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May 14, 2017

News article about Jewish mothers in the Holoaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:16 pm

http://www.aish.com/jw/s/Jewish_Mothers_in_the_Holocaust.html

The following quote is from the news article in AISH.com which is cited above:

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When it came to protecting their children, there can be no greater heroes than these Jewish mothers. And no one better words to describe it, then their own words.

When the Nazis rounded up the Jews of Piotrekow for deportation, Yisrael, age 4, was supposed to accompany his mother, Chaya, to Ravensbruck. This was Himmler’s notorious “women’s” camp where death by starvation, beating, torture, hanging, shooting and medical experiments were a part of the grotesquerie of daily life. Chaya pushed him away, allowing his older brother, bound for Buchenwald, a “safer” camp, could stash Yisrael in a duffel bag, where she believed he would have a better chance of survival.

She didn’t survive. But her son grew up to carry on the 38th generation of rabbis, becoming Chief Rabbi of Israel and one of the most revered Jews in the world: Yisrael Meir Lau.

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Rudolf Hoess, the brutal commandant of Auschwitz, noted in his autobiography that “time and time again” he “witnessed mothers with laughing or crying children [who] went to the gas chambers.” He recalled a young woman who, as she stood at the gas chamber, said: “I deliberately avoided being chosen for labor because I wanted to take care of my children and go through this in full awareness of what was happening. I hope it won’t take long.”

In the book Scrolls of Auschwitz, a tragic scene is described. In 1943, children were undressing in the anteroom of a gas chamber. When guards tried to hurry them, one 8-year-old girl resisted, crying: “Go away, you Jewish murderer! Don’t put your hand, covered in Jewish blood, on my sweet brother. I am his good mother now and he will die in my arms.”

On this Mother’s Day – as we celebrate with carnations, brunches, cards, and words of love – may we all light a candle for these women, for whom there are no words to describe their valor, only prayers.

This prayer is based on the words of Alexander Kimel, a Holocaust survivor:

Almighty God, full of love, remember all the Jewish mothers, that carried their babies to their execution, led their children to the gas chambers, or witnessed their burning. Almighty God, let their anguish, pain and torture never be forgotten. In our memory they will live forever and ever.

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It’s Mother’s Day today

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 12:31 pm

I wrote about how mothers were honored in Nazi Germany on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/lebensborn/

Medal given to Mothers in Nazi Germany

Withold Pilecki is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:21 am

This recent news article tells about Withold Pilecki:

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-story-of-witold-pilecki-the-man-who-volunteered-for-auschwitz-to-expose-the-holocaust-2015-9

I wrote on my scrapbookpages.com website about a man named Jan Pilecki, who might be the same person who is  now known as Withold Pilecki.

Quote from my scrapbookpages.com website:

Each Stehzelle (standing cell) was used for third degree punishment, which consisted of 3 days in a dark cell without room to lie down or sit. The standing cells were about the size of a phone booth and had no windows.

My photo of the inside of a standing cell

My photo of a standing cell at Auschwitz

A description of the standing cells in Block 11 can be found in the book entitled “Das Bunkerbuch des Blocks 11, im Nazi-Konzentrationslager Auschwitz,” written by Franciszek Brol, Gerard Wloch, and Jan Pilecki, Hefte von Auschwitz (prisoners from Auschwitz), which was published in 1959. On page 120 of this book is a “Plan of the Bunker of Block 11 redrawn after the original plan No. 1152 of March 16, 1942.” On this plan, the four Stehzellen in Cell 22 are marked out and numbered 1-4.

End quote from my website

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