Werner Reich of the American Jewish Committee, Long Island chapter, has a unique message for people — to be a just person and do the right thing.
To do that, he offers the acronym JUST: for Judge the situation; Understand the problem; Solve it; and Take action; the reason is that indifference kills. That is what he has learned in his life experience as a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Reich was the guest speaker at the Oyster Bay Jewish Center earlier this year. He spent that Thursday afternoon talking to school children and was making his second public appearance that day. He said he is dedicated to explaining the Holocaust to as many listeners as he can. Mr. Reich showed PowerPoint photographs to illustrate his story. He showed a picture of Bad Arolsen, a repository for 50 million documents that are the history of the 17.5 million people killed by the Nazis. Mr. Reich said, “The documents were put together by the commanders of the German Concentration Camps, labor camps and prisons to prove to their bosses that they were doing a good job.” The papers provide the names of people, where they were arrested and what happened to them. “It is proof to those who doubt the Holocaust,” he said.
Mr. Reich was kept busy by the Nazis, he laid railroad tracks, made potato baskets and exterminated vermin. He said they would tape up the windows of the building, and wearing gas masks they sprayed cyanide pellets into it. Afterward they went inside and swept out the dead mice and rats. He said it was the same gas, Zyklon-B, the Germans later used in Auschwitz.
Mr. Reich survived an incident involving the infamous Dr. Joseph Mengele.[…]
The Army gave them military rations and over the next 20 days, people died from eating too many calories. It was food meant for healthy American soldiers and these were people who had been starving for years.