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Bitten to death by fellow prisoners

Dated: December 1, 1998



Shivitti: A Vision

[…]

From Publishers Weekly

Ka-Tzetnik 135633 […] is the pen name of Yehiel De-Nur, a pseudonym derived from the tattoo branded on his arm in Auschwitz. In an unusual footnote to the large body of Holocaust literature, the Israeli author describes the LSD treatments he underwent in 1976 under the supervision of a Dutch psychiatrist and specialist in the so-called Concentration Camp Syndrome. The hallucinogen incongruously prettifies some memories […]. But, for the most part, the drug allows De-Nur to combat his demons as it intensifies his recollection of grotesqueries that were the order of the day in Auschwitz, the “planet of death.” From the fragmented, impressionistic account emerge trenchant images of martyrs: […] a Dutch Jew covered in marmalade by Nazis and bitten to death in mass frenzy by fellow prisoners.

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dp/0895561131

Referring to:

Shivitti: A Vision, by Ka-Tzetnik 135633, paperback: 119 pages, Gateways Books & Tapes; Second edition (December 1, 1998).

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Learning Hate

Dated: November 5, 1998

Learning to Not Repeat a History of Hate

The lesson was on hate, and the juniors at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown were getting an earful.

The students first heard from a history professor who displayed slides of starving children in Jewish ghettos during World War II. Then they watched a documentary that showed rival gang members killing each other in Los Angeles, among other violent images.

And finally the students listened to a Holocaust survivor, a Jewish woman named Charlene Schiff who lives in Alexandria. Schiff, now 68, told the horrendous tale of her childhood under the Nazi regime. She described the year she spent in a ghetto in eastern Poland with her mother, father and older sister before they were killed. She told of escaping to a forest, of hiding alone for almost three years, surviving on worms, insects and grass.

[…]

Students also heard from Leon Bass, now 73, who was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate a concentration camp in eastern Germany.

[…]

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By Beth Berselli
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 5, 1998; Page M03

Note: Remember Leon Bass? He was featured in the fraudulent PBS special (and later, in the accompanying book) of “Liberators.”
 
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Invented ‘Memories’ Praised

Dated: November 3, 1998

A Holocaust Memoir in Doubt

By Doreen Carvajal

Until Binjamin Wilkomirski’s truth came into conflict with his own legal identity, the slim memoir of his Jewish childhood in the concentration camps of Poland was hailed as a “small masterpiece,” a searing sketch of death and horror — rats rummaging among corpses, starving babies sucking fingers to the bone, a dying mother’s last glimpse of her son.

International Jewish groups showered the 155-page memoir, “Fragments,” with endorsements and prizes: the National Jewish Book Award in the United States, the Prix Memoire de la Shoah in France and the Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize in Britain. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum sent the first-time author and Swiss musician on a six-city fund-raising tour last fall. The book was translated into more than a dozen languages, an achievement considered the biggest global success for a Swiss book since “Heidi.”

[…]

“Fragments” was first published in Germany in 1995, but it was not until this summer that questions were raised publicly about Wilkomirski’s bleak memories of childhood, dating from 1939 to 1948. Wilkomirski’s literary version is that he was a Latvian Jew whose earliest memories are of the beating death of his father in the winter in Riga, followed by fragmented images of imprisonment at the age of 3 or 4 in Majdanek in Poland and a second concentration camp that he never identifies. These scenes, described in a child’s unflinching voice, were recovered through therapy, Wilkomirski says, and he has participated in seminars in Europe describing the techniques.

But the counterimage of Wilkomirski’s life is far more mundane. The one that has emerged from legal records and Swiss news reports is that he is Swiss, was born in February 1941 in Biel to an unmarried Protestant woman, Yvonne Grosjean, and was later adopted by an upper-middle-class Zurich couple, all of whom are now dead.

[…]

Other publishers also trusted Wilkomirski’s sincerity and were impressed by his prose, which was so plain and powerful that The New York Times included the memoir on its list of notable books for 1997.

“We are not private investigative agencies, nor finally [sic] can every publisher vet every manuscript and every author on an adversarial basis. It’s unthinkable. It would be a travesty of the relationship with the author,” said Carol Janeway, Wilkomirski’s U.S. editor and translator, who called the memoir “remarkable testimony.”

