Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Further evidence that Joshua Kaufman is lying about being Auschwitz prisoner 109023

By Carolyn Yeager

Joshua Kaufman at the USHMM 2015 Los Angeles Dinner at the Beverly Hills hotel.

Joshua Kaufman at the USHMM 2015 Los Angeles Dinner in Beverly Hills.

Just like Elie Wiesel, Joshua Kaufman’s claimed Auschwitz number doesn’t fit his own story of how and when he could have been assigned it.

At the end of my previous article on Kaufman, I asked readers to join me in demanding answers from him about his claim to be Auschwitz number 109023. He said to reporters in the courtroom in Detmold, Germany, as quoted by NBC News  [See Comment #1 below]:

Can you imagine working in a crematorium, when you are only 15 years old? I had to break the bones of the dead to get them untangled … I am not Joshua Kaufman, I am number 109023.”

I heard nothing from Kaufman, but I did hear from Carlo Mattogno, the accomplished Italian revisionist. Carlo looked up the numbers and helpfully sent me the following information (my bolding):

AGK NTN 156 p. 62

Source: Archiwum Głównej Komisji Badania Zbrodni Przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu – Instytutu Pamieci Narodowej, Warsaw: AGK, NTN, 156, p. 66


A list of inmates compiled by the judge Jan Sehn reports the names of the inmates of a transport that arrived at Birkenau on March 15, 1943. The last number assigned was 108530.

The next number in this list is 109371 – a certain Jakob Zakar – who was part of a transport from Greece which arrived in Auschwitz on March 20, 1943.

This means that the number 109023 was assigned between these two dates.

According to Danuta Czech’s Kalendarium [a source used as official Auschwitz data -cy] the number 109023 was assigned on March 18th, 1943 to a group of 465 male (numbers from 108763 to 109227) and 114 female prisoners (they received the numbers 38469 to 38582) sent to Auschwitz from the SiPo [Security Police] Radom, in the General Gouvernment (now Poland).

Mattogno concludes from this that Kaufman’s story lacks either truthfulness or exact dates. The dates, however, are confirmed by the Kalendarium of Danuta Czech and by the judge Jan Sehn.

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Since Kaufman is Hungarian, and came to Auschwitz from the Debrecen Ghetto in Hungary, which didn’t exist until 1944 (from mid-May to mid-June), he could not possibly be the person who was registered with the number 109023 on March 18, 1943. Did Kaufman just pick that number out of thin air? Did he perhaps know of the person who had that number and knew he would not say anything if he (Kaufman) used it? Is Kaufman going to deny he ever said that? If 109023 is not his number, what is? He has not shown his arm the way all those who have a tattoo are willing to do. Kaufman is like Elie Wiesel in that he never seems to take off his jacket.

So let’s see – gosh, do you think he could be making it all up? (blink, blink) How could he have the nerve to do such a nervy thing, is how most people respond. They can’t believe anyone would be so reckless and therefore try to “fill in” with some reasons that makes sense to them. Well, these holocaust surlievers get treated with such incredible deference that it encourages them to emerge out of the woodwork and tell stories out of whole cloth. They actually do it all the time, and get well-compensated for it. Only in a few cases do they get caught in a big enough way that it stops them. Plus, in Kaufman’s mind he’s doing it for Israel, for the benefit of the Jews of the world, and for “Never Again.” He’s going to die soon, so wants to help out the cause before he’s gone. He believes he’s on the side of justice. What are a few lies compared to that?

Media, which is more powerful than one single nation or the judges in a courtroom, is on his side. Reporters and editors of major news outlets present what he says to the public as believable … as news! They are the biggest criminals of all, in my opinion. Their crime is writing and encouraging false news; helping to railroad an innocent man like Reinhold Hanning by reporting lurid lies spoken by surlievers that they have to know cannot be true. It is NBC News and Joshua Kaufman who should be brought up on charges rather than Reinhold Hanning, who is innocent of any specific wrongdoing. But the law is not written that way – the law is written according to political power. Therefore, only political pressure can change it.

