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May 23, 2016

Pregnant women and their babies survived because the Nazis ran out of gas the day before

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:09 pm

Stop laughing, all you disbelieving deniers! There were actually Jewish women and their babies who survived the Nazi plan to kill all the Jews in gas chambers.

This news article tells the story:

Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden is on the left; the woman on the right is Hannah Berger Moran, who was born in a Nazi death camp and survived.

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“But some wonderful things happened and again luck played a part,” [Wendy] Holden said. “They [the pregnant women] arrived on April 29, 1945. The gas in Mauthausen-Gusen [had] ran out April 28. Hitler killed himself on April 30.

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What a difference a day makes!

But I am getting ahead of the story. The news article begins with this quote:

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Technology plays an important role in society, but it also poses a danger with its ability to disseminate hateful messages and propaganda to people all over the world, according to Sara J. Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

“Hitler once said, ‘Propaganda is truly a terrible weapon in the hands of an expert,’ and the unprecedented challenge that we now face, and that our grandchildren and their children will face, is that with the internet, anyone’s an expert,” said Bloomfield during the museum’s annual “What You Do Matters” luncheon May 19. About 425 people attended the event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

The event featured Wendy Holden, author of “Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope,” and Hana Berger Moran, a child Holocaust survivor and the daughter of one of the mothers written about in Holden’s book.

The book tells the story of how three young mothers survived through various concentration and labor camps and the harrowing way they gave birth and kept their newborn babies safe from the Nazis.

Holden said she developed the idea for the book after stumbling across an obituary a few years ago of a woman who had survived Auschwitz when she was a baby.

“It occurred to me that I had never before read anything about babies who had survived the Holocaust, and I thought that’s probably because there weren’t any,” Holden said.

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One would think that the Nazis would have made sure that the supply of Zyklon-B gas pellets did not run out.  Especially near the end, when they were desperate to kill all the Jews before they lost the war.

You can read all about the Mauthausen camp on my website at

You can read all about the Mauthausen gas chamber on my website at

Caution: Don’t deny that there was a gas chamber at Mauthausen unless you want to risk going to prison in the 19 countries that now have Holocaust denial laws.  For the time being, you are relatively safe in America, but don’t push your luck.




  1. Just been reading the diaries of Victor Klemperer who was a German Jew who had to flee Dresden after the great firestorm raid on the city in February 1945. Just after the end of the war he was staying as a refugee in a village just outside Munich, and in conversation with locals he learnt that there were several cases of Jews who had “died” in Munich, but had risen again with other documents and new names – and thus had survived the Third Reich.

    I just wonder how much of that sort of thing was going on all over central Europe – not only during the war itself, but in the immediate post-war years when everything was in utter chaos and confusion, and millions of refugees were moving around or living in displacement camps.

    It could well be that many Jewish refugees – who had no documents that could identify them, and had been released from the numerous labour camps, decided to give themselves new names. This might have been be done to push themselves up the priority ladder in order to gain swift passage to start new lives in sought-after countries like the USA, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and possibly Palestine. Another factor that might have led to many Jews deciding to drop their identities, was a natural reluctance to admit to being Jewish. Being labelled a Jew in the Third Reich had only led to persecution and expulsions to labour camps, and while this was all fresh in their minds, then they may have considered it better not to let on that they were in fact Jewish.

    Comment by Talbot — May 25, 2016 @ 9:22 am

    • I have searched and searched my blog and my website, but apparently I have never written anything about Victor Klemperer, who wrote a book about the death camps. I will have to order this book and read it.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 25, 2016 @ 11:08 am

      • FG – Klemperer’s diaries are published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in two volumes;-

        1) “I Shall Bear Witness – The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1933-41”

        2) “To The Bitter End – ” ” ” ” ” 1942-45″

        The content actually reads like a diary, but it has been abridged and translated by somebody called Martin Chalmers.

        Klemperer was married to a German “Aryan” lady, named Eva, who stayed loyal to him right through until the end of the war, even though she came under pressure from the authorities to dissolve her marriage. This – plus the fact that he had fought as a German soldier in WW1 – meant that he wasn’t deported to Theresienstadt, or any other camp, like so many Jews of his acquaintance were in Dresden.

        He worked in the University of Dresden as a Professor of Romansh Languages, before he was expelled for being a Jew. He did spend two weeks or so in prison – but this wasn’t for any Jewish reason, but I think it had something to with “Blackout” violations. As the war became more intense, they had to move from their home and take up residence in a specified “Jew House” which was monitored by the Gestapo. They were lucky to escape the firestorm raid on the city, and finished up in the Munich area when the Americans arrived. Soon after the war they made their way back to Dresden – but with all the railways smashed to pieces they more-or-less walked the entire way!

        Klemperer returned to his University job in Dresden, but interestingly, his diaries were not translated or published here in the West until after the Cold War was over. Maybe he joined the East Germany Communist Party and that fact dampened any enthusiasm for publication in the west – but I simply don’t know the reason.

        But all-in-all, well worth the read.

        Comment by Talbot — May 25, 2016 @ 11:58 am

  2. Not to mention there were … what 3000 babies born in Auschwitz . And the pictures and the book actually called Children of the Holocaust. And it’s absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous to think that Germans would expend that kind of valuable resource in a war that they had to fight on two fronts with diminishing supplies toward the end. I like Hermie’s sarcasm. It’s appalling to think that the kind of mindset that allows that it’s okay for Stalin to kill men women and children to the tune of over 20 million of their own people but entertaining that decent Germans, which they were, would do such a thing … again that’s more the Soviet style .

    Comment by Diane King — May 24, 2016 @ 7:15 am

  3. Pregnant women running out of gases? Impossible… 😉

    Comment by hermie — May 23, 2016 @ 8:11 pm

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