Enemy #1 — USA
June 1, 1944, a Warsaw underground newspaper releases the first news that tens of thousands of Jews at Chelmno, Poland, have been gassed to death at the Nazi concentration camp.
Due to the stringent Nazi control on the news media, along with their own proliferation of Nazi propaganda, the real truth took over seven months before it surfaced.
This was a full year after Hitler had issued orders to implement his famous “Final Solution.”
The method first used was what the Nazis called the death van, a vehicle where the exhaust was rerouted back into the airtight cabin of the van. Jews were rounded up in Poland, told they were being taken to a work camp. By the time the van arrived at Chelmno, they were all dead. The bodies were disposed of in mass graves. The beauty of this device was the killing method was both invisible and silent.
It is estimated the Nazis exterminated 360,000 Jews from more than 200 communities using death vans.
It was a young Jewish boy, Emanuel Ringelblum, who managed to escape from the prison camp and revealed the horror to the Warsaw underground socialist newspaper, Liberty Brigade. It was his job, along with others, to drag the corpses of his people from the van, load them on carts, and take them to the mass grave sites.
Even after he told his story, the Nazis continued to deny and claim it was all fake news and malicious slander.
It would not be until the end of the war that the world would fully realize the truth of the Nazis determination to exterminate the Jewish people.
President Trump has told the American people that “Fake News” is the greatest danger facing America today. I believe the greatest threat to America today is the attempt to control the media with legal battles, threats, intimidation, and using alternate facts as propaganda.
What do you think?
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