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November 16, 2015

Rabbi Dov Lior says that attacks in Paris were payback for the Holocaust

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

You can read in the news here about Rabbi Dov Lior and his claim that the Paris attacks were payback for what happened to the Jews in France 70 years ago.  Apparently, Rabbi Lior has never heard of the French Resistance.  The Jews in France did not go quietly to their deaths.

I wrote a lengthy article about the “French Resistance” on my website at

My photo of the memorial site at Natzweiler

My photo of the memorial site at Natzweiler

The main camp where the French Jews were sent was Natzweiler, which you can read about on my website at

November 14, 2015

Bergen-Belsen death camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:34 pm

I have just read, in this news article, that Bergen-Belsen was a death camp.  Who knew?

Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

This quote is from the news article:

Frieda Jaffe and Julius Maslovat are separated by more than 3,400 miles, but they share a common history of a childhood marred by tragedy.

Both were very young children born in Piotrkow, Poland, who survived the ghetto and the death camp of Bergen-Belsen during the Shoah, or Holocaust. Even so, they didn’t know one another.

I have a section on my website about Bergen-Belsen which you can read at

The photo below, from Wikipedia, shows the location of the “death camps.”

Holocaust "death camps"

Holocaust “death camps” (click to enlarge)

November 13, 2015

What happened to “aged persons” at Theresienstadt?

On my blog post today, I am answering a comment made by Wolf Murmelstein; he wrote the following:

“I remember the Saturday of September 1942 when the Nazis came in Vienna Home of Jewish aged persons enlisting all of them for deportation…”

The implication, in this comment, is that the aged persons were taken to Theresienstadt where they were killed in the gas chambers, which Wolf believes were in existence at Theresienstadt.

Several years ago, I wrote, on my website, about the elderly persons who were sent to Theresienstadt.

The following information is from this page on my website:

By the time that the Nazis started deporting the Jews from Germany, there were less than 200,000 of them left in the country; all the others had already emigrated to escape the Nazi persecution.

Forty percent of the remaining Jews in Germany were over 60 years old, as the children and young people had been the first to leave. After Austria became part of the Greater German Reich in March 1938, the Jews were forced to emigrate to any country that would take them, and only 15,000 old people were allowed to remain.

All of these elderly Austrian Jews were deported to Theresienstadt where their mortality rate was the highest of all.

Hoenelbe barracks at Theresienstadt

Hohenelbe barracks at Theresienstadt

Between Parkstrasse and Wallstrasse on the east side of the former Theresienstadt ghetto is the Hohenelbe barracks shown in the photograph above.

This was the central hospital for the Jewish inmates in the ghetto. There were public baths, showers and a swimming pool located here. The building included a kitchen which prepared food for the hospital patients.

Behind this building is a large bastion jutting out from the town walls which you can get a glimpse of on the extreme left of the photo above. Located between the walls of the bastion was the Kavalir barracks.

This area served as the processing center for incoming inmates in 1942, and the original reception center was converted into a warehouse where clothing taken from the incoming prisoners was stored.

Later, the Kavalir barracks was used to house the very old prisoners and also prisoners brought to Theresienstadt from the Jewish insane asylums in the Greater German Reich. Some of the insane people were placed in locked cells in the basement where they had to sleep on bare stone floors. In September 1942 Jewish inmates of the Berlin Home for the Blind were put into the Kavalir barracks.

I have a map of Theresienstadt, which shows the location of all the barracks, on this page of my website:

87-year-old Ursula Haverbeck convicted of Holocaust denial in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 am
Ursula Haverbeck

Ursula Haverbeck

This quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

BERLIN – An 87-year-old German woman who is a prominent neo-Nazi has been convicted of Holocaust denial and sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Bild newspaper reported Friday that Ursula Haverbeck says she will appeal Thursday’s Hamburg state court verdict.

Haverbeck was charged earlier this year after giving an interview outside the trial of former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening claiming Auschwitz wasn’t a death camp.

When she challenged the presiding judge in Hamburg to prove it was, Bild reports that he said he wouldn’t debate someone who “can’t accept any facts,” adding “I also don’t have to prove to you the world is round.”

Groening, who gave lengthy testimony on how the death camp functioned, was convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for the Jews killed while he was there.

What is wrong with this woman? She is 87 years old, living in Germany, and she doesn’t know that it is as sure that the Auschwitz was a death camp, as it is sure that the earth is round.

Ursula is a harmless old lady, who looks like a nun.  She should be allowed to say whatever she wants.  What’s the harm?

