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January 9, 2016

Elie Wiesel still lying his head off at the age of 87

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:42 am

Elie Wiesel has recently admitted that he has no ID number tattooed on his arm, which is an admission that he was never in a concentration camp, as he has been claiming for years.

He was not a prisoner at Auschwitz, where all incoming prisoners were immediately tattooed with a number on their arm.


The gate into the Buchenwald camp is shown in the photo above.

He was not at Buchenwald which was a class II concentration camp in Germany. The sign on the gate into the camp reads “Jedem das Seine” which is German for “Everyone gets what he deserves.”

I have a section about Buchenwald on my website at

According to a recent news article, Elie Wiesel was quoted as follows:

“I belong to a generation that has seen probably the darkest of its moments and lived them …but also the happiest. The Day of Liberation [of Buchenwald]…when suddenly, the Americans came in! Days earlier, 10,000 left Buchenwald [to be killed] and [we] were the last to leave literally the last…. we were supposed to leave the next day. ”

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I have written extensively about Elie Wiesel and the liberation of Buchenwald on my website:


December 9, 2012

Otto Schimmel, an Auschwitz survivor who has no tattoo

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:17 am

This quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

[ Otto] Schimmel wasn’t tattooed. But for other survivors, the tattoos symbolize the moment the Nazis tried to rob them of their humanity with a number. A universal sentiment is illustrated in this summer’s documentary “Numbered.”

In an article on this website, it is mentioned that Otto Schimmel was a prisoner in Auschwitz:

There, [Betty] Schimmel met her future husband, Otto Schimmel. He had been held at the Auschwitz concentration camp and had lost his entire family in the Holocaust.

So how did Otto Schimmel get out of Auschwitz with no tattoo?  Prisoners who were selected for the gas chamber were not tattooed. What is Otto’s story of how he escaped from the gas chamber?

This quote is from the article which tells that Otto Schimmel has no tattoo:

Decades later, Schimmel recalls in vivid detail, the horror of the gas chambers. “Everything was locked and they had ventilation to pull the oxygen out and they pumped in the gas, so sometimes it took minutes. So [my] mother, my sister and my grandmother were killed within an hour.”

Otto Schimmel knew all about the gas chambers at Auschwitz, where his mother, sister and grandmother were killed within an hour of their arrival, but Otto was not selected for the gas chamber.  He wound up later at Mühldorf, a sub-camp of Dachau.

This quote is from the article about tattoos:

Schimmel will never forget those dark days when the identification marks were an attempt to degrade. He was just 17 when he was imprisoned in Muhldorf, Germany.

Prisoners at Dachau and it’s sub-camps were not tattooed.

It appears that Otto Schimmel was selected for labor when he was sent to Auschwitz, and because of this, he was not tattooed.  Prisoners who were brought to Auschwitz and then transferred out of the camp were not tattooed.  Auschwitz was the only place where Jews were tattooed, and then only if they were imprisoned in the Auschwitz camp.  Auschwitz was also a transit camp and those who were transferred out of the camp, after a period of quarantine, were not tattooed.

October 25, 2011

Prisoner who was tattooed at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:33 am

Max Kaufmann shows his Dachau tattoo --- Palm Beach Daily News photo by Chris Salata

I know that some tour guides tell visitors to the Dachau Memorial Site that Jews were tattooed at Dachau, but I always thought that they were mistaken. I have checked with Wikipedia here and verified that prisoners were tattooed at Auschwitz, but Dachau is not mentioned.

Then I saw the photo above in today’s Palm Beach Daily News online, which you can read here.

The caption under the photo reads:

Max Kaufmann shows his numerical tattoo given to him at Dachau. He had been shot in the right arm toward the end of the war by a soldier who was aiming for his back and carries part of that bullet in a chain around his neck.