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Do You Remember Me?
Joseph Lichtenstein’s picture was taken at Kloster Indersdorf in September 1945. He comments on the contrast between how he looked at liberation and how he looked in the photo. “From April to September,” he says, “I must have put on quite a bit of weight. A good wind would have blown me away.” After liberation, he tells us, “We never stopped eating.” Describing his time in the camps, he tells us, “It’s a sad situation when you see a father and son fighting over a piece of bread.” The intense hunger that survivors like Joseph experienced during the Holocaust continued to haunt them after the war had ended. When Joseph flew from Germany to Scotland after the war, he and the other boys were given bread. Everyone put the bread in their pockets because they did not know if they would have anything to eat the next day. Joseph believes that he survived thanks to the blessing given him by a rabbi sometime before his family was deported to Auschwitz. Read more about Josef Lichtenstajn.
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