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Holocaust survivor speaks about his experiences at Rainham Library

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 March 2017

Leslie Kleinman on his return to Auschwitz in 2011. Picture: Leslie Kleinman

Leslie Kleinman on his return to Auschwitz in 2011. Picture: Leslie Kleinman

Leslie Kleinman

A Holocaust survivor relives his journey more than 70 years on, recalling how he lost his identity at Auschwitz.

A Holocaust survivor relives his journey more than 70 years on, recalling how he lost his identity at Auschwitz.

Leslie Kleinman, 87, will visit Rainham Library, Celtic Farm Road, Rainham, on Monday to share his story and answer questions from the audience.

He said: “Whenever I do a talk, everyone is so warm and friendly towards me.

“They all listen to what I have got to say and ask some very interesting questions.”

Born into an Orthodox Jewish family in a small village in Romania in 1929, Leslie witnessed his father, a Rabbi, have his beard cut off by a German soldier in 1944 before he was taken to Auschwitz.

Soon after, Leslie and his mum, four brothers and three sisters were taken to a ghetto where they were held for a month before also being taken to Auschwitz.

When they arrived, 14-year-old Leslie said that he was older and so was put to work.

The rest of his family was taken to the gas chamber.

He said: “My mother was the most wonderful woman I have ever known.

“She had the biggest heart and I miss her every day.”

Towards the end of 1944, the concentration camp was liberated by American troops, meaning that Leslie finally regained his freedom.

“It didn’t feel real. They took away everything that made me who I was so it was strange when it was over.

“Hitler died around 70 years ago but Leslie Kleinman is still here!”

Leslie Kleinman will be talking at Rainham Library tomorrow at 1pm. To book your place call 01708 434 970

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