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June 21, 2015

Queen Elizabeth will soon visit the former Bergen-Belsen exchange camp

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

Back in the Dark Ages, when I was a student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, we were taught that there are only 3 rules of Journalism: ACCURACY,  ACCURACY, ACCURACY.

My first Journalism assignment was a job on the copy desk of a city newspaper where I checked news stories for errors and omissions.

There was no google back then; I had to look up possible errors in an encyclopedia, or call someone to verify questionable information. The newspaper had a “morgue” which was filled with previous news stories that I could also use to verify information.

When the presses rolled, and the first newspapers of the day were being printed, it was my job to go into the press room and quickly check the front page for errors before these papers hit the streets. If there was a serious error, it was my job to yell “Stop the presses.”

Today, I read a news article, which has this headline:

Queen Elizabeth II Will Visit Bergen-Belsen, Former Concentration Camp in Germany

Stop the Presses! There is a serious error in this headline.

There was a German army camp near the town of Belsen, and because of this, a POW camp set up there in 1940. This POW camp later became an exchange camp for Jews. It was not until December 1944 that the exchange camp became a concentration camp because none of the Allied countries wanted to exchange German prisoners for Jews.

So Bergen-Belsen should not be described as a “concentration camp” without explaining that the camp was originally set up for Soviet POWs and that it later became an Exchange camp for the purpose of exchanging Jews for German prisoners in American and British internment camps.

The newspaper article mentions that the Queen will visit the memorial to Anne Frank and her sister Margot, both of whom died in the typhus epidemic at Bergen-Belsen.  Could we see a photo of the memorial please?

I took the photos below when I visited the Bergen-Belsen memorial site in 2001.

Memorial stone for Margot Frank and Anne Franck at Bergen-Belsen

Memorial stone for Margot Frank and Anne Franck at Bergen-Belsen

Mass grave behind the Anne Frank memorial stone

Mass grave behind the Anne Frank memorial stone

The thousands of prisoners who died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen are buried in mass graves, like the one shown in the background of the photo above.

Tourists leave momentos  on  the stones at the mass graves at Bergen-Belsen

Tourists leave personal items on the stones at the mass graves at Bergen-Belsen

Yes, the photos above show the mass graves, into which the British shoved the bodies of the dead Jews with bulldozers.

Anne Frank and her sister Margo were originally prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous death camp, before they were sent to the sick camp at Bergen-Belsen where they both died of typhus.

According to the Memorial Site at Bergen-Belsen, the camp population on December 1, 1944 was 15,257. By February 1, 1945, there were 22,000 prisoners in the camp, and by March 1, 1945, the number of inmates had swelled to 41,520. On April 15, 1945, there were an estimated 60,000 prisoners in the camp.

A total of 50,000 prisoners died during the two years the camp was in operation, including 13,000 who died of weakness and disease AFTER the camp was liberated. By far the biggest killer in the camp was typhus, a deadly disease that is transmitted by body lice.

The story of Bergen-Belsen can be summed up by a chart that hangs on the wall of the Museum there. It shows that there were 350 deaths in the camp in December 1944 before the typhus epidemic started. In January 1945, after a typhoid epidemic started, there were between 800 and 1000 deaths; in February 1945, after the typhus epidemic broke out, there were 6,000 to 7,000 deaths.

In March 1945, the number of deaths had escalated to an incredible 18,168 in only one month. In April 1945, the deaths were 18,355 in only one month, with half of these deaths occurring after the British took over.

Unlike the death camps in Poland, the Bergen-Belsen camp was not equipped to handle this kind of death rate; there was only one crematory oven in the camp.

There was only one oven to burn the dead bodies at Bergen-Belsen

There was only one oven to burn the dead bodies at Bergen-Belsen

When the British arrived on April 15, 1945, there were 10,000 bodies that were still unburied, and more were dying every day because the Germans could not control the epidemics. By the end of April, in only two weeks time, 9000 more had died. Another 4,000 died before the end of May.

In February 1945, a transport of Hungarian Jews arrived at Bergen-Belsen at a time when the disinfection chambers were temporarily not in use, and as a result, lice got into the camp, causing a typhus epidemic to break out. Heinrich Himmler, who was in charge of all the concentration camps, ordered that “all medical means necessary to combat the epidemic should be employed” but in spite of this, the epidemic quickly spread beyond control.

