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Saturday, 20 September 2014

'ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER' Mauthausen.








I AM THE WAY INTO THE CITY OF WOE
I AM THE WAY TO A FORSAKEN PEOPLE
I AM THE WAY INTO ETERNAL SORROW

SACRED JUSTICE MOVED MY ARCHITECT.
I WAS RAISED HERE BY DIVINE OMNIPOTENCE,
PRIMORDIAL LOVE AND ULTIMATE INTELLECT.

ONLY THOSE ELEMENTS TIME CANNOT WEAR
WERE MADE BEFORE ME, AND BEYOND TIME I STAND.
ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE.


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".



Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mengele topped up your bath before gassing you








When Hella Drizen arrived at Auschwitz, she was forced to remove her clothes and stand before Mengele, who decided whether she should work or be cremated.
Though she was spared at that point, she faced another horror with the physician some months later. She was in a tub taking a rare bath in a couple of inches of water, when suddenly the tub filled with water and Mengele showed up. She knew that when extra water was given, it was in variably a precursor to being taken to the gas chamber.
Yet she smiled at Mengele, and said, "Thank God, you've come here. I'm glad because it is the first time I've gotten enough water for a decent bath." He smiled in return, admiring her guts, and said, "You're very lucky."

Farmington Daily Times (NM), Friday, May 3, 1985, p.A7.








Sunday, 7 September 2014

Jeremy Noakes, supporter the Auschwitz 4 million








"Western scholars have never supported the figure of 4 million deaths at Auschwitz;"





Jeremy Noakes, Geoffrey Pridham, Documents on Nazism: 1919-1945 (Vol. 1), New York: The Viking Press, 1975, p. 490.



Wednesday, 3 September 2014

"Don't put me in the gas chamber."



"Harry Lowit, left, reunited with Helmut Szprycer whose courage saved his life in Auschwitz."

"At Auschwitz life and death were in the hands of Dr Josef Mengele, the Nazi 'Angel of Death'. On 14th July 1944 Mengele ordered inmates to pass naked in front of him. Those he waved to the right were to continue as slave labourers; those to the left were sent for almost immediate death in the gas chambers. All the boys were waved to the left. 
Helmuth remembered his grandmother's injunction to 'stay alive at all costs'. From somewhere he found the courage quickly to march up to Mengele before the guards could shoot him, click his heels (he'd seen films of Hitler Youth) and look into his eyes, saying in German: "I want to work for you. I will do anything - clean your shoes, your motorcycle. Don't put me in the gas chamber." Mengele asked where he came from and on hearing Berlin ordered Helmutt to work. 
Helmutt clicked his heels and rejoined the other boys, when Harry asked him to save his life too. Incredibly, he returned to Mengele and pleaded on behalf of Harry. Mengele was running out of patience; he held out two matches, the shorter one leading to death. Helmuth drew the longer, Harry the shorter. Harry begged Helmuth to make a further plea for his life. This he did, calling on inexplicable reserves of bravery for his own life was continually at risk. Astoundingly, Mengele relented. 
Both boys were made messengers in different parts of the camp, wearing blue blazers with riding breeches while on duty. In a surreal twist of fate, Harry was later transferred to Auschwitz I where he raised and lowered the barrier at the entrance gate which bore the notorious slogan Arbeit macht frei."

AJR Information (Association of Jewish Refugees), Volume LII No. 10, October 1997, p. 8.




Monday, 1 September 2014

British Nuremberg prosecutor hails Soviet case on Katyn




Colonel H. J. Phillimore, O.B.E., British junior prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg


Following is a transcription of an encoded telegram that was sent by Colonel Philimore to the British War Crimes Executive in London, in which he summaries the evidence and falsehoods presented to the Nuremberg trial by both the Germans and the Soviets (assisted by the Americans) on July 1 and 2, 1946, in regard the murder of the Polish officers in the Katyn forest.
Phillimore was unimpressed by the factual German case, but surprisingly impressed by the fraudulent case made by the Soviets; which, as I proved here, was mainly the work of a gifted author in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.
In regard to the German ammunition found at Katyn and discussed at length below, please see here for details on how that was explained—not disguised—in the 1943 German report on the Soviet massacre of the Poles.



FOR DEAN AND SCOTT-FOX REPEATED FOR SINCLAIR(.)
SUBJECT KATYN FOREST MURDER OF 11000 POLISH OFFICERS(.)

