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August 31, 2015

Yes, the Holocaust happened; just ask Dr. Wolf Murmelstein

“Yes, the Holocaust happened.”

The title of my blog post today is a line from the letter which I received this morning from Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, the son of Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Jewish “elder” of Theresienstadt.

Yes, the Holocaust happened, and little nine-year-old Wolf was there, right in the middle of it.

This quote is from a letter written to me by Dr. Murmelstein, who is still mentally suffering from his childhood ordeal.

Begin Quote from Dr. Wolf Murmelstein’s letter to me:

Yes, the Holocaust happened. The Gas Chambers in the Death Camps were operating, the mass shootings were taking place (mainly in Russia and Ukraine), the Ghettos (including Theresienstadt) were places of starvation and disease; they were the anti-chambers to the Death Camps.

And no one who is commenting here [on this blog] — the fault-finding commentators — can answer this question: In what direction, and how did the large East, Central and South European Jewish communities disappear in the years from 1939 to 1945?

Asking your blog readers to think better about the Shoah, the Holocaust matter, I am

Sincerely yours,

Wolf Murmelstein.

Gate into the walled ghetto formerly known as Theresienstadt

Gate into the walled ghetto formerly known as Theresienstadt

Here is the full text of the letter which I received today from Dr. Wolf Murmelstein:

Begin quote:
My parents and myself survived at Theresienstadt for the simple reason that Eichmann, after the INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS visit of April 6, 1945 had no possibility, any more, of liquidating the so-called ‘Model Ghetto.”

The conclusion, that our survival proves that the Holocaust never took place, is very offensive.

Indeed, we have relatives who survived Auschwitz and the Death Marches, and relatives that we do not even know where, when and how they were murdered. We remember friends who left and never returned. Comments, that say they emigrated and changed names, are offensive and very stupid.

Mr. Berg and Mr. Leuchter simply do not acknowledge that, in USA prisons, the Gas Chambers can murder one or two victims at a single execution, but German Holocaust Technology solved the problem of mass murder in Gas Chambers by employing Zyclon B, which is lethal for lice, as well as lethal for human beings — even in rooms not sufficiently aired after “disinfection” or “murder”.

As the Nazis had been able to keep secret the details and designs of Gas Chambers employing Zyklon B, they had been kept secret; simple. Besides, Death Camps had been located far away from important cities; Auschwitz had been an exception for logistic reasons.

I started asking about what had occurred, and how it had occurred, some time after Liberation, when I was nine years old. I learned that events had to be studied while considering general historical background.

So I went on studying the Shoah – Holocaust – and history linked with the general, economic and social history of Europe.

I was 14 when I read [Eugene] Kogon about Buchenwald and 16 when I read the memories of Schacht about the German Economic problems during and after WWI and so on.

[“Der SS-Staat,” is a book written in 1946 by Eugen Kogon, an Austrian Social Democrat who was sent, as a prisoner, to Buchenwald because he was a political activist. This book is a rewrite of the Buchenwald Report, compiled by the US Army from interviews with the survivors.]

About Theresienstadt, Jewish emigration and Eichmann, I was able to speak with my Father about this for 40 years.

So I can answer many questions [about the Holocaust] on this blog according to my best knowledge.

When I am asked for forensic proof, such as autopsies of Death Camp victims, I can only say that I am fed up with all the fault finders and trouble makers, who have had their fun torturing survivors by questioning them, using well known police techniques, which often obtain confessions from persons who then turn out to be innocent; this often happens twenty years after they have been murdered in the Gas Chamber of a place of lawful executions.

Clearly, I would like to see many careless journalists, “historians”, and writers in the deepest hell, because their careless writing and talking about a tragedy is helpful … for the [Holocaust] deniers.

Political Zionism came about as the result of racism and antisemitism “fin de siecle” of the nineteenth century when Theodore Herzl reported to the Vienna NEUE FREIE PRESSE about the Dreyfus case. For European Jews it had been hard to emigrate to Palestine/Israel. But for many survivors, Israel had been the only possible solution as they could not return to Poland, Hungary, etc.

July 25, 2015

Photographs of the human hair in the Auschwitz Museum are no longer allowed

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:03 am

From a news article, which you can read in full here, I have learned that photographs of the hair, cut from the heads of the Jews at Auschwitz, are no longer allowed. Is this because the hair might be harmed by the flash of cameras? No, I think it is to prevent tourists from being trampled to death.

This quote is from the news article:

Knowing what was behind the glass [display cases] made it all so surreal.

Kevin Wagner of Carlisle was told heading into the [museum] room that no photography was allowed; that the contents [of the display cases] were considered holy by Jews.

There piled high from floor to ceiling [in a display case] was a mound of human hair shaved from the heads of men, women and children doomed to suffer an untimely death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

It was a co-mingled mass of strands colored black, brown and red with some even done up in braids. It was way too much to process…way too much to take in at once. Overwhelmed, Wagner broke down and cried while two others in the group left the room unsettled by the sight of so much lost humanity.

“How could another human being do this to somebody?” recalled Wagner, social studies program chair for the Carlisle Area School District.

“It was methodically efficient,” he added. “You can’t wrap your head around how someone can come up with that.”

Wait a minute! Was the hair cut from the heads of the Jews before or after they went into the gas chamber?  It would have been difficult to cut the hair from the dead bodies AFTER the Jews were gassed, so the hair must have been cut BEFORE the gassing. So why does the hair show the effects of gassing?

Personally, I think that the reason that photographs of the hair at Auschwitz are no longer allowed, is because there were, in the past, so many tourists crowding around the hair exhibit, trying to take photos, that there was a serious danger of someone being trampled to death.

