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April 2, 2017

entrance into Auschwitz gas chamber through the back door

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:31 am

My 1998 photo of the back door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

The photo above shows the door through which visitors used to enter the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, a few years ago. This door, which has a glass panel on the top, was originally the door into a washroom which is shown in the foreground. The room in the background of the photo is the “laying out room” which was used as an autopsy room when the gas chamber was originally used as a morgue.

The Holocaust victims allegedly entered the washroom and then proceeded into the gas chamber through another door which is no longer there. When the gas chamber was reconstructed by the Soviet Union in 1947, the washroom was included in the gas chamber.

You can see my photo of the back door into the Auschwitz gas chamber [shown above] on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08C.html

One of the readers of my blog put up a link to a video about Auschwitz which you can watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMNikDiN-Xc&feature=youtu.be

In the video, cited above, you can see my photo, which is claimed in the video to be have been the door INTO the gas chamber. Yes, that door does open inward as shown in my photo, but it was never claimed, by anyone, to have been the door into the gas chamber.

When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in 1998, I was the only tourist there. I had a private tour guide, who flew in from New York city and met me at the Munich airport when I arrived.

The next day, she took me on a tour of the Auschwitz I camp where we went through the front door of the alleged gas chamber  building. The door in the photo above is the back door. My tour guide told me that the bodies in the gas chamber were removed through this back door and burned in the ovens. However, she would not allow me to go through this door; she said that it was forbidden for tourists to go through the back door.  I wonder what she did not want me to see.

My tour guide took me into the Auschwitz gas chamber through the front door which is shown in the background of my photo below.

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz 1 gas chamber shows the front door in the background

February 11, 2017

Leaflets that deny the existence of gas chambers are dropped on college campus in the UK

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 5:50 am

The following quote is from a news story, which you can read in full at http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/holocaust-denial-leaflets-distributed-on-uk-campuses/

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Literature denying and belittling the Nazi genocide [of Jews] has been found at University College London, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University and Glasgow University, according to the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).

The leaflets deny the existence of gas chambers.

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Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

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

Look at my photo above, which shows the alleged gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. I composed this photo to show that there is an open doorway into the oven room where bodies were burned after they had allegedly been gassed.

Actually, this doorway was not there when these rooms were used by the Nazis. It was added later so that tourists could easily move through the rooms, on their tour of the gas chamber.

If gas had been used in a room right next to hot ovens, it would have caused an explosion. That is why Holocaust deniers say that this room was not a gas chamber. The alleged gas chamber room was actually a morgue where bodies were stored, waiting to be burned in the ovens next door.

You can read about the oven room, next to the alleged gas chamber, on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08B.html

January 28, 2017

My blog is breaking all records for the number of hits

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:27 pm

In the last two days, my blog has been breaking records for the number of hits. This morning, I set out to find out why.

It seems that it is one of my blog posts, written several years ago, that is suddenly getting thousands of hits: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/

Fingernail marks on Auschwitz gas chamber wall

Fingernail marks on gas chamber wall

I believe that these scratches on the wall have been made by tourists in recent years. I don’t believe that little babies were held up to scratch the gas chamber walls, in an attempt to get out.

January 14, 2017

The Auschwitz main camp as caught on a drone camera

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:07 am

 

You can see what the main camp at Auschwitz looks like today, as caught on a drone camera:

https://www.good.is/articles/drone-footage-of-auschwitz

 

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website where you can see more of my photos of the Auschwitz I camp: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/index.html

 

November 7, 2016

Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin is back in the news

Holocaust survivor Nesse Godwin

Holocaust survivor Nesse Godwin was honored at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

I previously blogged about Nessie Godwin at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/nesse-godin/

The following quote is from a recent news article in the Stars and Stripes newspaper: https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/10/27/us-naval-academy-honors-holocaust-survivor-for-decades-of-teaching-about-nazi-genocide/

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A Holocaust survivor [Nesse Godwin] was honored by the US Naval Academy in Annapolis on Wednesday for her 20 years of teaching cadets about the Nazi genocide, the US Armed Forces newspaper Stars and Stripes reported.

At a ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, Nesse Godin, 88, was presented the Meritorious Public Service Award  for her lectures to midshipmen about their “professional and individual responsibility to make ethical decisions and help prevent genocide and mass atrocities in the future.”

