Survivor who Defied Nazis Dies before Holocaust Day

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day will focus on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which took place 70 years ago. The uprising was the largest single revolt by Jews during the Holocaust.

Among those who were to be honored with lighting one of six memorial flames at the official state ceremony was Peretz Hochman, who fought in the Polish uprising in Warsaw that followed the ghetto uprising.

Peretz was born in Warsaw in 1927, and was named Pavel. He was the fourth of eight siblings.

When the Warsaw Ghetto was built his older brothers remained outside, while he and his parents and younger brother Zanek were trapped within. As the situation in the ghetto grew increasingly desperate, Peretz and Zanek managed to escape to the Polish part of the city and to pass themselves off as non-Jewish Poles.


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