When I first visited the exhibits in the main Auschwitz camp in 1998, there were so many people trying to take photos of the hair that I could not get close enough to take a photo. I had to be satisfied with taking a photo of a small amount of human hair.

 Cloth made from human hair is displayed in Auschwitz Museum

Cloth made from human hair is displayed in Auschwitz Museum (click to enlarge photo)

I took the photo above in the Auschwitz Museum in 1998.  I have borrowed the photo below, which was taken by a Polish photographer in 2004.

Auschwitz  28.12.2004 Human hair in display case at Auschwitz Photo Credit: Lukasz Trzcinski

Auschwitz 28.12.2004
Human hair in display case at Auschwitz
Photo Credit: Lukasz Trzcinski

Hungarian Jewish women head to their baracks aftr their heads were shaved

Hungarian Jewish women walking to their barracks after their heads have been shaved, and they have been given uniforms to wear

The photo above shows that the hair of the women at Auschwitz was cut before they were sent to the gas chamber.  In fact, these women look as if they have been selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Why was their hair shaved?  The hair must have been shaved to prevent typhus, which is spread by lice that hides in the hair. Their public hair was also shaved — by a man.

This quote is also from the news article, cited above:

As World War II in Europe drew to a close, the Red Army of the Soviet Union was advancing rapidly from the east. Eager to hide evidence of the Holocaust, the Nazis burned to the ground the death camp at Belzec.

Wagner [who visited Belzec] described that memorial as a lunar landscape on a slope with a center path where visitors walk down a ramp to a wall carved with hundreds of Jewish surnames. The further Wagner descended, the more confining the space until he felt as though he was about to suffocate.

On my trips to Poland, many years ago, I did not visit Belzec because my tour guide told me that there was absolutely nothing there to see, except an empty field; the memorial had not yet been built. The Holocaust allegedly started with the gassing of Jews at Belzec, so why did Belzec get no respect for many years?

The entire camp that was Belzec has been covered with rocks

The entire camp Belzec camp has been covered with rocks and no one is allowed to dig there Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris (Click to enlarge)

The Belzec Memorial includes a very deep path (Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The Belzec Memorial includes a very deep path (Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The deep path through the Belzec Memorial (Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The very deep path that was cut through the Belzec Memorial site  (Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The entire Belzec Camp is now a field of broken concrete Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

The entire Belzec Camp is now a field of broken concrete Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

You can read all about Belzec on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Belzec/Belzec01.html

July 18, 2015

Oskar Groening didn’t “pour gas into the gas chamber,” but he is nevertheless a war criminal

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

My blog post today is an answer to the information in this news article.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

During his time at Auschwitz, Groening’s job was to collect the belongings of the deportees after they arrived at the camp by train and had been put through a selection process that resulted in many being sent directly to the gas chambers.

“The conviction of Oskar Groening for his actions sends an unequivocal message that, although he may not have led or directly participated in the atrocities at Auschwitz, he was clearly an accessory to the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis,” the UK’s Holocaust Educational Trust said in a statement Wednesday, asserting that his actions directly facilitated the murder of 300,000 Jews. […]

“The world has to understand that it is not an excuse to have worked on the economic system” of the camps, Holocaust educator Rabbi Avraham Krieger told The Jerusalem Post. “He knew that he was part of a whole machinery of killing. Just because didn’t hold a gun or pour gas into the gas chamber it doesn’t change the picture.”

He didn’t POUR GAS into the gas chamber? Was this liquid gas, like the gas that you might pour into the gas tank of a car?

My photo of Zyklon-B pellets, taken at Mauthausen camp

My photo of Zyklon-B pellets, taken at Mauthausen memorial site

Hole in the ceiling of the Auschwitz 1 gas chamber, through which the gas pellets were thrown

Hole in the ceiling of the Auschwitz 1 gas chamber, through which the gas pellets were thrown

The gas that was allegedly used to kill the Jews was in the form of pellets that were thrown into the alleged gas chambers through holes in the roof. IMHO, the gas was thrown into the gas chambers, not poured.

Degesch machine was used in disinfection gas chambers

Degesch machine was used in disinfection gas chambers

The Nazis used Zyklon-B for disinfecting the clothing of the prisoners, and allegedly for the gassing of the Jews.  The machine in the photo above was used for disinfecting the clothing of the prisoners in order to save lives.  By using this machine, the pellets could be automatically put into a basket where they could be recovered and reused.  In the homicidal gas chambers, the Zyklon-B pellets were allegedly dropped on the heads of the prisoners, and the pellets could not be recovered.

I don’t believe that Oskar Groening knew anything whatsoever about the gassing of the Jews at Auschwitz, or he might have explained all this.

May 21, 2015

Bradley Smith is still making trouble at American universities

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:10 am

Today, I received an e-mail alerting me to a new letter that Bradley Smith has sent to Professor Steven Pinker at Harvard University. This is nothing new. Bradley Smith has been making trouble for years, by constantly sending letters to universities, asking for the name of one person (with proof) who was gassed by the Nazis.

Remains of the gas chamber at Sachsenhausen which had a floor drain

Remains of the gas chamber at Sachsenhausen which has a floor drain

Can a homicidal gas chamber have a floor drain, like the one shown in the ruins of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber, in the photo above?  Just asking!

Although there are numerous Holocaust survivors, out on the lecture circuit, who are claiming that their relatives were “gassed,” there is no proof whatsoever that gas chambers were used to kill people during the “Holocaust.”

