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September 23, 2016

“If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:13 am

The title of my blog post is a quote from a speech made by Donald Trump, Jr. — the son of The Donald.

You can read the full story at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jr-holocaust_us_57dabc4fe4b0071a6e05aee8

Here is the full quote:

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In an interview with Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Donald Trump Jr. made the argument that Republicans would be punished if they lied or schemed in fashions similar to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. And then he decided to talk about gas chambers.

“The media has been her number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up,” Trump Jr said. “They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy [sic], on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

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Donald Jr. is now claiming that he was referring to a gas chamber like the one in Jefferson City, MO which is no longer being used. I don’t know of any place in America that still uses a gas chamber for an execution.

When someone says “gas chamber” now, everyone assumes that the person is referring to a gas chamber like the one allegedly used at Auschwitz-Birkenau shown in my photo below.

Alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

My 2005 photo of the alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

 

September 5, 2016

93 year old Holocaust survivor to receive honorary doctorate

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:55 am

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/our-city/north-leeds/chapel-allerton/special-award-for-leeds-auschwitz-survivor-1-8105684

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A Leeds pensioner who survived the horrors of the Holocaust and settled in England is to receive an honorary doctorate. Iby Knill, 93. of Chapel Allerton, grew up in Czechoslovakia and escaped to Hungary in 1942 as Nazi persecution of Jews accelerated.

93-year-old Iby Krill

93-year-old Holocaust survivor Iby Krill

As a young woman, she spent time in hiding and helping the local Resistance movement before she was eventually captured and taken to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Mrs Knill will be given an honorary degree by the University of Huddersfield, where she spoke last year as part of the Holocaust Memorial lecture event. She spent much of her internment working as a slave labourer in an armaments factory, and was liberated by American troops while part of a forced march to Bergen-Belsen when the Nazi retreat began. She later discovered her father had died in the gas chambers, and was reunited with her mother and brother in their home city of Bratislava.

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This is not the first time that Iby Krill has been in the national news. I was reading about her many years ago, and I included her story on my scrapbookpages.com website.

The following quote is from my website:

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Iby’s story begins when she was a young girl growing up in her native Czechoslovakia. When the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, she escaped over the border into Hungary but was arrested as an illegal immigrant.

“There were five of us, all girls and we made a pact to stay together as we walked through those gates and were greeted by the man we later learned was Dr Josef Mengele,” she says of her arrival at Birkenau. “From that day on it became a test of survival.” Miraculously, she adds, all five of them lived to witness the liberation from the Nazis in 1945.

By 2010, Iby had started writing her story and was seeking a publisher for her manuscript, which is chillingly brutal in its frankness, according to Virginia Mason’s news article.

According to Iby Knill, “The shower unit and the gas chamber looked the same. They had been built that way, so we never knew if we were to be gassed or just showered.”

In her lectures on the Holocaust, Iby describes the infamous Dr Mengele, whose experiments in the name of medical science earned him the nick name, Angel of Death. “We lined up and he would walk in front of us, picking out the weakest. Their fate was the gas chambers.”

She talks of the cramped, inhuman conditions at Birkenau, the incredible hunger and thirst, and worst of all, the scraps of gray, latherless soap made from human ashes, and the constant fear of extermination in the gas chamber.

According to her story, Iby was able to leave the Birkenau death camp only by volunteering to go to the Lippstadt labour camp, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where she worked in the hospital unit. On Easter Sunday, 1945, while on a death march to the main Buchenwald camp, she was freed by Allied Forces.

End quote from my website

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

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A fluent German speaker from childhood, she later used her language skills to act as an interpreter for British forces in post-war Germany. She met her husband, British army officer Bert Knill, and in 1947 she came to England as a married woman.

Mrs Knill, who is now a widow and has a Masters degree in theology, did not speak publicly about her past until 2003, and since then has told her story in books and during television appearances. She will take part in an awards ceremony at the university in November, where she will be joined by experts from the fields of engineering, medicine and finance.

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Why do so many Holocaust survivors live to an advanced age. My theory is that a meager diet contributes to living a long life. I am 83 and still going strong. When I was young, my family was very poor; we ate very little meat. Just like the concentration camp inmates, I had a meager diet of vegetables.

