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A S Marques has received an interesting photo from an Australian film maker of a mound of shoes at the Neuengamme concentration camp, Sunday, June 5, 2005. Gradually the wartime propaganda legends dissolve.

Shoe mountain, neuengamme

 Photo source: IWM -Imperial War Museum UK

Holocaust "did happen"

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Paul wrote to our correspondent A S Marques:

Dear Sir, I read your remarks to David Irving about the piles of shoes in the camps. I am an Australian Filmmaker and 2 weeks ago I was filming in Neuengamme Camp and found an interesting Photo of a huge pile of shoes...I've attached it to this letter.

sincerely Paul

The Caption to the photo [click for image] says: "British Forces entering the Camp [in 1945] discovered a large pile of shoes. At first it was assumed the shoes had belonged to those murdered in the Neuengamme or Auschwitz concentration camps. In fact these shoes were the product of a 1943 collection in Hamburg. The Neuengamme camp acted as a colelction point for these shoes which were taken apart here or requisitioned by factories for their workers."

Marques replied:

Thanks for your letter. Yes, it's quite interesting that a pile of shoes from Hamburg should be stored in the nearby camp of Neuengamme. One wonders where they might have been storing salvaged shoes from places like Dresden...

I take the liberty of forwarding the above message that you sent to me, with the photo and caption attachment, to David Irving, who wrote on his website that "We do know that outer clothing including footwear was routinely removed from the bodies of German air raid victims, including thirty tons of clothing from those killed in the Dresden air raid alone, and turned over to recycling agencies."

A S Marques



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