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February 22, 2015

Cincinnati, a city that once had a large German enclave, now has a Holocaust exhibit

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:38 am

You can read about the current Holocaust exhibit in Cincinnati in a news article here.

This quote is from the news article:

CINCINNATI — Visitors can explore the very depths of human cruelty — but also the heights of human hope and perseverance — at a new exhibit on the Holocaust [in Cincinnati] running through May 26.

“Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz Seventy Years Later” opened in late January at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of perhaps the most infamous Nazi concentration camp of World War II. An estimated 1.1 million prisoners, most of them Jewish, died at the camp.

The story is told largely through the recollections of two Cincinnati-area residents who survived Auschwitz.

Bella Ouziel, 89, and Werner Coppel, 90, relate their experiences through video interviews interspersed with more than 100 concentration-camp documents, photographs and other artifacts.

Old buildings in Over-the-Rhine neighborhood (Click on the photo for a larger size)

Old buildings in Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati (Click on the photo for a larger size)

Cincinnati, Ohio once had a famous German-American enclave called “Over the Rhine.”  That section of the city is no longer German-American and no one knows, nor cares, that Cincinnati was once famous for it’s large German-American community.  You can read about it on Wikipedia at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Over-the-Rhine#German_neighborhood

This quote is from Wikipedia:

At the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood population [of Over-the-Rhine]  reached a peak of 45,000 residents, with the proportion of German-Americans estimated at 75 percent.[7] By 1915 the more prosperous people left the dense city for the suburbs.[22] They were not replaced in as great numbers because new immigrants were attracted to fast-growing industrial cities in the Great Lakes region.[22] Over-the-Rhine became one of several old and declining neighborhoods that formed a ring of slums around the central business district.[22] Many people thought Over-the-Rhine would eventually disappear, swallowed up by the city’s growing business district.[18]

You can read about the current Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, and see photos of the beautiful buildings, built by the Germans, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-Rhine

I previously blogged about the German-American town of Hermann, MO which now features Holocaust education in the schools.  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/holocaust-education-comes-to-hermann-mo/

The Holocaust has taken over every aspect of American life.  All we ever hear about is the Holocaust and the survivors who are writing books, or out on the lecture circuit, teaching young people about the Holocaust religion.  Enough already!

 

 

Israel demands that the UN condemn Iran’s Holocaust denial cartoon contest

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:06 am
Gatehouse into the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Gatehouse into the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

If cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed are condemned, should cartoons about the Holocaust be banned? The Prophet is an icon of the Muslim religion; the Holocaust has the status of a religion to many people, who call it Holocaustianity.

You can read about this controversy in a news article with this headline:

Israel demands UN condemn Iranian cartoon contest about the Holocaust

Contest is said to be in response to the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by Charlie Hebdo

The following quote is from the news article:

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Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, has demanded that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN member countries to condemn Iran’s planned international cartoon contest on Holocaust denial.

“This contest legitimizes Holocaust denial and encourages Holocaust deniers to continue their incitement,” Prosor said. “It ridicules one of the darkest events in human history, and it cheapens the death of millions of Jews who were murdered. The horrors of the Holocaust are still fresh in the collective memory.”

“The cartoon exhibition runs in contravention to the international community’s decision to perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust and to internalize its lessons,” he wrote.

“If the UN wishes to remain loyal to its founding principles and values in which it believes, it is incumbent upon it to speak loudly against anti-Semitism,” Prosor concluded.

The deadlines for submissions for the contest, which is due to take place in two months, must be before April 1rst and the winner will receive a cash prize of $12,000, and those who come in second and third place will receive $8,000 and $5,000.

The contest is said to be in response to controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted last month in a massacre where 12 people were killed.

The organizers of the event, Iran’s House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex, say that the competition is in line with the Western values of freedom of expression.

This is the second time that the event is being held and the contest’s secretary Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii asked in 2006 “why is it acceptable in Western countries to draw any caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, yet as soon as there are any questions or doubts raised about the Holocaust, fines and jail sentences are handed down?”

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Holocaust denial is now against the law in 19 countries. If you make fun of Holocaust denial, you might go to prison for 5 years.

February 20, 2015

Judgment at Nuremberg — the 1961 movie about German judges on trial

Palace of Justice at Nuremberg where trials were held

Palace of Justice at Nuremberg where trials were held after World War II

Yesterday, I watched the 1961 black and white movie, about the Judge’s trial at Nuremberg, on the TV movie channel.  When I first saw this movie in 1961, I knew nothing about the Holocaust, nor about the crimes committed by the Nazis.  I didn’t understand the movie whatsoever, when I saw it in 1961, yet I gave it high praise.

This was a movie which had the best possible actors, including a young unknown actor, William Shatner, who later became famous as Captain Kirk.

One thing that was accurately portrayed in the movie was how the German civilians groveled before the Americans after the war.

The movie shows that the American soldiers and the German civilians, who had had nothing to do with the killing of the Jews, nor the conduct of the war, were getting along fine, and living it up in the German bars.  The Germans were “whistling past the graveyard.”

