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June 13, 2017

Holocaust survivor writes his memoir at the age of 90

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:06 am

90-year-old Holocaust survivor Samuel Pivnik visits  the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where he was a prisoner

Note that, in the photo above, you can see a faint view of the gate into the camp. My photo below shows the same view of the gate into the Auschswitz-Birkenau camp.

My photo of the gate into Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a death camp where Jews were killed in gas chambers with Zyklon-B gas; why was Samuel Pivnik spared?

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dw.com/en/why-one-of-the-last-remaining-auschwitz-survivors-wrote-a-memoir-decades-later/a-39208305

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DW: Mister Pivnik, you are 90 years old. Why did you decide to tell your story in a book recently? The book, “Survivor: Auschwitz, the Death March and my Fight for Freedom,” was published in English in 2013 and in German in 2017. Why not earlier?

Samuel Pivnik: It was only in the late 1990s that I seriously started to consider writing my memoirs. Other survivors I knew had already written books.

Sam Pivnik (Philip Appleby) Pivnik, now 90, lives in London

There was really no interest in our stories immediately after the war. It wasn’t until I was approached by a close friend of mine in 1999, the artist David Breuer-Weil, who urged me very strongly to write. He felt that I had an obligation to humanity to tell my story so that people could learn lessons that may help to prevent them from descending into the depths of depravity again. I then began to seriously start the process. It wasn’t until 2011 that my agent introduced me to a professional ghostwriter named Mei Trow. As a result of my work with him, the book started to interest big publishers.

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The photo at the top of this page shows the railroad tracks into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Jews were brought on trains to this death camp and were allegedly gassed to death immediately with Zyklon-B.

Auschwitz is a name that was virtually unknown before 1989. Now it has become a symbol for The Holocaust, which was the Nazi plan to systematically exterminate all the Jews of Europe; this allegedly resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews.

Auschwitz is the site of the greatest mass murder of all time, the most infamous Nazi death factory, the primary killing site where the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” was carried out by means of homicidal gas chambers, the most heinous place on earth.

An estimated 1.3 million victims arrived at Auschwitz between June 1940 and January 1945 and 1.1 million of them died there, including over 900,000 Jews. Today there are millions of visitors who tour Auschwitz-Birkenau each year.

The world first learned that the Jews were being gassed at Auschwitz when resistance fighters in the Polish Underground passed this information on to the Polish government in exile in Great Britain.

On June 25, 1942, The Telegraph, a British newspaper, ran a story about the mass murder of Jews in gas chambers at Auschwitz. The headline read “Germans murder 700,000 Jews in Poland.” According to this first report, which was also broadcast on the radio by the British BBC in June 1942, a thousand Jews a day were being gassed.

Auschwitz is more than one place: it is a small town in what is now Poland, but the name Auschwitz also refers to three separate prison camps called Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II and Auschwitz III, all of which were located just outside the town. The Auschwitz complex was an extermination camp, a labor camp, a transit camp and a concentration camp, all rolled into one.

Auschwitz I was the main camp; it was a Class I concentration camp, which was opened in June 1940 in the barracks of a former Polish Army garrison. The first prisoners were mostly non-Jewish Polish political prisoners, but a few Jews were also imprisoned there.

Auschwitz II was the death camp where million of prisoners, mainly Jews, were allegedly killed, mostly in gas chambers; today, Auschwitz is the world’s largest Jewish graveyard, the place where the ashes of innocent victims were scattered over the fields, thrown into the rivers, or dumped into several small ponds sixty five years ago.

Auschwitz III was a work camp where prisoners worked in the factories of the I.G. Farben company, along side civilian workers who were not prisoners.

The town of Auschwitz, which was originally founded by Germans in 1270, is now known by its Polish name, Oswiecim, and the three camps are known as Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz. The Polish name for Birkenau is Brzezinka and Monowitz is called Monowice by the Poles.

In June 2007, the United Nations officially changed the collective name of the three Auschwitz camps to Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945). This change was made at the request of the government of Poland so that people will know that Poland had nothing to do with setting up the camps or running them.

 

 

28 Comments »

  1. I’m sure his memory is excellent — not that it matters: he (or his ‘ghost writer’) can make up any old story and it’ll be believed — someone should tell him to be sure to mention belching chimneys and Josef Mengele doing selections.

    Anyone with more than a passing interest in the Third Reich has read Shirer’s book (the original edition had a memorable jacket) — he was a Jew and he wrote his book too soon after WWII — so he repeats all the discredited crap like human skin lampshades, shrunken human heads, etc etc — also the bogus numbers of how many Jews the Nazis allegedly killed — I did not like his sneering treatment of Julius Streicher, who never should have been on trial before the IMT — Streicher was convicted and executed for things he wrote and said, nothing more — you can think of his treatment as the precursor to the noxious hate speech/inciting hatred laws that are common today, and add that to the other major flaws of the IMT.

    Comment by eah — June 13, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    • “he was a Jew (William Shirer).”

      No, he was not. He mentioned in the book that he was Protestant while criticizing the Martin Luther.

