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September 16, 2013

Proof of Nazi genocide found at Treblinka — it’s the pits

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:15 am

If you think you know all about Treblinka, one of several Nazi “death camps,” think again!

A new article entitled “Unearthed … the horrors of Hitler’s WW2 death camp in Treblinka” was published in the online EXPRESS British newspaper just yesterday.  The photo below, which was taken at Treblinka, accompanies the article.

At the top of the article about the new discoveries at Treblinka is this quote:

Unearthed… the horrors of Hitler’s WW2 death camp in Treblinka
A POWERFUL, disturbing TV documentary about the Nazi death camp Treblinka is set to silence the “lies” of those who deny the Holocaust.

The Treblinka “death camp” was one of the three Operation Reinhard camps where Jews were sent, following the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942. The genocide of the Jews was allegedly planned at this conference.

New stone has been added in front of the Treblinka Memorial

New stone has been added in front of the Treblinka Memorial

This quote is from the article in the online EXPRESS newspaper:

In an interview as she began her work, Dr. [Caroline Sturdy] Colls, who lectures at Staffordshire University, said: “When the Nazis left in 1943 they thought they had destroyed it. They had knocked down the buildings and levelled (sic) the earth. They had built a farmhouse, installed a Ukrainian ‘farmer’ and had planted trees.”

But her work has revealed a number of pits across the site and she said: “If they thought they had removed all evidence of their crime, they hadn’t. For a forensic archaeologist, there is a vast amount to study. Victims arrived at a fake railway station, and were made to undress and walk naked to the gas chambers along the ‘Road to Heaven’.

“Another five pits of varying sizes are located nearby. Given their size and location, there is a strong case for arguing that they represent burial areas.”

Discussing her findings she said: “It is clear that the ash contains many bones. Bone fragments can still be seen on the surface of the ground, especially after rain.

“Considerable evidence also exists to suggest not all of the bodies were exhumed and cremated [by the Nazis]. Photographs show bodies littering the landscape as late as the early Sixties.”

This quote is also from the newspaper article:

The wooded site [of the Treblinka camp] in Poland 50 miles north-east of Warsaw was bulldozed in 1943 by the Nazis in an attempt to destroy all evidence of what had taken place and even today the exact location of the gas chambers, where more than 870,000 Jews and gypsies were murdered, is still not known.

The remains of 870,000 bodies would have covered a vast area, yet the Treblinka camp was very small.  What were they thinking?

Auschwitz-Birkenau was 425 acres in size: plenty of room to bury 870,000 bodies. Also, there were plenty of ovens at Auschwitz to burn the bodies, and plenty of space to bury the ashes.  Why not send all the Jews and Gypsies to Auschwitz, which was the location of THE major railroad hub in Europe?

According to the EXPRESS article, Treblinka was only 50 miles from the Warsaw Ghetto, so it was a convenient location for the Warsaw Jews, but Jews were sent from 10 countries to Treblinka.  The Majdanek camp, near Lublin, was only a few miles from Treblinka and there were allegedly 5 gas chambers there.  Why send Jews from Greece all the way to Treblinka?

Two of the 10 stones at Treblinka in honor of the countries from which Jews were sent to Treblinka

Two of the 10 stones at Treblinka in honor of the countries from which Jews were sent to Treblinka

There is a symbolic cemetery at Treblinka, and near this cemetery, there are 10 large stones with the names of the countries from which the victims came. These 10 countries are Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria, the Soviet Union, Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, France, and Belgium.

Would it have killed the Nazis to have put a couple of gas chambers in France or Yugoslavia?  This would have allowed them to use their trains to transport the German troops.

According to Martin Gilbert, who wrote a book entitled Holocaust Journey, there were 13,000 Jews deported to Treblinka from the Greek provinces of Macedonia and Thrace, which were then occupied by Bulgaria, so their stone says “Bulgaria.” Bulgaria was an ally of Germany, but no Jews from that country were deported. There is another stone at Treblinka for the 43,000 Jews sent from German-occupied Greece to Treblinka.

What really happened at Treblinka?  The Nazis sent 870,000 people to this tiny spot in the woods, near the tiny village of Treblinka, where there were no ovens to burn the bodies, and not enough space to bury the bodies.  To this day, according to the article in the EXPRESS, the location of the gas chambers is unknown.  For years, it was not known whether the gas chambers at Treblinka used carbon monoxide or Zyklon-B gass.

This quote is from the EXPRESS newspaper:

Inside Treblinka is part of a groundbreaking new season of Channel 5 documentaries about the Nazi regime which also includes the real-life quest for the Holy Grail, which inspired the film Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, and a secret plan by Adolf Hitler to fly German planes into Manhattan skyscrapers in an eerie portent of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Simon Raikes, Channel 5’s commissioning editor, said: “These films offer a dramatic new perspective on the regime by taking the viewer inside the minds of the Nazi leadership.

“What was their vision for the Everlasting Reich? And what did they do to try and achieve it?

