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May 23, 2016

Pregnant women and their babies survived because the Nazis ran out of gas the day before

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:09 pm

Stop laughing, all you disbelieving deniers! There were actually Jewish women and their babies who survived the Nazi plan to kill all the Jews in gas chambers.

This news article tells the story:

Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden is on the left; the woman on the right is Hannah Berger Moran, who was born in a Nazi death camp and survived.

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“But some wonderful things happened and again luck played a part,” [Wendy] Holden said. “They [the pregnant women] arrived on April 29, 1945. The gas in Mauthausen-Gusen [had] ran out April 28. Hitler killed himself on April 30.

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What a difference a day makes!

But I am getting ahead of the story. The news article begins with this quote:

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Technology plays an important role in society, but it also poses a danger with its ability to disseminate hateful messages and propaganda to people all over the world, according to Sara J. Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

“Hitler once said, ‘Propaganda is truly a terrible weapon in the hands of an expert,’ and the unprecedented challenge that we now face, and that our grandchildren and their children will face, is that with the internet, anyone’s an expert,” said Bloomfield during the museum’s annual “What You Do Matters” luncheon May 19. About 425 people attended the event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

The event featured Wendy Holden, author of “Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope,” and Hana Berger Moran, a child Holocaust survivor and the daughter of one of the mothers written about in Holden’s book.

The book tells the story of how three young mothers survived through various concentration and labor camps and the harrowing way they gave birth and kept their newborn babies safe from the Nazis.

Holden said she developed the idea for the book after stumbling across an obituary a few years ago of a woman who had survived Auschwitz when she was a baby.

“It occurred to me that I had never before read anything about babies who had survived the Holocaust, and I thought that’s probably because there weren’t any,” Holden said.

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One would think that the Nazis would have made sure that the supply of Zyklon-B gas pellets did not run out.  Especially near the end, when they were desperate to kill all the Jews before they lost the war.

You can read all about the Mauthausen camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/introduction.html

You can read all about the Mauthausen gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/index.html

Caution: Don’t deny that there was a gas chamber at Mauthausen unless you want to risk going to prison in the 19 countries that now have Holocaust denial laws.  For the time being, you are relatively safe in America, but don’t push your luck.

 

 

May 19, 2015

New book by Wendy Holden tells about new-born babies who survived the Holocaust

New book by Wendy tells about babies born to mothers in concentration camps, who survived

New book by Wendy Holden tells about babies born to mothers in a concentration camp

The cover of Wendy Holden’s book shows a photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The prisoners, about whom she writes in her book, were originally sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Mauthausen was the only Class III camp in the Nazi concentration  camp system. It was for criminals, who were classified as “return unwanted.”  There were no female prisoners at Mauthausen until the last days of the war, when women were transferred there because Russian soldiers were on their way to liberate the three Auschwitz camps.

You can read a news article here about survivors of the Holocaust who were born in concentration camps during World War II.

The news article tells about survivors of the Mauthausen camp who honored their liberator, U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Kosiek, a 28-year-old son of Polish immigrants living in Chicago, [who] led the platoon of 23 men who liberated 40,000 prisoners from Mauthausen and other nearby camps in Gusen. He also handled the surrender of 1,800 German soldiers.

I wrote about the liberation of Mauthausen in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/mauthausen-liberation/

I wrote about the Mauthausen camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/index.html

This quote is from the news article:

U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Kosiek, a 28-year-old son of Polish immigrants living in Chicago, led the platoon of 23 men who liberated 40,000 prisoners from Mauthausen and other nearby camps in Gusen. He also handled the surrender of 1,800 German soldiers,

“He really didn’t talk much about it,” says his oldest son, Larry Kosiek, 67, of Mount Prospect. “When we were studying World War II in school, I said, ‘Well, you were in the Army. Tell me about it.’ And he gave me this: a letter he had written to his mother.”

As platoon leader, Sgt. Kosiek was moving his troops through the foothills of the Austrian Alps in the waning days of World War II when Red Cross workers told him about the camp and the Nazi guards’ plan to abandon the site after killing all the prisoners so as to leave no witnesses to tell about the gas chambers and mass executions.

Note that the article mentions “gas chambers” [plural]. As far as I know, there was only one “gas  chamber” at Mauthausen, which was in the shower room. You can read about the one and only Mauthausen gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/GasChamberEntrance.html

The following quote is also from the news article. See if you can spot a huge mistake in this quote:

In addition to Olsky and her newborn son, Slovak teacher Priska Lowenbeinova and her newborn daughter, Hana, and Anka Bergman, and her newborn daughter, Eva, were found. All the women had hidden their pregnancies from infamous SS inquisitor Dr. Josef Mengele, who sent them to Auschwitz instead of having them killed. They all ended up at Mauthausen, the final concentration camp to be liberated.

Bergman, whose husband and baby boy died in the camp at Auschwitz, went into labor at the shock of arriving at Mauthausen. Her daughter, Eva Clarke, who now lives in England, said her mother told her there was an order to kill all babies, but one guard intervened. “I haven’t seen a baby in years,” said the guard, who wanted to hold and play with the infant. When the Americans arrived, the malnourished baby was sick and near death, until a U.S. medic gave her a dose of a new drug called penicillin.

The three moms all infused their babies with the importance of living lives in defiance of Hitler’s plan to extinguish them all.

If Hitler had a “plan to extinguish them all,” he failed miserably.

Did you notice the mistake in the  news article?  Dr.  Mengele was a doctor at Auschwitz, yet he sent the women  to Auschwitz. Who knows what the writer was trying to say.

This quote is also from the news article:

“Nobody can identify with 6 million people. Everybody can identify with one family,” says [Eva] Clarke, who lives in England and tells her story to schools and charities.

I wrote about Eva Clarke on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/holocaust-survivor-was-born-in-mauthausen-concentration-camp/

and on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/holocaust-survivor-eva-clarke/

As is customary in today’s journalism, only one side of the story was told in this news article  —  the  side of the  Holocaustians.

I also wrote about Mauthausen in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/holocaust-survivor-who-was-sent-to-the-mauthausen-gas-chamber-the-day-before-the-camp-was-liberated/

According to Deborah Lipstadt, there is only one side to the story of the Holocaust.  I wrote about this on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/denying-the-holocaust/