No gas available

The Other Victims

DONNA GEHRKE-WHITE, [email protected]

June 25, 2005, Page 1E, Miami Herald, The (FL)

Anna Alicja Porebska, 17, was forced into the metal-lined gas chamber at Auschwitz expecting to die. Then a guard whispered something she never forgot: “You are not going to be killed because we have no gas available.” Instead, Porebska, now 77 and living in Miami, was sent to another concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, and to a German farm as a slave laborer — one of the few Polish Christian prisoners who lived to be liberated by the Allies at the end of World War II.