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September 23, 2016

Josef Mengele wasn’t just whistling Dixie…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 4:57 pm
Dr. Josef Mengele is the good looking guy on the far left

Dr. Josef Mengele is the good looking guy on the far left side of the photo

Notice that I did not give Josef Mengele his title of Dr. even though he had two doctorates. Mengele is never given his titles because he is alleged to have sent thousands of people to the gas chamber while he was whistling music by Mozart.

He even gave hair ribbons to some of the little girls. What a mean person he was! To send little girls to the gas chamber wearing ribbons in their hair!

The following quote is from a news article that you can read at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/23/auschwitz-survivor-describes-how-dr-mengele-whistled-mozart-as-h/

Dr. Josef Mengele

Dr. Josef Mengele

An Israeli artist who survived Auschwitz as a child has told how Dr Josef Mengele used to whistle Mozart as he chose who would be sent to die in the gas chambers.

“He must have loved Mozart, because if he was bored during the selection he always whistled Mozart,” Yehuda Bacon said.

The 87-year-old Mr Bacon was one of the so-called “Birkenau Boys” selected by Dr Mengele to work as forced labourers at Auschwitz.

He has spoken out about his experiences at the extermination camp in a new book published in Germany.

End quote

Dr. Josef Mengele arrived at Auschwitz Birkenau in early May 1943, just at the time that the second typhus epidemic at Birkenau was starting. Dr. Mengele himself contracted typhus while he was at Birkenau.

Dr. Mengele was nicknamed the “Angel of Death” by the prisoners because he had the face of an angel, yet he allegedly made selections for the gas chambers at Birkenau.

He was noted for being nice to the children in the camp, yet he allegedly experimented on them as though they were laboratory rats.

He volunteered to do the selections at Birkenau, even when it wasn’t his turn, because he wanted to find subjects for his medical research on genetic conditions and hereditary diseases, which he had already begun before the war. He particularly wanted to find twins for the research that he had started before he was posted to Birkenau.

Dr. Mengele was well known by all the prisoners because of his good looks and charm. According to Gerald L. Posner and John Ware, the authors of “Mengele, the Complete Story,” many of the children in the Birkenau camp “adored Mengele” and called him “Uncle Pepi.” This information came from Vera Alexander, a survivor of Birkenau, who said that Dr. Mengele brought chocolate and the most beautiful clothes for the children, including hair ribbons for the little girls.

Dr. Mengele had a Ph.D. in Anthropology as well as a degree in medicine, which he received in July 1938 from the University of Frankfurt. He earned his Ph.D. in 1935 with a thesis on “Racial Morphological Research on the Lower Jaw Section of Four Racial Groups.” [So he knew that there were physical differances between the racial groups.]

In January 1937, Dr. Mengele was appointed a research assistant at the Institute for Heredity, Biology and Racial Purity at the University of Frankfurt. He worked under Professor Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, a geneticist who was doing research on twins.

As the war-time director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Hereditary Teaching Genetics, located in Berlin, von Verschuer secured the funds for Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz. The results of Mengele’s research on twins was sent to this Institute. The grant for Mengele’s genetic research was authorized by the German Research Council in August 1943.

Olga Lengyel, a prisoner at the Birkenau camp, wrote in her book entitled “Five Chimneys” that she had heard about Dr. Mengele from the other inmates before she saw him. Lengyel wrote that she had heard that Dr. Mengele was “good-looking” but she was surprised by how “really handsome” he was. Lengyel wrote, regarding Dr. Mengele: “Though he was making decisions that meant extermination, he was as pleasantly smug as any man could be.”

Lengyel described how Dr. Mengele would take all the correct medical precautions while delivering a baby at Auschwitz, yet only a half hour later, he would send the mother and baby to be gassed and burned in the crematorium.

Lengyel herself was selected for the gas chamber, but managed to break away from the group of women who had been selected, before the truck arrived to take the prisoners to the crematorium.

The first systematic selection for the gas chambers at Birkenau was allegedly made when a transport of Jews arrived at Auschwitz on July 4, 1942. The train stopped a short distance from the Auschwitz train station at a wooden platform called the “Judenrampe,” where the selection process took place.

The Jews who were considered fit to work were marched to the Auschwitz main camp, which was close to the Judenrampe. There they were given a shower, their heads were shaved, a number was tattooed on their left forearm, and a registration card was made for them.

Those who were not considered fit for work were taken immediately by truck from the Judenrampe to two make-shift gas chambers at Birkenau, which were located in two converted farm houses called “the little red house” and “the little white house.”