The movie starts out with a photo of the Nazi emblem, as the credits roll.

Nazi emblem designed by Albert Speer

Nazi emblem designed by Albert Speer in 1933

Then we see the emblem blown up with a mighty blast.

Building at the Zeppelin Field where the Nazi eagle was blown up

Building at the Zeppelin Field where the Nazi eagle was blown up

This quote is from the 1945 news reel, which shows the blowing up of the emblem:

A swastika will no longer flaunt its crooked arms above the Nazi shrine. With the situation well in hand, the Yanks stage a review. Newsreel and Signal Corps camera men made this record of the last days of Hitler’s Germany. The cleansing fires of the war have purged Germany of Nazi power. Let’s be sure it never again rises from her ashes.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the Judges trial, which is the subject of the 1961 movie:

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The trial depicted in the film [Judgment at Nuremberg] was part of the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials (formally the Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals), a series of twelve U.S. military tribunals, held after World War II (1946-49) in the Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, that tried surviving members of the military, political, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany for war crimes following the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal (IMT).

The film focuses on the trial of certain judges who served before and during the Nazi regime in Germany and who either passively, actively, or in a combination of both, embraced and enforced laws that led to judicial acts of sexual sterilization and to the imprisonment and execution of people for their religions, racial or ethnic identities, political beliefs and physical handicaps or disabilities.

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During the film, there were many atrocities shown, which were not actually mentioned during this trial; this was a film about the trial of the Nazi Judges, not the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. The movie showed the gas chamber at Dachau, as well as the shrunken heads found at Buchenwald, and other alleged Nazi crimes.

I wrote about the showing of the shrunken head, at the Nuremberg IMT, in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/thomas-j-dodd-at-the-nuremberg-imt/

I previously blogged about the Nuremberg Trials at

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/should-the-judgment-at-nuremberg-be-thrown-out/

This article explains the trial:   http://usf.usfca.edu/pj//articles/Nuremberg.htm

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Judges Judging Judges—Judgment at Nuremberg

By Michael Asimow, UCLA Law School (August 1998)

Stanley Kramer’s masterpiece Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) stands alone as the finest film about judges ever made.

In the film, four Nazi judges are placed on trial at Nuremberg before a panel of three American judges. Three of the German judges are Nazi thugs but one of them, Ernst Janning (played by Burt Lancaster), was quite different.

Janning had been a famous and aristocratic legal scholar, a drafter of the Weimar constitution, and a man who detested Hitler and the Nazis. Yet he remained on the bench under the Third Reich.

All defendants are convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The chief American judge, Dan Haywood (played memorably by Spencer Tracy), brushes aside the various excuses offered by defense counsel Rolfe (a role for which Maximilian Schell won an Oscar).

[…]

The Nuremberg war crime trials presented many thorny jurisprudential issues, such as the problem of ex post facto criminal law and the issue of how the court obtained jurisdiction over the defendants. In particular, what justification is there for an international (rather than a German) tribunal to try a case in which the offenses were committed by Germans against other Germans?

Judgment at Nuremberg is based on the third Nuremberg trial (there were a total of thirteen) . Charges were brought against sixteen functionaries in the legal system—judges, prosecutors, and officials of the Ministry of Justice. They were by no means the worst offenders in the Nazi justice system, but the worst offenders were dead.

Janning is a conglomeration of several actual defendants, including Franz Schlegelberger who was formerly undersecretary in the Ministry of Justice. Schlegelberger offered the defense that if he were to resign, a worse man would take his place. The Court thought there was much truth in this but convicted him anyway.

The key evidence against Janning was the Feldenstein case. Feldenstein was an elderly Jew convicted under the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor for having sex with Irene Hoffman, a much younger Aryan woman (played by Judy Garland).

Janning was the judge and he sentenced Feldenstein to death. At the Nuremberg trial, Janning conceded that he had decided to condemn Feldenstein even before the trial began, regardless of what the evidence would show.

However, like everything else in the movie, the Feldenstein case presents serious issues. There was solid evidence presented at the trial that Feldenstein and Hoffman had a sexual relationship, even though they denied it and Hoffman continued to deny it at Nuremberg. Given that evidence, is it right to say that Janning’s decision to find Feldenstein guilty was itself a war crime?

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February 16, 2015

Auschwitz survivor Gena Turgel walked out of a gas chamber alive

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 am

On my blog statistics, I always check what potential readers were searching for when they found my blog.  There are frequent searches which include the phrase “walked out of a gas chamber alive.”

I wrote about Gena Turgel on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/IreneZisblatt.html

Gena Turgel was saved from the gas chamber when she walked out alive, not realizing that she had been sent to a gas chamber at the age of 21.

Gena Turgel was born in 1925, so she was 21 in late 1944, or early 1945.  Auschwitz was abandoned by the Germans in early 1945 when the prisoners were marched out of the camp on January 18, 1945.

According to recent news stories, Gena spent two months in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp before she was sent to Buchenwald, and was then transferred to Belsen.

