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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday and Franziska Mann

Throwback Thursday and Franziska Mann

Born in 1917, Franziska Mann was a dancer, and some sources say that she was one of the best dancers of her generation in Poland.  Her stage name was Lola Horovitz. She began her career in Warsaw before the war.

When the war began she was imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, and later in the Hotel Polski along with other prominent Jews. Later she was moved to Bergen-Belsen.

When she was taken to Auschwitz, she killed an SS officer named Schilinger. This incident was described by another Jewish prisoner who survived, Filip Müller.
An account from the Find A Grave website (https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55229207 ) described what happened:

“Suddenly she threw an article of clothing at Schillinger, hitting him in the head. As he opened his holster, Franceska Mann grabbed his pistol and shot twice mortally wounding him; the third shot wounded a second SS man, Emmerich, who later recovered, but was disabled.
 Inspired by her courage the fellow prisoners attacked the SS guards and severely injured two of them, but could not do anything against the machine guns and were within minutes shot or driven into the gas chamber.”

Her death date is listed as Oct. 23, 1943, in Poland.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #: 182
“Franziska Mann was a dancer and a resistance heroine from Auschwitz.”

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J.R.R. Tolkien

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