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November 10, 2015

Jan Karski is back in the news

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:51 pm
Jan Karski

Jan Karski, the hero who broke into Auschwitz

Jan Karski is mentioned in a recent news article, which you can read in full here.

A few months ago, I blogged about Jan Karski here:

This quote is from the news article:


A year-and-a-half has passed since Arthur Feinsod and Brad Venable saw World War II-era concentration camps in Poland, but the experience stuck with the Indiana State University faculty members.


Feinsod and Venable, art education coordinator for the Department of Art and Design, made the visit after staging a production of Feinsod’s play, “Coming to See Aunt Sophie,” in Germany.

The play tells the story of Jan Karski, who[m] Feinsod called a “hero of the Holocaust” for relaying information about the horrors committed by the Nazis in Poland. Vernable portrayed Karski as an older man.

Their trip sparked an idea for a week-long series of events remembering the Holocaust, particularly Kristallnacht or “The Night of Broken Glass,” the coordinated series of attacks against Jews in Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938.

This quote is from a previous blog post that I wrote:

Jan Karski was a Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to tell the world, in the Summer of 1942, that the Nazis were NOT “transporting the Jews to the East,” as they claimed, but were committing mass murder in occupied Poland.  At that time, Karski was a 33-year-old diplomat in the Polish government-in-exile in London; he was preparing for a secret mission to carry information about the massacre of the Jews in occupied Poland to America. Before leaving for Washington, DC, he met with two Jewish leaders from the Warsaw Ghetto. They briefed him on “Hitler’s war against the Polish Jews.”

During a ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 23rd this year, President Obama spoke about Jan Karski as “a young Polish Catholic who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself.”  Jan Karski had tried to tell the world the truth, while “so many others stood silent,” in the words of President Obama.

After coming to America in July 1943, Jan Karski got his PhD and then taught history at Georgetown University for many years.  He became an American citizen in 1954.  In the year 2000, Dr. Karski died at the age of 86.

Here is the back story on Jan Karski from a previous blog post:

On September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, Jan Karski (not his real name) was a young soldier in a horse-drawn artillery unit, which was hopelessly outdated compared to the well-equipped German army.  Karski deserted, running toward the East, but on September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union attacked Poland from the other side. Karski was captured by the Soviets; he barely escaped the Katyn Forest massacre which the Soviets blamed on the Germans at the Nuremberg IMT.

Karski fled into one of the many huge forests in Poland and joined the Polish Underground which continued to fight throughout World War II, although not on the battlefield.  Karski worked as a courier, carrying messages from Warsaw to the Polish government which was in exile in France at that time.  On one of his missions, he was captured by the German Gestapo and tortured.  To escape the torture, he pulled a razor blade out of the sole of his shoe and slashed his wrists.  The Germans took him to a hospital and he survived.

Karski escaped from the Germans and, posing as a Jew, wearing a yellow Star of David, he sneaked into the Warsaw Ghetto so that he could observe the horrible conditions there. He learned that the Jews were being sent from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka, a death camp that was 60 miles to the East.

Next, Karski went to the Izbica Ghetto, which served as a transit camp for Jews who were being sent to the Belzec and Sobibor extermination camps.

After witnessing what was happening to the Jews in Poland, Karski went to England where he spoke to members of the British War Cabinet, but Winston Churchill refused to see him.  Then it was on to America, where Karski spoke with Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and finally with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  All of these men found his story difficult to believe.

In a secret meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Karski told Roosevelt about the Auschwitz death camp and that 1.8. million Jews had already been killed in Poland. He said that commanders of the Polish Home Army (a resistance group) had estimated that, without Allied intervention, the Jews of Poland would “cease to exist” in 18 months.  Still, Roosevelt refused to bomb the Auschwitz death camp.

After failing to impress any of the Allied leaders, Jan Karski went public with his story.  He delivered around 200 lectures and wrote a best-selling book entitled The Story of a Secret State.  Still, it was several years after the war until it became universally known that Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor were death camps where the Jews were gassed.

So what did Jan Karski do to get the Presidential Medal of Freedom, if no one listened to him?  Although America did nothing to save the Jews from the gas chambers in what is now Poland, President Roosevelt did establish the War Refugee Board, a Federal agency that helped the Holocaust survivors to come to America. John Pehle, who became the head of the War Refugee Board, said that President Roosevelt decided to establish the board after his talks with Jan Karski.

