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March 16, 2015

Toilets at Auchwitz-Birkenau were “holes in rock”

This morning, I read a news account of a student trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which included this statement:

“[the students] continued round the [Auschitz-Birkenau] camp, witnessing more horrifying scenes, even the primitive toilets of holes in rock, still retained the stench as though they’d just been used yesterday. To be assigned the cleaning duty of these was considered to be one of the best jobs to be given in the camp.”

I searched and searched to find a photo of these toilets, but found nothing until I searched my own website and found the photos, shown below, which I took in 2005.

The latrine in the quarantine barracks at Auschwitz-Berkinau

Latrine in the quarantine barracks at Auschwitz

Bunk beds in the quarantine barracks which are shown to tourists at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Bunk beds in the quarantine barracks which are shown to tourists at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The quarantine barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau are the only barracks that are shown to tourists today. The other wooden barracks have been mostly torn down.

Barracks in the quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Barracks in the quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This quote is from the news article:

TO stand inside wooden barracks designed for 52 horses, but used to house over 400 female prisoners, is to be overwhelmed by the horror of Auschwitz.

The quote above refers to the quarantine barracks that are just inside the Auschwitz-Birkeanu camp; these barracks are located to the right of the gate tower, as you enter the camp. These barracks were NOT used for “400 female prisoners.” The women’s camp is shown in my photo below.

Women's camp at Auschwitz Birkenau

Women’s camp at Auschwitz Birkenau

Apparently, these students were not told that the quarantine barracks were set up to house newly arriving prisoners until it could be determined whether they had any diseases that could spread throughout the camp. The purpose of these barracks was to save lives.

The holes in the quarantine barracks were like the holes in an outhouse.  Remember that this was back in the 1940ies when many homes, even in America, did not have indoor plumbing.

Not all of the Jews who were sent to Auschwitz were rich. Some of them lived in primitive houses with no indoor plumbing, as shown on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-long-road-from-the-shetetls-of-eastern-europe-to-the-good-life-in-america-and-the-uk-via-auschwitz/

Typically, an outhouse was not cleaned in the old days; instead the outhouse was just moved to a new spot when it was full.  The Germans were just trying to be efficient by cleaning the huge outhouse in the quarantine camp.

Today’s British students are affronted by the horror of an outhouse at Birkenau, instead of flush toilets. But do the Nazis ever get credit for trying to save lives by having quarantine barracks? No, of course not.

But I am getting ahead of myself:  The news article starts out with this quote:

On February 25 Alice Windsor of the lower sixth and I joined a group of more than 200 [British] students and teachers from schools and colleges across the West Midlands [in the UK] to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). This was set up over 10 years ago on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’ and that to grasp the scale of the Holocaust it is necessary to visit one of the Nazi [concentration] camps.

From there, the story is all down hill, as the students are told more and more lies and half-truths:

We saw the infamous “Block 11” which was the prisoner barracks where innocent people believed to have been plotting to escape were taken. If it is possible to imagine even worse conditions this was it! For example imagine a hatch the size of an oven door on the floor. Prisoners were made to crawl through and stand in a space no larger than a chimney, for up to 20 days in the pitch black with no food or water.

You can read about Block 11 on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz06.html

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp was the prison block

Reconstructed standing cell in Block 11 in the  Auschwitz 1 camp

Reconstructed standing cell in the basement of Block 11 in the Auschwitz 1 main camp

I took the photo above when I visited the Auschwitz 1 camp in 1998, accompanied by a private tour guide.  We were the only people in the Block 11 building that day.

The second time that I visited the Auschwitz 1 camp in 2005, there were so many tourists that we were not allowed to see the RECONSTRUCTED standing cells up close, nor to take photos.

You can read about the reconstructed standing cells on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz06A.html

I also wrote about the standing cells at Auschwitz on these blog posts: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/standing-cells/

It appears that the standing cell story has gotten worse over time. Now tourists are told that prisoners had to stand in these cells for 20 days.  How were the dead bodies removed after the prisoners died in these cells?

The news article continues with this quote:

One of the worst experiences for [one of the students] personally was visiting a gas chamber; here over 2,000 men, women and children were slaughtered daily. Alice and I were both distressed to see a child’s bare footprint embedded in the cement. As you enter this haunting room which smelt of death you could see nail scratch marks on the walls where people tried to literally dig themselves out. You almost hear their silent screams.

