Sunday, 10 August 2014

US General to punish atrocity propagandist

On the right-hand side of U.S. president Woodrow Wilson is General John Pershing, Commander-in-Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War One; a man who
wouldn't stand for false claims—such as giving poison sweets to children, cutting off a boy's ears, and feeding tuberculosis germs to U.S. PoWs—being made about the Germans

Seven months before the November 11, 1918, armistice that brought fighting to an end in the Great War, the U.S. government issued another batch of Liberty Loans, the third lot they'd issued during World War One. The American public were once again encouraged to do their patriotic duty and purchase the interest bearing bonds to support the war effort, and a huge publicity drive accompanied the launch, with celebrities and newspapers all reminding the citizenry of the need to bash the bosch. A group of U.S. soldiers on leave from the fighting in Europe—known as 'Pershing Veterans', after the American military chief—were also enlisted to promote Liberty Loans.

Rockford Morning Star (Rockford, IL), Thursday, May 2, 1918, p. 1.  

One of the "Pershing veterans", a sergeant, was credited with having claimed before American audiences:

"The Germans gave poisoned candy to the children to eat and hand grenades to play with. They show glee at the children's dying writhings and laugh aloud when the grenades explode. I saw one American boy about 17 years old who had been captured by the Germans, come back to our trenches. He had cotton in and about his ears. I asked some one what the cotton was for. The Germans cut off his ears and sent him back to tell us they want to fight men, was his answer. They feed Americans tuberculosis germs." 

Over in France, General Pershing got wind of this claim, and sent a telegram back home stating:

"As there is no foundation whatever for such statements based on any experience we have had, I recommend that this sergeant, if the statements quoted above were made by him, be immediately returned for duty here and that the statements be contradicted."

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Jewish Nuremberg prosecutor and the Katyn fraud

Lev R. Sheinin (sometimes: Shenin); Soviet-Jewish prosecutor at the main Nuremberg trial; member of the Jewish Anti-Fascist
Committee, and the man who wrote-up the second fraudulent narrative on Katyn that the Soviets presented to the tribunal.

The October 6, 1945, indictment of the main Nuremberg trial charges Herman Goering and several of the other defendants with having committed the Katyn massacre. On February 14, 1946, Soviet prosecutor Colonel Yury Pokrovsky read to the court brief excerpts from the January 1944 fraudulent Soviet report: "The Truth About Katyn: Report of Special Commission for Ascertaining and Investigating the Circumstances of the Shooting of Polish Officer Prisoners by the German-Fascist Invaders in the Katyn Forest," which states that the Poles were massacred by the Wehrmacht Staff 537, Engineer Construction Battalion, commanded by Oberleutnant Arnes (recte: Ahrens), and his colleagues Oberleutnant Rex and Lieutenant Hott. And that—as far as the Soviets were concerned—was the end of the matter; they had adequately proven that the Germans had committed the massacre to the standard of evidence required by the tribunal, which was: the court took judicial notice of any report submitted by the the U.S., U.S.S.R., Britain, or France under Article 21 of the tribunal's charter.

Unfortunately for the Soviets, Colonel Yury Pokrovsky's February 14, 1946, address to the Nuremberg trial was subsequently published in the Press and read by former members of the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre; to which German Signal Regiment 537—not Engineer Construction Battalion 537 as the Soviet report had incorrectly called them—had been directly subordinate. On March 8, 1946, Herman Goering's defence counsel Dr. Otto Stahmer told the tribunal that men from Army Group Centre had come forward and that "[t]hese people stated that the evidence upon which the Prosecution have based the statement submitted (i.e. "The Truth About Katyn"), was not correct", and requested that he be allowed to submit evidence to the tribunal to prove this. After weeks of toing and throwing, the court agreed that the Stahmer and the Soviet prosecution could each call three witnesses, all of whom would eventually testify on July 1 or 2, 1946.

The beginning of the unravelling of the Soviet version of Katyn at Nuremberg by Dr. Otto Stahmer on March 8, evidently convinced the Soviets that they needed to concoct more lies to back up their fraudulent version of the massacre. In his 1996 study The Lesser Terror: Soviet State Security, 1939-1953 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing), historian Michael Parrish writes of a meeting that took place on March 21, 1946, at which Andrey Vyshinsky (Deputy Foreign Minister and former Moscow show trial prosecutor), Viktor Abakumov (head of SMERSH), Vsevolod Merkulov (deputy-head of the NKVD), Konstantin Gorshenin (Prosecutor General of the USSR), and Nikolai Rychkov (Commissar of Justice) decided that they should:

  • Find Professor Marko Antonov Markov, the Bulgarian pathologist who had been a member of the international team the Germans took to Katyn in 1943 (he would testify at Nuremberg, claiming he'd been forced by the Germans to state that the Soviets had killed the Poles, although the evidence made it clear that it could only have been a German war crime)
  • Find three to five Soviet witnesses and two medical experts to support the Soviet version of Katyn
  • Find Polish witnesses and a German witness to support the Soviet version
  • Prepare "authentic" papers, documents, and autopsy reports which confirm the Poles were shot by the Germans
  • Make a documentary

Parrish writes:

"The final version of the [Katyn] fabrication was prepared by L.R. Sheinin, Assistant Soviet Prosecutor at Nuremberg (and "a member of the Soviet Writers' Union and the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee"); L.F. Raikhman; and one A.N. Tainin." (p.63)

This "final version" was the convoluted stories told to the Nuremberg tribunal by the the three Soviet witnesses: the aforementioned Professor Marko Antonov Markov; Professor Boris Bazilevsky, a Russian academic and supposed deputy-mayor of Smolensk under German-occupation; Professor Victor Prosorovski, Chief Medical Expert of the Ministry of Public Health of the Soviet Union.