Sorry, but I don’t believe the story told by Jan Karski. I think that his story is just another case of “liar, liar, pants on fire.”

November 4, 2015

Jews to receive reparations for the agony of riding in box cars

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am
French Jews were forced to ride in box cars like this to Auschwitz

French Jews were forced to ride in box cars like this to Auschwitz

Before the railroad tracks were extended into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, the Jews got off the trains at the Judenrampe near the Auschwitz main camp.

The Judenrampe at Auschwitz where Jews got off the trains

The Judenrampe at Auschwitz where Jews got off the trains

Holocaust survivors deported from France can now apply for reparations

This quote is from news in the link given above:

Begin quote:

The [US] State Department began accepting applications Tuesday from Holocaust survivors, their spouses and heirs seeking compensation from the French government for the deportations of Jews and other prisoners to Nazi death camps aboard French trains.

Under an agreement reached between U.S. and French officials in December, the State Department will dole out $60 million paid by the French government. Holocaust survivors could receive more than $100,000 each, while spouses of deceased survivors could receive in the “tens of thousands,” depending on the number of claims filed, said Stuart Eizenstat, the State Department’s special assistant on Holocaust issues.

Eizenstat credited the advocacy of the late Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who lived in Baltimore County and protested Keolis rail bids in Maryland until he died last year at 93. Bretholz’s book, “Leap Into Darkness,” described his harrowing escape from a packed SNCF cattle car bound for Auschwitz in 1942, when he was 21.
In interviews with The Washington Post, Bretholz said the railroad needed to take financial responsibility for transporting prisoners under inhumane conditions.

“It’s important for one reason: Justice should be done,” Bretholz said. “When they [pay reparations], they admit they did something wrong — terribly wrong — sending people to be murdered.”

End quote

I have previously blogged, at least twice, about the inhumanity of the Nazis, who forced the French Jews to ride to the gas chambers at Auschwitz in box cars:

The Holocaust survivors and their heirs will now receive reparations.

My 2005 photo of the door into a boxcar on display at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the door into a boxcar on display at Auschwitz

Train cars going to Auschwitz were coupled together like this

Train cars going to Auschwitz were coupled together

Young readers of my blog, who were not alive during the years of the Holocaust, may not be aware that many people in Europe, and even in America, were riding in boxcars — passengers trains were filled with soldiers on their way to the war front.

During the history of mankind, the Jews have been expelled hundreds of times from many different countries.  In my humble opinion, the Jews should be asking themselves why no one wants them, not asking for more and more money.

Tourists stand at the Judenrampe where the Jews got off the trains at Auschwitz

Tourists stand at the Judenrampe where the Jews got off the trains at Auschwitz

September 21, 2015

Woman accused of being a member of the SS is charged with 260,000 deaths at Auschwitz

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:52 pm

There were women in the SS?  Who knew!

I rushed to Wikipedia and looked it up, just to make sure:

Here’s what Wikipedia says:

The Aufseherinnen were female guards in Nazi concentration camps during The Holocaust. Of the 55,000 guards who served in Nazi concentration camps, about 3,700 were women. In 1942, the first female guards arrived at Auschwitz and Majdanek from Ravensbrück. The year after, the Nazis began conscripting women because of a guard shortage. The German title for this position, Aufseherin (plural Aufseherinnen) means female overseer or attendant. Later female guards were dispersed to Bolzano (1944–45), Kaiserwald-Riga (1943-44), Mauthausen (March–May 1945), Neue Bremm (1943–44), Stutthof (1942–45), Vaivara (1943–44), Vught (1943–44), and at other Nazi concentration camps, subcamps, work camps, detention camps, etc.

Wikipedia does not say that women were members of the SS. But it doesn’t matter.  Germany is running out of 90-year-old men to put on trial, so now they are going after a 91-year-old woman.

Was this 91 year old woman responsible for killing Jews at Auschwitz?  Of course — she was there, wasn’t she? That makes her guilty.

I blogged about Herte Botha, a female guard at Bergen Belsen in this blog post:

Herte Bothe is the woman on the right

Herte Bothe is the woman on the right

I previously blogged about Irma Grese at

September 16, 2015

Dates and names of Jews who were gassed in the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:12 am

For years, Bradley Smith has been asking for the name of one person who was gassed in the Holocaust.