The news article says that Haverbeck claimed that the Auschwitz camp was not a death camp.  Actually, that is correct. Auschwitz (the main camp) was not a death camp; the death camp was Auschwitz-Birkenau.  The Auschwitz main camp had a gas chamber but it was unworkable.

My photo of the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

You can read about the alleged gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp on my website at

Ursula should demand that the judge go to the Auschwitz main camp, put some live animals into the gas chamber and gas them with Zyklon-B pellets thrown through the holes on the roof.

The door into the oven room, that is right next to the Auschwitz gas chamber, has been removed so that tourists can enter from the oven room and proceed into the gas chamber.  That opening would have to be closed up, if the alleged gas chamber is tested.

Actually, nothing has to be proved by the prosecution in a German trial of a Holocaust denier.  The Germans have a long word, which I can’t remember, which means that the Holocaust is a fact that does not have to be proved.

ournalists gather outside the courtroom after a verdict in the case of former SS officer Oskar Groening on July 15, 2015 at court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. Photo: AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Journalists gather outside the courtroom after a verdict in the case of former SS officer Oskar Groening on July 15, 2015 at court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. Photo: AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Note that the building in the photo above is the Lueneburg courthouse where the trial of the Bergen-Belsen war criminals was held after World War II.

The moral of this story is the following:  Don’t open your mouth and start denying the Holocaust in front of a courthouse where war criminals have been historically  tried and automatically convicted.  In fact, don’t speak about the Holocaust at all when you are in Germany which is not a free country.

November 12, 2015

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue; in 1497 Columbus died and went to heaven

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:52 am
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue; in 1497 Columbus died and went to heaven.

We all know that in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. But did Columbus go to heaven when he died in 1497? No, he did not!

Columbus was Jewish and Jews don’t believe in heaven, nor in hell.  I learned that from Howard Wolowitz, the Jewish character on the TV show called The Big Bang Theory.

Columbus was expelled from Spain in 1492 because he was Jewish.

This quote is from this Jewish source:

Begin quote:

It was Christopher Columbus, the “world-unveiling Genoese” himself, who first linked the Jews and the New World. In his letter to the king and queen of Spain which opens the Journal of the First Voyage, Columbus writes:

So after having expelled the Jews from your dominions, Your Highnesses, in the same month of January, ordered me to proceed with sufficient armament to the said region of India.

Actually, Columbus set sail on August 3, 1492, a day after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain began. Much has been written of Columbus’s purported Jewish origins and of Jews who accompanied him on his first voyage. It is certain only that the expedition’s interpreter, Luis de Torres, was born a Jew but had converted shortly before the expedition set sail; that two “New Christians,” Luis de Santangel and Gabriel Sanchez, had a hand in the financing; and that two Jews, Abraham Zacuto and Joseph Vecinho, provided technical expertise that helped Columbus navigate the “Ocean Sea.”

End quote

So what does this have to do with anything?  One of the Jewish readers of my blog thinks that the Jews were expelled from Germany and killed by the Nazis for no reason at all.

I previously blogged about this here:

I also blogged about the Jews being killed in German in the year 1298:

The Jews are flocking back to Germany now.  I wrote about this on these two blog posts:

Why would the Jews want to go back to Germany after being Holocausted by the Germans? It is because it is easy to take advantage of the German people who are kind and loving, not like the Jews who lie, cheat and steal and take advantage of everyone with whom they come in contact.

November 5, 2015

Jews riding in boxcars — the exception that proves the rule

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:22 am
A railway car, shown in 2005, in the Paris suburb of Drancy commemorates the deportation of 76,000 Jews and others from France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)

A railway car, shown in 2005, in the Paris suburb of Drancy commemorates the deportation of 76,000 Jews and others from France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

Do the Jews, and their descendants, who were forced to ride to Auschwitz in a boxcar deserve reparations — 70 years after their ordeal?

The news article implies that all the Jews had to ride in boxcars.  But there was at least one exception: Ruth Elias.

Ruth Elias, a survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, who wrote a book entitled Triumph of Hope, was one of several women who gave birth to a child at Auschwitz.

In her book, Ruth described Dr. Mengele as follows:

“Mengele was an attractive man. A perennial little smile showed the gap between his front teeth. Immaculately dressed in jodhpurs, he wore a cap bearing the SS insignia and carried the obligatory riding crop, constantly slapping it against his gleaming black boots.”

Whenever he [Dr. Mengele] spoke to me, he was very polite, giving the impression that he was interested in me. It was hard to believe that his little smile and courteous behavior were just a facade behind which he devised the most horrific murderous schemes.”