Godin, a Silver Spring, Maryland resident originally from Siauliai, Lithuania, was imprisoned in several concentration camps, and her father lost his life in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Her mother and two brothers survived.

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Note that this woman’s father was killed in the gas chambers [plural] of Auschwitz. How many gas chambers did it take to kill him?

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber

My 2005 photo of Auschwitz gas chamber

Why did the Nazis give up and not try to gas the mother and her three children? Did they run out of gas chambers?

The article continues with this quote:

“After the war, Godin married a Polish Holocaust survivor, and they immigrated to the United States the 1950s.”

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August 24, 2016

What the length of your fingers says about you

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:34 am

Why am I concerned about the length of anyone’s fingers, you ask. What does this have to do with the Holocaust, which is the main subject of my blog, you ask.

You can read about the various lengths of fingers, and see photos of fingers on this website: http://www.littlethings.com/finger-length-personality-quiz/

As you will note, no one has fingers that are all the same length.

Scratches on the wll of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Scratches on the wall of the alleged Auschwitz gas chamber

As the photo above shows, the fingernail scratches on the wall of the gas chamber were made by fingers that are are all the same length, which is unknown in real life.

Five years ago, I put up a blog post about the fingernail scratches on the walls of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. These scratches were allegedly put there by children who were held up by their dying parents so that the the children could scratch the walls made of concrete. This was allegedly done to provide proof for future generations that Jews were gassed in the morgue at Auschwitz.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/dying-victims-scratched-the-walls-of-the-auschwitz-gas-chamber-with-their-fingernails/

 

July 30, 2016

How did the Holocaust gas chambers really work?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:18 am

One of the readers of my blog asked this in a comment: “Lets just say for now that the Holocaust actually happened? How would you describe it?”

I assume that the real question is “How did the gas chambers work?”

I have been blogging for over six years now; in the year 2001, I wrote an explanation of how the gas chambers worked, according to two eye-witnesses who wrote books about it.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/eye-witness-description-of-the-procedure-used-in-the-auschwitz-birkenau-gas-chambers/

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in Auschwitz

The Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, shown in the photo above, is a reconstruction which was done by the Soviet Union in 1947.

The original gas chamber had been converted by the Germans into an air raid shelter in September 1944. A new entrance door, which can be seen in the background of the photo above, had been added.

In September 1944, the original gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp had been divided into four small rooms. In the photo above, you can see the reconstructed opening into the oven room on the left hand side. This opening had been closed up when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter. During the reconstruction, the opening into the oven room was moved a few feet.

My photo above was taken with flash; the room is actually very dimly lit and looks much darker.

This YouTube video shows what tourists see today, when they take a tour of the main Auschwitz camp:

June 6, 2016

How many Jews died at Auschwitz?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 5:06 pm

One of the regular readers of my blog wrote this in a comment:

“Well, no one ever claimed that 4 million Jews died at Auschwitz. So that decline in numbers [down to 1.1 million] has no bearing on the amount of Jews killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau.”

Excuse me — I think that someone did, in fact, claim that 4 million Jews died at Auschwitz. The famous 4 million number was literally carved in stone at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

This stone was displayed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This stone was displayed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The sauna building at Birkenau where clothes were disinfected and prisoners took a shower

My photo of the sauna building at Birkenau where the clothes were disinfected with Zyklon-B and prisoners took a shower

On May 14, 1946, the former Commandant of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, Rudolf Höß, also known as Rudolf Hoess, signed a sworn affidavit in which he stated that two million Jews had been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1941 and 1943 while he was the Commandant.

My 2005 photo of the Fence around the Birkenau camp

My 2005 photo of the fence around the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

This did not include the period, during which Hoess was not the Commandant, when over 300,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed during a period of 10 weeks in the Summer of 1944, according to the Auschwitz Museum.

The English translation of the German text in the affidavit reads: “I declare herewith under oath that in the years 1941 to 1943 during my tenure in office as commandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp 2 million Jews were put to death by gassing and a 1/2 million by other means. Rudolf Hoess. May 14, 1946.” The confession was signed by Hoess and by Josef Maier of the US Chief of Counsel’s office.

The original affidavit, signed by Rudolf Hoess, was displayed in a glass case in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC when I visited the museum in the year 2000. The photo that was displayed, along with the affidavit, showed Hungarian Jewish women and children walking to one of the four gas chambers in the Auschwitz- Birkenau death camp on May 26, 1944, carrying their hand baggage in sacks.

