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August 12, 2017

Essays by Wolf Murmelstein

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:05 pm

Dr. Wolf Murmelstein is the son of Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Elder of the Theresienstadt Ghetto and the youngest of the Terezin children able to remember things. He currently lives in Italy.

The six essays below were written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein and submitted to me for publication.

Theresienstadt, a Special Case in Shoah History

The Last “Unrighteous” & The Judenrat Question (two essays)

Otherwise, It Would Mean to Die

The Jewish Community of Salonica during the Shoah

Holocaust survivor dies at the age of 113

Filed under: Auschwitz, Food, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal died at the age of 113

You can read about this Holocaust survivor in a news article at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/12/media-worlds-oldest-man-holocaust-survivor-dies-at-113.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Israeli media are reporting that the world’s oldest man, who lived through both world wars and survived the Holocaust, has died a month short of his 114th birthday.

Ynet on Saturday quoted Israel Kristal’s daughter as saying her father died Friday. Shula Kupershtuch says: “He always saw only light and good in everything.”

Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world’s oldest man last year.

End quote

I have said this many times: Many of the Jews in the concentration camps camps lived to an advanced age because of their potato based diet.

Potatoes are very easy to grow; they will grow in very poor soil without any help from the grower. I know this because my family had half of a large garden planted with potatoes. I owe my good health, and my advanced age, to the fact that I eat lots of potatoes.

 

Holocaust gaffes from President Trump’s White House

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump — furtherglory @ 9:34 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from the headline of a news article which you can read at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/running-list-holocaust-gaffes-trump-white-house-article-1.3400972

The following quote is from the news article:

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From its earliest days, President Trump’s White House has shown a troubling tendency to keep bringing up the Nazi genocide with botched facts and bad analogies.

This isn’t too surprising after Trump’s campaign flirted with anti-semitism — remember the “gas chambers” remark, the Star of David meme, the lack of David Duke rebuke.

Since January, you’ve needed to only wait a few months until yet another Holocaust mishap came from the Trump administration.

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It is time for Trump to take a crash course in the Holocaust, so that he won’t keep making these mistakes.

First, go to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

Here is a quote from Wikipedia:

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in a genocide, which was part of a larger event that included the persecution and murder of other peoples in Europe. Under the coordination of the SS, with directions from the highest leadership of the Nazi Party, every arm of Germany’s bureaucracy was involved in both the logistics and the carrying out of the mass murder. Killings were committed throughout German-occupied Europe, as well as within Nazi Germany itself, and they were also committed across all territories controlled by its allies. Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, Ukrainians, and other Slavs; Soviet citizens and Soviet POWs; communists; homosexuals; Jehovah’s Witnesses; and others. Some 42,500 detention facilities were utilized in the concentration of victims for the purpose of committing gross violations of human rights. Over 200,000 people are estimated to have been Holocaust perpetrators.

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I wrote about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Holocaust on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/Niederhagen.html

 

 

 

August 11, 2017

The alleged gas chamber at Sachsenhausen

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:52 pm

According to the memoirs of Rudolf Höss, who was on the staff at the Sachsenhausen camp for a time, anyone who was convicted of war-time sabotage or enemy activity against the state was sent to the nearest concentration camp for execution, and the first such execution after the war started in 1939, was carried out at Sachsenhausen when a Communist, who had refused to perform his assigned air raid duties in an aircraft factory, was shot.

Staton Z in the Sachsenhausen camp was the location of a gas chamber that was allegedly first put into operation in 1943, presumably to gas Russian POWs since there were no Jews in the Sachsenhauseen camp at that time.

At a Military Tribunal conducted by the Soviet Union in October 1947, Camp Commandant Anton Kaindl confessed to the gassing of prisoners, on his own authority, at Sachsenhausen.

The gas chamber and the execution site were both inside the Industrial Yard, where the factories were located. The factories and the gas chamber were separated from the prison enclosure by a brick wall.

The name Station Z was intended to be a joke, according to the Memorial Site, because the entrance to the camp was through Building A, which was the gate house, and Station Z was the exit from the camp for those who had been executed.

After the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Russian Prisoners of War, who were Communist Commissars, were brought to Sachsenhausen to be executed, on the orders of Adolf Hitler. According to a pamphlet that was being distributed at the Memorial Site in 1999, at least 12,000 Soviet Commissars were executed at Station Z in the fall of 1941.

Rudolf Höss wrote the following in his autobiography:

The reason for this action was given as follows: the Russians were murdering any German soldier who was a member of the Nazi party, especially SS members. Also, the political section of the Red Army had a standing order to cause unrest in every way in any POW camp or places where the POWs worked. If they were caught or imprisoned, they were instructed to perform acts of sabotage.