This quote is from a recent news story:

Turgel, an elegant woman with more than a hint of mischief in her blue eyes, survived not one or two, but three Nazi concentration camps.

In the most notorious of all, Auschwitz-Birkeanau, she was herded naked into a gas chamber with hundreds of others.

Yet Turgel, who was 21 at the time, walked out alive.

She had no idea the Nazis had tried to kill her until a woman she knew said, “Don’t you know what has just happened to you? You were in the gas chamber!”

Turgel still looks amazed to have cheated death.

“I completely lost my voice,” she said. “I just never realized I was in the gas chamber … it must not have worked.”

All this is very confusing to me, so someone please check my math.  Gena was apparently sent to a gas chamber at Auschwitz in the days just before the prisoners were marched out of the camp on January 18, 1945. At that time, the gas chamber in the main camp had been converted into a bomb shelter. Yet, photos that are included in the news articles about her escape from the gas chamber show the ovens in the main camp.

Before she was sent to Auschwitz, Gena had spent 2 and 1/2 years in the Plaszow camp, which was the camp shown in the film Schindler’s List. There were 3 gas chambers, still in existence at Auschwitz-Birkenau, just before the march out of Auschwitz on January 18, 1945.

Auschwitz was the largest railroad hub in Europe, and prisoners were sent there from other camps, in order to be transferred to another camp. Gina was apparently sent from the Plaszow camp to Auschwitz, so that she could be transferred to the Buchenwald camp.  So how did she end up in a homicidal gas chamber, at the age of 21, in the very last days of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp?  Was she actually sent to a shower room at Birkenau, to get rid of any lice on her body, before being transferred to another camp?

The shower room at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

The shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above shows the shower room in the building called “the central Sauna” at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  The shower heads have been removed.

I first learned about Gena Turgel ten years ago when I read a news story in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-335392/Amazing-escape-Auschwitz-gas-chamber.html

This quote is from the article in the Daily Mail in 2005:

Gena Turgel entered the gas chamber at Auschwitz and lived to tell the tale.

In the winter of 1944, the 21-year-old was made to strip naked with her mother inside the concentration camp’s extermination block and wait, but miraculously the deadly poison was never released.

“We were trembling. I didn’t know where we were. Inside, it looked terrible. A woman came in that I recognised from a previous camp. She was very shocked I was there and went out again.

“We waited a while and then water came through the walls. It was wonderful. For many weeks we had had no water on our backs. We were all drinking it.

“As we came outside, the women there said how wonderful it was to see us. They screamed with happiness. I didn’t understand what they meant. I said ‘What are you shouting about?’

“They said ‘Don’t you know? You were in the gas chamber.’ I lost my voice. I couldn’t produce any saliva.”

Gena puts her survival down to a “power over a power” and believes that God was watching over her.

“The woman who came in. I never saw her again. Perhaps she did something.”

More than 60 years on, the great-grandmother still cannot believe how lucky she was to escape death.

“Many times, I have to touch myself to check I’m really alive. One appreciates life so much.”

 

February 12, 2015

Bill O’Reilly’s hilarious jokes about Hitler on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Filed under: Germany, TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:55 am

A reader of my blog made a comment in which the readers of my blog were directed to a recent show on Kimmy Kimmel Live which featured Bill O’Reilly making fun of Hitler’s health problems.

The show was hilarious, but a good journalist would have also told the other side of the story, which is that Hitler was literally worshiped by millions of people, but sadly, Hitler had the misfortune to fall into the hands of incompetent doctors who doped him up on bad drugs.

I wrote about Hitler on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/EaglesNest/Berghof.html

American soldiers stand at the picture window of the Berghof after the building was destroyed

American soldiers stand at the picture window of the Berghof after the building was destroyed by American bombs

The Berghof before it was wantonly destroyed by Americans

The Berghof before it was wantonly destroyed by Americans in the last days of World War II

Berghof ruins after vindictive American bombing

Berghof ruins after vindictive American bombing

This quote is from the page of my website, cited above:

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In 1938, a train station was built at the small town of Berchtesgaden to handle the hordes of Hitlerpilger (Hitler pilgrims) who flocked to the Obersalzberg to see Hitler’s home, called the Berghof. Today, tourists arrive at this same train station in Berchtesgaden on their way to see Hitler’s former Tea House, called the Eagle’s Nest by Americans. The drive from the town of Berchtesgaden to the Obersalzberg plateau at 3,300 feet is one of the most scenic routes in Germany.

Hitler’s admirers used to gather at the Berghof just like the Elvis fans who stood outside Graceland, hoping to get a glimpse of their idol. The German people literally worshiped the ground that Hitler walked on. After Hitler made an occasional appearance to greet his fans, they would gather up the sand upon which Hitler had stood. Hitler was known as “the people’s Chancellor” because he was a common man, and he did what the German people wanted. Before World War II started, Hitler was more loved than any other leader in world history; his approval rating was 98%. As the man who was responsible for the deaths of 60 million people, including 6 million Jews, Hitler has now become the most hated man in the world.

