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December 9, 2015

New movie about Deborah E. Lipstadt currently being filmed

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:16 am
Debra Lipstadt gives a thumps up after her victory over David Irving in court

Deborah E. Lipstadt gives a thumps up after her victory over David Irving in court

You can read about a new movie, that is currently being filmed, in this news article:  http://deadline.com/2015/12/andrew-scott-cast-denial-rachel-weisz-holocaust-drama-1201661837/

Debra Lipstadt is shown in the center of photo, next to Dick Chaney, at the Auschwitz main camp

Deborah E. Lipstadt is shown in the center of photo, standing next to Dick Chaney, at Auschwitz

I blogged about Deborah E. Lipstadt in these two previous blog posts, both of which you can read at:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/deborah-lipstadt/

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Principal photography started this week in London on Denial, the Mick Jackson-directed adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book, History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier. Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall star and have now been joined by Spectre and Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott.

David Hare did the adaptation of the book which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused; therefore, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust happened. Scott joins the cast in the role of solicitor Antony Julius.

Did you catch that, dear readers?  Deborah E. Lipstadt proved in a court of law that the Holocaust happened, just as the Jews say that it did.  And if you say that the Holocaust didn’t happen, you can be thrown into prison for 5 years or more in 19 different countries. So just stick with Deborah E. Lipstadt, who knows all. Don’t try to contradict her, or she will sue you in a court of law.

Lipstadt is the name of a town in Germany.  Some of my German ancestors came to America from Lipstadt, where they had lived for years. Deborah E. and I could be distant relatives, for all I know.

 

November 24, 2015

10 year old girl on Schindler’s List was told that she was being marched into a gas chamber

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:42 pm
Scene from the movie Schindler's List

Scene from the movie Schindler’s List

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

Rena Finder, the youngest and last Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s list, shared these sentiments with me during an interview last year. Rena, at 10 years old, became an enemy of the state because she was Jewish. Alongside her mother, naked, bleeding and filled with terror, Rena was marched into what they were told was the gas chamber. The door was locked and the lights went out as the women screamed in horror waiting for the gas. She would die for the crime of being Jewish.

Unfortunately, the news article does not tell us how Rena was saved.  Was she actually in a shower room, as was shown in the movie Shindler’s List?

Rena was 10 years old. Children under the age of 15 were gassed at Auschwitz.  Why wasn’t she gassed?  Why was she bleeding? Sadly, the news article doesn’t tell us.

I wrote about the movie Schindler’s List on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/Kazimierz01C.html

 

October 26, 2015

Another Holocaust movie: Labyrinth of Lies

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:01 pm

I have just read about the latest Holocaust movie in the Seattle Times here.

This photo accompanies the news article about the movie

This photo accompanies the news article about the movie

This might be the photo that the men are holding in the first photo above

This might be the photo that the man is holding in the photo above

The photo that the man appears to be holding is not appropriate because it shows a train arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau and there are no guard towers.

The following quote is from the article:

There are a couple of powerful moments when survivors relate their stories, but for the most part, Johann’s Auschwitz investigations remain at the level of silent montages. When, in an effort to get a servant to help him identify [Dr.] Mengele, he shows her a photo of what they did to children, we don’t see the photo. Is it mere “tastefulness” that keeps director Giulio Ricciarelli from showing us what’s in the picture? Or is it a knowledge that the darkness could eventually consume us, too?

I think I know which photo they are talking about.  It is the photo below, which I have on my website here: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01B2.html

I blogged about this photo here: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/what-imams-learned-on-their-trip-to-auschwitz/

Gypsy children who were suffering from a disease called Noma

Gypsy children who were suffering from a disease called Noma

This quote is from my website:

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 above, taken after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, shows Gypsy children who had the disease called Noma. Many Holocaust True Believer websites claim that the photo above shows Jewish children who were tortured at Auschwitz.

The news article starts with the following quote:

Can a film about the Holocaust actually be “entertaining”? Dare we even ask such a question? To be fair, the German film Labyrinth of Lies — that country’s submission for the Academy Awards this year — isn’t so much about the Holocaust as it is about the aftermath. But still, the zip and flash with which this legal drama moves feels odd, in light of the historical events that loom over it. Here’s a movie about the efforts to bring the soldiers stationed at Auschwitz to justice, and it’s strangely light on its feet.

