A volunteer working in a military base morgue cleaning the bodies of mutilated Israeli soldiers before they are buried says the brutality of Hamas’ massacre of innocents is “worse than the Holocaust.”
Shari has the grim task of removing mutilated corpses from the body bags lined up on stretchers in the morgue at the Shura military base near Tel Aviv, before preparing them as best she can for funerals.
The architect and mother-of-four told MailOnline: ‘I heard stories about Auschwitz as a child growing up in New Jersey. But what I have seen here with my own eyes is worse than the Holocaust.’
Shari, who does not want to give her last name to protect her family’s safety, is working with the Israel Defense Forces Rabbinate Corps that formally identifies what remains of the remains recovered after Hamas gunmen murdered their servicemen. , to allow their families to bury them as quickly as possible, as is Jewish custom.
Still dressed in her medical gown from another long, grueling shift preparing the dead for funerals, she told MailOnline: “We washed the bodies and prepared them for burial.” We try to give them dignity in death.
Shari (pictured) said she took on the grisly role to spare younger people the task of cleaning body parts.
Shari and her team spent 12 hours a day cleaning body parts delivered to them by ambulances.
He said of the Hamas attacks: “What these barbarians did to these people is beyond words.”
Almost two weeks after the surprise attack on October 7, ambulances continue to arrive with body bags containing the remains of civilians and military personnel.
Hamas’ surprise attack on Israeli citizens and soldiers on October 7 left thousands dead
‘But what these barbarians did to these people is beyond words.
‘There is evidence of mass rapes of people so brutal that they broke the pelvis of their victims: women, grandmothers, children.
‘I volunteered to prepare the bodies of the murdered women to give them the respect they deserve.
‘I’m a mom from New Jersey. I moved to Israel 20 years ago. I am a normal person.
‘I never expected to face what I have seen.
‘People who have had their heads cut off. Women standing in nightgowns woke up and shot. Faces exploded. Heads smashed and brains scattered.
‘They took a baby out of a pregnant woman and beheaded it, and then they beheaded the mother.
Shari and her team help identify people whose corpses and body parts arrive at their makeshift facility.
The team’s work in cleaning and identifying bodies allows grieving families to perform funeral rites as soon as possible.
The bodies are stored in large refrigerated containers until someone can examine them.
Last night, the team received another 73 bodies for examination and identification.
‘Women and children burned to charcoal. Bodies murdered with their hands tied behind their backs.
‘My mother and grandmother are Holocaust survivors. They were the only family members to leave Auschwitz alive after being taken from their homes in Czechoslovakia.
‘All his brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts were killed there.
Shari first volunteered, initially to wash and prepare the bodies of fallen female soldiers, two years ago. She said she took on this gruesome task because she was determined to spare young recruits the agony of seeing death and help restore victims’ dignity.
As Shari explained her work, she was flanked by a row of refrigerated containers containing bodies and a group of blood-stained military stretchers.
A few meters away, morticians were working with their faces covered with surgical masks. They hold their heads and drink warm water from bottles as they take a break during their 12-hour shift.
Almost two weeks after the surprise attack, ambulances continue to arrive with body bags containing the remains of civilians and soldiers.
Some have been shot at such close range that they no longer have recognizable facial features. Others are missing limbs.
Colonel Rabbi Haim Weisberg (pictured, front) said: “We have already identified the bodies of 800 people and are working on another 500.”
Dentist Dr Shir Kishales (pictured) said: “If you imagine the worst horror movie ever made, then the reality of the injuries to the bodies we are seeing is worse, much worse.”
The Israel Defense Forces Rabbinate Corps is attempting to formally identify the bodies and, in some cases, simply the body parts to allow families to bury their loved ones as quickly as possible, in accordance with Jewish custom.
Of the more than 1,400 victims of the vicious Hamas attack on October 7, some 200 were so severely mutilated and burned that they could only be identified through DNA or dental records.
While waiting to be examined, the bodies (or body parts) are loaded into refrigerated containers. But after days lying under the hot desert sun when they were murdered, the decomposition process has already begun.
Colonel Rabbi Haim Weisberg said: “We have already identified the bodies of 800 people and are working on another 500.”
‘But every day we receive more corpses. Last night we received 73 more bodies.
‘We see evidence of torture and savagery.
‘We have babies whose heads are cut off. Bodies without hands, without legs, without genitals.
‘The traditional way would be for a child to say Kaddish. [the burial prayer] for their parents. But here we have entire families that no one will be able to say Kaddish. [the burial prayer] for them.
“That is why we must eliminate the terrorists, destroy Hamas.”
Dentist Dr Shir Kishales added: “If you imagine the worst horror movie ever made, then the reality of the injuries to the bodies we are seeing is worse, much worse.”