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March 30, 2015

Doctor in Austria convicted of Holocaust denial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:23 am

A 71-year-old doctor has been convicted of Holocaust denial in an Austrian court. You can read about it in the news here.

Mauthausen gas chamber was in a shower room

Mauthausen gas chamber was in a shower room

This quote is from the news article:

On Thursday a jury at Linz Court [in Austria] unanimously agreed that a letter the doctor had sent to the local council and the administration of the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial site proved that he believed that the gas chambers and the systematic genocidal killing had been made up.

The man, from the Mühlviertel region, wrote that he became convinced after visiting the Mauthausen site that the gas chambers had never existed and that therefore the Holocaust “must be a lie made up by Zionist bankers, who are still up to their mischief in Israel and the ‘Arab Spring’”. He went on to claim that Hitler and Germany were not to blame for WWII and that Austria would be forever burdened with the “Holocaust cudgel”. His lawyer argued that the 71-year-old was not a Nazi but merely a “troublemaker” who had a “particular character” and was “constantly trying to get to the bottom of things”.

MauthauusenHospitalAndBunker The Mauthausen gas chamber was located in the basement of the prison building, which is the green building on the right in the photo above. The white building on the left was the hospital building.

1945 photo of the gate into the Mauthausen camp

1945 photo of the gate into the Mauthausen camp

In his book entitled The 186 Steps, Christian Bernadac included the statements of several former prisoners which were gathered by Pierre-Serge Choumoff, a former prisoner at Gusen, after revisionists began to deny that there was a gas chamber at Mauthausen. Choumoff was an engineer who had post-graduate degrees in mathematics; he was the author of numerous scientific articles. While he was a prisoner at Gusen, Choumoff was assigned to work in the arms factories of Rüstung Steyr, Daimler and Puch, which were in the immediate vicinity of the Gusen camp. He also served as an interpreter and a secretary at the Gusen camp. In the last week of the war, Choumoff was one of the Gusen prisoners, who were evacuated to the main Mauthausen camp, where the gas chamber was located in the shower room. In his account of the liberation of Mauthausen, the Red Cross representative, Louis Haefliger, confirmed that the “annihilation” of the prisoners in the gas chamber continued until Commandant Ziereis fled the camp on the night of May 2-3, 1945. Apparently the Nazis were gassing as many of the prisoners as they could, while at the same time, the Red Cross was allowed to take selected prisoners out of the camp. Bernadac also quoted Choumoff himself who wrote the following, in his book, about the Mauthausen gas chamber: Begin Quote: Finally, a day or two before our transfer to Mauthausen on Saturday, April 28, I took a chance in giving the information (about the gassings) to one of our Yugoslav comrades, G. Milikitch. So I can certify that I was fully aware that gassings were taking place at Mauthausen during this final period. Up until the last minute, a number of efforts were made by the international Resistance organization of Mauthausen prisoners to save the men who had been confined to camp 3. After receiving the news, transmitted by V. Busek, a particularly effective effort was made to deal with Schutzhaftlagerführer Bachmayer. S. Krukowski reports on this in his book Mauthausen (Stefan Krukowski, Mauthausen, published in Warsaw in 1966). The lead in this was taken by a Polish prisoner, Doctor W. Czaplinski (No. 279), who had sometimes taken care of Bachmayer’s family. This initiative is supposed to have contributed to the return of the prisoners in camp 3 to the Krankenlager, instead of going to the gas chamber. Further efforts were organized on behalf of those whose execution appeared imminent, on other grounds. Outstanding among these were the thirty-four Austrian Resistance fighters, whose final tragedy was recounted by Marsalek (Hans Marsalek: “Die letzten Tage im KZ Mauthausen” published in Der neue Mahnruf in April 1970 in Vienna). All of them, with one exception, were among the forty-three gassed on April 28. It appears that after April 29, certain installations of the gas chamber were destroyed. It is certain that gassings were still taking place during the night of April 28-29, because I distinctly remember a dozen “civilians” who arrived after our transfer from Gusen on the afternoon of the 28th. There were both men and women, and among them a white-haired couple that I can’t forget. They stood along the wall to the right of the entry for a long time, and disappeared that night… End Quote Choumoff included an excerpt taken from the unpublished statement of Manuel Falo, No. 4639, dated September 19, 1969, which Bernadac quoted in his book, as follows: Begin quote: He (Falo) happened to see one of the gassings, which usually occurred at night. He was lodged in Block 11, facing the bunker. One night, in mid-1944, at about ten o’clock, he caught sight of a convoy of Russians coming in. The S.S. with Ziereis and Bachmayer present, made them undress on the assembly court, and then go down the dungeon stairs…Later the S.S. called the prisoners out from block 11, and Ziereis threatened them: “You have seen everything. If there is a breach of discipline, you go to the Krematorium.” One of the Kapos of the Krematorium kommando, whom Falo knew slightly, told him afterwards that they wanted to speed up the action, and that there was a real massacre with swinging axes so that they could pile more victims into the gas chamber. End Quote Choumoff gave the following statistics for the gassings at Mauthausen and Gusen, as quoted in Bernadac’s book: “For the installed gas chamber at Mauthausen: 4000; for the mobile gas chamber (Sauer truck): 1,560; Hartheim: 28,000 to 30,000 of which 4,600 to 8,000 came from Gusen or Mauthausen; finally occasional gassings in Gusen: 800. Total 34,000. At least 11,000 of these 34,000 were registered at Mauthausen or Gusen.” What is the evidence that the shower room at Mauthauen was a gas chamber?  When I visited Mauthausen, there was a sign in the shower room which says that the room was a gas chamber. What more proof do you want?

