Monday, 29 September 2014

Workers forced to watch gassings at Auschwitz

Remembering for the Future: Exhibition of Original Drawings and Reproductions, by Victims of the Holocaust from Concentration Camps and Ghettos 1940 - 1945 (pamphlet for an exhibition), London: MacDonald & Co, 1988.

Even if you were fortunate enough to be directed to the right by Dr. Mengele on your arrival at Auschwitz, 
you still had to go to the gas chamber and watch the gassings, and cremations, through peep holes.

The Manchester Guardian (UK), Monday, August 20, 1945, p. 4.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Killing Nazi dogs

"Former prisoners at Dachau concentration camp kneel by the dog they killed with clubs. Prisoners
lived in fear of being fed to dogs, 1945. Courtesy CSU Archives/Everett Collection"

 Evening World-Herald (Omaha, NE), Monday, April 3, 1961, p. 9. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Quisling never heard about the gas chambers

Vidkun Quisling sat next to Himmler at a recruitment event for the Waffen-SS, Oslo, January 1941

 Western Morning News (Devon, UK),  Friday 24 August 1945, p. 3.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Sobibor: The Soviet transit camp

Bird's eye view of the Mound of Ashes monument and the archaeological work at the Sobibor memorial

The following quotation is taken from the English translation of a short book written by Marek Bem, the director of the Sobibor memorial museum, and Polish archaeologist Wojciech Mazurek:

In July 1944, the area, which had former been the extermination centre, was taken control over by the Red Army and the Polish People’s Army units. As of 1945, the new Polish authorities used the barracks left by the Germans, as well as the railway platform, as a railway station in order to gather in one place the Ukrainians meant for relocation. In 1945-1947, the Ukrainians from the eastern part of the Lublin District were relocated to Ukraine or to the western parts of Poland. The Ukrainians, who were waiting for their trains (sometimes even for more than a week) needed wood to light fires. Thus, they dismantled the remaining camp barracks, contributing in this way to the task of obliterating the last traces of the German extermination centre in Sobibór. Most probably, local residents finally completed the task of destroying all that remained of the camp, including the digging up of the ground to find the expected “valuable things the Jews left”.

Marek Bem, Wojciech Mazurek; Natalia Sarzyńska-Wójtowicz and Jack Dunster (trans.), Sobibór: Archaeological Research Conducted on the Site 
of the Former German Extermination Centre in Sobibór 2000-2011, Warsaw: The Foundation for “Polish-German Reconciliation”, 2012, p. 24.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Dachau "gas chamber" & crematorium construction plan

"The are conflicting stories as to the use of the [Dachau] gas chamber. An Albanian tells me that it was used only four times since 1942, but a Pole says that it was never used during that time. Another Pole reports that 100 or 150 people were put to death each day in the chamber. A Yugoslav says that thousands were gassed in the last three years. A Frenchman believes that the chamber has never been used."
Lieutenant Marcus J. Smith, U.S. Army doctor, arrived at Dachau the day after liberation; later awarded the Bronze Star and promoted to Captain for his efforts in helping the sick at Dachau.

This is my April 13, 2014 photograph of a museum display in the Permanent Exhibition at the Dachau memorial, and below is a close up photograph of the image in the left centre of this display.

As you can see, it's a scan of an original May 23, 1942 construction plan of the new crematorium at Dachau which the museum insists contained a purpose built homicidal gas chamber, which, they presently claim, was only ever used on an experimental basis, although prior to 2003 they claimed it was never used at all.

I'm sure most of you won't need me to tell you that design features absolutely fundamental to the presently claimed gassing procedure are absence from this plan.

What the museum describes on signs in or around the crematorium as "[f]laps where prussic acid poison gas pellets (Zyklon B) could be inserted from the outside", do not feature on the original architectural plan of the building.

As is widely known (and detailed excellently here), the original claimed gassing method at Dachau—the one reported to the U.S. Congress on May 15, 1945 by Senator Alben W. Barkley, and the one described in the film shown at the Nuremberg trial on November 29, 1945—did not necessitate "flaps", as the poison gas was supposedly released through the shower heads inside the gas chamber.

At some point in mid to late 1945, the gas chamber promoters within or associated with the U.S. Army realised that the gassing method they had been propagating was scientifically impossible, and a decision was taken to make alterations to the building that would make it at least scientifically feasible that people could have been gassed with Zyklon B in the room (Carlo Mattogno details here, p. 225f, how numerous people came forward in 1960 claiming they had been forced by the Americans to work in the construction of a gas chamber at Dachau; the final result of which being Dr. Martin Broszat's famous letter to Die Zeit in which he stated that no one was ever gassed at Dachau, because the gas chamber was never finished/put into operation).

