- Born January 22, 1928 in Helmez, Czechoslovakia.
- Had two brothers and four sisters.
- Parents owned a bakery.
- Went to public school in Helmez until Nazis came and forbade Jews from attending school.
- In 1944, between Pesach and Shavuot, the Nazis brought Abraham and his family to the ghetto in Helmez.
- The ghetto was liquidated almost immediately after his arrival.
- Deported to Auschwitz at the age of sixteen.
- Arrived in Auschwitz on Shavuot, 1944.
- Handled horses while in Auschwitz, considered to be a “lucky” job.
- On January 18, 1945, Abraham was forced to leave Auschwitz on a Death March, because the Russians were approaching and the Nazis didn’t want to leave any witnesses behind.
- Abraham was marched to Mauthausen, and then to Dachau.
- After liberation, Americans helped Abraham get back to his hometown in Czechoslovakia.
- After finding very few survivors there, he went back to Germany, ending up in a DP camp.
- In 1949, Abraham came to the United States. He started off in Philadelphia, but then moved to Manhattan.
- Married in 1958 and fathered two daughters.
- Abraham’s father survived, together with three sisters and one brother, one of the largest families to survive the Holocaust.
America and the Holocaust
Film—America and the Holocaust
Holocaust: The Untold Story
The Bergson Boys
Rabbi Stephen Wise
The film: Holocaust: The Untold Story
The common belief that Hitler’s death camps were a secret — is a myth.
During the years 1939-1945 when World War II was fought in Europe, Americans relied on newspapers to get the latest news from the front. Many reports of nazi "extermination camps" filter out to the mainstream American press, but the story rarely makes the front page of the nation’s most respected newspapers. If a reader searches the New York Times front pages they could miss the horrific stories about Nazi Germany’s systematic murder of more than 6 million Jews. But the story gradually emerges in grim detail as editors bury the stories in their newspapers’ back pages.
Many stories that do get reported miss the fact that Jews are the primary targets for execution. The press fails to recognize that Hitler is fighting two wars: One against the allies, and one against the Jews.
Several haunting questions emerge from these findings: If the press had pursued the story and highlighted its urgency, could it have influenced public opinion and in turn, government policy? If the press focused on this story, could lives have been saved?
Volunteers helping pre-1948 Israel and acquiring arms