Holocaust Survivor Chaim Ferster (1922-2017) (1/5)

Manchester Voices - Henry Ferster

Uploaded by Shiv McAndrew on 2015-08-06.

Born in Poland on July 18th, 1922, Ferster went through horrors of life unknown to mankind yet. Ferster and his younger sister Manya were the only survivors of their extended family. He survived through eight Nazi concentration camps to tell his story of blood and death to the new generation.

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Mr. Chaim Ferster aged 17 when WW2 broke out in 1939. Courtesy of the BBC

In his last concentration camp in 1944, he worked as an engineer at Auschwitz-Birkenau under appalling conditions. When the camp was finally closed in April 1945, Ferster and hundreds of other inmates were ordered to start their death march_ a march that would continue unless every single individual died along the way due to inflicted wounds, hunger, and disease.

Ferster had absolutely no clue his life was going to take a different turn altogether. As he was embracing for final horror of his life with death inches away, the hand of God arrived.

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His prison number B10924 tattoo on his left arm

Minutes after two inmates sent a Morse code from a secret short-wave transmitter and a generator hidden in the prisoners’ movie room, Headquarters of the U.S Third army responded!

”KZ Bu. Hold out. Rushing to your aid. Staff of Third Army.”

The army rescued hundreds of inmates lined up for death and Ferster was one of them. He later moved to Britain and luckily enough, found his survived sister Manya in a heart-wrenching meeting of a brother and sister who just went through a life of extreme suffering and lost their entire family.

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