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June 17, 2017

The liberation of the Mauthausen camp is in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:07 pm

This photo shows prisoners who were liberated at Auschwitz, not at Mauthausen

The photo above was used to illustrate this news article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-holocaust-didnt-end-with-the-liberation-of-auschwitz-and-the-nazi-death-camps

The following quote is from the news article:

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For more than 70 years, Marsha Kreuzman has believed that she would be better off dead.

Death first promised salvation during her years of physical and psychological torture at the Mauthausen concentration camp as the Second World War devastated Europe.

When the Nazi encampment was liberated in May 1945, an American soldier tried to help her to her feet. Kreuzman recalls: “He said, ‘You have to walk.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to walk, I want to die.’”

Kreuzman, who now lives in Livingston, New Jersey, is sorry that she was not more joyful when the moment of liberation arrived; she is painfully aware that so many of her friends, her compatriots, her family were unable to escape the horror of one of history’s darkest chapters.

End quote

The liberation of Mauthausen

I have a whole section on my website about the liberation of Mauthausen: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Liberation/index.html

The photograph shown above was taken on May 6, 1945, the day after the official liberation of the Mauthausen main camp. It shows prisoners surrounding an M8 Greyhound armored car.

According to Pierre Serge Choumoff, the liberation of Mauthausen, as shown in the photo above, was reenacted for photographers at the request of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Nazi eagle over the gate had already been removed by the prisoners and a banner, written in Spanish, had been put up by the Spanish political prisoners. The English translation reads “The Spanish Anti-Fascists Salute the Liberating Forces.”

These prisoners were Spanish Republicans who had fought against General Francisco Franco’s Fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War and had escaped to France when the Republicans lost the war.

The Spanish Republicans were interned by the French and later, when the Germans defeated France in 1940, they were incarcerated as political prisoners because they were opposed to the Nazis. Germany had fought on the side of Franco in the Spanish Civil War, which was a war between the Fascists and the Communists. For the anti-Fascist Spanish Republicans, Mauthausen has the same significance as Auschwitz does for the Jews.

On May 5, 1945, the date usually given for the official liberation of the Mauthausen main concentration camp, a platoon of 23 men from the 11th Armored Division of the US Third Army, led by Staff Sgt. Albert J. Kosiek, arrived at the main camp near the town of Mauthausen. They were guided there by Louis Haefliger, a Red Cross representative in the camp, and two German soldiers, after first liberating the Gusen sub-camp, 6 kilometers to the west.

End quote

May 7, 2017

The Stairs of Death at Mauthausen are back in the news

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:36 am

When I checked the stats for my website this morning, I found that my pages  about the Stairs of Death at Mauthausen had gotten the most hits.

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/index.html

I did a search and found this news article about Mauthausen: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/see-inside-infamous-nazi-death-9653679

The news article includes two of my color photos of the steps, which you can see on my website. No photo credit was given.

I complained about this article when it first came out and wrote about the stairs in a blog post that you can read here.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/the-stairs-of-death-at-mauthausen/

January 25, 2017

The stairs of death at Mauthausen

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:00 am
My photo of the Mauthausen starirs of death

My photo of the Mauthausen stairs of death

This morning, when I checked the stats for my blog, I found that there were many readers who are going to my scrapbookpages.com web pages about the Mauthausen concentration camp.  You can follow the link below to my website.

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Quarry/StairsOfDeath01.html

I read a news article today, dated January 19th, 2017 about Mauthausen which you can read here.  My photo, shown above, was used in the Gallery section of the news article, but no photo credit was given to me, nor to my website.  The link below takes you directly to the Gallery section of the article.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/gallery/infamous-mauthausen-stairs-death-9653675

My photo of the Monument for the Jews at Mauthausen

My photo of the Monument for the Jews at Mauthausen

I took the photo above, during a light rain. The photo looks like a painting, but it is not.

Here’s the true story about Mauthausen:

The Mauthausen concentration camp was a Class III camp where prisoners who were classified as “Return undesired” were sent.

It was a punishment camp where the inmates had to do hard time in a rock quarry. Those on the punishment detail had to carry granite boulders up these steep stairs on their backs once a day.

The photo below shows the sign that is on the wall on the left of the photo above.

