Life of the Holocaust Survivors

The terrifying experienced of the survivors.

The Turning Point

The survivors survive the Nazis through hardship and complications. “The Rise of Hitler” started on February 24,1920. People in that year were terrified because of how Nazi’s treated the Jews. Under the leadership of Adolf Hitler they were doing horrible things to the people, they did not care if the person is dead or alive especially in concentration camp. One of the horrible things that they did was the “human soap” they call it that because the military forced some people to use the fat of previous dead body victims as soap. Even though the people were scared in that time, people still fought for their lives and rights.

Life of Margaret Kagan

Margaret Kagan and her husband Joseph Kagan are some the few survivors of Nazis invasion. Margaret was separated from her family when she was young. Margaret’s life changed when she met Joseph Kagan who refused to accept the Nazi’s conditions. When the Nazi army found out that Joseph and Margaret Kagan were against them, the army started looking for them forcing Joseph and Margaret to go into hiding. They remained in hiding for nine months, it was a dangerous time for everyone. Atlast Margaret and Joseph Kagan achieved the freedom that they wanted on July 1944 when Soviet troops reached Kaunas and they were freed. Eventually Margaret found her father and her younger brother in England where her father ran a textile company. Margaret and Joseph eventually move in with Margaret’s father in England and start their new life. Joseph Kagan started his own business and it was a major success, eventually employing a thousand people. Margaret became involved in community work and brought up their three children. Sadly Margaret died in 2011.


The Happy Life of Leisel Carter

Born in 1935 Liesel Carter left Germany at the age of four in 1939, before the war broke. Her mother left her and traveled alone so she could work as a domestic servant in Hull. Her mother tried every possible way to get Leisel out of Germany. One day an arrangement takes place in Holland, but one of the Hull’s family members was married to a Norwegian and arranged all of Leisel’s papers. When she arrived in Norway, a Norwegian family the Alfasens adopted her. Leisel traveled to Newcastle hoping that she could see her mother again, once she arrived in England she was reunited with her mother. She lost contact to her adoptive family in 1980’s when one of her employers a Norwegian helped her contact the Alfasens and traced her history. Leisel states that her life is happy even though she lost most of her family in the Holocaust. After all, she still thinks that it was a life full of hope even though it was really hard for her to piece every memories. Leisel said that every person should accept the difference of all people, even though you do not know their past.


Edith Goldberg and her Foster Family

Edith Goldberg is one of the Germany survivors who thinks that the Germany invasion is full of hope and happy life. Edith was born in 1928 to a family of farmers their village had less than three hundred people, it is a Jewish community. At the age of five Ediths uncle got back from having forced out of his job in Frankfurt. Other families were emigrating to America, but Ediths families could not do that because of her mother’s responsibilities. In November 1938 police came for her father and uncle in the middle of the night, everything in the local synagogue was taken outside and burnt. Ediths mother went to Koln to see if she could get her husband and his brother out they returned after two weeks. Her mother took her and her sister to Frankfurt to meet the other children traveling out of Germany. Edith remembered looking at her parents thinking why are they not going with us. Edith had never been on a boat or even seen the sea before. They took an overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich and despite the calm journey, Edith is the only one who got sick. More than sixty years later Edith is still friends with a group of girls that she met at school. Edith feels she was lucky to have found a good foster family who treated her like a family member, they are Craskins. When she left school at the age of fourteen Edith started to work at Schofields in Leeds, she is one of the youngest to work there. She met Jack and after two years of relationship they got married. After the war Edith Goldberg still thinks that if she did not go through what she experienced during the war she would not be where she is right now. Edith believes that she will leave a legacy in this world and she want everyone to know that lose hope no matter what.


The Ending

In the end the people will remember the effect of the Nazis. The tragedy that changed our history. The people that survive the invasion still try and think of hope, even though they lost most of their family because of the war. Most of the survivors are willing to tell their stories, they are not afraid to stand up for themselves and to spread hope.