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January 10, 2017

Should American students learn anything about Hitler?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

The reason that I am asking if American schools should teach anything about Hitler, and the history of Nazi Germany, is because I have just read a news article in which this question is discussed: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/parents-upset-over-school-project-that-includes-dressing-up-like-hitler/384650275

Adolf Hitler is one of the most famous persons in History, if not THE most famous person in History. American students should know this about him:

Hitler killed 6 million Jews! or was it 1.5 million? Whatever the number, you can’t kill Jews and expect to be honored as an important person in history!

If you kill even one Jew, you will forever be hated and reviled the world over, until the end of time. The Jews will see to that!

The number one rule, in any country, is MUST LOVE JEWS!

Here’s my suggestion: I think that American students should be shown the famous movie made by Leni Riefenstahl, which is entitled “Triumph of the Will”. This is a movie about the rise of Hitler. Hint: Hitler was a self made man! He was born the lowest of the low, and rose to be the man most loved, and most hated, in history.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will

In this movie, students will see old film clips in which Hitler is shown being cheered by millions of people as he rides through the streets of Germany, with no protection from the crowds of people, who are cheering him and throwing flowers at this feet.

The sad truth is that Hitler was more loved, and more admired than any other man in history — until the Jews got their revenge and made him into the most hated man in the world.

Regular viewers of the History Channel will recognize the marble reviewing stand at the Zeppelin Field, shown in my photograph below:

The place where Hitler used stand as he reviewed his troops

My photo of the place where Hitler stood as he reviewed his troops

This is the place where the Nazi swastika was blown up by the Allies in a symbolic display of victory over the Nazis on April 24, 1945.

The film clip of the dynamiting of the swastika has been shown thousands of time on American TV.

On the central promontory, which is the speaker’s stand, where Hitler used to give his speeches, you can still make out the faint outline of another swastika which was removed from the marble by the American military.

Inside the Golden Hall, at the Zeppelin Field, a gold mosaic swastika has been left on the ceiling as a grim reminder of Germany’s dark past.

Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927

Hitler in Nuremberg in 1927

You can read the history of the Nazi rallies on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg04A.html

January 9, 2017

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers” what do you get?

Every morning, I start my day by googling “Holocaust gas chambers” and then reading the news results first. There is always a long list of news stories about the Holocaust. Almost all the news stories are about the True Believer version of the Holocaust, as told by Holocaust survivors who have lived to an advanced age.

Today, I googled “Holocaust gas chambers” as usual, but  read the web results, instead of the news stories.

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers”, my website comes up at Number 7, and my blog comes up at Number 10.
https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/stuck-in-the-door-of-the-gas-chamber-how-irene-zisblatt-survived-auschwitz-birkenau/

When you google “Holocaust gas chambers” and click on “images”, four of my photos are in the top 10.

I am very happy that all of the time and effort that I have put into my website and my blog has not gone by the wayside.

 

January 8, 2017

Holocaust victims had to wear “ersatz trousers”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am
Holocaust survivor holds her late husband's trousers that he wore at Auschwitz

Holocaust survivor holds the trousers that her late husband wore at Auschwitz where he was a prisoner

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/antiques-roadshow-discovering-lost-objects-holocaust/

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In a carrier bag stowed at the top of her wardrobe, Sybil Van der Velde keeps a pair of trousers. They are made of a thick ersatz cloth, striped blue and a white that has slowly yellowed over the decades.

The bottoms are frayed and legs flecked with stains. Still, unmistakably, they are the uniform of the dreaded Auschwitz concentration camp. Clothes synonymous with the worst of humanity, and for Sybil’s husband Joe, the only possessions he had left in the world for four interminable years living in the shadow of the gas chambers.  [ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/11370972/Holocaust-Memorial-Day-Telegraph-revealed-Nazi-gas-chambers-three-years-before-liberation-of-Auschwitz.html ]

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Ersatz was a word that was frequently used during World War II, when many things, such as coffee, were rationed. Civilians in America had to drink “ersatz coffee” because real coffee was rationed.

But coffee beans were not rationed; my family bought coffee beans and ground them in a coffee grinder, which I still have in my house, just as this woman has her husband’s “ersatz trousers”.

I vaguely recall reading about this woman’s story before, and as I recall, I blogged about it at that time.

How does this woman know that her husband wore this exact pair of pants?

The background in the photo shows that she is currently living in luxury, but she is still complaining. I think that she somehow found a pair of pants that look like what the prisoners wore at Auschwitz, but are not authentic.

January 7, 2017

Victory of Faith

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

January 6, 2017

How and why I began blogging…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:02 am

Many years ago, before I knew what a blog was, I was contacted by a man who was writing a book about the Dachau prisoners, who had been sent to the South Tyrol, shortly before the Dachau camp was liberated by American soldiers.  Franz Halder, the mystery man pictured in the blog post that immediately precedes this one, was among these prisoners.