“From the ludicrous quest to find their Aryan roots and harness the supernatural, through the chilling attempt to breed a racially ‘pure’ new generation of Nazi children, to the brutal industrialisation of genocide in the death camps, this season will reveal the true horror of what the Nazis were planning and unfold the absurd, mind-boggling, incomprehensibly evil things they did in pursuit of their plans.”

It is clear that the British are getting way off the track. There were very few skyscrapers in Manhattan in the 1940s when Hitler was allegedly planning an “eerie portent of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.”

Let’s get realistic! Here’s what really happened:

In June 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union and “liberated” the area formerly known as the Pale of Settlement, where the Jews had been required to live. By the time that the Aktion Reinhard camps were set up in 1942, German troops had advanced a thousand kilometers into Russia. The plan was to transport the Jews, from all over the world, as far as the Bug river and kill them in the three Operation Reinhard camps, which were all on the banks of the Bug river? No, no, no!

The trains had to stop at the Bug river because the train tracks east of the Bug river were a different gauge. The Nazis had built disinfection chambers at the three Operation Reinhard camps, in an effort to combat typhus, before sending the Jews to the East.  Keep in mind that 4 million people died of typhus in World War I, and that was just in Poland.

The first Jews to be deported to the Treblinka death camp were from the Warsaw ghetto; the first transport of 6,000 Jews arrived at Treblinka at about 9:30 on 23 July 1942. Between late July and September 1942, the Germans transported more than 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to Treblinka, according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jews were also deported to Treblinka from Lublin and Bialystok, two major cities in eastern Poland, which were then in the General Government, as German-occupied Poland was called. Others were transported to Treblinka from the Theresienstadt ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic. Approximately 2,000 Gypsies were also sent to Treblinka and allegedly murdered in the gas chambers.

Why send Jews from Lublin, where the Majdanek gas chambers were located, to Treblinka?  Why send Jews from Grodno, Narew, and Bialystok WEST to Treblinka?

Trains were sent to Treblinka until May 1943, and a few more transports arrived after that date.  Why go to all the trouble of setting up the Treblinka camp, only to tear it down less than a year later?

Why not just send all the Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau to be gassed?  There were 300 barracks buildings at the Auschwitz II camp (Birkenau) where the Jews could have been housed while they were waiting for their turn in the four gas chambers, and the two little houses (the Red house and the White house)?

Jews waiting for the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews waiting for the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above is from the “Auschwitz Album,” a set of photos taken by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Jews in the photo are looking toward the Sauna building where there was a shower room.  However, Holocaust Believers say that they are waiting for one of the four gas chambers at Birkenau.

On October 19, 1943, Odilo Globocnik wrote to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler: “I have completed Aktion Reinhard and have dissolved all the camps.”  According to the Nazis, Aktion Reinhard was the plan to transport the Jews to the East.

Hermann Goering testified to this at the Nuremberg IMT; he said that “The Final Solution” was the plan to send the Jews to the East, not kill them.

The website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has two maps here and here, which explain the transportation to the East.  In my humble opinion, Dr. Caroline Study Colls is off on the wrong track in her search for pits at Treblinka.  She should be studying the trains instead.  I wrote about the trains that went to Treblinka here.

July 22, 2013

Germany is making a big mistake in trying to ban David Irving from all hotels in Berlin

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:39 am

David Irving is planning to give a talk in “the heart of Berlin” in September this year.  It has been reported in the news, for months on end, that the hotels in Berlin will not allow him to stay there, nor hold a meeting where he can give a talk about history.  Yes, history!  David Irving is the foremost historian of World War II.  He is NOT the foremost Holocaust expert.

Correct me if I am wrong but it is my impression that David Irving now believes some of the Holocaust claims, specifically that the Treblinka camp was a “death camp.”  I previously blogged about Treblinka and David Irving’s proposed visit to the camp here.

Irving was originally charged with being a Holocaust denier when he famously said that “more people died in the back seat of Ted Kennedy’s car than died in the gas chamber at Auschwitz.”  At the time that he said this, the Auschwitz Museum was telling visitors that the gas chamber in the main camp was original.  The so-called gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp is actually a “reconstruction” done by the Soviet Union after the war. So Irving was correct, and the Holocaustians were wrong.  It is now admitted by the staff at the Auschwitz Museum that the so-called gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is a “reconstruction.”

I have a first edition of Irving’s book Hitler’s War, which was originally published as a very small book with no index.  This means that you have to read the whole book to find the page where Irving says that Hitler knew nothing about the gassing of the Jews.  It was this statement that originally got David Irving into trouble as a “Holocaust Denier.”

I think that it is time for the German people to apologize to David Irving for accusing him of Denial when it was actually Irving who was right, and it was the Holocaustians who were lying about the so-called gas chamber in the main camp at Auschwitz.

April 8, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day to remember the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The historical fight between the Nazis and the Jews, known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, began on April 19, 1943 and ended on May 16, 1943. A total of 56,065 Jews were taken as prisoners by the Germans during the uprising, and around 6,000 Jews were killed during the destruction of the buildings in the ghetto.

The date of Holocaust Remembrance Day changes each year, but the date of the Uprising remains the same: April 19th, the first day of Passover in 1943.

