by Johnny McNeill – unpublished author of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan‘ (© 2017 – free download – released via Berlin on 25th June 2017).
(15 min read)
This is Czeslawa (abbreviated ‘Czesia’) Kwoka. She was 14 years old when she was killed in Auschwitz three months after arriving.
Her mother, the only person she had left in the world after being transported to the concentration camp, had been murdered the month before these pictures on the orders of the SS ‘Aufseherin’ guard also known as ‘Helferinnen’, were taken by political prisoner and photographer Wilhem Brasse who had refused to sign the Nazis ‘Volkslist’ in support of ‘Leibensraum’ and the genocide it entailed.
The centre, devastatingly moving picture (later colourised by Brazilian photographer Marina Amaral), clearly shows bruise-marks and a cut lip on Czesia’s stunned, bewildered and battered face which had been inflicted in the moments before the photographs were taken.
As a Polish Catholic girl, Czesia didn’t understand the instructions being shouted at her in German by the SS Aufseherin guard, who set about slapping, punching and whipping Czesia’s confused face and head, simply for not complying.
Wilhelm Brasse witnessed the beating sometime after which Czesia was taken away and executed, it’s thought during an ‘experiment’ with phenol injected into to her heart.
After the war Wilhelm gave evidence against the specific, yet unidentified Aufseherin guard who beat Czesia before her death. This is what he had to say;
“She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn’t understand why she was there and she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. So this woman Kapo [SS ‘Aufseherin’ or ‘Helferinnen’] took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me.” Wilhem Brasse, from ‘The Portaitist’ (2005) via rarehistoricalphotos.com
Now – and this is important – the overwhelming majority of you should probably read Wilhelm Brasse’s statement again.
This is because most of you will just have experienced a bout of ‘cognitive dissonance’ which I’ll attempt to explain, prior to bringing you back to a specific part of his testimony.
Cognitive dissonance is a common occurrence which takes place within our logical brain whenever we’re met with ‘unwelcome’ information which conflicts with our strongly held beliefs and challenge our individual, preconceived biases shaped by what we’re taught in pre/adolescence, our mid to late teens and beyond. However even more powerful are our conditioned biases which are shaped by omission which also form our collective ‘reality’.
“The most powerful form of lie is the omission”. Orwell, ‘1984’
Cognitive dissonance is a very normal process takes place in everyone, causing the logical brain to try and reconcile the ‘unwelcome’ information or rationalise it (explaining it away or minimising it) in order to marry-up with what we already believe to be true and in doing so protect our values and beliefs, often at any cost – including costs to our individual selves.
As such, there is a devastating disconnect between what we already know is propagandist possible and what’s actually, currently happening in front of our eyes, because this information dissonance is inhibiting our understanding of the uncomfortable elements we refuse to cognitively process.
If we cannot or will not under any circumstances accept the new information as being true, our emotional (irrational) brain is triggered and our ego-defence or coping mechanisms kick-in, generally resulting in one of two predictable emotional-behavioural responses;
One way to cope is to overcompensate which often takes the form of resorting to outright lying or ‘bizarre’ deflection behaviours, disproportionate defensiveness and evasiveness. When this fails then anger, threatening behaviour or actual violence usually follows and is directed against the person or group challenging the established held beliefs.
Crucially, this overcompensating behaviour is easily recognised as the lies, anger and threatening behaviour can be felt and observed by everyone directly involved in the exchanges and those witnessing them. In large group-settings this can be behaviourally seen in the ‘herd mentality’ which can be lethal – which is usually the entire identity-politics point of propaganda; “to produce ferocity towards those who are not regarded as members of the herd” as Bertrand Russell stated.
However the second coping mechanism is arguably more lethal simply because it’s harder to recognise that the cognitive dissonance process has taken place at all.
This second and probably most common coping mechanism is avoidance which causes us to ignore inconvenient information altogether. However because there’s very little – if any – emotion associated with avoidance, without realising it we sub/consciously ‘compartmentalise’ or ‘park’ the information allowing us to maintain our previous long-held views – despite the evidence to the contrary. This is also known as hypocrisy or as Orwell termed it; ‘Doublethink’
This is true of all our values and beliefs – both negative and positive – which we’ve grown up with in childhood and/or made a significant emotional investment in, to become our normalised emotional-behavioural prism throughout our late-teens and into mid-twenties during the formative years to become our very being, beyond which, these life-long perceptions and beliefs shape and solidify our immovable ‘reality’, particularly if they’re cyclically confirmed and reinforced by external forces well into adulthood.
And interestingly this is why it’s especially true in personal relationships where there is domestic abuse; because it’s this exact same avoidance coping mechanism which the victim(s) employs in order to evade having to confront the abusive reality of their so-called ‘relationship’.
Which also explains how it is that an abusive partner or parent can repeatedly lie and behave abysmally towards their victim(s) – and why the victim(s) having unwittingly made such an emotional investment in their abuser, will often rationalise, avoid and sub/consciously ignore the abusive ‘red-flags’ in order to maintain the belief that their partner or parent still loves and cares for them.
