Noemi Ban on entering Auschwitz Birkenau
Hungarian Jews began being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau via cattle cars in mid-May 1941. The journey took two days and they arrived 69 years ago today. Adolf Eichmann, the German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannfüher (lieutenant colonel) personally oversaw the arrival of the Hungarian Jews, and by May 24th it is estimated he sent 100,000 to be gassed. Between May 16th and May 31st, the SS reported they collected 88 pounds of gold and white metal from the teeth of those who were killed. Noemi Ban recounted what it was like to begin the journey in a clip we featured earlier , and here she describes her arrival.