At least 75% of the Jews in each transport of 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners were deemed unfit for work and were destined for the gas chamber. The little red house, also known as Bunker 1, had a capacity of 800 people in two rooms and the little white house, called Bunker 2, had a capacity of 1,200 in four rooms.

The first systematic selection for the gas chambers at Birkenau was made when a transport of Jews arrived at Auschwitz on July 4, 1942. The train stopped a short distance from the Auschwitz train station at a wooden platform called the “Judenrampe,” where the selection process took place. The Jews who were considered fit to work were marched to the Auschwitz main camp, which was close to the Judenrampe. There they were given a shower, their heads were shaved, a number was tattooed on their left forearm, and a registration card was made for them.

Those who were not considered fit for work were taken immediately by truck from the Judenrampe to two make-shift gas chambers at Birkenau, which were located in two converted farm houses called “the little red house” and “the little white house.” At least 75% of the Jews in each transport of 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners were deemed unfit for work and were destined for the gas chamber. The little red house, also known as Bunker 1, had a capacity of 800 people in two rooms and the little white house, called Bunker 2, had a capacity of 1,200 in four rooms.

All of the incoming prisoners were told that they would first be given a shower; the prisoners who were selected for work took a real shower, but the rest were taken by trucks to the two old farm houses, where the gas chambers were disguised as shower rooms.

The little white house was located on the west side of the Birkenau camp, behind the Central Sauna which was completed in 1943, and near Krema IV. The Central Sauna got its name because this was the location of the iron chambers where the prisoners’ clothing was disinfected with hot steam. The Central Sauna also contained a shower room with 50 shower heads.

The little red house was located north of where Krema V was built in 1943. Both Krema IV and Krema V allegedly had homicidal gas chambers, disguised as shower rooms, where Zyklon-B gas pellets were thrown through the outside windows, killing the unsuspecting victims inside.

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on July 17 and 18, 1942 and watched the gassing of 449 women and children in Bunker No. 1, according to his biographer Peter Padfield.

On July 23, 1942, Himmler ordered the quarantine of the Birkenau camp because of a typhus epidemic, but the gassing of the Jews allegedly continued.

On December 28, 1942, Himmler issued an order that the death rate “must be reduced at all costs” according to document 2172-PS that was introduced at the Nuremberg IMT. He meant the death rate from typhus, of course; the gassing of the Jews did not stop.

End of story

 

 

 

 

March 25, 2016

New book about the Ovitz family of dwarfs

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:44 am

You can read a news story about this new book at http://www.ekathimerini.com/207233/article/ekathimerini/life/book-on-the-ovitz-familys-auschwitz-survival-story-now-available-in-greek

The photo below is included in the news article.

The Ovitz family

The Ovitz family included several people of normal height

The following quote is from the news article:

In May 1944, all 12 members of the Ovitz family were deported to Auschwitz. It appeared that they were destined for extermination in the gas chambers but their death was averted by the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who picked them for genetic experiments.

“I was saved by the grace of the devil,” Perla, who was 20 at the time, said in an interview with Israeli journalists Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev, who tell the story of the Ovitz family in their book “Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz.” The book was recently published in Greek by Pigi.

The Ovitz family came from the village of Rozavlea, in northern Romania. The father, Rabbi Shimshon Eizik Ovitz, a dwarf, married twice and had 10 children. Seven were dwarfs. “The seven kids had a talent for music and went on to set up their own ensemble in the 1930s,” Negev said in an interview with Kathimerini. The so-called Lilliput Troupe performed all over Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia until all of its members were arrested and sent to Auschwitz in 1944.

Their life at the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] concentration camp was a mix of “normality and hell,” Negev said. [Dr.] Mengele went to great lengths to keep them alive so that he could conduct his notorious experiments. The seven Ovitzes and their relatives – including several fellow villagers who pretended to be relatives so that they too would be spared the gas chambers – were given their own room and their own clothes; they enjoyed better meals; they were under a sick form of protection. “[Dr.]  Mengele would pull out healthy teeth, pluck hairs and extract bone marrow. He subjected them to painful experiments on a daily basis in order to uncover the secrets of genetics,” Negev said.

End quote

I wrote the following about Dr. Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz on my scrapbookpages.com website.

Photo of an inmate at Auschwitz

Famous photo of an inmate at Auschwitz

Twins or family members who had the same congenital defect, such as a hunch back or a club foot, were pulled out of the line to be used as subjects for Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical research on genetic conditions and hereditary diseases. From one of the Hungarian transports in 1944, the Ovitz family, consisting of seven dwarves, two children, and their normal-height sisters, were saved because Dr. Mengele wanted to study them.

