Sunday, June 23, 2019

Anne Frank "probably" died of typhus

From Wikipedia:

In early 1945, a typhus epidemic spread through the camp, killing 17,000 prisoners. Other diseases, including typhoid fever, were rampant. Due to these chaotic conditions, it is not possible to determine the specific cause of Anne's death. However, there is evidence that she died from the epidemic. Gena Turgel, a survivor of Bergen Belsen, knew Anne Frank at the camp. In 2015, Turgel told the British newspaper, the Sun: “Her bed was around the corner from me. She was delirious, terrible, burning up,” adding that she had brought Frank water to wash. Turgel, who worked in the camp hospital, said that thetyphus epidemic at the camp took a terrible toll on the inmates. “The people were dying like flies — in the hundreds.” “Reports used to come in — 500 people who died. Three hundred? We said, ‘Thank God, only 300.’”
Ken White, today at the Atlantic, details the sequence of events that led to "a lawyer for the United States telling a panel of incredulous Ninth Circuit judges that it is 'safe and sanitary' to confine immigrant children in facilities without soap or toothbrushes and to make them sleep on concrete floors under bright lights."