Friday, 27 June 2014

Don't you, step on my Jew skin shoes

On the left is Jarek Mensfelt (pictured in 2011) a member of the Auschwitz museum staff, who apparently controls the website, edits 
some publications, and often—perhaps because of his excellent English—acts as a spokesman for the museum, which he joined c.1996.

And Dr. Andrzej Strzelecki (pictured in 2013) who joined the Auschwitz museum in 1964, and has written numerous studies on Auschwitz.

In 1994 the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum published Anatomy of Auschwitz Death Camp, a scholarly study which features articles by many of Holocaust historiography's leading authorities: Raul Hilberg, Martin Gilbert, Yehuda Bauer, and Jean Claude-Pressac, to name just a few. The book also features the article 'The Plunder of Victims and Their Corpses', which is an abridged and translated version of an unpublished study by Andrzej Strzelecki written in the 1980s as part of ongoing research carried out by the museum. Within it he wrote:
"There is no evidence that human fat was used to manufacture soap, or that human skin was treated to make lampshades, book-bindings, or similar objects in Auschwitz."
Despite that unequivocal conclusion from one of the Auschwitz museum's senior figures—which you might be forgiven for assuming would be common knowledge amongst the museum's employees—in 1999 Auschwitz spokesman Andrzej Strzelecki was happy to tell a British reporter that the Germans had crafted human skin into leather shoes in one of the buildings that made-up the Auschwitz I complex:
"It was also used as a tannery for the skins of murdered prisoners and a workshop for the manufacture of shoes from their skin."

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