Saturday, August 01, 2015

Tattoo Denial

When the usual methodological and historical ignorance characteristic of Holocaust denial gets further reduced to virtual complete historical ignorance and meets some more spitefulness, you get Tattoo Denial. It denies or - in its slightly less silly variant - doubts that Jewish and Soviet prisoners were crudely tattooed their prisoner number in Auschwitz. It's main advocate used to be Carlos Porter, a number of sceptic species can observed right now in the CODOH thread Doubts about Tattoos by the book author Nick Kollerstrom (by the way, the CODOH moderator Hannover delivers a particular thrilling performance in this thread when he reveals that his attention span is less than it takes to read and grasp a single book page). The failure of most Holocaust deniers in this thread to spot some historical truth related to the Holocaust even when its right infront of them says volumes about how defective and irrational the methods, arguments and concepts of this movement are also in general and how common sense is lacking or completely masked by ideological beliefs.

I attach seven German sources on the tattooing of Jewish and Soviet prisoners by the Germans to this posting:
  • three testimonies of former Auschwitz SS men (Pery Broad, Wihelm Boger, Hans Stark) of the Political Department, whose admission office was responsible for the tattooing of prisoners 
  • four contemporary German document: two orders by the German Armed Force High Command to mark Soviets POWs and two reports on the escape of Auschwitz prisoners with tattooed prisoner numbers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Berg Bites Cop

In a story published by The Record (New Jersey) on February 17, 1999, it was revealed that
Friedrich Berg, 55, of Linwood Avenue, Fort Lee, the same address Berg stated here, had bitten Sergeant Thomas Dalton during an altercation in which Berg apparently became abusive after being told to put his dog on a leash. Berg "was charged with disorderly conduct, violating the borough's leash ordinance, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer." Dalton stated that "I reached over to grab him, and he leaned over and bit my right hand near the web, near the thumb." Why is this story significant? The Far Right frequently portrays African-Americans as instigators of violent crime, such as on numerous RODOH threads. Then there's the irony of Berg biting a man called Thomas Dalton, the same name as the pseudonymous author of this text. Berg's past indiscretion therefore highlights the ironies, double standards and farces that surround HD and White Nationalism in the USA.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Natzweiler Gassing Victims (Warning: Graphic Content)

This photo shows a photograph of Menachem Taffel, who had been gassed at Natzweiler. His body was one of 86 found at Reichsuniversität Strasbourg upon its liberation, whereupon autopsies were carried out by Professor Camille Simonin.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"Liquidation of the Jews on Polish soil," March 1943

Antony Polonsky's essay in this volume (p.61) cites the underground journal Barykada from March 1943, published by the Konfederacja Narodu (Confederation of the Nation) as follows:
the liquidation of the Jews on Polish soil is of great significance for our future development, since it will free us from several million parasites.
Apparently, not only did this organization know that Jews were being exterminated, but also that it was occurring on Polish soil.

Primo Levi's Reply to Faurisson, 3.1.1979

Cited by Van Pelt here:
No, Professor, life is not like that. The dead are truly dead. Even the women, and even the children, tens of thousands in Italy and France, millions in Poland and the Soviet Union. That's not so easy to conceal. You don't have to wear yourself out to find the evidence. If you really want to be informed, ask the survivors - there are enough of them in France. Listen to them. They saw themselves dying day after day, one by one, after their comrades who walked the dark path to the crematoria. They returned (those who did return), and they found their families wiped out. The path to avoiding guilt is not that one, Professor. Even for chair-borne Professors, facts are stubborn. If you deny the slaughter organized by your friends of that time, you must explain why, from 17 million in 1939, Jews were reduced to 11 million in 1945. You must deny the hundreds of thousands of widows and orphans, and you must deny us, the survivors. Come and debate with us, Professor,and you'll find it harder to teach your pupils. Are all of them so badly informed that they accept this stuff? Has none of them raised a hand to protest? Then what have the university authorities done in France, and the law? By letting you deny the dead, they have tolerated your killing them a second time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Interrogation of the Auschwitz Garrisson Doctor Eduard Wirths by the British

On 15 September 1945, the former Auschwitz Garrison doctor Eduard Wirths - previously arrested and questioned on 20 July 1945 by the German criminal police in Hamburg -  was interrogated by the British. Here I reproduce extracts from the interrogation transcript, which was first published in 2001 by Ulrich Völklein, Der Judenacker - eine Erbschaft. According to Völklein, the document was called to his attention in 1985 and supplied to him by the British interrogator named Ian McBallister  (see Christian Dirks in: Kramer, NS-Täter aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive, p. 150). Dirks notes that a comparison of content and style with Wirths' apology written earlier the year suggests that the document is authentic. Wirths attempted to hang himself few days later (likely triggered by the prospect of getting turned over the Poles or Czechs revealed by the interrogator at the end) and died on 20 September 1945.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Nazi killing methods

How many of Nazi Germany’s murder victims were killed by gassing, how many by shooting, how many by other methods?

