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August 12, 2016

German prosecutors are running out of war criminals to be put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:37 am

For years, Germany has been trying to make amends for killing 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, but to no avail.  The Jews have been receiving reparations from the German people for over 70 years, but it is never enough.

The motto of the Jews is “Never forgive, never forget.”

Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, is pushed in a wheelchair after a break in his trial in Detmold, Germany, in this file picture taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bernd Thissen/Pool/Files

Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, is pushed in a wheelchair after a break in his trial in Detmold, Germany, in this file picture taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bernd Thissen/Pool/Files

The following quote is from a recent news article :

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German prosecutors have also recently charged two other Auschwitz death camp employees, a medic and a radio operator. But the suspects’ high age and frail health, more than 70 years after the end of World War Two, prevented the cases from going forward.

[Jens] Rommel said that more than 95 percent of a potential pool of suspects were either dead or too frail to be put on trial.

“It’s frustrating sometimes to see a suspect die just a few days before the start of a trial after much work has been invested into the case,” said Rommel.

Rommel said he is also concerned that a pending verdict by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice might stop Nazi crime investigations altogether. The court is expected to rule on the appeal of [Oscar] Groening, who has rejected the broader definition.

“If the [federal] court reverses the verdict and decides that the proof is not sufficient it would become extremely difficult to go forward with any other cases,” Rommel said.

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My suggestion is that the wives of the dead German war criminals could be put on trial. Women usually live longer than men, so there should be plenty of widows to put on trial. In any case, the show must go on. “Never forgive, never forget” — that is the motto of the Jews.

 

August 10, 2016

Good news! Germany has found more elderly citizens to put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am

 

Stutthof building claimed to be a gas chamber

Stutthof building claimed to have been a homicidal gas chamber

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216183

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German investigators said on Tuesday they have identified eight suspected Nazi war criminals who worked at the former Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland, NBC News reported.

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I blogged about the Stutthof camp at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/survivor-of-the-stutthof-camp-was-not-sent-to-the-gas-chamber-because-she-pinched-her-cheeks-and-stood-tall-in-order-to-look-healthy/

One might ask why a lowly typist at a little-known concentration camp would be put on trial as a war criminal.

The answer is: She was there, so she is guilty because she did nothing to save the Jews. She might claim that she didn’t know that the Jews were being gassed while she was busy typing.  She should have made it her business to find out, and she should have given her own life to save the Jews.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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German prosecutors have in recent years have attempted to bring surviving Holocaust perpetrators to justice while there is still time.

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I don’t think the German people should worry about this. There is no reason why dead people cannot be put on trial. Remember that the first three laws of the Jewish religion are Revenge, Revenge, Revenge.

August 9, 2016

The Lithuanian Jews are back in the news

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:22 am
Building where Lithuanian Jews were held

Building, known as the Seventh Fort, where Lithuanian Jews were imprisoned during World War II

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.736014

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The city of Kaunas in Lithuania defended the operator of a former concentration camp [known as the Seventh Fort] where recreational events are [now] held near the graves of thousands of Jews killed by Nazis and local collaborators.

The defense came this week from Deputy Mayor Povilas Maciulis, following an article published last month by JTA about summer camps, barbecue parties, treasure hunts and camping activities taking place at the Seventh Fort. In 2009 the city privatized the site, which is run by a nongovernmental organization, the Military Heritage Center, headed by 37-year-old amateur historian Vladimir Orlov.

“Yes, there are activities carried out in the museum, however, they are exclusively educational and pertaining to the museum’s purpose,” Maciulis wrote in a statement that he sent to several people a few days after the Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Efraim Zuroff, asked the mayor to intervene to have festivities banned from the Seventh Fort – a former military complex that was turned into a camp in 1941.

During a July 12 visit to the Seventh Fort, JTA documented children playing and dancing near the barbecue corner at the entrance to the camp. Asked whether one could have a wedding reception at the site, Orlov told a JTA reporter: “This is not a problem, it sometimes happens here,” and said he would send a price quote in an email, which never arrived.

