Judaic man who claimed he escaped Auschwitz admits he lied to keep the memory of the “Holocaust” alive
“Holocaust Survivor” Joseph Hirt giving a speech
"According to [Joseph Hirt's nephew] Michael Hirt, his uncle was born in Horodenka, Poland, on July 10, 1930, to Jewish parents.”
With an Afterword by revisionist historian Michael Hoffman
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 tha t 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. I have provided the editor of this publication (which unknowingly advertised and covered Mr. Hirt ’s presentation) with a digital copy of this research – please feel free to contact the editor and request a copy.
Lastly, I want to be clear – I am not a Holocaust denier. In fact, the man who hired me for my first teaching job many years ago was a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and it is partly in his memory and for the preservation of the truth of what millions of people endured that I have taken upon myself the task of exposing Mr. Hirt’s shameful deception.
It is my hope that Mr. Hirt will voluntarily recant his fraudulent claims and cease his public presentations.
Andrew R. Reid
3087 State Route 12D Boonville, NY 13309
Excerpts from Mr. Reid’s personal note to Joseph Hirt: He said if Hirt does not take any action, he will petition the district attorneys in Lancaster and Lewis counties to launch a criminal investigation. "Much of your activity fits the legal definitions (in both the states of New York and Pennsylvania) of felonies and misdemeanors such as fraud, identity theft, and forgery,” Reid wrote to Hirt. “I am not particularly interested in seeing you punished — I am mostly interested in (1) stopping you from continuing your false claims and (2) seeing you make things right with people whose trust you have abused,” Reid wrote.
Read more at http://lancasteronline.com
Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years
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.
“I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz,” Joseph Hirt, 86, wrote in a letter sent to his local paper, LNP, this week. “I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved.”
“I was wrong. I ask forgiveness,” he added. “I determined at that moment to do everything in my power to prevent the loss of the truth about wartime life (and death) at Auschwitz.”
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.
In his letter, Hirt said that he realized “it wasn’t about me”, and that he was motivated to lie by his fears that the history and horror of the camps would be forgotten. He said that he was shocked to find that Auschwitz, now a museum and memorial, had become a “clean and polished tourist destination” where visitors laughed and joked about “propaganda.”
“Flagrant denial and ignorance of the truth made me determined to keep the memories alive,” Hirt said. “I used poor judgment and faulty reasoning, risking a sullying of the truth I was trying to share.”
Hirt did not immediately reply to a request for an interview. 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, worrying historians who fear these voices encourage people who deny the deaths of six million people. Herman Rosenblat, a Polish survivor, embellished his 1993 memoir and made up some parts entirely, including the love story at its heart. At the time, historian Ken Waltzer wrote in the New Republic that he was alarmed by how quickly people accepted the story… (emphasis supplied)
Read more at https://www.theguardian.com
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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