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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

 

May 26, 2016

The walls of the Auschwitz gas chamber before the scratches were made

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am

One of the readers of my blog asked me if I have any photos of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp BEFORE the scratches were allegedly made on the wall by the dying prisoners.

Today, tourists are told that the prisoners clawed the walls with their fingernails, trying to get out of the gas chamber before they were poisoned to death with Zyklon-B gas pellets.

Allegedly, the Auschwitz gas chamber was packed, to capacity, with adult prisoners, and then babies were thrown into the gas chamber, on top of the adults. Somehow the adults were able to reach up, over the bodies of the babies, and make scratch marks with four of their fingers, and their fingers just happened to be all the same length.

My first visit to Auschwitz was in September 1998. I also visited the camp again in 2005 and in 2007. My 1998 tour guide told me that I was not allowed to take photos inside the gas chamber, but I was so nervous that I just kept hitting the button on the flash gun that caused the camera to go off accidentally.  Sorry that I was so disrespectful to the Jews who were gassed there.

The earliest photo that I have, which shows the scratch marks, was sent to me by Simon Roberts on Jan 12, 2004. His photo is shown below.

Alleged fingernail scratches on gas chamber wall

Alleged fingernail scratches on gas chamber wall in Jan. 2004

In the photo above, it appears that previous fingernail scratches have been covered over with white paint.

My 1998 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Note that my 2005 photo, shown above, was taken from a spot near the back door into the gas chamber. Today’s tourists enter the gas chamber through the open doorway that is on the left side of the photo above. In 1998, I was told that the victims entered through the back door, which is behind the camera in my photo above. Now tourists are told that the victims entered the gas chamber after going through the oven room where the bodies were being burned.

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber

My 2005 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber shows the entrance door used by the SS men when this was a bomb shelter

My 1998 photo shows mark on the floor

My 1998 photo shows the Auschwitz gas chamber with very little white paint covering scratch marks made by tourists

My 1998 photo of gas chamber with one large white spot

My 1998 photo of Auschwitz gas chamber with white spots on the wall but no visible nail marks

Back door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

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

When I visited the Auschwitz camp in 1998, I was told by my tour guide that the victims entered the gas chamber through the back door, which is shown in my photo above.  Now tourists are told that the victims entered the gas chamber through the oven room where bodies were being burned.

My 1998 photo of the Auschwitz gas chamber

My 1998 photo of the gas chamber shows white spots on the left hand side

In my photo above, notice the white paint covering the wall on the left hand side. The fingernail marks that tourists see today are located just above the last white mark near the door into the gas chamber which is shown in the background of the photo above. My photos show that the nail marks were made AFTER 1998 when I took these photos.

Today’s students who visit Auschwitz are so brain-washed that they actually believe that the gassing victims were ushered into the gas chamber through the oven room.

When I first saw the alleged Auschwitz gas chamber in 1998, I knew that something was wrong because there was no high smoke stack on the building, like the one that I had seen on the gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO when I was a child.

As you may recall Fred Leuchter got into big trouble when he pointed out that the alleged Auschwitz gas chambers had no high smoke stack.

 

 

April 27, 2016

The scale of Birkenau is overwhelming, and it was built for the sole purpose of murdering Jews

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:23 pm
British students on HET tour at Birkenau

British HET tour at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The title of this blog post comes from a British news article which you can read in full at  http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/14454508.Time_will_not_allow_us_to_forget/

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote

By 1941 the Nazi genocide had stepped up and [the] Auschwitz [main camp] became too small due to the sheer number of prisoners arriving from across occupied countries.

Two miles away is the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau – a camp with an area covering an area the size of 250 football pitches [425 acres].

The scale of Birkenau is overwhelming, and harrowingly it was built for the sole purpose of murdering Jews.

The iconic railway tracks and entrance dominate the bleak and desolate camp. It is difficult not to see the brick watch tower from any part of the site.

Rabbi Barry Marcus of London’s Central Synagogue revealed that only around 25 per cent of prisoners were taken to the camps to work, while 75 per cent were sent straight to the gas chambers.

End quote

So the stupid Nazis built a camp that was the size of 250 football fields, just for the purpose of gassing Jews.

The news article continues with this quote:

Begin quote

The first camp we visited was Auschwitz [main camp], one hour from Krakow airport.

Sign in main Auschwitz camp warns against touching fence

Sign in main Auschwitz camp warns against touching the electrified fence

Originally the [Auschwitz main camp] site was used as a barracks [for German soldiers] but when the Nazis invaded Poland the empty buildings became the first concentration camp in that area.

