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October 25, 2017

The famous swimming pool at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:10 pm

My photo of swimming pool repair at Auschwitz, October 2005

The photo above is an early morning shot of Block 6, one of the brick barracks buildings in the Auschwitz main camp. In the background, you can see construction workers repairing the swimming pool.

The photo below shows what the swimming pool looked like in 1996 before preservation work began. The high diving board is at the far end in the background of the photo. The diving board itself  has been removed.

Swimming pool at Auschwitz, 1996

In the background, on the left side of the photo above, you can see the wall around the camp, and on the right, you can see Buildings number 7 and 8 in the camp.

When I visited Auschwitz in 1998, I asked to see the swimming pool, but I was told by my tour guide that it was not on the tour. My tour guide told me that there were two swimming pools, one for the prisoners and one for the SS men, but she refused to show me either one of the pools.

When I returned to Auschwitz in 2005, the swimming pool for the prisoners was still not included on the tour, but I found it by myself as I wandered around on my own in the early morning.

The swimming pool is now called a water reservoir on a sign board that was erected some time after my visit to Auschwitz in October 2005. The words on the sign board are in Polish, English and Hebrew; the sign reads as follows: “Fire brigade reservoir built in the form of a swimming pool, probably in early 1944.”

There is also a water reservoir at the Mauthausen concentration camp which is built in the form of a swimming pool. On my 1998 tour of Auschwitz Birkenau, I saw a pool of water along the main road in the Birkenau camp. My tour guide told me that this was a water reservoir; this pool was gone when I visited Birkenau in 2005.

Barbara Cherish, the daughter of Arthur Liebehenschel, wrote a book which was published in 2009, entitled “My father, the Auschwitz commandant.” In her book, Barbara credits her father with building a swimming pool for the use of the prisoners. Liebehenschel was the Commandant of the Auschwitz main camp for five months, beginning on December 1, 1943. Liebehenschel is credited with other improvements at Auschwitz I, including the tearing down of the standing cells in Block 11.

In the Epilogue of the book entitled “Death Dealer,” which was first published in 1992 as the autobiography of Auschwitz Kommandant Rudolf Höss, the editor of the book, Steven Paskuly wrote the following:

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When Höss was promoted to Berlin, his replacement, Kommandant Arthur Liebehenschel, was put in charge of just the Auschwitz camp… […] He had the water trough near Blocks 7 and 8 converted into a swimming pool for Kapos and prisoners who worked well.

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October 22, 2017

What is the truth about Bergen-Belsen?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 2:48 pm

When I was a little girl, I enjoyed going to the movies twice a week — on Wednesday and Saturday. There would be two new movies each week. Before the movie, there would always be a news feature.

I remember the newsreel which showed a British soldier shoving the bodies of Jews with a bull dozer as shown in the photo below.

British soldier shoves bodies of dead Jews at Bergen-Belsen with a bulldozer

Of course, the movie audience was not told that these were the bodies of prisoners who had died of disease. We were led to believe that these prisoners had been killed in gas chambers and their bodies had been thrown out on the parade ground to rot.

You can read the full story of Ber-Belsen on my website at


Sorry, but I don’t think that anyone should tweet about the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:50 pm

This morning I was horrified to read that someone had tweeted about the Holocaust. What a revolting development this is!

The following quote is from the news article:

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TA – A Twitter account associated with Anthony Scaramucci, the colorful investor who was briefly President Donald Trump’s communications director, reposted a survey about the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust, saying it was an educational exercise.

The original tweet posted on the Scaramucci Post account Oct. 17 asked, “How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?” and offered multiple choices: “Less than one million, between 1-2 million, between 2-3 million, more than 5 million.” The historical figure, 6 million, was not offered. That tweet drew widespread outrage and was withdrawn hours later.

A screen capture showed that within an hour of posting, 4,776 people had responded, with 68 percent answering more than 5 million, 21 percent saying less than 1 million and the rest split between the other two options.

The Twitter feed is run by Lance Laifer, the founder of several capital management firms, as is Scaramucci. Laifer said on the Scaramucci Post feed that he is Jewish, in defending his posting of the poll and other tweets related to the Holocaust.

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Excuse me! I don’t think that anyone should be tweeting or twittering about the Holocaust, which is a sacred subject.

