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May 2, 2016

“selected for the gas chamber at roll call”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:14 am
Holocaust survivor Sara Cain

Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Sara Cain

Today I am commenting on a news article which you can read in full at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4798208,00.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Sara Kain was born in 1919 in Kassa (Košice), Czechoslovakia, to a religiously traditional family of eight. In April 1944, a month after the Germans occupied Hungary, the Jews of Kassa and the neighboring towns were concentrated into a ghetto. In May, they were transferred to a brick factory. Sara, her sister Ethel and her parents were deported to Auschwitz [Birkenau] in early June 1944. […]

On arrival at Auschwitz, Sara’s parents were led to the gas chambers. The girls were processed as inmates at the camp.

Sara suffered from numerous sicknesses in the camp. At one roll call, [her sister] Ethel was selected for the gas chambers. With help from acquaintances, Sara managed to get Ethel back.

In April 1945, the camp was liberated by the US Army. After a period of recuperation, she and Ethel decided to make their way to Eretz Israel, where their brother and sister lived.

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What do we learn from this story, dear readers? We learn that the Jews knew about the gas chambers from the moment that they arrived at Auschwitz. If any young people were separated from their parents, they knew instantly that the parents had been taken immediately to the gas chamber and killed. Yet the Nazis were nice enough to take photos of the old people before gassing them.

Elderly Jews waiting for a truck to take them to the gas chamber

Elderly Jews waiting for a truck to take them to the gas chamber

Elderly men were photographed before being gassed

Elderly Jewish men before they were gassed to death

But, not to worry. Young girls were saved, from the gas chamber, by the other prisoners in the camp.

What a sloppy way to conduct a Holocaust! No wonder there are so many survivors still alive today, and able to tell us what really happened.

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate after being liberated by soldiers in the Soviet Union

Auschwitz prisoners celebrate after being liberated by soldiers in the Soviet Union

The Auschwitz main camp, the Birkenau death camp and the Monowitz labor camp were liberated by soldiers of the Soviet Union in the First Army of the Ukrainian Front, under the command of Marshal Koniev, on January 27, 1945.

The photo above shows a few of the survivors in the main Auschwitz camp, standing near the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate. One prisoner has his arms around the neck of a Soviet soldier who is wearing a fur hat. This photo was staged in early February, 1945 after the liberation, as the liberators did not have cameras with them.

As far as I know, there were no photos taken by the American soldiers, who liberated Auschwitz, according to Sara Cain.