      Also, I saw you inquire where the Black Rabbit of Inle was and why his information on the internet is no longer available. The Rabbit is no longer a denier:
      http://www.skepticforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=27993

      Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

    • I recall hearing/reading before that Shirer was a Jew — I do not recall ever looking into it myself — but apparently he is not, so that is definitely my mistake.

      So here is what “BRoI” says: I was initially convinced there must be issues by some well-made rubbish: Denierbud’s OTotH…Lots of reading in the years since convinced me that the generally accepted account of the Holocaust is essentially accurate, and I realised that the views of extreme Holocaust deniers [deny everything deniers] are entirely due to their antisemitism…

      Blah blah etc etc — so why is ‘One Third of the Holocaust’ “rubbish”? — oddly enough, he does not say, exactly — and then the fucking absurd canard about Revisionism = anti-Semitism — I guess because he thinks some revisionists are anti-Semites this automatically negates any argument they might put forth, which is mighty convenient from his (current) point of view, and a lot less work than actually constructing a counter-argument — “LOL”, as they say.

      Comment by eah — June 13, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

      • “Blah blah etc etc — so why is ‘One Third of the Holocaust’ ”rubbish”? — oddly enough, he does not say, exactly — and then the fucking absurd canard about Revisionism = anti-Semitism — I guess because he thinks some revisionists are anti-Semites this automatically negates any argument they might put forth, which is mighty convenient from his (current) point of view, and a lot less work than actually constructing a counter-argument — ”LOL”, as they say.”

        The Rabbit is an excellent researcher, eah. I’ve actually used some of it in the past regarding the Dachau Gas Chamber. Whatever else he is (I’ve had my issues with him in the past) he is very thorough. He is well versed on both side of the argument. His research led him to this conclusion, even if he still has issues with what he calls the “official history.”

        You were very complimentary of him in the comment I saw when you asked where he was. What changed?

        Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

        • What changed?

          I didn’t say anything about his research — in fact, re that I agree: he was exceptional — his site was an absolute treasure trove of fascinating stuff — I hope he somehow preserved it — if not, it’s a real shame.

          I wrote about what I read at the link — his (alleged) comments re why he is no longer a ‘denier’ — like I said: “LOL” about that part.

          Comment by eah — June 13, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

      • BRoI is a “spoil of war” of the exterminationists, eah. They are very proud of it. His laughable bogus reasons are a total joke, just as those of other exterminationist “spoils of war” such as David Irving, David Cole, Mark Weber and Eric Hunt. Intimidation is obviously the real reason for their new stand. But they of course can not say that publicly. The avowed reasons of the exterminationist “spoils war” are lousy and funny, as lousy and funny as that of a Darwinian biologist who would claim that he suddenly became a creationist after seeing a giraffe in a zoo.

        Comment by hermie — June 13, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

        • “BRoI is a ”spoil of war” of the exterminationists, eah. They are very proud of it. His laughable bogus reasons are a total joke, just as those of other exterminationist ”spoils of war” such as David Irving, David Cole, Mark Weber and Eric Hunt. Intimidation is obviously the real reason for their new stand. But they of course can not say that publicly. The avowed reasons of the exterminationist ”spoils war” are lousy and funny, as lousy and funny as that of a Darwinian biologist who would claim that he suddenly became a creationist after seeing a giraffe in a zoo.”

          I’m sure it makes you feel better to think that, hermie.

          Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

          • Brycesdaddy wrote: “I’m sure it makes you feel better to think that, hermie.”

            No, it doesn’t. Just where Occam’s razor leads.

            And I’m sure it makes you happy to believe it makes me feel better to think that. 😉

            Comment by hermie — June 13, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

            • “No, it doesn’t. Just where Occam’s razor leads.

              And I’m sure it makes you happy to believe it makes me feel better to think that. 😉”

              So, typical denier logic takes hold and whatever is spun up in the imagination becomes reality. No proof needed, right, hermie?

              Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 4:57 pm

              • BD wrote: “No proof needed, right, hermie?”

                The best proof of this is found in the utter ridiculousness of the pretexts formulated by your dear bullied “spoils of war.” At least try to make your next preys look more convincing and less ludicrous in their pretexts in the future.

                Comment by hermie — June 13, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

                • “The best proof of this is found in the utter ridiculousness of the pretexts formulated by your dear bullied ”spoils of war.”

                  LOL
                  Still imagining things.

                  “At least try to make your next preys”

                  “Your”
                  What do you mean “your?”

                  Also, it’s just “prey.”

                  “look more convincing and less ludicrous in their pretexts in the future.”

                  So, still being delusional.

                  Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

                • Not trying to convince you, BD. I was talking to eah. But he apparently doesn’t give a fuck.

                  Comment by hermie — June 14, 2017 @ 4:59 am

                • “Not trying to convince you, BD. I was talking to eah. But he apparently doesn’t give a fuck.”

                  Good for eah.

                  Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 14, 2017 @ 5:46 am

                • Yes, good for him. He can keep trying to make sense out the reversal of guys seemingly losing 50 IQ points overnight if he wants to. Not my problem.

                  Comment by hermie — June 14, 2017 @ 7:43 am

  2. “Auschwitz is a name that was virtually unknown before 1989.”