Zuroff and the Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite independently confirmed the holding of recreational activities at the Seventh Fort in a Lithuanian-language book they coauthored and published earlier this year. Following the JTA expose, the news portal Lrytas published photos of a camping activity on the grounds.

On Friday the city posted on its website an interview with Orlov, in an unsigned article titled “Journalistic provocation didn’t work out: Kaunas respects and cherishes the memory of Jewish people.”

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Read more about this in this news article: http://www.jta.org/2016/08/09/news-opinion/world/lihtuanian-city-defends-holding-events-at-former-nazi-concentration-camp

 

August 8, 2016

Christopher Biggins will visit Auschwitz after joking about Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:42 am

I am pretty sure that Christopher Biggins will not be reading this, but there may be other people who are planning a trip to Auschwitz, and they might appreciate some advice on planning their trip.

Tour of Auschwitz begins in this building

Tour of main Auschwitz camp begins in  building number 15, shown above

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website which I think will be helpful. I wrote these pages BEFORE becoming a Holocaust denier, so don’t worry, these pages are kosher:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz11.html

At the bottom of each page click on the link to the next page to continue the tour.

One of the things that really impressed me, on the Auschwitz tour, was the double-paned windows. When I returned from my trip, I put double-paned windows in my house. No cold winter nights for me!  I deserve to live as well as the Jews in the camps.

August 6, 2016

the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is “the Americanization of the Holocaust”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:07 am
My photo of the entrance to the USHMM

My photo of the entrance to the USHMM in Washington, DC

In the past, I have written 3 blog posts about the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/us-holocaust-memorial-museum/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/holocaust-museum/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/fake-holocaust-photos-at-the-united-states-holocaust-memorial-museum/

I have personally visited the Museum on two separate occasions. While there, I could not identify anyone as being Jewish.  There were school groups lined up outside, and they entered the museum every 15 minutes. The USHMM is a place for the goyim to worship the Jews, not a place for the Jews to visit.

The USHMM is now being featured in the news here: http://time.com/4437822/germany-holocaust-memorial-museum/

My photo of the USHMM

This photo of the USHMM is shown in the news article

The following quote is from the news story:

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Throughout the 1980s and the early 1990s, a network of mostly conservative West German officials and their associates in private organizations and foundations, with [Helmut] Kohl located at its center, perceived themselves as the victims of the afterlife of the Holocaust in America. They were concerned that public manifestations of Holocaust memory—for example museums, monuments, and movies—could severely damage the [German] Federal Republic’s reputation in the United States.

Of course, the Nazi past had affected the image of the [German]Federal Republic abroad since its founding in 1949. But the 1980s were a unique time: as the Federal Republic came to see itself as a nation-state with its own positive traditions and history, it was a central goal of the Kohl government to escape Hitler’s shadow. At this historical juncture, however, representatives of the American Jewish community, including prominent Holocaust survivors like Elie Wiesel, were also in the process of transplanting the perspective of Holocaust victims into the popular, political and academic culture of Germany’s superpower ally, the United States.

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Another quote from the news article says it all:

“In the end, all German efforts to change the content of the USHMM failed.”

In my humble opinion, now that Fake Holocasust Survivor Eli Wiesel is dead, there should be some changes made at the Museum; the true story of the Holocaust should be told.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 5, 2016

Heinrich Himmler,”the monster in the round spectacles”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:14 am

The title of my blog post today comes from an article which you can read in full at

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/diary-reveals-heinrich-himmler-enjoyed-back-rub-before-killings/news-story/d190b719131293ada01bd5d931ec12a7

The following quote is from the news article:

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Himmler had been the one responsible for the introduction of gas chambers, after ordering that more “efficient” ways be found to complete his assigned task of killing Europe’s 11 million Jews.

The scale and horror of the task, however, did not daunt [Himmler] the monster in the round spectacles.

Himmler, like Hitler, liked to rise late and work well into the evening or the early hours.

