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February 16, 2015

Auschwitz survivor Gena Turgel walked out of a gas chamber alive

Filed under: Buchenwald, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:35 am

On my blog statistics, I always check what potential readers were searching for when they found my blog.  There are frequent searches which include the phrase “walked out of a gas chamber alive.”

I wrote about Gena Turgel on my website at

Gena Turgel was saved from the gas chamber when she walked out alive, not realizing that she had been sent to a gas chamber at the age of 21.

Gena Turgel was born in 1925, so she was 21 in late 1944, or early 1945.  Auschwitz was abandoned by the Germans in early 1945 when the prisoners were marched out of the camp on January 18, 1945.

According to recent news stories, Gena spent two months in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp before she was sent to Buchenwald, and was then transferred to Belsen.

This quote is from a recent news story:

Turgel, an elegant woman with more than a hint of mischief in her blue eyes, survived not one or two, but three Nazi concentration camps.

In the most notorious of all, Auschwitz-Birkeanau, she was herded naked into a gas chamber with hundreds of others.

Yet Turgel, who was 21 at the time, walked out alive.

She had no idea the Nazis had tried to kill her until a woman she knew said, “Don’t you know what has just happened to you? You were in the gas chamber!”

Turgel still looks amazed to have cheated death.

“I completely lost my voice,” she said. “I just never realized I was in the gas chamber … it must not have worked.”

All this is very confusing to me, so someone please check my math.  Gena was apparently sent to a gas chamber at Auschwitz in the days just before the prisoners were marched out of the camp on January 18, 1945. At that time, the gas chamber in the main camp had been converted into a bomb shelter. Yet, photos that are included in the news articles about her escape from the gas chamber show the ovens in the main camp.

Before she was sent to Auschwitz, Gena had spent 2 and 1/2 years in the Plaszow camp, which was the camp shown in the film Schindler’s List. There were 3 gas chambers, still in existence at Auschwitz-Birkenau, just before the march out of Auschwitz on January 18, 1945.

Auschwitz was the largest railroad hub in Europe, and prisoners were sent there from other camps, in order to be transferred to another camp. Gina was apparently sent from the Plaszow camp to Auschwitz, so that she could be transferred to the Buchenwald camp.  So how did she end up in a homicidal gas chamber, at the age of 21, in the very last days of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp?  Was she actually sent to a shower room at Birkenau, to get rid of any lice on her body, before being transferred to another camp?

The shower room at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

The shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo above shows the shower room in the building called “the central Sauna” at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  The shower heads have been removed.

I first learned about Gena Turgel ten years ago when I read a news story in the Daily Mail:

This quote is from the article in the Daily Mail in 2005:

Gena Turgel entered the gas chamber at Auschwitz and lived to tell the tale.

In the winter of 1944, the 21-year-old was made to strip naked with her mother inside the concentration camp’s extermination block and wait, but miraculously the deadly poison was never released.

“We were trembling. I didn’t know where we were. Inside, it looked terrible. A woman came in that I recognised from a previous camp. She was very shocked I was there and went out again.

“We waited a while and then water came through the walls. It was wonderful. For many weeks we had had no water on our backs. We were all drinking it.

“As we came outside, the women there said how wonderful it was to see us. They screamed with happiness. I didn’t understand what they meant. I said ‘What are you shouting about?’

“They said ‘Don’t you know? You were in the gas chamber.’ I lost my voice. I couldn’t produce any saliva.”

Gena puts her survival down to a “power over a power” and believes that God was watching over her.

“The woman who came in. I never saw her again. Perhaps she did something.”

More than 60 years on, the great-grandmother still cannot believe how lucky she was to escape death.

“Many times, I have to touch myself to check I’m really alive. One appreciates life so much.”