This man’s theory was that these Dachau prisoners, who had been housed in a separate section of the Dachau camp, were sent to the South Tyrol in order to kill them.

This didn’t make sense to me. Why not just kill them inside the Dachau camp?

I wrote about the Dachau prisoners on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Background02.html

The following quote is from my website page, cited above:

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On April 26, 1945, three days before the American liberators arrived at Dachau, a transport of 1,735 Jewish prisoners left on a train bound for the mountains in southern Germany. Then another 6,887 prisoners, half of them Jews and half of them Russian POWs, were marched south toward the mountains of the South Tyrol. According to testimony given at the Nuremberg IMT, the march to the Tyrol was part of a plan, devised by Ernst Kaltenbrunner, to kill all these prisoners.

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The march to the South Tyrol didn’t make sense to me.  Why not just kill these prisoners inside the Dachau camp? I thought that the reason that these prisoners were being sent to the South Tyrol was to SAVE them, not to KILL them.

The following quote is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

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Nerin E. Gun, a journalist who was a former prisoner at Dachau, wrote the following in his book entitled “The Day of the Americans,” published in 1966:

Begin quote from Nerin E. Gun’s book:

The SS commandant of the camp, Weiter, for having disobeyed Hitler’s orders, was executed by a fanatic SS sergeant, Ruppert, in the countryside while trying to escape. Weiter died with a bullet in the neck, clutching a picture of Hitler.

End quote from Gun’s book

Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert was the SS officer in charge of executions at Dachau; he was put on trial by an American Military Tribunal in November 1945, but he was not charged with the murder of Weiter, nor with the murder of four British SOE women, another crime that he had been accused of, by a former prisoner.

May 6, 1945, the day that Weiter either committed suicide or was shot by someone else, was the same day that the 137 Dachau VIP prisoners were liberated by American soldiers. According to Gun, an SS man named Fritz threw a grenade at the liberators.

Regarding the American retaliation for the grenade attack, Gun wrote the following in “The Day of the Americans”:

Begin quote from “The Day of the Americans”:

The Americans were furious and shot down all the guards posted around the village. The Resistance, during this time, had not sat on its hands. The six Gestapo functionaries, the professional killers who had joined the convoy at Innsbruck, were hanging from the trees in the village square.

End quote from “The Day of the Americans”.

Nerin E. Gun also wrote that Dr. Sigmund Rascher was shot in Innsbruck, although the Museum at Dachau says that Dr. Rascher was executed, on the orders of Heinrich Himmler, in the bunker on April 26, 1945, the day that the VIP prisoners at Dachau were evacuated from the camp to the South Tyrol.

 

 

 

Can you identify this German man?

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:53 am

Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1970-052-08, Franz Halder.jpg

Here is a chance to show how smart you are!

Can you identify this German man and tell the world the important role that he played in history?  Or can you point out any facts about him, not already mentioned by any other reader of my blog who is commenting here?

Those who answer correctly will be recognized as people who know the something about history.  Those commenters, who don’t know the answer, will identify themselves as being clueless.

One interesting fact is that I started my blog about 7 years ago when a man, who was writing a blog, contacted me regarding the facts of  World War II history, which included this man.

I said “What’s a blog?”

The man, who had contacted me, eventually gave up writing his blog and I started mine.

That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out.

January 4, 2017

Triumpf of the Will

Filed under: Germany, movies, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:57 pm

The movie Triumph of the Will was mentioned in the TV news. I wrote about this famous movie on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Nurnberg/Nurnberg04A.html

You can watch the famous movie on you-tube.

Quote from my website:

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The Nazi party rallies in Nürnberg, Germany were designed to impress the rest of the world with Germany’s military might and the party’s solid support of Hitler. To people who were alive before World War II started, the name Nürnberg immediately evokes images of the spectacular Nazi rallies.

The speeches were broadcast around the world by radio, and films of the event were shown in the newsreels that preceded movies in theaters, the 1930ies substitute for television world news.

In 1935, Hitler commissioned the beautiful and talented movie actress, Leni Riefenstahl, to produce the film “Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), which is still frequently shown on the History Channel on cable television; it is a propaganda documentary of the 1935 annual party rally at the Zeppelin Field.

In 1934, Albert Speer was commissioned to design a permanent stone structure for the party rallies at the Zeppelin Field. According to Speer, his design was “a mighty flight of stairs topped and enclosed by a long colonnade, flanked on both ends by stone abutments. Undoubtedly it was influenced by the Pergamum altar.” He added that “The structure had a length of thirteen hundred feet and a height of eighty feet. It was almost twice the length of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.”

