Friday, September 20, 2013
I am working at the Rose Blumkin Jewish home. I know that many of the residents are Jewish. But you do not have to be Jewish to live here. They are elderly and many survived the Holocaust. I have read many stories about the horrible nightmare that took place in Europe from 1939 till 1945. I did not know anyone who had survived this until coming to work here. I do not want to pry into anyone’s private live and emotions. Tonight I was talking to Joe. I am not sure how old he is, he looks to be in his 80’s and is in a wheelchair. One leg is longer than the other and he can move his legs, but he cannot walk. I asked Joe what kind of job he had when he was younger. I was curious to know more about him, I like talking with him and he is a nice man. He told me that he did not have a job that the “Nazis broke his hip in a concentration camp” he pointed at his right hip when he told me about this. He then told me that after he left the concentration camp he moved to Israel. I asked what year and he thinks that it was in 1945. I don’t know when he moved to the Omaha Nebraska area. I am happy to know this brave man. I will be working on Sunday and I will see if Joe will share some more of his life with me.