Fingernail scratches on wall of gas chamber

Fingernail scratches on the wall of the gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp where Jews literally tried to dig themselves out of the gas chamber Photo credit: Simon Robertson

I have searched and searched my photos of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, trying to find a “child’s footprint in the concrete.”

I don’t understand this.  There was a child walking around in wet concrete in the gas chamber in the main camp?  Yet somehow, the child made only one footprint?

The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp shows no footprint of a child

The photo above shows a floor mark where a wall was added to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, when it was converted into a bomb shelter for German soldiers. Do you see a child’s footprint anywhere?

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp shows no footprint

Toilet drains in the Auschwitz gas chamber

Toilet drains in the washroom next to the Auschwitz gas chamber

The photo above, which shows two toilet drains, in a room adjoining the Auschwitz gas chamber, might have a baby’s footprint in the concrete floor, but I didn’t see it.

 

 

 

March 14, 2015

Hungarian Holocaust survivor wants former SS men to live long enough to be put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:48 pm

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi has a new goal.

This quote is from the news article:

Last year, [Eva Fahidi] was bitterly disappointed when one of the few surviving Auschwitz guards indicted at this late stage by German justice died in Pennsylvania, a day before an extradition order was to be executed. The deceased man, Johann Breyer, was born in her year, 1925, and she had wanted the chance to look him in the eye at trial and ask how he could have stood on the ramp.

Now the German authorities are preparing to try another Auschwitz camp guard, Oskar Gröning, 93, in April. Her fervent wish is that he not die before her.

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Note the prisoner, wearing a striped uniform, who is standing on the right.  He is a Sonderkommando Jew who helped the Germans at Auschwitz, when the trains arrived.  Typically, the low level SS men did not work at the ramp where the Jews arrived.

This quote is also from the news article:

Begin Quote

When [Eva] was 18, she was, as she put it, “ripped off the school bench to be deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau,” one of an estimated 437,000 Hungarian Jews rounded up outside Budapest and dispatched to death camps in just 57 days in 1944.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, she recalled, “was not ready. It was too fast. The gas chambers were big enough that people could still be suffocated to death. But the crematories could not manage. So corpses were being burned on open fires.”

“Really, at the very first moment you knew something was wrong. It was the huge stench of burning corpses — only we didn’t know.”

End quote

The reason that the crematoria ovens could not keep up with burning the corpses was that there were two typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In spite of all the effort to prevent typhus at Auschwitz, there were two serious epidemics, one in the Summer of 1942 and another in the Summer of 1943.

On July 23, 1942, Commandant Hoess ordered the whole Birkenau camp to be quarantined for fear that the epidemic would spread. On July 7, 1943, he again decreed that the Birkenau camp was off-limits to the German soldiers who were the camp administrators. Allegedly, the homicidal gassing of the Jews continued even while the camp was quarantined because of typhus.

Eventually, typhus spread to the concentration camps in Germany in December 1944 and this caused many deaths in the last months of the war, particularly in the Bergen-Belsen camp where 35,000 prisoners died in only two months time. Half of all the deaths in the Dachau concentration camp were in the last six months of the war when a typhus epidemic was out of control there.

One method that was allegdly used to end the typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the gassing of the sick prisoners. On August 29, 1942, there were 746 prisoners from the Birkenau camp hospital who were gassed.

In 1981, the West German Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Dr. Josef Mengele for his crime of sending 507 Gypsy men and 528 Gypsy women to the gas chamber on May 25, 1943 because they were suspected of being infected with typhus. Dr. Mengele had died in 1979 in Brazil, but his death had been kept secret by his family.

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and have been give a shower and a change of clothing

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and have been give a shower and a change of clothing before going into their barracks

The photo above shows Hungarian women walking into the women’s section on the south side of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after they have had a shower and a change of clothes. Behind them is a transport train and in the background, on the left, is one of the camp guards.

The woman with dark hair in the center of the photo is Ella Hart Gutmann who is in the outside row facing inward. Next to her is Lida Hausler Leibovics; both women were from Uzhgorod in Hungary. Their heads have been shaved in an attempt to control the lice that spreads typhus.

