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February 14, 2017

Were there two women at Auschwitz, named Edith Stein and Edith Steiner?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:24 am

Sometimes it is possible to find the light of love even in the darkest of times. Like Edith Steiner who was just 20 when she barely escaped death while being held at the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazis. John Mackay, the then-23-year-old Scottish soldier who saved Edith, is still with her celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together. Edith and her mother were the only remaining members of their family who had not been sent to the gas chambers which meant certain death. But they were saved by a commando team – which Mackay was a part of – that freed a number of Jewish prisoners from the clutches of the Nazis in Poland.

Sometimes it is possible to find the light of love even in the darkest of times. Like Edith Steiner [shown above] who was just 20 when she barely escaped death while being held at the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazis. John Mackay [shown above], the then-23-year-old Scottish soldier who saved Edith, is still with her celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together.
Edith and her mother were the only remaining members of their family who had not been sent to the gas chambers which meant certain death. But they were saved by a commando team – which Mackay was a part of – that freed a number of Jewish prisoners from the clutches of the Nazis in Poland.

End quote from this news article: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/140217/auschwitz-survivor-spends-71st-valentines-day-with-her-rescuer.html

I didn’t know that Scottish soldiers liberated Auschwitz. Stupid me!

I wrote about the liberation of Auschwitz on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Liberation.html

The following quote is from my website:

The Auschwitz main camp, the Birkenau death camp and the Monowitz labor camp were liberated by soldiers of the Soviet Union in the First Army of the Ukrainian Front, under the command of Marshal Koniev, on January 27, 1945.

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How could I have been so wrong! Now I know that it was actually Scottish soldiers who liberated Auschwitz — NOT!

 

October 24, 2016

David Irving now claims that Jews were gassed in the little red house and the little white house

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:41 am
My 2005 photo of the ruins of the little white house

My 2005 photo of the ruins of the little white house at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Before the construction of four large gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau was completed in 1943, the gassing of the Jews allegedly took place in two old farmhouses, described as “the little white house” and “the little red house.”

The little red house was located north of where the fourth gas chamber, called Krema V, was built at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This house was completely destroyed by the Nazis and nothing remains of it today.

The little red house is now claimed to have been the site of the first gassing of the Jews at Birkenau, beginning in March 1942. The little white house was allegedly put into operation as a gas chamber in June 1942.

One of the readers of my blog has alerted me to the news story that David Irving is now confirming that Jews were gassed in the little red house and the little white house. You can read about this at https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?t=6999

In the past, I have written at length about the location of the little red house and the little white house, which David Irving confirmed several years ago.

You can read about the little white house on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau03.html

You can read about the location of the little red house on my blog at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/the-location-of-the-little-red-house-the-first-gas-chamber-at-auschwitz-birkenau/

On the blog post, cited above, you can see a video of David Irving at the site of the little red house. Irving is doing his best to save his reputation so that he can sell his books.

July 16, 2016

Elie Wiesel’s book “Night” is about what happens when “the Nazis get you”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

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The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at https://newrepublic.com/minutes/134838/elie-wiesel-boy-lived

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

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Night was first published in English in 1960, and it would take many more years before it became a staple of high school and college courses. (It was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club in 2006.) Sequentially and substantively, it is a kind of sequel to Frank’s diary: It is about what happens when the Nazis get you.

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Why were the Nazis out to get the Jews? It was because of the Jewish propensity to Lie, Steal and Cheat.  Basically, the Nazis were puritans: they loved their mothers, and they did not lie, steal and cheat.

Everything that Elie wrote was a lie. Elie was never in a camp. Elie was in hiding throughout the war. Elie never even met a Nazi. Elie was safe at home in Romania, hiding in his basement.

Elie Wiesel and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Elie Wiesel and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the ruins that Elie and Oprah visited

My photo of the ruins shown in the photo of Elie and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

In January 2006, Oprah Winfrey had chosen “Night”for her book club selection. Shortly after that, she toured the Auschwitz main camp and the Birkenau camp with Elie Wiesel as her guide. The photo above shows Oprah and Elie in Birkenau, standing beside the ruins of Crematorium III, where thousands of Hungarian Jews were allegedly gassed and burned in 1944. Oprah was speechless as Elie Wiesel described the horror of the Holocaust, including the murder of innocent children.

