Arbeitskreis Judentum im Wasgau · 66994 Dahn

Dahn in January 2020

January 27th - 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
In memory of the Jewish victims from the Wasgau region.
„That Auschwitz may not be repeated.“

2020 by Otmar Weber
Translated by Peter Blystone, Arizona

On this day seventy-five years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi extermination complex of Auschwitz. For the deported fellow citizens from the Wasgau, the liberators came too late. About 50 Jews from Busenberg, Dahn and Erlenbach were murdered by the Nazis during that time; most of them in the extermination centers of the East. Many of them in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
More than 6000 Jewish citizens of all ages were deported from the Palatinate, Baden and the Saar region to the concentration camp Gurs/Pyrenees (Vichy France) in a night and fog action by the Gauleiters Bürckel and Wagner on October 22, 1940. About 2000 died in the French camps. For nearly 4000, the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka were the final destination. Only a few returned to the Palatinate, Baden or the Saar region after 1945. No one from our region who was in Auschwitz survived.

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