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Holocaust Survivor Henia Bryer: Prisoner Number A26188

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The German invasion of Poland in 1939 ended the happy childhood of Henia Bryer. Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day she recalls how she was sent to four concentration camps, but survived them all.

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Vlasta M (7)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:50 am
In Germany, Holocaust denial is punishable crime, because Germans know what Jew hatred led to. In the Muslim world Holocaust denial is common, but many Muslims think that "it would be good idea to exterminate Jews", whom Ahmadinejad blames for the problems 58 Muslim majority countries have. Ahmedi9nijad and Abbas are also Holocaust deniers, and Ahmadinejad openly states that "Israel should be wiped out from the map of the world", while in West Bank and Gaza school maps there is no Israel.

Yet, we have a US President who gives US taxpayers money to supremacist, genocidal misogynistic Muslim Brotherhood for their war on women and F-16 for their war on Israel while bowing to a Saudi king, whose subjects committed 9/11 while shouting Allahu Akbar. Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

Jay S (116)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:12 am
Unimaginable! So many suffered so terribly during this time. It is remarkable that this woman, after enduring such privation for so long in her young life, has been able to live to her present age.

It's shocking that there are people, especially educated people, who don't know about the Holocaust! Then there are those who know something of it but not that there were 6 million 'others' murdered besides the Jews - gays (who were not liberated by the allies, but sent to prisons), gypsies, mentally and physically disabled ('subhumans'), Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Socialists and Communists (both of which were the main opposition to Hitler and his Nazis) and others.

Even fewer people know of the genocide (the first time the word was used) of the 3 million Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Christians in the early 20th c. by another megalomaniacal monster, Ataturk (who is even praised by western intellectuals to this day, totally ignoring the Holocaust he caused), and the so-called 'Young Turks' who wanted to 'cleanse'(Ataturk's word) once Christian Turkey (Byzantium before the Muslim invasion and conquest) of all non-Muslims - and did a masterful job while the West turned a blind eye to that one too, and still does.

We must do all we can to keep each generation educated on just how easy it is for this kind of thing to happen. The German people weren't any more prone to genocide than any of us, but with the right combination of economic collapse, civil unrest and violence and the rise of a charismatic leader, it can happen again. Just look at what is happening in Greece. It's like a replay of 1920's-30's Germany and the far right is gaining ground.

Thanks Stan for this inspiring story.

Carola May (20)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:26 am
Why is it we never learn from history? After the horror and terrible suffering of so many people in the Nazi-led Holocaust, the western media and our worthless 'leaders' are turning a blind eye to similar hatred and suffering happening every day right now in virtually every Muslim occupied land from Northern Nigeria to Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey and right through to 'moderate' Indonesia where Christians, Jews (the very few still surviving there), Buddhists and others are all systematically being ethnically cleansed and driven out or murdered - hundreds of thousands of them - and our media and leaders look away. In Indonesia that Obama praises as tolerant and 'moderate' over 300 Christian churches and an unknown number of Buddhist temples have been closed or destroyed. Where is the outrage?

It's happening in Syria as the Saudi/Muslim Brotherhood backed 'rebels' have made it very clear they are set on ethnically cleansing all non-Muslims from once Christian Syria (before the Muslim conquest), and they have already started by driving 90% of all Christians out of Homs and desecrating and closing churches, yet President Obama gleefully supports and promotes these Islamist Nazis and looks the other way at these atrocities, just like he did with the same Islamist Conquistadors in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria & Libya. Will he one day be tried for war crimes, aiding and abetting ethnic cleansing and genocide by these primitive cretins? I hope so.

Thank you for posting this important story and reminder that we must be on guard every day against this kind of hate. But what can we do when our leaders and media collude in the current genocides? It's heartbreaking!

Alexa R (319)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 7:16 am
I quote: "Now in her 80s, she fears younger generations lack knowledge of the Holocaust.

"I had an operation once and the anaesthetist comes and looks at [the tattoo on] my arm and he says, 'What is this?' And I said, 'That's from Auschwitz.' And he said, 'Auschwitz, what was that?' And that was a young man, a qualified doctor," she says.