It starts in the late 1950s, with young public prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) brashly accepting a case involving an Auschwitz guard currently living a quiet life as a schoolteacher. No other lawyer in the office wants to bring charges against the man; in fact, nobody, not even Johann, seems even to know what Auschwitz was. The Americans took all the war records, the Nuremberg trials have long since concluded (and convicted only a small handful of leaders), and there’s a new enemy to fight now: Communism. All of Germany seems to be under a cloud of forgetfulness. “It’s all propaganda,” one person says, when confronted with the facts. “The victors make up stories.”

But Johann — youthful and ignorant, but also dogged and righteous — starts to learn more about the Holocaust, and about Auschwitz. He starts collecting survivor accounts. He learns the name of Dr. Josef Mengele — and, to his shock, discovers that not only do the German authorities know the notorious war criminal is living peacefully in Argentina, but that they even turn a blind eye when he returns home on occasion. And Johann realizes that prosecuting one man isn’t enough: There were 8,000 people who worked at the concentration camp, and he considers them all accountable for the hundreds of thousands who died there.

No one wants to hear it because there are skeletons in pretty much everyone’s closet. When Johann inquires with an American at the war archive if the schoolteacher he’s investigating was a Nazi, the man doesn’t even bother to look it up. “He was a Nazi,” the American shrugs. “You were all Nazis.”

September 18, 2015

Movie entitled “Son of Saul” in theaters Dec. 18, 2015

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am
Photo from Wikipedia shows Sonderkommando Jews with a bone grinder

Photo from Wikipedia shows Sonderkommando Jews with a bone grinder.

According to Wikipedia:

Sonderkommandos were work units made up of German Nazi death camp prisoners. They were composed almost entirely of Jews who were forced, on threat of their own deaths, to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims during the Holocaust.

The following Sonderkommandos survived the Holocaust:  Zalman Gradowski, Filip Müller, Henryk Tauber, Leib Langfus, Morris Venezia, Henryk Mandelbaum [Saul Ausländer is a fictional character]

Photo of Dachau Sonderkommando shoving a body into an oven at Dachau

Photo of Sonderkommando shoving a body into an oven at Dachau is an re-enactment, done after Dachau was libertated

A photo similar to the one above is included in the news story and it is purported to be a real photo of a Sonderkommando Jew shoving a body into an oven.

The following information, about the movie entitled Son of Saul, is from the movie review website known as “Rotten Tomatoes”.

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkomando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and …
Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity)
Genre: Drama
In Theaters: Dec 18, 2015 Limited
Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
Sony Pictures Classics

You can read the following review of the movie on this website:

Son of Saul

Based on the experience of a Hungarian Jew held in a concentration camp during the Second World War, Son of Saul follows a man who has the harrowing job of leading prisoners into the showers where they will be executed and cleaning up afterwards by shovelling their remains into the river.

Shaken by the death of one young boy, he is driven to give him a proper Jewish burial. Featuring superb acting on all levels, director Laszlo Nemes takes us right into the camp through a unique use of surround sound and filming in 35mm. 5 out of 5 stars. – Sian Jones, producer.

Among the horrors of the Holocaust, the Nazis assigned so-called Sondercommandos a peculiarly dehumanizing job: to herd fellow inmates into gas chambers and dispose of their bodies. Saul is one such man, his face an effigy of pain. When he believes he’s found his own son among the dead, his humanity is restored as he attempts to give the boy a proper burial.

Much of the film lingers on Saul’s face, leaving the most lurid shots out of focus: an interesting directorial choice that avoids a fetishistic lingering on the bodies of victims that still allows viewers to feel the full oppressiveness of his situation. A powerful, devastating film. 5 out of 5 stars. – Deana Sumanac-Johnson, reporter.

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I am looking forward to seeing this movie in December.  I will write a review of the movie after I see it. You can be sure that I will have a lot of criticism of this movie.

September 11, 2015

What is the slogan of the Jews? Revenge, Revenge, Revenge

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:06 am

HolocaustSurvivors

You can read about the Jewish slogan of Revenge for the Holocaust at http://www.reformjudaism.org/how-should-we-jews-treat-issue-revenge

I thought about this today when I read about yet another film about Jewish revenge: http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywood/article/plummer_plays_auschwitz_survivor_in_venice_film_remember

This quote is from the news story:

Christopher Plummer plays an Auschwitz survivor searching for a former camp guard in a film that explores the themes of memory and undying anger.

In Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s “Remember”, competing for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, Plummer, 85, plays Zev, a dementia-stricken resident of a Jewish home for the aged in New York.

