On April 11, 1945 the U.S. Military liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald…
Excerpts from the book, Five Chimneys by Olga Lengyel; the true chronicle of a woman who survived the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz…
To the many fellow internees at Auschwitz who perished so horribly, God rest their poor souls! No hell anyone could conceive could equal what they endured. Even in the jungle of Birkenau, all were not necessarily inhuman to their fellow men. It is that hope which keeps me alive.
…A new transport had just arrived; and the screams of the women and children, being separated in the first selection as they disembarked from the trains, rose above the conversation in the washroom. Flames from the crematory chimneys belched towards the sky.
..A hoist lifted the bodies into the ovens. The corpses were sorted methodically. The babies went in first, as kindling, then came the bodies of the emaciated, and finally the larger bodies.
…Nature dictates that wherever men and women are together there shall also be love. Even in the shadow of the crematory the emotions could not be entirely suppressed. Love, or what passed for it in the degraded atmosphere of the death camp, was but a distortion of what it is for normal people, for society in Birkenau was but a distortion of a normal human society.
…Looking back, I, too, want to forget. I, too, yearn for sunshine and peach and happiness. But it is not easy to erase memories of Gehenna when the roots of life have been destroyed and one has nothing living to go back to. In setting down this personal record I have tried to carry out the mandate given to me by the many fellow internees at Auschwitz who perished so horribly. This is my memorial to them. God rest their poor souls! No hell anyone could conceive could equal what they endured.