There was no time to explain: "I was unconscious the next minute!"

Bryer's memories of the camps and the scenes she witnessed, remain - and she is determined that what happened should never be forgotten.

"We had in history bloody wars and revolutions and every type of tragedies, but I think this is not comparable to anything in the world."

Tommy S (11)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:52 am
Bless her

Carol D (346)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:59 am
It's really sad that so many young people do not know about this! It tells us what is being taught and what is not being taught in our schools today which is a great travesty!!!

pam w (139)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:45 am
And yet...there are those who will deny the truth of this woman's experience and the experience of millions who were brutalized by Nazis.

What possible reason could there be for such denial?

Stan B (123)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 8:12 pm
Was it Eisenhower who predicted in 1945 that future generations would forget the horrors and brutality of the Holocaust?
With the marked increase in antisemitism, especially in Europe, and the complete ignorance of Nazi terror among many people who should know better, I'm beginning to wonder if Eisenhower was right.
Thanks to all who posted above and noted the amazing escape this lady had. Lest we forget.

Beth S (330)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:02 pm
Pam, it's an excellent question. The holocaust deniers are invariably the ones who want the holocaust repeated. They identify hugely with the perpetrators of the last holocaust and are thus trying to deny what they would have been guilty of had they been able to do so. They are like criminals with invisible blood on their hands.

Lee Hampton (15)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:08 pm
It is very frightening that children are not learning this, because as we know all to well, those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. Islam is the new Nazism, and with the Muslim Brotherhood's strong connections to Hitler and other Nazis, they are just waiting until the moment is right for the slaughter to begin worldwide.

Thirty Islamic terrorist training camps are in action in the U.S., and they are awaiting the signal to fan out and begin putting into action all of their training.

Time to buy weapons, people. We're all going to need them.

Patricia Martin (19)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:14 pm
Rob and Jay,

"The German people weren't any more prone to genocide than any of us, but with the right combination of economic collapse, civil unrest and violence and the rise of a charismatic leader, it can happen again."

I am told that in the Talmud, some 2,000 years before the Holocaust, the Germans, referred to as Germania, were known as fiercely loyal followers to their leaders and fierce fighters. I do believe that there can be national characteristics, and it seems that the Germans, later as Teutonic Knights and then Nazis, seemed to have kept theirs. They seem to have it suppressed, and to some degree are getting a real beating from the Turkish Muslims in the country. There may come a point at which they will say no more and fight back.

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:32 pm
Noted, tweeted, read, tweeted, and shared. This made the war real again. It also explains the determination of the Jews and Israel not to want to give up anything; they have given up too much already.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:03 pm
I know all these stories from first hand. My husband's father was in Auschwitz at the age of 13 and lost his mother and six brothers and sister to the gas chambers. He was saved three times from the same fate. Nothing is the same again and these people can never be judged no matter how they behave after all these traumas. It's just unthinkable and hard to even imagine.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:55 pm
Noted and thanks for this story. Very tough gal to overcome what she has.

Lynn D (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 2:11 am
Bless all who survived and the story HAS TO BE TOLD!!!!

cindy g (9)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 5:34 am
It's very important to keep getting the word out... people have the tendancy not to believe the horrors mankind can unleash and what individuals were/are forced to endure ... thanks for sharing.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:36 am
"She remembers telling herself: "I am too young to die, I can't die. I haven't seen anything, I haven't done anything yet."

At 63 I still feel the same way as she did at 17. I am grateful she survived what still stands as the ultimate testament to what we human beings are capable of at out absolute worst. That there are nations who deny it happened, only proves that some are still AT their absolute worst and that this is capable of happening again. Indeed, it WILL happen again should the objectives of the "religion of peace" ever be achieved, world dominance. That we must all fight against, forever, with all our might and love, for hatred is not love, war is not peace and people are not different in the slightest apart from the color of our skin, underneath that we all bleed red blood, our organs are interchangeable and we are one. That some refuse to understand this speaks only to the depth of their ignorance and fear. I am SO glad messages like hers are still being told, when they stop being told we will either be civilized or extinct. I'm not sure which one we deserve more given the events since that horrible time.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:42 am
One more thing - for those who have not read him, Herman Wouk, wrote two heartbreaking but historically accurate to the nth degree of the years leading up to and through WWII. The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Fiction, but the historical detail is incredible, shocking and you can FEEL the tenor of the times in each wonderfully written book. They are of the kind one cannot bear to put down and I learned more our history from them than I ever did in a classroom. By a very large margin. I can't recommend them highly enough.

. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 10:55 am
NJ instituted Holocaust studies into our state wide curriculum in the 1980's from Grades 5-12. It has always troubled me that each grade does not go into this with any depth.
Many years ago, Spielberg supposedly recorded as many survivor's stories as he could - just for preservation.

Sheila Stevens (50)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:36 pm
Gratz College, Melrose Park, PA has a wonderful degreed Holocaust Studies program, which can be taken online.
he Gratz College Holocaust and Genocide Studies program focuses on the Holocaust, its contemporary significance, and the broader phenomenon of genocide in modern times. The program is designed for educators in public and private schools, museum staff, community professionals, religious and lay leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue, and adult learners taking classes for personal enrichment or credit.

The college also houses The Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College-
a special collection of the Tuttleman Library and a contributing organization to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Institute and to Yad Vashem. The Archive houses one of the largest collections of audio-taped testimony in the U.S, including interviews with nearly 900 survivors, liberators, resistance force members, those in hiding, rescuers, and other witnesses to the persecution and extermination of the Nazi era, 1933-1945.

Special groupings include the testimonies of "Kindertransport" children sheltered in England, the 1985 Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, the 1991 and 1999 Rickshaw Reunions of Shanghai Survivors, and the Vilna Ghetto Fighters.

The Archive also documents Jewish cultural life in pre-Nazi Europe via unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, memorial books and survivor registers.

Established in 1979 by the late Professor Nora Levin, the Archive was one of the earliest collections of Holocaust testimony in the U.S. Since 1989, Josey G. Fisher has directed the Archive staff of 25 volunteers, over half of whom were born in Europe before World War II and represent a wide range of Nazi-era experience.

The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive is open on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment at 215-635-7300 x130.

Pennsylvania is considering (for the 2nd time) instituting a mandatory secondary school program on Holocaust studies. When all the survivors have passed away, it will fall upon our generation to keep the story alive!

Ira Herson (13)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 8:01 pm
I agree with the postings above and hope that the history will not be forgotten. I have known several Holocaust survivors. Some were family and some I met at the Jewish museum in Sydney. What they all seemed to have in common is a willingness to laugh and love. Hate is not what drives them.

As for the deniers we know who they are and why they say that it did not happen. They lie and have no kindness in their hearts. They are driven by hate and use the very things they are guilty of to blame on others. The sad thing is that the survivors are dying out and the deniers are not. It is important that Henia Bryer and the other millions that suffered are not forgotten and why.

There are no lessons to be learned from the Holocaust. except one. We cannot let it happen again. Education is the only defense. We have to guard our democracy and human rights. Remember Hitler was elected.

Germany was the most democratic nation in Europe and it was turned into a fascist state. The same thing can happen again under other names. Religious laws, Discrimination, hidden and special courts these are the tools that come into play that will allow more holocausts. Pol Pot, Idi Amin killed millions of their people and again the world stood by.

The constant calls by the Muslim Brotherhood for the death of all Jews and denying the Holocaust are the opening moves to start a new Holocaust if they are allowed to.

Also I will read those books Gene. Have you read "Maus" by Art Spiegelman? It will tear your heart out.

