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Friday, 6 November 2015

DAY 185 - Rememberance Day 2016 - In fond memory of Louis Fynaut Belgian Survivor Buchenwald Concentration Camp from your daughter!

My dad led and pushed and pulled me to the gage but I had to walk through it alone and come to my own conclusions!

The biggest gift my dad left behind him was his memoir!  We have to find our own truth nobody can do it for you but they can help you on the path......

Thanks Dad....'Through your determination TO LIVE and with the help of others I am here today!'

My dads memoir: at

and I Survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald.....on Amazon and Google

Buchenwald was a Class II camp with “Jedem das Seine” on the gate

Filed under: BuchenwaldGermany — Tags:  — furtherglory @ 10:43 am
I am currently reading the new book by Flink Whitlock, which is entitled The Beasts of Buchenwald.  The Beasts in the title are Ilse Koch and her husband, Karl Otto Koch, who was the Commandant of the camp.  I am not quite to the end yet, but so far, I have not seen any mention that Buchenwald was a Class II camp.  In January 1941, Heinrich Himmler had designated Buchenwald as the only Class II camp and Mauthausen and Gusen as the only Class III camps.
What did these classifications mean and why is this so important?  Well, to give you an idea of the importance, the main Auschwitz camp was a Class I camp.  Class I camps had a sign on the gatehouse that read “Arbeit Macht Frei” and non-Jewish political prisoners had a chance of being released.  According to the Auschwitz Museum, 1,500 non-Jewish prisoners were released from the Auschwitz main camp.   Buchenwald had a sign on the gate that read “Jedem das Seine” and the prisoners had almost no chance of being released.

Jedem das Seine on Buchenwald gate
The “Jedem das Seine” sign on the gate faced the inside of the camp, so that it could be easily read by the prisoners.  This sign can be translated as “To Each his Own” or as “Everyone gets what he deserves.”  The class III Mauthausen camp, which had been designated as “Rückkehr unerwünscht” (Return undesirable) had no sign on the gate and prisoners had no chance of being released.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Day 184 -Lest we Forget 2015 - Buchenwald U.S. perspective!

Amazing - on further perusal, the picture I took on my cell phone - where I'm looking back at the gate looks like a man like my dad is there close by to the gate - yet I was sure that nobody was there when I took the picture and in another one the sign is shining and a  a huge orb is shining right over the gate - have it on my cell phone but cannot get it from cell to blog right now but will soon!!!Even if all of what I think is an illusion - what the heck - life is really just a huge illusion anyway!

Just found this article below.  My dad had a copy of this photo and said that he believed that one of the men in the picture was him as when he was on guard there once -  he remembers someone taking pictures!!!!I seem to recall that he thought the guy looking on the right was him but from inwards he would have been on the left!

Buchenwald Concentration Camp


Sign on gate at Buchenwald reads: Jedem das Seine

The photo above was taken from inside the gatehouse at the Buchenwald concentration camp, looking out at the administration building outside the camp; the sign on the gate can only be read from the inside. In English, it means "To Each his Own," or "Everyone gets what he deserves."
This photo and all the others on this page, were contributed by Bob Landino, the son of the late Louis J. Landino, who was an American soldier with the 57th Signal Service Company; he was in Europe from March 31, 1946 through August 30, 1948 during the American Occupation of Germany. These photos were included in a photo album which he brought home and gave to his family.
The Buchenwald gate with its famous sign "Jedem das Seine" was designed by Franz Ehrich, a prisoner who studied with Moholy-Nagy, Klee, Kandinsky and Josef Albers at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Ehrlich was arrested as a Communist resistance fighter in 1935 and sent to Buchenwld two years later. In 1937, the Buchenwald camp was stll new and had few buildings. Ehrlich, who had worked with architect Walter Gropius in his Bauhaus Berlin office, volunteered to work in the joinery workshop at Buchenwald; he was assigned to design and build the entrance gate. The sans-serif lettering of the words "Jedem das Seine" show Ehrlich's training under Bauhaus typographer Joost Schmidt. After he was released from Buchenwald in 1939, Ehrlich stayed on and worked as a paid architect at the SS training camp and munitions factories at Buchenald. (The source of the information about Franz Ehrich is this web site.)
Buchenwald was a Class II camp for hard-core political prisoners, mainly Communists, who were considered to be harder to "rehabilitate." Consequently, conditions in the Buchenwald camp were more severe than at Dachau and Sachsenhausen, which were Class I camps where many prisoners were released after being brain-washed into accepting such Nazi principles as obedience and hard work. The sign over the iron gates at both Dachau and Sachsenhausen read "Arbeit Macht Frei" or Work Brings Freedom.
The photo below, taken from the tower on top of the gatehouse, shows the barracks buildings at Buchenwald. The camp was built on the slope of a hill, so that all the barracks were visible from the gatehouse. The camp was guarded by three machine guns on top of the gatehouse.

