remember the story in Yaffa Eliach’s “Chassidic Tales of the Holocaust” of the Bluzhover Rebbe lighting the Chanukah light in Bergen Belsen. It was after a selection and the live skeletons gathered near the pile of newly massacred. The story, as the photo below, is testament to the strength of the human spirit and the strength of the Jewish people
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Frank Sachnowitz from Larvik, Norway, was arrested at the age of 17 on October 26, 1942. He was deported to Auschwitz, where his father and five brothers and sisters were murdered. Frank was selected for the skeleton exhibit of nazi doctor August Hirtz. Frank died in the gaschamber of KZ Natzweiler-Struthof.
Nazi victim Passmann. Born on February 28, 1878. She was one of the 86 victims of the medical experiments of August Hirt in KZ Natzweiler-Struthof. She and her husband fled to the Netherlands in 1934. She was arrested and sent to Mechelen, Belgium. In Auschwitz she was selected for the "skeleton exhibit" from August Hirt. She was killed in KZ Natzweiler-Struthof.
Known as the Tower of Faces this three-story tower displays photographs from the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection. Taken between 1890 and 1941 in Eishishok, a small town in what is now Lithuania, they describe a vibrant Jewish community that existed for 900 years. In 1941, an SS mobile killing squad entered the village and within two days massacred the entire Jewish population. (rw)