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February 13, 2010

Holocaust survivor turned cartwheels at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Upon arrival at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the Jews had to go through a selection process, as shown in the photo below.  Dr. Josef Mengele was one of 36 SS men that decided who would live and who would die.

Selection for the gas chamber or work at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Every Auschwitz survivor has his or her own unique story about how they beat the odds. Some lied about their age when they went through the selection line, claiming that they were 4 or 5 years older than they actually were, so that they would be selected for work. Some jumped off the truck  that was taking them to the gas chamber. A few lucked out because the gas chamber was already full by the time they got there. Others survived  because they could play a musical instrument or paint pictures.

Then there is Holocaust survivor, Dr. Edith Eger, who not only survived Auschwitz, but also Mauthausen and Gunskirchen, two of the worst camps in the Nazi system.

According to a news article in the Del Mar Times, written by Delores Davies on Feb. 11, 2010,  Edith  “foiled an attempt to drag her to the gas chamber by disorienting a guard by doing a cartwheel and the splits.”

Dr. Josef Mengele, Commandant Rudolf Hoess, and Josef Kramer

Delores Davies also wrote the following in her article about Dr. Edith Eger:

“At Auschwitz, Eger, who was a talented gymnast as a child, was selected by SS officer and physician Josef Mengele to dance for him when he visited the barracks. As a token of thanks, Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, would give her a piece of bread.”

You can read the full article about Dr. Edith Eger here.

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