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Holocaust memories live on 60 years later
A youth spent in German concentration camps left an indelible mark
BY KATHY CHANG
Staff Writer

COURTESY OF SOL LURIE Holocaust survivor Sol Lurie displays photos of family members he lost and the day he was liberated from a Nazi concentration camp in 1945.
Last year at the age of 76, Sol Lurie finally summoned up the courage to go back to the “living hell” of his youth – the concentration camps where he spent four years during the Holocaust.

“It was not easy,” he said. “I remember I wished that I was a German shepherd because dogs were treated better than us.”

He was known as B 2858 then. The letter B stood for Birkenau, the concentration camp where the Nazis tattooed the black number on his left forearm.

And it was only four years ago that Lurie was finally able to relive those days. The memories were too painful.

“I couldn’t tell my children,” he said. “It was not until my granddaughter [Samantha Sokol] asked me to speak to her sixth-grade class about the Holocaust.”