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September 14, 2016

Youngest survivor of Auschwitz now lives in Munich

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 12:49 pm
The following quote is from a news story which you can read in full at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4854115,00.html
 Eva Umlauf was only two years old when she was liberated from [Auschwitz-Birkenau] the Nazi death camp. Despite her young age, she received the Auschwitz ‘trademark’: The number A-26959, which was tattooed on her left arm. Today, at 73, she is a successful pediatrician in Munich who has devoted her life to the treatment of small children.
Upon first listening to Eva Umlauf’s story, it’s hard to believe it. Only a writer with a totally wild imagination could have produced such a story. Well, it did happen. Umlauf is the youngest survivor of the Auschwitz death camp. She was only two years old when the Soviet Army arrived at the camp on January 27, 1945, yet she emerged alive.
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I heard her story a long time ago, but I only recently got to meet her for the first time and discover that this woman, flesh and blood, who is still young and works as a pediatrician in Munich, is the infant from that amazing story I first heard years ago.

Eva Umlauf. Today, she looks back at her life with satisfaction (Photo: Dana Bloch)

Eva Umlauf. Today, she looks back at her life with satisfaction (Photo: Dana Bloch)
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It turns out that there was complete chaos and disorder in the SS prior to the war’s end, with one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing. On the first days of November 1945, after the Germans, who were preparing to withdraw from Upper Silesia, had already destroyed the gas chambers and the crematoria, a transport of young people suddenly arrived in Auschwitz, most of them from Slovakia.

Who had decided on this odd move, why and for what purpose? After all, the Auschwitz camps were in fact no longer operational, and if the Germans wanted to kill these Jews too, why send them to Auschwitz instead of murdering them in Slovakia?

In any event, that shipment arrived and the Germans did not touch it. They put the young people in barracks where they stayed until the survivors left the camp on the night between January 17 and 18. There were no longer gas chambers, but the young Eva, who arrived there with her mother, received the Auschwitz “trademark” anyway: The number tattooed on her left arm—A-26959.

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Strange as it may seem, there were many child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, even babes in arms. These were the children that were too young to march out of the camp when it was abandoned.

Babies being carried as the child survivors march out of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Babies being carried as child survivors march out of Auschwitz-Birkenau

One would think that the Nazis would have been better organized in their plan to exterminate the Jews.  They should not have left babies and young children behind for the Soviet soldiers to find.

You can read all about the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Liberation.html

Should Holocaust denial be a crime? Debra Lipstadt says “No”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:45 am

According to Wikipedia, Holocaust denial is against the law in 14 European countries:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_against_Holocaust_denial

In this recent news story, Deborah Lipstadt explains why Holocaust denial should not be against the law:  http://forward.com/the-assimilator/333780/deborah-lipstadt-explains-why-holocaust-denial-shouldnt-be-a-crime/?attribution=blog-article-related-1-headline

Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt slammed leaders of the Claims Conference, but predicted no one will be held accountable for dropping the ball on a $57 million fraud case

Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt slammed leaders of the Claims Conference, but predicted no one will be held accountable for dropping the ball on a $57 million fraud case

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

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Famous Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt opposed criminalization of Holocaust denial in a debate at the Oxford Union Society last month, which is shown in the video below. Even after years of fighting a libel suit filed against her in 1996 by Holocaust denier David Irving, Lipstadt says she is not in favor of laws against Holocaust denial.

“I support this motion Mr. President, because I am convinced that freedom of speech means nothing unless it includes the freedom for offensive people to be offensive,” she says. “We who are offended by them, must accept that, as a cost of living in a free society.”

In the video, she details her strong opinions on freedom of speech and why Holocaust criminalization will not benefit the cause against Holocaust deniers.

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Now that I have permission from Deborah Lipstadt, I will continue to deny the Holocaust.

The name Lipstadt is the name of the town in Germany, from which Deborah’s ancestors came. My German ancestors came from a town in Germany that was only a few miles from the town of Lipstadt, but Deborah and I are world’s apart in our thinking.

I have met David Irving twice and have heard him speak on each occasion. Sadly, Irving is now only a shadow of his former self, and can no longer defend himself against people like Deborah Lipstadt.

