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April 22, 2016

Another day, another student trip to Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:02 am
View of the Auschwitz main camp

Aerial view of the Auschwitz main camp with the Sola river shown at the top of the photo

My 2007 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2007 photo of the gas chamber and the entrance into the oven room in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the suitcases on display at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of suitcases on display at Auschwitz main camp

The biggest mistake, that the Nazis ever made, was to allow 10,000 Jewish children to travel to Great Britain, before they started gassing the rest of the Jews in Germany and Poland.

Now those children are all grown up, and they are making a big effort to teach today’s British students about Auschwitz, the largest death complex in the Holocaust.

You can read about the latest student trip at http://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/feature-sobering-day-remembering-fallen-auschwitz/

The headline of the article is

A sobering day remembering the fallen in Auschwitz

The fallen? This expression usually refers to soldiers who have fallen in a war. In this news article, the fallen are the Jews, who fought the good fight, but were Holocausted by the evil Nazis.

The following quote is from the article:

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Prior to arrival [at Auschwitz], [Jewish] prisoners were shown images of a ‘swimming pool’ [at Auschwitz] with green grass, flowers and beautiful countryside in the background – a lie which clearly worked.

Auschwitz

Little did they know this swimming pool’s only purpose was to extinguish any fires that broke out – and lying directly next to the ‘pool’ was endless amounts of fencing, barbed wire and lookout bases to stop any prisoners escaping.

Pictures of prisoners that were killed are plastered over the walls – some lucky enough to live a couple of months, others days, the majority just hours.

A huge chamber of shoes, pans, glasses, possessions dominate my vision – it’s shocking, jaw-dropping.

I could tell some students were incredibly hesitant to enter one of the gas chambers, a place where thousands of innocent people were killed.

Chillingly, it took the Germans two days to kill the first innocent group due to a lack of knowledge in knowing how much Zyklon B to add to the chamber.

From killing hundreds in days, the Germans tweaked the quantity of Zyklon B pellets used and could now kill thousands in minutes.

We entered, and you felt an incredible sense of what those entering the chamber would’ve felt – though obviously nowhere near as terrifying or shocking.

A concrete bunker it was, just a room with plain concrete walls, a plain concrete ceiling and very claustrophobic.

For me, though, the most poignant moment came when strolling past some old ruins – that turned out to be another gas chamber.

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Note that the first thing, that the students are taught, is the swimming pool lie. Auschwitz was allegedly a death camp! What kind of a death camp has a swimming pool! Unmöglich!

1996 photo of the swimming pool in the main camp

1996 photo of the swimming pool in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the location of swimming pool

My 2005 photo shows repair work being done on the swimming pool

In the photo above, the building on the right is Block 6, one of the barracks buildings where Jews lived in the camp. How cruel it was, for the Nazis to house Jews in a building where they could look out the window and see a nice swimming pool, but they were forbidden to swim in it!

According to the news story, the swimming pool was only for putting out fires!

Pity the poor Jew who tried to start a fire at Auschwitz.  The Nazis had this covered: a swimming pool, with a diving board, ready to put out any fire.  Besides that, the buildings in the Auschwitz main camp, where the swimming pool was located, were all brick buildings, not easily burned to the ground!

The following quote is also from the news article, cited above.

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I could tell some students were incredibly hesitant to enter one of the gas chambers, a place where thousands of innocent people were killed.

Chillingly, it took the Germans two days to kill the first innocent group due to a lack of knowledge in knowing how much Zyklon B to add to the chamber.

From killing hundreds in days, the Germans tweaked the quantity of Zyklon B pellets used and could now kill thousands in minutes.

We entered, and you felt an incredible sense of what those entering the chamber would’ve felt – though obviously nowhere near as terrifying or shocking.

A concrete bunker it was, just a room with plain concrete walls, a plain concrete ceiling and very claustrophobic.

For me, though, the most poignant moment came when strolling past some old ruins – that turned out to be another gas chamber.

End quote

Another gas chamber that is in ruins now? Was this in the main camp, or at Aushwitz-Birkenau. As far as I know, there was only one gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, so the student must be talking about the ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II at Birkenau

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

This final quote is the words of a student, as stated in the news article:

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Standing on the platform, I look to my left and see an endless train line – running deep into the woods that helped the Germans disguise the true purpose of Auschwitz [Birkenau].

I look to my right and see the iconic building that shadows the death camp – looking forwards and backwards just fields, fields as far as the eye can see.