There were also epidemics of typhoid and dysentery at Bergen-Belsen, as well as a shortage of food and water after the camp became part of the war zone in Germany in the final days of World War II.

A sign that was put up by the British at Bergen-Belsen

A sign that was put up by the British at Bergen-Belsen

A few of the bodies at Bergen-Belsen were buried in individual graves

A few of the bodies at Bergen-Belsen were buried in individual graves

The three old photos, shown above, were sent to me by Kerry Smith; these photos were taken in 1945 by Oswald Lewis, a British soldier who participated in the cleanup operation at Bergen-Belsen.

Memorial to Lithuanian Jews coming down

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:15 am
Lithuanians killing Jews as German soldiers watch

Lithuanians killing Jews as German soldiers watch

I have previously written about the killing of the Lithuanian Jews on these two blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/us-holocaust-memorial-museum-has-a-new-exhibit-on-the-lithuanian-jews/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/the-killing-of-the-jews-in-lithuania/

Now the subject of the Lithuanian Jews is in the news again.

Memorial to Lithuanian Jews killed in the Holocaust is  coming down

Holocaust memorial wall in Vilnius, Lithuania

The caption on the photo above reads:

Shmuel Levin, chairman of the Jewish religious Community of Vilnius and Lithuania, leans against a wall of the power substation built of tombstones from a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius. City officials want to tear the substation down and return the tombstones used to build it to Lithuania’s tiny Jewish community, which was nearly wiped out during the the Holocaust.

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

As the last generation of Holocaust survivors begin to leave us, it is more imperative than ever that, as an international community, we assure that the memory of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century does not perish with them.

As a descendent of Lithuanian Holocaust victims, I have spent the last 20 years assuring that the awareness of the Holocaust in Lithuania is not forgotten: 212,000 Lithuanian Jews perished under the hands of the Nazi and Lithuanian collaborators. Yet, the only Holocaust memorial in the country’s capital stands hidden away from public view. This monument, which I have commissioned and aptly named Flame of Hope, is a vital physical reminder of the Shoah in Lithuania, and it is my deepest hope that the newly appointed Commission on Jewish Affairs seriously considers moving the monument to a more public site in the center of Vilnius, where its message can resound within the republic and the rest of the world.

Listening to the sound of my mother’s sobbing after the loss of her father, brother, family and friends in Lithuania, as well as taunts of “Polaca cochina” (Dirty Jew) from my Costa Rican classmates motivated me to spearhead a campaign to install a Holocaust monument in Lithuania to commemorate the genocide of 96.4 percent of the Nation’s Jews during the Holocaust.

What a revolting development this is!  The poor  Lithuanian Jews, who never did  anyone any harm, will now have their beautiful memorial removed.

The elusive gas chamber at Dachau

Gas chamber in the shower room at  Dachau

Gas chamber in the shower room at Dachau

I was shocked to learn, from a comment made by a reader of my blog, that Wikipedia does not mention the gas chamber at Dachau. I couldn’t believe it. I had to check it out for myself, and sure  enough, there is no mention of any gas chambers, of any kind at Dachau, on the Wikipedia page.

But don’t get the idea that you can now deny the Dachau gas chamber, just because Wikipedia doesn’t mention  it.

Door into the Dachau gas chamber, disguised as a shower  room

Door into the Dachau gas chamber, disguised as a shower room

The Dachau homicidal gas chamber (in the shower room) and the 4 disinfection gas chambers are still there; you will go to prison for 5 years if you deny this. Don’t count on using Wikipedia in your defense at your Holocaust denial trial.  There is no defense against Holocaust denial, which is now against the law in 19 countries.

When American troops liberated Dachau, they found a homicidal gas chamber, which was disguised as a shower room. I  wrote about this on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/history02.html

Now, after all these years, Wikipedia is denying the Dachau gas chamber.

However, I did learn this on the Dachau Wikipedia page:

On 14 April 1945, Himmler ordered the evacuation of the camp and the extermination of all inmates at Dachau, writing, “No prisoners shall be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy alive.”[5] Approximately 10,000 of the 30,000 prisoners were sick at the time of liberation.[6] [7]

If you click on [5] on the Wikipedia page, you will see this:
Slaying of All at Dachau Was Ordered by Nazis. New York Times 7 May 1945. pg. 5

So now we are supposed to believe the New York Times article which says that Heinrich Himmler ordered all the Dachau prisoners to be killed? Sorry, but I need a better source than the New York Times, aka “the Jew York Times”.