If the SS guard on the left side of the photo above is still alive, he could be put on trial, so that Eva Fahidi can have at least some revenge, after all her years of suffering because of the horror of her 6-week stay at Auschwitz.

I wrote about Eva Fahidi on my website scrapbookpages.com.

This quote is from my website:

According to a book which she wrote, Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi was 18 years old when, together with her family in the town of Debrecen, Hungary, she was herded into a cattle car headed to the Birkenau death camp. Her Mother and 11-year-old sister, Gilike, were instantly murdered. Her father bore the hard labour for a few weeks only.

Eva spent six weeks in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Then she was shipped with one thousand other women to Allendorf, a slave-labour sub-camp of Buchenwald. Here, the women had to work with harmful chemical agents, “without protective gloves or masks; we inhaled all the dangerous vapour and walked in saltpeter up to our knees,” twelve hours a day, incredibly hard work, “but in comparison with a death camp it was a better option.” Here, being able “to maintain a reasonable hygienic standard; in times of great need being able to help each other,” dignified their lives and contributed to survival.

What horror did Eva suffer during her SIX WEEK stay at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which has made her so bitter and so eager to want to see SS men put on trial at the age of 90?

If the SS man in the photo above is still alive, he could be put on trial as a war criminal, so that Eva and other survivors can now have some revenge.

Maybe it would help if Eva and other survivors, who had to spend 6 whole weeks at Birkenau, knew why they were sent to this camp before being sent on to another camp to work.

The town of Auschwitz had the largest railroad hub in Europe.  All the trains in Europe could go into and out of the railroad yard in the town of Auschwitz.  That’s why a transit camp was set up at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was also a death camp for thousands of prisoners who were brought there on trains from all over Europe.

The Jews, who were capable of working, were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and given a shower and a shave (of their hair) before being sent, on another train, to another camp to work.

The Jews who were too young or too old to work were sent to the hundreds of barracks buildings in the 425 acre Auschwitz-Birkenau camp — where they were never seen again.  Obviously, they were gassed. What else could have happened to them?

Continue reading about the next elderly man who will be put on trial in Germany, so that Eva Fahini can have some revenge for her SIX WEEKS of suffering in Auschwitz Birkeanau: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/update-on-oskar-groening-the-ss-guard-at-auschwitz-who-didt-kill-with-his-hands-but-was-part-of-that-killing-machinery/

March 11, 2015

How to write a news article about Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:55 pm

I was inspired to write this blog post today when I read a news article in the The Press newspaper.

Today’s news article in The Press has all the lies correct information about Auschwitz, which you will need to know if you want to write about the Auschwitz death camp.

The town was originally named Auschwitz Oświęcim and it was originally a town in Germany Poland.

Original German castle in the town of Auschwitz

Original German castle in the town of Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the town of Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the town formerly known as Auschwitz

If anyone tells you about a book entitled Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present,  just ignore this; the information in this book is obviously a lie, even though the two co-authors are both Jewish.

The following quotes are from the article in The Press:

“…when the Nazis took the town [in 1940] and began their purge of the Jewish inhabitants, they ripped up the headstones to use them as paving slabs.”

[Prior to this, the Nazis had built the Autobahn, the world’s first freeway, but when they took over the Polish town of Oświęcim , they ripped out Jewish tombstones and used them to pave roads.]

“From the cemetery, we are taken to Auschwitz I – the first camp. It is a former Army barracks, where up to 15,000 Jews at a time were forced to live and work until they died.”

[Before the buildings in the Auschwitz I camp were used as an Army barracks, these buildings were built to house migrant workers because Auschwitz was a railroad hub.]

My 2005 photo of Buildings in the Auschwitz main camp

My 2005 photo of Buildings in the Auschwitz main camp

“Many were sent to the gas chamber here [in the Auschwitz I camp], a small, almost subterranean structure on the outskirts of the brick barrack buildings, close to the cottage of the camp’s commander, Rudolf Höss.”

[The gas chamber was “subterranean” because it was originally built to store ammunition.]

Auschwitz23

My 1998 photo above shows that the building, where the gas chamber was located, was originally built to hold ammunition. The building was not underground; dirt was mounded up around the building.

