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February 25, 2017

churches not too far away from every death camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:40 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from this news article:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/02/24/70-years-later-still-no-answers-on-the-holocaust/

Stone path at Treblinka

Photo of stone path at Treblinka is included with news article

My photo of the same path at Treblinka

My photo of same path at Treblinka

A photo of the stone path at Treblinka is included in the news article. The Jews didn’t walk on this path; it was added years later as art work.

Begin quote from news article:

I’ve listened to the stories of Holocaust survivors, studied the history, and read many books about what happened 70 years ago. But for me, the learning never stops. [It never stops for me either]

[…]

So last October, I went to Eastern Europe. I flew to Berlin and took a train up to the Ravensbruck concentration camp, about an hour north of the city. Ravensbruck was the main death camp for women and girls. You may know the name Corrie Ten Boom. She was a Dutch Christian who hid many Jews in her family’s house, but was discovered and sent to Ravensbruck along with her sister. Corrie later watched as her sister was murdered and thrown into the ovens. [Why wasn’t Corrie murdered?]

At the [Treblinka] death camp, I stood where the first German women were trained to be members of the SS. I walked on weather-beaten stones where, years ago, ashes had been thrown. Underneath the stones, the ashes are still there — crying out for redemption. [No the stones were added much later; there are no ashes of Jews under these stones.]

I looked off into the distance, over the small lake, and saw a church steeple. In fact, I saw churches not too far away from every death camp I visited. The people in those churches knew what was going on.

Everywhere I went, it was grey, cold and drizzly. I traveled to the Ravensbruck, Dachau, Terezin, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chelmno, Lodz, Treblinka, Plazkow and Majdanek death camps.[So did I.]

I also found my way to the small village of Jedwabne in Poland, which had a population of 1,200 before the War; half of these people were Jews.

On July 10, 1941, this village was the site of incomprehensible horror. The Poles forced rabbis to carry the Torah, marching and singing, as they brutally beat the Jews and drove them into a barn. They tied up children, stabbed live babies with pitchforks and threw them screaming into the barn. Then the Poles doused it with kerosene, and burned every Jew alive.

End quote from news article

What I found to be very strange about this woman’s story is that she apparently never questioned why these perpetrators of such violence had such hatred for the Jews. Why were these poor innocent Jews hated so much? Something wrong!

Could it be that the non-Jews in these places were so fed up with the Jews, who were lying, cheating and stealing, that they couldn’t take it any more? And that’s why these Jews were so brutally killed?

I have been to Germany many times, and I lived there for 20 months when my husband was stationed there with the US Army. I have always found that the German people do not get upset easily. They remain calm and do not kill people for no reason.

 

November 5, 2016

the little known Belzec camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:03 am
Belzec Memorial site

 Belzec Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

The location of the former Belzec camp is one of the few Holocaust cites that that I have never visited.

I am indebted to Bonnie M. Harris, who visited the site of the camp in 2006, and wrote a description of the cite, which she allowed me to  put up on my scrapbookpages.com website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Belzec/Belzec03.html

The following was written by Bonnie M. Harris:

BELZEC, The Nazi Death Camp

Immediately following the decision of the Nazi authorities to implement “Aktion Reinhard,” the Germans began construction of three death camps in Poland, designed for the purpose of exterminating the Jews living in the region known as the “Generalgouvernement.”

On November 1, 1941, Belzec, the first of the three death camps, the others being Treblinka and Sobibor, was the first death camp in which the Nazis used stationary gas chambers for killing their victims. The annihilation of the Jews at Belzec lasted for only nine months, between March and December of 1942, but in that time about a million exterminations took place, mostly Polish and foreign Jews, and small groups of non-Jewish Poles and Gypsies.

Corpses were buried in about 30 mass graves located within the perimeter of the camp site, which was at most 400 meters square. It was this practice of mass burials within the camp area itself that caused the Germans to abandon the camp when the Fall and Winter weather caused the bodies of the buried to swell and literally push themselves up out of the ground. This presented great health dangers for the perpetrators.