Ruth Elias and her husband had conceived a child while she was a prisoner in the Theresienstadt camp, and when she arrived at Birkenau on a transport of Czech prisoners in December 1943, she was three months pregnant.

Ruth passed several selections for the gas chamber even though she was obviously pregnant; she and her husband were both assigned to the Czech “family camp” where men, women and children lived together.

On July 11, 1944, after a selection made by Dr. Mengele, 3,000 prisoners in the Czech family camp, who were not considered fit to work, were allegedly sent to the gas chamber, but Ruth passed the selection even though she was in her eighth month of pregnancy.

On July 14, 1944, Ruth was sent, along with other female prisoners,  to Hamburg, Germany to work in clearing rubble from Allied bombing raids.

After only four days of working in Hamburg, Ruth Elias was escorted by an SS man, in a private compartment on a passenger train, to the infirmary at Ravensbrück, the women’s concentration camp near Berlin. From there, Ruth and Berta Reich, another prisoner who was nine months pregnant, were soon sent back to Auschwitz on another passenger train.

Ruth gave birth to a baby girl at Auschwitz, but Dr. Mengele cruelly ordered her to bind her breasts and not to nurse her child because he wanted to see how long it would take for a baby to die without its mother’s milk.

Mercifully, a woman dentist named Maca Steinberg, who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, obtained some morphine and gave it to Ruth so that she could inject her baby and end its life, after Ruth told her that Dr. Mengele was due to arrive the next morning to take Ruth and her child to the gas chamber.

Auschwitz personnel on holiday

Auschwitz personnel on holiday at Solahuette

Do the men and women in the photo above look like people who would gas a pregnant woman?

November 4, 2015

Jews to receive reparations for the agony of riding in box cars

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am
French Jews were forced to ride in box cars like this to Auschwitz

French Jews were forced to ride in box cars like this to Auschwitz

Before the railroad tracks were extended into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, the Jews got off the trains at the Judenrampe near the Auschwitz main camp.

The Judenrampe at Auschwitz where Jews got off the trains

The Judenrampe at Auschwitz where Jews got off the trains

Holocaust survivors deported from France can now apply for reparations

This quote is from news in the link given above:

Begin quote:

The [US] State Department began accepting applications Tuesday from Holocaust survivors, their spouses and heirs seeking compensation from the French government for the deportations of Jews and other prisoners to Nazi death camps aboard French trains.

Under an agreement reached between U.S. and French officials in December, the State Department will dole out $60 million paid by the French government. Holocaust survivors could receive more than $100,000 each, while spouses of deceased survivors could receive in the “tens of thousands,” depending on the number of claims filed, said Stuart Eizenstat, the State Department’s special assistant on Holocaust issues.

Eizenstat credited the advocacy of the late Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who lived in Baltimore County and protested Keolis rail bids in Maryland until he died last year at 93. Bretholz’s book, “Leap Into Darkness,” described his harrowing escape from a packed SNCF cattle car bound for Auschwitz in 1942, when he was 21.
In interviews with The Washington Post, Bretholz said the railroad needed to take financial responsibility for transporting prisoners under inhumane conditions.

“It’s important for one reason: Justice should be done,” Bretholz said. “When they [pay reparations], they admit they did something wrong — terribly wrong — sending people to be murdered.”

End quote

I have previously blogged, at least twice, about the inhumanity of the Nazis, who forced the French Jews to ride to the gas chambers at Auschwitz in box cars:

The Holocaust survivors and their heirs will now receive reparations.

My 2005 photo of the door into a boxcar on display at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the door into a boxcar on display at Auschwitz

Train cars going to Auschwitz were coupled together like this

Train cars going to Auschwitz were coupled together

Young readers of my blog, who were not alive during the years of the Holocaust, may not be aware that many people in Europe, and even in America, were riding in boxcars — passengers trains were filled with soldiers on their way to the war front.

During the history of mankind, the Jews have been expelled hundreds of times from many different countries.  In my humble opinion, the Jews should be asking themselves why no one wants them, not asking for more and more money.

Tourists stand at the Judenrampe where the Jews got off the trains at Auschwitz

Tourists stand at the Judenrampe where the Jews got off the trains at Auschwitz

November 3, 2015

90-year-old former Auschwitz guard will not face charges for stuffing 15 prisoners at a time into a standing cell

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am
My 1998 photo of a reconstructed standing cell at Auscwitz I camp

My 1998 photo of a reconstructed standing cell at  the Auscwitz main camp

The reconstructed door, which is shown in the photo above, opens into Cell #2; there is another cell to the right of the door, which you can see in the photo.

Each Stehzelle (standing cell) was used for third degree punishment, which consisted of 3 days in a dark cell without room to lie down or sit. The standing cells were about the size of a phone booth and had no windows.

