Yesterday, I blogged about Kurt Gerron, who was gassed at Auschwitz, according to Wikipedia. I did not realize that this was Kurt Gerson, a man that I had previously read about in my extensive research on the Holocaust.
According to an article on the Holocaust History Project website, which you can read in full here, “Kurt Gerron was born Kurt Gerson to Jewish parents in Berlin, Germany on 11 May 1897.”
The following information is from the Holocaust History Project:
After the German occupation of the Netherlands he was interned in Westerbork transit camp in mid –1943 before being sent to Theresienstadt – the paradise ghetto, near Prague on 25 February 1944.
There he ran a cabaret called “The Karussell” to entertain the ghetto inmates.
He was subsequently forced by the Nazis to make a propaganda film showing how well the Jews were treated at Theresienstadt. The film was called Der Fuhrer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt – The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews.
The Germans promised Gerron his life, but they did not keep this promise.
Gerron submitted a script to Commandant Karl Rahm – “The connecting tissue, the leitmotif was water – the rivers,bathtubs, faucets, showers, irrigation ditches – Berlin liked the theme and approval was given to start filming.
Filming commenced on 16 August 1944 and was completed on 11 September 1944, the film was a grotesque lie, and as soon as filming stopped the ghetto slipped back to its cruel regime of starvation and transports.
After completion of the film, Gerron was deported to Auschwitz on the final transport, and he was gassed in Birkenau on 28 October 1944.
So Bradley Smith can stop asking for the name of one person who was gassed by the Nazis. We now know the name of at least one Jew who was gassed: Kurt Gerron, formerly known as Kurt Gerson.
The film made by Kurt Gerron featured prisoners playing soccer in the courtyard inside the Dresden barracks.
The film is shown in this You Tube video: