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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

21 comments

  • Robbo S.
    04/13/2021 22:43

    Omg this still works i see.. all it takes is some real research and you will find alot of lies have been and still are being told.

  • Victor B.
    04/12/2021 16:26

    Such awful times.may all their souls not be forgotten and may this brutal hate never happen again.

  • M R.
    04/11/2021 20:10

    Oh yeah, try being Black in America 2021!

  • Nathalie H.
    04/11/2021 18:51

    NEVER FORGET

  • Sharyn B.
    04/11/2021 10:48

    Thank you for sharing your story..my heart breaks at the cruelty of man

  • Louise D.
    04/09/2021 22:58

    So sad

  • Mel O.
    04/09/2021 15:11

    Thanks to trump the nutzis, kkk, white underachievers, .... and alike came out and we saw what they have done and what they can do. Just remember Jan,6th 21.It must be enough to wake you up. trump is the global reason for all the racism.

  • Jeffrey S.
    04/09/2021 13:24

    We need to stop the Leftist from moving in this direction. Vote RED, otherwise we will be Chinas slaves. This is already happening all over the world, especially in China. Wake up America! Wake up world!!!

  • Stick M.
    04/09/2021 13:19

    this is what you get with socialism/communism. With this administration that is paying back there part of the deal to China for there help in stealing an election. We are watching this happen again right in front of our eyes.

  • Sharon W.
    04/09/2021 11:21

    Is there any love for other people child that are not Jewish?

  • Antoinette R.
    04/09/2021 06:01

    This was also part of my heritage.. My great grandmother was saved by a German by surname Rhäl..She was a Jew..

  • Aissi Y.
    04/09/2021 05:24

    I'am Palestine

  • Mohammad S.
    04/09/2021 05:20

    Palestine.egypt syria iraq libya are all auschwitz camps created by the jews .tell them to stop.we dont want to see crocodile tears from jews

  • Gaby G.
    04/09/2021 04:52

    Is happen right now children killing in iraq siria palestina ........

  • Tariq B.
    04/09/2021 02:38

    Do u think Life has any meaning now n Palestine. Second Holocaust s going on.

  • Petuna B.
    04/09/2021 02:25

    But its happening at this moment in China, and the rest of the world is just sitting by and just watching ..🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢

  • Patricia A.
    04/09/2021 01:22

    THIS IS VERY SAD. I HOPE THIS NEVER HAPPENS EVER AGAIN.

  • Nicola R.
    04/09/2021 01:18

    I can only grief for his loss. My Mum told me a story of a unique man who married her Aunt. He survived the camps. He was one of the gentlest souls. His message was to truly live you have to forgive.

  • Carla S.
    04/09/2021 01:16

    So hard to listen to.

  • Mary A.
    04/09/2021 00:17

    Very sad

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