This story was about how she survived in the camp by knowing that as long as she lived she could help her family out. As bad as Westbork was, their next camp, Bergen-Belsen, was much worse even though the family stayed together, Adi's job as a mason was very difficult. Greta took care of the children, who were sick much of the time, both parents were terribly afraid for their family. Adi Zukerman remembered Bergen Belsen as a period of mental and p hysical tortures the unshakable will to be preserved for my wife and children who helped me over this time. This shows how the she willed to survive by thinking she can save others.
The next story is about how after the girl escaped a death trench she and her mother would live in the world. Everyone and by that I mean about 250 Jews was in a daze, filled with a terrible feeling of loss and pain. I remember waking up several times each night dumpling those first days because my mothers bed was shaking with the silent convulsive sobbing. I knew that she waited until after I was asleep to release her grief and longing for my father and my brothers, and so I pretended to be asleep each time this happened. This shows how she knew that the losses hurt her mother but she had to keep working to help stay alive and to provide.
This story about a girl whose escape was one in a million, she was drove by her family's death and it made her want to continue their legacy and tell the world about the horrendous nazis. Once more Alicia was marched to a killing field, the very meadow her father was killed. A fresh trench waited to be filled with bodies. Alicia positioned herself at the end of the line and at first opportunity made a beeline for the woods. So the running began again, and Alicia had no clue when it might end. Part of her wanted to give up, sit down somewhere and end the struggle. But she remembered what her mom said about surviving so she kept going. It was the only thing she could think to do.
This story shows how his will to show the will that this kid had to spread his story. “The rest of the Jews” — including Kutz, his mother Ida, his sisters Chana and Nechama, and his brother Tsalia — in another. His mother pulled him close, told him to survive, to tell the world. Kissed him And then “they take us to the area to be killed,” he recalls on the phone from his Montreal home, his voice still thick with an accent, his memories as sharp as the sound of a gun, the screams of the panicked, the moans of the dying “People start to run. They wanted to go where the workers are. So (people are) pushing. I lost my mother and family and I am by myself amongst strangers and then they marched us…about five kilometres …and they’re shooting and killing and Jews were yelling… ‘God help me’ in Hebrew
This is part of the same story and his horrific escape and why he survived. Quiet, he knows now, because the executioners — Germans and their Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Belorussian collaborators — had gone to get more victims from other towns. Quiet enough, he thought then, to escape. “So I took dead bodies on top of each other and gave a look, nobody was there,” he recalls. “So I jumped out and (started) running. “I heard my mother in my mind: ‘Michael, don’t look backwards, go faster, go faster, don’t look back.’”In one way or another, he’s been hearing her voice ever since, moving forward, thinking back. Remembering that day as he ran two kilometres to a Catholic convent, where nuns cleaned the blood off his body and tended the wound on his head and gave him clothes and milk but wouldn’t — for fear of their own lives and his — let him stay.
This shows how he kept his family in mind and how lucky he was to survive. He keeps his family's legacy alive. He says,"And through his years with the partisans — years of hiding and bombing and hunger and sleeping in holes covered with leaves — he kept his mother in mind. “I had one thing in my mind,” he remembers. “My mother’s last words. “And I always, whatever I did in the partisans and running and going and hiding, I always heard my mother on the side, near me. And I used to go and think in my mind, ‘Michael, don’t look backwards, run…run very far, don’t look backwards.’ “I never lose hope. I never lose hope. I never lose hope.” Kutz stayed in the resistance until the Russians freed the area in 1944, and then learned how hopeless it had been for so many others. He was one of only 13 Jews in his town of 4,500 to survive the mass graves. He’s survived in many other towns and in many other countries since. Lived many other kinds of lives. He travelled from Poland to Russia in search of his father, who he eventually learned had been killed in action. And then on to places like Czechoslovakia and Austria, hoping to eventually make it to Palestine, then under British rule."
"Holocaust Survivor Shares Story of His Escape from Death Pit." The Chronicle Herald. N.p., 13 Apr. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. Escape teens on the run by Linda Jacobs Altman. Liberation stories of the holocaust