Azriel Feuerstein

in Košice, Slovakia
April 17, 1923



Azriel Feuerstein was born on St George’s Day on 17 April 1928 at three o’clock in the morning in Košice, Slovakia (or ‘Kassa’ in Hungarian). Deported with his family to Auschwitz Nazi death camp when he was only 16 years old. Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp by the British Army in April 1945. In 1967 Azriel was an anti-aircraft gunner in the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War. Now a father and grandfather, Azriel lives in Israel.

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“Auschwitz?! That is a name I had heard before. There is not much time for thinking. It had been raining here not so long ago. The asphalt of the wet, wide platform reflects the light of the high lighting-poles. The row of armed SS men competes in howling with their dogs they hold on leashes”
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“Those of us directed towards the right were lined up in threes with much shooting and beating. I was in the first row, at the platform’s edge. Suddenly, we see a group of older women and women with children nearing the road, under the platform. In the first row I see my mother supported on both sides by two friends. She too becomes aware of me. And out of the throat of this reticent, soft-spoken woman who I don’t remember ever raising her voice, breaks out a terrible, desperate, piercingly loud, howling shout: ‘GYURIKA!!!”
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