A typical day, according to his diaries, began with a two-hour massage from Dr Felix Kersten to prepare for his day.

Another daily feature, dutifully recorded in his diary, were [was] his phone calls home to “Mammi and Puppi” — his pet names for wife Margarete and daughter Gudrun.

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I had a childhood friend, whose nickname was “Poopie” which is the way that the word Puppi is pronounced. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the word Puppi means “little doll” in German.

The German word Mammi is pronounced the same as the English word Mommie, as far as I know. However, I believe that the German word Mutti, pronounced Mooty, was used more often back then.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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The diaries cover 1938 as well as the crucial war years of 1943 and 1944. Historians studying them say they are “of shudderingly outstanding historical significance”.

Again, the understated nature of the entries about hugely significant events is staggering. For example, entries for October 4, 1943, recorded a visit to Poznan, in occupied Poland, for a series of meetings, lunch and, “17.30: speech to SS officers”.

The speech, in fact, was Himmler’s most explicit public description of the Holocaust, in which he described the SS’s mission as “the extermination of the Jewish race”.

He congratulated himself and the rest of the SS for carrying out this “difficult duty” while still being “decent fellows”.

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After the war, Heinrich Himmler tried to escape by putting on a Wehrmacht uniform and a patch over one eye, but he was captured by the British Army about two weeks after the Germans surrendered.

Himmler allegedly committed suicide by biting down on a cyanide capsule, that he had managed to keep hidden in his mouth while eating a sandwich during his interrogation by the British.

Himmler’s daughter did not believe that her father committed suicide. Himmler and his daughter, Gudrun, are shown in the photo below.

Heinrich Himmler and his daughter Puppi

Heinrich Himmler and his daughter Puppi

The story is that Himmler had a cyanide capsule hidden in a hole in one of his back teeth. However, his daughter said that Himmler had a perfect set of teeth with no cavities nor holes.

Photo of Himmler lying dead

Photo of Himmler lying dead

Heinrich Himmler and Reinhart Heydrich

Heinrich Himmler and Reinhart Heydrich in March 1938

 

 

August 4, 2016

What happened to the Gypsies during World War II?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:25 pm

The Gypsies [who never gypped anyone] are now being honored at Auschwitz.

The road to the gas chambers at Birkenau

My photo of the road to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Gypsies walked down a road, similar to the road that is shown in the photo above, on their way to the gas chambers.

You can read about the gassing of the Gypsies in this news article: http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/264747,Roma-Holocaust-victims-remembered-at-Auschwitz-death-camp

Brzezinka, 02.08.2016. Obchody Miêdzynarodowego Dnia Pamiêci o Zag³adzie Romów odby³y siê, 2 bm. w by³ym niemieckim obozie zag³ady Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Wziêli w nich udzia³ ocaleni Romowie i Sinti, przedstawicieli w³adz i dyplomatów. 2 sierpnia przypada 72. rocznica likwidacji tzw. obozu rodzinnego dla Cyganów. Noc¹ Niemcy zg³adzili w komorze gazowej 2897 ¿yj¹cych jeszcze Romów. (cat) PAP/Stanis³aw Rozpêdzik

Brzezinka, 02.08.2016.
Obchody Miêdzynarodowego Dnia Pamiêci o Zag³adzie Romów odby³y siê, 2 bm. w by³ym niemieckim obozie zag³ady Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Wziêli w nich udzia³ ocaleni Romowie i Sinti, przedstawicieli w³adz i dyplomatów. 2 sierpnia przypada 72. rocznica likwidacji tzw. obozu rodzinnego dla Cyganów. Noc¹ Niemcy zg³adzili w komorze gazowej 2897 ¿yj¹cych jeszcze Romów. (cat)
PAP/Stanis³aw Rozpêdzik

The following quote is from the news article:

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On 2 August 1944, nearly 3,000 Roma men, women and children from the so-called ‘Gypsy camp’ (Zigeunerlager) were murdered by the Nazis in gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was run by the Germans in occupied Poland.

