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April 6, 2017

Holocaust survivor “watched her mother enter the gas chamber”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:34 am

Jews waiting for their turn to be gassed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Women and children waiting in the woods for their turn in the gas chamber

The Nazis were very cruel to the Jews. They made them WALK to the gas chamber, as shown in the photo below.  They couldn’t, at least, provide a truck or a bus, to take them to the gas chamber?

Jews walking to the gas chamber

The phrase in the title of my blog post today, that is in quotes, is a quote  from this news article:

http://www.wahoo-ashland-waverly.com/news/survivors-share-their-story/article_b66a6a14-1a1c-11e7-aa3f-ef84be11c2d1.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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“Warshaswki shared her horrific experiences as a Jewish child growing up in Poland during the Holocaust. She was transported between concentration camps and watched her mother enter the gas chamber.”

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Nothing could be more cruel than that — to allow young children to watch their mothers enter the gas chamber. The Nazis knew that there would be survivors of the Holocaust, who would go on speaking tours years later, so they made sure that there were young children who watched as their mothers entered the gas chamber. They even took photos of the Jews entering the gas chamber, and photos of Jews waiting for their turn to enter a gas chamber.

The following quote is from the end of the news article:

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Warshaswki shared her horrific experiences as a Jewish child growing up in Poland during the Holocaust. She was transported between concentration camps and watched her mother enter the gas chamber.

“It is impossible to tell you everything, because it would take days and days,” Warshawski told those in attendance for the morning session.

The survivor that now lives in Kansas City said that for some time she experienced survivor’s guilt, which inhibited her from speaking publicly about the events she experienced as a child.

But the 91-year-old could not shake the message of two women upon their death at a concentration camp.

“They screamed never, never forget and take revenge,” she said. “I’m speaking for those that died.”

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Double paned windows

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 6:52 am

This morning, I read a news article about Irish students who went on a school trip to Auschwitz. The title of the article is

Shocked and disturbed but glad they went – pupils’ emotional day in Auschwitz

You can read the article here: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/shocked-and-disturbed-but-glad-they-went-pupils-emotional-day-in-auschwitz-35580477.html

I went on a similar trip, by myself, in 1998 and all I could think of, as I read the article, was the double pane windows in the barracks in the Auschwitz main camp.

Double pane window in barrack at Auschwitz

As a child, I slept in a room that had two single pane windows that let in cold air. I didn’t sleep very well because I was freezing cold during the winter and sweating during the summer.

The news article lists many of the things that the students saw in the exhibits at Auschwitz. I have photos of the Auschwitz museum on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz11.html

I risked being arrested to take the photos that I put on my website because there were signs which said “No photos allowed”.

The following quote is from the news article:

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For scores of Ulster schoolchildren, it was a day trip to a destination synonymous with depravity, to one of the most horrendous hellholes on earth – Auschwitz, the epicentre of evil perpetrated by the Nazis who systematically and sickeningly slaughtered 1.1 million people there just over 70 years ago.

And even though they’d been warned to steel themselves for what they would see at Auschwitz and the nearby obscenity of the Birkenau death camp, it was still all too much for a number of the students as they struggled to contain their emotions on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to confront death on an unimaginable scale.

All around them were displays in glass fronted cabinets containing two tonnes of human hair roughly shorn from the heads of terrified Auschwitz inmates; plus tens of thousands of glasses and shoes, some ripped from the feet of babies, and suitcases, and mountains of pots and pans brought with them by Jewish people who’d been forcibly deported from their homes.

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Was it explained to the students that the “human hair roughly shorn from the heads of the terrified Auschwitz inmates” was shorn from their heads to get rid of any lice that might spread disease that would kill the inmates. The shearing of the hair was done to save lives.

You can read all about the exhibits at Auschwitz on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz11.html

The following quote is also from the news article:

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They were sights that were harrowing for the most seasoned of souls but for young people aged 16 and 17 coming face to face with the reality of what the Nazis hailed as “the final solution” was way, way beyond anything that their seminars, study books and googling could have prepared them for.

A doctor shadowed their every move.

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I didn’t have a doctor to shadow my every move when I saw these same exhibits, but I was in danger of fainting, as the crowd of people shuffled showly past the exhibits.

This quote is also from the news article:

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Long before the Lessons from Auschwitz trip was organised by the London-based Holocaust Educational Trust, Molly had been researching the Germans’ cruel campaign, as they said themselves, to kill every Jew on the planet.

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Did the Nazis really say that they wanted to “kill every Jew on the planet.”?

No, I think that the Nazis wanted to get the Jews out of the war zones so that the Jews would not interfere in the war that was going on.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Two girls from Cookstown High School had looked almost shell-shocked during parts of the visit.

Alana Black said: “It was very disturbing. I didn’t realise a lot of the materials on display would be here. But I’m glad that I saw them.”

Alicia Lagan said: “Seeing all the hair and the fabrics was particularly painful. To witness such a massive amount was disturbing.”

High School history teacher Selina Allen said she learnt a lesson at Auschwitz. She said: “I think as teachers we get a little bit de-sensitised because we teach it so often. I wasn’t sure how I would react but it has been a real eye-opener for me.”

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For the love of God, would someone please explain to these students WHY the hair of the Jews was cut? It was to get rid of any lice in the hair that would spread disease.

The first thing that the teachers should have done, before taking these students on a trip to Auschwitz, was to explain that there was a war going on, and the Jews were the enemy. The Jews were put into camps so that they would not be killing German soldiers and interfering in the war.

That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out!

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