President Rivlin’s family hosts Holocaust survivor in their home: "We were sent immediately to work"

For the second time in a row, the Rivlin family hosted a special meeting in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day in their home. The meeting featured an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, who told her story about surviving the Auschwitz death camp.
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Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his wife hosted a special meeting titled “Memorial in a Living Room" inside their home in Jerusalem. In the meeting, the Rivlin family hosted Miriam Eshel, an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor who spoke about her experience in the Auschwitz Death Camp.

"I was 13 and a half when the Hungarians, Czechs and Germans came to our area; it didn't take them more than a day and they knocked on our door," she said. "A German officer told my mother to prepare your children; we are coming in another hour to take all of you. Within a half an hour, he came with a car and took all of us. He knocked on the door and said all of you outside."

"We were traveling for I don't know how long and then suddenly the train stopped," she recalled. "We started to get down. My grandparents disappeared. I was with a small child in my hands, my mother was with a baby and we were walking. It was the last time that I saw my mother and the children. From there, they took the children in cars into the forrests, made pits, threw the children in alive. Mengele saw that I was pretty strong and he said to work."

Before hearing the testimony, Rivlin spoke: "The Holocaust is a world-class event, both on a global and personal level. When I was a child before the establishment of the State of Israel, every child was aware of it and were met with numbers on the hand. This is a testimony for what happened there. These things are unthinkable from a humane and national point of view."

Memorial in a Living Room is a social initiative that began 7 years ago that permits the marking of Holocaust Memorial Day in small and intimidate meetings inside somebody’s home. The meeting includes survivor testimony.


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