Survivors' Stories

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

Eugene Ginter

  • From: Poland (Krakow)
  • Liberated from: Poland (Auschwitz Birkenau)
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Poland (Plaszow)
  • Current Location: USA (NY- Bronx)
  • Year of birth: 1939
Brief Bio
I was born in Krakow, Poland in February, 1939. Under Nazi Occupation of Poland I was in the Plaszow Ghetto, Plaszow concentration Camp, Gross-Rosen, Brunniltz and Birkenau.  I was liberated January 27th, 1945 in Auschwitz when I was 12 days before my 6th birthday.  I was sent after liberation to a hospital in Krakow and then to a Jewish Orphanage. My Mother (who survived with Schindler ) found me there. We traveled to Czechoslovakia and then to Austria and found my Father ( who was liberated in Mathausen). We stayed in Schweinfurt, Germany until 1950, when we emigrated to the U.S.A. I am a Mechanical Engineer, married to my wife Rachelle, for 50 years. My daughter and son-in- law have two children.
What does Auschwitz mean to you? 
To this day I still  have Night Terror and dreams. It’s a nightmare.
My message to the next generation is…
Unfortunately people have not learned anything. Look at the Genocides since W.W.II, in China,Cambodia,Bosnia, and so many African Countries. If people are not educated to the horrors that occurred these atrocities will be repeated.
Who is accompanying you on this journey?
My daughter Heather Ginter who is a psychologist who works with children who have cancer.