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May 16, 2013

Theresienstadt survivor says invasion by Russian Army prevented the completion of the gas chambers there

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am

Way back on May 24, 2012, I blogged about Claude Lanzmann’s new documentary film, entitled Last of the Unjust, which will be shown at the Cannes film festival on Saturday and is expected to win an award.  I also blogged about Lanzmann’s film and the gas chambers at Theresienstadt here.

The Last of the Unjust mentions Nisko, the first settlement where the Jews were sent by Adolf Eichmann.  Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, the son of Benjamin Murmelstein, wrote an essay about his father and the Nisko settlement, which you can read on my website here.

The subject of gas chambers at the Theresienstadt concentration camp has been in the news lately, due to the release of Claude Lanzmann’s new film featuring Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Jewish leader at Theresienstadt, who gave testimony 10 years ago about the gas chambers at Theresienstadt for Lanzmann’s film Shoah.  His testimony wound up on the cutting room floor, but has now been included in Lanzmann’s new film.  You can read about Lanzmann and the film here.

In a recent news article which you can read in full here, Inge Auerbacher, a child survivor of Theresienstadt, [Terezin], was quoted as saying this:

Only the invasion of that area by the Russian Army prevented the completion of gas chambers at Terezin, [Auerbacher] said.

Inge Auerbacher was also quoted as saying this in her recent talk to students in Montana:

Holocaust deniers are everywhere she said, noting that the president of Iran claims the crematories in the concentration camps were just bakery ovens.

I also blogged here about the claim that the cremation ovens at Auschwitz were bakery ovens.

Inge was lucky to have survived the Theresienstadt camp; you can read about the death statistics at Theresienstadt on my website here.

This quote is from the newspaper article about Inge Auerbacher’s talk:

Auerbacher was born on Dec. 31, 1934, in a little German village, that was over 1,000 years old. There were 60 Jewish families there and they happily lived next door to Christian families. Her father was a textile merchant and a disabled World War I veteran. Her grandfather, who lived in another village, was also a German war veteran. “We were very patriotic. We died for Germany,” she said. “Yes, we were Jewish, but we were good Germans.”

Her name, she pointed out, is a very common German name for a girl. She wore German clothing, she spoke German, the only difference, she said, was where she worshipped (sic).

Things began to change in 1938 with the beginning of riots against Jewish neighborhoods. On Nov. 10, 1938, riots struck her village, and mobs broke out every window in the homes and businesses of Jews and her father and grandfather were arrested and taken to the concentration camp at Dachau. The mob desecrated the synagogue in their community.

Somehow, after a few weeks, her father and grandfather were allowed to come home, and they immediately began trying to find a way to leave Germany. They sold their home and moved in with her grandparents in an even smaller village. They applied to immigrate to the United States and were put on a waiting list more than 10 years long. “We were stuck, with great hopes of leaving,” she said.

Auerbacher recalls the time they lived in this little village as her only childhood. During that time, her grandfather died of a broken heart from the way Germany betrayed its war veterans and from the physical abuse he endured at Dachau.

In 1941, deportations in her part of Germany started in the winter. The school was closed and she never finished first grade. She didn’t go back to school until she was 15 years old. Her grandmother was deported first. The family did not know for some time, but she was taken to the Black Forest and shot. She lies in a mass grave today. Eventually, Auerbacher, her mother and father, were deported to Terezin [Theresienstadt], a concentration camp built in an old military garrison in what is now the Czech Republic.

Auerbacher remembers that they could take almost nothing when they were deported. A few articles of clothing, metal dishes, a bedroll, and, for her, her special dolly, “Marlene,” named after the German-American movie star Marlene Dietrich.

Her time in Terezin is a blur of brutality, squalor, hunger, sickness and sorrow. She suffered scarlet fever there and many other illnesses. Her hair was filled with lice and her body covered with boils. “Hunger was a constant companion. You didn’t think about anything else but food, food, food,” she said. “You either lived or you died,” she said.