My photo taken in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

My photo taken in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The caption underneath the photo above reads:

On May 14, 1946, Rudolf Hoess, the former commandant of Auschwitz, signed a declaration stating that during his tenure in office, 2 million Jews had been gassed at Auschwitz and another 500,000 killed in other ways.

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Hoess overestimated the number of Jews gassed by about 1 million, according to today’s statistics.

There have been allegations that this confession was obtained from Rudolf Hoess by means of torture.

Rupert Butler wrote in his book entitled Legions of Death, published by Arrow Books in London in 1983, that before Hoess confessed, he had been beaten for three days by a British team of torturers under the command of Jewish interrogator Bernard Clarke.

In April 1967, an International Monument, dedicated to the victims of Fascism, was unveiled at Auschwitz-Birkenau, between the ruins of Krema II and Krema III, the two crematoria buildings where the two largest gas chambers were located.

The ruins of the Birkenau camp

My 2005 photo of the ruins of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

The monument included a series of granite plaques which informed visitors that 4 million people had been murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This number was an estimate given by the Soviet Union on May 8, 1945, based on the maximum capacity of the cremation ovens in the main Auschwitz camp and the ovens in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

Four million was the number of deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau that the Soviet Union had included in their war crimes charges against the Nazis at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal in November 1945.

The Soviet Union also charged that the Nazis had murdered 1.5 million people at the Majdanek death camp. Today, the Museum at Majdanek claims that only 78,000 prisoners, including 59,000 Jews, died at Majdanek.

According to the Auschwitz Museum, after the fall of Communism in 1989, the Soviet Union turned over to the International Committee of the Red Cross 46 volumes of Death Books (Sterbebücher) which they had confiscated from the Auschwitz camp. These records, which had been kept by the political department (Gestapo) at Auschwitz, show that there were around 69,000 registered prisoners who died between July 29, 1941 and December 31, 1943.

The Death books from June 14, 1940 to July 28, 1941 are missing, as are the death books from all of 1944 and January 1945. Based on these records, the International Red Cross has estimated that a total of around 135,000 registered prisoners died in the three Auschwitz camps. These figures are for Jews and non-Jews.

The document in the photo below, which shows records kept in the Nazi concentration camps, is stored at Arolsen, Germany.

Records kept by the Red Cross

Records kept by the Red Cross

In 1990, the plaques at Auschwitz-Birkenau, with the figure of 4 million, were removed. It was not until 1995 that new plaques were placed at the International Monument. There are 20 metal plates inscribed in Yiddish, English and all the major languages of Europe.

The plaques were set on granite slabs on the steps of the International Monument. The number of deaths at Auschwitz, according to each of the 20 metal plates, is 1.5 million. However, the official number of deaths, according to the Jews, is now 1.1 million.

The English inscription reads:

FOR EVER LET THIS PLACE BE A CRY OF DESPAIR AND A WARNING TO HUMANITY, WHERE THE NAZIS MURDERED ABOUT ONE AND A HALF MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN MAINLY JEWS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF EUROPE. AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU 1940-1945

 

In 1980, Franciszek Piper, the director of the Auschwitz Museum, began a study of all the available documents at Auschwitz; he calculated that 1,077,180 prisoners, of which 90% were Jews, had died at Auschwitz, based on his estimate of the number of arrivals minus the number of liberated prisoners and the number of transferred, escaped and released prisoners. This number includes the Jews, not registered in the camp, who are assumed to have been gassed immediately upon arrival.

In 1946, Rudolf Hoess was put on trial in Poland; he was charged with the murder of “around 300,000 people held at the camp as prisoners and entered into the camp’s records and around 4,000,000 people, mainly Jews, who were brought to the camp in transports from other European countries for immediate extermination and thus not listed in the camp’s records.” During his trial, Höss changed the figure in his confession to a total of 1,130,000 Jews that were gassed but declared “During my tenure at Auschwitz, millions of people died, whose exact number I cannot determine.”

Rudolf Hoess wrote in his autobiography that Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann and his deputy were the only ones who knew the total number of Jews that were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau because Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had ordered the records to be burned after every special action. The Nazis always used code words when talking about the genocide of the Jews: a mass gassing was called a “special action.”

In the last days of World War II, shortly before Berlin was surrounded by Soviet troops, Eichmann told Hoess that 2.5 million Jews had been murdered at Auschwitz Birkenau. Eichmann was an SS Lt. Col. who was the head of Department IV, B-4, the section of the Reich Central Security Office (RSHA) in Berlin, which was responsible for deporting the Jews. It was Adolf Eichmann who was in charge of deporting the Jews on the trains to the death camps.

According to the Auschwitz Museum, no records of the number of prisoners who died at Auschwitz-Birkenau have ever been found. In an article on the official Auschwitz website, Franciszek Piper wrote the following:

When the Soviet army entered the camp on January 27, 1945, they did not find any German documents there giving the number of victims, or any that could be used as a basis for calculating this number. Such documents (transport lists, notifications of the arrival of transports, reports about the outcome of selection) had been destroyed before liberation. For this reason, the Soviet commission investigating the crimes committed in Auschwitz Concentration Camp had to make estimates.

[…]

The absence of the most important of the statistical sources that the Germans kept in Auschwitz made it practically impossible for historians to research the issue of the number of victims. The reluctance to research this issue also resulted from a conviction of the impossibility of drawing up a full list of transports reflecting the total number of deportees, and above all of the people who were consumed by the gas chambers and crematoria with no registration or records.

In his book entitled “IBM and the Holocaust,” Edwin Black wrote that the Nazis tracked the prisoners by using IBM Hollerith machines which sorted punch cards that were coded with information about each prisoner. The numbers on the tattoos that were put on the arms of the Auschwitz prisoners, starting in 1943, were originally the prisoner’s code number on his Hollerith card.

The following is a quote from the book “IBM and the Holocaust” by Edwin Black:

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It was not just people who were counted and marshaled for deportation. Box cars, locomotives and intricate train time tables were scheduled across battle-scared borders – all while a war was being fought on two fronts. The technology had enabled Nazi Germany to orchestrate the death of millions without skipping a note.

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According to Edwin Black, the prisoners were not tracked with an IBM punch card until they were registered in a camp, so there are no records of those who arrived at Auschwitz, but were not registered. Of the millions of Hollerith punch cards used by the Nazis, only around 100,000 survived the war, according to Edwin Black.

The generally accepted figure of 1.3 million who were deported to Auschwitz is not based on the train records kept by the Germans, but rather an estimate made by Franciszek Piper who wrote the following in his article on the official Auschwitz web site:

After an overall analysis of the original sources and findings on deportation to Auschwitz, I concluded that a total of at least 1,300,000 people were deported there, and that 1,100,000 of them perished. Approximately 200,000 people were deported from Auschwitz to other camps as part of the redistribution of labor resources and the final liquidation of the camp.

One of the most distinguished Holocaust researchers, Raul Hilberg, published a separate work (Auschwitz and the Final Solution) on the number of Auschwitz victims. His findings reaffirmed both the figure of 1,000,000 Jewish Auschwitz victims that he had arrived at as long ago as 1961, as well as my own conclusions.

The IBM Hollerith punch cards kept by the Germans for the Jews, Russians and Gypsies, who were registered in the camp and later killed in the gas chambers, were coded as F-6 for “special treatment” or as “evacuations” according to Edwin Black, the author of “IBM and the Holocaust.” The code for “execution” was D-4.

In 2002, Edwin Black wrote the following in an article regarding the IBM Hollerith punch card machines in Krakow which were used by the Nazis to keep track of the Auschwitz prisoners:

The machines almost certainly did not maintain extermination totals, which were calculated as “evacuations” by the Hollerith Gruppe in Krakow.

Richard Seaver wrote in the Introduction to Auschwitz, a Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli that “in 1944 German authorities destroyed the transport lists of all Jews who had been sent to Auschwitz up to that point, and in the succeeding months ordered the destruction of all other incriminating documents.”

The complete records, compiled by the office of Richard Glücks for all the Nazi concentration camps in the years 1935 to 1944, are now stored on microfilm and kept in the Russian Central Archives in the Central State Archives No. 187603 on Rolls 281 through 286. These records give statistics on the number of Auschwitz deaths from execution, typhus and other natural causes, but not the statistics on the Jews who were gassed.

