Samuel Willenberg

Screenshot (5041)Samuel Willenberg, 93, last survivor of Treblinka has died in Israel. One of 67 known survivors of Poland’s infamous death camp, Mr Willenberg helped plan and participated in the 1943 prisoners’ revolt. After his escape he joined the Polish resistance and took part in the Warsaw Uprising.

After the war he married and emigrated to Israel in 1950. After working for the Housing Ministry Mr Willenberg retired and began sculpting. His work reflects the images of his wartime memories. One of his statues is in the garden of the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. In 1989 he wrote Revolt in Treblinka/Surviving Treblinka detailing life in the camp.

“I live two lives, one is here and now and the other is what happened there. It never leaves me. It stays in my head. It goes with me always.” – Samuel Willenberg

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Links: BBC 08/05/13        video link of same

BBC 02/20/16     Times of Israel      Daily Mail

 

 

 

 

Something’s Broken and It’s Not The Angels

It’s very early Friday morning, too early to read that this situation is back again. Here is an excellent post by bibliogato on a new book about a Jewish woman, a Nazi doctor, and romance.

I’ll just leave you the link and three quotes from Elie Wiesel.

“My greatest disappointment is that I believe that those of us who went through the war and tried to write about it, about their experience, became messengers. We have given the message, and nothing changed.”

 

“In the concentration camps, we discovered this whole universe where everyone had his place. The killer came to kill, and the victims came to die.”

 

“It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.”