Holocaust database at FAU helps survivors ‘leave testimonies’
George Salton likes to tell of his love for golf and his 54-year marriage. He’ll proudly talk about his three children and six grandchildren. And when it comes to his Holocaust experiences, he’ll freely discuss that, too, though not from enjoyment.
“For survivors like me, it’s no particular glory,” said the 79-year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident, whose story is among 300 in a new Holocaust database at Florida Atlantic University. “It’s hard to go back to those terrible days and remember all the pain. But we all feel a need to remember those who were murdered and leave testimonies behind for others when we’re gone.”
Salton, a member of LEAH’s executive board, said he was interviewed by Shoah about eight years ago.
His personal ordeal included a trek through 10 concentration camps in three years. The Nazis marched Salton and others from camp to camp as Russian troops advanced. Finally, they were liberated by the U.S. 82nd Airborne at the Woebbelin camp in Germany.
Now retired, he has channeled much of his life to telling about his experiences. His book, The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir, was published in 2002. He also has given speeches in several states. At each speech, he tries to convey what he finds most frightening: “The Holocaust was done in an ordinary country by ordinary people. If we forget, it could happen to you or your neighbors or other ordinary people.”
JAMES D. DAVIS
August 6, 2007
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