German Murder Factory

Osweicim murder factory

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer- Saturday 3rd February 1945

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Text reads:

HORRORS OF A GERMAN MURDER FACTORY

 Conveyor Belt Killed Victims and Carried Them to Furnaces

 MOSCOW, Friday

 THE Osweicim murder factory puts even Maidenek in the shade.” This comment, from a correspondent who has visited the great concentration camp at Osweicim, in Silesia, now in Russian hands, covers a tale of horror. Osweicim, for example, boasted a conveyor belt for the dead. With unparalleled efficiency this not only electrocuted the Nazis’ victims, but also conveyed their bodies straight into furnaces.. ” The first shock that Osweicim gives you its enormous size,” writes Boris Polevoy, a well-known Russian journalist, in “Pravda ” to-day. There is dozen square miles saturated with human blood, and literally blanketed with human ashes. I saw enormous fields and vegetable gardens nestling the valleys of the Vistula and Sola Rivers, fertilised by the ashes and bone powder of the Nazi victims. ” This was a great industry, with many departments, each specialising in a certain function.. There were offices for sorting the victims, according to age and strength, according to whether they could perform some labour before they were executed. There were offices for old men, and for women and children and invalids who were condemned to immediate destruction.

1,500,000 VICTIMS

There was another department for semi-invalids, who were forced to sort the clothes of those who had already been murdered. “But the main department was the ‘smelting furnace’ (that is what the Nazis called it) where, after elaborate tortures, the victims were burned.” Nobody knows how many people died at Osweicim. But the estimate of 1.500,000 has been made, starting from the time when the Germans used the crude bullet, the days of electrocution and the “smelting furnace.” This much is known. Between 1941 until early in 1943, between five and eight trains a day, loaded to the limit with Russians, Poles, Jews, Czechs, Frenchmen and Jugoslavs, arrived at the Osweicim concentration camp. The railway wagons were always Jammed to the doors —which were sealed. The trains, staffed by men specially detached for this business, always returned from Oswelcim empty. Before Maidenek This was where the great technique of murder on a mass scale was first developed, long before Maidenek. The early methods here were primitive, says Polevoy. The Nazis made their victims lie prone the bottom of a ditch, machine-gunned them, piled another row top of them and then made the next victims fill in what was left of the ditch. There are literally several hundreds of these old ” graves” still left at Osweicim. Later, more methods were Introduced. Plant was mechanised, gas-chambers built, and ” smelting furnaces and crematoria erected. Then Maidenek was discovered, and the Germans—at Osweicim—got into a panic. When they saw retreat was certain they tried to hide the evidence of their mass murder, just as they had done Maidenek. Polovey writes: “The portable apparatus for the extermination of children was removed, and the gas chambers were altered and rebuilt into innocent-looking garages. But the evidence of the annihilation millions people cannot wiped out entirely. And there are still inmates of the camp here who can tell the whole story.

. “Then Maidenek was discovered, and the Germans—at Osweicim—got into a panic. When they saw retreat was certain they tried 10 hide the evidence of their mass murder,”

Hide the evidence?

Yes because those fiendish Nazis knew that if they were captured and tried by a Soviet court without any evidence of mass murder the Communists would simply have to let them go free!

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21 thoughts on “German Murder Factory

  1. Again, I’m trying to figure out why you think “electric conveyor belts” are important and why you attach such importance to random newspaper articles.

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    1. I believe these newspaper articles are pertinent because they are good examples of how the holocaust narrative was being formulated in the general publics mind. Back then the newspapers were for some the main source of information and could heavily influence popular opinion. They show the type of black propaganda that was being fed to the public. Today’s equivalent buzzword is “Fake news”. So it begs the question what other horror stories from the time were “Fake news”.
      I’m also doing the newspaper thing because I personally find it fascinating and a glimpse back in time. It is also as I’ve mentioned before a resource that can easily be fact checked by anyone.
      As for the importance of the “electric conveyer belts” I think it was written as black propaganda based on the stereotype of ruthless German efficiency combined with industrial scale imagery.

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      1. “I believe these newspaper articles are pertinent because they are good examples of how the holocaust narrative was being formulated in the general publics mind.”

        Who was formulating this narrative and for what purpose?

        “Back then the newspapers were for some the main source of information and could heavily influence popular opinion.”

        I agree. The Nazi Government did the same.

        ” They show the type of black propaganda that was being fed to the public.”

