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Abe Weinrib - Holocaust survivor - Poland to Ohio

Posted: 9 Dec 2012 8:43AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 9 Dec 2012 8:49AM GMT
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COLUMBUS (AP) — The start of Hanukkah Saturday night will have special meaning for a Holocaust survivor who turns 100 next week in Ohio.

Abe Weinrib was selected to light the first candle on a 13-foot public menorah at Easton Town Center in Columbus Saturday evening.
Hanukkah runs through sundown Dec. 16, 2012.

Weinrib tells The Columbus Dispatch that it was a miracle that he survived the Holocaust, the Nazi campaign to eliminate Jews in Europe.

Weinrib was in his 20s working in Polish factories owned by his uncle when he was arrested. He spent six years imprisoned in camps, including the notorious Auschwitz.

Hanukkah commemorates the reclamation by the Maccabees of the Second Jewish Temple after it was desecrated by Syrian Greeks in the second century B.C.

through sundown on Dec. 16.

"He's lighting a candle of hope, of love and of meaning," said Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann of the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany, which sponsors the Easton menorah lighting and another in Bexley on Tuesday. "He is the flame. His life and Hanukkah are synonymous."

Weinrib was in his 20s, working in Polish factories owned by his wealthy industrialist uncle, when he was arrested and beaten repeatedly by Nazi police who believed that he knew where his uncle might have hidden gold, silver and diamonds.

He remembers giving a portion of his bread to other prisoners, having a job dragging corpses to ditches and seeing then-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower cry over the carnage.

He was at the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany when it was liberated in 1945 by British forces. Near death with typhus, he was sent to Sweden to recover.

Weinrib met his wife and fellow Holocaust survivor, Anna, in Sweden. They married and had three children, moving to Columbus in the 1950s. Anna died in 1979.

For years, Weinrib has shared his story with students at Ohio State University, Capital University, Olentangy Liberty High School and other locations.

"Rather than blowing out 100 candles, he'd rather light one candle representing kindness and good deeds," Kaltmann said. "He wants this to be the way he ushers in his next century. He knows that every day he is alive is a blessing."


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Jacques Ehrlich 15 Aug 1999 12:00PM GMT 
P. Nash 29 Sep 1999 12:00PM GMT 
CenterforJewi... 19 Jun 2002 3:49PM GMT 
barrysturm 13 Jun 2005 9:50PM GMT 
elbezfamily 5 May 2009 2:44AM GMT 
elbezfamily 5 May 2009 2:42AM GMT 
fionaunabrook... 6 Sep 2010 9:20PM GMT 
Karen Weinrib Murphy 18 Nov 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Contribution 9 Dec 2012 3:43PM GMT 
msilbe2 3 Aug 2014 11:47PM GMT 
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