This Woman Was Taken To A Gas Chamber And Told To Disrobe – But She Refused To Go Without A Fight

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As the bloody conflict of World War II rages across Europe, those in command of a Nazi extermination camp send hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths. And when next to the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a beautiful young woman is forced to undress. But rather than meekly comply, she decides to stand and fight – thus ensuring her place in the history books for generations to come.

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On February 4, 1917, Franciszka Mann was born in the newly founded kingdom of Poland. At the time, much of Europe was still in the grip of World War I and, to further their control of the region, the emperors of Austria and Germany had ordered the country’s creation.

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Image: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe

In the period of relative peace between the wars, however, Mann began studying dance at Irena Prusicka’s school in Warsaw. The institution was one of the biggest in the city at that time, and Mann soon made friends with singers and actresses who would go on to great things.

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