There are fewer and fewer Holocaust Survivors who bear witness to us with your personal words, what happened under the Nazis. But they are still there. For example, Joe Rubinstein (98), on a book Auschwitz 34207 – Joe Rubinstein Story”, Fontis Verlag) appeared in (“.
Rubinstein, a Polish Jew who survived the concentration camps of Buchenwald, Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. After the Second world war, he emigrated to the USA, married a Christian woman with German-Polish roots and made as a Shoe Designer career. For 70 years, Rubinstein has to weigh on his experiences and only at the age of 92 talked about Geise, with an old nurse by the name of Nancy Sprowell. This was the one who wrote it all down.
corpses, such as books on a shelf
the book, in which Rubinstein remembered, like the time a neighbor the other betrayed, and right in the middle of Germany, the hell broke out. There are memories of an incredible human darkness, to the abyss of an industrially-planned mass murder. Once Rubinstein says: “From dawn to dusk, we we exhausted ourselves and were half-starved, to bring the bodies in the gas chambers, the nearby mines, where they are on top of each other were stacked like books to be sorted on the shelf had to.”
Such reports are particularly important today because of anti-Semitism in Europe is again on the rise. From the left, criticism disguised as Israel, with a systematic one-sided coverage of the Middle East. From the Islamic side than hatred of Jews. From the right side with the racial delusions of the neo-Nazis.
“I can’t believe I’m still here”
Rubinstein’s history is also valuable because it comes to a life after the Holocaust. A in spite of everything-affirming, love-worn life, in which the Survivor tries to, the horrors of the past “releases so much”, means it at one point.
Here is a man who has not ceased after the Nazi Horror, to love life, has never given up speaking. It looks incredible. Or, as Rubinstein says: “Nancy has written all of what I’ve been through, in a wonderful way down. It is incredible that I am still here. Just unbelievable.”
Giuseppe Gracia (52) is a writer and media relations officer of the diocese of Chur. He is married and the father of two children. In his VIEW column, which appears every second Monday, expressed he is personal views.