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June 10, 2015

Bill O’Reilly has a new book for the urchins, entitled “Hitler’s Last Days”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:03 am

Update June 16, 2015:

I was ready to order this book, so I went to amazon.com and prepared to purchase it.  But first, I read some of the reviews. Sadly, the reviews were not good; most people said that the book was only a rehash of Bill’s book “Killing Patton.”

Continue reading my original post:

Regular viewers of Bill O’Reilly’s TV show know that, at the end of every show, he gives a bit of wisdom which he calls his “Tip of the day.”

Last night’s Tip of the Day was a plug for his new children’s book entitled Hitler’s Last Days. According to Bill, “Hitler was the most evil man who ever lived.”

What about Ghengis Khan?  Sorry, he is not even in the running for the title of the most evil man.  Hitler was responsible for the killing of 6 million Jews, and you can’t get any more evil than that.   You can order the book here.

Hitler, who was the most evil man in the world, had no fear of his admirers

Hitler, who was the most evil man in the world, had no fear of his admirers

O’Reilly said, on his show last night, that his book Killing Patton has sold so many copies that he decided to follow it up with a children’s book about Hitler. How are these two subjects even remotely related?

I wrote a review, of Bill’s book about Patton, in which I pointed out that Patton had absolutely nothing to do with Auschwitz, yet Bill devoted two chapters to Auschwitz.

Hitler was noted for his love of children. Was this pointed out in Bill O’Reilly’s new children’s book?

Hitler was noted for his love of children

Hitler was noted for his love of children

This quote is from the website where you can order the book:

Hitler’s Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the 20th century–a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readers–and grown-ups too–hooked on history.

It is unfortunate that the urchins [O’Reilly’s name for children] will not have a chance to learn the full story of Hitler.

In the 1930ies and 1940ies, Hitler’s admirers used to gather at the Berghof [Hitler’s mountain retreat] just like the Elvis fans who stood outside Graceland, hoping to get a glimpse of their idol.

The German people literally worshiped the ground that Hitler walked on. After Hitler made an occasional appearance to greet his fans, they would gather up the sand upon which Hitler had stood.

Hitler was known as “the people’s Chancellor” because he was a common man, and he did what the German people wanted. Before World War II started, Hitler was more loved than any other leader in world history; his approval rating was 98%.

As the man who was allegedly responsible for the deaths of 60 million people, including 6 million Jews, Hitler has now become the most hated man in the world.

Now there will be more hatred for Hitler after the urchins read O’Reilly’s new book. “Wise up” as O’Reilly is fond of saying.

Hitler took tea every day in one of his tea houses

Hitler took tea every day in one of his tea houses

October 21, 2014

Update on my comments about Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, Killing Patton

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 1:34 pm

I have almost finished reading Bill O’Reilly’s new book, entitled Killing Patton.  I previously blogged here about my complaints regarding the book.  I was quite critical in my original post.  After reading the book more thoroughly, I can now understand why there are so many good reviews of the book.

One of the best parts of the book centers around the story of General Anthony McAuliffe saying “Nuts” to the Germans who wanted him to surrender during the fighting around Bastogne.  In the book, there is a photo of General Patton conferring with General McAuliffe.  This was America’s finest hour.

On page 47 in the book Killing Patton, the famous slapping incident is mentioned, although it is not pointed out that the slapped soldier, whose name was Pvt. Charles H. Kuhl, was Jewish. According to the book: “Patton thinks nothing of it. […] In the German army, such men are not slapped. They are forced to their knees and a bullet is shot through their brain.”

Many people believe that Patton was killed by Jews, as revenge for the slapping of a Jewish soldier. You can read about the claim that Patton was killed by Jews on this website: http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=594

Many people who are reading this book, will remember the famous movie about Patton, which begins with Patton making a speech on a stage.  This quote is from this website:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066206/trivia

In reality, George S. Patton slapped and berated two soldiers in Sicily: Private Charles Kuhl on August 3, 1943 and Private Paul Bennett on August 10. Although it has been suggested Patton was sleep deprived, he wrote an entry in his diary after slapping Kuhl, unrepentant in his actions or opinion that Kuhl was a coward. Patton was ordered by Supreme Commander Eisenhower to apologize privately to the soldiers and hospital staff present. Also, in reality the slapping incidents were kept secret from the public for months before the story was broken by reporter Drew Pearson, causing scandal not only for Patton’s conduct, but accusations of cover-up on the part of the Army.

