Monday, January 25, 2016

Magnificent: 90 Year Old Auschwitz Survivor Triumphs in Dance Performance, Saying It's Never Too Late

This is so beautiful, and so life affirming, do read the whole thing. 

"[Eva] Fahidi was an 18-year-old schoolgirl when she was put on a train and deported from Debrecen in eastern Hungary to Auschwitz — one of nearly 440,000 Hungarian Jews sent to death camps between May and July in 1944.

"Some 49 of her relatives perished in the Holocaust, including her parents and 11-year-old sister. She last saw her mother and younger sibling on a sorting ramp after arriving at Birkenau."

"Fahidi recalls how one insignificant gesture decided their fate."

“A small movement of the finger from (camp doctor) Josef Mengele meant life or death, whether you go right to work or left to the gas chambers. I went right,” she said."

"The pain does not fade but you learn to live with it, Fahidi says.

“Not a day goes past when I don’t think of Auschwitz,” she observed."

“But I discovered that hatred is just a burden. What happened happened, but I am still alive — a happy person who enjoys living.”