Sign in the Mauthausen gas chamber

Sign in the Mauthausen gas chamber

What is the evidence that the shower room at Mauhausen was NOT a gas chamber? The photo below shows a floor drain. If the shower room had been used to gas prisoners, the poison would have gone  down the drain, and poisoned everyone in the camp.

Floor drain in Mauthausen shower room

Floor drain in Mauthausen shower room

It appears that the floor drain in  the Mauthausen shower room has no way to close it up.  In the Dachau shower room gas chamber, the floor drains are now closed up. This quote is also from the news article:

The defendant pleaded not guilty and said that he had only been trying to uncover the truth. He said that whilst he was at Mauthausen he noticed that there was no gas pipe leading to the gas chamber, and he could find no explanation of why this was so. The head of the Mauthausen Memorial appeared as a witness and described in detail to the 71-year-old how SS men had removed the gas pipes shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945. He said that historic records proved this was the case, and that it was clearly visible that the area where the pipes had been had been plastered over.

Gas pipes?  No, no, no! Zyklon-B, the gas that was used by the Nazis for gassing prisoners in  shower rooms, was in the form of pellets, which could not go through pipes.  After the American liberators of Dachau found this out, they built little windows on the outside wall of the Dachau “gas chamber” and claimed that the Zyklon-B pellets had been thrown into the “gas chamber” through these two little windows.

You can read about the Dachau gas chamber, and see photos, which  I took, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/Index.html

Zyklon-B gas pellets

Zyklon-B gas pellets

This display of Zyklon-B gas pellets, that were allegedly used to gas prisoners in the concentration camps, shows that the gas was in the form of pellets which could not go through “gas pipes.”  There were no “gas pipes” that were ripped out of the shower room at Mauthausen. The Zyklon-B pellets were used at Mauthausen, and at all the other camps, to disinfect the clothing of the prisoners, in order to kill the lice that spreads disease. Fred Leuchter, who was a gas chamber consultant in America wrote a report on the Mauthausen gas chamber which you can read on this page of my scrapbookpages.com website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/LeuchterReport.html In his report on the Mauthausen gas chamber, Fred Leuchter wrote this: Begin Quote It appears from the construction that this facility was constructed as, and further was utilized only as, a shower room. The installation has no provision to prevent gas leakage, the lighting is not explosion proof, the floor drain would allow leakage into the sewer system and there is no provision for inletting gas or for exhausting the air gas mixture after an execution. Further, there are steam heating pipes (radiator) on the northwest wall of the chamber, which would most likely result in an explosion if hydrogen cyanide gas were deposited in the room. Additionally, all shower heads are working and the overall design is unquestionably that of a shower room. End Quote The morgue, which is in the basement of the Mauthausen prison building, has been recently turned into museum space where there are exhibits. I wrote about this on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/new-exhibit-in-mauthausen-morgue/

The town of Mauthausen is only a few miles from the concentration camp

The town of Mauthausen is only a few miles from the concentration camp

I have visited Austria several times.  The Austrian people are very friendly and polite.  For the life of me, I cannot understand why they are acting crazy in putting so-called “Holocaust deniers” on trial. There was no “death camp” at Mauthausen, and no one was gassed there. Get over it!

My photo of the Jewish Memorial at the former Mauthausen camp

My photo of the Jewish Memorial at the former Mauthausen camp

March 27, 2015

Most Israelis are not Holocaust survivors, nor children of survivors

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a recent news article.

This quote is from the article:

Most Israelis are not Holocaust survivors or children of survivors. The majority are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, from Arab or African countries. Their relatives were not gassed in Auschwitz.
Netanyahu occasionally invokes aspects of the Holocaust – typically to contrast the self-sufficiency of Israel with the helplessness of Europe’s Jews under Hitler.

But there is another aspect of the Holocaust that Netanyahu has publicly cited, which is quite germane to understanding the Israeli election results. In his address to the 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, he held up a letter written by a Franklin D. Roosevelt administration official in 1944, rejecting a request by Jewish leaders to bomb Auschwitz or the railway lines leading to it. The decision to cite that historical episode does not mean Israel’s prime minister is somehow “traumatized” by “Holocaust rage.” Indeed, President Obama commented at the time, “I am deeply mindful of the historical precedents that weigh on any prime minister of Israel when they think about the potential threats to Israel and the Jewish homeland.”

It is precisely the Allies’ abandonment of Europe’s Jews that many Israelis today regard as relevant to their situation. Israelis do not imagine themselves as comparable to captives being herded into gas chambers. But they have a legitimate concern that the international community could abandon Israel in some future hour of need.

So where DO the survivors of the Holocaust live?  Probably, most of them live in America, Canada and Germany.

