries willing to accept them, so the majority wound up in Shanghai which was the only place they could enter without a visa.

In July 1938, President Roosevelt sponsored a conference at which the countries of the Western world met to decide what to do about the problem of thousands of German Jewish refugees, but no country was willing to change its immigration quotas, including the United States of America. A few of the Jewish prisoners were unable to pay the fine or to raise enough money to leave the country; in 1942, they were all transferred from the concentration camps in Germany to the death camps in what is now Poland where the majority of them died in the Holocaust.

Hitler had predicted that his Third Reich would last for 1,000 years, but it came crashing down after only 12 years, and the image of Germany as the most cultured and advanced civilization in the modern world has been replaced by one of brutality and racism as Germany has become the most hated and reviled country in the world in the post-war Politically Correct era.

Bill O’Reilly has a new book for the urchins, entitled “Hitler’s Last Days”

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

Update June 16, 2015:

I was ready to order this book, so I went to amazon.com and prepared to purchase it.  But first, I read some of the reviews. Sadly, the reviews were not good; most people said that the book was only a rehash of Bill’s book “Killing Patton.”

Continue reading my original post:

Regular viewers of Bill O’Reilly’s TV show know that, at the end of every show, he gives a bit of wisdom which he calls his “Tip of the day.”

Last night’s Tip of the Day was a plug for his new children’s book entitled Hitler’s Last Days. According to Bill, “Hitler was the most evil man who ever lived.”

What about Ghengis Khan?  Sorry, he is not even in the running for the title of the most evil man.  Hitler was responsible for the killing of 6 million Jews, and you can’t get any more evil than that.   You can order the book here.

Hitler, who was the most evil man in the world, had no fear of his admirers

Hitler, who was the most evil man in the world, had no fear of his admirers

O’Reilly said, on his show last night, that his book Killing Patton has sold so many copies that he decided to follow it up with a children’s book about Hitler. How are these two subjects even remotely related?

I wrote a review, of Bill’s book about Patton, in which I pointed out that Patton had absolutely nothing to do with Auschwitz, yet Bill devoted two chapters to Auschwitz.

Hitler was noted for his love of children. Was this pointed out in Bill O’Reilly’s new children’s book?

Hitler was noted for his love of children

Hitler was noted for his love of children

This quote is from the website where you can order the book:

Hitler’s Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the 20th century–a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readers–and grown-ups too–hooked on history.

It is unfortunate that the urchins [O’Reilly’s name for children] will not have a chance to learn the full story of Hitler.

In the 1930ies and 1940ies, Hitler’s admirers used to gather at the Berghof [Hitler’s mountain retreat] just like the Elvis fans who stood outside Graceland, hoping to get a glimpse of their idol.

The German people literally worshiped the ground that Hitler walked on. After Hitler made an occasional appearance to greet his fans, they would gather up the sand upon which Hitler had stood.

Hitler was known as “the people’s Chancellor” because he was a common man, and he did what the German people wanted. Before World War II started, Hitler was more loved than any other leader in world history; his approval rating was 98%.

As the man who was allegedly responsible for the deaths of 60 million people, including 6 million Jews, Hitler has now become the most hated man in the world.

Now there will be more hatred for Hitler after the urchins read O’Reilly’s new book. “Wise up” as O’Reilly is fond of saying.

Hitler took tea every day in one of his tea houses

Hitler took tea every day in one of his tea houses

June 9, 2015

Holocaust denier Ursala Haverbeck in trouble again in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:49 am
Ursala Haverbeck

Ursala Haverbeck

You can read about Ursala Haverbeck, a German citizen, in this old news article: http://justice4germans.com/2015/01/24/frau-ursula-haverbeck-declares-victory-we-can-now-dismiss-auschwitz/

She is in the news again: http://www.mt.de/lokales/regionales/20476803_Hausdurchsuchung-bei-Holocaust-Leugnerin-Ursula-Haverbeck-in-Vlotho.htmlU

The old news article cited above includes a statement allegedly made by Sir Hartley Shawcross.  I blogged about this statement on these two previous blog posts: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/sir-hartley-shawcross/

The problem with the Jews in Germany all started with Der Dolchstoss which you can read about here: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/der-dolchstoss-and-the-road-to-the-holocaust/

Wikipedia has the following information about Ursala Haverbeck:

In November 2014 Haverbeck lodged a complaint against the Central Council of Jews. She threw the Association “persecution of innocent people” ago. The procedure was established in early December 2014 reinstated. The Bielefeld prosecutor finally considered a case against them for false accusation.[13]

In March 2015 she again denied the Holocaust in the NDR broadcast Panorama. She described the Holocaust as a “sustainable lie in history”[14][15][16][17] Her home was subsequently searched by German police to seize evidence for possible criminal charges.[18]

June 8, 2015

Recent escape from an American prison brings back memories of an escape from Auschitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:41 am
This photo of the gate into the Auschwitz main camp accompanies the news story

This photo of the gate into the Auschwitz main camp accompanies a news story about prison escapes

A newspaper article about a recent prison escape in America, which you can read in full here has brought back memories of a daring escape from Auschwitz, pulled off by two prisoners, Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba, in April 1944.

The news article about the American prison escape included this quote about Wetzler and Vrba:

Alfréd Wetzler’s escape from Nazi death camp Auschwitz is possibly the most important prison escape in history.

Wetzler, a Slovakian jew, escaped from Auschwitz [Birkenau] with fellow inmate Rudolf Vrba in April 1944 by hiding in a wood pile that other inmates soaked with tobacco and gasoline to fool guard dogs.

After four nights hiding among the wood, the two men donned stolen suits and overcoats and began a 80 mile journey to the Polish border with Slovakia.

In his pockets, Wetzler carried a report on the inner workings of the death camp, including a ground plan, details of the gas chambers, and a label from a canister of Zyklon B – the gas that the Nazi’s used to kill millions of inmates. It was the first detailed report about Auschwitz that the Allies regarded as credible, and led to the bombing of buildings that housed Nazi officials who dealt with the railway deportations.

120,000 Hungarian Jews are said to have been saved as a result.

Rudolf Vrba (real name Alfred Rosenberg)

Rudolf Vrba (real name Alfred Rosenberg)

I wrote about Rudolf Vrba on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/rudolf-vrba/

Scroll down, in reading my previous post about Vrba; the part about him is near the end.

Before I knew anything about the Holocaust, I read a book about Vrba and his famous escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau. I was amazed by his stories of life in Auschwitz.  He was living such a good life there, that I couldn’t understand why he escaped.  His motive in leaving the good life at Birkenau was apparently that he wanted to tell the truth lies about Birkenau.

Child survivors marching out of the Birkenau death camp after it was liberated

Child survivors marching out of the Birkenau death camp after it was liberated

The photo above is a still shot from a film made by the Soviet liberators of Auschwitz about 4 weeks after the camp was liberated. The children in front are wearing adult uniforms. The children at Auschwitz did not wear uniforms. Look at the chubby cheeks of the children; how did that happen in a death camp?

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