Holocaust Archive

My Grandfather’s Last Birthday

My grandfather recently turned 96ish…and that will be the last birthday he ever has. This morning he passed away. But the days leading up to this morning he was able to spend time with his 3 children, 8 grandkids, cousins, oldest friends from Europe and newer friends from America. That’s what mattered most to him. Family and friends. And he worked hard for it. After …

My grandfather recently turned 96ish.

My grandfather recently turned 96ish. I say 96ish because he doesn’t really remember his age. When he was a teenager he had to flee Poland from the German invasion. That was only after he narrowly escaped a Nazi firing squad. He did escape and obtained a fake identity to fight on the Russian front. That was his only way to survive and survive he did. …

The Pain In My Throat

There were at least 30 of them just standing there, listening to the tour guide talk about the room they were about to walk into. Some of them looked between 60 and 70. Some of them looked much older. All of them however were speaking very heavy German. I’ve been to Germany before but this was a sort of different German. It was the type …

The Day I Escaped Death

I’m rounded up with 12 others and we’re being escorted to a church. The others are quite. They don’t know why they were just abducted from their daily routine and I don’t know either. It looked like some were only on their way to the market and some were on their way to school, like me. I’m only 15. What could they possible want from …