I wrote about the Jews flocking back to Germany on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/jews-flocking-back-to-germany/

This website http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Holocaust-survivors-plead-Help-us-hold-Passover-Seder-395280 tells about the Holocaust survivors in Israel who need money and donations in order to hold the Passover Seder.

The news article, cited above, says that 50,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel are living in poverty. So which is it? Are there Holocaust survivors in Israel or not? And why can’t the Jews in Israel take care of their own people?

This quote is from the news article:

The Jews now have their own country, thanks to Hitler and the Transfer Agreement, but they can’t take care of their own people, and need constant donations from other countries.

You can read about the Transfer Agreement on my blog here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/hitler-and-the-transfer-agreement/

Update at 11 a.m. today:

In other news about Israel, on this website, you can read this quote:

Israel is a state armed with nuclear weapons and in the grip of a siege mentality due to the collective trauma of the Jewish people that has never been healed. What makes this siege mentality dangerous and pathological is that it prevents Israel from recognizing how its own actions have contributed to the despair, rage, and continuing resistance of the Palestinian people and to its own growing Isolation in the world. There is a sickness rampant in Israeli society whereby most Israelis see themselves as the ultimate victim, an innocent victim in a world that hates them and wants to annihilate them. This then leads to a sense of pathological entitlement whereby because they believe they have been perpetually wronged and abused, they may act with impunity to do whatever they want to secure their own safety, regardless of how it harms or wrongs others.

March 25, 2015

Holocaust jokes: Jews laughing all the way to the bank

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:58 am

The picture below is shown at the top of a news article about Jews joking about the Holohoax Holocaust, which you can read in full here.

Church of the Holy Hoax

Church of the Holy Hoax

The following quote is a Jewish joke, which is included the news article, cited above.

Begin quote:

Hitler and Goering were arguing about the Jews, Goering stating that they were quite clever people and Hitler vehemently denying they were any such thing.

Finally Goering told Hitler that they should go out in the city and Goering would show Hitler it was true. Hitler agreed, so they disguised themselves and went out on the street.

Goering took Hitler into a shop, went up to the counter, and asked the clerk: “Do you have any left-handed teacups?” The clerk stared at Goering for a moment and then said no, mein herr, I do not.

The two left with Hitler complaining that he did not understand what the point of this was and Goering telling him to be patient. They went to another shop and Goering gave the same act: “Do you have any left-handed teacups?” The clerk stared and shrugged his shoulders.

They left with Hitler becoming incensed over this nonsense and Goering begging for patience. Finally they went into a Jewish shop; Goering again asked the clerk: “Do you have any left-handed teacups?”

The clerk smiled graciously, went into the back room and made a show of rummaging around, brought out a saucer and teacup, set down the saucer, and carefully placed the cup with the handle pointed so Goering could pick it with his left hand. “There you are, mein herr!” the clerk said.

Goering bought the teacup, thanked the clerk, and the two men left. Goering turned to Hitler and said: “See, I told you the Jews were very clever people.”

“I don’t see what was so clever about that,” Hitler snapped. “He just happened to have one in stock!”

End quote

This joke illustrates the Jewish belief that the Jews are smarter than the stupid Germans, and particularly smarter than Hitler.

But what did Hitler really think about the Jews?

Quoted below are some of the words spoken by Hitler, first in German and then in English:

Wir sind uns im klaren, daß dieser Krieg ja nur damit enden könnte, daß entweder die germanischen Völker ausgerottet werden, oder das Judentum aus Europa verschwindet. Ich habe am 1. September 1939 [sic] im Deutschen Reichstag es schon ausgesprochen. . . daß dieser Krieg nicht so ausgehen wird, wie die Juden sich es vorstellen, nämlich daß die europäischen arischen Völker ausgerottet werden, sondern daß das Ergebnis dieses Krieges die Vernichtung des Judentums ist. Zum erstenmal werden nicht andere allein verbluten, sondern zum erstenmal wird diesesmal das echt altjüdische Gesetz angewendet: Aug’ um Aug’, Zahn um Zahn!

We see clearly that this war could only end with the extermination of the Germanic peoples, or that Jewry must disappear from Europe. I already said it on September 1, 1939 [sic] in the German Reichstag…that this war will not end the way the Jews have foreseen it, namely that the European Aryan peoples will be exterminated; rather the result of this war will be the annihilation of Jewry. For once all the others will not bleed to death alone; for once the ancient Jewish law will come into play: an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.

Quoted from Hitler’s speech of January 30, 1942 (monitored by the Allied monitoring service)

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Das bolschewistische Ungeheuer, dem sie die europäischen Nationen ausliefern wollen, wird sie und ihre Völker dereinst selbst zerfetzen. Der Jude aber wird nicht die europäischen Völker ausrotten, sondern er wird das Opfer seines eigenen Anschlages sein.

The Bolshevist monster, to which they want to deliver the European nations, will someday tear them and their people to pieces. The Jew will not however exterminate the European peoples, rather he will be the victim of his own plot.

Quoted from Der Führer über die Juden (1943)

The road to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of the road to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau shows a famous photo of a woman and her children walking to the gas chamber

On my second trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005, I was walking down the main road through the camp when I heard a man, who looked Jewish, laughing about the poster which is displayed at the head of a road which bisects the camp from north to south.