What will be the legacy of Elie Wiesel? Will he go down in history as “Elie the Liar”?

You can read more about Elie Wiesel at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/reading-elie-wiesel-in-auschwitz/article8860273.ece

 

July 14, 2016

Elie’s first Night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:17 am
This is what Elie Wiesel saw on his first night at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This is what Elie Wiesel allegedly saw on his first night at Auschwitz

Display board shows the road on which Elie and his father walked

Display board shows the road on which Elie and his father allegedly walked into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Note the photo on the display board; the photo shows a woman and three children, who are allegedly on their way to the gas chamber. This famous photo is from the Auschwitz Album; it was taken by an SS man on May 26, 1944.

This photo was shown as evidence at the Auschwitz Trial in Frankfurt where 22 SS men, who had formerly worked at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were put on trial by the Germans in 1963.

On his alleged first night in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, Elie Wiesel allegedly saw German soldiers throwing  live babies into a burning pit. That is why Elie used the title “Night” for one of his numerous books.

Born on September 30, 1928 in the Jewish community of Sighet in Transylvania, which is now in Romania, Elie Wiesel was 15 and a half when he allegedly arrived at Birkenau on a train transport of Hungarian Jews in May 1944.

Elie and his father allegedly stayed in the Birkenau camp for only a few days before being transferred to the main Auschwitz camp where he was kept in quarantine for a couple of weeks.

Elie was saved from the gas chamber because he and his father were allegedy selected to work in the Buna Werke camp at Monowitz, also known as Auschwitz III. His two older sisters also survived, but he never saw his mother and younger sister again after he was separated from them upon his arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

According to the display board shown in the photo above, the road through the Birkenau camp was a shortcut to Krema IV and Krema V where there were gas chambers, disguised as shower rooms.

After arriving around midnight at the Birkenau camp, Elie Wiesel and his father were allegedly assigned to a barrack in the Gypsy camp, which was to the left on the interior camp road, shown in the photo above, behind the Men’s camp.

The interior road runs north and south, connecting the Women’s camp to the new section, called “Mexico” by the prisoners. At that time, part of the Gypsy camp had been converted into a transit camp for the Durchgangsjuden who were held there temporarily until they could be transferred to another location.

Elie Wiesel could not have seen the alleged gas chambers at Birkenau because they are at the western end of the Birkenau camp, beyond the intersection of the main camp road and this interior road which bisects the camp from north to south.

Elie wrote in his book, entitled “Night”, that on his first night in the camp, a night that he would never forget, he saw two burning pits, one for children and one for adults, where Jews were being burned alive.

Elie and his father were miraculously spared at the last moment when, only two steps from the burning ditch, they were ordered to turn left and enter the barracks.

The following quote is from “Night” by Elie Wiesel:

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Not far from us, flames were leaping up from a ditch, gigantic flames. They were burning something. A lorry drew up at the pit and delivered its load-little children. Babies! Around us, everyone was weeping. Someone began to recite the Kaddish. I do not know if it has ever happened before, in the long history of the Jews, that people have ever recited the prayer for the dead for themselves …. Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp …. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent sky.

End quote

After a few days in the Birkenau camp, Elie and his father were allegedly transferred to the main Auschwitz camp, where they were allegedly housed in Barrack 17 for a short time.

In his book entitled “Night,” Elie Wiesel wrote that he was tattooed with the number A-7713 at the main Auschwitz camp. After a few weeks in the main camp, Elie and his father were then allegedly sent to Auschwitz III, the Monowitz camp also known as Buna.

Monument in honor of the Jews who worked at Monowitz

Monument in honor of the Jews who worked at the Monowitz camp

The figures in the monument, shown above, are supposed to look like the  curved fence posts in the three Auschwitz camps.

