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March 28, 2017

Bronia Brandman watched two of her sisters being sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:38 pm

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full here: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/holocaust-survivor-86-returning-to-auschwitz-with-idf-officers/2017/03/28/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Forty supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from across the US will embark on an unprecedented mission to Poland and Israel on April 24 to May 3, with IDF soldiers and officers, as well as Holocaust survivors – one of whom is returning to Auschwitz for the first time since her liberation.

Bronia Brandman, 86, who was born in Jaworzno, Poland, watched two of her sisters being sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Except for her older brother and cousin, who also reside in the United States, her entire family perished in the Holocaust.

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Can you believe this! Those cruel Germans sent two girls to the gas chamber and made a third girl watch as her sisters marched to the gas chamber!!!

My photo of Talbrucktor tower above the gate into Marienplatz in Munich

As I have written several times, I lived in Germany for 20 months, after World War II was over. I met many German men and women who were all very nice to me. I was amazed that the German people never got upset about anything.  Maybe it was different during the war, and maybe Jews were treated differently by the Germans.

Brandia is the girl on the right in the front row

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“I came to Auschwitz in 1943 as a child of 12,” Brandman said. “My parents and four siblings were consigned to the gas chambers. The daily bestiality and dehumanization was beyond words, and the world’s silence was deafening. I never wished to return to that place of our degradation and annihilation, but to return in the company of our noblest, bravest of the brave – our IDF soldiers, makes my spirit soar with pride and hope.”

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Bronia Brandman did not give any explanation for why her parents and four siblings were sent to the gas chambers, but she was spared. It seems that the Nazis made sure that there were child survivors, who would live a long time, and tell the world about the gas chambers where 6 million Jews were killed.

“Into the valley of death rode the 6 million.”

March 12, 2017

Once a week she washed herself in showers that on alternate days gassed people

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:42 pm

The title of this blog post is a sentence from a news story which you can read in full here: http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/A-Holocaust-surviver-talks-about-prejudice-to-10966943.php

This is the full quote from the news story:

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GREENWICH — She saw the worst of humanity: mankind moved to enslave, execute and exterminate because of prejudice.

She rode for days locked in a cattle car packed with men, women and children, some dead, some insane.

She was sent to years of hard labor, one nonentity out of many in a long line of women facing a man [Josef Mengele] she described as an “Angel of Death” who chose her [to be gassed] and made her family walk the other way.

My photo of a shower nozzle at Dachau

Once a week she washed herself in showers that on alternate days gassed people. She subsisted on a sip of soup a day. She dragged the exhausted long miles of the Death March from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen while laggers were shot.

She survived.

End quote from news article

You have to admire the German people. If anyone could design a room that provided showers, and on alternate days, gassed people, the Germans could do it.

Josef Mengele

You can read about Josef Mengele on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele

I wrote about Josef Mengele on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Selection.html

Very nice gallery of photos of Auschwitz main camp

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:59 am

Here is what you will see if you visit the Auschwitz main camp with a group of High School students:

http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/pupils_vow_legacy_of_holocaust_victims_will_live_on_1_4924316

You can see my photos of the Auschwitz main camp on this section of my website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/index.html

February 28, 2017

Don’t shade your eyes — plagiarize

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:30 pm

Years ago, Carolyn Yeager wrote a book which she entitled

Auschwitz: The Underground Guided Tour

She wrote this book after a whirlwind guided tour of Auschwitz, during which she took no photos. Where did she get the photos that she used in her book? She got them from my scrapbookpages.com website.

Check out her book at http://carolynyeager.net/auschwitz-underground-guided-tour  and let me know if you spot any photos that are not on my website.

The two photos below were taken, by me, at Dachau, not Auschwitz.

photo of a page in Carolyn Yeager's book

Photo of a page in Carolyn Yeager’s book. The photo on the left is my photo of the SS hospital across the street from the alleged Dachau gas chamber. The photo on the right is a photo of the alleged gas chamber which is across the street from the Dachau SS hospital.

There are many other photos in Carolyn’s book, which were copied from my website and used without my permission. Now she has the nerve to write comments that are critical of me. No more! She has been kicked to the curb.

 

February 23, 2017

The Jews who were forced to work in Nazi death factories

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:57 am
Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Russian liberator

Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Russian soldier who helped to liberate the camp

A photo that is very similar to the one above is shown in a news article about the Sonderkommando Jews who were forced to help the Nazis, in the killing of the Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The following quote is from the news article which you can read in full at http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.773405

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The members of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz worked in the gas chambers. They were posted to the undressing rooms, where the victims had to disrobe; they were responsible for the removal of the bodies after the murder; for removing valuables from the bodies; for burning the bodies; for dealing with the body parts that did not burn completely; and finally they carried the ashes to the river and dumped them in the water.