Another Swiss author […] Daniel Ganzfried […] himself the son of a Holocaust survivor, started gathering information that he called troubling and inconsistent. For example, he said, he listened to Wilkomirksi’s taped remarks in a seminar on his form of “interdisciplinary therapy,” in which he denied that he was adopted. In a long interview with Wilkomirski, he said the author told him he was circumcised, which the author’s ex-wife and his girlfriend later denied to Ganzfried.

Ganzfried said he asked the author whether he had a prison tattoo. He said Wilkomirski told him that he lacked one because he had been part of a medical experiment.

“In one film, he claimed to have lived in Switzerland only from 1948, and he describes all these scenes after the war,” said Ganzfried. “Then I found in the local school files of Zurich that he attended first grade in April 1947. I found a picture of him in the summer of 1946 in the garden of his adoptive parents from a photo book of his relatives.”

Eventually, he started searching local government offices and found Wilkomirski’s adoption records. The 1941 birth date conflicts with the prominent subtitle of the book, which appeared in most foreign versions: “Fragments: A Childhood 1939-1948.”

Letters from officials in Biel and Zurich verified the information. And Wilkomirski’s former lawyer, Rolf Sandberg, confirmed that he had obtained records with similar information after a request from the German publisher for more verification before publication of the book.

“I told them I didn’t doubt what his memory had to say,” Sandberg said, “but I had to leave it to them what to make of this whole story. I could only say I have these documents and they prove that he is the son of Ms. Grosjean, but you can say: ‘I don’t trust it. I know better.’ And that is what he says.”

[…]

In the afterword of his book, he briefly addressed the record of his 1941 birth by saying: “This date has nothing to do with either the history of this century or my personal history. I have now taken legal steps to have this imposed identity annulled.”

[…]

Shortly before the annual Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, which brings together publishers from all over the world, Wilkomirski sent a statement in German to all his publishers describing the current climate of debate as a “poisonous” atmosphere of “totalitarian judgment and criticism.”

Wilkomirski acknowledged that the Swiss legal documents were not fake but suggested that a third party “who is no longer alive” had manipulated and replaced the papers. He also criticized Holocaust historians who had attacked his work, complaining that they were not expert in research about children who survived that period.


[…]

Dwork expressed sympathy for Wilkomirski, saying that she had met him when both received an award from the Jewish Book Council. He appeared, she said, to be a deeply scarred man, adding that she does not blame him for the controversy because she thinks he believes in his identity. It is the publishers that she takes to task, saying they exploited him.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said he considered it highly improbable that such a young child could have survived two concentration camps without an adult protector among the guards. “I think what you see is that when you wear the mantle of the survivor, there’s a certain amount of trust, and no one has the concern that a survivor would make something up.”

[…]

Tuesday, November 3, 1998
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Tearing Babies in Half

Dated: October 31, 1998

‘Pre-empting the Holocaust’

by Lawrence L. Lange

[page107]

[…]

Recently I watched the testimony of a survior of the Kovno ghetto, in Lithuania. He spoke of the so-called Kinderaktion, in which the Germans rounded up all the children (and many of the elderly) and took them to the nearby Ninth Fort — a killing site outside Kovno — for execution. The witness was present in the room when an SS man entered and demanded from a mother the one-year-old infant she was holding in her arms. She refused to surrender it, so he seized the baby by its ankles and tore the body in two before the mother’s eyes.

[…]

A doctor at Mauthausen, in training to serve at the front as a physician with an SS unit, liked to amputate the arms or legs of Jews to see how long it would take them to bleed to death. After all, this would be useful medical information for his subsequent military career. Once, when he was not thus professionally engaged, showing admirable initiative because he clearly was not ordered to do this, he took two young Jews from an arriving transport, killed them, cut off their heads, and boiled the flesh off the skulls, which he used as desk trophies for himself and a colleague. After the war he married another doctor and together they set up a gynecological practice in Germany.

