The title of my blog post today comes from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.app.com/story/news/local/people/2016/05/07/holocaust-sol-lurie/84067026/
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
Crammed inside a dark room, with other Jewish prisoners, 14-year-old Sol Lurie did not know he was about to be murdered by the Nazis in the gas chambers during the Holocaust.
More than 70 years later, Lurie can only describe what occurred next as “a miracle.”
Even though he was placed in the chamber, Lurie said his life was spared because of a 48-hour moratorium the Nazis placed on killing their prisoners while they attempted to negotiate receiving supplies from the Allies.
About 20 minutes later, he was released from the chamber, alive, but certainly not free.
That was one of the chilling anecdotes the 86-year-old Holocaust survivor shared from the 1,388 days he “lived in hell” at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony in the Center for Jewish Life on Thursday night.
I don’t think that he “lived in hell” at a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. I don’t even think that he threw Mama from the train a kiss.
So why am I making fun of this poor old guy who made it out of a ghetto in Europe and into the good life in America? I can’t help myself — I’ve heard too many of these stories.
Here is another quote from news article:
[Sol] Lurie stands barely over 5 feet tall, but said he stuffed straw in his shoes to appear slightly taller the day the Nazis were selecting workers, who had a better chance of survival.
“I always had willpower to survive and never gave up hope,” he said. “I outlived Hitler. Now I can tell people about him [Hitler] and what he did to us.”
It paid off. He was selected and transferred from Birkenau, where he said fewer than 5,000 Jews survived, and transferred to a different camp.
Michelle Ilishayeva, 14, of Marlboro said hearing Lurie’s tale was both impactful and educational.
“It was hard to hear how they just killed without caring…and to learn about the past and know how people were treated and how disrespectful people were to do this to each other,” she said.
The news article includes a photo of him, which you can BUY if you would like to have his photo.
The news article continues with this quote:
Lurie, who now lives in Monroe, first shared his story publicly about 12 years ago. He said he donates whatever speaking fees he gets to a charity that benefits wounded Israeli soldiers. In all, he estimates he’s donated more than $35,000 in the last decade.
Why would the Nazis want to get rid of such nice people, who never did them any harm? Oh, the humanity!