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February 4, 2016

Another Holocaust survivor who was saved by lying about her age

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:52 am
Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkeanu

Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkeanu death camp

In the photo above, notice the men, wearing striped shirts, who are helping with the unloading of prisoners who have been brought on a train to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The real function of these prisoners was to advise young people to lie about their age, so that they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber.  Children under the age of 15 were automatically sent to the gas chamber soon after they had arrived.

One of the many Holocaust survivors, who was saved by lying about her age was Mindu Hornick. You can read her story in this news article:  http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/edgbaston-auschwitz-survivor-shares-harrowing-10834116

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Mindu Hornick

Begin quote:

An inspirational grandmother who survived the horrors of Auschwitz concentration camp has shared her experience with pupils at a Birmingham school.

Mindu Hornick , of Edgbaston, was just 13 years old when she was sent to the notorious Nazi extermination camp with her mother, sister and two younger brothers.

The 86-year-old arrived at Auschwitz in a cattle carriage, but survived along with her older sister Bilu after a Polish prisoner advised the girls to lie about their ages and claim they were skilled seamstresses.

“When we arrived at the camp there were 70 of us, all women, mothers and children, in the [train] wagon,”

“As we got out of the wagon a Polish man, in striped uniform, spoke Yiddish to my mother and told her to send us ahead, and say we were 17 and 19 years old.

“He said ‘don’t worry, you will see them later’.

“I realise now that saved our lives, my mother and brothers were sent to the gas chambers.

“I can still remember walking away from my mother, looking back and seeing her scarf blowing over her face.

“Little did I know at the time that I would never see her or my young brothers again.”

Mindu was one of a number of survivors of a host of atrocities to give talks at Rockwood Academy, which has been working with charity the Anne Frank Trust UK – teaching pupils about the holocaust as well as raising awareness of lesbian, gay and transgender issues.

End quote

Before you say that the Nazis were all bad, you must remember that they had the decency to place prisoners at the train ramp, so that they could advise young girls to lie about their age, so that they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber.

This quote is also from the news article, cited above:

Begin quote

Mindu said her life was saved thanks to being sent to work in an underground ammunitions factory, seven months after she first arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.

“When people ask how I survived, I always tell them the same thing – sheer luck,” said Mindu.

After being liberated by the American army in May 1945 Mindu initially returned to Prague, but was forced to flee to live with an uncle in Birmingham in 1948 during the Soviet occupation.

“After the cafe culture of Prague, Birmingham [in England] felt very smoky and dark, but I was safe and free for the first time,” said Mindu.

End quote

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber

My photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

How 11-year-old Mala Langholz, a Jewish girl, fooled the Nazis and survived the gas chamber

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:00 am
My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz  extermination camp

Every day, it seems, there is another story in the news about an 11 or 12 year-old Jewish child who was saved from the gas chambers during the Holocaust.  Today’s story is about Mala Langholz, who is still alive, and is currently out on the lecture circuit, telling her heart-warming story.

Holocaust survivor Mala

Holocaust survivor Mala Langholz was an 11-year-old Jewish child who survived the Holocaust

As everyone knows, children under the age of 15 were gassed by the Nazis, so how did Mala manage to survive?

Young children waiting for their turn in the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Young children waiting for their turn in the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Begin quote from news story:

In an article published by the Jewish Journal in last year’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Ms. [Mala] Lanholz [Langholz] said it was only by the will of God and the humanity of those around her that she survived her ordeal.

Born in 1931 in Lodz, Poland, she was the second youngest of six children. Her family was gathered up and relocated to a ghetto where her father was murdered by a member of the SS. Not long afterwards they were all rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. Of the 60 members of her extended family, 58 were murdered.

In her story in the Jewish Journal, she said, “The horrors of Auschwitz will always live in my memory. I remember classical music playing to camouflage the cries of those in the gas chambers. Each evening, instead of saying good night to each other, we would say goodbye, not knowing whether we would live through the night. I’d often wake up to find a frozen or starved body next to mine.”

The Nazis would line them up to determine who would go to the gas chambers next. “At that critical moment, the older women in the camp would lift me—a child of just 11-years old—up on their shoulders so that I’d look older. They saved my life,” she said.

End quote

January 31, 2016

Jewish girl escaped the gas chamber at Theresienstadt by lying about her age

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:36 pm
The location of the alleged gas chamber at Theresienstadt

The location of the alleged gas chamber at Theresienstadt

According to 84-year-old Holocaust survivor Ruth Kluger, there was a gas chamber at Theresienstadt, but she survived by lying about her age, claiming that she was 15 years old when she was only 12.  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/27/germanys-jews-mark-holocaust-as-new-threat-rises.html

Of course, as we all know, the Germans were so stupid that they could not tell the difference between a child of 12 and a girl of 15.  Thank God for this, as otherwise there would be no Holocaust survivors alive today.

I have previously written about the alleged gas chamber at Theresienstadt on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/gas-chamber-at-theresienstadt/

and on this previous blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/the-plan-to-gas-all-the-jews-at-theresienstadt-or-if-that-wasnt-enough-to-drown-them/

and this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/theresienstadt-survivor-says-invasion-by-russian-army-prevented-the-completion-of-the-gas-chambers-there/

So was there a gas chamber at Theresienstadt or not?  According to Wolf Murmelstein, who was a prisoner there when he was a child, there was a indeed a gas chamber at Theresienstadt.

I have written about the alleged gas chamber at Theresienstadt on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/GhettoHistory.html

In my humble opinion, the alleged gas chamber at Theresienstadt was a place where the clothing of the prisoners was disinfected to prevent disease.

The alleged homicidal gas chamber at Theresienstadt was directly across from the Jäger (Hunter) barracks, an identical building on the opposite side of the town, which was used as a disinfection station where the prisoners and their clothing were deloused.

The prisoners were disinfected by being completely submerged in a tub containing a chemical which would kill the lice on their bodies. At the same time, their clothing was disinfected by hot steam, and they would have to put their clothes back on while they were still wet and then return to their barracks.

The oldest inmates of the Theresienstadt ghetto were housed in the Jäger barracks so that they wouldn’t get chilled by walking through the cold in wet clothes. Behind the Jäger barracks was the Südberg or South Hill where a a soccer field had been built for the inmates.

January 10, 2016

Letter written by Holocaust victim moments before she entered the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

There is a common mistaken perception that the German people are cruel and hateful.  After all, they did kill 6 million Jews — for no reason at all.

But in my personal experience, I have always found the German people to be extremely nice and always helpful.  To give you an idea, I have traveled extensively in Germany, in my old age, and I never once had to throw my suitcase up on a train.  The person behind me, man or woman, always grabbed my suitcase and threw it onto the train for me. And this was not a heavy suitcase; I could have handled it myself, in case the person behind me was not German.

This morning, I read a news story about a woman who was gassed at Auschwitz, but the Nazis were kind enough to allow her to write a letter to her family, just before she boarded a truck that would take her to the gas chamber.  That letter survived the war.

To me, this proves that the Germans are nice people, always considerate and helpful.

You can read the story of the letter in this news article:

http://www.wpbf.com/news/holocaust-letter-presented-to-us-holocaust-memorial-museum/37300788

Begin quote:

PALM BEACH, Fla. —Frank Grunwald is a Holocaust survivor. He was separated from his family when he was 12 years old.

Grunwald and his father survived. His older brother and his mother were never to be seen or heard from again.

Grunwald always wondered what happened to his mother, and it wasn’t until his father passed away years later that he discovered a letter that explained it all. He found a note written on July 11, 1944, hours before she [his mother] was killed in a gas chamber.

Grunwald wanted the letter to be preserved, so he is donating it to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

At the Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach on Wednesday night, museum officials accepted the letter and shared the story of Grunwald.

End quote from news article

In the video that is included with the news article, a woman explains that the Nazis allowed the Jews to “keep pencil and paper” in case the Red Cross made an inspection of the camp.

So it was only because of the Red Cross that this woman was able to write a letter while she was on the truck taking her to the gas chamber.

Wait a minute! Where was this “gas chamber” located?

Was it at the far end of the the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, over a mile from the entrance to the camp?

SaunaBldg.jpg

The building called “the central sauna” is shown in the photo above

Was this woman actually on a truck that was taking her to the Sauna for a shower.  The Sauna building, where the clothing was disinfected and incoming prisoners were given a shower, was at the far end of the camp, about a mile from the entrance gate into the camp.

This woman might have been confused about where the truck was taking her.  Her 12 year old daughter was not being taken on this same truck.  This should have alerted the woman to the possibility that she was not on her way to the gas chamber.  The daughter survived, although the alleged policy of the Nazis was to gas everyone under the age of 15.

October 17, 2015

How come Nazi war criminal Albert Speer got off with a slap on the wrist?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:41 am

Today, I am answering a question, posed in a comment on my blog, with a new post.

One of the regular readers of my blog asked this question:

“How come Speer got off with basically a slap on the wrist? Compared with the other top dogs in the company, that’s what it seemed like to me.”

I previously blogged about Albert Speer, three years ago, on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/did-albert-speer-really-design-the-nazi-gas-chambers/

This quote is from that blog post:

Way back in 1997, I purchased and read the book entitled Inside the Third Reich, Memoirs by Albert Speer in preparation for a trip to Germany during which I planned to visit Nuremberg and then the Dachau concentration camp.

