Hank Brodt, originally from Boryslaw, Poland now lives in High Point, NC. He was born on December 1, 1925, and spent his teen-aged years as the unwelcome guest of 5 Nazi prison camps and a forced labor camp – including Plashov, Matthausen, and Ebensee from which he was liberated on May 6, 1945 by the troops of the US 80th Infantry Division. Prior to his liberation, Mr. Brodt was forced along with other camp prisoners on a death march for three days and nights without food or water. Hank testified in a War Crimes trial in Dachau in 1946. In 1967 he once again gave testimony against a Nazi War criminal in Bremerhaven, Germany.
In 1949, Hank immigrated to the United States with the help of a soldier who had befriended him and sent him the necessary paperwork. In 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed, ironically, in Germany. Hank also served in the Korean War.
Following “The March of the Living” in 2007, a pilgrimage trip to Poland and Israel for mostly Jewish teens, Hank learned of his brother’s family who lived in Israel. Hank’s brother Simcha survived the Holocaust and the two didn’t know each other had survived. Simcha died in 1986 and shortly thereafter, Simcha’s wife and two sons immigrated to Israel. Hank has now enjoyed time with his nephews and their families in Israel. The last time Hank had seen his brother Simcha was in 1940-41. Many years ago, Hank had given up on finding other members of his family who had survived the war. It is a miracle that Hank was able to reunite with his nephews and their families in these twilight years of his life. Hank has 2 daughters and is the proud grandpa of 2 and great-grandpa of 5.
This is event is sponsored by Hillel, the History Department and the Office of Jewish Life.
Open to the Public. To Tickets Required.