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January 9, 2016

Elie Wiesel still lying his head off at the age of 87

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:42 am

Elie Wiesel has recently admitted that he has no ID number tattooed on his arm, which is an admission that he was never in a concentration camp, as he has been claiming for years.

He was not a prisoner at Auschwitz, where all incoming prisoners were immediately tattooed with a number on their arm.

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The gate into the Buchenwald camp is shown in the photo above.

He was not at Buchenwald which was a class II concentration camp in Germany. The sign on the gate into the camp reads “Jedem das Seine” which is German for “Everyone gets what he deserves.”

I have a section about Buchenwald on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/index.html

According to a recent news article, Elie Wiesel was quoted as follows:

“I belong to a generation that has seen probably the darkest of its moments and lived them …but also the happiest. The Day of Liberation [of Buchenwald]…when suddenly, the Americans came in! Days earlier, 10,000 left Buchenwald [to be killed] and [we] were the last to leave literally the last…. we were supposed to leave the next day. ”

Read more: http://forward.com/the-assimilator/329182/michael-douglas-presents-award-to-elie-wiesel-at-blue-card-gala/#ixzz3wl8jYYHO

I have written extensively about Elie Wiesel and the liberation of Buchenwald on my scrapbookpages.com website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation0.html

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation4.html

 

January 3, 2016

Holocaust survivor says that Auschwitz was liberated by the British

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:08 am

The Hollywood Reporter [an American newspaper] is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on 11 survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. You can read the article in full at  http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Roman-Polanski-10-other-Hollywood-Jews-open-up-about-surviving-Holocaust-437656

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Branko Lustig, 83, Academy Award-winning producer of films like Schindler’s List and Gladiator

When the British army liberated Auschwitz, where Lustig was a prisoner at age 12, the sound of their bagpipes made him think that he “had died finally, and that was the angels’ music in heaven.”

Years later, he met Spielberg when the director was developing Schindler’s List.

“He kissed my number [from the concentration camp, tattooed on Lustig’s arm] and said, ‘You will be my producer.’ He is the man who gave me the possibility to fulfill my obligation,” Lustig says.

So that is where Spielberg got all of his misinformation about the Holocaust!  From a man who was liberated by the British at Auschwitz.

To be fair, this survivor might have been a prisoner in Bergen-Belsen where he was liberated by British soldiers after he had been marched out of Auschwitz just before Soviet soldiers arrived to liberate the camp.

Obelisk in honor of the non-Jewish prisoners who died at Buchenwald

Obelisk in honor of the non-Jewish prisoners who died at Buchenwald

I have written about the death statistics at Buchenwald on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/DeathStatistics.html

To get back to the news article this quote tells about another Holocaust survivor:

Begin quote

Bill Harvey, 91, cosmetologist to the likes of Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Liza Minelli

After being transported from Auschwitz to Buchenwald on a frigid cattle car, Harvey fell unconscious and was left for dead in a pile of corpses stacked by the crematorium. Someone pulled him out days later. He was 21 years old and weighed about 72 pounds.

“My humble explanation for all the tragedies and the bad people who want just to kill is that maybe there have to be some bad things in order to appreciate all the good things that this world gives you,” Harvey says.

End quote

According to a booklet that I obtained in 1999 from the Buchenwald Memorial Site, which was written by Sabine and Harry Stein, “A total of 11,000 Jews lost their lives in Buchenwald. Out of the 13,969 inmates who died in 1945, there were 7,000 Jews.”

The booklet written by Sabine and Harry Stein states that, in addition to the number of recorded deaths at Buchenwald, “More than 8,000 Soviet prisoners of war were shot in the stable. An estimated number of 1,100 people were executed in the crematorium and an estimated number of between 12,000 and 15,000 people were dead upon arrival from the camps in the east or fell victim to the evacuation marches. This gives a total number of approximately 56,000 persons killed.”