AFTER HEARING 3 WITNESSES FOR THE DEFENCE AND A SIMILAR NUMBER FOR THE PROSECUTION THE SOVIET CASE HAS UNDOUBTEDLY EMERGED VERY MUCH ENHANCED AND THEY ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THE WAY IT HAS GONE(.) THE DEFENCE FIRST CALLED THE OFFICER COMMANDING THE SIGNALS REGIMENT WHOSE HQ WAS SITUATED CLOSE TO THE MASS GRAVES FROM SEPTEMBER 1941 ONWARDS(.) HIS EVIDENCE WITH REGARD TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE MASS GRAVES WAS NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE(.) AFTER HEARING RUMOURS OF SHOOTINGS HIS MEN DISCOVERED A CROSS IN THE WINTER OF 1942-43 ROUND WHICH A WOLF HAD BEEN SCRATCHING(.) SHORTLY AFTER HUMAN BONES WERE BROUGHT TO HIM AND HE SPOKE ABOUT THE MATTER TO OTHER OFFICERS BUT ADMITTED THAT HE DID NOT REPORT THE MATTER IN WRITING(.) IN THE SPRING OF 1943 A PROFESSOR BUTZ ARRIVED AND PROCEEDED TO EXCAVATE THE GRAVES(.) ALTHOUGH THEY WERE NOT MORE THAN 30 METERS [sic] FROM THE ROAD TO THE REGIMENTAL HQ THE COLONEL HAD NEVER NOTICED ANYTHING DURING THE LONG TIME THE UNIT HAD BEEN STATION THERE UNTIL THE INCIDENT OF THE CROSS AND WOLF OCCURRED(.) THIS WITNESS WAS FOLLOWED BY AN OFFICER FROM THE ARMY GROUP SIGNALS WHO HANDLED ALL SECRET MESSAGES AND WHO SAID THAT HE NEVER HANDLED ANY ORDER TO KILL POLISH PRISONERS AND ANY ORDER TO THIS EFFECT MUST HAVE GONE THROUGH HIS HANDS(.) HE WAS CONFRONTED WITH A CAPTURED DOCUMENT ANNEXED TO THE SOVIET REPORT SHOWING THAT IN SEPTEMBER 1941 EINSATZ COMMANDO B AND ALSO EINSATZ COMMANDO MOSCOW WERE SITUATED AT SMOLENSK AND ADMITTED THAT HE DID NOT HANDLE SECRET ORDERS BETWEEN THE EINSATZ COMMANDOS AND THEIR SUPERIOR AUTHORITIES IN THE SS(.) THE THIRD WITNESS WAS THE GENERAL IN CHARGE OF THE WHOLE SIGNALS OF THE ARMY GROUP WHOSE HQ WAS ALSO NEARBY(.) HE HAD CONSTANTLY BEEN ALONG THE TRACK FROM SEPTEMBER 1941 ONWARDS AND HAD NEVER NOTICED ANYTHING UNUSUAL NOR HAD HE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF POLISH PRISONERS BEING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD(.) HE MADE VIRTUALLY THE ONLY GOOD POINT ON BEHALF OF THE DEFENCE THAT NO GERMAN SIGNALS REGIMENT WOULD KNOWINGLY HAVE ITS HQ PRACTICALLY ON TOP OF THESE MASS GRAVES(.) THE PROSECUTION CALLED FIRST A PROFESSOR 

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OF ASTRONOMY WHO THE GERMANS HAD COMPELLED TO BE DEPUTY MAYOR OF SMOLENSK DURING THE OCCUPATION(.) THIS PROFESSOR REPORTED BEING INFORMED BY THE MAYOR WHO WAS A COLLABORATOR OF THE GERMAN DECISION TO KILL THE POLES IN SEPTEMBER 1941(.) HE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY TOLD THAT THEY HAD BEEN KILLED AND IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE MAYOR HAD BEEN SO INFORMED BY THE GERMAN COMMANDANT(.) THIS SECOND-HAND EVIDENCE WAS GREATLY IMPROVED BY THE DEFENCE COUNSEL IN CROSS-EXAMINATION AS HE ELICITED THAT THE WITNESS HAD PERSONALLY KNOWN THE PLACE IN THE FOREST EXTREMELY WELL IT BEING A RESORT OF THE RESIDENTS OF SMOLENSK AND HAD BEEN THERE OFF AND ON UNTIL THE GERMAN OCCUPATION AFTER WHICH IT BECAME A FORBIDDEN AREA(.) HE ALSO ELICITED THAT IN AUGUST 1940 NAMELY SOME MONTHS AFTER THE GERMANS ALLEGED THAT THE MURDERS TOOK PLACE THE DEPUTY MAYOR HAD SPENT HIS HOLIDAY WITH HIS WIFE AT KOZELSK AND SEEN THE POLES IN THE CAMP IN WHICH IT OS COMMON GROUND THAT THEY WERE FORMERLY DETAINED(.) THE WITNESS FURTHER STATED THAT ALTHOUGH HE HAD NOT SEEN THE POLES AFTER THE GERMANS MOVED IN HIS STUDENTS TOLD HIM THAT THEY WERE WORKING ALONG THE ROAD THROUGH THE FOREST BY WHICH THE GRAVES WERE SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND(.) HE HAD NEVER BEEN TOLD THE PRECISE LOCATION OF THE GRAVES BY ANYONE(.) THIS WITNESS WAS FOLLOWED BY A BULGARIAN MEMBER OF THE GERMAN COMMISSION(.) HE GAVE EVIDENCE AT LENGTH OF THE VERY PERFUNCTORY NATURE OF THE COMMISSION'S EXAMINATION(.) THEY ONLY SPENT SOME 7 OR 8 HOURS AT THE SITE ALTOGETHER AND EMPHASIZED THAT EVERYTHING THEY WERE SHOWN HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN DISCOVERED OR EXHIBITED(.) HE WAS LESS CONVINCING IN HIS EXPLANATION OF WHY HE HAD SIGNED THE JOINT REPORT FINDING THAT THE MURDERS HAD BEEN COMMITTED IN APRIL OR MAY 1940 BUT HIS EXPLANATION THAT THEY WERE ALL PUT UNDER PRESSURE TO SIGN AT A MILITARY AIRFIELD IN RUSSIA WAS NOT IMPOSSIBLE AND THE EFFECT OF HIS EVIDENCE WAS GENERALLY TO DISCREDIT THE GERMAN REPORT(.) THE THIRD WITNESS WAS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SOVIET INVESTIGATION(.) HE WAS UNDOUBTEDLY A MOST EFFECTIVE WITNESS AND TESTIFIED TO HAVING PERSONALLY EXHUMED SOME 5000 BODIES AT KIEV KHARKOV SMOLENSK AND OTHER PLACES(.) HE SPOKE IN GREAT DETAIL OF THE CONDITION OF THE BODIES AND OF THE VERY