Zyklon-B was put into the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp through holes in the roof

Zyklon-B was put into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp through holes in the roof

“Around 90 per cent of [the prisoners] would die from conditions at the camp, from being worked to death, or from Zyklon B – hydrogen cyanide gas the Nazis used to make their killings more efficient.”

[This was NOT the most efficient way to kill thousands of people. Zyklon-B is a dangerous gas that could have killed the Nazis who had to throw the gas into the holes in the roof of the gas chamber at the main camp.]

My photo of the Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

You can see photos of the town, formerly known as Auschwitz on this page of my website:  http://scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Oswiecim/MarketSquare.html

March 10, 2015

New exhibits at Auschwitz main camp will show more than one gas chamber

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:37 am

According to a recent news article, which you can read  in full here, there will soon be more exhibits “spread across six blocks of the Auschwitz I camp”, which will show “how the site was converted into a place of extermination with gas chambers.”

I interpret this to mean that there were multiple gas chambers in the main Auschwitz camp.

This is the full quote from the news article:

Begin quote

”The preparation of an exhibition which is modern, accessible and at the same time tells the history of Auschwitz in a wise and balanced way, will be a key educational tool in providing future generations of Poles with a proper understanding of what the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was,” the minister said.

Owing to the need to carry out extensive renovation work at the former death camp, the changes will be staggered over a period of 11 years.

The new exhibition will spread across six blocks of the Auschwitz I camp, and it will be divided into three parts.

The first section will focus on the German perpetrators, and the organisation of the camp, as well how the site was converted into a place of extermination with gas chambers. The second section will explore the Holocaust from the perspective of the victims, and the third will focus on prisoners of all nationalities.

End quote

Disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Or could it be that the disinfection chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, shown in the photo above, are going to be opened up  to visitors. On my two visits to Auschwitz-Birkeanau in 1998 and 2005, these buildings, where clothing was disinfected, were not open to tourists.

Auschwitz in winter. This might be part of an disinfection building

This might be part of a disinfection building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp (Click on photo to enlarge)

Delousing building at Auschwitz-Birkeanau shows blue stains from use of Zyklon-B

Delousing building at Auschwitz-Birkeanau shows blue stains from use of Zyklon-B

The entrance into the one and only gas chamber in the Auschwitz 1 camp is shown in the photo below. (Click on the photo to enlarge)

Entrance into gas chamber in the main  Auschwitz camp

Entrance into gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The photo below accompanies the article.  This photo shows two  blocks in the Auschwitz 1 camp.

e09eab40-89bf-4aa5-a8e8-ad21c3b58645.fileThe caption on the photo above is “Blocks at the former Auschwitz I camp. Photo: wikicommons/Dawid Galus”

I interpreted the photo above to mean that new exhibits will be put in these two buildings in the Auschwitz main camp.  Have more gas chambers been found in the  main camp?

Disinfection chambers were called “gas chambers” so these chambers count. You can read about the disinfection chambers at Dachau, which were called “gas chambers” on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/disinfection01.html

Famous photo of an American liberator of Dachau looking  at a gas chamber

Famous photo of an American liberator of Dachau looking at a gas chamber

 

 

March 8, 2015

Himmler’s Castle at Wewelsburg shown on TV documentary

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:11 pm
The North Tower of Wewelsburg castle

The North Tower of Wewelsburg castle

Today, I watched a TV show in which the history of the Nazis and the history of Wewelsburg Castle (according to the Jews) was shown. The word Wewelsburg was mispronounced. Click on the link  below to watch the show.

http://wn.com/wewelsburg_the_mystery_of_himmler%27s_castle

I visited Wewelsburg Castle several years ago and wrote about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/

One of the towers of the Wewelsburg castle

One of the towers of the Wewelsburg castle

The TV documentary was full of lies and half truths.

This page of my website shows the Generals Hall in the North Tower: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/SSGeneralsHall.html

The documentary ridiculed the SS for wanting German men to marry German women. It was not explained why the Germans did not want to mix German blood with Jewish blood.

SS man marries a German woman at Wewelsburg castle

SS man marries a German woman at Wewelsburg castle

 

March 7, 2015

The Holocaust Trust version of Holocaust history

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 3:32 pm

This quote is from an article in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, which you can read in full here.

