We Are All Holocaust Witnesses

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress On April 24, 1945, my mother, Dr. Hadassah Bimko … Continued

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft
General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress

On April 24, 1945, my mother, Dr. Hadassah Bimko Rosensaft, gave one of the first eye-witness accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust on a Movietone News newsreel that was filmed at the recently liberated Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.

When British troops had entered Bergen-Belsen near the German city of Hanover nine days earlier, they encountered a devastation of human misery for which they were utterly unprepared. More than 10,000 bodies lay scattered about the camp, and the 58,000 surviving inmates, the overwhelming majority of them Jews, were suffering from a combination of typhus, tuberculosis, dysentery, extreme malnutrition and countless other virulent diseases.

My mother, a not yet 33-year-old Jewish dentist from Poland, was among the survivors.

Her parents, first husband, five-and-a-half year old son, and sister had all been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she herself had spent more than 15 months before being sent to Bergen-Belsen in November 1944. With the war still ongoing, Brigadier H. L. Glyn-Hughes, the Deputy Director of Medical Services of the British Army of the Rhine, appointed her to organize and head a group of doctors and nurses among the survivors to help a skeleton military medical team care for the camp’s thousands of critically ill inmates.

One week after the liberation, British Movietone News arrived at Bergen-Belsen to record the evidence of Nazi Germany’s crimes. In the newsreel, my mother spoke forcefully and defiantly in fluent German, choosing her words carefully, without faltering. Dressed in a white medical coat, she looked straight into the camera. “It is difficult for me to describe,” she said, “all that we inmates experienced here in the camps. As a small, very small example I can relate that we inmates were thrown onto the earth of a filthy, lice-filled camp, without blankets, without bags of hay, without beds. We were given a twelfth of a piece of bread daily and one liter of turnip soup so that almost 75 percent of the inmates were swollen from hunger. A severe typhus epidemic broke out, and the hunger and the typhus devoured us.”

Through the camera she told the world how the Germans had refused to give starving inmates food shipments sent by the Red Cross until shortly before the arrival of British troops, and how the camp’s SS commandant had stolen large quantities of chocolate intended for Jewish children to enrich himself on the black market.

Five months later, my mother was one of the principal witnesses for the prosecution at the first trial of Nazi war criminals. In her testimony before a British military tribunal at Lueneburg, Germany, she described in detail the brutality and sadism of the SS officers and guards at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

On her second day on the witness stand, one of the court-appointed defense attorneys suggested, according to a report published in the New York Times of September 23, 1945, that my mother’s statement that she had seen one of the defendants kick and beat the inmates was “pure fabrication.” “I would like to point out,” my mother replied, “I was present and not the defending counsel during those conditions that I have described.”

This incident might be dismissed as one lawyer’s overzealous trial tactic, were it not for another news item published on the same page as the report of my mother’s testimony. There, General George Patton, head of the U.S. military government of Bavaria, is quoted as saying that “this Nazi thing is just like a Democratic and Republican election fight.”

Fast-forward to Patrick Buchanan, senior White House official under Presidents Nixon and Reagan and one-time arch-conservative candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, who wrote in his March 17, 1990, syndicated column that it would have been impossible for Jews to perish in the gas chambers of the Treblinka death camp. In the same column, Buchanan referred to a “so-called Holocaust Survivor syndrome” which he described as involving “group fantasies of martyrdom and heroics.”

And then fast-forward still further to Bishop Richard Williamson, the renegade Roman Catholic cleric whom Pope Benedict XVI sought to rehabilitate earlier this year, who declared on Swedish television that, “I believe that the historical evidence is largely against, is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler . . . . I believe there were no gas chambers.”

Bishop Williamson is not alone. In December 2006, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad convened an international pseudo-academic conference in Tehran entitled “International Conference on ‘Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision’,” in which such luminaries as David Duke, the erstwhile Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, “debated,” in effect, whether or not my grandparents and my brother had in fact been gassed at Auschwitz.

Six months after my mother died in October 1997, I was at Auschwitz-Birkenau with our daughter Jodi, then a college sophomore. We walked in silence past the decaying wooden barracks. After 15 or 20 minutes, Jodi turned to me and said, “You know, it looks exactly the way Dassah [which is what she called my mother] described it.” I realized that a transfer of memory had taken place. My daughter, born 33 years after the Holocaust, had recognized Birkenau through my mother’s eyes, through my mother’s memories.
For the past 64 years, the survivors have fought against those who seek to deny or trivialize the genocide of European Jewry.