I studied the alleged story that Himmler gave an order to kill all the Dachau prisoners extensively, and blogged about it on this blog  post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/did-himmler-really-order-all-the-prisoners-at-dachau-to-be-killed/

I previously blogged about the lack of any mention of the Dachau gas chamber on Wikipedia at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/wikipedia-does-not-mention-the-gas-chambers-at-dachau/

June 19, 2015

“Look Who’s Back” — it’s Hitler and he’s denying the Holocaust

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:16 am

A recent news article in the Washington Post, written by Richard Cohen, is headlined “A novel about Hitler trivializes the Holocaust.”

This quote is from the article by Richard Cohen:

Look Who’s Back,” the Timur Vermes book on which this is based, was a huge bestseller in Germany. In America, it has been politely if not extravagantly reviewed. Here and there a grumpy critic has wondered about the propriety of a book in which Hitler speaks in the first person and we get into the mind of a man whose name is synonymous with evil. Hitler, however, does not think; he spouts and erupts — a walking placard. He’s a bore.

The photo below is shown at the top of the article.

The gate into the Dachau camp has been replaced after it was stolen Photo Credit: Getty Images

The gate into the Dachau camp has been replaced after it was stolen Photo Credit: Getty Images

How many times have I complained about inappropriate photos in news articles about the Holocaust!

What is Cohen trying to say? That Dachau was a death camp where Jews were killed?

Yes, tourists are now told that Dachau was a camp where Jews were gassed in the shower room.  Don’t deny this, or you will go to prison in 19 countries.  O.K. you can deny it if you live in America, but not for long.

This quote is from the news article:

A book such as this risks being accused of trivializing Hitler. After all, the fictional Hitler is something of a buffoon and at times is oddly empathetic to some of his colleagues. No doubt, he is being trivialized, as has been Auschwitz, where tourists now take selfies . Rock concerts are held nearby. In this way, the present thoughtlessly insults the past.

But where Vermes goes wrong is in his focus. It’s entirely on Hitler and the Germany that accepts him in his reincarnated state. Missing are Hitler’s victims — their deaths by the millions, their suffering. I understand what Vermes set out to do, and I happen to think that humor is its own justification. But by bringing the camera in so tight, we cannot see over Hitler’s shoulder. Behind him is a Holocaust that for some people consumed faith itself.

Here is another quote from the same article:

As I read “Look Who’s Back,” I wanted this Hitler to acknowledge how he made others suffer. He observes the absence of Jews and mouths his contempt for them, but they are all out there somewhere, faceless, emotionless. Nor does he have anything to say about how he starved Russian POWs to death by the millions and murdered gypsies and homosexuals and Poles and . . . . It is a very long list.

How many homosexuals were “murdered” in the Holocaust? I wrote about homosexuals in the Holocaust on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/hitler-started-with-the-gays-say-what/

Gypsies waiting to be gassed at Belzec death camp

Gypsies waiting to be gassed at Belzec death camp

The Gypsies shown in the photo above appear to be very calm; they do not know that they will soon be gassed.  Why would Hitler want to gas the Gypsies, who never did anyone any harm?

That’s all, folks. Come back tomorrow for more news about the Holocaust.

June 18, 2015

Documentation Center for Nazi history stands out in Munich

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:22 am
Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

My blog post today is about a new Jewish center that has been built in Munich, a famous tourist destination in Germany, where the Nazis formerly had their headquarters.

You can read about the documentation center in a recent New York Times article here.

Jewish documentation center stands out in historic city of Munich

Jewish documentation center stands out in historic city of Munich, which was Hitler’s headquarters

Historic buildings in Munich -- with storm clouds gathering

Historic buildings in Munich — with storm clouds gathering

Historic Rathaus in Munich

Historic Rathaus in Munich

This quote is from the New York Times article:

Munich is the birthplace of the Nazi party. There are walking tours of Munich which take tourists to the places associated with Hitler and the Nazis, including the house on Schleissheimerstrasse where Hitler stayed when he arrived in Munich in 1913, the Hotel Torbau which is the site of the beer hall where the SS was founded, and the room upstairs in the Hofbräuhaus where the Nazi party proclaimed its 25-point program. It was at the Hofbräuhaus that Hitler gave a two and a half hour speech on February 24, 1920 to 2,000 supporters.

