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March 4, 2017

What was it like in Nazi Germany?

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:03 am

If the following text sounds familiar, it is because it was copied from my website, which I wrote before I became a Holocaust denier.

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In 1936 when the Nazis remodeled the Oranienburg camp, which then became Sachsenhausen, the Jews were being persecuted relentlessly and pressured to leave Germany, but no Jews were being sent to any of the concentration camps unless they were political dissidents, trade union organizers, asocials, vagrants, criminals, or race mixers and homosexuals who had broken the law.

Rudolf Höss, who came to Sachsenhausen as adjutant on August 1, 1938, wrote in his autobiography:

As an old-time member of the Nazi party, I believed in the need for concentration camps. The real ENEMIES OF THE STATE had to be put away safely; the asocials and the professional criminals who could not be locked up under the prevailing laws had to lose their freedom in order to protect the people from their destructive behavior.

This is the same Rudolf Höss who later became the first Commandant of Auschwitz in May 1940; he was convicted of mass murder in a trial in Poland after the war. After his last wish for a cup of coffee was granted, Höss was hanged in front of the reconstructed gas chamber in Auschwitz in April 1947.

When construction started on the new Sachsenhausen camp in the summer of 1936, Nazi Germany was the envy of the Western world. From the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, Hitler had achieved an “economic miracle” in Germany in less than three years. As yet, there was no sign of Nazi aggression, nor any attempt at world domination by Germany. Gertrude Stein, the famous Jewish writer who was a mentor to Ernest Hemingway, even suggested in 1937 that Hitler should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Because of the Nazi program of nationalism, the German people had regained their self respect after the humiliating Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign at the end of World War I. They now had great pride in their ethnicity and their country. No people in the world were more patriotic than the Germans in 1936 and no other world leader had the total dedication to his country that Adolph Hitler had.

The ordinary Germans were satisfied with their lives and had no reason to fear the concentration camps or the Gestapo. Hitler was a hero to the 127 million ethnic Germans throughout Europe, whom he wanted to unite into the Greater German Empire, a dream that had been discussed in his native Austria for over 50 years. In less than four years, this dream would be accomplished when Austria, parts of Poland that had formerly been German territory, Luxembourg, the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and the Sudetenland were combined with Germany to form the Greater German Reich.

In 1936, Hitler was more loved and admired than all the other world leaders put together. He was also the only world leader who was actively helping the Zionists with their plan to reclaim Palestine as their country.

While America and the rest of Europe were still in the depths of the depression caused by the stock market crash in October 1929, Germany had stabilized its economy and had virtually eliminated unemployment. Unlike the other countries in Europe in 1936, Nazi Germany was doing well, thanks in part to American investment capital.

Many American businessmen, led by auto maker Henry Ford, supported Hitler and his Fascist form of government. Other prominent Americans who supported Hitler included Joseph P. Kennedy (the father of President John F. Kennedy), and Prescott Bush (the grandfather of President George W. Bush) and Charles Lindbergh.

Meanwhile, the American government was drifting to the liberal left; Communist refugees like playwright Bertold Brecht and Jewish refugees like Albert Einstein were flocking to America and their influence was strong in American politics. In the 1936 presidential election in America, Al Smith, who had run as the Democratic candidate in 1928 against Herbert Hoover, accused fellow Democrat President Roosevelt of being a Communist.

Hitler had thumbed his nose at the Versailles Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations to France and Great Britain, and a massive program of industrialization had restored the country to full employment, compared to the 20% unemployment in America in 1936. Roosevelt had copied many of the social welfare programs in Germany, including Social Security, but America was still struggling to recover from the depression.

The workers in Nazi Germany enjoyed unprecedented social benefits such as paid vacations under the Strength Through Joy program (Kraft durch Freude). Factory workers listened to classical music as they worked, and took showers before going home. In order to demonstrate their importance to the country, workers were allowed to march in Nazi parades, carrying shovels on their shoulders just like the soldiers who marched with their rifles.

Everything in Nazi Germany was clean and orderly; there were no slums; the trains ran on time. By 1938, the crime rate was at an all-time low because repeat offenders were being sent to a concentration camp after they had completed their second sentence. Anyone who did not have a permanent address and some visible means of support was hauled off to Dachau and put to work.