On page 97 of Killing Patton, we read this startling information: “[Joachim Peiper] was an eye-witness to the first gassing of Jewish civilians, including women and children.”  Unfortunately, the location of the first gassing of Jewish civilians is not mentioned in the book.  I checked with Wikipedia and learned this: “In January 1941, Peiper accompanied Himmler when he inspected Ravensbrück and Dachau concentration camps.[27] In March 1941, together with Karl Wolff and Fritz Bracht, they visited Auschwitz.[28].”

According to many Holocaust historians, the first gassing of the Jews took place at the Chelmno camp: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005194

Now, one of my biggest complaints, about O’Reilly’s book, is about the footnotes.  There is a lot of important information in the footnotes, but you cannot find some of this information by looking through the index.

For example, in my original post about the book,  I said that the word Gleiwitz was not in the index.  However, the word Gleiwitz is mentioned on page 180 in a footnote. Why is this important?  Gleiwitz was one of the places to which the Auschwitz prisoners were marched, so that they could be put on trains and taken to camps such as Dachau and Buchenwald.

On page 186 in the book, there is some information about the Germans working on an atomic bomb near the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald.  This information is too important to be put into a footnote.

On page 243 in the book, we find this: “Hitler had once dreamed of establishing Berlin as the world’s most cosmopolitan city, even though its citizens have long considered him to be an unsophtisticate bore.  […] To spite its inhabitants, Hitler had planned to rename the city Germania during the postwar rebuilding, thus wiping Berlin off the map forever.”

I wrote a much different story about Germania on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/ConcentrationCamp/BrickFactory.html

I don’t like the fact that footnotes were used in the book to give important information, and then not included in the index.  For example, there is a footnote on page 252, which includes this information: “An estimated eighty thousand Russians died in the battle of Berlin.  […] …it is estimated that between eighty thousand and one hundred thousand citizens of Berlin were killed.”

In the book, there is way too much attention on the subject of Auschwitz. There are two whole chapters on this subject.  Chapter 15 is about a “German SS guard named Frank Wunsch” who falls in love with a Jewish woman, who is a prisoner in the camp. How is this remotely related to the story of killing Patton?

On page 177 in O’Reilly’s new book, it is mentioned that there were 3 dozen (36) watch towers at Auschwitz?  Could we see a photo of the watch towers please?

I blogged about the watch towers at Auschwitz, which were not there until after the camp was liberated:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/new-book-of-photos-shows-auschwitz-then-and-now/

It might have made sense if there were two chapters in the book, telling about the Dachau concentration camp, instead of two chapters about Auschwitz.

At the proceedings against the Waffen-SS soldiers, who were accused of the Malmedy Massacre during the Battle of the Bulge, which were held in a building inside the former SS training camp at Dachau, any mention by the defense that American soldiers had killed German POWs, was ordered stricken from the record by the judges of the American Military Tribunal.  This information is more important than the fact that an SS soldier at Auschwitz fell in love with a Jewish girl.

After the Dachau camp was voluntarily surrendered to American soldiers under a white flag of truce, SS soldiers in the training camp next door to the concentration camp were lined up and shot by the Americans.  When these American soldiers were Court Martialed, General Patton tore up the papers and burned them in his waste basket.

Instead of two chapters on Auschwitz, which have absolutely nothing to do with General Patton, O’Reilly could have included a chapter on Buchenwald, which was one of the camps that Patton visited.  I wrote about Patton’s visit to Buchenwald on April 15, 1945, four days after the camp had been liberated : http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation8.html

Liberated Jews at Buchenwald relieved themselves on the ground

Liberated Jews at Buchenwald relieved themselves on the ground

After the Buchenwald prisoners were liberated, they were moved from the prisoner’s barracks to the nicer SS barracks, next door to the concentration camp. General Patton was appalled when he saw the Jews relieving themselves on the ground outside the SS barracks.  Is this what caused Patton to turn against the Jews?

