- The similarity between Henryk and Benedykt (both Pressac and Franciszek Piper spell it as "Henryk")
- On his deposition "Henryk Tauber" states that prior to the war he'd lived at No. 1 Grunwaldzka Street, Chrzanow "with my immediate family, numbering twelve people, in Chrzanow. Of this family, only one of my brothers-in-law and I survived." It's unlikely that his brother-in-law would have had the same surname, obviously Fuchsbrunner's sister would have taken her husband's surname ("Tauber" state he was a bachelor on the deposition). So Fuchsbrunner should have been the sole surviving member of the family.
- The "Pages of Testimony" for the Yad Vashem for Abrahkam & Mindl Fuchsbrunner (a couple who bear an uncanny number of similarities to the parents of "Henryk Tauber" as described in his deposition) were completed by a Ben Fuchsbrunner. Ben being a recognisable shortening of Benedykt
On the other hand, "Henryk Tauber" states he was born "July 8, 1917", and that's not even close to Benedykt's DOB on the AJDC card: Nov 20, 1910. Whilst it's very close to Hirsch's DOB on his AJDC: July 10, 1917.
Hirsch Fuchsbrunner, aged 32, arrived in NY aboard the SS Ile de France on March 19, 1952 and was destined for the American Jewish Distribution Committee in Cincinnati Ohio.
A few months ago I contacted the Auschwitz museum to see if they would confirm to me the name of prisoner 90124 from the registration list. They were initially reluctant to tell me anything, but eventually they confirmed to me:
The claim that "Henryk Tauber" was in an Auschwitz hospital when the Russians arrived, completely contradicts a very long story by Shlomo Dragon in Grief's book We Wept Without Tears (pp.176-178) in which Shlomo describes how him and Tauber escaped from a "death march" out of Auschwitz on January 25, 1945[!] and broke into a woman's home and took her and her children hostage:Tauber Henryk born July 8, 1943 in Chrzanow, was deported to Auschwitz from Krakow on January 19, 1943. He was registered and received his camp serial number 90124. He was in Auschwitz till liberation remaining in the hospital of Polish Red Cross till May 11, 1945.
Source of information:
- the list of transports incoming to Auschwitz, post war materials, deposition of Henryk Tauber.
Dragon's yarn continues on how they fled that evening, walked all night to Pszczyna, walked 15km down some railway tracks, came to a farmhouse, hid under a haystack, the farmer found them, they told him some stories about them being being Poles on the run from Germans, and it ends: "The next day he took us to a dairy...." And that's it. Grief then asks him about emigrating to Israel. No explanation of how Dragon and "Fuchsenbrunner" became star sonderkommando witnesses of the Soviets and the Soviet Poles.I held a knife close to her neck and threatened her: "If you open your mouth, I'll kill you right here." [...] she realized rather quickly that we wouldn't hesitate to stab her if she didn't help us. I made the woman and the children sit in a corner and told them, "You'll stay here until the evening. You better not open your mouths!"