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Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, noted theologian, dissident anti-Nazi, and founding member of the Confessing Church. He strongly opposed Hitler's euthanasia program and the genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at the Flossenburg concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender.
Auschwitz - Birkenau, concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. From the 1942 Auschwitz became the largest site for the murder of Jews brought here under the Nazi plan for their extermination. More than 1,100,000 people lost their lives here.Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
The words "Arbeit Macht Frei" are written on the gates when entering the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The words are translated to mean "Work Brings Freedom". However, over 4 million Jews died here during the Holocaust, so this statement was a false hope.
In September of 1940, Witold Pilecki (May 13, 1901 – May 25, 1948) was a Polish Resistance solider who wanted to know the truth about Auschwitz. He volunteered to infiltrate the nazi death camp, spending the next 2.5 years as a prisoner. On his escape, Pilecki smuggled details about the nazi methods of execution and interrogation and eventually authored the first WWII intelligence report on the concentration camp. Thank you for your truth and justice work. Rest in peace.