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Why Life Is Beautiful, According to This 92-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

Henry Flescher during a Reddit question-and-answer session. Photo: imgur Henry Flescher during a Reddit question-and-answer session. Photo: imgur

After experiencing such pain and suffering, one 92- year-old Holocaust survivor hasn't lost his desire to love life and remain hopeful. This is why his grandson knew he needed to share his story with others, and posted his grandfather's story to Reddit (an online discussion forum):

While at the Nazi Blechhammer Concentration Camp in German-occupied Poland, he wasn’t Henry Flescher. His name was 177153...

That was the number tattooed on Flescher’s forearm by the Nazis during the Holocaust. And that number remains on his arm, as “a testament to the past,” Flescher wrote. “It shows I survived. And I’m here, and loving life!”

Many of the details of his horrifying experience — seeing a friend hanged for using a telephone wire as a belt, being forced to stand for hours for fear of being killed — emerged during Flescher’s question-and-answer session.

“I cannot forgive,” he wrote on Reddit. “But I was never consumed by hate. Hate doesn’t improve anything...”

Some survivors of such a traumatic experience retain certain habits, such as eating quickly or sleeping on the floor.

“The only habit that stayed with me is my desire to live,” he wrote.

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