Abraham Bergman

Abraham Bergman

Born: June 15, 1924

Krasnik, Poland

Abraham was born to a Jewish family in Krasnik, a town in the Lublin district of Poland. The town had a large Jewish population. Abraham's father was a tailor. When Abraham was 2, his mother died and he was raised by his grandmother. At the age of 7, Abraham started public school.

1933-39: Abraham liked school but found it difficult. The Christian children often yelled at the Jews, "You killed our God." One year, on the day before Christmas break, some kids brought ropes tied to iron weights to school. They waited until after school, so no one could tell the teacher, and then beat up the Jewish kids. Many went home covered in blood. In 1938 Abraham finished public school. The invading Germans reached Krasnik in September 1939.

1940-45: In 1942 Abraham was deported to the Budzyn, Majdanek, and Auschwitz camps in Poland, and then Oranienburg and Flossenbürg in Germany. By spring 1945 he was in a group of 500 taken to a farm area in Bavaria. Only 3 SS guards policed 30 of them. When one guard went to the kitchen and the other took men to look for food, Abraham seized his chance. Pushing through the farmhouse gates, he ran into the woods. Shots were fired; Abraham threw himself down. Two escapees fell next to him. They got to the village of Gern just as a US tank appeared.

After the war Abraham lived in Bavaria for three years. He immigrated to Canada in 1949 and then moved to the United States in 1959.