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October 10, 2013

Elane Geller: “What the world knows about the Holocaust comes from Nazi records”

In the news yesterday, there was a newspaper article which quoted Elane Geller, a Holocaust survivor who gave a speech in Pomona, California at the “Courage to Remember” traveling Holocaust exhibit.

I previously blogged about the “traveling Holocaust exhibit” here and here.

Photo in the traveling exhibit has been cropped

Photo in the traveling exhibit has been cropped

This quote is from the Pomona newspaper article:

Holocaust survivor Elaine Geller, 77, told more than 150 people on Monday including state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali and Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz of Temple Beth Israel in Pomona to speak out against Holocaust deniers.

“There are a lot of young people here,” Geller said. “I’m going to give you a gift. The next time anyone says to you there was no Holocaust, tell them who the hell do you think kept those records? Nobody, nobody gave us pencil and paper and reams of paper to record what Hitler wanted to do. … What the world knows about the Holocaust comes from Nazi records. That’s all I will say for now.”

Nazi records found after World War II were used at the Nuremberg IMT

Nazi records found after World War II were used at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal

I googled Nazi records and found this information on the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This quote is from the page about Nazi records:

In order to avoid any accusation of exclusive reliance on personal testimony, which later generations might perceive to be biased, prosecutors decided to base their case primarily on thousands of documents written by the Germans themselves. These masses of documents were translated into the court’s four official languages, analyzed for their significance, and reproduced for distribution to defense attorneys and other trial participants. The prosecution presented other evidence through artifacts, diagrams, and photographs taken by Nazi photographers in concentration camps.

Now that we know about the Nazi records, this means the end of the CODOH website and Bradley Smith’s efforts to find the name of one person who was gassed.  The names of the millions of Jews who were gassed must be somewhere in all those records, along with the blueprints and building plans for the gas chambers.

I mentioned Elane Geller in a previous blog post, which I am quoting:

A few years ago, I heard Elane Geller, a survivor of the Auschwitz II camp (Birkenau) give a talk at a local college.  Geller is famous for saying that she ate toothpaste and drank her own urine to survive at Birkenau.  This doesn’t make any sense at all. I had to use baking soda to clean my teeth when I was a child during World War II, yet the Nazis provided expensive toothpaste for the Jews at Birkenau?  More likely, the toothpaste was in the Red Cross packages that were handed out at Birkenau.

In her talk, Geller spent almost an hour ranting about “Holocaust deniers,” and barely mentioned her ordeal at Birkenau.  She did say that she does not have an Auschwitz identification tattoo because her father sneaked her into Birkenau.  Yes, you read that right. At the age of four, Elane Geller was sneaked into the Birkenau camp, hidden under a tarp on a truck; her father was not able to find a Polish family to take care of his daughter and he didn’t know what else to do with her, so he decided to sneak her into Birkenau where her aunt was a prisoner.

The gate of death at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The gate of death at Auschwitz-Birkenau where Elane Geller was a prisoner

I also included the story of Elane Geller on my scrapbookpages website.  This quote is from my website:

Elaine Geller was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 4, after seeing her mother and grandparents shot right in front of her. Geller survived and now gives frequent lectures about the Holocaust. Geller told an audience in Granite Hills, CA on March 4, 2009 that she never officially got any food while she was in the Birkenau camp, since she was a child and because of her age, she wasn’t counted at Auschwitz; Geller survived only because her aunt shared her food. She did what was necessary to survive, including stealing food, eating toothpaste and drinking her own urine. The Granite Hills high school newspaper reported on her talk, mentioning that “two Nazi soldiers said her hair was too pretty for a Jewish girl, and they shaved her bald. When her aunt came back from work she saw her and began to cry. For crying, the Nazis beat Geller’s aunt right in front of her, and then they hit Geller’s head with their fists so now she has calcified ears.”

Geller survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and was eventually sent to Bergen Belsen where she was liberated by British soldiers in April 1945.

The only Holocaust survivor, whose story is more unbelievable than the story of Elane Geller, is Elie Wiesel.  You can read all about him at