Robert Abzug wrote about the reaction of the American liberators to the prisoners:

The following quote is from Abzug’s book entitled Inside the Vicious Heart:

Despite what they knew about what their wards had undergone, some Americans never ceased to wonder why, even after food had been made readily abundant, the survivors pushed and shoved their way to the soup kettle or bread basket. Others were appalled to find some indifferent to nudity and personal cleanliness. Nor was it readily understood why many were slow to volunteer for work, even though it might help the condition of the camp.

Prisoner at Buchenwald who was indifferent to nudity

Prisoner at the Buchenwald concentration camp,  who was indifferent to nudity

This quote is from my website page about Patton at Buchenwald:

In his book, General Patton wrote with great insensitivity that “The inmates looked like feebly animated mummies and seemed to be of the same level of intelligence.”

Harry Peters, a Jewish soldier from Chicago, who was with Patton’s Third Army, told his nephew, Phil Cohen, that “Patton was more concerned with saving the Lipizanner Horses in Austria than the Jews left in the camp.” According to Cohen, “Patton had to be ordered to go to the concentration camps because he considered the horses more valuable.” Cohen wrote in an e-mail to me that his uncle, Harry Peters, had told him that “Patton admired the SS because he said they were the real fighting men. When they caught an SS, they were ordered to place them in separate camps as Patton wanted to train them to fight the Russians.” Because he spoke Yiddish, Peters was assigned to interview the Buchenwald survivors about war crimes committed in the camp. Peters lived for only 6 years after the war and had nightmares about the Buchenwald camp each night, according to his nephew, Phil Cohen.

Other critics of the book complain about the fact that O’Reilly did not mention that Patton was anti-Semitic.  For example, this review:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-patton-antisemitism-ignored-1002-20141001-story.html

This quote is from the website, cited above:

It’s fortunate that Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing Patton,” was written by him and not someone else. If not, O’Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, its considerable padding and its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why.

George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism — not that O’Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned it in his book.

In his book, O’Reilly mentioned Miklós Horthy on page 324.  He mentioned that Horthy was freed on May 5, 1945.  Everyone knows that Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945.  So why was Horthy not freed until May 5th?  Horthy was one of the prominent Dachau prisoners who were taken to the South Tyrol, for their own safety before the camp was liberated. You can read the whole story on Wikipedia here.

At the very end of the book, sources for the book are given, including the Topography of Terror Museum in Berlin.  I never got to see this museum because it was not opened until May 2010.  I did take a photo of the future location of the Museum, which is shown below.

The location of the future Topography of Terror Museum

The location of the future Topography of Terror Museum

The photo above shows the site of the former Gestapo building, which is now the location of the Topography of Terror exhibit. The building in the background is Goering’s Luftfahrtministerium. On the left side, in the background, notice the mound of grass-covered rubble left by the bombing of Berlin in World War II.

The visit to the Topography of Terror museum might be the source of all the incorrect information on Auschwitz, which is included in the book.

On page 256 of the book, O’Reilly describes the death of Eva Braun, who killed herself in Hitler’s Berlin bunker. O’Reilly can’t help himself:  he has to bring in the Nazi gas chambers one more time.  He wrote this about Eva Braun’s death: “Sadly, it is a death far quicker than that suffered by millions of Jews her new husband sent to the gas chambers.”

Could we have some proof of the existence of gas chambers in the Nazi camps, please?  This is a book about Patton, entitled “Killing Patton” but it should be entitled “Killing Jews”.

P.S.  Before I started watching Bill O’Reilly on his show called “The Factor,” I was watching him on a TV show called “Inside Edition,” which was on from 1989 to 1995.  The first episode of the Seinfeld show was on July 5, 1989.  I saw this first episode because it followed the Inside Edition show. I immediately became a fan of the Seinfeld show, and I still watch re-runs of the show.  I have also been a fan of Bill O’Reilly since 1989.  I’m sorry to be so critical of his latest book.