August 16, 2016

Donald Trump knows nothing about Holocust gas chambers

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:40 am
Donald Trump pushing a button to turn on the gas

Donald Trump pushing a button to turn on the gas to kill Jews

What a revolting development this is! Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, is in the gas chamber and Trump is punching the button to gas him to death.

August 14, 2016

The Majdanek camp, as seen by a young Jewish girl

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:46 am

You can read here about a tour of the memorial site at the former Majdanek concentration camp, written by a young Jewish girl named Carly Cohen:  http://www.jewishchronicle.org/2016/08/01/leaving-auschwitz/

Carly Cohen on visit to Auschwitz camp

Carly Cohen on a visit to Auschwitz main camp before visiting Majdanek camp

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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One aspect of Majdanek that stood out to me was that there was a town overlooking the camp. People’s balconies looked out to the gas chambers and the barracks in which thousands of people were imprisoned. It is mind-boggling to me how people can wake up, make coffee, and sit on their balconies and welcome in the morning by staring death in the face. I never thought I would experience a place that could prove to be more emotional than Auschwitz. I thought I had experienced the worst of the worst while at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but when I went to Majdanek, I proved myself wrong.

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One of the first places that I visited, when I began touring the sites of the Holocaust, was Majdanek. I was very impressed by the sight of the Majdanek camp, but not for the same reason that this young girl was impressed.

When I began my tour of the camps in Poland in 1998, the first place that I visited was Treblinka.

In sharp contrast to the alleged extermination camp at Treblinka, which is in a wooded area as remote as Ted Kaczynkski’s Montana cabin, the Majdanek concentration camp is situated in a major urban area, four kilometers from the city center of Lublin, and can be easily reached by trolley car.

The location of the Majdanek camp is in an area of rolling terrain and can be seen from all sides; it could not be more public or accessible.

The Majdanek concentration camp is located in an entirely open area with no ten-foot wall around it to hide the activities inside the camp, as at Dachau. There was no security zone established around the Majdanek camp, as at Birkenau, and there is no natural protection, such as a river or a forest, as at Treblinka.

Besides being bounded on the north by a busy main road, the Majdanek camp was bounded on the south by two small villages named Abramowic and Dziesiata.

According to the camp guidebook, Heinrich Himmler ordered the liquidation of the Jews in the Lublin district after the insurrection on October 14, 1943 at Sobibor, one of the Operation Reinhard extermination camps on the Polish-Russian border, in which 300 Jews, led by a Jewish Russian Prisoner of War, escaped into the nearby woods.

At that time, the three largest concentrations of Jews in Eastern Poland were at the camp at Majdanek and at the labor camp at Poniatowa, a tiny Polish village where 18,000 people were held, and at the Polish village of Trawniki where 10,000 Jews were imprisoned in a labor camp.

People driving past the camp, while it was in operation, had a completely unobstructed view, being able to see the tall brick chimney of the crematorium wafting smoke from the top of a slope not far away, and the gas chamber building which is a few yards from a busy street.

Majdakek is also known as Maidenek, which is the German version of the name.

What really impressed me, when I visited the Majdanek memorial site was the huge stone monument at the entrance.

Huge monument at entrance to Majdanek Memorial site

Huge monument at entrance to Majdanek Memorial site

Monument as viewed from inside the camp

Monument as viewed from inside the former Majdanek camp

The population of Lublin has more than tripled since the end of World War II and the former Majdanek concentration camp is now within the city limits, like a municipal park except that it is a ghastly eyesore. There are several modern high-rise apartment buildings overlooking the camp on two sides.

On one side of the camp, is a Roman Catholic cemetery which was there even when the camp was in operation.

On the other side of the street, directly across from the former concentration camp, there is now a Polish military installation since this street is part of the main road into the Ukraine and Russia. During World War II, the street which borders the Majdanek concentration camp was the main route to the eastern front for the German army.

The city of Lublin is near the eastern border of Poland and what is now the Ukraine. Between 1772 and 1918, when Poland had ceased to be an independent country and was divided between Prussia (Germany), Austria and Russia, Lublin was in the Russian sector.

In April 1835, Russian Czar Nicholas I issued a decree which created the Pale of Settlement, a territory where Russian Jews were forced to live until after the Communist Revolution of 1917. Lublin was located within the Pale of Settlement, as was the city of Warsaw.

