Carlsbad, California – Benjamin Midler, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor from Carlsbad, California, is embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to confront his past in Poland.
Midler’s entire family was forced into a ghetto after Nazi Germany occupied Poland, and he was subsequently sent to six concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz.
Despite losing his father and uncle during his time in the camps, Midler managed to survive by volunteering to travel from camp to camp and avoiding execution by working various jobs.
He also had to resort to eating leftover bread and surviving on very little food.
Midler’s mission is to educate others about the horrors of the Holocaust and ensure that it is never forgotten.
“This hope should never ever forget and to speak up,” he says.
Midler will spend nine days in Poland before traveling to Israel, where he will be joined by soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces.
Midler’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed during one of the darkest periods in human history.