Russian Jew Sheinin insisted that he had always wanted to be a writer, and did publish several critically acclaimed novels and plays, nevertheless, from 1923 to 1950 his day-job was as a criminal investigator and trial prosecutor for the Soviet Prosecutor's Office, where his talent with words was utilised, as  Donald Rayfield put it, "writing up his investigations in the style of Sherlock Holmes stories." During Stalin's show trials of 1936-1938, Shenin had been the right hand man of the aforementioned Andrey Vyshinsky. 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

West German court guilty of Holocaust denial

It is a criminal offence in Germany to deny that Jews were murdered by poison gas in the appex-roofed brick building in the above photograph of the former German concentration camp Majdanek. Which is mightily ironic when you consider the fact pointed out by Carlo Mattogno, Juergen Graf and Thomas Kues in their study Sobibór: Holocaust Propaganda and Reality,1 that the verdict of the 1950 West-Berlin trial of former Sobibor "gas master" Erich Bauer, states that 15,000 Jews were shipped from Majdanek to Sobibor to be gassed, because Majdanek had no homicidal gas chambers!

6. Transport aus Maidanek. 

Einmal kam ein Transport jüdischer Häftlinge in einer Stärke von ungefähr 15.000 Mann aus dem Lager Maidanek, das keine Vergasungsanlage besass, zum Vergasen an. Da die Vergasungsanlage im Lager Sobibor gerade nicht in Ordnung war, mussten sie tagelang im Lager I auf ihre Vernichtung warten, ohne beköstigt zu werden. Viele von ihnen starben daher an Entkräftung. Als andere, denen etwas Essen gereicht werden sollte, sich darum schlugen, schossen die SS-Leute und auch der Angeklagte in diesen Haufen wehrloser Menschen. Der Angeklagte tötete dabei auch mindestens vier bis fünf Häftlinge.2

Translation (thanks to Anon.)
6. Transport from Majdanek. 

At one point a 15,000 men-strong transport of Jewish prisoners arrived from Majdanek camp, which did not possess a gassing facility [installation], to be gassed. Because the gassing facility in Sobibor camp was not [yet] in working order, they [i.e., the prisoners] had to wait all-day in Camp I for their extermination without being provided with food. Many of them therefore died of exhaustion [starvation]. When others who were handed out food fought over it, the SS and the defendant shot at the defenceless crowd. The defendant killed at least 4-5 prisoners through [doing] this.

1. Carlo Mattogno, Juergen Graf and Thomas Kues, Sobibór: Holocaust Propaganda and Reality, Washington D.C.: The Barnes Review, 2010, pp.177-178 ; this is also mentioned by Mattogno and Graf in a revised edition of their study on Majdanek: Carlo Mattogno and Juergen Graf, Concentration Camp Majdanek: A Historical and Technical Study, 3rd, Corrected and Expanded Edition, Washington D.C.: The Barnes Review, 2010, pp. 243-244.
2. Case no. 212, F. Rüter, H. H. Fuchs, and Adelheid L. Rüter-Ehlermann, eds., Justiz und NS-Verbrechen: Sammlung deutscher Strafurteile wegen nationalsozialistischer Tötungsverbrechen 1945-1966, vol. 6, Amsterdam University Press, 1971, p.547. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Nazis take foreign journalists to Kiev 2 weeks after Babi Yar

On Sunday, October 12, 1941, twenty-eight foreign journalists set out from Berlin on a 2,500-mile, German-conducted tour of German-occupied Polish and Ukrainian territory; one of the journalists who went on the tour was Texan Ernest G. Fischer shown in the above photograph with his family after his return home following the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

On October 14, 1941, Fischer posted a report from Kiev, where, between September 29 and 30, 1941, the Germans are supposed to have killed all the remaining Jewish inhabitants—precisely 33,771—after the bulk of them fled the city with the retreating Soviet authorities.

Fischer made no mention of Kiev's Jews in his report; he states that he was informed by a German officer that 300,000 of the city's population had left the city before the Germans began to close in, and devotes most of the article to detailing the immense damage caused by the booby-trap bombs hidden in the city by the Soviets:

Below is Fischer's article about Kiev, and then some others he wrote whilst in the Ukraine, or that feature photographs he took there.

1958, Treblinka flooded

Google Earth image of the Małkinia-Treblinka bridge over the river Bug. 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

379 members of my family were gassed at Auschwitz

Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), Wednesday, January 2, 1957, p.4B.

Sunday, 20 July 2014