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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:24 am

On Sept. 28, Holocaust survivor Edward Heisler, a resident of Goodyear, Arizona, died at age 87. He devoted much of his life to bearing witness to the horrors he experienced and the need for tolerance. His final thoughts, said family members, were “Never forget” and “never hate.” Below, to honor his life and his message, we reprint an article he wrote for JN in 2007. —Eds.

Three days before the Russian army arrived at Auschwitz, the German SS troops left. They took with them people from the hospital who they felt could walk. My brother Jack, myself and approximately 1,200 sick prisoners were left behind. For three days there were no Germans around and no food was brought in. At that point I went out to see what was going on. The liberation was bittersweet since that was the day that I found out that both my parents were killed on the day that we had arrived in Birkenau.

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