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February 28, 2011

Surviving the Auschwitz gas chamber umpteen times

Filed under: Buchenwald, Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:59 am

This morning, I read an article here about the death of Arnost Lustig, a Czech Holocaust survivor who wrote many books about his ordeal.  This quote, about his time in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Buchenwald, is from the article:

“During the three years there, I was three times sentenced to be shot dead and umpteenth times to be gassed,” Lustig said after the war.

In spite of the fact that he survived so many death sentences, the article adds that Lustig said he never pardoned the Germans.

According to the article in the online Prague Daily Monitor, Arnost was first sent to the Theresienstadt camp, then to Auschwitz and later to Buchenwald; his father was gassed at Auschwitz. His mother and sister both survived their stay at the Mauthausen camp.

I learned from other news articles that Lustig was on a train from Buchenwald to Dachau when the engine of the train was bombed by an Allied plane, and he was able to escape.

I have never read any of his books, but now I am very interested in learning about how he survived the Auschwitz gas chamber umpteen times.