It’s near impossible to describe the day, the place, the feeling of standing in a spot where millions of people were once murdered.

There I was, strolling through a place that could be renovated into a nice town, a place of construction, but instead it was – and continues to be – the world’s most infamous town where millions of people were separated, murdered and used.

End quote

 

Holocaust survivor explains the word “ration” to 4th graders in America

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:50 am

I was a fourth grade student in American during World War II, and I knew what the word “ration” meant. Americans had “ration stamps” which we had to use to buy food. This was not a hardship for my family. We were limited in the amount of money that we had to buy food, but we had plenty of ration stamps.

Memories of my pitiful life during World War II came flooding back to me when I read this recent news article:

http://www.latimes.com/socal/coastline-pilot/news/tn-cpt-me-0422-holocaust-survivor-20160421-story.html

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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Families torn apart, the arduous and frightening life behind barbed wire, emaciated bodies and then the death march as Russian and Allied forces moved in.

[Holocaust survivor] Sam Silberberg spoke with precision as if the events were still fresh. He paused at certain points to let his audience [elementary school children] process what he was telling them.

Silberberg, 86, had the rapt attention of fourth-and fifth-graders at Top of the World Elementary this week as he shared what life was like in two Nazi concentration camps and his subsequent escape.

It was the first time [that] Silberberg, a Laguna Woods resident, had spoken to an elementary school audience, and so he needed to tailor his content.

But in a way it was fitting that he talked to this age group, since Silberberg was 10 and living in Poland when the Germans entered the country in 1939, intent on cleansing the land of Jews.

[…]

Curious students occasionally asked Silberberg to explain certain terms, such as “ration.” Silberberg also involved students by asking them if they understood specific words.

[…]

The Nazis shipped Silberberg and his father together to a camp called Blechhammer in present-day Poland. The Germans assigned each prisoner a number, a striped uniform, a canister and sack that officers filled with each day’s food — a few slices of bread, margarine and cup of “watery” soup, according to Silberberg.

Handcuffed prisoners walked to their work assignments. Silberberg assisted a welder piecing together beams.

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I am only vaguely familiar with the place called Blechhammer, so I had to look it up on the internet, where I found the following information at https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/Blechhammer.html

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Blechhammer was established in April 1942 near Kozle, a town 18.5 miles (30 km) west of Gliwice, Poland. Blechhammer was initally a labor camp for Jews. The original 350 prisoners built a synthetic gasoline plant for the Oberschlesische Hydriewerke (Upper Silesia Hydrogenation Works). When 120 prisoners contracted typhus, they were transferred to Auschwitz, where they were killed. That June the remaining prisoners were transferred to a new and larger camp that had been built nearby.

The camp was populated primarily by Jews from Upper Silesia, however, among the 5,500 prisoners were people from 15 different countries. They were housed in wooden barracks under appalling conditions, with no toilet or washing facilities. Some 200 female Jewish prisoners were put into a separate section of the camp. Hunger and disease were rife, especially diarrhea and tuberculosis. A crematorium was built, in which were cremated the bodies of 1,500 prisoners who had died from “natural” causes or had been killed.

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Excuse me; I don’t think that 4th graders in America should be subjected to this kind of abuse. They are sitting there, looking at their iPhone, or taking selfies of themselves, thinking about the lavish dinner that they will be having tonight.  What do they care about some old man who had to eat “watery soup” seventy years ago?

If any of the students were actually listening, as this old man spoke, did any of them wonder why he had to wear handcuffs as he walked to his work assignments.  Maybe the teacher explained to the students that prisoners in America sometimes worked in a chain gang:  http://www.dictionary.com/browse/chain-gang

Did the teacher explain to the students, in advance, that the Jews were locked up because of their propensity to lie, steal and cheat? There was a war going on, and the Nazis did not want the Jews to help the enemy.

 

 

April 21, 2016

The destruction of the city of Berlin in WWII

Filed under: Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:21 am

In a recent comment, one of the readers of my blog mentioned something about the destruction of Berlin in World War II.

Sony Center in Berlin

Sony Center in Berlin

Berlin has been rebuilt with modern buildings, like the Sony Center, and there is very little left of the old Berlin, except for a few piles of rubble that have been covered over with grass, as you can see in my photo below.

