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Holohoax Tales - Hot Jews sizzled to death when Nazis cooled them down with water

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Holocaust survivor Jack Betteil tells his story
 
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Holohoax Tales (Irene Zisblatt) - Escaped the gas chamber by hiding in the roof

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Irene Zisblatt tells another one of her tales. She escaped the gas chamber by hiding in the roof of the gas chamber then catching a train to another labour camp.
 
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Holohoax Tales - Spared the Dachau gas chamber

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Testimony of Leo Wolf. Interviewed 8-2-06 by Marci Rosenberg through the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis.

Leo Claims he was spared the Dachau gas chamber by a German doctor because he was 'Too Good'.

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Holohoax Tales - Spared Gas Chamber by telling Bad Jokes

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Werner Reich explains how he was spared execution because Dr Mengele didn't like his jokes...how Bizarre.

From Last Eyewitness Project Produced and Directed by Sandi Bachom and Mikal Reich
 
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Holohoax Tales - Herman Rosenblat Tells his Apple Love Story

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Herman Rosenblat tells his story of how his lover Roma thew him apples in the Auschwitz concentration camp to producers Abi Sirokh and Harris Salomon.

 
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Flawlessly efficient gas chamber fails

Dated: May 24, 2001

Holocaust Survivors Visit School

By JASON STRAIT, Associated Press Writer

Thursday May 24 4:06 AM ET

WHITWELL, Tenn. (AP) — For two years, students at Whitwell Middle School collected paper clips with the goal of reaching 6 million — one for each Jew killed in the Holocaust.

On Wednesday, as they wrapped up a project that had far exceeded their expectations, they began putting faces and names with the statistics through firsthand accounts from survivors of the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.

Rachel Gleitman, now 77 and among four survivors who traveled from New York to the school in southeast Tennessee, told the students how close she came to being a victim of the Holocaust.

She recalled standing in a gas chamber at Auschwitz with her sister and aunt, but the gas never came. Years later she learned that only a mechanical error had spared their lives.

“I remember getting goose bumps right here,” said Gleitman, touching her chest over her heart. “I was in that group.”

Bernie Igielski, another survivor, said he narrowly avoided being sent to a crematorium three times and finally escaped during a two-mile death march to a gas chamber. […]

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Gas chambers at Bergen-Belsen

Dated: November 14, 2000

Sigi Ziering; Tycoon Survived Nazi Camps

• Executive Became a Philanthropy and High-Tech Leader

By: MYRNA OLIVER TIMES STAFF WRITER

Obituaries

Los Angeles Times, Home Edition

Tuesday, November 14, 2000

It must have been the “training” of the Holocaust, the self-described workaholic speculated to Fortune magazine a couple of years ago. “Unless you work,” he said, “you are destined for the gas chamber.”

And work he did — as a teenager relocated to the ghetto in Riga, Latvia, then to Fuhlsbuttel prison near Hamburg, Germany, and on to a Kiel concentration camp. He survived the Nazis but never stopped working until about a year ago, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Sigi Ziering, who turned a chemist’s bright idea into Diagnostic Products Corp., one of Los Angeles’ most successful international high-tech companies, died Sunday. He was 72.

[…]

Toward the end of the war, the Zierings were moved to the Fuhlsbuttel prison. Every week, they watched Nazis load 10 or so Jews into a truck destined for Bergen-Belsen and the gas chambers. “With German precision,” Ziering told Fortune in 1998, “the guards went at their job alphabetically — and never got to Z.”

Later, the Zierings were marched to a Kiel concentration camp, where males were routinely murdered if they failed a physical test — running a mile carrying a heavy piece of wood. Ziering and his brother passed.

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Bergen-Belsen Gassing Lies



http://vho.org/GB/Journals/JHR/13/6/Weber24.html

Bergen-Belsen Camp: The Suppressed Story

http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v15/v15n3p23_Weber.html
 
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Slippery Soap

Dated: September 25, 2000

Book revisits horrifying question about the Holocaust
•Atlanta man says Nazis made soap of Jews


Before sunrise on a cold March morning in 1970, a rabbi and an architect slipped over the fence to Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta to scout out a burial site for four bars of soap.

