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February 4, 2016

Another Holocaust survivor who was saved by lying about her age

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:52 am
Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkeanu death camp

In the photo above, notice the men, wearing striped shirts, who are helping with the unloading of prisoners who have been brought on a train to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The real function of these prisoners was to advise young people to lie about their age, so that they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber.  Children under the age of 15 were automatically sent to the gas chamber soon after they had arrived.

One of the many Holocaust survivors, who was saved by lying about her age was Mindu Hornick. You can read her story in this news article:  http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/edgbaston-auschwitz-survivor-shares-harrowing-10834116

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Mindu Hornick

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An inspirational grandmother who survived the horrors of Auschwitz concentration camp has shared her experience with pupils at a Birmingham school.

Mindu Hornick , of Edgbaston, was just 13 years old when she was sent to the notorious Nazi extermination camp with her mother, sister and two younger brothers.

The 86-year-old arrived at Auschwitz in a cattle carriage, but survived along with her older sister Bilu after a Polish prisoner advised the girls to lie about their ages and claim they were skilled seamstresses.

“When we arrived at the camp there were 70 of us, all women, mothers and children, in the [train] wagon,”

“As we got out of the wagon a Polish man, in striped uniform, spoke Yiddish to my mother and told her to send us ahead, and say we were 17 and 19 years old.

“He said ‘don’t worry, you will see them later’.

“I realise now that saved our lives, my mother and brothers were sent to the gas chambers.

“I can still remember walking away from my mother, looking back and seeing her scarf blowing over her face.

“Little did I know at the time that I would never see her or my young brothers again.”

Mindu was one of a number of survivors of a host of atrocities to give talks at Rockwood Academy, which has been working with charity the Anne Frank Trust UK – teaching pupils about the holocaust as well as raising awareness of lesbian, gay and transgender issues.

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Before you say that the Nazis were all bad, you must remember that they had the decency to place prisoners at the train ramp, so that they could advise young girls to lie about their age, so that they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber.

This quote is also from the news article, cited above:

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Mindu said her life was saved thanks to being sent to work in an underground ammunitions factory, seven months after she first arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.

“When people ask how I survived, I always tell them the same thing – sheer luck,” said Mindu.

After being liberated by the American army in May 1945 Mindu initially returned to Prague, but was forced to flee to live with an uncle in Birmingham in 1948 during the Soviet occupation.

“After the cafe culture of Prague, Birmingham [in England] felt very smoky and dark, but I was safe and free for the first time,” said Mindu.

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My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

13 Comments »

  1. Um, what – the Americans liberated Auschwitz? Do you suppose the rest of her story is WRONG as well? (As I understand it, the Americans didn’t see anything of Auschwitz for 10 years). When the Germans left Auschwitz, numerous camp inmates accompanied them rather than be caught by the unsympathetic Russians. And this? “Mindu said her life was saved thanks to being sent to work in an underground ammunitions factory, seven months after she first arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.” THAT WAS THE purpose for going to Auschwitz – to work! How awful for them! (Sheesh)

    Comment by Diane King — February 4, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

    • dianeking. Who left Auschwitz with the Death Marches toward other Camps, when survived by G’D mircale, had been liberated by Allied troops. Before starting with the malicious fault finding look at yourself wether you are without sinn as told by the Jewish Sage Rabbi Jeshu baJosef.

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 6, 2016 @ 1:09 am

      • Death marches to other camps? There’s no pleasing you jews. You were treated better in the camps than the civilian Germans, then when times got worse, with impending Soviet invasion, you (including the weasel) opted to go with the Germans rather than await the Russians. If there was death involved, likely from the strenuous conditions in such a western migration, not that the Germans wished harm to the prisoners, though with your ‘b…..ching’ and moaning, it would have been tiring testing the very patience of God. Hey, I have a poem about that….

        “….. The Jews, a headstrong, moody, murm’ring race,
        As ever tri’d th’extent and stretch of grace;
        God’s pamper’d people whom, debauch’d with ease,
        No king could govern, nor no God could please …..”

        Absalom and Achitophel, John Dryden (1631-1700)

        Comment by Diane King — February 7, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

        • dianking. What are you chating about options Nazis offered Jews whether to stay or to march away? The fact had been that the Nazis had not time any more to set all the inmates on marches or to liquidate them by mass shootings. The RED ARMY had been advancing faster.

          Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 7, 2016 @ 11:24 pm

  2. I wonder what “forced” Mindu to “flee” from Prague in 1948. Was she accused of some sort of crime? Was she wanted for having committed some crime? (Communist) Prague or Birmingham – the devil or the deep blue sea.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — February 4, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    • JETTT RUCKER. After the comunist coup d’etat of 1948 persons belonging to the middle class risked persecution and had to flee as long this had been possible.

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 5, 2016 @ 10:26 am

  3. “The real function of these prisoners was to advise young people to lie about their age, so they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber”.

    Well in the photo above, the eight guys dressed in the striped uniforms don’t seem to be very active in searching out young people, or their parents, to tell them this life-or-death message. There’s certainly no urgency about their actions on the ramp. It all looks very calm and unthreatening to me – no sign of tension or imminent crisis at all.
    ………

    “When people ask how I survived, I always tell them the same thing – sheer luck, said Mindu.”

    This a pleasant change from the usual response that elderly survivors give to such a question. They invariably reply with the immortal words of Eva Mozes-Kor;- “It vos a miracle!

    In fact, a little while back, Steven Spielberg was outside somewhere interviewing one of these old “survivor birds” on TV. One could see his impish eyes and cheesy smile behind his designer stubble as he asked her;- “And how did you survive?” She immediately shrugged her shoulders, waved both arms in the air, and exclaimed loudly – “It vos a miracle!” .

    Comment by Talbot — February 4, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

    • TALBOT. A believing Jew who survived the Shoah can only BLESS G’D for the MIRACLE DONE. Clear? Satisfied?

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 5, 2016 @ 10:28 am

      • Fair enough, Dr. Murmestein – the devout Jews might well praise God for their deliverance as a miracle. But I somehow think that far too many of these survivors have picked up this phrase from a script prepared by the holocaust industry. These folk have seen what the more prominent and famous “holo-survivors” are saying on TV, and have decided to make their own stories more dramatic, by describing their accounts as miraculous.

        Comment by Talbot — February 5, 2016 @ 11:22 am

        • TALBOT. Ther is a very long distance between the believing Jew who praises G’D for his survival and some Shoa Business profitmakers. I myself can say t hat my survival is due to G’D help.

          Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 6, 2016 @ 1:15 am

  4. No date for the foto is given — let’s assume this is a foto of Hungarian Jews arriving sometime in late spring or early summer, 1944 (although they appear to be dressed for cool weather) — in any case, those just arriving appear in relatively good health, ie not underweight, as presumably the Hungarian Jews were — recall many of the Hungarian Jews were allegedly immediately gassed and cremated — in the past I posted a link to the web site for former headquarters of Topf & Söhne in Erfurt, which is now a Gedenkstätte — re cremations at Auschwitz, it says:

    In einer Muffel ließ die SS drei bis fünf Leichen verbrennen.

    It say that the SS cremated 3 to 5 corpses at the same in one muffle — below is a foto of the cremation ovens found at Majdanek — there is no reason to believe the ones at Auschwitz were significantly larger — take a look at the size of a muffle, then at the average size of the adults arriving in the foto above — it was simply impossible to cremate more than one corpse at a time in a single muffle — of course they have to say this to in some way approach the numbers claimed for the Hungarian Jews:

    Waren die Ermordeten ausgemergelt oder handelte es sich um Kinder, konnten es bis zu acht sein. So war es möglich, an einem Tag in den Krematorien II und III jeweils etwa 2 500, in den Krematorien IV und V jeweils etwa 1 500 Leichen zu verbrennen.

    For kids or the malnourished it was possible to cremate up to 8 corpses at once — in this way up to 2500 people per day could be cremated.

    All of that is simply not believable.

    Comment by eah — February 4, 2016 @ 11:19 am

    • The number of deaths at Majdanek has been reduced drastically. I wrote about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/the-shrinking-death-statistics-at-the-majdanek-death-camp/

      Comment by furtherglory — February 4, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

      • The number of deaths at Majdanek has been reduced drastically.

        Yes, you’re right — it has. And to your credit, you have consistently reported on that. But the point of my post was that many technical aspects of the physical extermination program, eg how the people were allegedly killed, and what happened to the bodies, could not possibly have happened as claimed — what is claimed is either technically infeasible, or just plain physically impossible, often to the point of being absolutely ludicrous, as above. The conventional ‘Holocaust’ story is really very vulnerable there — your blog does not hammer on this enough.

        Comment by eah — February 5, 2016 @ 1:07 pm


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