In all, 23 Jews from the town of Rozavlea in Transylvania survived; another family from the town was saved after they claimed that they were related to the Ovitz family.

August 26, 2015

Bill O’Reilly educated his 3 million viewers last night about Mengele, the notorious Nazi Doctor

Filed under: Holocaust, TV shows — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:53 am

Update 9:25 am: I have found another blog which talks about Bill  O’Reilly’s show last night:  https://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/planned-parenthood-defender-nomiki-konst-no-clue-who-mengele-is-while-discussing-baby-parts-harvesting-on-oreilly/

Continue reading my original blog post:

I wrote about Bill O’Reilly on a previous blog post, which you can read here.  If you don’t know who Bill O’Reilly is, I can’t help you.

On some nights, Bill O’Reilly has 3 million viewers. On a bad night, he has over 2 million viewers. If you have never seen his news commentary TV show, you are out of the loop, and there is no hope for you.

Last night O’Reilly educated his viewers, and one of his guests, about Mengele. One of his guests, Monika Crowley, knew who Dr. Mengele was, but the other guest, whose name I have forgotten, had never heard of him.  [I had never heard of her, but I know all about Dr. Josef Mengele.]

Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous “Doctor of Death” at Auschwitz, doesn’t get the title of Dr. because he sent Jews to their deaths in the gas chamber. If you refer to him as DOCTOR Mengele, as I am doing right now, you will be instantly exposed as a Holocaust denier.

On his show, O’Reilly explained to his uninformed guest, whose name I don’t remember, that Mengele “was a Nazi Doctor who performed experiments on children and babies.”

Then he went on to say that “Mengele did experiments in utero, not just on babies that were born.”

The part about doing experiments on babies in utero was news to me. I have studied the Holocaust extensively, but I have never heard that story.

You can read all about Dr. Josef Mengele on my website  at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Selection.html

I have blogged about Dr. Mengele on several blog posts, including this one:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/what-color-were-dr-josef-mengeles-eyes/

August 23, 2015

Mengele had an entourage, according to a surivor who was selected twice for the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:07 am
Dr. Josef Mengele is the man on the far left, surrounded by his entourage

Dr. Josef Mengele is the man on the far left; his entourage is on the right

Shown in the 1944 photo above, from left to right, are Dr. Josef Mengele, Richard Baer, Karl Hoecker, and Walter Schmidetski.

Richard Baer, known as the last Commandant of Auschwitz, was the commander of the main camp; his adjutant was Karl Hoecker.

Dr. Josef Mengele was one of 30 SS officers at Auschwitz II, aka Birkenau, who decided who would live and who would die in the gas chambers.

Notice that, in the title of my blog post today, I did not use the term Dr. when writing about Mengele, although he had a medical degree and a PhD, making him a Doctor twice over.  When you send people to the gas chamber, day after day, as Mengele did, you can no longer have the title of Doctor.

Dr. Mengele with Rudolf Hoess and Josef Kramer

Dr. Mengele with Rudolf Hoess and Josef Kramer, photographed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This morning, I read a news article here, which has this quote about Mengele:

Minia [Jay], 90, recalled how [Dr.] Mengele would be surrounded by an entourage as he picked people to be sent to the crematorium complex, where Zyklon B, a cyanide based pesticide, was used as a weapon of mass murder.

I looked up the meaning of the word entourage, just to be sure that I knew the meaning of the word, and found this definition:

a group of attendants or associates, as of a person of rank or importance:
“The opera singer traveled with an entourage of 20 people.”

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

Minia Jay says it was a “miracle” she did not die at the hands of the evil SS officer [Mengele], notorious for carrying out deadly experiments on prisoners.

Minia, 90, recalled how Mengele would be surrounded by an entourage as he picked people to be sent to the crematorium complex, where Zyklon B, a cyanide based pesticide, was used as a weapon of mass murder.

“I was sent to the corner of this dark room by the crematorium,” recalled Minia, now a greatgrandmother.

“We were waiting to die but then no transportation arrived from the ghetto so the guards couldn’t be bothered to go through the process for just a few people and I was sent back.”

The second time, she said, “We were selected naked and I’d lost so much weight you could count my ribs. I had tuberculosis so I knew I would be picked.

“Mengele pointed at me and said, ‘You, this way’.

“At that moment I could see I was not going to leave Auschwitz alive but I was still a young girl so I decided to save myself.

“I was watching him like a hawk as he was continuing to select people. When he turned, I turned.