A hasty funeral service was conducted later that afternoon — Jewish law required quick interment for the green-gray cakes, which had surfaced days before. About 35 people, most of them survivors of European concentration camps, gathered around a small hole dug at the base of the local Holocaust memorial.

None had any doubt that the soap bars were made from human beings.

The architect, Ben Hirsch, devoted a chapter to the incident in a memoir published this spring and urged scholars to take a closer look at the topic.

[…]

Most of “Different Drummer” is devoted to Hirsch’s experience as a U.S. soldier in post-war Germany. But in the 10 pages of Chapter 23, he expresses his disappointment in the verdict of historians on Nazi soap-making. He cites the example of his uncle, a chemist who was forced to work in Auschwitz making soap. […]

Hirsch says his uncle, who died in the 1950s, confessed to Hirsch’s brother that he had saved his own life by using human corpses — something that historians say never happened.

Hirsch also tells the story of the four bars of soap in Atlanta. They were found by a Jewish soldier who was part of a U.S. force that liberated a concentration camp near Stettin, Germany, near Frankfurt. The soldier saw the soap cakes, which had been stamped “RIF.”

Historians say the initials stand for Reich Industrie Fett, or Reich Industrial Fat. But at the time, the “I” was widely interpreted as a “J”, and the initials for Reines Juden Fett — or Pure Jewish Fat.

[…]

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Jim Galloway
Staff Writer
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 25, 2000
www.ajc.com
Alternate headline: “Bizarre burial prods Holocaust angst.”

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Human Soap

RICHARD HARWOOD & DITLIEB FELDERER

http://www.vho.org/GB/Journals/JHR/1...er131-139.html

'Jewish Soap'

By Mark Weber

http://www.daemuk.ch/jewish_soap_mark_weber.html
 
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Woman captivates students with tales of life in Nazi death camp

Dated: May 13, 2000


LANDIS — “My number is 34042.”

Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz can never forget that number. Living through two years in a Nazi death camp during World War II carved it on her mind like Adolf Hitler’s Nazis tattooed it in blue on her left forearm.

Cernyak-Spatz survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Germany’s five death camps […].

[…]

Cernyak-Spatz was, she says, lucky. When she arrived at Birkenau in 1943, she was 18 years old and childless, good for labor. Preteen girls, women past their mid-30s and women with children went straight to the gas chamber, she said.

[…]

Cernyak-Spatz […] is a retired language professor. She still teaches one course a year on the Holocaust at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and travels extensively speaking about it.

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“He didn’t exterminate a race,” Cernyak-Spatz said of Hitler. “He exterminated innocent babies, old people, young people, brilliant writers, brilliant artists, brilliant scientists … for no other reason than he wanted it.”

[…]

Then the soldiers started killing them. At first, German SS soldiers forced Jews to dig a pit, then lined them up and knocked them into the pit with bullets from their machine guns — line after line of Jews.

[…]

It also cost a lot of ammunition, which the German army decided it couldn’t afford with a war going on. So the Nazis looked for a more efficient means of mass murder.

They settled first on trucks, into which they packed Jews and ran carbon monoxide exhaust. But they could only kill about 150 people at a time that way, so they built the death camps.

[…]

So fierce was Hitler’s hatred, trains carrying Jews to the death camps were given priority even over troop trains carrying soldiers to battle, Cernyak-Spatz said. When she stepped off the train and onto the platform at Birkenau, the results assaulted her senses.

The first thing you noticed was an absolutely incredible stink,” she said. The noxious, sickly sweet odor hung in the air with a dusky vapor billowing from smokestacks and staining the distant sky, she said.

[…]

Then they took them directly in the direction of that smoke,” Cernyak-Spatz said. Soon, those who survived learned what burned in those buildings.