Monument on the site of Mila 18, the last bunker to surrender during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Monument on the site of Mila 18, the last bunker to surrender during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Pictured above is the memorial stone to the Jewish heroes of the Z.O.B. (Jewish Fighting Organization) who died in an underground bunker beneath the house at ul. Mila 18 during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The stone sits on top of a mound of rubble, where the house at this address once stood; it is turned slightly toward Mila street which is to the left. The street is still named Mila, but #18 is no longer an address there.

A building that was destroyed during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

A building that was destroyed during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The reason, for the Jewish Resistance in April and May 1943, was that the Jews in the Ghetto had learned that the daily trains to Treblinka were not transporting the Jews to resettlement camps in the East, but were taking them to a death camp to be killed in gas chambers. It was because the ghetto residents began refusing to get on the trains that the Nazis decided to liquidate the ghetto. Ukrainian and Latvian SS soldiers marched into the ghetto on April 19, 1943, entering at the northern border of the Ghetto on Zamenhofa street. It was not until May 16th that the SS was able to defeat the Jewish resistance fighters, who lasted longer than the whole Polish army when the Germans and the Russians jointly invaded Poland in September 1939.

The iconic photo below was included in the photos in the Stroop Report, which was the report written by the Commander of the SS forces that fought the Jews.

Jews who were forced out of a Hotel in the Warsaw Ghetto

Jews who were forced out of a Hotel in the Warsaw Ghetto

The soldier, who is holding a gun on the little boy in the photo, was Josef Blösche; he was put on trial in East Germany after the war and was executed after being convicted of participating in the action to put down the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. There are 50 photos included in The Stroop Report, which documents the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto.

In June 1942, the Nazis had begun transporting the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka death camp on the Bug river, near the eastern border of German-occupied Poland. Eventually, reports of mass murder got back to the Warsaw Ghetto and a resistance organization called the Z.O.B. (Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa) was formed to prevent any more deportations from the ghetto. The leader of the Z.O.B. was Mordecai Anielewicz.

Jews coming out of their hiding places to surrender

Jews coming out of their hiding places to surrender

The interior of one of the underground bunkers where the Jews hid in the Warsaw Ghetto

The interior of one of the underground bunkers where the Jews hid in the Warsaw Ghetto

In January 1943, the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto decided to resist the next round-up for deportation to Treblinka; the young Z.O.B fighters fired on German troops as they tried to get the Jews into railroad cars to be transported to the death camp. The Germans retreated after four days of fighting and the Jews began to prepare to hold out against future attempts to liquidate the ghetto.

The following quote is from the opening statement by Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal in which he spoke about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  One of the crimes, charged against the Germans at the IMT, was the crime of killing Jews during the Uprising.

It is the original report of the SS Brigadier General Stroop in charge of the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and its title page carries the inscription “The Jewish ghetto in Warsaw no longer exists.” It is characteristic that one of the captions explains that the photograph (the photo which shows a little boy with his hands up) concerned shows the driving out of Jewish “bandits”; those whom the photograph shows being driven out are almost entirely women and little children. It contains a day-by-day account of the killings mainly carried out by the SS organization, too long to relate, but let me quote General Stroop’s summary:

“The resistance put up by the Jews and bandits could only be suppressed by energetic actions of our troops day and night. The Reichsfuehrer SS [Heinrich Himmler] ordered, therefore, on 4/23/1943, the cleaning out of the ghetto with utter ruthlessness and merciless tenacity. I, therefore, decided to destroy and burn down the entire ghetto without regard to the armament factories. These factories were systematically dismantled and then burned. Jews usually left their hideouts, but frequently remained in the burning buildings and jumped out of the windows only when the heat became unbearable. They then tried to crawl with broken bones across the street into buildings which were not afire. Sometimes they changed their hideouts during the night into the ruins of burned buildings. Life in the sewers was not pleasant after the first week. Many times we could hear loud voices in the sewers. SS men or policemen climbed bravely through the manholes to capture these Jews. Sometimes they stumbled over Jewish corpses: sometimes they were shot at. Tear gas bombs were thrown into the manholes and the Jews driven out of the sewers and captured. Countless numbers of Jews were liquidated in sewers and bunkers through blasting. The longer the resistance continued the tougher became the members of the Waffen SS, Police and Wehrmacht who always discharged their duties in an exemplary manner. Frequently Jews who tied to replenish their food supplies during the night or to communicate with neighboring groups were exterminated.”

“This action eliminated,” says the SS commander, “a proved total of 56,065 [sent to Treblinka]. To that, we have to add the number killed through blasting, fire, etc., which cannot be counted.” (1061- PS)

Although the Jews lost the fight, the point is that they RESISTED the Nazis and that is cause for celebration.  The Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto were eventually taken to Treblinka and killed in gas chambers, but at least they tried.

I previously blogged about Treblinka here and here and here.