I have visited most of the former camps, and I have spoken to Holocaust survivors. I have a website that is almost entirely devoted to the Holocaust:

Holocaust Museums and Memorial Sites:

Anne Frank House

Belzec Memorial Site

Bergen-Belsen Memorial Site

Bergen-Belsen Museum

Buchenwald Museum and Art Gallery

Dachau Memorial Site

Dachau Museum

Jewish Memorial at Dachau

Jewish Memorial Site in Berlin

Jewish Museum in Berlin

Memorial to Jews in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Jewish Museum in Prague

Jewish Museum at Sachsenhausen

Memorial to Jews in Podgorze Ghetto

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Wannsee Museum

Warsaw Ghetto Memorials


Bergen-Belsen, the camp that is the most misunderstood

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 11:27 am

This recent article is about Bergen-Belsen:

The following quote is from the article:

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A CALLER stunned Radio 2 listeners with a sick comment on the Holocaust live on air.

Former nurse Josephine Buck ranted “you never saw anybody fat coming out of Belsen” during an obesity debate on Jeremy Vine’s show.

She was referring to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany where the Nazis killed 50,000 mainly Jewish people in World War Two — including diarist Anne Frank, who was just 15.

Host Paddy O’Connell, filling in for Jeremy, did not apologise and merely moved on.

Josephine, from Dorset, also referred to obese people as “lumps of lard”. Kevin Hall wrote online: “Truly vile woman. Why do the BBC pander to these people?”

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Child survivors at Bergen-Belsen greet the British
I wrote about Bergen-Belsen on my website at
Start reading about Bergen-Belsen on my website at

October 21, 2017

The liberation of Belsen 70 years ago

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:48 pm

You can read about the liberation of Bergen-Belsen in this recent news article:

I wrote about Bergen-Belsen on my website many years ago:

This place is famous because it is the place where Anne Frank died.

classification documents about the death of JFK to be released

Filed under: True Crime, TV shows — furtherglory @ 2:22 pm

In these recent news articles, you can read about the documents that will soon be released:

In the documents, it is revealed that the secret service agent who jumped onto the back of a moving car and shoved Jackie Kennedy to the floor of the car was Clint Hill. Jackie had been trying to retrieve a piece of her husband’s skull that had been blown off his head when he was shot.

Today when I saw TV shows about how Jackie was protected by a secret service man, I recalled the time when I interviewed Clint Hill when I was working as a recruiter for Management Recruiters. He came into my office with a resume when he was looking for a job after he had left the secret service. On his resume, his name was C.E. Hill and his job experience did not include his experience as a secret service man.

I can tell you that he was a very handsome man, but not at all conceited. He was a very nice person.

He started telling me about his experience since leaving the secret service two years ago. After a few minutes, I told him to cut the crap — I said I know who you are, and all potential employers will know who you are. I told him that he was world famous as the man who risked his own life to save the life of Jackie Kennedy.

A few weeks later, he called me to tell me that he had taken my advice and that he had told the truth about his experience. He had manged to get a good job working with the state of California.


October 18, 2017

German woman convicted of Holocaust denial again

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 1:34 pm

Ursula Haverbeck

Will someone please prove to this old lady that there really were gas chambers at Auschwitz and other camps, and get her to shut up. Of course, there were gas chambers used for killing Jews — why would anyone deny this? (Just kidding)

I happen to be one of the few people who has ever seen a real gas chamber. When I was in the 4th grade, my school took me and my classmates to Jefferson City, Missouri to see a real gas chamber. It was a two-seater, where two people could be gassed at one time. You can see a photo of the Misssouri gas chamber by clicking on the link below:

The Nazi gas chambers were large rooms where hundreds of Jews could be gassed at one time. Or were these chambers used to store dead bodies of Jews who had died of disease?

My photo of gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz

I have a section on my website about the gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz:



Megyn Kelly is back in the news….

Filed under: TV shows — furtherglory @ 12:37 pm

Let me say right off the bat that I love Megyn Kelly. She is very beautiful and very gutsy (if that is a word).

Her problem is that she is not highly educated and she makes many mistakes; she doesn’t know what every college graduate knows, and that makes her appear to be stupid.

Megyn is in the news now because of her recent interview with Tom Brokaw.