Guards led prisoners into the large buildings, told them to take off their clothes, hang them on hooks. And remember, tie your shoe laces together, they said, so you don’t lose a shoe.

The Nazis had told Jews to dress in their warmest clothes for the journey to the “work” camps, Cernyak-Spatz said. After the gas chambers, they gathered those clothes for their own use.

For the years during the war, “that is how the whole German nation was clothed … in the clothing and property of dead Jews,” she said.

[…]

The mass killings in the gas chambers took only about eight minutes, Cernyak-Spatz said. For those not selected to die right away, death could come more slowly, usually after a couple of months of hard labor and near starvation.

[…]

“Infection in Birkenau went directly into gangrene,” she said. “And you were ready for the gas.”

[…]

Newly arrived prisoners got a bowl — only a bowl, no utensils. They used it to eat and drink. And when they had to, when a guard wouldn’t let them use a bucket outside at night, to eliminate their own bodily waste.

When they had to do that, they dumped the waste out beside their bunks, which were stacked three high. Cernyak-Spatz said one of the first lessons at Birkenau was “to find a top bunk.”

[…]

Between 1,500 and 2,000 Jews died in the chambers at Birkenau every day. Some went willingly, Cernyak-Spatz said.

[…]

She also survived scabies, hepatitis, scarlet fever and probably other illnesses, she said.

[…]


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www.salisburypost.com/2000may/051300a.htm
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No light, no smoke, no stench, no holes: no "Holocaust"!

Robert Faurisson

25 June 1999

In addition to: "No holes, no « Holocaust »!", one may add:

"And no light, no smoke, no stench",

in accord with Dr Maurice Rossel, member of the International Committee of the Red Cross who, in September 1944, visited the Commandant of the Auschwitz camp (see "Sur Auschwitz, un document capital de la Croix-Rouge internationale", Ecrits révisionnistes (1974-1998), p. 219-224, as published in Mémoire en défense, 1980, p. 241-247).

This morning in the Washington Post (p. C1, C8) there appeared a long article by Mark Fisher, "The Truth That Can Only Hurt", reviewing Claude Lanzmann's recent "documentary" film A Visitor from the Living, about the above-named Dr Rossel. Extracts:

Lanzmann moves in, his short, calm questions presented like invitations to a dance, with all the proper flourishes and courtesies.

"Did you know you were in an extermination camp?"

"I didn't know the scale it had reached", Rossel says, and for the first time, he is looking off, just slightly away.

"Did you see a light glimmering?" It seems the Poles in nearby villages have told Lanzmann that they saw this light from Auschwitz, this reflection of horror.

"I saw none, no smoke," Rossel says.

"No stench?"

"No stench."

http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v18/v18n3p29b_Faurisson.html
 
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No breakfast for breakfast

Dated: March 29, 2000

History lesson in person
• Teens hear from Auschwitz survivor


By Shelly Whitehead, Post staff reporter

Publication date: 03-29-00

For awhile, Gene Deutsch’s teen-age years had been as carefree as those of the Dayton, Ky., students he talked with Tuesday: He liked to walk to school with his girlfriend, and he loved his family very much.

Then his world changed. It was 1943. Deutsch lived in Hungary. And he was Jewish.

“When we arrived at Auschwitz,” said Deutsch, a Cincinnati businessman recalling the day he rolled into the Nazi concentration camp in a crowded boxcar, “there was a sign that said in German, ‘Work will make you free.’ When people got off the train, most were directed to what they called the bathhouse, which was where the killing took place.

“Confusion soon took over. Children screamed for their mothers as they became lost. There was blood everywhere. The SS guards picked up the children who were screaming and hauled them away. And the poison gas was poured into the gas chambers from the outside so the people closest to the vents were the first to die. The others kept screaming for their life, but after about ten minutes, everything was quiet.”

[…]

Deutsch’s account of his first day at Auschwitz — and the last day to see his family — drew the rapt attention Tuesday of the junior history students he was speaking to in the school’s library. For two hours the students listened, watched and questioned continually.

[…]

“When were you allowed to eat,” a student wondered. “What did they give you?”

