- Born November 30, 1923 in Turka, Poland (now Ukraine).
- Leon was one of five children.
- His father owned a general store.
- Leon was in school until 1939, when the Russians came into Turka. Because Leon was literate, the Russians had him write passports for them.
- The Nazis took over in 1941. Leon and his family were taken to a village and worked on a ranch through the summer of 1941.
- In November 1941, they were taken to the Sambor ghetto. Leon lived in this ghetto from 1941-April 1942.
- The Nazis liquidated the ghetto and killed everyone, but Leon and his brother managed to escape unharmed. They fled to the woods.
- Leon and his brother joined the Russian Partisans and fought with them until the end of 1944.
- At the end of 1944, Leon was wounded and was taken to a hospital in Russia. After the war ended, he returned to Poland. From Poland, he ended up in West Germany- (Fohrenwald DP camp).
- 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.
- Leon came to America in 1949.
- He married in 1952.
- Leon and his brother were the only survivors from their family of seven.
- Leon has written a book about his experiences, called “From Prison to Partisans”
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