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June 3, 2017

Mark Weber and Bradley Smith mentioned in today’s news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:43 am

This morning, I was surprised to read in the news about Mark Weber and Bradley Smith.  Mark Weber is still alive but, Bradley Smith is now deceased.

Many years ago, I met both Bradley and Mark at a Holocaust conference in my home town. On the same day, I met Germar Rudolf, who was also there. I was surprised at the lack of Holocaust knowledge shown by both Bradley and Mark. I was also surprised that Germar was very modest and did not talk about his extensive knowledge of the Holocaust.

The following quote is from the news article:

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In 2009, I interviewed Mark Weber and Bradley Smith, two amateur historians notorious for being among the leading Holocaust “revisionists.” Smith is an old-school denier, dubious about the existence of gas chambers, while Weber merely believes that Jews exaggerate history to help consolidate Zionist power.

I interviewed Weber in his offices outside Los Angeles, and Smith at a coffee shop close to the border of Mexico, where he lived. In each case I went alone. Although I wasn’t afraid — neither had a history of physical violence — meeting with two men who’d spent their professional lives spinning theories about the perfidy of my people was, at the least, a bit creepy. Let’s put it this way: I hugged my wife extra tight before leaving home.

Lately, I’ve been reminiscing about my time with Smith and Weber, and not just because white nationalists now have a president who they feel is sympathetic to their cause. Rather, the triggering event, if you will, is the national debate about how to confront speech we find odious.

On college campuses across the country, students have reacted with fear and anger to the possibility that far-right (or even slightly right) thinkers might speak some words somewhere in their vicinity. At Middlebury College, students violently protested a talk featuring Charles Murray, author of “The Bell Curve,” a 1994 book that many call racist. At Claremont McKenna College, protesters shut down a speech by Heather Mac Donald, whose recent book defends police officers. Ann Coulter had to cancel a speech at UC Berkeley.

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What does this have to do with the price of eggs in China, you ask. Nothing.

I blogged about Smith’s death on February 19th 2016 here:

I have made many blog posts that mention Bradley Smith which you can find listed in the link below.

I am writing about this because I find it strange that Holocaust True Believers are digging up people like Bradly Smith, long dead, in order to promote their agenda.

February 19, 2016

I just got a message that Bradley Smith has died

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — furtherglory @ 1:47 pm

If you don’t know who Bradley Smith is, I can’t help you.  I just got a message from Germar Rudolf telling me that Bradley has passed away.

I have written several blog posts under the tag Bradley Smith:

September 20, 2015

New information about the dome of ashes at Majdanek

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 2:13 pm
Ashes underneath a dome at the Majdanek Memorial site

Ashes underneath a huge dome at the Majdanek Memorial site  Photo credit: Simon Robertson

I am on Bradley Smith’s mailing list, and today I got a message from him directing me to his latest article on the internet.

In his latest article, Bradley writes about Rafi Farber and an article which Mr. Farber wrote.

In answer to the article, Bradley wrote in an e-mail to Farber:  “Interesting article [that you wrote] but … it appears that you believe the gas chamber stories. Perhaps I’m wrong.”

What’s wrong with Bradley! Of course Rafi Farber believes in the gas chambers at Majdanek.

Bradley published the e-mail answer from Mr. Farber, which you can read below:

[from] Rafi Farber
September 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm (Six minutes later)
Wow! I actually got a Holocaust denier to comment here! That’s a strange accomplishment. I am building bridges I’m not sure I even want built. Surely those who disagree with me will cite this as evidence that I have “gone too far”. Yes Bradley Smith. I “believe the gas-chamber stories”. I am a Jew whose extended family was murdered in the gas chambers. And I physically visited the gas chambers and saw the 17-ton pile of human ash at Majdanek filled with my family who died there in the gas chambers that I was physically in. Those Jews who are reading this who want to know where I’m drawing the line, it’s here. This guy is on the other side. Do not comment here again, Mr. Smith.

I am sorry that I have to disagree with Rafi Farber and cause him more pain.

The ashes of his family are not in the 17-ton pile of human ashes at Majdanek — unless he has family members who were fighting as illegal combatants, aka resistance fighters, in World War II.

