May 19, 1944 The Seven Dwarves of Auschwitz – Today in History

Shimson Eizik Ovitz was a Romanian rabbi, a WWI era entertainer, and someone afflicted with pseudoachondroplasia. He was a dwarf. Ovitz fathered 10 children by two normal sized wives, Brana Fruchter and Batia Bertha Husz. Three of them grew to normal height, the other seven…

Source: May 19, 1944, The Seven Dwarves of Auschwitz – Today in History

Oak Jozef – Wisniowa, Poland – Atlas Obscura

The Oak Jozef, a 650-year-old English Oak in the Wisniowa region of south-east Poland, has long been a Polish symbol of pride. In 1934, its image proudly appeared on the 100-Zloty bill—and that was before it performed one of its most remarkable feats, hiding two Jewish brothers in its trunk during the Nazi occupation of Poland in World War II.

Source: Oak Jozef – Wisniowa, Poland – Atlas Obscura

May 12, 2008 Angel of Warsaw – Today in History

All told, Irena Sendler saved about 2,400 Jewish children and infants and about 100 teenagers, who went into the forests to join partisan bands fighting the Nazis. The far better known Oskar Schind…

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This veteran’s daring escape from Nazi POW camp during World War Two has been kept quiet until now

Roll call of British POWs at Stalag XXID, Poznan (Posen). Copyright: © IWM. Photo Credit

Realizing he could be shot by Nazi guards at any moment, RAF doctor Tom Cullen’s heart raced as he scrambled over the 8-foot high barbed wire fence at the…

Source: This veteran’s daring escape from Nazi POW camp during World War Two has been kept quiet until now

Auschwitz: Photographs from Hell | Iconic Photos

This week, the world paused briefly to remember 27th January 1945 when the Red Army liberated Auschwitz.  The press release from the White House, now improbably occupied by a man who has sur…

Source: Auschwitz: Photographs from Hell | Iconic Photos

The Secret Story of the POWs Who Tunnelled Through a Toilet to Freedom – Narratively

Part of the first group of American prisoners to arrive at Oflag 64 in June, 1943. Escapee Lt. Ed Ward is on the far right in the bottom row. Beside him is Lt. Sid ‘Mouse’ Waldman, who was in charge of soil dispersal from the Cory tunnel. (Photo courtesy Ed Ward Jr.)

Skinny, gaunt, 25-year-old William Ash from Dallas, Texas, strolled up to the wooden shed that housed the prisoner of war camp’s communal latrine block – the Abort, the Germans called it. A fellow POW lounging against the wall by the door gave Ash a nod. This guy was a “stooge,” standing lookout, and the nod indicated the “all clear.” Ash passed into the Abort building.

It was Wednesday, March 3, 1943, a bleak winter’s day. And this toilet block was the main ablutions facility in the…

Source: The Secret Story of the POWs Who Tunnelled Through a Toilet to Freedom – Narratively

Stanisława Leszczyńska: Auschwitz’s Jewish Midwife That Delivered 3000 Babies.

When Stanisława Leszczyńska completed her midwifery degree never could she have imagined the impact it would have or the legacy it would leave. She was a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz and she…

Source: Stanisława Leszczyńska: Auschwitz’s Jewish Midwife That Delivered 3000 Babies.

Found: A Photo That Might Prove This Famous Jewish Assassin Survived the Holocaust | Atlas Obscura

When Herschel Grynszpan was 17, he killed a German diplomat, whose death was used as a pretence for Kristallnacht, the 1938 attacks on Jews in Germany that began the Holocaust. Grynszpan himself was taken to a concentration camp, where he was thought to have died in the early 1940s.

But a newly discovered photo from 1946 suggests…

Source: Found: A Photo That Might Prove This Famous Jewish Assassin Survived the Holocaust | Atlas Obscura

Sgt. Vic Morman helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp | War Tales

Former 1st Sgt. Vic Morman, who lives in Lexington Manor Assisted Living Facility in Port Charlotte, served in the 89th Infantry Division that liberated Auflenlage, part of Buchenwald, the infamous…

Source: Sgt. Vic Morman helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp | War Tales

A Nazi in housewife’s clothing – Jefferson St. Clair

The Stomping Mare, a female guard at several Nazi concentration camps, was known for her exceptional cruelty, even by Nazi standards. She served as an Aufseherin, the German title for a female guar…

Source: A Nazi in housewife’s clothing – Jefferson St. Clair

The History Girls: How much did ordinary Germans really know about the Holocaust? by Leslie Wilson

‘I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret.’ Thus Brunhilde Pomsel, one of Goebbels’s typists, recently quoted in The Guardian, talking about the Holocaust.

And I found myself, as so often, thinking: ‘Yes, you can say that, but how can I believe you?’ It was the eternal question for…

Source: The History Girls: How much did ordinary Germans really know about the Holocaust? by Leslie Wilson

Interview with a Holocaust Survivor | historywithatwist

Frank Grunwald was just 12 years old when he and his family entered the concentration camps. Terezinstadt, Auschwitz, Melk, Mauthausen . . . he was in them all. Unfortunately, neither his brother n…

Source: Interview with a Holocaust Survivor | historywithatwist

Maria Clementina Sobieska | Culloden Battlefield

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Maria Clementina Sobieska

We have all heard, and know at least a little, of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’) but today we take a look at his mother Maria Clementina Sobieska. Born in 1702,…

Source: Maria Clementina Sobieska | Culloden Battlefield