||November 19th, 2009|
The Bomb and Enola Gay
Enjoyed "The Bomb". Where is the Enola Gay presently located?
Editor’s Comment: Glad you liked it. The Enola Gay is preserved at National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)'s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County, Virginia, United States.
The Enola Gay has additional meaning to me. My dad helped build it at the Martin Bomber Plant in Omaha, Nebraska.Dad always enjoyed telling the story about a new rookie aircraft worker who got up inside the Enola Gay while they were working on it. He grabbed this contraption and spoke into it, saying, “Bombadier to Pilot, Bombs Away!”
The rest of the aircraft manufacturing crew were convulsed with laughter. The hot-shot rookie aircraft worker was talking into the relief tube (used by the flight crew to dispose of urine while in flight).
Great story Lyle. We need to keep this info in view because there are those people out there who continually advocate that the Holocaust never happened. A man who owned the local luncheonette (haven't heard that word in a while have you?) where we used to hang out had a number tatooed on his forearm. We asked him what that was for and he explained to us how he got it. I also remember seeing the photos in our history book of the piles of bodies at the camps. I wonder if they are still published. Absolutely disgusting but still a vivid picture in my mind.
Lyle – Thanks for publishing this article. You and your “Paper” run some exceptional pieces. I picked up this edition last night at Ralph’s and read it ASAP. Amazing story and so disturbing.
Thanks for putting it out there, Lyle. We need to be reminded how misguided and erroneous humans can be unless courageous people are willing to stand up and call out the conventional political leaders/thinkers of the day.
/s/ Charles “Lynn” Lowder
San Marcos, Ca.
I read it at Heller Ford yesterday. Great article!
Lyle, you did a wonderful job on the article. It was very chilling. I am now reading "Unexplained Mysteries of WW II" by William B. Breuer. Very short chapters, each leaving a big question.
Thanks for publishing the Auschwitz article.
/s/karen sue houghton
Des Moines, Iowa
This story should have started with 'once upon a time', and ended with -- and they lived happily ever after. It's such a fairy tale! It was hard to read it any other way, there are so many inaccuracies. Maybe she has her own memories mixed with other elaborate holocaust stories she has read. I was particularly struck with how she refers to others as 'gentiles' sometimes and at other times refers to them as 'Germans.'
She states that her brother emigrated to Israel around 1920. Israel didn't exist until 1948 to my knowledge. These among a host of other glaring inconsistencies. I sympathise that she was imprisoned for a year, I salute her survival and longevity but these things alone do not make her story true and or accurate.
I'm surprised you published it without fact checking it. Or at least a disclaimer of some kind as to it's accuracy.
San Diego County
Editor’s Comment: Please explain why you think her story is a ‘fairy tale.” Please outline what ‘inaccuracies’ and “glaring inconsistencies” you refer to. You insinuate we did no fact checking. You don’t know us very well. We thoroughly research all of our stories; we personally interviewed Ms. Krancberg, we personally saw and photographed her tattooed prison number; we provided photographic evidence of the conditions at Birchenau and Auschwitz and of the liberation. A couple of inaccuracies within your Letter to the Editor: Anyone who is not Jewish is a Gentile; thus the reference to Germans/Gentiles was accurate. The state of Israel declared its independence in 1948 but it had existed since biblical times as the ancient kingdom of Israel along with Judah. Had you done some research, some fact checking, you would know that. We are pleased to be able to enlighten you.
You are most certainly entitled to your opinion, but I wonder if you could tell me what credentials as an academic, as a historian, as a researcher, or as a teacher, you possess that you would be in a position to not only question her account but allege, without proof, inaccuracies, hers or ours?
We stand by her story.
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