Dead man walking

Holocaust survivor shares story to honor others

Author speaks to students at CCC about his escape

By Sheridan Lyons

Sun Staff

Originally published May 9, 2004

Leo Bretholz was old enough to remember but is young enough to tell his tale: seven years of eluding the Holocaust in Europe, after his mother persuaded her teen-age son to leave his native Austria in 1938 after it was annexed by Nazi Germany.


Bretholz survived — although he has a 1978 French record book that lists him among the ghosts of Auschwitz. He showed the book listing the victims of the concentration camp in Poland, his yellow felt star and other items to more than 50 students and others at Carroll Community College last week.

My name is here,” he said, pointing to the telephone directory-sized book, then to himself, but “I am here to tell the story.”