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Survivor Helps Sailors Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

Friday, May 12, 2006

By JO3 S. C. Irwin – Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

Sailors at Naval Base Coronado, observe Holocaust survivor David Faber’s picture board following the recount of his experiences in concentration camps during WWII. The board showcased Faber’s family who were killed by Nazi soldiers during WWII, as well as photos of various concentration camps Faber was forced to live in.
A tattoo numbering 161051 is displayed on the arm of Holocaust survivor David Faber, who was invited as guest speaker at NBC in recognition of Holocaust Survivor’s Day.
CORONADO, Calif. – More than 160 Sailors attended a Holocaust Remembrance Day event at Naval Air Station North Island here May 3.
The event’s guest speaker was Holocaust survivor David Faber.
Faber delivered graphic accounts of his experiences, from being forced to aid a high-ranking Nazi officer in the gassing of hundreds of Jews to describing the torturous death of his brother by Nazi spies. His tales brought several listeners to tears.
“There were 86 people in my family, and I was the only one who survived,” he said.
By the end of the war, there were an estimated 48,231,700 civilian and military casualties, including Faber’s father, mother, brother and five sisters