Gate into the main camp at Aushwitz

Gate into the main camp at Auschwitz

The Nazis did not keep records with the names of the Jews who were gassed.  I wrote about this on this previous blog post:

Now the names of two people who were gassed are known, according to this news article.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Begin quote:
The journey began on July 31 1943. Paula Bucholc was 11 months old and had already lost both her parents.

The first to die had been her father, Chaim Bucholc, who was led into the gas chambers at Auschwitz on September 10, 1942.

He was aged 38 and Paula – who became known as Paulette – had been born just a month earlier. Her elder sister, Sarah – who would come to be known as Suzy – was just one.

Her mother Ruchla went into hiding after Chaim disappeared. She was arrested on the streets of Antwerp during a desperate attempt to get food for her two starving children and was taken to a holding camp in Mechelen.

Records show Ruchla was sent to Auschwitz to be gassed as prisoner 950 on October 24, 1942. She was 31.

End quote

Selections for the gas chamber were made after the Jews got off the trains at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Selections for the gas chamber were made after the Jews got off the trains at Auschwitz-Birkenau

According to this news article, Chaim  “was led into the gas chamber”.  Why was he LED into the gas chamber? Was he blind, or maybe crippled?

As far as I know, the official version of the Holocaust story is that the Jews were first driven into the undressing room of a gas chamber, and then shoved naked inside the gas chamber.  I have never heard of any of the Jews being escorted or led into the gas chamber.

The news article says that Ruchla was “sent to Auschwitz to be gassed”. I thought that the Jews were sent to Auschwitz, and AFTER they arrived, selections were made.  Ruchla was 31 years old and had recently had two babies.  Why was a young woman, who was obviously in good health, condemned to be gassed BEFORE she arrived at Auschwitz?

Jews arriving on a train at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Jews arriving on a train at Auschwitz-Birkenau

As time goes by, the story of the Holocaust becomes more and more unbelievable, while more and more countries pass laws against Holocaust denial. Hopefully, I will be dead by the time that America passes a law against Holocaust denial, so that I won’t have to spend my last days in prison — for writing my blog.

August 26, 2015

Did Fred Leuchter actually go to Auschwitz?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:25 am
Fred Leuchter, the man who climbed down into a gas chamber at Auschwitz

Fred Leuchter, the man who climbed down into a gas chamber at Auschwitz

One of the new readers of my blog made a comment in which he claimed that Fred Leuchter never even went to Auschwitz, much less climbed down into a gas chamber.

Fred Leuchter climbing out of the gas chamber No. 2 at Auschwitz

Fred Leuchter climbing out of the gas chamber No. 2 at Auschwitz

Fred Leuchter has been demonized and driven out of polite society because he climbed down into a gas chamber, but claimed that it was not a gas chamber.

August 14, 2015

Anniversary of the death of Auschwitz martyr Father Maksymilian Kolbe

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:24 pm

You can read a news article about the anniversary of the death of Father Maksymilian Kolbe here.

Friday [August 14, 2015] marks the 74th anniversary of the death of the Polish Franciscan monk, Father Maksymilian Kolbe, who offered his life in exchange for another inmate’s in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz.
Father Maksymilian Kolbe who did in a starvation cell at Auschwitz

Father Maksymilian Kolbe who was put into a starvation cell at the Auschwitz death camp

The prison cell where Father Kolbe died is now a shrine

The prison cell of Father Kolbe is now a shrine

It was in cell No. 18, one of the starvation cells in the main Auschwitz camp, that Father Maksymilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar, was kept until he was near death. According to my tour guide, on my trip to Auschwitz in 1998, Father Kolbe was taken out of his cell after three weeks and given a more merciful death by an injection to the heart.

Father Kolbe had been arrested by the German Gestapo on February 17, 1941 because he had hidden 2,000 Jews in his friary and because he was broadcasting reports over the radio condemning Nazi activities during World War II. On May 25, 1941, he was sent to the main Auschwitz camp as a political prisoner.

