The Buffalo News introduces readers to 28 local Holocaust-era Jewish survivors, through portraits taken by staff photographer Mark Mulville.
The 28 men and women share one common denominator: All saw, felt or learned later about the atrocities and indignities inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews, as well as Communists, homosexuals, gypsies, the disabled and other targeted groups from dozens of nations.
It would be a mistake, though, to assume that the survivors all encountered similar hardships. Some left occupied Eastern Europe as young children on the Kindertransport trains; they may have little memory of the oppression. Others lived through concentration camps, and several cheated death, sometimes by lying about their ages. One man even survived aboard a prisoner ship mistakenly bombed by British pilots on the last full day of the German war.
Short writeups on each survivor only hint at their resilience in honoring the memory of those who died before them.
As a reminder that Holocaust-era survivors are in their last years, two of the 28 people died before the section was published; one of them passed away after being photographed, while the other died before his photo could be taken.
Read their stories here.
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