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Holocaust survivor celebrates bar mitzvah in Israel, 80 years later
Shalom Shtamberg, whose parents and five brothers who were killed in the Holocaust, was taken to Warsaw Ghetto at age 13 when he was supposed to mark his bar mitzvah, but eighty years on, he read from the Torah scrolls and enjoyed the long-awaited celebrations.
Eighty years after he missed the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Shalom Shtamberg celebrated his bar mitzvah on Thursday with his family and friends in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.

 

 

Shtamberg was born in Warsaw, Poland, and should have celebrated his bar mitzvah when he turned 13, but instead he was taken to a Warsaw Ghetto with his family.

 

Shalom Shtamberg celebrates bar mitzvah

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

Shalom Shtamberg (Photo: Reuters)
Shalom Shtamberg (Photo: Reuters)

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Photo: Reuters

He survived—unlike most of his family—by training as an electrician and acquiring skills that made him valued as a good worker.

 

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Photo: Reuters

 

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Photo: Reuters

 

On Thursday, Shtamberg was picked up from his home by trainee police officers, who drove him to a synagogue in Haifa where he was welcomed by cheering crowds and flower bouquets.

 

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Photo: Reuters

 

He was given a prayer shawl and read from the Torah scroll before breaking into dance with guests, including his wife.

 

"I haven't fulfilled my mission yet because I still have things to do," Shtamberg told Reuters.

 

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Photo: Reuters

 

One of those things is to detail in lectures the horrors of the Nazi camps he survived, unlike his parents and five brothers who were killed.

 

Recalling his time in the Ghetto, he said: "In the beginning I did not speak, I said and told nothing because I stayed a child, aged 13, 14, and (living in) Warsaw Ghetto was extremely difficult, every day."

 

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