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

In July 1941, a man from Kolbe’s barrack had vanished, prompting SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritsch, the Lagerführer (i.e., the camp commander), to pick 10 men from the same barrack to be starved to death in Block 11 (notorious for torture), in order to deter further escape attempts. (The man who had disappeared was later found drowned in the camp latrine.) One of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, lamenting his family, and Kolbe volunteered to take his place.

Gajowniczek was a Polish political prisoner who had been arrested because he was aiding the Jewish resistance in Poland, although he was not a Jew himself.

Father Kolbe was canonized a saint in the Catholic Church on Oct. 10, 1982 in a ceremony held at the Auschwitz I camp. The cell where Father Kolbe was imprisoned has been decorated with a commemorative plaque and flowers. Note the window at the top of the photo above; you can see a tourist standing in the courtyard between Block 10 and Block 11.

Block 11 where Father Kolbe was kept in a prison cell in the basement

Block 11 where Father Kolbe was kept in a prison cell in the basement

Door into a starvation cell in Block 11 at Auschwitz

Door into a starvation cell in Block 11 at Auschwitz

John Wiernicki, an illegal combatant in World War II, has died

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:54 am

You can read the obituary of John Wiernicki here.

This headline is on a news story about Wiernicki’s recent death:

Janusz Mikolaja Strojnowski (John Wiernicki), Holocaust survivor and architect: born Sarny, Poland (now Ukraine) 28 July 1925; married Anne Macander (died 2015; two sons); died Bethesda, Maryland 17 July 2015.

John Warnicki when he was an illegal combatant in World War II

John Wiernicki when he was an illegal combatant in World War II

This quote is from the news article about Wiernicki’s death:

He [Wiernicki] was a cadet at military school and was 14 when Germany invaded his country [Poland]. He fled into the forests with a band of older cadets and for the next four years fought in guerrilla units, launching hit-and-run attacks.

He was captured by the [German] Gestapo in a mass round-up in 1943 at a railway station and sent to Auschwitz for having false identification papers. Had the Gestapo known he was a partisan fighter, [illegal combatant] he would doubtless have been shot.


Shortly before Auschwitz was liberated [on Jan. 27, 1945], Wiernicki was transferred to Buchenwald in Germany. He escaped while being marched to yet another camp, and was not yet 20 when Germany surrendered.

Wars are fought on the battlefield, unless you are fighting against Germany. Then it is O.K. to fight as an illegal combatant, or partisan.

August 6, 2015

Persecuted Gypsies get no respect

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:00 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, begins with this headline:

Current plight of Gypsies highlighted as Europe commemorates the Roma Holocaust

The news article begins with this quote:

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Europe’s top human right official has drawn attention to the abuses and discrimination faced by the Roma minority as Europe commemorated the tens of thousands of Gypsies killed during World War II.

The European Parliament has designated Aug. 2 as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering the approximately 220,000 Roma killed by Nazi Germany and its allies.

The exact number of Gypsies killed in the Holocaust is unknown. Numbers vary, from 220,00, estimated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, to an estimated 500,000.

It is important to know that the Gypsies were not rounded up by the Nazis and put into camps solely because they were Gypsies.  No, they were sent to camps under the category of “work shy” because they were wandering around, not employed, with no visible means of support.  In other words, the Gypsies were out traveling around, and gyping the hard-working German people, instead of working for a living. In Nazi Germany, everyone was required to have a job and a  permanent address.

In the 1938 Nazi action against the work-shy, there were 4,500 vagrants and urban campers rounded up and sent to the concentration camps where they were forced to work against their will.

There is no memorial, in any of the former camps, for the work-shy, other than the one in Buchenwald for the Gypsies who were arrested because they were unemployed and did not have a permanent address.

The Auschwitz Gypsy Camp was created in 1942 when all Roma and Sinti, with the exception of those belonging to two tribes considered to be “pure Gypsies” of the original Indo-Germanic people, were rounded up and transported to a “family camp” in Birkenau, the Auschwitz II camp. The pure Gypsies were settled in the district of Ödenburg on Lake Neusiedler.

According to Lucie Adelsberger in her book, Auschwitz: A Factual Report, there was a total of 20,943 Gypsies registered in Auschwitz in 1943 and 7,000 had died by September 1943.

The first Gypsies to be killed were sent to Belzec, the first “death camp.”

