Shalom Life | May 23, 2015

Canadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo

Yehuda Danzig of Toronto was stunned when he came across a pic of himself and his younger brother while reading The Times of Israel

By: Daniel Koren

Published: May 22nd, 2015 in News » World

Photo: A scene from 'German Concentration Camps Factual Survey'


A Toronto resident, and holocaust survivor, Yehuda Danzig reportedly came to tears when he was scrolling across Israeli news site The Times of Israel, and came across a photo of himself and his younger brother Michael some 70 years ago at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

The photo was taken shortly after the Nazi death camp's liberation in April, 1945.

The image was taken from German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, a British documentary film about Holocaust, with iconic director Alfred Hitchcock at the helm. Most of the footage from the film was shot at Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz and Dachau, and was provided by photographers aligned with the Allied Forces following liberation.

As previously reported, for nearly 70 years the film remained unfinished, until film scholars from Britain's Imperial War Museum completed it, and premiered the doc at Berlin Film Festival in 2014.

For Danzig, however, he had never seen the photo before, or any others of himself as a Holocaust survivor. For the photo he saw from the British documentary, Danzig was just 12 years old.

“It was a real shock to see it,” Danzig told the Times of Israel the following day. “I couldn’t tell you whether my tears were tears of sorrow or joy,” he said.

The now 82-year-old Danzig also spoke of how difficult it was to see the photo, and remember the hardships he was forced to endure. It also reminded him of his younger brother Michael who died only last year at 79.

Today, Danzig is survived by his wife Etty, their two sons, and four grandchildren.

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