My photo of the bunk beds in the barracks at Majdanek

My photo of the bunk beds in the barracks at Majdanek

Here is the real story behind the ashes under the dome at Majdanek:

A gigantic, circular Mausoleum at the Majdanek Memorial Site [shown in the photo at the top of this page] stands at the end of the former “black path” to the crematorium, a walkway that is now called the Road of Homage in English.

The structure was designed by architect and sculptor Wiktor Tolkin, the same man who designed the Monument of Struggle and Martyrdom at the other end of the walkway, near the street.

The dome of the Mausoleum is pockmarked, as though it had suffered bomb damage in the war. The English translation of the inscription on the frieze of the dome reads “Let our fate be a warning to you.”

Under the dome is a huge circular urn, shaped like a saucer, which contains the ashes of some of the victims who died at Majdanek.

Before visiting Majdanek, I had heard about the ashes and wondered what kept them from blowing away in the wind. The answer is that the ashes were recovered from a compost pile in the camp, where they had been mixed with dirt and garden refuse and composted in preparation for spreading on the vegetable garden in the camp.

The material under the dome looks like compacted dirt; it is the color of adobe. There are a few bone fragments visible. To the left, in front of the steps, are four containers to hold eternal flames for special ceremonies.

Also to the left, as you face the dome, is the very inappropriate location of the toilets, which are underground but have air vents sticking up, that look like some weird sculpture. The first thing that the tour guides explain to Americans is the toilet etiquette in Poland.

In many places, including the camp at Majdanek, one must pay an attendant on duty to use the toilets. Bring your own toilet paper because there is usually none available, even though the charges are supposed to pay for the cost of the paper.

The toilets are for both sexes and there is no door on the men’s facility. When I visited the camp, the toilets were unbelievably filthy, just like at the Auschwitz II camp at Birkenau.

The photograph at the top of this page shows the Mausoleum. To the right of it is located the reconstructed crematorium building. Standing on this spot, you have a panoramic view of the camp below you.

Behind the Mausoleum are new modern apartment houses, their balconies painted red, yellow and blue, resembling buildings made with children’s colorful building blocks.

As you are standing in front of the Mausoleum facing the camp area, to the left there are more apartment buildings in the city of Lublin. To the right, as you face the camp area, is Lublin’s main Catholic cemetery which borders the camp; this cemetery was being used when the concentration camp was in operation. There are noisy black crows flying overhead, which the tour guide says are always present here, as if to give further warning to visitors.

According to the camp guidebook, Heinrich Himmler ordered the liquidation of the Jews in the Lublin district after the insurrection on October 14, 1943 at Sobibor, one of the Operation Reinhard extermination camps on the Polish-Russian border, in which 300 Jews, led by a Jewish Russian Prisoner of War, escaped into the nearby woods.

At this time, the three largest concentrations of Jews in Eastern Poland were at the camp at Majdanek and at the labor camp at Poniatowa, a tiny Polish village where 18,000 people were held, and at the Polish village of Trawniki where 10,000 Jews were imprisoned in a labor camp.

According to the Majdanek guidebook, “In the autumn of 1943, the Nazi authorities were alarmed by the uprisings in the Warsaw and Bialystok ghettos, by the activity of the resistance movement in the camps and by the rebellions in the death camps at Sobibor and Treblinka.” Their greatest fear was that the Jewish prisoners at Lublin would start a rebellion that would result in their escape to the forests where they would join the Polish partisans who were fighting the German Army.

The Nazis also feared that their plans to exterminate the Jews were being thwarted by the cooperation of the camp resistance movement at Majdanek with the Polish underground organizations fighting as partisans outside the camp.

The Memorial Site guidebook devotes a whole section to the activities of the camp resistance movement, which included activists from the Polish Home Army, and the main political parties: the Polish Socialist Party, the Peasant Party, the National Party, and the Polish Worker’s Party.

Along with the Polish civilian partisans and the Jewish partisans hiding in the forests, there were also escaped Russian Prisoners of War, who would sometimes shoot the Jewish partisans.

