Zyklon B - The Holocaust

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This is the holocaust project due, that of which in the surviving tale is the non-Jewish Pole, Maria Ossowski

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  • Maria Ossowski - Mistaken
  • Auschwitz
  • Conditions
  • In the year 1926, a Pole by the name of Maria Ossowski was born. In the year 1943 in the capital of Poland, Warsaw, she was arrested by the Gestapo for the belief, despite that it was false of her knowledge of such activity, that she had been aiding the Polish Resistance. The fate of her mother, father, and aunt, the aunt being who cared for her, is unknown, though her fate is quite well. The aunt lived in Warsaw while the mother and father lived in Zakopane, Poland. She was 17.
  • Conditions
  • Maria was taken to the Auschwitz camp in May of 1943 with 120 other female prisoners, herself being one of the 30 which survived. Her first job at the camp was digging drainage ditches, transferred to a more safe out camp due to her attractive stature. Throughout working, she gained the illness of typhoid and TB in both lungs.
  • Frei - Free
  • The only condition which had ensured Maria's near survival, was that of the relatively high living conditions for non-Jews as opposed to the squalor that of which the Jews had to live in. The conditions were still appalling of course, the camp having a record of holding nine-fifteen to a unit, the unit being three short board floors and two cold concrete walls, yet marginally less cruel. Some of such explanation for such, is that political prisoners were not considered "necessary to exterminate."
  • Afterwards
  • The typical housing which could have been expected within the barracks of Auschwitz had no insulation, a bucket for excrement, and typically residence of five hundred. Those within the barracks were required to rest within the given uniform which they worked in, the resident's wounds and diseases were cared towards by other prisoners, often inexperienced such as Maria Ossowski's later husband, Alec Ossowski. Polish Jews typically worked 10-12 hours when in forced labor.
  • In 1945, Polish Germany was invaded from the East by the Russians. The aftermath of such was that those in Auschwitz were transported, from Ravensbrück to Buchenwald. Along transportation from Buchenwald, Maria Ossowski escaped into a nearby forest. Within the forest, she survived for two weeks until found by Agrarian laborers, she was taken in as one of them in civilian clothing, she claimed to be a German refugee. (Simplified for space)
  • When the Russians fully liberated Germany, Maria moved to France, afraid of returning to Poland, she found her future husband, Alec Ossowski, whom was working at Auschwitz as well. She and her husband joined the British controlled Polish Army while in Italy and then later settled in Britain and opened an antique shop. She, ostensibly, is educating many on the effect of the holocaust on non-Jews through her words and sharing of experiences.
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