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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Holocaust survivor to speak at Crocker High school Feb. 6

  • After World War II, survivors of the Holocaust kept silent about their gruesome experiences in the concentration or death camps.


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  • After World War II, survivors of the Holocaust kept silent about their gruesome experiences in the concentration or death camps.
    Jerry Koenig, a Treblinka survivor will speak at Crocker High School at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the gymnasium, open to the public.
    According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Treblinka was designed as a Nazi extermination camp in occupied Poland during World War II. Treblinka is one of three death camps where the actual killings were carried out.
    The camp was constructed as part of Operation Reinhard that operated between July 1942 and October 1943, at which time approximately 850,000 men, women and children were murdered, including more than 800,000 Jews, according to JVL.
    Koenig now in his early 80’s, started openly speaking about his childhood in Poland and his family’s struggle and nightmare during World War II.
    “In, fact, I wish I didn’t have a story to tell,” said Koenig. “It’s not pleasant there are no heroes, its not a pretty story.”
    Koenig is a child survivor of the Treblinka death camp; he is also a member of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center; which is affiliated with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
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