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April 23, 2016

How an 11-year-old Jewish boy was saved from the gas chamber twice by his father

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:50 am
2005 photo of the remains of the Birkenau camp

2005 photo of remains of Birkenau camp

The following quote is from this news article:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/holocaust-survivor-saskatoon-auschwitz-1.3540381

The article tells the story of how an 11-year-old boy was saved twice, by his father, from a gas chamber in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Normally, an 11-year-old boy would have stayed with his mother at Birkenau, not with his father, while waiting for his turn to be gassed.

Women and children waiting to go into the gas chamber at Birkenau

Women and children waiting to go into the gas chamber at Birkenau

The women and children in the photo above are looking across the road toward the Sauna in Birkenau where the incoming Jews took a shower, and their clothing was disinfected with Zyklon-B.

There were 4 large homicidal gas chambers at the 425-acre Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, plus two old farmhouses where Jews were routinely  gassed with the deadly poison called Zyklon-B, which was also used to kill lice.

Ruins of Krema II gas chamber

Ruins of Krema II gas chamber

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

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Seventy-one years after the Holocaust, a concentration camp survivor told his story about his father saved his life while at the deadly concentration camp Auschwitz.

On Sunday, Nate Leipciger, 88, shared his remarkable survivor story at the annual Saskatoon Holocaust Memorial at the Agudas Israel Synagogue on McKinnon Avenue in Saskatoon [Canada].

He told the packed room how, as a boy in Auschwitz, he didn’t fully grasp what the Nazis had in store for the Jews.

“At 11 years old, I had no idea that the Nazis are going to murder us,” Leipciger said. “Not even when I was standing in front of the gas chamber in Auschwitz, did it occur to me that my life was going to be in danger.”

The article continues with this quote:

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He [Nate Leipciger] told the audience how at one point, he found himself in line for the deadly gas chamber. But his father acted fast, pulling Leipciger out of the lineup, taking him into the concentration camp, where he then saw the unforgiving labour camps and conditions men and women lived in.

That’s when we found out what they were doing to our people, they told us, that our people are now being processed in the gas chamber and that our lifespan in Birkenau was four months–either we get shipped out to Germany or we will end up in the gas chamber. Not a very good future.”

His father’s second heroic moment came when the Nazis were ready to ship Leipciger’s father to a factory in Germany, but his father made a case to a Nazi officer to bring his son along with him.

“At the risk of his own life my father approached [a Nazi officer] and begged him to let me go with him to Germany to a factory and that’s how I was saved from certain death of gassing at Auschwitz,” Leipciger said.

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My photo of a fence that divided the men's camp from the wo

My photo of a fence that divided sections of the Birkenau camp

The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is huge, covering 425 acres. The boundaries of the Birkenau camp stretch a mile in one direction and a mile and a half in the other direction. When construction, on the camp, was completed, it had over 300 buildings with a capacity of 200,000 prisoners. The entire Birkenau camp was enclosed by an electrified barbed wire fence around the perimeter of the camp.

The interior of the camp was divided into nine sections and each section was surrounded by another electrified barbed wire fence. Men and women were in separate sections, and the younger children stayed in the women’s section. An 11-year-old boy would probably have been put into the women’s camp.

Young boys walking out of the Birkenau camp after it was liberated

Young boys walking out of the Birkenau camp after it was liberated

There were many young boys, aged 11 or younger, who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

January 28, 2016

Edith Eger is still out telling her sad Holocaust story to American students

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:38 pm
Holocaust Survivor who is still out speaking to American students

Holocaust Survivor who is still out speaking to American students

I previously blogged about Edith Eger on these two blog posts:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/holocaust-survivor-turned-cartwheels-at-auschwitz/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/the-ballerina-of-auschwitz-is-still-alive-and-still-kicking/

Now Edith Eger is back in the news:

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-0128-holocaust-survivor-20160127-story.html

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

Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet forces on Jan. 27, 1945. Having survived disease and slave labor in the camp, [Edith] Eger immigrated to the United States in 1949.

She became a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. She now lives in La Jolla [California].

Eger also is a great-grandmother to three boys whom she calls her greatest pride and joy.

“I was always told [in Auschwitz] that the only way I was going to get out was as a corpse,” Eger said. “I knew that on any day I could be beaten or sent to the gas chamber. But I knew no matter what, they could never murder my spirit.”