As Shaul Chazan, one of the Sonderkommando survivors, told me: At 9:30, a transport of 3,500 people would arrive, and four hours later, not a trace of them remained – as though they had never existed. [Chazan’s testimony appears in Greif’s “We Wept Without Tears”; Yale University Press, 2005.] The Sonderkommando carried out all those tasks, but it’s important for me to emphasize that they never took part in the work of murder itself. They did not murder anyone. Only the Germans threw the deadly gas into the chambers.

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I wrote about the Sonderkommando Jews on my scrapbookpages.com website BEFORE I became a Holocaust denier.

Begin quote from my scrapbookpages.com website:

One of the survivors of Auschwitz was Samuel Pisar, who was first sent, at the age of 13, to the Majdanek death camp, in August 1943, when the Bialystok ghetto in Poland was liquidated. A few months later, he was transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was put to work.

In an article in the Washington Post, published on January 23, 2005, Samuel Pisar wrote the following about his experience at Birkenau:

My labor commando was assigned to remove garbage from a ramp near the Crematoria. From there I observed the peak of human extermination and heard the blood-curdling cries of innocents as they were herded into the gas chambers. Once the doors were locked, they had only three minutes to live, yet they found enough strength to dig their fingernails into the walls and scratch in the words “Never Forget.”

One of the Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners, who loaded the corpses of the murdered Jews into the Crematoria ovens after they were killed in the gas chambers with Zyklon-B, was Schlomo Venezia who described his work in an interview with Adam L. Freeman, a reporter with the Bloomberg News, on December 17, 2007.

According to Freeman’s article, posted on the web site http://www.bloomberg.com, Schlomo worked for eight months at Birkenau in 1944, “…12 hours a day, seven days a week, cadaver after cadaver until it became a mechanical task, like feeding a heating furnace with cords of wood.”

Schlomo Venezia wrote a memoir entitled “Sonderkommando Auschwitz,” which was originally published in French; a new Italian version was published in 2007.

The following quote about Schlomo’s story is from Adam L. Freeman’s article in the Bloomberg News on December 17, 2007:

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He [Schlomo] recalls, for example, the day he met his father’s emaciated cousin in an undressing room at the gas chambers. Venezia offered him the only solace possible, he writes — some sardines and a lie that the Zyklon B would kill him quickly.

“It was just terrible to have to lie, but there was no way around it,” Venezia explains. “I tried in some way to make the horrible situation easier.”

The Sonderkommandos, as the prisoners working at the gas chambers were known, were privy to how the Nazis went about their butchery. Determined to keep their methods secret, the Nazis killed members of these units at regular intervals, making Venezia’s memoir rare.

He was 20 years old at the time; he will turn 84 on Dec. 29. His own mother was murdered at the camp while he worked at the ovens — one of more than 1 million Jews killed there.

As we talk over a table of ties in his one-room shop near the Trevi Fountain, Venezia remains almost motionless. His Hungarian-born wife, Marika, tends to shoppers entering through the glass door. At one point, she places a box of coffee-filled chocolates between us.

The descendant of an old Jewish family from Spain and Italy, Venezia was born in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, where he grew up fatherless and poor, speaking Greek, Italian and Ladino, a Spanish-Jewish dialect.

Poverty sharpened his wits, he says. Working the black market in Nazi-occupied Greece, Venezia learned some German, which may have saved his life. In the camp, he escaped beatings by understanding when guards shouted out the number tattooed on his arm: 182727.

Cutting the hair off cadavers, pulling their gold teeth and dragging them to the furnaces became mechanical, Venezia says, because it was the only way to stay sane. The routine broke down only once, he recalls, when the prisoners were confronted with the lifeless body of a woman possessing “the absolute beauty of an ancient statue.”

She looked like “a woman in a painting,” Venezia says, pausing for a moment in reflection. “Like Mona Lisa.” Yet there was nothing to do but cremate her.

Another day, his unit found a live baby trying to suck its dead mother’s breast among a heap of corpses in a gas chamber. The prisoners watched without protest as a Nazi guard unloaded his pistol into the infant.

“There were so many terrible things that happened,” he says. “Every day it was something else.”