 

May 7, 2016

subsisting on bread mixed with sawdust and drinking nothing but melting snow

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:08 am

The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.app.com/story/news/local/people/2016/05/07/holocaust-sol-lurie/84067026/

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

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Crammed inside a dark room, with other Jewish prisoners, 14-year-old Sol Lurie did not know he was about to be murdered by the Nazis in the gas chambers during the Holocaust.

More than 70 years later, Lurie can only describe what occurred next as “a miracle.”

Even though he was placed in the chamber, Lurie said his life was spared because of a 48-hour moratorium the Nazis placed on killing their prisoners while they attempted to negotiate receiving supplies from the Allies.

About 20 minutes later, he was released from the chamber, alive, but certainly not free.

That was one of the chilling anecdotes the 86-year-old Holocaust survivor shared from the 1,388 days he “lived in hell” at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony in the Center for Jewish Life on Thursday night.

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I don’t think that he “lived in hell” at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. I don’t even think that he threw Mama from the train a kiss.

So why am I making fun of this poor old guy who made it out of a ghetto in Europe and into the good life in America? I can’t help myself — I’ve heard too many of these stories.

Here is another quote from news article:

[Sol] Lurie stands barely over 5 feet tall, but said he stuffed straw in his shoes to appear slightly taller the day the Nazis were selecting workers, who had a better chance of survival.
“I always had willpower to survive and never gave up hope,” he said. “I outlived Hitler. Now I can tell people about him [Hitler] and what he did to us.”

It paid off. He was selected and transferred from Birkenau, where he said fewer than 5,000 Jews survived, and transferred to a different camp.

Michelle Ilishayeva, 14, of Marlboro said hearing Lurie’s tale was both impactful and educational.

“It was hard to hear how they just killed without caring…and to learn about the past and know how people were treated and how disrespectful people were to do this to each other,” she said.

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The news article includes a photo of him, which you can BUY if you would like to have his photo.

The news article continues with this quote:

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Lurie, who now lives in Monroe, first shared his story publicly about 12 years ago. He said he donates whatever speaking fees he gets to a charity that benefits wounded Israeli soldiers. In all, he estimates he’s donated more than $35,000 in the last decade.

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Why would the Nazis want to get rid of such nice people, who never did them any harm? Oh, the humanity!

 

February 19, 2016

Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Henning on trial in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am
Hungarian Jews walking to the gas chamber with no supervision

Hungarian Jews walking to the gas chamber with no supervision, carrying their pails

Hungarian women who have been selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women, who were selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau, had their heads shaved

The headline below is on top of an article about Reinhold Henning, a former German soldier, who is currently on trial in Germany, accused of being an accessory to the murder of Jews in the Holocaust.

Canadian Holocaust survivor to testify at trial of former Auschwitz guard

This quote is from the news article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canadian-holocaust-survivor-to-testify-at-trial-of-former-auschwitz-guard/article28792520/

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After Max Eisen was deported to Auschwitz in 1944, his mother and three siblings were immediately gassed and the 15-year-old boy was assigned to a gruelling work unit draining marshland outside the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] camp. [Reinhold Henning was a guard at the Auschwitz 1 camp]

[…]

Mr. Eisen is [currently] in the old German town of Detmold, where he will testify on Thursday morning, one of several Canadian Holocaust survivors expected to take the stand in one of the last Auschwitz court cases, the trial of 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, [Henning] a former guard.

[…]

Mr. [Reinhold] Henning admits he was a guard in the infamous camp in occupied Poland, but says he was posted at Auschwitz I, which was first set up as a concentration camp in 1940, rather than the Birkenau satellite camp, where the mass gassing took place in later years.

His time in the camp overlaps with the most murderous phase in Auschwitz history, when more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews were deported in the summer of 1944. Three quarters of them were sent to the gas chambers on arrival.

[…]
The former guards being prosecuted  [including Reinhold Henning] are in their 90s. The survivors, then children or teenagers, are in their 80s. The youngest [survivor], Montrealer Angela Orosz, is 71. She was born in Auschwitz one month before it was liberated in January, 1945.

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Wait a minute! Angela Orosz was “born in Auschwitz.”  How is that possible?  Men and women were housed in separate barracks in separate sections at Auschwitz. Besides that, if women became pregnant at Auschwitz, the babies were immediately killed, by the Nazis, as soon as they were born. Everyone knows that!

