Numerous gypsy children were born at Auschwitz.[52 52.Mention is made of these births in the "Kalendarium" of Hefte von Auschwitz (Pages of Auschwitz), edited by the State Museum at Oswiecim (Auschwitz), in particular in volumes 7 and 8. The Germans maintained a register of all births, including Jews. They kept a record of everything. Every surgical operation, for example, was noted, with the name of the inmate, his registration number, the object and the result of the operation (in Latin), the date, and the signature of the surgeon. At the crematoria, the extraction of a tooth from a corpse was made the object of an incident report ("Meldung"). This last point, on its own, renders absurd the legend of large scale massacres with extraction of teeth on a quasi-industrial scale. Auschwitz was first and foremost a very important complex in Upper Silesia composed of three main camps and 39 sub-camps scattered over the whole of one region. The mining, industrial, agricultural operations, and the researches there, were considerable: coal mines (some with French capital), petro-chemicals, armaments, explosives, synthetics, artificial rubber, cattle-breeding, fish farms, etc. At Auschwitz there were free laborers as well as internees, and prisoners condemned to life imprisonment as well as prisoners interned for a shorter time. In Auschwitz-II or Birkenau camp, there was the distressing spectacle of numerous persons unskilled for any work and stagnating on the spot. Among them were the gypsies, who with few exceptions were not put to work. The essential pre-occupation of the Germans at the end of 1942 was to put to work all internees (with the exception of those unable to work). At Auschwitz there even existed courses of professional training for the young from 12 to 15 years old, in masonry, for example.[On the existence of a vocational school for masons, see for example the evidence of Franz Hofmann in Hermann Langbein's work "Der Auschwitz Prozess". Concerning the team of apprentices ("Lehrlings-Kommandos) see the evidence of detainee Curt Posener in document NI-980854] The Germans responsible for the deportation of foreigners to the camps insisted upon obtaining the largest possible number of those "capable of work". The foreign governments, for their part, insisted that families should not be separated and that the old and the children should join the convoys. Neither the Jews nor anyone else had any knowledge whatever of leaving for an "extermination" camp, if one is to believe testimonies such as those of Georges Wellers in "L'Etoile Jaune à L'heure de Vichy.["l'Etoile jaune à l'heure de Vichy/De Drancy à Auschwitz", (The Yellow Star under the Vichy Era/From Drancy [Transit Camp] to Auschwitz), Paris, Fayard 1973]. I t is difficult to conceive that Germany, dramatically short of locomotives, of wagons, of coal, of qualified personnel, and of soldiers, could have laid on such a system of convoys to the "abattoirs'. These convoysseemed to have had a priority even over the convoys of war materiel. [The distance from Drancy (near Paris) to Auschwitz (1,250km) was covered, in general, in two days]. Production, above all, skilled production was what pre-occupied the Germans more than anything in this matter. The camp at Auschwitz had three successive commandants: Rüdolf Höss, Arthur Liehehenschel and Richard Baer. The first had been interrogated by the British, and then by the Poles, who executed him. The second was executed by the Poles. The third died suddenly in prison when the famous "Auschwitz Trial" at Frankfurt (1963-65) was in preparation. There has been no mention of "admissions," or even of any kind of information, on the part of Liebehenschel or Baer on the "gas chambers". The true "Gas Chambers Trial" of Auschwitz has been-one can never repeat it enough-that of the architects Walter Dejaco and Fritz Ertl at Vienna (Austria) in 1972. This trial, launched by Simon Wiesenthal and presented as a sensational affair, very quickly became a fiasco for the prosecution. The two men having been charged with having "constructed and repaired gas chambers and crematorium ovens at Auschwitz-Birkenau," revealed, As established technicians, even if they had constructed or had had constructed the crematoria ovens, they most certainly had not designed plans of "gas chambers" but only for the morgues which flanked these crematoria ovens. The two architects were acquitted. I have not yet even touched upon the subject of the superabundance of technical and physical impossibilities which become apparent upon an actual examination of the site and the dimensions of the supposed "gas chambers" at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Moreover, just as an inquisitive fact-finder of the Polish museum may discover, these chambers were in reality nothing more than "cold storage rooms" (mortuaries) and were typical of such rooms both in lay-out as well as size. The supposed "gas chamber" of Krema II at Birkenau, of which there remains only a ruin, was in fact a morgue, located below ground in order to protect it from heat and measuring 30 meters in length and 7 meters down the center to allow for the movement of wagons). The door, the passageways, the freight lift (which measured only 2.10 meters by 1.35 meters) which led to the crematory chamber were all of Lilliputian dimensions in comparison to the insinuations of Höss's account.[13] According to Höss, the gas chamber could easily accommodate 2,000 standing victims, but had a capacity of 3,000. Can you imagine that? Three thousand people crammed into a space of 210 square meters. In other words, to make a comparison, 286 people standing in a room measuring 5 meters by 4 meters! Do not be deceived into believing that before their retreat the Germans blew up the "gas chambers" and crematory ovens to conceal any trace of their alleged crimes. If one wishes to obliterate all trace of an installation which would be intrinsically quite sophisticated, it must be scrupulously dismantled from top to bottom so that there remains not one shred of incriminating evidence. Destruction by means of demolition would have been ingenuous. If explosives had been employed, mere removal of the concrete blocks would still have left this or that telltale sign. As a matter of fact, Poles of the present day Auschwitz museum have reconstructed the remains of some "Kremas" (meaning, in reality, reconstructions of crematoria and supposed "gas chambers"). However, all of the artefacts shown to tourists attest to the existence of crematory ovens rather than to anything else.[14] If it was the Germans who dynamited those installations (as an army often does in retreat) it was precisely because those installations concealed nothing suspicious. In Majdanek, on the other hand, they left intact installations which were dubbed "gas chambers" after the war. 13.The plan which allows us to give these dimensions to the nearest centimeter is found in the archives of the State Museum of Oswiecim (Auschwitz). The reference number of this photo of the plan is Neg. 519. The plans of the "Kremas" (crematoria) IV and V are even more interesting than those of Kremas II and III. They prove, in effect, that the three structures abusively described as "gas chambers" were in fact inoffensive premises, complete with ordinary doors and windows. Land Cruiser Ratte and Dora Art



Ratte and Maus

The Hydra tank



The 'Ratte' Land Cruiser is the closest real world counterpart to the Hydra Tank, designed by Daniel Simon for the film " Captain America: The First Avenger". Designed in 1942 by Krupp, it was never built because Albert Speer deemed it totally unfit after he had become Reichsminister for armaments in 1943.

He was probably right. At one thousand metric tones, the Ratte would have been five times heavier than the Panzer VIII Maus which was the largest tank ever built.

The Landkreuzer was to be armed with naval artillery and armored with nine inches of hardened steel, so heavily that only similar weapons could hope to affect it. To compensate for its immense weight, the craft would have been equipped with three 1.2 meter wide treads on each side with a total tread width of 7.2 meters. The vehicle’s sheer mass would still have destroyed roads however and rendered bridge crossings completely impractical.

An even larger tank would have been the 'Monster' at fifteen hundred tonnes. This vehicle was supposed to carry the eight hundred millimeter 'Schwerer Gustav/Dora' railway siege gun also made by Krupp, the largest artillery gun ever fired in military action. It was otherwise mounted on a train.

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