Various testimonies claiming "Gas chambers" at Buchenwald:
Buchenwald gas chamber? https://archive.is/ZGCiw
Helmut Szprycer begged Mengele "Don't put me in the gas chamber" and he listened!
At Auschwitz life and death were in the hands of Dr Josef Mengele, the Nazi 'Angel of Death'. On 14th July 1944 Mengele ordered inmates to pass naked in front of him. Those he waved to the right were to continue as slave labourers; those to the left were sent for almost immediate death in the gas chambers. All the boys were waved to the left.
Helmuth remembered his grandmother's injunction to 'stay alive at all costs'. From somewhere he found the courage quickly to march up to Mengele before the guards could shoot him, click his heels (he'd seen films of Hitler Youth) and look into his eyes, saying in German: "I want to work for you. I will do anything - clean your shoes, your motorcycle. Don't put me in the gas chamber." Mengele asked where he came from and on hearing Berlin ordered Helmutt to work.
Helmutt clicked his heels and rejoined the other boys, when Harry asked him to save his life too. Incredibly, he returned to Mengele and pleaded on behalf of Harry. Mengele was running out of patience; he held out two matches, the shorter one leading to death. Helmuth drew the longer, Harry the shorter. Harry begged Helmuth to make a further plea for his life. This he did, calling on inexplicable reserves of bravery for his own life was continually at risk. Astoundingly, Mengele relented.
Both boys were made messengers in different parts of the camp, wearing blue blazers with riding breeches while on duty. In a surreal twist of fate, Harry was later transferred to Auschwitz I where he raised and lowered the barrier at the entrance gate which bore the notorious slogan Arbeit macht frei.
AJR Information (Association of Jewish Refugees), Volume LII No. 10, October 1997, p. 8.
PDF: https://web.archive.org/web/20170123182 ... ctober.pdf
Farmington Daily Times (NM), Friday, May 3, 1985, p.A7.
When Hella Drizen arrived at Auschwitz, she was forced to remove her clothes and stand before Mengele, who decided whether she should work or be cremated.
Though she was spared at that point, she faced another horror with the physician some months later. She was in a tub taking a rare bath in a couple of inches of water, when suddenly the tub filled with water and Mengele showed up. She knew that when extra water was given, it was in variably a precursor to being taken to the gas chamber.
Yet she smiled at Mengele, and said, "Thank God, you've come here. I'm glad because it is the first time I've gotten enough water for a decent bath." He smiled in return, admiring her guts, and said, "You're very lucky."
Sobibor Jew fat soap:
"At the end of 1942 the cremation of corpses began in the third camp. rails were laid and fires were constantly kept burning under them. ... Thousands were burned everyday; the fires were kept burning day and night, the flames rising very high. ... Special containers were fitted to the rails for collecting human fat. The furnaces were manned by a special crew of 150 prisoners. The ashes were collected in sacks and sent to Germany for use as fertilizer. The fat was packed in barrels, also for shipment to Germany. The Germans said that it made good soap."
"German Death Factory in Sobibur" by Major A. Rutman and Senior Lieutenant of the Guards S. Krasilshchik, Information Bulletin, published by the Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Washington D.C, September 15, 1944, pp. 5-7.
The BBC celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Soviet capture of Auschwitz with a great tale: a quadriplegic dwarf forced by Mengele to have sex with a Roma (Gypsy) woman and dying of it.
How I witnessed Auschwitz's medical experimentation
Motti Alon was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from Budapest in 1944 as a child, with his twin brother and their mother.
He recalls seeing camp physician Josef Mengele - known for performing medical experiments on prisoners - forcing a dwarf, suffering from quadriplegia, to have sex with a Roma woman.
From: Video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-31 ... imentation