Terezin was a staging place, a transit area where two-thirds of those sent there were eventually shipped to killing centers, and a third died there. Of the 50,000 children under the age of 15 who came through Terezin, only a little more than 100 survived. Only the invasion of that area by the Russian Army prevented the completion of gas chambers at Terezin, she said.

Throughout this brutal time, she said, her father never lost hope. He told his wife, you wait and see, you’ll ride in a car again someday.

His faith sustained them, and on May 8, they were finally liberated. Eventually, they returned to her grandmother’s village and lived in an apartment there. “We were a miracle that our family survived,” she said.


After retiring, she became an activist for the Holocaust, traveling to Europe, revisiting Terezin and the places of her youth, writing her books and starting on speaking tours.

Theresienstadt, now known as Terezin, is most famous for the Red Cross visit in June 1944.  A second Red Cross visit was scheduled for April 6, 1945 and Adolf Eichmann came to Theresienstadt on March 5, 1945 to check out the camp.  According to some Holocaust experts, that is when he ordered gas chambers to be built at Theresienstadt because the gas chambers at Auschwitz had been closed in November 1944, and he wanted to continue the genocide of the Jews at Theresienstadt.

By March 1945, there was complete chaos in Europe in the final days of the war and Theresienstadt had become shabby again, after the first Red Cross visit in June 1944. Most of the able-bodied Jews in the camp had been sent on the transports to Auschwitz, where there were factories in which the Jews were being put to work for the German war effort. Most of the remaining inmates were elderly people or young children, like 10 year-old Inge Auerbacher, who were not able to work. Eichmann ordered the town to be cleaned up again, and the ghetto passed a second Red Cross inspection in 1945 with a good report.

On April 15, 1945, all the Danish Jews in the ghetto were transported back to Denmark with the help of the Red Cross.

On May 3, 1945, the Nazis turned the whole Theresienstadt camp over to Red Cross workers who now had the difficult task of trying to save the survivors from a raging typhus epidemic.

Typhus had been brought into the Theresienstadt ghetto by 13,454 survivors of the eastern concentration camps who began arriving after April 20, 1945. Some of them had been sent to Auschwitz a few months earlier and were now returning. In the final days of the war, the Theresienstadt ghetto became a hell hole, where a typhus epidemic was totally out of control, just like the epidemic in the unfortunate Bergen-Belsen camp which the Nazis had voluntarily turned over to the British on April 15, 1945.

Typhus is caused by body lice, and the Germans had tried unsuccessfully to control the lice in the death camps in Poland by using Zyklon B, the same chemical that they used to kill the Jews in the homicidal gas chambers.

Way back in 2010, I blogged about the gas chambers at Theresienstadt here.

Lanzmann should get in touch with Inge Auerbacher immediately and set her straight about her denial of the gas chambers at Theresienstadt, which were most certainly finished, according to his new film.  Holocaust denial is against the law in 17 countries and Auerbacher could wind up in prison for 5 years for saying that the gas chambers at Terezin were not finished because the Russian Army arrived in the nick of time.


  1. OK lets start:

    Oh first, you still cannot answer the question how did (using your post war Jewish population numbers of over 15 million) translate to there only be 14-16 million Jews alive today. Still can handle the math! OK I understand

    1.) I am not as familiar with Ms. Auerbacher’s claim. But I do know she was 10. If she believed that had a liberation not occurred the Nazis would have set up Gas Chambers, I don’t see how that disproves anything. But there is another point you raise in this…which is part of the Nazi Denier handbook # /66. Good to see some variation to your context mainly #’s 37 & 38 of 66.

    First lets start with Typhus. My grandmother had Typhus when she was liberated, she survived that and the 25KG (She was lucky; let me assure you the latter was the bigger concern). While I’m sure some prisoners died of Typhus the realty is most died of starvation (See the pictures). But if you go to your Holocaust Denier Bible (how about that for a contradiction) – you would find that many claim that the Zyklon-B could not possibly be used because it was too toxic and could not be vented, the fact that in this piece you note that but if only they used the Zyklon-B to fumigate the camp things would be better. When the British entered Belson they fumigated the camp by burning it down.

    Going back to your twisted logic, just because Zyklon-B can be used for other industrial uses it doesn’t mean it can’t be used to kill people. Without getting into a chemistry discussion, Zyklon-B is cyanide, which has been used to execute people in the US. I bet you have posted in other places that the Zyklon-B amounts could not possibly have been used to kill people because there wasn’t enough, or it couldn’t disolve.

    In the mean time can you explain how 15.7 million people became 14-16 million despite a rapid expansion of life expectancy?

    Comment by NeverAGAIN! — May 16, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    • Could you explain how you keep asking the same question and never answer anything yourself?
      1.1million ‘murdered, and then say 5 hours to remove and burn a body, equals 5.5 million hours, yes? Which is 629 years assuming 1 oven. That’s non stop.
      How many ovens did they have?

      Comment by DB — May 16, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    • If you want to comment, please comment on something that I wrote. On my blog post today, I wrote:
      “Typhus is caused by body lice, and the Germans had tried unsuccessfully to control the lice in the death camps in Poland by using Zyklon B, the same chemical that they used to kill the Jews in homicidal gas chambers.”

      You wrote: “in this piece you note that but if only they used the Zyklon-B to fumigate the camp things would be better.”

      I did not write that “things would be better” … “if only they used Zyklon-B to fumigate the camp”.

      There were disinfection buildings at Theresienstadt, but I did not say anything in my blog post today about whether or not the disinfection buildings at Theresienstadt used Zyklon-B.

      You keep blathering on about the Holocaust Denier Handbook with 66 points. I have NEVER written anything about the 66 points, neither on my website, nor on my blog. Try to stay on topic in your comments.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 16, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    • Neveragain wrote: “First lets start with Typhus. My grandmother had Typhus when she was liberated, she survived that and the 25KG (She was lucky; let me assure you the latter was the bigger concern). While I’m sure some prisoners died of Typhus the realty is most died of starvation (See the pictures).”

      Doesn’t the case of your grandmother (assuming you’re not lying about that) prove the extreme emaciation seen in the last German concentration camps at the very end of WW2 can be fully explained by typhus? In such a chaos some prisoners starved in the very last months of WW2. What else could have happened in such a mess? But you can’t prove there was a Nazi deliberate starvation policy.

      Neveragain wrote: “Oh first, you still cannot answer the question how did (using your post war Jewish population numbers of over 15 million) translate to there only be 14-16 million Jews alive today. Still can handle the math! OK I understand.”

      Jews are not known for their high birth rate. Whites have decreased too. Does that prove they’ve been holocausted 70 years ago? Do you plan to blame jewesses for having too few babies during the last decades or do you keep your anger for your extermination fantasy? 😉

      Comment by hermie — May 16, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    • NeverAGAIN – you will never persuade a holocaust denier that the holocaust happened. They have a twisted logic and an indoctrinated rationale based on the fact that they are fundamentally anti-semetic, neo-nazis and at best just racist. They really are a waste of time. The fact is GERMAN governments today and of yesterday accept that the holocaust happened. The majority of Germans accept that the holocaust really did happen and a lot of the old are ashamed of their participation in that holocaust. The children of Nazis are ashamed of their own parents participation in the holocaust….and all of that speaks volumes. Deniers are best ignored. They will always spit the venom that they have been indoctrinated with.

      Comment by mogseyward — May 17, 2013 @ 3:44 am

      • Don’t delude yourself heebeeward, have a quiet conversation with Germans today and they’ll soon tell you they don’t believe it. I know a lot of equally brainwashed Czechs who, quietly on the side, know all this holocaust crap is just that, crap

        Comment by DB — May 17, 2013 @ 6:31 am

      • You and NeverAGAIN are basically hung up on trying to disprove the writings of the pioneers of Holocaust Denial, men like Arthur Butz, Ernst Zuendel and Germar Rudolf. You are not addressing what I am writing. I am writing about the modern day survivors and fake survivors who are out on the lecture circuit trying to indoctrinate children in the fifth grade with their Holocaust lies. The Theresienstadt survivor was complaining about her stay in the very best of the Nazi camps and lying about the alleged gas chamber there. For what purpose? She is trying to indoctrinate today’s American children in worship of the Jews.