My photo of the rubble in Berlin has been covered over with grass

My photo of a mound of rubble in Berlin covered over with grass

At the beginning of August 1945, three months after the German surrender, which ended World War II, American President Harry Truman was on his way to Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, for a conference with Allied leaders Churchill and Stalin, when he took a victory lap around Berlin in an Army Jeep to see the devastation wrought by the Allied bombing.

There was not much left of Berlin to see. The capital city of Germany had been bombed 24 times between November 18, 1943 and March 1944, and sporadic hits continued until the city was captured by the Russian army in April, 1945. By that time, the city had been reduced to 98 million cubic yards of rubble.

Each of the bomb attacks involved over 1,000 planes and the dropping of up to 2,000 tons of bombs. Half of the city’s bridges were destroyed and the underground railway tunnels were flooded. There was no gas, electricity or water in the central portion of the city.

The pre-war population of 4.3 million had been reduced to 2.8 million, as people were forced to flee the city; some 1.5 million people became homeless when their homes were bombed.

One out of 7 of the buildings destroyed in Germany by the Allied bombing were in Berlin. Out of a total of 245,000 buildings in Berlin, 50,000 had been completely destroyed and 23,000 had been severely damaged; 80,000 residents of the city had been killed. Even the trees in the Tiergarten, a large park in the center of the city, had been killed in the Battle of Berlin.

There were so many historic buildings destroyed that Berliners jokingly referred to the American and British air raids as Baedecker Bombing. Baedecker travel guide books were used by tourists to locate famous and historic buildings.

A mere 5 years earlier, after the conquest of France in 6 weeks time, Hitler had visited Paris and taken an early morning tour of the deserted streets to see the famous buildings of the capital city, which were all still intact. Hitler’s earliest ambition had been to be an architect, and he made sure that the beautiful buildings of Paris were not destroyed.

Before World War II started, Hitler had big plans to completely rebuild Berlin into a world class city with classic buildings which he and his chief architect, Albert Speer, were working together to design. At least part of his dream has now been realized.

The rubble has been cleared away and Berlin has been completely rebuilt with stunning new modern architecture, although Hitler would hardly approve of the new Berlin, since he hated anything modern, calling it “entartete Kunst” (degenerate art).

Modern art on a historic church in Berlin

Modern art on a historic German church in Berlin

Monument in honor of the Russians who liberated Berlin from the Nazis

Monument in honor of Russians who liberated Berlin and raped German women

Modern building in historic city of Berlin

Modern building in historic city of Berlin

Hitler’s Peace Plans

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: — furtherglory @ 6:35 am

I woke up this morning, and found a very long comment, which was put up last night by one of the followers of my blog. I am publishing the comment so that all my readers can see it.

Hitler’s Peace Plans

Compiled by Mark R. Elsis

“After visiting these two places, you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived . . .
He had a mystery about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.”
Prelude to Leadership: The European Diary of John F. Kennedy, Summer 1945

The Hitler Speech They Don’t Want You To Hear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G57GKUtWzNs

What The World Rejected
Hitler’s Peace Offers, 1933- 1939
by Dr. Friedrich Stieve
http://ihr.org/other/what-the-world-rejected.html

Everything People Believed About Hitler’s Intentions Toward Britain Was A Myth Created By Churchill
by Kevin Myers
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/kevin-myers/kevin-myers-everything-people-believed-about-hitlers-intentions-toward-britain-was-a-myth-created-by-churchill-26866697.html

An Overview Of Hitler’s Peace Proposals
https://www.stormfront.org/forum/t378972

Evidence The British Forced
Hitler To Continue WWII
The Hitler-Hess Deception
by Martin Allen
http://www.rense.com/general46/evii.htm

Nazis ‘offered To Leave Western Europe In Exchange For Free Hand To Attack Ussr’
It Was One Of The Most Perplexing Episodes Of The Second World War Which, More Than 70 Years On, Remains Shrouded In Mystery.
by Jasper Copping
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/10336126/Nazis-offered-to-leave-western-Europe-in-exchange-for-free-hand-to-attack-USSR.html

What the World Rejected: Hitler’s Peace Offers, 1933-1939 – Time To Face The Facts!
http://justice4germans.com/2013/06/29/what-the-world-rejected-hitlers-peace-offers-1933-1939-time-to-face-the-facts

What The World Rejected : Hitler’s Peace Offers, 1933-1939 (with C.C.)
Dr. Friedrich Stieve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB8VU2Fd_sM

Churchill, Hitler And The Unnecessary War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchill,_Hitler_and_the_Unnecessary_War