Famous photo of woman and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Famous photo of woman and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The famous photo above was taken on the road that runs north and south through the center of the Birkenau camp. The woman and her children are walking to the north side of the camp where two gas chambers, called Krema V and Krema IV, were located. The tracks shown in the photo are narrow gauge tracks used to carry building materials to the new section of the camp, called “Mexico,” where barracks were being built for 50,000 more inmates at Birkenau.

I was appalled that a Jewish tourist would be laughing about the Holocaust.  Now I know why he was laughing: he was laughing all the way to the bank.

March 24, 2015

Germany rejects Greek “moral demand” for reparations

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:44 am

You can read about the Greek demand for more money from Germany on this news article: http://www.todayonline.com/world/greek-pm-tsipras-visit-germanys-holocaust-memorial  (scroll down past the advertisement at the top of the page)

Look at the sad face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she listens to Greek demand for money

Look at the sad face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she listens to Greek demand for money

The 5-acre “Holocaust Memorial in Berlin” which the Greek PM plans to visit is shown in this photo below. You can read about how many German Jews were killed in the Holocaust on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/how-many-german-jews-were-killed-in-the-holocaust/

Berlin Holocaust Memorial is a 5 acre eyesore of concrete blocks in the heart of Berlin

Berlin Holocaust Memorial is a 5 acre eyesore of concrete blocks in the heart of Berlin

Germany has paid billions in reparations for the Holocaust, but it will never be enough. What really happened to the Greek Jews during the Holocaust? Some of them were sent to Bergen-Belsen, which was an EXCHANGE CAMP.

This quote is from my own website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/BergenBelsen00.html

Begin quote:

Neutral Camp (Neutralenlager) at Bergen-Belsen Several hundred Jewish prisoners from neutral countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Turkey, lived in this camp. These prisoners did not have to work and conditions were tolerable up until March 1945, according to the Memorial Site booklet. According to Eberhard Kolb, a transport of 441 Jews from Salonika arrived in August 1943, including 367 “Spagnioles” or Sephardic Jews, who had been living in Greece for a long time, but were nevertheless Spanish nationals. This group was sent to Spain in early February 1944, and from there they were sent to an internment camp in North Africa, from which they were finally sent to Palestine. The 74 other Greek Jews were put into the Star Camp. Kolb also wrote that 155 Spanish Jews and 19 Portuguese Jews were arrested by the Nazis in Athens, Greece in March 1944 and transported to Bergen-Belsen where they remained until the camp was liberated.

End quote

You can read another news article about the Greek demand for reparations for the Greek Jews who were sent to Auschwitz: http://rt.com/news/243477-jews-greece-nazis-germany/ This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Begin quote

Some 60,000 Greek Jews – about 75 percent of the country’s Jewish population at the time – perished in the Holocaust, according to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and research center. The Nazis deported more than 45,000 from Thessaloniki to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The demand by the Greek Jewish community comes at a time when Greece’s new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, following in the footsteps of other past Greek governments, is also attempting to recover damages from Berlin over 476 million-reichsmark (€6 billion) loan to Nazi Germany. The occupying Nazis in 1942 forced Greece to deliver them the interest-free loan, valued at 568 million reichsmark (€7.1 billion). “It’s not a material matter, it’s a moral issue,” Tsipras told reporters on Monday following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Berlin.

End quote

When will the Germans be allowed to stop paying reparations for the Holocaust?  When the last ethnic German has died and there is no longer a country of Germany!

March 16, 2015

Toilets at Auchwitz-Birkenau were “holes in rock”

This morning, I read a news account of a student trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which included this statement:

“[the students] continued round the [Auschitz-Birkenau] camp, witnessing more horrifying scenes, even the primitive toilets of holes in rock, still retained the stench as though they’d just been used yesterday. To be assigned the cleaning duty of these was considered to be one of the best jobs to be given in the camp.”

I searched and searched to find a photo of these toilets, but found nothing until I searched my own website and found the photos, shown below, which I took in 2005.

The latrine in the quarantine barracks at Auschwitz-Berkinau

Latrine in the quarantine barracks at Auschwitz

Bunk beds in the quarantine barracks which are shown to tourists at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Bunk beds in the quarantine barracks which are shown to tourists at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The quarantine barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau are the only barracks that are shown to tourists today. The other wooden barracks have been mostly torn down.

Barracks in the quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Barracks in the quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This quote is from the news article:

TO stand inside wooden barracks designed for 52 horses, but used to house over 400 female prisoners, is to be overwhelmed by the horror of Auschwitz.

The quote above refers to the quarantine barracks that are just inside the Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp; these barracks are located to the right of the gate tower, as you enter the camp. These barracks were NOT used for “400 female prisoners.” The women’s camp is shown in my photo below.

Women's camp at Auschwitz Birkenau

Women’s camp at Auschwitz Birkenau

Apparently, these students were not told that the quarantine barracks were set up to house newly arriving prisoners until it could be determined whether they had any diseases that could spread throughout the camp. The purpose of these barracks was to save lives.

The holes in the quarantine barracks were like the holes in an outhouse.  Remember that this was back in the 1940ies when many homes, even in America, did not have indoor plumbing.