 

 

December 13, 2015

You can’t always judge a book by it’s cover

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 7:39 am
The cover of a book written by Eugen Kogon

Cover of book written by Eugen Kogon

The new addition of a book, written years ago by Eugen Kogon, which is shown in the photo above, has a cover with a photo of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign over an entrance into a building in the Little Fortress at Theresienstadt.

Kogon’s book is about the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did the Buchenwald concentration camp have this sign on any of the buildings in the camp?  No! This photo was taken at Theresienstadt. Only Class 1 camps had the Arbeit macht Frei slogan.

I took this same photo which you can see below.

My photo of the "Little Fortress" at Theresienstadt

My photo of the “Little Fortress” at Theresienstadt

 

Sign on Buchenwald gate says "Jedem das Siene"

Sign on Buchenwald gate says “Jedem das Siene” (Everyone gets what he deserves)

The Buchenwald gate with its famous sign “Jedem das Seine” was designed by Franz Ehrich, a prisoner who studied with Moholy-Nagy, Klee, Kandinsky and Josef Albers at the Bauhaus in Weimar.

Ehrlich was arrested as a Communist resistance fighter in 1935 and sent to Buchenwld two years later. In 1937, the Buchenwald camp was still new and had few buildings. Ehrlich, who had worked with architect Walter Gropius in his Bauhaus Berlin office, volunteered to work in the joinery workshop at Buchenwald; he was assigned to design and build the entrance gate.

The sans-serif lettering of the words “Jedem das Seine” show Ehrlich’s training under Bauhaus typographer Joost Schmidt. After he was released from Buchenwald in 1939, Ehrlich stayed on and worked as a paid architect at the SS training camp and munitions factories at Buchenwald.

Buchenwald was a Class II camp for hard-core political prisoners, mainly Communists, who were considered to be harder to “rehabilitate.” Consequently, conditions in the Buchenwald camp were more severe than at Dachau and Sachsenhausen, which were Class I camps where many prisoners were released after being induced to accept the Nazi principles of obedience and hard work.

The sign over the iron gates at both Dachau and Sachsenhausen read “Arbeit Macht Frei” or Work Brings Freedom.

December 1, 2015

Irving Roth still educating American children about the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:51 am

I blogged about Irving Roth in this previous blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/african-american-soldiers-were-among-the-liberators-of-buchenwald/

Irving Roth is back in the news because he is still educating American children about the Holocaust:  https://ninertimes.com/2015/12/holocaust-surviver-speaks-at-unc-charlotte-educates-students-through-personal-experience/

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The photo above shows Hungarian Jews getting off a train at Auschwitz. Notice that there are no guns pointed at them.

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

Begin quote:
He [Irving Roth] lived [the good life] like this for a few years until 1944, when he was stuffed in a cattle car and taken to Auschwitz at the age of 15 years old.

He was taken there with his 18-year-old brother, but was separated from his mother and father.

Stepping off the train, he was greeted by Nazi’s, pointing guns at the crowd, who were dividing people into groups. Roth watched as people he knew were walked over to take a “shower”, but were instead led to the gas chambers and executed. His grandmother and 10-year-old cousin died that day in the gas chamber, along with thousands of others.

“It was a factory of death … the final solution to the Jews,” said Roth.

Roth and his brother were given tattoos and sent to work. He was sent to work with the horses, which he knew nothing about, but his life depended on his ability to work.

While he was working, Roth often questioned how he ended up in Aushwitz. [Auschwitz] He wondered how the perfectly normal life he had, was uprooted by the Nazi’s. How his life changed after Germany invaded Czechoslovakia.

One day, Roth and his brother are forced on a death march to another camp [Buchenwald]. Weak and malnourished, they some how made it.

Not long after that, his brother is taken away and Roth never sees him again.

The end of the war is nearing and the Nazi’s are preparing Roth and the other people at the [Buchenwald] camp for another death march. There is no chance Roth could survive another one, but as they assembled at the gates, the alarm signaling an air raid forces everyone into hiding.