In the morning for breakfast — there was no breakfast. We were supposed to have tea, but all it was was warm water. Then they took us to the camp and for lunch we had potatoes if they had them, but most of the time we got dog meat or mice… In the evening, back at camp, bread was issued, but it was black bread with a small piece of margarine added to it.”

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Too old to be gassed

Dated: February 21, 2000

Private hell of a charming rabbi

Chasing Shadows

Hugo Gryn with Naomi Gryn

Viking, £16.99

Reviewed by Hyam Maccoby

Rabbi Hugo Gryn was well known as the genial contributor of Jewish wisdom to the radio programme The Moral Maze. […]

Yet, despite his bonhomie, no one had a deeper experience of human misery and human evil. As a youth, brought up in a wealthy, loving and pious family, he was plunged into the hell of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. Most of his family perished, but he survived by good luck and at times good judgment. He was one of the very few who actually entered a gas chamber at Auschwitz and lived to tell the tale (he had somehow wandered into a crowd of children marked down for gassing and was sent out by a meticulous guard at the last moment as over-age).

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[…] They were eventually gassed in Auschwitz. Hugo himself, having escaped the gas chambers by pretending to be a carpenter, was one of the few survivors of the subsequent death march and came within an inch of death from typhus. His father, however, was too ill to survive more than a few days after the liberation. Hugo made his way back to Berehovo and was overjoyed to find his mother alive, the only other survivor of his immediate family.

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No gas today!

Dated: February 10, 2000

“I am here for my wife,” said Dutch veteran John Franken, 77, who was captured and forced into slave labour in a Japanese coal mine three months before the atomic bomb was dropped Hiroshima. “She was at Auschwitz and got sent to the gas chamber three times. She survived because they kept running out of gas.”

Montreal Gazette, February 10 (?), 2000, discussing a demonstration outside the Austrian embassy by Holocaust “survivors” and other Jews.

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‘You could smell the bodies burning …’

Dated: January 18, 2000

Interview by Eve-Ann Prentice

The tattoo has faded with the passing of the years, but memories of the hell that was Auschwitz are as sharp as ever for Anne Frank’s stepsister. The smudged, blue numbers — A/5272 — were indelibly etched on Eva Geiringer’s lower left arm soon after she and the rest of her family arrived at the notorious Nazi twin concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944 after being deported in cattlewagons from The Netherlands…

Now, as one of the few concentration camp survivors, Eva hopes that discussing her experiences will ensure that the evils of race will never rise again. She is promoting a play featuring her own story. She is also helping to launch a series of exhibitions about Anne Frank, the teenage Jewish diarist who chronicled her family’s life in hiding in Amsterdam before being captured and deported to Bergen-Belsen, where she died of typhoid…

Life in the camp was brutal and precarious. Eva caught the typhoid that killed Anne Frank, was forced to break stones and plait ropes for 14 hours a day in the bitter cold of the East European winter, and lived under the constant threat of being “selected” — or sent to the gas chambers if she became too weak to work. “You could smell the incinerators and see the flames shooting out of the top when they had a particularly heavy day burning bodies,” she says.

Eva’s feet became infected with open sores caused by frostbite and she and her mother almost starved to death on the meagre rations of black bread and vegetable water that passed as soup. “It was more than 50 years ago, but I can see everything in front of me today. I remember very, very clearly.”…

The Times, January 18, 2000

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CREMATIONS


When people talk about the millions of people being killed during the “Holocaust”, they seem to forget that the cremation process is the most important part of the equation. If the cremations didn’t keep up with the alleged deaths then testimonies of those “survivors” are thus invalid. They indeed proved to be “invalid”. It was a Holohoax!

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My Five Years in the Death Camps, and How They Grew

Dated: June 12, 1999

The Nazis Killed my Dinner

“My story begins in 1940. When I was nine years old, the Germans took me from my home in Krasnik, Poland. For five years I was a prisoner of the Nazis in 10 death camps, where I saw thousands of men, women and children brutally murdered and starved.

