I just read through an article by Otto Friedrich titled ˜The Kingdom of Auschwitz˝, therein I found some remarkable stuff and one of the stories that I found to be most astounding was this part:
Friedrich Wilhelm Boger's favorite method involved the so-called Boger swing, a device of his own invention. "My talking machine will make you talk," he used to tell the prisoners The swing consisted of a steel bar to which the prisoner was tied byhis wrists and ankles. As Boger lunged at him with his club, usually aiming for the genitals, the prisoner swung head over heels,round and round. One prisoner named Breiden, who came to testify at the Frankfurt trial, burst into tears on the witness stand when he saw a replica of the machine to which he had once been bound. 'Murderer!" he shouted at Boger "Terrible cries could be heard," said another witness, Maryla Rosenthal, who had to work in an adjoining room. "After in hour or more the victims would be carried out on a stretcher. They no longer looked human. I could not recognize them."
Ref. http://www.westga.edu/~lpropst/auschwit ... edrich.htm
We are all familiar with other alleged inventions by the Germans: such as the pedal-driven brain-bashing machine and portable ovens. But I must say that I'm unfamiliar with this Bogerswing. All I've seen is one model of it and a render by a "witness":
Witnesses (or at least one that I could find without too much trouble) lied against him in the Frankfurt trial:
In pre-trial interrogation Rudolf Kauer claimed to have seen defendant Wilhelm Boger brutally beat a naked Polish woman with a horse whip, ripping off one breast and flooding a room with blood.
Ref. http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org ... boger.html
Rudolf Kauer was asked to repeat this in court, but stated:
I lied about that. That was just a yarn going around the camp. I never saw it ...
Smart move. Such obvious lies would not have looked good in the record.
So, since witnesses obviously lie, I find myself asking: did this device actually exist? Did Boger mention it? Did he accept these stories or did he deny them? Hopefully somebody has an answer to some of these questions. I found it hard to digest that the Germans would really have all these remarkable devices in their arsenal.
Unfortunately we don't have an equivalent of the Avalon Project for The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965 online, not to my knowledge in any case.