THAT IS MY FATHER – by Lois W. Stern
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I recently read this story and thought it worthy of posting,
The Germans attacked Poland in 1938, when Sol Finkelstein was a boy of 14. The Jewish people from his town were no longer allowed on the street or sidewalks, denied attendance in school, and treated in Sol’s words as “worse than cockroaches.”
Sol and his father were two of millions who were taken to Mauthauser Concentration Camp, where they were routinely beaten, stomped upon and starved for the next seven years. During their last days at Mauthauser, somehow Sol and his father became separated. During those last several days, just prior to liberation, the prisoners were taken on a three day, three night walk. Sol survived, but never saw his father again.
For sixty-three years Sol lived with guilt, wondering how his father died, wondering if he would have been able to have helped him had he remained by his side.
Recently Sol’s son contacted the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, which produced a document showing the father’s date and place of birth and grave number. Sol and his son also learned that their father/grandfather did indeed survive the walk, was liberated and taken to a hospital where he died four days later. The museum was able to produce one other item that nearly brought this father and son to tears.
Watch this touching video.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might have one fabulous “tale” to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.
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About loiswsternI was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.
Posted on October 24, 2012, in Tales2Inspire, The Power of Your Words, Words to Inspire and tagged "Mauthauser Concentration Camp", "That is my father", "when Germany attacked Poland", author, Lois W. Stern, Sol Finklestein. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.