Sign on the wall at the bottom of the stairs

Sign on the wall at the bottom of the stairs

Here is the translation of the words on the sign:

Begin translation

Prisoners from different nationalities worked here. Under the most primitive safety precaution,they longed for the biggest job performance with big brutality.

There, you even had the best chance to liquidate the prisoners in the fastest way.

With a often over 50 kg heavy stone on the back, in double quick and under constant hits chased around in the quarry the victim soon broke down, to die helpless in any corner of the quarry.

End translation

The 186 steps on the “Stairs of Death” in the Mauthausen quarry are not as steep as you might think. They have been redone so that tourists can easily climb up and down them.

The steps are evenly spaced and there are rest stops, one near the bottom and several near the top. There is no handrail, but there is a stone wall on each side for most of the climb.

When I visited the camp, I hired a taxi to take me to the bottom of the stairs, so that I could climb up the stairs. All the other tourists were climbing down the stairs and then back up. I didn’t want to risk climbing down the stairs and falling all the way down.

My photo of the granite stairs at Mauthausen

My photo of granite stairs at Mauthausen

May 12, 2016

A new version of the liberation of Mauthausen

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:33 am
The entrance into the Mauthausen camp

The entrance into Mauthausen camp

Note the eagle over the gate into the Mauthausen camp. This eagle was pulled down by the prisoners in the camp when they liberated themselves on May 5, 1945. The photo below shows some of the prisoners re-enacting the pulling down of the eagle emblem on May 6, 1945.

Prisoners re-enact the pulling down of the Nazi eagle

Prisoners re-enact the pulling down of the Nazi eagle

One of my very first blog posts, six years ago, was about the liberation of the Mauthausen camp in Austria:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-liberation-of-mauthausen-may-5-1945/

Yesterday, I read a new version of the liberation of Mauthausen, as told by 90-year-old Army veteran William Phelps.

The following quote is from the news article about Phelps:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) William Phelps wore a first sergeant’s stripes at the unlikely age of 19 as a World War II tank gunner, heard Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unvarnished opinions over lunch one day and made the cover of Yank Magazine in 1945 in a memorable photo, patching his trousers with a sewing machine in front of a tank.

But his most important day in Europe was in liberating a Nazi extermination camp in Austria.

Outside Linz, [Austria] Phelps and two dozen soldiers entering the Mauthausen concentration camp 71 years ago last week were stunned at the sight of dead, dying and emaciated prisoners. The Americans saw German guards in the distance running for their lives, prisoners killing some of them with rocks and clubs.

End quote

Note that the article does not say that Phelps was with the 11th Armored Division, which was the division which arrived at Mauthausen the day after the prisoners had liberated themselves.

Americans enter Mauthausen camp after the prisoners had libeated themselves

Americans enter Mauthausen camp after the prisoners had liberated themselves

Several years ago, I visited the former Mauthausen camp and the town of Mauthausen. I have a whole section about Mauthausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/index.html

I have a section about the history of the camp at: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/index.html

Start by reading this page:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/introduction.html

The town of Mauthausen

My photo of the town of Mauthausen

I have a section about the town of Mauthausen at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Town/index.html

 

 

April 25, 2016

More misuse of the famous Ebensee photo

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:32 am
People passing by a famous photo taken at Ebensee

People passing a window which shows a famous Holocaust photo

The photo above was used to illustrate a news article which you can read in full at http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2016/04/25/Holocaust-project-focuses-on-what-Americans-knew-and-when/stories/201604220173

I have this same photo on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html

Photo of Holocaust survivors at Ebensee

Holocaust survivors at Ebensee sub-camp

Note that the photo, as shown on my website, is much wider; it shows more of the prisoners that were moved from the Mauthausen main camp to the Ebensee sub-camp where they could be taken care of.

According to Holocaust author Martin Gilbert, the last death marches of the World War Ii, began on May 1, 1945 as the American Army approached; prisoners from the main camp at Mauthausen, and the sub-camps at Gusen and St. Valentin, were marched to Gunskirchen and Ebensee. Hundreds of them died from exhaustion, or were shot because they couldn’t keep up, or as they attempted to escape. When American troops in the 80th Infantry Division arrived on May 4, 1945, there were around 60,000 prisoners from 25 different countries at Ebensee.

