The photo above shows Holocaust survivors who have been rescued from certain death. These women and children are not returning from a fashion show, as one might think, judging from the clothes that they are wearing.
The following quote is from a news story about the photo shown above:
HUDSON FALLS — Matt Rozell’s first book [not the book in this story] is ranked higher on the Kindle World War II best-sellers list than famed author Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken.”
It seems, then, a good time for the release of the Hudson Falls High School history teacher’s second book, “A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher’s Journey into the Holocaust and the Reuniting of the Survivors and Liberators, 70 Years On.”
Rozell has dedicated much of his career to leading his students through research on World War II, interviewing veterans and recording their stories (many of which are featured in his successful book, “The Things Our Father Saw: The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown USA”).
One afternoon in 2001, he was interviewing World War II veteran Carrol Walsh.
“It was two hours worth of horrific World War II stories, being in a tank, being in combat constantly for 10 months with a lot of close calls,” Rozell recalled. “Then his daughter chimed in, ‘Did you tell him about the train?'”
Walsh was among U.S. soldiers at the scene of the liberation of a death train in a small town outside Madgeburg, Germany, in 1945. The retired state Supreme Court justice gave Rozell the name of a veteran who had a camera that day.
Rozell reached out to George Gross and discovered a photograph that would forever change his life and, in a small way, history.
Rozell posted the photograph — a woman running uphill away from the train, holding the hand of a child, surrounded by other Holocaust survivors — with Gross’ permission, on the school’s website. It received little attention.
Four years later, an Australian grandmother called Rozell, saying she was a 7-year-old on the train when it was liberated.