January 1, 2013

Kurt Franz, the last Commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:49 am
Kurt Franz the last Commandant of Treblinka

Kurt Franz the last Commandant of Treblinka

I have been doing some more research on Treblinka II, one of the Nazi “death camps,” and Kurt Franz, the last Commandant of Treblinka II. (Treblinka I was a “labor camp.”) From this website, I have found a description of Kurt Franz, which mentions that he served in the Buchenwald camp in 1941, the same year that the zoo in Buchenwald was built by Karl Otto Koch.  I am now ready to concede that the photo that was found in the private album of Kurt Franz was taken at Buchenwald.  So The Black Rabbit of Inlé , who is a regular reader of my blog, is correct in identifying the photo of bears in a zoo, as a photo taken at Buchenwald, not Treblinka.  The photo of the bears was incorrectly identified by the Yad Vashem museum.

Photo of bears in the Buchenwald zoo

Photo of bears in the Buchenwald zoo

Why is all this important? It is important because there is a wealth of misinformation about the Holocaust and numerous Holocaust and World War II photos that are fake or misidentified.  It has gotten to the point that you can’t trust anything anymore.  A big Thank You to all the revisionists who are working hard on the Holocaust story. I happen to know that “the Black Rabbit” is young and British.  He is doing some fantastic work in setting the Holocaust story straight.  Thank God that there are young people today who are carrying on this important work.

The following quote is from the deathcamps.org website:

FRANZ, Kurt Hubert SS-Untersturmführer SS-Number: 319 906
17/01/1914 – 04/07/1998

BACKGROUND:
Not a member of NSDAP or affiliated organizations. Belonged to the Waffen-SS.

Born in Düsseldorf. Extended elementary school from 1920-1928 in Düsseldorf.
Since 1929 he was trained as a cook, at first in the restaurant “Hirschquelle”, then in “Hotel Wittelsbacher Hof” in Düsseldorf without final examination. Soldier during 1935 – 1937. In October 1937 he joined the Waffen-SS (3. SS-Totenkopfstandarte Thüringen). End of 1939 summoned to the Führer’s Chancellery and detailed for service as cook in the euthanasia institutes at Grafeneck, Hartheim, Sonnenstein and Brandenburg.
As member of the 6th battalion he served at the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1941 (SS Clothing Department, perhaps cook).
On 30 January 1940 he was promoted SS-Unterscharführer, in 1941 (?) SS-Scharführer. During Spring 1942 ordered to the Generalgouvernement.

Treblinka is very important to the Holocaust story because it is second only to Auschwitz in the number of Jews who were allegedly killed by the Nazis. Between 700,000 and 900,000 Jews were allegedly killed at Treblinka, compared to an estimated 1.1 million to 1.5 million who died of all causes at Auschwitz.

The first Commandant of the Treblinka “death camp” was SS-Obersturmführer Irmfried Eberl, who held this position from July 1942 to September 1942. He was succeeded by SS-Obersturmführer Franz Stangl, who served as the Commandant from September 1942 to August 1943. Prior to his service at Treblinka, Stangl had been the commander of the Sobibor death camp and before that, he was on the staff at Schloss Hartheim, where mentally and physically disabled Germans were sent to be killed.

The 3rd and last Commandant of the Treblinka “death camp” was SS-Untersturmführer Kurt Franz who was the commander from August 1943 until October 3, 1943. Franz was a handsome man who was nicknamed “Lalka” by the Jewish prisoners at Treblinka. The word Lalka, or Lalke, is the Yiddish word for doll.

The Treblinka “death camp” was located 62 miles northeast of Warsaw, near the railroad junction at the village of Malkinia Górna, which is located 1.5 miles from the train station in the tiny village of Treblinka.

Raul Hilberg stated in his three-volume book, The Destruction of the European Jews, that there were six Nazi extermination centers, including Treblinka. The other extermination camps were at Belzec, Sobibor, Chelmno, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau. All six of the “death camps” were located in what is now Poland. The last two camps in the list also functioned as forced labor camps (Zwangsarbeitslager), and were still operational shortly before being liberated by the Soviet Union towards the end of the war in 1944 and early 1945.

The camps at Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor and Chelmno had already been liquidated by the Germans before the Soviet soldiers arrived, and there was no remaining evidence of the extermination of millions of Jews. The combined total of the deaths at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor was 1.5 million, according to Raul Hilberg.

This quote, regarding the service of Kurt Franz at Treblinka, is from the deathcamps.org website:

SERVICE AT BELZEC AND TREBLINKA: [Kurt Franz] Kommandant of Treblinka, from 27 August 1943 – November 1943.In spring 1942 (as SS-Scharführer) to Belzec. On 20 April promoted SS-Oberscharführer. He worked as cook, and trained the Ukrainian guards there. In August/September 1942 he was ordered to Treblinka where he took over the Ukrainian guard squads and rose to be deputy camp commandant. Commandant of Treblinka, from 27 August 1943 until November 1943. Promoted SS-Untersturmführer on 21 June 1943.Franz was the dominant personality in Treblinka when it came to the day-to-day running of the camp, and especially with regard to the prisoners. To the prisoners Franz was the cruellest and most frightening among the SS personnel in the camp. His physical appearance was extremely deceiving: he was nice-looking; he had a round, almost baby- face; and he was younger than most of the other SS men. He was therefore nicknamed “Lalke” (“doll” in Yiddish) by the prisoners. However, he was a murderer and a sadist who made the prisoners’ lives a nightmare.