I lived on bread crumbs, sawdust, human remains, and one small prayer for redemption or death — whichever was quicker.”

— Stephan Ross, “Holocaust Survivor Backs Flag Protection,” Manchester Union Leader, Saturday, June 12, 1999, pg. D8

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Fat-free Soap

Dated: May 6, 1999

Death ‘was done manually’ in Croatian concentration camp: witness

Zagreb — A survivor of a Croatian Second World War concentration camp yesterday provided a court trying former camp commander Dinko Sakic with a macabre explanation of the main difference between his camp and those in Nazi Germany.

[…]

Mr. [Josip] Erlih said the Ustasha tried to emulate German camps at one point in late 1944.

“They constructed huge melting pots to make soap but soon gave the idea up. First, there was the smell and second, inmates were so emaciated, without fat, that the process would produce only a liquid, no soaps,” he said.

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by Zoran Radosavljevic
Reuters
National Post (Canada), May 6, 1999, page A13

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It’s Lucky They Weren’t Electrocuted

Dated: May 5, 1999

Auschwitz: truth too painful to believe

Try telling concentration camp survivors that Hitler didn’t exist.

GEORGE RYBA

Sydney Morning Herald

Date: 05/05/99

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For a memorable 3½ years, I was a Polish political prisoner in Auschwitz. Beginning in October 1941, we prisoners were put to work building New Camp No 2 (Birkenau) to accommodate more than 200,000 new prisoners. As a construction electrician, I worked installing electrical power in four gas chambers and the adjacent crematoria. Later, during gassing, wires and cables were often ripped off by victims gasping for air and writhing in the agony of asphyxiation. We had to repair such damage when the still convulsive bodies were being lifted up for cremation.

Dozens of my Jewish friends in the camp died by gassing. Seven of my close non-Jewish friends (five Poles, one Slovene and one Corsican), unable to carry out heavy work when weakened by typhus and malaria, were thrown naked in winter frost, one on top of another, like sardines, screaming onto a truck, 80 to a load, for the 15-minute journey to the gas chamber. In the aftermath of the German defeat at Stalingrad, from the middle of 1943, the Nazis restricted gassing to Jews and Gypsies and still managed to exterminate 1.5 million people before the Red Army liberated Auschwitz in 1945.

I was still there till about three weeks before liberation, when the SS demolition squads were blasting away anything indicative of what had been going on in Auschwitz for nearly five years.

All this I described in painful detail while giving evidence against Himmler’s deputies, Kaltenbrunner and Pohl, and eight SS leaders during the first two main trials of war criminals at Nuremberg in 1945-46. My testimony withstood long and forceful cross-examination by dozens of the best German lawyers defending the Nazi elite.

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George Ryba, a Sydney resident, is a survivor of Auschwitz and was a leader of the camp’s underground resistance.

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Mass executions at Buchenwald

Dated: April 18, 1999

Buchenwald: a reminder of Weimar’s somber past

Both Nazis and Soviets killed prisoners there


MARTA BARBER

Herald Staff Writer

1999 Miami Herald

BUCHENWALD, Germany — Its name can be translated as Beechwood Forest, and many majestic trees of this species still stand on the surrounding areas. But its history can’t be told without revulsion.

A visit to this notorious concentration camp is a must for anyone taking a trip to nearby Weimar, Europe’s Cultural Capital for 1999. Buchenwald not only was one of Hitler’s camps set up to exterminate Jews and Gypsies (1937-1945) …

[…]

At the beginning of 1945, 100,000 prisoners were incarcerated here, making Buchenwald the largest in the German prison-camp system. But nonstop executions and the relentless transportation of men, women and children to death camps elsewhere reduced the numbers dramatically. On the day of liberation, April 11, 1945, only 21,000 prisoners remained in the camp. Many were barely alive.

[…]

This two-level, L-shaped building is not large. Downstairs is a room outfitted with large iron hooks, where bodies of those strangled or poisoned once hung. The bodies would then be placed on a large dumbwaiter-like lift to be taken upstairs to the ovens.

