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Herman Shine

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Herman Shine, an Aushwitz survivor who made a daring escape from the camp, has died at the age of 95.
    Shine, who was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1939 and transferred to Auschwitz in 1942, was made famous by an escape he said was made possible by 'a dozen miracles'.
    In fact, the German-born Jew was one of only 200 people known to have escaped from Auschwitz and survived.
    Shine credited his escape to his best friend Max Drimmer who was imprisoned alongside him both in Sachsenhausen and then Auschwitz.
    According to Shine, who was known as Mendel Scheingesicht at the time, the pair had a near escape moments after their arrival at the notorious death camp.
    After being unloaded from the packed railroad livestock cars the prisoners were divided into two groups - some destined for labor, others for the gas chamber.
    Drimmer managed to sneak into a line with Shine, narrowly avoiding being sent to his death and instead being sent to Monowitz, a work camp also known as Auschwitz III.
    Both of them were employed in Monowitz and nearby Gleiwitz camp with Shine working as a roofer.
    'As long as you were keeping fairly healthy you had a chance to survive another day,' Mr. Shine told The San Mateo County Times in 2009."

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