At the behest of wheelchair-bound resident Max (Martin Landau), and as a promise to his dead wife Ruth, Zev sneaks out one night on a quest to find the concentration camp guard — and to kill him with a Glock pistol.

“It’s the last time we can tell this story in the present tense. In 10 years it would have to be a period piece,” Egoyan told Reuters in an interview, referring to the advanced age of the remaining Holocaust survivors.

“It’s very important to understand that even though we all would love to live with the cliche that time heals wounds, and that there is the possibility of rapprochement, there are a lot of people who live with rage.

“There are a lot of people who are still as angry as though it was yesterday.”

Plummer, whose most famous role was as Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” (1965), was not in Venice for the premiere but told a news conference by video link that he’d been intrigued by the character of Zev, whose memory fades in and out.

In order to carry out his mission, Zev reads instructions in a letter given him by Max, who by telephone arranges everything from limousines to hotel rooms in the quest across America and in Canada to identify one of four people, all living under the same name, as the actual camp guard.

“It was not easy, let me tell you, because I’d never done anything like this in my life before. Although I’ve played a lot of different people, they’ve all had great confidence and great authority and some (were) even royal,” Plummer said.

“So…I was dying to play an ordinary man, a simple, intelligent and educated man but who was very introverted, to say the least, and it was something very foreign to me but I was dying to accept the challenge.”

German actor Heinz Lieven, who plays one of the four men Zev has been tasked by Max to track down, said it was important that the film was made, to help keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and to educate younger generations.

“When Hitler came to power I was four years old and when he was at his end (I was) 17…which means I know these times, the incredible murdering,” Lieven said.

“Younger people have to learn, have to know it,” he said.

The film won mixed reviews in the trade press, with Variety praising Plummer’s performance but describing it as a “state-hopping Nazi-hunt mystery that puts a creditably sincere spin on material that is silly at best.”

The Holocaust is a never ending story, as Jewish revenge for the Holocaust is never ending.  You don’t hear the Germans endlessly complaining about the way that German cities were bombed during World War II.

You can read about the bombing of German cities at http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Germany_during_World_War_II

August 9, 2015

In World War II, were there 2 Americans named Alfred DeGrazia?

During World War Ii, there were American soldiers known as

During World War Ii, there were American soldiers known as “the Ritchie boys.” (click to enlarge)

After a long e-mail exchange yesterday, with a reader of my blog, I have finally figured out that there must have been two American Jewish men, both with the exact same name: Alfred DeGrazia or Alfred de Grazia. One of these men was a member of “the Ritchie boys.”  The Ritchie boys now have their own Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ritchie-Boys-of-WWII/684490604906197

Wikipedia has a page about a man named Alfred DeGrazia which has the following information:

In World War II, Alfred de Grazia served in the ranks from private to captain, specializing in mechanized warfare, intelligence and psychological warfare.[14] He received training in this then new field at in Washington D.C. and the newly established Camp Ritchie, Maryland.[15][16][citation needed] He served with the 3rd, 5th and 7th US Armies and as a liaison officer with the British 8th Army.[citation needed] He took part in six campaigns, from North Africa to Italy (Battle of Monte Cassino) to France and Germany, receiving several decorations.[citation needed][17] He co-authored a report on psychological warfare for the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force.[18] By the end of the war, he was Commanding Officer of the Psychological Warfare Propaganda Team attached to the headquarters of the 7th Army.[19][citation

Yesterday, I received several e-mail messages from the son of  another Alfred DeGrazia, in which he claimed that his father was an ordinary soldier who participated in the liberation of Buchenwald and Auschwitz; he denied that his father was a member of a Psychological Warfare Propaganda Team.  He denied that his father, the other Alfred DeGrazia, was at Dachau. He denied that his father had posed for a photo in front of the outside wall of the Dachau gas chamber. I can’t show you the offensive photo because it shows the other Alfred DeGrazia.

The current Wikipedia page on Alfred DeGrazia, which has been modified, since I first read it, begins with this quote:

Alfred de Grazia (December 29, 1919 – July 13, 2014), born in Chicago, Illinois, was a political scientist and author. He developed techniques of computer-based social network analysis in the 1950s,[1] developed new ideas about personal digital archives in the 1970s,[2] and defended the catastrophism thesis of Immanuel Velikovsky.[3]

The current Wikipedia page on Alfred DeGrazia makes me think that there might have been two men with the exact same name.