The political parties of the opposition (Communists and Social Democrats) had been banned in Germany; political dissidents were being locked up; there was no more bomb throwing or revolutionary fighting in the streets. There were no more crippling general strikes because the trade unions had been banned to prevent the Communists from organizing the workers.

A healthy lifestyle was encouraged by the Nazis and group calisthenics for young people were compulsory. Family values were the order of the day: abortion was banned; homosexuals and prostitutes were imprisoned; women were encouraged to be homemakers, and mothers with four or more children would shortly be awarded military style medals for serving their country.

It was safe to walk the city streets in Germany at night; no bars were needed on the windows of German homes to keep the criminal element out; all the social misfits were being sent away to the concentration camps; bums and vagrants were no longer allowed to beg on the streets. Money that had formerly been spent to care for institutionalized persons with mental and physical disabilities was now being used for other purposes as the mentally ill and the severely disabled were being put to death in gas chambers.

The single-minded Nazis were attempting to achieve a perfect world like Disneyland’s Main Street which ends at a replica of Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle; their advanced technology was the Tomorrowland of its day. Fifty years later, the backlash from their ideology of racialism and nationalism was the impetus for the creation of today’s Politically Correct world of diversity and tolerance, which is the exact opposite of Nazi Germany.

The Nuremberg laws, enacted in 1935, stripped the Jews of their citizenship and made it a crime for Jews to have sexual intercourse with Germans. Jews were excluded from many jobs and government positions, and they were not allowed to ride on street cars or sit on park benches reserved for Aryans. The rest of the world, particularly Americans, ignored these early warnings; at that time America was a segregated country with institutionalized racism, and there were many restricted neighborhoods where Jews were not allowed to buy a home. American universities had quotas for Jewish students and numerous clubs and organizations did not allow Jews as members. While the Nazi racists were encouraging 300,000 Jews to leave Germany in the 1930ies, the American government was handing a one-way ticket to Mexico to 500,000 Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American citizens during the same time period.

Ever since the leftist revolutions, led by the Jews in Russia and Germany, had brought an end to World War I, the world had been polarized by Communism and Fascism. The first hint that a second world war was soon going to be fought over the conflicting ideologies of Communism and Fascism came in July 1936 with the Spanish Civil War which started when General Francisco Franco led a military revolt against the leftist Republic. Hitler and Mussolini gave their support to Franco, while Roosevelt and the leftist French leader supported the Communist side. The battle lines for World War II were already drawn in 1936 when Nazi Germany formed the Axis Alliance with Mussolini’s Fascist Italy and imperial Japan. In his book Mein Kampf, written while he was imprisoned for treason in 1924, Hitler had already predicted future problems between Japan and the United States.

The Treaty of Versailles included a provision for establishing the League of Nations, which consisted of the Allied countries and any neutral countries that wanted to join. Not until years later was Germany allowed to join. The purpose of the League, which America did not join after Congress voted against it, was to prevent future wars. The League was a forerunner of the United Nations which was formed in May 1945, shortly before the end of the second World War.

Germany was eventually allowed to join the League of Nations in 1926 after the country had been politically rehabilitated, but Hitler had withdrawn from it because the main objective of the Nazi party was to overturn the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1931, the rules of the League of Nations were violated for the first time when Japan invaded China, another member of the League. When the other nations in the League did nothing, this signaled to the world that the Treaty of Versailles could be violated with impunity and this set the stage for Hitler to disregard its terms. By 1936, Hitler had already violated the Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations and by building up an army of 400,00 men, which was considerably larger than the 100,000 soldiers that the Treaty allowed.

Hitler had also put troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles; then he took back the Ruhr after France had annexed this German territory when Germany was unable to pay reparations after its economy had collapsed a decade earlier.

America had signed a separate peace treaty with Germany after World War I because the American Congress refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, so America was in no position to stop Hitler once he started on his path to German hegemony, as world domination by one super power, such as the United States, is now called.

