My name is Sol Graf, aka Grof Zoltan, Shlomo Graf. I am a survivor of six Nazi German Concentration and Extermination camps by the age of fourteen. At this stage of my life, being already a great-grandfather, I felt it appropriate, even mandatory, to share my story with our child, grandchildren, great grandchildren and others who are interested to knowing more, from a living witness, about an extraordinarily sad, and historically recent, period in the history of the Jewish people.
I was born in 1930, in Hungary, in the town called Mosonmagyarovar. The town is situated in western Hungary, close to the Austrian border, about 50 miles from Vienna, the capital of Austria. My mother almost didn’t survive my birth and, because of her perilous condition, could not breast-feed me. So, one of her friends, who had also given birth to a baby boy at about the same time, fed me in addition to her own son. I mention this only because her son did not survive the Holocaust, as I did; later, after we both returned from the deportation camps she found some solace in my survival… (SOL’s 58 PAGE STORY IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)
What does Auschwitz mean to you?
“greatest crime of mankind”
My message for future generations is…
Read and Listen to the Survivors’ stories and do what ever you can to prevent such atrocities from occurring ever again!
Who will be accompanying you on this journey?
My wife, Katarina who is also Holocaust Survivor as well and my daughter, Irit Wittmann.
My daughter is the grandmother of our eight great-grandchildren who makes our survival truly meaningful.