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Auschwitz survivor shares his memories

"Life had no meaning." Roman Kent, one of the last living survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp, explains the horrors he experienced during the Holocaust.

Stories from a Holocaust survivor

Roman Kent was born in 1929 in Łódź, Poland. He is a Holocaust survivor with a crucial message for future generations 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Kent professes, “It's very important to remember the Holocaust because in the first place, I could not believe and I don't even believe today that people could be so cruel to each other what they did in during the Holocaust and the ghettos.” He remembers his life before the war to be rather pleasant and carefree. “As I would say I was living with my family, having my parents. My brother was home. … And my two sisters and we lived a very nice and comfortable life,” he tells Brut. At the end of 1939, his family was imprisoned in Łódź ghetto, where his father eventually died. Then in 1944, his family was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Recalling such painful memories, he shares, “There is no way to explain to you what it means to be in the concentration camp. The life has no meaning. The cruelty of one man to another is indescribable. …. when you can see a little child being thrown into an oven for burning? Can anyone explain this? … what innocent little children deserve to be murdered. And I mean murder. There was smile on the faces. The Germans, they throw the little babies into a fire. What did they do? What did they deserve?”

A survivor’s biggest wish

Roman’s mother was murdered in Auschwitz. One of his sisters died shortly after the end of the war. He met his wife, also a Holocaust survivor, after emigrating to the U.S. Roman has dedicated his life to being a tireless advocate for Holocaust education. “For me, a survivor of Auschwitz, to forget the horrific experiences during the concentration camps, even for one moment, is impossible. Witnessing the atrocities committed at the entrance gates to Auschwitz, was more than enough to keep me awake at night until the end of time… we survivors do not want our past to be our children’s future.” he states.

There were over 40,000 camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust. Yet, 49% of U.S. millennials cannot name a single one. To combat the lack of Holocaust education, Kent recommends starting “young children since their mind is tabula rasa. Their mind is blank.” This is the ideal time to inform and educate to ensure they aren’t given any misinformation. “When you have, right now, so many incidents of anti-Semitism. It grows. And if it could happen in a country so cultural as that of Germany. Imagine what can happen in other countries,” he warns.

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01/27/2020 9:58 PM

415 comments

  • Sandra M.
    02/01/2022 00:07

    Tragedy, Cruelty and Horrible Conditions for the Concentration Camps.

  • Ruta R.
    01/22/2022 15:17

    Cultural country like Germany ????? Really ???? Shocked to hear it from a survivor

  • Julie G.
    12/30/2021 01:17

    Ty🏅🌹🕊

  • Gerald N.
    12/26/2021 22:51

    So sad to watch and listen to this ,I pray to god it will not happen again😢😢😢

  • Tracey M.
    12/16/2021 15:15

    This should never ever be forgotten it should be taught in every school in the 🌎

  • John S.
    11/28/2021 11:54

    REMEMBER FOR : NEVER JOHN SMITH Alias : 0hCAT

  • Vivian I.
    11/25/2021 20:22

    😞😢

  • Lynn B.
    11/24/2021 19:22

    Today it’s ok that Australia, Austria are starting this! I’ve listened to my own family saying this right! No it’s not

  • Nathan B.
    11/24/2021 07:28

    The way the world is today, I think this could happen again. That ought to scar everyone

  • Cruz F.
    11/19/2021 15:56

    🙏🏼🙌❤️❤️

  • Derrith L.
    10/23/2021 09:22

    God protect all of us from this happening again. Hitler started this and called it Socialism, he was the Devil on Earth. I see others who live today who are capable of doing this again....Save us from this EVIL.

  • Mary-Anne S.
    10/18/2021 00:33

    Human nature....can be so nasty, humans will turn on each in the blink of an eye, so sad

  • Jst J.
    09/26/2021 03:16

    Wake up people this is happening again with the Dems in charge. Stand up for your freedom before it's to late.

  • Anna N.
    08/30/2021 15:52

    Pray and peace

  • Helen S.
    08/29/2021 18:18

    😢😢😢mans inhumanity to each other never ceases to amaze me.

  • Brenton M.
    08/29/2021 16:36

    Surely there shall be a day of judgment. .sayeth the angel to moses who beheld that great day of suffering...and then surely there shall a day of judgment sayeth the angel Gabriel to cain who beheld the beginning and the end of suffering and fell to the ground and wepted..cain how knoweth ye the father thou has boasted before..sayeth the lord ..?

  • Alia A.
    08/27/2021 16:08

    😢😢😢

  • Senga T.
    08/25/2021 17:37

    Palestine/Afghanistan - think Israel/US/UK

  • Rebecca B.
    08/25/2021 04:19

    So heartbreaking we should all remember what happened to our Jewish brothers and sisters and always pray for Israel God’s Blessings over them all

  • Ed M.
    08/24/2021 10:45

    Evil knows no limits!

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