I have written several blog posts about the alleged gas chambers at the Majdanek “death camp,” which you can read here: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/majdanek-gas-chamber/

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower

This quote is from the letter to a Harvard professor, written by Bradley Smith:

Back in 2009 The Harvard Crimson ran a one-column, two-inch ad where I asked why Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his book Crusade In Europe, did not mention the words “gas chambers.” Publication of the ad caused a scandal and The Crimson withdrew it after one run. You can review that story here. From what I can find, you did not comment on this Free Speech scandal. Reading your principled article in The Boston Globe, it occurs to me to wonder why.

Why do you think General Eisenhower wrote his account of World War 11 and choose to not mention “gas chambers”? No one was in a better position to know what weapons of mass destruction the Germans employed during that war and which they did not. Eisenhower chose (he chose!) to not support a narrative about gas chambers that he had every reason to understand was corrupt. At the same time, having in mind to further his career, he would evade risking that career by discounting them.

Why does Bradley Smith keep taunting people like this? He knows why Eisenhower did not mention the “gas chambers,” and so does everyone else of Eisenhower’s generation. [Eisenhower was born in 1890.]

Back in 1948, when Eisenhower wrote his best selling book, everyone knew what a homicidal gas chamber was.  Everyone knew that a crematorium, that was not air tight and did not have a tall stack to vent the gas, could not have been used to gas 2,000 people at one time, as the Holocaustians now claim.

Back in 1948, America had gas chambers to execute criminals, including the gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO where two people could be gassed at the same time.

I wrote about the gas chamber in Jefferson City, Missouri on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/what-does-a-real-gas-chamber-look-like/

March 14, 2015

Hungarian Holocaust survivor wants former SS men to live long enough to be put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:48 pm

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi has a new goal.

This quote is from the news article:

Last year, [Eva Fahidi] was bitterly disappointed when one of the few surviving Auschwitz guards indicted at this late stage by German justice died in Pennsylvania, a day before an extradition order was to be executed. The deceased man, Johann Breyer, was born in her year, 1925, and she had wanted the chance to look him in the eye at trial and ask how he could have stood on the ramp.

Now the German authorities are preparing to try another Auschwitz camp guard, Oskar Gröning, 93, in April. Her fervent wish is that he not die before her.

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 26, 1944

Note the prisoner, wearing a striped uniform, who is standing on the right.  He is a Sonderkommando Jew who helped the Germans at Auschwitz, when the trains arrived.  Typically, the low level SS men did not work at the ramp where the Jews arrived.

This quote is also from the news article:

Begin Quote

When [Eva] was 18, she was, as she put it, “ripped off the school bench to be deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau,” one of an estimated 437,000 Hungarian Jews rounded up outside Budapest and dispatched to death camps in just 57 days in 1944.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, she recalled, “was not ready. It was too fast. The gas chambers were big enough that people could still be suffocated to death. But the crematories could not manage. So corpses were being burned on open fires.”

“Really, at the very first moment you knew something was wrong. It was the huge stench of burning corpses — only we didn’t know.”

End quote

The reason that the crematoria ovens could not keep up with burning the corpses was that there were two typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In spite of all the effort to prevent typhus at Auschwitz, there were two serious epidemics, one in the Summer of 1942 and another in the Summer of 1943.

On July 23, 1942, Commandant Hoess ordered the whole Birkenau camp to be quarantined for fear that the epidemic would spread. On July 7, 1943, he again decreed that the Birkenau camp was off-limits to the German soldiers who were the camp administrators. Allegedly, the homicidal gassing of the Jews continued even while the camp was quarantined because of typhus.

Eventually, typhus spread to the concentration camps in Germany in December 1944 and this caused many deaths in the last months of the war, particularly in the Bergen-Belsen camp where 35,000 prisoners died in only two months time. Half of all the deaths in the Dachau concentration camp were in the last six months of the war when a typhus epidemic was out of control there.

One method that was allegdly used to end the typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the gassing of the sick prisoners. On August 29, 1942, there were 746 prisoners from the Birkenau camp hospital who were gassed.

In 1981, the West German Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Dr. Josef Mengele for his crime of sending 507 Gypsy men and 528 Gypsy women to the gas chamber on May 25, 1943 because they were suspected of being infected with typhus. Dr. Mengele had died in 1979 in Brazil, but his death had been kept secret by his family.

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and have been give a shower and a change of clothing

Hungarian women who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and have been give a shower and a change of clothing before going into their barracks

The photo above shows Hungarian women walking into the women’s section on the south side of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after they have had a shower and a change of clothes. Behind them is a transport train and in the background, on the left, is one of the camp guards.

The woman with dark hair in the center of the photo is Ella Hart Gutmann who is in the outside row facing inward. Next to her is Lida Hausler Leibovics; both women were from Uzhgorod in Hungary. Their heads have been shaved in an attempt to control the lice that spreads typhus.

If the SS guard on the left side of the photo above is still alive, he could be put on trial, so that Eva Fahidi can have at least some revenge, after all her years of suffering because of the horror of her 6-week stay at Auschwitz.

I wrote about Eva Fahidi on my website scrapbookpages.com.

This quote is from my website:

According to a book which she wrote, Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi was 18 years old when, together with her family in the town of Debrecen, Hungary, she was herded into a cattle car headed to the Birkenau death camp. Her Mother and 11-year-old sister, Gilike, were instantly murdered. Her father bore the hard labour for a few weeks only.

Eva spent six weeks in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Then she was shipped with one thousand other women to Allendorf, a slave-labour sub-camp of Buchenwald. Here, the women had to work with harmful chemical agents, “without protective gloves or masks; we inhaled all the dangerous vapour and walked in saltpeter up to our knees,” twelve hours a day, incredibly hard work, “but in comparison with a death camp it was a better option.” Here, being able “to maintain a reasonable hygienic standard; in times of great need being able to help each other,” dignified their lives and contributed to survival.

What horror did Eva suffer during her SIX WEEK stay at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which has made her so bitter and so eager to want to see SS men put on trial at the age of 90?

If the SS man in the photo above is still alive, he could be put on trial as a war criminal, so that Eva and other survivors can now have some revenge.

Maybe it would help if Eva and other survivors, who had to spend 6 whole weeks at Birkenau, knew why they were sent to this camp before being sent on to another camp to work.

The town of Auschwitz had the largest railroad hub in Europe.  All the trains in Europe could go into and out of the railroad yard in the town of Auschwitz.  That’s why a transit camp was set up at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was also a death camp for thousands of prisoners who were brought there on trains from all over Europe.

The Jews, who were capable of working, were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and given a shower and a shave (of their hair) before being sent, on another train, to another camp to work.

The Jews who were too young or too old to work were sent to the hundreds of barracks buildings in the 425 acre Auschwitz-Birkenau camp — where they were never seen again.  Obviously, they were gassed. What else could have happened to them?

Continue reading about the next elderly man who will be put on trial in Germany, so that Eva Fahini can have some revenge for her SIX WEEKS of suffering in Auschwitz Birkeanau: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/update-on-oskar-groening-the-ss-guard-at-auschwitz-who-didt-kill-with-his-hands-but-was-part-of-that-killing-machinery/

April 24, 2014

Letters written by Heinrich Himmler to his family are being published in a German newspaper

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:09 am

According to a newspaper article, which you can read in full here, the letters written by Germany’s Recihsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler to his wife, are being published in installments by a German newspaper.

Heinrich Himmler is the man in the foreground

Heinrich Himmler is the man in the foreground

This quote is from the article, cited above:

Himmler does not explicitly write about the atrocities of World War II [in his letters]. But small letter fragments and quotes reveal his involvement — often shocking in the banality of its evilness — as when he writes to his wife “I’m going to Auschwitz, kisses, yours Heini.”

Before going on an inspection tour of various death camps in occupied Poland, where he wanted to watch the gassing of hundreds of Jews firsthand, Himmler wrote on July 15, 1942, to his wife. “In the next days, I will be in Lublin, Zamosch, Auschwitz, Lemberg and then at a new accommodation,” he said. “I’m curious if and how it will work out with (talking on) the phone. … Have good days with our daughter. Lots of love and kisses. Yours Pappi.”

I detect some slight-of-hand in the above statement.  Did Himmler write, in a letter to his wife, that “he wanted to watch the gassing of hundreds of Jews firsthand”?

Or did the person who wrote this article assume that Himmler wanted to watch a gassing when he went to visit these places.

Lublin was the location of the Majdanek “death camp.” Auschwitz was the location of three camps, two of which allegedly had gas chambers, but the other two places, mentioned in the letter, did not have gas chambers, as far as I know.  This makes me think that his trip was not for the purpose of inspecting the gas chambers.

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler inspects Monowitz, July 1942

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler on a visit to Monowitz, July 1942

The photograph above shows Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, on his visit to inspect the Monowitz factories at the Auschwitz III camp on July 17th and 18th, 1942. Himmler is the man wearing a uniform. The two men on the right are German engineers.  The man on the left is Max Faust.

I wrote about Himmler’s visit to the Auschwitz III camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Monowitz.html

You can read more about Himmler’s visits to the camps on this website: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/ar/himmlerARvisit.html

Note that Zamosc is mentioned on the website, cited above. Himmler visited this place because Germans were being  settled there, according to the text on the website.

Heinrich Himmler on a visit  to the Dachau camp

Heinrich Himmler on a visit to the Dachau camp

Heinrich Himmler was the man who opened the Dachau camp in 1933. He is shown in the center of the photo above, on an inspection of the camp.

The photo below shows Himmler with his young daughter. He took his daughter with him on some of his visits to Dachau, where she reportedly enjoyed visiting the rabbit cages.  The second photo below shows Himmler at the experimental farm, just outside the Dachau camp, where Himmler, who had a degree in Agriculture, was growing medicinal herbs.

Heinrich Himmler and his beloved daughter "Puppi"

Heinrich Himmler and his beloved daughter “Puppi”

Himmler is shown on a  vist to the herb farm at Dachau

Himmler is shown, on the far right, on a visit to the herb farm at Dachau

This quote is also from the article about Himmler’s private papers:

The paper said two U.S. Army soldiers found the trove right at the end of the war in May 1945, inside a safe in Himmler’s home in Bavaria.

Decades later, in the 1980s, the papers surfaced in Israel in the hands of Holocaust survivor Chaim Rosenthal. Welt says it is not clear how he obtained the papers.  Rosenthal kept them until 2007, when he sold the documents to Vanessa Lapa’s father, who then gave them to his daughter.

Lapa will debut a documentary she directed on the Himmler files at next month’s Berlin International Film Festival.

I think that it is a very bad idea to release the letters, written by Heinrich Himmler.  This will tend to humanize him.  Which of the Nazi leaders will we have left to hate?

What’s next, the love letters of Ernst Kaltenbrunner?

Once again, the Jews are overplaying their hand. The letters of Heinrich Himmler reveal that he hated the Jews. This will lead to people asking WHY he hated the Jews. Were the Jews in Germany doing anything to cause the Germans to hate them and to want them out of Germany?

