Return to Auschwitz
Returning to Auschwitz is the story about Kitty Hart-Moxon, a Polish English girl who was sent to Auschwitz. She survived in the camp for two years. After liberation, she made her way to England. After 34 years she returned to Auschwitz. She grew up in Southern Poland with a mother and father and a brother. They managed to escape the Nazis several times. Unfortunately, the Nazis caught up with them and it would change her life.
She was a child when the Nazis invaded Lublin, where they were living. It quickly dawned on her that the Nazis were out to kill people like her. Her brother fled to Russia. He attempted to reach England. Her grandmother was seized and killed. Her father arranged new Aryan identities for his daughter and wife. He put them on the train to the west. They were part of a forced labor group.
The Gestapo were tipped off about potential Jews in the work party. Kitty remembers the day when the Gestapo came. The leader looked like an ordinary man but the way he spoke, she knew she had to prepare to die. The Gestapo were scared them. Kitty felt relieved that she was not to die. Kitty and her mother were sent to Dresden to another prisoner. Then she was transported back to Poland and Auschwitz. Kitty was 16 when she was sent to Auschwitz. Her family had been on the run for 12 years.
Kitty admits to being ready for Auschwitz the first time. She was detached from everything at that point in the war. Now visiting the site again, she was unsure that she will be ready. Kitty goes back to Auschwitz to show her son and feels that it is her duty to go back. When she is gone, her son will be able to tell Kitty’s story.
Kitty and her son arrive in Auschwitz. She is already nervous about return and struggles to get her bearings. She encourages her son to bring his children to the site. This is a duty that she does not take lightly. Eventually, she starts telling her story to her son. There was a particular glow to the night sky when she arrived at the camp. She recalls the scent of roasted meat as well. She helped build the railroads that lead to Auschwitz. She carried the cement for the railroad. She was bitten by the dogs. She begins with the arrival and the selection process. Kitty recalls being given uniforms, just one layer.
Kitty was interned in Camp B1. She wants to look for a way into the camp. They arrive at the camp and Kitty describes the selections. One way was the way to live and the other way was to die, and it was where the crematoriums were at. It was night when Kitty entered the camp. Everything was taken from her and she was shaved. She was smeared with green fluid and she was given Russian prisoner of war uniforms. There were Russians that were shot before she arrived.
She looked for block 25 because it was significant. It was her block and she was there for months and months. She hid there for months and months. Everything time she went into the block she was beaten and got her bread ration. You have to admire Kitty’s determination to tell her story to her son.
This is an older documentary about one survivor’s return to Auschwitz. This would be a good documentary to show at the end of the Holocaust Unit because it is about the return of a survivor to Auschwitz. It is the raw story of a woman’s survival in the Holocaust.
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