A group of Gypsies wait to be gassed at the Belzec death camp

The photo above shows a  group of Gypsies waiting to be gassed at Belzec, the first death camp.

The gassing of the Gypsies began at the Belzec death camp in 1942.

Why do the Gypsies [Roma] get no respect? For the answer, start by reading an article at

The following quote, about the gassing of the Gypsies, is from the web site of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

They (the Gypsies) were killed by gassing or died from starvation, exhaustion from hard labor, and disease (including typhus, smallpox, and the rare, leprosy-like condition called Noma.) Others, including many children, died as the result of cruel medical experiments performed by Dr. Josef Mengele and other SS physicians. The Gypsy camp was liquidated on the night of August 2-3, 1944, when 2,897 Sinti and Roma men, women, and children were killed in the gas chamber. Some 1,400 surviving men and women were transferred to Buchenwald and Ravensbrück concentration camps for forced labor.

According to a guidebook sold by the Auschwitz Museum in Poland, there were 20,943 Roma (Gypsies) who were gassed in the Krema V gas chamber; their bodies were burned in the pits adjacent to Krema V.

According to Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz,  Heinrich Himmler inspected the Gypsy camp on his visit to Auschwitz in July 1942.

Hoess wrote the following in his autobiography entitled Death Dealer:

Himmler inspected everything thoroughly. He saw the over-crowded barracks, the inadequate hygienic conditions, the overflowing infirmaries and the sick in the isolation ward. […] Himmler saw everything in detail, as it really was. Then he ordered me to gas them [the Gypsies]. Those who were still able to work were to be selected, just as with the Jews.

In his date book, Heinrich Himmler noted that, on his visit to Auschwitz in July 1942, he had inspected the main camp, the farm at Auschwitz and the Monowitz factories, where photographs were taken of him. He did not mention that he had visited Birkenau, the Auschwitz II camp.

Danuta Czech wrote in her book entitled Kalendarium that 1,408 Gypsies, who were able to work, were transferred to the main Auschwitz camp and housed in Blocks 10 and 11 on May 23, 1944. They were later sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where there is a memorial sculpture in commemoration of the Roma.

The selection of the Gypsies for the gas chamber took two years, according to Commandant Rudolf Hoess. Regarding the liquidation of the Gypsy Family Camp on August 2, 1944, Hoess wrote the following:

By August 1944 there were only about four thousand Gypsies left and these had to go into the gas chambers. Until that time they did not know what fate was in store for them. Only as they were marched barrack after barrack to Crematory 1 [one] did they figure out what was going on.

When Hoess wrote that the Gypsies were marched to Crematory 1, he was undoubtedly referring to Krema II, which was a short distance from the Gypsy camp. Crematory 1, or Krema I in German, was in the main Auschwitz camp, three kilometers from Birkenau. By August 1944, Krema I was no longer in operation as a gas chamber. [Hoess made many mistakes in his memoir, indicating that he might have suffered head injuries when he was almost beaten to death by the British, to force him to confess to the gassing of the Jews.]

Both the USHMM and the Auschwitz Museum say that the number of Gypsies gassed on August 2, 1942 was 2,897, not “four thousand” as Hoess stated.

Regarding the gassing of the Gypsies, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, who was allegedly a prisoner at Auschwitz,  wrote the following:

Annihilation time had come for the 4,500 inhabitants of the Gypsy Camp. The measures taken were the same as those taken for the liquidation of the Czech Camp. All the barracks were quarantined. SS guards, leading their police dogs, invaded the Gypsy quarters and chased the inhabitants outside, where they were made to line up. Rations of bread and salami were distributed. The gypsies were made to believe that they were being shipped to another camp, and they swallowed the story. A very easy and efficacious way of calming their fears. No one thought of the crematoriums, for then why would rations of food have been distributed?

This strategy on the part of the SS was dictated neither by pity nor a regard for those condemned to death, but merely by their desire to expedite a large group of people, without any unnecessary incidents or delays, to the gas chambers, guarded by a relatively small patrol. The strategy worked to perfection. Everything went off as planned. Throughout the night the chimneys of number one and two crematoriums sent flames roaring skyward, so that the entire camp was lighted with a sinister glow.