The Atlantic Monthly

“Pre-empting the Holocaust”

November 1998

page 105

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Superman Didn’t Help the Jews

Dated: October 31, 1998

Opinion: The Holocaust Meets Popular Culture

by Abraham H. Foxman

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They [young people] are bombarded by as much disinformation as information. Holocaust deniers would have them believe that there were no concentration camps, no death camps; that Hitler’s Nazis didn’t have a Final Solution; that it is all just a Jewish conspiracy.

[…]

Superman, in three recent issues of the comic book, was sent back in time to fight Nazi evil, but he never names the victims. The intent was to send a universal message. The result proved offensive to Holocaust victims. Didn’t the writers know that every Jew was a victim?

[…]

Abraham H. Foxman is national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor.

Saturday, October 31, 1998

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‘I saw millions of people go directly to the gas chambers …’

Dated: December 11, 1997

“… The Review’s decision also disturbed 83-year-old George Preston, a Holocaust survivor who lost his family during World War II and was instrumental in getting the Holocaust Monument erected in Wilmington. He said he would be willing to talk to [University of Delaware] students about his experiences. He said it is “pathetic” that survivors have to defend and justify themselves because of historical revisionists.

“I was there. I saw millions of people go directly to the gas chambers and never come back,” Preston said. “I’m a witness. I have a number on my left arm to remind me.”


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Human thumb light switches

Dated: April 10, 1995

50 Years Later, a Visit With Buchenwald’s Ghosts

By STEPHEN KINZER

New York Times. New York, N.Y.

Apr 10, 1995. pg. A3, 1 pgs

WEIMAR, Germany, April 9 — With a solemn and highly emotional gathering at the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany today began a month of ceremonies to remember the victims of the Nazi horror.

[…]

She [Ilse Koch] was a very beautiful woman with long red hair, but any prisoner who was caught looking at her could be shot,” recalled Kurt Glass, a former inmate who worked as a gardener at the Koch family villa. “She got the idea she would like lamp shades made of human skin, and one day on the Appelplatz we were all ordered to strip to the waist. The ones who had interesting tatoos were brought to her, and she picked out the ones she liked. Those people were killed and their skin was made into lampshades for her. She also used mummified human thumbs as light switches in her house.”

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6 million did not die in the gas chambers

Dated: December 31, 1994

BY STEWART AIN
Inside, 12-31-1994

Philip Bialowitz still remembers the ear-piercing shrieks. "I could hear the screams of those in the gas chamber," says Bialowitz, his voice rising as he remembers the horror of it all. "It was like thunder."

Bialowitz, 66, of Little Neck, N.Y., is one of 11 living survivors of the Sobibor extermination camp. At 15, he and a group of other teenagers were ordered by their Nazi captors to cut the hair of Jewish women moments before they entered the gas chamber — a chamber supposedly containing showers.

[…]

But Philip Bialowitz can never forget that "bodies were taken out and burned in stacks. Hundreds of them were burned like steaks." Historians estimate that 250,000 Jews were murdered in the 18 months Sobibor operated.

[…]

"There is more recorded documentation of genocide during the Holocaust than at any other time in the history of mankind," says the ADL’s Jeffrey Ross. Historians point out that not one of the Nazis tried for war crimes ever denied the existence of gas chambers or the plan to exterminate the Jews.

[…]

Stewart Ain is a staff writer for the Jewish Week.

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The Alleged First Gas Chamber Building at Sobibór

By Thomas Kues

Published: 2008-10-15

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Sobibor: Holocaust Propaganda and Reality

(Holocaust Handbook #19)

