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March 21, 2016

Holocaust survivor says that her brother was gassed on the 8th of March in 1944

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:24 am

As every student of the Holocaust knows, the Nazis did not keep records of the prisoners that were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, nor at any other death camp.

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

My photo of the ruins of gas chamber number 3 at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A news article, which you can read in full here, reports that Holocaust survivor Liselotte Ivry said that

“her brother, Hans, was taken to the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] gas chamber on March 8 [1944] .”

Jews arriving at Auschwitz Birkenau

Jews arriving on a train at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944

The gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau were very close to the train tracks where the Jews arrived in 1944.

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

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Her mother, weakened and ill, perished in Auschwitz on Jan. 4, 1944; her brother, Hans, was taken to the gas chamber on March 8 [1944]. When she [Lisolette] saw him the day before [he was gassed] and offered him her mittens, he replied: “Where I am going, you don’t need mittens,” Ivry recalled in testimony about her Holocaust experience for the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation.

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What did Lisolette’s brother mean when he said “Where I am going, you don’t need mittens.”  Did he mean that he was going to Hell because he was lying? I was told, years ago, by a Jewish friend, that Jews don’t believe in Heaven and Hell.

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

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Ivry was born Liselotte Epstein in 1925 in Listany, a small village in what is now the Czech Republic. Her father died when she was 3½, and she and her younger brother were raised by their mother, who ran a general store. She remembers an idyllic childhood of picking berries, playing soccer, sleigh riding in winter and swimming in summer with the geese and ducks in the pond in front of the house.

But that idyll would end all to soon. On Oct. 1, 1938, Adolf Hitler and the armies of Nazi Germany crossed into the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. By month’s end, the family was living with relatives in Prague. The following March, the Germans walked into Prague “and we were not allowed to go to school after that,” Ivry recalled. In time, Jews were not permitted in parks or movie houses or even on the sidewalk; they could shop only at certain hours. “Every day there was something new.”

The roundups of Jews began; in September 1942, Ivry’s family was sent to the concentration camp of Terezin [Theresienstadt], north of Prague; from there, to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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According to Wolf Murmelstein, who often comments on my blog, there was a gas chamber at Terezin, the camp formerly known as Theresienstadt. So why was Hans Ivry sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944 to be gassed?

As every student of the Holohoax knows, the Nazis never did anything the right way.  If Hans had been gassed at Theresienstadt, there would have been no record of it, and his sister would never have known what happened to him.