The Holocaust Didn’t End with the Liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi Death Camps

The enduring question: why me? Continues to hound those who escaped the Nazi death machine.

For more than 70 years, Marsha Kreuzman has believed that she would be better off dead.

Death first promised salvation during her years of physical and psychological torture at the Mauthausen concentration camp as the Second World War devastated Europe.

When the Nazi encampment was liberated in May 1945, an American soldier tried to help her to her feet.

Kreuzman recalls: “He said, ‘You have to walk.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to walk, I want to die.’”

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  • Everyone Else

    I would have had cousins, grandparents, an extended family and widespread social support structure. Even though my parents made a miraculous escape, in many ways I’m still a victim of Hitler.

    • Waffle

      You are NOT a victim In fact, it is a chillul hashem to say you are. The fact that your parents escaped and conceived you was perhaps pure, dumb luck. Perhaps it is more in G-d’s scheme of things. There are worse things to deal with than living without an extended family.

      I have mixed thoughts in reading about the stories of the survivors chosen for the documentary. First of all, I cannot get past the creepy feeling that to make such a film is nothing more than sensationalistic porn and for a general audience I wonder what value it has.

      Secondly, it is a miracle in itself that the subjects were able to live such long lives, despite their haunting memories. Again, I ask, was their survival nothing more than pure dumb luck or part of a divine plan? I hope they did something good with their lives.

      IF there is any value at all in having the elderly bare their tortured souls perhaps it is to remind other Jews that in every age there are those who would destroy us. It is inevitable. So next year, don’t rush through the seder in your hurry to get to dinner. Think about it. לשנה הבאה בירושלים

      • NYgal

        I guess you are not a survivor or a child of one. To the victims, it is not a lesson in morality but a very personal experience. Victims need to talk, too bad, people have never been kind enough to listen to them.

        • Waffle

          You have chosen to misinterpret what I wrote, perhaps to give yourself some kind of virtuosity platform.

          I was responding to ‘Everyone Else’s’ comment. He/she seems to feel that he/she is also a victim. This is akin to Munchausen by proxy — he/she writes that his/her parents escaped. This to me strongly implies that they were not subject to the horrors of the camps but fled their country/countries of origin (as did a lucky few).

          Yes, you are correct. I am not a survivor nor a child of one although as a Jew, there is not a single one of us who is not affected in one way or another by the horrors of the Shoah. We are all afflicted with “survivor”s guilt” (I bend over backwards not to use these pseudo-psychiatric terms) whether directly or indirectly.

          Yes, victims need to talk. I question whether it is helpful or therapeutic to talk to a filmmaker whose objectives may not be selfless benevolence.

          BTW, if you live in Toronto, you may find it interesting to visit the Lipa Green Building on Bathurst Street. The entrance hall is lined with portraits of survivors. I have met some of the personally and I am always struck by their irrepressible cheerfulness and wonder if it was that quality that helped them endure.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    No, the Holocaust didn’t end with the liberation of the death camps. It ended when Jews, including survivors, established the State of Israel and made it great. The victorious allied governments never gave a shit about Jewish victims.