“I could see this woman at the door, stopping people from escaping. If she had seen me I wouldn’t be here today.“I could see that those who had not been selected had been grouped into fives.“A girl in one of the groups spotted me and put four fingers up – they were one short. I don’t know how but I managed to stand with her and then we were all sent to work in Germany.”
Minia remains close friends with the girl, Rela, now 80 and living in Israel.
After being liberated in 1945, Minia and Rela were among 729 young Jewish people offered safe haven in Britain and were sent to the Lake District in a group of 300 children who became known as the “Windermere Boys”.
Here is the full story on Dr. Josef Mengele: he had arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in early May 1943, just at the time that the second typhus epidemic was starting. Dr. Mengele himself contracted typhus while he was at Birkenau.
Dr. Mengele was nicknamed the “Angel of Death” by the prisoners because he had the face of an angel, yet he callously made selections for the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
He was nice to the children in the camp, yet he allegedly experimented on them as though they were laboratory rats.
Dr. Mengele volunteered to do the selections at Auschwitz-Birkenau, even when it wasn’t his turn, because he wanted to find subjects for his medical research on genetic conditions and hereditary diseases, which he had already begun before the war. He particularly wanted to find twins for the research that he had started before he was posted to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Dr. Mengele was known by all the prisoners because of his good looks and charm. According to Gerald L. Posner and John Ware, the authors of Mengele, the Complete Story, many of the children in the Birkenau camp “adored Mengele” and called him “Uncle Pepi.” This information came from Vera Alexander, a survivor of Birkenau, who said that Dr. Mengele brought chocolate and the most beautiful clothes for the children, including hair ribbons for the little girls.According to the book written by Gerald L. Posner and John Ware, Dr. Josef Mengele spent 21 months at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, and during that time, he sent 400,000 prisoners to their deaths in the gas chambers at Birkenau.Allowing for the time that Dr. Mengele could not work when he was sick with malaria and typhus, he selected 20,000 Jews and Gypsies per month to be killed, according to Posner and Ware.
The following quote is from Mengele, the Complete Story:

The memory of this slightly built man, scarcely a hair out of place, his dark green tunic neatly pressed, his face well scrubbed, his Death’s Head SS cap tilted rakishly to one side, remains vivid for those who survived his scrutiny when they arrived at the Auschwitz railhead. Polished boots slightly apart, his thumb resting on his pistol belt, he surveyed his prey with those dead gimlet eyes, Death to the left, life to the right. Four hundred thousands souls — babies, small children, young girls, mothers, fathers, and grandparents — are said to have been casually waved to the lefthand side with a flick of the cane clasped in a gloved hand. Mengele was the chief provider for the gas chambers and their crematoria. He had a look that said ‘I am the power,’ said one survivor. At the time, Mengele was only 32 years old.

A dark green tunic, like the one that Dr. Mengele wore

A dark green tunic, like the one that Dr. Mengele wore

January 13, 2015

Holocaust survivor tells students about a concrete “selection platform” at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:10 am

Today, I am blogging about a news article, which you can read in full here.  The following quote is from the article, which was written by Tom Morton:

Eva [Moses] Kor and a hundred others stood sleepless for four days while riding a cattle car through eastern Europe in the spring of 1944.

When the train stopped, 10-year-old Eva found a crack in the wall, peeked through and still couldn’t figure out where she was, she told an assembly at Natrona County High School on Tuesday.

The girl from a small village in Romania was about to endure horrors that taught her lifelong lessons of survival and even more powerful lessons of forgiveness.

The doors to the cattle cars opened.

Eva, her twin sister Miriam, parents and other family members were hustled to an 85-foot by 35-foot concrete slab known as the “selection platform,” Kor said.

That platform served as the entrance to the Auschwitz (the Germanic word for the nearby town of [Auschwitz] Oswiecim, in occupied Poland) concentration camp where hundreds of thousands of families were torn apart and killed by the Nazis from 1940 to 1945.

Excellent photo of Auschwitz gate taken by Tom Morton

Excellent photo of Auschwitz gate taken by Tom Morton

A guard looked at her and Miriam, and asked her mother if they were twins. After her mother said yes, guards set the twins aside and hauled the rest of her family to their deaths.

Eva and her sister received identifying tattoos on their left arms and spent much of the next year surviving the examinations and experiments of Dr. Joseph Mengele.

The location of the Judenrampe was opened up to tourists in January 2005. I visited the location in 2005 and took some photos.

My 2005 photo of the Judenrampe, where prisoners got off the train at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the Judenrampe, where prisoners got off the train at Auschwitz

Original boxcar which brought Jews to Auschwitz

Original boxcar which brought Jews to Auschwitz

You can see more photos and read about the Judenrampe on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Judenrampe.html

Dr. Josef Mengele, who did selections for the gas chamber at Aushwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele, who did selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele arrived at Birkenau in early May 1943, just at the time that the second typhus epidemic at Birkenau was starting. Mengele himself contracted typhus while he was at Birkenau.