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944

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

 

October 14, 2011

Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, the Jewish doctor who volunteered to help Dr. Josef Mengele in his experiments

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:35 am

One of the earliest books about Auschwitz was written by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli and first published in the Hungarian language in a Budapest newspaper from February 16, 1947 through April 5, 1947.  My copy of the book, which is entitled Auschwitz, a Doctor’s Eye-Witness Account, was first published in English in 1960. In his book, Dr. Nyiszli describes his work as a pathologist, who assisted Dr. Josef Mengele by doing autopsies for his experiments in the Gypsy Camp at Auschwitz II, aka Birkenau. I also blogged about Dr. Nyiszli’s book here.

Yesterday, I blogged about the experiments allegedly done by Dr. Mengele in Block 10 in the main Auschwitz camp, according to information given to students by a tour guide.  Not according to Dr. Nyiszli, who wrote about Dr. Mengele doing medical experiments only at Birkenau. He did not mention that Dr. Mengele worked at the Auschwitz main camp.

On page 31 of his book, Dr. Nyiszli wrote that “Three categories of experiments were performed here (in the Gypsy camp): the first consisted of research into the origin and causes of dual births […] The second was the search to discover the biological and pathological causes for the birth of dwarfs and giants. And the third was the study of the causes and treatment of a disease commonly called “dry gangrene of the face.”  According to Dr. Nyiszli, this disease was “exceptionally rare,” but in the Gypsy Camp, it was “fairly common.”  Dr. Nyiszli wrote that “the syphilis rate in the Gypsy Camp was extremely high” and from this it had been deduced that “dry gangrene of the face” was related to “hereditary syphilis.”  Other writers refer to this disease as “Noma.”

Dr. Nyiszli wrote that he arrived at Auschwitz on a train with other Jews from Hungary in May 1944; he went through a “selection” at which Dr. Mengele asked for doctors to volunteer to work as doctors. Dr. Nyiszli was the only doctor, out of 50 doctors on that transport, who volunteered.

Because he volunteered to help the Nazi doctors, Dr. Nyiszli was given civilian clothes, and allowed to sleep in the “twelfth hospital barracks,” instead of being put into the quarantine barracks.  The twelfth hospital at Birkenau?  Yes, Dr. Nyiszli wrote that “The head doctor of barracks hospital number 12 was Dr. Levy, professor at the University of Strasbourg…”

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August 27, 2011

What’s in a name? Auschwitz and Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

    —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Today, I read this in a travel blog:

Auschwitz and Birkenau had lovey Polish names originally as they were rural villages, when the Germans came they sent most of the Polish inhabitants to work camps away from here or they interred them as they didn’t want word to leak out about what they were doing. They changed the village names to the similar sounding but German language place names of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

The town of Auschwitz, which was more than just a “rural village,” was originally founded by Germans in 1270, according to historian Robert Jan van Pelt; it is now known by its Polish name, Oswiecim. The original name of the town was Auschwitz and it was known by this name when the three Auschwitz camps were in operation; the Germans did not change the name of the town and they did not keep it a secret that they were turning the brick barracks, in a suburb of the town, into a concentration camp for political prisoners.  More than half of the inhabitants of the town of Auschwitz were Jews and the second most prevalent population in the town was the Gypsies.  The Polish inhabitants were not sent away by the Germans and they were not interred, a word which means to bury in a grave.

The town of Auschwitz in 1940

In the photo above, you can see the Duke’s castle on the left and the 17th century Catholic church on the right.  The bridge in the foreground goes over the Sola river. The town was separated from the main Auschwitz camp by this river.

When I visited the Birkenau camp in 2005, a display sign outside the gatehouse said that the villages of Brzezinka, Babice, Broszkowice, Rajsk, Plawy, Harmeze, and Brzeszcze-Budy were torn down to provide space for the Birkenau camp.  Google Translate gives the German translation of Brzezinka as Birkenau but I am not sure if these two words have the same meaning in German and English.