Barracks at Buchenwald concentration camp

All of the wood frame barracks buildings at Buchenwald have long since been torn down, but the brick building, shown on the far right in the background of the photo above, is still there. This was the administration building when the camp was in operation.
The Jews were isolated in a special section called the "Small Camp," which was located at the bottom of the slope, far from the gatehouse. This section was separated from the rest of the camp by a barbed wire fence, which is shown in the photo below. The "Small Camp" was built where the soccer field had previously been located. It was used as a Quarantine camp for Jewish prisoners who had been evacuated from Auschwitz and other camps and brought to Buchenwald in the last months of the war.

"Small Camp" at Buchenwald was for the Jews

The Communist political prisoners, who lived in the barracks near the gatehouse, discriminated against the Jewish prisoners and would not allow them into their nicer section unless they received a bribe. After the camp was liberated, the Jews were not even allowed to attend the celebration ceremony which was conducted by the Communist prisoners near the gatehouse.
Conditions inside the "Small Camp" were far worse than in the main part of the camp. The Jews were forced to live in crowded barracks and disease was rampant.
Buchenwald was primarily a camp for political prisoners and the Jews had only arrived there after the death camps, located in what is now Poland, had been closed because of the advance of the army of the Soviet Union. The Jews were immediately isolated because they had to be quarantined in order to ensure that they were not carrying any diseases. In spite of this, a typhus epidemic broke out in the camp; half of all the prisoners who died at Buchenwald died during the epidemic. By the time that the Buchenwald camp was liberated, the epidemic had almost been brought under control and the death rate after the liberation was not as high as in the other camps in Germany.
The photo below shows a barrack building that was apparently reserved for Jews. Note the Star of David inside a circle at the top of the building. When American soldiers arrived on April 11, 1945 to liberate the camp, they found dead bodies scattered around. The photo below shows bodies that are still clothed, which probably indicates that they had died only hours before, since it was the custom to remove the clothing from the corpses and give it to the living prisoners.

Bodies in front of Jewish barrack

The photo below shows the emaciated bodies of dead Buchenwald prisoners piled up in the morgue. The clothing taken from the corpses was disinfected and then used again.

Emaciated corpses found at Buchenwald

The photo below shows the interior of one of the barrack buildings at Buchenwald. The prisoners slept in bunk beds that were stacked in tiers of three. This photo was probably taken in the main part of the camp, since the faces of the prisoners do not look emaciated.

Bunk beds inside the barracks at Buchenwald

The Communist prisoners controlled the camp; they were the Kapos (Captains) who were in charge of work assignments and the distribution of the food, according to the Buchenwald Report. When the American soldiers arrived to liberate the camp, they found that the Communists had already taken over and they had everything under control. The prisoners were still inside, but all the guards had abandoned the camp, and the Communists were maintaining order and discipline.
There were partially burned bodies still in the ovens, as shown in the photo below.

Partially burned bodies in crematory oven at Buchenwald

The sight of the ovens and the dead bodies scattered around enraged the American soldiers. They did nothing to prevent the prisoners from hunting down the guards, who were still hiding in the woods outside the camp. Approximately 80 SS guards were brought back to the camp and killed by the prisoners, while some of the American soldiers joined in.
The photo below shows a wagon loaded with corpses. Note the figure of a man, wearing striped prison pants, who is standing up in the wagon on the right side of the picture. Apparently the prisoners were put to work gathering the bodies and loading them up in three wagons for transport to a burial site. Burial did not take place until several weeks after the camp was liberated; bodies were left out on wagons such as this so that American soldiers could be brought to the camp as witnesses to the Nazi crimes.

