Definition of a Holocaust Survivor.
A recent posting to the JewishGen Discussion group asked the question "What is the definition of a Holocaust survivor?" Many Jewish genealogists add a note to their family history database to identify Holocaust victims and survivors so the question is appropriate to genealogy.
Who is a Holocaust survivor was answered rather eloquently by Benjamin Meed, president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors--a Warsaw
Ghetto survivor--in an incident he related some years ago. Meed travels the New York to Washington shuttle weekly in his dual role as AMG president (New York) and as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council (Washington).
On one of the flights he happened to sit next to former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. They, of course, struck up a conversation. At one point, Meed stated to Kissinger, "You are a Holocaust survivor."
Kissinger seemed surprised at Meed's statement and reminded him that he fled Germany to the United States in the 1930s. Meed's response was to ask a question. "If you had remained in Germany what would have happened to you?" Kissinger responded, "I surely would have died." Meed concluded, "Then you are a Holocaust survivor." Kissinger thought for a moment and responded, "Yes, I am a Holocaust survivor."
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|Title Annotation:||includes anyone who escaped before the Holocaust actually began|
|Comment:||Definition of a Holocaust Survivor.(includes anyone who escaped before the Holocaust actually began)|
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|Date:||Apr 23, 2002|
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