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September 18, 2015

Germany seeks to torture another 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 4:43 pm

You can read here about a man named Reinhold H. who is the next person in Germany who will be tortured, by being dragged into court, because he was a guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau, seventy years ago.

This is the headline of the article:

Germany seeking to try former Auschwitz guard, 93
Prosecutors await health assessment for man known as Reinhold H., accused of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above, which was included with the news article, should not be used in a news article that mentions that prisoners were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. As everyone knows, children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed upon arrival, so how could these children have survived?  One of the children in the photo, Eva Kor, is still alive and well and giving lectures.

Eva Moses Kor is the girl on the far right

Eva Moses Kor is the girl on the far right

This quote is from the news article:

The retiree [Reinhold H.] is accused of serving as a guard at the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1942 through 1944. Prosecutors argue he is an accessory to murder for helping the death camp function but he’s not charged with a specific killing.

The suspect says he was assigned to a part of the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] camp not involved in the mass murders.
BERLIN — A court in western Germany says it’s waiting on a doctor’s assessment of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard to determine if he can stand trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

This is not the first time this year a nonagenarian has stood trial for his alleged activities at the Nazi death camp during the Holocaust.

In July, 94-year-old former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” was given a four-year jail sentence [after he] was convicted by a court in the northern German city of Lueneburg of accessory to murder in 300,000 cases of Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers from May to July 1944.

Reinhold H. will be tried for the crime of “accessory to murder.”  At the time that he committed this alleged crime, he didn’t know that it was a crime to work at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

Germany should be worrying about the consequences of their plan to allow 800,000 Muslims from Syria into their country.

May 27, 2015

Holocaust survivors identify themselves in famous photo

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:46 pm
Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp identify themselves in a famous photo

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp identify themselves in a famous photo

In the above photo, which is shown on this news article, survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp identify themselves.

The original of this photo is a still shot from a movie. It can be seen on  this website: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/our_collections/auschwitz/

Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp who were liberated by Soviet soldiers

Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp who were liberated by Soviet soldiers

The news article begins with this quote:

“There are more than half a million Holocaust survivors worldwide and some need urgent help to live a dignified life, says an adviser to the US secretary of state”

The Holocaust survivor on the far right in the photo is Eva Kor, who seems to me to be living a dignified life. She is frequently mentioned in news articles today.

Holocaust survivor shown leaving the Auschwitz main camp which was not a death camp for Jews

Holocaust survivor shown leaving the Auschwitz main camp which was not a death camp for Jews

The news article ends with this quote:

“Austria and Poland have programmes to pay pensions to survivors who suffered on their territories but live abroad, while Germany is running a four-year $1 billion (£650 million) home care programme for survivors.”

It seems to me that the Holocaust survivors are already being compensated for their suffering, but it is never enough.  The Jews can never get enough money from the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and they can never get enough revenge.

Another photo of Auschwitz child survivors who are still alive

Another photo of Auschwitz child survivors who are still alive

May 12, 2015

Oskar Groening wants to bear witness to refute Holocaust deniers

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am
Oskar Groening in court (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP) Is this the face of a depraved killer?

Oskar Groening in court (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP)
Is this the face of a depraved killer?

Former German soldier Oskar Groening is back in court today, after a short stay in a hospital, which interrupted his trial.

In the latest news report about his case, which you can read in full here, Groener explained why he has gone over to the other side and now wants to refute Holocaust denial, which is against the law in Germany.

This quote is from the news article:

Begin  quote

Mr Groening, who after his stint at the death camp was captured by Allied forces and spent time in a prisoner of war camp in Britain, described in a matter of fact tone some of the murders he witnessed at Auschwitz.

On his first day on the ramp where Jewish prisoners exited the trains, he saw an SS colleague grab a crying baby and slam its head against a truck until it was quiet.

He also told of an incident when he saw naked Jews herded into a farm house near the camp. A soldier then locked them in, donned a gas mask, and poured the contents of a can down a hatch.

“The screams became louder and more desperate but after a short time they became quieter again,” Mr Groening said.

End quote

Does anyone besides me see something suspicious about these stories told by Groening in the courtroom?

