Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor

 

           Written by Ichac Weizman (Wajcman) in 1995

 

 

         Annex A 1997

 

        Annex B August 2003

 

           Translated from Hebrew by Dikla Weizman née Yeffet

 

 

The Plate of Silver

 

I have already posted  many testimonies of Holocaust survivors in my ZCHOR web site. Each one breaks your heart and each one stimulates reflections, mainly as how it happened and why. This one is very special in my eyes. It tells about mental survival, about a miracle. It shows the incredible hero that the Holocaust survivor has been! Heroism in its highest significance. In spite of all the sufferings and horrors, losing all the family, enduring 6 years of terrible atrocities the human mind cannot grasp, in various forced labour, concentration and death camps erected by the Germans, so called a civilized people... And yet after all that, the road to freedom in the old homeland of Eretz Israel was not easy, and he finds in himself the strength to overcome detainees camps in Cyprus and Atlit and later enlist to the Palmach and fight for the Independence of the new State of Israel even with a wounded leg (!), and later in nearly all the wars of Israel. From where did he get this inner power, this magnanimity...? May be there was something in the idealism of Hashomer Hatzair, the Socialist Zionist youth movement in which he was educated since childhood, which gave him the strength to survive and afterwards fight for Israel Independence with such enthusiasm?  Also building a family of his own, prosperous and flourishing with children and grandchildren is another victory he won over the Nazi monster with its machinery of death.

 

I regard Ichac Weizman one of these rare young men, who were ready to sacrifice their young life after nearly losing it in the German camps,  for  Israel. They are  the "Plate of Silver", upon which the State of Israel was re-erected, lest we forget... And I sincerely thank him for giving me the honor of posting his memoirs in my web site.

 

Ada Holtzman 24.10.2005

 

 

ICHAC WEIZMAN:

MY LIFE STORY

 

Table of Contents

 
     
 

Part I

 
 

PREFACE

 
 

FORWARD

 
 

MY FAMILY AND HOME

 
 

THE  BEGINNING  OF  THE  WAR

 
 

PARTINGS

 
 

ALL  ALONE

 
 

THE  CAMP  IN  KONIN

 
 

ANDRZEJÓW

 
 

JĘNDRZEJÓW

 
 

TO  AN  UNKNOWN  DESTINATION

 
 

Part II

 
 

BIRKENAU (AUSCHWITZ)

 
  IN BIRKENAU  
  STUTTHOF  
  IN TRANSIT  
 

FUEL  MANUFACTURING

 
  ENTRANCE  TESTS  
  DACHAU  
  TO  THE  MOUNTAINS  OF  TYROL  
     
 

Part III

 
  TOO  WEAK  TO  REJOICE  
  REVENGE  
  WHERE TO?  
  LANDSBERG  
  ITALY  
  QUOTAS  
  JULY 1946  
     
 

Part IV

 
  THE  SAILING  
  CYPRUS  
  APPREHANSIONS AND DOUBTS  
  ERETZ  ISRAEL  
  KIRYAT  SHMU’EL  
  FREE  
     
 

Part V

 
  WE  ARE  IN  SARID  
  MOBILIZED  
  SEPARATION FROM THE GROUP  
  SIGN  OF  LIFE  FROM  THE  FAMILY  
  TO  INDEPENDENT  LIFE  
  SUMMING UP  
  ANNEX  A - 1997  
  ANNEX  B - August 2003  

                                                                             

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Last updated October 26th, 2005

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