    Huh? FG, that doesn’t make any sense. Auschwitz was always very well known. If nothing else Shirer wrote about it to the exclusion of the other Death Camps. I’d say it’s the one camp everyone knows.

    Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    • You wrote: “Auschwitz was always very well known.”

      When I first decided to visit Auschwitz in 1998, I searched and searched to find a European tour company that gave tours of the camp — there were none. I then did a search to find a tour company in America and found that there was one company that gave tours. I contacted the one and only company that offered a tour of Auschwitz and arranged for a tour guide to fly to Poland to meet me. She took me on a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau — we were the only people there. It was raining and we walked through the rain for a short time, then left. I did not take photos because I did not want to ruin my camera in the rain.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 13, 2017 @ 11:24 am

    • You wrote: “Shirer wrote about it to the exclusion of the other Death Camps.”

      I am one of the few people in the world who has actually read Shirer’s book, cover to cover. I wrote a blog post about his book:

      https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/adolf-hitler-the-carpet-eater-teppichfresser/

      Comment by furtherglory — June 13, 2017 @ 11:33 am

      • “I am one of the few people in the world who has actually read Shirer’s book, cover to cover.”

        That makes two of us. I’ve read it multiple times.

        Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    • You wrote: ” I’d say [Auschwitz is] the one camp everyone knows.”

      I’d say that Dachau is the one camp everyone knows. I was 12 years old when Dachau was liberated and I heard about that. I didn’t hear about Auschwitz until much later.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 13, 2017 @ 11:42 am

      • “I’d say that Dachau is the one camp everyone knows. I was 12 years old when Dachau was liberated and I heard about that. I didn’t hear about Auschwitz until much later.”

        Fair enough. I’ll correct my earlier statement and say both Dachau and Auschwitz are the two camps that are well known.

        Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 11:46 am

        • You wrote: “both Dachau and Auschwitz are the two camps that are well known.”

          I would say that Dachau and Bergen-Belsen are the two camps that are the most well known. Years ago, Bergen-Belsen was all over the news; it was shown in the news reels in movie theaters. Auschwitz did not become known until later. When I walked down the road through Auschwitz, with my tour guide, there was high grass covering the entire camp. The grass was 2 or 3 feet high; I was told that the grass was never cut because it would disturb the snakes.

          Comment by furtherglory — June 13, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

          • Auschwitz has been used as a synecdoche for “The Holocaust” in general since at least the late ’70s.

            I don’t think Bergen-Belsen is, or ever has been, very well known other than for the misleading video footage and pictures of the dead bodies being bulldozed and such.

            Past about the mid-60s, anything one would think of as “Holocaust” today wasn’t applicable to Dachau. Dachau is much more important as the first NSDAP concentration camp, religious persecution (of priests and such), medical tests, …. that sort of thing. There hasn’t been an association of Dachau with “death camps” in my lifetime (50 years). And of course The Holocaust is mostly about “death camps”. And Auschwitz has been a synechdoche for that in the public’s perception from the ’80s at the latest.

            Comment by blake121666 — June 13, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

            • IOW, from the early ’80s to the mid ’00s, Auschwitz essentially WAS “The Holocaust”. Why FG would write contrarily to this fact is peculiar – to say the least.

              Comment by blake121666 — June 13, 2017 @ 1:53 pm

              • Many people have seen the film of bulldozers pushing emaciated corpses into mass graves — atrocity porn — a large number of them have no idea of the circumstances, nor where it happened — but they are absolutely sure that it’s evidence of the ‘Holocaust’, and proof of how evil the Nazis were — after watching that they’re ready to believe anything and everything — they ought to paste a one paragraph explanation on the front of that film, and pause long enough to make sure everyone has a chance to read it.

                Comment by eah — June 13, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

            • I think I just realized what FG is saying. For people in her generation, the PHOTOS of dead people and such were known to just about everyone. And that was pretty the ONLY thing people of that time knew of anything to do about “The Holocaust”. And that’s pretty much all anyone really cared to know. They’d make up there own stories for the pictures – or go along with whatever crap was told them about them.

              Whereas, later, the general public was indoctrinated with Auschwitz as Holocaust instead.

              So it is probably a generational thing we’re talking about here.

              Comment by blake121666 — June 13, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

              • “So it is probably a generational thing we’re talking about here.”

                I’ve come to that conclusion as well.

                Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

                • It’d be as if a random person of my generation would be expected to know ANYTHING about, say, Treblinka. Highly doubtful. Someone from my generation would probably still see “The Holocaust” as Auschwitz. And maybe the Belsen pictures and a few other things with a vague fuzzy knowledge.

                  Comment by blake121666 — June 13, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

                • “It’d be as if a random person of my generation would be expected to know ANYTHING about, say, Treblinka. Highly doubtful. Someone from my generation would probably still see ”The Holocaust” as Auschwitz. And maybe the Belsen pictures and a few other things with a vague fuzzy knowledge.”

                  To the public Auschwitz is the Holocaust. I still see stupid crap like “how did six million die at Auschwitz?”

                  Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — June 13, 2017 @ 7:56 pm


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