Not all of the Jews who were sent to Auschwitz were rich. Some of them lived in primitive houses with no indoor plumbing, as shown on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-long-road-from-the-shetetls-of-eastern-europe-to-the-good-life-in-america-and-the-uk-via-auschwitz/

Typically, an outhouse was not cleaned in the old days; instead the outhouse was just moved to a new spot when it was full.  The Germans were just trying to be efficient by cleaning the huge outhouse in the quarantine camp.

Today’s British students are affronted by the horror of an outhouse at Birkenau, instead of flush toilets. But do the Nazis ever get credit for trying to save lives by having quarantine barracks? No, of course not.

But I am getting ahead of myself:  The news article starts out with this quote:

On February 25 Alice Windsor of the lower sixth and I joined a group of more than 200 [British] students and teachers from schools and colleges across the West Midlands [in the UK] to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). This was set up over 10 years ago on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’ and that to grasp the scale of the Holocaust it is necessary to visit one of the Nazi [concentration] camps.

From there, the story is all down hill, as the students are told more and more lies and half-truths:

We saw the infamous “Block 11″ which was the prisoner barracks where innocent people believed to have been plotting to escape were taken. If it is possible to imagine even worse conditions this was it! For example imagine a hatch the size of an oven door on the floor. Prisoners were made to crawl through and stand in a space no larger than a chimney, for up to 20 days in the pitch black with no food or water.

You can read about Block 11 on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz06.html

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp was the prison block

Reconstructed standing cell in Block 11 in the  Auschwitz 1 camp

Reconstructed standing cell in the basement of Block 11 in the Auschwitz 1 main camp

I took the photo above when I visited the Auschwitz 1 camp in 1998, accompanied by a private tour guide.  We were the only people in the Block 11 building that day.

The second time that I visited the Auschwitz 1 camp in 2005, there were so many tourists that we were not allowed to see the RECONSTRUCTED standing cells up close, nor to take photos.

You can read about the reconstructed standing cells on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz06A.html

I also wrote about the standing cells at Auschwitz on these blog posts: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/standing-cells/

It appears that the standing cell story has gotten worse over time. Now tourists are told that prisoners had to stand in these cells for 20 days.  How were the dead bodies removed after the prisoners died in these cells?

The news article continues with this quote:

One of the worst experiences for [one of the students] personally was visiting a gas chamber; here over 2,000 men, women and children were slaughtered daily. Alice and I were both distressed to see a child’s bare footprint embedded in the cement. As you enter this haunting room which smelt of death you could see nail scratch marks on the walls where people tried to literally dig themselves out. You almost hear their silent screams.

Fingernail scratches on wall of gas chamber

Fingernail scratches on the wall of the gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp where Jews literally tried to dig themselves out of the gas chamber Photo credit: Simon Robertson

I have searched and searched my photos of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, trying to find a “child’s footprint in the concrete.”

I don’t understand this.  There was a child walking around in wet concrete in the gas chamber in the main camp?  Yet somehow, the child made only one footprint?

The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp shows no footprint of a child

The photo above shows a floor mark where a wall was added to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, when it was converted into a bomb shelter for German soldiers. Do you see a child’s footprint anywhere?

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp shows no footprint

Toilet drains in the Auschwitz gas chamber

Toilet drains in the washroom next to the Auschwitz gas chamber

The photo above, which shows two toilet drains, in a room adjoining the Auschwitz gas chamber, might have a baby’s footprint in the concrete floor, but I didn’t see it.

 

 

 

March 14, 2015

Hungarian Holocaust survivor wants former SS men to live long enough to be put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:48 pm

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi has a new goal.

This quote is from the news article:

Last year, [Eva Fahidi] was bitterly disappointed when one of the few surviving Auschwitz guards indicted at this late stage by German justice died in Pennsylvania, a day before an extradition order was to be executed. The deceased man, Johann Breyer, was born in her year, 1925, and she had wanted the chance to look him in the eye at trial and ask how he could have stood on the ramp.

Now the German authorities are preparing to try another Auschwitz camp guard, Oskar Gröning, 93, in April. Her fervent wish is that he not die before her.

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Note the prisoner, wearing a striped uniform, who is standing on the right.  He is a Sonderkommando Jew who helped the Germans at Auschwitz, when the trains arrived.  Typically, the low level SS men did not work at the ramp where the Jews arrived.

This quote is also from the news article:

Begin Quote

When [Eva] was 18, she was, as she put it, “ripped off the school bench to be deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau,” one of an estimated 437,000 Hungarian Jews rounded up outside Budapest and dispatched to death camps in just 57 days in 1944.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, she recalled, “was not ready. It was too fast. The gas chambers were big enough that people could still be suffocated to death. But the crematories could not manage. So corpses were being burned on open fires.”

“Really, at the very first moment you knew something was wrong. It was the huge stench of burning corpses — only we didn’t know.”

End quote

The reason that the crematoria ovens could not keep up with burning the corpses was that there were two typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In spite of all the effort to prevent typhus at Auschwitz, there were two serious epidemics, one in the Summer of 1942 and another in the Summer of 1943.

