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This Day In History – Ella Gatner – Executed at Auschwitz


On January 6, 1945 four female Jewish prisoners were hanged in the female camp of Auschwitz: Ella Gartner (in the pre-war picture), Róża Robota, Regina Safir and Estera Wajsblum.

They were condemned to death because they assisted in the uprising that broke out on October 7, 1944 in the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz II-Birkenau. They provided the Sonderkommando with explosives and munition from the depots of the Weichsel-Union-Metallwerke, where three of the women worked.

The execution had two stages. Two of the women were hanged during the evening roll call in the presence of the male and female prisoners who worked the night shift at Weichsel-Union. Two others were hanged after the return of the squad that worked the dayshift. The reason for the sentence was read by the Auschwitz camp commander SS-Hauptsturmführer Franz Hössler. He screamed that all traitors will be destroyed in this manner. It was the last execution in Auschwitz.

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