As a prisoner at the Nazis’ Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp during the latter portion of World War II, Marcel Nadjari experienced hell on Earth.
“We all suffer things here that the human mind can not imagine,” he revealed in a letter written in 1944. “Underneath a garden, there are two endless basement rooms: one is meant for undressing, the other is a death chamber. People enter naked and when it is filled with about 3,000 people, it is closed and they are gassed.”
After writing this letter, Nadjari stuck it in a thermos, wrapped the thermos in a leather pouch and then buried them at the camp, where they remained until a student performing excavation work found them in 1980, as reported by Deutsche Welle.
What followed was a lengthy process to reconstruct the damaged document and finally bring Nadjari’s harrowing words to the eyes of the world. It took almost 40 years, but his message was finally published by the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History just this month.
But just because the letter has been published doesn’t mean everybody is ready to read it, for the words contained within are enough to make even the strongest man break down in tears.
Nadjari described in excruciating detail how he was one of several young male Jewish prisoners selected for their youth and health to dispose of corpses.
“We carried the corpses of these innocent women and children to the elevator, which brought them into the room with the ovens, and they put them in the furnaces, where they were burnt without the use of fuel, because of the fat they have,” he wrote, according to Gizmodo.
“When you read what work I did, you will say, how could he … burn his fellow believers,” he continued. “Many times I thought of coming in with them (into the gas chambers) to finish, but I have always kept my revenge: I wanted to live to avenge the death of Papa and Mama, and that of my beloved little sister, Nelli.”
While Nadjari never obtained revenge in the traditional sense, he did obtain it by surviving for many years beyond World War II. After Auschwitz was liberated by Russian soldiers in January of 1945 and the Nazis defeated several months later, Nadjari wound up relocating to New York, where he died 26 years later.
Likewise, Nadjari — and many other Holocaust survivors — was alive long enough to to see a large number of Nazis be indicted and punished for their sick crimes.
Source : conservativetribune.com