[…]

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Buchenwald: Legend and Reality

By Mark Weber


Buchenwald is widely regarded as one of wartime Germany's most notorious "death camps." In fact, though, this carefully cultivated image bears little resemblance to reality. Today, more than forty years after the end of the Second World War, the camp deserves another, more objective look.

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Into the heart of darkness

Dated: April 10, 1999

Memory: At Auschwitz, the line to the left meant death


Not long ago, Frank Rothman, a retired salesman who lives in Citrus Heights, got a letter from the German government.

Rothman, 76, who made it out of four concentration camps by “luck, luck, and more luck,” lost 37 family members, including his grandmother, his parents, and two sisters, to the Nazis. Suddenly, after nearly 50 years, he was elegible for reparations.

“They offered me a small pension, something like $280 a month,” said Rothman, whom the Third Reich reduced to “A-2543,” the tattoo they burned into his left arm when he was 19.

“I told them it was blood money,” Rothman said, “and that no amount of gold can repay us for the tragic things that happened to us Jews.”

Helen Navi, who, like Rothman, spent time in the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp, can barely bring herself to talk about the $300 she was sent a few years ago: a dollar for every day she spent as a slave laborer working for German munitions manufacturers.

[…]

Rothman and Navi plan to meet for the first time Tuesday at a commemoration at Beth Shalom Temple for Yom Ha-Shoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day.

They will be reflecting on the unspeakable horrors that have lived inside their hearts and minds since the Nazis set out to erase European Jews from the face of the Earth.

This is cruelty a sane person cannot grasp,” Rothman said.

[…]

[…] Jews were forced from their homes and ordered to report to a large, fenced-in plot of land. They wore the yellow Star of David on their clothing and slept on the ground.

[…]

The town’s Jews were jammed into cattle cars where they spent three terrifying days and nights on their journey to the death camp. They had barely a sip of water, a crust of bread; 80 people in a rail car shared a bucket to relieve themselves.

When they were finally let out, they encountered Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who gained infamy for performing tortuous medical experiments on Jews and other prisoners. He decided which Jew should line up to the left, which meant an immediate trip to the gas chamber, and which should go right, which meant slave labor for the Nazi war effort.

Mengele actually saved her life, Navi said, when she tried to sneak behind him to follow her mother, Esther, in the line to the gas chambers. […]

[…]

People were taken away and told they were getting showers,” Navi said. ”There were hundreds of people marching into a big building and no one ever came out the other side. Day after day, week after week, month after month. You saw the smoke from the chimneys, but you didn’t want to believe it could be happening. How could you believe they were gassing and burning thousands of people every day?

Eventually she was sent to a German factory where she stood on her feet for 12 hours a day for about a year splicing tiny wires together for bombs.

I did quite a bit of sabotage, I can tell you. When I knew the head of the Gestapo wasn’t there, I managed to slip quite a few parts in the wastebasket. I was terrified, but I felt worse helping to make weapons for the murderers.”

[…]

To this day, Rothman wishes his father, a modest shoemaker, could have had it in him to lie.

The night he and his family got off the train at Auschwitz, Mengele looked Bernhart Rothman up and down and asked his age. Sixty-one, he answered truthfully. Too old for work, Mengele decided. Off to the left.

Rothman’s mother, two sisters, his 90-year-old grandmother and some 30 other family members followed. In a matter of hours, smoke from their cremated corpses was flowing out of the camp’s giant chimney.

Eighteen months ago, Rothman went back to his home town and took the same train route to Auschwitz, where he had spent a year. […]

[…]

[…] ”There are still ashes on the ground there because tens of thousands of people were burned. The gas chambers could accommodate only 7,000 corpses a day, so they had pits in the fields with fires and they threw the bodies in them to burn. Babies and children were thrown in alive.”

”You cannot exaggerate what the Nazis invented.”


