When I grow up, I am going to be….

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When I grow up, I am going to be a Doctor or a Pilot or Police man.

When I grow up, I am going to be a Baker, or a Carpenter or a Fire man.

When I grow up, I am going to write great stories and everyone in the whole wide world will read them.

When I grow up I am going to travel all over the world. I will go to China and Japan.And to Switzerland,Luxembourg and Italy. I will visit New York,London,Rome and Jerusalem.

When I grow up, I will get lost and lots of money and take my parents on a cruise ship , where we will have dinner every night at the Captain’s table. And I will laugh at my Father when he is trying to dance the Foxtrot with my Mother.

When I grew up , the world will be open to me and I can be whatever I want to to be.

But I am only 5 and evil men don’t want me to become anything. I am only a number to them, and not Srul (Hersch) Goldberg. I am 5 and I was killed in Auschwitz.

 

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I am 3

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My name is Julia Bricht, I am 3.

When I am four I will go to school and learn all sorts of things and play with my friends.

When I am 6 I will go the big school and will get to know more people and learn even more things.

When I am 12 I will go to the high school and become a star pupil and I will be wise and educated.

When I am 18 I will go to University and will study to become a Doctor or an Architect and maybe I will write books.

Or maybe I will not go to university but art college and become a painter, dancer or a beautiful singer.

When I am 24 I will get married to a wonderful man and we will have children and we will be happy and travel to see the world.

But I am 3 and I am murdered in Auschwitz.

I am Kira Zylberszac

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I am Kira Zylberszac or perhaps I should say I was Kira Zylberszac. My age is 7 years old

I died on August 19 1942 together with my younger brother Serge, We did not die because we were sick or someway a threat to the world. We died because of  an ideology.

You see we were Jewish and considered undesirable, we were less then animals. Well we must have been because the same people who send us to Auschwitz to die, they passed laws.

In 1933 the Nazis passed laws regulating the slaughter of animals. Hermann Goering announced an end to the “unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments” and it was said that anyone who treated animals as inanimate property would be sent to a concentration camp.

Among other things, the law forbade any unnecessary harm to animals, banned the inhumane treatment of animals in the production of movies, and outlawed the use of dogs in hunting. Cutting the tails and ears of dogs without anesthesia was also banned, and livestock were supposed to be killed humanely. Strangely, the Nazis were particularly concerned with the suffering of lobsters in restaurants. In 1936, a special law was passed regarding the correct way of dispatching lobsters and crabs and thus mitigating their painful deaths.

But these laws did not apply to me and my brother.

Mengele’s volatility

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I had really wanted to do a blog on Menegele’s experiments on children and especially on twins, but I can’t. I am physically not able to do it. I started some research nut I had to stop, the eyes of the children haunt me.

Something that is even more disturbing, and this is a point I mad before, Mengele looked like a ‘normal’ human being, a charming man even. The picture above is off him with family and friends taken sometime in the 1970’s in South America, He doesn’t look like an evil man, he looks like a friendly grandfather.

The fact is Evil often doesn’t have an evil face which makes it more disturbing.

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For all of his methodical work habits, Mengele could be impulsive. During one selection — between work and death — on the arrival platform, a middle-aged woman who had been selected for work refused to be separated from her 14-year-old daughter, who had been assigned death.

A guard who tried to pry them apart got a nasty scratch on the face and had to fall back. Mengele stepped in to resolve the matter by shooting both the girl and her mother, and then he cut short the selection and sent everybody to the gas chamber.

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On another occasion, the Birkenau doctors argued over whether a boy they had all grown fond of had tuberculosis. Mengele left the room and came back an hour or two later, apologizing for the argument and admitting he had been wrong. During his absence, he had shot the boy and dissected him for signs of the disease, which he hadn’t found.

In 1944, Mengele’s zest and enthusiasm for his work earned him a management position at the camp. In this capacity, he was responsible for public health measures at the camp in addition to his own research at Birkenau. Again, his impulsive streak surfaced when he made decisions for the tens of thousands of inmates.

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.When Typhus broke out among the women’s barracks, for example, Mengele solved the problem in his characteristic way: he ordered one block of 600 women gassed and their barracks fumigated, then he moved the next block of women over and fumigated their barracks. This was repeated for each women’s block until the last one was clean and ready for a new shipment of workers. He did it again a few months later during a scarlet fever outbreak.

Mengele was never caught and didn’t stand trial.

In 1959, Mengele allegedly traveled to Paraguay to treat the former Secretary to the Fuhrer, Martin Bormann, who had been sentenced to death in absentia at Nuremberg and who was now dying of stomach cancer.