“For 16 years, the Holocaust Education Trust (HET) has been running trips to Auschwitz, the extermination camp where 1.2m innocent people were murdered simply because they didn’t fit narrow Nazi ideals.”

The official number of deaths at Auschwitz is now 1.1 million, down from 4 million, which was claimed for years. But it never hurts to add another 100,000 or so victims, just in  case.

The article also contains these claims:

1. Auschwitz played a leading role in the Holocaust where six million Jews and five million Slavs, Gypsies, homosexuals, disabled people and political enemies were massacred by Hitler’s genocidal regime.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/porrajmos-the-persecution-of-the-roma-and-sinti-by-the-nazis/#more-10509

2. the Polish town of Oswiecim.

The name (pronounced ‘oshee-entsim’) was once a regular town with 8,000 Jews comprising the majority of its population.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/whats-in-a-name-auschwitz-and-birkenau/

3. In 1939, it was occupied by the Nazis and renamed Auschwitz as part of the party’s ‘Lebensraum’ (living space) policy.

4. Oswiecim was purged of its Jewish population.

5. In a cemetery a short distance from the Oswiecim’s attractive main square we learn that Jewish gravestones were removed and used as paving stones, our HET guide Martin Winstone says. Hitler was determined to erase the Jewish race from the past as well as the present.

Jewish headstones used to pave roads

Jewish headstones used to pave roads

6. the headstones which were returned to the cemetery after the war.

Auschwitz main camp Photo Credit: José Ángel López

Auschwitz I camp in winter  Photo Credit: José Ángel López

7. Auschwitz I where the genocide began in 1940.

Arbeit Macht Frei sign on the Auschwitz I gate

Arbeit Macht Frei sign on the Auschwitz I gate

8. [the Arbeit macht Frei sign] means ‘work makes you free’ and was presumably intended as a sick joke; no prisoner was supposed to leave Auschwitz alive.

The Arbeit Macht Frei sign was only put on gates into camps that were Class I camps, where prisoners had a chance to be released.  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Auschwitz/Auschwitz12.html

Block 11 on the right where prisoners were given a trial before being shot at the black wall shown in the center

Block 11 on the right where prisoners were given a trial before being shot at the black wall

Prisoners were taken to the Black Wall and executed after a trial. http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz05.html

9. the jail and punishment block [Block 11] where inmates were tortured and given a kangaroo hearing before being taken out and shot at the ‘death wall’ [black wall].

Jews sent to the left to be killed

Jews sent to the left to be killed

10. Those deemed unfit, including elderly people and children, would be sent left to the gas chambers [at Auschwitz-Birkenau].

End of quotes from the news article.

Now you know the true facts of the Holocaust, dear readers.  Don’t try to deny any of this or you might go to prison for 5 years for “Holocaust denial” which is a crime in 19 countries.

 

 

March 5, 2015

Jewish women were forced to play in an orchestra as Jews marched into the gas chambers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:27 am

You can read about the Jewish women, who were forced to play in an orchestra as Jewish prisoners were marched into the gas chambers, in this article in The Star online newspaper.

The headline of the article is

Sheffield play looks at strange true story of Auschwitz orchestra

The following quote is from the news article in The Star:

The extraordinary story of an orchestra of women who were forced to play music in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz is told in Playing for Time, which is at the Crucible Theatre next week.

The story is based on the memoirs of star cabaret singer Fania Fenelon, played by Sian Phillips, who was forced to join the orchestra like the other women.

They had to perform for their SS captors and also as fellow prisoners were led to their deaths in the gas chambers.

An orchestra, consisting of 54 female prisoners, played at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp for a year and a half; this was the only female orchestra commissioned by the SS during World War II. After the women’s orchestra leader, Alma Rosé, died in October 1944, the other 53 women were sent to Bergen-Belsen, where all of them survived.

Anita Lasker Wallfisch played the cello in the women’s orchestra. In an interview in 2008, Wallfisch told a reporter that she survived Auschwitz because she was in the orchestra: “As long as they wanted an orchestra, they couldn’t put us in the gas chamber. That stupid they wouldn’t be, because we are not really replaceable. Somebody who carries stones is replaceable.”