Between December 1942 and April 1943, transports no longer arrived at the camp and during these months, Jewish prisoners had to open the mass graves and burn the bodies of the gassed victims on huge pyres of layered railroad ties. In June 1943, the camp was totally liquidated and all the buildings were destroyed. No significant physical evidence of the victims was ever to be found at the site and the transport lists were also destroyed. The victims of Belzec died in an anonymous mass and only two official survivors of the camp lived to provide post-war testimonies of life and death at Belzec.

The site of the Belzec camp is covered by rocks

Former Belzec camp is completely covered by rocks Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris

Rocks cover the Belzec site Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

Rocks cover the Belzec site Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

October 23, 2016

Auschwitz was originally owned by Prescot Bush — who knew?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

This morning, I was shocked to learn, from a news article, that Auschwitz was originally owned by Prescot Bush.The article doesn’t say that this man was the grandfather of George Bush, the former President of the United States. Maybe there was more than one person with this exact same name, except for the extra letter t in one of the names.

The article also refers to this man as Preston Bush.

You can read about George Prescott Bush here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott_Bush

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote:

Originally owned by Preston Bush who used the site to make a fortune from Polish slave labour, Auschwitz was sold to the Nazi regime who established it as the largest extermination camp in Europe in 1940. Today the museum and memorial serve to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust so the world never forgets the atrocities of World War II.

End quote

The article continues with this quote:

Auschwitz was the largest Nazi German Concentration and Death camp in the years 1940-1945. The Nazis deported at least 1,300,000 people to Auschwitz and carried out 1.5 million executions of Jews, Gypsies, Soviets and political prisoners. Approximately, 90 percent of the victims were Jews. The SS (Schutzstaffel) murdered the majority of them in the Gas chambers. Just about 10 kms from Krakow city, Auschwitz Concentration Camp attracts many tourists, who want to visit the place and pay homage to the hapless victims during the Holocaust.  Visitors hear eye-opening accounts of the prisoners and victims that were brought here explore the blocks where they lived and the gas chambers where the majority of them died. Silently they go around, some unable to control their tears, and offer prayers for the departed souls and return with heavy hearts.

End quote

The article then continues with this quote:

Begin quote

The Nazis deported at least 1,300,000 people to Auschwitz and carried out 1.5 million executions…

End quote

You have to hand it to the Nazis — they could take 1.3 million people and carry out 1.5 million executions.  Only the Germans could do something like that, but after all, they are the smartest people in the world.

I could quote the rest of this news article, but I don’t want any of my readers to die laughing.

Ovens at Auschwitz

Ovens at Auschwitz main camp

The photo above shows the cremation ovens in the main Auschwitz camp.The black objects in front of the ovens are trolleys that were used to shove the bodies inside the ovens.

My 1998 photo of the ovens at Auschwitz

My 1998 photo of the ovens at Auschwitz

I took photos of the crematorium at Auschwitz when I visited the camp in 1998. Note that the dull brown trolleys have been upgraded to shiny black ones.

I was the only tourist there, so I could take lots of photos, which you an see on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08B.html

November 14, 2015

Bergen-Belsen death camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:34 pm

I have just read, in this news article, that Bergen-Belsen was a death camp.  Who knew?

Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

This quote is from the news article:

Frieda Jaffe and Julius Maslovat are separated by more than 3,400 miles, but they share a common history of a childhood marred by tragedy.

Both were very young children born in Piotrkow, Poland, who survived the ghetto and the death camp of Bergen-Belsen during the Shoah, or Holocaust. Even so, they didn’t know one another.

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website about Bergen-Belsen which you can read at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/ConcentrationCamp.html

The photo below, from Wikipedia, shows the location of the “death camps.”