The following quote is from my website:

The first systematic selection for the gas chambers at Birkenau was made when a transport of Jews arrived at Auschwitz on July 4, 1942. The train stopped a short distance from the Auschwitz train station at a wooden platform called the “Judenrampe,” where the selection process took place. The Jews who were considered fit to work were marched to the Auschwitz main camp, which was close to the Judenrampe. There they were given a shower, their heads were shaved, a number was tattooed on their left forearm, and a registration card was made for them.

The Judenrampe was close to the Auschwitz train station, and also close to the main Auschwitz camp, the entrance of which is shown in Tom Morton’s photo above.

When I visited the location of the Judenrame in 2005, there was no display which mentioned that the ramp was made of concrete.

The only other Holocaust survivor, that I know of, who said that the ramp was made of concrete was Philip Riteman.

This quote, which mentions Philip Riteman, is from my website:

The Judenrampe was used from February 1942 until the first of May 1944. At the end of April 1944, the extermination of the Jews from Hungary began. By that time, a railroad spur line had been extended inside the camp, all the way to the gas chambers in Krema II and Krema III.

One of the first prisoners to arrive at the ramp was Philip Riteman who told a group of students at Annapolis Regional Academy in Nova Scotia in May 2007 the following about his trip to Auschwtz-Birkeanu:

After a week, the train comes to a stop along a huge platform, a mile long and four to five hundred feet wide.

“I see a big sign ‘Work makes you free.’ Auschwitz-Birkenau. I never heard of it. I didn’t know even of its existing.”

Riteman overestimated the size of the platform, which was actually about 500 yards long and 3 to 4 yards wide, according to the Auschwitz Museum. In another speech to another group of students, Riteman said that the platform was made of concrete. The ramp was near the main Auschwitz camp, but the sign over the gate that reads “Arbeit Macht Frei” was not visible from the ramp. Riteman told another group of students that the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” were on signs held by Auschwitz inmates at the ramp.

Why is all of this important? It is important because 1.5 million people per year now visit Auschwitz. This is the same number of people who were killed at Auschwitz, according to the information at the monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  These tourists deserve to know the truth.

Photo of children who survived Auschwitz

Photo of children who survived Auschwitz shows Miriam Moses on the far right

Another photo of child survivors with one of the Kor twins on the far right

Another photo of child survivors with Eva Moses Kor on the far right

One has to get up pretty early in the morning to get a good photo of the Auschwitz “Arbeit macht Frei” gate.

I took the photo below, very early in the morning, before all the tourists arrived.

Arbeit macht Frei gate at Auschwitz.

Arbeit macht Frei gate at Auschwitz.

December 7, 2014

Holocaust survivor identifies herself in famous photo taken after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:27 am

la-2414823-me-adv-beat-holocaust-friends-03-cmh-j-20141206Paula Lebovics is shown, at the age of 6, in the front row of the photo above.

Paula is also shown in the photo below, which is a still shot from a film taken by the Soviet liberators of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

She is the third child from the left in the middle row of the photo below.

Berkenau survivors

You can read a recent news article, in the LA Times, about Paula Lebovics here.

This quote is from the news article in the LA Times:

[Paula] Lebovics is Jewish and a Holocaust survivor, liberated at age 11 from Birkenau concentration camp. On her left forearm, she bears the Nazis’ tattooed identification number.
Lebovics was 6, living in Ostrowiec, Poland, when World War II abruptly destroyed her childhood.  […]

That little girl [Paula Lebovics] had seen public hangings, snow stained red by blood and the skies above her camp turned crimson by smoke from the ovens that ran all day, spewing out residue that stuck to her skin. […]

Birkenau had been liberated. A Russian soldier, in tears, had lifted Lebovics up and rocked her in his arms. Not a parent, not a relative, just a fellow human being reaching out.

There is no photo of Paula being carried, but the photo below shows a young boy being carried in the arms of a Russian soldier.

Young boy being carried out of an Auschwitz barrack by Russian soldiers

Young boy being carried out of an Auschwitz barrack by Russian soldiers

Child survivors walking out of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Child survivors walking out of Auschwitz-Birkenau

I previously blogged about photos that promote Holocaust denial in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/beware-of-illustrating-news-articles-with-photos-that-promote-holocaust-denial/

How did all these children in the photos above, including Paula Lebovics, survive the famous DEATH CAMP known as Auschwitz-Birkenau?