        When I checked my blog “site stats” this morning, I found that the blog post that got the most hits yesterday was a post that I wrote on September 6, 2011 about the fingernail scratches on the wall of the “gas chamber” in the main Auschwitz camp.

        Why would anyone be interested in a Star of David, scratched on a gas chamber wall? Because it is the height of stupidity to believe that Jews were driven into a room that had a glass pane in the door, floor drains for toilets, openings on the ceiling that were not air tight, no way to heat the Zyklon-B pellets to 78.3 degrees, and no way to vent the gas out of the room. To believe that a person could scratch a Star of David on a concrete wall with their bare hands, while they were dying, is absolutely ridiculous, yet that is the kind of evidence on which the Holocaust is based. Proof of the main Auschwitz camp gas chamber was established by Filip Mueller who testified that he ate some cheese that he found in a suitcase that one of the victims had carried into the gas chamber in the main camp.

        Comment by furtherglory — May 17, 2013 @ 7:04 am

      • Kikeyward wrote: “The fact is GERMAN governments today and of yesterday accept that the holocaust happened.”

        I remember a time when the GERMAN governements (as well as the other European governments) accepted that witches were real and that those ‘witches’ had to be burnt alive after ‘confessing’ their crime. Reminds you something?

        As far as the “Holocaust” is concerned, the German governement started to accept the Holocaust myth after the Nuremberg ‘trials’ – ‘trials’ who were based on rules such as “The Tribunal shall not be bound by technical rules of evidence.” (art. 19 of the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal) and “The Tribunal shall not require proof of facts of common knowledge but shall take judicial notice thereof.” (art. 21 of the London Charter). And the following German governments just continued to defend the same victors’ ‘truth’ by decreeing the Holocaust is “offenkundig” (evident) and the ‘Holocaust deniers’ are criminals (arguing “Truth is no defense” – the guiding principle of the German ‘trials’ of ‘Holocaust deniers’).

        As you wrote, “all of that speaks volumes”… 😉

        Comment by hermie — May 17, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    • As far as I know, I have never written a blog post about the European population statistics. I have never written a post about the chemistry of Zyklon-B. In checking my site stats today, I observed that a post that I wrote on November 30, 2010 is still getting hundreds of hits. You can read it at

      The reason that people today are interested in Dr. Mengele is because every Holocaust survivor, who is out on the lecture circuit, speaking to 10-year-old children, tells about how he or she fooled Dr. Mengele and escaped the gas chamber.

      You are trying to argue with the whole Holocaust Denier community, not with me. Please stick to what I have written in my 946 blog posts in the past 3 years.

      For example, do you have anything to say about why Dr. Mengele, who was a medical doctor and also had a PhD, could not tell the difference between a child of 10 or 12 and a young person, aged 15?

      Comment by furtherglory — May 17, 2013 @ 7:26 am

  2. A quick search on the internet will show that there was a gas chamber at Terezin. And the same search will show that there wasn’t a gas chamber at Terezin.
    What a surprise, the believers can’t even get their facts right

    Comment by DB — May 16, 2013 @ 11:11 am

  3. Q. How do you know when a holocaust survivor is lying?
    A. Their mouths move

    Comment by DB — May 16, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    • DB wrote: “Q. How do you know when a holocaust survivor is lying? A. Their mouths move”

      “Talking jew, lying mouth”. – Victor Hugo

      “Jews have always distorted the truth with absurd fables”. – Voltaire

      Comment by hermie — May 17, 2013 @ 8:37 am

  4. Quote:”Put on a waiting list that was more than 10 years long.” The product of an infantile imagination. The National Socialist Government of Germany COMPENSATED Khazar fake Jews that were freely allowed to emigrate to Britain, America, the Soviet Union and parts of the British Empire.
    Inge Auerbacher says her father “died of a broken heart,” does Inge Auerbacher claim reperations for her father as a Holocaust survivor? Why would the SS take Inge Auerbacher’s grandmother to the Black Forrest to be shot? All the SS had to do was send her to Auchswitz with its swimming pool, cinema, hospital and dental practice, theatre, football field and other accommodations and wait for typhus to finish her off.
    There is little chance of Inge Auerbacher being arrested for Holocaust denial, she is, after all, a Hollow-Hoax survivor.
    Benjamin Freedman, the famous Hollow-Hoax denier, said that the vast majority of the 6 million were living prosperous and successful lives in The United Soviet of America in the 1960s. Those that went to the Soviet Union probably did not enjoy the same level of prosperity since the Soviet Union was systematically and surgically anihilated by the German/European National Socialist armed forces. Did Inge Auerbacher ever visit the real extermination camps, slave labour camps and torture chambers in Soviet Russia where an estimated 70/100 million ethnic Russians were liquidated?
    Excuse me my I cry into my cornflakes because Inge Auerbacher is just another one of the countless Hollow-Hoax survivors.
    Maybe that is the reason the Zionist terrorists
    in occupied Palestine hanged Adolf Eichmann, because he failed miserably to exterminate 6 million fake jews, not one more, not one less. Scrapbookpages, these Hollow-Hoax fairy stories are a waste of space. (Jomi)

    Comment by John-Joseph: Saintclair — May 16, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    • I noticed her claim that her grandmother had been shot in the Black Forest, but I didn’t go into that on my blog post because I was writing about the Theresienstadt gas chamber.

      I did a search on the Black Forest and the Jews and found this on Wikipedia:

      Begin quote:
      Berthold Auerbach (28 February 1812 – 8 February 1882) was a German-Jewish poet and author. He was the founder of the German “tendency novel”, in which fiction is used as a means of influencing public opinion on social, political, moral, and religious questions.

      But real fame and popularity came to him after 1843, when he began to occupy himself with the life of the common people which forms the subject of his best-known works. That year he published Schwarzwälder Dorfgeschichten (Black Forest Village Stories; 1843) which was his first great success, widely translated, and expressing with a sympathetic realism the memories and scenes of youth. In his later books, of which Auf der Höhe (On the Height; 1865) is perhaps the most characteristic, and certainly the most famous, he revealed an unrivaled insight into the soul of the Southern German country folk, and especially of the peasants of the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps. His descriptions are remarkable for their fresh realism, graceful style and humour.
      End quote

      I also found this website at from which I am quoting.

      Begin Quote:

      Inge Auerbacher was the last Jewish child born in Kippenheim, a village in South-Western Germany located at the foot of the Black Forest, close to the borders of France and Switzerland. She was the only child of Berthold and Regina Auerbacher (nee’ Lauchheimer.) Both of her parents came from observant Jewish families who had lived for many generations in Germany. […]

      Her grandmother and other members of her family were sent to Riga in Latvia, where death by shooting awaited them; others were sent to Poland never to be heard of again.

      Inge and her parents were deported in August, 1942. She was seven years old; the youngest in a transport of about twelve hundred people. Their destination was the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She arrived clutching her beloved doll, Marlene.
      End Quote

      Maybe her grandmother was shot in Riga, but Inge changed it to the Black Forest because a man with a similar name (Auerbach) invented the “tendency novel”, in which fiction is used as a means of influencing public opinion on social, political, moral, and religious questions.

      Inge is carrying on the tradition of using fiction as a means of influencing public opinion.

      She is probably right about the gas chambers at Theresienstadt not being finished, but her claim is contradicting the testimony of Benjamin Murmelstein, who is featured in Lanzmann’s new film. Who would know more about Theresienstadt? Murmelstein or Inge, who was 10 years old when she was liberated from Theresienstadt.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 16, 2013 @ 11:58 am

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