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March 5, 2015

Jewish women were forced to play in an orchestra as Jews marched into the gas chambers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:27 am

You can read about the Jewish women, who were forced to play in an orchestra as Jewish prisoners were marched into the gas chambers, in this article in The Star online newspaper.

The headline of the article is

Sheffield play looks at strange true story of Auschwitz orchestra

The following quote is from the news article in The Star:

The extraordinary story of an orchestra of women who were forced to play music in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz is told in Playing for Time, which is at the Crucible Theatre next week.

The story is based on the memoirs of star cabaret singer Fania Fenelon, played by Sian Phillips, who was forced to join the orchestra like the other women.

They had to perform for their SS captors and also as fellow prisoners were led to their deaths in the gas chambers.

An orchestra, consisting of 54 female prisoners, played at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp for a year and a half; this was the only female orchestra commissioned by the SS during World War II. After the women’s orchestra leader, Alma Rosé, died in October 1944, the other 53 women were sent to Bergen-Belsen, where all of them survived.

Anita Lasker Wallfisch played the cello in the women’s orchestra. In an interview in 2008, Wallfisch told a reporter that she survived Auschwitz because she was in the orchestra: “As long as they wanted an orchestra, they couldn’t put us in the gas chamber. That stupid they wouldn’t be, because we are not really replaceable. Somebody who carries stones is replaceable.”

As far as I know, Anita Lasker Wallfisch did not say that she was forced to play in an orchestra. She wanted to play in an  orchestra; no one put a gun to her head.

When I started blogging 5 years ago, my first blog post was about Tadeusz Borowski, an Auschwitz prisoner who wrote a book entitled This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.  In that blog post, I wrote: “As the victims marched to the gas chamber, there were other privileged prisoners playing soccer, as well as the prisoners in the camp orchestra who would be practicing for a concert in another nearby field.”

I also wrote about the orchestras that played at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the prisoners marched to the gas chamber, on this blog post.

Ruins of Krema III gas chamber with soccer field in the background

Ruins of Krema III gas chamber with soccer field in the background

An orchestra played near the soccer field at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the prisoners marched into the Auschwitz III gas chamber, which is shown in the photo below.

Auschwitz victims marching to the Krema III gas chamber which is shown in the background

Auschwitz prisoners marching to the Krema III gas chamber in Auschwitz-Birkenau  which is shown in the background

The news article in The Star continues with this quote:

[The women] had to perform for their SS captors and also as fellow prisoners were led to their deaths in the gas chambers.

Israeli-born Noa Bodner plays Esther, a harmonica player.

She said: “She doesn’t say much. She is quite a competent musician, she’d like to think. When she does intervene and talks she is very gritty.

“She speaks almost like a politician. She is really trying to get the others to understand the importance of continuing the Jewish lineage. She is quite proud she is a Jew.

“The way she looks at the Germans, they are not quite human, they are monsters. She thinks, ‘we are the chosen people and I am proud to be one, regardless of those monsters’.”

Did you catch that, dear readers? The Jews are proud to be Jews; the Germans are “not quite human, they are monsters.”  The Jews are the “chosen  people” and the Germans are “monsters.”  The Germans are not quite human and they will always be hated and reviled — until the end of time.

8 Comments »

  1. The only reason Jews are the “chosen”,is because it was Pagans and Jews at the time. Not a whole lot to choose from. They better wake up and read the part where the ol man upstairs said in so many words,”you don’t accept my son,then you’re f–ked. Cry in your coffee,but don’t come bitchin to me”. If they insist they are Gods chosen,then they need to ask themselves,”why has he left us with our ass swingin in the wind so many times”.

    Comment by Tim — March 6, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

  2. This must have been the Sonderorchester. And there was probably also a Sonderküche where they prepared a last meal for the gasees — soon we’ll be hearing from those people.

    Comment by eah — March 5, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

    • I don’t think that the Jews were given a “last meal” before going into the gas chamber. There would have been a danger of vomiting if they were gassed just after eating. According to this website: http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007718

      “More than one million people lost their lives at Auschwitz, nine out of ten of them Jewish. The four largest gas chambers could each hold 2,000 people at one time.”

      With 2,000 people in a gas chamber at one time, there would have been a danger of throwing up, and there would have been a horrible mess to clean up. Some of the Jews brought food with them in their luggage, and their luggage was immediately taken from them, so that they couldn’t eat anything before going into the gas chamber.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 6, 2015 @ 10:29 am

      • Thank you for your informative — even comprehensive — reply. But I am disappointed to hear the Germans were so thoughtless — even cruel — as to not provide a last meal to those about to be gassed. It’s a gross violation of protocol as well; last meal, then execution — that is how it is supposed to go. So now I’m starting to think that lady is right: they really are “monsters”. But at least they did not make the Jews goose step to the gas chamber — that really would have been the limit!

        Comment by eah — March 6, 2015 @ 11:44 am

        • The gassing of the Jews was not “execution” following a trial. The gassing was “extermination” based on age, ability to work, and race and/or religion. A “last meal” for 2,000 people would have caused a riot since the prisoners, who had been selected for work, would have tried to steal the food for themselves. It would also have been a tremendous waste of food.

          Another thing is that the Jews who were marched to the gas chambers were told that they were being taken to the shower. Remember that the victims were taken into an “undressing room” where they were told that they had to undress for a shower. If they had been given a “last supper,” they would have known what was going to happen and there would have been pandemonium.

          Comment by furtherglory — March 6, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

      • First it was 6 mill. Then it dropped to 4. Then 1.5 mill. Now it’s a “a little over 1 mill”. Are they ever gonna settle on a number? Well the Jews keep such “accurate” records,I figure they’d have the number nailed down by now.

        Comment by Tim — March 6, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

  3. “Did you catch that, dear readers? The Jews are proud to be Jews; the Germans are “not quite human, they are monsters.” ”

    I’m not disturbed by that…as I have the same feelings toward Jews. But I am much less free than them to say it openly. To me, “not quite humans” and “monsters” are words 100% appropriate to define Chosenites.

    The worst thing in such Jewish attacks is the predictable apathy on the German side. Jewry completely defeated Germandom with the 2 world wars and the Holohoax. It seems that Moses Hess’ prophecy has been fulfilled after all…

    “The race struggle is the primal one, and the class struggle secondary. The last dominating race is the German.”

    “Yet it seems that a final race struggle is unavoidable”

    – Moses Hess (Jewish philosopher, friend and collaborator of Karl Marx, one of the founders of Labor Zionism), Rome and Jerusalem: The Last National Question, 1861.

    When Theodor Herzl first read “Rome and Jérusalem”, he wrote about Hess that “since Spinoza Jewry had no bigger thinker than this forgotten Moses Hess” and that he would not have written Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) if he had known “Rome and Jérusalem” beforehand.

    Comment by hermie — March 5, 2015 @ 7:52 pm

  4. Charlie and his Orchestra -“Let’s Go Bombing” (It’s become quit the thing to do). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLkhRMBOtzk

    Comment by who dares wings — March 5, 2015 @ 4:31 pm


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