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February 20, 2017

A Jewish visitor to Sachsenhausen completely misunderstands the history of the camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:44 pm
My photo of the sculpture at Sachsenhausen

My photo of the sculpture at Sachsenhausen

You can read, in this news article, about how a young Jewish woman was completely mislead about Sachsenhausen: http://jewishjournal.com/opinion/215357/burned-ovens-drowned-sea-rammed-vehicles-bombed-pieces-marched-death-world-want-jews-us-today/

I have a section on my website where you can read all about Sachsenhausen: https://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/index.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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I walked into a concentration camp in Germany – and I walked out. A Jewish woman leaving a Nazi camp defies the odds and realities of millions of human beings.

“If you are done with the alt-right you filthy kike, then fuck off to Israel or just get into the oven. Problem solved.” A man wrote me those words, which I read before coming face to face with the crematorium at a Nazi concentration camp in Germany, the very ovens where bodies of millions of Jews were incinerated.

I found myself unexpectedly terrorized, shaken to my core. Never did I imagine visiting a concentration camp. Despite being born to a Jewish mother, I had zero desire and felt no family connection to the Holocaust. But there I found myself in Sachsenhausen: standing trapped within barbed wire and walls, fighting the most intense bone chill of my life, losing hope in humanity and in myself.

On the heels of hearing a German parliamentarian negate that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe or worldwide, a cab driver affirm that Jews were responsible for 9/11, and a former neo-Nazi quote an Austrian military officer in saying his radical political beliefs would have been welcome had they won the war, I felt paralyzed – staring into the ovens in search of answers, of lessons, of direction.

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You can read about Sachsenhausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/ConcentrationCamp/GasChamber.html

The following quote is from my website:

Station Z was the nickname that the SS gave to the execution site at Sachsenhausen. Beginning in the fall of 1939, Station Z was the site where prisoners who had been condemned to death in a Nazi court were executed by a firing squad.

According to the memoirs of Rudolf Höss, who was on the staff at Sachsenhausen for a time, anyone who was convicted of war-time sabotage or enemy activity against the state was sent to the nearest concentration camp for execution, and the first such execution after the war started in 1939 was carried out at Sachsenhausen when a Communist, who had refused to perform his assigned air raid duties in an aircraft factory, was shot.

Staton Z is also the location of an alleged gas chamber that was allegedly first put into operation in 1943, presumably to gas Russian POWs since there were no Jews in the camp at that time.

At a Military Tribunal conducted by the Soviet Union in October 1947, Camp Commandant Anton Kaindl confessed to the gassing of prisoners, on his own authority, at Sachsenhausen. This was an obvious lie.

The gas chamber and the execution site were both inside the Industrial Yard, where the factories were located; they were separated from the prison enclosure by a brick wall.

The name Station Z was intended to be a joke, according to the Memorial Site, because the entrance to the camp was through Building A, which was the gate house, and Station Z was the exit from the camp for those who had been executed.

End quote from my website

February 14, 2017

Were there two women at Auschwitz, named Edith Stein and Edith Steiner?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:24 am

Sometimes it is possible to find the light of love even in the darkest of times. Like Edith Steiner who was just 20 when she barely escaped death while being held at the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazis. John Mackay, the then-23-year-old Scottish soldier who saved Edith, is still with her celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together. Edith and her mother were the only remaining members of their family who had not been sent to the gas chambers which meant certain death. But they were saved by a commando team – which Mackay was a part of – that freed a number of Jewish prisoners from the clutches of the Nazis in Poland.

Sometimes it is possible to find the light of love even in the darkest of times. Like Edith Steiner [shown above] who was just 20 when she barely escaped death while being held at the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazis. John Mackay [shown above], the then-23-year-old Scottish soldier who saved Edith, is still with her celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together.
Edith and her mother were the only remaining members of their family who had not been sent to the gas chambers which meant certain death. But they were saved by a commando team – which Mackay was a part of – that freed a number of Jewish prisoners from the clutches of the Nazis in Poland.

End quote from this news article: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/140217/auschwitz-survivor-spends-71st-valentines-day-with-her-rescuer.html

I didn’t know that Scottish soldiers liberated Auschwitz. Stupid me!

I wrote about the liberation of Auschwitz on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Liberation.html

The following quote is from my website:

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.

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How could I have been so wrong! Now I know that it was actually Scottish soldiers who liberated Auschwitz — NOT!

 

February 8, 2017

Democrats want a resolution declaring that Jews were the primary victims in the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:48 am
Osita Nwanevu

Ostia Nwanevu, editorial assistant at Slate Magazine.

House Republicans blocked a resolution advanced by Democrats on Tuesday declaring that Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust.

Of course, the Jews were the primary target in the Holocaust. Who else? Why do we need a resolution, stating this, more than 70 years later?

