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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
JEWISH HOLOCAUST; TRUTH OR LIE?
A man wrote from Illinois in the U.S.A., stating, “Hitler simply saw to it that the bunch of abusing, miserly Jews got what they deserved.”
Another man called from Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. He calls himself a historian who visited Germany and Israel, and he reckons the figure of 6 million Jews who died in the holocaust is completely overestimated. The entire Jewish population at the time might not have been that, he alleges. He has books that estimate the number of Jews executed by the Nazi’s at 384,000.
“After all,” he alleges, “Hitler was only attempting to unify Old-Germany; he was definitely not all-bad.”
I asked if these very ‘conservative’ figures could merely be anti-Semitic propaganda.
“No, definitely not,” he answered firmly.
These distorted views on Nazism are also ingrained in many other minds; therefore, it is worth the effort to focus somewhat on the truth of this holocaust.
As I dug deeper into the atrocities of the Jewish Holocaust, the picture became so grotesque that it seemed completely unbelievable; like scenes from a bizarre horror-movie. As I searched the websites of holocaust-deniers, I realized that blatant racism, anti-Semitism, hate-speech, and the unashamed justification of Hitler’s merciless war crimes were just the tip of this deceitful iceberg.
Even if the numbers were inflated and Hitler did not kill as many as 6 million Jews, as well as 6 million other ‘undesirables,’ he did indeed slaughter a huge number of innocent people. One cannot deny that during the 20th century, Hitler played an important part in the history of antichrist governments under the rule of Satan.
By the grace of God, one of our readers sent us the book ‘The Yellow Star,’ by Gerhard Schoenberner. Schoenberner is one of the many Germans who had the guts to speak out against these indescribable crimes against humanity.
It must be duly noted that an estimated 1 million Germans refused to support Hitler’s Aryan-theology; refused to bow the knee to ‘The Tibetan Masters, The Masters of the Universe,’ who controlled him; refused to sacrifice the blood of the Jews and other ‘undesirables’ in order to ‘accelerate’ Hitler’s creation of the ‘master god-race.’ Most of these Germans were also starved and driven to death in forced labor camps, hung for treason against the Third Reich, and tortured in inhumane experiments in the name of Aryan ‘science’.
‘The Yellow Star’ is without a doubt the most disturbing book I have ever read.
Schoenberner writes on p. 6, “I remember when I saw the Auschwitz Museum for the first time: the store-rooms stacked to the ceiling with clothes and shoes; the wagon-loads of women’s hair, tooth-brushes, spectacles, artificial limbs and suitcases displayed behind great glass windows. I found myself then desperately hoping that this was only a bad dream; that the astronomical figures given to us by our guide were based on miscalculations; that it was an optical illusion that made the overwhelming mountains of evidence – those mute, damning witnesses – seem to be heaped up to such a dreadful height. Yet I knew that this storehouse held only an infinitesimal part of the victims’ personal belongings, the remnants that were left behind at the end of the war because they could no longer be carted away. Auschwitz was only one of those death factories that killed and burned human beings, mechanically, by the wagonload, in the same way that goods are turned out in other industries… The appalling thing about the photographs in this book is that here for the first time a State-planned crime, committed million fold, is captured phase by phase in pictures. Most monstrous of all, the murderers photographed themselves at work. Imagine a professional murderer asking a friend to photograph him as he selected his victims, lured them into the trap and killed them, and then to stick the photographs in an album as souvenirs. That is precisely what happened. These photographs are almost without exception drawn from German sources… The persecution of Jews was only one crime – the most terrible – among countless others committed by the Nazis. However, it provides a particularly clear example of the anti-human nature of Nazi ideology and its criminal character, which put all this into practice…
“This is a book of the dead. All the Jews shown here, unless exceptionally good fortune saved them, were murdered… Can these photographs from the dark past still reach us in the bustle of our normalized life? Our imagination must add the missing atmosphere to the pictures: the air poisoned by brutality and horror, the heavy tread of boots and the arrogant German voices declaring their victims less than human, the rattle of gunshots and the strangled sobs of the children as they hide their faces in their mothers’ skirts. Smell the choking stench drifting across the camp from the ovens where human beings burn. Hear the gay operetta music accompanying the prisoners as they march out to their slave labor in the morning and the death transports as they go to the gas chambers, mingling with the mocking laughter of the henchmen… The people shown there had no choice but to have their photographs taken. As they went to certain death, often knowing that they must die, they saw the enemy’s lens turned on them…,