January 3, 2017

Follow the red brick road — to the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 8:53 am

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My 2007 photo above shows the red brick path on which the Jews walked into the Dachau concentration camp.

In 2005, the entrance into the Dachau Memorial site was changed, to a different location, so that visitors could walk on the exact same brick path, on which the prisoners walked, as they neared the Arbeit Macht Frei gate into the prison camp.

My photo above shows the brick path and the grass covering the rubble of the factory buildings that were torn down after American troops took over the SS training camp and garrison next door to the concentration camp. The buildings in the background are in the former SS camp that was right next to the Dachau concentration camp.

A new gravel path, which leads from the Dachau bus stop to the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, was constructed in 2005 on the south side of the Dachau complex, which includes the former concentration camp and what is left of the former SS Army Garrison and Training Center for concentration camp administrators. Dachau tour guides refer to the SS Training Camp as a “school of violence” or a “school of terror.”

The entrance into the Dachau Memorial Site was changed again when a new Visitor’s Center was completed. New signs which tell the story of Dachau were added. I wrote about the new Visitor’s Center at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/visitors-center-at-dachau/

Visitors can now see a few of the buildings inside the former SS garrison, including the Administration building which is the white building trimmed in yellow on the right in the photo above. When I visited in 2007, I was told that this building was the Commandant’s house, but I have since learned that his house was torn down in 1987.

The brick path, shown in my photo above, was originally lined on both sides by a row of poplar trees. On the left side of the road, as you are looking into the SS training camp, there were formerly factories where the prisoners worked, and on the right side was an open field with a view of the barracks inside the concentration camp.

Most visitors assume that the tracks on the left side of the photo above were railroad tracks, on which trains loaded with prisoners arrived at the camp. These tracks were actually narrow gauge tracks used to transport material to and from the Dachau factories, where the prisoners worked.

New prisoners had to walk 3 kilometers to the Dachau concentration camp, from the railroad station in the town of Dachau. There are now 12 posters along the route from the station to the camp which tell visitors what happened as the prisoners walked through the town.

The Dachau camp was not turned into a Memorial Site until 1965. A visitor, who saw the former Dachau concentrtion camp in 1964 wrote this on his blog:

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One evening I asked what I shouldn’t miss when in Munich. More than one fellow traveler told me to make sure I visited Dachau, which was not far to the north. The next morning I made my way to the Autobahn and hitchhiked north towards the infamous destination. Drivers who picked me up would ask where I was going. When I replied “Dachau”, the response was uniform; the conversation quieted to silence. In retrospect, the response shifted from awkward embarrassment to naked shame.

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The Dachau concentration camp was located inside a large complex, which included an SS Army garrison and an SS Training Camp. When the Memorial Site first opened in 1965, the US Army was still occupying the former SS garrison and the gatehouse building was being used by the Americans, so the entrance to the concentration camp was on the east side of the camp, not through the “Arbeit macht Frei” gate into the camp.

BarbedWireFence.jpgMy photo above shows the “very long border of the high wire fence,” which visitors to Dachau saw in 1964.

January 2, 2017

Pressac says that the Germans used dummy shower heads inside the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:54 pm

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I took the photo above when I visited the Dachau memorial site. This was the last remaining shower head inside the alleged gas chamber. All the others had been stolen by tourists.

Note that the shower head in the photo above was smashed by a visitor to the Dachau camp.

You can read about Pressac in a recent news article at http://www.5280.com/news/magazine/2016/12/honor-international-holocaust-remembrance-day-boulder

If you have never heard of Jean Claude Pressac, this means that you have never studied the Holocaust.

The news article begins with the following quote:

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Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany killed about six million Jews. Nothing will ever adequately answer the question “Why?”—but the Mazal Holocaust Collection, one of the largest private Holocaust archives in the country, provides some clues. In 2014, the daughter of the late Harry Mazal, a Texas businessman, gifted her father’s library to the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. And with January 27 being International Holocaust Remembrance Day, there’s no more appropriate time to explore the collection.

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You can read about the late Henry Mazel at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ahro

I have visited the Dachau memorial site several times, and I have a large section about Dachau on my website at:

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

The news article also includes the following quote:

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American forces liberated the [concentration] camp at Dachau on April 29, 1945. Two days later, a congressional committee toured the site. Its report unveiled the terrors committed there in grim detail: As Allied forces closed in on Germany, the Nazis relocated captives by train to Dachau. “[A]t least 100 of these civilian prisoners had been jammed into each [of the 50 cars]—locked in—and they had been on the road for several days without food or water. Approximately 3,000 of them were dead upon arrival.”

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I wrote about the Dachau “death train” on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain.html

You can read more about the Dachau camp on this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/index.html


Happy New Year!

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:38 pm

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