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Survivor Quotes


“There is a place on earth that is a vast desolate wilderness, a place populated by shadows of the dead in their multitudes, a place where the living are dead, where only death, hate and pain exist.”
     – Giuliana Tedeschi, Holocaust survivor


“I live some of the horrors of 65 years ago everyday.”
     – Paul Arato, Hungarian Holocaust survivor (courtesy of Matthew Rozell/WWII Living History Project)


 “Silence helps the oppressors.”
     – Leslie Meisels, Hungarian Holocaust survivor (courtesy of Matthew Rozell/WWII Living History Project)

“How could we [the world] have stood by and let that happen to them?  We owe them.”
     – Carrol Walsh, 743rd Tank Battalion, Liberator (courtesy of Matthew Rozell/WWII Living History Project)


“For me the Holocaust was not only a Jewish tragedy, but also a human tragedy. After the war, when I saw that the Jews were talking only about the tragedy of six million Jews, I sent letters to Jewish organizations asking them to talk also about the millions of others who were persecuted with us together – many of them only because they helped Jews.”
     – Simon Wiesenthal, Holocaust survivor


“The Nazis victimized some people for what they did, some for what they refused to do, some for what they were, and some for the fact that they were.”
     – John Conway, Holocaust survivor


“… in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquillity will return again.”
     – Anne Frank


“Love gives us wings to soar above it all.”
     - Sara Atzmon, Hungarian Holocaust survivor (courtesy of Matthew Rozell/WWII Living History Project)



“After a few days some people could not take it anymore, and they fell down in the road. If they could not get up, they were shot where they lay. After work we had to carry the bodies back. If 1,000 went out to work, a 1,000 had to come back.”
     – Solomon Radasky, Holocaust survivor


“This is the biggest cemetery for Jews, Poles, Roma and Sinti. It must tell us that we have to come back here again and again. We must keep the memory of the worst crime in human history alive for those who were born later.”
     - Horst Koehler, Germany President


“The Holocaust is not only a tragedy of the Jewish people, it is a failure of humanity as a whole.”
     - Moshe Katsav, Israeli President


“It’s here, where absolute evil was perpetrated, that the will must resurface for a fraternal world, a world based on respect of man and his dignity.”
     - Simone Veil, Auschwitz survivor and former French Health Minister