Adolf Hitler: Man Of Peace?
by Mike kinh
http://www.tomatobubble.com/id570.html

Hitler Gives 16 Point Peace Plan
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19390831&id=h6VQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HSIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5991,3898320

Hitler’s Peace Plans No Surrender If They Are Rejected ..
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19391011&id=AJJDAAAAIBAJ&sjid=F4sMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3317,4051196

09 Oct 1939 – World Rejects Hitler’s “Peace” Plan …
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11259532

Witness to History
By Michael Walsh
Complete Disarmament Offered By Hitler:
On May 17th, 1933, in a speech to the Reichstag, Hitler offered complete German disarmament, if others would do likewise. There was no response.
After October 14th, 1933, Hitler again put forward proposals which included arms limitation, particularly the elimination of weapons designed for use against civilian populations, and the preparation of a mutual non-aggression pact. France said ‘non!’ Others did not responds at all, and France, Britain and Russia increased their arms build-up.
On May 21st, 1935, Hitler sought to limit the dropping of gas, incendiary and explosive bombs out side of battle zones. He was also ready to agree to the abolition of the heaviest artillery and tanks, and to accept any limitation on the size of naval vessels. Again, there was no response save for France making an aggressive anti-German alliance with the Soviet Union.
On March 31st, 1936, Hitler formulated a nineteen-point peace plan that included the reduction of arms, and to bring aerial warfare under the protection of the Geneva Convention. His proposals were ignored.
The repeated rejection of Hitler’s proposals to assure equitable peace in Europe would indicate that the Western powers were preparing for armed conflict against Germany, a conflict from which only the allies could benefit. Lord Lothian had predicted such a war in a speech on June 5th, 1934.
http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/witness2.htm

World Peace Or War Of Destruction? : Adolf Hitler’s Peace Plan
Author: Adolf Hitler
Publisher: Hamburg : President Heinrich Kessemeier, [1939?]
http://www.worldcat.org/title/world-peace-or-war-of-destruction-adolf-hitlers-peace-plan/oclc/22868785

Prime Minister Winston Churchill Finally Reveals Hitlers Secret Plan For Peace!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm9IjDgI4lU

Hitler’s War
(Peace) Overtures
by David Irving
http://www.fpp.co.uk/books/Hitler/1977/html_chapter/02.html

Hitler 1936-45: Nemesis
Characteristically, Hitler ‘s first step after his ‘election’ success was to present a ‘peace plan’ – generous in his own eyes – to his coveted allies, the British. On 1 April, his special envoy in London, Joachim von Ribbentrop, the former champagne salesman who had become his most trusted adviser in foreign affairs, passed on the offer Hitler had drafted the previous day to the British government. It included a four-month moratorium on any troop reinforcements in the Rhineland, together with an expression of willingness to participate in international talks aimed at a twenty-five-year peace pact, restricting production of the heaviest forms of artillery alongside bans on the bombing of civilian targets and usage of poison-gas, chemical, or incendiary bombs.
by Ian Kershaw
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2002/jan/04/highereducation.books

What The World Rejected:
Hitler’s Peace Offers 1933-1939
by Dr. Friedrich Stieve
http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/nothanks/wwr00.htm

Papers From Hitler’s Deputy To Be Auctioned
In the midst of war, Hitler’s deputy flew to Scotland with a peace treaty for the British in his suitcase. Now, documents which could shine a light on what Rudolf Hess really wanted are up for auction in the US.
http://www.dw.de/papers-from-hitlers-deputy-to-be-auctioned/a-17080893

Hitler Makes A Peace Offer To Britain
19th July 1940: Hitler makes a Peace offer to Britain
http://ww2today.com/hitler-makes-a-peace-offer-to-britain

Was World War II The Result Of Hitler’s Master Plan?
http://jessbcuzz.weebly.com/uploads/8/4/7/2/8472357/hitlers_master_plan.pdf

Historian Uncovers New Account:
Document Suggests Hitler Knew Of Hess’ British Flight Plans
Was Rudolf Hess’s infamous flight to Great Britain in 1941 coordinated with Adolf Hitler? Although historians have long believed that the Nazi Party’s second-in-command was acting on his own, newly revealed statements by a senior Hess adjutant may suggest otherwise.
by Jan Friedmann and Klaus Wiegrefe
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/historian-uncovers-new-account-document-suggests-hitler-knew-of-hess-british-flight-plans-a-765607.html

