Dec 12, 2009

FILM CLIAMS: "Germans used to prepare soups cooked with human flesh"


Survivor's victory on evil

Film depicting Holocaust survivor's journey to be screened to Austrian students at Nazi camp

Merav Yudilovitch

Published:  12.04.09, 08:09 / Israel Culture

Moshe Zimmerman's film "Pizza in Auschwitz" will be screened at the Mauthausen concentration camp on December 9th in the presence of Austrian high school students.


Prior to the screening, the movie will also be presented at the This Human World festival in Vienna. The film's main character, Holocaust survivor Daniel Chanoch, will be present at both screenings.


Chanoch, an eccentric and belligerent figure, views the Mauthausen screening as an achievement.

'We're not victims.' Chanoch during journey


"Toady I have a highly importantly educational and informative role to play," he says. "It's important for me that Austrians youths realize, despite the denials, that Austria joined forces with the Nazi regime."


"I travel with this movie worldwide, but my return to Mauthausen is an immense achievement," he says. "This camp was the head of the snake, it was among the most terrible camps. The living conditions there were extremely difficult and the
Germans used to prepare soups cooked with human flesh for the prisoners. I was only a kid, but this is a sight I will never forget.

What's a greater victory than to return to a place where human rights were deprived with a movie whose essence is human rights?"


Chanoch says he intends to lead the student tour at the camp on his own.


"I will show them that it happened, it ended, and right now despite all we must look forward," he says. "I, who hold a hospitalization card signed by Mengele, the doctor who used to present me as an object to Red Cross representatives, want to tell them that we overcame all these monsters, and that we're alive. I'll be holding this tour based on memories."


'2 million Jews fought Hitler'

Chanoch also says that he objects to the nature of Holocaust commemoration undertaken by the establishment.


"I object to the whiny hasbara of Yad Vashem, which praises misery," he says. "The camps strengthened us. I learned about life in Adolf's facilities…we are not victims and I'm fed up with being portrayed as part of a herd led like sheep to the slaughter. They're feeding us with nonsense."


The Holocaust survivor says he is proud of the Jewish people for establishing a state and is delighted that he was able to build a family.


"It's true that many of us went to the crematoria, but what needs to be emphasized is that more than two million Jews fought Hitler," he says.


In the film, Chanoch is accompanied by his children, Sagi and Miri, on a "Shoah Reality" journey among the camps he was held at during his childhood in Europe. The journey reaches its climax during a night spent at his hut in Birkenau. Instead of looking into the silent testament to the horror that took place at the camp, the story focuses on the Chanoch family's chaotic journey to complete the mission.



Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides By Thomas Dalton

In this remarkable, balanced book, the author skillfully reviews and compares "traditional" and "revisionist" views on the "The Holocaust."

On one side is the traditional, orthodox view -- six million Jewish casualties, gas chambers, cremation ovens, mass graves, and thousands of witnesses. On the other is the view of a small band of skeptical writers and researchers, often unfairly labeled "deniers," who contend that the public has been gravely misled about this emotion-laden chapter of history.

The author establishes that the arguments and findings of revisionist scholars are substantive, and deserve serious consideration. He points out, for example, that even the eminent Jewish Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg acknowledged that there was no budget, plan or order by Hitler for a World War II program to exterminate Europe's Jews.

This book is especially relevant right now, as "Holocaust deniers" are routinely and harshly punished for their "blasphemy," and as growing numbers of people regard the standard, Hollywoodized "Holocaust" narrative with mounting suspicion and distrust.

The author of this book, who writes under the pen name of "Thomas Dalton," is an American scholar who holds a doctoral degree from a major US university.

This is no peripheral debate between arcane views of some obscure aspect of twentieth century history. Instead, this is a clash with profound social-political implications regarding freedom of speech and press, the manipulation of public opinion, how our cultural life is shaped, and how power is wielded in our society.


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