 

 

March 28, 2014

Holocaust survivor in Australia speaks out against changes in free speech laws

The following quote is from an article, which you can read in full at

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/545399/20140328/racial-discrimination-act-tony-abbott-holocaust-moshe.htm#.UzWQ4V7Y1Ph

Holocaust Survivor Moshe Fiszman pleads [with Australia’s] leader to abandon his proposed changes [in the Free Speech law], saying that he would be taking away [the Jew’s] freedom in doing so.

[…]

[Australian Prime Minister] Mr Abbott claimed that the changes are necessary to remove the restrictions on “free speech,” and that they also include strong prohibitions on racial vilification.

Mr Fiszman, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who spent the Second World War in Nazi concentration camps, begged to differ.

He penned an open letter to the PM, asking him to abandon his plans to change the RDA [Racial Discrimination Act].

[Moshe Fiszman said] “You might think you are increasing freedom, but let me assure you that you will be taking away the freedom of communities such as mine [the Jewish community]. The freedom to live without hatred and without lies being told about us [the Jews],” he wrote.

“That is why every single ethnic community is against this change. Some 39 communities have protested against it. Australia is a beautiful country because, like the United States, we are all migrants – not minorities. But if this law gets up, we will be made to feel like minorities.

“You might think you are increasing freedom, but this change will hurt disadvantages, underprivileged groups, like the Aborigines who regularly visit the Jewish Holocaust Museum.”

He continued, “I came to this country because it was the furthest away from Europe I could get. Also, I had four years behind bars as a refugee after the war because nobody wanted me, so I had plenty of time to check out what Australia was made of. I researched its constitution and so forth, and I liked it.

[…]

“What do they want to change this law for? If you start playing around with it, where will it end up? Who is it giving the freedom to? They want the right-wing loonies to have a free rein so they can write and say whatever they like and get away with it scot-free. Holocaust deniers like the Adelaide Institute.”

Mr Fiszman was the only member of his family to survive after suffering in various Nazi concentration camps, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau.

“This is my opinion as a survivor, the opinion of a man who went through living hell for five-and-a-half years, on death row for 24 hours a day. I am dead against it. Don’t let them touch the freedom of the people in the country.

After I read the news article, I did some  research on Moshe Fiszman and found a website which gives the following information about Moshe, obtained in an interview:

http://www.arturszulc.se/anslagstavlan/mellan-himmel-jord/a-interview-with-moshe-fiszman-holocaust-survivor

The following information is from the website, cited above:

What happened to your family? And where you put into a camp? What camp?

In August 1942 the Jewish population (including my family of five people) nearly 24 000 people men, woman, children, babies, pregnant woman, old people, were cramped in cattle trucks over 100 per truck, no food, water or toilet, and what we found out later, taken to a place called Treblinka, and gassed to death, their bodies burned, and the ashes used as fertilizer.

3 000 Jews, including myself, were given striped clothing, and were declared as prisoners of the K/Z. Majdanek.

In July 1944 we were death marched to Tomaszow Mazowiecki for six days. From there to Auschwitz- Birkenau were I was selected to live a while longer. There after I was taken to Natzweiler-Struthof (my prisoner number 25627), from there to Vaihingen am Enz, were we left a mass grave of  1600 prisoners. In March 1945 marched to Dachau (my prisoner number 150321), and finally all Jewish prisoners marched in to the Austrian Alps and by miracle freed.

I survived. What actually what did I survive? I had no family, no home and no country to go back to, I was alone in a cursed country.

You spent almost two years in Majdanek. How does one survive such an ordeal? What kept you going?

Hope.
And the will not to allow the savages to turn out the light on the Jewish people and their history.

[…]

You managed to survive. What happened after the War? How did you end up in Australia?

I was lucky, for five and a half years of starvation and maltreatment, to be found by a front line unit of the 7th U S Army in the mountains of Austria. Lived as a refuge for four years in UNNRA camps, finally Australia was ready to accept me as a migrant.

From this interview, and Moshe’s description of his survival in the Holocaust, we learn that Moshe Fiszman is the living proof of what Holocaust deniers claim.

1. Moshe Fiszman was sent to Treblinka, a death camp, where he was not gassed in any of the 10 gas chambers, but was sent on to the Majdanek death camp, where it was initially reported that there were 5 gas chambers.

2. Next Moshe was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where he was again not gassed in any of the alleged 5 gas chambers.

3. From Auschwitz, Moshe was sent to the Natzweiler-Struthof camp, which was mostly a camp for Resistance Fighters, although it had the obligatory gas chamber.  (Was Moshe sent to Natzweiler because he was fighting in the Polish Home Army of illegal combatants?)

4. When the Natzweiler-Struthof camp was abandoned, Moshe was sent to Dachau, which allegedly had a gas chamber, but Moshe was again not gassed. He was sent to a sub-camp of Dachau, called Mittenwald.

5.  After the American Seventh Army liberated the main Dachau camp, they went on to liberate the Mittenwald camp.  After the camp was liberated, it became a Displaced Persons camp, where Moshe stayed on until he went to Australia.

December 24, 2013

Did the Nazis plant birch trees at Auschwitz to cover up their crimes?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:30 am
Birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, 2005

Birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, 2005

The subject, of the birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, came up in a comment by a regular reader of my blog.  I am answering his comment in my new post today.

The reader’s comment is quoted below:

I once had some literature that I got from Auschwitz in 1991 which unfortunately I seem to have mislaid, but anyway, it stated that the Nazis planted birch trees around Birkenau because they grew quickly and would cover up their crimes.

But Birkenau is named after the birch trees, surely. And of course they are visible in photos. They would not name a camp after some trees and then plant the trees later, would they?

Birkenau might have been named after the birch trees, which appear to have been deliberately planted at the western end of the Auschwitz II camp, which is now called Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the background of the photo above, you can see the water treatment plant, built with bricks.  The birch trees do not hide anything.