The Germans came up with the name Birkenau, as the name for the camp that they built on the grounds of the seven Polish villages, because of the birch trees at the western end of the camp.

Birch trees at the western end of Birkenau camp

In June 2007, the United Nations officially changed the collective name of the three Auschwitz camps to Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945). This change was made at the request of the government of Poland so that people will know that Poland had nothing to do with setting up the camps or running them.  Now the town, formerly known as Auschwitz, is making a big push to have the town known only by its Polish name.

The Birkenau camp was opened on October 7, 1941 when the first transport of Soviet Prisoners of War, captured during the German invasion of the Soviet Union, arrived. Between October 1941 to February 1942, there were 13,775 POWs brought to Birkenau.

Beginning in February 1942, the Birkenau camp became a death camp for Jews. The camp covers 425 acres and it had 300 buildings before it was abandoned in January 1945. Today there are 45 brick buildings and 22 wooden buildings still standing at Birkenau.

A view of the vast 425-acre site of the former Birkenau camp

One might ask: ” Why so many barracks at Birkenau when it was a death camp where Jews were gassed immediately upon arrival?”  Good question!  I don’t know the answer.

A light on a fence post at the former Birkenau camp

Interior fence around the men’s camp at Birkenau

When the Birkenau camp was liberated by Soviet troops in January 1945, the camp was being expanded with a new section called “Mexico.”  The photo below shows where a building was being built in the Mexico section.

The Mexico section of Birkenau which was never completed

Strangely, the Germans were building additional barracks at Birkenau.  Shouldn’t they have been building more gas chambers?  Birkenau was a death camp, which had no factories in which the prisoners could have worked. Was there such a long wait for the gas chambers that they needed more barracks at Birkenau?

August 10, 2011

Max and Rosie tell about their trip to Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:54 am

According to an article on this web site, “Rosie and Max won a school essay writing competition to win places on the government funded Lessons from Auschwitz Project which included a day trip to the Polish mausoleum.”

This quote from Rosie is on the web site cited above:

“We visited both Auschwitz One, which was a former Polish military barracks, brick built and the site’s work camp and Auschwitz Two, which was purpose built by the Nazis and was the death camp.”

Rosie is correct: the brick buildings in the Auschwitz One camp were previously used by the Polish military as army barracks.  This implies that the brick buildings in the main Auschwitz camp were built by the Polish military, but they were actually built by the Germans before World War I and were originally intended to house migrant farm workers.

Barrack Building #16 at Auschwitz One with one wing of the huge  kitchen building in the background

Why is this small detail important enough for me to waste my time blogging about it?  It is important because the fact that Auschwitz One (the main camp) was originally built as a transit camp, for migrant workers who traveled to farms all over Europe to work, tells us that Auschwitz was the best location in all of Europe for a TRANSIT camp.  Before that, Auschwitz was a center for the production of liquor, which was shipped all over the world; liquor from Auschwitz was sneaked into America during Prohibition.

Auschwitz was a railroad hub for all the train lines in Europe.  You can read all about it in the book “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present” on page 59. This book reads like a revisionist book, until you get to the end, and even then, the authors were honest enough to write that the gas chamber in the main camp is a reconstruction.  I read this book before I went to Poland in 1998; when I toured the Auschwitz main camp with a Jewish guide, I was told that the gas chamber was original.

Rosie also said this:

“I was shocked by the sheer size and industrial scale of the purpose-built death camp. The horrors of the extermination were brought home when you saw the black stains on the ceiling above the incinerators, which were left by the remains of the burning bodies.”

Rosie is again correct: “the purpose-built death camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau is huge — 425 acres to be exact.  Seven Polish villages were torn down to build it.

The photo below shows the “black stains” on the ceiling of the crematorium.

One of the ovens in the reconstructed crematorium in the Auschwitz One main camp

The “incinerators,” that Rosie mentioned, were the cremation ovens in the main camp, shown in the photo above.  The bodies were burned in an attempt to stop the spread of disease.  The ground at Auschwitz-Birkeanau was too wet to bury the bodies.

I was also shocked when I saw the “sheer size” of the Birkenau death camp.  My first thought was: Why was a such a huge camp needed when most of the Jews were immediately gassed upon arrival?

