Friday Facts-Transport To Auschwitz

This is going to be a slightly different Friday (Fun) Facts in that, it affects my family. My husband’s great grandmother was put on  a train October 10, 1944 headed for Auschwitz. They don’t have the exact date of her death so they give it as the day she was forced into a rail car headed for her execution. Her name was Ernestine Fuchsgelb, she was 65 years old.

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This is Ernestine and her husband’s grave. He got sick and died before she was taken.

His great grandmother on the other side of the family actually ran a type of underground railroad helping Jews escape. Ernestine’s four children got out- two went to Australia, one to England and Granddaddy came to the United states through New York. Arrangements were made for Guido and Ernestine to get out, but Guido became very ill and died. Before more plans could be made, she was rounded up and murdered.

  1. More people died in Auschwitz than all the British and American losses in WWII combined.
  2.  1.1 million people in 4 1/2 years.
  3. 144 prisoners escaped successfully.
  4. There were also 400 Jehovah Witnesses that were also put to death.
  5. Out of the 7,000 staff at Auschwitz, only 750 were ever punished.
  6. Josef Mengele’s  scientific studies at Auschwitz often included twins. If one died, he would immediately kill the other to do comparative autopsies.
  7. There was a revolt at one point. A SS officer was stabbed several times and then burned alive in a crematorium oven.
  8. A Polish midwife helped deliver over 3000 babies there.
  9. The company that created the gas used there is still a pesticide company today.
  10. A Star of David was placed above the entrance to the gas chamber and a sign was painted in Hebrew on a purple curtain covering the entrance to the gas chamber that said “This is the Gateway to God. Righteous men will pass through”.
  11. The camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945.Plaque

7 Responses to Friday Facts-Transport To Auschwitz

  1. Strange to click “like” for such a horrifying fact of history. My heart goes out to your family and all others who suffered at the hands of a monster like Hitler. Hopefully, we can prevent it from happening again.

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  2. That’s why we need to remember. When we forget, such an atrocity will happen over and over again.

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  3. Never forget this nor turn a blind eye to such evil again.

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  4. Amen. Again, I say, Amen!

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  5. Stacey, I was profoundly affected by your post. It was a beautiful tribute. I’m so glad you wrote it. I was at dinner when I read it and had to get home to comment. I didn’t have any relatives who perished in the Holocaust but most of the books I read relate to this period of time. In fact, I just finished my own manuscript called Stumble Stones that partially takes place in Auschwitz. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of stumble stones but it’s a real project in Germany. German artist Gunter Demnig has placed 5,000 Holocaust memorial stones in Berlin and some 50,000 of them in more than 650 German cities and towns and countries bordering Germany. They are small concrete blocks in the ground, covered by a brass plaque. They are mini memorials to the Jews, and other victims of the Holocaust. They’re placed outside the homes where the people were taken, or outside of their place of business if they were picked up there. I’ve been to Berlin but never saw one because I wasn’t looking for them and didn’t know about them at the time. Thank you for writing this.

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  6. Hi Marilyn- thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It is a time we should never forget. I’m going to research the Stumble Stones- sounds quite interesting!

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  7. annpurcell says:

    Just FYI, Stacey and Peter, her four children were Kurt (your grandfather who went to America, took the name of Frederick, married Gladys Miller and had three children, Jim, Ann and
    Elizabeth) and his brother Eric (who ended up as a chemist in Cleveland, also taking the name of Frederick, married Janet and had one daughter, Iris), Nelly who went to England and married Alfred Gubert (had two children, John and Ann) and Edith who went to Australia and had two daughters.

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