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US News 'Nothing but ash': Holocaust survivor recalls Auschwitz 'nightmare'

12:20  27 january  2020
12:20  27 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Monday marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz . Among the millions killed at the concentration camp were the parents and two of the brothers of Alberto Israel, who also spent four Here he recalls some of his memories - and his fears that the same thing could one day happen again.

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Among the millions killed at the concentration camp were the parents and two of the brothers of Alberto Israel, who also spent four months at another Nazi camp in Austria before it was finally liberated by Allied troops.

Now 93, living in Brussels, Alberto still has nightmares about what he lived through during the Holocaust.

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Here he recalls some of his memories - and his fears that the same thing could one day happen again.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Alberto Israel now lives in Brussels © Sky News Screen Grab Alberto Israel now lives in Brussels The entire Jewish community from Rhodes was gassed and cremated the day we that we arrived in Auschwitz.

By the afternoon on 16 August, there wasn't a single Jewish person from Rhodes still living.

My brother Eli died in Auschwitz. My brother Aaron died in Hautensen.

My father and my mother were cremated.

There was nothing but ash.

a building covered in snow: The entrance to the concentration camp in Poland © Getty The entrance to the concentration camp in Poland For all the people that survived, those that I've spoken to, the most horrible thing for us, the worst punishment of all, are the nightmares.

I can't stop them, even today.

a group of people in uniform: Prisoners are selected for the gas chambers at Auschwitz © Getty Prisoners are selected for the gas chambers at Auschwitz They threw babies that were alive into the oven. And when you've seen that, and you ask me whether I can sleep...

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Survivors of Auschwitz on the day of liberation. From HISTORY's Auschwitz Untold. Survivors of Auschwitz leaving the camp at the end of World War II, photographed by a Russian photographer during the making of a film about liberation of There is nothing greater and there's nothing bigger.

Sleep? How could I sleep?

The railway was used to transport millions of prisoners © Other The railway was used to transport millions of prisoners There were moments I wanted to die. There were moments where I said no, I will hold on.

It was 40 years later that I finally went back. I didn't go back to Auschwitz straight away.

a train is parked on the side of a building: Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp © Reuters Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp But I went back to do kaddish, part of a Jewish prayer, for my parents. I was there to see their tombs, and when I got there, I nearly fainted.

The first time, I started to sob. Auschwitz is the only place that makes me cry. It's terrible.

a close up of a man in a dress shirt and tie: Alberto was taken to the camp with his parents and siblings © Sky News Screen Grab Alberto was taken to the camp with his parents and siblings I'm always afraid because it isn't pretty where we are now. I sometimes see the same things that I did in 1933; the same protests, the same nastiness, the same insults, the same things.

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a large long train on a steel track with Auschwitz concentration camp in the background: Auschwitz was a network of concentration camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during World War II. Auschwitz I and nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau were extermination camps where an estimated 1.1 million people, mostly Jews from across Europe, were killed in gas chambers or from systematic starvation, forced labor, disease and medical experiments.  The concentration camp, which was built in March 1942 in the village of Brzezinka, Poland, was liberated by the Soviet army on Jan. 27, 1945. Pictured here, the train tracks leading to the camp.

The people have changed, but it's the same thing. It's awful.

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I've given testimonies to young people. These young people, in five years' time, will be adults and they know what they can do and what they can't.

But if we don't speak to them, we can't warn them and it can go wrong.

But if we warn them, they will say: 'Come on, we can't start that again.'

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