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'We Weren't Prepared for This.' Inside the Accidental Liberation of a Concentration Camp (Left) Nandor Katz in Budapest, Hungary, circa (Right) Alan Moskin, at Camp Blanding in Florida, on Oct. World History, World War, Speakers Bureau, Book Burning, Riverside California, Anne Frank, Historical Photos
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'We Weren't Prepared for This.' Inside the Accidental Liberation of a Concentration Camp

A Holocaust survivor recently reunited with a US soldier who help liberate the concentration camp in which he was held. This is their story.

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Jay Sommer, Holocaust Survivor: 14 years old when forced into a Nazi labor camp from which he escaped just before he was to be shipped to Auschwitz. He was in the involuntary service in the Soviet Army, which along with other experiences, he describes in his book "Journey Through the Golden Door". He came to the United States in 1948 and became a teacher and National Teacher of the Year in 1981-82. He was invited to serve on President Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education

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Alan Moskin, Holocaust Liberator: Alan was drafted into the military service at the age of 18 and served in the United States Army during World War II from September 1944 until August 1946. In May 1945, his Company participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp. After the war ended, he remained in Europe until June 1946 as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation. He has spoken about his experiences as an infantry combat soldier and a "Concentration Camp" liberator.

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Lola Margulies, Holocaust Survivor: She was 11 years old when the German army invaded Poland after declaring war on Russia in 1941. She was then interned in a ghetto. After the Ghetto was liquidated in 1943, she spent a few weeks in a labor camp but she escaped to the woods where she and her immediate family were hidden ten feet underground in a bunker for nine months until liberation in 1944. She moved to the US in 1947.

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Clara Knopfler, Holocaust Survivor: Was born in Romania, Transylvania and later lived in Hungary. In 1944, she was taken to a ghetto and subsequently transported to Auschwitz, then Riga concentration camp and later to two labor camps in East Prussia. After a long "Death March" she was liberated in January 1945., but she had to endure a 3-month long walk back to Romania because there was no transportation. In 1962 she immigrated to France and finally to the United States.

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Esther Geizhals, Holocaust Survivor: Born in Lodz Poland in 1929, she and her family were moved to the Lodz ghetto until 1944. Then she was transported to Auschwitz...then to Bergen Belsen, and on to Rochlitze concentration camp. She was able to escape during a death march and then hide in a village nearby until Russian forces liberated them. She then, smuggled her way from Poland to the American zone in Germany and lived in displaced persons camp until 1947 when she came to the US.

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Paul Galan, Holocaust Survivor: From Czechoslovakia, he and his family were fortunate to survive the Holocaust. They immigrated to the United States in 1951. After graduating from High School, he went on to earn a degree in Film and History. He worked in the New York film industry for many years in highly acclaimed agencies.

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Arlette Baker, Holocaust Survivor: Arlette was born and raised in Paris, France. In December 1942, she and her parents were arrested in their apartment by two French Nazis however, her father was able to bribe the officials and they let her go. Her parents died in Auschwitz in February 1943. Arlette came to America, got married and obtained graduate degrees from NYU. She is active in her temple, in Social Action and Caring Community Committees and Holocaust Remembrance organizations and…

 Bachner's presentation covers her experience on Kristallnacht, fleeing to Belgium, her life in hiding first with a family and then in a convent, and life after the war's end in Brussels until she reached the US. Holocaust Survivors, Education Center, Brussels, Human Rights, Belgium, The Past, Presentation, Learning, People
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Ruth Bachner, Holocaust Survivor: Mrs. Bachner's presentation covers her experience on Kristallnacht, fleeing to Belgium, her life in hiding first with a family and then in a convent, and life after the war's end in Brussels until she reached the US.

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Judy Altmann, Holocaust Survivor - She was arrested and transported to Auschwitz concentration camp with her niece in 1944, where they were selected for work. From there she was sent to Essen and Gelsenkirchen Labour camps where she remained until March 1945. She survived the "death march" that ended in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, and was liberated in 1945 by the British Army.

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Dr. Moshe Avital, Holocaust Survivor: During the Holocaust he was imprisoned in 6 concentration camps. Deported to Auschwitz at age 14, separated from his family, and after much suffering he was liberated from Buchenwald by the American Third Army in 1945. He's a well known author and speaker on the Holocaust.

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Stanley Berger, Holocaust Survivor: In 1942, at age 2, his mother smuggled him out of the Krakow ghetto and into the care of a Polish Catholic couple. His parents would eventually die in Auschwitz. But before that happened, authorities realized that the boy was missing from the ghetto and began a search for him. The family, keeping their word to protect the child entrusted to them, went into hiding. Now he is the chief financial officer of a clothing manufacturing group in New York City.

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Jose Coltof, Holocaust Survivor: She lived with her father and mother in Amsterdam. Her mother and she went into hiding; her father was murdered at Auschwitz. At 4 months old, her mother gave her to strangers for safekeeping where she was raised by a devout Protestant family who loved her dearly. At age 3, her mother returned from hiding and retrieved her. Jose always loved her foster family and stayed in touch with them until they died at an elderly age.

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Bettina Graf, Holocaust Survivor: Bettina's presentation will cover her life under the Nazi occupation in Vienna, Austria and Kristallnacht, as well as her experience during the "blitz" (intensive Nazi bombing) in London, and being on a ship, which was torpedoed by the Nazis but to which her family survived and her arrival to the United States.

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Denny Jacobson, Holocaust Survivor: His family, after escaping from Berlin settled in Epsom, UK. He attended Epsom College and also he gained a BSc in Engineering from University College, London. In 1961 he joined IBM UK as a systems engineer and was with the computer giant for most of his life. Denny is very involved in charity work, including fundraising for research on Parkinson’s disease and is helping support groups for Holocaust Survivors.

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Ed Lessing, Holocaust Survivor: Mr. Lessing's presentation covers life in Holland after the occupation, his experience in several hiding places, as a resistance fighter living in the forest and life in Holland after liberation. Mr. Lessing has lectured on TV and Radio in the US and Holland, has been interviewed for the Spielberg Shoah Foundation and writes for the Hidden Child Foundation.