08 Oct 2007 14:51:03 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Ori Lewis

JERUSALEM, Oct 8 (Reuters) – A survivor of the Nazi Holocaust touched a hollow tree trunk that he brought from Europe and told a spellbound audience in Israel on Monday: “It saved my life.”

Polish-born Jakob Silberstein, presenting the tree to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, said he hid in its hollow trunk when German soldiers came looking for Jews in Czechoslovakia towards the end of World War Two.

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Silberstein, now 83, found shelter during the war in the home of Jana Sudova, a Czech woman. Chasing a rabbit, he found the hollow tree in her yard and chose it as a possible hiding place should he be discovered.