'Caust Survivor Claims He Weighed 60 lbs At War's End
Please welcome "Charles Pierce" to our thread. His tales lapse into the utterly preposterous.
As a teen in Kielce, Poland, the scion of a weathy fellow, or as "Pierce" puts it, a "successful businessman," his "comfortable" lifestyle was temporarily shelved by the German-Soviet partition of Poland in '39. Kielce was just in on the German side of the partition line by a few kilometers.
Kielce was also the scene, in 1919, of one of those "terrible" anti-semitic pogroms various evil East Europeans stage periodically because their wondrous and seraphic jew neighbors have treated them so well. Henry Morgenthau, Sr. was part of a special US Commission sent to get to the bottom of this horrendous pre-Nazi persecution of poor jews by sinister Poles. 4 jews were killed in that dastardly pogrom .... which, in my book, wasn't much of a pogrom at all ..... but this was during a halcyon time when extra zeros weren't routinely added to numbers of saintly jewish victims of paroxyms of European hysteria, madness and jealousy.
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Anyway, "Pierce" reports that "armed" teen bands of "Hitler Youth" descended on Kielce and divested the "Pierce" family of all their wordly possessions. But these Hitler Jugend teens weren't venal in any way and promptly handed over their loot, plus the unspecified "family business" to a "Polish Nazi."
Obviously, "Pierce's" story is already off the rails in that Hitler Youth youngsters were NEVER sent into deep Poland on such curious confiscatory missions; and further, I don't believe persons of non-Germanic ancestry could join the Nazi Party. Perhaps "Pierce" just can't get over his innate, age-old hatred of Poles and, to him, "Pole" is just a synonym for "Nazi" anyway.
As a teen, young Pierce was then packed off with his intact family to a ghetto, presumably the Kielce Ghetto. Right off the bat, unspecified "soldiers" started using innocent jews "for target practice." Yet Pierce survived such scary marksmanship training, and before you know it, he made it through a dizzying succession of "multiple ghettos, forced-labor camps and death-camps throughout Poland and Germany."
"Pierce" is one of those death camp "Marco Polos" who, somehow, made it to quite a few "death camps" ...always the well known, "famous" camps, yet somehow lived to tell about his awful odyssey. For example, he spent 14 months in nearby (to Kielce) Treblinka. There he subsisted on potato peelings and bread, strangely refusing to eat the "horsemeat soup prisoners were given." I find that most odd, indeed! Perhaps Pierce was some sort of WWII vegan, or perhaps he had converted to one of the stricter branches of Hiduism ......however scarce protein was protein after all! I should think even a supposedly starving Hindu or vegan would put aside petty dietary scruples in an alleged life-threatening food shortage. --That is, if there really were food shortages in the early and midstages of the terrible war.
I have a feeling "Pierce" is attempting to allude to some sort of cannibalism, in that the "horsemeat" was actually human flesh ..... apparently he was too circumspect to peddle that whopper outright.
After Treblinka, it was on to grim Auschwitz, where "20,000 gypsies" were liquidated and cremated the day before he got there. "Pierce" doesn't say how he came by this startling intelligence .... as a newcomer and all. Perhaps those terrible Germans had a kind of electric/neon scoreboard which posted the prior days' astonishing death totals.
Curiously, "Pierce" recounts visits and inspections by the Red Cross at Auschwitz. But, alas, it was just a clever "show" put on by the wicked Germans to fool the dull Red Cross do-gooders, by giving the prisoners "dinner' and "cleaning" them up.
Surviving Auschwitz quite handily, it was then on to a "subcamp" of Dachau. Escaping end-of-the-war liquidation at Dachau, somehow, he walked and crawled to American soldiers ....weighing just "60 pounds!" Holocaust survivor shares his story with NBVC » Ventura County Star
Here's "Pierce" not the worse for his WWII wear, and he seems to have regained a normal body weight. I wonder what a knowledgeable physician or physiologist would say about his sixty pound weight nadir. I thought 75 was about the absolute minimum for a normal sized male ....... maybe there was a typo or maybe "Pierce" meant "160" lbs.
Maybe he'll say he was only 20 lbs at his next holocaust soiree-stand up comedy routine and reminisce how kindly Germanic leprachauns (kobolds) took him for one of their own and nursed him back to health:
A Kobold .... one fairy tale deserves another: