Friday, November 13, 2009

Livia Bitton-Jackson's Holotale - Arrived at Auschwitz at 13, not "sent to the gas" because Mengele liked her blonde hair



Livia and her family were taken to the gates of hell, Auschwitz. When Eva arrived at the gates of hell she was greeted by the angel of death himself, Dr. Mengele.

The story goes that the Germans immediately gassed everyone under 16 years old at Auschwitz, but Mengele spared her because she "looked Aryan", and told her to pretend she was 16.

Livia, her mother, and her brother Bubi all survived the "death factory" of Auschwitz. [1] It was a miracle!




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Livia has a Holocaust Memoir of her own, titled "I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust"

















Quote from book:




At the moment of her liberation, Elli is approached by a local German woman:

'We didn't know anything. We had no idea. You must believe me. Did you have to work hard also?'
'Yes' I whisper.
'At your age, it must've been difficult.'
At my age. What does she mean? 'We didn't get enough to eat. Because of starvation. Not because of my age.'
'I meant, it must have been harder for the older people.'
For older people? 'How old do you think I am?'
She looks at me uncertainly. 'Sixty? Sixty-two?'
'Sixty? I am fourteen. Fourteen years old.'
She gives a little shriek and makes the sign of the cross. In horror and disbelief she walks away, and joins the crowd of German civilians near the station house.
So this is liberation . It's come. I am fourteen years old, and I have lived a thousand years. [2]


3 comments:

FugaziQuo said...

Goldilocks And The Three Nazis

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the Fatherland. Pretty soon, she came upon a labour camp. She knocked and, when someone answered, she walked right in.

At a table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of black, watery soup. Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the soup from the first bowl.

"This soup is too hot", she exclaimed.

So, she tasted the soup from the second bowl.

"This soup is too cold," she said

So, she tasted the last bowl of soup.

"Ahhh, this soup with mice, bones and tufts of human hair is just right", she said happily and she ate it all up.

After she'd eaten the three Nazis' breakfasts, she decided she was feeling a little tired. So, she walked into the shower block where she saw three gas chambers. Goldilocks sat in the first gas chamber to rest her feet.

"This gas chamber is too big", she exclaimed.

So she sat in the second gas chamber.

"This gas chamber is too big, too", she whined.

So she tried the last and smallest gas chamber.

"Ahhh, this gas chamber is just right", she sighed. But just as she settled down into the gas chamber to rest, she began to hear a hissing noise.

Goldilocks was very tired by this time, so she went across to the officers' quarters. She lay in the first bed, but it was too hard. Then she lay in the second bed, but it was too soft. Then she lay down in the third bed and it was just right. Goldilocks fell asleep.

As she was sleeping, three Nazis came home.

"Someone's been eating my black, watery soup", growled the Fuhrer.

"Someone's been eating my black, watery soup", said the camp Kommandant.

"Someone's been eating my black, watery soup with mice, bones and tufts of human hair and they ate it all up", cried the Chief Medical Officer.

"Someone's been sitting in my gas chamber", growled the Fuhrer.

"Someone's been sitting in my gas chamber", said the camp Kommandant.

"Someone's been sitting in my gas chamber and they've broken it all to pieces", cried the Chief Medical Officer.

They decided to look around some more and when they got across to the officers' quarters, the Fuhrer growled, "Someone's been sleeping in my bed".

"Someone's been sleeping in my bed, too", said the camp Kommandant.

"Someone's been sleeping in my bed and she's still there", exclaimed the Chief Medical Officer.

Just then, Goldilocks woke up and saw the three Nazis. She screamed, "Holocaust", and she jumped up and ran out of Dr. Mengele's bed. Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the gate, and ran away into the professorship of Judaic studies and Jewish history in the History Department of Lehman College in New York. And she never returned to the labour camp of the three Nazis.

Lone Wolf said...

Excellent FugaziQuo.

Leah said...

ive read this book and it is amazing