A few blocks from the Marienplatz is the Feldherrenhalle where a plaque in the pavement honors the four policemen who were killed during the climax of Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch, which also claimed the lives of 16 Nazis.

Odeon Platz where German heroes are honored

Odeon Platz where German heroes are honored

Yes, Munich is the birthplace of the Nazi party. The last time that I visited Munich in 2007, there were walking tours which took tourists to the places associated with Hitler and the Nazis, including the house on Schleissheimerstrasse where Hitler stayed when he arrived in Munich in 1913, the Hotel Torbau which is the site of the beer hall where the SS was founded, and the room upstairs in the Hofbräuhaus where the Nazi party proclaimed its 25-point program. It was at the Hofbräuhaus that Hitler gave a two and a half hour speech on February 24, 1920 to 2,000 supporters.

Hofbrauhaus in Munich

Hofbrauhaus in Munich is a favorite tourist attraction

Famous swastika on the ceiling of the Hofbrauhaus has been  painted over

Famous swastika on the ceiling of the Hofbrauhaus has been painted over

But all this Munich history is shon forbei. Now it is all about the Jews who are in control of Germany, and especially in control of Munich.

Synagogue in Munich, Germany

Synagogue in Munich, Germany

Synagogue, Jewish Museum and Jewish Center in Munich Photo Credit: www.weichlein.com

Synagogue, Jewish Museum and Jewish Center in Munich
Photo Credit: http://www.weichlein.com

The Jews now  have their  own country, thanks to Hitler, but they want to live in Germany, where they want to put up their own  style of  architecture in historic German cities.

The point that I am trying to make here, in case you missed it, is that Jewish architecture does not belong in Germany. It belongs in Israel. For example, the building shown below, which is in the German city of Berlin, belongs in Israel.

Building designed by Jewish architect is in Berlin

Building designed by Jewish architect is in Berlin, a city in Germany

June 17, 2015

Where can I get a “2015 Revisionist Guidebook”?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am
Entrance into the famous Gate of Death at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of the entrance into the famous Gate of Death at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The British are at the forefront today in keeping the Holocaust alive. They send thousands of students to Auschwitz every year to be indoctrinated with lies. I have written about the British HET tours many times on my blog, including this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/british-students-on-het-tour-of-auschwitz-learn-about-the-block-of-death/

Now the British are contemplating a Holocaust denial law, according to a news story, which you can read in full here.

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote:

[Tony] Blair’s charms and inward palms failed to win over the Israelis and Palestinians during a tricky stint as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy, so now he’s taken on another tough gig – chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, which aims to make Holocaust denial illegal.

[…]

First, people have every right to be outed as idiots. They should be free to say that fish get around on bikes, Qatar is an appropriate World Cup host and the Holocaust never happened. Others react accordingly. The village idiot has always been treated the same way. But criminalising stupidity? Where does that end?

Secondly, free speech is too damned important. Mess with it at your peril. Take it from a Jew. We know. Hitler denied virtually every freedom, but he started with free speech. Silencing opinion, no matter how obscene, is the first step on a perilous road.

Third, Tony’s way off-target. He’s fighting the wrong fight. Flat-out Holocaust deniers are few and febrile. These days they tend to wear red trousers and tweed jackets and stare oddly into the middle-distance. Think of goons like Nick Griffin or oafs like David Irving. Granted, Holocaust denial is still rampant throughout the Muslim world, where it is often seen alongside Jewish plans for world domination (ah, those…), but in countries where Protocols of the Elders of Zion isn’t a bestseller, you have to work harder to get an audience.

Flat out Holocaust denial is so last century. Instead, Tony should focus on the Holocaust blurrers. They’re a whole different kettle of bike-riding fish.

End quote

I suspect that I might be one of those dreaded “blurrers” or maybe an “oaf” like David Irving. I am certainly not normal because every time I see a so-called Holocaust gas chamber, I say “Something wrong!”

I assume that a “blurrer” is a person who blurs something, but there is no such word as blurrer — I checked.

I had to look up the word febrile: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Febrile_seizure

I have never had a “seizure” when touring a concentration camp, but I have had to suppress laughter many times on my trips to the death camps.

The proof of the Holocaust is the ruins of the gas chambers. The photo below shows the ruins of Krema II.

The ruins of the Krema II gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The ruins of the Krema II gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

What is the proof that the ruins, shown in my 2005 photo above, are the ruins of a gas chamber?  Oh, ye of little faith! The Holocaust is a religion. If you don’t believe in the Holocaust religion, in 19 countries, you will go to prison for 5 years.