by Jürgen Graf, Thomas Kues, Carlo Mattogno


In May 2009, the 89-year-old John Demjanjuk was deported from the United States to Germany, where he was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder in at least 27,900 cases. These murders were allegedly perpetrated at the Sobibór camp in eastern Poland. According to mainstream historiography 170,000 to 250,000 Jews were exterminated here in gas chambers between May 1942 and October 1943. The corpses were buried in mass graves and later incinerated on an open-air pyre. But do these claims really stand up to scrutiny? In this book, the official version of what transpired at Sobibór is put under the scanner. It is shown that the historiography of the camp is not based on solid evidence, but on the selective use of eye-witness testimonies, which in turn are riddled with contradictions and outright absurdities. All early witnesses, for example, report about murder with chlorine or an ominous black liquid, and almost all witnesses agree that the gas chambers had collapsible floors, which served to quickly remove the corpses after the deed into hollow spaces underneath. Internal combustion engines were posited as a source of poisonous gas only after the war, and the stories about collapsible floors were delegated to oblivion by orthodox historians. For more than half a century Holocaust historians made no attempts to muster material evidence for their claims about Sobibór. Only in 2000-2001 did Professor Andrzej Kola carry out an archeological survey at the former camp site. His findings are here presented in detail and revealed to have fatal implications for the extermination camp hypothesis. Also scrutinized is the basis of the mass gassing allegations, namely the alleged National Socialist policy of extermination against the Jews. A large number of contemporary documents are brought forth which refute the Holocaust historians’ claim that the “Final solution” and “deportation to the east” were code words for mass murder. What emerges from the analysis is the picture of Sobibór not as a “pure extermination camp”, but as a transit camp from where Jews were deported to the occupied eastern territories.


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The River that Runs Red with the Ashes of Jews

Dated: July 13, 1992

A town relives memories of the Holocaust

St. Petersburg Times

July 13, 1992

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It was 1944 and the Red Army was approaching. On orders from the high command, the Nazis began an effort to hide the evidence of their atrocities in the Terezin ghetto, a town just 30 miles outside of Prague known as the antechamber to Auschwitz.

As the Red Army neared, the Nazis forced surviving Jews to dump truckloads of ashes into the river’s calm waters. The ashes were the remains of tens of thousands of Jewish victims who died in Terezin and were burned at a crematorium near the river.

The river has never been clear again,” said Mark Talisman, an American scholar of Czechoslovakian Jewry, on a recent visit there. “It has always been blood red.”

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Extermination by bear and eagle at Buchenwald

Dated: November 10, 1988

Time ‘Too Painful’ to Remember

The Golden Age Club in the basement of an upper Manhattan synagogue was abuzz with gossip, laughter and the shuffle of cards when the rabbi, himself 79 years old, struck a spoon against a metal ash tray to get everyone’s attention.

In the [Buchenwald] camp there was a cage with a bear and an eagle. Every day they would throw a Jew in there. The bear would tear him apart and the eagle would pick his bones.”

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New York Times New York, N.Y.
Nov 10, 1988
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Magically efficient Nazi pneumonia

Dated: January 1, 1979

Found in: Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. London: Cape, 1979.

“The Russians were coming [toward Auschwitz/Birkenau] and the SS wanted the children destroyed. Most of them were Polish; the Jewish children were already dead. They thought of burning them alive in a pit, or shooting them, but they decided to do something that wouldn’t show too many marks and evidence. So in the freezing cold they marched the children down to the river and made them take off their clothes and soak them in the water as if they were washing them, and then made them put on these wet clothes again. Then they marched them back to the area in front of the barracks where they had been living and had a roll call. Standing in their wet clothes. The roll call lasted for many, many hours while the children stood wet and freezing and night came. All of the children died of being exposed that day. They died of exposure and pneumonia, very fast.”

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Details about a human soap factory

Dated: January 1, 1978

That day the blinding artificial lights were turned off in the courtroom, plunging it almost into darkness. In the wavering dim light the witness-box was occupied by corpses …

The art of the courageous Soviet documentary film makers (some of whom are no longer alive) resurrected these corpses and brought them into the courtroom. It was as if they had risen from the grave and were hurling indisputable evidence in the defendant’s faces…

A bluish light flashed in the darkness, a beam of light cut across the court-room and the following text appeared on the screen: “Documentary Film Evidence on the Atrocities of the German Fascist Invaders.” A documentary film presented by the Chief Prosecutor from the USSR. … [Transcription note: Filmed movie takes and stills of several other camps follow]

“Danzig, a room in the Technological Institute, where the methods and technology for the industrial utilization of human bodies were elaborated,” droned the commentator’s voice in the earphones.

We already knew about this. We had seen the exhibits and outputs of this factory in court. Yet, it was still dreadful. You felt like closing your eyes tightly, jumping up and running out of the courtroom. But you had to pass through all the circles of this hell on earth, peer into the very heart of nazism and find out absolutely everything that it had brought mankind.

