Dr. Jacob Eisenbach is 95 years young. He retired from being a dentist at 92, only 3 years ago!
Since then, he's been travelling the United States, telling the story of how he survived the Holocaust.
Jacob was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. He survived a concentration camp, but 100 other members of his immediate and extended family did not.
Eisenbach grew up in Lodz, Poland, with an older sister, Fala, and two younger brothers. His brother Sam was two years younger and Henry was four years younger.
“I grew up in a wonderful family,” he says.
Everything changed on Sept. 1, 1939, when the Nazis invaded Poland. They quickly took control of Lodz, the second-largest city. “That started a series of unimaginable events. We never expected anything like the things that actually happened.”
The Nazis fenced off a section of the city to create a ghetto to house 160,000 Jews and ordered everyone inside by May 1, 1940.
Any Jew found outside the ghetto after that date would be shot on the spot.
Later, they began deporting Jews in cattle cars. When Eisenbach’s deportation order came, he and his younger brother Sam refused to go. “We already knew what was going on,” he said. “That was a death sentence.”
The two boys went into hiding, but after a month they were discovered. Sam did not have a deportation order, but he refused to leave his older brother.
“I’m going with you,” Sam said to Jacob. “No matter where you go, I go.”
Come and hear the rest of the story...
It's not every day you get to meet a Holocaust Survivor on Kauai.
Invite your friends and family, especially the youth.
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