At Belzec Camp deportees are stripped naked, ostensibly for bathing. They are then led to sheds with metal-plated floors, through which passes an electric current Death almost instantaneous.
It could be easy to dismiss early reports of mass electrocutions at Nazi “extermination” camps as just erroneous anomalies and genuine mistakes of what members of the resistance thought they were witnessing but when the story is elaborated upon and repeated over time it becomes a different matter. Here is another example.
Controversy was reignited on Monday when Israeli-American author Miko Peled told a fringe event: “This is about free speech, the freedom to criticise and to discuss every issue, whether it’s the Holocaust: yes or no, Palestine, the liberation, the whole spectrum.
Labour MP Wes Streeting said: “This is not a question to which there is any other answer than ’the holocaust is one of the greatest crimes in human history and this should never happen again.
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “Labour condemns antisemitism in the strongest possible terms and our NEC unanimously passed tough new rule changes last week.“All groupings in the party should treat one another with respect. We will not tolerate antisemitism or holocaust denial.”
Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, said the event was “beyond disgraceful”.
She said: “Supporting the world’s only Jewish state is a mainstream and long-standing Labour position. We hope the Labour Party leadership acts swiftly to condemn those who seek to bully pro-Israel and Jewish members out of the party.”
And Jeremy Newmark, Chair of Jewish Labour Movement, said it was “a thinly veiled call to purge Jews from the Labour Party.”
Sorry but it’s too daft to laugh at. The media is losing it’s knickers over a meeting about free speech and going into a frenzy to demonise someone who appears to advocate open discussion. Obviously some things are beyond question. I think the crux of this furore is that there was also hints of criticism of Israel in the speech and that is beyond the pale. The Holocaust Card has been played and the two subjects have become convoluted and the propaganda machine of the Israeli lobby has coughed into life.
I’m no fan of the Labour Party and would never vote for them but what is happening here is truly unfair. We’ve seen this happen many times before and we’ll surely see it again.
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – Tuesday 19 January 1943
A shocking report of mass electrocutions of Jews at Belzec concentration camp. Don’t remember being taught about that at school.
At Belzec there is special camp for mass executions by electrocution. According to the latest reports 80.000 Jews were killed there in the space of two months. Of Lublin’s 30,000 Jews only 2.500 remain. Seventy per cent of these are women. Since July 22. at Warsaw, several dozen, sometimes hundreds of Jews have been killed every day. According to particulars given by the Polish National Council more than a million Jews have been murdered the Nazis in Poland since September, 1939
Yorkshire Evening Post -Tuesday 13th November 1945
Just a bit of fake news from 1945. I’ve found several articles alluding to gas chambers in Belsen. Most of the stories carry the suggestion of Belsen gas chambers in the heading but then the articles only refer to the alleged gas chambers at Auschwitz. It is easy to see how in the minds of the general public the belief that every German concentration camp had a gas chamber came about. But hey, fake news has never hurt anybody has it?
Here’s a Wikipedia quote on Belsen (I know Wikipedia is an untrustworthy source but people often refer to it)
Someone even wrote a song about it
In response to a comment below here are more examples of allusions to Belsen and gas
Lancashire Evening Post – Monday 24 September 1945
Liverpool Daily Post – Saturday 22 September 1945
Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail – Thursday 21
There’s plenty of other examples but I’m sure you’ll get my drift. This is misinformation and black propaganda popularised by the media of the time.
It is hardly surprising that so called “Holocaust denial” will rise with social media. When someone can communicate a convincing proposition that can stand up to scrutiny against a belief system based on rumour with no hard physical evidence and can only survive due to censoring detractors then it will spread. Until they censor it or outlaw dissension.
Well, well we have it all here. One could almost believe some of the conspiracy theorists judging by the commentary in this article…… Financial, journalistic??? and backbone of “Russian Socialism” (I think they later called it communism but I’ll have to fact check that). I think there could be a theme running here.
organisation in Germany, Franco, and Austria. The Jews have good cause to hate Russian rule, and it is from this race in its financial, journalistic, and other strongholds in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and London that the Tsar’s Government has to meet its strongest and most resourceful foes. There are upwards of six million Jews in Russia. They are rightly discontented at the exceptional laws in operation against them. They are the backbone of what is termed Russian “Socialism,” and until Russian rulers learn the wisdom of justice in the treatment of alien races under their dominion, the Jews of Russia and of the world will continue to be the most vigilant and aggressive opponents of Russian I government_ and of its credit and policy, line the ranks of its many assailants