Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image from the Concentration Camp at Mauthausen-Gusen in Austria, 1945

Some of the bodies being removed by German civilians for decent burial at Gusen Concentration Camp, Muhlhausen, near Linz, Austria.jpg

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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17 Responses to Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image from the Concentration Camp at Mauthausen-Gusen in Austria, 1945

  1. Anonymous says:

    i dont like germans now… coz i wached the boy in the striped pyjamas… sad1.

    • Rachel says:

      Not all German’s are mean. Any ethnicity group could have committed those horrible acts. The Holocaust could still happen today, with any nation causing it. Don’t let yourself hate one group of people, just for Hitler’s and the other Nazi’s actions.

  2. Anonymous says:

    ‘;l’;

  3. You look says:

    The holokaust cant kill 6 mio people.
    Then the cyclon B needs 24h before its out of the room.

  4. decodeDestiny says:

    this is disgusting…
    the fact that this happened at all, never MIND within the past seventy years or so… this is so sad.
    six million innocent people murdered. I hate it.

  5. rasti121
    سلام
    ممنون از سایت بسیار خوبتون
    امیدوارم همیشه موفق و پیروز باشید
    میخوام بدونید که من واقعا از این تصاویر بعنوان یک انسان خیلی خجالت کشیدم
    صحنه های بسیار فجیح وغم انگیزی بود
    به امید روزی که جهان در صلح و آرامش باشد
    یا مجذوب

  6. sonya says:

    We must never forget how utterly inhumane and how deep the humans race can sink when the blood is poisoned by hate and evil jealousy. Then the humans turn demonic and commit atrocities which forever will deeply hurt man into his core. I am surprised people always mention only the German people in this evil deeds because it just continues to day all over the world in all the evil wars going on at this planet. Just about all people have that demonic tendencies deep within it only depends which way you take; God and love and humanity or Satan and evil and hate. The choice is ours every day from morning to evening. If we all disiplined ourselves and every day strived to become more human, kind and loving to our fellowmen, we would not have this problem in the beautiful world of ours.

  7. JEWS ARE SATAN. THESE GAS CHAMBERS ACCORDING TO US EXPERTS (LOOK FOR Fred Leuchter REPORT ON YOUTUBE AND YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH) WHO INVESTIGATED THESE CHAMBERS, WERE JUST A DELOUSING CHAMBERS USED TO COUNTERACT THE LICE THAT WERE WIDELY SPREAD AT THIS TIME WITH THE OVERCROWDED CAMPS AND LACK OF SANITATION. ACCORDING TO THIS EXPERT REPORT, NO EVIDENCE OF THE POISONOUS CYANIDE GAS WAS DETECTABLE IN ANY OF THE SAMPLES THAT WERE TAKEN. mOREOVER HE SAID THAT THESE CHAMBERS WERE TOO SMALL TO KILL THIS HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THIS SHORT TIME AND IF THIS EXTINCTION HAPPENED IN THESE CHAMBERS THEN WE NEED 68 YEARS TO KILL THE ASSUMED 6 MILLION JEWS. MOREOVER, THE REPORT DENIED THE PRESENCE OF ANY EVIDENCE THAT GERMAN ARMY WAS USING TO PROTECT THE PERSONNEL IN CHARGE OF JEWS EXTINCTION IN THESE CHAMBERS. IN BRIEF, THE HOLOCAUST WAS A FAKE TERM USED BY THE JEWS TO GET NOT ONLY THE WORLD SYMPATHY , BUT ALSO TO GET THE WORLD MONEY OUT OF THERE POCKETS.

    • Robert Boyter says:

      Fred Leuchter is a discredited Holocaust denier like a number of other German and non German Americans and David Irving a British “historian” who lost a massive suit he brought against an American academic who analysed his work and found it totally unreliable, as did a British Court of Justice.
      Nazis built the camps and didn’t care about sanitation or disease, nor did they care particularly about lice and the diseases lice brought to the inmates. The Evidence of non-Jewish inmates of the camps, like both Catholic and Lutheran Anti-Nazis imprisoned there confirms all of the allegations made against the Nazis regarding mass killings and the use of the gas chambers for mass killings as does the testimony of Allied Prisoners of War who were sent there later in the war for escaping too often.
      That the gas chambers were not sufficiently numerous to kill all of those murdered in the Shoah or Holocaust is not surprising since a majority of the victims were either shot shortly after they were rounded up in Latvia, Lithuania Russia, the Ukraine, and Poland (there are numerous films and photographs of the processes made by the Nazis), or died of disease.
      If the gas chambers were for delousing as were buildings in regular POW camps then why did they have heavy steel doors with rubber seals to contain the gas at lethal levels. None of the facilities in regular POW camps were set up like that and delousing requires relatively low levels of the insecticide.
      Additionally there was a huge drop in the Jewish population in Europe by the End of the war. The numbers who got out, escaped to free countries or to Palestine are well known and recorded, and they are small by comparison with those who “disappeared”.
      The German army was only involved in rounding up Jewish residents. The extermination was carried out by special elements of the SS who wore Black uniforms, not Field Grey as did the German army. Thus the statement about the German Army is pointless.
      Your true motives are clear in your last sentence. You clearly hate “the Jews” and will believe anything negative about them. You ignore the fact that the few Jewish survivors or their families have been unable to get their property and wealth out of Swiss banks who refuse to release it (except for a relatively small settlement a few years ago). The banks demand death certificates for those killed in the Holocaust. The Nazis didn’t issue them for people they considered beneath consideration.
      I am a non-religious person raised a Canadian Presbyterian of Scottishand English ancestry.