The next day, the Nazi’s are gone and American soldiers have liberated the [Buchenwald] camp. Two [black] soldiers, who had searched Roth’s bunker, saw how malnourished everybody was, brought food for them.

Roth, a 15-year-old boy in the middle of post-war Germany is now liberated. He decides to go home, hoping that, by some miracle, his family is still alive.

End quote

What about the black soldiers that liberated Buchenwald?  Has Irving Roth stopped telling this fake story?

Black soldiers look at the bodies of priosoners who died at Buchenwald

Black soldiers look at the bodies of prisoners who died at Buchenwald

The American army was segregated during World War II, with white soldiers fighting in exclusively white divisions while black and Asian soldiers had their own separate divisions, commanded by white officers.

The 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion was attached to the 1126th Engineer Combat Group in April 1945. On April 12, 1945, the 1126th Engineer Combat Group was sent to the town of Eisenach, around 100 kilometers from the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Five days later, on April 17, 1945, several black soldiers were sent to Buchenwald to deliver some supplies. For most of the liberated prisoners, this was the first time they had ever seen a black man, and many of them would recall it later in their survivor accounts.

By 1993, the story of the black troops at Buchenwald had escalated to an account of how African Americans had been the ones to actually liberate the Jews of Buchenwald.

Even though there were only 4,000 Jewish prisoners among the 21,000 inmates still in the camp when the American liberators arrived, the irony of the persecuted people of America freeing the persecuted people of Europe appealed to the Politically Correct generation.

Now it appears that Irving Ross has cut the story of the black liberators of Buchenwald out of his talks to children.

August 14, 2015

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 1, 2015

Comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazis killing Jews

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am
German citizens were forced by the American liberators to look at the bodies of typhus victims at Buchenwald

German citizens were forced by the American liberators to look at the bodies of typhus victims at the Buchenwald concentration camp, which had no gas chambers

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full here.

Christians With Their Heads In The Sand
Friday, July 31, 2015

I recall how history tells us of the German people living next to the gas chambers, ignoring the smell and horror of over six million Jews being slaughtered, and then acting as though they didn’t know it had happened. I can also recall that Eisenhower was so disgusted with these callused and unconcerned people that he made them face their denial by marching them all past the dead and decaying piles of corpses of the slaughtered Jews within these electrified wire compounds.

[…]

Remember, Christian means “Christ like”, so I ask you, after the revelations of this week that exposed Planned Parenthood and their barbaric killing and cutting up of innocent life from the womb and then selling those parts like so much meat at the local butcher shop, do you think God is proud of you hypocrites? Are you really living “Christ like”? Why you’re no better than the Germans living near the gas chambers.

So it was Eisenhower who ordered the Germans to look at the bodies of the Jews who had been gassed at Buchenwald? Careful, this is a trick question. The Holocaust industry no longer requires us to believe that there were gas chambers at Buchenwald.

General Eisenhower did not go anywhere near Buchenwald himself; it was General George S. Patton who forced German civilians to view the bodies at Buchenwald. These German civilians were guilty of a war crime because they had not stopped the Nazis from killing Jews in the non-existent gas chamber at Buchenwald.

German civilians were forced to look at dead bodies of prisoners who had died of typhus

German civilians were forced to look at dead bodies of prisoners who had died of typhus at Buchenwald concentration camp

General Patton wrote in his autobiography that the number of Weimar citizens brought to the Buchenwald camp was 1,500, although other accounts say it was 2,000 people.

The German civilians had to march five miles up a steep hill, escorted by armed American soldiers. It took two days for the Weimar residents to file through the Buchenwald camp. No precautions were taken to protect them from the typhus epidemic in the camp.

Weimar residents who were forced to look at the bodies of Jews at Buchenwald

Weimar residents were required to wear their best clothes when they were forced to look at the dead bodies of Jews at Buchenwald

Citizens of Weimar forced to look at bodies of prisoners who died at Buchenwald

Citizens of Weimar forced to look at bodies of prisoners who died at Buchenwald

[The photo above was fogged in the darkroom, which accounts for the lack of contrast. I could have photoshopped it, but I have left the photo as it was originally published.]