One day in 1979, the 68-year-old Dr. Josef Mengele went out for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. He suffered a sudden stroke in the water and drowned. After his death, friends and family gradually admitted that they had known all along where he had been hiding, and that they had sheltered him from justice all his life.

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This is Margot Jany  she was 8 years old when she was  murdered at Auschwitz-Birenkau on March 8, 1943.

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This is Ernest Frydman age 9 from Paris, France was  deported and murdered in Auschwitz on August 1942.

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This is Joseph and Mina Kiszelewski  murdered in the gas chamber on August 26, 1942 at age 9 and 6 years.

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This is Bernard Gutman age 8 from Paris, France was arrested then deported and murdered in Auschwitz in 1942.

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This Leia Aingorun murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. Age 7

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This is Rudolf Höss one of the evil ones responsible for their deaths.

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This is his appointment his permit to kill.

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This is my pledge NEVER FORGET how evil men can be, how innocence sometimes is seen as a threat.

 

Be strong and be brave- 4 Heroines

Ala Gertner, Róża Robota, Regina Szafirsztajn and Estera Wajcblum, more then likely these names mean nothing to you. But these 4 young women showed a bravery that would make the bravery of any hardened warrior pale in comparison.

These 4 women were all members of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Sonderkommando were Jewish prisoners who worked the death camps in return for special treatment and privileges. Every few months, the current sonderkommando was liquidated and the first task of their successors was to dispose of the bodies of the previous group. Since a sonderkommando usually comprised men from incoming transports, their second task often consisted of disposing of the bodies of their own families.

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By 1943, the four women named above were all imprisoned in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Three of the women, Ala, Regina and Estera, were assigned to work in the munitions factory adjacent to Auschwitz. Recruited by Róża Robota, who worked in Auschwitz’s clothing depot (known as “Canadakommando,” these men and women had the awful task of sorting through the clothing discarded by murdered Jews)recruited them to smuggle minute quantities of gunpowder out of the factory.

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This they did, almost daily, smuggling the powder in secret pockets sewn into their camp issued dresses, even under their nails. Róża would then collect the powder, wrap it in small rags and send it through the underground network of the camp.

On October 7th, 1944, at about 3 in the afternoon, the Poles in Crematorium 1 begin the revolt. Hungarians in Crematoria 3 and 4 join in while the sonderkommando of Crematorium 2 break through the wires of the camp. An especially sadistic Nazi guard in Crematorium 1 is disarmed and stuffed into an oven to be burned alive. Small arms fire rattles from the second floor of the crematoria until the Germans bring in heavy machine guns and riddle the wooden roof.

The guards counterattack and penetrate the buildings, indiscriminately shooting at all prisoners they encounter. The sonderkommando in Crematorium 4 drag their demolition charges into the oven rooms and detonate them in a defiant suicide. The revolt is quickly suppressed and the escaped men recaptured with the help of local citizens. Approximately 200 sonderkommando are forced to lie face down outside the crematoria where they are executed with single shots to the back of the head. Some of the men are spared for interrogation, but the bodies of the 12th Sonderkommando are soon disposed of by the 13th Sonderkommando.

The men give up names, including those of some women who were engaged in smuggling gunpowder. Despite months of beatings and rape and electric shocks to their genitals, the only names given up by the women are those of already dead sonderkommando.

On January 5, 1945, the four women are hanged in front of the assembled women’s camp. Roza Robota shouts “Be strong and be brave” as the trapdoor drops.

Crematorium 4 was damaged beyond repair and never used again. On November 7th, 1944, the Nazis destroyed the gas chambers to hide their crimes. Twelve days after the hanging of the four women, the camp personnel forced 56,000 prisoners on a Death March into what remained of the Third Reich; 7,500 prisoners left behind were liberated by advancing Soviet armies on January 27th.

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Planet Auschwitz

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I was listening to some of  the testimonies of the Eichmann trials yesterday, and I think they actually had a physical effect on me.

I woke up this morning feeling a bit sick and for some reason the little toe on my right foot was paralyzed, this has never happened to me before. It is one thing seeing the evidence but listening to victims who lived through it has a much bigger impact.

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I cannot listen to or read all the testimonies again because I don’t know how it will impact me, but I will post an excerpt of one statement which stuck with me because although it tells something horrible it has a poetic feel to it.

It was the testimony of Yehiel Dinur. who referred to Auschwitz as Planet Auschwitz.Below is an excerpt of his testimony, after the prosecutor showed him a garb from Auschwitz.

