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January 10, 2016

Letter written by Holocaust victim moments before she entered the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

There is a common mistaken perception that the German people are cruel and hateful.  After all, they did kill 6 million Jews — for no reason at all.

But in my personal experience, I have always found the German people to be extremely nice and always helpful.  To give you an idea, I have traveled extensively in Germany, in my old age, and I never once had to throw my suitcase up on a train.  The person behind me, man or woman, always grabbed my suitcase and threw it onto the train for me. And this was not a heavy suitcase; I could have handled it myself, in case the person behind me was not German.

This morning, I read a news story about a woman who was gassed at Auschwitz, but the Nazis were kind enough to allow her to write a letter to her family, just before she boarded a truck that would take her to the gas chamber.  That letter survived the war.

To me, this proves that the Germans are nice people, always considerate and helpful.

You can read the story of the letter in this news article:

http://www.wpbf.com/news/holocaust-letter-presented-to-us-holocaust-memorial-museum/37300788

Begin quote:

PALM BEACH, Fla. —Frank Grunwald is a Holocaust survivor. He was separated from his family when he was 12 years old.

Grunwald and his father survived. His older brother and his mother were never to be seen or heard from again.

Grunwald always wondered what happened to his mother, and it wasn’t until his father passed away years later that he discovered a letter that explained it all. He found a note written on July 11, 1944, hours before she [his mother] was killed in a gas chamber.

Grunwald wanted the letter to be preserved, so he is donating it to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

At the Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach on Wednesday night, museum officials accepted the letter and shared the story of Grunwald.

End quote from news article

In the video that is included with the news article, a woman explains that the Nazis allowed the Jews to “keep pencil and paper” in case the Red Cross made an inspection of the camp.

So it was only because of the Red Cross that this woman was able to write a letter while she was on the truck taking her to the gas chamber.

Wait a minute! Where was this “gas chamber” located?

Was it at the far end of the the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, over a mile from the entrance to the camp?

SaunaBldg.jpg

The building called “the central sauna” is shown in the photo above

Was this woman actually on a truck that was taking her to the Sauna for a shower.  The Sauna building, where the clothing was disinfected and incoming prisoners were given a shower, was at the far end of the camp, about a mile from the entrance gate into the camp.

This woman might have been confused about where the truck was taking her.  Her 12 year old daughter was not being taken on this same truck.  This should have alerted the woman to the possibility that she was not on her way to the gas chamber.  The daughter survived, although the alleged policy of the Nazis was to gas everyone under the age of 15.