October 15, 2014

My comments on Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Patton”

I am not using the word “review” in my blog post about Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, which is entitled Killing Patton, because this is not a review, but rather a complaint. I am a big fan of Bill O’Reilly’s TV show; I have watched the show faithfully every night, since the show started many year ago. I previously blogged about Bill O’Reilly at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/keith-olbermann-vs-bill-oreilly-on-the-malmedy-massacre/

I was very disappointed in O’Reilly’s book, which has gotten mostly good reviews, as far as I know. However, one review, which you can read at http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/10/02/historians-rip-oreillys-new-patton-book/200986 claims that Patton was not killed by the Soviets, but died from his injuries in a vehicle accident.

I received my copy of the book last night, delivered to my front door by UPS, at around 5 p.m., a day early.  I eagerly tore open the box and started thumbing through the book, looking for the most interesting parts.  The book starts off with the details of Patton’s death, which I already know.  I skipped over to Chapter 14 which is about Auschwitz.

Why is there a detailed section about Auschwitz in a book about General Patton?  Did Patton ever go to visit any of the three Auschwitz camps?  Not that I know of.  The only camps that Patton ever visited were Buchenwald and Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald.

I wrote about Patton’s visit to Ohrdruf  on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/general-dwight-d-eisenhower-the-things-i-saw-beggar-description/

On the blog post, cited above, I wrote that the reason that Eisenhower went to visit the Ohrdruf camp, and no other, is because there were rumors that the Germans had tested an atomic bomb near the camp.  The testing of an atomic bomb near Ohrdruf was only briefly mentioned in O’Reilly’s new book.

In the book Killing Patton, the section about Auschwitz is very large, too large for a book about Patton, who had absolutely nothing to do with Auschwitz. I know that O’Reilly is not Jewish, but what about Martin Dugard?  I had to do an extensive search on him before I decided that he is also not Jewish.  So why the huge, detailed section about Auschwitz? The Holocaust and Auschwitz are covered in 20 pages in two chapters, yet important information is left out.

The part about Auschwitz starts on page 173 with these words:

January 26, 1945, 1 a.m.

The earth convulses as Krema V explodes.

How many of O’Reilly’s readers will know what Krema V was? Krema is the German word for crematorium. How many of O’Reilly’s readers will know that Krema V was one of the two above-ground crematorium buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau which had shower rooms that were allegedly gas chambers in disguise?  Holocaust deniers claim that Krema V was a crematorium which had shower rooms for the prisoners, not gas chambers.

The alleged gassing of the Jews in Krema V had stopped in October 1944, and the prisoners had been marched out of the camp on January 18, 1945.  Yet someone was blowing up Krema V on January 26, the day before the Soviet soldiers arrived to liberate those prisoners who had stayed behind.  According to the book Killing Patton, the prisoners were not marched out of the camp until January 26, the day before the Soviets arrived.

The first words in Chapter 14, about Auschwitz-Birkenau, continue with this quote:

Tongues of flame turn the coal-black winter sky bright red. Nazi guards watch the inferno intently, but only for a long as it takes to know that the destruction is complete, and there will be no need to place another round of dynamite charges.  The grisly evidence is now destroyed.

This implies that the SS men at Auschwitz waited, until 8 days after the prisoners had marched out of the camp, to blow up the evidence of gassing.  Isn’t that just like the German people?  Never planning in advance, but instead, waiting until the last minute to do something that was so important.

Ruins of Krema V at Auchwitz-Birkenau

Ruins of Krema V at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Krema IV at Auschwitz was similar in design to Krema V

Krema IV at Auschwitz was similar in design to Krema V

Before starting to read the book, I went to Amazon.com and read some of the 721 reviews of the book.

I used the Find feature to find out what the readers had said about “Auschwitz.” Not one of the 721 reviews had mentioned the word Auschwitz.

I skimmed through the text to find the word Gleiwitz. Prisoners from the Auschwitz III (Monowitz) camp were marched toward Gleiwitz, but Gleiwitz was not mentioned in the text of O’Reilly’s book. Prisoners from Auschwitz-Birkenau were marched towards Wodzislaw, which is also not mentioned in the book.

