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October 23, 2015

Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:16 am
Inge Auerbacher, a prisoner at Theresienstadt who survived the Holocaust

Inge Auerbacher, a prisoner at Theresienstadt who survived the Holocaust

I have blogged about Inge Auerbacher is these previous blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/inge-auerbacher/

My photo of the Gazebo in Brunnen Park in Theresienstadt

My photo of the Gazebo in Brunnen Park in Theresienstadt

Now Inge Auerbacher is back in the news because she is doing a search to learn more about her childhood friend Ruth Nelly Abraham.

This quote is from the news article:

“Who has a picture of Ruth Nelly Abraham?”

That intriguing headline, a plea from Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher, appeared in the Berlin newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel” on Aug. 3. Auerbacher, 80, was looking for a picture of her childhood friend, Ruth Nelly Abraham, who was murdered at Auschwitz.

Auerbacher hoped a picture would breathe new life into her memory of Ruth. The two girls became friends in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, 35 miles northwest of Prague, where they lived together from 1942 until Oct. 9, 1944, when Ruth was taken to Auschwitz.

Auerbacher remained in Terezin, where thousands of Jews died from malnutrition and disease, while others, like Ruth, were shipped to the Auschwitz and Treblinka death camps.

“It seems almost certain that little Ruth Nelly Abraham was murdered there (Auschwitz) in the gas chambers less than two weeks before her tenth birthday,” said William C. Connelly, technical information specialist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

End quote from news article

“It seems almost certain that little Ruth Nelly Abraham was murdere4d there (Auschwitz) in the gas chambers…”

Why is it “almost certain”?  The Nazis were careful not to record the names of the Jews who were gassed, so there is no proof that anyone was gassed in the Holocaust.  Besides that, a gas chamber was allegedly being built at Theresienstadt in the last days of the war, so why did little Ruth have to be sent to Auschwitz to be gassed?

I wrote about the fact that the Nazis did not record the names of the Jews who were gassed in these two previous blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/30000-records-kept-by-the-nazis-but-not-one-name-of-anyone-who-died-in-a-gas-chamber/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/dates-and-names-of-jews-who-were-gassed-in-the-holocaust/

My photo of the town of Theresienstadt where Jews were imprisoned

My photo of the town of Theresienstadt where Jews were imprisoned

The news article continues with this quote:

She [Auerbacher] now travels the world giving talks on the Holocaust and [she] has written five books on the subject. In a recent interview with the Forward in her modest home in Queens, New York, she spoke passionately about her childhood experience in Terezin.

Did you catch that, dear readers? Auerbacher has written FIVE BOOKS.  Her “childhood experience” was in Terezin, the politically correct name for Theresienstadt, where one of the regular readers of my blog was also a prisoner when he was a child.

If Auerbacher can write five books about her experience in the Holocaust, it stands to reason that other children in the Holocaust can publish a book written by his or her father who was famous for his role in the story of Theresienstadt.

9 Comments »

  1. Comment by peter — October 24, 2015 @ 4:04 am

    • Peter! That film had been made in summer 1944 a month before the start of the great September/October transport vawe for clear propanda purposes but could not be shown before war end.

      Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 24, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

  2. Theresienstadt was well known by the allies as the place where the remaining privileged middle class Jews i.e the ones who hadn’t fled to London, or the US before 1939 were interned . There were no stripey uniforms and life there was much preferable to life in cites like Hamburg or Berlin which were being bombed nightly . This had to be explained away when the ” Wannsee protocol ” was being embroidered or ” sexed up ” in modern parlance . ( That a meeting at Wannsee in January 1942 was held at which a policy of work teams and evacuation of the Jews was discussed is likely to be true. That the so called Wannsee conference is accurately minuted is false.
    Here is the quote from the embroidered document famously found in 1947.

    “It is not intended to evacuate Jews over 65 years old, but to send them to an old-age ghetto&emdash;Theresienstadt is being considered for this purpose.

    In addition to these age groups&emdash;of the approximately 280,000 Jews in Germany proper and Austria on 31 October 1941, approximately 30% are over 65 years old&emdash;severely wounded veterans and Jews with war decorations (Iron Cross I) will be accepted in the old-age ghettos. With this expedient solution, in one fell swoop many interventions will be prevented “

    Comment by peter — October 24, 2015 @ 4:01 am

  3. furtherglory: “Terezin, the politically correct name for Theresienstadt”

    Wasn’t it rather the Czech name for Theresienstadt (German name)?

    Comment by hermie — October 23, 2015 @ 7:28 pm

    • Yes, Terezin is the Czech name for Theresienstadt (German and original name given by Emperor Joseph II to remember his mother, Emperess Maria Theresa.

      Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 24, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    • Terezin is the name used today. Fortunately, I looked this up before I went there. I learned that one must ask for a ticket to Terezin, not Theresienstadt, or the ticket agent will not know what you are talking about.

      All news articles, that you will ever read today, and some that you won’t read, refer to the former camp as Terezin. It sort of rhymes with kerosene. If you see something written about Theresienstadt, you can deduce that it was written by an old person, like myself or Wolf Murmelstein.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 24, 2015 @ 7:20 am

  4. Dear Furtherglory! My Father took in 1960-61 time and effort to write the first edition of the book in Italian and the pubblisher exhibited it at the FRANKFURTHER BUCHMESSE but no foreign publisher show interest. In 2012 I had been contacted by another pubblisher and a new edition had been printed while a Vienna Pubblsher printed the German version last year. No UK or USA publisher had shown interest. My Father granted the interview to Lanzmann and the to Professo Leonard H. Ehrlich of University of Massachussets already against the advise of his doctor. Any emotional effort could only damage health, so of my late Father and now of myself. So, on advise of my doctors I will not care about that lady. I prefer work out historical studies in order to employ my time in a usefull way and place them on internet. In this way I certainly do not make momey but avoid to be involved in the ashaming unworthy Shoah Business. Have a nice weekend, Best.

    Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 23, 2015 @ 10:41 am


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