According to Wikipedia, Richard Glücks attained the rank of a SS-Gruppenführer and a Generalleutnant of the Waffen-SS and was, from 1939 until the end of World War II, the head of Amt D: Konzentrationslagerwesen of the WVHA and the highest-ranking “Inspector of Concentration Camps” in Nazi Germany. Close to Himmler, Glücks was directly responsible for the forced labour of the camp inmates; he was also the supervisor for the medical practices in the camps, ranging from human experimentation to the implementation of the Endlösung, in particular the mass murder of the inmates by gassing with Zyklon-B.

Endlösung is the German term for “The Final Solution,” which means the genocide of the Jews. Himmler and Glücks both escaped justice by committing suicide immediately after they were captured by the Allies in May 1945, before they could be interrogated.

According to the records kept by the office of Richard Glücks, there was a total of 121,453 inmates, including 100,743 Jews who were transferred out of Auschwitz-Birkenau to other camps.

The same records show that there was a total of 334,785 prisoners who entered Auschwitz-Birkenau between May 1940 and December 1944, including 161,785 non-Jews.

The records kept by the office of Richard Glücks show that 103,429 inmates of Auschwitz-Birkenau died from typhus, including 58,240 Jews who died from typhus between 1942 and 1944. An additional 4,140 prisoners died of other natural causes between 1940 and 1944, including 2,064 Jews.

The number of people executed at Auschwitz, according to the records stored on microfilm in the Russian Archives, was 1,646 including 117 Jews, 1,485 Poles, 19 Russians, 5 Czechs and 20 Gypsies.

The German records kept by the office of Richard Glücks show that 173,000 Jews were brought to Auschwitz-Birkenau and that 100,743 were transferred to other camps; 58,240 Jews died of typhus; 2064 Jews died of natural causes and 117 Jews were executed, bringing the total number of Jewish deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau to 60,421. At the end of October 1944, there were 11,836 Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau, plus a few that were admitted to the camp in November and December 1944, according to the records kept by the office of Richard Glücks.

The German records show that 161,785 non-Jews were brought to Auschwitz-Birkenau from May 1940 to December 1944 and that 45,189 of them died from typhus; 1,529 non-Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau were executed; 2,076 non-Jews died of natural causes, other than typhus. This makes a total of 48,794 non-Jewish deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau in addition to the 60,421 Jewish deaths, for a combined total of 109,215. This does not include the deaths in January 1945 before Auschwitz was liberated on January 27, 1945.

According to information presented at the Auschwitz Museum, 405,222 prisoners were registered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Jews who were immediately sent to the gas chamber were not registered and no records of any kind were kept for them.

Out of the 405,222 prisoners who were registered at Auschwitz and Birkenau, around 340,000 died at Auschwitz and other camps to which they were transferred, according to a Museum guidebook, which I purchased in 2005. This figure includes the prisoners who were registered and then selected later for gassing because they were no longer able to work.

By subtracting the number of prisoners still in the camp the day before it was abandoned, the By subtracting the number of prisoners still in the camp the day before it was abandoned, the number of prisoners sent to other concentration camps, and the number of escapees from the number of prisoners that were registered, the remainder is a number that closely matches the figure of 135,000 deaths that was estimated by the Red Cross. According to Franciszek Piper, the director of the Auschwitz Museum, there were approximately 500 prisoners who escaped from Auschwitz.

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust puts the total number of Hungarian Jews who died at Auschwitz-Birkenau between May and July 1944 at approximately 550,000, the majority of whom were gassed, but Lucy Dawidowicz wrote in her book entitled “The War Against the Jews,” published in 1975, that 450,000 Hungarian Jews were brought to Auschwitz between May 1944 and October 1944. Raul Hilberg stated in his book entitled The Destruction of the European Jews that the number of Hungarian Jews brought to Auschwitz was 180,000.

According to Franciszek Piper, the majority of the Hungarian Jews, who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, were gassed immediately.

A booklet purchased from the Auschwitz Museum stated that 434,351 of the Hungarian Jews were gassed upon arrival. If these figures are correct, only 3,051 Hungarian Jews, out of the 437,402 who were sent to Auschwitz, were registered in the camp. However, Franciszek Piper wrote that 28,000 Hungarian Jews were registered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The records from the office of Richard Glücks show that only 23,117 Hungarian Jews were brought to Auschwitz-Birkenau and 21,527 Hungarian Jews were transferred out of the camp.

