Survivors' Stories

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel

Ephroim (Johnny) Jablon

  • From: Krakow (Poland)
  • Liberated from: Austria (KZ Gunskirchen)
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Poland (Plaszow)
  • Current Location: Canada (Montreal)
  • Year of birth: 1926

Brief Bio

 I was born in Krakow,Poland  to a very assimilated family . I had two brothers and family of 39 uncles , aunts,cousins.  All of them perished in Holocaust. Under Nazi occupation, on march 3 /1941  my whole family were transferred to a ghetto in Krakow , where my WHOLE family perished. I was the only survivor. On January 15 /1943  I was taken to KL Plaszow , There is no way to describe the horrors of this camp with the bloodthirsty commander Amond Ghette, riding a white horse and shooting the people at random. On February 20/1944  the entire carpentry shop (where I used to work ) was sent to Auschwitz Birkenau to be killed (Gas) as punishment for something . Auschwitz. After two days and nights,in cattle cars ,we arrived in Birkenau  We were saved, because all of were skilled workers and transfer (running from Birkenau to Auschwitz)  In Auschwitz in the beginning i was in block 18, working in DAW than I got very sick In block 19 , which was the Hospital i was chosen to the crematorium, by the Doctor Mengele, but my life was saved by Polish “Stubenalteste ” ex director of school in small town Wlodawa and later on by the Polish underground in Auschwitz by getting me medication. After Auschwitz I survived 5 months on death marches and 4 different camps.

What does Auschwitz mean to you?

Auschwitz is  a cemetery of millions of people including my whole Family

Auschwitz is a Monument  on which is written : HOMAGE to the DEAD   , WARNING to the LIVING, NEVER AGAIN   

My message for future generations is…

Do not HATE , hate is a poison, but NEVER FORGET and NEVER AGAIN  

Who will be accompanying you on this journey?

My dear grandson Daniel will be my companion. He just graduated from Concordia University and is working in real estate