As far as I know, Anita Lasker Wallfisch did not say that she was forced to play in an orchestra. She wanted to play in an  orchestra; no one put a gun to her head.

When I started blogging 5 years ago, my first blog post was about Tadeusz Borowski, an Auschwitz prisoner who wrote a book entitled This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.  In that blog post, I wrote: “As the victims marched to the gas chamber, there were other privileged prisoners playing soccer, as well as the prisoners in the camp orchestra who would be practicing for a concert in another nearby field.”

I also wrote about the orchestras that played at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the prisoners marched to the gas chamber, on this blog post.

Ruins of Krema III gas chamber with soccer field in the background

Ruins of Krema III gas chamber with soccer field in the background

An orchestra played near the soccer field at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the prisoners marched into the Auschwitz III gas chamber, which is shown in the photo below.

Auschwitz victims marching to the Krema III gas chamber which is shown in the background

Auschwitz prisoners marching to the Krema III gas chamber in Auschwitz-Birkenau  which is shown in the background

The news article in The Star continues with this quote:

[The women] had to perform for their SS captors and also as fellow prisoners were led to their deaths in the gas chambers.

Israeli-born Noa Bodner plays Esther, a harmonica player.

She said: “She doesn’t say much. She is quite a competent musician, she’d like to think. When she does intervene and talks she is very gritty.

“She speaks almost like a politician. She is really trying to get the others to understand the importance of continuing the Jewish lineage. She is quite proud she is a Jew.

“The way she looks at the Germans, they are not quite human, they are monsters. She thinks, ‘we are the chosen people and I am proud to be one, regardless of those monsters’.”

Did you catch that, dear readers? The Jews are proud to be Jews; the Germans are “not quite human, they are monsters.”  The Jews are the “chosen  people” and the Germans are “monsters.”  The Germans are not quite human and they will always be hated and reviled — until the end of time.

March 3, 2015

Did Amon Goeth have the authority to order executions?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am
Amon Goeth's mugshot after he was arrested by the Germans

Amon Goeth’s mugshot after he was arrested by the Germans

In my blog post today, I am answering a comment made by one of my readers. The comment is quoted below:

“So he [Amon Goeth] didn’t shoot from the balcony. That excuses the thousands upon thousans whose deaths he ordered? Where did you study convoluted logic and denial at? You ought to have a master’s degree.”

Here is my answer to this question:

Several years ago, I went to visit the spot where the Plaszow camp was formerly located. I also visited a small museum in Krakow, where I copied Goeth’s mugshot photo at the top  of this page. Goeth had been arrested by the Germans for stealing from the warehouses of the Plaszow camp.

I read several books about Amon Goeth where I studied “convoluted logic and denial.”  In all my study of this subject, I never learned that Amon Goeth had had the authority to order thousands of deaths.

Amon Goeth, the commander of the Plaszow camp

Amon Goeth, the commander of the Plaszow camp

As the commandant of the Plaszow camp, Goeth had been ordered to carry out the executions that were ordered by others. These executions took place at the Plaszow camp. The people who were executed were not prisoners in  the Plaszow camp.

According to David Crowe’s book, entitled Oscar Schindler,  Wilek Chilowicz was a Jewish prisoner, who was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow. Crowe wrote that “Göth sought permission to murder Chilowicz and several other prominent OD men in the camp on false charges.”

In all the Nazi concentration camps, the staff had to get permission from headquarters in Oranienburg to punish a prisoner, but punishment did not include murder.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney, whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis.

According to David Crowe’s book, Goeth asked one of his SS officers, Josef Sowinski, to prepare a detailed, false report about a potential camp rebellion led by Chilowicz and other OD men. Based on this report, Koppe sent a secret letter to Goeth giving him the authority to carry out the execution of Chilowicz and several other OD men. The execution took place on August 13, 1944; Goeth was arrested exactly a month later and charged by Dr. Morgen with corruption and brutality, including the murder of Wilek Chilowicz and several others.

The office in Oranienburg did not have the authority to give an execution order; an execution could only be authorized by the Gestapo in Berlin.

Due to the fact that Germany was losing the war and the SS now had bigger problems, Goeth was never put on trial in Dr. Morgen’s court and this was the last investigation done by the SS.