On July 12, 1944, there were 92,705 prisoners in the whole camp complex, according to the roll call taken that day. In the main camp, there were 14,386 men. At Birkenau, there were 19,711 men and 31,406 women. There were 26,705 men in Auschwitz III. This total did not include the Hungarian Jews who were not registered, according to Danuta Czech. They were held in section B III of Birkenau, called Mexico, while they waited to be gassed or sent to another camp.

On April 12, 1947, just before his execution, Rudolf Hoess signed the following Final Statement, in which he admitted his shame for committing Crimes Against Humanity and for participating in the genocide perpetrated by the Third Reich:

Begin quote from the confession of Rudolf Hoess:

My conscience is forcing me to make also the following assertion: In the isolation prison I have reached the bitter understanding of the terrible crimes I have committed against humanity. As a Kommandant of the extermination camp at Auschwitz, I have realized my part in the monstrous genocide plans of the Third Reich.

By this means I caused humanity and mankind the greatest harm, and brought unspeakable suffering, particularly to the Polish nation. For my responsibility, I am now paying with my life. Oh, that God would forgive me my deeds! People of Poland, I beg you to forgive me! Just now in the Polish prisons have I recognized what humanity really is. In spite of everything that happened I have been treated humanely, which I had never expected, and this has made me feel deeply ashamed. Would to God…that the fact of disclosing and confirming those monstrous crimes against mankind and humanity may prevent for all future ages even the premises leading to such horrible events.

End of confession

May 30, 2016

How students today completely misunderstand the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:17 am
Photo of Auschwitz main camp taken by student trip

Photo of Auschwitz main camp taken by student on recent trip

My 1998 photo of kitchen building in Auschwitz main camp

My 1998 photo of kitchen building in Auschwitz main camp

Notice that my 1998 photo above shows the same scene as the student photo, but the student did not mention the antique sentry box that is located near the camp kitchens.

This quote from the news article is what the student wrote about her visit to the kitchen buildings:

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Of the many barracks we visited, one stands out in my mind — the kitchen house where Jewish musicians would play for the amusement of the SS men. I could easily imagine the musicians, their trembling lips on a trumpet, their skeletal fingers dancing a bow on the violin, creating music, a solitary remnant of beauty in a living hell. “

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Nice writing, but the trip to the main Auschwitz camp, which is a historic place, was completely lost on this student because all she could think about was how the Jews were murdered by the Nazis. She didn’t even notice that there were several kitchen buildings. The shutters on these buildings are now closed so that students can’t see the huge stoves and the pots that were used to cook the food for the prisoners.

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

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Life has a knack for continuously shaping our perspectives, for changing how we view the world through exposure to new experiences and ideas. These changes can be gradual or arrive in a sudden rush of mind-blowing revelation, as happened when my life was changed by my visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

A history buff, I had been looking forward to this day for months. It was summer last year. I was taking a fun school course in Europe with a great class. At first, this was just another destination, albeit a momentous one.

But as soon as we entered [the main Auschwitz camp], my mood changed entirely. It was like a heavy weight was pressing down on me as I glimpsed the rows of barracks, barbed wire, the silent streets. I was haunted by the amount of misery, anguish and suffering that had occurred there, a sentiment reflected in the faces of those around me. Minutes earlier, everyone was chatting and enjoying themselves, even being a bit callous about what we were about to encounter.

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The news article continues on with this quote from the young student:

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But as soon as we set eyes on the gate [into the main Auschwitz camp], an unprompted hush fell on us all. 

The arch above the gate bore the words “Arbeit Macht Frei — Work will set you free.” In retrospect, it seems fitting that such a place should have a twisted and deformed motto. After all, who would create such a place as Auschwitz except those utterly twisted and deformed of mind?

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The truth is that, with their “utterly twisted and deformed mind[s],” the Auschwitz main camp was originally built by the Germans as a camp for migrant workers. From Auschwitz, the workers could get on a train and travel to any place in Europe. Auschwitz was literally a major “cross road” of Europe.

The news article continues with another quote, written by this young student:

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It is astounding how meticulous the Nazis were. Nothing was wasted or left to chance, not even the geographical position of Auschwitz. Away in Poland, the Nazis could continue to hide the truth of the concentration camps from the rest of the world. [Auschwitz was far from hidden. It was a major railroad hub in Europe.]