Rothman said he is blessed — or cursed — with a powerful memory. He has nightmares about some of the worst of what he endured. Nothing matched the terror of the Nazis’ “Selektion,” the weeding out of those too weak to work.

”Every month, every fourth Sunday, a Nazi officer came to our camp. We had to line up completely naked. He looked at us and if we looked too skinned or weak, he would make a mark on the body.”

”The first time, I stood there and saw him mark someone to the left of me and then mark someone to the right of me. They were taken out and put on a truck to go to the gas chambers. I wanted to live, so I was relieved I had made it. Then four weeks later, the same thing. This happened seven times to me.”
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Source: Gary Delsohn, The Sacramento Bee, pg. A-1, A-19

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Gerhart Riegner Recalls Attempts to Alert World to Holocaust

Dated: January 11, 1999

GENEVA (AP) — In August 1942, he tried to alert the West about the Nazi plan to annihilate Europe’s Jews. No one responded.

Now, more than half a century later, Gerhart Riegner says the world is still unwilling to accept reports of brutality and mass killings. And worse, he says, the world is still reluctant to act.

“News of the extermination of Jews was so awful that people didn’t believe it. Even people who did know were very reluctant to do anything.

“It’s the same today,” Riegner said, in reference to recent horrors like the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which an estimated half million people were killed.

Riegner, 87, spoke to a small group of journalists recently about his newly published memoirs, which he wrote to show how difficult it was to get the public to accept the truth.

The 680-page book, “Ne Jamais Desperer,” (Never Give Up Hope), describes his life as a World Jewish Congress official, including the dispatch of the now-famous “Riegner cable,” which contained his early account of the systematic killing that became known as the Holocaust.

He maintains that many of the 6 million Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps could have been saved if the United States and Britain had acted when he sounded the alarm.

Although there had been earlier reports of deportations and slayings of Jews, Riegner’s telegram was the first authoritative word that the Nazis actually had a coordinated extermination plan.

“Never did I feel so strongly the sense of abandonment, powerlessness and loneliness as when I sent messages of disaster and horror to the free world and no one believed me,” Riegner wrote.

Born into an intellectual Jewish family in Germany, Riegner’s first experience of anti-Semitism came at age 5, when another schoolboy called him a “dirty little Jew.”

Years later, in 1933, Nazi thugs stood outside his parent’s Berlin house yelling “Jews out! Jews out!” while Riegner sat in the bath, frozen in terror.

Eventually, Riegner, a trained lawyer, moved to Geneva and staffed the office of the newly founded World Jewish Congress.

He was in neutral Switzerland during the war, with a “rucksack filled with basics ready to flee into the mountains” in case of German attack, a false Bolivian passport and an emergency visa for the United States.

Then, on July 29, 1942, Riegner received reliable intelligence from a top German industrialist about Hitler’s plan to deport an estimated 4 million Jews to the East to kill them.

On Aug. 8, 1942, Riegner gave the cable to U.S. representatives in Switzerland, with details of the plan.

U.S. Vice Consul Howard Elting immediately relayed the cable to Washington. But the State Department said it would not transmit telegrams from private sources and so refused Riegner’s request to forward the news to World Jewish Congress President Stephen Wise — a personal friend of then-President Franklin Roosevelt. Because of wartime restrictions, Riegner had no direct contact with the Jewish Congress.

The State Department checked with the Vatican and Red Cross, who conceded they were aware of deportations and maltreatment of Jews but not of a plan to annihilate them.

In his book, Riegner criticizes the silence of the Red Cross in the face of atrocities. While he praised the courage of Roman Catholic bishops and priests in some countries, he denounced the failure of the Vatican and the Catholic church in Germany to take a decisive stand against the persecution of the Jews throughout the Nazi era.

By the fall of 1942, graphic witness accounts from a variety of sources and British intelligence helped convince even the skeptics in the State Department about the horrible truth.

But it was only in January 1944 that Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board to try to save Jews.

“Since my first telegram, 18 months had passed during which time the inexorable massacre continued and millions of Jews were sacrificed,” Riegner wrote.

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