April 18, 2011 1:10 am at 1:10 am #596385Joseph / clark-kentMember
Who from your family was liberated from the Nazi concentration camps? Which camps were they in? Where did they live before the holocaust? Did any of them hide from the Nazi’s ym”s during the war? How did they manage? Did any family members escape to other countries before or during the war?
How was their life before the war? How did they rebuild after the war? How much of their family were murdered Al Kiddush Hashem by the Nazi’s? How did they handle their losses?
Please share your family history and liberation this Erev Pesach.April 18, 2011 4:31 am at 4:31 am #766409aries2756Participant
My mother, from Muncasz, was in Auschwitz with her 3 sisters. They kept it secret that they were sisters. Their parents died before the war. They lost one brother to the germans and one in Paraguay. They lost many of their relatives in the camps. My father and brother were the only siblings out of 9 that came out of the war. Also from Muncasz, but he never spoke about it, so I am not sure about the details of the family deaths and where everyone was. One brother I know was drowned on the ship that came to America and was turned back and sunk.April 18, 2011 8:55 pm at 8:55 pm #766410GumBallMember
Oish!! I Dont lk this thread!! My Grandparents survived Yetzias mitzrayim!!April 21, 2011 7:31 am at 7:31 am #766411HummingbirdParticipant
Although I find it interesting to read other people’s trials & tribulations of how they went through & survived the war, it’s still a topic that gives me nightmares. But in any event, I will still share w/ you people whatever I do know from my Father’s history.
My Father’s family lived in Debrecen, Hungary before the war. They were then taken to the concentration camp of Bergen Belsen where they kept families together. My Father was all of 5 or 6 yrs old at the time of the war. I’m not sure if it was right away or soon after, my Father’s Father was taken to a different camp of I think forced labor where he was never to be seen again by his wife or children. He died R”L only 2 weeks prior to the war ending. My Father & his Mother & siblings were also in the Mathausen & Thereisenstadt concentration camps as well. After they were liberated, they were in the DP camps in Frankfurt where they stayed I think until they came to America to Ellis Island w/ his Mother & all his other siblings.
While in Frankfurt, he always used to perform for the people there including the American Soldiers since he knew how to sing very well & he was a little kid & at that time there were hardly any little children who had survived the war. They were from the few who had survived the war-so they always used to make my Father crazy that he should sing for them again. The American soldiers used to bring for them chocolates & candies.
Later in his life, he killed his voice from smoking way too much. Although he hasn’t smoked in at least 15-20 yrs. or maybe more by now, his voice never came back to him-it was just too late!!
So my recommendation as a lesson to all you young boys/men who have been given a wonderful talent from Hakadosh Boruch Hu to sing, appreciate the gift you’ve been given & do yourselves & your family a very big favor & don’t even think of putting a cigarette into your mouth ever-not even 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Clark Kent, I hope that this information has been helpful to you & anyone else as well too.April 21, 2011 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #766412WolfishMusingsParticipant
My grandparents were all born in NYC. All eight of my great-grandparents were in New York City by 1912. So, for me, any victims of the Nazis (aside from my grandfather’s brother who died fighting in the US Army in Europe in 1944) are least four generations back. I have no doubt that there were some distant relatives of mine who died in the camps, but I don’t know who they were.
The WolfApril 22, 2011 3:39 am at 3:39 am #766413bh18Participant
my great aunt was 15 years old when the nazi’s took her/my great-grandmothers family to the camps. she was a beautiful and quiet girl and one of the important nazi commondmants (in charge) was instantly attracted to her. he promised her that whichever family members were in that camp would be well protected by him and his power if she would agree to live with him in his house or room on the edge of the killing fields. she agreed and the family was protected and given extra garbage to eat and slightly better fitting clothing and shoes to wear and not made to over work on shabbos and yom tov. after the war, he was killed and she and the family were placed on a train to a DP camp. she was only 18 years old and though her actions saved the family, she could not live with knowing what she had done with a nazi and she jumped out of the first train car as the train was picking up speed. she died, still al kiddush Hashem. we have not publicized the story so as not to shame her but i feel that we honor her strength and courage and love by sharing her storyMay 13, 2011 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #766414believerParticipant
My great aunt (6 at the time) wat hidden by a nonjewish family..unfortunately in middle of the war the person hiding her suspected that soeone knew she was hiding a jewish child nd had to let her go. She took her to the train station with a lil bread nd put her on the train to a concentration camp. She was already in line to b gased but bh the gas ran out nd they put her group aside. by the time they got back to them the war was over. she survivdd.
My gr8 grandfather married abt 2 yrs at the time with one small child was killed in mauthausen. my grandfather was saved by carl lutz. i actually went to visit mauthausen yet its sickening to see how they redid it. u wud think it was spotless clean and a beautiful place to be with gorgous landscaping right outside the camp..y’s…May 13, 2011 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm #766415believerParticipant
My aunts mom was lined up at the danub river in budapest with many other little kids about to be shot into the water. A nonjew passed by nd had mercy.. he pulled her out of line nd told the nazi it was his child. thats how she was saved.May 13, 2011 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #766416I can only tryMember
What a brave girl, and how sad.May 13, 2011 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #766417AinOhdMilvadoParticipant
NO one can judge ANY Jew for what they did or did not do when they were in that gehenom,
for how they reacted after the war to what they lived through.
Your aunt zk”l was mosair nefesh for her family. Yehi zichra baruch.
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