The entrance gate into the Ebenseee camp

The entrance gate into Ebenseee

The photograph above was taken on May 6, 1945, after Ebensee, a sub-camp of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, was liberated by soldiers in the 80th Division of the US Third Army on May 4th and 5th.

The banner, written in French, reads “The French prisoners Salute the Allies.” It was erected by the anti-Nazi resistance fighters who were imprisoned here after being captured and accused of doing acts of sabotage during the Nazi occupation of France.

The prisoners at Ebensee worked in underground factories which manufactured Messerschmitt airplanes. German engineers and civilians also worked in these factories. The site was chosen because there were natural caves which could be enlarged into tunnels so that the munitions factories could be protected from Allied bombing raids.

According to Martin Gilbert, the author of a book entitled “Holocaust,” Ebensee was an “end destination” for Jewish prisoners who were evacuated from camps farther east as the Soviet Army advanced toward Germany. In the last months of the war, the Ebensee camp was seriously over-crowded with these exhausted prisoners, many of whom had just arrived in the weeks prior to the liberation.

Gilbert wrote the following regarding the evacuations and the death marches:

Begin quote

Jews who had already survived the “selections” in Birkenau, and work as slave laborers in factories, had now to survive the death marches. Throughout February and March [1945] columns of men, and crowded cattle trucks, converged on the long-existing concentration camps, now given a new task. These camps had been transformed into holding camps for the remnant of a destroyed people, men and women whose labor was still of some last-minute utility for a dying Reich, or whose emaciated bodies were to be left to languish in agony in one final camp.

End quote

According to Gilbert’s book, a train loaded with 2,059 Jews arrived at Ebensee on March 3, 1945. They had survived the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and had first been sent to the Gross Rosen concentration camp, then on to Ebensee. Forty-nine of the Jewish prisoners died on the train, and on their first day in the camp, 182 died during the disinfection procedure.

New arrivals had to be disinfected to kill the body lice which spreads typhus. There was a typhus epidemic, in Mauthausen and the sub-camps and, according to Martin Gilbert, 30,000 prisoners had died in these camps in the last four months of the war.

July 23, 2015

Holocaust professorship has been launched in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:59 pm

The latest Holocaust news is that a “Holocaust professorship” has been launched in Germany; you can read the full story here.

The photo below accompanies the news article.

Survivors of Ebensee camp

Survivors of Ebensee camp in Austria

In the photo shown above, the prisoners have removed their pants in order to show off their skinny legs.  Note that the prisoner on the far right is holding his pants in front of himself.

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

Goethe University in Frankfurt has secured funding to establish Germany’s first ever professor position dedicated to studying the Holocaust, the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts announced on Monday.

The programme will launch in 2017 to support a professor researching the history and impact of the Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

“Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust this is a long overdue step. In the land of the perpetrators, one must not forget what happened,” said regional Science Minister Boris Rhein in a statement.

“It is our duty to be at the forefront of this research. What is special about this Holocaust professorship is that it is not only about understanding the past. Specifically it is about the repercussions of the events up until the present, and that will be the focus of the research.”

There was no explanation for the photo that was shown above the news article, so I am going to explain it to you now.

The photo in the news article shows survivors of the Ebensee sub-camp of the Mauthausen prison camp, posing on May 7, 1945 after they had been liberated by American troops a few days day before.

In the photograph, the prisoners all have shaved heads, a procedure which was used in all the Nazi concentration camps in an effort to control the lice which spreads typhus. Their heads were shaved first on the sides and the next time on the top. These prisoners have a regrowth of hair on the top, but have recently been shaved on the sides of their heads. The privileged Kapos were allowed to have a full growth of hair or a beard if they were bald.

Prisoners celebrate their liberation from Ebensee

Prisoners celebrate their liberation from Ebensee

The photograph above shows a sign that was erected by the German prisoners at Ebensee. It reads “We welcome our liberators.” Among the German prisoners were some who were condemned criminals.

Gate into Ebensee camp

Gate into Ebensee camp

The photograph immediately above was taken on May 6, 1945, after Ebensee, a sub-camp of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, had been liberated by soldiers in the 80th Division of the US Third Army on May 4th and 5th. The banner, written in French, reads “The French prisoners Salute the Allies.” (Note that all of the prisoners are wearing trousers.)

The banner, that is shown in the photo, had been erected by the anti-Nazi resistance fighters who were imprisoned here after being captured and accused of doing acts of sabotage during the Nazi occupation of France.

