SCIENCE AND THE SWASTIKA : THE DEADLY EXPERIMENT David DM 2013 (48.43)
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DAY IN AUSCHWITZ 2015 Kitty Hart-Moxon's 2015 (47.32)
Documentary that follows 89-year-old Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon's poignant return to the former Nazi death camp where she was sent 70 years earlier, with her mother, at the age of 16. Making the journey with two teenage girls, Hart-Moxon recounts the ever-present threat of death, and the resilience, friendship and human strength that allowed her to survive one day at a time, against the odds.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was designed to kill. Four gas chambers murdered thousands at a time, belching out smoke and human ashes. Starvation, thirst, disease, and hard labor reduced the average lifespan to less than three months. More than 1-million people perished in the largest German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
Seventy years after her liberation, Kitty Hart-Moxon makes a final return to Auschwitz-Birkenau to walk among the crumbling memorial with students Natalia and Lydia, who, at 16, are the same age now as she was then. As Kitty tells them her story of daily existence, themes begin to emerge: the ever-present threat of death, resilience, friendship, human strength, resisting the Nazis' constant lethal intent, and living like an animal while still remaining human. Natalia and Lydia ask questions; Kitty provides answers, passing her legacy to the next generation.
EVA KOR - SURVIVOR OF THE HOLOCAUST AND NAZI EXPERIMENTS ON TWINS Because I said I would (2015) (22.50)
Her story begins with a number: A-7063. It is tattooed on her arm. Eva Kor is a Holocaust survivor who endured the Dr. Josef Mengele's twin experiments at Auschwitz. In 1944, Eva's family was packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. After 70 hours without food or water, Eva and her family emerged onto the selection platform at Auschwitz. Eva's parents and two older sister were selected to be killed immediately. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were saved to be experimented on. Approximately 1500 sets of twins-3000 children-were abused, and all but 200 died as a result of these experiments. Eva herself became deathly ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped Miriam survive. This is a picture of Eva and her sister being freed from the Nazis (the two in stripes). As they grew older, Miriam's kidneys would fail, requiring a transplant. Committed to the survival of her sister, Eva donated a kidney to her.
This speech was filmed at because I said I would | ONE in Columbus, Ohio on September 6th, 2014. Because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Visit: http://www.becauseisaidiwould.com
THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE Niky Dimitrov 2015 (1.37.25)
How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust is a 1999 autobiography by Austrian-born Edith Hahn-Beer. Written with the help of Susan Dworkin, the book's first edition was published by Rob Weibach Books and William Morrow and Company. A documentary film based on the source material and starring Hahn-Beer herself was released in 2003.
AUSCHWITZ SURVIVORS REUNITED 70 YEARS ON BBC News, 27 Jan 2015 (4.07)
Exactly 70 years ago today, the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was liberated by Soviet soldiers. It was the largest camp established by Germany during World War 2 - and its name is forever associated with the Nazi plan to wipe out Europe's Jewish population. More than a million people, the vast majority of them Jews, were killed there.
SURVIVOR TESTIMONY: ESCAPING THE AUSCHWITZ GAS CHAMBERS - Rachel Gleitman
HMTC Dec 2014 (14.50)
Rachel (Rae) Gleitman was born in Muncacs Czechoslovakia in 1923. In 1939, the Germans sent her brother to labor brigade at the battlefront. She and the rest of her family were forced onto cattle cars and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. In January 1945, as the Soviets approached Auschwitz, she and other prisoners were sent on a death march. She and a dozen young women escaped from the march. Ms. Gleitman first returned to her hometown, then to Prague and finally to a displaced persons (DP) camp in Germany. She taught Hebrew in the DP camp and married. Ms. Gleitman is featured in the documentary, "Paperclips." She spoke about escaping the Auschwitz Gas Chambers at the HMTC conference, "Generations," which took place on June 8, 2014 at Hofstra University.
SURVIVOR TESTIMONY: SURVIVING BERGEN-BELSEN: Marion Blumenthal Lazan HMTC Published on 8 Jan 2015
Following Hitler's rise to power, the Blumenthal family - father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert, were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion's father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.
It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope and the will to survive.
Marion spoke at the HTMC conference, "Generations," which took place June 8, 2014 at Hofstra University.
SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST Journeyman Pictures 2016 (28.37)
The life-stories of ten survivors of the Holocaust in Lithuania, where 95% of the pre-war Jewish population was destroyed.
'In my town they buried people alive and built a warehouse on top of them' remembers Berl. Those who survived did so because they joined the partisans or the army, or escaped to Russia. Or because kind strangers hid them in basements and attics and on farms, because they slipped unnoticed through a hole in the ghetto gate or crawled out through a sewer, or somehow lasted in the camps until liberation. Chasia, now 87, got a visit late one night by friends who told her to flee immediately. 'I could leave my children behind and save myself..or try to save them' she says 'my decision has tortured me all my life'.
Claire Heymann was born in Germany in 1924. During Kristallnacht, her home was destroyed by Nazi Stormtroopers, and her father was imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp. In 1941, Ms. Heymann was arrested by the Gestapo and sent as a slave laborer to a Siemens airplane factory in Berlin. Her parents were deported to Lublin and murdered in Majdanek. In 1943, she was forced into a cattle car and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. While assigned to the munitions factory of Weichsel-Union-Metallwerke, Ms. Heymann shared a bunk with Hanka and Ester Wajcblum. Ester Wajcblum, Ella Gartner, Regina Safirsztain, and Roza Robota were members of the Resistance movement in Auschwitz who assisted in the destruction of a crematorium during the revolt of October 7, 1944. The four women were captured, tortured, and as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Ms. Heymann was forced to witness their execution. In 1947, she immigrated to New York. Today, she is proud to be the mother of three daughters and six grandchildren.
Ms. Heymann gave her testimony as part of the HMTC conference, "Generations" which took place on June 8, 2014, at Hofstra University.
WITNESS: VOICES FROM THE HOLOCAUST (HVT-8076) Yale University 2009 (1.27.11)
Nineteen first-person accounts of witnesses, including Jews, non-Jews, American POWs, GIs who first entered the camps, a member of the Hitler youth, a Jesuit priest, resistance fighters, and child survivors are woven into a single narrative of World War II and the Holocaust. They tell stories of life under the Nazis, the ghettos, concentration and death camps, liberation, and the challenges they faced after the Holocaust. Includes some documentary footage with graphic violence and detailed descriptions of violence.
The Jewish High Holidays are about to begin. One them of these holidays is forgiveness. Eva Kor, survivor of Mengele’s notorious experiments on twins at Auschwitz, gave a moving presentation at the Humans Subjects Research after the Holocaust (HSRAH) workshop co-sponsored by the Houston Methodist Research Institute and CMATH. She included in her presentation her comments about her controversial decision to forgive Mengele fifty years after the liberation of Auschwitz. I recommend that you view this remarkable video.