On Wednesday, 20 November 2019, the College of Europe in Natolin had the honour to host Mr Marian TURSKI, one of the few living survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Mr TURSKI shared his testimony with Natolin Students as an introduction to their visit to the Former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which took place on 23 November 2019. The discussion was moderated by Professor Georges MINK.
Official biogram of Mr TURSKI from the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum website:
Mr Marian TURSKI was born in 1926 in Łódź; his birth name was Moshe Turbowicz. The Germans invaded Poland in 1939, and in 1940, Moshe, his parents Eliasz and Helena Rachel, and his younger brother Wolf, were forced into the Łódź ghetto. Moshe attended the ghetto high school and joined a Communist youth group. In August 1944, the Turbowicz family was deported to the Auschwitz killing center, where Moshe’s father and most likely his brother were murdered upon arrival.
He was later transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp, and was liberated at Theresienstadt after surviving a death march from Buchenwald. Moshe returned to Łódź, where he was reunited with his mother. Later he married Halina, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto.
Since the end of World War II, Mr Marian TURSKI has had a distinguished career in Poland as a journalist and Jewish activist.
On 28 January 2019 (annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust), Mr TURSKI spoke in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York (see here, from 1h:00:00 onwards).