  1. Hey Johnny boy. It’s “EXTRADITE “,not “EXPEDITE”. Damn idiot. Here in America ,I don’t have to worry about being extradited,anywhere,holocaust denial. Furthermore our president hates Israel . So he don’t give 2 shits about about your pathetic holo denial laws. Someone needs to talk to the broad that runs Germany . Tell her she makes a good whore for the Jews . In the words of James Brown. ” living in America,got to have a celebration”

    Comment by Tim — August 9, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    • Sorry to have to tell you this, but people in America can, and have been, extradited to Germany for a Holocaust denial trail. The most famous of these people is Germar Rudolf.

      This quote is from the website, cited above:
      A German prosecutor says that if Toben is extradited, he could be sentenced to five years in prison. He would then join two German citizens, Ernst Zundel and Germar Rudolf, who are already serving prison terms for having violated Germany’s “Holocaust denial” law.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 9, 2015 @ 10:30 am

      • I’m gonna surmise this person liver in liberal wonderland. Where I live,were the conservatives from hell. I’d have everybody backing me up for the simple reason that,my free speech rights have been tampered with. Out here about 90% of the population are the ” yee haa. Let’s jump in our pick ups that have the easy rider rifle rack in the rear window,get us a couple cases of beer,put Hank jr. in our tape players,head off to the marshland and kill us a hog and a couple coons”. We defiantly havre a high population of those inbred,but loveable “good ol boys” out here. I can gaurantee you the sheriff would in no way cooperate if some foreign country come in here to arrest someone on BS charges dealing holo denial laws. Texas Rangers (the governors cowboy hat wearing,gun toting,Bulldogs would just say,”find someone who’s commited a real crime,then call us”. So whatever country would want me,they’d have to come get me themselves. The guy in the article I’m guessing was catching a connecting flight here in the U S . Is that correct? I mean it sounds like he was a citizen of another country. Like I said before . My grandfather ,pop and myself have fought in wars based on oppression. That’s why I got a short fuse when I feel someone is trying to f**k me over on any of my rights I’m guaranteed as an American . The other countries that wish to stymie the rights of their citizens,are no more than spineless,titty baby pu**ies. The males that live in those countries,have no right to refer to themselves as such. So for all the countries that think they can suppress my free speech,they can kiss my ass. Hell. I give em directions on how to get to the ranch so they can do it in person.

        Comment by Tim — August 9, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

  2. This is a disgusting and stupid site, and should be prosecuted for Holocaust denial in Germany and whatever other civilized places criminalize hate crimes, hate speech and similar brutal and disgusting behavior. It should be shut down wherever possible. This is not a sensitive treatment of a horrendous event affecting millions of children and other innocents, but a disgusting and pornographic exploitation of tragedy, not fit for those who call themselves human.

    Comment by John DeGrazia — August 8, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    • You wrote: “This is a disgusting and stupid site”. You are commenting on a web log, also known as a “blog.” You are not commenting on a web site. I am not breaking the law in America, but I could be expedited to Germany for trial:

      It is not my fault that my blog can be read in Germany. You should contact the thought police in Germany and advise them not to allow anyone in Germany to read my blog.

      You should also contact your Congressman and try to get a Holocaust denial law passed in America.

      I have checked out my blog post about Gena Turgel, written years ago, and I don’t see any Holocaust denial.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 8, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    • I have been blogging for more than 5 years, so you have a lot of catching up to do.

      I have written around 1,400 blog posts, so far on my “disgusting and stupid site”. Here is one of my blog posts that you might like:

      Are you aware that the owner of a blog can ban certain people from commenting. Get it all out of your system, as soon as you can, because you are on your way to being banned from commenting.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 8, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    • Johnny boy !
      “Forced in a mold,held down by threats,decisions are made over our heads”. Those lines from a song,fit perfectly here. You clearly think people telling you what to say or think is okay. Why don’t you go ahead and move to PROV,,NK or Cuba to name a few. They don’t like free thinking,so they’d love you.

      Comment by Tim — August 8, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

  3. I have found it…what millions have been seeking for 70 years ; direct photographic evidence of a Jew being gassed in Auschwitz.

    The gentleman on the left seems to be breathing nitrous oxide through a rubber mask probably prior to having a few rotten teeth removed.

