Holocaust survivor salutes American soldier who liberated him from Nazi concentration camp hell in emotional reunion after 70 years
This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour and gave him a salute almost 70 years later.
Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: ‘I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much…’.
Kaufman, now 87, was a 'walking corpse’ on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
By the time it was liberated more than 35,000 people had been murdered there - in executions, in cruel medical experiments, starved, worked and beaten to death.
The first person he saw was Hungarian Jewish prisoner Kaufman. He was hiding in the latrines with other prisoners, uncertain if the soldiers who arrived were liberators or a Nazi death squad sent to liquidate the camp.
'We were confined to barracks by the guards. This meant most of us were marked for death,’ Mr Kaufman said.
'Then I saw the white flag flying from the watchtower and I realised then that the torture was at an end. When the Americans smashed in the door, my heart did somersaults.’
Gillespie helped the emaciated prisoner into the daylight and back into the land of the living. Both parted with tears in their eyes - both believed they would never see one another again.
one blogger: every single nazi was a straight white male, i mean name a gay nazi. ill wait
some other shit Head: ACTUALLY there was (some made up name like Spudge Beanski) fell in love with a jewish prisoner and they ran away together!!
Not suprisingly I have seen nothing about this man on here because he’s not some American hero or a hate crime against minority races
but this man died today and he was a British person who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps. He arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.
He worked to find British families willing to put up £50 to look after the boys and girls in their homes.
Sir Nicholas was knighted by the Queen in March 2003. His work has been likened to that of the “saviour” of Jewish prisoners Oskar Schindler
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis praised Sir Nicholas’ “exceptional courage, selflessness and modesty”.
“He lived to see thousands of descendants of those whose lives he saved who were proud to call themselves members of his family, and who were inspired by his example to undertake outstanding charitable, humanitarian and educational initiatives,"
today he passed away at the age of 106 in his sleep.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a horrific center of terror during the Holocaust. On January 27, 1945– almost 12 years to the day of when the Nazi party rose to power in Germany– soldiers from the Soviet Union ended the pain and suffering for all of those who were not murdered or weakened from the elements, starvation and pain from the perpetrators.
In honor of this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am choosing to remember and honor our beloved who perished: 6,000,000 Jews; 3,300,000 Soviet Union Prisoners of War; 2,000,000 Poles; 300,000 Romani; 250,000 disabled individuals; 10,000 LGBTQ individuals; 4,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses. Can you imagine 11,000,000 people being wiped off the face of this earth in a short period of time?
Zichronam Livracha, may the memories of all who perished be for a blessing and their families have a renewal of spirit as we stand with them in honor of their loved ones.
On this day, I am also choosing to honor all of those who survived and the heroes who will go down in history because they saved others.
In the words of Elie Weisel, “A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.”
He said he had no idea before arriving at Auschwitz that it was a death camp. He claimed he was told by an SS officer before going there that he would be “performing a duty that will clearly not be pleasant, but one necessary to achieve final victory.”
Other SS soldiers told him when he arrived that Jews were being selected for work and those unfit for labour were being slaughtered…On his first day, as Jewish prisoners exited the trains, he saw an SS colleague grab a crying baby and slam its head against a truck until it was quiet.
He also described an incident when he saw naked Jews herded into a farm house near the camp. A soldier then locked them in, donned a gas mask, and poured the contents of a can down a hatch.
“The screams became louder and more desperate but after a short time they became quieter again,” Groening said.
He is one of few former Nazis to have spoken out about the crimes of the Holocaust. He repeated in court on Tuesday his previous assertions to the media that he wanted to bear witness to refute Holocaust deniers.