If Dr. Nyiszli’s story is correct, the method of calming the fears of the Gypsies amounted to a tremendous waste of bread and salami. Or was the “salami” actually what Americans call Thuringer, a type of smoked, semi-dry German sausage similar to our summer sausage? It is doubtful that the Nazis imported salami for the Auschwitz prisoners.

Note that Dr. Nyiszli, who worked in the “crematoriums” performing autopsies for Dr. Josef Mengele, referred to “number one and two crematoriums” but he obviously meant Krema II and Krema III at Birkenau, not Krema I, which was at the main camp.

In April 1997, a Memorial to the Romany and Sinti victims of the Nazis was built at the Buchenwald Memorial Site, on the spot where the Block 47 barracks once stood.

The memorial to the Gypsies is shown in the photograph below. This was the first memorial, to be put up, in recognition of the suffering of the Romany and Sinti under the Nazi regime.

Memorial to the Gypsy victims of the Nazis at the former Buchenwald camp

Memorial to the Gypsy victims of the Nazis at the former Buchenwald camp

In the foreground of the photo above is an inscription which begins “In memory of Sinti and Romany..”

Each of the upright stones in the memorial shown in the background of the photo above has the name of another Nazi concentration camp where the Roma were sent.

In the far background in the photo above is the gate house on the left and the camp canteen on the right.

The following quote is from the Buchenwald camp guidebook:

The racist persecution of the Sinti in Germany had already started under the cover of the Aktion Abreitsscheu Reich (i.e. during an action against “work-shy” people in Germany) carried out in 1938. Approximately 700 people called Burgenland Gypsies were deported to Buchenwald by way of the Dachau camp about one year later, i.e. in September 1939. They were put in Blocks 14 and 15. Many of them were driven to death in the quarry and in the excavation and stone-carrier parties. Hundreds of people belonging to the Romany Gypsies were provisionally put in Block 47 as the SS deported the survivors of the mass extermination of this people from the dissolved Auschwitz Gypsy Camp to the camps in Germany. Two hundred young Sinti and Romany Gypsies who were unfit for work were still sent back from Buchenwald into the gas chambers of Auschwitz in September 1944. Only a few survived among those who had to crush stones and dig tunnels in external working parties.

August 4, 2015

New movie about Miklós Nyiszli is being planned

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am
Dr. Miklos at Ebensee

Dr. Milklos Nyiszli at the Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen in Austria

Update: 3:10 p.m

A reader of my blog has just made a comment in which a new book about Dr. Nyiszli is mentioned.  The title of the book is  I was doctor Mengele’s assistant.

This quote is from the comment:

Begin quote:
The excerpts from the memories:

“There was a pile of corpses in the gas chamber of Crematorium I. The Sonderkommando had begun to pull them down. The whirr of the lift and the sound of its slamming door reached my room. Work was proceeding at full pace. The gas chamber had to be emptied immediately, for another transport was due to arrive.
Suddenly the Vorarbeiter of the Gaskommando burst into by room and excitedly informed me that in among the corpses they had found a woman who was still alive.
I grabbed my medical bag, which was always kept close at hand, and rushed downstairs to the gas chamber.(…)”

End Quote

I don’t understand the above quote.  There was no “lift” in the gas chamber in Crematorium 1, which was located in the main camp. The Crematorium 1 gas chamber was on level ground with dirt piled up around it. It was NOT underground and no lift or elevator was required. The alleged gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau were underground, and one of them, Crematorium III,  did have  a  “lift” or elevator.

I believe that Dr. Nyiszli is a complete and total liar. You can see photos of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp on my website at

You can see the ruins of Crematorium III on my website at

You can read about the mistakes that Dr. Nyiszli made in his book on this blog post:

Continue reading my original post:

Dr. Miklós Nyiszli, who will be the subject of a new movie,  is shown in the photo at the top of this page.

One of the survivors of the Ebensee concentration camp, according to Martin Gilbert’s book entitled Holocaust, was Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a prisoner who had allegedly worked as a medical doctor in the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Dr. Nyiszli is shown in the photo above, wearing a white coat. The movie entitled The Gray Zone is based on his story. Now a new movie about him is being planned.

Dr. Nyiszli was allegedly an eye-witness to the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau and to the horrible medical experiments conducted on the prisoners by Dr. Josef Mengele.

