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Sunday, April 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day.
My friend, Mira Kimmelman, will soon be 92. She was sent to a concentration camp at age 15. It was winter when she was placed on an open train car with so many others. They were freezing. When they needed to relieve themselves, they sat in their own frozen waste.
Having spent much time in the Jewish Ghetto, she learned to live by her wits to get food for her family.
By now, she had lost her 13-year-old brother, and she had to draw strength and ingenuity to save herself.
She ended up in Auschwitz. The air was filled with the smell of death from the crematorium. People were arbitrarily sent right or left. If you looked healthy, you went right. If you were sent left, you were stripped naked for the “showers” to “get clean,” only to be gassed by the shower heads.
Luckily, my friend Mira marched right.
She survived the most brutal of man’s worst treatment of humankind because the Nazis took away pride, spirituality and dignity. She managed to live to tell her story to many young people in our area. This is the greatest story of human survival I have ever read.
I am privileged and honored to have her as a good friend. Please read her book, “Echoes From the Holocaust” by Mira Ryczke Kimmelman. Her address to get it:
Mira Ryczke Kimmelman, 969 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.