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Holocaust Survivor Warns The Dangers Of Bigotry Are Still With Us

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, who lost most of family in the Holocaust, shares his story.

Dr. Jacob Eizenbach lost most of his family in the Holocaust.


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The number of witnesses to the Holocaust is dwindling. But, at age 96, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach is still traveling the country telling his story. Eisenbach is the lone survivor of a family that was wiped out by the Holocaust.

He was 16 when World War II erupted in 1939. The Nazis invaded his hometown in Poland, and his sister was killed during the invasion. His youngest brother was murdered at Auschwitz. And his other brother died while serving in the Polish Army.

Eisenbach himself ended up as a prisoner making weapons at a labor camp.

Eventually, he made his way to California where he worked as a dentist until retiring at age 92.

Eisenbach says the world still needs to be reminded of the dangers of bigotry, anti-Semitism and genocide. He tells his story at Rice University on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP online.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Eisenbach about surviving the Holocaust and his years traveling the country sharing that message.