Skip to main content
Tags: holocaust survivors | death | obituary

Brothers Who Survived Holocaust Die Weeks Apart

a picture of the sky is shown with scattered clouds
(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:06 PM EDT

Two brothers who came to the United States after surviving the Holocaust have died within weeks of each other at the same hospital, one from the coronavirus, the Associated Press reports.

Alexander, 95, and Joseph Feingold, 97, were born in Poland about eighteen months apart. They were from a Jewish family, and were separated during World War II. Alex, as he was known, and his mother, Ruchele, and his youngest brother, Henryk, were forced into a ghetto. Ruchele and Henryk, who was 13 at the time, were both sent to the death camp Treblinka, while Alex was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau before being forced to march to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where he was eventually liberated. 

Joe and his father, Aron, fled to the Soviet-controlled region of Poland but ended up being arrested and imprisoned in separate labor camps in Siberia. They eventually reunited and returned to Poland after the war ended, where Joe narrowly became the only known survivor of what was the worst postwar attack on Jews in Poland.

He wrote in a memoir: “The feelings of guilt that I have, which I cannot overcome, are still with me. Alex never reproached me for being abandoned by his father, or by his older brother, or for anything else that he had to live through and survive. He didn't reproach me, but he didn’t have to.”

Joe was later featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Joe’s Violin,” which followed his donation of a violin to an all-girls’ school in the Bronx.

Alex died from pneumonia on March 17 at Mt. Sinai West Hospital. He tested negative for the coronavirus, which doctors had assumed he had. Joe died from the coronavirus less than a month later at the same hospital, on April 15. His stepdaughter, Gilbert, told AP that she spoke to him on a video call shortly before he passed away.

“I am choosing to believe that he heard that I loved him. I went through the list of all of those who loved him,” she said. “Hopefully, that gave him comfort.”

Theodore Bunker

Theodore Bunker, a Newsmax writer, has more than a decade covering news, media, and politics.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
Two brothers who came to the United States after surviving the Holocaust have died within weeks of each other at the same hospital, one from the coronavirus, the Associated Press reports.
holocaust survivors, death, obituary
342
2020-06-14
Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:06 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved