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Angel

Angel, a Jew, and the owner of the most famous bakery in Germany, often said: 

“Do you know why I’m alive today? 

I was still a teenager when Nazis in Germany killed Jews mercilessly. 

Nazis took us to Auschwitz by train. 

Last night in the ward was deadly cold. 

We were left for many days in railway cars without food, without beds, without any covers, which means without the possibility to warm up somehow. 

It was snowing everywhere. 

The cold wind froze our cheeks every second. 

There were hundreds of us on those railroad cars during these cold, horrible nights. 

No food, no water, no hiding. 

The blood freezing in the veins of the people. 

Next to me was an elderly Jew who was very loved in my city. 

He was all shaking and looking terrible. 

I wrapped him with my hands to warm him up. 

Hugged him tight to give some warmth. Rub his hands, legs, face, neck. I begged him to stay alive. I cheered him up… 

This is how I kept this man alive by keeping him warm all night long. 

I myself was tired and frozen. 

Fingers crossed, but I kept massaging this man’s body to warm him up.

So many hours have passed. 

Finally the morning had come, the sun had started to shine and I looked all around myself to see the other people. 

To my horror, all I could see was frozen corpses. 

All I could hear was the silence of death. 

This frosty night killed everyone. They died of cold. 

Only two people survived — the old man and me. 

The old man survived because I didn’t let him freeze, and I survived because I kept moving and worked hard to keep him warm. 

Allow me to tell you the secret of survival in this world? 

When you warm the heart of others, then you will warm yourself. 

When you support, strengthen and encourage others, then you receive support, strengthening and encouragement in your life.” 

Yours,

Dr Churchill 

PS: 

Mind you — it always takes two to tango…

And I remain grateful for those lovely souls that touched my heart and stroked my back to keep me warm and alive during the long cold wintry months of my early life and even today.

Dieux Merci

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