In August 1936, the Olympic games were being held in Berlin, and the Nazis had removed all the bums, winos and male prostitutes from the streets, sending them to Dachau or Sachsenhausen for six months of rehabilitation. Then in a concession to the liberals in America, Great Britain and France, who were threatening to boycott the games, the anti-Semitic signs and slogans on the city streets were temporarily removed and the anti-Jewish newspapers were taken off the stands. Two token Jews were even allowed to train for the Olympics on the German team, and a Jew, Captain Wolfgang Fürstner, was put in charge of the Olympic Village. Fürstner killed himself after he was replaced at the last minute.

The Germans won the most medals for first place, second place and third place in the 1936 Olympics, defeating the second-place Americans by a wide margin of 57 points. The story about Hitler refusing to acknowledge a victory by Jesse Owens was incorrect, according to noted historian John Toland, who wrote:

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That the Führer publicly turned his back on the great black athlete was denied by Owens himself, who further claimed that Hitler did pay him a tribute. “When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.”

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Charles Lindbergh, who was America’s greatest hero after flying solo to Europe, was the special guest of Hitler at the Olympics and sat beside him at the games. Lindbergh had by then moved to England in an effort to get away from the rampant crime in America. He was so impressed with Germany’s right-wing Utopia that, by 1938, he was making plans to move there and Hitler’s chief architect, Albert Speer, had been commissioned to design a house for him.

Lindbergh quickly changed his mind in November 1938 after Kristallnacht, the state-sponsored pogrom in Germany, in which the windows of Jewish businesses were smashed and Synagogues were burned. Newspapers around the world played up the story with banner headlines.

Kristallnacht marked the end of Hitler’s popularity and the Western world’s admiration for Germany. Time magazine selected Stalin, the Communist leader of the Soviet Union, for its Man of the Year award in 1939.

During the two days of rioting during the Kristallnacht pogrom in Germany and Austria, on Nov. 9th and 10th in 1938, Nazi officials went to all the small towns in Germany and ordered the Jews to leave within 24 hours or be sent to a concentration camp.

This was a plan to consolidate all the Jews in a few large cities. Those who were unable to leave, or refused to leave, were rounded up in the following days and sent to the three main concentration camps: Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald. There were 30,000 Jews in all who were arrested, and around 10,000 were sent to each of these three main camps. They were released within a few weeks if they paid a fine and promised to leave Germany within six months. There were few countries willing to accept them, so the majority wound up in Shanghai which was the only place they could enter without a visa.

In July 1938, President Roosevelt sponsored a conference at which the countries of the Western world met to decide what to do about the problem of thousands of German Jewish refugees, but no country was willing to change its immigration quotas, including the United States of America.

A few of the Jewish prisoners were unable to pay the fine or to raise enough money to leave the country; in 1942, they were all transferred from the concentration camps in Germany to the death camps in what is now Poland where the majority of them died in the Holocaust.

Hitler had predicted that his Third Reich would last for 1,000 years, but it came crashing down after only 12 years, and the image of Germany as the most cultured and advanced civilization in the modern world has been replaced by one of brutality and racism as Germany has become the most hated and reviled country in the world in the post-war Politically Correct era.

End of quote from my kosher website

January 14, 2017

Why were there so many barracks buildings in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 2:55 pm

The following quote is from this news article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4907032,00.html

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“Along with the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria, the barracks [at Auschwitz-Birkenau] bear witness to Nazi Germany’s killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at this camp, which it built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim [Auschwitz] after occupying Poland.”

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Barracks building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Current preservation work on a barracks building at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Why is this building being preserved? It  is being preserved because it was once occupied by Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Anything connected to the history of the Jews is sacred and must be preserved, if possible.

Why were there acres and acres of brick buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which were filled with Jews? Why were so many buildings needed when the Jews were allegedly being killed in gas chambers immediately upon arrival?

This quote is also from the news article:

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The task is all the harder because these types of poorly constructed barracks have never been preserved before, according to the Auschwitz team.

“My colleagues in the building industry laughed when I told them what I was doing. They said it’d be easier to just tear down the wall and rebuild it brick by brick than to restore it the way we’re doing,” says Szymon Jancia, a construction expert at the site.