This quote is from my own website:

On January 18, 1945, the three Auschwitz camps, called Auschwitz I, II and III, and the 40 satellite camps were abandoned by the Germans. The gassing of the Jews at Auschwitz II, also known as Birkenau, had stopped at the end of October 1944. The evacuation of the Birkenau survivors to other concentration camps in the West had already begun in early October. Anne Frank and her sister Margo were on one of the first transports out of Auschwitz, which took them to Bergen-Belsen, where they both died of typhus. Aerial photos taken by the Allies showed that the roofs of crematoria buildings Krema II and Krema III at Birkenau had been removed in November 1944, so that the cremation ovens could be removed by cranes. […]

According to Danuta Czech, who wrote a book entitled Auschwitz Kalendarium, the total count from the last roll call on January 17, 1945 was 67,012 prisoners in all three Auschwitz camps.

According to Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, the prisoners were given a choice between staying in the camps until the Soviet troops arrived or going on a 50-kilometer fast hike through two feet of snow to the border of the old German Reich where they would be put on trains and taken to camps in Germany. This was a “death march” with those who couldn’t keep up being shot and left alongside the road, including SS guards, according to a survivor. Those who were too young, too old or too sick to march were left behind. The VIP prisoners, a group of famous scientists and intellectuals, were also left behind.

Elie Wiesel, the most famous survivor of the Holocaust, was in a hospital at Monowitz, recovering from an operation on his foot, when he chose to join the march out of the camp, and eventually ended up at the Buchenwald camp.

In his book entitled Night, Elie Wiesel wrote the following regarding his decision to join the Germans on the march out of Auschwitz:

Begin quote:  The choice was in our hands. For once we could decide our fate for ourselves. We could both stay in the hospital, where I could, thanks to my doctor, get him (his father) entered as a patient or nurse. Or else we could follow the others. “Well, what shall we do, father?” He was silent. “Let’s be evacuated with the others,” I told him.  End quote

Around 60,000 prisoners chose to go with the Germans and many of them didn’t survive the march. Those who couldn’t keep up were shot and their bodies were left in the snow. Many more died on the trains taking them to Dachau, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen or Mauthausen. Otto Frank chose to stay in the camp and he survived.

There were 611 children in the Birkenau camp who stayed behind when the camp was evacuated on January 18, 1945. According to Danuta Czech, the evacuation began in the early morning hours when 500 women with children were escorted out of the camp by SS guards. They reached Wodzislaw on January 21st. The men arrived the next day and all were loaded onto open box cars and taken to Germany.

The prisoners at Monowitz and all the prisoners in the sub-camps marched to the four concentration camps at Gleiwitz near the German border, arriving on January 21st. They were then taken on trains to Buchenwald, Dachau, Sachsenhausen or Mauthausen.

There were 4,428 women and girls and 169 boys who stayed behind. Around 2,000 prisoners were left behind in the men’s camp at Birkenau; there were around 1250 men in the main camp who did not join the march out of the camp and 850 who chose to stay behind at Monowitz.

This quote from Killing Patton is on page 173:

The [Auschwitz-Birkenau] prisoners are ordered to march. Their destination is unclear, but the road soon takes them past the train station [in the town of Auschwitz] where they first entered this hellhole, and then on to the commandant’s lavish house.  They are leaving Birkenau, though they know not why.

Wait a minute! The prisoners don’t know why they are leaving Auschwitz?  The Soviet liberators were on their way, but the prisoners have not been told this?  They have not been told that they have a choice: they can join the march out of the camp, or stay put until the Soviet soldiers arrive.

Why were the prisoners being taken to the Commandant’s “lavish house” which was located just outside the Auschwitz I main camp? Did the Commandant want to wave goodbye to them? No, Commandant Rudolf Hoess was at Birkenau, organizing the march out of the camp.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the Commandant’s lavish house would have been seen by the marching prisoners BEFORE they saw the train station, which was farther away from the Birkenau camp.

The photo below shows the “lavish house” where Commandant Hoess lived with his family, just outside the main Auschwitz camp.

hoesshouse01

This quote from Killing Patton indicates that the prisoners were marched from the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp to the main camp, aka Auschwitz I:

Now, as the SS men prod the prisoners through the snow, moving them to another section […] those child prisoners unwilling or unable to walk the mile from the Birkenau section of the camp to the main camp are immediately shot dead.

