and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we
Regret, remorse, and
And man, whose
The smiles of love
Man's inhumanity to man
-- Robert Burns
man's inhumanity to man
Like yesterday, I did not
sleep enough because I got woken up by painful eyes - keratoconjunctivitis
- which I probably got because I watched too many videos while having
the disease, and therefore, like yesterday, this is only a brief
man's inhumanity to man
As regular readers of my sites
there are two, here and here, that should be mirror-images  - 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
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
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
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.
"So it goes."
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
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.
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