The prisoners in these photos are not Jews who were being Holocausted, and such photos should not be used to teach the Holocaust.

According to author Martin Gilbert, the last “death marches” of the war began on May 1, 1945 as the American Army approached; prisoners from the main camp at Mauthausen and the sub-camps at Gusen and St. Valentin were marched to Gunskirchen and Ebensee.

Hundreds of these prisoners died from exhaustion, or  they were shot because they couldn’t keep up with the march, or as they attempted to escape.

When American troops in the 80th Infantry Division arrived on May 4, 1945, there were around 60,000 prisoners from 25 different countries at Ebensee.

The prisoners at Ebensee had been working in underground factories in which Messerschmitt airplanes were being manufactured. German engineers and German civilians also worked in these factories. The site had been chosen because there were natural caves which could be enlarged into tunnels so that the munitions factories could be protected from Allied bombing raids.

According to Martin Gilbert, the author of a book entitled Holocaust, Ebensee was an “end destination” for Jewish prisoners who had been evacuated from camps farther east as the Soviet Army advanced toward Germany.

In the last months of the war, the Ebensee camp was seriously over-crowded with these exhausted prisoners, many of whom had just arrived in the weeks prior to the liberation.

Martin Gilbert wrote the following regarding the evacuations and the death marches:

“Jews who had already survived the ‘selections’ in Birkenau, and work as slave laborers in factories, had now to survive the death marches. Throughout February and March [1945] columns of men, and crowded cattle trucks, converged on the long-existing concentration camps, now given a new task. These camps had been transformed into holding camps for the remnant of a destroyed people, men and women whose labor was still of some last-minute utility for a dying Reich, or whose emaciated bodies were to be left to languish in agony in one final camp.”

According to Martin Gilbert, a train loaded with 2,059 Jews arrived at Ebensee on March 3, 1945. They had survived the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and had first been sent to the Gross Rosen concentration camp, then on to Ebensee.

Forty-nine of the Jewish prisoners had died on the train, and on their first day in the camp, 182 more prisoners died during the disinfection procedure. New arrivals had to be disinfected to kill the body lice which spreads typhus. There was a typhus epidemic in Mauthausen and the sub-camps. According to Martin Gilbert, 30,000 prisoners died in these camps in the last four months of the war.

I sincerely hope that “the professor” will tell the true story of the photo which is shown in the news article, but I don’t think that there is much chance of that happening.

May 19, 2015

New book by Wendy Holden tells about new-born babies who survived the Holocaust

New book by Wendy tells about babies born to mothers in concentration camps, who survived

New book by Wendy Holden tells about babies born to mothers in a concentration camp

The cover of Wendy Holden’s book shows a photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The prisoners, about whom she writes in her book, were originally sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Mauthausen was the only Class III camp in the Nazi concentration  camp system. It was for criminals, who were classified as “return unwanted.”  There were no female prisoners at Mauthausen until the last days of the war, when women were transferred there because Russian soldiers were on their way to liberate the three Auschwitz camps.

You can read a news article here about survivors of the Holocaust who were born in concentration camps during World War II.

The news article tells about survivors of the Mauthausen camp who honored their liberator, U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Kosiek, a 28-year-old son of Polish immigrants living in Chicago, [who] led the platoon of 23 men who liberated 40,000 prisoners from Mauthausen and other nearby camps in Gusen. He also handled the surrender of 1,800 German soldiers.

I wrote about the liberation of Mauthausen in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/mauthausen-liberation/

I wrote about the Mauthausen camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/index.html

This quote is from the news article:

U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Kosiek, a 28-year-old son of Polish immigrants living in Chicago, led the platoon of 23 men who liberated 40,000 prisoners from Mauthausen and other nearby camps in Gusen. He also handled the surrender of 1,800 German soldiers,

“He really didn’t talk much about it,” says his oldest son, Larry Kosiek, 67, of Mount Prospect. “When we were studying World War II in school, I said, ‘Well, you were in the Army. Tell me about it.’ And he gave me this: a letter he had written to his mother.”

As platoon leader, Sgt. Kosiek was moving his troops through the foothills of the Austrian Alps in the waning days of World War II when Red Cross workers told him about the camp and the Nazi guards’ plan to abandon the site after killing all the prisoners so as to leave no witnesses to tell about the gas chambers and mass executions.