Goebbels: "Rendered Harmless"

On October 7, 1939, Goebbels referred to Jews as "cold predators which will have too be rendered harmless (cited by Friedländer, p.17)." In his Sportpalast speech of June 5, 1943, Goebbels returned to the phrase, stating "Should an individual have such criminal intentions, he will be rendered harmless as soon as he is noticed." Just so nobody should think this did not mean "killed", we can also note that the transport report for Kolomea to Belzec states that "Nonetheless, it can be assumed that at least two-thirds of the escaping Jews were shot or rendered harmless in some other way." Similarly, Stahlecker's report for Einsatzgruppe A states, "During the first pogrom in the night from 25 June to 26 June the Lithuanian partisans did away with more than 1,500 Jews, setting fire to several synagogues or destroying them by other means and burning down a Jewish dwelling district consisting of about 60 houses. During the following nights about 2300 Jews were made harmless in a similar way."

Thus did another killing phrase become established in the Nazi lexicon of hate.

Monday, July 13, 2015

More Hitler Extermination Statements: 3.2.42 and 30.8.42

From his Table Talk:

So the Jew smacks his thighs to see how his diabolic stratagem has succeeded. He bears in mind that if his victims suddenly became aware of these things, all Jews would be exterminated. But, this time, the Jews will disappear from Europe.
It is here in Russia that Communism shows its true face. We must undertake a campaign of cleaning-up, square metre by square metre, and this will compel us to have recourse to summary justice. The struggle with the terrorists will be savage warfare in the real sense. In Estonia and Latvia these bands have all but ceased to be active ; but until Jewry, which is the bandits' Intelligence Service, is exterminated, we shall not have accomplished our task.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Playing Whack-a-Mole With Jonnie Hargis

[The following is a contribution from Andrew E. Mathis.]

In the past few months, Jonnie "Hannover" Hargis has ventured outside the confines of his CODOH cesspit to debate the finer points of race and economics at -- as well as to drive traffic (he hopes) to his vanity Web site. As can be seen below, Jonnie is currently posting at Unz under the name "BobbyBeGood":

Fans of Mr. Hargis and/or of this blog will recognize the characteristic style.

And yet another mention of six million …

… can be found in the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015:

Tobacco use claimed an estimated 100 million lives worldwide during the 20th century, and remains a serious and growing global health threat (2). With around 6 million lives lost annually, tobacco-related diseases claim more lives than HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Implementing the evidence-based, legally binding provisions of WHO’s FCTC to their fullest extent represents the world’s best chance of reducing this toll.

The WHO must be full of "kabbalists".

Monday, July 06, 2015

Yet another mention of six million Jews from 1942 …

… can be found in the Stellungnahme und Gedanken zum Generalplan Ost des Reichsführers SS ("Opinion and Ideas Regarding the General Plan for the East of the Reichsführer-SS"), dated April 27, 1942 and written by Dr. Erhard Wetzel, the director of the Central Advisory Office on Questions of Racial Policy at the National Socialist Party, which is mentioned here and here.

Readers may ask what Wetzel’s mention of a "5 to 6 million" order of magnitude is supposed to mean.

That would be a good question, and the answer would be: it means that, based on what was known to him, Wetzel assumed there were about 5 to 6 million Jews in the area he was referring to at the time of his writing.

Now ask this question to "Revisionists". In their conspiracy theories, mentions of the number "6 million" prior to the end of World War II apparently mean something more.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

6 million

This is about the number of Jews who lost their lives to Nazi persecution and mass murder during World War II, according to the highest estimates. Lower estimates, including those mentioned here, point to a number somewhere between 5 and 6 million, the estimates of Gerald Reitlinger even to a range of numbers somewhat below 5 million.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961 movie)

The 1961 movie Judgment at Nuremberg, starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark and Maximilian Schell, is a fictionalized dramatization of the Nuremberg "Justice Case", officially called "United States of America vs. Josef Altstoetter, et al".

Before I state my opinion about this film, some cautionary remarks about what I consider its weakest part, the presentation of documentary footage about Nazi crimes commented by prosecuting attorney Colonel Tad Lawson (Richard Widmark) after having been sworn in as a witness (1:30:22 to 1:36.07).  

