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June 20, 2014

Holocaust survivor was saved from the gas chamber at Auschwitz because “the camp commander was afraid to carry out more exterminations”

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:48 pm

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

Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudolf Hoess, and Josef Kramer

Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudolf Hoess, and Josef Kramer

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?

U.S. soldier poses in  front of the door into one of the 4 small gas chambers

U.S. soldier poses in front of the door into one of the 4 small gas chambers at Dachau

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

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.



  1. What a load of rubbish! Jews will tell any lies that will earn them enough money. Did she also mention the theatre and the swimming pool? Did she also explain the real reason for the gas chambers? The fact that the prisoners had to remove their clothes because of the lice problem and the only victims of being gassed to death where head lice? I thought not! Research the real facts for yourself instead of believing Jewish lies.

    Comment by Susan Antrobus — June 27, 2014 @ 5:03 am

  2. Re Dachau, I recently edited the Wikipedia page Dachau liberation reprisals to change “reprisals” in the text to “killings” — so far this has not been changed/reversed. My rationale was that apparently, according to Wikpedia (and who am I to argue with the experts who write Wikipedia articles), POWs were murdered as well, and I failed to see how that could be portrayed as a “reprisal”, or revenge, for anything that had happened at KZ Dachau.

    However the above Wikipedia page is still titled “Dachau liberation reprisals”, and this is how it is linked from the main Wikipedia page on KZ Dachau

    Comment by eah — June 22, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    • The problem is that the Holocaustians, including the people in charge of Wikipedia, have changed the meaning of the term POW to mean a person who is fighting in a war, INCLUDING ILLEGAL COMBATANTS.

      The German soldiers who were killed at Dachau included SS soldiers, who were stationed at the army garrison that was right next door to the concentration camp. They were not guards at the concentration camp, although the guards also lived inside the garrison. After the SS soldiers in the garrison surrendered, they were genuine POWs, not illegal combatants. Killing these soldiers after they had surrendered was a WAR CRIME, not a reprisal.

      This entry on Wikipedia explains the rules of a legal reprisal during the period of time that Dachau was liberated. (The rules have since been changed to make reprisals illegal.)

      Begin quote:
      …before reprisals could be legally undertaken, a number of conditions had to be satisfied:

      1. There had to be a previous act by the other party that violated international law.
      2. Reprisals had to be preceded by an unsatisfied demand for reparation or compliance with the violated international law.
      3.There must be proportionality between the offence (sic) and reprisal.
      End quote

      None of these conditions had been met in the so-called Dachau reprisal.

      You can read about the testimony of a Dachau survivor, regarding the killing of German soldiers at Dachau on my website at

      Comment by furtherglory — June 22, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    • In my humble opinion, the folks at Wikipedia do not want to admit that Americans committed a war crime at Dachau by killing SS soldiers, who had nothing to do with the concentration camp, and who were not trying to prevent the camp from being liberated. They have renamed the American war crimes at Dachau a “reprisal” and are claiming that the SS soldiers stationed in the garrison at Dachau were legally killed. Sorry, but the killing of SS soldiers at Dachau was a war crime, and not a reprisal.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 22, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    • Thanks. I see there are several rather crucial “citation needed” notes on the Wikipedia reprisal page you link to.

      Legal goobledygook notwithstanding, they were clearly extra-judicial killings — ie murders. Most shocking is that apparently officers were involved.

      Question: Do you know if there is much — or anything — about these killings at Dachau today? I was there over ten years ago, and just do not remember.

      Comment by eah — June 22, 2014 @ 9:36 am

  3. The Daily Mail is a gutter press paper from Britian with an international reach . It publishes a daily ” Holocaust” related story and has several people on its ” Nazi” desk. Most stories come from the HET Holocaust Educational Trust . They have now decided to go for all ww2 vets who fought on the axis side living in the UK , and as this article says this poor chap is not accused of being involved in any crimes….just the one I suppose of ” common purpose” . The hate , power and vengeance of these people is terrifying.

    Comment by peter — June 22, 2014 @ 2:04 am

  4. Hi furtherglory 🙂

    First of all, thank you for your interesting posts, I’ve been updated with your publications since 2 or 3 years.

    May I translate them into spanish? just for divulgation, material like yours isn’t available in our language. And, of course, I’ll mention your blog as the sole source, I’ll include a link to it everytime 🙂

    (Sorry, but my english isn’t the best, I can understand it perfectly, but I’m not able to write properly as much I’d like.)

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    Comment by Enrique — June 21, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    • Yes, you may re-blog my posts in Spanish. I took Spanish in College. It is a beautiful language.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 21, 2014 @ 6:57 am

      • Okay, thanks a lot, furtherglory!

        Comment by Enrique — June 23, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

  5. And yet they have never found one of these tattoo machines. Highly dubious to my mind. Also I wonder if she ever claimed to have seen a gas chamber working or bodies being removed. My thought is that this claim of hers to have been in one that was then decided not to use because the commandant was afraid of more executions, is just a method which puts her insiode one and thus she can honestly claim to have known they exist. All bollocks of course.

    Comment by Clent — June 21, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    • Dina mentioned that she was sent to the gas chamber but was released after 24 hours. What was going on during those 24 hours while she was waiting to be gassed? Were the prisoners taunting the “camp commander” so that he was afraid to give the order to release the gas? Her story does not sound reasonable.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 21, 2014 @ 6:57 am

      • Maybe they were put into some kind of pre-gassing quarantine, in order to assess whether they were suitable for gassing or not. If they were deemed unsuitable, they were returned to barracks.
        Then they could live to a grand old age and tell us tales of how they survived

        Comment by DB — June 21, 2014 @ 7:26 am

      • What was going on during those 24 hours while she was waiting to be gassed?

        Upon reading that I had the same thought. Maybe she had to wait for a crematorium oven to be free because even the most generous assessment of the cremation capacity does not begin to accommodate the numbers claimed to have been gassed.

        It’s all patently absurd.

        Comment by eah — June 22, 2014 @ 5:43 am

        • The main problem was that there was no morgue for the crematorium. The two rooms, which were supposed to be the morgue rooms, were actually the undressing room and the gas chamber. This could account for the 24 hour wait.

          Comment by furtherglory — June 22, 2014 @ 6:17 am

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