General Patton had visited the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald on April 12, 1945 along with General Omar Bradley and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. On April 15, 1945, the day that he visited Buchenwald, General George S. Patton wrote the following in a letter to General Dwight D. Eisenhower:

We have found at a place four miles north of WEIMAR a similar camp, only much worse. The normal population was 25,000, and they died at the rate of about a hundred a day. The burning arrangements, according to General Gay and Colonel Codman who visited it yesterday, were far superior to those they had at OHRDRUF.

I told the press to go up there and see it, and then write as much about it as they could. I also called General Bradley last night and suggested that you send selected individuals from the upper strata of the press to look at it, so that you can build another page of the necessary evidence as to the brutality of the Germans.

General Eisenhower did not visit Buchenwald himself, but he did follow General Patton’s advice to “build another page” about the “brutality of the Germans.” A group of “upper strata” reporters were flown to Germany, arriving at Buchenwald on April 24, 1945, and given the grand tour of the Buchenwald atrocities.

The news article continues with this quote:

Remember, Christian means “Christ like”, so I ask you, after the revelations of this week that exposed Planned Parenthood and their barbaric killing and cutting up of innocent life from the womb and then selling those parts like so much meat at the local butcher shop, do you think God is proud of you hypocrites?  Are you really living “Christ like”?  Why you’re no better than the Germans living near the gas chambers.  

July 8, 2015

Oh Goody! A new 865 page book about the Holocaust

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:34 am

The latest Holocaust book is entitled A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

Written by Nikolaus Wachsmann

Illustrated. 865 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $40.

The New York Times article about the new book, which you can read in full here, begins and ends with Buchenwald.

A photo of Ilse Koch, “the bitch of Buchenwald,” is shown at the top of the New York Times article about the book.

Ilse Koch and her husband Karl Otto Koch

Ilse Koch and her husband Karl Otto Koch

Take a look at the photo of Ilse Koch and her husband, shown above. Note the flirtatious look and the way that Ilse pulls back her coat to show off her figure. You know she’s trouble with a capital T. You just know that she had human skin lamp shades made to decorate her home. I am sure that this will be explained in great detail in the new book.

The Buchenwald concentration camp was located near the German city of Weimar where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany’s most famous writer, had lived from 1775 until his death in 1832. The area where the Buchenwald Memorial Site now stands was Goethe’s favorite forest retreat, where he had sat under his favorite oak tree.

The Buchenwald camp was built in the spot where Goethe used to sit under this oak tree

The Buchenwald camp was built in the spot where Goethe used to sit under this oak tree

When a spot in the forest on the Ettersberg was cleared for the Buchenwald camp, Goethe’s oak was left standing, and when the tree was killed in an Allied bombing raid on the camp on August 24, 1944, the Nazis cut it down but carefully preserved the stump, which is shown in my photo below.

The stump of Goethe's oak tree is located on the grounds of the former Buchenwald camp

My photo of the stump of Goethe’s oak tree on the grounds of the former Buchenwald concentration camp

The article about the new book begins and ends with Buchenwald. The photo of Ilse Koch is at the top of the article and the article ends with the story of how the Nazis saved Goethe’s oak.

In the following paragraphs, I am quoting from the New York Times article:

This explanation is given: Wachsmann focuses on one [prisoner]. His name is Moritz Choinowski, a Polish-born Jew detained by the Gestao in 1939 in the German town of Magdeburg. By the time of his liberation on April 29, 1945, Choinowski has survived Buchenwald, Auschwitz, a slowly growing German camp called Gross-Rosen and finally Dachau as well as the nightmarish forms of transportation between them. Is this possible? he sobs in the Dachau infirmary. It was, just.

