March 2, 2013

Documenting man's inhumanity to man
Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
-- Robert Burns


1. Documenting man's inhumanity to man
About ME/CFS


Like yesterday, I did not sleep enough because I got woken up by painful eyes - keratoconjunctivitis sicca - which I probably got because I watched too many videos while having the disease, and therefore, like yesterday, this is only a brief Nederlog.

1. Documenting man's inhumanity to man
As regular readers of my sites - there are two, here and here, that should be mirror-images [1] - may know, I am the son and grandson of parents and grandparents who dared to be a members of the resistance in World War II, for which reason my father and grandfather ended up in German concentration camps, as "political terrorists", where my grandfather also got murdered.

My father's story, in his own words, is here, and with that background I have always been much interested in man's inhumanity to man, that also were important motives for me to study philosophy and psychology.

I found today news about the German concentration camps and ghettos that both  does and does not shock me in an article in the New York Times by Eric Lichtblau entitled

Letś first quote the shocking news - which is indeed shocking. I quote the beginning of the article:

THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.

What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust.

The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.

The figure is so staggering that even fellow Holocaust scholars had to make sure they had heard it correctly when the lead researchers previewed their findings at an academic forum in late January at the German Historical Institute in Washington.

“The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought,” Hartmut Berghoff, director of the institute, said in an interview after learning of the new data.

“We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was,” he said, “but the numbers are unbelievable.”

The documented camps include not only “killing centers” but also thousands of forced labor camps, where prisoners manufactured war supplies; prisoner-of-war camps; sites euphemistically named “care” centers, where pregnant women were forced to have abortions or their babies were killed after birth; and brothels, where women were coerced into having sex with German military personnel.

Auschwitz and a handful of other concentration camps have come to symbolize the Nazi killing machine in the public consciousness. Likewise, the Nazi system for imprisoning Jewish families in hometown ghettos has become associated with a single site — the Warsaw Ghetto, famous for the 1943 uprising. But these sites, infamous though they are, represent only a minuscule fraction of the entire German network, the new research makes painfully clear.

And I quote its end:

As early as 1933, at the start of Hitler’s reign, the Third Reich established about 110 camps specifically designed to imprison some 10,000 political opponents and others, the researchers found. As Germany invaded and began occupying European neighbors, the use of camps and ghettos was expanded to confine and sometimes kill not only Jews but also homosexuals, Gypsies, Poles, Russians and many other ethnic groups in Eastern Europe. The camps and ghettos varied enormously in their mission, organization and size, depending on the Nazis’ needs, the researchers have found.

The biggest site identified is the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, which held about 500,000 people at its height. But as few as a dozen prisoners worked at one of the smallest camps, the München-Schwabing site in Germany. Small groups of prisoners were sent there from the Dachau concentration camp under armed guard. They were reportedly whipped and ordered to do manual labor at the home of a fervent Nazi patron known as “Sister Pia,” cleaning her house, tending her garden and even building children’s toys for her.

When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500.

The numbers astound: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers.

In Berlin alone, researchers have documented some 3,000 camps and so-called Jew houses, while Hamburg held 1,300 sites.

Dr. Dean, a co-researcher, said the findings left no doubt in his mind that many German citizens, despite the frequent claims of ignorance after the war, must have known about the widespread existence of the Nazi camps at the time.

“You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps,” he said. “They were everywhere.”

Now let me explain part of the reasons this does not shock me, though I agree the facts are shocking:

It was only around 2005 that I learned that the Amsterdam aldermen Oudkerk and Asscher, who refused to receive when I complained about murder threats and being gassed by the drugsdealers they protected, descended in a straight line from the Nazi-collaborators Asscher and Cohen, as probably does mayor Job Cohen, who also refused to receive me, phone me, or answer my mails, about dealers in illegal drugs he protected, and whose spokespersons, who are Amsterdam municipal lawyers known as "mafia mates" in Dutch, refused many times to clarify. (See ME in Amsterdam if you read Dutch, or here if you don't.)