Several years ago, I saw a film about the Ritchie Boys and I wrote about it on my scrapbookpages.com website.  The following information is from my website:

The Ritchie Boys were a US special military intelligence unit in World War II composed mainly of German-speaking immigrants to the United States. They were predominantly Jews, most of whom had fled Nazi persecution. They were primarily utilized for interrogation of prisoners on the front lines and counter-intelligence in Europe because of their knowledge of the German language and culture.

The Ritchie Boys [film] is not your typical war-is-hell documentary; this is a feel-good film, suitable for the whole family. There is a noticeable lack of bitterness in the interviews with the Ritchie boys. There is no mention that any of them lost relatives in the Holocaust, although the official web site for the film says that the father of Werner Angress was “killed in Auschwitz.”

[In the film] We are spared the scenes of the emaciated survivors of the concentration camps. Only a brief glimpse of the gate into the Buchenwald camp is shown as one of the Ritchie boys, Si Lewen, talks about the effect that his visit to the Buchenwald camp had on him. [No mention of Alfred DeGrazia visiting Buchenwald]

At the start of the film, one of the Ritchie boys says that “Europe was raped.” This is a reference to the Nazi conquest of Europe, not the literal rape of millions of German women by Russian soldiers or the sodomy of captured German soldiers on the Eastern front. There are no scenes of dead German soldiers, lying face down with their trousers pulled down around their knees, that you see in other documentaries. Most of the old film footage shown in the documentary has never been seen before, but nothing in these scenes made the audience gasp.

A few mild scenes of the bomb damage in Germany are shown in the film, but no newsreel footage of mile after mile of destruction in Berlin. No photos of the ruins of the magnificent cathedrals in Cologne, Dresden and Nuremberg are included.

It was important to [German] film-maker Christian Bauer to show the Jews as the “victors,” not as the “victims.” At the same time, Bauer was careful not to show the Germans as victims in this disingenuous documentary which gives a completely false picture of World War II.

During the Boelke Kaserne segment in the documentary [film], a shot of the crematorium at Dachau is shown with bodies piled up against the wooden structure in front of the outside wall. Then another shot of some sick prisoners in wagons, which was taken at Dachau, is shown. [No photo of one of the Ritchie boys standing in front of the Dachau gas chamber wall]

This footage [of Dachau] is from the film entitled “Nazi Concentration Camps,” which was made by Lt. Col. George C. Stevens a day or two after Dachau was liberated; it was shown during the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. Christian Bauer obtained the film clips for his documentary from the US Archives.

[During World War II] There was a “recuperation camp” near the town of Nordhausen, where the [Jewish] factory workers were sent to recover when they were too sick to work in the underground factory. In the last months of the war, Jewish prisoners who had been evacuated from Auschwitz were brought to this sub-camp of Nordhausen, which was called Boelke Kaserne by the Germans.

A few days before the recuperation camp was liberated, it was bombed by American planes and around 1500 prisoners were killed. There were other prisoners who had died of tuberculosis or typhus and when the liberators arrived, there were around 3,000 unburied bodies and around 700 sick and dying prisoners who had been left behind when the camp was evacuated.

Christian Bauer obtained the film clips for his documentary from the US Archives.  Bauer now lives in Munich, 18 kilometers from Dachau. Surely, he must have recognized that this footage [in his documentary film] was taken at Dachau and not at the Nordhausen sick camp. Perhaps he used the scenes from Dachau instead of Nordhausen because so many of the bodies found at the Nordhausen “recuperation camp” had been blown to pieces by American bombs.

Christian Bauer is from the generation of Germans born after the war. He grew up during the Cold War and the American occupation of West Germany when the Germans were happy to have protection from the Communists who were just across the border in Czechoslovakia, poised to attack at any moment. America and Germany were allies by that time. Some of the Nazis were even allowed to hold government positions in Germany after the war, which was pointed out by Morris Parloff in the film.

Bauer told an American journalist in a phone interview that he “tried to reconnect with those who had to leave Germany during the war” because he felt that “an invaluable part of Germany [the Jews] had been killed or driven out of the country.”

The Ritchie boys had left Germany before the war, but in making this documentary film, Bauer was careful to conceal the fact that American immigration laws prevented more of the Jews from escaping to freedom in America.

August 4, 2015

New movie about Miklós Nyiszli is being planned

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am
Dr. Miklos at Ebensee

Dr. Milklos Nyiszli at the Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen in Austria

Update: 3:10 p.m

A reader of my blog has just made a comment in which a new book about Dr. Nyiszli is mentioned.  The title of the book is  I was doctor Mengele’s assistant.