On July 23, 1942, Commandant Hoess ordered the whole Birkenau camp to be quarantined for fear that the epidemic would spread. On July 7, 1943, he again decreed that the Birkenau camp was off-limits to the German soldiers who were the camp administrators. Allegedly, the homicidal gassing of the Jews continued even while the camp was quarantined because of typhus.

Eventually, typhus spread to the concentration camps in Germany in December 1944 and this caused many deaths in the last months of the war, particularly in the Bergen-Belsen camp where 35,000 prisoners died in only two months time. Half of all the deaths in the Dachau concentration camp were in the last six months of the war when a typhus epidemic was out of control there.

One method that was allegdly used to end the typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the gassing of the sick prisoners. On August 29, 1942, there were 746 prisoners from the Birkenau camp hospital who were gassed.

In 1981, the West German Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Dr. Josef Mengele for his crime of sending 507 Gypsy men and 528 Gypsy women to the gas chamber on May 25, 1943 because they were suspected of being infected with typhus. Dr. Mengele had died in 1979 in Brazil, but his death had been kept secret by his family.

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and have been give a shower and a change of clothing

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and have been give a shower and a change of clothing before going into their barracks

The photo above shows Hungarian women walking into the women’s section on the south side of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after they have had a shower and a change of clothes. Behind them is a transport train and in the background, on the left, is one of the camp guards.

The woman with dark hair in the center of the photo is Ella Hart Gutmann who is in the outside row facing inward. Next to her is Lida Hausler Leibovics; both women were from Uzhgorod in Hungary. Their heads have been shaved in an attempt to control the lice that spreads typhus.

If the SS guard on the left side of the photo above is still alive, he could be put on trial, so that Eva Fahidi can have at least some revenge, after all her years of suffering because of the horror of her 6-week stay at Auschwitz.

I wrote about Eva Fahidi on my website scrapbookpages.com.

This quote is from my website:

According to a book which she wrote, Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi was 18 years old when, together with her family in the town of Debrecen, Hungary, she was herded into a cattle car headed to the Birkenau death camp. Her Mother and 11-year-old sister, Gilike, were instantly murdered. Her father bore the hard labour for a few weeks only.

Eva spent six weeks in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Then she was shipped with one thousand other women to Allendorf, a slave-labour sub-camp of Buchenwald. Here, the women had to work with harmful chemical agents, “without protective gloves or masks; we inhaled all the dangerous vapour and walked in saltpeter up to our knees,” twelve hours a day, incredibly hard work, “but in comparison with a death camp it was a better option.” Here, being able “to maintain a reasonable hygienic standard; in times of great need being able to help each other,” dignified their lives and contributed to survival.

What horror did Eva suffer during her SIX WEEK stay at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which has made her so bitter and so eager to want to see SS men put on trial at the age of 90?

If the SS man in the photo above is still alive, he could be put on trial as a war criminal, so that Eva and other survivors can now have some revenge.

Maybe it would help if Eva and other survivors, who had to spend 6 whole weeks at Birkenau, knew why they were sent to this camp before being sent on to another camp to work.

The town of Auschwitz had the largest railroad hub in Europe.  All the trains in Europe could go into and out of the railroad yard in the town of Auschwitz.  That’s why a transit camp was set up at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was also a death camp for thousands of prisoners who were brought there on trains from all over Europe.

The Jews, who were capable of working, were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and given a shower and a shave (of their hair) before being sent, on another train, to another camp to work.

The Jews who were too young or too old to work were sent to the hundreds of barracks buildings in the 425 acre Auschwitz-Birkenau camp — where they were never seen again.  Obviously, they were gassed. What else could have happened to them?

Continue reading about the next elderly man who will be put on trial in Germany, so that Eva Fahini can have some revenge for her SIX WEEKS of suffering in Auschwitz Birkeanau: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/update-on-oskar-groening-the-ss-guard-at-auschwitz-who-didt-kill-with-his-hands-but-was-part-of-that-killing-machinery/

March 11, 2015

How to write a news article about Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:55 pm

I was inspired to write this blog post today when I read a news article in the The Press newspaper.

Today’s news article in The Press has all the lies correct information about Auschwitz, which you will need to know if you want to write about the Auschwitz death camp.

The town was originally named Auschwitz Oświęcim and it was originally a town in Germany Poland.

Original German castle in the town of Auschwitz

Original German castle in the town of Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the town of Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the town formerly known as Auschwitz

If anyone tells you about a book entitled Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present,  just ignore this; the information in this book is obviously a lie, even though the two co-authors are both Jewish.

The following quotes are from the article in The Press:

“…when the Nazis took the town [in 1940] and began their purge of the Jewish inhabitants, they ripped up the headstones to use them as paving slabs.”

[Prior to this, the Nazis had built the Autobahn, the world’s first freeway, but when they took over the Polish town of Oświęcim , they ripped out Jewish tombstones and used them to pave roads.]

“From the cemetery, we are taken to Auschwitz I – the first camp. It is a former Army barracks, where up to 15,000 Jews at a time were forced to live and work until they died.”

[Before the buildings in the Auschwitz I camp were used as an Army barracks, these buildings were built to house migrant workers because Auschwitz was a railroad hub.]

My 2005 photo of Buildings in the Auschwitz main camp

My 2005 photo of Buildings in the Auschwitz main camp

“Many were sent to the gas chamber here [in the Auschwitz I camp], a small, almost subterranean structure on the outskirts of the brick barrack buildings, close to the cottage of the camp’s commander, Rudolf Höss.”