The road from Munich to Berchtesgaden is the “old Nazi party road,” the first Autobahn built by Hitler to connect Berlin, Nürnberg and Munich with Salzberg and Linz in Austria. Tour buses from Munich bring visitors to the Obersalzberg where they get on another bus that takes them up to the Kehlsteinhaus aka the Eagle’s Nest.

In 1942, a honeycomb of bunkers was built into the mountainside at the Obersalzberg for air raid shelters. One of the largest surviving bunkers is under the documentation center and it is open to visitors.

The saga of Hitler, the Obersalzberg and Berchtesgaden is told at the documentation center, called Dokumentation Obersalzberg, which opened in 1999. Dokumentation Obersalzberg tells how Hitler first visited the Obersalzberg in 1923 and was inspired by views of the Untersberg, the mountain where the spirit of Karl der Grosse (Charlemagne) is said to slumber.

Karl der Grosse was the King of the Franks who was crowned as the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on Christmas day in the year 800. This was the first time that the German people were united under one ruler, although the Holy Roman Empire included other ethnic groups.

Hitler’s great accomplishment was that he united the German ethnic group into one empire under one leader for the first time: “ein Folk, ein Reich, ein Führer.” This was achieved by annexing Austria and the Sudetenland in 1938. The famous conference in which the Sudetenland was given to Germany in October 1938 was held at the Berghof.

Ethnic Germans in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were relocated to the part of Poland that was annexed into the Greater German Reich in 1939. Finally, with the conquest of France in 1940, the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine were added to the Greater German Reich.

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Sadly, all this history was canceled out by O’Reilly’s school boy farting jokes.

O’Reilly should have mentioned that German people today still visit Hitler’s Eagles’s nest and relive the happy years before American troops destroyed Germany to satisfy the Jewish call for Revenge, Revenge, Revenge.

The Eagle's Nest was saved from American bombs

The Eagle’s Nest was saved from American bombs

What’s next?  Will Bill O’Reilly make fun of President Roosevelt because he was in a wheel chair?  During World War II, most Americans did not know that Franklin D. Roosevelt could not walk.  Virtually no Americans knew that Hitler farted.

 

Hermann Goering and his 1941 Mercedes Benz automobile

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:14 am

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.

Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,

So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Hermann Goering riding through the streets of Nazi Germany

Hermann Goering riding through the streets of Nazi Germany in his Mercedes Benz

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, eBay has refused to list Hermann Goering’s Mercedes Benz for sale.

eBay says its policies prohibit listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence or racial, sexual or religious intolerance

Good for eBay! Who would want a Mercedes Benz after it had been touched by the filthy hands of a Nazi? Goering’s Mercedes promotes and glorifies racial hatred and religious intolerance.  Throw this car on the scrap heap!

Mercedes Benz once owned by Hermann Goering

Custom built Mercedes Benz car once owned by Hermann Goering (Click on photo to enlarge)

This quote is from the news article:

Hermann Goering founded Hitler’s Gestapo secret police and was a prime architect of the Nazi Holocaust.

A fighter pilot in the First World War, Goering went on to join Hitler’s Nationalist Socialist Party and eventually became his deputy in 1939.

Goering was the head of the SA, also known as the Brownshirts, and helped Heinrich Himmler set up Germany’s concentration camps.

In 1938, he became head of Germany’s armed forces and when the Second World War broke out the following year, he was put in charge of the Luftwaffe and led the Nazi air force during the Battle of Britain.

Following Hitler’s suicide in 1945, Goering surrendered to the U.S. Army in Austria.

He was found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials and was sentenced to death.

However, he cheated the hangman’s noose by killing himself in his cell aged 53 with a phial of hidden cyanide.

He was known as a Nazi ‘magpie’ and amassed a personal fortune through the confiscation of Jewish property.

His collection included paintings, tapestries, jewellery, hunting ornaments, altarpieces and rugs.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672043/eBay-refuses-list-1941-Mercedes-Benz-owned-Hitlers-air-force-chief-Hermann-Goering.html#ixzz3RYD5u6UK

At the Nuremberg IMT, Goering denied everything. I blogged about his Nuremberg testimony at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/goering-testified-at-nuremberg-that-neither-he-nor-hitler-knew-nothing-about-the-mass-murder-in-the-concentration-camps/

The German people can never be forgiven.  The Nazis gassed 6 million Jews, so don’t even try to exonerate Hermann Goering — or the car in which he once rode through the streets of Nazi Germany!

Revenge, revenge, revenge — the battle cry of the Jews!

 

 

February 7, 2015

CNN show “Voices of Auschwitz” hosted by Wolf Blitzer

Last night, I watched the CNN special, entitled Voices of Auschwitz.  The show featured a select group of survivors of Auschwitz, who triumphed over the evil Nazis, by going on to become rich and famous. One of the survivors who was featured, very prominently, in the show was 81-year-old Eva Moses Kor, the twin sister of Miriam Moses, who died at an early age after she was liberated from Auschwitz, 70 years ago, on January 27, 1945. When the CNN show starts, we see a recent color close-up photo of the face of Eva Moses Kor.

