Holocaust Survivors Speak

Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part VIII)

Where did you go once you left your grandparents’ home? I traveled to Prague, where I found work. I stayed in a hotel where the Joint paid for my lodging.…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part VII)

Can you tell us about liberation? (Cont.) I dragged myself to the electric gate of the camp and saw that it was open and unguarded. This was the gate I…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part VI)

For how long did you remain in Auschwitz? After having the lice sit on my open wound, I felt very sick and went to the hospital in Durnau. The doctor…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part V)

Hunger turns men into animals. The will to live is very strong. In Durnau I met two righteous men from my hometown of Munkacs, men known for their noble and…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part IV)

For how long did you remain in Auschwitz? I remained in Auschwitz for one week, but to us it seemed like a year. From there I was transported to Durnau…

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Rabbi Adler (Part III)

After the ghetto was cleaned out we waited for the next horrific scene to begin. We were loaded into the infamous cattle cars — my mother, my brothers, my sisters…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part II)

For my father it was important that I learn Hebrew and Torah. I was good at reading and knew how to read sifrei kodesh. From those books I learned modern-day…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler

Can you tell us where you were born? My name is Rabbi Leibish Adler. I was born in the village of Brister, Czechoslovakia. Brister had about 100 Jews living on…

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Mrs. Hindu Fischer (Part III)

After having survived for three months in Auschwitz, where were you transported to? We were then taken to an ammunition factory. My sister saw to it that I was given…

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Mrs. Hindu Fischer (Part II)

How long were you in the ghetto? We remained in the ghetto for six weeks before it was liquidated. Then we were shoved into cattle wagons — wagons used for…

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Mrs. Hindu Fischer (Part I)

Can you tell me where you were born? I, Hinda Fischer, née Kleinman, was born on February 13, 1930, in the town of Chust, Czechoslovakia. Chust had a population of…

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Faye Lehrer-Tusk (Part III)

In 1942, the Polish government made a pact with Russia and we were free to leave. We had to register to travel. We didn’t know where to go. My brother…

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Faye Lehrer-Tusk (Part II)

It wasn’t long before word began to spread that the Russians were backing out and the Germans were taking over again. People began to run. However, many were reluctant to…

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Faye Lehrer-Tusk (Part I)

I, Fayga Tusk-Lehrer, née Harcsztark, was born in the city of Tomoshov (Lubelsky), Poland. Tomoshov had a large shul and many shtieblach; a Gerrer shtieblel, a Belzer shtiebel, a Rhizoner…

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Regina Louis (Part II)

When did your liberation begin? After a few months, we heard that the Russians were coming. Everything was chaos. At this point they sent us to Theresienstadt. We stayed there…

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Regina Louis (Part I)

Can you tell me where you were born? I, Regina Louis, was born in Krakow, Poland. I attended a Hebrew school and then continued on to work. I had a…

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Avigdor (Victor) Louis (Part II)

For how long did you remain in the ghettos? In 1943, they decided to clear out the ghettos. Transport trains were brought in, and I was taken together with my…

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Avigdor (Victor) Louis (Part I)

Can you tell me where you were born? I, Avigdor (Victor) Louis, was born in Cracow, Poland. There were many Rabbanim in the town; our family Rav was the Tchechover…

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Mrs. Henna Feintuch (Part III)

Were you taken to work? Sure. We were taken to Germany to work in an ammunition factory. We worked together at one machine. They didn’t know that we were sisters…

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Mrs. Henna Feintuch (Part II)

When did you begin feeling the pressures of war? My brothers were taken away to the Munkatabor (labor camps). My oldest brother, Moshe Hersh, was married and lived with us…

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