Auschwitz survivor speaks on 70th anniversary of camp liberation
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops. One local woman, Bronia Merlin, survived the camp, but her time there still effects her today.
Merlin was 18 years old when she was taken from her family by Nazi soldiers. That was the last time she ever saw her mother and father. Merlin was put on a cattle car and brought to the camp where she endured torture for six years.
Merlin said to this day she is still haunted by her time in Auschwitz. She suffers from terrible nightmares, and her daughter and son-in-law try their best to help her in those times.
“I’m screaming. And they come to run to my bedroom. You’re alright mom. You’re alright. Still. So many years after everything. It doesn’t go away,” said Merlin.
Merlin said that her faith helped her to survive the camp. Her daughter, Reba Alper, said that is what she admires most about her mother.
“I don’t think I could be as strong a person as my mother was, because I don’t think I would believe in anything after going through what she went through,” said Alper.
Merlin said that it is important that stories such as hers are told and remembered to prevent history from repeating itself.