By Karl Radl
According to the ‘Boston Globe,' there has been another miraculous ‘Holocaust Survivor’ telling their ‘story’ to the world.
‘Anita Epstein was born in the squalor of the Krakow ghetto in Poland during World War II. To save her from the Nazi dragnet, her parents gave her up at the age of 4 months.
Hidden in a leather valise and sedated lest her cries betray her, she was smuggled past SS guards. Her father, Salek Kuenstler, deposited her with a Polish family that obtained a false birth certificate and had her baptized into the Catholic Church to conceal her Jewish identity.
He would die in a Nazi concentration camp, along with his father and brothers. But Anita’s mother, Eda Kuenstler, survived Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. Months after her liberation, she appeared at the home of the Catholic family in Poland to reclaim her daughter. Anita, then 3, did not recognize her as her mother. She already had a mother.’
‘Anita Kuenstler was born Nov. 18, 1942, in what passed for a hospital in the Krakow ghetto. Her mother, Anita later recalled, described it as ‘‘a cold room, the window covered with a sheet, a single candle for light.’’
Since the summer of 1941, her parents had been living with three other families in a single room in the ghetto. Corpses littered the streets. Garbage piled up everywhere, and the rats multiplied.
‘‘When my mother’s pregnancy began to show she sought to keep out of sight of the SS lest they murder her as they had other pregnant Jewish women,” Mrs. Epstein wrote.
After the birth, her father, the son of a well-to-do Krakow family that ran a leather business, made arrangements for his infant daughter to be cared for by gentile friends, the Sendlers.
Zofia Sendler, already the mother of two sons and a daughter, christened and renamed her. A chain with a small silver cross was placed around her neck.
After the war, Mrs. Epstein recalled, many survivors looked upon her as a “miracle child.’’
According to Patricia Heberer Rice, a senior historian at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, “few babies or very young children, not rescued or hidden, survived the Holocaust. The estimate is that 1.2 million to 1.5 million Jewish children died in the Holocaust.’’’ (1)
Now, this sounds relatively plausible except for the simple facts that:
- It is next to impossible to physically ‘hide’ a pregnancy, because of how the body changes and the belly of the mother distends.
- It is implausible to say the least that Anita was sedated – the question, ‘with what in the middle of a jewish ghetto?’ is begged – and then shoved in a leather valise – which is a small travelling bag – that the SS never thought to check for some reason – despite it being obviously very full and heavy - and yet had to have air holes or be open for Anita to breathe in it as well.
If that sounds fairly miraculous it is because that is exactly what is being claimed by Anita Epstein, but stripped back from all the surrounding verbiage that serves to hide the nonsense she claims ‘happened’ from critical scrutiny.