|Stephen B. Jacobs. Foto från Jewish Week|
Stephen Jacobs was only 5 years old when sent to Buchenwald, where he hid in the tuberculosis ward of the camp hospital. Designing Shoah memorials brings him closure.
|Mosa Moshe Mandil i Tirana 1944. En av många |
judar som överlevde tack vare exil i Albanien.
Born Stefan Jakubowicz in the Polish city of Lodz, Jacobs and his secular family would move to Piotrków — a city that became home to the Nazis’ first ghetto. The ghetto, which housed 25,000 people, was liquidated in 1942.
Jacobs and his family — his parents, older brother, grandfather and three aunts — eventually were sent to concentration camps. The males went to Buchenwald, the females to Ravensbruck. He was only 5 years old at the time.
At Buchenwald, Jacobs managed to survive both through luck and the assistance of an underground resistance that worked to save children. He spent his days at the shoemaker’s shop, which allowed him to get out of the daily roll call, where guards likely would have killed him because of his youth. Later he hid in the tuberculosis ward of the camp hospital, where his father was working as an orderly.