In the past, I have written several blog posts about Irving Roth; you can read two of these blog posts at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/irving-roth/
You can read a recent news article about Irving Roth at http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/holocaust-survivor-irving-roth-to-tell-his-story-in-helena/article_f05dd6c0-f98f-531f-9939-cb0eb151af16.html
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
As a native of Slovakia, Roth fled with his family to Hungary to escape the Nazis. First they tried to flee Europe in 1939 and come to the United States.
Some 36 countries around the world, except for the Dominican Republic, slammed their doors on Jewish immigrants, only allowing in strict quotas, Roth said in an earlier interview with the Independent Record. […]
Hitler saw the world’s response as a signal that “no one wants the Jews,” Roth said. […]
The Holocaust began with a series of laws against the Jews, he recounted.
“I couldn’t go into the park.”
Signs went up at Roth’s local park, “No dogs or Jews allowed.”
“I had to take my warm sheepskin jacket and give it to the police department,” he said, because it was considered a luxury.
“Our radio was taken away.”
“My girlfriend who was Russian Orthodox was told by her father not to talk to me because I was Jewish.”
He was told he couldn’t go to school or play on the local soccer team.
“Jewish attorneys were not allowed to practice law,” he said. “Jews were thrown out of government jobs. They were no longer allowed to own businesses.”
By July and August 1941, the Nazis rounded up Jewish men, women and children in Poland and Western Russia, he said.
Many were ordered into ditches and shot.
“This is too costly,” Roth recounted the Nazis’ discussions. “Every Jew takes five bullets to kill.”
That’s when some Germans came up with a more efficient method of murder — the death camps. Running gas chambers and crematoriums around the clock, they killed 6 millions Jews.
“The next chapter is winding up in a cattle car,” he said, and being shipped to Auschwitz and later Buchenwald.
The poor Jews; why did no country want them?