Kids Meet a Holocaust Survivor | Kids Meet | HiHo Kids


– You were up in an attic, and I heard the following conversation. “I don’t want us to die the
way those Jews died today. “So the only way out of
this mess that I got you in, “we’ll have to poison them.” – And they were talking about you guys. – Right. (upbeat instrumental music) So what’s your name? – Talbot. What’s yours? – Talbot, good name. My name is Henry.
– Nice to meet you, Henry. – Hi. – I’m Zera.
– Hi Zera. What’s your name? – Mira. Nice to meet you. – I hear you’re a
survivor of the Holocaust. – Yes I am. How much do you know about the Holocaust? – I think I know a lot. I’m Jewish. – I see. – So it’s very relevant. – We’ve been trying to
track down our family tree and our family was hit hard. Like, none of our immediate grandparents, but it’s still shocking. – Where were you born? And, like, what time? – I was born in 1928 in
Pettanko Brody, Poland. Which had a Jewish population of 10,000 and when I was liberated, we were 88 of us that survived. – Oh my. – Do you speak a lot about the Holocaust? – I started about probably in 1983. I read an article. It said the Holocaust never happened. – Right. – And I said if the
Holocaust didn’t happen, what happened to all my relatives? I decided I couldn’t be silent any longer. – What was the first time
you experienced antisemitism? – The kids came out of the
school and started yelling, “Jesus killer! “Just wait until Hitler comes. “He will take care of you.” And this is the first time
that I heard antisemitism. – What were your earliest, vividest memories of the war like? – It was the September of 1939. I was at that time about 11 years old. Germany attacked Poland. Every time a bomb fell, the Earth shook. I saw my city burning. But what caught my eye,
right across the street, I saw a horse laying.
– Oh no. – With a wound in his stomach. And it was kind of bubbling. I’ve never forgotten that sight. I still see those big eyes
looking at me so helplessly. – Were you put in a concentration camp? – No, I was never in a concentration camp. I was very lucky. When the German started
forming ghettos, we had a farm, and my father took us out to the farm. A young lady, her name is Julia Simchuk. She overhears a conversation
between the Gestapo that they’re about to pick up my father to take him to a concentration camp. She runs through deep snow to warn my father to run for his life. He found two Christian
families to take us in. So that night, we
disappeared from existence. – Did you hide in a house? – I hid in a barn up in the attic. My father was maybe a half
of a kilometer away in a barn up in the loft above a chicken coop. – Can you tell us more about
the family that hid you? – One lady that took in my father, she did not tell her husband, and she kept bringing him food that she would take for the pigs. Leftovers. Right here, the rope, four
people would lay in this space. – Wow. – Without being able to stand up. – So how did you fit four
people in this little space? – Oh, very simple. Put your head this way, and then the next person
right here, head this way. – Wow. – I can’t imagine this. – How long did you have to lie in place? – 18 months. – How did you get through each day in those 18 months you were in hiding? – It was lots of boredom. We had a straw roof, so I would
be up there counting straws. The only outside that I got was a hole about the opening of a silver dollar. I could look into the village. And I always saw boys playing football. Screaming. Laughing. I used to think many times
that I was going to escape, but then there was guns firing at night and it would scare me. – If you weren’t Jewish,
would you have taken the leap to hide a Jewish family in your own home? – This is an excellent question. I don’t know. In emergency, if somebody
came to you, needed help, but if you help them, you
endangered your own life, would you do it? – I think I would. – Well, that’s very noble of you. If you asked me, yes, I want to help people. But I don’t think I would
want to endanger my own life. In a way, I don’t think
that they even realized the danger they were
getting themselves in. – Did the Christian family
that was hiding you guys ever get caught, or were
they ever in trouble? – They got panicky. In September of 1943, a Jewish couple with
an 8-year-old daughter are found hiding in the forest. About 500 people in a
village were asked to come and see what would happen
to anyone hiding a Jew. And when all people came back, I heard the following conversation. “I don’t want us to die the
way those Jews died today. “So the only way out of
this mess that I got you in, “we’ll have to poison them.” – And they were talking about you guys. – Right. I didn’t blame them. I mean, I don’t blame them now. Because their lives were in danger, and they wanted to save their own lives. But at that time they wanted to poison us. So we rolled and ran at night. And when we arrived at my father’s place, the lady never knew, she only
knew she was feeding my dad. He was getting one meal a day. The five of us were sharing the meal. – Wow. – And the one meal would
be a pot of soup still and a piece of bread would
be sent up to us at night. Lady Mary never had to wash the pot, because I had the privilege
to lick every little drop of food that was
still left in that pot. I can’t possibly describe to you what it is to be so, so hungry. – Did you ever feel like giving up? – No. I just wanted to know what it’d feel like to have a full stomach. – Yeah. – Was there ever a time
when Nazis or the Gestapo was in the house that-
– In the barn? – You were staying in, or in the barn? – Oh yes, right before liberation. Right in the yard we were hiding, one of the German soldiers
was sticking his bayonet up and the lady came out and
said, “What do you want?” He said, “I’m looking for some eggs.” She said, “Come, I’ll give you some eggs.” We were so, so close to be caught. If I wouldn’t have been
liberated within a week, I probably wouldn’t be here. – Do you believe in God? – I do believe in God. I don’t believe in God this
way my grandma, my dad did. But I do believe there’s some power that was watching over me. – Do you think it’s luck or God? – What do you believe? – I believe people can make their own luck as well as good things
can happen to everyone. – But do you believe in God? – Not really. – No, I respect your thoughts. Don’t misunderstand. I didn’t believe in God either. I’m being honest with you. ‘Cause I couldn’t believe that our God, how could He allow all my
grandma, all my cousins, all those people be killed? So I had a very difficult time. But if I didn’t believe in God, I don’t think I would have survived, because it gave me hope. – At what point did you feel safe from religious persecution? – That’s a good question. I never have felt that. I’ll be honest with you. Even living in America. We still have in this country, hatred; it hasn’t disappeared. – Do you think something like the Holocaust could ever happen again? – You don’t have to wait. Look, we have had many
genocides since the Holocaust. Yes, it can happen. It’s up to us to prevent it. It isn’t just the
perpetrators that are bad. It’s people that stand
by and let it happen. – That’s very true. – I’m very proud of you. Both of you. That you study a subject
that I personally had a very difficult time for
many, many years to talk about. Okay? Good luck to you. – Thank you.
– Keep smiling. You got a beautiful smile. Thank you. – Thank you. – If you would like to learn
more about the Holocaust, please visit Henry Friedman, Holocaust Center for Humanity
in Seattle, Washington. There are many, many
other Holocaust stories, and each one is unique in its own way.

100 thoughts on “Kids Meet a Holocaust Survivor | Kids Meet | HiHo Kids”

  1. Wow, that was powerful. He's so wise, and real about the present, and his story… Thank you Sir, it is important to share those!

  2. I came to this video because I had a field trip in my school to meet a Holocaust survivor and he told us everything about the Holocaust in his perspective.

  3. Dear Fellow-Christians: Don't EVER EVER EVER say "Jesus killer" or "Christ killer" to Jews or to describe Jews. I hear that more than I ever ever want to. Jesus died for sinners; our sin put Him on that cross; if you have sinned even once in your life–and we all have–you are a Christ-killer. So everyone is. He died for everyone. And the Jews–and Romans–who PHYSICALLY carried out Jesus' execution are not alive anymore. So how can you claim anyone today was part of the crucifixion if those people have been dead for almost 1,900 plus years?

  4. When he was asked if he felt safe from religious prosecution.
    He responded no, not even here in America. Because there's still hatred, and many genocides have happened even after the Holocaust.
    I felt that

  5. Respect ✊🏼 for the survivor! I believe it’s one of the Jewish “commandments” in the Torah, to not “stand idly by” while any human or thing is being harmed. This guy is point on

  6. My grandmother is a Holocaust survivor and this really means so much to me, that kids know that this happened and they respect that. This channel restores my faith in this mess that is humanity every time I see it.

    Also Zara, you're freaking gorgeous omfg

  7. Unimaginable terror and horror suffered by the holocaust victims, but can we appreciate and commend the tremendous bravery of those who hid them!?! While the victims had no choice but to endure those awful conditions just to survive, those harbouring them put not only their own lives at risk, but that of their whole families as well. They voluntarily risked their lives to help these people, that takes tremendous courage. Something needs to be said for that, I don’t know if I would’ve..

  8. The pause Sandor makes after saying he's Jewish, you can feel how much he's trying to hold his emotions. It made me almost cry.

  9. I always hope that the world will be peaceful.

    But, have you ever thought that this genocide is not over yet? The same thing happen in Palestine and the other conflict countries right now..

    Let us support and pray for them. For a peaceful world 💙🙏🏽

  10. im a Jewish from Israel , and i just want to say im feeling proud and happy that u guys are showing those kids a different kind of education about y that part of history , many people still denying the holocaust although everything . thank u very much .

