Friday, January 29, 2010
Joe Diamond's tale - Escaped being deathed in Auschwitz gas chamber by jumping out 20-ft high window and hiding in latrine
Joe was taken on a cattle car to Auschwitz with his family at 15 years old.
He says the German troops were "monsters", and that one soldier picked up a new-born baby off a train and "kicked it into a field."
Diamond was greeted by Dr. Mengele when arriving at Auschwitz. His mother and younger brother were sent to the gas chambers within 3 hours of arrival.
Joe says upon arrival at Auschwitz men who looked like workers went to the right to be used for labor, while women with small children, or that were pregnant, along with senior citizens, and handicapped people, were sent to the left to be gassed.
Joe was put to work hauling bricks and mortar for the construction of new gas chambers. After a few weeks, Joe got weak and was selected to be deathed in the gas chambers, but he escaped by jumping from a 20-foot high window, and then hiding in a latrine filled with human waste for a night.
Eventually Joe was put on a Death March, where he saw a camp decorated with skeletons outside the gates.
He says in the final days of the war, the German soldiers used the prisoners for target practice.
While in Auschwitz, Joe notes that Red Cross officials visited the barracks to take information from the prisoners. Why on earth did the evil Germans allow the Red Cross inside the camp, and let them talk to the inmates? Weren't they worried they would discover their master plan to kill every jew in the world? And why didn't the Red Cross report on any mass murders of inmates at Auschwitz? Chalk it up as another miracle of the Holocaust.
Joe says "gas on the stock market was going up because they were using so much, due to it's effectiveness in killing" and that the German people are all "murderers as guilty as Hitler because they supported and cheered Hitler."
After WWII, Joe came to America and was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany, and was excited to "get even" with the Germans. On a three-day leave, Diamond walked the streets with a bayonet and gun, wondering how someone like him would even go about getting even, but he says he didn't kill anyone because “I’m not a killer”, rather “they [the Germans] were the killers.”
Joe says he tells his story to "fight intolerance."
Article #1: "Holocaust survivor recounts experiences to next generation"
Article #2: The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo's Bio on Joe Diamond
Note: use http://www.archive.org/ to find articles if original links no longer work