This quote is from the comment:

Begin quote:
The excerpts from the memories:

“There was a pile of corpses in the gas chamber of Crematorium I. The Sonderkommando had begun to pull them down. The whirr of the lift and the sound of its slamming door reached my room. Work was proceeding at full pace. The gas chamber had to be emptied immediately, for another transport was due to arrive.
Suddenly the Vorarbeiter of the Gaskommando burst into by room and excitedly informed me that in among the corpses they had found a woman who was still alive.
I grabbed my medical bag, which was always kept close at hand, and rushed downstairs to the gas chamber.(…)”

End Quote

I don’t understand the above quote.  There was no “lift” in the gas chamber in Crematorium 1, which was located in the main camp. The Crematorium 1 gas chamber was on level ground with dirt piled up around it. It was NOT underground and no lift or elevator was required. The alleged gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau were underground, and one of them, Crematorium III,  did have  a  “lift” or elevator.

I believe that Dr. Nyiszli is a complete and total liar. You can see photos of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

You can see the ruins of Crematorium III on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsIII01.html

You can read about the mistakes that Dr. Nyiszli made in his book on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/dr-miklos-nyiszli-the-jewish-doctor-who-volunteered-to-help-dr-josef-mengele-in-his-experiments/

Continue reading my original post:

Dr. Miklós Nyiszli, who will be the subject of a new movie,  is shown in the photo at the top of this page.

One of the survivors of the Ebensee concentration camp, according to Martin Gilbert’s book entitled Holocaust, was Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a prisoner who had allegedly worked as a medical doctor in the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Dr. Nyiszli is shown in the photo above, wearing a white coat. The movie entitled The Gray Zone is based on his story. Now a new movie about him is being planned.

Dr. Nyiszli was allegedly an eye-witness to the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau and to the horrible medical experiments conducted on the prisoners by Dr. Josef Mengele.

When Auschwitz-Birkenau was evacuated in January 1945, Nyiszli was among the prisoners on the death march, out of the camp, to central Germany. As the American Army approached, the prisoners was marched again to Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen in Austria.

In his book entitled Holocaust, Martin Gilbert wrote the following quote from Dr. Nyiszli’s story:

On May 5, a white flag flew from the Ebensee watch-tower. It was finished. They had laid down their arms. The sun was shining brightly when, at nine o’clock, an American light tank, with three soldiers on board, arrived and took possession of the camp. We were free.

I have written extensively about Dr. Miklós Nyiszli in several blog posts which you can read in full at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/dr-miklos-nyiszli/

In my humble opinion, I am convinced that Miklós Nyiszli is a complete and total fraud. I don’t believe that Dr. Nyiszli was ever at Auschwitz.  If a new movie is ever made about him, it should be classified as fiction.

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

American director Abel Ferrara is planning a film based on the memoir of an assistant to Josef Mengele, the notorious doctor who conducted experiments at the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Ferrara, who is best known for films such as ‘King of New York’ and ‘Bad Lieutenant’, is basing the Auschwitz project on the 1946 book ‘I Was Doctor Mengele’s Assistant’, by Miklós Nyiszli.

Nyiszli was a Hungarian Jew who was transported to Auschwitz as a prisoner in 1944.

His skills as a doctor came to the attention of Dr Mengele, and he was forced to work as an assistant to the infamous medic, carrying out numerous experiments on camp inmates.

Mengele evaded capture by the Allies and fled to South America, living under a false name in Argentina, followed by Paraguay and Brazil, until his death in 1979.

Nyiszli died of a heart attack in 1956. (nh)
– See more at: http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/215985,Abel-Ferrara-planning-Auschwitz-film#sthash.9ZyN447P.dpuf

July 30, 2015

you know nothing, John Snow

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:43 am

No, I am not writing about John Snow, nor about Game of Thrones; I just wanted to get your attention.

The man who knows nothing is Fred Leuchter, who has now gone into hiding, similar to John Snow, who is allegedly dead.

The claim of the Holocaust True Believers is that Fred Leuchter knows nothing because he has a degree in History, not a degree in Chemistry.

I am presenting a report, written by Fred Leuchter, about the alleged Dachau gas chamber.  My readers can decide for themselves whether Fred Leuchter knows anything about gas chambers.