“Their eyes meet yours over the boundaries of time as you look at these photographs. There are looks of fearful expectation and hopeless despair, of utter terror and acceptance of their fate. Many faces have a distrustful, withdrawn expression. Others [especially some of the children,] attempt a pitiful smile of fear to put the German master in a merciful mood. Many fell on their knees and kissed the hands of the strangers in their uniforms with the death’s-head insignia, begging for mercy. They still looked on them as human and thought they would be able to move them to pity. Still, the soldiers repeated to themselves that these were mere vermin, as they had been taught in their barracks and SS training centers, and carried out the orders of their superiors… Anti-Semitism was a fundamental part of Hitler’s program. Anti-Semitism was the magic formula that he used to explain all social ills and gain the support of the politically disorientated, petty bourgeoisie – [the rich]. Anti-Semitism was the means by which he smashed the legal system, established his dictatorship, implicating the German people in his crimes.”
If it were true that the ‘miserly Jews got what they deserved,’ why did especially the Jewish nation suffer such unspeakable misery for their wrongdoings? I do not intend to make the Jews into angels. Nevertheless, why, in all fairness, weren’t the Americans tortured to death for their near annihilation of the native Indians and their slavery of abducted Africans? Why weren’t the English skinned alive for their merciless global imperialism, especially their starvation of South African women and children in their death camps, etcetera?
As we saw in our study of Communism, the Jewish Holocaust was by no means the only – or even the worst - holocaust that shook the world, but it was certainly one of the most horrendous!
The pages of the book ‘The Yellow Star,’ published in 1969, are yellow and crumbling; falling apart as the binding disintegrates – as if it speaks of suffering and humiliation simply too horrendous for material matter to bear.
The cover pictures German soldiers, driving a hoard of men, women, and children down a street under the threat of machinegun fire. The people stumble onwards with their hands in the air; confusion and terror on their faces. And in the foreground - a little boy, maybe seven years old, wearing a cap and a short coat; socks drawn to the height of his bare, skinny knees, his little arms also raised in submission, his features frozen with fear.
The mere thought of children surrendering under the threat of armed soldiers, is appalling! What danger could these children possibly have posed the mighty Third Reich? To see the terror on this little boy’s face is to look at the naked consequences of man’s rebellion against God and Satan’s hatred of God’s innocent creation.
The photograph on p. 21 pictures the “Christian Fiancée of a Jew, Hamburg, 1935” – a German officer and a young woman with a placard, written in German, hung around her neck. It states, “I am the biggest swine in this place and only consort with Jews.” By 1938, the Nazis had destroyed 101 synagogues by fire, demolished 76, and flattened 7,500 Jewish shops. At this stage damage to Jewish property, equipment, and stock, was already estimated at several hundred million Marks.
Tragically, some of the racist policies of South Africa’s Apartheid Regime starkly resembled the Germany of 1938.
By 1938, Jews were not allowed to enter municipal parks or public squares. All park benches were labeled “Aryans Only.” (In apartheid South Africa, park benches were labeled “Whites Only.”) Jews were barred from visiting theatres, cinemas, concert halls, and museums. (In apartheid SA, each race had their ‘own’ places of entertainment.) Jewish children were expelled from Aryan schools. (In SA, every race had their schools, colleges, and universities.) Jews lost their right to tenant’s protection. (In SA, different races had separate towns.) Jews were not allowed to keep domestic animals, they had to report their assets, surrender their radios, all their jewelry, and especially their fur coats. They were not allowed out after 8 o’clock at night. They were given specially marked identity cards and had to wear an armband depicting a yellow star, the so-called ‘Star of David,’ declaring their ‘undesirable’ Jewish nationality. (Initially, disadvantaged South Africans had to carry ‘pass books’ based on race, to declare their identity. Later, these were changed to ordinary identity documents.)
