Holocaust Survivors Speak

Rebbetzin Rottenberg (Part II)

The daughter of Rabbi Bleich, the gabbai of our town, was there with us. I was 16 years old and she was 21. Before we parted, my mother said to…

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Mr. Yoel Steiner (Part III)

Can you tell us about the years you spent away from your family and your return to Yiddishkeit? (continuation of last week) There was a man by the name of…

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Mr. Yoel Steiner (Part II)

Do you know what happened to the rest of your family? My parents were quite wealthy. They owned two apartment houses in Vienna. Apparently they had [enough] money to support…

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Mr. Yoel Steiner

Can you tell me where you were born? My name is Yoel Steiner. I am an only child. I was born in Vienna on July 4, 1928. We lived together…

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Rabbi Leibish Adler (Part IX)

Can you tell us about life in Toronto? I had an uncle living in Toronto. He sent me a ticket to come live with him. Upon arriving, there was no…

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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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