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November 7, 2014

WW2 veteran tells Florida teachers about the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:22 pm
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A news story that you can read in full here, tells about a recent talk given to teachers in Floria. George Aigen told the teachers about his visit to the Dachau camp after it was liberated.  The date of his Dachau visit, and the Army outfit in which he was a member are not mentioned.

This quote is from the news article:
Since 1994, the Florida Legislature has required K-12 schools in the state to include Holocaust studies in the curriculum. Florida is one of only six states in the U.S. that requires the teaching of the Holocaust. Of all the mandates forced onto teachers by federal, state and local education officials, the Holocaust mandate remains one of the more enlightened.

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In addition to teaching resources, every year HERC puts together a program for the workshop that is second to none. Over the years they have brought in academic experts, Holocaust survivors and others offering a unique perspective. This year’s special guest was WWII veteran George Aigen.

While Corporal Aigen now lives in Valdosta, Ga., he was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was as a teenager in Brooklyn that Aigen was drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped overseas to fight in the European theater. He was decorated for the unusually high number of battles in which his unit found themselves, but his most vivid and haunting memories are of the day that his unit walked into the Dachau concentration camp.
Aigen was moved to tears as he recounted the horrific scenes that he confronted that day. A picture of hundreds of victims —Jews and others — crammed into bunk houses. The memories of entering the shower facility, only to learn that it was a chamber of death for the thousands that entered before that day. Aigen recalled discovering the furnaces that were designed to rid the camp of the thousands of victims who died there, and the facility where the ashes were kept.

Since first telling his story in public a few years ago, Aigen has given hundreds of talks. He has made it his latest mission to bring his experience with the Holocaust to as many as possible, especially students.

Does anyone ever confront Aigen and ask for proof that there was a gas chamber at Dachau?  It is interesting that this news story does not give the date that Aigen saw Dachau.  Was it before or after the American liberators of Dachau had finished constructing the so-called gas chamber?

You can read about the Dachau gas chamber on my website at  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/history.html

I have blogged about the Dachau gas chamber many times, including this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/the-method-used-at-dachau-to-input-the-gas-into-the-gas-chamber/