Although Poland had been conquered, within a month after the country was invaded, by the joint effort of the Germans and the Russians, guerrilla warfare continued in Poland until the Germans finally surrendered to the Allies in May 1945.

According to a book entitled The forgotten Holocaust: the Poles under German Occupation, written by Richard Lucas, the Polish resistance fighters were responsible for 6,930 damaged train engines, 732 derailed trains, 979 destroyed train cars, 38 bridges blown up, 68 aircraft destroyed, 15 factories burned down, 4,623 military vehicles destroyed, 25,125 acts of sabotage and 5,733 attacks on German troops.

The bodies of the victims of the massacre at Majdanek were burned near the ditches on pyres formed from old truck chassis, and the ashes were thrown onto the compost pile behind the clothing warehouse barracks, which now hold the tourist exhibits. It is these ashes of the massacre victims which have now been given a place of honor in the Mausoleum.

Resistance fighters marching to their deaths at Majdanek

Resistance fighters marching to their deaths at the Majdanek camp on “bloody Wednesday”, November  3, 1943

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:

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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.

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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.

May 21, 2015

Bradley Smith is still making trouble at American universities

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:10 am

Today, I received an e-mail alerting me to a new letter that Bradley Smith has sent to Professor Steven Pinker at Harvard University. This is nothing new. Bradley Smith has been making trouble for years, by constantly sending letters to universities, asking for the name of one person (with proof) who was gassed by the Nazis.

Remains of the gas chamber at Sachsenhausen which had a floor drain

Remains of the gas chamber at Sachsenhausen which has a floor drain

Can a homicidal gas chamber have a floor drain, like the one shown in the ruins of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber, in the photo above?  Just asking!

Although there are numerous Holocaust survivors, out on the lecture circuit, who are claiming that their relatives were “gassed,” there is no proof whatsoever that gas chambers were used to kill people during the “Holocaust.”

I have written several blog posts about the alleged gas chambers at the Majdanek “death camp,” which you can read here:

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower

This quote is from the letter to a Harvard professor, written by Bradley Smith:

Back in 2009 The Harvard Crimson ran a one-column, two-inch ad where I asked why Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his book Crusade In Europe, did not mention the words “gas chambers.” Publication of the ad caused a scandal and The Crimson withdrew it after one run. You can review that story here. From what I can find, you did not comment on this Free Speech scandal. Reading your principled article in The Boston Globe, it occurs to me to wonder why.

Why do you think General Eisenhower wrote his account of World War 11 and choose to not mention “gas chambers”? No one was in a better position to know what weapons of mass destruction the Germans employed during that war and which they did not. Eisenhower chose (he chose!) to not support a narrative about gas chambers that he had every reason to understand was corrupt. At the same time, having in mind to further his career, he would evade risking that career by discounting them.

Why does Bradley Smith keep taunting people like this? He knows why Eisenhower did not mention the “gas chambers,” and so does everyone else of Eisenhower’s generation. [Eisenhower was born in 1890.]

Back in 1948, when Eisenhower wrote his best selling book, everyone knew what a homicidal gas chamber was.  Everyone knew that a crematorium, that was not air tight and did not have a tall stack to vent the gas, could not have been used to gas 2,000 people at one time, as the Holocaustians now claim.

Back in 1948, America had gas chambers to execute criminals, including the gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO where two people could be gassed at the same time.

I wrote about the gas chamber in Jefferson City, Missouri on this blog post:

May 18, 2015

New documentary about 119 relatives of a RT reporter who died in Nazi concentration camps

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 1:25 pm

You can read a news article about Paula Slier, a RT reporter, who has made a new documentary about 119 of her relatives who died in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Paula Slier claims that one of her relatives was killed in a gas chamber at Sobibór.

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Sobibor was a whistle stop on a branch railroad line

I wrote a previous blog post about the claim that the names of the Jews who were gassed are unknown:

RT is a global news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington, DC, and London.  It is available to 700 million viewers worldwide. RT is the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more than 2 billion views. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards for best 24-hr broadcast, and the only Russian TV channel to garner three nominations for the prestigious International Emmy Award for News.

