70 Years Later:
Babies During the Holocaust, They Were Born Survivors
BY WENDY HOLDEN
On Sunday May 10th, two exceptional 70-year-old American citizens–one from Wisconsin and one from California–stood side by side on the grounds of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria, not far from Hitler’s hometown of Linz. Holding their hands was a diminutive grey-haired Englishwoman with a unique connection to them both.
The granite fortress camp where they met was on the top of a hill in an otherwise beautiful setting overlooking the River Danube and across from Salzburg and the Alps. Mauthausen was home to one of the most brutal extermination complexes, known as “The Bone Grinder.”
No prisoner was expected to emerge from Mauthausen alive. But somehow thousands did, including these three remarkable survivors–born within weeks of each other in unimaginable circumstances during the closing days of the war.
Hana Berger-Moran was born April 12, 1945 on a table in an SS slave labor camp in Freiberg, Germany, as the Russian and American forces closed in. Seven months earlier her mother Priska had been stripped and shaved and faced “selection” by Dr Josef Mengele at Auschwitz; she denied being pregnant there, before being sent away to be worked and starved to death, keeping her pregnancy secret to the end.
When her water broke, the Nazis laughingly took bets on the gender of her baby before pushing (more…)
Never Show Weakness
When Police Stay Silent About Stress, The Results Can Be Deadly
Editor’s Note: Law enforcers are sworn to serve and protect. But who’s serving and protecting them—from silent menaces like mental illness? Police officers and other public safety personnel are taught that weakness, any weakness, could put their lives, and the lives of others, at risk on the job. And so they stay silent, and undiagnosed, for fear of being stigmatized and potentially losing their careers.
Yet every year in the U.S., more police officers die by suicide than in the line of duty.
In the new book Public Safety Suicide: The Human Dimension, co-author Mary Van Haute tells the story of Bolingbrook, Illinois police officer Chris Prochut. Prochut began his career with the department right out of high school in 1991 and rose to Commander, the third highest rank in the agency. He was also the public face of the department, serving as its public information (more…)