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November 13, 2017

The Sobibor camp is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 11:29 am

You can read about the Nazi camp at Sobibor in this recent news article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/karolina-cohn-ceremony-holocaust-1.4400056

The following quote is from the news article:

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More than two dozen relatives from around the world met Monday for the first time at a memorial ceremony for Karolina Cohn, a Jewish girl from Frankfurt who perished in the Holocaust more than 70 years ago.

Four little brass plaques for Karolina, her sister and parents were laid in front of the Frankfurt location where the family lived before they were deported on Nov. 11, 1941, when Karolina was 12.

“It’s pretty remarkable, that this little girl brought together this broken-up, fragmented family,” said Mandy Eisemann, a relative from the United States, who took part in the ceremony and afterward laid pink roses on the shiny plaques known as Stolpersteine, or stumbling stones.

 

A replica of Carolyn Kohn’s pendant

The story of Karolina’s life and death had been all but erased by the Nazis, until archeologists last year unearthed a silver pendant engraved with her birthdate and birthplace at the grounds of the former Sobibor death camp in eastern Poland.

With the help of Nazi deportation lists, researchers identified Karolina as the owner of the amulet. It’s almost identical to one belonging to famous Jewish diarist Anne Frank, though it’s not clear if the two girls knew each other. Both were born in Frankfurt in 1929.

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Sobibor is one of the few Nazi camps that I have never visited. I was told that it was dangerous to go there. There were no tours of this camp that I could take. The camp is located way out in the boondocks, and I was told that there were murderers and thieves ready to rob and rape tourists who dared to go there alone.

In spite of this, I have a whole section about Sobibor on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Sobibor/index.html

The following quote is also from an external link from my web site:

https://www.thoughtco.com/sobibor-death-camp-1779674

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Sobibor was the second of three death camps to be established as part of Aktion Reinhard (the other two were Belzec and Treblinka). The location of this death camp was a small village called Sobibor, in the Lublin district of eastern Poland, chosen because of its general isolation as well as its proximity to a railway. Construction on the camp began in March 1942, overseen by SS Obersturmführer Richard Thomalla.

Since construction was behind schedule by early April 1942, Thomalla was replaced by SS Obersturmführer Franz Stangl – a veteran of the Nazi euthanasia program. Stangl remained commandant of Sobibor from April until August 1942, when he was transferred to Treblinka (where he became commandant) and replaced by SS Obersturmführer Franz Reichleitner.

The staff of the Sobibor death camp consisted of approximately 20 SS men and 100 Ukrainian guards.

By mid-April 1942, the gas chambers were ready and a test using 250 Jews from the Krychow labor camp proved them operational.

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Sorry, but I don’t believe that there were gas chambers at Sobibor. I don’t believe that there were any gas chambers, used by the Nazis. I am one of the few people who has ever seen a real gas chamber — the one in Jefferson City, Missouri, so I know what a gas chamber is supposed to look like.

 

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