The news article starts out with this quote:

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MOSCOW, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In “119 Lives Unlived,” RT correspondent Paula Slier looks into her family’s past to discover the exact fate of the 119 members of her family who were exterminated in Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. Seventy years after the end of the war, she conducts a personal investigation into where and how they died.

Paula Slier starts her search in Amsterdam, where a shoebox with postcards and letters that belonged to her second cousin Flip Slier was found during construction work on an old house. In 1943 Flip was murdered in a gas chamber of the Sobibor concentration camp.

119 Lives Unlived will premiere globally on RTDoc and RT International on May 20. A special pre-premiere screening of the documentary in Russian will take place in Moscow on Monday, May 18 as part of RT’s ClubDoc project. Watch the promo here:

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Did you catch that, dear readers? Paula Slier has the name of one of her relatives, who was gassed at Sobibór. And you thought that there were no gas chambers at Sobibór.

Two monuments at Sobibor in honor of the Jews who were gassed there

Two monuments at Sobibor in honor of the Jews who were gassed there

I wrote about Sobibór in this previous blog post:

The title of my blog post was “Why were Dutch Jews sent to Sobibór, passing up Auschwitz and Majdanek?”

I wrote another blog post, which you can read at

The title of my blog post was “Jews were reduced to ashes within a half-hour of their arrival at the Sobibór extermination camp ”

Does anyone besides me think that the story of this camp is very strange?

Let’s go to Wikipedia for the true story.

This quote is from Wikipedia:

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Jews from Poland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, as well as the Soviet prisoners of war, were transported to Sobibór by rail and suffocated in gas chambers fed by the exhaust of large petrol engines. Up to 200,000 people were murdered at Sobibór,[3] and possibly more. During the postwar trial against the former SS personnel of Sobibór, held in Hagen, Professor Wolfgang Scheffler estimated the total figure of murdered Jews at a minimum of 250,000.[4][5]

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All of this will come as a great surprise to Bradley Smith, who has been asking for the name of one person (with proof) who was gassed by the Nazis. I wrote about Bradley Smith and his search for one person who was gassed on this blog post:

December 5, 2013

Bradley Smith’s nightmare — he dreamt that he was gassed in a Nazi gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:17 am
Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp, looking toward the back door into the room, 2005 photo

In Chapter 18 of his book entitled Break His Bones, The Private Life of a Holocaust Revisionist, Bradley Smith wrote that he dreamed about what it must have been like for the Jews who were gassed in the Nazi gas chambers.  Bradley Smith is more than a “revisionist;” he is a great writer.  Writing is an art for him.  In my opinion, Bradley is a great artist.

The quote below is from the beginning of Chapter 18 in his book, which was published many years ago, but it is still relevant today. According to an e-mail message that I got from Bradley, he is sending this “breeze from the past” to some 1,400 individuals and student groups at USC, including the folk who maintain Steven Spielberg’s Shoah foundation.

Quote from Chapter 18 of Break His Bones:

One night in late December I dream that I’ve been gassed at Auschwitz. In the dream, as I become aware of myself inside the gas chamber, the gassing itself is already over. I see myself sitting naked in the center of the floor; the room around me choked with naked cadavers heaped to the ceiling. The dead are filthy with feces, urine, vomit and menstrual blood. The scene is faintly illuminated in an ugly green light. […]

I know in my heart, without reservation, that those men [the Sonderkommando Jews] would not have done what it is claimed they did. I’ve worked and lived among such men [Jews] and their children for twenty-five years. They would not have done it.

Once maybe. Twice. A handful of them. But not all of them. Not day after day, week after week, month after month. They would not have done it. The gas chamber story is a lie. […]

…… I had read the Robert Faurisson’s article about the “problem” of the gas chambers at Auschwitz, I had felt in my bones that something was badly wrong. Faurisson claimed that the gas chamber stories and the genocide of the Jews are one and the same historic lie. I had felt an immediate and deep anxiety that he might be right. The news didn’t make me happy, it made me fearful. It made my hands sweat.