Not according to the book Treblinka, written by Jean-Francois Steiner. In his book, Steiner devotes a lot of pages to the description of the parties and marriages in the Treblinka II camp.  Kurt Franz brought in women for the Jews who worked in the camp, but he performed marriages before men and women were allowed to live together.  This indicates to me that Kurt Franz was a very moral and considerate man.  He also set up an orchestra for the workers at Treblinka. How could a man like that be a “murderer and a sadist”?  I think that Kurt Franz was a decent man, and because of this, he had to be demonized by the Holocaustians.

This quote is also from the deathcamps.org website:

Mostly, when Franz made the rounds of the Lower Camp and the extermination area, his dog Barry accompanied him (Barry’s first owner was Paul Groth, Sobibor). Depending on his mood, Franz set the dog on inmates who for some reason had attracted his attention. The command to which the dog responded was, “Man, go get that dog!” By “Man” Franz meant Barry; the “dog” was the inmate whom Barry was supposed to attack. Barry would bite his victim wherever he could catch him. The dog was the size of a calf so that, unlike smaller dogs, his shoulders reached to the buttocks and abdomen of a man of average size. For this reason he frequently bit his victims in the buttocks, in the abdomen and often, in the case of male inmates, in the genitals, sometimes partially biting them off. When the inmate was not very strong, the dog could knock him to the ground and maul him beyond recognition. But when the defendant Franz was not around, Barry was a different dog. With Franz not there to influence him, he allowed himself to be petted and even teased, without harming anyone. (Donat, p.313)

The dog named Barry

The dog named Barry

Note that the dog named Barry was at Sobibor at one time.  This settles another question about Barry, who was apparently at both Sobibor and Treblinka. However, I am not convinced that Kurt Franz actually commanded his dog to attack the prisoners.

If  Treblinka was not a “death camp,” what happened to the 900,000 people who were sent there? Treblinka was one of the Operation Reinhard camps, which the Nazis set up after the Wannsee Conference.  The Nazis claimed that these camps were set up as transit camps for Jewish “Transportation to the East.”

Is there any evidence that the Jews were resettled in the East?

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the Nazi camps, was responsible resettling many people during World War II.  By March 1943,  he had resettled 629,000 ethnic Germans from the Baltic countries into the Polish territory that had been incorporated into the Greater German Reich in October 1939.

Himmler was also responsible for deporting 365,000 Poles, from the part of Poland that was incorporated into the Greater German Reich, to occupied Poland. He also deported 295,000 citizens from Luxembourg and the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, after these places were incorporated into the Greater German Reich.

All of this had been accomplished by Himmler by March 1943 when Dr. Korherr, who was Himmler’s chief statistician, made his report on what had happened to the Jews who were living in Eastern Poland.

In 2000, a document called the Höfle Telegram was discovered by Holocaust historians in the Public Records Office in Kew, England. This document consists of two intercepted encoded messages, both of which were sent from Lublin on January 11, 1943 by SS-Sturmbannführer Hermann Höfle, and marked “state secret.” One message was sent to Adolf Eichmann in the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) in Berlin and the other to SS-Oberststurmbannführer Franz Heim, deputy commander of the Security Police (SIPO) at the headquarters of German-occupied Poland in Krakow.

The encoded messages gave the number of arrivals at the Operation Reinhard camps during the previous two weeks and the following totals for Jews sent to the Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor and Lublin (Majdanek) camps in 1942:

Treblinka, 71,355; Belzec, 434,500; Sobibor, 101,370; and Majdanek, 24,733.

The number for Treblinka, 71,355, was a typographical error; the correct number should be 713,555, based on the total given. The total “arrivals” for the four camps matches the total of 1,274,166 “evacuated” Jews in the Korherr Report.

So there is proof that 1.275 million Jews were transported to the East, but where is the proof that they were killed?

July 14, 2012

The death of Gitta Sereny (author of a book about Franz Stangl, the Commandant of Treblinka)

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:41 am

I have just learned of the death of Gitta Sereny, at the age of 91, in June 2012. She is the famous author who wrote about evil people and their crimes, including Franz Stangl, who was involved in the euthanasia program in Germany before he became the Commandant of the Sobibor death camp for six months and then the Commandant of the Treblinka death camp.  Her book about Stangl, entitled Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder was published in 1974, and is still in print.

You can read one of her obituaries here.

Franz Stangl

Franz Stangl was imprisoned by the Allies after the war, but was released two years later, without ever having been put on trial. Following his release, he went to Italy, where he was helped by the Vatican to escape to Syria. He lived with his family in Syria for three years. In 1951, he moved to Brazil, and lived openly, using his real name.

Stangl was a native of Austria, but for years the Austrian authorities declined to bring him to justice for the murder of thousands of Jews at Treblinka. Finally in 1961, a warrant for his arrest was issued, but it was not until six years later that he was captured in Brazil by the famous Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal; he had been working at a Volkswagen factory in Sao Paulo, still using his own name.