There were no American Prisoners of War who were brought to the concentration camps and executed by the Germans; both Germany and America followed the Geneva convention regarding POWs during the war, but the Russians had not signed the most recent version of the Geneva convention and were not following it, so the Germans believed that they were not bound to the convention with regard to the Russians.

My photo below shows the floor of the gas chamber, which was disguised as a shower room. In the background is the execution trench where condemned prisoners were shot.

Floor of gas chamber, looking north toward the execution trench

The photograph below shows the location of the entrance into the gas chamber which was from the undressing room, shown in the background. Notice the drain hole in the floor of the gas chamber, which was to fool the prisoners into thinking that this was a real shower room. This must have been a fake drain because Zyklon B was used to gas the prisoners, and according to the directions from the manufacturer, the gas pellets were not to be swept down a drain for fear of poisoning the whole camp.

The gas chamber was very small, no more than 7 feet wide by 9 feet long.

View from opposite side of the gas chamber with ruined ovens in backgroundView of undressing room, looking toward the door into the gas chamber

The floor of the undressing room is shown in the photograph above. The undressing room is about 4 times the size of the gas chamber, or about 14 feet wide by 18 feet long.

The gas chamber, which was added in March 1943, was constructed in part of the space that was being used as a garage. In the photograph below, one can see the driveway, going into what was formerly the garage. The three steps lead up to the exit from the gas chamber.

Steps lead from gas chamber into garage, with driveway in foregroundClose-up of the steps leading from the gas chamber to the garageRed line on map shows the route from the gas chamber to the ovens

The photograph above shows a map which has been placed at the site of the ruins of the crematorium and gas chamber. The red line shows the route that the victims took as they entered the building through a door near the ramp that led into the garage. The route led through a room that was connected to the undressing room, then through the undressing room into the gas chamber.

The bodies were taken out of the gas chamber through a door into the garage, going down three steps, then through the garage and up the driveway to the outside. From there, the bodies were carried through a door into the oven room where there were 4 incinerators used for cremation.

According to a Museum pamphlet:

After the Soviets departed, the GDR paramilitary police blew up the building in order to clear space for a firing range. In 1961, at the insistence of former prisoners, the building foundations were secured and integrated into the Sachsenhausen memorial.

The ruins of the crematorium and gas chamber are covered by a massive structure, which looks like a gas station without the pumps. Visitors are not allowed to walk onto the floor of the ruined building because the sign says that there is a danger from the shifting ground beneath the former foundations of the building.

The Museum pamphlet says that the Jews were evacuated from Sachsenhausen and sent to Auschwitz in October 1942 before the gas chamber was ready for operation in 1943. When the Auschwitz death camp closed in January 1945, some of the survivors were brought back to Sachsenhausen.

The following information was presented at the Jewish Museum at Sachsenhausen in 1999:

… during the very last weeks, thousands of people were still being killed in satellite camps and on the death marches, or in Iindustriehof,” the industrial yard of Sachsenhausen.

On the same day that I first visited Sachsenhausen in the fall of 1999, I took the train to the suburb of Wannsee near Berlin and toured a Jewish Museum there which presented information that all of the Nazi gas chambers were in what is now Poland and none were located in present-day Germany.

However, the Memorial Site at Sachsenhausen maintains that the gas chamber, disguised as a shower room at Sachsenhausen, was used to kill prisoners. In the Museum at Sachsenhausen, the camp is called a “Death Camp.”

Photo of Sachsenhausen gas chamber shows that it had a window

A gas chamber should not have a window because the prisoners could break the window and let all the gas fumes escape.

 

Where did Ivanka Trump get that ring?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:30 pm

In the photo above,  Ivanka Trump is wearing a ring with a blue stone

My mother had an engagement ring exactly like the one that Ivanka is wearing. My father bought the engagement ring in 1928 in Hermann, Missouri. When my mother died, the ring was buried with her in her coffin. My father offered to take the ring off her finger, after she was dead, and give it to me, but I declined this offer.

Note that Ivanka is not wearing the ring on her ring finger.

Muslim refugees in Germany try to deal with Germany’s past

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:44 am

Osman Jamo, left, a Syrian refugee, and Nina Coenen, right, an actor who produces films with migrants about German history social issues, stand at the main gate on the site of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. (Alexandra Rojkov/Alexandra Rojkov/The Washington Post)

The first thing that you have to understand about Germany is that Germany isn’t  Germany any more. It is now a place for refugees from any and every country in the world, but especially non-whites.

My 1999 photo of the entrance into Sachsenhausen

As you can see, by comparing the two photos above, the trees inside the camp have grown considerably since I took my photo of the camp in 1999.

