Rotary Club member Mike Rush (left) welcomed Holocaust survivor Doris Fogel to Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Doris Fogel, a Holocaust survivor, was the featured speaker at Columbia Cityâ€™s Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.
She is the executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.
Fogel opened her remarks stating that it was â€ś60 years ago that the world averted its eyes from the Germans,â€ť and that ultimately allowed over 6 million men, women and children to be systematically killed in death camps scattered all over Europe.
â€śAs a survivor, we lost our youth, and we lost our innocence,â€ť said Fogel. â€śHope was all we had to deal with the atrocities against the Jews.â€ť
She spoke of â€śthe night of broken glassâ€ť 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 didnâ€™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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