Actually Birkenau was a multi-purpose camp, contrary to what Rosie said. It was originally built as a POW camp for captured Soviet soldiers.  The Soviet POWs built the brick barracks that later became the women’s camp.

Birkenau was used as a transit camp as well as a death camp.  The prisoners who were immediately gassed were not registered in the camp and neither were the prisoners who were transferred to a sub-camp or another concentration camp.

Remember the story of Irene Zisblatt who escaped from Birkenau when she was tossed over a 10 ft barbed wire fence into an open car on a train that was taking prisoners to the Neuengamme camp in Germany to work.  The barracks at Birkenau were used to house the thousands of prisoners who were brought by train to Birkenau and then transferred on a train to another camp to work.

It is impossible to determine the exact number of people who died at Auschwitz because the train records have never been found.  There were 200,000 prisoners who were transferred out of the camp to other camps, but the total number of prisoners who were brought to Auschwitz (1.3 million) is only an estimate.  1.3 million arrivals minus 200,000 transfers equals 1.1 million deaths at the Auschwitz death camp. The original estimate by the Soviet Union was 4 million deaths.

August 6, 2011

walking to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:28 am

Jews walking to the gas chambers at Birkenau

Auschwitz SS men and women relaxing on their day off

German men and women on the staff at Auschwitz relaxing on their day off (photo from the Auschwitz Album)

The two photos above are from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos taken by the SS men at the infamous Auschwitz Birkenau death camp.

The USHMM caption on the first photo, which I copied from their web site is

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus who have been selected for death at Auschwitz-Birkenau, walk toward the gas chambers. [Photograph #77356]

Those pictured include Jolan Wollstein of Szombathely, her children Erwin, Judith, Dori and Naomi, her non-Jewish governess Edith, Henchu Mueller Falkovics, Kreindel Vogel and her sister Sase Vogel and Rita Gruenglass.

Of all the horrific crimes committed by the Germans at Auschwitz, this has got to be the worst:  Taking photos of people walking to their death, and then putting them into a photo album along with photos of SS men relaxing on their day off.  How cruel is that!

Young boys marching to gas chambers at Birkenau

The USHMM caption on the photo above is

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus who have been selected for death at Auschwitz-Birkenau, walk toward the gas chambers. [Photograph #77343]

Both photos of the Jews, who are walking to the gas chamber, show them walking north through the middle of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.  They are passing up the barracks in the background, so these can’t be Jews who have been selected to work.  The only place they could be going is to the gas chambers at the western end of the camp.

These people are walking down the road that bisects the camp from north to south. Halfway down this road, the Jews will turn left and go west down another road that leads to the gas chambers at the far end of the camp.

The prisoners, who have been selected to work, will take the same route to the Sauna where they will take a shower, while their clothes are  being disinfected.

The most famous photo of Jews walking to the gas chamber is the one shown below.

Iconic photo of woman and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The USHMM caption on this photo is

A Jewish woman walks towards the gas chambers with three young children after going through the selection process on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. [Photograph #77217]

The photo below is also from the Auschwitz Album.

SS men singing at their retreat near Auschwitz-Birkenau

In the photo above, an accordionist leads a sing along for SS officers at their retreat at Solahutte outside Auschwitz. Pictured in the front row are Karl Hoecker, Otto Moll, Rudolf Hoess, Richard Baer, Josef Kramer, Franz Hoessler and Josef Mengele.

Except for Karl Hoecker, the SS men in the front row were the worst war criminals in the entire history of World War II.  How could these men go on vacation, after gassing innocent Jews at Auschwitz, and then put their vacation photos into the same album with the pictures of the victims walking to their death?

Karl Hoecker was the man who put together the album.  Didn’t he know that his good buddies were the worst criminals in the world?  And why was Hoecker so stupid that he left behind photographic evidence of the gassing of Jews at Auschwitz?

One survivor said that she was saved because she CHOSE TO WALK to the showers instead of riding in the truck that was provided for transportation to the gas chamber.  You can read the story here of the survivor who was saved by walking.

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