“We’re aware that people come here specifically to see authentic objects and buildings,” Cyrulik adds for her part.

Protected from the weather by tents 12 metres (39 feet) high, the two barracks under restoration number among the camp’s oldest.

Work on the barracks began in September 2015 and will continue for another couple of years, while the entire project will take more than a decade and cost millions of dollars.

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Who will pay for this restoration work? The Germans, of course.

I have photos of the barracks buildings on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/Birkenau01A.html

You can see more photos of the Birkenau barracks on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Photos/Gallery12/index.html

January 11, 2017

The Donald tweets: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 6:21 am

You can read all about The Donald’s offensive tweet at http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/11/trump-melts-down-on-twitter-are-we-living-in-nazi-germany.html

Here’s the short answer to your tweet, Donald:

Nazi Germany was a paradise because Hitler got the Jews out of Germany. The Trump administration will have Jews in high places, including your son-in-law Jared Kushner. So America will not be like Nazi Germany — it will be just the opposite of Nazi Germany.

Here is the full text of the news article:

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he has “nothing to do with Russia” and argued that he is the victim of political attacks after reports that intelligence officials briefed him with damaging accusations about ties to Moscow.

The FBI is not actively investigating the information, which was initially circulated among Trump opponents and has not been verified by intelligence agencies, two U.S. officials told NBC News. Those sources did not comment to NBC about the nature of the allegations.

On Twitter, Trump called the reports “unfair” and said, “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me.” Trump claimed that he has “no deals, no loans, no nothing” with Russia, an assertion that is difficult to verify because he has not released his tax returns, unlike every president since Jimmy Carter.

He [Trump] argued that political opponents “try to belittle” his electoral victory. Trump asked, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

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On my website, I wrote about the conditions in Nazi Germany:

https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/introduction.html

The following quote is from the web page, cited above:

In 1936, Hitler was more loved and admired than all the other world leaders put together. He was also the only world leader who was actively helping the Zionists with their plan to reclaim Palestine as their country.

While America and the rest of Europe were still in the depths of the depression caused by the stock market crash in October 1929, Germany had stabilized its economy and had virtually eliminated unemployment. Unlike the other countries in Europe in 1936, Nazi Germany was doing well, thanks in part to American investment capital. Many American businessmen, led by auto maker Henry Ford, supported Hitler and his Fascist form of government. Other prominent Americans who supported Hitler included Joseph P. Kennedy (the father of President John F. Kennedy), and Prescott Bush (the grandfather of President George W. Bush) and Charles Lindbergh.

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January 5, 2017

The Glory of Germany is now “shon forbei”

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:09 pm
My photo of the town of Dachau

My photo of the town of Dachau

I created an updated version of this article which you can read by following the link below, after the comment section of this original article was filled with 166 mostly irrelevant user comments.  The updated article includes some of the more relevant comments inside the article itself.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/

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The country of Germany, that once was, is now gone. The glory that was once Germany is gone, and it will never come back again. Germany is now full of non-Germans who commit crimes, and  wreak havoc.

Over a  million Jews have come back to Germany. The Jews are God’s Chosen People — everyone else is dog shit.  The Jews can live wherever they want; they don’t have to live in their own country.

The Jews prefer Germany, where they can now lie, steal and cheat to their heart’s content.

I have just finished watching the full version of Leni Riefenstahl’s award-winning film, entitled Triumph of the Will, which is over an hour long. This is a PG film that is suitable for children to watch.

However, I must warn you that this film is extremely boring — how many goose-stepping German soldiers can you watch without being bored to death?

You can hear German people speaking Germany correctly, which I could never do.  I cannot trill an R, the way that the Germans did back then.

One thing, that is very interesting in the movie, is that all the people in the movie are German, and none of them appear to be overweight; the men are all at least 6 ft tall and most of them have blond hair.

If you go to Germany now, you will see every race and nationality of people and these people are citizens of Germany. There are black Germans, Jewish Germans, and every other nationality of Germans. In other words, Germany is not Germany any more, and that is a pity.

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AS I mentioned above, I created an updated version of this article which you can read by following the link below, after the comment section of this original article was filled with 166 mostly irrelevant user comments.