To the left in the picture above, you can see the edge of the door into Cell #1 on the left, which gives you an idea of how small these cells were. Imagine the problem of removing 15 dead bodies from one of these cells!

In fact, how did Gisela manage to get 15 people at one time into one of these cells?  Could it be that the RECONSTRUCTED  cells, which I photographed in 1998, are a bit smaller than the original cells?

After Arthur Liebehenschel replaced Rudolf Hoess as the camp commandant at Auschwitz on December 1, 1943, he ordered the standing cells to be torn down. The standing cells have been only partially reconstructed, just as the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was only partially reconstructed.

The following quote is from a news article that you can read in full here:

At Auschwitz she [Gisela S.] was a harsh disciplinarian who beat prisoners and who was often in charge of the standing cells – small, dark rooms where up to 15 people at a time were crammed in for minor rule infractions. It was not uncommon to leave people in these rooms for days on end, causing the death of some or all of those confined.

It was judged that she was mentally incompetent to face justice.

My 1998 photograph above shows the reconstructed entrance to one of the 4 standing cells (Stehzellen) in prison cell #22 in the basement of Block 11 in the main Auschwitz camp. These 4 cells were 31.5 inches square; there was no light coming in at all, and no heating or cooling system.

Prisoners had to crawl into the cell through a tiny door, as shown in the photo above. Metal bars at the entrance allowed guards to open the door and look inside the cell. There was no room to lie down or sit down in the cell; prisoners had to stand up. The floors of these cells were covered with excrement left by the occupants.

Prisoners who were being punished were put into these cells at night, and in the morning taken out to perform a full 10-hour day of work. This punishment was usually given to prisoners who had tried to sabotage the work done in the factories at Auschwitz III (Monowitz).

Standing cell with wall cut away so visitors can see inside

My 1998 photo of a standing cell with the wall cut away so visitors can see inside

An airhole on the outside of Block 11 let in air for the prisoners

An airhole on the outside of Block 11 let in air for the prisoners

The photograph above shows a window with bars on it, on the outside wall of Block 11, and just below the window, there is a small black metal box which looks something like a mail box.

There were tiny holes punched into the top of this box to let a little bit of air into the 4 standing cells which were behind this wall in the basement. During the winter when snow covered these holes, the prisoners suffocated. Old pictures taken when the camp was in operation show that there were several of these boxes, but there is only one there now.

A description of the standing cells in Block 11 can be found in the book entitled “Das Bunkerbuch des Blocks 11, im Nazi-Konzentrationslager Auschwitz,” written by Franciszek Brol, Gerard Wloch, and Jan Pilecki, Hefte von Auschwitz [prisoners from Auschwitz], which was published in 1959.

On page 120 of this book is a “Plan of the Bunker of Block 11 redrawn after the original plan No. 1152 of March 16, 1942.” On this plan, the four Stehzellen in Cell 22 are marked out and numbered 1-4.

My photo of the prison cell at Dachau which was allegedly made into standing cells

My photo of the prison cell at Dachau which was allegedly made into standing cells

In 1944, a harsh punishment was allegedly devised for prisoners at Dachau when 3 of the regular cells were divided into standing cells. A poster in my photograph above illustrates how this was accomplished.

The walls of the standing cells were made out of wood and each standing cell was 2 ft. 6 inches square. Prisoners who had been condemned to this punishment were put into a standing cell for 72 hours at a time with no light or air.

Bishop Johannes Neuhäusler, who was a “special prisoner” in the bunker, wrote that “the prisoner was compelled to stand for three days and three nights and was given only bread and water; every fourth day he came into a normal cell, ate prisoner’s fare and was allowed to sleep for one night on a plank bed. Then three days’ standing began again. Such were the abominations which the prisoners had to bear from the sadistic Nazis.”

According to information given in the bunker exhibit, the wooden walls of the standing cells were removed by the American Army in 1945 after Dachau was liberated.

Strangely, the same thing happened at Auschwitz when the Soviet liberators of the camp tore down the standing cells.

It is too bad that 90-year-old Gisela S. will not be wheeled into a German courtroom on a stretcher for a trial, so that the prosecution could prove the existence of the standing cells.

My photo of a one-person prison cell at Natzweiler camp

My photo of a one-person prison cell at Natzweiler camp

My photo above shows a punishment cell at the Natzweiler-Struthof camp in Alsace. This cell was big enough for a prisoner to sit in, but not big enough for a prisoner to stand up nor to lie down. Prisoners who broke the rules in the Natzweiler camp were put into these cells for three days with nothing but bread and water. After the Natzweiler camp was closed, some of the political prisoners were brought to Dachau, including the British SOE agent Albert Guerisse, who became the leader of the prisoners group known as the International Committee of Dachau.

