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July 10, 2015

Auschwitz Survivor says that she is “unable to forgive Oskar Groening”

Oskar Groening awaits the decision in his trial

94-year-old Oskar Groening awaits the decision on his potential prison time

According to a recent news article, German national Oskar Groening, 94, stands accused of 300,000 counts of  “accessory to murder” in the cases of deported Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers between May and July 1944.”

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944  (click to enlarge)

The photo above shows a typical scene of a train arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Jews waiting for their turn in the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Jews waiting for their turn in the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Oskar Groening worked at the train tracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where he collected money from the luggage brought to the camp by Hungarian Jews in 1944.

Working at the train tracks makes Groening guilty as an “accessory to the fact” of the murder of 300,000 Jews, according to the prosecutor at his trial, which has just ended.  Groening has admitted his “moral guilt” in court, but he denies that he is guilty of this latest ex-post-facto law, which became a new law as a result of the John Demjanjuk trial.

The following quote is from the news article which you can read in full at http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-bookkeeper-of-auschwitz-survivor-testify-as-trial-nears-end-2015-7

As the final witness during the [Groening] trial, Irene Weiss, 84, a Czech-born Auschwitz survivor from the United States, gave searing testimony against Groening.

Dressed in a black trouser suit and speaking in an unwavering voice, Weiss described her terrifying ordeal as a 13-year-old girl.

Showing two photographs of her family as they arrived at Auschwitz that were recovered 25 years after the Holocaust, Weiss said her mother, three younger siblings, and older brother were all murdered soon after in the gas chambers.

Her father was forced to work as a Sonderkommando, removing corpses from the gas chambers and cremating them, until the SS shot him.

Weiss said she was unable to forgive Groening.

“He has said that he does not consider himself a perpetrator but merely a small cog in the machine,” she said.

“But if he were sitting here today wearing his SS uniform, I would tremble and all the horror that I experienced as a 13-year-old would return to me.

“Any person who wore that uniform in that place represented terror and the depths to which humanity can sink, regardless of what function they performed.”

You can read all about Irene Weiss on this website: http://www.ushmm.org/remember/office-of-survivor-affairs/survivor-volunteer/irene-fogel-weiss

This quote is from the USHMM article, cited above:

Over a two-month period beginning in May 1944, nearly 425,000 Jews were deported from Hungary to Auschwitz-Birkenau, including Irene and her family. Irene was 13 years old. Upon arrival at the camp, her mother, three younger siblings, and older brother were killed.

SS authorities selected Irene and her sister Serena for forced labor, while their father was forced to work as a Sonderkommando, removing corpses from the gas chambers and cremating them. The SS camp staff periodically killed the members of the Sonderkommando and replaced them with persons from newly arriving transports. While still in the camp, Irene’s aunt learned through a boy from their hometown that when Meyer could no longer perform this work, the SS shot and killed him.

Wait a minute! Irene was only 13, but she was selected to work, while her older brother was sent to the gas chamber. It was the policy of the SS, at the death camps, to kill everyone younger than 15 or older than 45 immediately upon arrival. How was 13-year-old Irene able to pass the selection while her older brother was sent to the gas chamber?

The USHMM article continues with this quote:

Irene, Serena, and two maternal aunts, Rose and Piri Mermelstein, worked in the “Canada” section of Birkenau—storage warehouses located near two crematoria—for eight months until January 1945,

Working in the “Canada” warehouse was the best job that a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau could get. How was Irene so fortunate that she got one of the best jobs in the camp, at the tender age of 13? Didn’t someone notice that she should have been gassed?

Selections at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Selections for work or the gas chamber  at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

But wait, there’s more: “One day during morning roll call, the SS separated Serena and other prisoners from the group, deeming them too weak and emaciated to work. Irene said to a camp guard, “She is my sister,” and was then allowed to go with Serena. The sisters heard from other inmates that they would be sent back to Ravensbrück, where there were gas chambers. They were locked in a room with other prisoners to await the transport truck, but it never arrived.”

So Irene was finally selected to be sent to Ravensbrück, “where there were gas chambers”? But once again, Irene was saved because the transport truck never arrived.

Irene should be arrested as a “Holocaust denier.”  Her testimony at the trial goes against all the facts of the Holocaust.

Religious Jews who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau to be killed

Religious Jews who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau to be gassed

Meanwhile, Holocaust survivors are asking for more money: http://www.news4jax.com/news/holocaust-survivors-ask-for-financial-aide/34051298

January 21, 2015

The American delegation that will attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the liberation of Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:32 am

You can read a news article here about the American delegation that will attend the ceremonies at Auschwitz during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops.

One of these delegates from America will be Irene Weiss, a Hungarian Jewish girl who miraculously escaped the gas chamber during the 10 weeks time that 400,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed and burned. I blogged about Irene Weiss on another blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/cbs-news-video-entitled-the-vast-reach-of-the-nazi-holocaust/

This quote is from the news article about the American delegation that is going to Auschwitz:

President Obama announced on Saturday the delegation that would represent the United States at the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau later this month.

The anniversary, on Jan. 27, celebrates the liberation of perhaps the most notorious concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The delegation will be led by Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew and will include two individuals who survived the camp. Israel Arbeiter and Irene Weiss, who were held at the camp years ago, will travel to Poland for the event, as will David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee.

Also making the trip will be U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Crystal Nix-Hines, and representatives from the Departments of State, Health and Human Services and the National Security Council.