The German word Birken means birches in English. The camp was most likely named after the birch trees.

When I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 2005, there was a sign outside the gatehouse, which said that the seven villages of Brzezinka, Babice, Broszkowice, Rajsk, Plawy, Harmeze, and Brzeszcze-Budy were torn down to provide space for the 425-acre Birkenau camp.

Google Translate gives the German translation of Brzezinka as Birkenau but I don’t know if the Polish word Brezzinka actually means Birkenau in German.

The birch trees are at the far end of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, and do not hide anything. The location and the placement of the trees suggests that they were deliberately planted, but not to hide anything.

Birch tree grove at western end of Auschwitz II camp

Birch tree grove at western end of Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau

I took these photos of the birch trees at Auschwitz-Birkenau, not because I thought that the trees were attractive, but because I was disappointed in the famous birch trees at Birkenau, which are not nearly as beautiful as the birch trees in California.

Hungarian Jews waiting to be gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews waiting to be gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Jews, shown in the photo above, are looking toward the Sauna which is across the road in front of them.  The Sauna had a shower room and disinfection chambers to kill lice in clothing in steam chambers.  The photo above is from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos taken by the SS men at Auschwitz. However, this photo is claimed by Holocaustians to show the Jews waiting for the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V which are behind them.

Crematorium IV which was blown up by the prisoners

Crematorium IV which was blown up by the prisoners

The photograph above shows the gas chamber building known as Crematorium IV, or Krema IV, taken in the Summer of 1943 after it became operational. This building was blown up by Jewish inmates in a camp rebellion on October 7, 1944.

Notice the trees behind the Krema IV gas chamber, shown in the photo above.  These trees are hiding the building from the people outside the camp, but they appear to be full grown trees, that were there before Auschwitz-Birkenau was set up as a camp.

The Krema IV gas chamber, disguised as a shower room, was located above ground in the wing of the building which is to the left in the picture. Note that the roof line of the gas chamber is lower than the roof of the main part of the building. Zyklon-B poison gas pellets were thrown into the fake shower room through windows on the outside wall of the gas chamber.

Krema IV was located just north of the clothing warehouses which were set on fire by the Germans when they abandoned the camp on January 18, 1945.

As for deliberately planting trees to hide evidence, take a look at the photo below, which shows the International Monument at the end of the railroad tracks that were extended inside the camp in May 1944.

Trees behind the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Trees behind the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The International Monument, shown in the photo above, was built on top of a road that went north, from the end of the main road at the western end of the camp, to the Sauna where incoming prisoners took a shower and received clean clothes that had been disinfected with steam.  On the other side of this road, beyond the monument, was farmland where Polish civilians could see everything going on inside the camp, before these trees were planted, and the road was covered by this grotesque monument.

Visitors to the camp today do not realize that the main camp road did not end at the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers.  The prisoners passed the two crematoria, then turned to the right, onto the road that is now covered by the International Monument, and continued on to the Sauna, where they took a shower.

Prisoners walking west toward the road where the International Monument now stands

Prisoners walking west toward the road where the International Monument now stands

The prisoners in the photo above are looking toward the photographer who is standing in front of Krema II.  They are passing Krema III, which is in the background. Notice that there are babies and young children in this group, and others who are too old to work, but they are not heading into the gas chambers, which were allegedly located in the crematoria.  They are headed toward the intersection of the main camp road and another road that leads to the Sauna.  That road is currently covered by the International Monument.

Hungarian Jews headed toward the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews headed toward the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above is from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos, taken by the Germans, which also includes the previous photo of Jews walking past Krema III.  Notice the gate in the background on the far upper right hand side.  This gate opens into the enclosure around the part of the camp where the Sauna is located.

My 2005 photo of the gate into the section where the Sauna is located is shown below.

Gate, on the right hand side opens into the section where the Sauna is located

Gate, on the right hand side opens into the section where the Sauna is located

May 4, 2013

A Holocaust picture book for 5th graders is desperately needed

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

American children begin their Holocaust education in the 5th grade.  Typically, a Holocaust survivor comes into a 5th grade classroom and tells the gullible children a story about how he or she escaped the gas chamber at Auschwitz, or how they survived the gas chamber selections at Auschwitz, and then escaped the gas chamber at Bergen-Belsen the day before the camp was liberated.

What is needed is a picture book so that the children can visualize a gas chamber.

A real gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO that was used for execution

A real gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO that was used for execution

A man sitting inside a real gas chamber

A man sitting inside a real gas chamber

Holocaust revisionist Germar Rudolf inside a disinfection chamber at Auschwitz

Holocaust revisionist Germar Rudolf inside a disinfection chamber at Auschwitz that has blue stains on the wall

Alleged gas chamber at Auschwitz has no blue stains on the walls

Alleged gas chamber at Auschwitz has no blue Zyklon-B stains on the walls

Blue stains on the outside wall of an Auschwitz-Birkenau disinfection building

Blue Zyklon-B stains on the outside wall of an Auschwitz-Birkenau disinfection building

Inside the ruins of a gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau which has no stains

Inside the ruins of a gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau that has no  heavy blue stains from Zyklon-B use

Inside of Auschwitz-Birkenau alleged gas chamber shows no Zyklon-B stains

Inside of Auschwitz-Birkenau alleged gas chamber shows no heavy Zyklon-B stains

The 5th grade students should be told that men risked a long prison sentence to go inside the ruins of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau to take samples from the walls and test these samples to show that there was no evidence that Zyklon-B had been used in these alleged gas chambers to kill millions of Jews.