Wachsmann, a history professor at London University’s Birkbeck College, has written a work of prodigious scholarship. At 865 pages, it is, in every sense, no light read. In fact it is claustrophobic in its evocation of the depths to which people can succumb. Readers may find themselves wanting out, but there is always worse to come. The book does not upend our understanding of the camp system, whose core elements are well known by now. But it imbues them with agonizing human texture and extraordinary detail. This is as relentless a chronicle of the collapse of an entire society and civilization — from its doctors drawn to every inhuman experiment to its foot soldiers looting the dead — as may be imagined.

Were the SS camps “typically German,” as some prisoners believed? Wachsmann answers that this “seems doubtful” in that “the men behind the KL system were far more invested in radical Nazi ideology than most ordinary Germans, who felt more ambivalent about the camps.”

[…]

One Olga Lengyel arrives in Auschwitz determined to protect her son from hard labor. She is asked by an SS physician (strange oxymoron), Dr. Fritz Klein, how old her son is. She says he is under 13, although he looks older. The boy is promptly sent to the gas. As Wachsmann writes, “Those under the age of 14 were almost all gassed on arrival.” After the war, Lengyel writes in despair, “How should I have known?” How indeed could anyone, so far had the Nazis gone in the application of the unthinkable.

[…]

The mystery remains. The Holocaust can never quite be digested, even when it is dissected into such minute detail. Buchenwald stood near Goethe’s hometown, Weimar. As Wachsmann writes, the connection with Goethe could not be severed: “A large oak tree, under which he had supposedly met with his muse, stood right on the new camp grounds; because it was protected, the SS had to build around it.”

They did and, step by step, Höss and his ilk found a way to usher Germany from the inspiration of its greatest writer to the inferno of mass murder.

End of quote from the New York Times.

I visited the Buchenwald Memorial Site several years ago, and wrote about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/index.html

The Buchenwald gate house with the clock stopped at 3:15 p.m.

The Buchenwald gate house with the clock stopped at 3:15 p.m., the exact time that the prisoners liberated themselves, before the Americans arrived

March 30, 2015

African-American soldier who liberated Buchenwald has died at the age of 90

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:21 am

The greatest honor, that an American veteran of World War II can have, is to be recognized as a LIBERATOR of a Nazi concentration camp. The rules that govern this honor say that, to be a liberator, the soldier must have arrived at the camp within 48 hours of the entrance of the first soldiers into the camp.

Leon Bass, an African-American soldier in the U.S. Army in World War II, who claimed this honor, has died at the age of 90. You can read the story on the online Philadelphia Inquirer here.

I previously blogged about the African American soldiers who liberated Buchenwald at

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/african-american-soldiers-who-liberated-buchenwald/

You can read all about the Buchenwald camp on this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/index.html

Leon Bass, an African-American soldier who liberated Buchenwald

Leon Bass, an African-American soldier who liberated Buchenwald

This quote is from the news article:

As a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier in the all-black 183d Combat Engineers Battalion, Leon Bass arrived at the Nazis’ Buchenwald extermination camp just one day after it had been liberated in April 1945.

Bass saw the living skeletons of those who survived. The camp reeked of burned human flesh. The torture chambers were still covered in blood.

After the war, Bass left the Army as a sergeant, returned to Philadelphia, and eventually became principal of Benjamin Franklin High School. He earned a doctorate in education from Temple University.

October 11, 2014

General Patton and his attitude toward the Jews

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:21 pm

Today, I did a google search on “Why do so many people hate the Jews?” and I found this article in the search results: http://listovative.com/top-10-major-reasons-why-people-hate-jews/

The title of the article is Top Ten Reasons Why People Hate Jews?

Number 10 in the list of Top Ten Reasons, which is shown first, is Racial Cleansing. It is not clear to me whether Jews are hated because the Jews cleanse other races, or whether the Jews are cleansed because other people hate the Jews.

Underneath the headline “Racial Cleansing” is the photo below. (Click on the photo to see it in a larger size)

Bodies of prisoners who died at Ohrdruf

Men from the town of Ohrdruf were forced to view the bodies of prisoners who had died from typhus

I recognized the photo above because I have the same photo on this page of my website scrapbookpages.com:   http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Ohrdruf/Ohrdruf01.html

The photo shows German civilians being forced to view the dead bodies of prisoners, who had died at the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald during the last days of World War II.  The photo does NOT show the bodies of Jews who were “racially cleansed” because of hatred of the Jews.