From 1939 onwards, the Jews were systematically pushed into forced labor camps - not only in Germany, but in all the conquered countries as well. Their beards and heads had to be shaven. They were taunted and tormented by sticks, whips, and machine guns. Arrests, interrogations, torture, and the shooting and public hanging of hostages became commonplace. In Kovno, for instance, on 28 June 1941, the Security Police freed convicts from prison and instructed them to blunder hundreds of Jews to death with iron bars. Piles of broken bodies quickly became mountains of rotting human flesh.
“Resettlement” was the name given to the next phase of Nazi annihilation.
All the Jews had to be relocated to the ghettos. Mostly at night, the doors of Jewish houses were suddenly kicked open and their windows were smashed with crowbars. The soldiers drove them from their homes with such haste that they sometimes had to leave their children behind in their beds. Whether naked or dressed, they were forcibly thrown out on the streets. Everywhere women were weeping for their children; children were screaming frantically for their parents. Those that resisted were beaten with whips, or simply shot down.
Most of the ‘resettlements’ took place in the dead of the European winter. Those that survived the onslaught of the snow and ice faced the loss of limbs due to frostbite. Anyone who fell behind was immediately disposed of on the march. The soldiers also shot or clobbered to death those who dared to linger with their slain relatives. Forced at the barrel of a gun, the march had to continue. No one dared to look at the strewn bodies oozing warm blood on the frozen earth.
The ghettos were killing-chambers, designed to destroy by disease and starvation. Parts of the cities were cordoned off with high brick walls and barbed wire fences, and guarded by armed troops that shot, without questioning, anyone caught escaping.
Schoenberner wrote, “The streets of the ghettos are so over-populated, it is difficult to push one’s way through. Everyone is ragged, in tatters. Often they no longer even possess a shirt. Everywhere there is noise and uproar. The thin piteous voices of children crying. No one will ever be able to forget those children’s voices. There are heaps and piles of filth and refuse on the pavements. Often a child will snatch a packet from a passer-by and run away, ravenous over the food inside. Even when he is caught and beaten, the young creature will not give up his meal. Everywhere dispossessed and displaced people drag their last possessions – a bundle, a cushion, or a straw mattress. Corpses with frostbite limbs and morbidly swollen legs lay on the pavements, bearing the scars of spotted typhus.
“People on the ‘Aryan’ side gape curiously at the piteous spectacle presented by the tattered gangs of starving children. In fact, these gangs of children are the ghetto breadwinners. If the Germans look away for one second, they run nimbly over to the Aryan side. The bread, potatoes, and other things that they buy are hidden under their rags, and then they have to slip back the way they came…”
W. Szpilman added, “Once when I was walking along the wall, I came across a ‘smuggling operation’ being carried out by children. The little boy on the Aryan side of the wall had to slip back into the ghetto through his hole, bringing with him the last piece of booty. Half of the little boy was already visible, when he began to cry out. At the same time, loud abuse in German could be heard from the Aryan side. I hurried to help the child, meaning to pull him through. Unhappily, the boy’s hips stuck fast in the gap in the wall. Using both hands, I tried with all my might to pull him through. He continued to scream dreadfully. I could hear the soldiers on the other side beating him savagely. When I finally succeeded in pulling the boy through the hole, he was already dying. His little backbone was crushed.”
Schoenberner continued, “The Jews who work in the Aryan sectors are given passes in order to get to their place of work. They have to pass the guard, hat in hand. Sometimes the sentries stop a group and order them to undress and grovel in the dirt. Sometimes they have to dance or do ‘knee-bends’. The sentries stand by and almost kill themselves laughing. ’Resettlement’ was a constantly recurring procedure. As the latest ghetto was established, the first ones were already being broken up and combined in the next, larger town of the district, until finally the last journey began.”