Gas chamber expert Fred Leuchter climbed down into allege gas chamber at Birkenau

Gas chamber expert Fred Leuchter climbed down into alleged gas chamber at Birkenau and found no evidence of gassing

After the children have been prepared, by looking at a picture book of the alleged Auschwitz gas chambers, they can then make up their minds about the truth of the stories told by the survivors.  At least, the children should be prepared to ask intelligent questions of the survivors who claim that they escaped the Auschwitz gas chamber.

Another revisionist who climbed down into the alleged gas chamber in Krema II at Birkenau

Another revisionist who climbed down into the alleged gas chamber in Krema II

Fredrick Töben, a Holocaust revisionist, is shown in the photo above, as he climbs down into the alleged gas chamber in Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

You can read a typical story here of a Holocaust survivor, who survived, while millions of others were sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. She recently spoke to High School students in Wichita, Kansas who gave her a standing ovation, but apparently asked no questions.  This quote is from her story:

One by one, and in groups, so many other children she knew in the Terezin [Theresienstadt] camp got sent off to the gas chambers, to places like Auschwitz.

Why didn’t one of the students ask her why the Nazis left witnesses behind at Theresienstadt, including young children who would live to be 82 years old, and tell the world about the Auschwitz gas chambers 68 years later?

March 13, 2013

Jews were reduced to ashes within a half-hour of their arrival at the Sobibór extermination camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:27 pm

Philip Bialowitz is one of the few survivors of the Sobibór extermination camp, who is still living.  He was one of the prisoners who escaped from the camp, “running through machine gun fire and minefields,” according to this article in a Florida newspaper on March 7, 2013.

This quote is from the news article:

“…We were reduced to ashes within a half-hour of our arrival,” Bialowitz said about his fellow prisoners at Sobibór, a Nazi prison camp. […]

It was not a labor camp — it was an extermination camp. Jews from across Europe were brought in by train and almost immediately gassed and then burned in mass cremations. The Jewish Virtual Library estimates 250,000 Jews were murdered at Sobibór in 18 months.”

The photo below shows the location at Sobibór where a brick building with gas chambers once stood. A large block of stone represents the gas chambers in two buildings at Sobibór, which were torn down long ago. Survivors of Sobibór do not agree on the number or size of the gas chambers. The victims were killed with carbon monoxide from the exhaust of engines taken from captured Soviet tanks, which were stored in in the camp. There is also disagreement among Holocaustians on whether these were diesel engines or gasoline engines.

Monuments at Sobibór where the gas  chambers were located Photo Credit:  Alan Collins

Monuments at Sobibór where the gas chambers were once located Photo Credit: Alan Collins

This quote is from the news article:

Now a small memorial sits in a dense forest at Sobibór. Bialowitz visits every year.

“I stand on the ashes of 250,000 Jews, in the middle of a forest, hidden from the conscience of the world.”

The photo below shows another view of the red stone sculpture, which represents a woman, looking up at the sky, holding a small child in her arms. In the background can be seen the huge mound of ashes that is located in the former camp. These are the ashes of the 250,000 Jews who were gassed and burned at Sobibór.

Sobibor Monument with ashes in the background Photo Credit: Alan Collins

Sobibor Monument with ashes in the background Photo Credit: Alan Collins

Ashes of the Jews who were gassed and burned at Sobibor Photo Credit: Alan Collins

Ashes of the Jews who were gassed and burned at Sobibor Photo Credit: Alan Collins

The photo above shows a huge mound of ashes and bone fragments surrounded by a stone wall. In front of the wall is a glass display case which contains a small amount of ashes and bone. There is also a display of ashes and bone fragments in the Museum at Sobibór.

Hopefully, Philip Bialowitz does not stand on this mound of ashes once a year when he goes back to visit the former camp.

Contrary to Biolowitz’s claim that the Jews were turned into ashes within a half hour of arrival, most Holocaust historians say that the bodies of the Jews who were gassed at Sobibór were first buried and then exhumed and burned.  This same procedure was followed at the Belzec, Treblinka and Chelmno extermination camps where the bodies were first buried and then exhumed and burned.

In an attempt to destroy all the evidence, the ashes of the victims at Chelmno were hauled away secretly during the night by the SS men and taken to another town where they were dumped into a river.

The ashes at Treblinka and Belzec were buried to destroy the evidence. Only at Sobibór were the ashes of the victims left behind as incriminating evidence.

There is a similar mound of ashes at the Memorial Site of the Majdanek camp, where the ashes of 18,000 Jews, who were shot on  November 3, 1943, have been placed under a dome, which is shown in the photo below.

Ashes of 18,000 Jews who were shot at the Majdanek camp in 1943  Photo Credit: Simon Robertson

Ashes of 18,000 Jews who were shot at Majdanek in 1943 Photo Credit: Simon Robertson

The Sobibór camp was quite small; it was only 400 meters wide and 600 meters long. The entire camp was enclosed by a barbed wire fence that was three meters high. On three sides of the camp was a mine field, intended to keep anyone from approaching the camp. The watch towers were manned by Ukrainian SS guards who had been conscripted from captured soldiers in the Soviet Army to assist the 30 German SS men who were the administrators of the camp.

The Jews arrived on trains which stopped at the ramp across from the Sobibór station, or in trucks from nearby Polish villages. Most of the Jews were transported in cattle cars, but the 34,000 Dutch Jews who were sent to Sobibór arrived in passenger trains, according to Toivi Blatt, one of the prisoners who was chosen to be one of the helpers at Sobibór.