June 16, 2015

Is the Auschwitz III camp (Monowitz) now open to visitors

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:44 am

This morning, I read a news article here which included this quote:

Over 200 Educators Visit Auschwitz, Gaining Valuable Experience
Visitors on this trip visited the entire camp, which consists of three separate sections: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II which is also known as Birkenau, and Auschwitz III the labor camp.

Did this tour group really visit the Monowitz camp? I thought that the Auschwitz III camp [Monowitz] was off limits because the factories there are still being used.

The Monowitz sub-camp of Auschwitz was known as Bunalager (Buna Camp) until November 1943 when it became the KL Auschwitz III camp with its own administrative headquarters.

Auschwitz III consisted of 28 sub-camps which were built between 1942 and 1944. This area of Upper Silesia was known as the “Black Triangle” because of its coal deposits.

The Buna plant attracted the attention of the Allies, and there were several bombing raids on the factories.

On my two trips to Auschwitz, in 1998 and 2005, I tried my best to take a tour of the Monowitz (Auschwitz III) camp. I was told that the Monowitz camp was off limits because the factories are still being used.

Finally, I bribed a nice Polish guide to take me close to the Monowitz camp, so that I could get some photographs. I took some photos NEAR the camp, but my guide would not let me get close enough to take a photo of the buildings inside the former Monowitz camp.

A reader of my website sent me a photo several years ago, which he said that he had taken just outside the Monowitz camp.

Photo take inside the Monowitz Buna Werke Photo Credit:

Photo shows the fence around the Monowitz Buna Werke

KL Auschwitz III, also known as Monowitz, was very important to the Nazis because of its factories, which were essential to the German war effort.

The Monowitz industrial complex was built by Auschwitz inmates, beginning in April 1941. Initially, the workers walked from the Auschwitz main camp to the building site, a distance of 4 to 6 kilometers each way. By 1942, barracks had been built for the prisoners at Monowitz.

The Jews, who were sent to Auschwitz and then assigned to work at Monowitz, had a much better chance of survival because the factory workers were considered too valuable to send to the gas chambers, at least while they were still able to work.

Two famous survivors who worked at Monowitz were Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi, both of whom wrote extensively about the Holocaust. [It is questionable whether Elie Wiesel was ever at any of the Auschwitz camps.]

Bomb shelter in the town of Monowitz was for the SS men

Bomb shelter in the town of Monowitz was for the SS men

Bomb shelter for SS men in the town of Monowitz

Bomb shelter for SS men in the town of Monowitz

The photo above shows the ruins of a bomb shelter which the Nazis built near the Monowitz factories. The barracks where the prisoners lived at Monowitz have all been torn down and replaced by houses. The people on the left in the photo above are Polish residents, not tourists. Note the street sign on the left; this building is on an ordinary city street in the town of Monowitz.

The factories at Monowitz were built by the IG Farben company, which was attempting to produce synthetic rubber, called Buna. The Polish village of Monowice, which was renamed Monowitz by the Germans, is 4 kilometers from the site of the factories, which were located on the east side of Oswiecim.

Some of the old factory buildings are still standing, although now abandoned, while others are still in use as factories. The concrete wall around the factories, with its distinctive curved posts, can still be seen along the road from Oswiecim to the Krakow airport.

Monument to the Jews who died at Monowitz

Monument to the Jews looks like the curved fence posts around the Monowitz camp

In the photo at the top of my blog post, you can see part of the solid concrete fence that surrounds the ruins of the factories, which are still in existence today.

When you enter the town of Oswiecim, coming from the Krakow airport, the fence is the first thing that you see. This tells you that the area around this town, formerly known as Auschwitz, was once the home of Nazi forced labor camps, where the Jews worked as slave laborers.

The fence stretches for miles and behind it are factories, built by the Germans, that are still being used today. The factories and the ruins are off limits to visitors; the tour groups do not visit the ruins, and the private tour guides refuse to take visitors there.

The following quote is also from  the article:  “The Educational Trust was the foundation who invited the educators to Poland.”

Did the teachers on the trip really see the Monowitz camp or was this a mistake made by the person who wrote the news article?