Note that the article mentions “gas chambers” [plural]. As far as I know, there was only one “gas  chamber” at Mauthausen, which was in the shower room. You can read about the one and only Mauthausen gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/GasChamberEntrance.html

The following quote is also from the news article. See if you can spot a huge mistake in this quote:

In addition to Olsky and her newborn son, Slovak teacher Priska Lowenbeinova and her newborn daughter, Hana, and Anka Bergman, and her newborn daughter, Eva, were found. All the women had hidden their pregnancies from infamous SS inquisitor Dr. Josef Mengele, who sent them to Auschwitz instead of having them killed. They all ended up at Mauthausen, the final concentration camp to be liberated.

Bergman, whose husband and baby boy died in the camp at Auschwitz, went into labor at the shock of arriving at Mauthausen. Her daughter, Eva Clarke, who now lives in England, said her mother told her there was an order to kill all babies, but one guard intervened. “I haven’t seen a baby in years,” said the guard, who wanted to hold and play with the infant. When the Americans arrived, the malnourished baby was sick and near death, until a U.S. medic gave her a dose of a new drug called penicillin.

The three moms all infused their babies with the importance of living lives in defiance of Hitler’s plan to extinguish them all.

If Hitler had a “plan to extinguish them all,” he failed miserably.

Did you notice the mistake in the  news article?  Dr.  Mengele was a doctor at Auschwitz, yet he sent the women  to Auschwitz. Who knows what the writer was trying to say.

This quote is also from the news article:

“Nobody can identify with 6 million people. Everybody can identify with one family,” says [Eva] Clarke, who lives in England and tells her story to schools and charities.

I wrote about Eva Clarke on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/holocaust-survivor-was-born-in-mauthausen-concentration-camp/

and on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/holocaust-survivor-eva-clarke/

As is customary in today’s journalism, only one side of the story was told in this news article  —  the  side of the  Holocaustians.

I also wrote about Mauthausen in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/holocaust-survivor-who-was-sent-to-the-mauthausen-gas-chamber-the-day-before-the-camp-was-liberated/

According to Deborah Lipstadt, there is only one side to the story of the Holocaust.  I wrote about this on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/denying-the-holocaust/

May 6, 2015

The most egregious lies about the Holocaust were told by Lt. Jack Taylor

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:48 am
Entrance into the  Mauthausen camp where Lt. Jack Taylor was a prisoner for a few days

Entrance into the Mauthausen camp where Lt. Jack Taylor was a prisoner for a few days. The white stone object is the back side of a monument to the Russian general who was frozen to death.

A reader of my blog made a comment in which a link to the filmed court testimony given by Lt. Jack Taylor was included. I believe that Lt. Jack Taylor was the worst liar of all the Holohoax liars; his lies deserve a blog post of their own, so bear with me, please.

Lt. Jack Taylor testified in  court about the Mauthausen gas chamber

Lt. Jack Taylor testified lied in court about the Mauthausen gas chamber

First, a bit of background about the Mauthausen camp:

The Mauthausen concentration camp was a Class III camp in Austria for “Return Unwanted” prisoners. The camp was liberated by American troops on May 5, 1945; it was the last of the Nazi camps to be liberated by American soldiers, just three days before World War II ended on May 8, 1945. The American soldiers were greeted at the gate by 37-year-old Lt. Jack H. Taylor, a Commando in the United States Navy, who had been captured after leading a sabotage mission behind enemy lines. In other words, he was an  illegal combatant, and that’s why he was arrested and sent to a prison camp.

When the Americans arrived, Lt. Taylor had been a prisoner at Mauthausen for only 35 days; he had arrived in the camp on April 1, 1945, after being transferred from a Gestapo prison in Vienna because Soviet troops were 50 kilometers from the city and advancing rapidly. The Nazis didn’t want  him to get killed in the fight to take the city of Vienna.

Lt. Cmdr. Jack Taylor gave the following testimony at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg:

Begin quote:

“In October ’44, I was the first Allied officer to drop onto Austria. I was captured December 1st, by the Gestapo, severely beaten, ah, even though I was in uniform, severely beaten, and, and, considered as a non-prisoner of war. I was taken to Vienna prison where I was held for four months.