Actually, it was more than a mile from the Birkenau camp to the main camp, but this is only a minor error. The important point is that child prisoners were allegedly shot if they couldn’t walk to the main camp.  Why did they have to walk to the main camp? The way I heard it, the prisoners marched out of the Birkenau camp to the German border where they were put on trains and taken to camps in Germany.  German soldiers led the way, tramping down the snow for the women and children.  Many survivors mention the fact that German soldiers were leading the way, and that there was a sag wagon for the women and children to ride for awhile if they became too tired to walk.

On the next page of the book, there is a photo which has the caption: “The entrance to Auschwitz.”

Photo of the alleged entrance into Auschwitz-Birkenau

Photo of the alleged entrance into Auschwitz-Birkenau

Survivors leaving the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after being liberated

Survivors leaving the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp after being liberated

Compare the two photos above.  The first photo, which is shown in O’Reilly’s book, has the pedestrian gate on the right hand side, but the photo of the prisoners leaving the camp shows the pedestrian gate on the left hand side.  This is because the first photo does NOT show the ENTRANCE into the Birkenau camp, but rather the INSIDE of the camp.   This mistake is frequently made, but O’Reilly should have had some fact checkers reviewing the book before it was published.

My 2005 photo of the entrance into Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of the entrance into Auschwitz-Birkenau shows the pedestrian gate on the left side

I wrote about the location of the Commandant’s house, just outside the main Auschwitz camp, on  this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-grandson-of-rudolf-hoess-is-still-bothered-by-the-shame-associated-with-his-family-name/

Moving right along to page 175, we find this quote from O’Reilly’s book:

But even now, when their thoughts are filled with plans to escape, the SS cannot stop themselves from killing.  It has become a way of life for them over the past few years, as routine as eating breakfast. They have shot thousands by lining them up against the notorious “Black Wall,” as the firing squad barrier next to the medical experiments building is known.

Do the authors of this book think that no one will bother to look up the term “Black Wall” on the Internet?  If anyone does a search on the “Black Wall” they might find this quote from this page of  my website http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz05.html

It was in front of this black wall that political prisoners, mostly Polish resistance fighters, who had been convicted by the Gestapo Summary Court, were executed. These prisoners were brought to the Auschwitz I camp, but were not registered as inmates; they were housed in dormitory rooms on the first and second floors of Block 11 while they awaited trial in a courtroom set up in the building. After they were convicted, the prisoners were taken to a small washroom in the building where they were ordered to strip naked, after which they were marched to the wall in groups of three and executed with one shot to the neck at close range. Some of the prisoners, who were sent here, were Czech resistance fighters from the Gestapo prison at the Small Fortress in Theresienstadt.

A photo of a painting of the “Black Wall” is shown below.

The "Black Wall" at the Auschwitz main camp where convicted crimals were execute after a trial

The “Black Wall” at the Auschwitz main camp where convicted criminals were execute after a trial

On page 208 of the book, we find the photo below.

Photo of General Patton on page 208 of O'Reilly's book.

Photo of Patton on page 208 of O’Reilly’s book.

I have the same photo on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/EasternGermany/Buchenwald/GeneralPatton.html

I purchased an original copy of this photo in an antique shop several years ago. The un-cropped photo was in a frame that was 11 by 14 inches. The photo included more of the picture, which is not shown in my photo, nor in the cropped version in O’Reilly’s book.

I took the photo, which I had purchased, to a photo shop, where I had it reprinted in a sepia tone, and cropped to show only the important part. I can tell you that the original photo was not taken at close range, but from a distance.  The photo that O’Reilly used has also been cropped.

The version of the photo, in O’Reilly’s book, has no photo credit, but the same cropped photo, that he used in the book, is advertised for sale on e-bay for $2,500.  There might be a problem here, since O’Reilly did not give a photo credit.

O.K., that’s it for me.  I have been totaled out.

Page 175 goes on to tell about Eva Moses and her twin sister, who stayed behind when the prisoners were marched out.  Be sure to read the footnote on page 175 which tells about Dr. Mengele sewing together two twins back to back to create Siamese twins.

I wrote about Dr. Mengele and the Siamese twins experiment on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/dr-josef-mengele-dont-it-make-my-brown-eyes-blue/

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 8, 2014

After reading a bad review of “Killing Patton,” I ordered the book

Bill O’Reilly’s new book has been out for several weeks, but I have delayed ordering it because I thought I would probably not like it.

