The story of the Buchenwald bears is verified by Ari Goldman. Professor at Yeshiva; M.S., Columbia; New York Times Fellow, Harvard Divinity School; Visiting Fulbright Professor, etc. His story appeared in the New York Times.
On November 10, 1988, The New York Times carried carried an article to mark the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht (“Time ‘Too Painful’ to Remember,” Ari L. Goldman).
It included this recollection by Morris Hubert, a onetime Buchenwald inmate:
“In the camp there was a cage with a bear and an eagle, and every day, they would throw a Jew in there. The bear would tear him apart and the eagle would pick at his bones.”
“But that’s unbelievable,” whispered a visitor.
“It is unbelievable,” said Mr. Hubert, “but it happened.”
Roosevelt, and Morgentheau, had established a special tribunal of Jewish prosecutors and judges, and they ran the Nuremberg trials.
In this trial, before a U.S. military tribunal at Dachau, from the 11th April 1947 to the 14th August 1947, Thirty-one members of the staff of the Buchenwald camp were found guilty of atrocities and twenty-two were sentenced to death, eight being subsequently commuted, the rest to various terms of imprisonment. Twelve of the defendants were executed on various dates.
Ilse Koch was known as the “Bitch of Buchenwald” for her bestial cruelty and sadistic behavior. She was especially fond of riding her horse through the camp, whipping any prisoner who attracted her attention.
Ilse would specially select prisoners with distinctive tattoos on her rides around the camp. These prisoners would be killed and their skin tanned and stored for later use by the SS guards. Her taste for collecting lampshades made from the tattooed skins was described by a witness at The Nuremberg Trials after the war:
Prisoners there were locked in the doghouses, chained by the neck, and forced to lap up their food from a bowl. Anyone failing to bark when Koch walked by received twenty-five lashes with a cane. Koch had one prisoner beaten senseless, then ordered guards to stop up his anus with hot asphalt and force him to drink castor oil.
Shem Karpinsky identifies two fellow Jews who were skinned for their tattoos.