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Survivor and Champion

Ben Helfgott's Story

By Ben Helfgott

Ben Helfgott, born in Lodz, Poland, 1929, is a Holocaust survivor and former champion weightlifter representing Great Britain in the Olympics. This is his personal story of survival and triumph. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)


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A Child of Majdan

Auschwitz Survivor Victor Greenberg

By Victor Greenberg

Victor Greenberg tells the story of how he grew up in the small village of Majdan, now in Slovakia. In 1941, when he was 12 years old, he and his family were among the very few to escape when the entire Jewish population of the town was massacred. He was a prisoner in Auschwitz, Mauthausen and Gunskirchen, where he was finally liberated by the Americans. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)


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A Child of the Kindertransport

Kindertransport Refugee Fritz Sternhell

By Fritz Sternhell

Austrian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, Fritz Sternhell, relates his first-hand experiences as a child during the German annexation of Austria.



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Living with the Enemy

Auschwitz Holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller

By Freddie Knoller

Auschwitz survivor Freddie Knoller shares his amazing story of survival, including how the Gestapo in Paris thought he was a German and hired him as a translator. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)


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The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz

WWII British POW Denis Avey

By Denis Avey

The amazing, firsthand account of 92-year-old Denis Avey, a non-Jewish, British soldier who smuggled himself into Auschwitz as a POW. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)


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Rabka

A Survivor’s Personal Story

By Mark Goldfinger

In 1940, when Mark Goldfinger was 9, the SS set up an academy for training killers near his hometown of Rabka, Poland. This is the amazing account of what he saw and how he survived. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)


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Kindertransport

Personal Memories

Sir Guenter Heinz Treitel, QC, FBA, is a German-born English academic and retired Vinerian Professor of English Law

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Is it Possible to Speak Intelligently of the Holocaust?

A Talk at Chabad of Oxford

Professor George Steiner FBA, born to a Jewish family in Paris in 1929, is one of the greatest minds in today's literary world and is currently Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative Literature at Oxford University, Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University & Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University.

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My Experience of the Hungarian Holocaust

The Controversial Story of Kasztner’s Train

By Ladislaus Löb

As a child, Professor Ladislaus Löb watched as anti-Semitism slowly tightened its grip on the Hungarian nation, culminating in the Natzi occupation, beginning in 1944. He later wrote a book describing how Rezső Kasztner negotiated with Eichmann, saving Löb and 1,700 other Jews. Kasztner was later accused of collaborating with the Natzis.

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Hitler and the Feuchtwangers

The Inaugural Sami Rohr Memorial Lecture

The Rohr and Feuchtwanger families both emerged from the neo-orthodox movement of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Sami Rohr was both a prominent supporter of Chabad and a patron of Jewish literary endeavors. One of his favorite writers was the Jewish German novelist, Lion Feuchtwanger, who was a vocal critic of the Nazis. Lion's nephew, Edgar Feuchtwanger, grew up as a neighbor of Hitler.

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The Holocaust Comes to Libau

The rise of anti-semitism in Latvia, and the personal story of George Schwab

By George D. Schwab

George Schwab was ten years old when he witnessed the willing collaboration of his Latvian neighbors in the persecution and murder of Jews. Here he presents an overview of the development of antisemitism in Latvia and reads a chapter from his forthcoming memoir.

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Escaping Nazi-Occupied Denmark

George Blackman

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The Tragic Tale of a Failed Voyage 

From Cuba and the United States a shipload of Jews forced back to Germany

By Gerald Granston

In May 1939 the cruise ship S.S. St Louis sailed from Hamburg for Cuba with some 980 Jewish passengers fleeing from Nazi persecution. When Cuba refused them entry the ship went on to Florida, but the US government too refused them entry.

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Surviving the Holocaust 

You are the witnesses for the next generation

By Solly Irving

Solly Irving was just a boy when the Nazis invaded Poland. He was incarcerated in several concentration camps, including Buchenwald, and was liberated from Theresienstadt. This is his story.

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Are Two Liberations Enough?

A personal account of Holocaust survival and liberation from communism

By Judit Brody

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The Story of My Survival 

Iby Knill

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Life Between the Lines

John Izbicki

On the evening following his eighth birthday the terrors of Kristallnacht changed John Izbicki's life forever. Here he recounts the story of his escape from Germany and his arrival in Britain. John Izbicki was born to a Jewish family in Berlin, after escaping Germany he went on to lead a successful career as a British journalist. His memoir, Life Between the Lines, was published in 2012.

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