Friday, November 6, 2009
Jakob Silberstein's tale - Yad Vashem honors the "righteous tree" that saved him
Old jew Silberstein with the "righteous tree" in the garden at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem
Silberstein was put in the so called Maurerschule (bricklayers' school) at the Auschwitz "death" camp. Why the Nazis went through the trouble of teaching trades to jews "before exterminating them" is one of the many mysteries of the Holocaust.
Even with the Soviet Army advancing westward near the end of the war, the Germans still had soldiers to spare to scour the countryside looking for jews....so Jakob hid from the Germans in the trunk of a birch tree on a farm.
Many years later Silberstein returned to the Czech countryside to recover the tree and had it shipped to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Jakob, of course, "is the only surviving member of his family."
Article: "A Righteous Tree"