Abe and Phyllis Podber, Survivors of the Holocaust

Phyllis and Abe Podber were survivors of the Holocaust. Abe was born in Vishneve, Poland on September 4, 1919. He was a Dachau prisoner from 1942-1945. Before he was captured, the Nazis took over Vishneve when Abe was either 19 or 20 years old (1938 or 1939). “Germans put 10 families in a house,” Abe said (Mintz). One Friday night, some one rushed into Abe’s home and said that they must run. Abe fled into the forest. There was no food but at least he was alive. His father wasn’t as lucky. The Nazis killed every one in Vishneve. After that, Abe was discovered and taken to the Dachau work camp.
Phyllis Podber was born on August 28, 1928 in Sedlech, Poland. When she was 11 years old, the germens invaded Sedlech. Her family fled to their cousin’s town, hoping to cross the Russian Border. They were caught when they tried to cross the border and taken to the Magnitogorsk work camp. Phyllis, age 12, worked making boots and shoes. “Whatever they told me to do, I did,” Phyllis said (Mintz). Magnitogorsk was a steel and iron ore plant. One half of all the tanks and one third of all the Projectiles where made there. Phyllis’s father got sick during the war and died in Siberia. When Phyllis was 17, she was liberated and sent to the Displaced Persons camp (DP camp). She knitted sweaters, shawls, and hats while she was there.
While in Dachau, Abe worked as a lock smith although he knew nothing about them. Luckily for him, the Nazis never asked him to make a lock. He worked cleaning out worker transport trains. He worked on the trains from 1942-1945.
One time, Abe’s master gave him some bread for the great work he did. Abe put in his jacket to save for some friends back at the camp. A Nazi stopped him on his way back and the bread fell out. The Nazi almost killed him, but Abe’s master saw and stopped the Nazi. Abe was grateful, but in reality, he didn’t care if he was killed. He had been around and seen a lot of death. Abe was liberated in 1945. He went to the same DP camp that Phyllis did.
In the DP camp, one of Abe’s friends told Abe, “You know what? We have a good looking girl for you,” (Mintz). Phyllis and Abe married about 6 months later. Abe stayed at the DP camp until 1949, and then Phyllis and Abe moved to America. They had three children and four grand children.
In America, Abe opened a grocery store to earn a living. He wanted to give his children the best education he could, and he did. Abe and Phyllis were able to move on and live a great life even after all the horrors they saw. They were two of the few who survived the Holocaust.