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November 23, 2013

10-year-old twin survived the gas chamber, but his twin sister was gassed

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:10 pm

This quote is from a news story, which you can read in full here:

Morristown – History and the lessons of the Holocaust came to life during this year’s 23rd annual Kristallnacht Week, Nov. 11-15, at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Campus events – including survivor testimony, demonstrations of Holographic 3-D technology to capture survivor stories, as well as lectures, art exhibitions and interfaith prayer services — were attended by hundreds of CSE students, staff and faculty, high schools students and teachers, as well as the general public.

Pinchas Gutter, Holocaust survivor from Poland who spent his youth in the camps, shared his story with those who packed Dolan Performance Hall on November 11, the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass. It was on that night that the Nazis wreaked havoc all across Germany and Austria as shops were burned, windows were shattered, stores looted, families torn apart, and more than 90 Jews were killed.


Gutter’s story is rooted at age 10 when he was forever separated from his parents and twin sister as they were herded to the gas chambers without even a chance to say goodbye. “I realized if I were to survive in the camps, I would have to kill my soul,” he said. Tampering his emotions and several miracles saved his life; miracles, or instances, where he was advised by others to lie about his age, hide under blankets and straw in barracks when sick with typhoid, or get dressed up to avoid selection for the gas chamber.

When Pinchas Gutter’s parents and twin sister were herded to the gas chambers, it must have been during the time that Dr. Josef Mengele was sick with typhus.

Although there were more than 30 doctors, who did the selections at Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele was on the line every day because he was looking for twins for his experiments. He would not have waved Gutter’s twin sister to the left, without so much as a “Goodbye” to her twin brother. He would have saved both twins.

Note that Pinchas Gutter was “advised by others” to “get dressed up” to avoid selection for the gas chamber.  I didn’t know that the prisoners at Auschwitz had more than one outfit to wear.  I never knew that 10-year-old Jewish children could “get dressed up” to avoid the gas chamber at Auschwitz.

I thought that children under the age of 15 were always sent to the gas chambers.  I fail to see how “getting dressed up” could save a child from the gas chamber.

Note that this was the 23rd time that Kristallnacht has been celebrated in America on November 11th.  According to Wikipedia, Krisstallnacht was on the night of November 9th and 10th in 1938.