After the war, Dr. Morgen was arrested as a “war criminal,” and imprisoned in the bunker at the Dachau concentration camp, which had been converted into “War Crimes Enclosure No. 1” by the American military. According to David Crowe’s book, Wilek Chilowicz was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow. He wrote that “Göth sought permission to murder Chilowicz and several other prominent OD men in the camp on false charges.” In all the Nazi concentration camps, the staff had to get permission from headquarters in Oranienburg to punish a prisoner, but punishment did not include murder.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis. When Goeth realized that he was being investigated by Dr. Morgen, he sought permission from Wilhelm Koppe in the central office in Oranienburg to execute Wilek Chilowicz, who could have testified against him.

Amon Goeth leaves the courtroom in Poland after he was convicted of war crimes

Amon Goeth leaves the courtroom in Poland after he was convicted of war crimes

After World War II ended, the American military turned Amon Goeth over to the Polish government for prosecution as a war criminal. He was brought before the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland in Krakow. His trial took place between August 27, 1946 and September 5, 1946. Goeth was charged with being a member of the Nazi party and a member of the Waffen-SS, Hitler’s elite army, both of which had been designated as criminal organizations by the Allies after the war. His crimes included the charges that he had taken part in the activities of these two criminal organizations. The crime of being a Nazi applied only to Nazi officials, and Goeth had never held a job as a Nazi official. In fact, at the time of Goeth’s conviction by the Polish court, the judgment against the SS and the Nazi party as criminal organizations had not yet been made by the Nuremberg IMT.

At Goeth’s trial, the Nazi party was said to be “an organization which, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, through aggressive wars, violence and other crimes, aimed at world domination and establishment of the National-Socialist regime.” Amon Goeth was accused of personally issuing orders to deprive people of freedom, to ill-treat and exterminate individuals and whole groups of people. His crimes, including the newly created crime of genocide, came under a new law of the Allies, called Crimes against Humanity.

The charges against Amon Goeth were as follows:

(1) The accused as commandant of the forced labour camp at Plaszow (Cracow) from 11th February, 1943, till 13th September, 1944, caused the death of about 8,000 inmates by ordering a large number of them to be exterminated.

Plateau at Plaszow camp where 8,000 people were executed

Plateau at Plaszow camp where 8,000 people were executed

(2) As a SS-Sturmführer the accused carried out on behalf of SS-Sturmbannführer Willi Haase the final closing down of the Cracow ghetto. This liquidation action which began on 13th March, 1943, deprived of freedom about 10,000 people who had been interned in the camp of Plaszow, and caused the death of about 2,000.

(3) As a SS-Hauptsturmführer the accused carried out on 3rd September, 1943, the closing down of the Tarnow ghetto. As a result of this action an unknown number of people perished, having been killed on the spot in Tarnow; others died through asphyxiation during transport by rail or were exterminated in other camps, in particular at Auschwitz.

(4) Between September, 1943, and 3rd February, 1944, the accused closed down the forced labour camp at Szebnie near Jaslo by ordering the inmates to be murdered on the spot or deported to other camps, thus causing the death of several thousand persons.

(5) Simultaneously with the activities described under (1) to (4) the accused deprived the inmates of valuables, gold and money deposited by them, and appropriated those things. He also stole clothing, furniture and other movable property belonging to displaced or interned people, and sent them to Germany. The value of stolen goods and in particular of valuables reached many million zlotys at the rate of exchange in force at the time.

The last charge, as stated in number (5) above, was the crime for which he had been arrested by the Gestapo on September 13, 1944, after an investigation by Waffen-SS officer Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen.

 

March 1, 2015

Auschwitz now has online lessons for visitors

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:21 pm

You can read all about the online lessons, for visitors to Auschwitz, in this news article in the Jewish World.

This quote is from the online lessons link in the news story: http://auschwitz.org/en/history/

Begin quote:

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by Germans in 1940, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city that was annexed to the Third Reich by the Nazis. Its name was changed to Auschwitz, which also became the name of Konzentrationslager Auschwitz.