When Hitler Dropped Peace Leaflets, Churchill Dropped Bombs!
http://www.tomatobubble.com/id763.html

What the World Rejected:
Hitler’s Peace Offers, 1933-1939 – Time to face the facts!
http://justice4germans.com/2013/06/29/what-the-world-rejected-hitlers-peace-offers-1933-1939-time-to-face-the-facts

What The World Rejected : Hitler’s Peace Offers, 1933-1939
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB8VU2Fd_sM

Hitler Pleas For Peace — Fdr Prepares For War
by Mike King
http://www.tomatobubble.com/id958.html

The Forced War: When Peaceful Revision Failed (.pdf)
by David L. Hoggan
http://www.jrbooksonline.com/pdf_books/david%20hoggan-the%20forced%20war.pdf

President Roosevelt And The Origins Of the 1939 War
by David L. Hoggan
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v04/v04p205_Hoggan.html

April 20, 2016

April 20: the birthday of the man everyone loves to hate

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 7:29 am

You can read a news article about Hitler’s birthday at http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2016/04/09/Austria-plans-to-seize-house-where-Hitler-was-born.html

A photo of the building, where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, is shown at the top of the news article. My photo of this building is shown below. This is a “Gasthaus” with resident rooms upstairs.

The house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889

The house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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Austria said Saturday it wants to seize Adolf Hitler’s birthplace from its private owner in a bid to end a bitter legal battle and stop the house from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

“We are currently examining the creation of a law, which would force a change of ownership and pass the property to the Republic of Austria,” interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP.

“We have come to the conclusion over the past few years that expropriation is the only way to avoid the building being used for the purposes of Nazi” sympathizers, he said.

The plan would involve the state making an offer of compensation to the current owner, he added.

The building in the quaint northern town of Braunau am Inn has been empty since 2011 when the government became embroiled in a dispute with owner Gerlinde Pommer, a local resident.

Her family has owned the large corner house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, for more than a century.

End quote

Door into the building where Hitler was born

Door into the building where Hitler was born

Hitler was born in the Gasthaus on the right hand side

Hitler was born in a Gasthaus on this street

The Holy Font which held the water with which Hitler was baptized

The Holy Font that held the water with which Hitler was baptized

The photo above shows the Baptismal font in the Catholic Church of St. Stephan, Braunau am Inn.

Adolf Hitler was baptized a Catholic with water from this holy font. As was customary in Germany and Austria, Hitler’s baptismal name was Adolfus, the Latin word for Adolf. The name Adolf means noble wolf. His mother called him Adi.

Adolf Hitler’s father, Alois, and his mother, Klara Poetzl, were married on 7 January 1885 at 6 o’clock in the morning. It was a quiet ceremony because Klara was already 4 months pregnant. She was 24 years old; he was twice her age, at 48.

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

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In the early 1970s, the Austrian government signed a lease with Pommer and turned the premises into a center for people with disabilities.

But the arrangement came to an abrupt end five years ago when Pommer unexpectedly refused to grant permission for much-needed renovation works.

She also rejected a purchase offer made by the increasingly exasperated interior ministry.

The issue has sparked heated debated among Braunau’s 17,000 residents. Some want it to become a refugee center, others a museum dedicated to Austria’s liberation.

There have been even been calls for its demolition — but the house is part of the city’s historic center and therefore under heritage protection.

Every year on Hitler’s birthday, anti-fascist protesters organize a rally outside the building at number 15 Salzburger Vorstadt Street, next to a memorial stone reading: “For Peace, Freedom and Democracy. Never Again Fascism, Millions of Dead Warn.”

 

A narrow house on the street where Hitler was born

A house on the street where Hitler was born

April 19, 2016

Belsen had forced much of the world to confront the undeniable reality of the Final Solution

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:09 am
Famous photo of a man struggling to survive at Bergen-Belsen

Famous photo of a man struggling to survive at Bergen-Belsen

I am four days late, and probably four dollars short, in writing about the 71st anniversary of the day, April 15, 1945, when Bergen-Belsen was voluntarily turned over to the British near the end of World War II because of a typhus epidemic in the camp. British soldiers did not liberate the camp, as news stories would have you believe. The Belsen camp was voluntarily turned over to the British.

Famous photo shows a Jewish soldier driving a bulldozer

Famous still photo from a movie shows a Jewish soldier driving a bulldozer to shove bodies into a mass grave

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article with the headline The Legal Lessons of Bergen-Belsen, which you can read in full here.