    Comment by peter — February 17, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

    • no sorry to disappoint but on enlargement the rubber mask looks like the shoulder of the dental assistant.!

      Comment by peter — February 17, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

    • Note that this photo was “submitted” to Yad Vashem by Otto Dov Kulka. I wrote about him on my blog at

      I am guessing that the building, where the dentists are working on the mouths of the Jews, is Block 10, which now has the windows blocked out. Block 10 is not open to visitors, probably because the dental chairs are still inside.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 17, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

      • When they start blacking out the windows,you have to ask,”what are they hiding?” I thought the whole point to this was to “educate”. If they want to say,”what’s in there is of no import.” Okay if it’s not important,why black out the windows?”

        Comment by Tim — February 18, 2015 @ 4:25 am

      • This is a picture of the isolation ward where sick internees were nursed. I can just imagine the ” evil” Dr Mengele doing a ward round looking at the chart with the patient’s pulse and temperature on it .

        Comment by peter — February 18, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

        • Notice that the photo was given to Yad Vashem museum by Otto Dov Kulka. I wrote about him in two blog posts which you can read at

          BTW, I think it was very cruel to put sick Jews in bunk beds. I wouldn’t sleep in a top bunk, even if I weren’t sick. Too much danger of falling out. This photo shows how cruel and heartless the Nazis were.

          Comment by furtherglory — February 19, 2015 @ 5:45 am

  4. Hey. Shirley MacLaine lunatic arse may have the explanation to this whole affair. She said the Jews are being punished for sins in a past life. Like the adage goes,”opinions are like arseholes……..”

    Comment by Tim — February 17, 2015 @ 2:02 am

    • Shirley was off just by a hair: they were punished for their sins in their present lives

      Comment by Schlageter — February 17, 2015 @ 5:24 am

  5. I’m not poking fun at this scenario,,but you gotta stop and think about this one. This whole thing is starting to sound like a script that Mel Brooks wrote. Come on. You’re really,really killing me here. These ladies just so happen to be in the right place,at the right time. “Yee Haa! You made it out of the gas chamber alive!” What? These ladies are standing outside passing out,”I survived the shower stall”buttons to pin on their clothes? Are they keeping a chart of survivors ? The lady said she was so shocked she couldn’t even produce any “saliva”. Her body probably couldn’t produce any saliva ,because physically she was f**ked up. Put two and two together here. This reads too much like a movie script. I don’t deny the holocaust happened,but the Jews are really starting to lose my support. Before I found this site,I took everything at face value when it came to the holocaust. Now I stop and rethink it all

    Comment by Tim — February 16, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

    • Now I stop and rethink it all

      Except the part about it happening: “I don’t deny the holocaust happened,…”

      So which part are you ‘rethinking’?

      Comment by eah — February 16, 2015 @ 11:24 pm

      • Touché

        Comment by Schlageter — February 17, 2015 @ 5:25 am

        • The part where they said Santa Claus don’t exist

          Comment by Tim — February 21, 2015 @ 8:39 pm

    • I’m sure Holocaust survivors will be so sad they don’t have your ‘support’. Out of the millions of victims of the nazi death camps, jew and non jew, you don’t expect a couple of lucky stories? And after all these years, an old woman’s story isn’t quite spot on enough to get your ‘support’? Don’t worry, the vast majority of decent people around the world will get by just fine without your backing.

      Comment by Steve Bates — February 21, 2015 @ 3:19 pm

      • Didn’t realize I needed your approval Susie . This one flew in so low over the top of your head,I’m surprised the landing gear didn’t leave tread marks .

        Comment by Tim — February 21, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

  6. Gena Goldfinger [her maiden name] gave an affidavit to the Brits in May 1945 at Belsen in which she declared:

    “I am 22 years of age and I was arrested on 10th March 1942 at the Ghetto in Cracow and taken to Flachau (recte: Płaszów) camp where I remained until 14th January 1945. I was then taken to Auschwitz Camp where I remained for two days before coming to Belsen.”