The updated article includes some of the more relevant comments inside the article itself, where they can be more conveniently read by interested readers, who don’t want to read through 166 comments which mostly consist of hysterical ranting.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/

November 11, 2016

November 11th — the anniversary of the stab in the back

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:25 pm

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You can read about the famous “stab in the back” on Wikipedia at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stab-in-the-back_myth

The following quote is from Wikipedia:

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The stab-in-the-back myth (German: Dolchstoßlegende, pronounced [ˈdɔlçʃtoːsleˌɡɛndə])[1] was the notion, widely believed in right-wing circles in Germany after 1918, that the German Army did not lose World War I but was instead betrayed by the civilians on the home front, especially the republicans who overthrew the monarchy in the German Revolution of 1918–19. Advocates denounced the German government leaders who signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918, as the “November Criminals” (German: November­verbrecher).

An illustration from a 1919 Austrian postcard showing a caricatured Jew stabbing the German Army in the back with a dagger. The capitulation was blamed upon the unpatriotic populace, the Socialists, Bolsheviks, the Weimar Republic, and especially the Jews.

When the Nazis came to power in 1933, they made the legend an integral part of their official history of the 1920s, portraying the Weimar Republic as the work of the “November criminals” who used the stab in the back to seize power while betraying the nation.

The Nazi propaganda depicted Weimar as “a morass of corruption, degeneracy, national humiliation, ruthless persecution of the honest ‘national opposition’—fourteen years of rule by Jews, Marxists, and ‘cultural Bolsheviks’, who had at last been swept away by the National Socialist movement under Adolf Hitler and the victory of the ‘national revolution’ of 1933″.[2]

A 1924 right-wing German political cartoon showing Philipp Scheidemann, the German Social Democratic politician who proclaimed the Weimar Republic and was its second Chancellor, and Matthias Erzberger, an anti-war politician from the Centre Party, who ended WWI by signing the armistice with the Allies, as stabbing the German Army in the back

Scholars inside and outside Germany unanimously reject the notion, pointing out the German army was out of reserves and was being overwhelmed in late 1918.[3] To many Germans, the expression “stab in the back” was evocative of Richard Wagner‘s 1876 opera Götterdämmerung, in which Hagen murders his enemy Siegfried with a spear in his back.[4]

October 21, 2016

Happy birthday to Holocaust survivor who is 107 years old

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am

On this website, you can read about a Holocaust survivor who has just celebrated her 107th birthday: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/10/20/cincinnatis-oldest-holocaust-survivor-turns-107/92493860/

The following quote is from the news article:

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… [in 1941] the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was eight years into the mass slaughter of Jews. At the end of WWII, 6 million Jews would be killed, with nearly a quarter million coming from Slomovits’ home of Romania.

Esther Slomovits turned 107 Thursday. She’s Cincinnati’s oldest Holocaust survivor.

The Slomovits were loaded onto a train for deportation to a Nazi death camp, but Sidney’s former employer bribed someone to stop the train, rescuing the Slomovits’.

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How does one stop a speeding train? When I was a child, I lived only a stone’s throw from the tracks of the Missosuri-Pacific railroad line. It never occurred to me that I could have bribed someone to stop a train going through my town, so that I could get a passenger off the train. The passengers on the train used to lean out the window and wave to me. Were they signaling to me because they wanted me to stop the train so that they could escape?

The most important part of this story is her secrets to living a long life. The following quote is about her habits:

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The key to her longevity, she said, is spending time with those you love, being in nature, a hearty breakfast, substituting honey for sugar and “on your 107th birthday, celebrate with sponge food cake – no icing!”

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The important part of her secret to longevity is that she eats honey instead of sugar. So far, I have lived to the age of 83, and I never touch sugar. If I need to sweeten my food, I use raw honey.

 

September 3, 2016

The T4 program is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:31 pm
My photo of Hartheim Castle

My photo of the Hartheim Castle where the T4 program took place

You can read about the T4 program in this recent news article:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/t4-program-holocoaust-nazi-germany/1/753935.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany leader, Adolf Hitler signed an order approving the T4 Program or popularly known as the T4 Euthanasia Program. This program was structured to kill anyone in Germany who were [was] mentally disabled, emotionally distressed or elderly people or in other words, people who could not contribute to the fighting or working force of the country.