I recognize these stories as claims that have been told many times by former inmates at Auschwitz-Birenau. Slamming the heads of babies against a train or a truck is the Number One atrocity story told by the former prisoners. The “screams” of the prisoners as they were being gassed is the second most common story told by survivors.

According to the news article: “Mr Groening admitted to being an enthusiastic Nazi and to working as an SS guard at Auschwitz between May and June 1944, when more than 400,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and at least 300,000 killed almost immediately in gas chambers.”

How is it Groening’s fault that 300,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in only 10 weeks time?  How was he supposed to stop the gassing of the Hungarian Jews?

If Groening is responsible for the gassing of the Hungarian Jews, he is also responsible for saving the Hungarian Jews, who are now in the courtroom testifying against him.

This quote is from the news article:

Begin quote

Eva Kor, one of the co-plaintiffs, told The Telegraph she lost her parents and her two older sisters when the entire family was taken by the Nazis from Hungary and sent to Auschwitz.

“I can’t bring anybody back,” she said just before the trial began. “But I want information on how the system worked. How they decided on selecting who went to the gas chambers, and I want to see files on the medical experiments that were carried out on me and my twin sister by (Josef) Mengele,” said the 81-year-old, who now lives in the US.

End quote

The news article also mentions Susan Pollack [Zsuzsanna Blau from Felsogod, Hungary], who was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 14.  Susan lost 50 members of her family, and she was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. She was moved from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen where she was liberated after the camp was voluntarily turned over to the British.

Allegedly, everyone under the age of 15 was gassed at Auschwitz, but not Susan Pollack. Dr. Josef Mengele, who was one of the 30 SS men who selected the prisoners to be gassed, allowed her to live because he knew that some day old men, who had nothing to do with the selection of prisoners to be gassed, would be put on trial as war criminals and witnesses would be needed to testify 70 years later.

Oskar Groening hobbles into  court with the help of two men

Oskar Groening hobbles into court with the help of two men (Click  to enlarge photo)

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.

May 17, 2014

Beware of illustrating news articles with photos that promote Holocaust denial

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

Update, Sept. 20, 2014:

This photo was used to illustrate a news article about the Holocaust

This photo was used to illustrate a news article about the Holocaust

The photo above was taken at Bergen-Belsen after the camp was voluntarily turned over to the British.  It shows an adult woman, who is overweight, and a group of children that look healthy and well-fed.  This type of photo should not be used to illustrate the horror of the Holocaust. I copied the photo from this news article: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/18/night-will-fall-review-holocaust-documentary-hitchcock-liberation-belsen-auschwitz

Continue reading my original post:

Still shot from Soviet film made in February 1945

Still shot from Soviet film made in February 1945

The photo above, which shows child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is used in an article about the Holocaust, entitled “The World is Full of Holocaust Deniers,” which you can read in full here. The child on the far right is Miriam Moses. Her twin sister is Eva Moses Kor, a survivor who is still alive today.

A word to the wise:  Don’t use photos like this when promoting the Holocaust or when railing against Holocaust deniers.

This quote is from the article, which is illustrated by the photo above:

Only 54 percent of the world’s population has heard of the Holocaust.

54 percent.

This is the most staggering statistic in a new survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of more than 53,000 people in over 100 countries, conducted by First International Resources. But that figure speaks to only those who have heard of it: Only a third of the world’s population believe the genocide has been accurately described in historical accounts. Some said they thought the number of people who died has been exaggerated; others said they believe it’s a myth. Thirty percent of respondents said it’s probably true that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, two-thirds of the world’s population don’t know the Holocaust happened—or they deny it.

I find it hard to believe that two-thirds of the people in the world today have never heard of the Holocaust — or that they deny it. Using  photos, like the one shown at the top of my blog post, will cause even more people to deny the Holocaust.  As every Holocaust True Believer knows, children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed upon arrival at Auschwitz, unless they were twins.

So what should Holocaust promoters do?  My suggestion is that they should use photos of dead bodies that do NOT illustrate the Holocaust, but claim that the bodies are dead Jews, killed in the Holocaust.

