Survivor...

@howard96h (11658)
New York, New York
February 8, 2007 2:14pm CST
Does anyone know or ever met a concentration camp survivor?
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
26 May 07
Yes. I did. My grandparents both are concentration camp survivors. And i have been hearing their stories about the holocaust all of my life. I do know alote of concentration camp survivors. You see i live in israel, and alote of the jewish people that has survived the holocaust are actually are grandparents.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
26 May 07
I admire anyone who went through that horrible ordeal. Everyone of them should be honored. My mother brought back many stories from Europe of this and taught me ever since I was a young boy of this event. I have since did extensive research on this subject and if ever given the chance I would be one of those kind hearted souls who would risk my life to hide people and keep them alive until the day of their freedom. God Bless your grandparents and anyone else you know who has survived. Thank you so much for sharing this.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I never knew or met a concentration camp survivor but I'm sure they went thru hell and back. I do know alot of the survivors were never the same. Some ended up in group homes cause they were unable to take care of themselves cause of what they witnessed/went thru, their minds just went beserk, so-to-speak. It's sad that they survived but only to become prisoners of themselves.
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
7 Mar 07
Yes their lives were ruined after that. Nothing could reverse that kind of damage. Thanks.
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@AmbiePam (49877)
• United States
10 Mar 07
Yes, once, but I was very young and don't remember much. Most of what I got from a first hand experience with the concentration camps, was reading Corrie ten Boom's books and watching speeches she made.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
10 Mar 07
Yes, I read her books too, did you see the secret hiding place she made behind the wall. You entered in the closet which led to to a hiding place behind the wall. The picture shows that hiding place, the wall was opened to show the people visiting the museum the inside.
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@AmbiePam (49877)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Oh wow. Thanks for posting the picture.
@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
30 May 07
No, but I would be very interested in meeting one. The Holocaust has always been of great interest to me, and I think it would be very interesting to talk to a survivor. Also very sad of course. But I would like to hear it from someone who actually went through it, the poor soul.
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
30 May 07
Yes I too feel the same way. If ever given the chance I would be one of those people who would help to keep some people safe in hiding. I would be another "Miep Gies" who prodived food, medicine and information to the "Anne Frank" family while they were in hiding from the Nazis.
@kkama67 (48)
29 May 07
I am not sure about concentration camp survivor but I do know of someone that survived the japanese camps. The public were lead to believe that the japanese people were comfortable and being "protected" by the government but that was not so. He is a born american citizen born of japanese decent and was sent to that camp.
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
30 May 07
Really, I herd about the camps but don't know much about them. I need to do some research on it. Thanks for sharing this information.
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I've actually never met a concentration camp survivor. I've read several books on the camps, and what they went through, but i've never had the chance to speak with one. And if i did, i probably wouldn't bring it up. Some memories are too painful to be brought to the surface this much later in life.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
24 Mar 07
Yes I think many of them do not like to talk about it. I think they would rather try and forget the whole thing happened. Thanks.
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@saifweb (114)
• Ukraine
11 Mar 07
Dear howard98h, I think that its depend on person itself so you couldn't determine,
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
11 Mar 07
Yes it would depend on the person. Do you know someone who was a survivor of the concentration camp?
@saifweb (114)
• Ukraine
11 Mar 07
well, I don't know
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
I think did once when I was in high school. I think it was around grade 7 or 8. He was one of our teachers and when the subject of concentration camps and the Jews came up, he was very emotional. That was over forty-five years ago.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
9 Jun 07
Yes many people who survived have a hard time talking about it and they do get very emotional. Thanks for replying.
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
23 Mar 07
When I was a little boy I think I met several servivors of Nazi concentration camps. I have not yet had the opportunity to meet ant one who is a survivor of the CIA concentration camps in eastern Europe.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
24 Mar 07
Really. I feel for these people, what they went thorugh was horrible. Thanks Albert.
• United States
23 Mar 07
I had the pleasure of working at a local Jewish Community Council and through that I met many survivors. One lady and her husband in particular had written a couple books on her life, one was a children's book. It was the most touching and well put version of those horrible days you could ever read. She gave each of my kids a signed copy but unfortunately we had a flood at our house and all the books were ruined. It broke our hearts. I also had the ability to go through the museum in Washington, again through the JCC I worked for, and I have to tell you there is NOTHING in this world that can prepare you for the reality of the entire experience. To even try to find the words to explain the emotions would be worthless, as there are no words strong enough. If anyone ever gets the chance this is a place you must visit.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
23 Mar 07
I have been to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and it was a very touching and emotional experience. I dream one day to go to Auschwitz, Poland and also to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Thanks for your comments.
11 Mar 07
Many years ago I worked in a large office on the switchboard. I was introduced to a lady who was joing the firm and I was asked to train her on the use of the switchboard. She always wore long sleeved tops, even in the heat of summer and although I was curious I felt I couldn't really ask her why until one day she came into the office and her left sleeve was partially raised. I saw a number and a letter tattooed on her arm and I knew immediately she had been in a concentration camp. I never said a word though, she was entitled to her privacy.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
11 Mar 07
Ahhhhh, I read where many survivors would wear long sleeves so people would not see their tattoos. How sad they had to suffer like that in those camps. Thank you for sharing this.