This morning I read a bad review of the book here.  In reading this bad review, I learned that the book is rich in detail and “meanders” off the track a lot.  That’s what I like when I read books.

I want to know that the tablecloth at the Potsdam Conference was red. I already know about Hitler’s diet, but I might learn more details about his diet from O’Reilly’s book.  Call me crazy, but I want to know the details.  Readers of my blog and my website know that I dote on the details.

General Patton pees into the river as he crosses the Rhine in March 1943

General Patton pees into the river as he crosses the Rhine into Germany in March 1943

This quote is from Patton’s book:

“I drove to the Rhine River and went across on the pontoon bridge. I stopped in the middle to take a piss and then picked up some dirt on the far side in emulation of William the Conqueror.” General George S. Patton, March 1945

I wrote about Patton on my website section on Buchenwald at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Buchenwald/Liberation8.html

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. This quote is from the review of “Killing Patton”:

Soon, though, Patton would become the commanding officer in Southern Germany and, with the end of the war, be responsible for the so-called Displaced Persons camps in Bavaria and elsewhere. Many of these displaced persons were Holocaust survivors. Patton had contempt for them. He called them “animals” and, in letters to his wife and in diary entries, made his anti-Semitism as plain as could be. Here, in reference to a critical report on the condition of the DPs by an official named Earl G. Harrison, is a sample diary entry: “Harrison and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to Jews who are lower than animals.”

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But how is it possible to write over 300 pages on Patton and not once mention his rancid Jew-hatred? How is it possible to mention the flower beds at the Potsdam Conference and not pause to cite Patton’s mistreatment of people who, just a short time before, had been in Auschwitz? How is it possible not to mention that Patton ran his camps in such a manner that President Harry Truman, in a letter to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, said, “As matters now stand, we appear to be treating the Jews as the Nazis treated them except that we do not exterminate them.” Golly, gee, Bill, isn’t that colorful enough for you?

O’Reilly, like Patton, forgets why World War II was fought in the first place – to combat the evils of Nazism. Foremost among the evils was anti-Semitism, which provided the rationale for the Holocaust. O’Reilly could easily have mentioned Patton’s repellent anti-Semitism, but it clearly was not all that important to him. He didn’t have a tight narrative. He has a narrow mind.

As soon as I receive my copy of O’Reilly’s book in the mail, I will search for any mention of the famous slapping incident when Patton slapped a Jewish soldier. In my humble opinion, this incident angered the Jews to the point that his death was inevitable.

This quote from this source is about the slapping incident:

Patton also created controversy when he visited the 15th Evacuation Hospital on 3rd August 1943. In the hospital he encountered Private Charles H. Kuhl, who had been admitted suffering from shellshock. When Patton asked him why he had been admitted, Kuhl told him “I guess I can’t take it.” According to one eyewitness Patton “slapped his face with a glove, raised him to his feet by the collar of his shirt and pushed him out of the tent with a kick in the rear.” Kuhl was later to claim that he thought Patton, as well as himself, was suffering from combat fatigue.

As for Bill O’Reilly’s failure to call General Patton an anti-Semite, this is excusable because everyone, who is not Jewish, is now an anti-Semite.  The word has lost all meaning.  Originally, it meant a person who wanted the Jews to have their own country, rather than living in ghettos in every country in Europe, where the Jews had everything that a person would normally have in a separate country.

This quote, regarding anti-Semitism, is from Wikipedia:

In the aftermath of the Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, German propaganda minister Goebbels announced: “The German people is anti-Semitic. It has no desire to have its rights restricted or to be provoked in the future by parasites of the Jewish race.”[31]

After the 1945 victory of the Allies over Nazi Germany, and particularly after the extent of the Nazi genocide of Jews became known, the term “anti-Semitism” acquired pejorative connotations. This marked a full circle shift in usage, from an era just decades earlier when “Jew” was used as a pejorative term.[32][33] Yehuda Bauer wrote in 1984: “There are no anti-Semites in the world… Nobody says, ‘I am anti-Semitic.'” You cannot, after Hitler. The word has gone out of fashion.”[34]