WASHINGTON -- Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum, 83, has made it his life's work to tell his story of survival to whomever is willing to listen, in order to prevent anything like it from ever happening again.
For Greenbaum, other survivors and rememberers across the world, Friday was a time of particular reflection. Jan. 27 is the United Nations-declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day that the Soviet Red Army liberated the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Friday marked the seventh annual day of reflection since the U.N. General Assembly designated it in 2005.
"Children and the Holocaust" was this year's theme, in memory of the 1.5 million children who didn't survive that brutal era and, as Greenbaum put it, "the lucky ones," like him, who did.
"The only way we can stop this is for us to educate, to tell our stories," Greenbaum said.
Greenbaum, who was born in Starachowice, Poland, was 13 when he was sent to perform forced labor at a munitions factory near the city's ghetto. After a foiled escape attempt that killed his sister and wounded him, the Nazis moved him from work camp to work camp; first Auschwitz, and later Flossenbuerg. Greenbaum barely avoided the horrors of many of his family members. U.S. soldiers from the 11th Armored Division liberated him at age 17 from Neunburg vorm Wald on April 25, 1945.
"A tank just appeared out of nowhere and found us," Greenbaum... >>>
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