  11. That question about would you take in a jewish family even tho doing so would endanger your life is a really good question and the fact of the matter is no one really knows for sure if they would or not just guess. Until a time where you are actually put in that situation where you see someone in need in front of you and you know if you turn them away it would basically be you signing their death certificate yourself but on the other hand if you get caught helping/aiding a family/someone wanted by the government for whatever reason it'll be see as treason and you may very well be sentenced to the same fate..but if you arent caught this person/family will be forever grateful and may talk about your generosity for generations and/or maybe one day repay your selflessness.

  12. Henry: “If Holocaust never happened, what happened to all my relatives?”

    EXACTLY! How are there people who are speaking for those who were experiencing it?

  13. My dads entire family died in WW2 and I feel awful how my family could fight for such a terrible thing I never wanna believe my family participated willingly but I’m sad I have a family with a past such as German soldiers

  14. Okay, so I’m german, well part german mostly American since i love in the USA, but I asked my parents about past generations and my great grandfather and grandfather (never got to be either) was 100% german and lived there during WW2. My great grandfather was in the military and my grandfather when he got older moved to the USA and served there but when my dad was in his teenage years he got shot down in the Vietnam war and my father never brought up if my great grandfather was a Nazi or not, so, I didn’t ask because I knew it was harsh. It’s a sensitive topic and personally, I hope all of you would never support the holocaust today. It’s a topic that’s cruel and so upsetting. Honestly, I feel horrible, but, I hope people that live in Germany today make well decisions.

  15. My great Grampa was born in 1913 and born in Italy and was a Jew and has the same story so I can relate to how he feels

  16. i read this book called ‘once’ and its based on this and its SOOOO sad!!😭 Please read it if you get the chance to its AMAZING!!😭😭😭😆😆😆😆😁😭😭

  17. In the bible jewish people keep on rebeling so god punish them then bring someone the save them

    I think that why god let the holaucast happen

  18. I love reading about this type of stuff, I just started really getting into it, hearing about what everyone has gone through in WW2 and stuff…it’s so interesting, I could listen for hours about it.

  19. Wait, that girl in the red fishnet tights kinda looks like a girl that was in my biology class like two years ago. And her name sounds familiar and her style to. Lol is this studio or this channel like somewhere in Washington?? Lol nevermind, at the end he said his own like story or something was in Seattle, Washington so that must mean your channel is somewhere in Washington? Lol

  20. I had the privilege of meeting 4 holocaust survivors when I was 15, I skipped school and went to the beach with my sister, who was a senior. I was going through a lot with my parents, and the high school I hated because of the racist principal, and Dean of boys, who hated me because I was white, and attending a 85% black school. I had an "A" tattooed on my left shoulder, and they saw it, I thought they were old fashioned because they were wearing 1940s swimsuits. They one gentleman pointed at my shoulder, and I said yeah its a tattoo, then he pointed at his arm, and I saw numbers, then they all showed me their numbers, smiled, then walked away, and we're playing like children at the waters edge. That just proved that no matter what you're going through, some people have gone through worse, and if they can still smile, and be happy, then so can you.

  21. OMG I lost it at. “I just wanted to see what it was like to have a full stomach”
    I have known people who have been hungry from not having money. And I have been hungry. But as a child and not knowing what it is like to have a full stomach is sad. God bless you sir. I’m glad you made it.

  22. I think it is awesome that the older boy and the survivor do not believe in God. Also loved how he said the Christians that who "helped" his family decided to poison them to save their own asses. Remember folks.. you have to believe in God to be moral lol

  23. 4:25 is her nose piercing real also why does she has 2 lines on her nose she changes them from black to red

  24. My great grandfather was hiding jews in poland. They lived in something like a basement, but seperated from the house. These are usually used to store potatoes.

    The Nazis caught him, killed him and the jewish family. My great grandmother managed to escape with 5 little kids. If they would have hidden for a month and a half more, they would have survived the war.

  25. I love every question these kids had. Its so important to allow the victims of the holocaust to speak out, just because its in the past doesn't mean we can brush it off. People are still impacted to this day, just listen to those 2 siblings talk about their family tree and how most of their family had passed because of it. To try to make the public believe it never happened disgusts me.

  26. The country still exist tf he thinks all germans are nazis, im german and I have 3 jewish friends, im so sorry for all the ppl who had to die but it's like a complete new country now and this can't happen again

  27. i don’t think i’ll ever understand the thoughts reminiscing in the nazi’s minds. this was a heartbreaking time and has made history. but of course, we can’t change it but we can prevent something so large like this to happen.

  28. I cannot watch this. I feel like i cannot breathe. I'm not Jewish. But I once interviewed a Holocaust survivor for a school assignment. His name is Walter Kammerling. You can Google him up. What happened to him was horrible.

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