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Isak Borenstein

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Victoria Papuga

on 22 December 2013

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Life before the war
Isak's life before the war was like any other kids. However when he heard the Germans were coming he ran away to Krasnodar ,Russia. While he was there, he worked as a carpenter. Isak then changed his last name to a Polish name called, Broniewski. In 1941, Hitler invaded Russia. Isak joined the Russian army. He was sent to a place near Kremenchug. Before the army could do anything the Germans surrounded them and they were caught. The Germans shot most of that army and only two survived. When Isak was on his way to a prisoner-of-war camp he jumped out of line and yet again got away from the Germans. However, later on the Germans caught him again from someone he once trusted.
All about Isak
Isak Borenstein was born in Radom, Poland. He was a Jewish boy that had three sisters, three brothers, and a mother and father. Just like a regular family. His father was a livestock dealer, and Isak was his helper.
The camps
Obstacles faced/ overcame
Some of the things that Isak had to indure was the beatings. He was beat at the prison to see if he would back down and say he was a Jew. The people inside the prison with him said he looked like he was already dead. Another thing that was hard for him was malnutrition and disease. He was so skinny and got a disease called, typhoid. It was also very hard for Isak after the war he had no family he knew that was alive. He thought they had all passed away at the camps. I feel like the biggest thing that hurt him was having the girl that saved his life after the beatings get tooken away was the hardest for him. Isak couldn't do anything to help her yet she just saved his life.
Life after the war
Isaks life after the war was difficult at first. He went home thinking he could find at least something there. But all he found was another family living in his house with all of his familys belongings. Minus the pictures those were burned. Isak didn't know if anyone in his family was alive but he soon found out that his brother, Abe, was alive and had survived Buchenwald concentration camp.Abe and Isak then moved to Stuttgart, Germany for a few years. Isak met his wife there. She is also a survivor from Radom, Poland. Isak, his wife, and Abe, came to New Orleans in 1951. Isak and his brother then, started a woodworking shop. Sadly, Abe died in 1974. Now all Isak tries to do is talk of happiness. He tries to forget about it but he knows that it will never go away. other times he tries to go back to the past to some how change something. At those times he believes that he's just dreaming.

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Isak Borenstein
by:Victoria Papuga

Isak and some of his siblings
Isak and his brother, Abe.
Now with Isak he went to some camps but he was mostly in prison getting beat because of his polish last name. The guards would say he is a Jew but he never broke so they thought of him as a Polock now. But he however was sent to some of the concentration camps. Those camps were, a labor camp near Dnepropetrovsk, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, sub-camp of Mauthausen called Schlier-Redl-Zipf, and another sub-camp of Mauthausen called Linz III.
Mauthausen "Stairs of Death"
Main entrance at Auschwitz
Former prisoners of the infirmary (sub camp of Mauthausen)
Isak Borenstein
Died: Saturday, August 20, 2005, at age 87.
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