Even more corrosive is that without a significant ‘intervention’ to help them snap out of this cyclical ‘state’ trapped within their unacknowledged patterns of avoidance, victims of domestic abuse repeat and treat this as the ‘inevitable’, nihilistic, Niemoller ‘reality’ without even realising.
Unthinkingly, they often feel helpless to consciously make necessary change happen, simply because they don’t know any better as the toxic cycles have become so ‘normalised’ to them. And so unfortunately, without really digging into the root causes of why they keep falling into the same patterns, the victim(s) is condemned to repeat the exact same mistakes time and again, never leaving at all or if they do, often enter into subsequent abusive relationships.
So why am I telling you this? Why am I writing about cognitive dissonance, coping mechanisms and abusive relationships in the context of innocent 14 year old girl Czesia and specifically – Wilhelm Brasse’s statement about the beating she was subjected to by a woman prior to being murdered in Auschwitz?
Well, because the exact same sub/conscious hypocrisy processes apply on every level of our emotionally-invested ‘reality’; partner, parent and State. However it’s the more ‘refined’, accomplished abusers – gaslighters – who succeed in manipulating their loving victims ‘reality’ to such an imperceptible ‘boiling-frog’ degree, that the victims unwittingly turn back to the perpetrator-source of the abuse for their ‘salvation’ as they would rather hold onto the emotionalised lie than face up to the inevitable and destructive truth.
And so unless you’re regular readers of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ many of you reading Mr Brasse’s statement still won’t have fully, cognitively processed his words – nor the 1944 Auschwitz image of the laughing Aufseherin guards or ‘Kapo’s’ – with their male counterparts.
This is because the ‘new’ information doesn’t fit with the overwhelming majority of individual and group-collective conditioned core-beliefs. As such, most will have avoided, ignored and ‘brushed-over’ the part where Wilhelm Brasse states;
“So this woman Kapo took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl”.
Now, the fact that it was a woman who battered Czesia is one irrational ‘motivation’ for ignoring the information altogether. That’s the first challenge to overcome.
The next challenge and fact to face is that the “woman Kapo” wasn’t an anomaly or a ‘one-off’ but was part of the SS Aufseherin/Helferinnen death camp units, specifically made up of female Nazi’s whose role was to decide the fate of the ‘Untermensch’; the term for people they cruelly deemed ‘lesser humans’ – like Czesia – who they sent for immediate execution or were to be briefly ‘spared’ as slave labour.
This is because evil is a human characteristic, not an exclusively male one. Just as fascism is housed in the human condition, not exclusively in Germans, Spanish and Italians; each with their own distinctive languages and cultures but whose people had to be sold the same emotional-behavioural propaganda messaging in order to recruit millions to its particular ideology.
An ideology which in its current global-ambition form is being led by a US & UK corporate-political and complicit media cartel – which is yet another mass cognitive dissonance challenge to overcome; the fact that in UK and in the US – elements of fascism have always been present.
I suspect this reluctance to truly process our Imperial past seamlessly dovetailing with contemporary-fascist characteristics, is because having been reared on a diet of the Great British ‘Tommy’ and America’s GI’s having been the WWII good-guys who ‘defeated’ fascism and saved the world from ‘It’ the first time around, many across the global-western world are still struggling to overcome their core-belief perception of themselves and to cognitively process; that 21st century fascism is in fact predominantly speaking English.
And the key to bringing it all to an end before ‘It’ can ‘PlanB’ militarise and mobilise its multiple toxic brands of hatred, housed in its propagandist ‘stoic-victimhood’ steeped ‘superiority-persecution complex’? Women.
And specifically within the introspection of those women with conscience, who are honest, kind and capable of love for people who are not built in the same mould as them, doing so as individuals and as a collective. So I’ll say it again; the key to bringing ‘It’ all crashing down is housed in women all around the world; specifically women who already see through ‘It’ or are willing to overcome its toxic construct which afforded them a ‘newfound purpose’ steeped in the fake-martyrised ‘empowerment’ of globally emotionalised lie.
Particularly women in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (English speaking Ireland & India (widely spoken) as well as Portuguese speaking Brazil and Spanish speaking Argentina too) who’ve also been subjected to “the most powerful form of lie by omission” (Orwell) that the world has ever known. And which upon a mass mobilisation trigger (further links below) was (is) to guilt-shame millions of young men into military uniform via an inescapable, ‘reverse-psychology’ mass-emasculation propaganda campaign; the most powerful, pervasive yet unacknowledged recruitment construct called #MeToo:
“There is no way of influencing men so powerfully as by means of the women. Women therefore, should be our chief study. We should ingratiate ourselves into their good opinion, give them hints of emancipation from the tyranny of public opinion, and of standing up for themselves. It will be an immense relief to their enslaved minds to be freed from any one bond of restraint and will fire them the more, causing them to work for us with zeal without knowing that they do so; for they will only be indulging their own desire of personal admiration”. Adam Weishaupt – German cleric & ‘philosopher’ (1748 – 1830)
And so yes, in trying to maintain the absurd notion that only ‘foreigners’ can be fascists and only men can be evil, and to dismiss the historical precedence and contemporary evidence housed in the military recruitment value of both the direct ‘White Feather Women’ and indirect reverse-psychology ‘Rampant Sexism’ strategy…
…men and women alike can attempt to further ‘rationalise’ the female role in Nazi death camps by telling themselves “Well the men must have made them do it”. But that isn’t true is it? You know it isn’t.