The direct reason for the establishment of the camp was the fact that mass arrests of Poles were increasing beyond the capacity of existing “local” prisons. Initially, Auschwitz was to be one more concentration camp of the type that the Nazis had been setting up since the early 1930s. It functioned in this role throughout its existence, even when, beginning in 1942, it also became the largest of the death camps.

End quote

Several years ago, I did a blog post, in which I wrote that the original name of the town was Auschwitz. I suppose that I will have to take that blog post down because the official history of Auschwitz now states that the original name of the town was Oswiecim.

Curiously, the online lessons do not have any information about the gas chambers at Auschwitz.  Maybe it’s there and I couldn’t find it.  I did find a photo of the ruins of Krema II, which is very similar to a photo, shown below, that I took in 2005.

My 2005 photo of the Ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of the Ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau

I think that the online lessons should include a photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, and explain how the gassing of the prisoners was accomplished. That’s the main thing that visitors want to know.

February 28, 2015

Hitler made known his intentions, regarding the Jews, from the very beginning

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:03 pm

A new reader of my blog wrote this in a comment:

One may dispute certain aspects, figures, whatever of the Holocaust in general (for example, how many folks actually died at a camp or via the Einsatzgruppen), but the general reality of an intentional program to eliminate certain groups in a brutal manner is indisputable.

It is true that Hitler had “an intentional program” to eliminate the Jews.  He made his intentions known in a number of speeches and in his book entitled Mein Kampf

You can read Hitler’s intentions in several speeches and in quotes from his book.

Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf:

(Quote regarding “The Big Lie”) All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true in itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional
nature than consciously or voluntarily, and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they are more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in tha art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.

From time immemorial, however, the Jews have known better than any others how falsehood and calumny can be exploited. Is not their very existance founded on one great lie, namely, that they are a religious community, whereas in reality they are a race? And what a race! One of the greatest thinkers that mankind has produced has branded the Jews for all time with a statement which is profoundly and exactly true. He (Schopenhauer) called the Jew “The Great Master of Lies.” Those who do not realize the truth of that statement, or do not wish to believe it, will never be able to lend a hand in helping Truth to prevail.

Mein Kampf, 1925

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Hitler’s Reichstag speech on January 30, 1939

We see clearly that this war could only end with the extermination of the Germanic peoples, or that Jewry must disappear from Europe. I already said it on September 1, 1939 [sic] in the German Reichstag…that this war will not end the way the Jews have foreseen it, namely that the European Aryan peoples will be exterminated; rather the result of this war will be the annihilation of Jewry. For once all the others will not bleed to death alone; for once the ancient Jewish law will come into play: an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.

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This quote is from Hiler’s speech on January 30, 1942 (monitored by the Allied monitoring service)

The Bolshevist monster, to which they want to deliver the European nations, will someday tear them and their people to pieces. The Jew will not however exterminate the European peoples, rather he will be the victim of his own plot.

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Hitler’s words, in 1943, regarding the Jews

I have also left no doubt that, if the nations of Europe are again to be regarded as mere shares to be bought and sold by those international money and finance conspirators, then that race, Jewry, which is the real guilty party in this murderous struggle, will be saddled with the responsibility. I also made it clear that this time, not only would millions of children of European Aryan races starve, not only would millions of grown men meet their death, and not only would millions of women and children be burned or bombed to death in the cities, but that the real culprit would atone for his guilt, even if by more humane means.

Quoted from Hitler’s Political Testament, page 3

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This quote is from Mein Kampf, 1925, Volume 1, page 358

The most fearsome example of this kind is Russia where he (Jewry) allowed 39 million humans in truly fanatical wildness to die or starve in inhuman agony, in order to secure the mastery of a great people for a gang of Jewish literati and stock exchange bandits.

The result is not only the end of freedom for the people oppressed by the Jews, but rather also the end of these parasites of the peoples themselves. After the death of the victim, the vampire dies sooner or later.

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The following quote is from Mein Kampf, 1925, Volume 1, page 61

Was there any excrement, any shamelessness in any form, above all in cultural life, in which at least one Jew would not have been involved? As soon as one even carefully cut into such an abscess, one found, like maggots in a decaying body, often blinded by the sudden light, a kike.

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At no time did Hitler ever say that the Jews were a  superior group of people, who had never done anything wrong, but he wanted them out of Europe, for no reason at all.

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