The following are quotes from Ostia Nwaneve in  a Feb. 7, 2017 blog post on “the Slatest” :

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In the wake of controversy over the Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, the White House defended it, saying that it had wished to be inclusive by acknowledging that other groups had been killed by Hitler’s regime as well.

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The resolution, a shrewd effort to pin Republicans down on something the Trump administration has needlessly made an issue, condemned the White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, which failed to mention Jews or the anti-Semitism that led to Adolf Hitler’s genocide against them.

It also called for the House to reiterate “the indisputable fact that the Nazi regime targeted the Jewish people in its perpetration of the Holocaust,” condemn Holocaust denialism, and demand acknowledgment from the White House that Jews were targeted.

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This blog post from “the Slatest” quoted above referenced a news article in the Washington Examiner that you can read here:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-try-to-shame-gop-over-white-house-holocaust-statement/article/2614155#.WJolDJCy2G0.twitter

February 5, 2017

Jews who wrote songs at Theresienstadt were gassed at Auschswitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Music — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:40 am

Yes, it’s true, dear readers. Jews were allowed to compose music at Theresienstadt, but were then taken to Auschwitz and killed in the gas chamber.

Obviously, the Nazis wanted to steal music from the Jews before killing them. As everyone knows, the Germans can’t carry a tune in a basket!

You can read about this terrible crime in this news article: http://www.poconorecord.com/entertainmentlife/20170204/work-by-jewish-holocaust-victims-lives-on-in-ute-lempers-songs-for-eternity

The following quote is from the news article:

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A lot of work [by Jewish composers] actually was written at Theresienstadt, and there are a bunch of songs that are out of this history of this specific camp, but all of those were works written by artists who, in ’44, were brought on the trains to Auschwitz, and all of them were gassed. There was a quite incredible repertoire [of music] out of this concentration camp.

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You can’t get any more cruel than that: the Nazis allowed the Jews to compose music, while they were prisoners in a ghetto, and then they killed them in gas chambers. Oh, the humanity!

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Not only does every song have a story, every composer has a story. There’s Ilse Weber, a poet, writer and composer in the Prague ghetto who was brought to Theresienstadt and then brought with her entire family to Auschwitz later on and was killed, but her husband survived, and he was able to hide scrolls of her music in the columns of the horse stables of Theresienstadt. After being liberated from Auschwitz, he made it back to Theresienstadt to look for those scrolls, and he found them and published them many years later.

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My photo below shows the horse stable at Theresienstadt

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On my scrapbookpages.com website, I have a large section about Theresienstadt: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/index.html

To learn all about Theresienstadt, start with this section on my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/index.html

The following quote is also from the news article:

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…. an amazing story about Ilse Weber that really was breathtaking and horrible to tell. She became a nurse at Theresienstadt in charge of the children. She brought them with her on the train to Auschwitz, and she knew for some reason when they arrived they would all be brought straight to the gas chambers.

She told the children once they entered the gas chambers to sing. Because she had always sung with the children. That was always her way of making them feel better. She told them to breathe in deep and sing loud once they would enter the shower rooms, because she knew it would initiate death faster through deep inhalation, so the struggle would not be so long. It’s just so horrible.

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How fortunate that this woman knew all abut the gas chambers! Why didn’t those stupid Nazis keep the gas chambers a secret?

I visited Theresienstadt for the second time in the year 2000 and took photos which you can see here: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/GhettoTour/Tour05.html

February 4, 2017

How the famous Irene Zisblatt toss was done…

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:16 am
Irene Zisblatt shows the spot where her Auschwitz tattoo was removed

Irene Zisblatt shows where her Auschwitz tattoo was removed

Irene Zisblatt is a famous Holocaust survivor, who was saved from the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau when she was tossed over a fence and into an open railway car on a parked train.

Some Holocaust deniers don’t believe Irene’s story, but I have found some videos, which show that a toss like this could have easily been done, by a strong man.

The videos show scenes taken at Scottish games, where men would toss heavy objects over a bar.  I have been to Scottish games, held in America, on two separate occasions, so I know that tossing a heavy object over a bar can be done by a strong man.

In the above video a man throws a 56 pound weight over a 16 foot high bar, demonstrating a 56 pound throw for height.

In the above video, a man is shown throwing a 56 pound weight for distance.  Notice the difference in technique in the throw for distance.

Irene Zisblatt wrote a book, published in 2008, entitled “The Fifth Diamond”. She wrote about her  [alleged] time in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The title of her book refers to a necklace with four diamonds, set into a pendant, that she wears around her neck when she speaks to American school children who are studying the Holocaust.

As a survivor, Irene is the Fifth Diamond. Gail Ann Webb, a school teacher, helped Irene write the book, which is concise and especially suitable for students who are studying the Holocaust in middle school.

