As part of our regular exposure of so-called ‘Holocaust Survivors’ talking utter twaddle or just making shit up as they go along. We have the late Max Temkin who has been featured in a hagiographic profile by the ever-helpful ‘Jewish Daily Forward’:
‘Max was born in Lodz, Poland, on March 27, 1922. He started his life in a large Jewish family consisting of his mother, Paula; father, Jacob; two brothers Chaim and Ephraim; and his sister Lisa.
When the Nazis invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, his world changed forever. All of his family members were eventually killed in the concentration camps. Max was separated from his family on Sept. 19, 1939, never to see them again. He was 17 years old.
Max described his experience as “hell on Earth.” In 1940, he was transported by cattle car to Auschwitz, where he was immediately given striped prison garments and tattooed with the number 142538 on his left arm. He would always say “This meant that 142,537 people were tattooed in Auschwitz before me!”’
This superficially looks like a reasonable claim but when you actually know the history of Auschwitz you can see that Temkin is simply lying about his arm tattoo and the approximate date that he got it.
We need but quote the Wikipedia article on Auschwitz to see what bullshit this is:
‘The first mass transport—of 728 Polish male political prisoners, including Catholic priests and Jews—arrived on 14 June 1940 from Tarnów, Poland. They were given serial numbers 31 to 758. In a letter on 12 July 1940, Höss told Glücks that the local population was "fanatically Polish, ready to undertake any sort of operation against the hated SS men". By the end of 1940, the SS had confiscated land around the camp to create a 40-square-kilometer (15 sq mi) "zone of interest" (Interessengebiet) patrolled by the SS, Gestapo and local police. By March 1941, 10,900 were imprisoned in the camp, most of them Poles.
An inmate's first encounter with Auschwitz, if they were registered and not sent straight to the gas chamber, was at the prisoner reception center near the gate with the Arbeit macht frei sign, where they were tattooed, shaved, disinfected, and given a striped prison uniform.’
Put another way:
Temkin claims there were 142,538 people who had been inmates in Auschwitz as of the time he arrived in 1940 (probably June/July of that year) while history records there were only 10,900 inmates as of March 1941. Circa 131,000 were not ‘transferred through’ or ‘away from’ Auschwitz so Temkin can only be lying.
Then we have the fact that Temkin claims that he:
‘Was surrounded by starvation, sickness and death as well as the constant stench of cremated bodies. He was shot randomly by a German guard — “just for the hell of it.” The large wound on the back of his right leg did not become infected, and he survived.
On Jan. 18, 1945, to erase any evidence of their humanity and with the Russians fast approaching, the Nazis forced the prisoners to march out of Auschwitz. It was bitterly cold. Max ate snow to survive. Any person who stumbled or slowed down was taken to the side of the road and shot. The prisoners were freezing and infected with lice from head to toe, having not showered in weeks. Sixty thousand prisoners were forced to march from Auschwitz to other camps in Germany. The death toll was staggering.’
So basically, we are supposed to believed that Temkin survived nearly 5 years in alleged ‘death camp’ in which time he subjected to a prolonged bout of starvation and sickness while also being surrounded by dead bodies, people being killed and cremated as well as being shot in the leg causing a ‘large wound’ as well as having to ‘work hard’ so that he ‘wasn’t gassed’.
Not exactly believable that he ‘survived’ such a horrific ordeal: is it?
Then he surprise surprise was taken on a ‘death march’ – aka he was relocated but had to walk rather than ride a more comfortable train (only a jew would be so upset that he wasn’t given luxury in war time – to Buchenwald from Auschwitz where he was ‘liberated’ from the evils of having to work hard rather than speculate on the stock exchange.