The photo below is concluded in the article.

A poster comparing living-costs of a "healthy family" with a person suffering from an incurable disease

A poster comparing living-costs of a “healthy family” with a person suffering from an incurable disease

The news article continues with this quote:

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The program was signed on the same day when Germany declared war on Poland. Hence, calling it a war-time measure. Within Germany, posters were being circulated explaining the need to kill the incurable. The new directives allowed physicians to grant “mercy killing” to the people were suffering from incurable diseases. Though the Nazi officials were calling it euthanasia, they were targeting people not only with genetic defects or incurable diseases but also people who were not contributing to the economic growth of the country.

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Several years ago, I visited Hartheim Castle, where the “mercy killing” took place. I wrote about it on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber01a.html

You can see photos of the gas chamber at Hartheim Castle on my web page cited above.

I previously blogged about Hartheim Castle at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/the-crematorium-at-hartheim-castle/

You can see photos of the “technical room” in the gas chamber at Hartheim on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber07a.html

You can read more about Hartheim Castcle and the alleged gas chamber there on this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/index.html

The news article continues with this quote:

How did the T4 program lead to the Holocaust?

The T4 Program, named after the Chancellery offices that directed it from the Berlin address Tiergartenstrasse-4, set a strong precedence for the Holocaust. The mass deportation of people to killing centers was a viable blueprint for the establishment of gas chambers such as Auschwitz. The notion that incurable people were economically “burdensome” was being applied on Jews as well, making them equally vulnerable to the order.

How many people were killed under the T4 Program?

Officially, the T4 Program was put to rest in 1941 with at least 70,000 deaths in two years under its credit, but a lot of evidence indicated that the killings were just kept away from public eyes. The unofficial count by the end of the World War 2 in 1945 was estimated at around 2,00,000 deaths. A lot of instances showed that the T4 Program and Holocaust were taking place simultaneously.

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After visiting Hartheim Castle for two days, I came to the conclusion that no one was gassed there. Deformed and mentally ill people were put to death at Hartheim, by injections, not in a gas chamber. These unfortunate people were unable to walk into a gas chamber.

You can see more of my photos of the interior of Hartheim castle on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Hartheim/gaschamber02.html

 

 

 

July 25, 2016

Is Donald Trump the new Hitler?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, the answer to the question in the title of my blog post today is “Yes, Donald Trump is the new Hitler.”

The following quote is from the news article:

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Likening any modern politician to Hitler is a dodgy errand. And while people have been making the comparison this year, it’s usually unfair and inapt. Hitler was ultimate evil. Trump is no mass murderer; Trump is no Nazi; Trump has launched no wars.

But to any serious student of Hitler’s frightening and unforeseen rise to power in Germany, the recurring echoes in Trump’s speeches, interviews and his underlying thinking have become too blatant to overlook.

No resemblance has been stronger than Trump’s claim that he “alone” could rescue America from its misery. Hitler famously conjured the model of “the genius, the great man” who alone held the key to a country’s destiny. Calling democracy “a joke,” Hitler fiercely disdained what he called “weak majorities.” Progress and civilization could be achieved only through “the genius and energy of a great personality,” wrote Hitler in “Mein Kampf,” his racist political manifesto. Among the great personalities he included Frederick the Great of Prussia, Napoleon Bonaparte, Otto von Bismarck and, by implication, himself.

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Most people would think that it is a great insult to compare anyone to Hitler. But what was Hitler really like?

When construction started on the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in the summer of 1936, Nazi Germany was the envy of the Western world. From the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, Hitler had achieved an “economic miracle” in Germany in less than three years.

In 1936, there was, as yet, no sign of Nazi aggression, nor any attempt at world domination by Germany. Gertrude Stein, the famous Jewish writer, who was a mentor to Ernest Hemingway, even suggested in 1937 that Hitler should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Because of the Nazi program of nationalism, the German people had regained their self respect after the humiliating Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign at the end of World War I. They now had great pride in their ethnicity and their country. No people in the world were more patriotic than the Germans in 1936 and no other world leader had the total dedication to his country that Adolph Hitler had.