Another date, known as Yom Hashoah at the beginning of May, also is dedicated within the Jewish community to remembering the Holocaust, Keller said.
Copyright © 2016, Daily Pilot

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I marvel at how Holocaust Survivors are able to carry on, visiting colleges to educate young people about the greatest crime in the world — the Holocaust.  I often wonder why these people are so healthy and hearty in their old age.

 

November 29, 2015

Holocaust survivor who ate grass between the rails on the train tracks to Auschwitz

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:40 pm

Today, I read a story about Holocaust survivors, which you can read in full here.

The following quote is from the news story:

One woman was packed into a boxcar bound for Auschwitz. So crowded, no one could sit down. People began to starve. The woman, who was a girl then, was extraordinarily tall, with very long arms. There was a hole in the boxcar floor. When the train would stop, she was able to reach her long arms down through the hole and pull up handfuls of grass.

That’s how she survived.

By eating grass.

Railroad tracks usually don't have grass growing between the rails

Railroad tracks usually don’t have grass growing between the rails

This story caught my attention because, as a child, I lived in a house near the railroad tracks that went through my town. I used to put pennies on the track, so that the trains would flatten them.  This was probably a dangerous thing to do, since this might have derailed a train.  But nothing happened, and here I am today, writing a blog.

From my childhood experience, I know that grass does not grow in the middle of the tracks, as long as there are trains traveling on the tracks.  When the tracks are no longer being used, there might be some grass growing between the rails.

I took this photo of some abandoned tracks going into the SS camp at Dachau

I took this photo of some abandoned tracks going into the SS camp at Dachau

 

Another photo which I took of the same tracks at Dachau

Another photo which I took of the same tracks at Dachau

This quote is from the same news article:

World War II ended 70 years ago; children who survived the Holocaust are now in their 80s, adults in their 90s. Nearly 140,000 survivors live in the U.S.

In 15 years, most survivors will be dead.

That’s why Pregulman — who graduated from McCallie School, splits his time between Memphis and Denver, is the son of Merv and Helen Pregulman and grandson of Garrison and Goldie Siskin, founders of Siskin Children’s Institute — began his portrait project, taking survivor photographs as an act of memory and honor.

“To be sure they are not forgotten,” he said.

I believe that stories like this do more harm than good for the Holocaust industry.

 

November 13, 2013

Woman survives Hitler during a lecture

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:50 pm

This headline: “Fairfield woman describes surviving Hitler during lecture” is on a news story, which you can real in full here:

Did the Fairfield woman also “throw Mama from the train a kiss”?  (Like the mother in the Patti Page song from 1956)

According to the news article, Hitler was the “ultimate bully.”  Hitler came back to bully this woman during a lecture, but she survived.

This quote is from the news article:

A native of Czechoslovakia, Schorr was arrested with her family in 1939 when she was 8. Her parents and brother were killed, but her courage helped her to survive at several concentration camps, including Terezin [Theresienstadt], Auschwitz, and as a slave laborer in Hamburg. She was finally liberated when she reached Bergen-Belsen.

Another quote from the news article:

Schorr discussed “the planned dehumanization” of the Holocaust and discussed surviving such horrors as the loss of family, starvation, enduring medical experiments and escaping the gas chambers.

That was their plan: Take away your humanity, take away your courage and take away what is called humankind,” she said. “You more or less lived like an animal. All you saw was a gigantic mountain of black smoke — the smoke of innocent people.”

Her story sounds like the standard Holocaust story to me.  Hundreds of survivors are out on the lecture circuit today telling similar stories.  With all of these survivors, “whom did Hitler kill?” as the author of the book, The Holocaust Industry famously asked.

December 13, 2011

the remarkable story of Martin Hecht, a Holocaust survivor

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:41 am

Martin Hecht was among the Hungarian Jews who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau to be gassed in the Spring of 1944.  He was born in the town of Ruskova in Transylvania on March 2, 1931, so he was 13 years old when he arrived at Birkenau.  According to the book Auschwitz, a New History by Laurence Rees, published in 2005, almost one half of all the Jews that were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau were Hungarian Jews who were gassed within a period of 10 weeks in 1944. Up until the Spring of 1944, it had been the three Operation Reinhard camps at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor, that were the main Nazi killing centers for the Jews, not Auschwitz.