        Again, what black propaganda and for what purpose?

        ” Today’s equivalent buzzword is “Fake news”. So it begs the question what other horror stories from the time were “Fake news”.”

        “Fake news” is a buzzword put out by a dishonest president who doesn’t know what he is doing.

        “I’m also doing the newspaper thing because I personally find it fascinating and a glimpse back in time. It is also as I’ve mentioned before a resource that can easily be fact checked by anyone.”

        I agree but the problem is that it should not be your only resource. Newspapers then and now can only report on what they can see, or what they are allowed to see or what someone tells them. History is not and should never be strictly learned from newspaper accounts but should include primary and secondary documents, photos, interrogations and interviews, etc. I’m not going to tell you how to study this period, this is your choice, but I feel you are selling yourself short. I mentioned that you are studying this subject with two hands tied behind your back. You should branch out and look at this from many different aspects.

        “As for the importance of the “electric conveyer belts” I think it was written as black propaganda”

        I’m continuously confused by your use of the term “black propaganda.” It is too general. Both sides used propaganda, that is indisputable, but propaganda has a purpose. What was the end game for this type of propaganda? Who did it benefit? At this point the war was winding down. Why would Soviet forces use German camps in Poland to further an agenda? The Germans destroyed many areas in the Soviet Union, why wouldn’t the Soviets use those areas for propaganda purposes?

        “based on the stereotype of ruthless German efficiency combined with industrial scale imagery.”

        Possibly, also you have to look at the desire of the Soviets to denigrate capitalism, a way to show soulless capitalism devouring innocent workers in a factory or industrial setting. You’ll also note that there is no mention of Jews anywhere dealing with this “conveyor belt” and that gas chambers are specifically mentioned coming at a later period.

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      2. May I just politely offer you a very brief reply as I’m busy this evening. It’s just on the newspaper angle. One of the main reasons I started this blog was just to post what I find in the newspaper archives and to see if it coalesces into anything of interest to others. As I think I mentioned in my first post it’s an exploration. Maybe I’m chasing a willow the wisp. Perhaps I should rename and restart this whole thing as mainly a study of newspapers archives. Apologies for short reply.

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      3. “I believe these newspaper articles are pertinent because they are good examples of how the holocaust narrative was being formulated in the general publics mind.”

        Who was formulating this narrative and for what purpose?

        “Back then the newspapers were for some the main source of information and could heavily influence popular opinion.”

        I agree. The Nazi Government did the same.

        ” They show the type of black propaganda that was being fed to the public.”

        Again, what black propaganda and for what purpose?

        ” Today’s equivalent buzzword is “Fake news”. So it begs the question what other horror stories from the time were “Fake news”.”

        “Fake news” is a buzzword put out by a dishonest president who doesn’t know what he is doing.

        “I’m also doing the newspaper thing because I personally find it fascinating and a glimpse back in time. It is also as I’ve mentioned before a resource that can easily be fact checked by anyone.”

        I agree but the problem is that it should not be your only resource. Newspapers then and now can only report on what they can see, or what they are allowed to see or what someone tells them. History is not and should never be strictly learned from newspaper accounts but should include primary and secondary documents, photos, interrogations and interviews, etc. I’m not going to tell you how to study this period, this is your choice, but I feel you are selling yourself short. I mentioned that you are studying this subject with two hands tied behind your back. You should branch out and look at this from many different aspects.

        “As for the importance of the “electric conveyer belts” I think it was written as black propaganda”

        I’m continuously confused by your use of the term “black propaganda.” It is too general. Both sides used propaganda, that is indisputable, but propaganda has a purpose. What was the end game for this type of propaganda? Who did it benefit? At this point the war was winding down. Why would Soviet forces use German camps in Poland to further an agenda? The Germans destroyed many areas in the Soviet Union, why wouldn’t the Soviets use those areas for propaganda purposes?

        “based on the stereotype of ruthless German efficiency combined with industrial scale imagery.”

        Possibly, also you have to look at the desire of the Soviets to denigrate capitalism, a way to show soulless capitalism devouring innocent workers in a factory or industrial setting. You’ll also note that there is no mention of Jews anywhere dealing with this “conveyor belt” and that gas chambers are specifically mentioned coming at a later period.

        It’s an interesting article but it has nothing to do with the history itself.

