Of all the stories of survival from the Auschwitz concentration camp, Gena Turgel’s is one of the most astonishing.
93 year old Turgel, an elegant woman with more than a hint of mischief in her blue eyes told NBC News, “When I think back, I have to pinch myself sometimes to see if I’m really alive.”
In the most notorious of all, Auschwitz-Birkeanau concentration camp, Turgel 21 at the time was herded naked into a gas chamber with hundreds of others.
She had no idea the Nazis had tried to kill her until a woman she knew said, “Don’t you know what has just happened to you? You were in the gas chamber!”
Turgel still looks amazed to have cheated death.
“I wear a lot of perfume. The stench of the camps will always stay with me and I try to block it out”
In Krakow’s Jewish ghetto, she lost two brothers fighting the Nazis. She then was sent to Plaszow concentration camp where she survived for two-and-a-half years until she was marched to Auschwitz. She survived testing by the infamous Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele.
Every story of survival at Auschwitz is extraordinary but hers is perhaps unique.
The ghosts of the camp and her family — she lost seven siblings and her father — still haunts her. As we talk, tears come to her eyes, but she doesn’t let them fall.
“To cry in Auschwitz could have you shot,” she said. “We had to be strong, to block out everything.”
Turgel is determined to speak today, to try to ensure that Jews never again face the same threats.
“Those people were real. They were mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts, doctors and teachers, poets, wonderful people. And now they scream in silence,” she says.
“My story is only one story, but it is the story six million others cannot tell. I was, and always shall be, the witness to … mass murder.”
We have a similar script playing out in China today.
History repeats itself and the world does not learn by the crimes committed by ruthless dictators and the countless innocent lives that are destroyed.
Can you imagine Hitler’s secret machinery during the Second World War that could keep people in the dark about the atrocities happening in their own backyard?
The cover-up is happening even today.
China’s authoritarian regime has sought to cover up a genocidal campaign it willingly engineered, that targets innocent men, women and children because they belong to a certain faith.
For 18 years a violent, drawn out, massive campaign in China is going on for ‘eradicating’ 100 million Falun Gong people for their dedication to a popular meditation and exercise practice that helps improve body and mind and moral character.
Families are separated and children are orphaned because their parents are killed for not willing to give up their faith in Falun Gong. They are killed alive for their organs which are put up for sale. Nowhere else in the world can anyone get an organ for transplant in less than 2 weeks. In China you can because Falun Gong people are killed on demand.
Courtesy: NBC News