The following quote is from the news article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/at-a-site-of-nazi-terror-muslim-refugees-reckon-with-germanys-past/2017/08/10/12e2c864-779b-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?utm_term=.a8491d041b1c

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He [Osman Jamo] walked across the bleak expanse of what was once the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, toward the gas chamber that had been stocked with liquid Zyklon B, and posed the question that still strains the conscience of modern German society.

“How was it possible?” Osman Jamo asked.

Yet he also wondered why the site [Sachsenhausen], where barbed wire and guard towers stood dark against the brilliant sunshine of a summer afternoon in this town north of Berlin, had been preserved at all.

“Maybe the Jews want to keep these places going so they can be seen as victims forever,” he said of Sachsenhausen, which was mainly used for political prisoners but by the beginning of 1945 held 11,100 Jews.

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Yes, that is correct. The Jews “want to keep these places going so they can be seen as victims forever.” But more importantly, the Jews want Germany to be destroyed and the space to be occupied by non-white and non-Germans. Angela Merkel has pledged to make that happen. Thanks to her, Germany has now been overrun by non-whites. Will Germany ever be a German country again? No, that ship has sailed. Germany will soon be completely non-white.

 

August 10, 2017

the gate of death at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Health, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 9:33 am

The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland, circa 1965. (Getty Images)

My early morning photo of Gate of Death

Concentration camp survivors walk out of the main gate with the sign “Arbeit macht frei” (work will set you free) at the Auschwitz museum, near the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, January 27, 2009 marking the 64th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND)

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.4240252/canadian-holocaust-survivor-prisoner-88-has-died-here-s-how-he-described-his-time-at-auschwitz-1.4240736

Begin quote from news article:

Sigmund Sobolewski, one of the first prisoners to walk through the gates at Auschwitz, has died. He was 94.

Born in Torun, Poland, in 1923, Sobolewski was only 17 when he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Known as Prisoner 88, he was held there for 4 1/2 years.

His inmate number was tattooed on his arm and he never forgot what he went through — and he tried to make sure no one did, either.

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As I have said, and written, many times. I believe that a simple diet, that includes lots of potatoes and very little meat, is the key to living a long life.

Excuse me, I am going to eat a bowl of potato salad now. I am 84 years old and I expect to live to the age of 94.

 

 

August 9, 2017

parallels between President Trump and Hitler’s Germany

Filed under: Germany, Trump — furtherglory @ 5:19 pm

Update July 10, 2017 — the following comment was made by hermie, who is a regular reader of my blog:

Stop belittling and defiling Hitler by comparing him to the grotesque puppet of Jewry who now lives in the White House, FG. I know that most Americans have difficulty not to refer to Hitler when somebody or something upsets or disturbs them. But that’s no excuse for such an incorrect and offensive comparison between Adolf The Great and Donald The Clown. This comparison will be relevant in 4 years if Trump succeeds in liberating the United States from the lethal grip of Jewry by then.

End comment — Continue reading my original blog post:

Trump is the new Hitler, according to this news article: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/345856-anne-frank-center-compares-trump-era-to-pre-holocaust-germany

Here are the alleged parallels between Trump and Hitler’s Germany:

  • The President creates his own media.
  • He exploits youth at a rally.
  • He endorses police brutality.
  • He demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.
  • He strips vulnerable people of their families, jobs and ability to live.
  • He believes Congress should change its rules to give him more power.
  • The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect believes: Never Again to any people, and now.

The Catholics who died at Auschwitz are in the news today

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:19 pm

This news article has information about the Catholics who died at Auschwitz: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/st.-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-on-gods-providence

Photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau is used with the news article

The photo above shows the inside of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The blue things are wood panels that hide the doors into the public toilets.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Today’s [August 9th] the feast day of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Jewish-born Edith Stein, who converted to Catholicism, became a Carmelite nun and died in the German prison camp of Auschwitz in 1942. Many people are unaware of original records, showing more Catholics than Jews died from 1941–1943 at this infamous Nazi prison camp built in Catholic Poland.

According to original records titled Death Books, which were captured at Auschwitz prison camp by Russians in 1945 and preserved at the British Library, almost 3,000 more Catholics died during this three-year period than Jews. The records show that of the 68,864 total people, who died there during that period, 31,814 were Catholic and 29,125 were Jews.

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I became interested in the Holocaust when the Catholics in Poland began putting up crosses at Auschwitz in honor of the Catholics who died there. In 1998, Polish nationalists embarked upon a mission to put up 152 Christian crosses in honor of the Polish Catholic resistance fighters who were executed by the Nazis in a gravel pit behind Block 11 at the main Auschwitz concentration camp.

