The cover of Wendy Holden’s book shows a photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The prisoners, about whom she writes in her book, were originally sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Mauthausen was the only Class III camp in the Nazi concentration camp system. It was for criminals, who were classified as “return unwanted.” There were no female prisoners at Mauthausen until the last days of the war, when women were transferred there because Russian soldiers were on their way to liberate the three Auschwitz camps.
You can read a news article here about survivors of the Holocaust who were born in concentration camps during World War II.
The news article tells about survivors of the Mauthausen camp who honored their liberator, U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Kosiek, a 28-year-old son of Polish immigrants living in Chicago, [who] led the platoon of 23 men who liberated 40,000 prisoners from Mauthausen and other nearby camps in Gusen. He also handled the surrender of 1,800 German soldiers.
I wrote about the liberation of Mauthausen in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/mauthausen-liberation/
I wrote about the Mauthausen camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/index.html
This quote is from the news article:
U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Kosiek, a 28-year-old son of Polish immigrants living in Chicago, led the platoon of 23 men who liberated 40,000 prisoners from Mauthausen and other nearby camps in Gusen. He also handled the surrender of 1,800 German soldiers,
“He really didn’t talk much about it,” says his oldest son, Larry Kosiek, 67, of Mount Prospect. “When we were studying World War II in school, I said, ‘Well, you were in the Army. Tell me about it.’ And he gave me this: a letter he had written to his mother.”
As platoon leader, Sgt. Kosiek was moving his troops through the foothills of the Austrian Alps in the waning days of World War II when Red Cross workers told him about the camp and the Nazi guards’ plan to abandon the site after killing all the prisoners so as to leave no witnesses to tell about the gas chambers and mass executions.
Note that the article mentions “gas chambers” [plural]. As far as I know, there was only one “gas chamber” at Mauthausen, which was in the shower room. You can read about the one and only Mauthausen gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/GasChamberEntrance.html
The following quote is also from the news article. See if you can spot a huge mistake in this quote:
In addition to Olsky and her newborn son, Slovak teacher Priska Lowenbeinova and her newborn daughter, Hana, and Anka Bergman, and her newborn daughter, Eva, were found. All the women had hidden their pregnancies from infamous SS inquisitor Dr. Josef Mengele, who sent them to Auschwitz instead of having them killed. They all ended up at Mauthausen, the final concentration camp to be liberated.
Bergman, whose husband and baby boy died in the camp at Auschwitz, went into labor at the shock of arriving at Mauthausen. Her daughter, Eva Clarke, who now lives in England, said her mother told her there was an order to kill all babies, but one guard intervened. “I haven’t seen a baby in years,” said the guard, who wanted to hold and play with the infant. When the Americans arrived, the malnourished baby was sick and near death, until a U.S. medic gave her a dose of a new drug called penicillin.
The three moms all infused their babies with the importance of living lives in defiance of Hitler’s plan to extinguish them all.
If Hitler had a “plan to extinguish them all,” he failed miserably.
Did you notice the mistake in the news article? Dr. Mengele was a doctor at Auschwitz, yet he sent the women to Auschwitz. Who knows what the writer was trying to say.
This quote is also from the news article:
“Nobody can identify with 6 million people. Everybody can identify with one family,” says [Eva] Clarke, who lives in England and tells her story to schools and charities.
I wrote about Eva Clarke on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/holocaust-survivor-was-born-in-mauthausen-concentration-camp/
and on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/holocaust-survivor-eva-clarke/
As is customary in today’s journalism, only one side of the story was told in this news article — the side of the Holocaustians.
I also wrote about Mauthausen in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/holocaust-survivor-who-was-sent-to-the-mauthausen-gas-chamber-the-day-before-the-camp-was-liberated/
According to Deborah Lipstadt, there is only one side to the story of the Holocaust. I wrote about this on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/denying-the-holocaust/