The American alterations to the building were completed by January 1946, because the American designed "flaps" are visible in the photograph below which I brought from a photography dealer recently (it wasn't particularly expensive, and I see no reason to doubt the authenticity of the message which dates it to January 1946, plus the date is corroborated by another photo from 1946 which shows the same contraption in front of the American gas "flaps"):

Unfortunately I can not read what that sign in the photograph says, even when looking at the original photograph through a magnifying glass—the text on the sign just wasn't caught in focus.

Below is the reverse of the photograph which features the following message:

"Torture chamber, gas house, and crematory at Dachau prison (concentration) camp, Germany
January 1946"

A rebuttal of the alleged new, lower ceiling 

It has long been claimed by revisionists that the Americans installed a lower ceiling into the alleged gas chamber as part of their adjustments to the building, but this claim has no foundation. The man looking upwards in the centre of the picture below is the Senator of Illinois, Charles Wayland Brooks, who visited Dachau on May 2, 1945. The low ceiling in the photograph is the same one that is there today.

Further confirmation is the date on the slate board in this footage (alternative) shot in the "gas chamber" on May 3, 1945. The so-called "flaps" don't feature, as they didn't then exist, but once again the ceiling shown is the one that is still there today.

The argument that the Americans installed a new, lower ceiling, is based entirely on the rough estimate of the ceiling's height given in the report presented to the U.S. Congress on May 15, 1945: "the ceiling was some 10 feet in height." It was a shoddy estimate, sure—it's actually 7 feet 6 inches high, Fred Leuchter measured it in 1989—but it's remarkable that this small error should even be considered as proof by virtually all the leading revisionists that the ceiling was replaced.

Below is a photograph of part of the museum sign outside the alleged gas chamber. The attic space immediately above the "gas chamber" is in the foreground, and you can see it's at a lower elevation than the adjoining room. Please notice the brick work in the wall is different to that below the ceiling level (see image below) despite them being the same wall, this on its own suggests the ceiling is original, as builders often concern themselves less with the aesthetics of the parts of a construction which are out of sight.

Below are a some high resolution photographs of the American designed and installed gas "flaps"

Saturday, 20 September 2014





Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Canto III, lines 1-9, John Ciardi's translation; 
William Blake's c.1824 The Inscription over Hell-Gate; Gustav Doré's c.1860 Gate of Hell

The renown revisionist and former inmate of Buchenwald concentration camp Paul Rassinier wrote in his book Le Mensonge d'Ulysse (The Lies of Ulysses) about how his fellow French prisoners were convinced the infamous sign 'Jedem das Seine' (To Each His Own) on the gate to the prisoner section of the camp meant 'Abandon all hope ye who enter here', and that shortly after liberation, he heard one of them announce as much on the radio. Rassinier  noted: 'Ainsi naissent les bobards' (This is how tall stories are born).
Recently a friend brought to my attention a similar claim in the Romanian book Am Scăpat de la Auschwitz (I Escaped from Auschwitz; Bucharest: Editura Hasefer, 2000) by former inmate Alexandru Marton, who claims that on the gates to Mauthausen, the Germans had installed a metal plaque on to which they had inscribed the final sentence of the warning on Dante's Gates of Hell.

Ihr, die Eintretenden,
legt jede Hoffnung nieder.
"Lăsaţi orice speranţă, voi care intraţi!" 
Celebrul citat din "Infernul" lui Dante era folosit cu cinism de nazişti sub forma unei inscripţii din metal strălucitor, fixată pe partea interioară a porţii de intrare în lagărul de la Mauthausen. Pentru ei era important nu numai să ne distrugă fizic şi psihic, ci şi să ucidă în sufletele noastre singurul lucru care ne mai ţinea în viaţă: speranţa.

Ihr, die Eintretenden (You, the entrants),
legt jede Hoffnung nieder (abandon any hope)"
"Leave any hope, you who enter!"
The famous quotation from Dante's "Inferno" was cynically used by the Nazis under the form of a shiny metal inscription, fixed on the interior side of the entry gate in Matuhausen camp. For them it was important to not only destroy us physically and psychologically, but to also kill in our souls the only thing that was keeping us alive: hope. (p.4)

The claim is repeated on page 80:
Pe poarta de intrare în lagăr, sus, pe o arcadă mare, se afla stema partidului naţional-socialist german: vulturul cu aripile desfăcute şi cu zvastica în mijloc. In interior, sub vultur, scria cu litere mari din metal strălucitor: "Ihr, die Eintretenden, legt jede Hoffnung nieder" (Lăsaţi orice speranţă, voi care intraţi).

On the camp entry gate, up on a big arch was the emblem of the German National Socialist party: the eagle with wings spread and with the swastika in the middle. In the interior, under the eagle, was written with big letters of shiny metal: "Ihr, die Eintretenden, legt jede Hoffnung nieder" (Leave any hope, you who enter).