When Auschwitz-Birkenau was evacuated in January 1945, Nyiszli was among the prisoners on the death march, out of the camp, to central Germany. As the American Army approached, the prisoners was marched again to Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen in Austria.

In his book entitled Holocaust, Martin Gilbert wrote the following quote from Dr. Nyiszli’s story:

On May 5, a white flag flew from the Ebensee watch-tower. It was finished. They had laid down their arms. The sun was shining brightly when, at nine o’clock, an American light tank, with three soldiers on board, arrived and took possession of the camp. We were free.

I have written extensively about Dr. Miklós Nyiszli in several blog posts which you can read in full at

In my humble opinion, I am convinced that Miklós Nyiszli is a complete and total fraud. I don’t believe that Dr. Nyiszli was ever at Auschwitz.  If a new movie is ever made about him, it should be classified as fiction.

This quote is from the news article, which you can read in full here:

American director Abel Ferrara is planning a film based on the memoir of an assistant to Josef Mengele, the notorious doctor who conducted experiments at the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Ferrara, who is best known for films such as ‘King of New York’ and ‘Bad Lieutenant’, is basing the Auschwitz project on the 1946 book ‘I Was Doctor Mengele’s Assistant’, by Miklós Nyiszli.

Nyiszli was a Hungarian Jew who was transported to Auschwitz as a prisoner in 1944.

His skills as a doctor came to the attention of Dr Mengele, and he was forced to work as an assistant to the infamous medic, carrying out numerous experiments on camp inmates.

Mengele evaded capture by the Allies and fled to South America, living under a false name in Argentina, followed by Paraguay and Brazil, until his death in 1979.

Nyiszli died of a heart attack in 1956. (nh)
– See more at:,Abel-Ferrara-planning-Auschwitz-film#sthash.9ZyN447P.dpuf

August 3, 2015

The story of Holocauast survivor Albert Rosa, as told in his own words

Filed under: Buchenwald, California, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:17 am

Yesterday, I had the privilege of hearing Holocaust survivor Albert Rosa speak to a crowd of people in Folsom, CA. [Yes, the town of Folsom, about which Johnny Cash sang, in his famous song Folsom Prison Blues]

In the past, I have blogged about Albert Rosa at Dachau here. In his speech at Folsom, he briefly mentioned Kaufering and Dachau, but didn’t elaborate on what he did there.

You can read about what Albert Rosa essentially said in his speech on this website:

Eventually, he was transported from Greece to Poland in a cattle truck. They were cramped in that space for 10 days and nights with no food, water or facilities. People were suffocating and starving to death. The air was hot and filled with the smell of decomposing bodies.

“The children were crying, ‘Mommy I’m hungry, I’m thirsty,’” said Rosa. “Me, I was an athlete, I used to compete in other sports, I could take the punishment.”

When they arrived at the “death camps” they had been totally dehumanized. Those who were too old or too young for slave labor were sent to the gas chambers. Rosa had never seen a crematory before that, but the horrible smoke that filled the air was impossible to ignore.

In the concentration camp, the men and women were divided. Shortly after their arrival, Rosa traded uniforms with another prisoner to see his older sister Luna. His sister, who had once been beautiful and wealthy, was now malnourished and bald, which broke Rosa’s heart.

For just a moment Rosa forgot he was in a concentration camp; he called out to his sister and a female guard noticed. He watched as they killed his sister and then took her away in small wagon “like trash.”

On the day of Albert Rosa’s speech, I arrived early and was escorted down to the 2nd row, where I was sitting only a few feet away from Rosa, who did not stand on a stage while he talked.

I was treated very well by everyone, with whom I came in contact there; I think that I was mistaken for a Jew. I had purchased a ticket online and printed it out, but the man at the door didn’t take my ticket; he just waved me on through the door, which was being manned by a guy with a beard, dressed entirely in black, including a large black hat.

Fortunately, before going to hear the speech, I had read Rosa’s story on the Internet at

Rosa’s speech, in Folsom, covered everything that is included in the link above, and nothing more. I had brought a notepad with me and was prepared to take notes, but this was impossible because he talked a-mile-a-minute and there was not enough time for me to take even very short notes.  Besides that, he spoke with a heavy Greek accent which I could not understand. I could only catch a few words here and there.