In 1969, Dr. Wolfgang Scheffler submitted an expert opinion, based on more recent research, that the total number of persons killed at Treblinka was 900,000. (The number of Jews killed at Auschwitz has recently been reduced to 900,000.)

Franz Stangl was finally put on trial in the Second Treblinka Trial by the court of Assizes at Düsseldorf on October 22, 1970, charged with the deaths of 900,000 people at Treblinka. Stangl confessed to the murders, but in his defense, he said, “My conscience is clear. I was simply doing my duty …”

After his six-month trial in the German court, Stangl was found guilty on December 22, 1970 and sentenced to life in prison in January 1971; he died in prison at Düsseldorf on June 28, 1971, shortly after he was interviewed by Gitta Sereny.

Franz Stangl got his start when he was appointed by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler in 1940 to be the superintendent of the T-4 Euthanasia Program at Schloss Hartheim. He was transferred to the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland in March 1942 where he was the Commandant until September 1942 when he was transferred to the extermination camp at Treblinka.

A poster at Hartheim shows a photo of Franz Stangl

Stangl is pictured on the poster above, which is in the Museum at Hartheim. His photo is on the far right in the left-hand column.

The exhibit at Hartheim makes it clear that Euthanasia started in America before it was done in Germany. One room in the exhibit area at Hartheim has posters from America, as shown in the two photographs below.

Exhibit at Hartheim shows Euthanasia posters in America

Exhibit at Hartheim shows a poster in America

These posters from America promote the idea that heredity is to blame for the mentally and physically handicapped. In Hitler’s Germany, deformed and mentally retarded persons, who had been institutionalized by their families, were sent to Hartheim Castle or the five other euthanasia centers, where they were killed.

The Nazis kept track of how much money the German government had saved by putting these people to death. After the war, these documents were found by General Patton’s army. The total amount saved by killing over 70,000 handicapped people was 885,000,000 Reichsmark or over 3 billion dollars in today’s money.

Gitta Sereny talked about her interview with Franz Stangl in a YouTube video.

This quote about Franz Stangl and his work at Treblinka is from Wikipedia:

Stangl assumed command of Treblinka on September 1, 1942. “He proved to be a highly efficient and dedicated organizer of mass murder, even receiving an official commendation as the ‘best camp commander in Poland’. Always impeccably dressed (he attended the unloading of transports at Treblinka dressed in white riding clothes), soft-voiced, polite and friendly, Stangl was no sadist, but took pride and pleasure in his ‘work’, running the death camp like clockwork.”[5] Stangl wanted his camp to look attractive, so he ordered the paths paved and flowers planted along the sides of Seidel Street, near camp headquarters and SS living quarters. Despite being directly responsible for the camp’s operations, Stangl limited his contact with Jewish prisoners as much as possible. Stangl rarely interfered with unusually cruel acts (other than gassing) perpetrated by his subordinate officers at the camp. Stangl usually wore a white uniform and carried a whip, which caused prisoners to nickname him “The White Death”.[1] He claimed that his dedication had nothing to do with ideology or hatred of Jews.[5] He viewed the prisoners as objects of his work rather than as people, and he regarded his job the same as he would any job: […]

In September 1942, Stangl supervised the building of new, larger gas chambers to augment the previously existing gas chambers. The new gas chambers became operational in early autumn 1942. It is believed that these death chambers were capable of killing 3,000 people in two hours, and 12,000 to 15,000 victims easily every day,[1] with a maximum capacity of 22,000 deaths in 24 hours.[13] According to Jankiel Wiernik [a survivor of Treblinka]: “When the new gas chambers were completed, the Hauptsturmführer [Stangl] came and remarked to the SS men who were with him: ‘Finally the Jewish city is ready’ (German: Endlich ist die Judenstadt fertig).”[11]  […]

At the end of the war, Stangl concealed his identity and fled. He was detained by the American Army in 1945 and was briefly imprisoned pending investigation in Linz, Austria in 1947. Stangl was suspected of complicity in the T-4 euthanasia programme. But on May 30, 1948, Stangl escaped to Italy with his colleague from Sobibor, SS officer Gustav Wagner. The Roman Catholic Bishop Alois Hudal, a Nazi sympathizer forced in 1952 to resign by the Vatican, helped him to escape through a “ratline” and to reach Syria using a Red Cross passport.[14] Stangl was joined by his wife and family and lived in Syria for three years before they moved to Brazil in 1951. After years of other jobs, Stangl found work at the Volkswagen plant in São Bernardo do Campo with the help of friends, still using his own name.  […]

The court Schwurgericht Düsseldorf found Stangl guilty on October 22, 1970, and sentenced him to maximum penalty, life imprisonment.[9] While in prison, Stangl was interviewed extensively by Gitta Sereny, for a study of him published as Into that Darkness….

I find it very strange that Franz Stangl was not put on trial by the Allies.  As the Commandant of both Sobibor and Treblinka, he could have been included among the defendants at the Nuremberg IMT where testimony about Treblinka was given by the survivors of the death camp.