How about a lot of you write to NBC News and attach the NBC article above about Kaufman at Hanning’s trial in Detmold (the final judgement comes on June 9th), and inform them that Kaufman is lying about his number 109023. Include the evidence from Carlo Mattogno. Tell them they need to write an apology for printing information without checking its accuracy. NBC is the most far left of the network news outlets and they make it difficult to contact them. This is what I found:

To report an error or comment on, please email [email protected]

The reporters are Andy Eckardt and Carlo Angerer, but no email addresses are given, only Twitter accounts. – he has Kaufman’s picture on his page. Please visit him if you have a Twitter account. – also on Facebook:

I’m still asking Joshua Kaufman or one of his daughters to answer for him. He demanded answers from Reinhold Hanning; he needs to give some of his own.

1 Comment to Further evidence that Joshua Kaufman is lying about being Auschwitz prisoner 109023

  1. by Carolyn

    On July 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Because these articles on Joshua Kaufman rely on the NBC news article of May 13, 2016, and because said article will probably not remain online indefinitely, and because it has been discovered that the number 109023 is Kaufman’s Dachau prisoner number, I thought it prudent to copy the article here at EWCTW so that it can always be referred to. I have added the boldface here to draw attention to certain statements, it was not in the original.

    May 13 2016, 8:44 am ET

    Nazi Guard Reinhold Hanning’s Trial: Auschwitz Survivor Denied Voice

    by Andy Eckardt and Carlo Angerer

    DETMOLD, Germany — An 88-year-old Auschwitz survivor who traveled from his home in California to Germany was denied the opportunity to testify at a former Nazi SS guard’s trial Friday.

    Joshua Kaufman, who lives in Los Angeles, had hoped to win permission to tell the court about how he removed bodies from gas chambers at the World War II death camp after victims had been killed with Zyklon B.

    Reinhold Hanning, 94, is on trial accused of being accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people. Although Hanning was not directly involved in any killings at Auschwitz, prosecutors accuse him of facilitating the slaughter in his capacity as a guard at the camp.

    Around 1.2 million people — most of them Jews — were killed at the site, which is located in Poland.

    More than a dozen witnesses have already testified in the trial and a verdict is expected on May 27.

    At the start of Friday’s session, Kaufman’s German lawyer Markus Goldbach asked the court if his client could also be heard.
    “He will be able to tell you that the bodies looked as if they were frozen and that he could see the horror of the death fight in their faces
    ,” Goldbach said in his application statement.

    The lawyer argued that his client would be able to give evidence of the specific killing process.

    Judge Anke Grudda agreed to consider the request but after a break in the proceedings ruled that Kaufman would not be allowed to testify. She stressed that the decision was based entirely on German law and was not out of “reasons of respect or disrespect.”

    Speaking before the Grudda announced her ruling, Kaufman said he “came to speak for those who can no longer be heard.”

    “I always think positive, if they don’t want to hear me, I will just go home, but it is important that I came here to seek justice,” the father of four told NBC News.

    Kaufman’s lawyer called Grudda’s decision a “scandal,” saying that “he is shocked that the court referred to the code of criminal procedures” when one of the last Auschwitz survivors wanted to speak.

    Kaufman later said he had hoped to address the court for no longer than 10 minutes.

    “It is not fair,” the Holocaust survivor told NBC News. “They know who I am. I lost my whole family, I survived five concentration camps and I represent the dead people. They should at least respect me.”

    Looking at the two daughters who joined him in Germany, Kaufman added: “This is my revenge to the murderers that I have four beautiful daughters, college educated, and four grandchildren.”

    Kaufman also recounted his time at Auschwitz for reporters.

    “Can you imagine working in a crematorium, when you are only 15 years old?” he asked. “I had to break the bones of the dead to get them untangled … I am not Joshua Kaufman, I am number 109023.”

    For his daughters, the trip was a difficult and emotional journey.

    “My father is strong and determined, but it would be sad for us if they do not let him speak,” Rachel Kaufman said before the decision was announced.

    Hanning was a member of the 3rd company SS Totenkopf guard battalion at Auschwitz. He also served as a guard at the Sachsenhausen death camp.

    Last month he spoke out in court, apologizing to victims and saying he regretted being part of a “criminal organization” that had killed so many people and caused such suffering.

    “I am ashamed that I saw injustice and never did anything about it and I apologize for my actions,”

    “I’m ashamed that I knowingly let injustice happen and did nothing to oppose it,” Hanning said from his wheelchair in the court. “I am very, very sorry.”


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