June 15, 2015

anti-Semitism in the Baltics — what a revolting development this is!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:51 am

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, there is growing anti-Semitism in the Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Latvian man was a soldier in the Waffen-SS in WWII

Latvian man was a soldier in the Waffen-SS in WWII

The following quote is from the news story:

Across the countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Jewish leaders say their communities are feeling increasingly uncomfortable as anti-Semitism once again appears to be on the rise. An Estonian museum exhibition mocking the Holocaust, a stage musical celebrating the life of a notorious Latvian Nazi mass murderer and the repatriation of the remains of a Lithuanian leader long linked to Nazis have all contributed to a climate of hate that has Jews on edge.

[…]

In Talinn, Estonia, a highly controversial Holocaust-themed exhibition caused outrage last month when, among its exhibits, was a picture showing the iconic Hollywood sign replaced by the word “Holocaust,” which some perceived as a suggestion the genocide was an entertainment event. Another sick exhibit recreated a gas chamber and had 20 naked actors pretending to be Jews playing tag, seemingly suggesting there was humor in the gas chambers experience. The exhibits were eventually withdrawn.

Hatred of the German people is considered normal — there is no word for it. Only the Jews have a word for the crime of not idolizing them enough: anti-Semitism.

Fortunately, the Jews have plenty of places where they can go, when they are not wanted, including their own country of Israel. They can always come to America where they would be welcomed by the 6 million or more Jews that are already here.

June 14, 2015

A major design change that streamlined the gassing of the Jews

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 1:43 pm

A news article, which you can read in full here, explains how the Nazis made a few changes in the gassing process to streamline the gassing of the Jews. The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

One minor change — call it a “Duh” moment — was to design the gas chamber doors so they opened outward, rather than inwards, because the many dead bodies inside the gas chambers blocked the door’s entrance, making it difficult to push the door inwards. One major design change resulted in locating the gas chambers and the crematoria on the same floor. Previously, the gas chambers had been located in the basement, with the crematoria located on the first floor, necessitating a time-consuming and inefficient transportation of the dead from floor to floor. Putting them on the same floor streamlined the process.

Yes, it’s true. At first, the stupid Nazis had designed gas chambers with both doors opening inward. This was in the gas chamber at the main Auschwitz camp. But where were the gas chambers and the ovens on different floors? The following quote is from the book entitled IBM and the Holocaust in which Edwin Black describes the corpse chute at Buchenwald.

Once the murder decision had been made, all sixteen Jews in the shelf [one row in the barracks] were immediately marched to a small door adjacent to Buchenwald’s incinerator building. The door opened inward, creating a short, three-foot-long corridor. Jews were pushed and herded until they reached the corridor end. There, a hole dropped thirteen feet down a concrete shaft and into the Strangling Room. A camp worker recalled, “As they hit the floor they were garroted … by big SS guards and hung on hooks along the side wall, about 6 1/2 feet above the floor … any that were still struggling were stunned with a wooden mallet … An electric elevator … ran [the corpses] up to the incinerator room [cremation ovens].

As for the doors into the gas chambers opening inward, this is shown in the photo below.

Door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp opened inward

Door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp opened inward

The photo above shows a wooden door into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. The door opens inward, as you can see. After the Jews were gassed, how did the Nazis get the door open? Don’t worry, there was another door at the other end of the gas chamber. But that door had a glass window, which the Jews could have easily broken.  I was told by my Jewish tour guide, in 1998, that an SS man stood outside the door, ready to shoot anyone who broke the glass.

The ruins of the undressing room for one of the gas chambers at Auschwtiz-Birkenau

The ruins of the undressing room for one of the gas chambers at the Auschwtiz-Birkenau camp

The photo above shows the undressing room for the Krema III gas chamber, which was called Leichenkeller 2 (Corpse Cellar #2) on the blueprint of the building. The victims entered the undressing room by descending the stairs shown in the background in the photo above. Note that the stairs are very short, since the undressing room was only about five feet underground.

To the left in the photo are the steps of the International Monument which is located between Krema II and Krema III at the western end of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The undressing rooms at Auschwitz-Birkenau were only partially underground since the concrete roof over the buildings was three feet above ground.

The crematory ovens in Krema III were on the ground floor with the entrance on the south side of the building. There was a typhus epidemic at Auschwitz-Birkenau in the summer of 1943 and the undressing room could have doubled as a morgue in the event that the bodies piled up faster than they could be burned in the ovens.

