As the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp nears, Menachem Haberman provided his first-hand testimony to the horrors committed by the Nazis during the World War II, speaking to RT at his home in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Haberman was born in 1927 in Czechoslovakia and was 16 when he was sent to Auschwitz, where most of his family was murdered.
The Holocaust survivor recalled how one of his jobs in Auschwitz was to clear the ash of the burned Jews.
“So I said in my head there is no way that I want my ashes here to be going towards this small river, I would do everything I could to stay alive,” Haberman said.
“I'll never forget it. Me - I have a number here [Auschwitz prisoner number] - every morning while putting on the tallit and tefillin, every day I see myself in Auschwitz.”
After Buchenwald was liberated Haberman immigrated to Israel in 1950 and married Rivka, a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands. They have three children and five grandchildren.