There's problems with this claim though, not least being the fact that the picture on page 4 of the book is not even of Mauthausen, but of a gate at Dachau SS Training Camp

A model of Dachau in the Permanent Exhibition at Dachau memorial (2014) which I annotated with details of  the
gate pictured above and the far more famous Arbeit Macht Frei gate on the entrance to the prisoner compound.
massive version

There was a similar looking gate at Mauthausen; it wasn't the main entrance to camp, but the gate to the SS garage yard:

A simple google or google books search for "Arbeit Macht Frei" and "Mauthausen" will find you numerous claims (examples: 1, 23, 4, 5), from former prisoners, retired German soldiers or SS men, and respected magazines about there having been an 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign on the gate at Mauthausen, but in reality there was no slogan inscribed on the gates to this camp.
The following is from the subliminally Holocaust revisionist website scrapbookpages:

The slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" was allegedly coined by Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels in an effort to convince the public that the Nazi concentration camps were merely work camps designed to politically rehabilitate Communists, Social Democrats and anarchists. This slogan was first used over the gate of a "wild camp" in the city of Oranienburg which was set up in an abandoned brewery in March 1933 during the time that the first political prisoners were being held for an indefinite period without charges in a number of places in Germany. In 1936, the Oranienburg camp was rebuilt as the Sachsenhausen camp. The Dachau camp was also rebuilt, starting in 1936. The gatehouse at Sachsenhausen also bears this inscription, but the third major German concentration camp, Buchenwald, has a sign on the gate that reads "Jedem das Seine," which means To Each his Own.
Buchenwald was a Class II camp, while Dachau and Sachsenhausen were Class I camps for offenders who were considered capable of being rehabilitated and who were eligible for possible release. Rudolf Höss, who trained at Dachau and then served as an adjutant at Sachsenhausen before becoming the first Commandant at Auschwitz, used this motto over the gate into the main camp, Auschwitz I, which was classified as a Class I camp for political prisoners. (Auschwitz II, also known as Birkenau, was not a Class I camp. Birkenau did not have this slogan over the gatehouse.)
Mauthausen and Gusen in Austria were the only Class III camps, where prisoners, who were considered beyond rehabilitation, were treated very harshly. These classifications went into effect on January 1, 1941. Two other Nazi concentration camps which used the slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" on their gate houses were Flossenbürg and Gross-Rosen. This slogan also appeared on a gate inside the Gestapo prison in the Small Fortress at Terezin, formerly known as Theresienstadt.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

“All non-Jews are anti-Semitic.”

“If you’re brought up a Jew, you know that all non-Jews are anti-Semitic.”

- Anti-racialist anthropologist Ashley Montagu (Moses Israel Ehrenburg)

Professor of  anthropology Ashley Montagu nee Moses Israel Ehrenburg, born in 1905 to working class Jewish parent's in London's East End, he changed his name to Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu when attending (but later dropped out of) University College London in his late-teens, and when adopting U.S. citizenship in 1940, he changed it again to Ashley Montagu. Montagu attained his P.h.D. in 1936 at Colombia University under the guidance of Franz Boas, although he'd previously lied about holding an M.A., a P.h.D., and being education at Oxford and Cambridge in a 1931 letter to Harvard physical anthropologist Earnest Hooton.1
In 1942 Montagu published Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race; in 1950 he joined and became a prominent member of the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) after the United Nations had asked UNESCO to "consider the desirability of initiating and recommending the general adoption of disseminating scientific facts designed to remove what is generally known as racial prejudice." On July 18, 1950, UNESCO published its statement on race, a statement commonly known on the Ashley Montagu Statement, which reads: "it would be better when speaking of human races to drop the term "race" altogether and speak of ethnic groups."
In November 1992, Montagu was interviewed at length by Pat Shipman, now professor emerita of anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University, for her book The Evolution of Racism: Human Differences and the Use and Abuse of Science
Shipman invited Montagu to comment on the widespread criticism his UNESCO statement received from the scientific community in 1950, including that published in Man, the British journal of anthropology; its then-editor, William Fagg, had published Montagu's statement and invited comment on it from nine of Britain's leading physical anthropologists. Montagu told Shipman that he thought the critics of his statement—one of whom had been Royal Anthropological Institute—were jealous of him, and that he thought Man's editor was "a racist", adding: “If you’re brought up a Jew, you know that all non-Jews are anti-Semitic. I think it's a good working hypothesis. Shipman noted that Montagu "believes this accounted for Fagg's behaviour."2

  1. Henrika Kuklick (ed.), New History of Anthropology, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008, p. 245.
  2. Pat Shipman, The Evolution of Racism: Human Differences and the Use and Abuse of Science, New York: Simon Schuster, 1994,  p. 166. Shipman titled the chapter of her book in which Montagu is discussed: "All Non-Jews Are Anti-Semitic".