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Gas chamber(s) at Theresienstadt?

Postby Hebden » 1 decade 5 years ago (Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:27 pm)

In the run-up to tomorrow's Holocaust memorial day, there has been the usual run of programmes and features in the British media. Yesterday, we saw an interesting BBC documentary whose focus was the ambivalent relationship between Germany's Jews and German music, most notably that of Mr. Richard Wagner. What particularly caught our attention was the claim by a 98 year old female Theresienstadt survivor that the Germans were planning (or had built?) a gas chamber there at the end of the war.

In today's Daily Express there's an article about a Dutch Jew named Mr. Steven Frank, who has lived in Britain since after the war. His father and uncle were both deported to Auschwitz, but he and the other family members (his mother and two brothers) were placed on the Barneveld List ('higher echelons of Dutch Jewish to be retained by the Nazis as a future bargaining tool') and survived the war, being held in the camps of Westerbork and Theresienstadt.

Here's the pertinent extract:

As the war turned against the Germans, the camp became more crowded. Thousands of inmates were dying from typhus and hunger. In late 1944, rather than transporting Jews to the death camps, the Germans decided to build new gas chambers in Terezin [alternative name for Theresienstadt]. "They'd ironed out the bottlenecks for maximum efficiency. These were to be the 'Mark Three' of gas chambers," says Steven.

In mid-February 1945, the inmates spent the day building their own death chamber and at night watching the sky turn crimson as the Allies bombed Dresden. He adds: "We didn't know if liberation would come before the gas chambers were used."

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On May 8, 1945, as one of the few English speakers, Steven's mother was summoned by a group of Russian prisoners to listen to a hidden radio. It was Winston Churchill's broadcast that Germany had capitulated and the war would be over by midnight. The Next 48 hours were chaos. "Nobody knew what would happen. Would the guards rush us through the gas chambers, sitting there all shiny and new, or would they shoot us? In the end they just fled."


Having never heard of this allegation before, we turned to our trusted research partner, Mr. Google, who turned up this rather dubious source:

According to the Ghetto Museum, in 1945 a homicidal gas chamber was built in a corridor of the town's fortifications wall near the Litomerice gate, which is right by the Bauhaus building. According to Martin Gilbert, this gas chamber was never "activated." The homicidal gas chamber is on the opposite side of the town and directly across from the Hunters barracks, where the disinfection gas chambers were located in an identical building. The ghetto inmates became aware of the Theresienstadt homicidal gas chamber and were planning to blow it up, but the war ended just in time to save the Theresienstadt Jews from being gassed right in the ghetto.


http://wearcam.org/envirotech/disease_e ... story.html

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Postby Turpitz » 1 decade 5 years ago (Mon Jan 26, 2004 7:10 pm)

In the run-up to tomorrow's Holocaust memorial day


Sychophant Blair's thanks for being bank-rolled and hyped during the elections. This hideous H-Industry day imposed on everyone so as to keep it indelibly stamped on the masses ignorant minds. In the background, the BBC churn out their swill to keep the momentum up to pace

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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 5 years ago (Mon Jan 26, 2004 7:16 pm)

Turpitz wrote:
In the run-up to tomorrow's Holocaust memorial day


Sychophant Blair's thanks for being bank-rolled and hyped during the elections. This hideous H-Industry day imposed on everyone so as to keep it indelibly stamped on the masses ignorant minds.


It certainly seems to be stamped on yours.

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Postby Turpitz » 1 decade 5 years ago (Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:07 pm)

Yes and that's the point. No-one really had a choice in the matter did they ? Fifty odd years after the war, out of the blue comes the Zionist gravy train. Their retainers must have worked wonders.

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Postby Sailor » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:08 am)

Hebden wrote: In the run-up to tomorrow's Holocaust memorial day, there has been the usual run of programmes and features in the British media. Yesterday, we saw an interesting BBC documentary whose focus was the ambivalent relationship between Germany's Jews and German music, most notably that of Mr. Richard Wagner. What particularly caught our attention was the claim by a 98 year old female Theresienstadt survivor that the Germans were planning (or had built?) a gas chamber there at the end of the war.

I did not see this on BBC.

Did the woman appear herself on TV, or was it someone else who heard her saying this?

If she herself was interviewed, how did she know about the gas chamber plan? Did some SS-man confide in her or did she hear it from someone 'very reliable' who the SS man confided in and who then told her?

Or did the woman see the new gas chamber herself and was able to describe it?


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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 5 years ago (Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:48 pm)

Sailor wrote:I did not see this on BBC.


Are you a regular viewer? Do you get BBC World or just BBC News 24?

We honestly can't remember what she said about the gas chamber. Forced memories are easily forged.

Did the woman appear herself on TV, or was it someone else who heard her saying this?


In person. She was a nice little old Jewish lady, like your friend you told us about. As a pianist who practised many hours a day, she related how when she was about to be deported to Theresienstadt, the Nazi who lived upstairs (or was it downstairs?) came to her apartment and said how much he liked the music she played and how he hoped to see her again, or words to that effect. Nice story; now, whether it's true or not...


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