You can read about the gassing of the Hungarian Jews on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/HungarianJews.html

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived on a train at Auschwitz

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived on a train at Auschwitz

The page on my website about the gassing of the Hungarian Jews, starts out with this quote:

It was not until May 1944, when the Hungarian Jews were deported, that Auschwitz-Birkenau became the site of the largest mass murder in modern history and the epicenter of the Final Solution. In 1942, there were 2.7 million Jews murdered by the Nazis, including 1.6 million at the Operation Reinhard camps, but only 200,000 Jews were gassed at Auschwitz that year in two old converted farm houses. This information is from the book “Auschwitz, a New History” by Laurence Rees, published in 2005.

Almost one half of all the Jews that were killed at Auschwitz were Hungarian Jews who were gassed within a period of 10 weeks in 1944. Up until the Spring of 1944, it had been the three Operation Reinhard camps at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor, that were the main Nazi killing centers for the Jews, not Auschwitz.

Obama has made many mistakes in the past, when talking about the Holocaust. I think that he has made another mistake in sending Irene Weiss to represent America at Auschwitz.

Irene was 13 years old when she arrived at Auschwitz.  Everyone knows that children under the age of 15 were immediately sent to the gas chamber, so how did Irene manage to escape the gas chamber?

Hungarian Jews face the Sauna as they wait for their turn in the gas chamber

Hungarian Jews face the Sauna as they wait for their turn in the gas chamber

The “Sauna” was the building where incoming Jews took a shower at Auschwitz.  But the Jews in the photo above are waiting for their turn in one of the 4 gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

This quote is from my website:

Irene Weiss has identified the two little boys on the left [in the photo above] as her two brothers, who were gassed. She used a magnifying glass to identify the woman behind them as her mother. Irene is not in the photo; she was not selected for the gas chamber, although it was the custom for the Nazis to send everyone under the age of 15 to be gassed. I’m guessing that she got by on her looks.

The photo above shows the Jews looking toward the Sauna, where there was a shower room. The closest gas chambers were behind them. I previously blogged about the Jews walking, on the same road, to the gas chambers and to the Sauna.

There are very few survivors of Auschwitz that are still living.  Most of them were children, under the age of 15, when they were prisoners in the camp.  Each of them has a story to tell about why they weren’t gassed.

October 6, 2013

CBS News video entitled “The vast reach of the Nazi Holocaust”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:30 am

It seems that today, October 6th, is the anniversary of an attempt by American Jews to warn the public about the Nazi Holocaust.  This quote is from CBS News:

Seventy years ago today — October 6, 1943 — a group of rabbis and Jewish war veterans staged a small march in Washington to draw public attention to the Holocaust then taking place across Nazi-occupied Europe. We are still learning more about just what happened, both from archives and from the personal witness of those who somehow survived.

Photo from the Auschwitz Album is shown on CBS video

SS man directs a mother and her baby to the gas chambers

The photo above is the first photo of the “Nazi Holocaust” that is shown on the CBS video. The photo illustrates what it was like when the Hungarian Jews, including Irene Weiss and her family, were deported to Auschwitz in May 1944.

In my humble opinion, this photo was a poor choice for the video.  It shows an SS man directing a woman to his right.  It is well known that “to the left” was the direction for the gas chamber.

The video begins with Irene Weiss telling her story to reporter Lee Cowan. Irene was 13 yrs. old when she arrived at Auschwitz.  That means that Irene is now 82 years old. She looks damned good for her age.  Remarkably, this is the case with many Holocaust survivors.

Although Irene was only 13 years old, she was not selected for the gas chamber when she arrived at Auschwitz.  Her mother was not so fortunate.  Irene says that her “Mom and a very large number from the train” were sent to the gas chamber and “within one half hour all were dead.”

Yet, the video shows Jews WAITING for the gas chamber.  If it only took a half hour to gas all the Jews from a train with 100 cars, why did some of the Jews have to wait?

On the day that Irene arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazis were taking photos of the Jews arriving on the trains. These photos were put into an album, by an SS man who was stationed at the camp; the album is now known as “The Auschwitz Album.”  Some of these photos are shown on the CBS video, including a photo of Irene’s family.

Family of Irene Weiss waiting for the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Family of Irene Weiss waiting for the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Irene Weiss has identified the two little boys on the left as her two brothers, who were gassed.  She used a magnifying glass to identify the woman behind them as her mother.  Irene is not in the photo; she was not selected for the gas chamber, although it was the custom for the Nazis to send everyone under the age of 15 to be gassed.  I’m guessing that she got by on her looks.

The photo above shows the Jews looking toward the Sauna, where there was a shower room.  The closest gas chambers were behind them. I previously blogged here about the Jews walking, on the same road, to the gas chambers and to the Sauna.

You can read about the gas chambers and the showers at Auschwitz-Birkenau on my website here.

Then the CBS video shows a photo of a mass grave full of naked bodies.  This photo was taken at Bergen-Belsen, where a large number of deaths were caused by a typhus epidemic. What is this photo doing in a story about Auschwitz?  There were two typhus epidemics at Auschwitz, so why not show a photo of dead bodies at Auschwitz?

Then a photo of bodies of dead prisoners at the Nordhausen camp is shown.  These are the bodies of prisoners killed by American bombs.

Bodies of prisoners at Nordhausen who were killed by American bombs

Bodies of prisoners at Nordhausen who were killed by American bombs

From there, the video continues with Wendy Lower who has just published a new book called Hitler’s Furies.  Eventually, the video gets back to Irene, but not before mentioning that there were at least 42,500 sites where Jews were sent during the Holocaust.

What’s all this got to do with anything?  Nothing.  It just illustrates how disingenuous the news media in American is today.