Surviving The Holocaust Part 1

Surviving The Holocaust

South Walton - NAZI GERMANY'S ATTEMPT TO EXTERMINATE THE JEWISH RACE IS CONSIDERED, BY MOST, TO BE MANKIND'S WORST ATROCITY.

MORE THAN 6-MILLION JEWS DIED.
  BUT MILLIONS MORE LIVED TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE GENOCIDE.
    TONIGHT, IN HER SPECIAL REPORT, NEWS 13'S PEYTON LOCICERO HAS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. 
    ZIG ZIGLAR SAID, "IT'S NOT WHERE YOU START, BUT WHERE YOU FINISH THAT COUNTS."
    THESE WORDS RING TRUE FOR A SOUTH WALTON MAN WHO SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST.
    HE BEGAN HIS LIFE SCARED, AFRAID AND ALONE.
    BUT, BY NO MEANS, IS THAT THE WAY HE'LL FINISH.

<George Frankfurter, Holocaust Survivor>

        "My name is George Frankfurter and I survived the Holocaust in Hungary Budapest."
<George Frankfurter, Holocaust Survivor>
    "I was born in Budapest in 1933."

    FRANKFURTER WAS SIX YEARS OLD WHEN THE WAR BEGAN AND HIS CHILDHOOD ENDED.
    NAZI DOMINANCE SWEPT EUROPE DURING MOST OF THE 1930'S, MAKING LIFE FOR HUNGARY'S JEWISH POPULATION UNCERTAIN.
    "When the war broke out, in 1939, things got much much worse. First of all, Jewish males ages between the ages of 18 and 45, they were taken as forced labor."
        AS WAR RAGED, NAZI LEADER ADOLPH HITLER EXERTED HIS FULL WRATH ON EUROPE'S JEWS.
        WHEN GERMAN TROOPS INVADED HUNGARY ON MARCH 19, 1944, THE LIFE GEORGE FRANKFURTER ONCE KNEW, OFFICIALLY ENDED.
    "The Germans came in and made new rules for the Jews. We were herded into the ghettos, cramped apartments. Families together who never even met before because there was not other opportunity."
*****    FRANKFURTER'S ONLY SURVIVING PARENT, HIS FATHER, WAS SENT TO WORK IN THE NAZI LABOR FIELDS.
    AT AGE TEN, HE WAS ALONE ON THE STREETS.  
    HE TURNED TO OTHER JEWS, WHO WERE ALSO ABANDONED AND FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES.

    "We were scared out of our wits."    
    "We were forced to wear the Star of David. The yellow Star of David."
    "If somebody found a Jew, us or whoever, without the star of David..especially police. Without question can shoot him or her on sight."
        "I understood that our life was at stake. We didn't know what was happening."
       FRANKFURTER AND 12 OTHER JEWS TOOK REFUGE AT A COMMUNITY CENTER, IN A SMALL CRAMPED BASEMENT ROOM USED TO COLLECT CHIMNEY SOOT.
    "No windows. Nothing. The real meaning of darkness, when God created the world the first day."
        THEIR ONLY CONTACT WITH TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD WAS THE MAN WHO AGREED TO HIDE THEM.
        THERE THEY LIVED IN SILENCE, FOR FEAR OF BEING DISCOVERED.
    "That is the experience that stayed with me and in me forever. As a matter of fact, for years."
    "I wasn't even eleven. Because it was March and my birthday, eleventh birthday, was at the end of September. So, I was ten."
        AS THE NAZIS SEARCHED THE AREA FOR JEWS, SILENCE BECAME THE GROUP'S ONLY CONSTANT.
    "The Hungarian Nazis moved from house to house collecting young people, like people again in between the ages of 20 to 50. and put them on trains, cattle or cars to Auschwitz."
        EVENTUALLY THE BASEMENT BECAME UNSAFE.
    AN OLDER LADY AGREED TO HIDE FRANKFURTER AND ANOTHER YOUNG MAN IN A SAFE HOUSE.

  THAT WOMAN'S ACT OF KINDNESS WAS CRUCIAL TO FRANKFURTER'S SURVIVAL.
    BUT THERE WERE OTHERS WHO RISKED EVEN MORE TO HELP HIM AND MANY OTHERS.
    PEYTON WILL TELL YOU HOW FRANKFURTER EVADED CAPTURE WHEN SHE WRAPS-UP HER SPECIAL REPORT TONIGHT ON NEWS 13 AT 10.  


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