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May 7, 2016

subsisting on bread mixed with sawdust and drinking nothing but melting snow

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:08 am

The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at

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

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Crammed inside a dark room, with other Jewish prisoners, 14-year-old Sol Lurie did not know he was about to be murdered by the Nazis in the gas chambers during the Holocaust.

More than 70 years later, Lurie can only describe what occurred next as “a miracle.”

Even though he was placed in the chamber, Lurie said his life was spared because of a 48-hour moratorium the Nazis placed on killing their prisoners while they attempted to negotiate receiving supplies from the Allies.

About 20 minutes later, he was released from the chamber, alive, but certainly not free.

That was one of the chilling anecdotes the 86-year-old Holocaust survivor shared from the 1,388 days he “lived in hell” at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony in the Center for Jewish Life on Thursday night.

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I don’t think that he “lived in hell” at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. I don’t even think that he threw Mama from the train a kiss.

So why am I making fun of this poor old guy who made it out of a ghetto in Europe and into the good life in America? I can’t help myself — I’ve heard too many of these stories.

Here is another quote from news article:

[Sol] Lurie stands barely over 5 feet tall, but said he stuffed straw in his shoes to appear slightly taller the day the Nazis were selecting workers, who had a better chance of survival.
“I always had willpower to survive and never gave up hope,” he said. “I outlived Hitler. Now I can tell people about him [Hitler] and what he did to us.”

It paid off. He was selected and transferred from Birkenau, where he said fewer than 5,000 Jews survived, and transferred to a different camp.

Michelle Ilishayeva, 14, of Marlboro said hearing Lurie’s tale was both impactful and educational.

“It was hard to hear how they just killed without caring…and to learn about the past and know how people were treated and how disrespectful people were to do this to each other,” she said.

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The news article includes a photo of him, which you can BUY if you would like to have his photo.

The news article continues with this quote:

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Lurie, who now lives in Monroe, first shared his story publicly about 12 years ago. He said he donates whatever speaking fees he gets to a charity that benefits wounded Israeli soldiers. In all, he estimates he’s donated more than $35,000 in the last decade.

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Why would the Nazis want to get rid of such nice people, who never did them any harm? Oh, the humanity!



  1. Does this mean Euell Gibbons was Jewish ? I’m thinking this person ran across Euell’s books. Ol Euell was always going on about what you can eat in nature and still survive . I’ve heard of a few cattlemen that finish out their calves with a mixture that’s based on saw dust. I continue feeding my cattle a feed mixture based on corn. No way in hell sawdust would get me the grades I’m looking for the USDA inspector to give my cattle when their carcass is on the rail. There is one thing I’m having trouble with ( okay. So this is one of many things). Where did he get the saw dust? Was he near a dance floor? Maybe he was around some construction or a sawmill. Where he got his supply is uncertain and did he mix it with the bread. We got one person picking grass from from between the floorboards,reaching down to the ground and plucking the grass growing on the ground. This person eats sawdust. I remember when I was a kid and bitched about what mom cooked,she’d come back with,”when I was little we sometimes only had dirt to eat,but we were grateful to have that”. I guess there may have been some truth to her assertion after all. Have any laid claim to eating the “shit sandwhich” yet?

    Comment by Tim — May 8, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Another famous old “holo-celebrity” named Susan Spatz claimed she was also forced to eat sawdust while she was incarcerated in Auschwitz. It would appear that the wicked Nazis prepared a dish which they called “sawdust salami” – although Susan never actually told us what the full recipe was. But obviously there wasn’t enough of it to go round, because she said that she also had to eat grass and frogs!

    But all this reminds of my Aunt Rachel who was also a poor, suffering innocent in Auschwitz. And when Doctor Mengele came to select her for the gas chamber, she hid behind the soup waggon. She was quite artful though, because once all the watery cabbage soup had been served to the inmates, she climbed into the empty soup urn and was wheeled back into the kitchens.

