In 2005 the United Nations declared 27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz
In addition to the official commemoration at Freiburg, the Jewish community scheduled a particularly moving event at the auditorium of the New Synagogue on 2 February, the following Sunday.
|Chairwomen Irina Katz of Freiburg's Jewish Community|
explains the microphone to Christoph Heubner.
Paul Sobol is sitting on the left, the interpreter in the middle.
|While Mrs. Katz wanted to start the event, |
a man approached presenting some gifts to Paul.
|Stolperstein placed in front of the house|
where Paul was arrested
At the infamous ramp at Auschwitz the family was selektiert (separated), "You know, I didn't get to hug my mother goodbye." She was murdered in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival.
At the camp, Paul and his father worked as carpenters. When in 1944, the Red Army was approaching, Paul was forced on a Todesmarsch heading west. Finally, following many more life-threatening situations, at the age of 19 and alone, Paul was released on 1 May 1945 by the US-Army.
His parents and his younger brother never came back.
It wasn't until many years later that Paul wrote a book of testimony: Je me souviens d'Auschwitz (I remember Auschwitz).