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July 1, 2015

Kurt Gerson, aka Kurt Gerron, was gassed at Auschwitz on October 28, 1944

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Kurt Gerson who changed his name to Kurt Gerron

Kurt Gerson who changed his name to Kurt Gerron

Yesterday, I blogged about Kurt Gerron, who was gassed at Auschwitz, according to Wikipedia. I did not realize that this was Kurt Gerson, a man that I had previously read about in my extensive research on the Holocaust.

According to an article on the Holocaust History Project website, which you can read in full here, “Kurt Gerron was born Kurt Gerson to Jewish parents in Berlin, Germany on 11 May 1897.”

The following information is from the Holocaust History Project:

After the German occupation of the Netherlands he was interned in Westerbork transit camp in mid –1943 before being sent to Theresienstadt – the paradise ghetto, near Prague on 25 February 1944.

There he ran a cabaret called “The Karussell” to entertain the ghetto inmates.

He was subsequently forced by the Nazis to make a propaganda film showing how well the Jews were treated at Theresienstadt. The film was called Der Fuhrer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt – The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews.

The Germans promised Gerron his life, but they did not keep this promise.

Gerron submitted a script to Commandant Karl Rahm – “The connecting tissue, the leitmotif was water – the rivers,bathtubs, faucets, showers, irrigation ditches – Berlin liked the theme and approval was given to start filming.

Filming commenced on 16 August 1944 and was completed on 11 September 1944, the film was a grotesque lie, and as soon as filming stopped the ghetto slipped back to its cruel regime of starvation and transports.

After completion of the film, Gerron was deported to Auschwitz on the final transport, and he was gassed in Birkenau on 28 October 1944.

So Bradley Smith can stop asking for the name of one person who was gassed by the Nazis. We now know the name of at least one Jew who was gassed: Kurt Gerron, formerly known as Kurt Gerson.

My 2000 photo of one of the buildings at Theresienstadt

My 2000 photo of one of the buildings at Theresienstadt which has fallen into ruins

My 2000 photo of the building where a store for the Jewish residents could shop

My 2000 photo of the store building where the Jewish residents could shop at Theresienstadt

The Dresden barracks for women had a courtyard where the prisoners could play soccer

The Dresden barracks for women had a courtyard where the prisoners could play soccer

The film made by Kurt Gerron featured prisoners playing soccer in the courtyard inside the Dresden barracks.

The film is shown in this You Tube video:

June 30, 2015

Found at last — the name of one person who was gassed by the Nazis

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For many years, Bradley Smith has been asking for the name of one person, who was gassed during the Holocaust. Now at last, the name of one person has been found. Kurt Garron was gassed, according to Wikipedia.

The Small Fortress, across the road from the Theresienstadt ghetto

My photo of the Small Fortress, across the road from the Theresienstadt ghetto

Photo on Wikipedia page about Theresienstadt

Photo on Wikipedia page about Theresienstadt

In the FIRST photo above, notice the “Arbeit macht Frei” sign in the background. This sign was NOT over the entrance into the Theresienstadt camp for Jews. The SECOND photo, which is on the Wikipedia page about Theresienstadt, purports to show that the entrance into the Theresiensadt camp had the dreaded sign: “Arbeit macht Frei.” The “Arbeit macht Frei” sign was only put over Class I camps, not over death camps, as claimed by today’s Holocaust True Believers.

After my two visits to Theresienstadt, many years ago, I wrote about the camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

Wikipedia’s misuse of a photo gives you a heads-up that the Wiki page about Theresienstadt might contain some errors. This morning, as I was reading the Wikipedia page on Theresienstadt, I read the following:

Following the successful use of Theresienstadt as a supposed model internment camp during the Red Cross visit, the Nazis decided to make a propaganda film there. It was directed by Jewish prisoner Kurt Gerron, an experienced director and actor; he had appeared with Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel. Shooting took eleven days, starting September 1, 1944.[31] After the film was completed, most of the cast and the director were deported to Auschwitz. Gerron was murdered by gas chamber on October 28, 1944.[32]

Here is the text of source [32]

Evans, Richard J. (2008). The Third Reich At War. Penguin. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-59420-206-3. Retrieved 8 December 2011.

Yes, Virginia there is a gas chamber at Theresienstadt. One of my very first blog posts, on May 13, 2010, was about the Theresienstadt gas chamber.

However, it is not clear whether Gerron was murdered in a gas chamber at Auschwitz, or a gas chamber at Theresienstadt. https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/gas-chamber-at-theresienstadt/

You can read about Richard Evans on this website: http://codoh.com/library/document/402/