Now, as the Holocaust’s witnesses fade into history, we as a society must make their cause our own by absorbing their memories into our collective consciousness. The survivors’ personal testimonies, including my mother’s words on the Movietone newsreel and her posthumously published memoirs, are their lasting legacy. They are also our most powerful antidote against contemporary and future Holocaust deniers.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft is General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is the Founding Chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

  • INGOODFAITH

    Our condolences to ALL who was HUMANLY WRONGED against Our [MEMEtic] HUEMATE/RiGHTS!Note: Besides being born [SABRA] in Israel That; Mr. Catholic HITLER Murdered ALL my “HAGANNA” Father’s MEME’s [pbu-them et al] from LUDZ Poland & Vienna Austria. So i [WE] never got to enjoy a Grand-Ma/Pa & or a Aunt/Unlce nor 1stCuz/2ndCuz. ANDQuazi Russian Orthodox Mr. STALIN murdered 5 of my ‘Part{i}san’ Mother’s MALE Inellectual MEMEtic family members [pbu-them et al] from Minsk Bella-Russ & Luganst Ukrain. So i [WE] only got to enjoy 1 Aunt [pbuh et al] of whom i [WE] Smuggled out of the U.S.S.R. to sweet sweet America. ANDironically It was GERMANY’s “Reperation” Money/Compensation that my Father recieved {my Mother never saw a penny] while in Israel. So with this Money (better than nothing) allowed them to move to America instead of Australia. ANDsadly, by moving to America, my father thought the KINDa” {kids] will atleast have a better chance to Re-populate in America instead of fighting against Islamic Fanatics HAMASTANi’s in Israel Proper. Hence: History is His OUR {Dads et al] Jury; AND So,My TWo Brothers “Perished” here after Vietnam & Combodia tours & Drug addictions in the “Streets” of NYC!. Go figure?Interestingly: Back to back; This past Saturday it was ‘Remenbrance-Day” for the “O.U.R.” Prophet of our “Holy-Cosmic-Feelers-Faith” {Ho-Co-Fe-Fa SYSTEM} via His ALBERT EINSTEIN [pbuh et al] April.18.1955. AND this Sunday It was “Remembrance-Day” for OUR other Prophet & Father of the ‘Ho-Co-Fe-Fa System’ His Honorable CHARLES DARWIN [pbuh et al] April.19.1882. ANDToday ; April.20.2009 is “SHOAH” Remembrance-Day.THEREFORE: WE [i] HUEMATES of this blesseth (never Curseth/Sinning) Holy-i but NEBULA-CosmicBuilt Space-Ship-EARTH; “SALUTE” ALL tose whom died in vain & not die in Vain!Even though Many Sultanic Musloms helped round-up Jews & or their Allies THATWas it not that Mr. MUHAMMAD himself [pbuh et al] once said, “The loss of the killing of 1-human is a loss to All of Humanity..” [Similar said]!? Soo,NEVER AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN! YES WE[i] CAN! YES i [WE] CAN! YES WE [US] CAN!PEACE, PAZ, SHALOM, SALAAM, FREIDEN, MIR, AHIMSA, ZHINGHU, SHANTIH…!