The census of 1897 counted 4,899,300 Jews who were crowded into the Pale of Settlement, which was like a huge reservation similar to those where the Native Americans were forced to live during the same time period in the western USA.

In 1881, Russia began evicting the Jews from the Pale, which began a mass migration. By 1914, two million Jews had left the Pale and had settled in Germany, Austria, America and other countries.

In 1939, when Poland was again divided between Germany and the Soviet Union, Lublin came under the control of Russia again. This lasted until June 1941 when the Nazis launched an attack on the Communist Soviet Union, the ideological enemy of Fascist Germany.

Lublin, being close to the border of the German-controlled General Government of Poland, was one of the first cities to be conquered by the Germans. The German conquest of the Soviet sector of Poland in the last 6 months of 1941 brought Polish Communists and also millions of Jews, who were the sworn enemies of the Nazis, under the control of the Germans.

In order to avoid having partisans attack them from the rear as they advanced into Russia, the Nazis rounded up those whom they considered their political enemies and confined them in the Majdanek camp, along with the captured Soviet POWs.

But, to get back to the apartment houses, with their balconies overlooking the camp, I did not photograph them because I did not want to invade their privacy. However, my tour guide did point out the balconies, as she told me about the Polish residents watching as the Germans shot thousands of Jews at Majdanek.

The gas chambers at Majdanek are on the other side of the camp, near the highway, where thousands of vehicles were passing by. People could observe the Jews entering the alleged gas chamber building.

The Nazis claimed that the Jews were only taking a shower, not being gassed to death, in this building. The identical building right next to the gas chamber building is closed to tourists. The clothing of the Jews was disinfected in this building, in order to kill the lice that spreads typhus.

 

 

August 10, 2016

Good news! Germany has found more elderly citizens to put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am

 

Stutthof building claimed to be a gas chamber

Stutthof building claimed to have been a homicidal gas chamber

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216183

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German investigators said on Tuesday they have identified eight suspected Nazi war criminals who worked at the former Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland, NBC News reported.

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I blogged about the Stutthof camp at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/survivor-of-the-stutthof-camp-was-not-sent-to-the-gas-chamber-because-she-pinched-her-cheeks-and-stood-tall-in-order-to-look-healthy/

One might ask why a lowly typist at a little-known concentration camp would be put on trial as a war criminal.

The answer is: She was there, so she is guilty because she did nothing to save the Jews. She might claim that she didn’t know that the Jews were being gassed while she was busy typing.  She should have made it her business to find out, and she should have given her own life to save the Jews.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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German prosecutors have in recent years have attempted to bring surviving Holocaust perpetrators to justice while there is still time.

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I don’t think the German people should worry about this. There is no reason why dead people cannot be put on trial. Remember that the first three laws of the Jewish religion are Revenge, Revenge, Revenge.

July 16, 2016

Elie Wiesel’s book “Night” is about what happens when “the Nazis get you”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

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The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at https://newrepublic.com/minutes/134838/elie-wiesel-boy-lived

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

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Night was first published in English in 1960, and it would take many more years before it became a staple of high school and college courses. (It was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club in 2006.) Sequentially and substantively, it is a kind of sequel to Frank’s diary: It is about what happens when the Nazis get you.

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Why were the Nazis out to get the Jews? It was because of the Jewish propensity to Lie, Steal and Cheat.  Basically, the Nazis were puritans: they loved their mothers, and they did not lie, steal and cheat.

Everything that Elie wrote was a lie. Elie was never in a camp. Elie was in hiding throughout the war. Elie never even met a Nazi. Elie was safe at home in Romania, hiding in his basement.

Elie Wiesel and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Elie Wiesel and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the ruins that Elie and Oprah visited

My photo of the ruins shown in the photo of Elie and Oprah at Auschwitz-Birkenau

In January 2006, Oprah Winfrey had chosen “Night”for her book club selection. Shortly after that, she toured the Auschwitz main camp and the Birkenau camp with Elie Wiesel as her guide. The photo above shows Oprah and Elie in Birkenau, standing beside the ruins of Crematorium III, where thousands of Hungarian Jews were allegedly gassed and burned in 1944. Oprah was speechless as Elie Wiesel described the horror of the Holocaust, including the murder of innocent children.

