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December 19, 2011

Deaths in gas chambers at Auschwitz recorded by Ernest Michel

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:42 am

On a previous post on my blog, which you can read here, I wrote in the comments section that the Jews, who were immediately gassed upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were not registered in the camp, which makes it impossible for anyone to know how many Jews were killed at Auschwitz.  A reader wrote this in answer to my comment:

I know Auschwitz Birkenau filed false death certificates for the new arrivals sent directly to the gas chambers.

Survivor Ernie Michel discussed his work assignment at Auschwitz was to create these certificates because they liked his handwriting.

This sounds plausible because we know that the German people are very neat and meticulous, so the Nazis would have wanted someone with good handwriting to write the false death certificates at Auschwitz.

In writing my comment on the previous post, I didn’t take into account that the Jews, who survived the first selection but were too weak to continue working, were gassed months, or even years, after they arrived.  In the movie Schindler’s List, there is a famous scene where a number of Jews are forced to run naked as the German doctors decide whether they are still healthy enough to work.  It is well known that Dr. Josef Mengele would regularly visit the women’s barracks to select sick prisoners for the gas chamber.   (more…)