Auschwitz Ran Out Of Gas So Klara Markus And Others Survived

Auschwitz Ran Out Of Gas So Klara Markus And Others Survived

klara-markus survived Auschwitz because the gas ran out

Klara Markus, who survived three Holocaust concentration camps before WW2 was over, will celebrate her one hundred and first birthday on New Years Eve 2014.

Mrs Markus, a Jew from Sighetu Marmatiei, in Maramures in northern Romania, had already been imprisoned in Dachau and Ravensbruck before being sent to Auschwitz.

She survived the Nazi German camp in occupied Poland because the Nazis ran out of gas.

Maybe Look For Them In The Ashes

In August 1942, she was deported to a Jewish ghetto in Budapest, Hungary and worked there in an umbrella factory.

"My mother and older sisters were taken directly to Auschwitz and I never saw them again".

The mother-of-two remained in Budapest for another two years, before the Nazis ordered the remaining Jews in the city to march toward the concentration camps.

After a month-long march, Mrs Markus arrived at Dachau on October 20, 1944, and one week later she was sent to the notorious women’s camp in Ravensbruck, before being transported to Auschwitz.

"I passed through all the camps on the German territory. The conditions were the same all over the places".

"I was falling asleep with tears in my eyes, missing my mother, my sisters".

"When I asked about them, SS members replied shortly":

"Maybe, you should search for them in the smoke or ashes!".

"and they laughed".

"I got accustomed to the hunger, but not with the pain in my soul".

"Everyday we were humiliated, and tortured, I was surrounded by death and lot of dirt, especially the one from our perpetrators’ souls".

The Gas Chambers

Shortly before the evacuation and the subsequent liberation of Auschwitz in January 1945, Mrs Markus, then thirty years old and weighing around 70lbs (32kg), was sent to the gas chambers.

" I was chosen towards the end of the day with a large group of other women and we were made ready for the gas chamber".

"But when they put us inside and went to turn the gas on, they found they had run out".

"One of the guards joked that it was our lucky day because they had already killed so many they didn’t have any gas left for us".

"God was watching over me that day".

Escape From Auschwitz

Mrs Markus says that her narrow escape caused her to realize that she had nothing to lose, she decided she would try to escape and she succeeded.

She returned to Romania to discover that her entire family had been killed during the war, and she started to rebuild her life which is when she met her husband, Dr Andrei Markus.


An Unexpected Guest

In celebration of her upcoming birthday, Anton Rohian, who is a Romanian county prefect arrived at her home.

He said,

"I brought you a bunch of flowers, a bottle of champagne and an excellency diploma to thank you because you’ve returned to Maramures after all you’ve been through".

"It’s important not to forget what happened in the past".

Kissing the Romanian flag, Mrs Markus said,

"I’ve had terrible experiences in my life, but this is a wonderful moment".

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Sole Survivors Of Accidents – Bahia Basari Was One Of Them

Sole Survivors Were Blessed – But Why Do So Many Harbor A Sense Of Guilt

bahia-bakari was a sole survivor

Just a a very small number of people were the sole ones to survive a plane crash or other accident.

In fact since 1970 there were only 14 sole survivor crashes of commercial aircraft and in about a third of them, the lone survivor was a child or a crew member.

Their survival was in many ways a miracle but many of them feel guilt-ridden for having survived.

And they continue to cope with confusion, guilt and the complicated emotional aftermath of what it means to be a sole survivor.

Bahia And The Flight

Bahia Basari (aka Bakari), just thirteen years old, from √Čvry, Essonne, France, escaped with just a few minor cuts to her face and a fractured collar-bone after a Yemenia Airways Airbus A310 crashed when trying to land in the Comoros Islands.


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Betty Lou Oliver Survived Two Major Accidents On The Same Day

Who Was Betty Lou Oliver And What Did She Survive?

Betty Lou Oliver Survived Two Major Accidents On The Same Day


Betty Lou Oliver was an elevator attendant at the Empire State Building and she survived two major unrelated accidents on the same day!

First when a bomber hit the Empire State Building and then when the elevator that she was in, crashed 80 floors!

What Actually Happened?

Betty Lou Oliver was working on the 80th story of the Empire State building on July 28, 1945.

On that day, due to thick fog a B-25 Mitchell bomber crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building.

The plane struck the 79th floor of the building and Oliver’s car was on the 80th floor.

She was thrown from her car and received severe burns, and her pelvis, back and neck were broken!

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Yossi Ghinsberg – A Survivor And Motivational Speaker

Who Is Yossi Ghinsberg?

Yossi Ghinsberg - A Survivor And Motivational Speaker

Yossi Ghinsberg is perhaps best known for being lost and surviving alone in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon for three weeks in 1981.

He is now an author and motivational speaker based in Australia.

What Did He Experience In The Seemingly Endless Jungle?

For three weeks in 1981, Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli backpacker who was traveling through South America, survived drowning, venomous snakes, starvation and extreme pain.

His incredible story of survival, which he describes as miraculous was made into a documentary that’s been shown in 160 countries, and now his book, Lost in the Jungle, has been published in the UK.

Ghinsberg explains how he found himself in the jungle as a 22-year-old fresh from his military service in the Israeli navy.

"I was very naive. I wanted to be like the heroes of the books I read. That’s why I wanted to go to the jungle. I wasn’t interested in danger from the adrenaline aspect, I was more interested in the romance".

Four Adventurers From Four Different Countries

His travels took him to Bolivia, where he met a Swiss traveler called Marcus.

"It happened almost like a novel. The start of the story was when I met Marcus on a trip over a lake. Then there was Karl, an Austrian who was larger than life. I believe he picked me because of my naivety. He was experienced in jungle travel and told me about this great adventure we could have through the rainforest to discover a hidden tribe.

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Jacques Bullard – The First Black Pilot In WW1 Was A Hero

Eugene Jacques Bullard – A Black American WW1 Pilot And Hero

In August of 1917 Eugene Jacques Bullard, an American by birth volunteered for the French foreign legion.

And he later went on to become the first black pilot in history and only one of two black pilots in World War I.

When the United States finally joined the war, Bullard was the only member of the Escadrille or the French Flying Corps who was NOT invited to join the US Air Service.

The reason?

At that time the Air Service only accepted white men.

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