My photo of the Dachau shower room, which was allegedly a gas chamber

My photo of the Dachau shower room, which was allegedly a gas chamber (Click on photo to enlarge)

Report written by Fred Leuchter:

-Dachau-
The alleged execution facility at Dachau is located in a building called “Baracke X”. This installation was erected in 1942 and contained a crematory consisting of four (4) retorts.
It was constructed primarily as a replacement for the older and smaller two (2) retort crematory located nearby. The facility also housed a morgue, fumigation cubicles (delousing chambers), related work areas and a room identified by a sign over the door as a “Brausebad” (shower room). It is this shower room which has been alleged to be the gas chamber and which tourists today are informed was the “gas chamber”.
The alleged gas chamber has an area of some 427 square feet and a volume of some 3,246.7 cubic feet. It originally was a shower room but appears to have been modified sometime after Dachau’s capture by the Americans. The present ceiling is some 7.6 feet in height and contains some seventeen (17) pseudo-shower heads, fabricated out of what appears to be soldered sheet zinc. Additionally, it contains some eight (8) recessed lighting fixtures which are not explosion proof. It also contains two (2) alleged gas inlet ports (dumps) with internal grates measuring 15.75 inches x 27.25 inches which are welded open to the outside. This alleged gas chamber also contains a ventilation port clearly added after construction. The walls are of tile and the ceiling of concrete painted white. There are two (2) 20.5 inch x 26 inch floor drains connected to the other floor drains throughout the building and the camp. It has two (2) doors with provision for gasketing, as do many European doors.
It appears from construction that the alleged gas chamber was originally a shower room, as found in all the other investigated camps. The pseudo-shower heads are fabricated from sheet metal of a cylinder and a cone with a sprinkler type head as found on a garden type watering can. The end is sealed and not threaded. They are not connected, nor are they capable of being connected to any piping system. They are designed to appear as functional shower heads when observed from below. The ceiling with the phoney shower heads seems to have been added at a time later than original construction, apparently after capture of the camp. The ceiling is fabricated of poured concrete, cast around the pseudo shower heads. It is typical suspended-slab concrete construction. Document No. 47 of the 79th Congress, 1st Session, of the United States, includes an investigation of Dachau.
In this document, the gas chamber is described as having a 10 foot ceiling containing brass fixtures for introducing gas into the chamber. The present ceiling, as noted, is only 7.6 feet high and has none of the gas inlet fixtures described in Document No. 47.
Directly over the shower room are the steam and heating pipes, which is consistent with good and standard design for supplying hot water to the shower area. These pipes cannot be seen in the shower room today. Their existence, however, can be confirmed by observing the pipes entering into the shower room area from an off-limits corridor behind the shower room and visible only from a rear window of the building. It is an inept and extremely dangerous design to put hot, high pressure steam pipes over a chamber containing potentially explosive gas. At one end of the chamber the ventilation port was clearly added. The ports alleged to have been “Zyklon B” introduction ports, not different from apartment incinerator garbage shutes, were obviously added after the original tiling. Both these modifications are clearly discernible from the uneven replacement of the interior tiles and the exterior brick. At one end of the room there are two (2) recessed electrical boxes with grates, something which should not be in a room containing potentially explosive gas. There is no means for sealing the room to prevent gas leakage and there is no system for exhausting the gas after use or any suitable vent stack (40 foot minimum is standard). The doors are not gas proof, or even water proof. They are only water resistant. There is no system for evaporating (heating) or distributing a gas into or within the chamber. The use of the improperly designed “Zyklon B” introduction port would prevent proper evaporation of the gas from the “Zyklon B” pellets because of insufficient surface area exposure. Most, if not all, of the “Zyklon B” pellets would remain in the dumping mechanism due to insufficient angular motion of the gas pellet dump.
On a sign posted within the alleged gas chamber, Dachau Museum officials state: “GAS CHAMBER – disguised as a ‘shower room’ – never used as a gas chamber”. An examination of the alleged gas chamber clearly shows, however, that this facility was constructed as a shower room, used only for this purpose. The modifications to the room which include the addition of the ceiling, pseudo shower heads, air intake and gas inlet ports were made at a time much later than the original construction of “Baracke X” and the shower room, and for reasons and by persons unknown to this author. No samples were taken at this location due to excessively heavy tourist traffic inside the alleged gas chamber.
For the record, this alleged gas chamber would have held only forty-seven (47) persons utilizing the nine (9) square foot inclusion rule as accepted by standard engineering practice for air handling systems. Without an exhaust system or windows, it would require at least one week to vent by convection. This estimate is based on American gas chambers requiring twenty (20) minutes to vent with two complete air changes per minute, and a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours to vent a fumigated building with an abundance of windows.
An inspection of the four (4) new crematory retorts at “Baracke X” revealed that, although fired, none of these ever experienced much use, if any. These retorts were coal fired.
After an in depth investigation of the alleged gas chamber at “Baracke X,” Dachau, this investigator, in his best engineering opinion, categorically states that this installation could not have ever been utilized as an execution gas chamber. It was in fact a shower room (Brausebad) as originally labeled by the Germans.
(remainder of report on Mauthausen and Hartheim Castle deleted because it is not relevant)
Prepared this 15th day of June, 1989 at Malden, Massachusetts.
Fred A. Leuchter Associates, Inc.
Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

