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.
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.
- More people died in Auschwitz than all the British and American losses in WWII combined.
- 1.1 million people in 4 1/2 years.
- 144 prisoners escaped successfully.
- There were also 400 Jehovah Witnesses that were also put to death.
- Out of the 7,000 staff at Auschwitz, only 750 were ever punished.
- Josef Mengele’s scientific studies at Auschwitz often included twins. If one died, he would immediately kill the other to do comparative autopsies.
- There was a revolt at one point. A SS officer was stabbed several times and then burned alive in a crematorium oven.
- A Polish midwife helped deliver over 3000 babies there.
- The company that created the gas used there is still a pesticide company today.
- 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”.
- The camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945.