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Update on Eva Edit Weinberger

The post After Many Years gave the story of Eva Edit Weinberger, a little Hungarian girl gassed in Auschwitz in June 1944, at age 6. It was based on Judith Kalman’s Nazi War-Crime Trial Testimony presented at the trial of Oskar Gröning, the bookkeeper of Auschwitz.

Judith Kalman made on July 8 a final statement for the Trial of Oskar Gröning.

The article Ein Leben, aus dem Tod geboren, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 6, 2015, gave an uncropped image of the photograph of Eva at age 4; I reproduce it here:

Full image of Eva Edit Weinberger at age 4 (1942)

Full image of Eva Edit Weinberger at age 4 (1942) – from FAZ

Most of Eva’s family had been caught in a Nazi raid and sent to die in Auschwitz. Zsuzsa Rochlitz was the only family member caught in that roundup who returned alive after the war. Judith Kalman has added to her Nazi War-Crime Trial Testimony a photograph of Zsuzsa with Eva as a baby:

Zsuzsa Rochlitz with brother-Peter-and baby Eva (1938)

Zsuzsa Rochlitz with brother Peter and baby Eva (1938) – from Judith Kalman

More information can be found in Judith Kalman’s blog and in the site devoted to the trial of Gröning.

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Settela Steinbach painted by Francine Mayran

Francine Mayran - Anna Maria Settela Steinbach ll

Francine Mayran – Anna Maria Settela Steinbach ll

The psychiatrist and painter Francine Mayran has devoted her work to the memory of the main genocides of the 20th century (Armenia, Jews and Romas under Nazism, Rwanda). In particular some of her paintings deal with Roma and Jewish children victims of the Nazi Holocaust. From this collection I have selected the above painting of Settela Steinbach. It is an oil on canvas coated with concrete, size 30 × 40 cm2.

Settela, the girl with the headscarf

Rudolf Breslauer - Settela Steinbach (1944) - from Romedia Foundation

Rudolf Breslauer – Settela Steinbach (1944) – from Romedia Foundation

The above picture shows a girl looking terrified as she is locked inside a goods wagon in a train bound for the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. She wears a headscarf made from a torn sheet, because the Nazis shaved her head under the pretext of preventing lice. It was taken from a film shot on 19 May 1944 in the Westerbork transit camp (The Netherlands) by a Jewish prisoner, Rudolf Werner Breslauer, on the orders of the commander of the camp, Albert Konrad Gemmeker. CONTINUE READING…

After Many Years

A little girl gassed in Auschwitz

Auschwitz remains the best known of all Nazi death camps. In fact it was a kind of vast industrial complex of slave labour and extermination. First arose Auschwitz I, the original camp set up for Polish political prisoners, then came Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where approximately 1 million Jews died, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz, a slave labour camp at the service of the I.G. Farben chemical trust, plus 45 satellite subcamps in the surrounding area, where prisoners worked as slaves for various companies such as Krupp (armament) or Siemens-Schuckert (electrical engineering). Even the dead were made as profitable as possible, by collecting their belongings, clothes, and even their hair and golden teeth.

The Nazi Holocaust is a story of greed, plunder, imperialist conquest and elimination of “unwanted” populations, organized methodically by a powerful bureaucracy, and sanctified by an ideology of racial hatred. The most horrible aspect of it is the organized mass murder of children.  CONTINUE READING…