Faurisson’s paper turned on a statement made by Rudolf Hoess, the SS colonel who claimed to have dreamed up the Auschwitz gas chambers, overseen their construction and murdered millions of victims in them, mostly Jews. In his confession Hoess wrote that after the gassings took place the work-Jews would enter the gas chambers “immediately” to drag out the dead. They would do this while “eating and smoking.” If they were eating and smoking, Faurisson wrote, it was unlikely they were wearing gas masks. But if they were going to enter the gas chamber immediately after a mass gassing Faurisson believed they would have had to use gas masks with special filters or be “gassed” themselves. This alone suggested to Faurisson that Hoess didn’t know diddly about mass gassings with Zyklon B, his poison gas of choice, and that his famous gas-chamber confession was the invention of a tortured mind. We hadn’t yet learned that Hoess, after his capture by British military intelligence, had in fact been tortured to obtain his confession.

The point, that Bradley Smith is making in his book, is that no one would have done the horrendous task of dragging filthy bodies, covered with feces, vomit and blood, out of the gas chambers — just to live for three months longer.  They would have said, “Just shoot me now.”

What allegedly happened is that the Sonderkommando Jews, who carried the gassed bodies to the ovens, were killed after three months.  We know this because the last group of Sonderkommando Jews were allowed to live to tell the story of what happened to the Sonderkommandos.  I previously blogged here about two Sonderkommando Jews who survived.

It was hard for me to enter the so-called gas chamber in the Auschswitz main camp, 60 years after it had been used.  The room is cold, dark and creepy, with a faint smell of dead bodies, as you would expect in a morgue. The Auschwitz gas chamber is right next to the cremation ovens, where a morgue should have been.  There were 900 Jews gassed at the same time in the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp. Their bodies had to be dragged, a few at a time, into the oven room, next door to the gas chamber.

Hot crematory oven right next to the door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

Hot crematory oven right next to the door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

The Sonderkommando Jews would have said: “Get me out of here quick; this place could explode any minute!” (The people in the gas chamber, in my 1998 photo, are tourists, but the Jews who were gassed here had their clothes on, just like the tourists.)

Zyklon-B gas should not be used near hot ovens, according to Fred Leuchter, the world’s leading gas chamber expert, who designed the gas chamber in Missouri.

You can read Bradley’s full excerpt about  the Sonderkommando Jews at

This quote is from near the end of Chapter 18 of Bradley Smith’s book:

One of the things I do as a writer is to use my art to stand witness to the intellectual and moral corruption of the society in which I live. I do no more or less than artists of every discipline have always done. It’s what is expected of us, and it’s especially what we expect of ourselves. But am I not being insensitive to the feelings of Jews, I am asked? I respond that Jewish feelings are no particular concern for me. I’m an artist. My responsibility is to human feeling, human sensibilities. The German bleeds from the thrust of a lie just as the Jew does.

September 2, 2013

Has documentation of one person who was gassed at Auschwitz finally been found?

For many years, Bradley Smith has been asking for the name of one person, with documentation, who was gassed at Auschwitz, or any other Nazi concentration camp.  Today, I got an e-mail from Bradley, which got my hopes up, that the name of one person had finally been found.

It seems that a letter was sent, by CODOH historian David Merlin, to Peter Black, a senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, asking for one name of a person (with proof) who was gassed by the Nazis. A reply was received in which the name Else Ury was given by the USHMM.

The reply, sent by the USHMM, is quoted below:

“We know that Else Ury went to Auschwitz-Birkenau, because her name appears on a transport list with more than 1100 others deported from Berlin to Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 12, 1943. We know that she did not survive selection upon arrival because her name does not appear in the prisoner registry.” [..]

Else Ury was one of 1,196 German Jews deported from Berlin to Auschwitz on January 13, 1943.”

Note that the name Else Ury was on TWO DIFFERENT transport lists: January 12 and January 13, 1943.  Her name was obviously taken off the January 12th list and put on the January 13th list.  Who’s to say that her name was not removed from the January 13th list and put on yet another list.  Is there any proof that she survived the trip to Auschwitz on the train that left on January 13th?  It was in the dead of winter, and the trains were not heated.