    So she spent ONE NIGHT in Auschwitz. But when she climbed aboard the gravy train in the 80s, she realised this wasn’t long enough, so the old liar claimed she was there longer so she could fit in more horror tales to help sell her book.

    She also claims:

    “Mother and I used to get up at four in the morning [at Belsen], to avoid the queues of people waiting to use the shower block about and hour later. We undressed and showered our bodies with ice-cold water. The only soap we had was a barrel of honey-coloured liquid soap, manufactured out of human flesh from the bodies of people shot by the SS on the transports. Many times we wondered: ‘Could this be my brother, my sister, another relation?”

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — February 16, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    • In her book, Turgel claims this attempted/failed/whatever gassing happened in Auschwitz I, which, as you said, had been converted into a bomb shelter several months before she arrived at Auschwitz. She says after the non-gassing she was marched to Birkenau.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — February 16, 2015 @ 2:37 pm

    • One might not unreasonably suggest that her memory then was fresher and more accurate than it is today.

      Comment by eah — February 16, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

      • Which part was fresher. The fact she didn’t die or the girls that were handing out the ,” I survived the camp” tshirts.

        Comment by Tim — February 16, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

    • Soap cannot be made from “human flesh,” nor the flesh of any animal. In those days, soap was made from animal fat and ashes. I explained how soap is made on this blog post:

      The Jews who were sent to concentration camps were mostly rich people who did not make soap at home, so they had no idea that soap could not be made from human flesh.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 17, 2015 @ 7:02 am

  7. So maybe it was a shower room and not a gas chamber?

    Comment by eah — February 16, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    • The official Holocaust story is that the “gas chambers” were disguised as shower rooms. She could have been in a real shower room, not a gas chamber disguised as a shower room.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 16, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

      • A shower room with water coming through the walls??

        (Birkenau, Poland, 1942, Prisoners in the showers:

        Comment by hermie — February 16, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

        • It’s possible. Price Pfister makes body sprays for the shower. Better technology thanks to the Krauts. Don’t forget,they had the flying wing long before we did

          Comment by Tim — February 16, 2015 @ 11:39 pm

      • If she was in a real shower,why did the girls outside tell her she just escaped the gas

        Comment by Tim — February 16, 2015 @ 11:30 pm

        • “If she was in a real shower,why did the girls outside tell her she just escaped the gas”

          Because she made up the whole story. What else?

          “It’s possible. Price Pfister makes body sprays for the shower. Better technology thanks to the Krauts.”

          Nobody ever reported such a technology about the Auschwitz-Birkenau showers, as far as I know. And that’s supported by no plan or document either, still as far as I know.

          “Don’t forget,they had the flying wing long before we did”

          But they kept using technologies moronic and worse than the previous ones as soon as their alleged extermination programme was concerned. The Holohoax is a sum of engineering nonsenses and absurd technological regressions.

          Comment by hermie — February 17, 2015 @ 7:52 am

          • Actually uncle Adolph kept shooting them down ( no pun intended) on the flying wing. It entered the war too late to be of use. I was almost waiting for somewhere in there, a nazi to pop out and say,”ha ha . April Fools! You thought that was gas chamber! We fool you”. It would almost make a good “3 stooges” skit. Moe slaps Curly on the back of the head and tells him ,”you knucklehead . This is the gas chamber,not the shower”. Then Curly makes that goofy sound and they all run out. Actually since Pfister is a German name,I thought I would give the Krauts credit for the “body spray “. It was in jest. When they come up with “first hand” accounts like this,it’s begging to be made fun of . Like I said, it reads like a Mel Brooks script. Think about it. Nothing like this ever came out of Pol Pots lil circus or when they were killing off the Mayans in Guatemala . This story almost makes me wanna say,”see there. It wasn’t all dark and gloomy. You scored a touchdown on their home field”.

            Comment by Tim — February 18, 2015 @ 4:50 am

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