Devon Leonar (54)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 11:21 pm
I was a child growing up in the '50's and '60's in N.Y.C...I heard Odetta singing "We Shall Overcome" mother took me...... She taught me we were all one...I was fortunate to not have any confusion about that! At an early age I was told of and read about the Holocaust...and I may well have had some unknown distant relations who perished then.... What I could'nt fathom as a child was how such a thing could ever have happened at all........... History revealed to me that it repeats itself. Thats why I'm always saying that extremism in All it's forms is so dangerous..... we must be vigilant and guard against this.
Thanks Stan for posting this, and I appreciated both Gene and Ira's comments. Blessings to Henia!!!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:54 am
Henia - you are an exceptional human being ... I admire people like you that endured what most won't be able to.... I am sorry for all you went will be blessed my dear....

Dalia H (1280)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:46 pm
So sad:( Noted and Thank You so much for sharing with us!!!
Much LOVE, Light, Peace

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:25 pm
Her older brother, disabled since birth, was among those killed.

"My brother went to the hospital, but they shot all the people that were physically disabled.

"He knew exactly what was happening... he took off his winter coat and he gave it to my mother and he said: 'Give it to someone who will need it. I won't need it any more'. And she came home with a coat."

NOW, that is courage! I wonder if I could have handled it so maturely!!!

Stan B (123)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:34 am
Portland N That was a very poignant comment. Thanks for making it.

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:24 pm
@ Gene Jacobson
@ Gene Jacobson

Here is a substitute Green Star! I apparently give you one earlier in the week and cannot give you another one!

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:45 pm
@ Alexandra R.
@ Alexandra R.
Remember, the Jews are God’s “peculiar” people that he fell in love with. Usually, when a parent picks one child over others, the other children become resentful and jealous of the “chosen” one. Some become extremely violent and dangerous for the “chosen” one, because jealousy always leads to HATRED!
I love God very much! However, I do not respect parents that love one child over another or over others. God and I have serious issues over this one. I feel every parent should love their children equally and find special qualities within each child in order to love them equally. I also believe they should remind each child of their good characteristics so that each child develops and enhances them more.
Apparently or possibly obviously, God really did not care much for Ishmael’s seed. He really did not and does not invest much energy in loving or protecting them. Maybe that is why Muhammad created his god and religion so that the seed of Ishmael would have their own special god. However, Muhammad created his religion with immaturity and hatred. It seems like the people and races that felt or were inadequate within their hearts embraced Islam.

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:47 pm
@ stan b.
@ stan b.

Thank you very much!

Karl Murphy (3)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:08 am
It sickens me to read the accounts of people that experienced the holocaust.
I too have noticed that many young people are unaware of WWII and the atrocities committed. I am 30 years old, and many of my peers and those younger than me are very poorly informed on the subject. We were all taught this in school, yet no one seems to remember. I could never forget, I just found it too horrifying.

I suppose people's ability to forget is the same reason so many people don't care about losing our 2nd amendment rights. They live in a bubble where they think nothing can happen, that everything is stable and fine and that history won't repeat itself. I'm sure the Jews in Germany and the rest of Europe thought everything was fine too until the 3rd Reich came to power. I'm sure the people of France didn't think anything crazy was going to happen in the year 1940. If only they knew what was to come, I'm sure they would have preferred to be armed to defend themselves..... and if they could not win, at least they could die fighting. That is why I am so adamant about protecting our right to bear arms. Nothing may be going on in America at the moment, but if something crazy were to happen just like the outbreak of WWII or civil unrest from economic collapse, I don't want to be standing there twiddling my thumbs while someone who IS armed starts telling me what to do. People with guns call the shots. The cold hard truth. If you don't want to take orders from an enemy either foreign or domestic, stick up for your 2nd amendment rights and keep yourself armed and ready. In times of peace, prepare for war. Luck favors the prepared.

Linda R (17)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 11:18 pm
This is an amazing woman! Having survived the concentration camps etc and then to make sure that no one ever forgets is truly inspiring. I have no idea how I would react and I am very grateful that I will not have to endure something like this. We need to make sure that future generations do NOT forget and that history records it accurately. There are too many of these genocides and we need to stop them all.

Nancy C (806)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:26 am
Thank you for this Stan. I'm listening to her voice a second time...I will not see the "them" and "us" violent mentality abolished in my lifetime. I would like to think that if humans survive on earth, peace may see the light one day.
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