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Holocaust Survivors

Stories of Survivors
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Dawson Ruggles

on 7 November 2012

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HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS By Kevin Walder, Dawson Ruggles, Conner Kristoff The Holocaust is a time period when the Nazis ( The National Socialist German Workers Party) took over Germany in the early 1930's. There mission was to eliminate the Jews. Our first survivor takes us to Amsterdam in 1924 where Max R. Garcia is born. His story starts like this. Max wanted to mail a letter to a girl he was corresponding with. He asked a man to mail the letter for him. The man Max asked got arrested that night and the police found the letter. The police traced the letter back and found where Max was hiding. They took him to a train station and sent him to Auschwitz concentration camp( A concentration camp is where they send and murder Jews). Our next survivor is William "Bill" Lowenberg. William was taunted so much in Germany as a child just because he was Jewish and was different; he and his family were forced to move to Holland. It didn't work out for them very well there, because they were soon taken to Westerbork transit camp. Though the conditions there were harsh, they were nothing compared to Auschwitz, where he was then transferred by himself. He didn't know it yet, but that was the last time that he would see his family again, as he was the only survivor. At Auschwitz he received a tattoo that had his number on it, and every day he has to look at that tattoo and deal with the pain he endured there. He somehow survived the camp and moved to San Francisco, where he hoped to start a new life. Karl Lyon was born in 1922 in Germany. He was 15 when the Nazis took over A picture of Westerbork Transit camp The stories of Max R. Garcia, William Lowenberg, and Karl Lyon Karl Lyon was 15 when the Nazis attacked Germany. He got out of Germany that year and moved to America. When in America he applied for the army but was denied because he was not a citizen. When WWII started they needed troops so he was drafted in the army and sent to fight in Germany against the Nazis and Hitler. When they won he returned to America and met his wife Gloria. That is how he became a survivor of the Holocaust. He never gave up and eventually managed to survive the brutal times of the Holocaust. That is why he is one of our three survivors today. The Nazi's were led by Adolf Hitler, one of the most notorious people of all time. One of the most shocking facts of this time was that there were more than 700,000 prisoners registered in concentration camps by January 1945. The Nazi's way of torturing the Jews would be to take them to concentration camps. There purpose was to starve and kill all of its residents. Just to name a few, Auschwitz and Westerbork, two of the most brutal camps. On top of that you didn't even have to be Jewish to suffer during the Holocaust. Anyone who resisted the domination in German occupied Europe would be arrested. Now that you know some basic background knowledge about the Holocaust let's take you to our three brave survivors. William Lowenberg's never ending desire to be free is what it took to survive the Holocaust, and is what made him one of our three survivors. Our third and final survivor of the Holocaust is Karl Lyon. The Nazi's were represented by this symbol. This is an example of what one of the concentration camps rooms looked like. When I look at the times of the Holocaust I can't believe the things that went on in the world. I see the things the people did and I think, that act couldn't have been done by humans. I thought we were too smart for this. I hope that nothing like this ever happens again, and I feel sorry for anyone who went through this. - Kevin Walder When I look at the acts done during the Holocaust I am shocked. I never thought that any of this would be possible. I think that everyone should be treated equally and should not be discriminated because of their looks or beliefs. The things done during the Holocaust should never be repeated and hopefully never will be. - Dawson Ruggles Looking at Karl Lyon's story I feel grateful that some people escaped and helped take down Hitler, but I also feel horrible for the people hat never received that chance. I wish more people would have walked out of those concentration camps with their lives. I also hope that this never happens again, but if it does, I hope more people live to tell the story.
- Conner Kristoff
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