I previously blogged about the killing of the Hungarian Jews on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/update-on-oskar-groening-the-ss-guard-at-auschwitz-who-didt-kill-with-his-hands-but-was-part-of-that-killing-machinery/

Very early in my blogging career, five years ago, I blogged about how some of the incoming Jews were marched to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, while others were marched to the showers: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/the-people-who-walked-on-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

Arbeit Macht Frei sign over the main Auschwitz camp

Arbeit Macht Frei sign over the main Auschwitz camp

Then we see a photo of the famous sign that says “Arbeit Macht Frei” which is now the slogan of the the Jews when they complain about the evil perpetrated by the Nazis in the Holocaust. I blogged about the meaning of this sign at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/arbeit-macht-frei-slogan-hi-jacked-by-holocaust-historians/ The  Arbeit Macht Frei sign is over the gate into the Auschwitz main camp, which was a Class I camp for resistance fighters or illegal combatants. The famous “death camp” where Jews were gassed was Auschwitz-Birkeanau, which did not have this sign.

The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was used only at Class I camps, so it was not over the gate into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where Eva Moses Kor was a prisoner. However, she claims, in the Voices of Auschwitz show, that she was taken to Block 10 in the main camp, where Dr. Mengele did experiments on her and her twin sister.

Block 10 at Auschwitz main camp where Dr. Mengele did experiments on twins

Block 10 at Auschwitz main camp where Dr. Mengele did experiments on twins

Block 10, where Dr. Mengele allegedly did his experiments, has been off limits to tourists for many years, and the windows are blocked out.  During last night’s show on CNN, Eva Moses Kor took Wolf Blitzer into an empty room in a  building, which might have been a room inside Block 10.

Very early in the show, Eva Moses Kor takes Wolf Blitzer to the place where she says that she got off a cattle car when she arrived at Auschwitz. She shows him the very cattle car on which she arrived.  I have a photo of this same cattle car on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Judenrampe.html

Original train car that brought prisoners to Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of an original train car that brought prisoners to Auschwitz at the Judenrampe

Wolf Blitzer is apparently not an expert on the Holocaust, or he would have known that when the Hungarian Jews, including Eva Moses, were brought to Auschwitz-Birkeanu, starting in May 1944, the train tracks had been extended INSIDE the Birkeanau camp and the Judenrampe was no longer being used.

My 2005 photo of the train tracks entering the Birkenau camp

My 2005 photo of the train tracks entering the Birkenau camp

Very early in the show, last night, Wolf Blitzer says that the Nazis “had a plan to wipe out the Jews.”  Then why were the Jews, who are featured in this show, allowed to survive Hitler’s evil plan?  Why didn’t Hitler carry out his plan? The answer might lie in the story of Anita Lasker Waldfisch, who played violin in the orchestra at the main Auschwitz camp; she was later sent to Bergen-Belsen, where she also survived.

Hitler loved music and there were several orchestras at Auschwitz, including an orchestra which played near the Krema III gas at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the prisoners were marching inside to be gassed.

I blogged about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/the-orchestra-that-played-at-birkenau-as-the-jews-marched-to-the-gas-chamber/ I previously blogged about Anita Lasker Walffisch at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/orchestra-at-auschwitz/

Orchestra at main Auschwitz camp, in which Jewish prisoners played

Orchestra at main Auschwitz camp, in which Jewish prisoners played

Early in the show, Eva Moses Kor tells Wolf Blitzer that she “was crawling and couldn’t walk” on the day that she was liberated by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945. By February 1945, she had recovered to the point that she was leading the liberated prisoners out of the camp, along with her twin sister.

Eva Moses Kor and her twin sister Miriam lead the prisoners as they are marched out of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Eva Moses Kor and her twin sister Miriam lead the prisoners as they are marched out of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945  (click on photo to enlarge)

Eva Moses Kor as she looks today and as she points to herself in an old photo taken in February 1945 marching out of Auschwitz-Bkirenau

Eva Moses Kor as she looks today and as she points to herself in an old photo taken in February 1945 marching out of Auschwitz-Bkirenau

One thing that was brought out in the CNN film is that the Jews had had a “wonderful life” before Hitler came along. We see photos of the Jews before the Holocaust, as the Jews explain that they had a “happy childhood” and “beautiful homes.”

Life was good for the Jews in Germany until 1938 when we see a photo of a store window that had the word “Juden” painted on the window.  This was a photo taken at the event known as “Krisstallnacht” when the Germans boycotted Jewish stores in Germany.  This was the beginning of the end for the Jews in Germany. Soon life was over for the Jews: Eva Moses Kor summed it up, on the show, when she said: “In 1944, [the Nazis] came on horses to get the Jews [in Hungary where she lived].”

