World media fails to note: Last survivor of Sobibor death camp dies aged 96

June 04, 2019

Semyon Rosenfeld with his grandson



[Note by Tom Gross]

There were very few survivors of the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp. The last one died yesterday.

Semyon Rosenfeld escaped Sobibor in 1943 during an uprising along with 300 other prisoners, most of whom were recaptured and shot.

Rosenfeld, who was born in Ukraine in 1922, died in hospital in the central Israeli city of Rehovot. He is survived by two sons and five grandchildren.

I posted about his death on Facebook yesterday but because almost no newspapers in the world outside of Israel (apart from one German one) have reported on his death either yesterday or so far today, I decided to note his death now to subscribers of this email list.



Auschwitz was both a death camp, and a slave labor and concentration camp. And while the vast majority of those murdered at Auschwitz were Jews, others were held and killed at Auschwitz too, including Roma, and Soviet prisoners of war.

But Sobibor, Treblinka and Belzec were the three largest pure extermination camps, set up solely for the purpose of murdering Jews en masse, and staffed primarily by German Nazis and Ukrainian volunteers.

At least 250,000 Jews were murdered at Sobibor between April 1942 and October 1943, making it the fourth most deadly camp after Treblinka, Belzec, and Auschwitz.

There were only a handful of survivors at Sobibor. Jews from Poland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union, were gassed to death there.

At Belzec, where over 600,000 Jews were murdered according to Yad Vashem, only seven Jews performing slave labor for the camp’s staff survived.

The Sobibor death camp was destroyed by the Germans at the end of 1943 in order to erase the evidence of its existence.

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Yair Lapid paid tribute to Semyon Rosenfeld in statements they issued yesterday.

Semyon Rosenfeld’s parents and other family members were all murdered during the Holocaust.



Updating: Vile ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty contest held; Vienna Holocaust exhibit defiled for third time this month (May 28, 2019)

The Miss Hitler page on the Russian equivalent of Facebook has now been removed by the Russian service provider, although the contest is still continuing.

The page was written on the site in English for an international audience by the Portuguese neo-Nazis who are organizing the event.


Updating: Using football to attack the Jews

A few hours after I sent my dispatch yesterday, George Galloway was fired from his show by TalkRadio. TalkRadio is owned by a UK subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Rupert Murdoch’s personal assistant and advisor is a subscriber to this list.

Galloway responded to news of his sacking by threatening the station with legal action. He wrote on Twitter: “See you in court guys … Long live Palestine.”

I also forgot to note another Israeli player, Yossi Benayoun, who played at Liverpool. Tony Barrett also omitted him from his list of Israelis who played for Liverpool, including Ronnie Rosenthal and Avi Cohen.

Galloway was a political ally of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, although he recently switched to support the far right Brexit party.

In a speech yesterday Tony Blair, a former prime minister and long-time leader of Labour, said Corbyn is an anti-Semite who doesn’t know that he is one.

He called the anti-Semitism of those around Corbyn “shameful”.

Blair said he no longer recognizes the party he led from 1994 until 2007.


Ivo Schwarz, out walking with his dog passing a memorial to some murdered Israelis, while serving as Czech ambassador to Israel



When possible, I note the passing of long time subscribers to this email list who I knew personally.

I didn’t have the appropriate dispatch to mention this in before. I would like to note with sadness the death a few weeks ago of former Czech ambassador to Israel (and previously head of the Czech intelligence services), Ivo Schwarz, who had been bravely battling leukemia.

Ivo, who I knew for many years and was a longtime subscriber to this Middle East dispatch list, did much to help strengthen the close relations between the Czech Republic and Israel, both in public and behind the scenes.

He never lost his sense of humor even while he was ill these past two years.

He was also very proud of his Jewish heritage on his father’s side. His grandfather survived Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp.


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