The ordinary Germans were satisfied with their lives and had no reason to fear the concentration camps, nor the Gestapo. Hitler was a hero to the 127 million ethnic Germans throughout Europe, whom he wanted to unite into the Greater German Empire, a dream that had been discussed in his native Austria for over 50 years. In less than four years, this dream would be accomplished when Austria, parts of Poland that had formerly been German territory, Luxembourg, the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and the Sudetenland were combined with Germany to form the Greater German Reich.

In 1936, Hitler was more loved and admired than all the other world leaders put together. He was also the only world leader who was actively helping the Zionists with their plan to reclaim Palestine as their country.

While America and the rest of Europe were still in the depths of the depression caused by the stock market crash in October 1929, Germany had stabilized its economy and had virtually eliminated unemployment.

Unlike the other countries in Europe in 1936, Nazi Germany was doing very  well, thanks in part to American investment capital. Many American businessmen, led by auto maker Henry Ford, supported Hitler and his Fascist form of government. Other prominent Americans who supported Hitler included Joseph P. Kennedy (the father of President John F. Kennedy), and Prescott Bush (the grandfather of President George W. Bush) and Charles Lindbergh.

Meanwhile, the American government was drifting to the liberal left; Communist refugees like playwright Bertold Brecht and Jewish refugees like Albert Einstein were flocking to America and their influence was strong in American politics. In the 1936 presidential election in America, Al Smith, who had run as the Democratic candidate in 1928 against Herbert Hoover, accused fellow Democrat President Roosevelt of being a Communist.

Hitler had thumbed his nose at the Versailles Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations to France and Great Britain, and a massive program of industrialization had restored Germany to full employment, compared to the 20% unemployment in America in 1936. Roosevelt had copied many of the social welfare programs in Germany, including Social Security, but America was still struggling to recover from the depression.

The workers in Nazi Germany enjoyed unprecedented social benefits such as paid vacations under the Strength Through Joy program (Kraft durch Freude). Factory workers listened to classical music as they worked, and took showers before going home. In order to demonstrate their importance to the country, workers were allowed to march in Nazi parades, carrying shovels on their shoulders just like the soldiers who marched with their rifles.

Everything in Nazi Germany was clean and orderly; there were no slums; the trains ran on time. By 1938, the crime rate was at an all-time low because repeat offenders were being sent to a concentration camp after they had completed their second sentence. Anyone who did not have a permanent address and some visible means of support was hauled off to Dachau and put to work.

The political parties of the opposition (Communists and Social Democrats) had been banned in Germany; political dissidents were being locked up; there was no more bomb throwing or revolutionary fighting in the streets. There were no more crippling general strikes because the trade unions had been banned to prevent the Communists from organizing the workers.

A healthy lifestyle was encouraged by the Nazis and group calisthenics for young people were compulsory. Family values were the order of the day: abortion was banned; homosexuals and prostitutes were imprisoned; women were encouraged to be homemakers, and mothers with four or more children would shortly be awarded military style medals for serving their country.

In Germany, it was safe to walk the city streets at night; no bars were needed on the windows of German homes to keep the criminal element out; all the social misfits were being sent away to the concentration camps; bums and vagrants were no longer allowed to beg on the streets.

Money that had formerly been spent to care for institutionalized persons with mental and physical disabilities was now being used for other purposes as the mentally ill and the severely disabled were being put to death at Hartheim.

The Nazis were attempting to achieve a perfect world like Disneyland’s Main Street, which ends at a replica of Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Germany’s advanced technology was the Tomorrowland of its day.

In America today, the backlash from the Nazi ideology of racialism and nationalism has become the impetus for the creation of today’s Politically Correct world of diversity and tolerance, which is the exact opposite of what it was like in Nazi Germany.

Unfortunately, the end result of Hitler’s policies was the Holocaust, for which he can never be forgiven.

 

May 22, 2016

The Nazis counted Jews and murdered every tenth person, says Holocaust survivor

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 7:43 am

FlowersInBarracks

My photo above shows the bunk beds in one of the barracks buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The flowers are on the stove which runs the length of the building.