Everybody knows that children under the age of 15 were immediately sent to the left to the gas chamber by Dr. Josef Mengele, unless they were twins, who could serve as subjects for his experiments.

Why was Paula allowed to live after she had witnessed the “skies above her camp turned crimson by smoke from the ovens that ran all day”?

Why is Paula still alive today, at the age of 81, after her ordeal in Auschwitz-Birkenau?  Did Dr. Mengele use some “special treatment” to make sure that Paula lived, so that she could testify against the Nazis 70 years after the camp was liberated?

Old women were liberated by Russian soldiers at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

Old women were liberated by Russian soldiers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Adults over the age of 45 were automatically sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to the official Holocaust story. Except for the old ladies in the photo above, who were allowed to live.

This blog post is beginning to sound like a Geico commercial, so I am going to sign off now.  (Well, do you know that children as young as 6 were allowed to live in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp?)

January 25, 2014

After 4 years of blogging and 1107 blog posts, the winner is “the surgeon of Birkenau”

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:37 am

I started my blog on February 5, 2010 with my very first blog post, which was about Tadeusz Borowski, a non-Jewish political prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, who wrote a book about the camp, in which he famously told about the soccer games played by the prisoners, as the Jews were marching to their deaths in the Krema III gas chamber.

Since then, I have written a total of 1107 blog posts, and the post that has gotten the most hits is the one about the “surgeon of Birkenau” which you can read at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/was-the-surgeon-of-birkenau-really-a-surgeon/

Why is this blog post so popular?  It must be because it is about the movie entitled The Debt, which seems to be based on the story of Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi that everyone loves to hate.

Left to right: Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudold Hoess, and Josef Kramer

Left to right: Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudold Hoess, and Josef Kramer

You can read about Dr. Josef Mengele on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Selection.html

and on this page of my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Selection2.html

Dr. Mengele made an unforgetable impression on the prisoners at Auchwitz-Birkenau because he was handsome and charming, and he whistled tunes from German opera, as he waved the Jews to the right or to the left, to live or to die.

There are numerous Holocaust survivors, who are still alive today, because Dr. Mengele was too distracted by his whistling to pay attention to the ages of the children that he was waving to the right to live.

July 18, 2013

Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor has made a lucrative career out of her Auschwitz experience

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:11 pm

This quote is from an article that is on the comment section of the YouTube video of Eva Mozes Kor speaking at Clarkson University on October 8, 2012:

Sheila Faith Weiss, professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson, arranged for Kor to share her story [with the students at Clarkson].

“I received a $277,000 National Science Foundation grant to write a biography of Dr. Mengele’s mentor, the German human geneticist Baron Otmar von Verschuer, and I had been in contact with Eva Mozes Kor,” Weiss says. “Because I am teaching a seminar on the Holocaust this semester, I asked Eva whether she might be willing to give a lecture at Clarkson. Normally, she would have charged more for her talk, but generously agreed to accept significantly less so we could bring her here. Her message is especially important for our students to hear.”

Did you get that?  Eva Mozes Kor “generously agreed to accept significantly less” to give a talk to the students at Clarkson on October 8, 2012.  Eva has made a career out of being a survivor of Auschwitz.  I previously blogged about her on this blog post.

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Miriam Mozes, Eva's twin in on the far right

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

How much money has Eva made off her stay in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where she was one of the twins experimented on by Dr. Josef Mengele?

Eva Mozes Kor points to a photo of her marching out of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 1945

Eva Mozes Kor points to a photo of herself, marching out of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 1945 after the camp was “liberated”

I previously blogged here about Eva Kor, who was one of the 611 children who did not join the “death march” out of Auschwitz. The photo above shows her marching out of the camp after Soviet soldiers arrived on January 27, 1945 to “liberate” the camp.  Notice her chubby cheeks.  Dr. Mengele allegedly plied the children with chocolate, and gave the little girls hair ribbons.  That monster! How could he do something like that to innocent children!!!

Another blogger wrote about Eva Kor here.

March 27, 2013

What color were Dr. Josef Mengele’s eyes?

Filed under: Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:58 am

With nothing better to do, I got to thinking about the color of Dr. Josef Mengele’s eyes.  Why was Dr. Mengele obsessed with changing brown eyes to blue?  Was it because he had blue eyes and he wanted everyone to have the opportunity to have blue eyes?  Or was he sad because he had brown eyes and he wanted to learn how to change the color of his own eyes?

To find out Dr. Mengele’s eye color, I started my search by re-reading the book entitled Mengele, The Complete Story by Gerald Posner and John Ware. I had to re-read the whole book because the index does not include the words “eyes” or “blue.”

