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Greeks at Auschwitz
« on: Sunday, 07 October, 2018 @ 23:47:52 »
On This Day October 7, 1944: Remembering Greeks Who Revolted at Auschwitz

Today marks the 74th anniversary of a revolt by Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau in which 60 Greek Jews are believed to have participated and died.

The historic prisoner revolt — the only such revolt known to have taken place at the camp — was led by members of the Sonderkommando — so-called “special units” comprised predominantly of Jewish inmates whose tasks included disposing of people’s bodies after Nazis murdered them in the gas chambers.

Sonderkommando members received special treatment and privileges in return for these compulsory duties. But because they had direct knowledge of the genocide being committed in the camp, they faced certain death, as the Nazis followed a policy of gassing special unit members every four months and replacing them with new arrivals to the camps.

The October 7 revolt was launched by Sonderkommando members who were aware that their deaths were being scheduled.

If you watch the video you might want to scroll half way down and read in English The Rebellion of Greek Jews in Auschwitz