 

 

September 13, 2016

Denial is not a river in Egypt

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, World War II — furtherglory @ 8:46 am

Denial is the title of a new movie about Debra Lipstadt’s lawsuit against David Irving.

You can read about the new movie in this news article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/09/13/tiff-toronto-rachel-weisz-denial-holocaust/90296080/

The following quote is from the news article:

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In ‘Denial,’ a university professor [Debra Lipstadt] writes a book about people who deny the Holocaust ever happened. One of the deniers [David Irving] suddenly sues her for libel. They both fight to prove their version of history in this film based on a true story.

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David Irving denies that the room. shown in my 2005  photo above, is  a  homicidal gas chamber

The news article continues with this quote:

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The stakes are high: In English civil courts, the burden of proof in libel cases is on the defendant, and if Irving had won, it would have legitimized anyone who claimed the Holocaust was fabricated. Astoundingly, that means Lipstadt’s legal team had to prove the Holocaust occurred. “The film is about the fight for truth in general,” says Weisz, who flew to Toronto on her day off from rehearsing her upcoming off-Broadway play, Plenty.

Denial takes dialogue verbatim from trial records (Irving argues forcefully that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz). Weisz, who identifies as Jewish, filmed at Auschwitz, chronicling a trip that Lipstadt and her Scottish power lawyer (Tom Wilkinson) took for research. “It’s the first time they’ve ever let anyone film there” for anything other than a documentary, says Weisz, who had never been to the death camp before.

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September 12, 2016

The fourth attempt to convict Hubert Zafke of war crimes committed during World War II

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:28 am
Hubert Zafke sits in a wheelchair in the courtroom

Hubert Zafke bows his head as he sits in a wheelchair in the courtroom where he is charged with war crimes

Hubert Zafke, shown in the news photo above, tries to look as innocent as he can, as he sits in judgement for his crimes against the Jews during World War II.

I have written 3 previous blog posts about Hubert Zafke, the vicious German war criminal, who killed Jews when he worked as a medic at Auschwitz, seventy years ago.  He claims that he tried to save lives when he worked as a medic. Yeah, right. That’s what they all say.

My photo of Barack buildig #15 at Auschwitz

My photo of Barack building #15 in the Auschwitz main camp

My 3 previous blog posts about Zafke:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/hubert-zafke/

The following quote is from the news article:

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According to the indictment, the SS medic [Zafke] served for several weeks in the summer of 1944 in the medical unit at Auschwitz during World War Two.

Hubert Zafke denies the charges, arguing he treated only wounded soldiers and members of the SS.

Prosecutors say that, like other SS guards at Auschwitz, Mr Zafke was well aware of the camp’s function as “an industrial-scale mass murder site”. According to the indictment, thousands of people died while he was there.

Teenage Jewish girl Anne Frank arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau during the period covered by Hubert Zafke’s indictment. She died in another camp, at Bergen-Belsen, shortly before it was liberated by the British Army in 1945.

The chances of securing convictions for the last surviving Nazis have become harder as the remaining defendants are all now in their nineties.

In June, a German court sentenced former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning, 94, to five years in jail for being accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people.

But a state court in the northern city of Kiel ruled on Friday that a 92-year-old woman, Helma M, was unfit to stand trial on charges of being accessory to 260,000 counts of murder. She was the SS radio operator for the commandant at Auschwitz.

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September 9, 2016

Germany will let a 92 year old Holocaust criminal slide

The photo below is at the top of a recent news story about a Holocaust criminal.

Arbeit macht Frei gate at Auschwitz main camp

Arbeit macht Frei gate into Auschwitz main camp

The following quote is from a news story that you can read in full here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/german-court-rules-92-year-old-auschwitz-radio-operator-unfit-fo/3115168.html

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A German court has said it will shelve a case against a 92-year-old woman on accessory to murder charges. The woman, who served as radio operator at Auschwitz, would have been among the last to be tried for Nazi crimes.

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Oh no! What is the world coming to? This woman is a danger to the over one million Jews who are back in Germany now.  She should be sentenced to at least 5 years in prison because she committed the crime of working as a radio operator during World War II. I am sure that she was warned that she was committing a crime, but she continued with her criminal behavior.