These are the bodies of prisoners who had died of typhus and other natural causes, not the bodies of Jews who had been “racially cleansed.”  To me, this is a new low in the misuse of photos.

German civilians in the town of Ohrdruf were forced to view dead bodies in the barracks at Ohrdruf

German civilians in the town of Ohrdruf were forced to view dead bodies in the barracks at Ohrdruf

Regarding the Ohrdruf-Nord labor camp, which was a sub-camp of Buchenwald, General Patton wrote the following in his diary:

“It was the most appalling sight imaginable. In a shed . . . was a pile of about 40 completely naked human bodies in the last stages of emaciation. These bodies were lightly sprinkled with lime, not for the purposes of destroying them, but for the purpose of removing the stench.

When the shed was full–I presume its capacity to be about 200, the bodies were taken to a pit a mile from the camp where they were buried. The inmates claimed that 3,000 men, who had been either shot in the head or who had died of starvation, had been so buried since the 1st of January.”

Dead bodies in a shed at Ohrdruf labor camp

Dead bodies in a shed at Ohrdruf labor camp

A typhus epidemic had started in Germany in December 1944 and had quickly spread to all the camps as prisoners were transferred from one camp to another. Half of all the prisoners, who died in the German camps, died between December 1944 and the end of June 1945. Yet the survivors of Ohrdruf claimed that all the bodies found at the camp were those of prisoners who had been deliberately killed or starved to death.

General Eisenhower and General Patton view bodies at Ohrdruf

General Eisenhower and General Patton view bodies at Ohrdruf, which were deliberately left out for weeks

It would be hard to find a German town, however small or obscure, that is completely lacking in historic or cultural importance. After describing the crimes of the Germans in his autobiography, General Patton went on to tell about how the Americans wantonly destroyed every village and hamlet in their path.

On the same page of his book, in which he describes the atrocities of the Germans, Patton wrote the following:

“We developed later a system known as the ‘Third Army War Memorial Project’ by which we always fired a few salvos into every town we approached, before even asking for surrender. The object of this was to let the inhabitants have something to show to future generations of Germans by way of proof that the Third Army had passed that way.”

The photo below shows General Eisenhower and General Patton viewing the gallows at Ohrdruf after the camp had been abandoned by the Germans.

General Eisenhower and General Patton at Ohrdruf

General Eisenhower and General Patton at Ohrdruf

In the photo above, the man on the far left, wearing a jacket and a scarf, is one of the survivors who served as a guide for General Eisenhower and his entourage. The next day the guide was “killed by some of the inmates,” General Patton wrote in his memoirs, explaining that the guide “was not a prisoner at all, but one of the executioners.”

A. C. Boyd, a soldier in the 89th Infantry Division was at Ohrdruf on the day that this man was killed. In a news article in The Gadsden Times, Jimmy Smothers wrote the following:

Boyd said he saw a Nazi guard, who had not fled with the others, trying to exit the camp. One of the prisoners, who still had a little strength, ran to a truck, got a tire iron and killed him.

“I witnessed that and saw that no one tried to stop him,” Boyd said.

In a letter dated April 15, 1945, addressed to Ike (General Dwight D. Eisenhower), Patton wrote the following regarding the man who had served as their guide at Ohrdruf:

“It may interest you to know that the very talkative, alleged former member of the murder camp was recognized by a Russian prisoner as a former guard. The prisoner beat his brains out with a rock.”

This prisoner was probably one of the Kapos in the camp whose job it had been to assist the German guards; it is doubtful that an SS soldier would have remained behind when the camp was evacuated, knowing that the prisoners would exact revenge as soon as the Americans arrived.

