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December 23, 2012

Holocaust survivor who volunteered for the gas chamber, but a Nazi doctor intervened

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:50 am

Holocaust survivor Rose Sherman Williams told her story recently to students in San Antonio, Texas.  Her emphasis was on the consequences of bullying.  The Nazis were the greatest bullies of all time, and God forbid that today’s American children should grow up to be Nazis.

Rose is now speaking out after years of silence. The most remarkable detail in her story is that she was in such misery at the Auschwitz death camp that she VOLUNTEERED to go to the gas chamber so that she could end it all.  But a Nazi doctor stopped her.

In her speech to the school children, Rose said that when “Nazi Germany troops” invaded her home town in Poland, she was about the same age as the middle school students, who were visiting the Jewish Community Center that day to hear her speech.

Rose told the students that, instead of water, gas would come out of the shower heads in the camp where she was taken.

Rose was eventually sent to Auschwitz.

This quote is from the news article about her speech, which you can read in full here:

“They gave us a number which I still carry on my hand, tattooed: “A15049,” Williams said while holding up her arm so students could see the tattoo. “That was the name I had to answer to and God forbid if I didn’t hear my name called. You cannot imagine the beating I would get.”

So much suffering, and Rose said she wanted to die: she volunteered to go to the concentration camp’s gas chamber.

But a Nazi doctor intervened. For years, Williams wondered why.

For years, Rose wondered why a Nazi doctor would not let her volunteer for the gas chamber at Auschwitz?  (By the way, who was this Nazi doctor?  Was this the famous Dr. Mengele, who appears in every Holocaust survivor story?)

Rose was not allowed to volunteer for the gas chamber because she had already been tattooed. She had already been registered in the camp and there was an IBM Hollerith punch card for her in the camp administration records. I previously blogged about the Hollerith punch cards on this blog post.

If her card had been found after Auschwitz was abandoned, this would have been proof that someone had been gassed at Auschwitz after they had been registered.   Of course, the Nazis were not going to let that happen.  The Jews who were gassed were sent immediately to the gas chamber without being registered and tattooed.  The names of the Jews who were gassed are unknown.

Nice try, but no cigar!  Sorry, Rose.

14 Comments

  1. Greatest bullies of all time? I think Attila the Hun,Papa Joe and Torquemada might take issue with that

    Comment by Tim — April 23, 2015 @ 9:24 am

  2. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Gasan — December 24, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  3. The former director of Yad Vashem and father of gruelpropaganda ,Yithzak Arad, was a NKVD member and suspected war criminal aka mass murderer with real name Isaac Rudni(c)ki.Liars often change things and tell different stories and so it’s very informative to hear via this way more about the Gulag System.For example the sentence “We have to squeeze everything out of a prisoner in the first three months — after that we don’t need him anymore”, is from his bolshevik comrade Naftaly Frenkel about death camp Kolyma. Sounds logic for a primitive working camp, but not for an essential important industrial centre.

    Comment by gebis — December 24, 2012 @ 6:00 am

  4. This Jewesse’s mother avoided being sent to the gas chamber against her will, thanks to a glitch.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — December 23, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  5. If Rose volunteered to go to the gas chamber, it means the prisoners knew there were gas chambers in the camp. And if everybody knew there were gas chambers there, why did the Nazis bother to disguise their gas chambers as fake shower rooms in order to keep their future gassed victims quiet?

    Saved by her IBM card. Priceless! The Nazis allegely knew how to make millions of human bodies disappear from the surface of the Earth without leaving a trace (even not ashes). But they were unable to prevent the Soviets from finding a little IBM card. Amazing… 😉

    And anyway was it so hard to gas her and to register her as a typhus victim?

    Comment by hermie — December 23, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    • The shower room and a gas chamber (Gaskammer) were sometimes in the same building, such as the Baracke X building at Dachau. The Gaskammer was used to disinfect clothing with Zyklon-B. There were several of these buildings at Auschwitz. Visitors are not allowed to see the buildings which have showers and also disinfection chambers. After 50 years, visitors to Auschwitz are finally allowed to see the Sauna, where there was a shower room and steam chambers for disinfecting the clothing. It is easy to see how the prisoners thought that people were being gassed.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 23, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      • “The shower room and a gas chamber (Gaskammer) were sometimes in the same building, such as the Baracke X building at Dachau.”

        I know that. But the classical Holocaust narrative claims that the alleged homicidal gas chambers looked like shower rooms to lure the jewish future victims. It would have been stupid to make homicidal gas chambers look like shower rooms if everybody knew these rooms were gas chambers as Rose S. Williams said.

        “After 50 years, visitors to Auschwitz are finally allowed to see the Sauna, where there was a shower room and steam chambers for disinfecting the clothing. It is easy to see how the prisoners thought that people were being gassed.”

        Maria van Herwaarden, who was in Auschwitz-Birkenau from December 1942 to January 1945, testified about this gassing rumor. From Linz, Maria van Herwaarden was transported to Vienna and from there to Auschwitz. There were about twenty other women on the train travelling from Vienna to Auschwitz. A gypsy told Herwaarden that they were going to be gassed when they arrived at Auschwitz. They arrived in the camp on 2 December in the afternoon. That night the SS people came and took them to Birkenau. They were taken to a cold, windowless room and told that they had to take a cold shower. They handed over their clothes and all hair was shaved, both head and pubic. Herwaarden was “terribly scared” when she went into the shower room because “they said gas would be coming from the top but it was only water.” They received soap, but the water was cold. When they finished, they received their numbers and prisoners clothing and were taken to the barracks.

        Comment by hermie — December 23, 2012 @ 9:51 am

  6. “Rose is now speaking out after years of silence” I noticed that pattern a while ago where a survivor would come forward years later.. You know what will happen when the last known survivor passes on ? Each year a Diary or Journal will be published by a relative.. If artistic licence was abused whilst they were living just imagine what it is going to be like when they are all gone.. It doesn’t bare thinking about..

    Comment by owainglyndwr1416 — December 23, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    • “You know what will happen when the last known survivor passes on ? Each year a Diary or Journal will be published by a relative.”

      Don’t forget the diaries written by reincarnated Holocaust victims. 😉

      “Beyond the Ashes: Cases of Reincarnation from the Holocaust” by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

      “From Ashes to Healing: Mystical Encounters with the Holocaust” by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

      “In Beyond the Ashes, the author presented compelling evidence that people living today had died in past lives during the Holocaust. Now, in From Ashes to Healing, he brings together fourteen gripping testimonies of people who have found extraordinary healing through these experiences. Some of the amazing stories contained in this book tell of a Jewish woman who remembers the souls of her people in the afterlife, a Canadian goat farmer who located a clock from a past-life flashback, and a Swedish woman who actually confirmed her memories by visiting the site of Buchenwald. The author shares his personal account of how working with these cases enabled him to find karmic closure about the Holocaust and move from ashes to healing. The book also contains chapters on the concept of “Jewish soul,” the possible fate of Hitler in the afterlife, and prophecies by Edgar Cayce concerning the Jews during World War II. ” (amazon.com)

      Comment by hermie — December 23, 2012 @ 9:30 am

      • Thanks a Million hermie.. I doubt a few gentiles with similar flashback or afterlife tales about playing football or Swimming with Auschwitz inmates would get the backing of select publishing houses..

        Comment by owainglyndwr1416 — December 23, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      • The very last holocaust survivor will die sometime in the 2050’s and will be one of the babies born at Dachau in 1945 . The daily propaganda in the MSM will continue until then and beyond of course..

        Comment by Pete — December 23, 2012 @ 4:11 pm


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