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Gas Vans in the USSR: Extracts from Perpetrator Testimonies

1) On October 8, 1943, captured member of EG-D, Robert Barth, gave a testimony to the British in Sandbostel. It is Nuremberg document NO-3663 and is translated in Mendelsohn, pp.196-200. Barth described how he heard from drivers that EK 12 shot 8000 Jews in Nikolayev and 5000 in Cherson. In the latter shooting, women and children were shot into a ditch, 6 km from Cherson, and "Several members of the killer gangs had to be relieved, as their nerves had broken down completely (p.198)." Barth then reported that 12,000 Jews had been shot in Simferopol, 8000 in Feodosia, and 2000 in Kersch.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

More Than One Hundred Nazi Extermination Remarks, 1939-1944 (Full Chronological List)

1) Wetzel and Hecht, 25.11.39: "We are indifferent to the hygienic fate of the Jews. Also for the Jews the basic principle is valid, that their propagation must be curtailed in every possible way." [Die Frage der Behandlung der Bevoelkerung der ehemaligen polnischen Gebiete nach rassenpolitischen Gesichtspunkten, 25.11.39, NO-3732].

2) Koppe, 18.10.40: "[The] so-called Sonderkommando Lange, assigned to me for special tasks, was detached to Soldau in East Prussia from 21 May to 8 June, 1940, as per agreement with the Reich Main Security Office [RSHA]. During this period, it successfully evacuated 1,558 mental patients from the Soldau transit camp" [source].

3) Goebbels 31.1.41: "Mit Bouhler Frage der stillschweigenden Liquidierung von Geisteskranken besprochen. 40000 sind weg, 60000 müssen noch weg. Das ist eine harte, aber auch notwendige Arbeit. Und sie muß jetzt getan werden. Bouhler ist der rechte Mann dazu" [source].

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Auschwitz SS Men Confessing on Tape: Josef Erber

Victor Capesius | Oswald Kaduk | Josef Klehr | Josef Erber

Josef Erber (aka Houstek - his name up to 1943, see Fleming, Hitler und die Endlösung, p. 189) was sentenced to life prison at the so called 2nd Frankfurt Auschwitz trial in 1966. He was found guilty of having selected prisoners for execution and killing at least one Sonderkommando prisoner in the aftermath of the Sonderkommando revolt. Erber was interviewed on Auschwitz by John Steiner and Günther Bierbrauer in 1977 and by Ebbo Demant in 1978. The latter interview was also recorded on video. His statements on the following subjects will be reproduced from the interviews:
  • ramp duty
  • Auschwitz death toll
  • crematoria
  • Block 11 gassing and executions
  • body disposal
  • Holocaust denial 

Monday, June 29, 2015

One Hundred Nazi Extermination Remarks, 1939-1944 (Chronological List: 1-65)

1) Wetzel and Hecht, 25.11.39: "We are indifferent to the hygienic fate of the Jews. Also for the Jews the basic principle is valid, that their propagation must be curtailed in every possible way." [Die Frage der Behandlung der Bevoelkerung der ehemaligen polnischen Gebiete nach rassenpolitischen Gesichtspunkten, 25.11.39, NO-3732].

2) Goebbels 31.1.41: "Mit Bouhler Frage der stillschweigenden Liquidierung von Geisteskranken besprochen. 40000 sind weg, 60000 müssen noch weg. Das ist eine harte, aber auch notwendige Arbeit. Und sie muß jetzt getan werden. Bouhler ist der rechte Mann dazu" [source].

One Hundred Nazi Extermination Remarks, 1939-1944 (Part Four: 52-65)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

52) Wetzel and Hecht, 25.11.39: "We are indifferent to the hygienic fate of the Jews. Also for the Jews the basic principle is valid, that their propagation must be curtailed in every possible way." [Die Frage der Behandlung der Bevoelkerung der ehemaligen polnischen Gebiete nach rassenpolitischen Gesichtspunkten, 25.11.39, NO-3732].

53) Hitler, 16.7.41: "Nobody shall be able to recognize that it initiates a final settlement. This need not prevent our taking all necessary measures - shooting, resettling, etc. - and we shall take them.

But we do not want to make any people into enemies prematurely and unnecessarily. Therefore we shall act as though we wanted to exercise a mandate only. At the same time we must know clearly that we shall never leave those countries" [Vermerk über die Besprechung am 16.7.1941, L-221, IMT XXXVIII, pp.86-94, here p.87; English translation NCA VII, pp.1086-1093, here pp.1086-1087].