Note that General Patton referred to Ohrdruf as a “murder camp” in his letter. It is clear from Patton’s letters and his memoir that he did not have a clear understanding of the purpose of the concentration camps and labor camps because he believed everything that the prisoners had told him.

I wrote about General Patton’s visit to the Buchenwald main camp on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/the-myth-that-general-eisenhower-ordered-german-civilians-to-visit-buchenwald/

July 2, 2014

Huffington Post shows photos of Buchenwald atrocities

Filed under: Buchenwald, Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:27 pm
Photo shown on Huffington Post shows bodies at Nammering

Photo on Huffington Post shows bodies at Nammering

The photo above is the 12th photo in a series of 15 photos shown by the Huffington Post; the 15 photos purportedly show atrocities committed by the Germans at Buchenwald.

This is the Huffington Post’s caption on the photo above:

A German girl expresses horror at the sight of the decomposing bodies of the slain victims, German civilians of Namering were ordered by Military Government officers of the 3rd U.S. Army to view the exhumed bodies of 800 slave laborers, murdered by SS troops during a forced march from Buchenwald and Flossenburg Concentration Camps. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

Actually, the photo above has more to do with Dachau than it does with Buchenwald. The dead Jews in the photo above were prisoners at Buchenwald, who were marched out of the camp, because the Germans were afraid that when they were liberated by the Americans, they would be allowed to roam the countryside, attacking German civilians.  After being marched for 5 miles out of the Buchenwald camp, the prisoners were put on trains headed to Dachau; the trains were then strafed by American planes, resulting in the famous “death train” which you can read about on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain.html

In fact, the liberated prisoners at Buchenwald DID go to Weimar and attack civilians. Elie Wiesel wrote in the original version of his book Night that Jewish prisoners at Buchenwald went to Weimar, the day after they were liberated. Elie wrote that the Jews stole potatoes and raped German girls.  That part has been cut out from the version of Night, that every school child in America is forced to read.

I previously wrote about Nammering on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/aftermath03.html

I also blogged about Nammering in this previous blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-atrocity-at-nammering-germany-in-the-last-days-of-world-war-ii/
This quote is from my previous blog post about Nammering:

According to a book entitled Dachau, A Guide to its Contemporary History by Hans-Günther Richardi, the ill-fated train had left Buchenwald on April 7, 1945 carrying 4,500 French, Italian, Austrian, Polish, Russian and Jewish prisoners from the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald. Five hours after the train departed from Weimar, Hans Erich Merbach, the transport leader, was informed that the Flossenbürg concentration camp, their destination, had already been liberated by the Americans. The prisoners at Flossenbürg had been evacuated and were being death marched to Dachau. The train had to be rerouted to Dachau but it took almost three weeks to get there because of numerous delays caused by American planes bombing the railroad tracks.

Due to the bombing of the railroad tracks, the train from Buchenwald had to take several very long detours through Leipzig, Dresden and finally through the town of Pilsen in Czechoslovakia. In the village of Nammering, the train was delayed for four days while the track was repaired, and the mayor of the town brought bread and potatoes for the prisoners, according to Harold Marcuse in his book entitled Legacies of Dachau. Marcuse did not mention that the food was stolen from the prisoners by SS men.

Continuing on via Pocking, the train was attacked by American planes because they thought it was a military transport, according to Richardi. Many of the prisoners were riding in open gondola cars with no protection from the hail of bullets.

According to the USHMM website, “an American officer in the Nammering area forced SS men collected from a nearby POW camp to exhume the corpses and lay them out on either side of the ravine above the mass grave. The inhabitants of Nammering were then ordered to walk through the gravesite, and the bodies were buried in the surrounding towns of Eging am See, Aicha vom Wald, Nammering, and Fuerstenstein.”

German civilians were forced to dig individual graves for dead Buchenwald prisoners

German civilians were forced to dig individual graves for dead Buchenwald prisoners

Note that young German girls are being forced to dig separate graves for the Jewish prisoners from Buchenwald.  The photo shown by the Huffington Post only shows a woman being forced to look at the dead bodies, which are still clothed.

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