For example the photo below, which shows prisoners killed by American bombs at Nordhausen; this photo is frequently used by Holocaust promoters, who claim that these are the bodies of Jews killed by the Nazis.

Photo shows prisoners killed by American bombs at Nordhausen

Photo shows prisoners killed by American bombs at Nordhausen concentration camp

During World War II, German soldiers were allowed, and even encouraged, to carry cameras. American soldiers were not allowed to carry cameras, but many of them took  cameras from the cold dead hands of German soldiers, and used them to take photos of the concentration camps.  Soviet soldiers were lucky to have a rifle, and most of them had probably never even seen a camera.

Auschwitz was “liberated” by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945, but it was not until February 1945 that the Soviets finally got around to filming the Auschwitz survivors.  Because of this, the only images of the Auschwitz survivors, that can be seen today, are still shots from the Soviet film. Unfortunately, these still shots show Auschwitz inmates as being in good health.

Child survivors with chubby cheeks show their tattoos

Child survivors with chubby cheeks show their tattoos

For example, the photo above is unsuitable for a story about the horror of Auschwitz because it shows healthy children.  So what should Holocaust promoters do?

The photo below is frequently used to illustrate the alleged ill treatment of Jewish children at Auschwitz. The photo actually shows Gypsy children, who were suffering from a disease called “Noma.”

Gypsy children, suffering from a disease called

Gypsy children, suffering from a disease called “Noma” were left behind at Auschwitz

Notice the girl, on the far left in the front row, who has a beautiful face. Holocaust promoters use this photo to show how cruel the Nazis were, claiming that this girl was tortured because she was so pretty.

The photo below, which is a still shot from the Soviet film, shows a child survivor of Auschwitz, who is being carried out of a brick building at Auschwitz because he is too weak to walk.

Suitable photo for a news article about Holocaust denial

Suitable photo for a news article about Holocaust denial

Miriam Moses, the twin sister of Eva Moses Kor is shown on the far right in the photo at the top of my blog post. Her twin sister, Eva Moses Kor, is shown on the far right in the photo below, which is also a still shot from  the Soviet film.

Miriam Kor is shown in the back row on the far left

Eva Moses Kor is shown in the second row on the far right

Dr. Josef Mengele, known as “Doctor Death” by Holocaustians, was famous for giving chocolate and hair ribbons to the little girls at Auschwitz. In the film, taken by the Soviets, it appears that Eva Moses is seriously overweight, possibly from eating too much chocolate.  This is an example of a photo which should NOT be used by Holocaust promoters.

The photo below, which shows Auschwitz survivors who are not in the best of health, would be a suitable photo for Holocaust promotion.

Still photo from Soviet film shows Auschwitz survivors

Still photo from Soviet film shows Auschwitz survivors

Still shot from the Soviet film which depicts the liberation of Auschwitz

Still shot from the Soviet film which depicts the liberation of Auschwitz

I have the photo, shown above, on my website, along with the following text:

The photograph above shows some of the 5,800 Birkenau survivors, most of whom look like well-fed Polish peasants, walking out of the camp shortly after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. In the background you can see the wooden barracks buildings, with windows under the roof, and the posts of the barbed wire fence. These survivors are walking along the interior camp road that bisects the Birkenau camp from north to south, connecting the women’s camp with the new section of Birkenau, known as “Mexico.” This is a still picture taken from the Soviet movie which is shown at the beginning of the tour at the Auschwitz Museum.

The tall, skinny guy wearing an arm band is Dr. Otto Wolken, a medical doctor in the Birkenau Quarantine camp, who stayed behind to help his fellow prisoners when the Birkenau camp was evacuated. He was the first witness to testify at the Auschwitz Trial, held by the German government in Frankfurt between 1963 and 1965.

You can see part of the Soviet film in this YouTube video:

March 3, 2013

Eva Kor has forgiven Dr. Hans Munch even though he “did operate the gas chambers where so many Jews died…”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:53 pm

Eva Kor was one of the twins who was experimented on by Dr. Josef Mengle at Auschwitz.  This quote is from a news article which you can read in full here:

[Eva] Kor’s story goes back to August 1944 when, at the age of 10, she, her parents, her twin and two older sisters all were loaded with other Jewish prisoners onto a cattle car and transported to Auschwitz. She and Miriam were torn from the rest of their family — the sisters never saw their parents or siblings again.

