Tuesday, April 29, 2014

4-30-14 holocaust survivor goes "between the lines"

A Holocaust survivor who lives in Wisconsin says he remembers as a boy spending time in a concentration camp and marching past Adolph Hitler as a Hitler Youth.  Bruno Josefowski of  Princeton shared  his perspectives during a lecture Tuesday at UW Fond du Lac and on AM 1170 WFDL's Between the Lines program.  Josefowski  was imprisoned with his family in Auschwitz when he was ten years old.   "When we entered the camp, the thing was to keep quiet, keep out of site of the German soldiers,"   Josefowski told 
AM 1170's Between the Lines program.   "If you don't you would get a rifle out over your head." Josefowski says he remembers hearing gunshots in the prison camp, but as a young child,  didn’t realize what was going on.  He also has memories of Jews being marched to the gas chambers.   "Most of the people were separated and any Jews that were there were gone and you never seen them again,"  Josefowski remembers.   Josefowski was a non-Jewish Pole and recalls marching past Hitler as a Hitler youth.  "I marched past him within about 20 feet.  On his (Hitler's) birthday they had a big parade in Nuremburg and the army was lined up and I was in 4th grade and had a uniform and that was a mandatory thing,"  Josefowski said.  Josefowski's daughter, Ann Davis, is a student at UW Fond du Lac.  She says her father's story of survival as a little boy is remarkable.  "I think about how did he survive and them I'm thinking if he didn't I wouldn't be here and neither would my siblings,"  David told WFDL news.  "It really centers you in thinking your life has meaning, it has purpose because of all of those who came before you."

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