Survivors' Stories

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

Leon Gosh

  • From: Poland (Slonim)
  • Liberated from: Poland (Auschwitz Birkenau)
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Belarus (Ghetto Pruzhany)
  • Current Location: USA (New York)
  • Year of birth: 1926

Brief Bio

I was born in Slonim, Poland on August 5, 1926. My parents David and Sonia Goshkovich and my younger brother Michael were executed in Nazi occupied Poland, Slonim in 1941. All my relatives were either sent to camps or executed on the spot. I ran from Slonim to Pruzhany Ghetto, and was later deported to Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz on February 28, 1943. During the evacuation of the camps by the Nazis in January 1945 I escaped during the death march from Auschwitz to Gliwice. After escaping one Polish family had hide me and my friend for two months in spite of German soldiers were within the village. After the liberation I was interrogated by SMERSH(KGB) and was extradited to the Soviet Union. Due to Stalin’s laws I became a prisoner of a Soviet Concentration Camp from 1945 to 1953 because I was a victim of a Nazi Concentration Camp. In 1973 I immigrated to Israel and a year later to the United States.

What does Auschwitz mean to you?

Auschwitz is a horrible place created by unrestrained hatred.

My message to the future generation is…

To stop evil before it becomes dangerous to humanity.

Who will be accompanying you on this journey? 

My son David Gosh will be accompanying me. My son is 18 years old and a student at Hunter College.