The ultimate survivor story
“It’s almost like, ‘Here we go again,’” 80-year-old Judah Samet said after narrowly escaping the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.
Judah Samet pulled into the parking lot of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday at 9:49 a.m., making him about four minutes late to the service, he told the Forward. As soon as he did, a man dressed in black tapped on his window and advised him to back out because there was an active shooting going on inside the synagogue, Samet said.
When Samet was just 6 years old, the **** forced him and his family to board a train from their home in Debrecen, Hungary, to Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp in **** Germany-occupied Poland. But when the train route was blown up by Slovak resistance fighters, the family was redirected to Austria, where his parents worked in a lumberyard owned by an Austrian ****. Later, the family was relocated to Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The family stayed at that camp for 10 months.
Before the camp was liberated by British forces in 1945, the family boarded a train bound for another concentration camp. The train was liberated by American troops in Berlin before it could reach its destination.