[The gas chamber was “subterranean” because it was originally built to store ammunition.]

Auschwitz23

My 1998 photo above shows that the building, where the gas chamber was located, was originally built to hold ammunition. The building was not underground; dirt was mounded up around the building.

Zyklon-B was put into the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp through holes in the roof

Zyklon-B was put into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp through holes in the roof

“Around 90 per cent of [the prisoners] would die from conditions at the camp, from being worked to death, or from Zyklon B – hydrogen cyanide gas the Nazis used to make their killings more efficient.”

[This was NOT the most efficient way to kill thousands of people. Zyklon-B is a dangerous gas that could have killed the Nazis who had to throw the gas into the holes in the roof of the gas chamber at the main camp.]

My photo of the Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

You can see photos of the town, formerly known as Auschwitz on this page of my website:  http://scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Oswiecim/MarketSquare.html

March 10, 2015

New exhibits at Auschwitz main camp will show more than one gas chamber

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:37 am

According to a recent news article, which you can read  in full here, there will soon be more exhibits “spread across six blocks of the Auschwitz I camp”, which will show “how the site was converted into a place of extermination with gas chambers.”

I interpret this to mean that there were multiple gas chambers in the main Auschwitz camp.

This is the full quote from the news article:

Begin quote

”The preparation of an exhibition which is modern, accessible and at the same time tells the history of Auschwitz in a wise and balanced way, will be a key educational tool in providing future generations of Poles with a proper understanding of what the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was,” the minister said.

Owing to the need to carry out extensive renovation work at the former death camp, the changes will be staggered over a period of 11 years.

The new exhibition will spread across six blocks of the Auschwitz I camp, and it will be divided into three parts.

The first section will focus on the German perpetrators, and the organisation of the camp, as well how the site was converted into a place of extermination with gas chambers. The second section will explore the Holocaust from the perspective of the victims, and the third will focus on prisoners of all nationalities.

End quote

Disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Or could it be that the disinfection chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, shown in the photo above, are going to be opened up  to visitors. On my two visits to Auschwitz-Birkeanau in 1998 and 2005, these buildings, where clothing was disinfected, were not open to tourists.

Auschwitz in winter. This might be part of an disinfection building

This might be part of a disinfection building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp (Click on photo to enlarge)

Delousing building at Auschwitz-Birkeanau shows blue stains from use of Zyklon-B

Delousing building at Auschwitz-Birkeanau shows blue stains from use of Zyklon-B

The entrance into the one and only gas chamber in the Auschwitz 1 camp is shown in the photo below. (Click on the photo to enlarge)

Entrance into gas chamber in the main  Auschwitz camp

Entrance into gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The photo below accompanies the article.  This photo shows two  blocks in the Auschwitz 1 camp.

e09eab40-89bf-4aa5-a8e8-ad21c3b58645.fileThe caption on the photo above is “Blocks at the former Auschwitz I camp. Photo: wikicommons/Dawid Galus”

I interpreted the photo above to mean that new exhibits will be put in these two buildings in the Auschwitz main camp.  Have more gas chambers been found in the  main camp?

Disinfection chambers were called “gas chambers” so these chambers count. You can read about the disinfection chambers at Dachau, which were called “gas chambers” on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/disinfection01.html

Famous photo of an American liberator of Dachau looking  at a gas chamber

Famous photo of an American liberator of Dachau looking at a gas chamber

 

 

March 8, 2015

Himmler’s Castle at Wewelsburg shown on TV documentary

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:11 pm
The North Tower of Wewelsburg castle

The North Tower of Wewelsburg castle

Today, I watched a TV show in which the history of the Nazis and the history of Wewelsburg Castle (according to the Jews) was shown. The word Wewelsburg was mispronounced. Click on the link  below to watch the show.

http://wn.com/wewelsburg_the_mystery_of_himmler%27s_castle

I visited Wewelsburg Castle several years ago and wrote about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/

One of the towers of the Wewelsburg castle

One of the towers of the Wewelsburg castle

The TV documentary was full of lies and half truths.

This page of my website shows the Generals Hall in the North Tower: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/SSGeneralsHall.html

The documentary ridiculed the SS for wanting German men to marry German women. It was not explained why the Germans did not want to mix German blood with Jewish blood.

SS man marries a German woman at Wewelsburg castle

SS man marries a German woman at Wewelsburg castle

 

March 3, 2015

Did Amon Goeth have the authority to order executions?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am
Amon Goeth's mugshot after he was arrested by the Germans

Amon Goeth’s mugshot after he was arrested by the Germans

In my blog post today, I am answering a comment made by one of my readers. The comment is quoted below:

“So he [Amon Goeth] didn’t shoot from the balcony. That excuses the thousands upon thousans whose deaths he ordered? Where did you study convoluted logic and denial at? You ought to have a master’s degree.”

Here is my answer to this question:

Several years ago, I went to visit the spot where the Plaszow camp was formerly located. I also visited a small museum in Krakow, where I copied Goeth’s mugshot photo at the top  of this page. Goeth had been arrested by the Germans for stealing from the warehouses of the Plaszow camp.

