by Robin Beth Schaer

50th Anniversary of Women’s Heroism During the Holocaust

The bodies of Alina Gertner, Rosa Robata, Regina Safirstajn and Esther Wajcblum swayed in the wind for three days in the gallows of Auschwitz Birkenau. They had been hanged by the Nazis on January 6, 1945, just 21 days before the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, for their part in the October 7, 1944 Revolt. As they died, they shouted, “Take revenge, nekome, vengeance!” to their fellow factory workers, who were forced to watch the executions.

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