Hungarian children under the age of 15, walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A booklet which I purchased from the Auschwitz Museum stated that 434,351 of the Hungarian Jews were gassed upon arrival. If these figures are correct, only 3,051 Hungarian Jews, out of the 437,402 who were sent to Auschwitz, were registered in the camp. However, the former Auschwitz Museum director, Francizek Piper, wrote that 28,000 Hungarian Jews were registered at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Men selected to work were registered at Auschwitz-Birkenau and given a uniform with no prison number

Martin Hecht was only 13 years old, too young to work, when he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, so how did he manage to survive?  Children under 15 and adults over 45 were automatically sent to the gas chamber on the day that they arrived. Those who were selected to work were given a prison number but the photo above shows that the number was not put on the uniform, as Martin Hecht told a Ynetnews reporter.  Martin said that he did not get a tattoo on his arm.

According to an article which you can read in full on Ynetnews.com here, there were many times that Martin could have died while in captivity, but by some miracle, he survived.   (more…)

May 19, 2010

Another “Holocaust survivor” exposed as a fraud

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:08 am

In the recent news on the Internet, there are a lot of articles about Rosemarie Pence, who allegedly survived the Dachau concentration camp and went on to become an Olympic athlete.  It has now been revealed that Rosemarie’s story is total fiction, but for years, people believed her and she earned fees for speaking to students in American schools. A book about her, entitled From Dachau to the Olympics and Beyond was written by Jean Goodwin Messinger and published in 2005.

Book about Rosemarie Pence, alias “Hannah”

Rosemarie claims that her birth name was Hannah and that she is Jewish; she told the author of the book that she was sent to Dachau when she was three years old.  Rosemarie is now 72 years old, so she was born in 1938 and she was allegedly sent to Dachau in 1941 at the age of three.

Here is a tip for future authors of Holocaust survivor stories:  If a female Holocaust survivor claims that she was sent to Dachau in 1941 at the age of three, don’t believe it.  Dachau was mainly a camp for men; there were very few children there until the very last days before the camp was liberated when children from other camps were brought to Dachau.

The Nazis did not begin rounding up all  the Jews to send them to camps until February 1942, after the Wannsee Conference which took place on January 20, 1942.  The Jews were sent to camps in the East in 1942, not to Dachau, which was a camp mainly for political prisoners.  It turns out that Rosemarie Pence is not even Jewish.

Rosemarie has a scar on her arm which she claims is from the removal of her tattoo.  Only prisoners at Auschwitz were tattooed with a number. The old black and white photo on the cover of Messinger’s book shows child survivors of Auschwitz, but  I’m not sure if Rosemarie claimed to have been in Auschwitz.  (I haven’t read the book.)

Even though it was obvious to anyone who knows anything about the Holocaust that Rosemarie’s story was fiction, it took five years or more before she was exposed as a fraud.

The moral of this story is:  Use your heads, people!  If a story sounds unbelievable, it is most likely false.  Don’t fall for every Holocaust survivor story that you hear.

March 20, 2010

Theresienstadt survivor tells British school children about Red Cross visit

Theresienstadt is a former military fort in what is now the Czech Republic; during World War II, the Nazis turned it into a concentration camp for the prominent Jews, including many artists and musicians. Theresienstadt is now known as Terezin.

Theresienstadt is famous for die Verschönerung, the beautification program in which the Nazis cleaned up the ghetto in preparation for a visit on June 23, 1944 by two Swiss delegates of the International Red Cross and two representatives of the government of Denmark. (more…)

February 13, 2010

Holocaust survivor turned cartwheels at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Upon arrival at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the Jews had to go through a selection process, as shown in the photo below.  Dr. Josef Mengele was one of 36 SS men that decided who would live and who would die.

Selection for the gas chamber or work at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Every Auschwitz survivor has his or her own unique story about how they beat the odds. Some lied about their age when they went through the selection line, claiming that they were 4 or 5 years older than they actually were, so that they would be selected for work. Some jumped off the truck  that was taking them to the gas chamber. A few lucked out because the gas chamber was already full by the time they got there. Others survived  because they could play a musical instrument or paint pictures.

Then there is Holocaust survivor, Dr. Edith Eger, who not only survived Auschwitz, but also Mauthausen and Gunskirchen, two of the worst camps in the Nazi system.

According to a news article in the Del Mar Times, written by Delores Davies on Feb. 11, 2010,  Edith  “foiled an attempt to drag her to the gas chamber by disorienting a guard by doing a cartwheel and the splits.”

Dr. Josef Mengele, Commandant Rudolf Hoess, and Josef Kramer

Delores Davies also wrote the following in her article about Dr. Edith Eger:

“At Auschwitz, Eger, who was a talented gymnast as a child, was selected by SS officer and physician Josef Mengele to dance for him when he visited the barracks. As a token of thanks, Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, would give her a piece of bread.”

You can read the full article about Dr. Edith Eger here.

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