My photo of the gate into Auschwitz main camp

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz main camp

It is hard to get a good photo of the Arbeit gate because there is a steady stream of tourists walking through this gate, from the moment that the memorial site opens. I got up at the crack of dawn and sneaked in. I got this photo before the other tourists arrived.

The news article continues with this quote:

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The state court in the northern German city of Kiel said in a statement on Friday that Helma M. was almost fully blind and deaf and had also been weakened by a “severe internal illness” earlier this year, rendering her unfit to stand trial.

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Just because this woman is blind and deaf and has been weakened by a severe illness does not excuse her from being put on trial.

REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE — that is the law of the Jews. She was a radio operator in a camp for Jews. That makes her a criminal.

The news article continues with this quote:

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The 92-year-old’s last name was not released, in accordance with German privacy law.

Helma M. had been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder associated with her activities as the radio operator of the commandant at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

Last Nazi trials

Germany is holding what are likely to be its last trials linked to Nazi-era crimes, with the alleged perpetrators now either deceased or extremely aged.  [link to another trial]

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I think that the trials of the German people should continue even after they are dead. After all, this woman was a RADIO OPERATOR.  You can’t get any worse than that.

 

 

New movie about Deborah Lipstadt will open nationwide on Oct. 21, 2016

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:40 am
Rachel Weiss will play Deborah Lipstadt in new movie

Rachel Weiss will play Deborah Lipstadt in new movie

A news story, which you can read in full here, has this headline:

She had to prove the Holocaust happened

How does one prove that something happened? It either happened or it didn’t.

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

The news article begins with this quote:

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ATLANTA – You’ll need your imagination for this one. [You can say that again.]

At issue is that it’s hard to imagine anyone having to prove in a court of law that the Holocaust happened [the way that the Jews say that it did].

Deborah Lipstadt did it, though, and her story has been made into a film called “Denial,” set to be released in New York on Sept. 30 and nationwide on Oct. 21.

Lipstadt, a professor of modern history and Jewish Holocaust studies at Emory University, was sued by prominent Holocaust denier and British historian David Irving in the 1990s, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The film and her book that it’s based on, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” recount how Irving sued Lipstadt for libel in England for calling him a “Holocaust denier.”

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Of course, the Holocaust HAPPENED, but did it happen the way that David Irving wrote that it did, or did it happen the way that Debra thinks that it did.

David Irving

David Irving

I’m with David Irving on this one. I have met him. He’s a walking encyclopedia, as I have said many times. However, he is now old and senile, as am I. He will not be able to defend himself adequately now.

 

September 6, 2016

Fliers promoting Holocaust denial being distributed

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:41 pm

What a revolting development this is!

Fliers promoting Holocaust denial!

There are not enough prisons to hold all the deniers that will result from this crime.

My photo of the ruins of a Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber

My photo of the ruins of Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber III

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at  https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/09/05/thousands-of-fliers-promoting-holocaust-denial-secretly-distributed-across-australian-campuses/

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Thousands of fliers promoting Holocaust denial have been distributed secretly across Australian college campuses over the past year, an Australia-based correspondent for BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the flier — entitled “The Greatest Swindle of All Time” — has been spotted at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Australian National University (ANU). There are also unconfirmed reports of sightings at the University of Sydney.

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Holocaust denial is against the law in 20 countries now. Where will all these future criminals be housed after they are arrested?

The article ends with this quote:

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According to [ Michael Fisher, national chair for the Australasian Union of Jewish Students ], far-right hate groups — which, he says, are experiencing a resurgence in Australia — have been responsible for such fliers in the past. “Although the leaflets are closely similar to one another in content and appearance, they have appeared in three slightly different forms, suggesting that there have been three separate print runs,” he said.

According to the report, while the flier in question has been widely condemned by the universities and various student groups, vice chancellors from each institution have refused to directly acknowledge the antisemitic nature of the leaflet. “This decision has left many student associations frustrated,” BuzzFeed News said.

Officials from Melbourne and Monash told the outlet that since the identity of the flier’s author is unknown, they cannot press charges. A spokesman said that ANU is reviewing campus security footage, in an attempt to identify the distributors of the flier, adding that they can face up to a $5,000 fine for littering.