I got out the book and decided to look through it to find out if Albert Speer really acknowledged that he had designed the Nazi gas chambers. Fortunately, his book has an extensive index, which I consulted before reading the book again. The book is 526 pages long, so Thank God, he included an index.

In checking the index of Speer’s Memoirs, I found the term “Gas warfare,” but not “gas chambers,” nor any other reference to gassing. In reading Speer’s book, back in 1997, I was struck by the fact that he was very proud of the structures that he had designed. Did he leave out any mention of the gas chambers in his Memoirs because he was not proud of designing them?

Near the end of his book, on page 523, Speer admitted his guilt as a war criminal. This quote is from Speer’s Memoirs:

Begin quote:

I had participated in a war, which as we of the intimate circle should never have doubted, was aimed at world domination. What is more, by my abilities and my energies, I had prolonged that war by many months. I had assented to having the globe of the world crown that domed hall which was to be the symbol of the new Berlin. Nor was it only symbolically that Hitler dreamed of possessing the globe. It was part of his dream to subjugate other nations. France, I had heard him say many times, was to be reduced to the status of a small nation. Belgium, Holland, even Burgundy, were to be incorporated into his Reich. The national life of the Poles and the Soviet Russians was to be extinguished; they were to made into helot peoples. Nor, for one who wanted to listen, had Hitler concealed his intention to exterminate the Jewish people. In his speech of January 30, 1939, he openly stated as much. Although I never actually agreed with Hitler on these questions, I had nevertheless designed the buildings and produced the weapons that served his ends.

End quote

Albert Speer

Albert Speer

September 25, 2015

British pupils enjoy life overseas, after which they hear a Holocaust survivor speak

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:04 am

This morning, I read a news article here which started off with this quote:

During activities week in July, 41 pupils from Woldgate School’s Years Eight and Nine, accompanied by five staff, visited Cantabria in the North of Spain.

We arrived on Monday afternoon and visited the village of Santillana where we stayed for four nights.

Eventually the article disintegrated into this quote:

Visiting speaker: Arek Hersh

Once again, the History department was privileged to welcome Arek Hersh to Woldgate [school].

Arek is a holocaust survivor and for several years now he has come into school to talk to our year nine pupils following their study of Hitler’s Germany and the Holocaust.

Arek was born and lived in Poland until he was 11 years old. Before the age of 15, he had lived through two ghettos and four concentration camps.

He narrowly escaped the gas chambers of Auschwitz, before eventually being freed and brought to England at the end of the war.

His story is very moving and inspiring and it has been published in a book entitled, A detail of History. This title has been deliberately chosen to echo the words of those who have sought to deny or dismiss the events of the Holocaust.

A film of his life, Arek, was shown to Year Nine pupils, after which they were encouraged to ask him questions. This year the event went especially well.

Pupils were attentive throughout the film and the questions they put to Arek were exceptional. At the end many of them came to shake his hand and buy his book, the proceeds of which go to continuing Holocaust education.

End quote

Do any of these students ever ask Arek how he managed to escape the gas chambers — when he was under the age of 15? This man’s whole life is Holocaust denial. As everyone knows, children under the age of 15 were sent immediately to the gas chamber when they arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

I don’t know if Arek mentioned the name of the SS man who was doing the selections when he went through the line, but it had to be Dr. Mengele, the SS man who was always whistling tunes from classical music and not paying attention to the children that he was letting through, instead of waving them to the gas chamber line, as he was supposed to do.

September 9, 2015

Frank Misa Grunwald, who survived a death march and 5 death camps, is still giving lectures on the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:19 am
Frank Misa Grunwald as a young child

Frank Misa Grunwald as a young child

Around a year ago, I blogged about Frank Misa Grunwald, who is a regular on the lecture circuit, telling young students about his story of surviving several death camps and the gas chamber.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/documentary-about-a-child-suvivor-of-5-nazi-camps-nominated-for-an-emmy/

Frank Grunwald is still out on the lecture circuit educating young students about the Holocaust.  You can read about him in the news here.

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote:

A presentation, “Escaping the Auschwitz Gas Chamber,” with special guest survivor Frank Misa Grunwald, will take place at CANDLES at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Frank Grunwald was 6-years-old when German troops invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1939. In the summer of 1942, he and his family were deported to the Terezin ghetto and in December 1943 to Auschwitz. At the last minute, he was pulled from the line leading to the gas chamber and placed with older children to work sorting the clothes of new arrivals. He survived a death march and four other concentration camps before U.S. soldiers liberated him in May 1945.

