Local Holocaust survivors react to family separation at US border

Hadas Kuznits
June 22, 2018 - 2:52 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Local Holocaust survivors who have seen the images of family separations are speaking out about their own eerily familiar experiences some 73 years ago. 

Eighty-nine-year-old Anneliese Nossbaum lived through four concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and was herself an immigrant here in America. She sees the plight of immigrant children separated from their families through the perspective of history.

"When I first listened to our president who said this is the law and we are going to enforce it, my immediate reaction to that was, 'Oh my God, I went through this before.'"

Meanwhile, survivor David Tuck says while he does not agree with how immigrant families are being treated, he takes offense to detention centers being described as concentration camps.

"This is an insult to us survivors. They're comparing this to Auschwitz? They call it 'concentration," he said. "I saw what they are feeding them, I said, 'my God, if I had this, I was 15 when I survived and I was 78 pounds. I lived on bread and water."

Nossbaum says following the law is not always the right thing to do as she recalls SS officers citing "the law" as they separated her family. 

"A law has to make some sense," she said. "If there is any kind of stupidity in it, that has to be considered and it can't be so rigid."