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This is the garb of the planet called Auschwitz. And I believe with perfect faith that I have to continue to bear this name so long as the world has not been aroused after this crucifixion of a nation, to wipe out this evil, in the same way as humanity was aroused after the crucifixion of one man. I believe with perfect faith that, just as in astrology the stars influence our destiny, so does this planet of the ashes, Auschwitz, stand in opposition to our planet earth, and influences it.

If I am able to stand before you today and relate the events within that planet, if I, a fall-out of that planet, am able to be here at this time, then I believe with perfect faith that this is due to the oath I sworn to them there. They gave me this strength. This oath was the armour with which I acquired the supernatural power, so that I should be able, after time – the time of Auschwitz – the two years when I was a Musselman, to overcome it. For they left me, they always left me, they were parted from me, and this oath always appeared in the look of their eyes.

For close on two years they kept on taking leave of me and they always left me behind. I see them, they are staring at me, I see them, I saw them standing in the queue…

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Just ‘regular’ guys-The faces of evil.

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Recently a list was released with the names of nearly 10,000 SS guards who worked in Auschwitz.Many of the men who appear in the list of 9,686 names worked as farmers, teachers and decorators before the war.

Benjamin Wengel. DOB: 14/09/1905. Place of Birth: Lydowen. Nationality: Lithuanian. Occupation: Barrel maker

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Franz Wunsch. DOB: 21/03/1922. Place of Birth: Drasenhofen. Occupation: Student

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Heinz Wimmer. DOB: 03/05/1905. Place of Birth: Aachen. Nationality: German. Occupation: Painter

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Johann Weishaupel. DOB: 05/03/1907. Place of Birth: Konigliche Weinberge. Nationality: Austrian. Occupation: Shoemaker

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Robert Wagner. DOB: 05/06/1908. Place of Birth: Kimpolung. Nationality: Romanian. Occupation: Butcher

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Waldemar Alszewski. DOB: 09/09/1905. Place of Birth: Kibarten. Nationality: Lithuanian. Occupation: Butcher

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Walter Weber. DOB: 11/10/1906. Place of Birth: Hagen. Nationality: German. Occupation. Machinist

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Kanada a little bit of ‘heaven’ in Hell

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The possessions and precious belongings of the Jews transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau were left in the train carriages and on the ramp as their owners were quickly put through the selection process.

When the selection process was complete, a work group of prisoners called the ‘Kanada Kommando’ collected the belongings of victims and took them to the ‘Kanada’ warehouse facility for sorting and transporting back to Germany.

To prisoners Canada was a country that symbolised wealth. They, therefore, gave the ironic name Kanada (the German spelling of Canada) to the warehouse area as it was full of possessions, clothing and jewellery.

The prisoners working in the Kanada Kommando lived in barracks. The barracks were inside the warehouse, away from the rest of the prisoners in the camp. They were in a better position than the other inmates.

They could take extra food on which to survive, a pair of shoes or extra clothing to protect themselves from the severe winter weather. Some smuggled valuables to bribe the kapos or guards. If they were caught, they were killed.

Even with the dangers it must have felt as a little bit of ‘heaven’ to have a bit of reprieve of the horrors they witnessed on a daily basis in the main camps.

But of course that bit of heaven really was a slightly better version of hell.

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Male and female prisoners in the “Kanada” section, the arrival of the trucks

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Jewish property that has been left on the platform, to be taken by trucks to the “Kanada” section.

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A threat to the nation

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I can nearly understand why adult civilians could be perceived as a threat to the nations.Although I know the reasons why I still don’t comprehend them.

But children, why? Of course this is the way the Nazi’s wanted to ensure that the ‘undesirables’ would have no future. I have done blogs on the young victims of the Holocaust before and this is another one,because there are still too many who do not realize the implications of the Holocaust. This could happen again and to an extend it is already happening in some parts of the world.

The next time it could be you and your children.

These are pictures of young children who were murdered in Auschwitz.It is not easy to look at these children but we can not afford for these children to be forgotten.

Portrait of Istvan Reiner, taken shortly before he was killed in Auschwitz, 1943-44

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Annie Dirnfeld age 2 was deported to Auschwitz then murdered on July 5, 1944.

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Naomi Posinova, born in Prague, murdered in Auschwitz.

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Jeanette Groenteman murdered in Auschwitz on Sept. 28, 1942

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3 year old Arlette Skalka was arrested during the vel d’hiv roundup and murdered in Auschwitz on August 23, 1942.
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Lazare Amar age 10 from Paris, France was sadly murdered in Auschwitz on October 28, 1943.
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Hartog Kroonenberg murdered in Auschwitz on Oct. 8, 1942
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These beautiful faces should be a stark reminder on how cruel men can be.