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January 19, 2015

Holocaust survivor gives a new version of the story of Franceska Mann

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:50 am
Franceska Mann, the woman who shot an SS man at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Franceska Mann, the woman who shot an SS man at Auschwitz-Birkenau

When I first started blogging in Feburary 2005, one of my very first blog posts was about Francska Mann, the beautiful woman who shot an SS man inside the undressing room for Krema II (crematorium number 2)  at Auschwitz-Birkenau:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/josef-schillinger-the-ss-man-who-was-shot-in-the-undressing-room-of-gas-chamber-2-at-auschwitz/

Today, I read another account of the Franceska Mann story, given by Holocaust survivor David Wisnia, which you can read in full in a news article here.

This quote is from the news article:

[David] Wisnia was sorting clothes on Oct. 23, 1943, when he witnessed the unthinkable – the deadly revolt at Crematorium 4.

[Krema IV was actually blown up by some of the Auschwitz inmates on Oct. 7, 1944.]

A group of prisoners, including the Polish Jewish dancer Franceska Mann, were taken into a room [the undressing room] next to a gas chamber and ordered to strip.

Mann apparently grabbed the roll-call officer’s pistol, fatally wounding him in the stomach, according to some accounts. She also reportedly fired a shot that wounded an SS sergeant. A revolt by the other prisoners was broken up when guards mowed them down with machine guns.

As the months passed and artillery began to sound in the distance, the Nazis began moving the prisoners in what Wisnia called the “death march.” In December 1944, they walked to Gleiwitz, Poland, to board a train to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

Gleiwitz was in Germany at that time and there was a sub-camp of Auschwitz there in 1945.

Krema IV was the building that was blown up by Auschwitz inmates, including some of the women. You can read about Krema IV on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsIV.html

Former location of the Canada warehouse

Former location of the Canada warehouse

Davis Wisnia was working in the clothing warehouse, at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was called Canada because of all the riches to be found there.

According to his story, Wisnia was going through the pockets in the clothing, collecting money for the Nazis.  The Canada warehouse was not close to Krema II where Franceska Mann shot an SS man, nor was the Canada warehouse close to Krema IV.

Wisnia’s memory seems to be failing, but that’s O.K.  I can’t remember everything either; I have to look up dates and other details.

 

7 Comments »

  1. Gleiwitz was in Germany, not Poland, until 1945

    Comment by Schlageter — January 19, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

    • Thank you for pointing out this mistake. I missed it. I have added the correct information to my blog post.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 20, 2015 @ 6:53 am

  2. News article: “Auschwitz was a network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps where historians estimate between 2.1 million and 4 million people died, the vast majority Jews.”

    Inflation has hit Auschwitz too, I see.😉

    I thought that orthodox historians’ current death toll for Auschwitz-Birkenau was around 1.1 million. I see that adding 1, 2 or even 3 million deaths to the Auschwitz mythology is a breeze. If one can easily add several millions, why is nobody allowed to substract a few hundreds of thousands and reach a realistic total of 300M or 400M victims of epidemics and other war deprivations? Rhetorical…

    Comment by hermie — January 19, 2015 @ 5:38 pm

  3. Well Franceska Mann has a curious wiki entry check out another Jewish singer and survivor from that era ! Now I wonder what the true story is !

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiera_Gran

    Comment by peter — January 19, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

  4. Lion of Judah lays down with “Lambchop.” The Auschwitz survivor who adopted the camp chief’s grandson | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-mengele-survivor-who-adopted-rudolf-hosss-grandson/

    Comment by who dares wings — January 19, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

  5. The Wikipedia page on Franceska Mann is funny – unintentionally, I’m sure. Full of clauses like “Different accounts give different details of what happened next”, “different accounts say different things;”, “Due to various conflicting accounts, it is unclear what truly happened next;”, etc.

    However it also says: “the only things that are certain are on that day…all the Jewish women were killed.” Yes, somehow that is always a certainty.

    Comment by eah — January 19, 2015 @ 8:25 am

    • I am pretty sure that Wikipedia did not have an entry for the story of Franceska Mann, shooting an SS man, when I did my blog post on Franceska Mann ten years ago. I did not get any of my information for my blog post from Wikipedia, but it seems that they got some of their information from me. I wrote on my blog about the “conflicting accounts.”

      I first heard about the story of Franceska Mann when I visited Bergen-Belsen, way back in the dim past. This is why I researched the subject for my blog.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 19, 2015 @ 8:46 am


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