WATCH: Holocaust survivor recounts leaving father behind on train to Auschwitz, receives message from him years later
A remarkable story has emerged of a Holocaust survivor leaving her father behind on the train cars headed for Auschwitz and receiving a message from him years later.
The 92-year-old survivor, identified as Klara Prowisor, told filmmaker Matan Rochlitz that she, her husband Philippe Szyper and her father were all forced by the Nazis to ride the train cars to Auschwitz. Szyper repeatedly insisted that they jump out of the car in Belgium, but Prowisor initially resisted because her father had become gravely ill and didn’t want to leave his side. Others in the train car didn’t want them to jump because the Nazis threatened to punish them if anyone was missing.
However, after sleeping on it she eventually decided to jump.
“I left my father,” said Prowisor, “and it was so painful. I abandoned my father in such terrible conditions.”
Szyper jumped shortly after Prowisor, and Belgian citizens provided them refuge until the war was over.
One evening in 1962, when Prowisor and Szyper were visiting Tel Aviv, they were walking down Dizengoff Street when Prowisor was approached a woman who said she had been looking for Prowisor for 20 years because she witnessed Prowisor’s father wake up after Prowisor had jumped. Prowisor’s father told her to relay a message to Prowisor.
“If you ever meet my daughter again, tell her I’m the happiest father,” Prowisor’s father told the woman. “I’m glad she jumped.”
Prowisor learned from the woman that her father had passed away on the train before the train had reached Auschwitz.
“He had this intuition to tell me, ‘You did the right thing,’” said Prowisor. “I live with that. A weight fell off me.”
She later added, “It was so important for me to hear this woman pass on my father’s message to me. It’s exceptional. It’s a gift … from God.”
Prowisor then said she didn’t believe in God.
The woman who relayed the message to Prowisor has never been identified, but it is believed that she was Dutch.
The full video can be seen below, via the New York Times: