Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Menachem Sharon





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Published on Apr 4, 2012

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Menachem Sharon's mother and two brothers were murdered in Chelmno; his father in Auschwitz. Upon the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto, Menachem was sent to Auschwitz. In January 1945, Auschwitz was evacuated and the prisoners sent on the infamous death marches. Menachem escaped and hid in the woods until the area was liberated by the Russians.

On returning to his native Poland in search of family and friends, Menachem failed to find any survivors. He joined the Bricha movement, aimed at relocating the tens of thousands of refugees and Holocaust survivors from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, all trying to leave Europe for Eretz Israel. Only a few succeeded -- illegally - the majority remaining in Displaced Persons Camps.

Menachem and other B'richa activists established crossing points and falsified documents and visas. For three years Menachem liaised with youth leaders, emissaries from Eretz Israel and Jewish Brigade officers in caring for the tens of thousands of Jewish refugees making their way to Eretz Israel to try to rebuild their lives. Menachem was in charge of one of the main crossing points between there and Poland.

In Israel, Menachem worked in the Jewish Agency and in the ministries of Defense and of Foreign Affairs

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