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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.