The news article begins with the following quote:

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Editor’s note: The following is a version of the speech delivered by the author on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at a ceremony in Germany marking the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

“Earth Conceal Not the Blood Shed on Thee!”

These words from the Book of Job are engraved on the Jewish monument that my father, Josef Rosensaft, unveiled here in the midst of the mass graves of Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1946—the first anniversary of the liberation of this notorious Nazi concentration camp. Only one year earlier, thousands of corpses had borne mute witness to the mass murder that had been perpetrated in this place, and the photographs of the human devastation encountered at Belsen by British troops had forced much of the world to confront the undeniable reality of the Final Solution.

It is eerily symbolic, therefore, that exactly 70 years ago today, on April 17, 1946, Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi Party’s chief ideologist and pseudo-philosopher, was being cross-examined before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg about the precise meaning and context of the German term “Ausrottung,” meaning “extermination,” that he had used with respect to Jews in war-time communications with Hitler. Rosenberg also testified that day that he considered the shooting of hostages to be “an accepted act of reprisal.”

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You can read about Bergen-Belsen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/ConcentrationCamp.html

Note that the news article gives a link to my website to show the monument of Alfred Rosenberg.

 

 

 

 

April 18, 2016

the world needs to know the Holocaust was anything but a game

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:35 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full here.

The news article is about “A beer pong game called Nazis vs. Jews?”

The following quote is from the news article:

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Partially filled plastic beer cups arranged like the Star of David and a swastika at opposite ends of the table?

One cup designated the Anne Frank Cup, which can be protected, or “hidden,” from the Nazi players?

I cannot believe I’m actually writing this. Did this really happen this month with a group of Princeton High School athletes and peer leaders, whose immediate needs, it is clear, range from Holocaust and genocide education to a swift kick in the keister [butt]?

This goes way beyond beer pong gone wrong. Beer pong is a popular drinking game in which players try to toss a pingpong ball across a table and into a cup of beer. If successful, a person on the opposing team must chug the beer from that cup and then remove the cup from the game.

Partially filled plastic beer cups arranged like the Star of David and a swastika at opposite ends of the table?

One cup designated the Anne Frank Cup, which can be protected, or “hidden,” from the Nazi players?

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April 16, 2016

people were beheaded in the Holocaust because they were gay

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:38 pm

I will bet that none of the readers of my blog know that gay men were beheaded during the Holocaust. I didn’t know it either — until I read it in a news article here.

The following quote is from the website, cited above:

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People were killed in gas chambers, they were beheaded just because of their religion, because they were a gypsy, a political dissident or they were gay,” said WVU Hillel Director Richard Guttman. “They were just killed. Half of the people killed were Jews, but the other half were regular people, so we try to remember by reading names.”

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Did you get that? Half of the people who were killed in the Holocaust were “regular people.”  Some of the victims of the Holocaust were “regular people” — as opposed to what? Exceptional people? This article seems to be saying that half of the people killed in the Holocaust were goyim, who were not even human.

Were gay people deliberately killed in the Holocaust? Not that I know of.

The German law, which made homosexuality a crime, had been on the books since 1871 when the German states were united into a country by the King of Prussia, following the victory over France in the Franco-Prussian war.

After the Nazis came to power, a new law was made, which said that men who had been arrested twice, for any crime, would be sent to a concentration camp, after they had completed their second prison sentence. They would be held, in a concentration camp, for at least six months in order to be rehabilitated.

This was the law under which homosexuals and Gypsies would up at Dachau, and later, at other camps. 

The law that was broken by the Gypsies was the new law which said that every man in Germany should have a permanent residence and a visible means of support. The Gypsies traveled around in wagons; they did not have permanent homes.

The German law, known as Paragraph 175, made it a crime to PUBLICLY engage in homosexual acts.  It was also a crime for male prostitutes to solicit men for sex.  Some of the men, who were sent to a concentration camp for soliciting men for sex, were later released after it was determined that they were not homosexual themselves.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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What makes the Holocaust unique, though, is the fact the Nazi Party kept diligent notes on everyone they killed, and while morbid, it inadvertently made it possible for the victims to be honored in a way other genocide victims can’t.

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It is my understanding that the “Nazi Party” did not keep diligent notes on anyone that they killed.  I don’t think that the “Nazi Party” admitted to killing anyone in the camps. People died in the camps, but the deaths were due to disease, particularly typhus.