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Why were those evil Nazis killing these innocent Gypsies, who had never gypped anyone? Why were the evil Nazis killing the innocent Jews, who had never jewed anyone down. Is there a verb for the Nazis? Did the Nazis ever nazi anyone?

I previously blogged about the Gypsies at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/persecuted-gypsies-get-no-respect/

I wrote about the Museum for the Gypsies at Sachsenhausen, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/MemorialSite/GypsyMuseum.html

 

 

 

The Majdanek concentration camp had a diesel-powered gas chamber — who knew?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 8:38 am

Before you start thinking that I have lost my mind, read this quote from a news artitle which you can read in full at

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diaries-holocaust-architect-heinrich-himmler-discovered-russia-180960005/?no-ist

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Another day’s entry [into Himmler’s diary], Martin Phillips at The Sun reports, casually mentions that Himmler flew to Poland, ate lunch in an airport hotel, then toured the SS Sonderkommando at the Majdanek concentration camp.

[You can read all about the Majdanek camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Majdanek/index.html ]

The Sonderkommando were units of prisoners forced to dispose of the bodies at concentration camps, as Phillips points out. Himmler was there to see a new diesel-powered gas chamber in action, but no new prisoners were scheduled to arrive that day. So he waited while guards rounded up 400 Jewish women and girls from the nearby Lublin ghetto for a demonstration. Later that night, Himmler attended a banquet held in his honor.

One page that James Rothwell at The Telegraph notes, records when Himmler was informed that some police officers in Poland were refusing to fight for their Nazi occupiers. The last entry for the day states “9-10 pm: Orders all ten officers be executed and their families sent to concentration camps before going to bed.” [Throw mama from the train a kiss.]

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Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diaries-holocaust-architect-heinrich-himmler-discovered-russia-180960005/#o330Kr7RTo4tXHlj.99

I happen to think that Himmler was one of the good guys. I have several pages about him on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/HimmlerPhotographs01.html

and at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/HimmlerPhotographs.html

August 2, 2016

Jews still lying about Heinrich Himmler after all these years

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:32 pm
Heinrich Himmler out for a stroll in Bavaria

Heinrich Himmler out for a stroll in Bavaria

Himmler giving a speech to German soldiers

Himmler giving a speech to German soldiers

Himmler is the man in front, in the first photo above. The man behind him is dressed in a traditional Bavarian outfit. The second photo shows Himmler dressed in his uniform.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/nazi-monster-heinrich-himmler-described-8548665

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Yesterday the [British newspaper called the Daily] Mirror told how notes belonging to the architect of the Nazi death camps had come to light in a military archive near Moscow.

[These papers came to light many years ago.]

Now it can be revealed an innocent entry on October 4, 1943, in occupied Poland – entitled “Group Leader meeting” – is Himmler outlining the Jewish extermination programme to underlings who carried out the Holocaust.

He told officers in no uncertain terms: “I am talking about the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the Jewish people.

“It is one of those things that is easily said. ‘The Jewish people is [are] being exterminated,’ every Party member will tell you, ‘perfectly clear, it’s part of our plans, we’re eliminating the Jews, exterminating them, a small matter.’

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What was the German word that Hitler used, which was translated into the English word exterminate?

Here is the English translation of Himmler’s Posen speech, with the original words between brackets like this < >

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I am thinking now of the evacuation <Evakuierung> of the Jews, the extermination <Ausrottung> of the Jewish people. It is one of those things that’s easy to say: “The Jewish people will be exterminated” <wird ausgerottet>, says every Party comrade, “that’s quite clear, it’s in our program: elimination <Ausschaltung> of the Jews, extermination <Ausrottung>; that’s what we’re doing.” And then they all come along, these 80 million good Germans, and every one of them has his decent Jew.

Of course, it’s quite clear that the others are pigs, but this one is one first-class Jew. Of all those who speak this way, not one has looked on; not one has lived through it. Most of you know what it means when 100 bodies lie together, when 500 lie there, or if 1,000 lie there. To have gone through this, and at the same time, apart from exceptions caused by human weaknesses, to have remained decent, that has made us hard.

