CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) – Seven decades later, a man is on a mission to share his experience.
In April 1945, American and British troops liberated different camps across Europe. One of the survivors, Abram Piasek, found his way to North Carolina.
“I’m lucky to have survived,” said Piasek.
He was just 12 years old when he was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
Now, the 87-year-old is sharing his story with everyone he can, including those stationed at Camp Lejeune.
The room was quiet as dozens of folks listened to Piasek tell the story of how he survived the labor camps at Auschwitz and Weinhausen.
“Certainly a different perspective when you hear an actual survivor speak as opposed to watching a documentary or reading about it in a book, so that’s what really made it special,” said Sgt. Riley McFarlin.
This week marks seven decades from when he was liberated at Dachau in 1945, alongside 32,000 other prisoners.
“I was liberated from a private who came by my car,” said Piasek.
Earlier this year, the 87-year-old met the man who saved him.
“I was shocked because he was 18 then and I was 17 so I really didn’t know him. He just went by and when he told me which car he went by I said, ‘That’s him.'”
For many folks who attended, they wanted to meet the man himself who survived years of torture.
For Rhonda Tomlinson, she wanted his autograph.
“To me it’s touching a part of history. You can’t get that when it’s gone, and so I now have a piece of history,” she said.
Piasek says he stayed quiet about his experiences for many years after coming to America in 1947.
Now, he says the time has come to let others know of the atrocities that happened during his encampment.
“I have to tell them what really happened so history doesn’t repeat again what really happened,” said Piasek.
Piasek still lives in North Carolina and runs a bakery in Morrisville.
CAMP LEJEUNE (WNCT)- Abram Piasek, Holocaust survivor, will speak at Camp Lejeune Thursday afternoon about his experiences in Poland in 1940.
Piasek was 12 years old when he was sent to a labor camp in Poland, then sent to Auschwitz two years later, and finally to Weinhausen where he suffered the most cruelty.