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February 28, 2014

93-year-old Hans Lipschis, a former guard at Auschwitz, will be put on trial in Germany

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:39 am

There is no rest for the wicked!

According  to a news article, which you can read in full here, “Hans Lipschis, a 93-year-old thought to have been a guard at Auschwitz, was arrested in Germany on Monday. The Lithuanian-born man, who was added to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most wanted list last month, says he was only a cook. But prosecutors believe he supported the killing in his role as a guard.”

Death's Head emblem worn by German SS soldiers in World War II.

Death’s Head emblem worn by German SS soldiers

The photo above shows the emblem worn by the Death’s Head SS soldiers. The motto on the emblem reads in English: “My Honor’s name is Loyalty.”

The most important part of the article about the arrest of Hans Lipschis is this quote:

According to information obtained by the German news agency DPA, Lipschis was a member of the SS “Death’s Head” unit that ran the [Auschwitz] camp. He later worked as a cook for the SS adminstration (sic).

Oh no! Lipschis was a member of the dreaded “Death’s Head” unit.  Why hasn’t he been put on trial, by the Germans themselves, long before this?

Under the ex-post-facto laws created by the Allies after World War II, members of the Nazi party and members of the SS are all “war criminals.”  The German people have been remiss in their duty to bring all former Nazis, and former SS men, to justice.  This man should not expect pity, just because he is 93-years old.

So why was the “Death’s Head” unit worse than other units of the SS?

The following information is from a book written by Christopher Ailsby, entitled Hell on the Eastern Front, the Waffen-SS War in Russia 1941 – 1945:

Theodor Eicke, the first Commandant of the Dachau concentration camp, viewed the SS-Totenkopfverbände (Death’s Head unit) as an elite, within the elite structure of the SS. This concept grew from the fact that the most dangerous political enemies of the state were incarcerated in the concentration camps.

Hitler had given the sole responsibility for guarding and running the concentration camps to the SS- Totenkopfverbände.

Theodor Eicke had repeatedly pressed home his principles in orders, circulars and memorandums. The training of the SS-Totenkopfverbände was based on elitism, toughness and comradeship, together with a regime of ruthless discipline.

The SS-Übungslager at Dachau was a training center where members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände were taught to be concentration camp administrators. Voluntary SS fighting units, called the Waffen-SS, were also quartered in the garrison at Dachau, along with the SS camp guards.

The Waffen-SS and the SS camp guards were two distinct organizations which grew out of the original private army which was recruited to protect Hitler and other members of the Nazi party from the Social Democrats and the Communist Red Army during political campaigns.

At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, SS General Ernst Kaltenbrunner testified that there were 13 Stammlager (central concentration camps). One of these camps was Matzgau, located near Danzig; it was a camp where SS guards were imprisoned for offenses such as physical mistreatment of concentration camp prisoners, embezzlement, or theft.

If Lipschis had committed any crimes, while he was a guard at Auschwitz, he would have been sent to the Matzgau camp as punishment.  He was a cook at Auschwitz, but apparently, he didn’t try  to poison any of the prisoners.  If he had, he would have been arrested.

The Dachau concentration camp had a section, in the camp prison, for the SS men who had mistreated the prisoners.  When the camp was liberated, there were 128 SS men in this prison.

Selections were made as soon as the Jews got off the trains to Auschwitz

Selections were made as soon as the Jews got off the trains to Auschwitz

The photo above was shown, along with the news story about Hans Lipschis. However, the  bottom half of the photo, which shows a woman and her baby being directed to the right, was cut off. I copied the photo below from the news article.

Photo taken at Auschwitz was cut in half in the news article

Photo taken at Auschwitz was cut in half in the news article

Why was this photo cut in half for the news article?  Because mothers and babies were directed to the left to the gas chamber.  This photo shows a mother and her baby being sent to the right.

December 7, 2013

94-year-old former SS soldier, who worked as a cook in a concentration camp, will not be put on trial

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:58 am

According to an article in the news yesterday, a former SS soldier, who is accused of being a war criminal, is being given a pass because, at the age of 94, he has signs of dementia.  This man would have trouble understanding the charges against him, even if he were sound of mind.

According to the news article, 94-year-old Hans Lipschis was set to be charged with being an accessory to thousands of murders.  Say what?  Hans was a cook. Did he personally poison thousands of Jews?  No, that was not his crime.

The news article does not explain that Hans Lipschis was scheduled to be tried on a charge of “common design” or as it is currently called, the Demjanjuk principle.

John Demjanjuk lying on a stretcher

John Demjanjuk lying on a stretcher in a German courtroom

Common design was the name of an ex-post-facto law, that was dreamed up, as a charge under which the SS men who worked, in any position, in a concentration camp, could be tried as war criminals, even if they had done nothing wrong.  You can read about the “common design” charge, which was first used by the American Military Tribunal at Dachau, on my website here.  “Common Design” was also used at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.

This quote is from the news article:

Germany is in a last push to try to convict former guards at Nazi concentration camps after a historic change in stance by the courts. Previously it was necessary to bring witness evidence of a physical killing. Now, the fact of working at a camp proves guilt.

Prosecutors argue that whatever Lipschis did at Auschwitz, it helped to enable thousands of Holocaust murders by the guards as a group.

Last month, Germany’s war-crimes investigation unit asked regional prosecutors to arrest and try 30 other former guards on similar charges.

Lipschis was arrested May 6 and has been held since in a jail near Stuttgart.

The Ellwangen court based its ruling on Lipschis’ demeanor at court hearings and a psychiatrist’s report that said his powers of concentration and short-term memory were significantly reduced, with ups and downs day by day. Under stress, he became disoriented.

Lipschis, who was recruited during the war as an auxiliary by the SS, the security arm of the Nazi party, has not denied to reporters being at Auschwitz. He has contended he was assigned to the kitchen.

The indictment said he was part of the guard corps there between 1941 and 1943, a period when 12 trainloads of prisoners with thousands of people on board arrived as Nazi Germany killed Jewish people on a massive scale.

The SS routinely selected any of the new arrivals it considered incapable of work and killed them immediately in gas chambers.

As a displaced person after the war, Lipschis first lived in Germany, then obtained entry to the United States in 1956 and lived in Chicago. His U.S. citizenship was later revoked and he was expelled back to Germany in 1982 and settled in the small town of Aalen.

The photo below shows Friedrich Wetzel, as he is sentenced to death for the crime of being a supply officer at Dachau.

Fredrich Wetzel was sentenced to death by the Amrican Military Tribunal, on a charge of "common design."

Friedrich Wetzel was sentenced to death by the American Military Tribunal, on a charge of “common design.” because he was a supply officer in the Dachau camp

Friedrich Wetzel, shown in the photo above, was a pathetic, mild-mannered man who wouldn’t hurt a fly; he was the supply officer in the camp and had not personally committed any atrocities. In the defense closing argument on December 12, 1945, Lt. Col. Douglas Bates argued against the concept of “common design.” Bates said the following, with regard to Friedrich Wetzel, as quoted from the trial transcript:

“And a new definition of murder has been introduced along with common design. This new principle of law says “I am given food and told to feed these people. The food is inadequate. I feed them with it, and they die of starvation. I am guilty of murder.” Germany was fighting a war she had lost six months before. All internal business had completely broken down. I presume people like Filleboeck and Wetzel should have reenacted the miracle of Galilee, where five loaves and fishes fed a multitude.”

When will this madness end?  Never!  The Jews can never get enough revenge for the Holocaust.  The German people are just trying to protect themselves.