The last journey; the journey to the death camps, the ‘Umschlagplatz’ or the slaughterhouses.
According to estimates of a Jewish Medical Commission in the Warsaw Ghetto, the original plan to starve the Jewish nation to death would have taken five years. In the summer of 1942, when the techniques of mass murder had been sufficiently developed, the great transportations to the extermination camps began.
Many pages in this book depict the photos of children. Children, pulling corpses off the ghetto streets. Children, dragging sleighs through the snow, stacked with tattered belongings. Children with sad, old-man faces and bare feet, begging on filthy, ice-covered pavements. Children, using dirty rags as bandages, huddled together under sackcloth and scrappy coats. Children with huge, deep-seated eyes, eagerly waiting for a bowl of thin soup. Children, clutching the hands of their little old grandmothers, battling against the icy wind on their way to the gas chambers.
Then there are the photographs of women. Women, hurriedly dragging their children away from advancing soldiers. A very old woman, tormented by a German officer, who forces her to look at him by prodding the handle of a whip under her chin. Violently raped and assaulted women, photographed during the manhunt in Lvov and Lijepaja: naked, crying, fleeing, pleading; some still attempting to cover their bare breasts with their skinny hands. Naked women - always naked – squatting on the floor, knees pressed tightly together, clenching one another in their arms, raw fear on their faces. Women, photographed during their last moments in this life; naked again, their raped and tortured bodies starved to the brink of death. Some are hopelessly perched on the slope of a mass grave, its deep insides already strewn with thousands of corpses – a bulldozer waiting in the background, ready to bury them under tons of dirt.
Photographs of men abound as well. Men clothed in filthy rags, starving in forced labor camps, their heads being shaven by mocking overseers. Men forced at gunpoint to build walls around the ghettos. Men being tormented, flogged, and executed by firing squad. A man, hanging on a barbwire fence, cut down in the prime of his life by a spray of machinegun bullets. Half-naked men dying of exhaustion over their picks and shovels. Hordes of undead men, naked skeletons, their flesh eaten away by starvation and disease. Broken men struggling along in the snow, so surrendered to their dreadful fate that they do not even attempt to cover their naked bodies.
Thousands of men and women, young and old, gaze at the camera without a glimpse of hatred on their faces - or a glimmer of hope in their eyes. They portray a people who have lost everything, maybe even their faith. They were pushed beyond the realm of the living; tortured beyond physical death. They own nothing anymore, not even their lives or their humanity. Strangely, some still face the scrutinizing lens of the camera with a flicker of dignity in their stance.
Holocaust survivor Giza Landau testified, “We traveled in locked wagons, closely packed together and half-suffocated. We all said goodbye to each other, for we knew that the ovens and gas chambers were waiting for us. When we were still a long way away from Auschwitz in the evening, we could see the sky glowing red as if there was a fire…
“At the camps the people were ‘graded.’ The dead in the wagons were carted away. Children, the elderly, and the sick were shoved into the concentration camps. Healthy youngsters were marched off to the camps for forced labor. Men as well as women had to do the heaviest kind of work. They carried heavy loads, built factories and roads, felled trees and drained swamps. They lived in primitive wooden huts under intolerably unhygienic conditions, without sufficient food and without medicine, in constant fear of their SS overseers. Their health ruined by starvation and over-exertion, within a few months they were picked out for the gas chambers at one of the regular ‘selections.’”
Ella Lingens-Reiner elaborated, “The chimney began to belch thick clouds of a black, sweetish, smelling smoke which bellied across the camp. A bright, sharp flame shot up, six feet high. Soon the stench of burnt flesh grew unbearable. And still the lorries drove past, on the same route. We counted sixty batches that night… Soon after the last car had disappeared, the first lorries came back laden with the luggage and clothes of the dead, which they took to the depot… In the summer of