The Holocaust victims walked down the steps into the undressing room while an orchestra played classical music. The location of the orchestra was southeast of Krema III, outside the barbed wire enclosure and right next to the soccer field. This was the location where concerts were held for the prisoners while the gassing operation was in progress. The victims were told that they were going to take a shower, after which they would have a nice, hot meal. They took off all their clothing and then proceeded to the end of the long undressing room where there was a door into a Vorraum (vestibule).

Entrance for the SS men at Krema III in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Entrance for the SS men at Krema III in Auschwitz-Birkenau is shown near the bottom of the photo

The location of the SS entrance, shown in the photo above, was not on the original blueprints for Krema III. Krema III was originally planned to be built at Auschwitz I, the main camp. The original blueprints for Krema II and Krema III called for corpse cellars that were completely underground and included a corpse slide which ended in front of the Leichenkeller doors, but this slide was never built. The SS entrance was built instead, but not in the same location as the originally planned corpse slide.

Undressing room for Krema III (gas chamber number 3)

Ruins of gas chamber in Krema III (gas chamber number 3) Note the columns which held up the roof

According to the official version of the Holocaust, which you must believe to stay out of prison in 19 countries, the reinforced concrete roof of Krema III (gas chamber #3) was six inches thick, with four holes, in a zig-zag pattern, where the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into the room. These holes were shown on aerial photos taken by the US military in 1944, but they cannot be seen today because the entire roof of Krema III was destroyed when the Nazis blew up the building on January 20, 1945, two days after they had abandoned the camp.

Undressing room for Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Undressing room for Krema III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

On the left wall of the vestibule was a door into the gas chamber, which was located at a right angle to the undressing room. On the right wall of the vestibule was a door into another anteroom which had an exterior entrance for the SS men. On the back wall of the vestibule was a single elevator which was used to bring the bodies up to the crematory ovens after the victims had been gassed. The ovens and the gas chambers were NOT on the same floor.

New movie about David Irving’s lawsuit against Penguin Books and Debra Lipstadt is being planned

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

You can read about the new movie that is being planned, which will show David Irving’s lawsuit against Debra Lipstadt, in a news article here. Hilary Swank will play Debra Lipstadt — an excellent choice IMHO.

Debra Lipstadt

Debra Lipstadt

I have followed this case closely and I previously wrote about it on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/deborah-lipstadt-who-defeated-hard-core-holocaust-denial-now-worries-about-soft-core-denial/

Previously, I wrote the following explanation of why the judge ruled in favor of Lipstadt:

The judge in the case wrote a 333 page judgment. I downloaded the judgment from the Internet at the time of the trial and read it. The judge ruled in Irving’s favor on some points, although his overall judgment was against Irving. On the subject of Lipstadt going to bookstores and on Lipstadt preventing Irving’s book from being published, the judge ruled that Irving was correct in his claims, but that Penguin was not guilty of these charges, so because of that, he had to rule against Irving [in the entire case].

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the trial:

David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt is a case in English law against American author Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books, filed in an English court by the British author David Irving in 1996, asserting that Lipstadt had libeled him in her book Denying the Holocaust. The court ruled that the Irving’s claim of libel relating to English defamation law and Holocaust denial was not valid because his deliberate distortion of evidence has been shown to be substantially true. English libel law puts the burden of proof on the defence, meaning that it was up to Lipstadt and her publisher to prove that her claims of Irving’s deliberate misrepresentation of evidence to conform to his ideological viewpoints were substantially true.

In the past, I have participated in endless discussions of this case, and I have no desire to discuss it any more. The Jews believe that the Holocaust was proved in a court of law, and no amount of discussion will convince them otherwise.  Now, this new movie will again prove the Holocaust.

Here is how Wikipedia explains the verdict in the case:

Although English libel law puts the burden of proof on the defendant rather than the plaintiff, Lipstadt and Penguin won the case using the justification defence, viz. by demonstrating in court that Lipstadt’s accusations against Irving were substantially true and therefore not libelous. The case was argued as a bench trial before Mr Justice Gray, who produced a written judgment 334 pages long detailing Irving‘s systematic distortion of the historical record of World War II. The Times (April 14, 2000, p. 23) said of Lipstadt’s victory, “History has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”[2]

Take that all you deniers — the Holocaust has been proved in a court of law.

I previously wrote a blog post, in which I contrasted Lipstadt’s attitude compared to to my way of thinking: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/the-reader-is-it-a-pernicious-book-and-movie/

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