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June 28, 2016

Auschwitz guards put wounded prisoner Max Eisen on a stretcher to carry him to the gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:02 pm
Max Eisen was saved when he was pulled off a stregher taking him to the gas chamber

Max Eisen was saved when he was pulled off a stretcher, as he was being carried to the gas chamber

You can read the full story of Max Eisen in this news article: http://bcc.rcav.org/canadian/6355-holocaust-survivor-tells-story-of-his-lucky-escape

Begin quote from news article, cited above:

Canadian Max Eisen shares his experience surviving Auschwitz and the Holocaust in his new memoir “By Chance Alone.” Michael Swan / The Catholic Register.

[…]

As students ask him [Max Eisen] again how he found the will to survive even after his father and uncle had been gassed and he was living alone in the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] camp, Eisen again talks about family.

“We were living in a place where life was not worth a plugged nickel. My father tried to instil [instill] in me the will to go on,” he said. “You needed to be very resilient and you needed a lot of luck.”

Luck came in the form of a Polish doctor in the camp who treated Eisen for a serious head wound that resulted from a run-in with one of the SS guards.

He [Eisen] was still weak and woozy after his treatment, so the guards put Eisen on a stretcher to carry him to the gas chambers. The doctor pulled him off the stretcher, gave him a lab coat, and made him his cleaner and general dogsbody.

Doctor wearing a white lab coat

Doctor wearing a white lab coat

The story of Max Eisen illustrates how nice the Nazis were. After Eisen had a “run in” with an SS guard, he was not left lying wounded on the ground. No, he was carried ON A STRETCHER to a gas chamber so that he could have a proper Holocaust death.

February 19, 2016

Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Henning on trial in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am
Hungarian Jews walking to the gas chamber with no supervision

Hungarian Jews walking to the gas chamber with no supervision, carrying their pails

Hungarian women who have been selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian women, who were selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau, had their heads shaved

The headline below is on top of an article about Reinhold Henning, a former German soldier, who is currently on trial in Germany, accused of being an accessory to the murder of Jews in the Holocaust.

Canadian Holocaust survivor to testify at trial of former Auschwitz guard

This quote is from the news article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canadian-holocaust-survivor-to-testify-at-trial-of-former-auschwitz-guard/article28792520/

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After Max Eisen was deported to Auschwitz in 1944, his mother and three siblings were immediately gassed and the 15-year-old boy was assigned to a gruelling work unit draining marshland outside the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] camp. [Reinhold Henning was a guard at the Auschwitz 1 camp]

[…]

Mr. Eisen is [currently] in the old German town of Detmold, where he will testify on Thursday morning, one of several Canadian Holocaust survivors expected to take the stand in one of the last Auschwitz court cases, the trial of 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, [Henning] a former guard.

[…]

Mr. [Reinhold] Henning admits he was a guard in the infamous camp in occupied Poland, but says he was posted at Auschwitz I, which was first set up as a concentration camp in 1940, rather than the Birkenau satellite camp, where the mass gassing took place in later years.

His time in the camp overlaps with the most murderous phase in Auschwitz history, when more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews were deported in the summer of 1944. Three quarters of them were sent to the gas chambers on arrival.

[…]
The former guards being prosecuted  [including Reinhold Henning] are in their 90s. The survivors, then children or teenagers, are in their 80s. The youngest [survivor], Montrealer Angela Orosz, is 71. She was born in Auschwitz one month before it was liberated in January, 1945.

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Wait a minute! Angela Orosz was “born in Auschwitz.”  How is that possible?  Men and women were housed in separate barracks in separate sections at Auschwitz. Besides that, if women became pregnant at Auschwitz, the babies were immediately killed, by the Nazis, as soon as they were born. Everyone knows that!

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews who have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944

I wrote about the deportation of the Hungarian Jews on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/HungarianJews.html

 

May 28, 2015

The horror of death by gassing is revealed in the trial of Nazi perpetrator Oskar Groeing

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:55 am
Oskar Groening as a young man who worked as a bookkeeper at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Oskar Groening as a young man when he worked as a bookkeeper at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

“Prosecutor Jens Lehmann described in detail in the indictment against [Oskar] Groening how the victims in the gas chamber were wedged so tightly together ‘that they could only be separated by axe blows’.”

I have read many accounts, written by the Sonderkommandos who had to remove the dead prisoners from the gas chambers, about how the bodies were piled up in the gas chambers after they had been gassed, but none of them ever mentioned that they had to separate the bodies with an axe.

This quote is also from the news article:

The trial of [Oskar Groening] a former SS guard has heard how the Nazis used a lethal pesticide [Zyklon-B] to slowly and painfully kill over one million victims of the Holocaust.

Oskar Groening, now 93, a former accountant at Auschwitz, is on trial in Luneburg, Germany, for his involvement in the deaths of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at a Nazi camp in Poland in 1944.

Today an expert delved into the horrendous properties of Zyklon-B gas, the pesticide used in the concentration camp death chambers.

Dr Sven Anders, 44, a coroner from the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, told how Zyklon-B which ‘attacks the brain’, causes extreme pain, violent seizures and kills anyone who inhales it from cardiac arrest ‘within seconds’.

Dr Anders told how the gas was originally produced as a pesticide to cleanse large buildings like warehouses and barracks.

Note that the article does not mention that the Zyklon-B gas was also used to disinfect the clothing of the prisoners in an effort to prevent deaths from typhus which is spread by lice.
However, the reporter who wrote this article does get extra points for mentioning that the barracks of the prisoners were fumigated with Zyklon-B to kill the lice. The Nazis could have saved a lot of time and money by NOT fumigating the barracks, allowing the prisoners to die of typhus.
This surprising quote from the news article mentions that the prisoners were allowed to send postcards to their families:
At one previous hearing Max Eisen, a camp survivor who was deported to Auschwitz with his family when he was 15, described how people were given postcards to be sent to relatives saying they were working on a farm and life was good.
I had to do a google search to find out if it is really true that prisoners in the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau were allowed to send postcards. I found this information on my own website.
The following quote is from my scrapbookpages website:

The Czech prisoners from Theresienstadt were housed inside Aushwitz-Birkenau in a special “Family Camp,” surrounded by electrified barbed wire, where men, women and children were allowed to live in separate barracks, but inside the same enclosure. In two successive actions, according to information given by the Auschwitz Museum, the Jews in the Family Camp were gassed on March 3, 1944 and again on July 11 and 12, 1944.According to Ruth Elias, a prisoner in the family camp who wrote a book entitled Triumph of Hope, the prisoners in the Family Camp were instructed to send letters and postcards to friends and family members before they were gassed in the first action on March 3, 1944. These prisoners had arrived at Birkenau six months before they were killed.

So it turns out that the Nazis were not so bad, after all. They had the decency to allow some of the prisoners to send a postcard to their families to let them know that they were alright — before they were gassed to death.