I wrote about the Hungarian Jews on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/HungarianJews.html

Eva Moses Kor was saved only because she was a twin. She explained to Wolf Blitzer that, when she got off the train at Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele asked her mother if her two girls were twins. Her mother then asked Dr. Mengele if being twins were a good thing, and he said “Yes”.

The mother was sent straight to the gas chamber, but Eva and Miriam were saved, because Dr. Mengele wanted to do evil experiments on twins.

At this point in the show, we hear the story of Renee Firestone. I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/renee-firestones-shoah-testimony/

On the CNN show, Renee says that she was sent, by Dr. Mengele (who else) to the right, and her mother to the left “and straight to the gas chamber.” At this point, we see young girls frolicking in bathing suits. What does this have to do with anything? My interpretation of the scene was that these were Jewish girls living the good life before the Nazis came along and sent them to concentration camps.

Just after the bathing suits scene, we see photos of the tracks going into Aushwitz-Birkenau with scenes of ominous looking railroad switches.  Jews are getting off the trains with lots of suitcases.

My interpretation of these scenes is that the Jews were rich and living the good life — until the evil Nazis interrupted their lives and sent them to Auschwitz for no reason at all. The Jews had everything, before the Holocaust, except their own country.  Now they have a country, but they are flocking back to Germany.  I wrote about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/jews-flocking-back-to-germany/

At this point in the CNN documentary, we see a photo of the Brausebad sign at Dachau.  Wait a minute! Were the Jews, who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, taken to Dachau to be gassed in the shower room there? As far as I know, the gas chambers at Auschwitz did not have a sign that said Brausebad.

Sign over the door into the shower room at Dachau

Sign over the door into the shower room at Dachau

Just after the Brausebad sign at Dachau was shown in the CNN show, we see a photo of Hungarian women, wearing dresses, marching toward the women’s camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Hungarian women march toward the women's camp at Birkeanu after having a shower

Hungarian women march toward the women’s camp at Birkeanu after having a shower

At this point in the CNN show, it should have been explained that these women had been given a shower, in a shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and their heads had been shaved to get rid of any possible lice that spreads typhus. Instead, we are led to believe that the Nazis humiliated these women by forcing them to wear plain dresses, not even letting them wear blue and white striped clothing.

Finally, we get to the segment about Rene Firestone.  It turns out that Rene was a talented dress designer before she was sent to Auschwitz. We see some of her sketches of women’s dresses. The black and white photo, shown above, was in this segment of the show. The photo shows how the women at Auschwitz-Birkeanu were humiliated by being forced to wear plain dresses.  Would it have killed the Germans to have provided stylish dresses for the women at Auschwitz?

After she was liberated from Auschwitz, Renee went to Budapest where she became a dress designer.

The next part of the show is about Martin Greenfield. We see the Arbeit Macht Frei sign again as the narrator explains that Greenfield was sent to the main camp to work as a tailor for the Nazis. He was just 15 years old.

Martin’s first job at Auschwitz was washing the shirts of the SS men. He ripped a shirt while he was scrubbing the shirt with a brush. He thought that he would be killed because of this, but the Nazis let him live. We see a scene taken at Dachau, when former prisoners walked out of the camp, followed by a scene which showed Martin’s tailor’s shop in America with his name on the top of the building.

Martin Greenfield wrote a book, entitled Measure of a Man, in which he told about his success in dressing several Presidents in hand-sown suits.

Finally, we get to the story of Anita Lasker Wafisch; we see a recent photo of her walking out of her nice home. Then we see the famous Arbeit Macht Frei sign in the main Auschwitz camp. Anita was sent to the main camp, where she played in the orchestra there.  We see the photo of the orchestra at the main Auschwitz camp, which I included in the first part of this blog post. We hear the band playing march music.

Then we see a photo of the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where incoming prisoners had to take a shower. Anita explained that the prisoners had to stay in the “quarantine camp” near the entrance to the Birkenau camp. Previously, in  the CNN show, we had seen Eva Moses Kor showing the barracks in the quarantine camp, while she claimed that these were the barracks where she had to live.  Is Eva Kor losing her memory? The photo below shows the barracks in the quarantine camp which are open to visitors.  Eva Kor did not live in  the quarantine barracks, shown in my 2005 photo below.

Quarantine barracks near the entance to Aschwitz Birkeanau camp

Quarantine barracks near the entrance to the Aschwitz Birkeanau camp

Steven Spielberg was shown in the CNN show, as he says: “Auschwitz was an efficient killing machine.” This show was about SURVIVORS of Auschwitz, who went on to fame and fortune, not about prisoners who were killed.

We see Spielberg as he walks under the Arbeit Macht Frei sign; he puts his hand in some mud, and then says that he has the “remains of mass murder on his hand.”

Then we hear Renee Firestone say that Auschwitz was the “worst atrocity in human history.”  There have been numerous atrocities in human history, and this CNN show is one of them.

February 6, 2015

American television commentator Greg Gutfeld sez that 6 million Jews were GASSED

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:51 am
Greg Gutfeld

Greg Gutfeld

Greg Gutfeld is a Fox News talk show commentator on a TV program called The Five. This show has a group of  journalists, who discuss topics of interest in the news.