It was only in 2012 that I learned that all of the Dutch Supreme Court in World War II, with the exception of its Jewish President, who was dismissed, collaborated with the Nazis, as did nearly all Dutch judges and nearly all policemen, and that this was not public knowledge because none of them ever had to face court because of the intrigues of the Nazi-collaborator Donner, Supreme Court judge, professor of law, and grandfather of the Dutch minister Donner who "tolerated" i.e. protected the illegal trading in soft drugs, in Amsterdam and elsewhere in Holland.

So... the reason this does not shock me is that it seems to me that, at least in Holland, most of the history about World War II that has so far been written was falsification, meant to keep the full truth about the enormous extent of the Dutch collaboration with the Nazis hidden, and meant to protect the reputations of the leading collaborating Dutch families - who therefore could remain prominent after WW II, as they had been before and during.

And to make clear what I mean by "falsification":

I do not mean that the facts that have been told by the official Dutch historians - those working at RIOD and NIOD, especially - are not facts, though indeed that may also have happened (as hardly anyone is in a position to properly check this: one has to accept it on faith, if one accepts it, as nearly all Dutchmen do).

I do mean that quite a large number of the relevant facts about Dutch prominent persons and families, prominent in the war, during the war, and after the war, have been systematically not told in order to keep these persons and families prominent, as indeed is human-all-too-human.

How much of what really happened during WW II in Holland, where there were several concentration camps, in two of which my grandfather was imprisoned, and in three of which my father was imprisoned, before being imprisoned in Sachsenhausen, can ever be recovered is unclear to me.

I confidently assert, without proof and without direct evidence but from the knowledge of the Dutch, that most of the materials that would prove guilt of important surviving collaborators may have been destroyed ("was mislaid", "has disappeared", "cannot be found").

I do know I have tried to contradict the falsifications of one of these "historians", and have been mostly ignored and most imperinently lied to.

It may be safely assumed that the full story of Dutch collaboration with the Nazis has never been told, and that most of the evidence that would incriminate Dutch leading families may have been destroyed, and certainly has never been told in books of history that are widely read. [2]

"So it goes."


[1] There are two that are mirror-images (if I made no mistakes, and no one interfered) for two reasons: The original site is the Dutch one, which started in 1996 with the provider xs4all when xs4all was still xs4all, rather than "xs4all", now owned by KPN, which bought the original company in 2002, since when the "service" turned out to be a study in gross impertinence, and everything got very much worse. The quality of "the service" was one reason to start another site, while my legal difficiulties with the city of Amsterdam, about the drugsmafia protected by mayor, aldermen and municipal police of that city, where - according to the Dutch Parliamentarian Van Traa Report of 1995 - most of the at least 10 billion (10.000 million) dollars worth of illegal soft drugs that are yearly turned over, are another reason to want an outlet for my opinions outside Holland, since I am one of the very few Dutchmen who dared to protest this business.

For in Holland soft drugs, although sold in in public, are illegal, and have always been illegal, and very probably will remain illegal, simply because that keeps the profits very high, and that is what motivates many mayors and aldermen to allow these illegal drugs to be sold in public, with their personal permission and signature: This is the most profitable way of dealing drugs.

[2] The problem is this, at least in Holland, and probably elsewhere: Nearly all of the materials and personal testimonies about what really happened in WW II are in Dutch, which is a language few but Dutchmen read; nearly all of the historians who write about this for publication are Dutch and get or got financed by the Dutch state (directly or indirectly), the officials of which often have and certainly had interests in an appropriately laundered version. How this eventually works out is difficult to say, and may easily be construed as defamation, which is not my desire, and also not my point. I merely note that the facts about the murder of the Dutch Jews in WW II seem to me more honestly told in the non-Dutch "Holocaust Encyclopedia", Ed. Walter Laqueur, Yale UP, 2002, than in the Dutch histories I have read.

About ME/CF (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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