When I first visited Dachau in 1995, this sign was in the gas chamber.  It has since been removed.

Sign in Dachau gas chamber has been removed and the gas chamber is now claimed to have been real

Sign in Dachau gas chamber has been removed and the gas chamber is now claimed to have been real (click on photo to enlarge)

You can read more about the Dachau gas chamber at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/what-did-the-dachau-gas-chamber-look-like-the-day-after-the-camp-was-liberated/

July 22, 2015

New movie entitled “13 Minutes” tells the story of Georg Elser’s failed attempt to kill Hitler

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:07 am

You can read about a new movie, that tells the story of Georg Elser, in this news article. 

And also in this news article.

Georg Elser, the man who tried to kill Hitler

Georg Elser, the man who tried to kill Hitler, but failed

When I started blogging,  a little over 5 years ago, one of my first blog posts was about the story of Georg Elser.

Display in the Dachau Museum shows a photo of Georg Elser

Display in the Dachau Museum shows a photo of Georg Elser

When I visited the Dachau museum in 2007, one of the most interesting displays in the museum was about Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Elser had been a prisoner at Dachau; he had been released and after his release, he allegedly planted a time bomb in the beer hall where Hitler was scheduled to give a speech.

I purchased a small book which sheds some light on the case of Georg Elser. I wrote about it on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/Bunker/Elser.html

The attempt to kill Hitler failed because Hitler had left the building before the bomb went off. After Elser was arrested for trying to kill Hitler, he was held as a prisoner in the bunker at Dachau where he was treated very well, although he was kept in isolation. He was killed on April 9, 1945, according to a museum display at Dachau.

This quote is from the news article about the movie:

In recent years, German director Oliver Hirschbiegel​ has suffered one setback after another.

His Hollywood remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was taken out of his hands, his biopic of Princess Diana was universally derided – even his acclaimed Downfall, about the final days of the Third Reich, is best known as the inspiration for endless parodies on YouTube.

Yet Hirschbiegel, for all his woes, remains a talented filmmaker, as he demonstrates again in this tribute to one of the more noteworthy failures of the 20th century: German carpenter Georg Elser​’s 1939 attempt to kill Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis, which might have changed history if not for an error of timing amounting to the 13 minutes of the title.

The suspenseful opening sequence plunges us into the action, with Elser (Christian Friedel​) planting a bomb behind the wall of a tavern where Hitler is due to give a speech. On the soundtrack, his heavy breathing and the ticking of a watch add to the sense of anxiety as we try to work out just what is going on.

According to an exhibit in the Dachau Museum, which was shown at the Dachau Memorial Site in 2003, Georg Elser was secretly executed at Dachau on April 9, 1945, and his death was blamed on an Allied bombing raid.
In the original Museum exhibits, which were put up in 1965 , the execution of Georg Elser, the German hero who tried to kill Hitler, was not mentioned. For five and a half years, Johann Georg Elser had been kept in prison, first at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and then at Dachau, awaiting trial for his attempt to kill Adolf Hitler on November 8, 1939 with a bomb placed at the Bürgerbräukeller where Hitler was giving his annual speech on the anniversary of his 1923 Putsch.  Hitler left the hall early and was not hurt, although 8 people were killed by the blast and 63 others were injured, according to the Dachau Memorial Site exhibit.

Along with Elser, Captain Sigismund Payne Best, a British intelligence agent, was also imprisoned at Sachsenhausen, and later at Dachau, while he awaited trial on a charge of conspiracy in the assassination attempt by Elser, which was believed by Hitler to have been instigated by the British government.