As everyone knows, Albert Rosa is famous for the fact that he did not mention the Holocaust, nor his imprisonment, for over 50 years. This has caused many people to think that he was never in a concentration camp. Rosa explained all that in his speech.  He said that he had had “electric shock treatment” late in life and after that, he remembered everything and he began to talk.   [Electric shock treatment used to be used as a cure for mental illness, so I don’t think that he should have mentioned this.]

Strangely, Albert Rosa does not have an entry on Wikipedia.

For his Folsom speech, Rosa had brought along an 8 by 10 photo album, filled with faded and yellowed photographs, which he showed on a huge screen on the stage behind him.

Before he began his talk, there was a huge photo of prisoners at Buchenwald put up on  the screen. It was a faded and yellowed copy of the photo below.

Famous photo taken at Buchenwald allegedly shows Eli Wiesel

Famous photo taken at Buchenwald allegedly shows Eli Wiesel (Click on the photo to enlarge)

As this photo was up on the screen, no one in the audience said a word.  I suspect that few people in the audience knew that this was a photo of Buchenwald, not Auschwitz, where Rosa was allegedly a prisoner. Rosa used this photo to show what the beds were like in Auschwitz.

During his talk, Rosa said that the prisoners at Auschwitz slept on beds like the beds shown in the photo.  He should have tried to locate a photo of the bunks at Auschwitz, which were nothing like these bunk beds.

Every Holocaust survivor’s story must include some version of the claim that the survivor saw an SS man bash a baby’s head against the side of a train.  Rosa claimed to have seen this on the very day that he arrived at Auschwitz.

He claimed that he was on a train, bound for Auschwitz, for 10 days and 10 nights, without food or water. On the train, he was dressed only in his shorts [underwear] and he had no shoes. He said that he rested on a dead body on the train.

Recently, there has been a story in the news about two young Jewish boys who went out into the ocean, and their boat capsized.  The search for the boys has been called off  because allegedly, a young healthy Jewish boy cannot survive more than four days without water.  The search should continue because Albert Rosa has proved that a Jew can go without food or water for TEN days.

During his talk, Rosa mentioned a friend who was hanged at Auschwitz and his body was left hanging for days.  As he said this, a photo that was taken at Buchenwald, was shown.  Rosa claimed that this was a photo of his friend. I wonder how many people in the audience noticed that there were American soldiers in the backgrounds of the photo, so this could not have been taken at Auschwitz. [American soldiers did not liberate Auschwitz.]

Throughout his talk, the photos changed.  Strangely, all the photos were taken at Bergen-Belsen, including the photo of the Auschwitz commandant, who was sent to Bergen-Belsen when Auschwitz closed.

Josef Kramer

Josef Kramer, Auschwtiz commandant

Many photos of Bergen-Belsen were shown during his speech, but were purported to have been taken at Auschwitz.

Rosa made many mistakes in his story, as he talked about Auschwitz. For example, he said that he talked to his older sister, Luna, through a CHAIN LINK FENCE.  At this point, he should have put up an old photo of a chain link fence at Auschwitz.  I have been to Auschwitz 3 times, and all the chin link fences are now gone.

Rosa claimed that he had seen his sister killed by an SS man, who then threw her naked body onto a pile of bodies.  I find it hard to believe this story. He showed an old photo of his sister, and kept saying how beautiful she was.  He seemed to be saying that this was a more heinous crime because she was so beautiful.

Rosa also told about taking an SS ring from the dead body of an SS man, whom he had killed by using his boxing skills. He had this ring changed into a ring with a Jewish emblem and he used it later to hit an SS man, scarring his face with a Jewish emblem.  The audience loved this story.

During his speech, Rosa brought out his 5 medals, which he had earned fighting with the American Army after he escaped from a concentration camp. He also mentioned that he had fought with the Irgun. I was surprised that he told this.

I don’t know how old Albert Rosa is, but he is in very good shape for a man who allegedly survived the Holocaust.  His daughter was there, helping him with his photos.  She is very beautiful and seems to be in very good health.

Most of the people in the audience were young people; many of the girls and young women were wearing shorts, which I don’t think was appropriate for a speech about the Holocaust.  There were not enough seats in the auditorium and three rows of young people had to sit on the floor in front of the stage.

In closing, I have to say that “a good time was had by all.”

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