The title is taken from a story by the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer: "In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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The truth is, of course, they're not really interested in being "humane. As Nazi Germany began implementing its eugenic policies, both Hitler and Himmler wanted the policies to be "more humane. When Brandt told him about the various options under consideration, including the use of carbon monoxide gas, Hitler asked him, "Which is the more humane way?
In the Political Testament Hitler wrote in his bunker in Berlin the day before he committed suicide, he spoke about the "humane" method that had been used to exterminate the Jews. In August , during his visit to Minsk in German-occupied Russia, Heinrich Himmler told Artur Nebe, the commander of Einsatzgruppe B , that he wanted to watch a liquidation up close to see what it was like. So Nebe ordered his men to round up about Jews. As the shooting proceeded, Himmler became uneasy, dropping his eyes after each volley.
After the liquidation was over, SS Obergruppenfuhrer von dem Bach-Zelewski, who had also been present, said to Himmler, "Look at the eyes of the men in this Kommando, how deeply shaken they are! These men are finished for the rest of their lives. What kind of followers are we training here? Either neurotics or savages! He told them that he assumed full responsibility before God and Hitler for everything that was happening and that the job they were ordered to do was obeying "the highest law.
He told Nebe to end the inmates' suffering as quickly as possible. Then, after Nebe's men shot the patients, Himmler told Nebe to try to find another way of killing that was "more humane. Wilhelm Pfonnerstiel, professor of hygiene at the University of Marburg and a SS lieutenant colonel, reported after the war on his wartime visit to the Belzec extermination camp.
During his trial after the war, Anton Kaindl, the former commandant of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, declared in his depositions that Richard Glucks, the inspector of concentration camps, ordered the camp commandants to have gas chambers built on the model of those at Auschwitz.
Exterminations at Sachsenhausen had been carried out by shooting or hangings until , when Kaindl introduced gas chambers because "the existing facilities were no longer sufficient for the exterminations planned.
This contention helps ease their guilt and makes the continuation of the killing more acceptable. Robert Juhrs of the SS, whose job at Belzec was to shoot the arrivals who were no longer able to walk, said that because of the poor condition of the Jews after their long journey in indescribably overcrowded freight cars, he looked on shooting them "as a kindness and a release. I shot the Jews with a machine gun from the edge of the ditch. In each case I aimed for the head, so that each one died instantly.
I can say with absolute certainly that not one of them suffered. Originally proposed by John Macfarlane of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the device had been developed by Remington Arms, a weapons manufacturer working in conjunction with the American Meat Institute and the American Humane Association. The witness demonstrated to the committee how the stunning mechanism worked. At no point in the hearings did anyone question or object to killing animals. All parties concerned with the bill, animal welfare groups included, were interested only that the animals be killed "humanely.
However, as Brian Klug points out: "I have witnessed the slaughter of animals at a number of slaughterhouses. None of it, whether performed by religious or secular methods, impressed me as being anything other than a pitiful way to treat one's fellow creatures.
Singling out Muslim and Jewish methods in the name of the animals strikes me as invidious. Dignifying other methods with the word 'humane' is, to my mind, adding insult to the ultimate injury. Once again, humane and animal welfare groups, as well as the meat industry, voiced their support.
John Macfarlane returned to the second set of hearings to testify on behalf of the proposed amendments. In the intervening two decades, Macfarlane had left his post at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to become a livestock handling consultant and a member of the board of directors of the Livestock Conservation Institute.
Several spokespersons from the humane community stressed that the slaughter method that rendered animals unconscious made the operation more efficient, economical, and less stressful for those who did the killing.
Emily Gleockler of Humane Information Services spoke of support for the bill by meatpackers who "found humane slaughter practices more efficient in labor utilization and resulting in lower costs. Another spokesperson from the animal welfare community emphasized that "humane slaughter in the long run saves money for packing plants" and helps avoid "labor difficulties.
Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg's observation about German attempts to find more humane ways to conduct their killing operations is relevant here: "The 'humaneness' of the destruction process was an important factor in its success. It must be emphasized, of course, that this 'humaneness' was evolved not for the benefit of the victims but for the welfare of the perpetrators. This book is going to change the world. Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns.
Charles Patterson's book will go a long way towards righting the terrible wrongs that human beings, throughout history, have perpetrated on non-human animals.
I urge you to read it and think deeply about its important message. Jane Goodall. Add to Wishlist. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability.
Overview The book examines the origins of human supremacy, describes theemergence of industrialized slaughter of both animals and people in modern times, and concludes with profiles of Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust.
Read an Excerpt Humane Slaughter One bitterly ironic feature of killing operations is their attempt to make the killing more "humane. Show More. Steiner Books.
Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust / Edition 1
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Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust
Political Affairs called Eternal Treblinka , "a wonderful book about terrible subjects". Patterson describes how the domination of man over animals is a recent phenomenon. He then illustrates the different arguments on what caused the technological advances of the human species beyond that of animals, by presenting the ideas of those ranging from Jared Diamond to Barbara Ehrenreich. Once the proper technological advances of humans were acquired, then came the domestication of animals. He then goes on to divulge the relationship between the exploitation of animals and victims of the Holocaust. Slaves, especially were treated just as animals are now.