Barracks for German soldiers at Auschwitz

Barracks for German soldiers with Appell Platz at Auschwitz main camp

Barrack building Auschwitz main camp

Barrack building in the  Auschwitz main camp was for German soldiers

Auschwitz barracks in winter 2006 Photo Credit: José Ángel López

Auschwitz barracks in winter 2006
Photo Credit: José Ángel López

As we made our way under the ”Arbeit Macht Frei” sign at the gates [into the main camp], the persecution was revealed in greater detail.

The sign translates as ‘work makes you free’ – a sick joke by the Nazis, as nobody was supposed to leave the [main Auschwitz] camp alive.

More likely than not you have heard horrifying stories from survivors or other Holocaust educators but the true extent cannot be described without seeing it for yourself.

End quote

What do British students learn from their HET tours? They learn to worship Jews and to hate Germans.  “that’s all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” [Ode to a Grecian urn]

 

February 11, 2016

Auschwitz survivors speak at trial of Reinhold Hanning

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:12 pm
This photo of Auschwitz survivors is shown in news article

Photo of Auschwitz survivors is shown in news article

Please, please, please — stop using photos like the one above to illustrate the horror of Auschwitz.  One prisoner in the photo is having trouble walking out of the camp, after it was liberated, but the other men in the photo look like they are in excellent condition.

The photo above was used in a news story about how Auschwitz survivors confronted Reinhold Hanning, a former SS man who worked at the Auswchwitz 1 camp.  Hanning allegedly mistreated the prisoners at Auschwitz, so let’s see some photos of the prisoners who were mistreated.

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate their liberation

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate their liberation

Notice the man on the far right, who has a double chin. None of the survivors of the Auschwitz main camp look like they were starving.

Prisoners in the Auschwitz main camp after they were liberated

Prisoners in the Auschwitz main camp after they were liberated

The photo above would be more suitable for showing the prisoners after they had been liberated from the main Auschwitz camp.

Young prisoner is carried out of Auschwitz camp after it was liberated

Young prisoner is carried out of Auschwitz camp after it was liberated

The photo above would be suitable to illustrate the horror of the Auschwitz camp, but why was this boy allowed to live?  He was under the age of 15, and he was not in good health, so why wasn’t he gassed?

Survivors of the main Auschwitz camp

Survivors of the main Auschwitz camp

The photo above is also used in the news article, but again, this shows that the survivors of Auschwitz were in good health.  The man in the center of the photo is leaning on a crutch, but maybe he had just sprained his ankle.  At least, the Nazis provided him with a crutch, instead of forcing him to crawl around.

The photo below is my favorite Auschwitz survivor photo.

Woman survivor of Auschwitz main camp

Woman survivor of Auschwitz main camp

Notice that the woman in the photo above is wrapped up in a warm comforter, but she is unhappy about being dragged out of her warm bed to pose for an Auschwitz liberation movie.

November 7, 2013

Israeli students are being inadvertently subjected to Holocaust distortion by trips only to Poland

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:50 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, claims that, because Israeli students are taken on trips to see Auschwitz in Poland, but not on trips to see the concentration camps in Germany, “a distortion has developed over the years in the presentation and understanding of the Holocaust.”

This quote is from the news article:

The problem is that by focusing on the German extermination camps in Poland, a distortion has developed over the years in the presentation and understanding of the Holocaust. Once the Holocaust is so closely identified with Poland, one loses track of a central fact, that exterminating the Jews was part of the ideology of Nazi Germany, and Poland was merely the physical ground on which this ideology played out.

In addition, many in Israel don’t understand why concentration camps were established in Poland specifically. There are actually two reasons. First, because half of the Jews that the Germans planned to murder, and indeed did murder, lived in Poland.

The second reason relates to the nature of the German occupation of Poland. While Nazi control was exerted in most of Europe through alliances with local fascist regimes, only in Poland did Germany completely dissolve the national government and its institutions. Some of western Poland was directly annexed to the German Reich, while in the rest the “General Government,” led by a German governor, was established. The background taught to Israeli students sometimes ignores the fact that under the direct German occupation some three million Polish non-Jews were imprisoned and killed, mostly from among the intelligentsia and the elite of society.

It’s true: when the Auschwitz main camp was first set up in 1940, in a camp which was formerly a camp for migrant workers, the first inmates were Polish political prisoners who had been imprisoned in a Gestapo prison in Tarnow, Poland, after they were arrested as Resistance fighters, aka illegal combatants.  The Auschwitz main camp was not originally set up as an “extermination” camp to murder Jews, but as a camp for political prisoners.

Almost every story, about Auschwitz, that you will ever read, and including stories that you won’t read, tell you that the Auschwitz main camp was formerly a Polish military barracks.  That is correct, but before that, in 1916, Auschwitz was a place for migrant workers to live between jobs.  The reason for building a camp for migrant workers, in a suburb of the town of Auschwitz, was that Auschwitz was the major railroad hub in Europe. Trains could go, on 44 tracks, to and from Auschwitz, all over Europe, without stopping.

