You can read the full story of Holocaust survivor Dina Rosenberg Jacobson in this news article at
This quote is from near the end of the article, cited in the link above:
Toward the war’s end, Jacobson said she was among a group of women sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz, but released after 24 hours. She said in a 1977 interview she believed the camp commander was afraid to carry out more exterminations.
The “camp commander” is not named in the article. This could have been Josef Kramer, or it might have been Rudolf Hoess.
The photo below shows Dr. Josef Mengele on the left, Rudold Hoess in the center and Josef Kramer on the right. Dr. Mengle made the selections for the gas chamer, and the other two men were, at separate times, commandants at Auschwitz
What did the “camp commander” think would happen to him if he carried out more “exterminations”? The extermination [ausrotten] of the Jews had been ordered by Hitler. The camp commander should have been afraid of what would happen to him if he didn’t carry out more “exterminations.” Did he expect mercy from the Allies if he stopped the “exterminations”? His goose was already cooked because he had carried out some “exterminations” already. [Extermination is the Holocaust believers definition of ausrotten. The German definition of ausrotten is “to get rid of.”]
This quote is also from the article about Dina Rosenberg Jacobson:
Dina Rosenberg Jacobson looks down at [the number tattooed on her arm]. “8-2-7-7-9,” she said, without emotion. “That is the name.”
But not the essence of this Holocaust survivor who, as a young woman seven decades ago, lost nearly all her family and was stripped of her own name and humanity in a concentration camp.
Dina Rosenberg was NOT stripped of her own name. She was given a unique number, that was exclusively her identification, so that she could not be confused with any other young woman with the name Rosenberg, which is a very common name for Jews.
Here is the gist of Dina Rosenberg’s story, as told in the news article:
In Auschwitz, she and other prisoners got up at 3 a.m. and went to bed at 10 p.m. They moved big rocks back and forth all day long in an effort to break their spirit. They knelt for hours on gravel until their legs bled. She lost hearing when a guard hit her. Stale bread and rotten cabbage soup was a meal. Hunger and thirst was a constant. A wrong look at a guard or wavering in line could earn punishment or death. Countless times, she saw others pulled or herded into the gas chamber.
Why did the guards at Auschwitz allow witnesses to see them pulling or herding the Jews into the gas chamber? Did they want to make sure that, after the war, the Allies would know that Jews had been killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz?
Were there signs on the gas chamber buildings at Auschwitz, so that witnesses like Dina Rosenberg would know that the Jews were being gassed?
At Dachau, the Nazis had the courtesy to put a sign, which said “Gaszeit” [gas time] on the door to a gas chamber so that witnesses would know that the Jews were being “herded into the gas chamber.” What’s the use of gassing Jews if no one knows about it?
The tattoo number on Dina Rosenberg’s arm is unique: 8-2-7-7-9. Is it possible that the Nazis created a new series of numbers, just for her.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has an article which explains the tattoo numbers:
This quote is from the USHMM website:
The site of the tattoo was changed to the outer side of the left forearm. However, prisoners from several transports in 1943 had their numbers tattooed on the inner side of their left upper forearms. Tattooing was generally performed during registration when each prisoner was assigned a camp serial number. Since prisoners sent directly to the gas chambers were never issued numbers, they were never tattooed. […]
A third series of numbers was introduced in March 1942 with the arrival of the first female prisoners. Approximately 90,000 female prisoners were identified with a series of numbers created for female prisoners in March 1942 until May 1944. Each new series of numbers introduced at Auschwitz began with “1.” Some Jewish prisoners (but not all) had a triangle tattooed beneath their serial number.
In order to avoid the assignment of excessively high numbers from the general series to the large number of Hungarian Jews arriving in 1944, the SS authorities introduced new sequences of numbers in mid-May 1944. This series, prefaced by the letter A, began with “1” and ended at “20,000.” Once the number 20,000 was reached, a new series beginning with “B” series was introduced. Some 15,000 men received “B” series tattoos. For an unknown reason, the “A” series for women did not stop at 20,000 and continued to 30,000.
Dina Rosenberg’s tattoo number does not fit into the explanation of the numbers, given by the USHMM. I did some more research to find out what year Dina was sent to Auschwitz. I learned that she had died recently at the age of 92. The news of her death can be read at http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140613/NEWS01/306130049/Holocaust-survivor-Dina-Jacobson-Elmira-dies
I had to go back to the USHMM website and read the information about the tattoo numbers again. I found the information quoted below:
A separate series of numbers was introduced in January 1942 for “reeducation” prisoners [non-Jews] who had not received numbers from the general series. Numbers from this new series were assigned retroactively to “reeducation” prisoners who had died or been released, while their superseded general-series serial numbers were reassigned to new “general” arrivals [Jews].
So Dina’s number was not unique after all. She was given a number that had previously been assigned to a non-Jew. She died at the age of 92, so she was born in 1922 and was 20 years old when she arrived at Auschwitz in 1942 — too old for the gas chamber. She was kept alive so that she could tell her story, for years on the lecture circuit, claiming to be a witness to the prisoners being gassed at Auschwitz.
Rest in peace, Dina. You did your part in keeping the gas chamber story alive.