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Auschwitz survivor returns to death camp for final time
Edith Notowicz first saw Nazi SS doctor Josef Mengele when she arrived at the Auschwitz extermination camp in May 1944, after several days crammed into a cattle train so packed that by journey's end she and her family had to sit on the dead.

Mengele, the "Angel of Death," picked Notowicz to be part of the medical experiments he was conducting on children, especially twins, pregnant women and other inmates. In Notowicz's case, she was sterilized by force.

"There were four or five people around me, Mengele as well. They cut me up, without anesthetic," she said, drawing an imaginary line on her pelvis. "I screamed and they hit me."

She lost her parents and siblings in the chaos of their arrival at Auschwitz. She never saw them again.
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust Survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, looks out the window while speaking about her time in Auschwitz,...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz speaks about her time in Auschwitz, in her apartment in Trondheim
Holocaust Survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, looks out the window while speaking about her time in Auschwitz, in her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 12, 2020. Picture taken January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation...
Oswiecim, Poland
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Brzezinka near Oswiecim, Poland, January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation...
Oswiecim, Poland
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Brzezinka near Oswiecim, Poland, January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
A knife, stolen from the Nazis in Auschwitz by Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz while she was imprisoned,...
Trondheim, Norway
A knife, stolen from the Nazis in Auschwitz by Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz while she was imprisoned,...
A knife, stolen from the Nazis in Auschwitz by Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz while she was imprisoned, is displayed for a photograph at Notowicz's apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust Survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, raises her arms as she re-enacts how the Nazis forced her to walk...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz speaks about her time in Auschwitz, in her apartment in Trondheim
Holocaust Survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, raises her arms as she re-enacts how the Nazis forced her to walk as a child, while naked, with her arms above her head in Auschwitz, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 12, 2020. Picture taken January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust Survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, touches her wedding ring, as she talks about the trauma she experienced...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz speaks about her time in Auschwitz, in her apartment in Trondheim
Holocaust Survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, touches her wedding ring, as she talks about the trauma she experienced whilst imprisoned in Auschwitz, in her apartment in Trondgeim, Norway, January 12, 2020. Picture taken January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
People walk through a residential street, close to Edith Notowicz's house in Trondheim, Norway, January...
Trondheim, Norway
People walk through a residential street in Trondheim
People walk through a residential street, close to Edith Notowicz's house in Trondheim, Norway, January 13, 2020. Picture taken January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, buys a loaf of bread at a bakery in Trondheim, Norway, January...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz buys a loaf of bread at a bakery in Trondheim
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, buys a loaf of bread at a bakery in Trondheim, Norway, January 13, 2020. Picture taken January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, crosses a road in the city centre of Trondheim, Norway, January...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz crosses a road in Trondheim
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, crosses a road in the city centre of Trondheim, Norway, January 13 2020. Picture taken January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, flattens a wine box before recycling it, at her apartment in Trondheim,...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, flattens a wine box before recycling it, at her apartment in Trondheim...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, flattens a wine box before recycling it, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
A photograph of Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, her late husband and their friends, is displayed in...
Trondheim, Norway
A photograph of Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, her late husband and their friends, is displayed in...
A photograph of Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, her late husband and their friends, is displayed in Notowicz's living room in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, checks up on food being cooked in the oven, at her apartment in...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz checks up on food being cooked in the oven, at her apartment in Trondheim...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, checks up on food being cooked in the oven, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, prepares a meal for a visiting group of friends, at her apartment...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz prepares a meal for a visiting group of friends, at her apartment in...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, prepares a meal for a visiting group of friends, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, laughs with a friend in her kitchen, at her apartment in Trondheim,...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz laughs with a friend in her kitchen, at her apartment in Trondheim
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, laughs with a friend in her kitchen, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, puts flowers that she was given by a friend, into a vase at her...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, puts flowers into a vase at her apartment in Trondheim
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, puts flowers that she was given by a friend, into a vase at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Edith Notowicz sets the table, before her friends arrive for a gathering, at her apartment in Trondheim,...
Trondheim, Norway
Edith Notowicz sets the table at her apartment in Trondheim
Edith Notowicz sets the table, before her friends arrive for a gathering, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, chooses which drink to serve to her guests, at her apartment in...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz chooses which drink to serve to her guests, at her apartment in Trondheim...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, chooses which drink to serve to her guests, at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, looks through a shelf in her storage room at her apartment in...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz looks at a shelf in her storage room at her apartment in Trondheim
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, looks through a shelf in her storage room at her apartment in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, talks to a friend as she looks through her mail by the entrance...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, talks to a friend as she looks through her mail by the entrance of...
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, talks to a friend as she looks through her mail by the entrance of her apartment building in Trondheim, Norway, January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivors Edith Notowicz, 90, and Chana Kozuch Arberman, 92, arrive at the airport with their...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivors arrive at the airport in Trondheim
Holocaust survivors Edith Notowicz, 90, and Chana Kozuch Arberman, 92, arrive at the airport with their travel companions Henriette Kahn, 68, and Nikolai Vollik, 44 in Trondheim, Norway, January 26, 2020. Picture taken January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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January 27, 2020
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, fastens her seatbelt on a airplane before takeoff in Trondheim,...
Trondheim, Norway
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, fastens her seatbelt before takeoff in Trondheim
Holocaust survivor Edith Notowicz, 90, fastens her seatbelt on a airplane before takeoff in Trondheim, Norway, January 26, 2020. Picture taken January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Nora Savosnick
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