  8. concerned christian says:

    Santi, this posting unleashed some mad reactions, sorry I could not translate the Persian posting but it starts with Salam (peace) but end with a word in Arabic means (one who lost his mind through supernatural forces). Any way the post by Walid is self explanatory!

    • santitafarella says:

      Concerned,

      Thanks for the information about that. Unfortunately, Walid’s antisemitism is common in the Arab and Persian worlds. I wonder if it can be properly described as the norm.

      —Santi

      • concerned christian says:

        Santi,
        In my biased opinion I can see various groups in the Muslim World
        1) The religiously fanatic who can find many verses in the Qur’an and words of Muhammad to justify their hatred to any one who don’t share their faith. The most dangerous are the Salafi’s of the Sunni sect, followed by some Shiites groups. These two groups, when they are not terrorizing non-believers they are busy killing each other. Examples are what is going on in Iraq and Pakistan.
        2) The politically savvy fanatics such as the Muslim brotherhood which seeks to spread Islam through wheeling and dealing with any party or Government. They are now the strongest group in many Arab Countries, and they have spread to the West infiltrating many Muslim organizations especially in colleges. CAIR is probably their best representative in America.
        3) The relatively moderate Muslims such as the Sufis who are considered heretics by the first two groups in this list,
        4) Those who as you mentioned in a recent posting “like Jews and Christians—pick and choose what they will activate in their sacred texts.” When I was growing up in Egypt most of the Muslims were in this group, but sadly many of them became more strict in their faith because of the teachings of Muslim fanatics (especially those influenced by the Wahhabi’s of Saudi Arabia)
        5) Secularist who are courageously fighting for a Western style society and facing harassment and danger every day. I mentioned some of them previously. El Saadawy and Al Qimni and the assassinated Dr Fouda.
        6) Those who are not religious but still have to pretend that they are following some of Islamic rules.
        To explain the dynamics of some of these groups in Egypt, I will use examples of what is happening recently.
        A. The Egyptian revolution was started by mostly secular youth, but the Salafi’s and the Muslim brotherhood are now trying to take control of the country and trying to rule the country by winning the majority in the parliament election.
        B. Due to many different reason; religious, peer pressure, and even just to avoid being attacked by fanatics or criminals, many Egyptian women are wearing Hijabs, or Niqabs. The percentage is now about 80% of Egyptian women are wearing head scarfs..
        C. During Ramadan which just ended, any one who was seen eating and not fasting was physically attacked. This year some restaurants were destroyed because they served food before sundown.
        D. Friday prayers becoming a must attend by all Muslims, many Imams use the Friday Sermon to spread their hatred towards non-believers. Recently an Imam in a major Mosque in Alexandria cursed the secularist Muslims in his sermon and called them infidels.
        The bottom line is that there are religious and political upheavals in the Muslim world and it is not clear how things will end. Unfortunately the Western leaderships are aligning themselves with the wrong groups. However there are still hope that even if fanatics win this round, when Muslims in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia feel the full impact of being ruled by Taliban style governments will not accept that.

  9. concerned christian says:

    I tried both Arabic and English Google translation of the Persian posting (of February 2011) and both appear to be a message of peace, what is puzzling is that the message was signed with the word Ya Majzoob which I still don’t understand.

  10. Anonymous says:

    no pueden defender a los nazis, ningun joven de hoy en dia puede hacerlo porque no han vivido en esa epoca, no pueden negar que el holocausto nunca haya existido,

  11. Anonymous says:

    estoy de acuerdo con que el fanatismo existe, pero matar a ñiños y madres es humano??????

  12. Where is the outrage over the millions of North American native people and countless tribes rendered extinct by the holier than thou Americans? Their lands were stolen and the small number that remained were rounded up and shipped off to concentration camps euphemistically known as “Indian reservations”. Truth positive that the victors write the history

  13. Albert Drinkwater says:

    How do you get millions of people to fallow. Why do millions of fallow? i/e dictators, presidents,theologians,popes,fatherland,mystical ideaologys,astrology,scientology. Hitlers: higher good: higher cause: national will. It seems to me that all were sacrificing in someway to external authority of some type. Even the upholders of democracy who saved us from them, had to sacrifice. Why?

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