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September 4, 2013

The inefficient way the Final Solution was conducted — Dutch girl gassed at Sobibor

Today, I read this headline on an article in the online newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward: Dutch City Unveils Memorial to Helga Deen, Jewish Holocaust Victim Teen Diarist Was 18 When She Died at Sobibor

Photo of Arbeit Macht Frie gate

Photo of Arbeit Macht Frie gate appears to have been taken at Theresienstadt

Sign over the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

Sign over the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

The  first photo above accompanied the article in The Jewish Daily Forward.  The second photo was taken at the Small Fortress at Theresienstadt.  The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was on an interior gate at Theresienstadt.  The full picture below shows that this sign was over an interior gate into a prison, where the prisoners had a chance to be released.

The Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

The Small Fortress at Theresienstadt

The slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” has become an icon of the Holocaust, although this sign was only used at places where prisoners had a chance to be released, never on the gate into a death camp. Now that we have established that the photo, which accompanied the story, has nothing whatsoever to do with Sobibor, the death camp where Helga Deen was allegedly gassed.

Here is the story that was published by The Jewish Daily Forward:

The Jewish community of Tilburg in the Netherlands unveiled a statue commemorating Helga Deen, a teenage Jewish diarist who died in a concentration camp 70 years ago. The Liberal Jewish Community of Tilburg unveiled the monument in memory of Deen on Monday in partnership with a neighborhood association, the Dutch daily Brabants Dagblad reported Monday. The city of Tilburg also has named the square where the statue was erected for Deen, who was killed at 18 in a gas chamber at the Sobibor death camp in 1943. Her German mother, Dutch father and 15-year-old brother, Klaus, also were killed there. Unlike the teen Dutch-Jewish diarist Anne Frank, who wrote about her life in hiding in Amsterdam, Deen’s diary was about her monthlong stay as a prisoner in the Vught camp. From there she was shipped to Westerbork, another Dutch concentration camp, and then to Sobibor in Poland. Frank also was incarcerated at Westerbork; she died at 15 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. [Wrong:  Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen. Anne Frank was a German Jew.] Approximately 75 percent of Holland’s Jewish population of 140,000 died in the Holocaust, according to the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem. During her stay in Vught, Deen also wrote to her fiance, Kees van den Berg. Her letters to him were found after van den Berg’s death by his son, who gave them to a local archive along with the diary that Deen sent to van den Berg from the camp. Deen’s writings appeared in a book published in 2007.

Note that Helga Deen sent her diary to her fiance “from the camp.”  Which camp?  From Westerbork?

I can’t imagine the Germans saying to the victims at Sobibor: “If any of you have a diary that you want to send back to Holland, please hand it to one of the Sonderkommando Jews, so that we can wrap it up and put the proper postage on it.” Why would Helga Deen have been sent all the way from Holland to Sobibor, which was a death camp in what is now Poland?

Helga, as well as everyone else in her family, was capable of working.  Why wasn’t Helga put to work digging anti-tank ditches for the German army?

Why did she have to be sent miles away to be killed, when she could have just been shot at the Westerbork camp?

The 34,000 Dutch Jews, who were sent to Sobibor, arrived in 19 passenger trains, according to Toivi Blatt, a survivor of Sobibor.

Meanwhile, German citizens were riding around in cattle cars, because there were not enough passenger trains available during the war.

As we can see, the Final Solution, which was the genocide of the Jews, was handled in a way that was the height of inefficiency — so unlike the German people, who are obsessed with doing everything the RIGHT WAY.

I am going to send a package to the Jews in Siberia this year at Hanukkah, in case Helga Deen is still alive.

May 10, 2013

30,000 records kept by the Nazis, but not one name of anyone who died in a gas chamber….

As everyone knows, the Nazis kept meticulous records of EVERYTHING — except the names of the Jews who were gassed in the death camps.

These Nazi records have been kept, for years, in “an inconspicuous white building” in the town of Arolsen, Germany.  The records contain the names of 17.5 million people, but not one name of a Jew who was gassed, according to a news story which you can read in full here.

Miles and miles of records, but no records of gassing

Miles and miles of records, but no records of gassing

This quote is from the news article:

International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen contains 30 million documents on survivors of Nazi camps, Gestapo prisons, forced laborers and displaced persons. […]

The 25 kilometers of yellowing papers include typed lists of Jews, homosexuals and other persecuted groups, files on children born in the Nazi Lebensborn program to breed a master race, and registers of arrivals and departures from concentration camps. […]

The Nazis’ meticulous record-keeping stopped only when Jews and other victims were herded into gas chambers.

“At death camps like Sobibor or Auschwitz, only natural causes of death are recorded – heart failure or pneumonia,” said spokeswoman, Kathrin Flor. “There’s no mention of gassing. The last evidence of many lives is the transport to the camp.”

Wait a minute!  There are no records of anyone being gassed at Sobibor, a camp that was strictly a death camp?

Auschwitz was a multi-purpose camp with three separate locations, and some of the prisoners worked.  But the only purpose of the Sobibor camp was to get rid of (ausrotten) the Jews  by mass gassing in large gas chambers, using either carbon monoxide or Zyklon-B.

The Jews, who were NOT gassed at Auschwitz, were registered and given an identification number which was tattooed on their arm.  The Jews, who got off the transport trains at Auschwitz, and were waved to the left by Dr. Mengele, were not registered and no records of their deaths in the gas chamber were kept.

It is understandable that the Nazis would not have wanted to keep a record of death by gassing, but they could have made up some other name, a euphemism for gassing.  Something like “went up the chimney” or shot while attempting to escape (Auf der Flucht erschossen).

By being remiss in recording the deaths from gassing, the Nazis caused the number of recorded deaths at Auschwitz to be embarrassingly low, although ESTIMATES of the Auschwitz deaths are now as high as 1.5 million.  The lack of records has led to Holocaust denial.  If only the Nazis had just kept records of the names of each person who was gassed.  Would it have killed them to have a guy standing at the door into the gas chamber, taking names to put into their vast records, which they kept for future generations?

You can read about the Nazi gas chambers here.