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CAREFUL INVESTIGATION MADE(.) HIS COMMISSION HAD MADE A MOST CAREFUL AUTOPSY OF 925 BODIES ONLY 3 OF WHICH HAD APPARENTLY BEEN PERFUNCTORILY EXAMINED PREVIOUSLY(.) HE EXPLAINED THE CONDITION OF THE CLOTHING WHICH HAD BEEN SEARCHED AND GAVE DETAILS OF A FEW DOCUMENTS FOUND(.) THEY INCLUDED RECEIPTS DATED APRIL AND MAY 1941 AND A LETTER FROM A WIFE TO THE SOVIET RED CROSS BEARING A WARSAW AND MOSCOW POSTMARK IN SEPTEMBER 1940 AS WELL AS A POSTCARD WITH THE STAMP OF TARNOPOL POST OFFICE DATED 13 NOVEMBER 1940(.) HE HAD PERSONALLY DISCOVERED A LETTER DATED 20 JUNE 1941(.) HIS MASTERY OF THE DETAILS OF THESE DOCUMENTS WAS COMPLETE AND HIS EVIDENCE DELIVERED CONFIDENTLY AND QUICKLY BUT OBVIOUSLY NT PARROTWISE(.) HE WENT ON TO DEAL WITH THE BULLET CASES WHICH WERE FOUND IN THE GRAVES WHICH WERE THOSE OF A CALIBRE WHICH THE GERMAN WITNESSES HAD ADMITTED APPLIED TO THE GERMAN PISTOLS AND WHICH HE STATED BORE THE INITIALS OF A GERMAN FIRM GECO(.) THIS EVIDENCE WAS GREATLY FORTIFIED BY A CAPTURED DOCUMENT PRODUCED BY THE AMERICANS BEING A TELEGRAM DATED MAY 1943 FROM AN OFFICIAL OF THE GOVERNMENT GENERAL TO THE DEFENDANT FRANK'S OFFICE IN POLAND STATING THAT MEMBERS OF THE POLISH RED CROSS WHO HAD BEEN VISITING KATYN AT THE INVITATION OF THE GERMANS HAD BEEN VERY MUCH DISTURBED AT FINDING BULLET CASES MARKED GECO A WELL KNOWN GERMAN FIRM(.) THE CONJUNCTION BETWEEN THIS DOCUMENT SHOWING GERMAN BULLET CASES FOUND IN THE GRAVES IN MAY 1943 BY THE POLES AND BY THE SOVIETS COMMISSION A YEAR LATER IN JANUARY 1944 WAS MOST CONVINCING(.) HE WENT ON TO GIVE REASONS WHY THE BODIES COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BURIED AS EARLY AS 1940 AND CONCLUDED BY COMPARING THE METHOD OF KILLING WITH THAT IN THE MANY OTHER CASES WHICH HE HAD PERSONALLY INVESTIGATED WHERE GERMAN ACTION WAS NOT DISPUTED(.) ALTOGETHER ALTHOUGH NOT OF COURSE CONCLUSIVE THE EVIDENCE EMERGED STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF THE SOVIET CASE AND THE GERMAN REPORT WAS LARGELY DISCREDITED AND THEIR EVIDENCE UNIMPRESSIVE(.)

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UK NA: WO 311/715




Sunday, 31 August 2014