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Victims and Surviors of the Holocaust
Transcript of Victims and Surviors of the Holocaust
Helene Melanie Lebel
I decided to choose each of these victims or survivors because each of them were unique in their own ways, but also appealed to me most out of all the others. Henoch was only a child, Helene had a mental illness, Emma never lost her faith, Lisl was the only one out of her mother and father to survive, and Sarah didn't abandon her child.
Each of them were strong and brave, even through the horrible era of the Holocaust.
Lisl was born in the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague. She was 12 years old on March 15th, 1939, when the Germans entered Prague. Every day after that, restrictions were placed on the Jews. On December 1941, her brother Peter was deported. The following year, her parents and Lisl herself were also on their way to Terezin ghetto. Jews there were being transported to Auschwitz. Peter volunteered to be deported, while Lisl was sent back to the ghetto.
Later, after the war, Lisl discovered that her parents and brother had been killed at Auschwitz.
Victims and Survivors
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Emma was born to Catholic parents in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace-Lorraine. She grew up on her mother's mountain farm and later married and started a family in Alsatian town of Husseren-Wesserling. The family decided to become Jehovah's Witnesses, and were fairly happy until the Germans arrived. They were no longer free to be Jehovah's Witnesses. Emma fled back to her mother's farm when her husband and daughter were taken away, but was arrested there in 1943. She was sent to Gaggenau branch camp, but Emma never lost her faith, even through all of the pressure.
She was liberated in 1945 by the French army, and returned to Franch where she was reunitned with her husband and daughter.
Helene was born on September 15th, 1911 in Vienna, Austria. Her father (who died when Helene was 5) was Jewsih but she was raised as a Catholic. When she was 15, she began to show signs of mental illness. When her dog passed away, she had a breakdown and became schizophrenic. Two years after she was placed in the psychiatric hospital, the Germans invaded Austria to Germany. Although her condition had improved, she was not allowed home. Her mother had been informed that she was sent to a hospital, but instead was transferred to a converted prison in Germany.
Helene was one of the many people gassed that year in the Euthanasia center.
Henoch was born in 1938 in Kolbuszowa, Poland, and raised among many relatives. On his first birthday, Germany invaded Poland and soon reached Henoch's hometown. Hafenbier (a vicious German police commander) terrorized and killed many of the town's Jews. Soon, the family was deported to the Rzeszow ghetto in June 1942, and then to an extermination camp the next month. Henoch and his family were gassed, and he was only 3 and a half years old.
Sarah Gamper (maiden name) was born to a Jewish family in Liepaja, Latvia. After marrying Herman Judelowitz in 1920, the two settled in Liepaja. By 1935, they had three daughters. In 1941, the Germans reached Latvia and occupied Liepaja. Herman was murdered that July by the Germans. Sarah and her daughters managed to avoid deportation until 1943 when they were caught and sent to Kaiserwald. Her and her children were split up upon arrival. However, Sarah would not abandon her 8-year-old, Liebele. She followed her, and the two were never heard from again.
Why I Chose These 5 People
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The Holocaust was, without a doubt, the most vicious and disturbing event in Jewish history. Not only was it a mass killing of Jews all throughout Germany, but it was a mass killing of
with friends and families and interests and goals. The Holocaust took all of those things away from them; they became mere objects that sat wasting their days away in prisons, waiting to be killed. Even children were killed. Families were ripped apart, dignities were shattered, all hope was lost.
Holocaust was Like
These 5 peope that I selected were not the only ones whose stories deserve to be recognized; anyone who was impacted by the Holocaust is just as important as these people are. It was an equally terrible experience for everybody, no matter if they survived or fell victim to the German's horrendous actions.
I really admired Sarah's story because she was so determined on staying with her children and even followed Liebele, even if she was not allowed to. The two were likely gassed, but I feel that Sarah's mindset was, "If you die, I die with you" and I really admire that.
I also praise Emma's strong spirit through the Holocaust. And the best part is, she was reunited with her husband and daughter.
In conclusion, I can say that I feel more educated about the people and experiences of the Holocaust. It has also made me realize how fortunate I was to be born as who I am today. What if I had been one of the Jews during the Holocaust? Henoch, upon many other children, were not even really given a chance at life, because they were killed before they had time to live it. The Holocaust will always be one of the most important and memorable events to ever happen in history.