This past Tuesday, Holocaust survivor Julius Eisenstein celebrated his 101st birthday! Julius was born on October 13, 1919 in Tomoszów Mazowiecki, Poland. He and his family were forced to live in the Jewish ghetto of their town from 1940-1943. From there, Julius was transported to the Blizin Labor Camp and six different concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Sachsenhausen. Julius and his brother Jacob were liberated from Dachau by the U.S. Army in April 1945, but their parents and three sisters were all murdered. After the war, Julius lived in Munich for five years. He married his wife Phyllis z’l, in 1947 and the two moved to NY in 1950. Today, Julius resides in Florida and regularly shares his story with students. While he has not been able to visit schools during the coronavirus pandemic, he can’t wait to get back into the classroom. Happy 101st birthday, Julius! Mazal tov!

Source: American Society for Yad Vashem

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