Corpse wagon at Buchenwald concentration camp

Survivors at Buchenwald

The photo above was taken by an American Army photographer shortly after the camp was liberated. In the center of the photo is a Jewish prisoner who had gone into hiding when the Germans started to evacuate the camp, according to his daughter. He first hid in the typhus ward and later dug a hole near the infirmary barrack. He was too weak to stand when this photo was taken.
His daughter wrote in an e-mail to me that her father told her about "the American soldier who asked him to pose for a picture, because he was particularly emaciated compared to the other - political - prisoners. The photographer asked them to assume a serious expression, because he wanted to communicate what happened in the camps during the war."
Note that the prisoner in the center of the photo is wearing thick socks. The concentration camp prisoners were not normally issued socks. These socks had formerly belonged to an SS guard in the camp.
The following is a quote from the e-mail letter sent to me by this prisoner's daughter:
When my father arrived in Buchenwald, he was slated to work in the quarry, in effect a protracted death sentence, when a Nazi Jeep drove by seeking building engineers. My father was a textile engineer, but decided to take the chance. He was lucky; his co-worker (they were building barracks) taught him on the job.
Towards the end of the war he would hide near the Germans' cabin and listen to the newscasts, which told of the approaching American army. This motivated him to find whatever means possible to hold out in the camp and avoid further deportation. I already wrote you how he hid: first by hiding in the typhus ward, then by digging a cave.
Buchenwald was the first major Nazi camp to be liberated by American soldiers. Prior to April 11, 1945, the day that American soldiers first discovered Buchenwald, the only camp that had been found so far in Germany was the Ohrdruf forced labor camp, which was a sub-camp of Buchenwald. The abandoned Ohrdruf camp was discovered on April 4, 1945; the guards were gone, but a few prisoners were still there. American soldiers had also found the abandonedNatzweiler camp in Alsace, which is now in France, although this French province had been incorporated into the Greater German Reich after France was defeated by the Germans in 1940.
The gas chambers in Auschwitz, where the Jews were being murdered as part of a systematic plan ordered by Adolf Hitler, were known to Americans as early as June 1942 when this news was broadcast over the BBC by the British. When the American liberators arrived at Buchenwald, they were expecting to find a gas chamber. Instead they found a morgue in the basement of the crematorium building, where there were a few hooks on the wall, according to the Buchenwald Report. Some of the prisoners told the Americans that it was customary to murder prisoners at Buchenwald by hanging them from these hooks until they choked to death. Other prisoners at Buchenwald told American soldiers that dead bodies were hung from the hooks until they could be cremated.
The photo below appears to have been taken in the morgue. Notice what looks like a hook on the wall above the head of the figure of a prisoner and slightly to the left. The figure in the photo appears to be a dummy dressed in a prisoner's uniform; probably this photo was taken to illustrate how the prisoners were hung from the hooks so that their feet were just off the floor. Allegedly, a blood-stained club was found in the morgue. In the corner of the room, in the photo below, is what appears to be a club. This information comes from the Buchenwald Report, which was written by the US Army after gathering testimony from the survivors.

Probably a photo taken in the morgue at Buchenwald

We are grateful to Bob Landino who sent us these photos which provide proof of the horrors found in the Buchenwald camp. Bob acquired these photos from his late father, Louis J. Landino, who said that he had "bought them from a German." We welcome contributions of photographs from our readers and we will post them if they are relevant.
The photo below, which was also included in the album of photos which Bob's father, Louis J. Landino, brought home, shows a group of Unteroffiziere (Corporals) in Luftwaffe uniforms, clicking their beer mugs together in a toast.

German Luftwaffe soldiers lift their beer glasses in a toast

According to one of our readers, H.H. Fehse, the insignia on the right hand side of their uniforms is the eagle perched on a swastika and all the uniforms have light coloured (yellow) collar patches containing the insert of one Seagull. (The SS troops had a skull over crossed bones.) It is possible, considering that they are all of the same rank, that they are celebrating their promotion after completion of a training course.
In an e-mail to me, Fehse wrote the following:
The Luftwaffe maintained a small airfield about south west (?) of Weimar. As far as I remember it was used as a communication and training base for auxiliary services (none flying). Latter could explain the similar forest, which straddled the airfield on one side, and was also part of the surrounding around the concentration camp. Additionally, it does explain the mood of the group just having received their promotion. Furthermore, and to explain for your benefit none of the guys shown in the photo has any additional badges i.e. reference to specific pilot or flying training or units.
Regards H.H.Fehse

Monday, 28 September 2015

Day 183 - My dad and I both seen to have been in touch with our shadows!!!

Excerpt from my dad's notes about life in Bulawayo for him in the 70's - Bulawayo helped me to see my shadow too...I treated my workers according to the laws of the land and more often than not, much better!   My work force consisted of the worst  type of rabble one could find.  Workers, who were considered to be  throw-outs of old mines, simpletons, agitators, infiltrators and, on top of it all that, we were operating in Maholi country.