November 1, 2015

Block 27 at Auschwitz has a display of children’s art

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:31 am

This morning, I read a  news article about British students taking a one day tour of Auschwitz.

The very last sentence in the article mentioned that the students saw a display of children’s art in Block 27. Before I was able to finish my blog post by putting in the link to the news article, the last sentence was cut out of the news article.

Block 27 at Auschwitz has a display of children's art

Block 27 at Auschwitz has a display of children’s art

The last time that I visited the main Auschwitz camp, there was no display of children’s art in Block 27.  This must be a display that has been put up fairly recently.

Where was this children’s artwork done?  At Auschwitz, children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed, except for a few who managed to get past Dr. Mengele who was making the selections, but not paying very strict attention, as he whistled while he worked.

My guess is that these paintings were done at Theresienstadt where the children were given art lessons. I blogged about the children at Theresienstadt at

According to a book which I purchased, several years ago, at the Auschwitz museum store, there was an art museum established at Auschwitz I in 1941 by Commandant Rudolph Höss at the suggestion of a Polish political prisoner.

Prisoners were encouraged to create works of art, just as at the Majdanek camp. I did not see any of this officially sanctioned prisoner artwork on my visit to the museum in 1998, unlike Majdanek where many drawings, woodcuts and sculpture were prominently displayed. According to the Auschwitz Museum web site, the kitchen building has been remodeled to display the art work done by the prisoners.

Jewish artwork displayed at Auschwitz in 1998

My photo of Jewish artwork displayed at Auschwitz in 1998

Artwork in visitor's center in the Auschwitz 1 camp

My photo of artwork in the Auschwitz visitor’s center 

Block 27 has special displays about the Jewish prisoners; these displays were put up after the fall of Communism when the plight of the Jews in the camps was given more importance at the museum.

The whole Auschwitz museum puts heavy emphasis on the resistance movement, and in keeping with this theme, there is a special section on the second floor of Block 27, which is devoted to the Jewish resistance to the Nazis, both inside the camp and on the outside. Jewish partisans fought with the Polish Home Army, known as the Armia Krajowa or Polish AK, and also organized resistance on their own.

October 31, 2015

An interesting and important subject for discussion

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:43 am
German boy looks at the bomb damage in Nuremberg, Jan. 1945

German boy looks at the bomb damage in Nuremberg, Jan. 1945

Nurenberg Germany January 1945 (Click to enlarge)

Nurenberg Germany January 1945 (Click to enlarge)

Wolf Murmelstein, one of the regular readers of my blog, has offered a subject for discussion.  I am astounded at the knowledge of history, shown by the readers of my blog in the comments section, so I am looking forward to the comments on the following essay, written by Wolf Murmelstein:

To furtherglory, Hermie and other readers of this blog:

In various comments here, the question about the post World War II and Holocaust trials has been brought up, so I am answering all of them here.

From personal experience and from historical research, I admit that some of those trials were driven by political rivalries for positions or interest to prevent some really informed person from giving evidence concerning many wrong doings and enunciations by careless talk, appropriations of Jewish owned assets, etc. which occurred during World II and the Holocaust.

Another chapter refers to the interest of the Communist parties to weaken the middle class in the countries where they rose into power, so said by Clement Gottwald on April 10, 1945 in a speech to party activists at Kosice.

At Theresienstadt that day, we were still in danger of being killed in a mass shooting.

So, in the East, as well as in the West, the Communist parties enlisted former Nazis and Fascists, and many of them were able to avoid trial for their wrongdoing, as long as they obeyed party orders.

When there had not been any political interest, many accusations leading to Judiciary investigations had been found baseless and due to hysteria and the persecution complex of traumatized persons. Stating this, the judge could avoid starting procedures for slander.

In many trials, the statements of the defendants would have been precious historical documents.

I am quoting from memory, but I could find many other examples:

1. Herr Groening had been employed in sorting the money and jewels of the victims. In this way, he avoided being sent to the battlefront in the East.
2 . Herr Demjanjuk stated in a Munich court that he had had a choice: Enlisting in the SS auxiliaries  or starving.

3. In the Auschwitz trial, it had been stated by a defendant that selection started only after the train with the police escort had left the station; this was clearly done for better secrecy.

At Nuremberg, Papen was acquitted by a German court for his high responsibilities for the Nazi rise to power.

This subject deserves better analysis and research, so I hope that this essay will generate some discussion.

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