The appearance of Holocaust-denying propaganda on college campuses is not exclusive to Australia. In April, similar leaflets were found in Scotland at Glasgow University and Edinburgh University. The fliers were distributed on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth.

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September 5, 2016

93 year old Holocaust survivor to receive honorary doctorate

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:55 am

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/our-city/north-leeds/chapel-allerton/special-award-for-leeds-auschwitz-survivor-1-8105684

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A Leeds pensioner who survived the horrors of the Holocaust and settled in England is to receive an honorary doctorate. Iby Knill, 93. of Chapel Allerton, grew up in Czechoslovakia and escaped to Hungary in 1942 as Nazi persecution of Jews accelerated.

93-year-old Iby Krill

93-year-old Holocaust survivor Iby Krill

As a young woman, she spent time in hiding and helping the local Resistance movement before she was eventually captured and taken to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Mrs Knill will be given an honorary degree by the University of Huddersfield, where she spoke last year as part of the Holocaust Memorial lecture event. She spent much of her internment working as a slave labourer in an armaments factory, and was liberated by American troops while part of a forced march to Bergen-Belsen when the Nazi retreat began. She later discovered her father had died in the gas chambers, and was reunited with her mother and brother in their home city of Bratislava.

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This is not the first time that Iby Krill has been in the national news. I was reading about her many years ago, and I included her story on my scrapbookpages.com website.

The following quote is from my website:

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Iby’s story begins when she was a young girl growing up in her native Czechoslovakia. When the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, she escaped over the border into Hungary but was arrested as an illegal immigrant.

“There were five of us, all girls and we made a pact to stay together as we walked through those gates and were greeted by the man we later learned was Dr Josef Mengele,” she says of her arrival at Birkenau. “From that day on it became a test of survival.” Miraculously, she adds, all five of them lived to witness the liberation from the Nazis in 1945.

By 2010, Iby had started writing her story and was seeking a publisher for her manuscript, which is chillingly brutal in its frankness, according to Virginia Mason’s news article.

According to Iby Knill, “The shower unit and the gas chamber looked the same. They had been built that way, so we never knew if we were to be gassed or just showered.”

In her lectures on the Holocaust, Iby describes the infamous Dr Mengele, whose experiments in the name of medical science earned him the nick name, Angel of Death. “We lined up and he would walk in front of us, picking out the weakest. Their fate was the gas chambers.”

She talks of the cramped, inhuman conditions at Birkenau, the incredible hunger and thirst, and worst of all, the scraps of gray, latherless soap made from human ashes, and the constant fear of extermination in the gas chamber.

According to her story, Iby was able to leave the Birkenau death camp only by volunteering to go to the Lippstadt labour camp, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where she worked in the hospital unit. On Easter Sunday, 1945, while on a death march to the main Buchenwald camp, she was freed by Allied Forces.

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

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A fluent German speaker from childhood, she later used her language skills to act as an interpreter for British forces in post-war Germany. She met her husband, British army officer Bert Knill, and in 1947 she came to England as a married woman.

Mrs Knill, who is now a widow and has a Masters degree in theology, did not speak publicly about her past until 2003, and since then has told her story in books and during television appearances. She will take part in an awards ceremony at the university in November, where she will be joined by experts from the fields of engineering, medicine and finance.

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Why do so many Holocaust survivors live to an advanced age. My theory is that a meager diet contributes to living a long life. I am 83 and still going strong. When I was young, my family was very poor; we ate very little meat. Just like the concentration camp inmates, I had a meager diet of vegetables.

September 4, 2016

A new novel about Dr. Mengele is full of lies

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:39 pm

You can read a new book of fiction about Dr. Mengele, the famous doctor at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War II:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/09/03/mischling-affinity-konar-book-review/89535020/

Cover of new fictional book

Cover of new fictional book

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

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Stasha and Pearl are 12 when they are forced into a rail car bound for Auschwitz with their mother and their beloved Zayde. “Mischling” is German for half-breed, an ugly term that prepares the reader for the horrors the twins will endure.

