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July 24, 2016

Why have so many Holocaust survivors lived to an advanced age?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:15 am


Holocaust survivors return to visit Auschwitz to mark this year’s 70 years of liberation. (left to right) Robert Singer, CEO of the World Jewish Congress; Natan Grossman (Germany); Samuel Beller (US); Florence Sprung (US); Manny Buchman (US); Mascha Schainberg (South Africa); Marcel Tuchman (US); Rose Schindler (US); Jonny Pekats (US); Henry Korman (Germany); Ronald Lauder; Mordechai Ronen (Canada); Joseph Madrowitz (US); Edgar Wildfeuer (Argentina). (Photo: Shahar Azran)

Note that the Holocaust survivors, shown in the photo above, appear to be in fairly good condition, even after their ordeal in a Nazi “extermination camp.”

The photo above was taken in the Auschwitz main camp; these survivors had been prisoners in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, not the main camp.

I think that the secret to their survival is the turnips that they ate while they were prisoners at Birkenau. I have lived to the age of 83 and one of my favorite foods is turnips. I also eat a lot of potatoes, which is another food that the prisoners ate. My favorite food, which I eat almost every day, is potato salad. I eat very little meat, just as the prisoners ate almost no meat.

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

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More than 100 Auschwitz survivors from at least 19 countries arrived in Poland on Monday as part of the World Jewish Congress’ delegation to participate in the upcoming ceremony and events. From the United States, 21 American survivors of Auschwitz will participate in the January 27 observance of the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Given the age and conditions of the survivors and the heavy emotional experience, the WJC also arranged a special medical team of 12 doctors, psychologists and nurses who will accompany the survivors throughout the visit.

“I deeply admire the courage of these survivors,” said Ron Lauder, WJC President, who joined the survivors today at Auschwitz. “For some of them, this was the first time they returned to the place of their nightmares. Each survivor is a living testament to the triumph of good over evil, of life over death, and they are my heroes.”

Lauder has been involved in the restoration and preservation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for more than 20 years and has helped to raise $40 million from 19 countries to ensure that the camp forever be preserved for future generations.

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These survivors were not prisoners in the main camp, where the “Arbeit macht Frei” sign is over the gate, as shown in the photo above.  They were prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which is now in ruins.
The following quote is also from the news article:
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During the Holocaust, Auschwitz was the largest site of extermination of Jews in Europe since 1942. The Nazi Germans killed at least 1.1 million people there, most of whom were Jewish but also Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war and prisoners of other ethnicities.

On January 27, 1945, the death camp was liberated by Soviet troops.

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Note that the news article mentions the number of 1.1 million, which is the current number of people, claimed to have been killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, down from the original claim of 4 million, although the 6 million number never changes.  “Into the valley of death rode the six million.”

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

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