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May 12, 2015

Oskar Groening wants to bear witness to refute Holocaust deniers

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:05 am
Oskar Groening in court (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP) Is this the face of a depraved killer?

Oskar Groening in court (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP)
Is this the face of a depraved killer?

Former German soldier Oskar Groening is back in court today, after a short stay in a hospital, which interrupted his trial.

In the latest news report about his case, which you can read in full here, Groener explained why he has gone over to the other side and now wants to refute Holocaust denial, which is against the law in Germany.

This quote is from the news article:

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Mr Groening, who after his stint at the death camp was captured by Allied forces and spent time in a prisoner of war camp in Britain, described in a matter of fact tone some of the murders he witnessed at Auschwitz.

On his first day on the ramp where Jewish prisoners exited the trains, he saw an SS colleague grab a crying baby and slam its head against a truck until it was quiet.

He also told of an incident when he saw naked Jews herded into a farm house near the camp. A soldier then locked them in, donned a gas mask, and poured the contents of a can down a hatch.

“The screams became louder and more desperate but after a short time they became quieter again,” Mr Groening said.

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Does anyone besides me see something suspicious about these stories told by Groening in the courtroom?

I recognize these stories as claims that have been told many times by former inmates at Auschwitz-Birenau. Slamming the heads of babies against a train or a truck is the Number One atrocity story told by the former prisoners. The “screams” of the prisoners as they were being gassed is the second most common story told by survivors.

According to the news article: “Mr Groening admitted to being an enthusiastic Nazi and to working as an SS guard at Auschwitz between May and June 1944, when more than 400,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and at least 300,000 killed almost immediately in gas chambers.”

How is it Groening’s fault that 300,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in only 10 weeks time?  How was he supposed to stop the gassing of the Hungarian Jews?

If Groening is responsible for the gassing of the Hungarian Jews, he is also responsible for saving the Hungarian Jews, who are now in the courtroom testifying against him.

This quote is from the news article:

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Eva Kor, one of the co-plaintiffs, told The Telegraph she lost her parents and her two older sisters when the entire family was taken by the Nazis from Hungary and sent to Auschwitz.

“I can’t bring anybody back,” she said just before the trial began. “But I want information on how the system worked. How they decided on selecting who went to the gas chambers, and I want to see files on the medical experiments that were carried out on me and my twin sister by (Josef) Mengele,” said the 81-year-old, who now lives in the US.

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The news article also mentions Susan Pollack [Zsuzsanna Blau from Felsogod, Hungary], who was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 14.  Susan lost 50 members of her family, and she was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. She was moved from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen where she was liberated after the camp was voluntarily turned over to the British.

Allegedly, everyone under the age of 15 was gassed at Auschwitz, but not Susan Pollack. Dr. Josef Mengele, who was one of the 30 SS men who selected the prisoners to be gassed, allowed her to live because he knew that some day old men, who had nothing to do with the selection of prisoners to be gassed, would be put on trial as war criminals and witnesses would be needed to testify 70 years later.

Oskar Groening hobbles into  court with the help of two men

Oskar Groening hobbles into court with the help of two men (Click  to enlarge photo)

February 16, 2014

British students stunned by tale of Holocaust survival

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:33 am
British students pose with Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack

British students pose with Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack

The photo above is shown in a news article which you can read in full at http://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/news/local/holocaust-survivor-s-extraordinary-tale-stuns-angmering-teens-1-5877942

The article is about Susan Pollack who gave a talk to Angmering teens.  The British are at the forefront in educating teenagers about the Holocaust.

In the photo above, the girl in the photo on the poster is Irma Grese, a guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau who was transferred to Bergen-Belsen in the last months of the war.  I wrote about Irma Grese in a previous blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/a-letter-to-irma-grese-from-batsheva-dagan-not-her-real-name/

Susan Pollack was a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkeanau, who was also transferred to Bergen-Belsen in the last months of the war. The Bergen-Belsen camp was voluntarily turned over to the British on April 15, 1945.  Irma Grese met the British soldiers at the gate and volunteered her help, but I’m sure that Susan Pollack had nothing good to say about Irma.

The building shown on the poster on the left looks like the building in the photo below, which was taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Women lined up in front of a building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Women lined up in front of a building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Irma Grese’s job at Auschwitz-Birkenau was to line up the women for inspection by Dr. Josef Mengele who was the doctor for the women’s camp.

The photo below shows what might be this building, as it looks today.

My 2005 photo of old building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of old building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

From later April, 1944, Adolf Eichmann took charge of deportations from Hungary and within six weeks all of the Jews had been deported, mostly to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In late May 1944, Susan and her family were sent by cattle truck to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Susan was separated from her mother who she later learned had been sent directly to the gas chambers.

Mrs Ward added: “She told the students that she had to lie about her age. She was only 14 at time and would have been sent straight to the gas chambers.”

Susan was selected to work and remained at the camp for around ten weeks before being sent to Gubbem in Germany to work as slave labour in an armaments factory.

Most of the Holocaust survivors, who out on the lecture circuit today, are Hungarian Jews who have similar stories.  The favorite Nazis that these survivors love to demonize are Dr. Josef Mengele and Irma Grese.

This quote is also from the news article:

With the Allies advancing, the prisoners were forced on a death march to Bergen-Belsen. On April 15, 1945, Susan was liberated by the British Army.