Gutfeld’s father was Jewish, but his mother was not. He stands out on the show because he is very personable and very well informed.  He has written several books, none of which I have read.

Yesterday, Greg Gutfeld dropped a bombshell about the death of 6 million Jews, apropos of nothing. Out of the clear blue, Gutfeld said that the Nazis had GASSED 6 million Jews.  I was expecting one of the other four people on the panel to say “Well, did you know that words can hurt?” [As in a Geico commercial] But none of the other four people on the show even blinked an eye.

As nearly everyone in the world knows by now, there were 6 million Jews exterminated by those evil Nazis during World War II, but were the whole six million GASSED, as opposed to dying from typhus, starvation, exhaustion, or being marched to death? What about the numerous babies, whose heads were bashed against a tree or a train car?

How many cans of Zyklon-B gas did it take to gas 6 million Jews?

Empty cans of Zyklon-B gas used to kill lice

Empty cans of Zyklon-B gas used to kill lice

The Nazis should have used all that Zyklon-B to disinfect the clothing in the camps, which would have prevented typhus epidemics. But no! The Nazis used the Zyklon-B to KILL the prisoners!

Clothing that was disinfected with Zyklon-B at Dachau

Clothing that was disinfected with Zyklon-B at Dachau

Famous photo of a gas chamber at Dachau, used to disinfect clothing

Famous photo of a gas chamber at Dachau, used to disinfect clothing, in order to prevent typhus

I previously blogged here about the number of gas chambers, used by the Nazis, which are still in existence.

Finally, I went to another web site to find out more about how 6 million Jews were GASSED.

This quote is from the IHR website:

Begin quote:

We know that there were about 360,000 Jews under German control in September, 1939, in Germany, Austria, the Sudetenland and Bohemia-Moravia. There were about 1,100,000 Jews in that part of Poland occupied by the Germans in 1939-1940. There were approximately 1,150,000 Jews in eastern Poland which was taken over by the Russians in the autumn of 1939. How many of these escaped into Russia ahead of the German drive after June, 1941, is unknown. There is no doubt that the Germans took over large numbers of Jews during -their invasion -of Russia, but it is very likely that at no time during the war did the Germans have control over more than 3,500,000 to 4,000,000 Jews, and many of these could not be withdrawn before the Russians occupied these areas again. One thing is relatively certain, and that is that the Germans never got their hands on as many as six million Jews during the war. To have exterminated six millions would have made it necessary for them to have executed every last Jew that they seized. Not even the upholders of the extermination legend allege that this was the case, since they portray great numbers of Jews used in labor operations at all the German concentration camps.

[…]

It has continued to be maintained that about half of the entire six million Jews said to have been gassed by the Germans were gassed at Auschwitz, but even the Jewish statistician, Gerald Reitlinger, admits that only 363,000 inmates were registered at Auschwitz from January, 1940, to February, 1945, and not all -of these were Jews. The supporters 4 the genocide legend con-tend that many at Auschwitz were not registered but they have brought no proof of this. Even if one admits that there were as many who were unregistered as were registered, that would make fewer than 750,000 altogether. It would have been very difficult to have gassed about three millions with only 750,000 to work on, although it has been frequently asserted by dogmatic but uninformed writers that from four to five million Jews were gassed at Auschwitz. Moreover, many who were sent to Auschwitz were shifted elsewhere, especially toward the end of the war when the Russians were advancing.

end of story:

Joined with all this are the facts which will be developed later on showing that there is no evidence that the Germans adopted any program of mass extermination of Jews during the war or that any German National Socialist leader ever gave any order to do so. It has been alleged by numerous Jewish critics of Hitler, especially Gerald Reitlinger, that early in the war the Nazi leaders decided on a “final solution” of the Jewish problem and that this solution was the extermination of all the Jews they could seize. There is no foundation whatever for this charge. Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels did determine upon a “final solution” of the Jewish problem, so far as they could control it, but this solution was to encourage or force the Jews to leave all lands that the National Socialists controlled and to settle elsewhere. Emigration rather than extermination was the solution proposed by all of these Nazi leaders. Not even the Nuremberg inquisition could link Göring in any serious manner with the Jewish issue, but there is no doubt that he shared the program of encouraging the Jews to leave all territory that Germany controlled or might control.

End quote

The photo below shows fingernail scratches on the wall of the reconstructed gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, allegedly made by some of the 6 million Jews who were gassed.

Fingernail marks on the wall of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Fingernail marks on the wall of the Auschwitz gas chamber

I have been blogging for 5 years.  My first blog post was published on Feb. 5, 2010.  Out of more than 1,300 blog posts, the most popular post was about the scratches on the wall of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/

February 5, 2015

Were the Nazis “Godless”?

Filed under: Germany — furtherglory @ 7:48 am

Last night on his TV show, called The Factor, Bill O’Reilly said that the Nazis were “Godless.”

