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December 1, 2011

Jews were sent from concentration camps to Euthanasia Centers to be gassed

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

In an article about the Buchenwald concentration camp in the Michigan Times, which you can read in full here, I noticed this statement:

But during World War II, mainly in late 1941, many Jews were sent (from Buchenwald) to Bernberg for gassing and subjected to death.

I looked up Bernberg and found this information on this website:

Under Sonderbehandlung 14f13 (Special Treatment 14f13), about 5,000 persons were killed in Bernburg between 1941 and April 1943. In the main these were Jews from the concentration camps Buchenwald, Flossenbürg, Groß-Rosen, Neuengamme, Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen.


The victims were then photographed and led to the gas chamber.

A few years ago, I visited the Euthanasia Center at Hartheim Castle and learned that the victims were also photographed there before gassing.  What was the purpose of photographing the victims before they were gassed?  Where are those photographs now?

Years ago, in the early days of the Internet, I saw some of the photographs that were taken at the Euthanasia Centers.  The subjects in the photos were easily identifiable as being mentally and/or physically defective.  These photos are no longer shown on the Internet, as far as I know.  The Nazis also filmed the victims as they were walking into the Euthanasia Centers.  These films, which used to be shown on the History Channel, revealed that some of the victims were walking on all fours; other victims were obviously mentally defective.  The films are no longer shown, as far as I know.

The gassing of Jews at the Euthanasia Centers took place before gas chambers were built at the concentration camps.  For example, at Dachau, the gas chamber was not built until 1942.  There were gas chambers at Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen but they were built after the euthanasia program stopped.

Why have the photographs of the victims who were gassed at Bernberg and Hartheim been withdrawn?  Is it because the official story of the Holocaust is that the prisoners who were sent to Bernberg and Hartheim to be gassed were Jews who were not sick or mentally abnormal?  (more…)