For 50 years, Irene kept quiet about her ordeal in the Nazi concentration camps, but in 1994, after Steven Spielberg’s movie “Schindler’s List” came out, she decided to tell her story. In 1995, she was interviewed for 3 hours by Jennifer Resnick while her testimony was videotaped for Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation.

She was then chosen as one of five Hungarian survivors to be featured in Spielberg’s Academy Award winning documentary entitled “The Last Days,” which was released in 1998. A book, also entitled “The Last Days,” was published in 1999.

In the documentary “The Last Days,” Irene tells about how her mother gave her the diamonds before the family was sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She managed to keep them through all the time that she was in the concentrations camps, and on a death march out of a camp, by swallowing them before being searched, excreting them, cleaning them and then swallowing them again. She said that she sometimes cleaned her diamonds “in the soup we were going to get.”

In “The Last Days,” Irene said that she “was about 9 years old” when she was expelled from school in 1939. A curfew was established and “Jewish people were forbidden to leave their houses after six in the evening or before eight in the morning.”

Irene’s father lost his business when it was given to a Gentile. Hungary was allies with Germany, and according to Irene: “We didn’t see a Nazi in our home town until 1944; everything had been done by the Hungarian police and by local youths under Nazi orders.”

Irene was living with her family in the small resort town of Polena in the Carpathian mountains; at that time, Polena was in Hungary.

There were 62 Jewish families in the town; her father owned a business, but the family had no electricity in their house, according to Irene. This was not unusual in those days; many towns in Eastern Europe had no running water and no electricity.

After Germany invaded Hungary on March 19, 1944, Irene and her family were put into the Miskolc ghetto, which Irene said “consisted of a couple of streets around a brick factory.” All the houses “were already crammed full” so Irene and her family “built a little tent from our tablecloths and sheets, whatever we had in our suitcases, and we lived under that.”

In her talks to students, Irene tells that she was 13 years old when she was put on a train from the Miskolc ghetto, and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the deportation of the Hungarian Jews in May 1944. When she arrived at Auschwitz, she was immediately separated from her family; she says that she was the only one of her 40 family members that survived the gas chambers.

According to Irene’s story in her book entitled “The Last Days,” Irene’s father was born in 1908, so he was 36 years old in 1944, and he was young enough to be selected for work at Birkenau.

In the selections upon arrival at Birkenau, everyone older than 45 or younger than 15 was sent immediately to the gas chamber. Irene says that her entire family, except her,  was gassed in Gas Chamber #2 on the day that they arrived, including her parents who were of working age.

Irene says that the Jews in the Miskolc ghetto were tricked into getting on the train to Birkenau. “The train came in the night and it was announced that everybody who wanted to go to Tokaj to work in the vineyards should get on the train.”

In the book “The Last Days,” Irene tells how her mother gave her advice, before the train left the ghetto, that saved her from being immediately selected for the gas chamber at Birkenau.

The following quote is from the book entitled “The Last Days”:

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And she told me to say I was twenty years old – I was only thirteen – because then I would be sent to work in a factory where I would get food and I would survive.

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The following quote is from a newspaper article written by Nate Hubbard after Irene gave a talk to students in Bland County, Virginia on March 9, 2009:

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But the most gripping part of Zisblatt’s account came when she told the students about how she had narrowly escaped the gas chamber. She said she was selected along with approximately 1,500 other women to be killed. When the prisoners were herded into the gas chamber, though, there wasn’t room for them all. Zisblatt said she wound up right in the doorway, clinging to a piece of wood as her fingernails were ripped off causing blood to gush from the tips of her fingers. When the door couldn’t be closed with Zisblatt blocking the way, she was flung out of the chamber.

With the help of another prisoner, she said she was able to escape Auschwitz by getting on a train traveling across tracks running near the No. 3 gas chamber. The train took her to the Neuengamme labor camp in Germany where shortly after she was forced to go on a “death march” as the war wound down. After marching for days upon days in hellacious conditions, Zisblatt said she and a friend realized they had a chance to escape during a dark night as they stood between two forests. […] Providence, though, finally smiled down on Zisblatt as she and her friend made a successful escape and were soon thereafter discovered by American soldiers.

Irene Zisblatt had been saved by a young Sonderkommando (Jewish crematorium worker) who rescued her after she was thrown out of the Krema III gas chamber because the room was too full. He wrapped her in a blanket and tossed her over the 10-foot-high barbed wire fence around Krema III; she landed in an open railroad car of a train that was bound for the Neuengamme concentration camp in Germany.

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