According to an article on Bradley Smith’s CODOH website, Else Ury’s name was put into the Yad Vashem database several times.  Else was born in 1877 and she lived in Berlin.

Wait a minute! This woman was 66 years old and she lived in Berlin.  She was a “prominent and talented writer.”  Would a 66-year-old woman, who was a famous writer, have been sent to Auschwitz to be gassed?  Old women and prominent Jews were sent to Theresienstadt.

It would have been a waste of time and money to send a 66-year-old woman to Auschwitz to be gassed.  This woman was virtually on her death bed.  There were millions of Jews to be gassed.  Why waste time on an old woman who probably would not survive the train ride, in a cattle car, to Auschwitz?

The most important thing about the story of Else Ury is that she was not registered in the Auschwitz camp, which is allegedly the proof that she was gassed.  Many prisoners were sent to Auschwitz, where they stayed for several months before being sent elsewhere; they were not registered because they were not selected to work in the camp.  They stayed for a few months at Auschwitz, which was a TRANSIT CAMP, as well as a death camp.  Then they were sent on to another camp.

I previously wrote a blog post about the man who allegedly kept records of the Jews who were gassed:

I previously wrote about Auschwitz on a blog post which you can read here:

This quote is from my website:

The town of Auschwitz was a major railroad hub, with many train tracks coming into it; there was a large marshaling yard near the Auschwitz station. Standing on the railroad overpass in 1941, Himmler realized that Birkenau was an ideal location for transporting people by rail from all over Europe, although the plans for exterminating the Jews were not finalized until the Nazis were confident that they would win their war against the Soviet Union.

My guess is that Else Ury, a prominent old woman, was sent to Theresienstadt, where there was a barracks, that was specifically for older women.  The photo below shows a hospital for old people at Theresienstadt.

Hohenelbe Barracks at Theresienstadt contained a hospital

Hohenelbe Barracks at Theresienstadt contained a hospital

Between Parkstrasse and Wallstrasse on the east side of the Theresienstadt ghetto is where the Hohenelbe barracks were located. This was the central hospital for the Jewish inmates in the ghetto. There were public baths, showers and a swimming pool located here. The building included a kitchen which prepared food for the hospital patients.

Behind this building is a large bastion jutting out from the town walls which you can get a glimpse of on the extreme left of the photo above. Located between the walls of the bastion was the Kavalir barracks.  The Kavalir barracks was used to house the very old prisoners and also prisoners brought to Theresienstadt from the Jewish insane asylums in the Greater German Reich.  This could be the place where Else Ury was a prisoner.

As I read further in the letter from David Merlin, CODOH to the USHMM, I found that Mr. Merlin also thinks that Else Ury was most likely sent to Theresienstadt. This quote is from his letter:

First, we note a conflict between your statement that “1196 German Jews (were) deported from Berlin to Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 12, 1943” and the report of Danuta Czech in Auschwitz Chronicle that a transport from Berlin arrived at Auschwitz on January 13, 1943 with one thousand (1,000) men, women and children on it. This suggests that 196 persons may have been taken off of the Auschwitz transport.

We also note that there were numerous transports of Jewish deportees from Berlin to Theresienstadt in 1943. These transports carried thousands of people and oftentimes included prominent older German Jews, like Else Ury. One such transport from Berlin went to Theresienstadt on January 12, 1943, the day that Else Ury was deported. It was transport I/80 and carried 105 people.

So, has the name of one person who was gassed been found?  Nope.  Close, but no cigar.

March 28, 2013

Why did the Jews at Auschwitz march out of the camp with the Nazis instead of waiting for the Soviet liberators?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:29 am
Prisoners on a death march out of Dachau

Prisoners on a death march out of Dachau on April 26, 1945

The photo above shows some of the 6,887 Jewish prisoners and Russian POWs, who were marched out of the Dachau concentration camp on April 26, 1945.  Today’s students are taught that the purpose of this “death march” was to kill the prisoners before the camp could be liberated by the Allies.  Note the two German soldiers who are marching with them.  There is no photo of the march out of Auschwitz, but the photo above will give you an idea of how the Auschwitz march might have taken place.