The news article mentions the “occupation of Poland.”  O.K. students, it’s time get out the maps and history books, to review the history of Poland and Germany.

The area of Europe, that was inhabited by German tribes in the Middle Ages, became known as the Holy Roman Empire in the year 800. By the year 1270, the Holy Roman Empire had expanded to include the area known as Upper Silesia. In 1270, the Germans set up the town of Auschwitz in what was then German territory.

In 1457, Auschwitz became part of the Kingdom of Poland and the name of the town was changed to the Polish name Oswiecim.

Most of Silesia was annexed to the German state of Prussia in 1742, except for four duchies. The duchy of Auschwitz was annexed to Galicia, a province which was given to Austria when Poland lost its independence in 1772 and the country of Poland was divided between Russia, Prussia and Austria.

Western Galicia soon became known as The Corner of Three Empires: Russia, Prussia and Austria. The town known as Auschwitz, or Oswiecim or Oshpitzin, became a prime location for Jewish traders or merchants during the time that Galicia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

In 1871, Prussia and the other German states, except Austria, united into the country of Germany. After the defeat of Germany and Austria in World War I, Galicia and the industrial area known as Upper Silesia were given to Poland.

In 1939, after the joint conquest of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union, Upper Silesia was annexed into the Greater German Reich, which at that time consisted of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in what is now the Czech Republic.

Map of Germany in 1870 is shown in yellow

Map of Germany in 1871

Do you see the country of Poland on the map above?  In 1871, the country of Poland did not exist.

Map of Germany after World War I

Map of Germany after World War I is shown in Brown

The map above shows what happened to Germany after World War I. The Germans were mad as hell, and were not going to take it anymore.  Hitler blamed the Jews for causing Germany to lose World War I, and a large part of its territory.  Germany had been divided into two parts by the “Danzig Corridor” and the inability to solve this problem was the cause of the start of fighting in Poland in 1939.  World War II didn’t start until later, with the invasion of France.

Getting back to the news article, this quote is from the Haaretz newspaper:

So what the Education Ministry ought to do is turn the trip to Poland into a trip to Germany and Poland. First the students should visit the concentration camps in Germany, where they can get an explanation of the overall Nazi policies of oppression, which focused more sharply on the Jews after Kristallnacht in November 1938. There the students can be shown the horrible pictures that were taken by the Allied forces that liberated the camps and discovered survivors who looked like walking skeletons and the bodies of those who had been murdered. There they can also be shown the film that the U.S. Army made when residents of the city of Weimar were taken to nearby Buchenwald to remove the bodies at the camp and bury them.  [The film was entitled “Murder Mills.”  It can be seen on YouTube.]

Weimar, it will be recalled, was the city of Goethe and Schiller, and the looks on the faces of the Germans as they realize the horrors perpetuated by the government that most of them had voted for is the most shocking testimony of what happened when the “land of thinkers and poets,” became “the land of murderers and executioners” (in German this chilling phrase rhymes).

It is true that that German men from Weimar were forced to bury the bodies found at Buchenwald, but there were very few bodies, since the typhus epidemic was almost over at Buchenwald by that time.

There was only a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald

There was only a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald

The photo above shows German citizens from Weimar being forced to look at a small pile of corpses at Buchenwald.

German citizens forced to look at a pile of corpses on April 16, 1945

German citizens forced to look at a pile of corpses on April 16, 1945

The photo above shows German citizens from Weimar being forced to look at a wagon load of corpses, while American soldiers lecture them on what was “done in their name.”  [Note that this photo is an example of poor developing and printing in the darkroom.]

Here is another quote from the news article:

There is something perverse about the fact that a study tour aimed at presenting the Nazi policy in a direct and powerful way does not bring the students to Germany itself. There, in the camps at Dachau, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen and Sachsenhausen, is where the Nazis’ repressive policies began to take shape. Their objective was not just to imprison those the Nazis considered enemies – Jewish, socialists, communists, clergymen and homosexuals – but to gradually eliminate them physically through slave labor and living conditions that would hasten their deaths.

I say “Yes, absolutely.”  Take those Israeli teenagers to Bergen-Belsen and explain to them that Belsen was an EXCHANGE CAMP for Jews who wanted to go to Palestine.  Hitler set up Bergen-Belsen as a camp for 30,000 Jews that he wanted to send to Palestine in exchange for German citizens being held in internment camps in America, and in prisons in the UK.  Unfortunately, very few exchanges were made, but a few Jews from Bergen-Belsen did make it to Palestine. You can read about the Bergen-Belsen exchange camp on my website here.