My photo above shows the bunk beds in one of the barracks buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The flowers are on the stove which runs the length of the building.
The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/how-we-live/2016/05/22/holocaust-survivor/84233700/
I know what you are thinking, dear reader: Why would those mean ole Nazis allow every tenth Jew to live during the Holocaust? Obviously, it was to insure that there would be survivors, who would live to be at least 90. The survivors would write great books and give lectures, telling their stories to the children of future generations of goyim. This was intended to be a warning to future generations: Never kill a Jew because, if you do, you will never hear the end of it.
This survivor’s name was Margit Feldman, which reminded me of a character, named Feldman, in the Seinfeld TV series, which I still watch every night. The Seinfeld show has helped me to understand Jews and why the act as they do — lying, stealing and cheating.
The news article begins with this quote:
Feldman’s life after liberation from Auschwitz has now been chronicled in a documentary film titled ‘Not A23029’
She was 17 years old when she arrived in America in 1946 with hopes and dreams for a life filled with possibilities. But for Margit Buchhalter Feldman who had endured life in a German concentration camp and witnessed the demise of her parents in Auschwitz, the memories would form an invisible shroud around her as she attempted to assimilate into the exuberance of life in post war America.
Feldman’s life after liberation has now been chronicled in a documentary film titled: ‘Not A23029’ – produced by Peppy Margolis, director of community programs at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies established in 1981. Feldman is a founding member.
The title of the film “Not A23029” means that Margit Buchhalter Feldman was not the number tattooed on her arm. No, she was a person who retained her humanity in spite of the fact that the Nazis tried to reduce her to a number in the Auschwitz death camp.
Here is another quote from the news article:
A23029 is the number stamped into Feldman’s left arm. According to Margolis, one of the key messages of the film is that Feldman, who settled and has lived in Central Jersey for decades, would not be defined by that Holocaust number but by the courage to share her experiences and establish a new life.
Feldman, born on the same day and year as author Anne Frank, said because she survived, she has a responsibility to speak for those who could not speak for themselves. Frank and Feldman were both forced into the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany [after they had survived Auschwitz]. However, Frank, author of “Diary of a Young Girl,” did not survive [Bergen-Belsen].
Margolis developed the 26-minute documentary with filmmaker Harry Hillard, adjunct professor of film at RVCC and proprietor of Warehouse Photography and H2H Films in Somerville. The final version of the film will be narrated by Michael Berenbaum, an internationally recognized Holocaust scholar.
I wrote about Michael Berenbaum on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/what-students-can-learn-from-michael-berenbaums-book-a-promise-to-remember-the-holocaust-in-the-words-and-voices-of-its-survivors/