Because the cold hard inconvenient truth is that many of the SS Aufseherin & Helferinnen women enjoyed their ‘work’. They enjoyed it because ‘It’ afforded them unadulterated power without consequences – and is doing so again throughout the western world in its re-engineered reawakening by omission…
…to select their victims at will; to arbitrarily choose not only who would live and die – but when. And in the meantime the Aufseherin had the power to endlessly dish out indiscriminate beatings and inflict their own insecurities, failings, flaws and shadow-selves upon defenceless children, on a capricious hate-filled whim.
So people, please, shake-off your cognitive dissonance – because it’s killing us all. We’re long past our sub/conscious hypocrisy ‘excuses’ and have entered into an age of inexcusable abject cowardice, because we all know something is very, very wrong on a global goose-stepping scale marching its way towards a transatlantic tyranny.
What’s your daughters name? What’s your sons name? Because with the weapons and technology at the disposal of the Anglosphere fascists, if they succeed this time – at this point in ‘history’ – there won’t be anyone left who is not of ‘Its’ ideological hatred to witness, record, write or remember your child’s name.
Her name was Czeslawa Kwoka. Her name IS Czesia. Take responsibility and speak her name…
This piece was inspired by Marina Amaral’s colourisation of Wilhem Brasse’s haunting images of little Czesia and his testimony, with the title specifically inspired by Piotr Abryszeński’s ‘My Name Was Czeslawa Kwoka: Nazi German Policy Towards Polish Children During World War II’.
Video recorded on 25th June 2018, on the first anniversary of going to Berlin and warning the German Bundes Polizei & Irish Embassy on 250617, of the inevitable #ToryAnalytica coup d’etat militarisation of Brexit and the arrival of a US/UK-led global fascism. This ‘prediction’ will act as a benchmark for the accuracy of my wider interpretations.
Selection of #GG links:
‘Defence Secretary unable to deny Trident nuclear submarines run on same outdated software hackers exploited to cripple NHS systems’. The Independent, 14th May 2017
‘#OpFukuglaschu’ – A Trigger for Global Fascism’ (2018) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-Gt
“Invading Iran, taking it over and then coercing it into becoming a different sort of country would take a MILLION MEN”. Admiral West, Former UK Royal Navy First Sea Lord (2019)
‘The #MeToo [& LGBT] Truth of Nr5 #RampantSexism’ (2020) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-1Y2
“The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. In the long run, hierarchical society was only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance”. Orwell, ‘1984’.
‘Why Afghan ‘Women’? Manufacturing Consent For All-Out War via ‘WMD’ (2021) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2Js
“Original minds are not distinguished by being the first to see a new thing, but instead seeing the old, familiar thing that is overlooked as something new”. Friedrich Nietzsche.
‘21st Century Suffragettes: A ‘White Feather Brigade’ Propaganda Playbook’ (2021) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2Md
“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening. And it doesn’t even know, that it doesn’t know”. Noam Chomsky
‘Farage to GB News: The Tories Own Trojan Horses’ (2021) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2Ex
“A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud”. Orwell
‘Trump & Brexit: The ‘#DarkTriad’ Model for a Global Fascist Contagion’ (2019) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-17y
“Shall I tell you a terrible truth about politics and human nature? You can probably make a good case for almost any course of action.” Boris Johnson (2013)
‘Brexit: All Roads Lead to Rome – Militarisation’ (2018) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-Og
“Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil”. Machiavelli
‘Patriotic Poverty MBE: A Volksgemeinschaft ‘State’ (2020) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-23q
“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one MAKES THE REVOLUTION in order to establish a dictatorship”. Orwell, ‘1984’.
‘Glasgow, Israel & The India Variant: A Far Too Perfect Tyrannical Storm’ (2021) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2Ai
“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared”. Machiavelli
‘Yellowhammer Anagram: ‘Orwell Mayhem’ by Cummings “Meltdown” Symbolism’ (2019) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-1mL
“There is no way of influencing men so powerfully as by women. We should ingratiate ourselves into their good opinion and encourage women to stand up for themselves, causing them to work for us with zeal without knowing”. A. Weishaupt (1748 – 1830)
‘Manhattan’s Medusa: The Global State of Scotland’ (2021) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2kh
Both Twitter and Facebook continue to suppress my accounts, so please feel free copy and paste the #GG links *straight to your own* accounts – especially outside UK. Thank you.
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth”. Khaled Hosseini.
‘Characteristics Of An Individual Narcissist & A Fascist State’ (© 2017) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-dZ by #GaslightingGilligan
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