The following quote is from this news article:

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When NBC announced the decision to give Kelly her own morning slot—despite poor ratings for her initial Sunday night series—a swath of viewers and fellow media members disapproved, especially since it meant she’d be replacing fan favorites Tamron Hall and Al Roker.

In her first week on air, Kelly managed to make headlines at least, leaving Jane Fonda dumbfounded by a plastic surgery question. In the second week, days after the deadliest mass shooting in the US., Kelly was criticized for appearing to cut off Tom Brokaw as he was critiquing the NRA.

Behind the scenes, the show’s producers seem to be struggling to figure out what a Megyn Kelly show should look like. While NBC remains patient by necessity, and as Kelly grows more comfortable in the role, ratings have reportedly been soft and slipping since the first week, hitting a “possible all-time low” for the Today Show brand, according to Page Six sources. Adjacently, publicists appear to be reluctant to feature their clients on the show—“I literally haven’t pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad,” one publicist told Variety.

Many of the TV anchors and personalities I spoke to—who work for local stations or major network affiliates—agree that there’s a problem, much of which has to do with Kelly’s attempt to outrun her past life. Here’s what peers had to say about the Megyn Kelly Today format, its execution, pros, cons, and whether Megyn Kelly can survive in the morning.

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That’s all she wrote — and she rubbed that out. (words from an old song)

October 16, 2017

Sorry, little girls — no Anne Frank Holloween costume for you this year

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 5:09 pm

Anne Frank is shown in the photo above

I have just heard on the news that the Anne Frank Holloween costume has been withdrawn from some stores.

You can read about it in the news at

The following quote is from the news article:

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At least one online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted the teenage diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank, but an identical costume is still available at several online retailers.

Screenshots of the costume for sale at posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret.

The costume quickly received criticism. Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the Anti-Defamation League’s Arizona office, said on Twitter that it trivializes Frank’s memory. “There [are] better ways [to] commemorate Anne Frank. This is not one,” he tweeted.

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Everyone in America knows who Anne Frank was. She is the most famous little girl in the world. During World War II, Anne had to hide in an attic – allegedly because those mean ole Nazis were killing Jews for no reason.

Actually, Anne’s father had to go into hiding, not because he was a Jew, but because he was a wanted criminal. He was a business man who was cheating his customers.

I wrote about the Anne Frank house on my website at

The famous holes in the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:38 pm

When I visited the Auschwitz main camp for the first time in 1998, the first thing that I wanted to see was the famous gas chamber. So I hired a tour guide to take me there.

My 1998 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

The photograph above shows the roof of the Krema I gas chamber and crematorium building in the Auschwitz main camp as it looked in October 1998.

On the right, you can see a red brick chimney of the type used for a stove. Behind it is another larger chimney over the area where the crematory ovens were located; there were two of these chimneys, but one is out of camera range in this photo. At the far end of the roof, there is another chimney which is not located over the gas chamber area.

The gassing of the victims in Krema I at Auschwitz was done by pouring Zyklon-B gas pellets into the gas chamber room through holes in the roof. One of these reconstructed holes is shown in the foreground on the left in the photo above; the other three holes are behind it.

The reconstructed holes are covered by wooden lids, just like the original holes; the lids can be lifted up today, just as they were by the SS men who poured the gas pellets into the gas chamber.

Jean Claude Pressac wrote in his book “Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers” that there were originally three holes in a straight line on the roof of Krema I.

According to the book entitled “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” by Robert Jan van Pelt and Deborah Dwork, the Nazis had “punched three square portholes through the morgue roof and covered them with tightly fitting wooden lids.”

The original holes for the gas pellets were closed up when the room was converted into a bomb shelter by the Nazis in 1944, although this was not mentioned in the construction plans.

After closing the original holes on the roof, two new holes were cut for a ventilation system when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter. The ventilation holes on the roof have since been closed up, but can still be seen on the ceiling inside the gas chamber, as shown in the photo below.

Closed up vent hole on ceiling of Auschwitz I gas chamber

Contrary to Jean-Claude Pressac’s description of “three” original holes on the roof, a statement by Hans Stark, a member of the SS staff at Auschwitz, describes only two holes on the roof of Krema I.

