Los Angeles Times

As anti-Semitic crimes rise and Holocaust awareness fades, a survivor is always ready to speak

LOS ANGELES - Joseph Alexander lifted his left forearm to show the number.

Nazi guards had tattooed it on him just after he and scores of other Jewish prisoners arrived by cattle car to Auschwitz concentration camp along with the bodies of those who didn't survive the train ride.

"From that moment on, we have no name," Alexander said.


"That was your name."

Alexander is 96. A slight man with a Polish accent, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, he is speaking on a sunny Sunday to a rapt crowd of about 30 at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. He's telling his story about six years and a dozen concentration camps. About how he survived and his family didn't.

He's been giving speeches like these, sometimes three a day, for 15 or so years and has talked to thousands of students. At this museum, he considers himself essentially on call.

For Alexander, there is a growing urgency to telling his story to as many people -

Anda sedang membaca pratinjau, daftarlah untuk membaca selengkapnya.

Lainnya dari Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times6 mnt membacaFood & Wine
Disaster Movies And Disaster Rations: A Coronavirus Food And Film Pairing
I've twisted myself into a yoga pretzel on Zoom. I've downloaded the meditation apps. I've watched koala bear naps on the San Diego Zoo's koala cam. (OMG, the baby.) All of it has helped soothe my simmering coronanxiety to some degree, though none qu
Los Angeles Times2 mnt membacaSociety
California To Get More Than 200 Million Masks A Month In Coronavirus Fight, Gov. Newsom Says
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that California has secured a monthly supply of 200 million N95 respiratory and surgical masks to help protect health care workers and other essential personnel at the front lines of the COVID-19 pa
Los Angeles Times5 mnt membaca
Some Churches Defiantly Hold Services Despite Coronavirus Stay-at-home Orders
LOS ANGELES- The congregants lined up six feet apart on Palm Sunday, waiting to take Communion at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks. Ten people were allowed inside at a time, with someone spraying chairs with disinfectant after each use. By th