First of all I doubt Theodore Hass ever existed.... there might be a million guys out there with that name....but the guy being interviewed is who I am taking about..... and lets just say for whatever reason that he did give an interview somewhere.... Id have to imagine that the last question was never asked or he was paid to answer it the way he did.http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Dachau...chauLife4.html
Below is an excerpt from an interview with Theodore Haas, conducted by Aaron Zelman, founder of the organization called "Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership." Haas was living in America and was a member of this organization at the time that he gave this interview.
Haas still has nightmares about the persecution he endured as a Jew in Nazi Germany. He survived the Holocaust only because he was released from Dachau in 1941, two years after World War II started, but before plans for the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" were made on January 20, 1942 at the Wannsee Conference. In February 1942, deportation of all the Jews to the death camps in Poland began.
The interviewer, Aaron Zelman, asks the questions and Theodore Haas answers:
Q.) How did you end up at Dachau? How old were you?
A.) November 9th, 1938 was Kristallnacht -- The Night of
Broken Glass -- The night Synagogues were ransacked and
burned, Jewish owned shops destroyed; I guess you could call
it the night the fires of hell engulfed the soul of humanity.
I was arrested November 10th, "for my own personal
security." I was 21 years old. My parents were arrested and
ultimately died in a concentration camp in France. I was
released from Dachau in 1941, under the condition that I
leave Germany immediately. This was common procedure before
the "Final Solution."
Q.) What did you think when you were sent to Dachau? What
did you know about Dachau beforehand?
A.) My first thoughts were those of many others: "The world has
gone mad." I knew that the life expectancy at Dachau was
relatively short. I knew beforehand that inmates were
abused. The horror of Dachau was known throughout Germany.
People (Germans) used to frighten their children, "If you do
not behave, you will surely end up at Dachau." A famous
German comedian, Weiss Ferdl, said "Regardless how many
machine gun towers they have around K.Z. Dachau, if I want
to get in, I shall get in." The Nazis obliged him; he died
Q.) How did you accept the fears of Dachau?
A.) Due to the constant hunger and extreme cold weather, one
becomes too numb to even think of fear. A prisoner under
these conditions becomes obsessed with survival; nothing
Q.) What were the living conditions like in Dachau?
A.) We were issued one quarter of a loaf of bread. That was
to last three days. In the morning, we picked up, at the
kitchen, a cup of roasted barley drink. There was no lunch.
At dinnertime, sometimes we got a watery soup with bits of
tripe or some salt herring and a boiled potato. Our prison
clothes were a heavy, coarse denim. They would freeze when
they got wet. We were not issued hats, gloves or underwear.
The first night, about 500 prisoners were stuffed into a
room designed to hold 50 (Believe me, it is possible). Later
on, we were forced to sleep on straw. As time went on, the
straw disintegrated and we became louse infested. The guards
delighted in making weak and ill clothed prisoners march or
stand at attention in rain, snow, and ice for hours. As you
can imagine, death came often due to the conditions.
Q.) Do you have residual fears? How do you feel about German
A.) I have nightmares constantly. I recently dreamed that a
guard grabbed me. My wife's arm touched my face, and I
unfortunately bit her severely. German re-unification, in my
opinion, will be the basis for another war. The Germans,
regardless of what their present leadership says, will want
their lost territories back, East Prussia, Silesia, and
Danzig (Gdansk). My family history goes back over 700 years
in Germany. I understand all too well what the politicians
do not want the people to be thinking about.
Q.) You mentioned you were shot and stabbed several times.
Were these experiments, punishment or torture?
A.) They were punishment. I very often, in a fit of temper,
acted while the brain was not in gear. The sorry results
were two 9 mm bullets in my knees. Fortunately, one of the
prisoners had a fingernail file and was able to dig the
slugs out. In another situation, I was stabbed in the
washroom of room #1, Block 16. Twice in a struggle where I
nearly lost my right thumb. A German prisoner Hans Wissing,
who after the war became mayor of his home town,
Leinsweiler, witnessed the whole situation. We stayed in
touch until a few months ago, when he died.
Q.) Do you remember some of the steps taken by the Nazis to
de-humanize people and to make them feel hopeless? How were
people robbed of their dignity?
A.) If you had treated an animal in Germany the way we
were treated, you would have been jailed. For example, a
guard or a group of them would single out a prisoner and
beat him with canes or a club. Sometimes to further
terrorize a prisoner, the guards would form a circle around
a prisoner and beat him unconscious. There were cases of a
prisoner being told to report to the Revier ("Hospital") and
being forced to drink a quart of castor oil. Believe me,
this is a lousy, painful, wretched way to die. You develop
extreme diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and severe dehydration.
If the Nazis wanted you to live and suffer more, they would
take measures to rehydrate the victim.
Q.) What was the routine like at Dachau?
A.) Three times a day, we were counted. We had to carry the
dead to the square. Each time, we had to stand at attention
in all kinds of weather. We stood wearing next to nothing,
had weak bladders, while our tormentors had sheepskin coats
and felt boots. The bastards really enjoyed watching us
suffer. I remember how the guards had a good laugh when one
of them "accidentally" let loose with a machine gun, killing
about 30 prisoners.
Q.) What did people do to try to adjust to Dachau? Keep
their spirits up?
A.) There were some actors, comedians, and musicians among
us. Sometimes they would clandestinely perform. One of the
musicians got hold of a violin and played for us. To this
day, it remains a mystery how he got his hands on a violin.
I still keep in touch with other prisoners. I am a member of
the Dachau Prisoners Association. Each year I go back to
Germany to visit.
Q.) Did people ever successfully escape? Do you remember
acts of bravery?
A.) Nobody escaped, only in the movies does the "hero"
escape. Guards received extra leave time for killing
prisoners that got too close to the fence. I do, however,
think all prisoners were heroes in their own way. Especially
the German prisoners, for they would not acquiesce to the
Nazis. They suffered greatly too.
Q.) Did the camp inmates ever bring up the topic, "If only
we were armed before, we would not be here now"?
A.) Many, many times. Before Adolph Hitler came to power,
there was a black market in firearms, but the German people
had been so conditioned to be law abiding, that they would
never consider buying an unregistered gun. The German people
really believed that only hoodlums own such guns. What fools
we were. It truly frightens me to see how the government,
media, and some police groups in America are pushing for the
same mindset. In my opinion, the people of America had
better start asking and demanding answers to some hard
questions about firearms ownership, especially if the
government does not trust me to own firearms, why or how can
the people be expected to trust the government? There is no
doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been
saved if the people were not "brainwashed" about gun
ownership and had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons
were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters
always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a
perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews
took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis.
End of Interview
Warsaw uprising resulted in 10,000 dead jews....the town razed and only about 2 dozen nazis dead..... Now who got their butts handed to them.......
When I see statements....or misinformation like this in a "story"... and then cant find any references to the story teller or the interview except the same exact wording on pro gun sites...... It makes me suspicious.
The Jews handed over their guns without a fight.....and so will america.... no matter how many of these email and blog stories get passed around.