Passing It On: Holocaust survivor shares story at school

MONTGOMERY – The yellow star Inge Auerbacher wore as a Jewish child in Nazi Germany is now a symbol of what she has overcome.

As one of the 13 survivors from the 1,200 men, women and children in her transport taken to Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, Auerbacher now tells her story across America, Canada and Germany.
Auerbacher shared her story Tuesday with Montgomery Middle School students as exclusive pictures were displayed behind her.
“I feel I have a mission to keep the memory alive of those who were killed,” said Auerbacher, now of Jamica Queens, N.Y. “My hope, my wish and my prayer is for every child to grow up in peace without hunger of prejudice.”


Holocaust survivors share tales at Seton Hill
By Patti Dobranski
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

On the evening of Nov. 9, 1938, Eric Blaustein was playing chess in his East German home when the doorbell rang.
“The secret state police were at the door. They came to arrest my father. On Nov. 9, at 8:30 p.m., I lost my German citizenship. I said ‘Let’s get out of this hellish country.’ I just wanted to go somewhere else.”

But Nov. 9, 1938, was more than Blaustein’s personal hell. It would become known as “Kristallnacht” or “The Night of Broken Glass,” full of screams of despair as the Nazis began their attack on the Jews by burning synagogues and looting homes and businesses. This night would mark the beginning of the end of 6 million Jews across Europe at the hands of the Hitler’s Nazis


Holocaust survivor shares story

By Matthew DeLuca

On the eve of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, a handful of top German officials questioned Adolf Hitler’s order to kill every Polish man, woman, or child who came across their path. Hitler brushed aside their complaints and referenced the genocide the Ottoman Empire carried out in Armenia. “Who remembers the Armenians?” he asked them.

The issue of memory was critical on Tuesday night when Sonia Weitz, Holocaust survivor and poet, spoke to Boston College students. In a lecture titled “Standing Strong: I Promised I Would Tell,” sponsored by the Emerging Leader Program, Boston College Hillel, the Office of the Dean for Student Development, and the Department of Jewish Studies, Weitz shared both her own survivor story and her poetry.

Thousand Oaks, CA

The Conejo Jewish Academy hosted a lecture with Thomas “Toivi” Blatt titled “Escape from Sobibor- Resistance During The Holocaust” on Nov. 5 at the Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills.

Blatt grew up in Poland, and as a teenager he was sent to Sobibor, the Nazi death camp. On Oct. 14, 1943, 15-year-old Blatt participated in a revolt in which several hundred prisoners overpowered the camp guards and ignited a mass escape. He survived and was liberated in July 1944 by the Soviet army. Only 48 of the 320 who escaped on that day survived the Holocaust.

Blatt served as a consultant to CBS on the set of the awardwinning film “Escape from Sobibor.”

He has also authored two books on the subject and was awarded the Medal of Resistance.




Silent No More: Deaf Survivors Reveal Their Stories
November 01, 2007 – Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, Staff Writer

In a recent lecture at Gratz College, Simon Carmel presented a side to the Holocaust that’s seldom known: stories of the deaf.

To survive the Holocaust, the Jews had to battle near-impossible conditions — hunger, filth, disease, ceaseless work, endless brutality. The fact that many made it until liberation was often a matter of sheer luck, as countless survivors have testified over the years since the end of World War II.
But if it was difficult for the majority of people, how many more obstacles must there have been for the deaf?

Deaf individuals in the camps had to constantly be aware of their surroundings in order to blend in and not make it obvious that they could not hear, as they would most likely be killed on the spot if discovered. Those who could hear often helped the deaf, such as discreetly writing their friends’ names in the dirt when they were called during the near-interminable roll calls.


Nazi-Avenging Tell-All Met With Cries of ‘Baloney’

Marc Perelman | Wed. Oct 31, 2007
To Nazi hunters, Aribert Heim is the most coveted target still at large. The German and Austrian governments, as well as the Simon Wiesenthal Center, all believe that the so-called Butcher of Mauthausen is alive, and they are offering $430,000 for information on him. They periodically send investigators around the world to find him, most recently to Chile.

There is just one small problem: Heim is now said to be dead, executed in 1982 in California by a secretive cell of Jewish avengers.

So, at least, says Danny Baz, a retired Israeli air force colonel who claims he was a member of The Owl, a covert Jewish death squad made up of former American and Israeli military and intelligence officials. Baz claims that the group spent years tracking down and killing Nazis who fled to the Western Hemisphere after World War II.

Baz’s sensational allegations appear in “Not Forgotten or Forgiven: On the Trail of the Last Nazi,” a memoir released last month by mainstream publisher Grasset in France, where it received broad media coverage.


History has a face
Jeannette Guck

I was raised Catholic, but have become fascinated with Judaism. I’m not sure how this happened – I went to a private, Catholic elementary and middle school, all my neighbors where I grew up were Catholic, and despite going to public high school, most people were Christian. But somehow I’ve always been interested in the Holocaust, what happened and why.

Though I read Holocaust and war literature in the early years of my childhood, it wasn’t until college that my love for European history began to flourish, and I became enthralled with trauma studies, transnational history and how war and violence impacts people.



We must never be bystanders again’

Holocaust survivor takes his message to classrooms to kick off education week

Nov 05, 2007 04:30 AM
Daniel Girard
staff reporter

At 78, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen is well aware the time is approaching when he will no longer be able to tell his story.

But until then, watch out.

Maintaining a pace that would tire people half his age, Eisen speaks a couple of hundred times a year about his time at Nazi death camps near the end of World War II.

In an astonishingly matter-of-fact way, he takes audiences on the journey from his “idyllic” upbringing in rural Czechoslovakia to the stripping away of all freedoms for Jews and, finally, the trek to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest of the camps.

There, his parents, three younger siblings, grandparents and numerous other family members were among 1.5 million killed before the horror ended in May 1945.




Holocaust survivor shares story at MTSU forum
— Brandon Puttbrese,

After a confrontation with neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers, Judy Cohen took up a mission, letting the world know of the atrocities that happened in World War II Europe. She should know — she was there.

Cohen was a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps and a place where more than 1.1 million people met their death.


She told her personal story of survival Saturday at the eighth biennial Holocaust Studies Conference at MTSU. Two other Jewish Holocaust victims spoke at the forum, as well as three American military veterans who liberated several concentration camps.

Cohen said she, along with nearly everyone imprisoned at the camp, was starved, beaten or tortured, usually to death.

“It is our collective task to search for the means to avoid an event like this from ever happening again,” Cohen said, adding that she uses her story of survival as a tool for educating people about Nazi Germany.

Holocaust denial is the claim that the genocide of more than 5 million Jews during World War II did not occur in the manner and to the extent described by historians.



Students learn about Holocaust first-hand from a survivor, 81
David Ehrlich was separated from his parents on arrival at Auschwitz. He never saw them again
Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2007
There is a certain magnetism about David Ehrlich, which likely explains why the 81-year-old found it difficult to disengage from the bright, young Grade 12 faces that had come to listen to him at a Coquitlam high school.

Most people who speak to high school students get rewarded with a polite round of applause, then have to get out of the way as the students rush off elsewhere.