One Hundred Nazi Extermination Remarks, 1939-1944 (Part Three: 31-51)

Part 1

Part 2

31) Staatssekretäre meeting, 2.5.41: "There is no doubt that as a result many millions of people will be starved to death if we take out of the country the things necessary for us” [Aktennotiz über Ergebnis der heutigen. Besprechung mit den Staatssekretären über Barbarossa, 2.5.41, 2718-PS, IMT XXXI, pp.84-85, English translation in NCA V, p.378; cf. Alex J. Kay, ‘Germany's Staatssekretäre, Mass Starvation and the Meeting of 2 May 1941’, Journal of Contemporary History, 41/4, October 2006, pp.685-700].

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sketches of an Ukrainian Nationalist Imprisoned in Auschwitz Concentration Camp

In 1946, Paladij Osynka published 15 sketches on his time in Auschwitz. According to another former Ukrainian Auschwitz prisoner Stefan Petelycky, Osynka was known as Petro Balij in Auschwitz with the prisoner's number 57321 (Petelycky, Into Auschwitz, for Ukraine; this memoir also reproduces Osynka's sketches).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (6)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (1)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (2)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (3)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (4)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (5.1)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (5.2)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (7)

In another of his misfires, with the title Memo for the controversial bloggers, part Vc: Herbert Floss, Treblinka, and pyre systems based on pits, Jansson starts out on the wrong foot by misrepresenting an assumption of mine regarding the Treblinka cremation structures.

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (5.2)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (1)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (2)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (3)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (4)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (5.1)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (6)

On "Revisionist" error nitpicking (7)

In this blog I discuss what Jansson calls the "vital question" in his blog Memo for the controversial bloggers, part Vb: Lothes and Profé’s carbonization experiments with anthrax carcasses, i.e. the question "whether Muehlenkamp is correct in asserting that Lothes and Profé achieved complete cremation, or whether Carlo Mattogno was correct in assuming[109] that their experiments aimed only at more or less complete carbonization".

The present blog includes graphic images, which may be disturbing to some readers.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ausrottung, Kaufman and Volga Germans: Postscript

This Nazi news item from 10.9.41 leaves no doubts. It puts"resettlement" to Siberia into context.

Meanwhile this piece of Goebbels-ordered propaganda (see print here) literally did claim that "To justify the murdering of 80 million people, Nathan Kaufman is forced to ascribe irremediable criminal tendencies to the German people"; hence Rosenberg was lying at Nuremberg when he said "On the other side this word [ausrottung] has been used with respect to the German people and we have also not believed that in consequence thereof 60 millions of Germans would be shot."

One Hundred Nazi Extermination Remarks, 1939-1944 (Part One: 1-16)

This is the first of several articles that I will post over the next few months to complete the hundred quotes. To assist readers, the sources given below prioritize those with Internet links:

1) Goebbels citing Hitler 20.8.41: "But I will not rest or be idle until we too have gone all the way with the Jews" (Goebbels' diary in Browning, p.320).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jansson vents his frustration …

… in another dreary piece of hollering against Jonathan Harrison and me, regarding the familiar subject of what Ausrottung means or can mean in certain contexts.

Hitler Speech 30.1.42 Reprise

In response to Jansson's latest babbling, and again ignoring his ad hominem attacks, I will simply point out another sentence in the speech, which Roberto quoted here: "For once all the others will not bleed to death alone; for once the ancient Jewish law will come into play: an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth." This connects to another Hitler statement of the following year: "The Bolshevist monster, to which they want to deliver the European nations, will someday tear them and their people to pieces." According to Jansson, such statements do not refer to large-scale killing of the European population, even though Rosenberg had already, on Sept. 12 1941, referred to the "ausrottung" of a million Volga Germans as "mass murder." Of course, to rebut another lingering straw man in Jansson's position, one does not have to show an intent to kill every living being directly (by shooting or gassing) to achieve extermination, merely an intent to kill enough to remove the viability of the population's survival. Thus Hitler could have meant extermination in the sense of "kill most Europeans, leave the rest to die off." As to what Hitler meant by "Europeans", clearly he meant that the USSR would eventually massacre its allies after it had finished exterminating the Germans.

So we have to wonder again what Jansson's purpose here. As I will show in a future post, there are dozens of ausrottung-related statements (or statements deploying similar phrases) by Nazis that clearly relate to killing. Even if Jansson managed to find one Nazi who used ausrottung in an anomalous manner (which he has not managed to do), such an anomaly would be swamped by the overwhelming majority of killing uses, which can be connected to a timeline and a context (such as the Volga German deportation and Kaufman's "Germany Must Perish") which leave no doubt as to what "eye for an eye" meant.