The two girls became part of a group of children, an estimated 1,500 sets of twins, used in genetic experiments directed by Mengele. Only a fraction of the children were discovered alive when the camp was liberated on Jan. 27, 1945. […]

She managed to get in contact with Dr. Hans Munch, who knew Mengele but wasn’t part of the twins experiments. Munch did, however, operate the gas chambers where so many Jews died. Kor and Munch met in Germany.

“The chances I would meet the only Nazi doctor after the war who was actually involved in genocide was a very interesting thing,” she said. “I didn’t know when I asked to meet him. I wanted him to come to the conference.”

Out of that meeting came a seed that eventually grew into Kor’s forgiveness of Munch, and even of Mengele. Kor will share the details of how that happened in her talk.

Note that Dr. Munch has the title of Dr. but Dr. Mengele does not, even though Dr. Mengele was a medical Doctor and also had a doctorate in Anthropology.  Dr. Mengele is always referred to, by Holocaustians,  as Mengele or as the Angel of Death, never by his titles.  Even though Eva Kor was saved by Dr. Mengele from the gas chamber (which Dr. Munch “did, however, operate”) he can never be given the title of Doctor in a Holocaust related news article.

I am curious to know if Dr. Hans Munch has ever given any details about how he operated the gas chambers. I find it remarkable that Eva Kor can forgive a “Nazi doctor” who was “actually involved in genocide.”

February 26, 2010

Sing right out for Grandma’s lye soap

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:35 am

In 1952, there was a comedy skit that had the line “It’s in the book!” and a song called “Grandma’s Lye Soap.”

The lyrics went something like this:

Sing right out for Grandma’s lye soap,
The finest soap in the land
Good for everything in the home,
And for your face.
The secret was in the scrubbing,
It wouldn’t suds and it wouldn’t foam.

I was reminded of this song the other day, when I read that Eva Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, said that she finally figured out why the soap at Auschwitz “wouldn’t suds.”  It was because it was made from the fat of the Jews who had been murdered.

My grandma actually made “Grandma’s lye soap” which she used for everything in the home, and for her face. I have used “Grandma’s lye soap” a time or two myself, so I know for a fact that it “wouldn’t suds.”

Back in the old days, a lot of Americans made their own soap. First you save the ashes from your wood burning stove. Then you butcher a hog and save the fat.

To make soap, you pour water over the ashes and allow it to seep through some holes and collect at the bottom of a barrel. The lye, which is needed to make the soap, is leached into the water.

Then you boil a lot of hog fat in a large black kettle, under a tree in the front yard.  That way, any neighbors passing by will stop to chat and the time will pass more quickly.

After the lye water is added, the boiling can take up to 24 hours. Eventually the lye and hog fat mixture will turn into soap, which is light brown in color.  The soap is broken into large chunks, not poured into a mold to make bars of soap.

Did the Nazis actually make soap out of Jewish fat?  Well, Eva Kor believes it and so do a lot of other people. But was it ever proved in court?  Yes, at the Nuremberg IMT, the Soviet Union submitted evidence and testimony about human soap making.

Human soap introduced as evidence at Nuremberg IMT

At Nuremberg, the Constitution of the International Military Tribunal included the following:

V. POWERS OF THE TRIBUNAL AND CONDUCT OF THE TRIAL

[….]

Article 21. The Tribunal shall not require proof of facts of common knowledge but shall take judicial notice thereof.

The making of human soap by the Germans was common knowledge that did not require any proof, so the Soviet Union was not required to furnish a forensic report along with the soap. The Nuremberg tribunal “took judicial notice” that the Germans had made soap out of the Jews.

When I visited the Memorial Site at Buchenwald, I was told that the Germans made soap in the basement of this building. However, it was not claimed to be human soap.

Soap was made in the basement of this building at Buchenwald