I found the following quote in Mengele, the Complete Story:

The memory of this slightly built man, scarcely a hair out of place, his dark green tunic neatly pressed, his face well scrubbed, his Death’s Head SS cap tilted rakishly to one side, remains vivid for those who survived his scrutiny when they arrived at the Auschwitz railhead. Polished boots slightly apart, his thumb resting on his pistol belt, he surveyed his prey with those dead gimlet eyes, Death to the left, life to the right. Four hundred thousands souls — babies, small children, young girls, mothers, fathers, and grandparents — are said to have been casually waved to the lefthand side with a flick of the cane clasped in a gloved hand. Mengele was the chief provider for the gas chambers and their crematoria. He had a look that said ‘I am the power,’ said one survivor. At the time, Mengele was only 32 years old.

What are dead gimlet eyes?  I had to look this up on Dictionary.com which gives this meaning for the term “gimlet eye”:

“an eye that appears to give a sharp or piercing look”

It seems to me that the words “dead” and “gimlet” combined into one description does not make any sense.   Dr. Mengele had sharp, piercing eyes, yet his eyes appeared dead?

Dr. Josef Mengele had brown eyes

Dr. Josef Mengele had brown eyes

Ruth Elias, a survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, who wrote a book entitled Triumph of Hope, described Dr. Mengele as follows:

Mengele was an attractive man. A perennial little smile showed the gap between his front teeth. Immaculately dressed in jodhpurs, he wore a cap bearing the SS insignia and carried the obligatory riding crop, constantly slapping it against his gleaming black boots. Whenever he spoke to me, he was very polite, giving the impression that he was interested in me. It was hard to believe that his little smile and courteous behavior were just a facade behind which he devised the most horrific murderous schemes.

From this description, it seems that Dr. Mengele was “an attractive man” because, as the old saying goes: “Handsome is as handsome does.”  All of the survivors of Auschwitz agree that Dr. Mengele was very charming and polite.  The photo below shows that Dr. Mengele had a pleasant demeanor.

Dr. Josef Mengele is the man in the middle of the photo

Dr. Josef Mengele is the man in the middle of the photo

As far as I am concerned, Rudolf Hoess, the man on the right was better looking than Dr. Mengele, who is shown in the middle of the photo. But to get back to the color of Dr. Mengele’s eyes, the color photo below shows that his eyes were brown.

Color photo of Dr. Josef Mengele shows he has brown eyes

Color photo of Dr. Josef Mengele shows that he had brown eyes

Posner and Ware did not mention in their 325 page book that Dr. Mengele had brown eyes.  Why not?  Was Dr. Mengele “pure German”?  He had dark brown hair and dark brown eyes, which indicates that he might have had a trace of Jewish blood in his bloodline.  Was this why he was obsessed with eye color?

This quote is from page 15 in the book by Posner and Ware:

In July 1939 Mengele married Irene, then almost twenty-two years old, at Obersdorf. The wedding took place after a hitch that at one stage threatened to damage his career.  In Mengele’s submission to the Rasse-und Siedlungshauptampt, the Central Office of Race and Resettlement, to satisfy the SS that there was no trace of Jewish blood in Irene’s family, doubts were raised about her grandfather, Harry Lyons Dumler, an American diplomat, could not be found.  In the absence of proof that Dumler was the father of his wife’s son, the suspicion remained that the real father might be Jewish.  Thus Irene might have inherited Jewish blood.  A search by the German consul in the United States failed to resolve the crisis.   But photographs of Irene and her ancestors and glowing testimonials from friends of her “very Nordic ways” finally won the day and the marriage was allowed. Yet since Mengele was unable to provide clinching proof that Irene had “pure Aryan blood,” much to his chagrin, he failed to qualify for the ultimate accolade of racial purity — a place in the hollowed Sippenbuch, or Kinship Book, for those who had been able to prove, chapter and verse, that their ancestors were pure Aryan at least since 1750. Thus was the arch disciple of racial “hygiene” himself deprived of a certificate that his wife and future children would be racially “clean.”

Posner and Ware do not say in their book whether or not Dr. Mengele could prove that his ancestors, back to 1750, had no Jewish blood, but it is implied in the book that Dr. Mengele himself was racially “clean.”

Why is all this important?  Dr. Mengele was doing experiments at Auschwitz, trying to find out how physical defects are inherited. He wanted to find out how hereditary diseases, such as Tay-Sach’s Disease, are passed on.  This was a terrible insult to the Jews and that is why Dr. Mengele is the number one “war criminal” as far as the Jews are concerned.  The results of his experiments at Auschwitz are kept in a vault at Yad Vashem in Israel, never to see the light of day.