The story of Georg Elser’s execution, according to Captain Sigismund Payne Best, is that either Adolf Hitler or Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had ordered the head of the Gestapo, SS-Gruppenführer Heinrich Müller, to deliver a letter, authorizing the execution of “special prisoner Georg Eller” during the next Allied air raid, to the Commandant of the Dachau concentration camp, Obersturmbannführer Eduard Weiter, on April 5, 1945.

Eller was a code name for Elser so that the other prisoners would not know his true identity. By some strange coincidence, Captain Payne Best had come into possession of this letter in May 1945 shortly before the end of World War II.

Normally, an execution order would have come from RSHA (Reich Security Main Office) in Berlin, addressed to the head of the Gestapo branch office at Dachau, Johann Kick. Kick would have given the order to Wilhelm Ruppert who was the SS officer in charge of executions at Dachau. Ruppert would have given the order to either Franz Trenkle or Theodor Bongartz, the two SS men who carried out executions at Dachau. After the execution, RSHA and the Gestapo would have received documentation that the execution had taken place. In the case of Georg Elser, none of this happened.

Heinrich Müller, the chief of the Gestapo, who allegedly ordered the murder of Georg Elser, was last seen leaving Hitler’s bunker on April 29, 1945, the day that Dachau was liberated. No trace of him has ever been found. Hitler killed himself the next day on April 30, 1945 and Himmler allegedly committed suicide after he was captured by the British in May 1945.

Dachau Commandant Wilhelm Eduard Weiter, who had allegedly received the order to execute Elser, shot himself at Schloss Itter, a subcamp of Dachau in Austria, on May 6, 1945, according to Johannes Tuchel, the author of “Dachau and the Nazi Terror 1933-1945.”

However, Nerin E. Gun claimed in his book “The Day of the Americans” that Weiter was shot in the neck by Ruppert at Schloss Itter because he had refused to obey Hitler’s order to kill all the Dachau prisoners.

Georg Elser had been a prisoner in the Dachau prison, called the bunker, since he was transferred from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in February 1945, according to Nerin E. Gun, a journalist who was also a prisoner at Dachau. Captain Payne Best was transferred from Sachsenhausen to Buchenwald, and from there to Dachau in April 1945.

July 11, 2015

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is back in the news today

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:15 am

In the news today, I read about a controversy that has been caused by Netflix recommending a comedy film for young people, that is supposedly comparable to the 2008 Holocaust film entitled The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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

Two outraged teenagers have condemned Netflix as “highly inappropriate” after it suggested the Inbetweeners [movie] was like the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas [movie].

Disgusted Sid Clayton and Jarvis George said they were worried comparing a comedy about schoolboys to a bleak film about a boy slaughtered in the concentration camps could offend those who lost loved ones in the Holocaust.

The two 16-year-old boys were scrolling through the film streaming site at looking for something to watch at about 8pm on Tuesday when they came across the recommendation.

Under the heading “more like the Inbetweeners” the harrowing Holocaust film was listed high school comedies like 22 Jump Street.

When I first started blogging, over 5 years ago, one of my first blog posts was a review of the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. In my blog post, I did not reveal the ending, but you can probably guess what happens to the 8-year-old Jewish boy, who wears “striped pajamas” in what is supposed to be the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

This quote is from the end of my original blog post about the boy in the striped pajamas:

As the fable comes to an end, Bruno peeks through a transom (a glass window at the top of a door) and sees his father and other SS officers watching a movie about the concentration camps in which it is shown that they had orchestras, libraries, soccer matches and a cafe for the inmates. Actually, this movie is based on real life because the Nazis did make a film of the Theresienstadt concentration camp where the prisoners enjoyed all these things before many of them were sent to Auschwitz to be gassed.

The place, where the orchestra practiced at Birkenau, was close enough to the Crematorium III gas chamber that the prisoners could hear classical music as they descended into the undressing room. The soccer field at Birkenau was a stone’s throw from the Crematorium III gas chamber. There were large libraries for the prisoners at Dachau and Buchenwald and at the Auschwitz main camp, although not at Birkenau.

After seeing part of this movie, Bruno sneaks off to the concentration camp, taking an American style Subway sandwich with him for his friend Schmuel. (Back then, the Germans typically ate one slice of bread with a slice of sausage on top and German cookbooks had to explain how to make an American “sandwich.”)

Then we see Bruno’s father as he consults with other SS men in his office. There is an architectural drawing on the table, labeled Crematorium IV, which shows a gas chamber, disguised as a shower room.

As the music gets louder and louder, we know that the unthinkable is about to happen.

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