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Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Yoseph Offer

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Published on Apr 4, 2012

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Lt. Col. (Res.) Yoseph Offer -- was born in Oradea Mare. Romania in 1929. In 1943, his father was drafted into the Hungarian Army and disappeared. In May 1944, Yoseph's family reached Auschwitz. They were sent to the showers. He rejected his mother's embrace, convinced that they would all see each other again within half an hour. But they never did. Yoseph was sent to Buchenwald and from there to a work camp in Magdeburg where he worked as a factory hand and finally to a small plant which manufactured airplane wings for the Fuka Wolf 190 combat aircraft. There he decided that upon liberation he would become a pilot. In April 1945 he was liberated from Buchenwald, and via Youth Aliyah, reached Eretz Yisrael, settled on Kibbutz Afikim, joined the Hagana and served in Golani. In the kibbutz he met his future wife, Hava. On April 12, 1951, Yoseph was awarded his pilot wings by the Israel Air Force, exactly 6 years after his liberation. Yoseph served in the Israel Air Force, later in El-Al, and also as Israel's Air Attache at the Israeli Embassy in London. He has published four books, and lectures to youngsters about the Holocaust.

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