As the closest concentration camp to Berlin, Sachsenhausen had more homosexual prisoners than any of the other camps. A total of approximately 10,000 homosexuals were sent to all the Nazi concentration camps combined during the 12 years of the Third Reich.

In an era when homosexuals were still in the closet in all the countries of the world, Berlin was a mecca for gays. The movie Cabaret depicts the gay scene in Berlin before the Nazis came to power. It was based on a book entitled “Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood, who lived an openly gay lifestyle in the capital city. Only male homosexuals who broke the German law by flaunting their lifestyle in public were arrested. After their second arrest and prison term, they were sent to the concentration camps; no lesbians were ever sent to the camps, solely for being lesbians.

Some of the young men, who were sent to Sachsenhausen after they had been imprisoned for public homosexual activity, were actually Strichjunge, or male prostitutes, from Berlin.

According to the memoirs of Rudolf Höss, the Commandant of Auschwitz:

The strict camp life and the hard work quickly reeducated this type [homosexual men]. Most of them worked very hard and took great care not to get into trouble so that they could be released as soon as possible. They also avoided associating with those afflicted with this depravity and wanted to make it known that they had nothing to do with homosexuals. In this way countless rehabilitated young men could be released without having a relapse.

“the steps leading down into those gas chambers…”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:24 am
Model of the Krema II gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Model of the Krema II undressing room and gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a newspaper opinion article which you can read in full at http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/04/15/teacher-auschwitz-reminds-why-we-must-reject-hate/82984092/

The following quote is from the newspaper opinion piece:

Recently, Werner Coppel, a 91-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, passed away peacefully as I [an American school teacher] held his hand whispering words of gratitude and love. His death, a reminder of our ephemeral nature, has caused immense reflection.

[…]

I challenge each [presidential] candidate to listen to a Holocaust survival story as a reminder of the ideals on which this country was founded. Absorb wisdom gained from the darkness of hatred, evils of divisiveness, stripped dignity of dehumanization. Traverse the paths of Auschwitz-Birkenau, see the steps leading down into those gas chambers, …

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It has been awhile since my last visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2007 and I had forgotten that the alleged gas chambers at Birkenau were underground; the Holocaust victims had to walk down steps into the undressing room and then proceed into the underground gas chamber, which was at a right angle to the undressing room.

Would it have killed the Nazis to put the gas chambers above ground, so as not to frighten the victims, who had to descend down the steps? I would have died of fright, just by going down those steps. I am surprised that the victims did not revolt and refuse to descend the steps to their death. There were 2,000 Jews who were gassed, each time, so it would have been easy for them to revolt. But no! Each batch of Jews went quietly to their deaths.

The photo, at the top of my blog post, shows a model of the Krema II gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is an exhibit in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

On the left, in the photo, is the underground room where the victims were forced to undress. The gas chamber is shown on the right side of the photo. A small elevator was used to lift the dead bodies up to the cremation ovens, which were on the ground floor of the building. The prisoners who worked in the crematorium lived in the attic space above the ovens.

My photo of the ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the ruins at Birkenau

The photo above shows the ruins of the undressing room on the right, only a few feet from the steps of the International Monument at Birkenau. In the foreground is the floor of the oven room where the bodies were burned after the Jews were gassed. In the background is the grove of trees that marks the western boundary of the Birkenau camp, with a guard tower in the right hand corner of the photo.

After descending into the undressing room, the prisoners were instructed to take off all their clothes and hang them on hooks on the wall; they were told that they were going to take a shower. Then the naked victims, men, women and children all together, allegedly walked to the end of the undressing room where there was a door into a small vestibule, called the Vorraum.

A door on the south wall of the Vorraum led into the gas chamber, which was at right angles to the undressing room. The gas chamber was allegedly disguised as a shower room with fake shower heads, which are now gone; the hooks in the undressing room have also never been found.

The victims soon learned, to their horror, that they had been duped. The shower room was actually a gas chamber where Zyklon-B gas pellets were thrown in through four holes on the roof.

According to a book entitled, The Bombing of Auschwitz: Should the Allies Have Attempted It? by Michael J. Neufeld and Michael Berenbaum, the gas chambers in Krema II and Krema III were 99 feet long by 23 feet wide. The undressing rooms in both buildings were 162 feet long by 26 feet wide. The section of these T-shaped buildings, which was above ground, was 99 feet long by 37 feet wide, and the overall size of the long part of the buildings was 352 feet by 41 feet.