When the Russians neared Vienna, I was taken to this Mauthausen concentration lager [camp], an extermination camp, the worst in Germany, where we have been starving and, and beaten and killed, ah, fortunately, my turn hadn’t come. Ah, two American officers at least have been executed here. Here is the insignia of one, a U.S. naval officer, and here is his dog tag. Here is the army officer, executed by gas in this lager [camp]. Ah…there were…

[Question: “How many ways did they execute them?”]

Five or six ways: by gas, by shooting, by beating, that is beating with clubs, ah, by exposure, that is standing out in the snow, naked, for 48 hours and having cold water put on them, thrown on them in the middle of winter, starvation, dogs, and pushing over a hundred-foot cliff.”

End Quote

This cliff at Mauthausen was called the

This cliff at Mauthausen was called the “parachute jump” (Click on the photo to enlarge)

Lt. Cmdr. Taylor was the first witness for the prosecution in the Mauthausen trial, which was brought before an American Military Tribunal at Dachau. By now, Taylor was an experienced prosecution witness and he elaborated on his Nuremberg testimony.

When asked by prosecutor Lt. Col. William Denson, on direct examination, how many different forms of killing that he had come in contact with in Mauthausen, Taylor testified as follows:

Begin quote:

“Gassing, hanging, shooting, beating. There was one particular group of Dutch Jews who were beaten until they jumped over the cliff into the stone quarry. Some that were not killed on the first fall were taken back up and thrown over to be sure. Then there was exposure. Any new transport coming in was forced to stand out in the open, regardless of the time of the year, practically naked. Other forms of killing included clubbing to death with axes or hammers and so forth, tearing to pieces by dogs specially trained for the purpose, injections into the heart and veins with magnesium chloride or benzene, whippings with a cow-tail to tear the flesh away, mashing in a concrete mixer, forcing them to drink a great quantity of water and jumping on the stomach while the prisoner was lying on his back, freezing half-naked in subzero temperatures, buried alive, red-hot poker down the throat. I remember a very prominent Czech general who was held down in the shower room and had a hose forced down his throat. He drowned that way.”

End Quote

Of course, Jack Taylor had never seen anyone carried back up to the top of a cliff and thrown off a second time, nor had he ever seen anyone mashed in a concrete mixer, nor buried alive, nor killed with a red-hot poker shoved down their throat. These were stories lies that he had heard from the other prisoners.

This kind of hearsay testimony was common in all the Dachau proceedings. The purpose of reiterating these stories in sworn testimony on the witness stand was to get these atrocities entered into the record, so that these alleged crimes would go down in history for future generations to read as the gospel truth.

Lt. Cmdr. Taylor may have been confused about the nationality of the general. There were similar stories about a Russian general, Lt. Gen. Dmitry Mikhailovich Karbyshev, who was either drowned in the shower or forced to stand outside in freezing weather while water was poured over him on some unknown date in February 1945. A statue of Karbyshev encased in a block of ice stands near the gate into the Mauthausen camp. (see the photo at the  top of this page)

Lt. Condr. Taylor testified during the trial that he had been scheduled to die in the Mauthausen gas chamber on May 6, 1945, but he was miraculously saved when American troops arrived the day before his planned execution.

In his debriefing statement, Lt. Condr. Jack Taylor told Dr. Stransky Milos, the Czech prisoner who wrote the statement, the following:

“After the Americans had liberated us, I discovered that I should have been executed on 28 April 1945, along with 27 other prisoners from Block 13. A friendly Czech, Mylos [Milos], who worked in the political department had, unknown to me, removed my paper and destroyed it so that I was not included with the 27.”

According to an addendum to the debriefing statement, written by Dr. Stransky Milos, an order was given to execute 27 prisoners who had been sent to Mauthausen on January 4, 1945 [1.4.45]. Lt. Jack Taylor, who had arrived on April 1, 1945, was included in this order.

Dr. Milos wrote the following in his addendum to the debriefing statement:

“Execution ordered by Kommandeur der Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdiestes in Wien based on martial law for 27 police-prisoners, many of the transport from 1.4.1945 [January 4, 1945] took place on 28.4.1945 at Mauthausen afternoon. The execution of the Captain Taylor has not been carried out, because 3 days before I burnt his documents.”