    The kitchen slave-staff thought it would be a good idea to keep Rachel hidden from the SS guards – so that with any luck she might survive the death camp, and live on in order to provide testament to the world of the diabolical and inhuman treatment handed out to God’s Chosen People. The staff prepared a little bed-sit apartment for her inside the food store, and there she remained out of sight until the very end of the war.

    Aunt Rachel was very lucky, of course, because she had access to all the food. And while all the other inmates were reduced to eating rat soup garnished with human remains; grass and frog casserole; cockroach and caterpillar crunch; and sawdust salami – she was tucking into all the pizzas, puddings, pies, pastas and pastries.

    Unfortunately, Aunt Muriel grew as big as a barrage balloon over the many months of being cooped up in there, so that when the Soviet soldiers arrived to liberate the camp, they couldn’t get her out through the door. So the Red Army had to call in its military engineers to bring along some power tools and cut a hole through the ceiling of the food store and then lift her out with one of their tank retrieval cranes.

    Today, Aunt Rachel is also one of those survivors who tours round the cities on the holo-circuit lecturing to unfortunate youngsters who don’t really want to listen to all this stuff. And just like Sol Lurie, all the fees that she collects from her lectures goes to an Israeli “good cause”. Her chosen charity is an endowment fund for distressed, elderly ex-Mossad agents.

    Comment by Talbot — May 7, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

    • Oh goody, the next installment of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.


      Comment by jrizoli — May 7, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

    • Hey frog legs are good. The Cajuns in Louisiana know how to make frog legs real good.

      Comment by Tim — May 8, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

      • You wrote: “The Cajuns in Louisiana know how to make frog legs real good.”

        I have gone frog hunting twice. You wade down a river at night, with a flashlight in your hand. The light from the flashlight blinds the frogs just long enough for you to reach out with a net on a stick and grab the frog. You cook only the legs, not the whole frog.

        Comment by furtherglory — May 8, 2016 @ 6:48 pm

        • I’ll eat frog legs,but somebody else is gonna go shag em down. I ain’t going at night. I go hog hunting over to Morgan City in Louisiana and over by Natchez around the Mississippi Delta. It’s bad enough there’s all sorts of wildlife there,but I ain’t going at night where I can’t see something coming at me

          Comment by Tim — May 8, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

  3. If there was one Jew in a Japanese internment camp in the USA there would have been stories like this nonsense.

    Comment by rizolitv — May 7, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    • I remember hearing about the Japanese internment camps in the USA during World War II. I was a child, back then, and I was very glad the “the Japs” were in a prison where they could not kill little kids like me.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 7, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

      • The Japs wouldn’t complain like the crybaby Jews…


        Comment by jrizoli — May 7, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

  4. The children getting ready to be murdered is absurd. Again goes back to the issue of why haul them all the way to Poland if that was the intent. There is no need to showcase to the world to show that they are doing certain things or not doing certain things. They are a dictatorship … what do they care what the world thinks. More bogus tales, stories and fabrications. More Fodder for Talbott tales .

    Comment by Diane King — May 7, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    • “The children getting ready to be murdered is absurd. Again goes back to the issue of why haul them all the way to Poland if that was the intent. There is no need to showcase to the world to show that they are doing certain things or not doing certain things. They are a dictatorship … what do they care what the world thinks. More bogus tales, stories and fabrications. More Fodder for Talbott tales .”

      More proof that Diane has no concept of the history she is failing to debunk.

      Comment by Jeff K. — May 7, 2016 @ 6:36 pm

  5. These Holohucksters have no shame they invent the craziest stories and people believe them and that’s what it’s all about as long as I get people to believe them then they’re doing what they have to do.


    Comment by jrizoli — May 7, 2016 @ 10:38 am

  6. If Lurie donates any money to a charity for wounded Israeli soldiers, he gets a deduction from his income subject to income tax for it. As far as I know, there is no charity for wounded soldiers of ANY other country (other than US), for donating to which you can get a deduction from your US taxable income.

    Could one be set up (and granted this tax status) for Palestinian soldiers? Bolivian? Russian? Post here if you know of any.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — May 7, 2016 @ 10:37 am

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