21 July 2007

IAJGS: More on ITS-Bad Arolsen

If you saw the "60 Minutes" segment on three Holocaust survivors visiting the ITS-Bad Arolsen facility, you may remember that one of them was Micky Schwartz.

Paul A. Shapiro of the USHMM also referred to Schwartz in his talks at the just-ended conference.

Here's a local Salt Lake City story on Shapiro's presentation at the annual event.

For more than 60 years, Micky Schwartz had no idea just how lucky he was to get a throat infection as a teenager at the Buchenwald concentration camp. The illness saved his life — an irony documented in Nazi war records that only now are being made publicly accessible.

Then a boy of 14, Schwartz's name was crossed off a list of young Hungarian Jews slated to be shipped to a Nazi weapons manufacturing plant. The camp, survivors had learned, was a virtual death sentence. Records kept by his captors show he was too sick to make the journey, according to Paul Shapiro.

Click here for information on the records which the US Holocaust Museum will receive.

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