Lewis Rossinger, Part 2 | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust


Lewis Rossinger was born in 1938 in Hungary. Anti-Semitism was widespread and bullies in school called him a "dirty Jew." Rossinger was caught by the Gestapo and taken to a railroad station to be deported but he escaped. He became a laborer for one of the Gestapo hotels. He was aware that Jewish people were being moved out in large numbers. "I wouldn't buy a newspaper because lots of Jews got caught buying newspapers." When the war ended, the American Army helped Jews locate their families. Rossinger was placed in a special camp to recover; there was an American hospital next door. When he returned home; everyone was gone—his parents had been killed in a camp. "Can't forgive or forget; still don't trust. Anti-Semitism is a mental disease. Some don't believe in the Holocaust; it needs to be taught in history."


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