The following quote from Hans Stark is from the book entitled “The Good Old Days,” by Klee, Dressen and Riess:

At another, later gassing–also in autumn 1941–Grabner ordered me to pour Zyklon B into the opening because only one medical orderly had shown up. During a gassing Zyklon B had to be poured through both openings of the gas-chamber room at the same time. This gassing was also a transport of 200-250 Jews, once again men, women and children. As the Zyklon B–as already mentioned–was in granular form, it trickled down over the people as it was being poured in. They then started to cry out terribly for they now knew what was happening to them. I did not look through the opening because it had to be closed as soon as the Zyklon B had been poured in. After a few minutes there was silence. After some time had passed, it may have been ten to fifteen minutes, the gas chamber was opened. The dead lay higgledy-piggedly all over the place. It was a dreadful sight.

Filip Müller, the author of “Eye Witness, Three Years in the Gas Chambers,” wrote that there were six openings on the roof and several SS men poured the gas pellets into the room. Müller wrote, regarding the job of the SS men:

They removed the covers from the six camouflaged openings. Then, protected by gas masks, they poured the green-blue crystals of the deadly gas into the gas chamber.

Müller also wrote that the noise from truck engines was used to “prevent anyone from hearing the shouting and banging on doors of the dying in the gas chamber.”

Pery Broad, an SS man who worked in the Gestapo office next door to the gas chamber, corroborates Müller’s description of six holes. Broad wrote a report, after he was captured by the British, in which he described how the gas pellets were poured into the Krema I gas chamber: “… the covers had been removed from the six holes in the ceiling…”

The web site of Emory University claims that there were originally five holes on the roof of Krema I:

Originally Crema 1 was equipped with three ovens with a morgue room behind them. In late 1941 the morgue room in Crema 1 was sealed up, five holes were punched in the roof and capped with small chimneys through which the Zyklon-B was dropped, a large fan was installed, and the doors were made gas tight.

The Emory University web site also states the following:

The Museum authorities located the clear scars of five holes in the roof and knocked out four of them for the restoration. Why they didn’t knock out the fifth as well is unknown, but the scar that shows where it was located and then patched can be clearly seen on the roof

The photo below is another view, taken from the roof of the gas chamber. The yellow building on the left is the former SS hospital. Survivors who worked in the hospital testified that they looked out the windows and observed SS men pouring Zyklon-B through the holes on the roof.

SS hospital was right next to the gas chamber in the main camp

Roof of Krema I with SS hospital in the background

On page 363 of their book “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” Van Pelt and Dwork state the following, regarding the gas chamber reconstruction:

“When Auschwitz was transformed into a museum after the war, the decision was taken to concentrate the history of the whole complex into one of its component parts. The infamous crematoria where the mass murders had taken place lay in ruins in Birkenau, two miles away. The committee felt that a crematorium was required at the end of the memorial journey, and crematorium I was reconstructed to speak for the history of the incinerators at Birkenau. This program of usurpation was rather detailed. A chimney, the ultimate symbol of Birkenau, was re-created; four hatched openings in the roof, as if for pouring Zyklon B into the gas chamber below, were installed, and two of the three furnaces were rebuilt using original parts. There are no signs to explain these restitutions, they were not marked at the time, and the guides remain silent about it when they take visitors through this building that is presumed by the tourist to be the place where it happened.

The photograph below shows a museum display of Zyklon-B pellets spilling out of an open can, and several other cans with Zyklon-B labels on them. This photo was taken in the Museum at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, where prisoners were gassed in a room disguised as a shower room. There is a similar display of Zyklon-B cans in the Auschwitz Museum.

Museum display shows Zyklon-B pellets

The Zyklon-B pellets sparkle like tiny landscaping rocks; they are a light blue-green color and about the size of garden peas. The manufacturer recommended that the pellets be heated to a temperature of 78.3 degrees in order to speed up the release of the poison gas fumes, but the reconstructed gas chamber has no means of heating the pellets nor circulating the gas fumes throughout the room.

Door into Air Raid Shelter


Start of Gas Chamber Tour

Reconstructed Gas Chamber

Interior of Reconstructed Gas Chamber

Holes in ceiling of gas chamber

Introduction to Auschwitz I

Back to Photo Gallery 2



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