I read several books about Amon Goeth where I studied “convoluted logic and denial.”  In all my study of this subject, I never learned that Amon Goeth had had the authority to order thousands of deaths.

Amon Goeth, the commander of the Plaszow camp

Amon Goeth, the commander of the Plaszow camp

As the commandant of the Plaszow camp, Goeth had been ordered to carry out the executions that were ordered by others. These executions took place at the Plaszow camp. The people who were executed were not prisoners in  the Plaszow camp.

According to David Crowe’s book, entitled Oscar Schindler,  Wilek Chilowicz was a Jewish prisoner, who was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow. Crowe wrote that “Göth sought permission to murder Chilowicz and several other prominent OD men in the camp on false charges.”

In all the Nazi concentration camps, the staff had to get permission from headquarters in Oranienburg to punish a prisoner, but punishment did not include murder.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney, whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis.

According to David Crowe’s book, Goeth asked one of his SS officers, Josef Sowinski, to prepare a detailed, false report about a potential camp rebellion led by Chilowicz and other OD men. Based on this report, Koppe sent a secret letter to Goeth giving him the authority to carry out the execution of Chilowicz and several other OD men. The execution took place on August 13, 1944; Goeth was arrested exactly a month later and charged by Dr. Morgen with corruption and brutality, including the murder of Wilek Chilowicz and several others.

The office in Oranienburg did not have the authority to give an execution order; an execution could only be authorized by the Gestapo in Berlin.

Due to the fact that Germany was losing the war and the SS now had bigger problems, Goeth was never put on trial in Dr. Morgen’s court and this was the last investigation done by the SS.

After the war, Dr. Morgen was arrested as a “war criminal,” and imprisoned in the bunker at the Dachau concentration camp, which had been converted into “War Crimes Enclosure No. 1″ by the American military. According to David Crowe’s book, Wilek Chilowicz was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow. He wrote that “Göth sought permission to murder Chilowicz and several other prominent OD men in the camp on false charges.” In all the Nazi concentration camps, the staff had to get permission from headquarters in Oranienburg to punish a prisoner, but punishment did not include murder.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis. When Goeth realized that he was being investigated by Dr. Morgen, he sought permission from Wilhelm Koppe in the central office in Oranienburg to execute Wilek Chilowicz, who could have testified against him.

Amon Goeth leaves the courtroom in Poland after he was convicted of war crimes

Amon Goeth leaves the courtroom in Poland after he was convicted of war crimes

After World War II ended, the American military turned Amon Goeth over to the Polish government for prosecution as a war criminal. He was brought before the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland in Krakow. His trial took place between August 27, 1946 and September 5, 1946. Goeth was charged with being a member of the Nazi party and a member of the Waffen-SS, Hitler’s elite army, both of which had been designated as criminal organizations by the Allies after the war. His crimes included the charges that he had taken part in the activities of these two criminal organizations. The crime of being a Nazi applied only to Nazi officials, and Goeth had never held a job as a Nazi official. In fact, at the time of Goeth’s conviction by the Polish court, the judgment against the SS and the Nazi party as criminal organizations had not yet been made by the Nuremberg IMT.

At Goeth’s trial, the Nazi party was said to be “an organization which, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, through aggressive wars, violence and other crimes, aimed at world domination and establishment of the National-Socialist regime.” Amon Goeth was accused of personally issuing orders to deprive people of freedom, to ill-treat and exterminate individuals and whole groups of people. His crimes, including the newly created crime of genocide, came under a new law of the Allies, called Crimes against Humanity.

The charges against Amon Goeth were as follows:

(1) The accused as commandant of the forced labour camp at Plaszow (Cracow) from 11th February, 1943, till 13th September, 1944, caused the death of about 8,000 inmates by ordering a large number of them to be exterminated.

Plateau at Plaszow camp where 8,000 people were executed

Plateau at Plaszow camp where 8,000 people were executed

(2) As a SS-Sturmführer the accused carried out on behalf of SS-Sturmbannführer Willi Haase the final closing down of the Cracow ghetto. This liquidation action which began on 13th March, 1943, deprived of freedom about 10,000 people who had been interned in the camp of Plaszow, and caused the death of about 2,000.

(3) As a SS-Hauptsturmführer the accused carried out on 3rd September, 1943, the closing down of the Tarnow ghetto. As a result of this action an unknown number of people perished, having been killed on the spot in Tarnow; others died through asphyxiation during transport by rail or were exterminated in other camps, in particular at Auschwitz.

(4) Between September, 1943, and 3rd February, 1944, the accused closed down the forced labour camp at Szebnie near Jaslo by ordering the inmates to be murdered on the spot or deported to other camps, thus causing the death of several thousand persons.

(5) Simultaneously with the activities described under (1) to (4) the accused deprived the inmates of valuables, gold and money deposited by them, and appropriated those things. He also stole clothing, furniture and other movable property belonging to displaced or interned people, and sent them to Germany. The value of stolen goods and in particular of valuables reached many million zlotys at the rate of exchange in force at the time.

The last charge, as stated in number (5) above, was the crime for which he had been arrested by the Gestapo on September 13, 1944, after an investigation by Waffen-SS officer Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen.

 

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