To coincide with Yom Kippur, 3-time Award-winning In-spire LS Magazine spotlights the inspirational The Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor Pnina Freidberg to share her inspirational parents triumphant and unique story of surviving and thriving in life after adversity. The very candid The Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor special will inspire, uplift and motivate millions around the world to truly live each and every day like it is their last.
The Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor special is also largely designed to fully educate, inform and empower readers worldwide on The Holocaust as Yom Kippur arrives on October 12.
Q: Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of an estimated 6-7 million Jews (1.5 million being Jewish children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. Can you share the inspirational story of your parents triumphant survival and escape during the Holocaust in-depth?
A: My mother was 16 when the Holocaust started and my father was 17. My mother was mistaken to be a "goya" (non-Jewish) at the concentration camp because she had blond hair. There were some non-Jews who came by to trade food for jewelry; give Jews food and take their jewelry and furs. The nazi's mistaken my mother to be one of the non-Jews who came to do the trade and kicked her out of the camp, which ended up saving her life. She spent the next few years working in farms. As soon as her employers started asking too many questions, she had to run off to the next village. My father survived by joining the partisans. A few days after he joined them, his family was taken away by the nazi's.My father was in Poland while fighting with the partisans. Later on, he joined the red army and fought with them all the way to Berlin.
Q: The death toll via The Holocaust represented two-thirds of European Jews and one-third of all Jews worldwide. Being the daughter of a Holocaust Survivor, how difficult overall has it been to find overall closure and forgiveness regarding this tragic event?
A: I have followed my father's attitude - to continue life and not allow myself to look back. My parents survived because they were optimistic and they spent every minute of the rest of their celebrating life.
Q: How did your parents feel knowing that they had escaped during The Holocaust irrespective of family members and close friends not escaping the brutal wrath of the Nazi's?
A: My mom lost her parents and four sisters and my Dad lost his parents, three brothers and a sister. They did not have any guilt feelings. If anything, they made sure to survive and succeed which is the best type of revenge.
Q: Jewish students were tyrannically outlawed from schools during The Holocaust. Where did your family relatives study during the educational sanction during this period?
A: My mother was studying in an art school before she was taken to the concentration camp. My father was working in a family business as a barber.
Q: Did your parents ever contemplate name deed poll thereafter The Holocaust courtesy of the evident and profound anti-setimism in society?
A. No.Q: Did you ever harbor any remote feelings of Jewish self-hatred during your youth courtesy of the Holocaust events which tragically transpired with your parents?
A: No. My parents almost never talked about that part of their lives. I had to squeeze every little piece of information from them. My mom didn't even want to get the money she deserved from the nazi's. All they wanted was to forget about that time in their life and move on. We are very proud to be Jewish.
Q: The Nazi propaganda featured in German newspaper publication Der Stürmer witnessed the infamous headline "Die Juden sind unser Unglück" (The Jews Are Our Misfortune). How well-versed about The Holocaust are the younger generation in the Freidberg family?
A: The Holocaust is a major subject in Israel. There is even a Holocaust memorial day. On that day, you study in school about the history and hear survivals testimonials. There are ceremonies throughout the whole country and all radio and TV shows are dedicated to the subject. It's really hard to not be well-versed on the subject when you live in Israel.
Q: What did your own family learn from you most as the Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor?
A: To continue life, survive and succeed.
Q: Oskar Schindler saved over 1,200 Jewish employees during The Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunition factories. Did your parents personally know of any of the Jews who were saved by Schindler?
A: No.Q: Other examples of mass murder exist in civilization such as the atrocities committed by Pol Pot in Cambodia and the Turkish genocide of the Armenians. However, what do you generally feel made The Holocaust more of a significant event than the aforementioned events?
A: It's a complicated question that requires much more time and space, but in short I would say that The Holocaust was the result of anti-semitism and anti-semitism is still here and globally, whereas the other events were local and temporary.
Q: Anne Frank's popular novel "Het Achterhuis" has inspired millions of readers worldwide. Is there a narrative in Anne Frank's personal story which mirrors your parents experience during The Holocaust?
A: One similarity was that my mom hid in Ukrainian farms.
Interview and Article by @DeanPerretta