This is not an easy novel to read, but Affinity Konar’s evocative storytelling, fierce characters and haunting prose make Mischling (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown,  338 pp., *** ½ out of four stars) equally hard to put down.

Stasha and Pearl are based on real-life Auschwitz survivors Eva and Miriam Mozes, who were among 3,000 twins who became guinea pigs for the demented genetic experiments of infamous Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Pearl and Stasha are captivating heroines. Pearl is a dancer, the more social of the twins. The introspective Stasha finds her swagger at Auschwitz. When Pearl disappears at a twisted concert performance, Stasha plots vengeance on [Dr.] Mengele.

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Dr. Mengele is normally not given the honor of having the title of  Dr. in his name because he was a Nazi who allegedly tortured little children.

You can read about the children, who were prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau on this page of my website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Liberation2.html

Miriam Moses is the overweight child on the far right

Miriam Moses is the overweight child on the far right

Eva Moses Kor is the child on the far right

Eva Moses Kor is the child on the far right in photo taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The following quote is also from the news article:

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[Dr.] Mengele enlisted prisoners who were doctors in his horrific experiments, and the beautiful Dr. Miri is one of the book’s many haunting [fictional] characters. Dr. Miri was forced to kill Jewish infants and remove her own sisters’ wombs so they could not reproduce.

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Dr. Mengele was a very handsome and charming man. I personally think that he was gay, but what do I know!

His wife left him after several years of marriage, which was very unusual back then, in Germany, especially since he was noted for being a nice person.

 

September 3, 2016

The T4 program is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:31 pm
My photo of Hartheim Castle

My photo of the Hartheim Castle where the T4 program took place

You can read about the T4 program in this recent news article:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/t4-program-holocoaust-nazi-germany/1/753935.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany leader, Adolf Hitler signed an order approving the T4 Program or popularly known as the T4 Euthanasia Program. This program was structured to kill anyone in Germany who were [was] mentally disabled, emotionally distressed or elderly people or in other words, people who could not contribute to the fighting or working force of the country.

The photo below is concluded in the article.

A poster comparing living-costs of a "healthy family" with a person suffering from an incurable disease

A poster comparing living-costs of a “healthy family” with a person suffering from an incurable disease

The news article continues with this quote:

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The program was signed on the same day when Germany declared war on Poland. Hence, calling it a war-time measure. Within Germany, posters were being circulated explaining the need to kill the incurable. The new directives allowed physicians to grant “mercy killing” to the people were suffering from incurable diseases. Though the Nazi officials were calling it euthanasia, they were targeting people not only with genetic defects or incurable diseases but also people who were not contributing to the economic growth of the country.

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Several years ago, I visited Hartheim Castle, where the “mercy killing” took place. I wrote about it on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber01a.html

You can see photos of the gas chamber at Hartheim Castle on my web page cited above.

I previously blogged about Hartheim Castle at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/the-crematorium-at-hartheim-castle/

You can see photos of the “technical room” in the gas chamber at Hartheim on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber07a.html

You can read more about Hartheim Castcle and the alleged gas chamber there on this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/index.html

The news article continues with this quote:

How did the T4 program lead to the Holocaust?

The T4 Program, named after the Chancellery offices that directed it from the Berlin address Tiergartenstrasse-4, set a strong precedence for the Holocaust. The mass deportation of people to killing centers was a viable blueprint for the establishment of gas chambers such as Auschwitz. The notion that incurable people were economically “burdensome” was being applied on Jews as well, making them equally vulnerable to the order.

How many people were killed under the T4 Program?

Officially, the T4 Program was put to rest in 1941 with at least 70,000 deaths in two years under its credit, but a lot of evidence indicated that the killings were just kept away from public eyes. The unofficial count by the end of the World War 2 in 1945 was estimated at around 2,00,000 deaths. A lot of instances showed that the T4 Program and Holocaust were taking place simultaneously.

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After visiting Hartheim Castle for two days, I came to the conclusion that no one was gassed there. Deformed and mentally ill people were put to death at Hartheim, by injections, not in a gas chamber. These unfortunate people were unable to walk into a gas chamber.

You can see more of my photos of the interior of Hartheim castle on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber02.html

 

 

 

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