DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – January marks 71 years since the liberation of the largest German Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.
Dayton resident, and Holocaust survivor, Samuel Heider was 21 years old. He lost his entire family.
He described in moving detail the randomness of who lived and died. The memories from his time in the ghetto and concentration camp are still fresh in his mind, and the pain still raw. His eyes fill with tears, but he is adamant about talking of the horrors that took place so the world never forgets. “I’ll never finish my story,” he said.
Heider warned about the danger of silence in the face of human atrocities. “Had the world not been silent, perhaps six-million Jews would not have perished during the Holocaust,” he said.