Isak Borenstein

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Isak Borenstein

FamilyThe family name Borenstein had been spelled "Borensztajn" in Poland. The Borenstein family consisted of six children: three boys and three girls

He lived a typical life after the Holocaust. In 1951 he moved to New Orleans with his brother and his wife and opened agrocery store. Boreinstein then became a real estate investor and died at the age of 87.

A Tragic ExperienceWhen the Germans went invaded Poland, Isak ran away to Russia, where he joined the army after Hitler invaded Russia. The army sent him to a town where they were captured. When they surrendered he changed his name to Broniewski, which was a Polish name. When he was marching to a camp he escaped and a woman took him in. Then he joined the Partisans, but before he got a chance to fight, a good friend got drunk and he told the Nazis many names. Isak was arrested. Since he looked like a Jew, he was sent to the death chamber. In there a girl, Ira Pogorlskaja, kept him alive by giving food and protected him against the other prisoners when he was ill. One day they took her out of the chamber and she never returned. After the war he tried to find her, but she was never seen again. In the death chamber he was given cold showers,beat with leather straps until his skin turned the color of wood. Then they started believing he was just a Russian soldier so they put him in a regular cell. Isak Borenstein is alive today because of a sympathetic SS man. While he was at camp in Linz III, he was sent to be killed. However, an SS man saw his prisoner number, 37,200, and sent him back to his block. A number this large meant that the prisoner had been detained for a long time. The prisoners of these camps had a belief that a large number would save you. Isak found out first hand that this belief was reality (Borenstein).

Isak Borenstein

Isak Borenstein was born in Radon, Poland on May 5, 1918. He was taken by Prussia's soilders and told that he was now part of the Prussian Army.

Famous Quotes"I was in a Kommando. They call this in German Bomb Kommando. This means, in English means dig out un-exploded bombs. So I dig out together around 60 some odd bombs. I dig out from the ground. I, We had just one explosion, which we was away about 100, 150 feet. This one explosion which I had I was lucky, saved. Another bomb was over there just just just making. They had over there a crane about 200 feet high which was bringing the coal to the factory. The planes tried to bomb the crane and they hit the bomb hit with the stomach on the cement railing. Was chipped up a little bit and slowed down the speed of the bomb and fall down down on the crystal coals which it couldn't dig in too deep. They come to us to go to defuse this bomb. So I went to this bomb to defuse it. No way we could unscrew the fuse. So I ask them to bring me a chisel, a metal chisel with a hammer. So I sit down on the bomb. And try to knock it. So the head broke off. Everybody ran and I just got up and looked at this and went away like nothing. I don't know. If I was so stupid or if I didn't care for my life. There is something more to this. If I was so lucky." "When sometimes I try to go back to my past and is unbelievable for me. Anything what could be could happen. Sometimes I am thinking I am just dreaming. Something, something never could happen something, I could have lived through."

Where are they now?


He was a member ofCongregation Anshe Sfard, where he served as treasurer for many years. Askilled cabinetmaker, he built much of the millwork in the sanctuary. He also was a founder of New Americans Social Club, which was started tocelebrate the Yizkor memorial service for Holocaust survivors, and hedesigned and built a large mahogany menorah for the memorial candles. Hedonated the menorah to the Jewish Community Center. He was a member ofJewish War Veterans and Red Magen David for Israel, which is the IsraeliRed Cross.



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