This is a chapter of glory in our history which has never been written, and which never shall be written; since we know how hard it would be for us if we still had the Jews, as secret saboteurs, agitators, and slander-mongers, among us now, in every city — during the bombing raids, with the suffering and deprivations of the war.

We would probably already be in the same situation as in 1916/17 if we still had the Jews in the body of the German people.

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I lived in Germany for two years after World War II, and I heard the German people use the word “ausrotten” many times in a conversation.  It was “ausrotten” this and “ausrotten” that. I understood the word to mean “get rid of”. It was used in a sentence many times when the word obviously meant to “get rid of,” not to kill.

I did not take German when I was in college, but my husband did. He would try to speak, in German, to the German people, but they could not understand a word that he said.

In those years, nearly everyone in Germany spoke English, and they preferred to speak English because Americans did not pronounce German words correctly, according them.

Many years after I came back from Germany, I took a college class in German. I still remembered  a little bit of German from my time in Germany, but the teacher would not accept my German. She insisted that I speak like an American speaking German.

Two of the students in my German class made a trip to Germany shortly before the class ended. When they came back, they said that the German people could not understand a word that they said.  Told you so! In Germany, German is spoken differently.

 

Aug. 2 is the day that 2,900 Roma and Sinti prisoners were killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:35 am

I was no more than 6 years old when I first learned about the Gypsies. [The correct term for these people is Roma and Sinti.] The word Gypsy comes from a term that was made up for them because, traditionally, the Gypsies don’t work — they gyp people.

The Gypsies were also accused of stealing children; that’s why my mother warned me to beware of Gypsies.

Years ago, when I went on a tour that was led by a Jewish tour guide, I was warned to wear my backpack in the front, so that Gypsy fingers would not find their way into my backpack.

The poor innocent Gypsies were Holocausted by the Nazis, for no reason at all, the same as the Jews.

The following quote is from my website:

At the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, a “Gypsy family camp” was set up in wooden barracks in Section BIIe in the camp in February 1943. According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Gypsy camp was in existence for only seventeen months and most of the Gypsies perished. The famous Dr. Mengele was in charge of the Gypsy camp; he was the one who allegedly sent the Gypsies to their death in the gas chambers.

The following quote is from the web site of the USHMM:

In a decree dated December 16, 1942, Himmler ordered the deportation of Gypsies and part-Gypsies to Auschwitz-Birkenau. At least 23,000 Gypsies were brought there, the first group arriving from Germany in February 1943. Most of the Gypsies at Auschwitz-Birkenau came from Germany or territories annexed to the Reich including Bohemia and Moravia. Police also deported small numbers of Gypsies from Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway.

[The two states of Bohemia and Moravia, which are now in the Czech Republic, were part of a German Protectorate from 1938 to 1945; they were not annexed into the Greater German Reich.]

The following quote about the gassing of the Gypsies is from the web site of the USHMM:

They (the Gypsies) were killed by gassing or died from starvation, exhaustion from hard labor, and disease (including typhus, smallpox, and the rare, leprosy-like condition called Noma.) Others, including many children, died as the result of cruel medical experiments performed by Dr. Josef Mengele and other SS physicians. The Gypsy camp was liquidated on the night of August 2-3, 1944, when 2,897 Sinti and Roma men, women, and children were killed in the gas chamber. Some 1,400 surviving men and women were transferred to Buchenwald and Ravensbrück concentration camps for forced labor.

According to a guidebook sold by the Auschwitz Museum, there were 20,943 Roma (Gypsies) who were gassed in the Krema V gas chamber; their bodies were burned in the pits adjacent to Krema V.

Rudolf Hoess wrote in his autobiography, entitled “Death Dealer,” that many of the Gypsy children suffered from an illness called “Noma,” which reminded him of leprosy.

The photo below, taken after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, shows Gypsy children who had Noma.

