‘How could I burn fellow believers?’ Read a real-time account of the Auschwitz gas chambers, hidden for more than 70 years

Nadjary’s duties included receiving crowds of Jews as they were forced to undress before entering the gas chambers. The chambers were fitted with dummy showerheads, and Jews arriving in transport trains were told they were merely being taken into shower rooms.

“They went to their deaths suspecting nothing,” wrote Nadjary, adding that he occasionally “told the truth” if asked. Other Sonderkommando reported running into distant cousins in the change rooms, and similarly telling them of their imminent fate.

After approximately 3,000 had been packed into a chamber “as in a sardine tin,” SS men would use portals in the roof to drop Zyklon B canisters among the crowd.

“The boxes of gas always came in cars from the German Red Cross,” wrote Nadjary, noting that it took about five to six minutes for the gas to kill the whole 3,000.

When the chambers were unsealed, it was the job of the Sonderkommando to carry the bodies to adjacent crematoriums. Given the crowded conditions of the chamber, many bodies would still be standing up when they entered, the skin discoloured by the poison.

All evidence, ashes and crushed bones, was then dumped into a nearby river. “Thus they eliminate all traces,” wrote Nadjary.

The whole process of murdering and vaporizing a train of 3,500 people could take as little as four hours.

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Today in cultural appropriation: Hoop earrings

“Having lost my language, the way I dress and accessorize is a way for me to connect with that mixed heritage identity. As for many women of color before me, hoops play a large role in my self preservation and expression.”

New Report Shows Hezbollah Used Prominent Bank in War-Ravaged DR Congo to Finance Key Terror Network

Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shia terrorist group in Lebanon, has been using a bank with close ties to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo to launder money and maintain a terror-funding network under the control of a Hezbollah financier arrested by US authorities earlier this year, a new investigative report released this week asserts.

ISRAELI-DEVELOPED ALS TREATMENT REVERSING MOTOR DECLINE BREAKTHROUGH

You may recall friends and family dumping buckets of ice on their head to raise funds for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neuro-degenerative disease.

Current treatments are able to slow ALS’ progression but fail to maintain or restore motor movement. Now, multiple clinical trials conducted by an Israeli firm, Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics, show a first-ever reversal in expected decline for patients, likely to transform how we treat ALS.

Just Before Scheduled TV Appearances, Las Vegas Hotel Guard Jesus Campos Goes Missing

The Las Vegas security guard who was credited as a hero in stopping suspected shooter Stephen Paddock during the deadly attack at the Mandalay Bay hotel has apparently gone missing. David Hickey, president of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) union had said last Friday that Jesus Campos was being treated at UMC Quick Care medical facility, but a facility spokesperson said there was no record that this was true.

Now, Hickey is apparently at a loss, telling LawNewz he hasn’t heard anything in days.

Hickey was with Campos just last Thursday at a Las Vegas hotel, while Campos was preparing for television appearances on Fox News, CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC. He no-showed all of them.

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

When this sale was used by Trump on the campaign trail last year, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said she was not involved in the committee review and noted the State Department official who handled it said she “never intervened … on any [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] matter.”

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

The Obama administration’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015.

That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

Car bomb kills journalist behind Panama Papers offshore tax evasion investigation ‘days after she received threats to her safety’

Investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia – dubbed a “one-woman WikiLeaks” – was killed as she was driving near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta.

She had filed a complaint to police a fortnight ago after receiving personal threats to her safety, local media said.

Caruana Galizia ran a hugely popular blog relentlessly highlighting cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island nation.

In Malta, she had led the coverage of the Panama Papers, a leak of millions of legal documents last year detailing financial details of offshore entities used by the rich and powerful to avoid tax.