To deal with the trauma he had endured, Thomas Geve recorded his memories by putting them on paper. Now for the first time, more than 80 of his sketches are presented alongside his narrative of events in The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz, written with journalist Charlie Inglefield.
Once asked to draw the view from her bedroom window for homework, Anna Odi couldn’t decide whether to draw the crematorium or the gallows where Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess was executed. She told TFN: “I think I am a hostage to the stories of people who experienced this hell. I am continuing what my parents started, to be a witness. Like my parents, I owe it to the victims.”
On the night of November 27, 1942, Germans set about clearing all Poles from the Zamość region to make way for German and Ukrainian colonists. What made this even more tragic was the suffering of around 30,000 Polish children, an estimated 10,000 of whom died.
The Berlin memorial will be the first in the city dedicated to a single nation and will pay tribute to the Poles killed during WWII.
After a local newspaper published a series of photos inviting readers to share their memories of ‘Polish Anna’, no one expected it would set in motion a train of online sleuthing which revealed her shocking wartime ordeal as a slave labourer in Nazi Germany and the destruction of her village in Poland as part of Hitler’s Lebensraum plan to exterminate Poles from the Zamość region.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday he was outraged to learn of an anti-Polish slogan written in the Ukrainian village of Huta Pieniacka, where many Poles perished at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists during World War II.
Eighty one years ago today, Nazi Germany attacked Poland, setting into motion the deadliest military conflict in history. But to justify war Hitler needed a reason – and that lay in a town called Gleiwitz.
With clues suggesting that Auschwitz beast Josef Mengele may have also stood trial in the little town of Świdnica, author Agnieszka Dobkiewicz said: “Something extraordinary happened in 1946 in a small town near Gross-Rosen, something that stands to change our knowledge of Mengele’s immediate post-war life. Certainly, it now seems plausible that he returned to this former concentration camp because of an unfinished affair…”
The court ruled that the 93-year-old “took part in the whole mass murder, helping your commanders, watching people die of hunger, disease and entering the crematorium from which they never left. You had to see the corpses because the corpses lay everywhere.”
The identity of the 93-year-old former female concentration camp guard is being withheld from the public so that she does not go in to hiding as Poland’s IPN issues a European Arrest Warrant.