Jack Holzberg, survivor (& Gene Simmons of Kiss opens up about his mother)

May 08, 2020

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94-YEAR-OLD, LIBERATED FROM MAUTHAUSEN 75 YEARS AGO TODAY, BEATS CORONAVIRUS AT A NEW YORK HOSPITAL

Many Holocaust survivors have tragically died of coronavirus during recent weeks. But one -- 94-year-old Jack Holzberg -- has now beaten coronavirus (writes Tom Gross).

Exactly 75 years ago today (May 5-6) Jack was liberated from Mauthausen death and slave labor camp in Nazi Austria, by the US 11th Armored Division, 3rd US Army.

Holzberg was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, and treated at New York’s Weill Cornell Medicine hospital. After that, he was transferred to a New Jersey nursing home and quarantined until doctors said he was well enough to go back to his home in Queens, N.Y., where he lives with his wife of 68 years, Betty.

When he was finally able to reunite with his family after beating coronavirus, the health care workers who took care of him rolled out a red carpet. Footage here from CBS News:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPpFYkBXqbI

Holzberg was a 13 year old in Poland when Germany and Austria invaded in 1939. He spent much of the Holocaust in different ghettos and concentration camps, reported the New York Post. His parents and most of his family died in the Holocaust.

 

‘KISS’ BASSIST AND SINGER GENE SIMMONS OPENS UP ABOUT HIS HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MOTHER’S ORDEAL

To mark the 75th anniversary of her liberation from Mauthausen, Gene Simmons of the hit rock band Kiss has spoken about his mother, Hungarian-born Flora Klein, who was 19 when American troops liberated her from Mauthausen on May 5, 1945.

Klein (who died at age 93 in the United States) was a survivor of Ravensbruck, Flossenburg and Mauthausen death camps.

Simmons (who was born Chaim Weitz in Haifa, Israel in 1949) spoke about his mother in an interview published on Sunday with the German newspaper Bild, and about his grandmother Ester Blau who died in the Nazi gas chambers

“It can happen again, “ Simmons said. “That’s why we must not stop talking about it.”

 

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