Sunday, 7 April 2013

War's Worst Horror: Babies As Footballs

Below is my all time favourite Hoax tale, one which Douglas Reed quoted in his 1943 book Lest We Regret. The facsimile of the newspaper article below I obtained from a microfilm. 
On December 16, 1942, in his column in the Daily Herald, Hannen Swaffer quoted verbatim from the manuscript of an address made by Joseph Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire.

Hannen Swaffer
DELIBERATELY I omitted from my report if the Chief Rabbi's address last Sunday, the most sensational paragraphs.
I could not hear them clearly enough. I wanted to see the manuscript and to know the source of his information.
For, as Dr Hertz himself said, some of the stories sound "unbelievable." Yet so is all Nazidom!
Babies As Footballs !
HERE, copied from the Chief Rabbi's manuscript, is a verbatim extract:—
"On July 27 all the Jewish inhabitants of a town near Kiev were ordered to the stadium. The women, of whom there were about 500, were instructed to hold their little children in their arms.
A few minutes after we had all assembled, an eyewitness declares, a group of German soldiers in football attire entered the stadium. They snatched the infants from their mothers' arms and used them as footballs, bouncing and kicking them around the arena.
Soon the ground was drenched with blood and the stadium was filled with anguished cries of women driven insane as they saw their children being murdered before their eyes."
Neroism Reborn
NEVER since the days of the martyrdom of Christians in the Colosseum by Nero has such a story been told.
Yet Dr. Hertz never allows himself to be led into over-statement, even in the flash of oratory. He is most most reserved in his utterance.
He spoke too as the religious head of a great community and in the presence of its leaders—M.P.s. University professors, doctors of distinction and the Lord Mayor of London.
He would not jeopardise, I know, a case presented to the world by one exaggeration.
Voice of Authority
WHAT is the Chief Rabbi's authority? He has quoted a story told to the Soviet newspapers by Abraham Fivusovitch, a 26-year-old Russian soldier now fighting on the Stalingrad front. He gives the name of the village—Pogrehistchi.
It is now circulated by the World Jewish Congress, which is urging the United Nations to action in the vain hope of minimising the Horror [sic], and of the British section of which the Marchioness of Reading is president, and Professor Brodetsky, Jewry's first Senior Wrangler, and Philip Guedalla vice-presidents.
Daily Herald, December 16, 1942, p.3.


  1. I think,I´m a big fan of moshe peer.

  2. The scene of the crime:


    (I don't see any mass graves!!!)

    Also, just pointing out: the usual suspicions . . .



    From Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45. (Google Books: http://preview.tinyurl.com/d3ktlq7)

    1. Pogrehistchi presently has a football "stadium"! Well, what more evidence could anyone need as confirmation that this, rather unusual, massacre took place.

      That's a nice quote from Sir James Grigg, but I don't know if it's enough to convince me of Swaffer's Jewishness.

      Arnold Leese (served a prison sentence for insulting Jews) didn't claim Swaffer was a Jew.

      Even Goebbels didn't call him one:

  3. Key word: Crypto-nite. (Ever see Hannen Swaffer and Stuporman in the same place? Eh? Have you?)

    Seriously though, even on the assumption that he was originally hired just to turn the lights out on Saturdays, he clearly took to it with relish. Which is just another aspect of the global problem. Stockchaim Syndrome, lol.

    Incidentally, something I meant to say before: you can gauge just how seriously Swaffer takes the story he's passing along by comparing it to the pieces that follow. Five hundred infants ripped from their mothers' arms and used as footballs by the diabolical SS . . . and our Hannen still finds away to leave himself a few column inches to write about the Women's Publicity Planning Association and their planned self-boycott of their own meeting next Saturday ("Hannen, help, we've got to get the word out!!!!") and the "Tragedy of Millions" which, contrary to expectation, is not in fact about the extermination of the Jews of Europe . . . but rather the sad riches-to-rags story of old Billy Gaunt, the man who brought Broadway to London.

    Anyway, one way or the other, Swaffer clearly knew which side of his bread the butter was on.

    1. I don't know where Hertz made this address, perhaps in synagogue? Why was Hannen Swaffer present?

      Swaffer states many Anglo-Jewish luminaries were present for this address:

      "He spoke too as the religious head of a great community and in the presence of its leaders—M.P.s. University professors, doctors of distinction and the Lord Mayor of London."

      The Lord Mayor was then Sir Samuel George Joseph, who was Jewish.

      As for the Daily Herald. It was taking secret payments from the Bolsheviks in 1920. That was my contribution to wikipedia :D and I own the cited book.

    2. Just wanted to give you a heads up over a series of photos I found on the net. From the Lodz ghetto and the header is interesting as well. Sorry if it's old news to you but I hadn't noticed any of these on the blog.


    3. Edit to add this group of pictures when the camps were purely for enemies of the state.


    4. Do you have any info on the Gleiwitz incident?

  4. I was trying to think of a clever way to poke fun at the stupidity of this article/claim but in the end it's sooooo stupid it pokes fun at itself better than I could ever do.

    It's stupefying that there are actually people out there who would believe this kind of crap.

    Once upon a time I wondered how anyone could believe the Holocaust could not have happened, now I can't understand how anyone ever has believed it could.

    And I feel eternally stupid for actually believing in it once myself, though if I had ever heard this nonsense I would have become a skeptic/"denier" a lot earlier.

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmW9oeW0Mww

    Here is the actual football match...the bastards they filmed it for their newsreels! 30 seconds in.

  6. Do you have this? I think you have it somewhere.



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