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      4. May I just politely offer you a very brief reply as I’m busy this evening. It’s just on the newspaper angle. One of the main reasons I started this blog was just to post what I find in the newspaper archives and to see if it coalesces into anything of interest to others. As I think I mentioned in my first post it’s an exploration. Maybe I’m chasing a willow the wisp. Perhaps I should rename and restart this whole thing as mainly a study of newspapers archives. Apologies for short reply.

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      5. “May I just politely offer you a very brief reply as I’m busy this evening. It’s just on the newspaper angle. One of the main reasons I started this blog was just to post what I find in the newspaper archives and to see if it coalesces into anything of interest to others. As I think I mentioned in my first post it’s an exploration. Maybe I’m chasing a willow the wisp. Perhaps I should rename and restart this whole thing as mainly a study of newspapers archives. Apologies for short reply.”

        Don’t you think you are selling this whole history short if all you are doing is looking at newspaper archives? There is no context to these articles. I understand them in their context because I understand the history involved but that is not going to be the case for a lot of people that read your blog.
        I’ve been asked by other Holocaust deniers to provide a single document that proves the Holocaust. This is impossible. There are many, many documents regarding this event, it’s impossible to provide one or two to “prove” something happened. This is the same regarding your newspaper articles. I assume that you are trying to provide these articles as proof of some sort of “hoax” or “propaganda.” They are not for the reasons I explained previously. They are an attempt to understand what happened but the people that reported these things lived in a sea of ignorance over what happened. Only time solved this.

        Sorry if my reply was too lengthy but I’m trying to convey my thoughts on the matter.

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      6. Just on your earlier points.
        1. Who was formulating this narrative and for what purpose?
        To put it simply I believe it was just normal down to earth propaganda to demonize the enemy and to justify any excess or actions taken by Allied forces.

        1. Again, what black propaganda and for what purpose?
        Again, very simply propaganda intended to demonize the enemy. All sides did it. It is just part of war and the media on all sides was part of the war effort respectively. It goes on today as much as did back then.

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      7. “Oh just one more thing. Was there a gas chamber at Dachau?”

        Yes but there is controversy over how much it was used. I believe, based upon the very few extant documents along with a few witness statements here and there that it was used only for experimental purposes. I know someone who made a study of it, his conclusions match mine.

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      8. “Just on your earlier points.
        1. Who was formulating this narrative and for what purpose?
        To put it simply I believe it was just normal down to earth propaganda to demonize the enemy and to justify any excess or actions taken by Allied forces.

        “1. Again, what black propaganda and for what purpose?
        Again, very simply propaganda intended to demonize the enemy. All sides did it. It is just part of war and the media on all sides was part of the war effort respectively. It goes on today as much as did back then.”

        This is really elaborate propaganda just to demonize an enemy.

        Propaganda generally steers towards things that people identify with. It doesn’t make sense to make Jews the focus of this propaganda.
        As I’ve mentioned before, the Poles and Soviets (not to mention others) already had propaganda material without focusing on Jews.

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    2. “I’d have to check up on that. But I do know the “steam chambers” were,”

      As far as I know specific mention of “steam chambers” only pertains to one document submitted by the Poles in regards to Treblinka. However, the testimony of a Polish (Jewish) witness specifically states gas chambers, as does Hoess’s affidavit regarding Treblinka and its relationship to Auschwitz. Even the Polish document mentions gas chambers as well as steam and electricity.

      “the “shrunken heads” were, the pedal powered brain bashing machine + the automatic whipping machine were plus many other ludicrous claims and people were sent to the gallows on that evidence.”

      I’m sorry but that is simply incorrect. Have you read anything on the Nuremberg Trials besides the information contained in the “Holocaust Handbooks?”

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    3. “What is your analysis of the conveyor belt claims and the electrocution methods?”

      My analysis is that they were mistakes based upon erroneous initial impressions and therefore in the big picture irrelevant.

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  2. As a follow up, was this ever entered into evidence at Nuremberg or any of the other trials? Does this appear in any witness testimony that you are aware of? Do any of the Sonderkommando describe this as a murder method?

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    1. I’d have to check up on that. But I do know the “steam chambers” were, the “shrunken heads” were, the pedal powered brain bashing machine + the automatic whipping machine were plus many other ludicrous claims and people were sent to the gallows on that evidence.

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  3. “Plant was mechanised, gas-chambers built, and ” smelting furnaces and crematoria erected.”

    You missed this bit, did you not think it important?

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      1. Why did you not point this out? The fact that the gas chambers is mentioned in the article is very relevant.

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