During the summer of 1944, increasing
numbers of transports carry Westerbork`s prisoners to the extermination
camps in the East. Of 107`000 camp inmates, less than 5`000 ultimately
In the last transport to leave Westerbork
for Auschwitz, on September 4th
Ehrlich is number 151 on the list of victims.
Eyewitnesses recount that, after
reaching Auschwitz extermination camp, he still suffers the misfortune
to be recognized by a Hauptsturmfuehrer. As a result, Max Ehrlich
is subjected to an additional martyrdom: brought before a group of SS
brutes holding their loaded guns aimed at him, he is ordered to tell
jokes. Shortly thereafter, in late 1944, his Nazi captors murder him in
the Auschwitz gas chambers.
At last, on April 12th 1945, British troops
liberate Westerbork. By then, only 876 prisoners are left: 464 men, 309
women and 229 children, of which only two Theater Group members.