The American Military Tribunal had no jurisdiction over Stangl since his crimes did not include Allied victims. The British had no jurisdiction over him since he had not served at Bergen-Belsen which was in their zone of occupation.

Stangl was able to live in Brazil, under his own name, and it was left up to the Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal to track him down, so that he could finally be put on trial by the Germans. By that time, Germany had a law against Holocaust denial, so Stangl did not claim that Treblinka and Sobibor were transit camps, from where Jews were “transported to the East.”  If he had used that as his defense, Stangl would have been imprisoned for Holocaust denial.

May 3, 2012

Holocaust survivor endured six years of torture, but he’s not bitter

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:00 am

This morning when I read the story of Holocaust survivor Charles Pierce, I was struck by the variety of place names that were included in his story: the city of Kielce in Poland, the Treblinka death camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, Dachau concentration camp, the Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau, and finally the place near the town of Dachau where he was rescued by soldiers in the 20th Armored Division.

Charles Pierce came to America in 1949, went back to school and married a woman that he met on a blind date.  He never spoke, at home, of his 6-year ordeal, not even after he came back from Germany where he testified in a war crimes trial in 1969.  He never spoke about his experience in the camps until his granddaughter asked him to speak to her class.

Kielce is the city in Poland where a pogrom occurred in July 1946.  I learned the word pogrom, from my Jewish tour guide, when I visited Poland in 1998.  She told me that the word means “like thunder.”  This word was coined to describe what happened when  non-Jews would come down “like thunder” on the Jews and chase them out of cities after accusing them of “blood libel.”

Here are the highlights of the story of Charles Pierce:

1.  After Poland was invaded by Germany in September 1939, soldiers came to Kielce and began taking the Jews as prisoners, including the family of Charles Pierce.

According to this website

Armed teenagers, members of the Hitler Youth, ordered them out onto the streets, stripping them of their material possessions and handing the family business over to a Polish Nazi. The family moved into a newly established ghetto where 20,000 people lived in a few square blocks.”

“They saw us as sub-human. Soldiers used us for target practice,” Pierce explained.

2.  When the ghetto was liquidated, Charles Pierce was sent on a train to Treblinka.

“Survivors of the evacuation [of the ghetto] were ordered onto tightly packed railcars for transfer to Treblinka, in Poland, where Pierce spent 14 months, surviving largely on potato peels and bread, refusing to eat the horsemeat soup prisoners were given.”

3.  Pierce was transferred from Treblinka to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where just the day before he arrived, 20,000 Gypsies had been killed.

4.  Pierce survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and was transferred to one of the 11 Kaufering sub-camps of Dachau.

5.  As the war was nearing the end, Pierce was transferred to the Dachau main camp. This quote tells what was happening at Dachau:

The Nazis began slaughtering the remaining prisoners at Dachau as they planned to abandon the camp. Pierce was selected to help an officer haul his possessions out of the camp. The three-day march would nearly kill him, but in the end it saved his life.

6.  Somehow Pierce escaped from the German officer, whose possessions he had hauled out of the Dachau camp, and he happened upon the tanks of the 20th Armored Division and was rescued by American soldiers.

January 26, 2012

“scuppering” …. the new word of the day …. as in “fresh evidence of mass graves at Treblinka, scuppering the claims of Holocaust deniers”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:56 am

I read this headline today in the Mail Online, a British newspaper:

British archaeologist destroys Holocaust deniers’ argument with mass grave find at Treblinka

The lead of the story is this quote:  “A British forensic archaeologist has unearthed fresh evidence to prove the existence of mass graves at the Nazi death camp Treblinka – scuppering the claims of Holocaust deniers who say it was merely a transit camp.”

I had a third-grade teacher who taught me to look up every word, that I didn’t know the meaning of, in the dictionary.  So I went directly to an online dictionary and learned that “scuppering” can be used to mean destroy or ruin.  I think a better word might be “demolish.”  But have the arguments of the Holocaust deniers been “scuppered?”  I don’t think so.

The spot where Jews disembarked from the trains to Treblinka

A lot of good comments about this subject have been posted on my previous blog about the “fresh evidence” at Treblinka here.

This article in the Mail Online states that “a lack of physical evidence in the area has been exploited by Holocaust deniers.”  The whole article seems to me to be gloating over the scuppering of Holocaust deniers, instead of just giving the facts, as a newspaper article should.  (more…)

January 24, 2012

Good news! Mass graves found at Treblinka extermination camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:17 pm

The BBC broadcast a program yesterday entitled The Hidden Graves of the Holocaust, which was about new information regarding the mass graves at Treblinka, one of the three Operation Reinhard camps.  I didn’t see the program, but I read about it here.  The article starts off with this quote:

Any doubts about the existence of mass graves at the Treblinka death camp in Poland are being laid to rest by the first survey of the site using tools that see below the ground, writes forensic archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls.