We saw a basement, again full of corpses that were stacked in neat piles like raw material in factory warehouses. In fact, this really was raw material graded according to the fat content. Severed heads were lying separately in a corner. They were waste material, unsuitable for soapmaking, or perhaps nazi science had failed to keep pace with the requirements of life and had still not found a way of industrially utilizing them. Then we saw dismembered human bodies that had been piled into vats to be boiled in an alkaline solution.…

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Boris Polevoi
The Final Reckoning: Nuremberg Diaries
Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1978 (English Edition)
pp. 108-184



Nothing Has Been Invented’: The War Journalism of Boris Polevoy

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Geysers of blood at Babi Yar

Dated: January 1, 1972

How many Jews were killed at Babi Yar? Exact estimates are hard to come by. Some say seventy thousand, others a hundred and fifty thousand […]

Eyewitnesses say that for months after the killing the ground continued to spurt geysers of blood.

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Elie Wiesel
The Jews of Silence
New York: New American Library, 1972
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Elie Wiesel and His Geysers-of-Blood Dementia

By Bradley R. Smith


Published: 1992-12-01

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Eyewitness ‘testimony’ of an Auschwitz gas chamber survivor

Dated: January 1, 1949


(18) Deposition of Regina Bialek (Pole, aged 28)

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3. On 25th December 1943, I was sick with typhus and was picked out at a selection made by doctors Mengele and Tauber along with about 350 other women. I was made to undress and taken by lorry to a gas chamber. There were seven gas chambers at Auschwitz. This particular one was underground and the lorry was able to run down the slope and straight into the chamber. Here we were tipped unceremoniously on the floor. The room was about 12 yards square and small lights on the wall dimly illuminated it. When the room was full a hissing sound was heard coming from the centre point on the floor and gas came into the room. After what seemed about ten minutes some of the victims began to bite their hands and foam at the mouth, and blood issued from their ears, eyes and mouth, and their faces went blue. I suffered from all these symptoms, together with a tight feeling at the throat. I was half conscious when my number was called out by Dr. Mengele and I was led from the chamber. I attribute my escape to the fact that the daughter of a friend of mine who was an Aryan and a doctor at Auschwitz had seen me being transported to the chamber and had told her mother, who immediately appealed to Dr. Mengele. Apparently he realized that as a political prisoner I was of more value alive than dead, and I was released.

4. I think that the time to kill a person in this particular gas chamber would be from 15 to 20 minutes.

5. I was told that the staffs of the prisoners who worked in the gas chamber and crematorium next door changed every three months, the old staff being taken to a villa in the camp to do some repair work. Here they were locked in the rooms and gas bombs thrown through the window. I estimate that in December, 1943, about 7,000 people disappeared from Auschwitz by way of the gas chamber and crematorium.

[…]


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Raymond Phillips, ed.

Trial of Josef Kramer and Forty-Four Others (The Belsen Trial)

London: William Hodge, 1949

Appendix III, p. 657.


Note: This postwar affidavit was entered as prosecution evidence in the British military court trial at Lüneburg, Sept.-Nov. 1945, of former Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen camp personnel.

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Nazi use of atomic weapons to kill Jews at Auschwitz

Dated: June 21, 1946

Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal. Nuremberg: IMT, 1947.

21 Jun. 46

“Mr. Justice Jackson:

And certain experiments were also conducted and certain researches conducted in atomic energy, were they not? “

[Albert] Speer:

We had not got as far as that, unfortunately, because the finest experts we had in atomic research had emigrated to America …

“Mr. Justice Jackson:

Now, I have certain information, which was placed in my hands, of an experiment which was carried out near Auschwitz. The purpose of the experiment was to find a quick and complete way of destroying people without the delay and trouble of shooting and gassing and burning, as it had been carried out, and this is the experiment, as I am advised. A village, a small village, was provisionally erected, with temporary structures, and in it approximately 20,000 Jews were put. By means of this newly invented weapon of destruction, these 20,000 people were eradicated almost instantaneously, and in such a way that there was no trace …”

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