What was the Moto of the Luftwaffe [the German Air Force]? Was it “Kein Gott für uns”?  Or was it “Gott mit uns” [God with us]?

You can listen here to a speech, about religion in Germany, made by Hitler in 1939.

Was Hitler a life-long Catholic, who never officially left the church? Or was he Godless?

Catholic Church that Hitler attended when he was a young boy

Catholic Church that Hitler attended when he was a young boy in Austria

One of the first laws that Hitler put into effect in Germany was known as the “Aryan Paragraph.” This new rule stated that only Aryans could have positions in the German government; Jews were no longer allowed to have government jobs. This rule was soon expanded to ban Jews from becoming Pastors in Christian churches in Germany.

Was Germany “Godless” because Jews were not allowed to preach in Catholic churches?

The main opposition to Hitler’s “Aryan Paragraph” came from a group of young pastors led by Martin Niemöller, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Heinrich Gruber. Initially, their main complaint was that Hitler had united all denominations of Germany’s Protestant churches under Ludwig Müller as the first Reich Bishop.

When the new law that Jews were not allowed to be Protestant ministers went into effect, Niemöller organized the Pastor’s Emergency League to protect Protestant pastors, who were violating the new law, from the police.

With the support of Karl Barth, a professor of theology at Bonn University, in May, 1934, the rebel pastors formed what became known as the Confessional Church. Over the next few years, hundreds of these pastors were sent to concentration camps; Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed. [Bonhoeffer was involved in the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler, which is why he was singled out to be executed.]

One of the major differences of the teaching of the Confessional Church was that Jews, who had converted to Christianity, could become pastors. Hitler did not want Jews to become pastors in Christian churches.  Could Aryans become rabbis in Jewish Synagogues?

Hitler did not want Germany to be ruled by Jews — in any way. Did that make the Nazis Godless?

Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about the Godless Nazis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Nazi_Germany

This quote is from Wikipedia:

Most members of the Nazi Party, however, were Christians. Composed mostly by members of the Lutheran Evangelical tradition, members of the apostate Nazi-inspired Positive Christianity sect and some of the Catholic faith tradition respectively. […]

There was some diversity of personal views among the Nazi leadership as to the future of religion in Germany. Anti-Church radicals included Hitler’s Personal Secretary Martin Bormann and Minister for Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, the neo-pagan official Nazi Philosopher Alfred Rosenberg and security chief Heinrich Himmler. Some Nazis, such as Hans Kerrl, who served as Hitler’s Minister for Church Affairs, believed Christianity could be Nazified into “Positive Christianity”, by renouncing its Jewish origins, the Old Testament and Apostle’s Creed, and holding Hitler as a new “Messiah”. Hitler himself believed that in the long run, National Socialism and religion would not be able to co-exist, but was prepared temporarily to restrain some of his more radical instincts out of political considerations.

Now let’s go to the website of the United States Holocaust Museum to see what the Jews have to say about the Godless Nazis.

The following quote is from

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=1000739

Hitler espoused the importance of Christianity to German nationality and Christianity’s role in a renewal of national morality and ethics, leading Niemöller to enthusiastically welcome the Third Reich. Niemöller later confessed that even Hitler’s antisemitism reflected a more extreme version of his own prejudice at that time.

Niemöller’s conflicts with National Socialism emerged out of his opposition to the German Christians, a pro-Nazi faction within the German Protestant Church that sought to apply Nazi racial dogma to church membership in such a way as to bar so-called non-Aryans (people considered Jewish under Nazi racial laws) from the ministry and from religious teaching positions.

Catholic priests were put into the Dachau concentration camp, but not because they were priests.  It was because they were preaching against the Nazis.

I wrote about the priests at Dachau at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife3.html

Bill O’Reilly, who is Catholic, is an authority on Nazis, so maybe he will tell us more about their Godless traits tonight. Meanwhile, be sure to read this blog post about the Nazis and religion: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/were-the-nazis-pagans/

February 4, 2015

Auschwitz has been turned into a Simpson’s cartoon

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:33 am

I was horrified when I read about the Simpson’s at Auschwitz here.

Cartoon characters at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Cartoon characters at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

This quote is from the news story about the cartoon:

I scrolled through the pictures I had just received in an email. I looked at them again. And again. The subject line, I realized, went straight to the point: “The Simpsons go to Auschwitz” — a series of drawings by the controversial Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo, depicting the popular yellow cartoon family as famished inmates of the Nazi death camp.

Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie wearing yellow stars, in striped prisoners’ garbs, and undressed in what seems to be the inside of a gas chamber… you get the idea. The “Arbeit macht frei”-sign, the emaciated legs, the fake showerheads — no question, the imagery was painful and upsetting to look at. And the bright, big-eyed cartoon characters with the funny-shaped heads definitely felt out of place.

Isn’t there a law against making fun of the Holocaust?  If not, there should be a law.  I think that this cartoon could be construed to be Holocaust denial.  The maker of the film could be renditioned to Germany, put on trial, and automatically convicted of Holocaust denial.

 

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