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/how-we-live/2016/05/22/holocaust-survivor/84233700/

I know what you are thinking, dear reader: Why would those mean ole Nazis allow every tenth Jew to live during the Holocaust? Obviously, it was to insure that there would be survivors, who would live to be at least 90. The survivors would write great books and give lectures, telling their stories to the children of future generations of goyim. This was intended to be a warning to future generations: Never kill a Jew because, if you do, you will never hear the end of it.

This survivor’s name was Margit Feldman, which reminded me of a character, named Feldman, in the Seinfeld TV series, which I still watch every night. The Seinfeld show has helped me to understand Jews and why the act as they do — lying, stealing and cheating.

The news article begins with this quote:

Feldman’s life after liberation from Auschwitz has now been chronicled in a documentary film titled ‘Not A23029’

She was 17 years old when she arrived in America in 1946 with hopes and dreams for a life filled with possibilities. But for Margit Buchhalter Feldman who had endured life in a German concentration camp and witnessed the demise of her parents in Auschwitz, the memories would form an invisible shroud around her as she attempted to assimilate into the exuberance of life in post war America.

Feldman’s life after liberation has now been chronicled in a documentary film titled: ‘Not A23029’ – produced by Peppy Margolis, director of community programs at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies established in 1981. Feldman is a founding member.

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The title of the film “Not A23029” means that Margit Buchhalter Feldman was not the number tattooed on her arm. No, she was a person who retained her humanity in spite of the fact that the Nazis tried to reduce her to a number in the Auschwitz death camp.

Here is another quote from the news article:

A23029 is the number stamped into Feldman’s left arm. According to Margolis, one of the key messages of the film is that Feldman, who settled and has lived in Central Jersey for decades, would not be defined by that Holocaust number but by the courage to share her experiences and establish a new life.

Feldman, born on the same day and year as author Anne Frank, said because she survived, she has a responsibility to speak for those who could not speak for themselves. Frank and Feldman were both forced into the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany [after they had survived Auschwitz]. However, Frank, author of “Diary of a Young Girl,” did not survive [Bergen-Belsen].

Margolis developed the 26-minute documentary with filmmaker Harry Hillard, adjunct professor of film at RVCC and proprietor of Warehouse Photography and H2H Films in Somerville. The final version of the film will be narrated by Michael Berenbaum, an internationally recognized Holocaust scholar.

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I wrote about Michael Berenbaum on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/what-students-can-learn-from-michael-berenbaums-book-a-promise-to-remember-the-holocaust-in-the-words-and-voices-of-its-survivors/

 

May 18, 2016

Is there any similarity between Nazi Germany and America today?

Filed under: Germany, Health — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 6:49 am
Hitler gives the Nazi salute

Hitler & Rudolf Hess giving Nazi salute

The Nazis were the worst, the worst Jerry, the worst! How could anyone even think that there is any similarity between Nazi Germany and America today?

I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full at

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/57132-10-stunning-parallels-between-the-united-states-and-nazi-germany

The following quote is from the news article:

10 Stunning Parallels Between the United States and Nazi Germany

[…]

5. Obamacare

Would it surprise you to learn that the Nazis had their own version of Obamacare? The following is some more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann:

“Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna. After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

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Mussolini and Hitler

Mussolini and Hitler

Hitler had no fear of riding in an open car through a huge crowd of people in Nazi Germany.

The following quote is also from the news article:

2. Socialism

The Nazis were hardcore socialists, and they were very proud of this fact. For example, National Socialist theologian Gregor Strasser once made the following statement:

We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.

Unfortunately, the United States is rapidly moving in a similar direction. An avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders, is wildly popular with Democrats, and more than half of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 now say that they reject capitalism.

3. Free Stuff

Just like Bernie Sanders wants to do, the Nazis gave out lots and lots of free stuff. Kitty Werthmann was a child living a peaceful life in Austria when Hitler took over her nation, and I will be quoting her extensively for the rest of this article. She says that once the Nazis took control in Austria, they started handing out lots of freebies:

Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

End quote for the news article, cited above

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