At the entrance to the camp, the victims were instructed to deposit their hand baggage and purses before proceeding along the path, called the “Himmelfahrtstrasse” (Street to heaven), which led to the spot where the hair was cut from the heads of the women, and then on to the gas chambers disguised as showers. According to Toivi Blatt, all documents, photos and personal items were removed from the confiscated baggage and anything that could not be recycled to send to Germany was burned in open fires that lit up the night sky.

The Sobibór camp was on the eastern edge of German-occupied Poland, five kilometers west of the Bug river. The Bug river was as far as trains from western Europe could go without changing the wheels to fit the train tracks in the Soviet Union, which were a different gauge. On the other side of the Bug river from Sobibór was Ukraine, which had belonged to the Soviet Union until it was taken by the Germans shortly after their invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

The unsuspecting Jews who arrived at Sobibór were told that they would be sent to work camps in Ukraine after they had taken a shower, but instead, the Jews were immediately killed in gas chambers disguised as shower rooms.

Sobibór was one of the three Aktion Reinhard camps, which were set up after the end of the Wannsee Conference, which was held, starting on January 20, 1942, to plan “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question in Europe.”

The Nazis claimed that the Aktion Reinhard camps were transit camps for the “evacuation of the Jews to the East,” a euphemism for the genocide of the Jews. Unlike the death camps at Auschwitz and Majdanek, the three Aktion Reinhard camps did not have ovens to cremate the bodies. The Jews were not registered upon arrival at the Aktion Reinhard camps and no death records were kept.

The head of Aktion Reinhard (Operation Reinhard) was SS-Brigadeführer Odilio Globocnik, who had previously been the Gauleiter of Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately, Globocnik and Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler both committed suicide after being captured by the British, so we will never know their version of what happened.

At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal in 1946, documents were introduced which showed an exchange of letters in 1943 between Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the concentration camps, and Richard Glücks, the Inspector of the Concentration Camps, in which Glücks suggested that Sobibór be converted into a concentration camp. In a letter dated 5 July 1943, Himmler rejected this idea. This indicates that Sobibór was not a concentration camp, but rather a camp that was not part of the Nazi concentration camp system.

The three Aktion Reinhard camps were all in remote locations, but “each site was on a railroad line linking it with hundreds of towns and villages whose Jewish communities were now trapped and starving” in the spring of 1942, according to Martin Gilbert’s book entitled The Holocaust. Sobibór was linked by rail with many large Jewish communities, including Lublin, Wlodawa and Chelm. Jews were also brought from the Theresienstadt ghetto, located in what is now the Czech Republic, and from the Netherlands, to be gassed at Sobibór.

Deportations to Sobibór began in mid April 1942 with transports from the town of Zamosc in Poland, according to Holocaust historian Martin Gilbert. The Jews from the Lublin ghetto were also sent to Sobibór to be gassed, although there were several gas chambers at Majdanek just outside the city of Lublin.

During the first phase of the extermination of the Jews at Sobibór, which lasted until July 1942, an estimated 100,000 Jews were gassed to death. Their bodies were buried in mass graves, then dug up later and burned on pyres. During the next phase, the bodies were burned immediately, according to Toivi Blatt, one of the few survivors of Sobibór. At the age of 15, Blatt had been selected to work in sorting the clothing in the camp. Philip Bialowitz was also selected to work in sorting the possessions of the Jews who arrived at the camp.

This quote is from the news article about Philip Bialowitz:

Bialowitz was a teenager when he arrived with what remained of his family at the camp on the outskirts of the village of Sobibór in Poland. Prisoners who had a trade deemed useful by the guards were spared, to be used as slaves in the camp. Bialowitz’s brother was a pharmacist, and he told the guards Bialowitz was his assistant. The brothers were saved; the rest of the family was not.

Bialowitz said goodbye to his sisters and niece.

“My niece was crying as she hugged me,” Bialowitz said. “She knew she was going to die. At 7 years old, she knew.”

Upon arriving at the camp, prisoners were stripped of their clothes and all their belongings. Bialowitz was forced to search through their belongings, giving anything of value to the guards and burning all documents.

He said he tried to commit to memory the faces from thousands of families’ photographs before torching them.

Under constant threat of death, he had to cut the hair of women stripped naked on their last stop before the gas chambers. He was forbidden to utter a word of comfort to them.

During World War II, and for years afterward, the Sobibór camp was virtually unknown. William Shirer did not even mention it in his monumental 1147-page book entitled The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It was not until the release of a 1987 TV movie, Escape from Sobibor, based on a book with the same name, that the public knew of this remote spot where 250,000 Jews lost their lives. The movie tells the story of the revolt during which around 300 prisoners escaped; no more than 50 of them survived to the end of the war. Philip Bialowitz was one of the prisoners who escaped and survived.

This quote is from the news article about Philip Bialowitz:

Bialowitz said it is of the utmost importance the story be retold over and over, so the world might finally learn the lessons it failed to learn from Adolf Hitler’s reign. Referring to the Killing Fields of Cambodia and the genocide in Darfur, Bialowitz said, “The world is profoundly broken.”

The father of five and grandfather of 15 said his faith was tested but is stronger than ever.

“There are good people and evil people,” he said. “God didn’t make the Holocaust happen.”

Bialowitz has testified at several war trials and the subsequent sentencing of some of the Gestapo gives him little satisfaction. He has not forgiven them.

“I do not condemn the Germans, only the perpetrators, and the punishment does not fit their crimes.”

On the day of his escape 70 years ago, a teenage Bialowitz made a promise to the leaders of the successful revolt — to tell the world about Sobibór.

You can read the official history of the Sobibór at this website.

You can read here about how some of the Jews were saved because they were sent to Siberia by Stalin.

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