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February 19, 2016

Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Henning on trial in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am
Hungarian Jews walking to the gas chamber with no supervision

Hungarian Jews walking to the gas chamber with no supervision, carrying their pails

Hungarian women who have been selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women, who were selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau, had their heads shaved

The headline below is on top of an article about Reinhold Henning, a former German soldier, who is currently on trial in Germany, accused of being an accessory to the murder of Jews in the Holocaust.

Canadian Holocaust survivor to testify at trial of former Auschwitz guard

This quote is from the news article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canadian-holocaust-survivor-to-testify-at-trial-of-former-auschwitz-guard/article28792520/

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After Max Eisen was deported to Auschwitz in 1944, his mother and three siblings were immediately gassed and the 15-year-old boy was assigned to a gruelling work unit draining marshland outside the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] camp. [Reinhold Henning was a guard at the Auschwitz 1 camp]

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Mr. Eisen is [currently] in the old German town of Detmold, where he will testify on Thursday morning, one of several Canadian Holocaust survivors expected to take the stand in one of the last Auschwitz court cases, the trial of 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, [Henning] a former guard.

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Mr. [Reinhold] Henning admits he was a guard in the infamous camp in occupied Poland, but says he was posted at Auschwitz I, which was first set up as a concentration camp in 1940, rather than the Birkenau satellite camp, where the mass gassing took place in later years.

His time in the camp overlaps with the most murderous phase in Auschwitz history, when more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews were deported in the summer of 1944. Three quarters of them were sent to the gas chambers on arrival.

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The former guards being prosecuted  [including Reinhold Henning] are in their 90s. The survivors, then children or teenagers, are in their 80s. The youngest [survivor], Montrealer Angela Orosz, is 71. She was born in Auschwitz one month before it was liberated in January, 1945.

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Wait a minute! Angela Orosz was “born in Auschwitz.”  How is that possible?  Men and women were housed in separate barracks in separate sections at Auschwitz. Besides that, if women became pregnant at Auschwitz, the babies were immediately killed, by the Nazis, as soon as they were born. Everyone knows that!

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944

I wrote about the deportation of the Hungarian Jews on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/HungarianJews.html

 

February 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor was forced to stand in line 17 times for gas chamber selection

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:27 am
Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler inspects Monowitz, July 1942

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler inspects Monowitz factories, accompanied by German engineers, July 1942

SiemansFactoryBrobrek

According to the news reports, some of the Jewish prisoners at Monowitz worked in the Siemens factory at Brobeck, which is shown in the photo directly above.  Reinhold Henning has been accused of mistreating these prisoners.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3444258/We-stand-naked-four-hours-decided-killed-Holocaust-survivor-reveals-horrors-Auschwitz-trial-SS-guard.html

A Holocaust survivor today told a court how he was forced to stand naked in line 17 times during his time at Auschwitz [Monowitz camp] while the Nazis decided who should be sent to the gas chambers.

Justin Sonder was one of three former prisoners who testified about the horrors they experienced at the trial of Reinhold Hanning [Henning], who is accused of helping to murder 170,000 Jews.

Justin was put through 17 selections at Monowitz

Justin Sonder was put through 17 selections at Monowitz

Hanning [Henning], 94, sat only a few metres from the witnesses, but showed no emotion as they spoke of crematoria chimneys belching flames and seeing people being shot.

Prosecutors say Hanning [Henning] told them that he was a guard at Auschwitz but denied taking part in any executions.

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Mr Sonder, the youngest of the witnesses at 90, arrived at Auschwitz at age 17 and was selected to be a slave labourer for the IG Farben company [in the Monowitz camp], rather than sent directly to the gas chambers.

He told the court that after three or four months, he was considered one of the ‘older’ prisoners and feared most selection days, when SS men would look at rows of inmates, who were forced to stand in a line naked for up to four hours, and decide who was still fit to work and who should be killed.

‘I don’t have the words to describe how it was, when you know that you could be dead in one or two hours, it made you sick, made you crazy,’ he said, his voice trembling with emotion.

‘I survived 17 selections,’ added Sonder, a retired police officer from Chemnitz, who lost 22 family members in the Holocaust.

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So why is Justin Sonder testifying against 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning? Did Henning make the selections at Monowitz, and decide who would live and who would die?

No, Henning did not make the selections, but he was there, so he is a war criminal, who deserves to spend his final years in prison because HE WAS THERE.

When will this madness stop?

Prisoners at work at Monowitz

Prisoners at work at Monowitz

You can read about the Monowitz camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Monowitz.html