Keep in mind that the Germans were building Messerschmitt ME262 jet airplanes at Mauthausen and V-2 rockets at a sub-camp of Buchenwald, but they were allegedly too stupid to notice that the only copy of an execution order had been burned by an inmate.

When Jack Taylor arrived at Mauthausen, there was a typhus epidemic in progress and 300 prisoners were dying each day, but according to Taylor’s court testimony, 367 prisoners had been marched from Czechoslovakia to Mauthausen during the epidemic, and instead of being taken to the Quarantine camp which was directly across the street from the crematorium, they were immediately taken into the crematorium to be killed and then burned in the a new oven that Taylor had been working on to build.

Crematorium at Mauthausen was under the green building

Crematorium at Mauthausen was under the green building (Click on the photo to enlarge)

The photo above shows the smoke stack for the underground crematorium at Mauthausen. The street in the foreground is the main camp road. On the left in the photo is the gate into the Quarantine camp where incoming prisoners were held for two weeks in order to prevent the spread of disease. The stairs down to the crematorium are next to the green building, and directly across from the Quarantine camp.

The location of the Quarantine camp now has memorials to the prisoners that were killed in the alleged gas chamber. There is no mention that the prisoners were  put into quarantine in an attempt to save lives.

Lt. Jack Taylor poses at Mauthausen on the  day the camp was liberated

Lt. Jack Taylor poses at Mauthausen on the day the camp was liberated

To  sum up, of all the Holohoax liers that you will ever  meet, and all those  that you won’t meet, Lt. Jack Taylor was the worst.

October 20, 2014

World War II war criminal Martin Bartesch is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

Martin Bartesch, a notorious Nazi war criminal, who was briefly at the Mauthausen concentration camp for three whole weeks, during Wold War II, is back in the news; you can read all about it here.

The photo below shows Martesch in a photo belonging to his daughter Ann Bresnen of Chicago, copied from this website: http://billingsgazette.com/martin-bartesch/image_6d8e8030-f7ff-5f2f-a2b9-cb36fe256816.html#ixzz3Gi2KE6Rs

Photo of Martin Bartesch

Photo of Martin Bartesch

My photo of theMauthausen concentration camp

My photo of the Mauthausen concentration camp (Click on the photo to enlarge)

My photo of the entrance into the Mauthausen concentration camp

My photo of the entrance into the Mauthausen concentration camp (Click on the photo to enlarge)

This quote is from the news story:

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) – Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.

[…]

Austrian authorities were furious upon learning after the fact about a deal made with Martin Bartesch, a former SS guard at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. In 1987, Bartesch landed, unannounced, at the airport in Vienna. Two days later, under the terms of the deal, his U.S. citizenship was revoked.

The Romanian-born Bartesch, who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1955, was suddenly stateless and Austria’s problem. Bartesch continued to receive Social Security benefits until he died in 1989.

I previously blogged about Martin Bartesch on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/the-sad-case-of-martin-bartesch-the-infamous-mauthausen-war-criminal/

What was the war crime committed by Martin Bartesch?  His crime was that he spoke German and he had been born of an ethnic German mother.

This speech, made by Heinrich Himmler at Munich, on Nov. 8, 1938, explains it:

“Furthermore, Czechoslovakia has become anti-Semitic, all the Balkans are anti-Semitic, the whole of Palestine is engaged in a desperate struggle against the Jews, so that some day there will be no place in the world left for the Jew. He says to himself, this danger will only be removed if the source, if the originating country of anti-Semitism, if Germany is burnt out and destroyed (ausgebrannt und vernichtet). Be clear about it, in the battle which will decide if we are defeated, there will be no reservation remaining for the Germans, all will be starved out and butchered. That will face everyone, be he now an enthusiastic supporter of the Third Reich or not – it will suffice that he speaks German and had a German mother.”

Martin Bartesch emigrated to America after World War II was over.  He received Social Security payments, but he agreed to leave the USA on the condition that he would continue to receive his Social Security payments.

October 9, 2014

Documentary, about a child suvivor of 5 Nazi camps, nominated for an Emmy

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:27 am

This news article tells about a Jewish child who survived 5 concentration camps during the course of nearly 3 years while World War II, and the Holocaust, were going on.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

“Misa’s Fugue,” the documentary based on the true story of Frank “Misa” Grunwald’s almost three years in Nazi concentration camps as a child, has exceeded [Jennifer] Goss’ expectations in pretty much every way.

