One Heartbreaking Story
This Zionist claims she hide her diamonds by swallowing them, then defecating in a corner, and then swallowing the diamonds again.
Her mother gave her four diamonds to be used to buy bread should she ever find herself hungry during World War II, but those diamonds gave Irene Weisberg Zisblatt the fortitude to survive the Holocaust. 5
”I can not buy bread with your diamonds, mother, but as long as I am alive they will stay with me,” she wrote in her memoir, The Fifth Diamond: The Story of Irene Weisberg Zisblatt.
Zisblatt lived in Hungary with her parents and five siblings. In 1942, when she was 11, her mother, Rachel, sewed the diamonds into the hem of her skirt before she was taken by the Nazis to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
She was a favorite of Dr. Josef Mengele, who performed experiments and surgeries on her without anesthesia.
Mengele injected chemicals into her eyes in an attempt to change their color and injected viruses under Zisblatt’s fingernail. He surgically emove the numbers tattooed on her arm.
Mengele told his nurse to administer a lethal injection, but the nurse worked for the underground and faked it.
Young Irene hid her diamonds by swallowing and sh*tting them over and over again. She did this for 15 months.
In 1945, Irene escaped. Exhausted and covered in lice, they walked through the forest and managed to stay alive by digging up food.
She was liberated by Gen. George Patton’s Third Army. After her recovery, she was taken in by relatives in America and began a new life with a new name. She married in 1956, and although she had been given watery soup filled with chemicals to destroy her reproductive organs, she gave birth to a son and a daughter in the 1960s.
Zisblatt had vowed that if she survived, she would be a voice for her fellow prisoners. But it was not until her son asked her about the Holocaust that she was ready to share her story.
”For 50 years, I didn’t say a word. I didn’t want my children to live with my pain,” she said.