On a similar march out of Auschwitz-Birkenau, on January 18, 1945, the German soldiers marched at the head of the column, tramping down two feet of snow to make it easier for the Jews to march.

I am on the e-mail list of Bradley Smith, a famous Holocaust denier, and today I received an e-mail from him, which included a letter which he had recently sent to Kent State University, where Elie Wiesel was expected to give a talk to the students.

As you may know, Elie Wiesel and his father were allegedly on the death march out of Auschwitz on January 18, 1945.  Elie wrote, in his book Night, that they were given a choice of either marching or staying behind to be liberated by Soviet soldiers.  The Dachau prisoners, shown in the photo above, were not given a choice.  They were marched out of Dachau, so that they could not attack civilians in the town of Dachau, after they were liberated.

I love Bradley Smith and I am a great admirer of his writing.  I read the copy of Bradley’s letter to the University and laughed out loud.  I am quoting from the letter, so as to share it with those who may not be on Bradley’s e-mail list.

Quote from letter written by Bradley Smith to Kent State University:

In his autobiographical book Night, Elie Wiesel writes that in January 1945, when he and his father were both prisoners of the murderous German Nazis at Auschwitz, they were asked by their captors if they would prefer to remain in that death camp, where countless Jews had already been murdered in gas chambers, to await the imminent arrival of their Soviet liberators, or would they rather leave with the Nazi Jew-killers who were abandoning the camp. Elie Wiesel and his dad, talking it over, agreed they would prefer to leave on the death-march retreat with German Nazis dedicated to exterminating Jews as a race rather than wait for their Soviet liberators.

Is there one professor at Kent State University who thinks it might be worthwhile that students consider the significance of this confession? Why not?

I don’t think that Bradley Smith will get an answer to his letter, so I am going to explain to him and to the students, the purpose of the death march out of Auschwitz.

I learned the reason for the death marches from Professor Harold Marcuse, who teaches the history of the Holocaust at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Professor Marcuse wrote the following in a comment on my blog several years ago:

In any case the death marches in 1945 were a largely futile attempt to keep human evidence of and witnesses to atrocities from falling into Allied hands. That rationale hinged on the illusory notion that the Germans would ultimately defend some territory and in some bizarre way “win” the war. When some responsible German officials realized beyond doubt that the war was lost, they drew the “logical” conclusion and burned the marching prisoners alive, as happened at Ohrdruf, Gardelegen and numerous other places. For them apparently, dead evidence was better than alive evidence.

I am assuming that the professors at Kent State University teach the students the same story that is taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Elie Wiesel and his father trusted the Nazis not to burn them alive on the march, so they didn’t stay behind at Auschwitz, when given a choice. If you have ever read Elie Wiesel’s book, you know that Elie and his father survived the burning ditches at Auschwitz on the Night that they arrived.  They expected to survive the burning of the prisoners on the march out of the camp.  They didn’t know what the Soviets might do, so they chose the Nazis instead.

Children were burned alive in a burning ditch at Auschwitz on the night Elie Wiesel arrived

Children were being burned alive at Auschwitz on the night Elie Wiesel arrived

The Jews who stayed behind at Auschwitz found out that they had made the wrong choice because the Soviets didn’t take care of them at all.

After the three Auschwitz camps were liberated, the survivors were on their own. Unlike the concentration camps in Germany, where the liberated prisoners remained in the camps as Displaced Persons and were cared for by the Americans or the British, the Auschwitz prisoners from 29 countries were released to find their own way home.

Primo Levi was an Auschwitz survivor who wrote a book, later made into a movie, about his long journey home to Italy which took him many months. He described how the Jewish prisoners were greeted with hostility in every country along the way.  (Primo Levi was forced to stay behind because he was sick at the time of the death march out of the camp.)

Binjamin Wilkomirski, who falsely claimed to be a child survivor of Auschwitz, wrote in his fake book, entitled Fragments, that there was no liberation. “We just ran away without permission,” he wrote. “No joyous celebration. I never heard the word ‘liberation’ back then, I didn’t even know there was such a word.” Binjamin Wilkomirski also describes this in his book, Fragments: “And the people outside the camp, in the countryside and the nearby town — they didn’t celebrate when they saw us.”

