Letter to the editor, Provo Daily Herald, May 5, 2004
According to the Book of Mormon, the American Indians are descendants of Israelites who came to the Western Hemisphere around 600 B.C. The progenitors of Native Americans (this story says) are Laman (after whom the Natives are named; i.e. Lamanites) and his brother Lemuel. These two Jews; i.e., tribe of Judah (2 Nephi 3:4), although not Jews; i.e. tribe of Joseph (2 Nephi 30:4) and their progeny were cursed by God with "skins of blackness" and caused to be loathsome. (2 Nephi 5: 20-24)
Oh, no! Dark skins! How repulsive and horrible! How ghastly! And Jews are even more dark and filthy and loathsome than Indians! Indescribably so!
...for this people (the Jews) shall be scattered and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry. (Mormon 5:15)
The newspaper's editorial policy didn't permit inclusion of this sentence: "To view what one of the horrible Landsberg camps was like, access www.nuspel.org/holocaust.html." This URL reports how young junior high school students struggle to understand how the horrors of the Holocaust could have been possible. Click on it to appreciate their serious concern and perplexity, expressed in lively, inimitable teenage cybertalk.
Photos of one of the six concentration camps at Landsberg liberated by the 411th Infantry Regiment on or around April 25, 1945 (from Report After Action: The Story of the 103rd Infantry Division).
The pictures on these two pages were taken by Pfc. Bertram Sanders, 103rd cameraman, at one of the concentration camps in Landsberg shortly after the city's capture by the 411th.
The first caption reads: German civilians were forced to carry away the shrivelled bodies of the camp's victims. The second: Dying and dead lay all over the ground as the 411th entered the camp.
Excerpt from REPORT AFTER ACTION: The Story of the 103rd Infantry Division, pp. 131-135
At Landsberg the men of the 103d Infantry Division discovered what they had been fighting against. They found six concentration camps where victims of the super race had died by the thousands of atrocities, starvation, and exposure. The grounds of the camp were littered with the skeletonized bodies of Jews, Poles, Russians, French, and un-Nazified Germans. Every evidence was that they were only the latest of untold thousands who had suffered and died in these six concentration camps, a few among the hundreds which dotted Grossdeutschland. German civilians who were forced by the 411th guards to pick up these wasted bodies for decent burial sniveled that they had not known such things existed. They had not known, yet they had spent their lives in this town of 30,000 which was ringed by six horror camps.
At one camp alone 300 bodies lay on the barren, filthy ground while 600 living "zombies"—weak from five and six years of starvation shuffled aimlessly.
The victims of the master race were crowded into these unspeakably filthy huts. Dead and dying prisioners can be seen lying on the ground in this picture.
Inside many of the huts which lie half-dug into the ground—about five feet high and 24 feet long—lay prisoners who could not walk, or move—those who would not live. Military government officers who took charge immediately cautioned the soldiers not to offer food or cigarettes to these people, who would automatically cause a riot and die attempting to get a morsel of sustenance. Military doctors prescribed a diet, and military government officers scoured the countryside for supplies—1,000 loaves of bread, 1,000 quarts of milk, 750 pounds of fresh meat a day, plus all the Wehrmacht stocks in the vicinity—in an almost futile attempt to save the lives of these 50 and 60 pound remnants of human beings.
The stink in the "hospital" when the GIs entered was not refined enough to be called an odor or smell. But two days later the americans had it scoured and spotless by German military prisoners.
Two of the six camps had been filled with Jews from every country in Europe. Men, women, and children had been shoved together, about 100 to a hut.
Ironically enough, Landsberg was the birthplace of the German "New Order." For it was here in the prison of this infamous town that Adolf Hitler wrote a Nazi best-seller, "Mein Kampf."
Two of the first 411th soldiers to approach the cold-looking greystone walls of Landsberg Prison were Sergeants Howard Brown of Detroit and Arthur Iopf of Hackensack, New Jersey. The men regarded the odd onion-shaped towers on the prison before they entered the cell suite where Hitler, Rudolph Hess, and Maurice Grebel were imprisoned after the abortive Munich beer hall putsch.
Three comfortable rooms and a foreroom where the three revolutionists were free to mingle all day had been assigned to them. Cell No. 7 was Hitler's. The place had been made into a national shrine, and as the Cactus men entered the Hitler cell, they saw a plaque above the door which read in German:
"Here a dishonorable system imprisoned Germany's greatest son from November 11, 1923 to December 20, 1924. During this time Adolf Hitler wrote the book of the National Socialist Revolution, Mein Kampf."
A 103rd Infantry Division soldier visits Hitler's cell