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Surviving the Holocaust-Putting Things In To Perspective

April 28, 2009

I had the privilege to hear one of the most moving messages from a couple yesterday.

We all have gotten somewhat caught up in the “poor me” attitudes as of late.  Some with good reason but others simply because we have been unwilling to do what it takes to continue our successes in real estate.

Yesterday, Holocaust survivors Les and Eva Aigner shared with our Keller Williams Owner Mastermind group their story of surviving the Holocaust.  Both lost family members in this tragedy.  Les was actually imprisoned in 4 concentration camps through his ordeal.  They had kept quiet about what had happened to them until the late 1980’s when there seemed to be a sentiment by some that the Holocaust never happened.  Then they stepped forward to share their story.  They shared they chose to do this to never let us forget what discrimination can do to people’s lives. 

Les was a 15 year old boy in 1944, and because he was Jewish, he was taken from his home in Budapest, Hungary, to Auschwitz Concentration Camp and on to 3 other camps during his imprisonment.  He was liberated in Dachau, Germany by the American forces.  After liberation he returned to Hungary only to discover most of his family was killed in the Holocaust.  His father miraculously survived after being taken to the Russian front. 

Eva tells her story of almost being killed on the shores of the Danube just days before liberation.  She was 7 years old at the time.

Why am I sharing this?  Because I feel their story truly put in to perspective the lives we have the opportunity to live here in the U.S.  Along with that, Les Aigner made a statement that I wrote out as a truly powerful sign of the times.  He said “The Road to Auschwitz was built by Hate and paved by Indifference”. 

Let us never allow indifference in our opportunities to allow ourselves to be grateful for the opportunities we have in front of us as U.S. citizens and business people.

I’ll step off of my soap box now.

Thanks for reading.

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