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Holocaust survivor recounts lessons learned

June 7, 2013

Rotary Club member Mike Rush (left) welcomed Holocaust survivor Doris Fogel to Tuesday’s meeting. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — Doris Fogel, a Holocaust survivor, was the featured speaker at Columbia City’s Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.

She is the executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.

Fogel opened her remarks stating that it was “60 years ago that the world averted its eyes from the Germans,” and that ultimately allowed over 6 million men, women and children to be systematically killed in death camps scattered all over Europe.

“As a survivor, we lost our youth, and we lost our innocence,” said Fogel. “Hope was all we had to deal with the atrocities against the Jews.”

She spoke of “the night of broken glass” when 35,000 Jewish men were rounded up and shipped off to work camps.

That was in 1939 when Fogel was four years old, but her family had a lifeline in another couple who stepped in to help Fogel and her mother escape to Shanghai, China.

They didn’t have to present papers to immigrate, so it was easy to get into China.

However, they had to live in a ghetto where thousands of Chinese were also starving.

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