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Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Eliezer Eizenschmidt

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Published on Apr 7, 2013

Eliezer Eizenschmidt was born in 1920 in Luna, Belarus, the eldest of three children to Joshua and Esther.
In June 1941, the Germans occupied Luna, and in November, they established a ghetto in the city. In November 1942, the Germans began to transfer the Jews from the ghetto to the Kielbasin camp. In December, they were taken to a train station and deported to Auschwitz. All of Eliezer's family members were selected for murder except him and his brother Abraham. Five weeks later, Abraham was also killed.
Eliezer was assigned to a Sonderkommando group, where he worked in horror for six months, removing corpses from the gas chambers and transferring them to cremation pits.
In October 1944, a group of Sonderkommando workers rebelled; all of its participants were killed. The Germans began a thorough investigation among all of the surviving Sonderkommando men, among them Eliezer. Despite having been at the very heart of the preparations, he revealed nothing -- though his hair turned white overnight.
On 18 January 1945 Eliezer was sent on a death march heading for Germany. He escaped from the convoy before it even left Polish territory, but was shot and injured. He eventually arrived at the house of Teodor and Franciszka Tendera, who hid him until liberation. (In 1970, Yad Vashem recognized the couple as Righteous Among the Nations.)

For more information http://www.yadvashem.org/remembrance/...

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