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October 3, 2012

the death of Shlomo Venezia, a former Jewish Sonderkommando at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

A regular reader of my blog alerted me to an article about the recent death of Shlomo Venezia which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the article about the death of Shlomo Venezia:

October 2, 2012

ROME (JTA) – Shlomo Venezia, a Holocaust survivor who wrote about his experiences in an Auschwitz Sonderkommando unit and spent years bearing personal testimony to the Shoah, has died.

Venezia, who was born in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece, died Sept. 30 [2012] in Rome at the age of 88.

Deported to Auschwitz [on April 11] 1944, he was one of the few survivors of the notorious Sonderkommando units – teams of prisoners forced to move and cremate the bodies of those killed in the gas chambers. His mother and two sisters were killed in Auschwitz. He wrote about his experiences in a memoir, “Sonderkommando Auschwitz,” published in 2007.

Venezia was very active speaking about the Holocaust at schools, public events and in the media, and he accompanied Italian student groups on study trips to Auschwitz.

What was not mentioned in the article about his death is that he was in the last group of Sonderkommandos who worked at Auschwitz-Birkenau, removing the bodies from the gas chambers and putting them into the crematoria where the bodies were burned.  Unlike all the previous Sonderkommando Jews, the Jews in last group were allowed to live.

The Nazis had tried to keep it a secret that the Jews were being gassed, so the previous Sonderkommando Jews, who had worked in the gas chambers, had been killed periodically and replaced by a new group of Jews that had newly arrived.  For some strange, unexplained reason, the last 100 Sonderkommando Jews were allowed to live and they joined the “death march” out of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 18, 1945.  Some Holocaust historians believe that the purpose of the “death march” out of Auschwitz-Birkenau was to kill the Jews by marching them to death.

In one of the books that he wrote, Shlomo explained that he “managed to slip into the columns of deportees being led away to other camps…”  So that’s what happened.  Shlomo didn’t believe that the Auschwitz prisoners were being marched to death, so he sneaked into a column of marching prisoners. The fact that he believed that the purpose of the march was NOT to kill the prisoners makes him a “Holocaust denier.”

This quote is from page 187 of Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz, written by Shlomo Venezia:

On January 18, when the general evacuation of the Auschwitz complex took place, most of the Sonderkommando men who were still alive (including twenty-five Greeks) managed to slip into the columns of deportees being led away to the other camps within the Reich.  By do doing, they managed to avoid certain death.  Some of them, generally Polish Jews, succeeded in escaping when what was later called “the death march” set off.

In May 1945, at the end of the war, slightly more than ninety men of the Sonderkommando of Birkeanau were still alive.

Another Sonderkommando Jew, who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, was Dario Gabbai; he is one of the Holocaust survivors who is featured in Steven Spielberg’s documentary “The Last Days.”

This quote (the words of Gabbai) is from the book entitled “The Last Days” which tells the stories of the survivors who are featured in the documentary film with the same name:

When the Red Army was approaching, the Germans marched us to Austria; of the thousands who were on the march, only a few hundred survived, including ninety-six Sonderkommando.  There was one good morning when we woke up to an unexpected silence — all the Germans had gone and the Americans came a few hours later.  That was on May 6, 1945 and I weighed just sixty-seven pounds.

According to Holocaust historians, it was the custom to kill the Jews in the Sonderkommando squads periodically and replace them with new workers. This was done so as to eliminate any witnesses to the gas chambers.  But for some unknown reason, the Nazis allowed the last 100 Sonderkommando Jews to live.  According to Gabbai, the plan of the Nazis had been to take the Auschwitz survivors to a cave in Austria and blow them up. (Ernst Kaltenbrunner denied this during his testimony at the Nuremberg IMT.)  This plan was foiled when the Americans liberated the Mauthausen camp on May 5, 1945. General Eisenhower ordered that the liberation should be re-enacted on May 6, 1945 so that photos could be taken.

8 Comments

  1. Last I Have figured out what the triangle symbol may also mean to the Jews. On Purim they eat a triangle shaped cake called Hamentaschen. According to Websters this holiday falls within the month of Adar the sixth month of the Hebe calendar. As for the Freemasons I believe the Templars who saved the plans for the Temple of Solomon during Richard the Lion Hearted crusade to liberate Jerusalem connects them to Jewish bankers. Whew that’s enough research for now.

