A Sobibor Survivor’s Story – Philip Bialowitz shares accounts of horror, humanity and heroism.
Philip Bialowitz was 12yo when incarcerated in the Death Camp at Sobibor, Poland. He crime was being Jewish. He escaped from this Hell on Earth, in his own words “thanks to determination, intelligence, the kindness of Polish gentiles, and a great amount of luck”. He took part in an uprising againt the Nazis guards, eventually freeing 200 of the 600 slave labourers.
In the following 70 years he has sought to fulfill the message delivered to the rebels on the night before their uprising.
“If anyone survives, bear witness to what happened here! Tell the world about this place!”
Aleksandr Pechersky, leader of the Sobibor revolt, addressing prisoners before their escape
In Dublin City University he shared his experiences with an enthralled and sometimes horrified audience, before closing his address by imparting a message of hope. Before impressing all with the robustness and excellence of his singing voice.. but that’s a video for another day.
The Jewish Historical Society of Ireland pays tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton.
Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE, is a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for them and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The UK press has dubbed him the “British Schindler”.
The Jewish Historical Social of Ireland, in conjunction with the Czech Embassy and Dublin City public libraries, organised a 2 day symposium to highlight his humanitarian achievement in rescuing large numbers of Jewish children from the incoming Nazis.
Yanky Fachler pays fulsome tribute to Sir Nicholas in a comprehensive and passionate recollection recollection of events of early 1939. He recounts events leading up to the Allied powers ceding the Sudenland to the Nazis, in the naive belief that sacrificing the Czech nation would appease Hitler’s megalomania. Yanky shares with a packed house the little know fact of De Valera being prepared to jettison Irish neutrality to oppose the expansionist ambitions of Mussolini.
There curently is a campaign underway to seek recognition for Nicholas to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize before he passes into memory… he is 104yo.
Mary Byrne from Kibbutz volunteer to X-Factor Star.
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