[…]

Frank’s story was documented in the award-winning 2012 film. Misa’s Fugue.

End quote

August 26, 2015

Did Fred Leuchter actually go to Auschwitz?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:25 am
Fred Leuchter, the man who climbed down into a gas chamber at Auschwitz

Fred Leuchter, the man who climbed down into a gas chamber at Auschwitz

One of the new readers of my blog made a comment in which he claimed that Fred Leuchter never even went to Auschwitz, much less climbed down into a gas chamber.

Fred Leuchter climbing out of the gas chamber No. 2 at Auschwitz

Fred Leuchter climbing out of the gas chamber No. 2 at Auschwitz

Fred Leuchter has been demonized and driven out of polite society because he climbed down into a gas chamber, but claimed that it was not a gas chamber.

August 10, 2015

Oskar Groening stood on the ramp at Birkenau 3 times, but was sentenced to four years in prison

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:04 pm
Oskar Groening at his trial

Oskar Groening at his trial

Today, I read an old news story here about the trial of Oskar Groening, a former German SS man, who was prosecuted as a war criminal because he had formerly served as an accountant at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

Oskar Groening as a young soldier

Oskar Groening as a young soldier

This quote is from the news story:

Though he [Groening] was more regularly assigned to the camp’s Auschwitz I section, he said he guarded the Birkenau ramp three times, including one busy 24-hour shift. The main gas chambers were located at Birkenau.

“The capacity of the gas chambers and the capacity of the crematoria were quite limited. Someone said that 5,000 people were processed in 24 hours but I didn’t verify this. I didn’t know,” he said. “For the sake of order we waited until train 1 was entirely processed and finished.”

Auschwitz survivors describe their arrival as chaotic, with Nazi guards yelling orders, dogs barking and families being ripped apart.

But Groening, 93, maintained the opposite, saying “it was very orderly and not as strenuous” on the ramp at Birkenau.
“The process was the same as Auschwitz I. The only difference was that there were no trucks,” he said during the second day of his trial. “They all walked – some in one direction some, in another direction … to where the crematoria and gas chambers were.”

Wait a minute! Where were the crematoria?  The gas chamber buildings at Birkenau, and in the main Auschwitz camp, did not have a crematorium.  The room, which would normally have been a crematorium, was instead an undressing room.  Everyone knows that!

Note that Groening worked at the ramp, where selections for the gas chamber were made, only 3 times. Yet he was sentenced to 4 years in prison. I don’t think that this was a fair sentence.  Groening should have been sentenced to only THREE YEARS in prison, one year for each time when he was at the ramp, collecting money from the luggage.

Groening had nothing to do with the prisoners being gassed, but he was THERE, so he is guilty of a war crime. This is according to the ex-post-facto law, known as “common plan.”

Groening committed his crime BEFORE the common plan law was created by the Allies after the war.

July 25, 2015

92 year old man accused of serving in a death camp — I hope this goes to trial!

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:40 pm

You can read here about the latest German man who is being accused of being an accomplice in the death of Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Why do I hope that this will go to trial? Because he is accused of being an accomplice, starting in November 1942.  You can read about the gassing that started at Auschwitz-Birkenau in November 1942 on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/DisinfectionBuilding.html

The following quote is from my website:

Building where the clothing of Auschwitz prisoners were disinfected with Zyklon-B gas

Building where the clothing of Auschwitz prisoners were disinfected with Zyklon-B gas (Click to enlarge)

There are two buildings located on the south side of the Auschwtiz-Birkenau camp, which were used to delouse the prisoners’ clothing with Zyklon-B, the same gas that was used to kill the Jews in the gas chambers. The two buildings are shaped like the letter T and are mirror images of each other.

The photo above shows building BW5b which is located in the B1b section of Birkenau on the left side of the camp as you are standing at the entrance gate into the camp. The east wing of the building above was used for delousing.

The second delousing building is BW5a in the B1a section, which is on the other side of the fence on the right in the photo above. The west wing of the BW5a building was used for delousing. Both of these brick buildings also had shower rooms for the in-coming prisoners.

On the blueprints of these buildings, the delousing room was called a Gaskammer which means gas chamber in English.

Did you catch that?  A building where clothing was deloused with Zyklon-B gas pellets was called a GASKAMMER, which is the German word for GAS CHAMBER.

The photo below shows a blueprint of the building where clothing was deloused with Zyklon-B gas.  Notice the word “Gaskammer” right under the number 1 in red.

GaskammerBlueprint1

So there you have it. This 92 year old man was trying to save lives by working in a building that had a gas chamber for delousing the clothing of the incoming Jews, in an effort to SAVE lives.

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