Families were ripped apart, screaming children were torn from their mother’s arms. With a wave of his hand, an SS officer would decide a person’s fate: an instant agonizing death or the slow torture of the labour camps. But the deportees knew nothing of this. Instead, they saw each line split, people headed for the camp or the “shower room” to be “disinfected.” 

Those sent to the showers suffered a grim fate. Through the vents and shower valves, a gas was released causing a slow agonizing death. It took up to 15 minutes for a person to die.

End quote

What kind of “shower valves” can have Zyklon-B pellets flowing through them? Did this young student mean “shower valves” like the ones in the Dachau gas chamber, which is shown in my photo below:

My photo of the last remaining shower head at Dachau, which is now gone

My photo of the last remaining shower head at Dachau, which is now gone

The student did not include a photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. That could be because photographs are strictly forbidden in the alleged gas chamber now.  I took the photo below on a trip to Auschwitz in 2005.

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out.

 

 

 

 

May 29, 2016

The outside door through which Jews entered the Auschwitz gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am
Peephole on the door into the gas chamber

Peephole on the door into the alleged Auschwitz gas chamber

The photo above shows a peephole on the outside of a door into the alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp. This photo is shown at the top of a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/evidence-room-holocaust-auschwitz-1.3455784

Why am I writing “alleged,” you ask? I don’t believe that the Nazis gassed Jews in Auschwitz, nor in any other location.

I have personally seen the door in the photo above. On my second trip to Auschwitz in 2005, tourists were being taken through this door into the alleged gas chamber. On my first trip to Auschwitz in 1998, I was told that the Jews entered through a door on the other side of the alleged gas chamber building.

In 1998, I was told that the Jews entered the gas chamber through this door

In 1998, I was told that the Jews entered the gas chamber through this door

Door into Auschwitz bomb shelter

Front door into Auschwitz gas chamber

The air raid shelter door from the inside

My photo of the front door, as seen from the inside

Entrance into the oven room at Auschwitz

Back door into Auschwitz oven room

Another view of the entrance door

Another view of the outside door into the oven room

The peephole, that is shown on the first photo on my blog post, is on the other side of the door shown above. Unfortunately, I did not know that the peephole in this door was so important, so I didn’t take a photo of it from the other side.

This is the view of the ovens that the Jews saw when they entered the building

This is the view of the ovens that the Jews saw when they entered the building to take a shower

The Jews are now asking us to believe that Jewish prisoners were ushered into the Auschwitz gas chamber through the oven room where the bodies of the Jews were being burned in huge ovens. I think that this would have caused panic and pandemonium. I don’t believe that the Jews were taken into this building at all. The incoming Jews were taken into a shower room where they took a shower to get rid of any lice that they might have had. Lice spreads typhus, which was the real danger in the concentration camps.

Entrance door, as seen from the inside

Entrance door, as seen from the inside

When I took these photos in 2005, this door was being kept open, and I did not see the outside of the door. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the front of the famous peephole.

This information, about how the Jews entered the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp through the oven room, comes from a book written by Filip Müller, who was a Sonderkommando Jew at Auschwitz. He wrote a book, published in 1979, entitled Eyewitness Auschwitz, Three Years in the Gas Chambers. In his book, Filip famously wrote about how he ate cheese from the suitcase of one of the prisoners who had been gassed in the main Auschwitz camp.

Filip Müller testified at the Auschwitz trial conducted by the German government at Frankfurt in 1964. A few years later, he wrote his famous book about his 3 years in the gas chambers.

The door, shown in the photo at the top of my blog post, was described by Müller in his book. He wrote that, after the victims were herded through this door, “two SS men slammed shut the heavy iron-studded door which was fitted with a rubber seal and bolted it.”

In his book, Müller described how Max Graebner, the head of the Political Department at Auschwitz, a branch office of the Gestapo, which was located next door to the gas chamber building, stood on the flat roof of the building and addressed the victims who had to assemble outside in the yard in front of the door shown at the top of my blog post. Grebner would tell the Jews that they had been brought to Auschwitz to work, but first they had to remove their clothing and then enter the building to take a shower, after which they would be given hot soup.

Allegedly, the Jews entered the oven room, believing that it was a shower room. If you believe this, I can’t help you. You are too far gone to be educated about the truth.

 

 

 

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