    Comment by der-wulf — March 2, 2014 @ 1:18 am

  2. OK fg so the ‘death march’ term was not 100 percent accurate. According to what I have read there were about 57000 prisoners marched out of Auschwitz and of these about 15000 died during the forced march to the camps within the Reich. First My question is why did the SS Guards allow the 7000 prisoners to live? I am thinking about Primo Levi in particular. It may prove imp’t considering that Germany is looking to prosecute 90 year old men they’ve arrested. Second: I have seen evidence that freemasons were killed in connection with Kl Columbia. The fascists Mussolini and Franco were also seeking info on these freemasons and imprisoning them and killing them What is the Freemason Judeo connection? I have found evidence of some kind of numerology involving equilateral pyramids with 3 60 degree interior angles. The pyramid represents Egypt and the Nwo symbol on the US currency. The number six represents the six days of labor and seven represents the day He rested.

    Comment by der-wulf — March 2, 2014 @ 1:07 am

  3. Shlomo Venezia lost his mother and little sisters Marica and Marta in Auschwitz.

    As with Elie Wiesel, he was so busy peddling his tales that he didn’t find the time to fill a form at the Yad Vashem Database of Holocaust Victims.

    Moreover, I feel disconsolate to learn he was l’ultimo testimone della Shoah, the last witness of the Holocaust.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — October 4, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  4. Some Holocaust historians believe that the purpose of the “death march” out of Auschwitz-Birkenau was to kill the Jews by marching them to death.

    No, in a death march, the evil Germans killed people marching and let live those who did not walk.

    Just read the harrowing testimony of Ben Stern at Auschwitz:

    … and they told us to march. The Germans killed all the people who kept walking. That was the death march. I survived because I could not walk.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — October 3, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    • I read the “harrowing testimony” of Ben and I think that he is talking about marching from the main Dachau camp to the Allach sub-camp some time in the last months of the war. Prisoners were brought from the camps in the East to Germany in the last months of the war. They were always brought to one of the main camps, given a shower and disinfected, then sent to a sub-camp to work. He collapsed just before he reached the sub-camp. How did he survive? Did he just lie there beside the road and wait for the Allies to come? How were the prisoners, who kept walking, killed? Were they killed by the bomb that hit Allach in the last days of the war?

      The website, that has the story of Ben, gives the pronunciation of the names of the camps. Dachau is supposedly pronounced Dock-ow. That is the way that it is pronounced in America, but in Germany, the pronunciation sounds more like Dah-COW, except that the ch in the word is pronounced with a guttural sound. It is difficult for Americans to pronounce the word correctly, so it is easier to say Dock-ow.

      On this page of my website, I have written about what it was like in Germany in the last days of World War II: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Background.html Click on Continue at the bottom of the page to go to the next page.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 3, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    • I’m thinking of emailing the USHMM and proposing that they build a memorial to the:

      20: Hitlers: http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameResults.html?lastName=hitler&lastNameType=THESAURUS&language=en

      39: Himmlers: http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameResults.html?lastName=himmler&lastNameType=THESAURUS&language=en

      2: Paula Goerings (poss. duplicated): http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameResults.html?lastName=goering&lastNameType=THESAURUS&language=en

      the Yad Vashem has listed as killed in the Ho£ocaust.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — October 5, 2012 @ 6:07 am

      • Thanks for your idea, Black Rabbit; what about the Eichmanns, Keitels, Rosenbergs or Streichers?

        😉

        Comment by Eager For Answers — October 5, 2012 @ 7:32 am

        • My goodness! I count 164 Streichers listed by the YV, as been killed in the Holocaust.

          As the Streichers were the most persecuted, of the; “Jews with the same name as prominent Nazis”, I think perhaps they deserve special recognition.

          I propose installing a memorial to the Streichers in every classroom in Europe, perhaps a design such as this would be a suitable tribute:

          Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — October 5, 2012 @ 5:08 pm


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