What will be the legacy of Elie Wiesel? Will he go down in history as “Elie the Liar”?

You can read more about Elie Wiesel at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/reading-elie-wiesel-in-auschwitz/article8860273.ece

 

July 8, 2016

the famous letter from Sigman Rascher to Himmler

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:14 pm

A letter written by Sigman Rascher to Heinrich Himmler is used by Holocaust True Believers to prove that there was a homicidal gas chamber at Dachau.

The letter is quoted below, first in German and then in English.

Esteemed Reichsführer! [Himmler]

Wie Sie wissen, wird im KL Dachau dieselbe Einricht[ung] wie in Linz gebaut. Nachdem die “Invalidentransporte” sowieso in bestimmten Kammern enden, frage ich, ob nicht in diesen Kammern an der sowieso dazu bestimmten Personen dieWirkung unserer verschiedenen Kampfgase erprobt werden kann? Bis jetzt liegen nur Tierversuche bezw. Berichte ueber Unfaelle bei Herrstellung dieser Gase vor. Wegen dieses Absatzes schicke ich den Brief als “Geheimsache.”
(signed)
S. Rascher 28

The English translation of the body of the letter is as follows:

As you know, the same installation as in Linz [Austria] is to be built in Dachau. As the ‘invalid transports’ terminate in the special chambers [in Linz] anyway I wondered if it would be possible to test the effects of our combat gases in these chambers [in Dachau] using the persons who are destined for those chambers anyway. The only reports which are available so far are for experiments on animals or of accidents in the manufacture of these gases.

June 19, 2016

Jews killed in “faux showers” at Auschwitz

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:00 am

A news article, which you can read in full here, describes how a young Jewish boy was saved from the Auschwitz gas chamber, which had been disguised as a “faux shower.”

My photo of the shower room at Dachau

My photo of the “faux shower” at Dachau which is still alleged to have been a gas chamber

Note the holes on the ceiling of the alleged gas chamber at Dachau; all of the shower heads have now been stolen by tourists. My photo of the last remaining shower head at Dachau is shown below; this shower head is now gone, apparently stolen as a souvenir by a tourist.

My photo of the last remaining shower head at Dachau

My photo of last remaining Dachau shower head

The news article, cited above, tells about [Holocaust survivor] Chaim Schwimmer’s miraculous rescue, in 1944, from certain death at Auschwitz. In October that year, the 14-year-old was pulled from a crowd just a few steps from being murdered in the concentration camp’s gas chamber.

The following quote is from the news article:

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Schwimmer was one of the approximately 50 young men selected for labor after having been forcibly disrobed and prepared to be marched to their deaths in the faux showers along with hundreds of others.

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Note the term “faux showers.” There were allegedly faux showers at Dachau and Mauthausen, but as far as I know, no one has ever claimed that there were fake showers at Auschwitz.

My photo of a real shower room in the Sauna building at Birkenau

My photo of a real shower room in the Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

At Auschwitz-Birkenau there was a real shower in the sauna building; it is shown in my photo above. The shower heads have been removed.

The alleged gas chambers at Birkenau were underground and they did not have shower fixtures.

The alleged faux showers at Dachau and Mauthausen were actually real showers. There were no gas chambers at either of these camps, although tourists are now told that the real showers at these camps were gas chambers.

My photo of the gas chamber at Mauthausen

My photo of the shower heads on the ceiling of the alleged gas chamber at Mauthausen

So where did the prisoners, at these camps, take a shower? Allegedly, the prisoners at these camps never took a shower; the prisoners just stayed dirty for 4 or 5 years.  This was in Germany, a country that is noted for cleanliness.  You can walk down a city street in Germany, and you think that you are in Disneyland, in the early morning, because the streets are so clean.

This quote is from the news article:

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Chaim Schwimmer, 85, recalled what happened after reaching the gas chamber’s building on that rainy afternoon.

“They told us to undress. We were expecting right away that they’d take us to the gas chamber. But we stood — and waited and waited and waited,” he said.

Three German soldiers entered the room. One ordered a young prisoner to sprint to the end of the room — apparently, Schwimmer thought, to test his fitness. Schwimmer boasted of his own ability to work. A soldier berated him, but ordered him to leave the building with the others selected.

