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Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Survivor Petro Mischtschuk, 87, from Ukraine, wears his old prisoner’s garb as he stands near the memorial site of the Little Camp at Buchenwald.

Between July 1937 and April 1945, the Nazis imprisoned a quarter of a million people in the Buchenwald concentration camp, located near the German city of Weimar. Around 56,000 of them were killed before the camp was liberated by U.S troops on April 11, 1945.

68 years later, Reuters photographer Lisi Niesner interviewed some of the remaining survivors as they returned to Buchenwald to mark the anniversary of the liberation.

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Victor Karpus, 88, from Ukraine, stood at the muster ground where inmates gathered at dawn each day for a roll call. Karpus was imprisoned in several camps including Buchenwald for a total of three years. He even once managed to escape from a camp but got captured and taken to Buchenwald, where he remained until its liberation.

“Work or die – it was impossible to get out from Buchenwald,” Karpus says.

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

“Where is your god? Why he does not help you?” Jakob Silberstein, born in Poland in 1924, remembers the mocking of a high-level Nazi on Yom Kippur. He survived six years of captivity in Buchenwald and Auschwitz and witnessed brutal actions by the SS, being locked in a standing cubicle for a week, carrying stones and drinking rainwater for days.

He was standing inside the gas chamber at Birkenau when an SS man asked if any of the men were skilled laborers. “I stated I was an electrician, which luckily saved my life,” he said. After the liberation he found out that none of his family or friends had survived the war. He now lives in Israel and tirelessly tells his story.


Source:  NBC, Reuters




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