  • INGOODFAITH

    YES, HISTORY is OUR JURY, not only ‘Wittness’! And i [MEME] will show this [internet] world “WHY”? Mr. Adolf {FEURER} Hitler & CO., whom succeeded Mr. Hindenburg 1932, HATED the JEWS in GERMANY. So,Like Jews or Christians or Musloms being their own worse Enemy’s; So i [MEMEtically]askth that YE all Please forgive i [US] whom truly believe’s that the “SHOAH” happened for a good ‘reason’ & it so it actually happened {Prophetically, not Biblically} for the ‘better’. EXPLANATION:The REASON: Afew days ago i saw an article in the ‘Jerusalem Post’ {i [WE] post there frequently}. Please see DURBAN-1 2006 Photo of a fanatic Ultra-Orthodox(s), whom live in sweet sweet naive? America too via HASSIDIMizm Communities here & are Friends of Irans big mouth Mr. “Muhmoud AhMAD-injihad-hasbeen” to & insanely rallying AGAINST Modern-ISRAEL but not America!??? Please bear with me: When, in BERLIN, HITLER read , around 1935 what the Fantatic Orthodox German-Citizen JUDAH/Jews was saying in their Scriptures {not OUR], caused him et al to ‘Snap!” crackle & pop!Fact: For This Reason , US [WE] i {SABRA/iSRAELiTES} HATE them Fanatic Anti Israel Orthodox so called “PELEG”ian JUDAH/Jews {not like US genuine EBERu “JO{K}TAN”ians } of Germany now scattered in America & elswere, TODAY boldly & PROUDLY {hence Pride can gets one killed} wrote in their “TALMUD” {not OUR book} THAT:”… JEWS {not Us post 1948 SECULAR loving, non-Zionist SABARA’s} are more pleasing before their god {not OUR G-D} than the site of any Angels {i.e., Gabrial, eAllijah .. MELCHIZEDEK too?} ANDWho soever slaps a JEW {not Us SABRA’s} slaps god (not OUR G-D) himself. And the [Orthodox] World, {Not OUR Space-Ship Earth thinking} was CREATED on behalf of the JUDAH {not Us SABRA’s} Alone, Exlusivly. And their Solor/SUN {nor OUR Nebulanic made Soloar Systems}illuminates for the JUDAH orthodoxy Clans & the Rain .. because ‘We JEWS” {not Us SABRA’s} Live on their Earth {not OUR Solar System}.. etc..– See TALMUD @ HULiN 916, Berlin (1930-35) via Rabbi GOLDSCHMiT (Translated) & Published by; JUDiSCHER VERLiG. English Text, London, 1935 A.C.E., Soncono Press (Publisher).In essence its like YASHUA the YAHUD said that HE is the SON of Man & King of JUDAH??? So Pontif Pilot , successor to Herod {like Hitler & CO} Exterminated Mr. JESUS et al.Interesting: OUR Father/Prophet Hir Albert Einstein [pbuh et al] once said that this was “… WHY does the World HATE US?” Secret Revelation: Einstein was a JO{K}TANian EBERu race {like US HUEMATES, not like them HUMANS of the PELEG race, i.e. Hitler & Co.,! continued:

  • INGOODFAITH

    Continued to End?:Shoah-4:The 638 CE MASS Murders , Conversion & Theft of Both farsi-PERSHiA/Iran ZOROASTRiANS (1st Mono-Theo? Religion) UMMA? & their Jewish UMMA friends & subsequent Diasporas to India et al caused by Arabian Beduin ISLAManiacs! Shoah-5: MUHAMMAD’s Islamic Jihad &Mass Murderings of Persian/Iran’s Zoroastrians whom are today Diasporahd & still survived in peaceful INDIA. Millions Dead & forced to Convert & enslaved & sold to Aegypt et al.6: And other HOLOCAUSTS {Shoah’s} VICTIM(s),Known {ARMENIAN Genecide by TURKEY etc..} & Unknown {Suppressed by man or time}. 7: Or STALins Victims of his {not oUR} PURGES etc..!How about today DARFUR “SHOAH” & Others perpetrated/caused by man made selfish ISLAMIC folks against non-Islamic Folks?So: HUEMATE(s) {not HUMAN?} “REMEMBER, & NEVER FORGET” that theres been many HOLOCAUSTS, aka ‘SAhoah’(s).In a Way: TIME is the Best Medicine, not only Holy-i Cosmic SUNSHINE [PHOTONs=LIFE; and never via JEALOUSY [ZIONISM=RACEiSM!].Note: Please See Word: “AL TAQIYAH” (islamic Zionism, not Jewish Zionism). And see “HINDUTVAH” (Hindu Zionisn, not Jewish Zionism). Then Ye will WAKE-UP to the ‘TRUTH’ (opposite of ‘MYTH’)!OYE VAY!