Herskovic, now 88, was unusually calm that day, not dreading what likely awaited. He mumbled a passage from the Talmud on keeping the faith even when a sword was pressed against one’s neck.

After he had undressed, three soldiers appeared. One ordered the boys to line up, three per row.

“When he said that, I knew we’d be saved now. I stood in the second row, and I was immediately picked and sent to the right side, where we were to go back to the camp and remain alive,” Herskovic said.

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My first job, after I graduated from college, was at a city newspaper, working as a fact checker. Apparently, this job of fact checking, does not exist on today’s newspapers. Reporters write anything that they feel like writing, and no one cares about the facts.

 

June 14, 2016

the mother of Gene Simmons saw her mother walk into the gas chamber…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am

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The title of my blog post today comes from a line in a news article which you can read in full here:

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[Gene] Simmons was born Chaim Witz in 1949. He and his mother immigrated [emigrated] to the United States from Israel when he was eight years old.

Speaking with Big Issue, Simmons discussed her [his mother’s] traumatizing past with the Nazis. “My mother was 14 when she was in the concentration camp in Nazi Germany,” he said. “My father left us when I was about six. She, bless her—she continues to be a force—she never spoke about it.”

Even though his mother didn’t want to discuss what she’d been through, Simmons pushed forward by investigating what it was like. “I did my own research and found out just now terrible it was,” he said. “I’ve tried to talk about it but she just won’t do it. She saw her mother walk into the gas chambers. Her whole family was destroyed. My mother was the only one left alive. And she was 14. I’ve been to the Holocaust museum in Israel. The Nazis kept detailed records of every name and I saw my mother’s name at 14, listed as one of the passengers on the train.”

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Wait a minute! His mother was 14, but she was not sent to the gas chamber? Only children 15 and older were allowed to live. Obviously, she lied about her age. One of the Sonderkommano men, who was standing beside the train, probably told her to lie about her age and say that she was 15, not 14.

To which gas chamber was his grandmother sent?

Gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

Gas chamber number IV at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Gas chamber number III at Auschwitz-Birkenau

How cruel the Nazis were! To let a 14 year girl live, so that she could watch as her mother walked to her death!

But how did she know that her mother was walking into a gas chamber?

Birkenau was a 425 acre site, but the gas chambers could be seen from the trains, as the Jews arrived.  Especially gas chamber number III which was very near the tracks. This is the same gas chamber from which Irene Zisblatt was saved when a young boy threw her over the fence and into an open train car on the tracks.

So we have proof that the mother of Gene Simmons was on a train that arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau. What is the proof that she was gassed?

One would think that the Nazis would have tried to keep the gassing of the Jews a secret. But No! They were too stupid to put the gas chambers out of sight.

May 8, 2016

New Holocaust movie coming soon to a theater near you

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:38 am
 Actors in new Holocaust movie

Actors in new Holocaust movie

Just what we need: another Holocaust movie!

You can read about the latest Holocaust movie at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/remember-review-memorys-no-help-in-christopher-plummers-hunt-for-a-nazi-20160502-gok8zv.html

The following quote is from the article, cited above:

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The octogenarian [Max, played by Christopher Plummer] has dementia, but that doesn’t stop his wheelchair-bound fellow resident Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau) pressing on him written instructions and a reminder of a pledge to carry out their shared plan now he’s a widower. Like a hypnotist instructing a subject, Max grimly sets Zev in motion.

Their scheme, which has Zev unsteadily travelling across American and Canada, is a revenge quest to find the Nazi officer who ushered the pair’s families into the gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp 70 years ago: Max has a name – Rudy Kurlander – and four possible candidates. Zev means wolf in Hebrew, Max reminds him, but with his shaky hands and easy confusion, the ageing Holocaust survivor is an unlikely weapon.

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Excuse me for living, but in my humble opinion, the basic premise of this movie is wrong.  A “Nazi officer” would not have escorted Jews into a gas chamber. That was a job for a Sonderkommando, a Jewish helper who assisted the Nazi officers in the gassing of the Jews. Nazi officers were strutting around in their nice clean uniforms; they did not dirty their hands by shoving Jews into the gas chambers.

This movie will open in a theater near you on May 12, 2016.

 

 

 

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