Man who lectured to pupils about Auschwitz admits he was never a prisoner there
25 June 2016
During the years Joseph Hirt visited his local schools, he would talk to the pupils about the horrors endured by those sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
So many people died, so many suffered. Those who survived – such as himself – were lucky.
His stories were powerful, moving. The only problem is that they were not based on first hand experience….
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Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years
Friday 24 June 2016
A Pennsylvania man who claimed for years to have escaped from Auschwitz, met track and field star Jesse Owens and Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, confessed on Friday that he had fabricated the entire story. …
For years, Hirt gave public speeches about his experiences in the second world war, including his Jewish family’s flight from Poland to Belgrade. But he also told people that he was arrested by the Nazis, sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, and met Mengele, the SS physician who tortured prisoners of the concentration camp. Hirt claimed to have escaped under an electric fence at the camp.
He added an extraordinary prologue and epilogue to the story, saying that he saw Adolf Hitler turn his back on Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and that he met Eleanor Roosevelt and Owens after his arrival in the United States. …
Earlier this year, New York history teacher Andrew Reid became suspicious of Hirt’s story and wrote a refutation of many of Hirt’s points. …
Hirt is not the first to fabricate or exaggerate a Holocaust story….
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Holocaust imposter and historical fraud
By Andrew R. Reid
8 June 2016
Dear Editor http://lancasteronline.com (Pennsylvania, USA media)
It gives me no pleasure to inform you and your readers that Mr. Joseph Bernard Hirt – who recently gave a presentation in Lowville on the night of 15 April 2016 in which he told of his alleged experience of being a survivor of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp – is a Holocaust imposter and historical fraud.
I attended Mr. Hirt’s presentation that evening. As a local History teacher, I also encouraged my students to attend. However, as a trained historian and teacher, several of his claims did not sound quite right. I believed I had a duty to my students, the community, and the truth, so I began researching Mr. Hirt’s claims and in doing so accumulated a vast amount of evidence that proves the majority of his story is false, including all of his alleged experiences related to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The following are some examples of Mr. Hirt’s untrue claims and the historical facts (all of which can be easily verified by the public online) which prove they are false:
(1) Mr. Hirt was never at Auschwitz during World War II – the Auschwitz prisoner list is available online at the Auschwitz- Birkenau State Museum website and there is no record of a Joseph Hirt. The number he has tattooed on his arm – which he claims was his prison ID – is the real number of another prisoner from 1944. Camp records show only one escape in the months surrounding Mr. Hirt’s alleged date of escape, and that person was not Mr. Hirt; (2) Mr. Hirt claims to have come “face -to- face” with Dr. Josef Mengele while a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp before escaping 31 March 1942 – it is well-documented that Mengele did not arrive at Auschwitz until May 1943; (3) the picture of an emaciated man on a stretcher that he claims is him right before he escaped is, in fact, one that was taken by a soldier in the U.S. Army, Mickey Martin, a member of the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division of the U.S. Army which liberated the Dachau concentration camp in 1945.
All of this and much more is laid out in over 20 pages of evidence I have amassed as a result of my research.
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Afterword by Michael Hoffman
According to the local Pennsylvania media (Lancaster Online) it has been alleged that on at least one occasion Mr. Hirt received monetary compensation for one of his “Holocaust Survivor” speeches:
“In 2014, Joseph Hirt spoke at an event hosted by the Caernarvon Historical Society. According to an official at the society, the event at the Caernarvon Fire Hall drew an estimated 1,000 people. The society made a donation to Hirt, and a general offering was taken on his behalf. Hirt also spoke at Lititz Area Mennonite School at least once in 2012. Retired teacher David Siegrist said he did not want to comment on hosting Hirt as a guest speaker.”
At the Great Holocaust Trial of publisher Ernst Zündel virtually every so-called “Holocaust Survivor” who testified for the Crown Prosecution that was endeavoring to send the defendant to prison for printing skeptical books, was shown to have lied, fantasized or otherwise compromised the truth.
The missing dimension in the reporting about Mr. Hirt’s lies is the aspect of his having given false witness against the German people. We have grown so accustomed to accusing the Germans of every crime under the sun that we often overlook the fact that lies like those of Mr. Hirt constitute a transgression against one of the Ten Commandments.
Furthermore, everyone has the right to doubt Judaic tales. The fear-inducing “Holocaust denier” smear is an intimidation tactic to prevent us from considering facts which overthrow idols and expand human knowledge. Christians like Mennonite John Ruth who naively acted as a colleague of Mr. Hirt, and those at the Lititz Area Mennonite School, who sponsored his speech, should be more cautious in the future about the anti-German libel they are so quick to endorse.
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