  • INGOODFAITH

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  • INGOODFAITH

    Part 2 of 2 TO; Leith Anderson’s 2019 Prophecy.THAT; In Fact; After 2019; Starting 2020 that, WE [i] Us, of the ‘Ho-Co-Fe-Fa’ believers via the O.U.R. “ULTRA-PARA-TESTAMENT” Book of the NEW-SONG, comething Prophetically via ALL Ye 3-Major Infixus-BOOKS: Chumash/Bible, Geeta,/Kangyur, Quran/Koran…PROMISES US,[i]WE aka “JO{K}TAN”ians, unlike YE PELEGians of Pre-2020} that OUR “ULTRA-PARA-TESTAMENT” Of the NEW Song, borneth from All YE (Not OUR) OLD Songs) will Be Plantewd on the MOON & the MARS et al planets etc.. way& Way out Deep Deep Deep…. HOLY-i Cosmic NEBULA-BUILT Space via OUR Holy-i Cosmic built & miraculous Space-SHIP EARTHs, of Many (not via Ye BIBLICAL space & time)!Yes! OUR (not YE) Prez’s Mr. John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Lindon B. Johnson, Agnu, Richard M. Nixon… et al GREATS [pbu them et al] AND; Living Prez’s. Mr. Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, George W. Bush & Prez Borak Obama now & ?????? … Are All Mentioned in the “OUR” [O.ne U.niversal R.eligion], noy YE, BOOK! Not Ye Chumash/Bibles, Not Ye Geeta/Kangyurs, not YE Quran/Korans..! An Apocalypse of Minds & in Them Righteously no more Wrongly! END! Then;HALLALUYA! Praise The HOLY-i-NO-MAN/WOMB! O’ “IT” [G-D by 1000 names & no more by 99 names]! A Prophecy in Holy-i Motion whose TIME {TEMPerature] is cometh via Man-made time {Clock moves]!”Behold! The “ULTRA-PARA-TESTAMENT” of OUR “NEW-SONG” Borneth from All ’O.U.R.’ “OLD-SONGS“, as promised, not Landa! Amazing. NO GRACE ()

  • INGOODFAITH

    Dear Mr. Anderson & CO.; (Part 1 of 2).ON: “The Coming Evangelical Future” Publically posted on WAPO 04.20.09.QUESTION: Did not the “FLOODS” of MINNESOTA send Ye Evilgjelousicals & CO., a Message?GOOD NEWS! {Not in ‘Greek’ not in ‘England’ but spakething in “AMERiCAN” only}; In 11 Years time, in Holy-i NEBULA-MADE Temperature THAT;According to our AMERICAN-MADE, not YE imported “JEALOUSY” Un-Religion system(s), of the ‘O.ne U.niversal R.eligion’ [OUR] “HOLY-i COSMiC FEELER(s) FAiTH” [Ho-Co-Fe-Fa] System, a Belief like a Religion, but based on TRUTH (opposite MYTH) will predict for “2020″ Prophecy THAT;When Contemplating/Considering, not DENYiNG, “The-Last-100-Years” starting 1919 through 2019 that Hindsightly, aka as OUR HISTOTY, the ‘TRUE’ Jury writes on OUR Cosmic-Wall , not YE walls, THAT;Post WORLD WAR-1 (Ended 1919) with the ‘Diesel-Engine Invention-Starved 2nd Reich et al & when the Smoke Settled it was estimated? +/- 50, 000, 000 Systematically Murdered/Killed in Vain!!? AND; Remember & Never Forget Sir’s, Mam’s et al; Post WORLD-WAR-2 (Ended 1948?) Displacing, Diasporas separating so so many via a Tsunami Population-shifts!? AND;Through Today [2009] until [2019] or 10 Years scores, That ISRAEL & PALISTINE will be Calm! Separate Nations; 1-SECULAR Israel & the other [SHARIA] Palestine. AND;Sweet Sweet AMERICA will Have CUBA reciprocalally understandings once again & it’s Ally, Russia, will once again be told to ‘Take It on a Hike via an ‘improved MONROE DOCTRINE‘. AND;MEXICO might consider UNITiNG with U.S.A. 50 States , thus possibly Creating an Additional 15 States (65+) & Inevitably , All the Way To PANAMA ,; Where SEN. John McCain was borneth, not HAWAii Where PREZ. O.H. OBAMA is today!

  • cjprentiss

    The only swine lower than the ones who committed these gruesome atrocities are the ones who are alive today trying to deny that these horrors ever happened. We ask how any human beings could have been so demented as to commit such horrors? We see the answer right in front of us now in the presence of today’s thoroughly demented Holocaust Deniers.

  • arosscpa

    I watched Schindler’s List last night,as my part of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2009. When looking at Catholic Oskar Schindler’s life through a traditional moral lens, he seems to come up wanting. Yet Schindler creates holiness and goodness by seeking to bring good even out the evil in his own life and in the Nazi gestalt that surrounded him. I believe that Schindler now lives with the saints.At the end of the film it struck me that no Christian can call himself truly holy until he is called righteous by his elder brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith.

  • arosscpa

    I watched Schindler’s List last night,as my part of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2009. When looking at Catholic Oskar Schindler’s life through a traditional moral lens, he seems to come up wanting. Yet Schindler creates holiness and goodness by seeking to bring good even out the evil in his own life and in the Nazi gestalt that surrounded him. I believe that Schindler now lives with the saints.At the end of the film it struck me that no Christian can call himself truly holy until he is called righteous by his elder brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith.

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