So when Goss, along with her husband, and Grunwald, the film’s director, Sean Gaston, and other important players in the making of the documentary found themselves at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Philadelphia on September 20, they knew all the late nights, and trips were worth it.

I know what you are going to say: How could a child survive FIVE concentration camps, during the genocide of the Jews, aka the Holocaust, when everyone knows that children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed.

Note that the article calls Terezin a “death camp.”  Why send children from one death camp to another, and then let them survive? Was it because the Nazis wanted survivors to tell the story in documentaries 70 years later?

According to the article:

[Framk ”Misa”] Grunwald was born in Czechoslovakia in September of 1932. Four months later, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. “Misa’s Fugue” centers around Grunwald’s journey through Terezin [Theresienstadt], Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk and Gunskirchen concentration camps.

Nearly 1.5 million children were murdered during the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Grunwald, now 82, was one of the less than 300 children who survived the Nazi death-camp at Terezin in the Czech Republic. For the next two years Grunwald found himself in various camps, in various countries, often getting there by death marches.

So Frank Grunwald spent a year, as a little boy, at Theresienstadt (now called Terezin) before he was hauled off to Auschwitz.  According to the article, Terezin was a “death-camp.”

Grunwald was probably taken to the Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau, where children under the age of 15 were immediately gassed.

Yet somehow, Grunwald was not gassed at Auschwitz, but instead, he was transferred to Mauthausen, a Class III camp for convicted criminals and “Return Unwanted” prisoners, where he was again not killed in the gas chamber, but was transferred to the Melk sub-camp and then to the Gunskirchen subcamp of Mauthausen. Records show that Gunskirchen had only 450 prisoners.

Why did the stupid Nazis keep moving Grunwald around like that?  Did they want a child to survive to the age of 82, so that he could tell his “Holocaust survivor” story in a documentary?

I suspect that Frank “Misa” Grunwald was on the “death march” out of Auschwitz when the camp had to be abandoned because the Soviet liberators were on their way.

According to some Holocaust experts, the purpose of a “death march” was to kill the prisoners before the Soviets could save them.  Some of the survivors of these death marches were sent to Mauthausen in Austria because this was as far away as they could get from the liberators who were coming to save the children.

Melk and Gunskirchen were both sub-camps of Mauthausen where prisoners were working in underground factories which were building Messerschmidtt airplanes.

The Gunskirchen camp was not set up until very late in the war, so there is not much information about it on the Internet.

Ebensee is much better known than Gunskirchen, and I have a page about it on my scrapbookpages website.

The photo below is an old photo which was taken at Ebensee. This photo proves that there were very young children taken to Austria near the end of the war.

Young children at the Ebensee camp in Austria

Young children at the Ebensee camp in Austria

Notice that one of the young children has no shoes, although the older boy has a nice pair of boots.

You can see some old photos of Gunskirchen, taken by the American liberators of the camp, on this website: http://www.remember.org/mooney/images/thumbnails/index.html

The photo below shows the Melk sub-camp, which was in the same area of Austria as Gunskirchen.

Melk, a sub-camp of Mauthausen where Jews worked in factories

Melk, a sub-camp of Mauthausen where Jews worked in factories

Survivors of Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen greet their liberators

Survivors of Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen greet their liberators

Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen

Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen

The prisoners at Ebensee, shown in the photo above, worked in underground factories which manufactured Messerschmitt airplanes. German engineers and civilians also worked in these factories. The site was chosen because there were natural caves which could be enlarged into tunnels so that the munitions factories could be protected from Allied bombing raids.

Of course, some of the prisoners in these camps died, in spite of the fact that the Nazis tried to keep them alive so that they could work as slave laborers in the factories.

The photo below shows dead bodies at the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen.

Dead bodies found in the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen

Dead bodies found in the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen

After World War II ended, the Allies accused the Nazis of taking prisoners to Mauthausen to kill them in the tunnels of the sub-camps.  I wrote about Ernst Kaltenbrunner’s defense to this charge at the Nuremberg IMT, on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/the-testimony-of-dr-ernst-kaltenbrunner-at-the-nuremberg-imt/

On my website, I wrote about the alleged order given by Ernst Kaltenbrunner to kill all the prisoners at Mauthausen and its sub-camps: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/ZiereisDeath.html

 

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