Ruins of the oven room at Birkenau with undressing room in the background

Ruins of the oven room at Birkenau and undressing room in the background

On the far right in the photo above, you can see the white steps of the International Monument, which are only three or four feet from the entrance to the undressing room of Krema II where 500,000 Jews descended to their death. In the foreground of the photo above is the remains of the ground-floor furnace room.

The Krema II gas chamber and the undressing room were both about five feet underground, but not directly underneath the brick one-story building which housed the cremation ovens.

My photo of the ruins of the steps down into the undresssing room

My photo of the ruins of the steps down into an undressing room at Birkenau

The photo above shows another view of the steps down into the undressing room, which was a bit larger than the gas chamber. Note that the undressing room does not appear deep enough to be an underground room. The concrete roof of this room was 3 feet above ground.

Note in the photo above that there is no path leading to the steps down into the undressing room. Krema II and Krema III were both enclosed by an interior barbed wire fence, which you can see in the background of the photo above.

To access the undressing rooms at Krema II and Krema III, the prisoners had to walk down the main camp road and enter the gas chamber enclosure through a gate that faced the main camp road, then walk around the building to the west side where the steps down into the undressing rooms were located. The location of the gates into the Krema II and Krema III enclosures are now covered by the International Monument.

The photo below, taken with the camera pointing north, shows the collapsed roof of the gas chamber in Krema II, which is at right angles to the undressing room; the International monument is in the background.

Ruins of Krema II with international monument in the background

Ruins of Krema II with international monument in the background

Approximately in the middle of the photo above, you can see the opening of a small hole, through which both Fred Leuchter and Germar Rudolf descended into the alleged Krema II gas chamber. They were expecting to see blue stains left by the Zyklon-B that was allegedly used in this alleged gas chamber, but neither of them saw any blue stains. What!!! Were both of them blind?

The gassing of the Jews at Birkenau stopped on the first of November 1944; the roof of the Krema II brick building was taken off and the cremation ovens were lifted out with cranes. The alleged fake shower fixtures on the ceiling of the gas chamber were removed and all traces of them are now gone. Then the alleged wire-mesh columns inside Krema II, into which the poison gas pellets had been poured, were removed.

During the David Irving libel case, Robert Jan van Pelt testified as an expert witness that the holes in the roof were closed up and cemented over so skillfully that no trace of them can be seen today. Only then were the gas chamber buildings allegedly blown up by the Germans to destroy any remaining evidence.

Yes, yes, I know! Some of my readers are going to tell me that the Soviet liberators of the camp blew up the alleged gas chambers.  But why would they do that? It was the Germans, who destroyed the evidence of gassing before they left the camp, leading the survivors to safety.

You can see more of my photos of the ruins of the Krema II gas chamber at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsII02.html

April 13, 2016

The misuse of Holocaust photos in today’s news articles

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:37 am

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The photo above was used to illustrate a news article which you can read at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/nazism-is-an-abomination-not-a-term-of-casual-abuse/news-story/c5758e1893e03ed0d4fd0820e79d089a

Nazism is an abomination, not a term of casual abuse

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

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Nazis, who represent the ultimate evil and conjure horrific visions of suffering and depravity, are appearing in our culture with disturbing frequency and obscenely littering our public square. We have soup Nazis, grammar Nazis, eco-Nazis, femi-Nazis, nico-Nazis, health Nazis, jazz Nazis, ticket Nazis, lunchbox Nazis and traffic Nazis, to name but a few. The real Nazis must be delighted with these distortions.

I get why people are tempted to introduce Nazis into a discussion, why the appeal of invoking and exploiting this imagery is so powerful. The Third Reich embodies a unique historical evil and is a convenient metaphor for illustrating the concept of right versus wrong. It’s a cheap trick that packs a punch as a scare tactic, is hard to beat for shock value and is guaranteed to work as a sensational headline generator.

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The photo above is a very poor choice to illustrate the Holocaust. Note the warm clothing, including warm caps and coats. Many of the women in the photo are past the age to be selected as workers.

Note that some of the women have a full head of hair, which means that they have been in the camp long enough for their hair to grow out after the hair was initially shaved to get rid of any lice.

These women appear to be in good health, not starving to death. Would it have killed the people who wrote this article, to have used a proper photograph of starving, emaciated prisoners, freezing to death without proper clothing?

 

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