"This is my Nobel Prize" -1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
It is impossible to meet Mietek and not be captivated by his charm. He is a Holocaust survivor who was twelve years old at the beginning of World War II, and his story is that of a man who survived the Warsaw Ghetto and nine concentration camps. As he tells it, "towards the end of the war, my father and I were taken to Buchenwald. As the allied forces advanced, the Nazis moved us from camp to camp, always one step ahead of the conquering armies. Two weeks before the war ended, my father was killed by a bomb dropped by an American plane on the retreating German forces. At the end of the war, I weighed 22 kilograms, and had no more will or strength to continue. As I sat by the side of the road, all of a sudden three English soldiers appeared and came over to see why I was sitting there. One of them looked at me, realized I was Jewish, and said 'sholem aleichem'. I broke down in tears.
"Today, I spend almost all my time telling my story to high school children all over Sweden. This is my mission, and I have already lectured in 212 schools. When I finish my talk, I always ask if there are any questions. There are almost never any questions. The schoolchildren just cry. I never take money for my lectures, but I leave KKL-JNF's address with the schools and ask them to send whatever they would have paid me to KKL-JNF."
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