Holocaust "death camps"

Holocaust “death camps” (click to enlarge)

November 13, 2015

87-year-old Ursula Haverbeck convicted of Holocaust denial in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 am
Ursula Haverbeck

Ursula Haverbeck

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

BERLIN – An 87-year-old German woman who is a prominent neo-Nazi has been convicted of Holocaust denial and sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Bild newspaper reported Friday that Ursula Haverbeck says she will appeal Thursday’s Hamburg state court verdict.

Haverbeck was charged earlier this year after giving an interview outside the trial of former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening claiming Auschwitz wasn’t a death camp.

When she challenged the presiding judge in Hamburg to prove it was, Bild reports that he said he wouldn’t debate someone who “can’t accept any facts,” adding “I also don’t have to prove to you the world is round.”

Groening, who gave lengthy testimony on how the death camp functioned, was convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for the Jews killed while he was there.

What is wrong with this woman? She is 87 years old, living in Germany, and she doesn’t know that it is as sure that the Auschwitz was a death camp, as it is sure that the earth is round.

Ursula is a harmless old lady, who looks like a nun.  She should be allowed to say whatever she wants.  What’s the harm?

The news article says that Haverbeck claimed that the Auschwitz camp was not a death camp.  Actually, that is correct. Auschwitz (the main camp) was not a death camp; the death camp was Auschwitz-Birkenau.  The Auschwitz main camp had a gas chamber but it was unworkable.

My photo of the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of Krema I gas chamber in Auschwitz camp

You can read about the alleged gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

Ursula should demand that the judge go to the Auschwitz main camp, put some live animals into the gas chamber and gas them with Zyklon-B pellets thrown through the holes on the roof.

The door into the oven room, that is right next to the Auschwitz gas chamber, has been removed so that tourists can enter from the oven room and proceed into the gas chamber.  That opening would have to be closed up, if the alleged gas chamber is tested.

Actually, nothing has to be proved by the prosecution in a German trial of a Holocaust denier.  The Germans have a long word, which I can’t remember, which means that the Holocaust is a fact that does not have to be proved.

ournalists gather outside the courtroom after a verdict in the case of former SS officer Oskar Groening on July 15, 2015 at court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. Photo: AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Journalists gather outside the courtroom after a verdict in the case of former SS officer Oskar Groening on July 15, 2015 at court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. Photo: AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Note that the building in the photo above is the Lueneburg courthouse where the trial of the Bergen-Belsen war criminals was held after World War II.

The moral of this story is the following:  Don’t open your mouth and start denying the Holocaust in front of a courthouse where war criminals have been historically  tried and automatically convicted.  In fact, don’t speak about the Holocaust at all when you are in Germany which is not a free country.

January 29, 2012

Thank you postcards sent from the Auschwitz and Majdanek death camps

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:27 am

Official postcard that was given to prisoners to send as a "Thank You" card

The photo above is a copy of a page in the Majdanek Museum guidebook; it shows the official Thank You postcard provided by the Nazis for the prisoners to send in acknowledgment of the receipt of a package.  The text on the page reads: “Official postcard which a prisoner could send from the camp to his family or to the Polish Red Cross after receiving a parcel.”  You can read about the Majdanek camp on my website here.

I am indebted to one of the regular readers of this blog who gave me the idea for my blog post today.  In a comment on my blog yesterday, this reader gave a link to a video which shows a postcard sent from Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Young people today might be surprised to learn that, even in a death camp, the Nazis required the prisoners to have good manners.  Yes, you read that right — the prisoners at all the Nazi camps were required to send a Thank You postcard to the Red Cross or to civilians who sent packages to the camps. 

The postcards were provided by the Nazis and mailed for the prisoners.  Just because the prisoners were waiting to be gassed at Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau doesn’t mean that they were exempt from the rules of society and could get by with scarfing down food sent by their friends and relatives without sending a Thank you card.

When the Nazi War Criminals were put into camps, awaiting trial for their crimes, were they required to send a Thank You postcard to the Red Cross or the families who sent food?  This is a trick question.  The German war criminals were not allowed to receive Red Cross packages or food from civilians and they were not allowed to send letters or postcards.

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.