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July 30, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 7)

To read previous segments of Bob Mendler’s story of being a Holocaust victim, click on:

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

Today’s post is a little different than my usual writing.

The remainder of Mendler’s story isn’t written for the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM), because he is not well enough to help edit the final copy. He is very discouraged. He had knee surgery in January 2007, and is still experiencing a lot of pain.

“I’m so miserable, so unhappy,” he said several months after the surgery. “I just don’t want to do (more…)

May 28, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

This is installment 6 of the series on Holocaust Survivor Robert Mendler, 82 years old. For previous segments click on

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

Seven months later Mendler was in the first group of prisoners assigned to Krakow Koncentration Camp in Plaszow, Poland. This is the site of the movie, Shindler’s List. (He wasn’t (more…)

May 16, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

This is installment 5 of the series on Holocaust Survivor Robert Mendler, 82 years old. For previous segments click on THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

Mendler’s next assignment, Camp Fluskis Co., was a forced labor camp in the town of Czarny Dunajec, the location of two companies: Poland Mining and Hobag A. G. Wercke, a lumberyard. He alternated working for them, and commuted to the jobs from his hometown.

At Poland Mining he pulled stones from a river.

“We traveled daily from the ghetto to the mines, working from dawn ‘til dusk. We dug stones up with a shovel and (more…)

May 10, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

The story of Robert Mendler’s experience as a holocaust victim and survivor is being told in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. To read previous installments, click on THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1) and THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2) and THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)
This segment tells about Mendler’s first experiences as a Jewish prisoner of the Nazi Regime.

Mendler’s first experience as a holocaust survivor was in 1939 when his hometown of Nowy-Targ, Poland, became a Jewish ghetto under Gestapo rule. The minimal education permitted for Jewish children was gone. Food was rationed.

“We were branded and made to wear (more…)

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