Gypsy children suffering from an illness called Noma

According to Rudolf Hoess, Heinrich Himmler inspected the Gypsy camp on his visit in July 1942.

Hoess wrote in his autobiography entitled “Death Dealer”:

Himmler inspected everything thoroughly. He saw the over-crowded barracks, the inadequate hygienic conditions, the overflowing infirmaries and the sick in the isolation ward. […] Himmler saw everything in detail, as it really was. Then he ordered me to gas them. Those who were still able to work were to be selected, just as with the Jews.

In his date book, Heinrich Himmler noted that, on his visit to Auschwitz in July 1942, he inspected the main camp, the farm at Auschwitz and the Monowitz factories, where photographs were taken of him. He did not mention that he visited Birkenau.

Danuta Czech wrote in her book entitled “Kalendarium” that 1408 Gypsies who were able to work were transferred to the main Auschwitz camp and housed in Blocks 10 and 11 on May 23, 1944. They were later sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where there is a memorial sculpture in commemoration of the Roma.

The selection of the Gypsies for the gas chamber took two years, according to Commandant Rudolf Hoess. Regarding the liquidation of the Gypsy Family Camp on August 2, 1944, Hoess wrote the following:

By August 1944 there were only about four thousand Gypsies left and these had to go into the gas chambers. Until that time they did not know what fate was in store for them. Only as they were marched barrack after barrack to Crematory I did they figure out what was going on.

When Hoess wrote that the Gypsies were marched to Crematory 1, he was undoubtedly referring to Krema II, which was a short distance from the Gypsy camp. Crematory 1, or Krema I in German, was in the main Auschwitz camp, three kilometers from Birkenau. By August 1944, Krema I was no longer in operation as a gas chamber.

Both the USHMM and the Auschwitz Museum say that the number of Gypsies gassed on August 2, 1942 was 2,897, not “four thousand” as Hoess stated. However, according to this article, the number of 4,000 given by Hoess might actually be closer to the correct number of Gypsies who were gassed.

Regarding the gassing of the Gypsies, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli wrote the following:

Annihilation time had come for the 4,500 inhabitants of the Gypsy Camp. The measures taken were the same as those taken for the liquidation of the Czech Camp. All the barracks were quarantined. SS guards, leading their police dogs, invaded the Gypsy quarters and chased the inhabitants outside, where they were made to line up. Rations of bread and salami were distributed. The gypsies were made to believe that they were being shipped to another camp, and they swallowed the story. A very easy and efficacious way of calming their fears. No one thought of the crematoriums, for then why would rations of food have been distributed?

This strategy on the part of the SS was dictated neither by pity nor a regard for those condemned to death, but merely by their desire to expedite a large group of people, without any unnecessary incidents or delays, to the gas chambers, guarded by a relatively small patrol. The strategy worked to perfection. Everything went off as planned. Throughout the night the chimneys of number one and two crematoriums sent flames roaring skyward, so that the entire camp was lighted with a sinister glow.

If Dr. Nyiszli’s story is correct, the method of calming the fears of the Gypsies amounted to a tremendous waste of bread and salami. Or was the “salami” actually what Americans call Thuringer, a type of smoked, semi-dry German sausage similar to our summer sausage? It is doubtful that the Nazis imported salami for the Auschwitz prisoners.

Note that Dr. Nyiszli, who worked in the “crematoriums” performing autopsies for Dr. Josef Mengele, referred to “number one and two crematoriums” but he obviously meant Krema II and Krema III at Birkenau, not Krema I, which was at the main camp.

A group of Gypsies waiting to be gassed at Belzec death camp

The photo above shows a group of Gypsies at the Belzec death camp in Poland. Belzec was one of the three Operation Reinhard camps; it was the first camp to begin the gassing of Jews and Gypsies in March 1942.

The total number of Gypsies allegedly killed in the Holocaust is unknown. Numbers vary, from 220,00 estimated by the USHMM, to an estimated 500,000.

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