But what about changing brown eyes to blue?  I don’t think that Dr. Mengele was trying to CHANGE eye color.  In my opinion, he was trying to find out how eye color is inherited, but more importantly, how physical defects are inherited. Tay-Sach’s disease is caused by recessive genes, and blue eyes are also recessive.  People with Tay-Sach’s disease don’t live long, making it hard to find subjects for experiments, so Dr. Mengele was studying eye color instead.

This quote is from the website about Tay-Sach’s disease:

How do people inherit Tay-Sachs disease?

This condition [Tay-Sach’s] is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, which means both copies of the gene in each cell have mutations. The parents of an individual with an autosomal recessive condition each carry one copy of the mutated gene, but they typically do not show signs and symptoms of the condition.

Dr. Mengele had a Ph.D. in Anthropology as well as a degree in medicine, which he received in July 1938 from the University of Frankfurt. He earned his Ph.D. in 1935 with a thesis on “Racial Morphological Research on the Lower Jaw Section of Four Racial Groups.” In January 1937, Dr. Mengele was appointed a research assistant at the Institute for Heredity, Biology and Racial Purity at the University of Frankfurt. He worked under Professor Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, a geneticist who was doing research on twins. As the war-time director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Hereditary Teaching Genetics, located in Berlin, von Verschuer secured the funds for Dr. Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz. The results of  Dr. Mengele’s research on twins was sent to this Institute. The grant for Dr. Mengele’s genetic research was authorized by the German Research Council in August 1943.

You can read here about how Dr. Mengele pulled a family of dwarves out of the gas chamber at Auschwitz, and saved their lives.

March 8, 2013

The amazing journey of William Schick — from the Nazi death camps to the good life in America

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:39 am

You can read the tale of William Schick on Don Moore’s War Tales website here. Schick died on New Year’s Eve in 2010, at the age of 90, in Gloucester, MA in the USA.  Schick is shown below in his back yard at his winter home in Venice, Florida. (Photo credit: Don Moore)

WilliamSchick

William Schick was a young Jew, living in Prague, Czechoslovakia, innocently minding his own business, when he was sent, as one of the first prisoners, to the concentration camp formerly known as Theresienstadt.  After spending time in Theresienstadt, which Schick called a “show camp,” he was sent in 1941 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where prisoners were expected to live for only three months, according to the War Tales article.

At Auschwitz-Birkenau, Schick was put into the Czech family camp, where men, women and children lived together; this section of Auschwitz-Birkenau was called B11b or B2B. You can read about the Czech family camp and the selections for the gas chamber on my website here.

This quote is from the article about William Schick on the War Tales website:

After three months at Auschwitz, a prisoner’s time was up.

“They told everyone in Camp B2B we were going to be sent to Germany as slave laborers, but we had to clean up and shower first and we’d be issued new uniforms,” he said. “When we reached what the guards said were the ‘showers’ there was a commotion going on. I could speak a little German and I heard the guards say something was ‘kaput.’”

He learned later the apparatus that filled the showers with poison gas was ‘kaput.’ The prisoners from B2B had escaped death. They were marched back to their barracks. Three days later they were marched back to the gas chambers to die.

“We were just about to go into the gas chambers once more and there was another commotion out front.

“A train with 10,000 Jews from Hungry had just arrived. They had no place to put them. We were sent back to our barracks once again. They marched all 10,000 Hungarian Jews into the three gas chambers at Auschwitz and killed them all in 24 hours.”

[…]

The third call-up for Schick and the other Jews in B2B was ordered by Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious “Angel of Death.” He checked them out to determine if they lived or died.

“When Dr. Mengele came to our camp, we had to stand before him completely naked. We were nothing but skin and bones,” Schick said.

“He was dressed to kill,” no pun intended. “He was unbelievable in his tailor-made uniform and handcrafted boots. I could see myself in his shiny, black boots as I stood for 10 or 15 seconds before him while he looked me over.”

He signaled with one thumb that Schick was to join those in the right line. Those in Schick’s line looked healthier. The less healthy prisoners in the left line would be sent to the gas chambers.

Dr. Josef Mengele who selected prisoners for the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele who selected prisoners for the gas chamber at Auschwitz

William Schick was saved from the Nazi gas chambers THREE times; what are the odds of that?  Actually, it was not at all unusual for Jews to escape the gas chamber multiple times. Every Holocaust survivor has a story to tell about how he or she survived the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Some survivors were saved from the gas chamber as many as six times.  What a sloppy way to conduct a genocide!  Hitler would be turning over in his grave, if he had a grave.

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