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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.


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    Comment by Black Rabbit — November 2, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  2. This is another “deus ex machina” type of story: the umpteenth times miraculous escapes from the dreaded “gas chambers”. But, there are a few interesting points of Lustig’s story. The article states that he was a correspondent in Palestine 1948-1949 in the first Arab-Jewish war.
    Afterwards: “he worked as a reporter and director of Czechoslovak Radio, an editor of the youth magazine Mlady svet and scriptwriter at the Barrandov film studio.”
    He was a “correspondent” during first Arab-Jew war at the age 23 and then returned to Czechoslovakia?
    Why not stay in Israel in live like a Jew forever?
    “After the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, he emigrated to Israel, from where he moved to YUGOSLAVIA (sic!) and eventually to the USA.”
    Oh really? Instead of staying in Israel, he moved to a communist Yugoslavia and later to the USA. Why not live like a jew in Israel?
    I believe that this dude has lots of skeletons in his closet. This is why “22 years old journalist” returned from Israel to Czechoslovakia. Guess, how many war-crimes he committed in those two years, while being in Israel, that he has to flee back to his home country. This statement of mine is supported by his later from the “promised land” to communist Yugoslavia, where he would not be prosecuted.

    Comment by Gasan — February 28, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

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