The Maholi, at that time were considered to be descendants and previous prisoners of, The Matabele Impis. 
Image result for images of matabele In other words, people who had been put on the "edge" or edges of the forbidden territory, or similar to "an army of the damned in the twilight zone."

In return for wages and extras you got practically no production.  As soon as my back was turned there was wide-scale theft as well as threats to my  workers from enlisted intimidators, as well as, unending quarreling which was intermittently added to the, by now, "big bag of tricks".

On top of everything else  groups of young con-men would also tell the workers to demand Sheelite money per pound/weight, which for their own protection, was forbidden by law.  Lastly, competition from other prospectors and miners was also very high.  Common occurrences were,  jumping claims and "salted" information.

To be continued .... (My Dad is talking about issues and attitudes from the 1970's,, including his own attitude of course!) - see his war memoir at: or ca!

Day 182 - What I learned from my dad is to forget my personal tragedies and move on....

I can see my shadow too! Thanks Dad!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Day 1\80A- Records from Buchenwald re Louis Fynaut and his incarceration at Auschwitz and Buchenwald...

My dad had mentioned that one of his biggest disappointments, after his experiences at, Auschwitz and Buchenwald were the naysayers and I am happy to say that I have managed to get documented proof of what happened to him as follows:

The logo at the top of the 1st sheet reads:

Stiftung Gedenkstatten
Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora

The gist of the correspondence is that most of the documentation can be obtained through the International Tracing Service..... 
However, Buchenwald Archives, in Weimer, Germany, included 9 pages of records, in which is clearly stated that, the information is for personal family use only and cannot be published without consent.

The records include; an Identification card, a record of the clothes he possessed and a metal like tag and some other info.....  

The first thing that hit me in the face was my dad's image staring out at me from the Haftlings-Personal Karte.  The identification photo is very clear and highly defined so is very, very striking. 
I was also particularly aware of the word, STUDENT which shot out at me from one of his record pages.

As usual, to see my dad's face so starkly, sent a wave of emotion over me and made me realize, yet again,  how important it is to lead my life, in a good and decent manner as he did! 

Off the point just a little now...........the other day someone said to me, "It is unusual for someone, she meant me, to have such a strong spiritual connection with a person who is not alive."  I don't think that is unusual at all!!!!?????Am I missing something.........

Lastly, a while back, a troll, sent me some messages unsigned and basically called my dad a liar and said he was a coward and was likely never in the camps, the correspondence was left unsigned....... 

The following data was included on the first pages of the letter received yesterday and nearly duplicates, to a tee,  the chronology of my dad's descriptions of his work assignments and incidents that happened during and after these assignments at Buchenwald.....

Inquiry on

Louis Fynaut

......was transferred from Auschwitz concentration camp to Buchenwald on March 14, 1944 (date on arrival).  Upon arrival in Buchenwald he was assigned the prisoner number 53152 and was housed in block 57, later he was moved to block 42.   During his incarceration he had to work in the following work units:

quarry (53)
Gustloff-Werk II (30, it was an armaments factory located next to the camp)
road construction (41)
drainage construction (14)
police Weimer (34)

My dad's book is on Google and Amazon called, How I Survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald and also at!  The book versions are his words exactly.....except the foreword and a few other things.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Day 180 - Accessing - The Ancient Tower through my dad's memoir....and experiences as well as my own..

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April 2009

Father And Daughter

The bond between father and daughter happens instantly, starting right at birth,
When a father first lays eyes on his little girl he loves her more than anything on this earth,
When a daughter grows older her father is the first man she will love,
And the last one her father will have trouble letting go of,
In her eyes he is the closest thing to God, in her eyes he is a King,
To her father she means the world, she means everything.
When a daughter grows up to be an adult and mature,
Her father will always be there anytime she still needs dad to help her,
To give her advice or just-for anything she will ever need,
The bond between father and daughter is the most important bond indeed,
It cannot be broken when she finds a man, and become his wife,
It cannot be broken even in the ending of either ones life,
A daughter will always have the memories of her father, her best friend
This bond has a beginning, but there is never an end.
The bond between a father and daughter is so profound
The love shared is well renowned,
From the beginning of his daughters life, he is a changed man,
At that moment his life really just began.
From the moment their eyes meet,
two souls instantly become complete.Image result for images for stephen jenkinson quotes