Wilkomirski’s fake book is still being taught in American schools, but it is now called a novel.  Elie Wiesel’s fake book was at one time classified as a novel, but is now being taught in American schools as the Gospel truth.

August 4, 2010

Bradley Smith wants documented proof of one person who was gassed at Auschwitz or Dachau…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:10 pm

For years Bradley Smith has been asking for the name of one person who was gassed at Dachau or Auschwitz, with documented proof.   Doesn’t he know anything about the Holocaust?  The names of the people who were gassed are not known because they were NOT REGISTERED. There are no records of their names.  The people that were brought to Dachau and Auschwitz, who were transferred immediately to other camps, were also NOT REGISTERED.  That means that it is impossible to know whether a prisoner, who was not registered, was gassed or transferred.

It is impossible to even estimate the number of people who were gassed at Auschwitz because the train records were destroyed or confiscated, so we don’t know how many people arrived at Auschwitz.

In a letter written in answer to a professor, Smith wrote this and then posted it on his blog which you can read here:

When you write “there are voluminous records of who were killed at which camps” I suppose you would include Auschwitz as one of those camps. If not, why not? Since this charge of mass murder in the German camps, using weapons of mass destruction (gas chambers) is made with such self assurance by so many, I believe it is only fair – and we can be “fair” to Germans, can we not? — to ask that one American academic name one person, with proof, who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz – or Dachau if you will.

There were 29,138  Jews who were brought to Dachau, who were not registered, and were never seen in the camp again.  In the Official Army Report by the US Seventh Army, written after Dachau was liberated, it was stated that 29,138 Jews were brought to Dachau from other camps between June 20, 1944 and November 23, 1944.   This report says that these Jews were brought to Dachau to be executed and that they were gassed in the gas chamber disguised as a shower room and also in the four smaller gas chambers. It was discovered later that they had been given a shower and then transferred to sub-camps near Dachau.  (Note that the US Military initially thought that the four disinfection chambers were also used to gas the Jews.)

The story of the famous psychiatrist Victor Frankl is particularly relevant because he was transferred from one camp to another three times.  This leads some people to think that Frankl was gassed three times, but the problem is that the prisoners who were transferred were NOT REGISTERED.  Frankl was first sent to Theresienstadt from where he was sent a few days later to Auschwitz, where he arrived on October 19, 1944.

Frankl remained at Auschwitz for a few days, without being registered as a prisoner, and then he was transferred to the main Dachau camp. At Dachau, he was not registered, but instead was given a shower and sent to the Kaufering III sub-camp where he arrived on October 25, 1944 and was finally registered.  Frankl was probably among the 29,138 Jews who were mentioned in the Official Army Report.  If he had not become famous and written books in which he told his story,  it would have been assumed that he was gassed at Auschwitz or at Dachau.

On his blog, Smith mentions Fuestenfeldbruck which was a German air force base that was taken over by the American military.  That brought back memories of when I was in Germany after World War II.  The Americans called it “First and Feldbrook”  That’s close to how the name sounds; the actual name is Fürstenfeldbruck.  It is a town close to Munich which is close to Dachau.  It is true that American soldiers and their wives  were “invited and expected to attend” a trip to Dachau, where the big attraction was the gas chamber.  The SS camp at Dachau was also taken over by the American military for 28 years.  I didn’t go on the trip to Dachau because I didn’t know the importance of the place back then.

Update, August 5, 2010

I forgot to mention that no one was ever prosecuted by the Allies after World War II for gassing prisoners at Dachau because the names of the prisoners who were gassed at Dachau were unknown.  At the American Military Tribunal, the staff at Dachau was charged with participating in  a “common design” to violate the Laws and Usages of War under the Geneva Convention of 1929 and the Hague Convention of 1907;  only crimes against persons who were soldiers or civilians of an Allied country were prosecuted by the American Military Tribunal.  Since the names of the prisoners who were gassed were unknown, this crime was not prosecuted.  You can read more about this here.