A Holocaust survivor recalled the day he was freed from a concentration camp for BuzzFeed — and his story is chilling.
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The man, who isn’t named in the video, was a prisoner at the camp for a year before it was liberated. He and his friends didn’t get much sleep and he hadn’t washed himself once. He told BuzzFeed that it wasn’t unusual to wake up next to dead people.
One morning, he and his friends awoke to find no guards in the guard towers.
They approached the padlocked gate to the camp. Then, he said, a Russian soldier emerged from the fog, just beyond the gate.
“But, he says, as he takes out his gun and shoots off the padlock, ‘Doctors will be coming, medication will be coming, food will be coming very shortly.'”
“We go to every barrack in the vicinity, open up the door, and in every language that we know just yelling, ‘We are free! We are free!'”
“You’ll never forget that moment, the sounds from the barracks,” he said.
“I make a little victory dance on my prison uniform.”
The Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund (THMF) was established in 1995 by Dr. David and Joan Thaler to provide support for education about the Holocaust to residents and students at the local colleges in Linn County, Iowa. THMF provides funding for academic courses about the Holocaust, public speakers and other educational programs.