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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.

Brut.

01/27/2020 9:58 PM
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173 comments

  • Vanessa D.
    2 days

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Angelina M.
    3 days

    This have to be remembered forever, and this have never ever may happen again, to no one! To nobody! There should be no differences because of heritage, race, skin colour or religion. Our race is HUMAN! This people who sufferred at this horrible time, may not be forgotten. I can't laugh when somebody is just making in some kind of way a joke about this destroying time, I will never understand that people could be this heartless, this cruel and just cold... the human is the real animal, because animals are killing to eat, to live... but people for their seduction and entertainment... and that's more than sad... I wish the world would learn from this what happened.... without words... love and light to you all

  • Shirley E.
    3 days

    So much suffering... so wrong

  • Valerie D.
    3 days

    Don't put children in cages America. We are supposed to be civilized people.

  • Kathleen K.
    4 days

    🙏🏻

  • Beth R.
    4 days

    I once, many years ago worked with an old Polish guy called Frank, he escaped from occupied Poland in the war and on the roof of the Germans own supply train! OMG that took a lot of guts,somehow he made it to england

  • Vera D.
    4 days

    It must never be allowed to happen again, any kind of racism should not be tolerated

  • Zeche D.
    5 days

    Chinese CCP is presently doing this to Uighur people

  • Collette C.
    7 days

    Power = Satan ! The antichrist who wants all power to destroy gods creation

  • Collette C.
    7 days

    Oh lord hold these souls in your love for eternity. They are happy now with you . God said thou shalt not murder! These people are gods creation . But , Satan the Devil is to blame ! Satan possesses people.

  • Collette C.
    7 days

    Satan is what makes people unthinkable.

  • Samantha H.
    05/21/2020 05:59

    Raw Anguish so many years on. So very sad. One can't believe the atrocities that went on

  • Jen L.
    05/21/2020 03:13

    .. These stories are ones I told you about awhile ago..so sad. Theres a few different ones

  • Eddie S.
    05/20/2020 16:16

    It's happening now at immigrant detention places throughout the U.S......😡🤬👿👹

  • Marjorie U.
    05/20/2020 08:07

    They all have and all ways will it is happening in America to day my it is a lesson to learn it wont be people but disease that will kill people faster if they don’t change their ways

  • Virginia K.
    05/20/2020 01:51

    I really believe something as horrific or maybe equally horrific is happening right now....With eletes that run our country's . It has to be them otherwise they wouldn't be able to hide so well....If history were to be told in 50 or 100 years we would find out that children are being trafficked from every nation on earth....Sex and every other vile things are being done to them ....We hear clips of it but just like then we do nothing.... I dont think it will be told because my opinion is that this is nearing the end of Gods patience.... I do believe trump and others are trying to do something about it....But it's all so big...I pray God does step in soon....For all the children's sake...

  • Lyn M.
    05/19/2020 04:07

    Please dear Lord that this NEVER happens again

  • Joanne S.
    05/18/2020 01:08

    How blessed we are

  • Justin M.
    05/17/2020 17:57

    HOLOHOAX

  • Alexis A.
    05/17/2020 06:27

    My god we should never forget this and, may it never be allowed to happen again. This man must have nightmares every time he closes his eyes, but thankfully he survived 5 his awful atrocity.