Local Holocaust survivor concerned for safety after synagogue attack

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For one Holocaust survivor who lives in Columbus, his temple is one place that he should feel safe. He said now with the recent attacks at that Pittsburgh synagogue, he has some concerns.

We’ve always felt safe within our synagogue or even within our own homes,” said Holocaust survivor John Koenigsberg. “I was never afraid now I’m getting a little bit scared.”

He said he is surprised that someone would attack the Jewish community here in America and it reminds him of the Holocaust, a very dark time in world history.

“I remember every single item that happened to me from age 5 and a half on,” said Koenigsberg.

He said he remembers how most of his mom’s family was killed during that time. He even remembers being forced to wear a yellow star with the word Jew on it.

He also remembers why his parents who survived the Holocaust came to America in 1953.

“Primarily because my parents were afraid of a third world war and they were still some anti-Semitism in the country where I was born.”

Now decades later Koenigsberg tells his story here in America in hopes it reminds people of a time he doesn’t want to see the world repeat.

“I believe that the lessons of the Holocaust must not be diminished in just a footnote in history,” said Koenigsberg. “We must educate the younger generations and interview them with the spirit of remembrance as well as the mission to combat all forms over racial religious and ethnic hatred before it is too late. And I speak so that we can all generations to come will never forget”

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