This was their way of protesting Jewish demands, over the previous 10 years, that the 26-foot souvenir cross from a Mass, said by the Pope at Auschwitz-Birkenau, be removed. The basic attitude of the Poles, as expressed to me, was “This is our country. You have your country and we have ours. If we want to put up a Catholic Cross in our country, we’ll put it.”

I decided that I would go to Auschwitz to get the story and take some photos, then submit the article to my local newspaper. Of course, I wrote a letter to the editor first, and asked if the newspaper would be interested in this story. I was told that the paper would publish my story and my photos, so away I went. As it turned out, the newspaper turned down my article and my photos, so I started a website instead, and put up my photos here: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Crosses/Crosses.html

 

The glass cage from the Eichmann trial is now on display

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:02 am

The glass booth where Adolf Eichmann appeared during his trial is a featured artifact in the exhibition “Operation Finale,” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. Credit John Halpern

The following quote is from the news article which includes the photo above:

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[Eichmann] almost never got to Jerusalem. In 1958, Israeli intelligence received a tip on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, and sent an agent to stake out a working-class Buenos Aires suburb. When the agent got there, and saw for himself the ratty house on the unpaved street, he concluded that the intelligence was off. “The wretched little house,” the agent’s case officer wrote, “could in no way be reconciled with our picture of the life of an SS officer of Eichmann’s rank.”

But it was Eichmann — and two years later, a team of Israeli agents swooped in on him at a bus stop, abducted him, and soon bundled the sedated Nazi onto a plane to Tel Aviv. The epochal trial that followed transformed the world’s understanding of the Holocaust, and not only that. It also played a crucial role in the development of international law, and it was a crucible for Israel, a young state still absorbing, with tensions, the arrival of European Jews.

Eichmann’s abduction in Argentina and prosecution in Israel are the subject of “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. The show goes longer on spy thrills than on moral and legal perplexities, though that may have been inevitable given its co-organizer: none other than the Mossad, the intelligence service that is Israel’s equivalent of the C.I.A.

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So what did Eichmann do that was so horrible that his name is now a household word?

Here is a summary of his crimes (copied from my website):

“Sonderkommando Eichmann,” a special group of SS soldiers under the command of Adolf Eichmann, was activated on March 10, 1944 for the purpose of deporting the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz; the personnel in this Special Action Commando was assembled at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and then sent to Hungary on March 19, 1944 during the celebration of Purim, a Jewish holiday.

On March 18, 1944, Hitler had a second meeting with Horthy at Schloss Klessheim, a castle near Salzburg in Austria. An agreement was reached in which Horthy promised to allow 100,000 Jews to be sent to the Greater German Reich to construct underground factories for the manufacture of fighter aircraft. These factories were to be located at Mauthausen, and at the eleven Kaufering subcamps of Dachau. The Jews were to be sent to Auschwitz, and then transferred to the camps in Germany and Austria.

When Horthy returned to Hungary, he found that Edmund Veesenmayer, an SS Brigadeführer, had been installed as the effective ruler of Hungary, responsible directly to the German Foreign Office and Hitler.

On March 19, 1944, the same day that Eichmann’s Sonderkommando arrived, German troops occupied Hungary. The invasion of Hungary by the Soviet Union was imminent and Hitler suspected that Horthy was planning to change sides. As it became more and more likely that Germany would lose the war, its allies began to defect to the winning side. Romania switched to the Allied side on August 23, 1944.

After the formation of the Reich Central Security Office (RSHA) in 1939, Adolf Eichmann had been put in charge of section IV B4, the RSHA department that handled the deportation of the Jews. One of his first assignments was to work on the Nazi plan to send the European Jews to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa. This plan was abandoned in 1940.

According to Rudolf Höss, the Commandant of Auschwitz, “Eichmann had concerned himself with the Jewish question since his youth and had an extensive knowledge of the literature on the subject. He lived for a long time in Palestine in order to learn more about the Zionists and the growing Jewish state.”

In 1937, Eichmann had gone to the Middle East to research the possibility of mass Jewish emigration to Palestine. He had met with Feival Polkes, an agent of the Haganah, with whom he discussed the Zionist plan to create a Jewish state. According to testimony at his trial in 1961 in Jerusalem, Eichmann was denied entry into Palestine by the British, who were opposed to a Jewish state in Palestine, so the idea of deporting all the European Jews to Palestine was abandoned.

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, at which the Final Solution to the Jewish Question was planned, Eichmann had been assigned to organize the “transportation to the East” which was a euphemism for sending the European Jews to be killed at Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The next day after German forces took over Hungary, Adolf Eichmann arrived to oversee the process of deporting the Hungarian Jews. There were 725,000 Jews living in Hungary in 1944, including many who were previously residents of Romania, according to Laurence Rees, who wrote “Auschwitz, a New History.”

End of story. That’s all she wrote and she rubbed that out.

 

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