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December 27, 2013

Yad Vashem races to collect 6 millon names of Holocaust victims

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:19 pm

As everyone in the world knows by now, there were 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, but what were their names?  Those sly Nazis didn’t record the names of their victims in the genocide of the Jews, known today as “The Holocaust.”  Now the Holocaust Museum in Israel, Yad Vashem, is trying to collect the names of all 6 million victims.

Entrance into Yad Vashem museum in Israel

Entrance into Yad Vashem museum in Israel

The issue of the lack of names was addressed in a news article, published world-wide today by the Associated Press; you can read the article in full here.

This quote is from the news article:

Contrary to popular belief, the Nazis did not keep meticulous records. They kept tabs on the identity of Jews in Germany, Austria and elsewhere in central Europe, but ordered the wholesale murder of communities elsewhere that were not documented. They also tried to cover up many of their crimes.

The statement above is correct. Way back in the 1940s, when the Jews were being transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the main killing centers in the Holocaust, some of the victims were sent directly, from the incoming trains, to the gas chambers.  Others were kept for a few weeks at Auschwitz, before being transferred to other camps.  No records of the names of those who were gassed were ever kept, nor the names of those who were transferred.  Only the Jews, who were assigned to live in the barracks at Auschwitz, were registered and given a number, which was tattooed on their arm.

Records in all the Nazi concentration camps were kept on IBM Hollerith cards. The code for those who were gassed at Auschwitz was F-6, which was the code for “special treatment.”  The code for Jews who were transported to another concentration camp was also F-6, for “evacuations.”

Jews who were transported, from the ghettos in Europe, to the three Operation Reinhard camps (Belzec, Sobibor and Treblink)  were not registered; they were gassed immediately upon arrival.  The victims were not given a code number, nor tattooed.  Their names are unknown, except to some of their relatives, who are now being questioned by researchers in Israel.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

Yad Vashem’s goal is to collect the names of all 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial’s very name — Yad Vashem is Hebrew for “a memorial and a name” — alludes to its central mission of commemorating the dead as individuals, rather than mere numbers like the Nazis did.

It hasn’t been an easy task.

The project began in 1955, but over the following half century, fewer than 3 million names were collected, mostly because the project was not widely known. Many survivors refrained from reopening wounds, or they clung to hopes that their relatives might still be alive.

Those clever Nazis!  They predicted that some day, there would be a world-wide religion, called Holocaustianity, and they diabolically obfuscated the numbers, so that some day, a cult of Holocaust denial would arise.  According to the news article, the main purpose of collecting names now is “to combat Holocaust denial.”  Good luck with that!

Where did the 6 million number come from?  From Adolf Eichmann, the alleged mastermind of the Holocaust?  No, Eichmann mentioned FIVE MILLION victims, not six million.

During his trial in Poland, Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, changed the figure in his confession to a total of 1,130,000 Jews that were gassed but declared “During my tenure at Auschwitz, millions of people died, whose exact number I cannot determine.”

When Rudolf Hoess was questioned on the witness stand at the Nuremburg IMT, he claimed that, after each gassing action, the records were destroyed.  The only person who knew the actual numbers, according to Hoess, was Adolf Eichmann.

At the Nuremberg IMT, a quote, allegedly made by Eichmann in 1945, was introduced into evidence:

“I will leap into my grave laughing because the feeling that I have five million human beings on my conscience is for me a source of extraordinary satisfaction.”

So why is the number of 6 million used today, instead of 5 million?  6 million just sounds better. Since there is no way of knowing the actual number of Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, why not just go with 6 million?