The most important part of the article is this quote:

A 1946 report by investigators into German crimes in Poland found “a cellar passage with the protruding remains of burnt posts, the foundations of the administration building and the old well” and here and there “the remains of burnt fence posts, pieces of barbed wire, and short sections of paved road”.

Bone fragments can still be seen on the surface of the ground, especially after rain”

They also discovered human remains as they dug into the ground, and on the surface “large quantities of ashes mixed with sand, among which are numerous human bones”.

Despite this, in a later statement they said they had discovered no mass graves.

The section on Treblinka in the German Crimes in Poland. Volume I. Published by the Central Commission for Investigation of German Crimes in Poland. Warsaw, 1946 can be read in full here.

At the very end of the Treblinka section of the report of the Central Commission is this quote:

The eradication of all traces of the crime by wholesale burning of corpses began after Himmler’s visit in the early spring of 1943 and lasted till the Warsaw Rising, or even later. The camp was finally closed in November, 1943.

During the investigation when the ground was levelled, no collective graves were found, and this together with the evidence given by the witnesses leads to the conclusion that almost all the remains were burnt; the German authorities having had plenty of time to do it since the camp was closed. The site of the camp was ploughed over and sown, and on it Ukrainians were settled. They fled, however, on the approach of the Red Army.

Now the mass graves, that the Polish Central Commission for Investigation of German Crimes in Poland was unable to find in 1945, have been found.  And it was the BBC that reported it.  The very first report of the gas chambers where Jews were being gassed was made by the BBC in 1942.

For another opinion, watch this video:

January 13, 2012

The murder weapon used at Treblinka — Carbon Monoxide or Zyklon-B gas?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

The question about the murder weapon used to kill the Jews at the Treblinka death camp came up in a comment on my blog.  Why is this detail important?  Remember Pat Buchanan?  He ruined his chance of ever becoming President of the United States when he wrote, in the New York Post on March 17, 1990:

During the war, the underground government of the Warsaw Ghetto reported to London that the Jews of Treblinka were being electrocuted and steamed to death.

The Israeli court, however, concluded the murder weapon for 850,000 was the diesel engine from a Soviet tank which drove its exhaust into the death chamber. All died in 20 minutes, Finkelstein swore in 1945.

The problem is: Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody. In 1988, 97 kids, trapped 400 feet underground in a Washington, D.C., tunnel while two locomotives spewed diesel exhaust into the car, emerged unharmed after 45 minutes.

When I visited the Treblinka Memorial site in October 1998, I purchased a small pamphlet from the visitor’s center.  I learned, from this pamphlet, that the first gas chambers at Treblinka used carbon monoxide, but 10 new gas chambers were built and these gas chambers used the poison gas known as Zyklon-B. I learned that Treblinka did not have delousing chambers which used Zyklon-B; all the clothing taken from the prisoners at Treblinka was sent to the Majdanek camp to be disinfected with Zyklon-B before being sent to Germany.

Monument in the location of the gas chambers at the Treblinka death camp

The photo above shows the 26-foot high granite memorial stone, which was designed to resemble a tombstone. It is located approximately on the spot where the gas chambers once stood, according to my tour guide. This view was taken from the front side of the memorial stone, and you can see some of the stones of the symbolic cemetery behind it. The large crack down the middle of the stone is part of the design.  According to the pamphlet which I purchased at the visitor’s center, “The great monument in Treblinka is a homage of the Polish people to those ashes lie under the concrete plates of the symbolic cemetery. It is one of the most tragic monuments of martyrdom in Poland.”     (more…)

January 12, 2012

The year of Janusz Korczak, a Polish hero who accompanied orphans to the Treblinka death camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am

I read in the news today that “the life and work of Janusz Korczak, Jozef Kraszewski and Father Piotr Skarga will enjoy widespread promotion over the coming twelve months, with parliament having approved 2012 dedicated to the three men.”

I first heard of Janusz Korczak when I visited the memorial site at Treblinka in 1998; Treblinka was one of the three Operation Reinhardt death camps in which around 1.5 million Jews were gassed. Included among the victims at Treblinka were 192 orphans from an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto which was headed by Janusz Korczak, who accompanied the orphans to Treblinka and died along with them.

The Treblinka memorial site has 17,000 stones in honor of the 17,000 Polish cities and towns that were destroyed by the Nazis during World War II.  Janusz Korczak is the only individual who has a stone in his honor.

Stone at Treblinka in honor of Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak was a pseudonym for Dr. Henryk Goldzmit, who was a teacher, a social worker and a pediatrician. He also did a weekly radio show for children, and wrote a series of children’s books in which the central character was a boy king named King Matt. In July 1942, Korczak turned down the opportunity to escape from the Warsaw Ghetto, and instead accompanied 192 orphans to Treblinka where he was murdered in the gas chamber along with them.

On the march to the Umschlagplatz, the deportation center in Warsaw, where the Jews would be put on trains to Treblina, one child was carrying the flag of King Matt with the Zionist flag on the other side of it. The Zionist flag is now the blue and white flag of Israel.   The children were dressed in their best clothes, and each carried a blue knapsack and a favorite book or toy. (more…)

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