Elane Geller speaks to college students
Elane Geller is one of the youngest living Holocaust survivors, having lived in the camps as a child.
She spent the most time in, and was liberated from, Bergen-Belsen.
Elane says the average food intake of the prisoners was 400 calories per day, but that she didn't receive any food at all because she was not a "worker". Therefore, she had to share food with her aunt.
Her 16 year old sister was sent to Auschwitz where, as Elane says, she "fell victim to the oven."
Gellar says that the German economy was failing, but with the opening of the new death camps, it helped "save" the German economy. She says the Germans made fertilizer out of the bones and pillows out of human hair.
Elane says that people near the death camps, such as Auschwitz, could see smoke billowing out similar to that when the twin towers collapsed on 9/11.
While at the camp, she says she had typhoid, typhus, and tuberculosis. But she never went to the camp infirmary. Geller says, “I had lice and rats in my hair. I stole, I ate toothpaste, I drank urine. I did, I did whatever was necessary to fill my belly and stay alive.”
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