Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Eugeniusz Tytyk (1920-2006) - An Auschwitz Survivor, My Father, My Hero on Squidoo

Today is my father's - Eugeniusz Tytyk's - birthday. Yes, he was born on December 13, 1920 and would be celebrating his BD today... Unfortunately, he passed away last March.

Please visit the Squidoo lens -
Eugeniusz Tytyk (1920-2006) - An Auschwitz Survivor, My Father, My Hero on Squidoo in which I honored his life.

Thanks,

Ilona
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

American Chronicle: VERDICT ON AUSCHWITZ: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965

An article in American Chronicle presents VERDICT ON AUSCHWITZ: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965 - a documentary film that attempts to capture the history of Auschwitz. according to the reviewer, the authors of the film do that very well.

"Verdict on Auschwitz" gives the detailed eye-witness accounts by victims, shows the painstaking organization of evidence by prosecutors, and the chilling testimony by the killers themselves. According to the reviewer, "...this film reveals more about the workings, mindset, and logic of mass murder than any film I know.”

Ilona
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Friday, November 17, 2006

'Forgiving Dr. Mengele' - MOVIE REVIEW - Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com

"Forgiving Dr. Mengele" is a new documentary film telling the story of Eva Kor, one of the so-called "Mengele twins," who along with her sister was subjected to the Nazi doctor's experiments.

A review of that film was published by Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com.

In his book Living Shadows" my father Eugeniusz Tytyk also tells about Dr. Mengele - "The Angel Of Death" a Nazi doctor in Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. My father survived there three selections to gas performed by that infamous war criminal.

Ilona
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Monday, November 06, 2006

"Auschwitz survivor fights for her art" - from Hamilton Spectator - News

Here is an interesting story about an artist who worked for Dr. Mengele in Auschwitz-Birkenau "Auschwitz survivor fights for her art" - published by Hamilton Spectator - News . The article was written by Ron Grossman from The Chicago Tribune.

Ilona
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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Dr. Vrba - an enigmatic Auschwitz escapee

Just recently I learned from Wikipedia that Dr. Rudolf Vrba died on March 27, 2006 - only 9 days after my father - Eugeniusz Tytyk - passed away.

I've never met Dr. Vrba, but while doing the research for my father's book I thought that it would be very interesting if those two gentlemen were able to meet and recall their Auschwitz experience.

Dr. Vrba was a Slovak Jew who spent 2 years in Auschwitz - from June 1942 to April 1944 (my father was there from January to December 1944). With the help of the camp underground, Vrba and another Jew-Slovak Alfred Wetzler escaped from the camp and got to Slovakia and then pass information to the Allies about the mass extermination in Auschwitz.

Their report - known as the Vrba-Wetzler report - was the first detailed information about the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp to reach the Allies that they accepted as credible (Witold Pilecki sent his report in 1943 to London but it was ignored). It is believed that the Vrba-Wetzler report saved lives of many Hungarian Jews - at least 200,000, although it was too late and almots half a million was deported to Auschwitz and murdered there.

After the war, Dr. Vrba emigrated to England and later on he came to Canada, becoming an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia from 1976 until the early 1990s, specializing in neurology.

Dr. Vrba had a very colorful personality and was loved by his students. However, he also had many foes, because he charged that some of the Jewish leaders didn't do enough to stop the genocide of the Hungarian Jews. He was considered, though, as an expert on Holocaust and appeared as a witness in the 1985 Ernst Zundel trial, during which he had a heated exchange with Zundel's attorney - Douglas Christie.

Ilona

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