Jews around the world will mark a somber milestone Thursday from the genocidal actions of Nazis led by Adolf Hitler before and during World War II. They will remember more than 6 million people who died in death camps, labor camps and ghettos during Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
San Diego resident Lou Dunst lived through the horrors of the Holocaust. He was enslaved at five concentration camps and slave labor camps. He survived an execution attempt in a gas chamber.
"I could see people fainting, falling down," said Dunst who tells his story in the book, "My Bargain with God,” by Ben Kamin.
Dunst spent time in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen and finally Ebensee where he was liberated by the U.S. Army 80th Infantry Division. He said he recalls the time as a "living hell."
“I did bargain with God — all the time,” Dunst told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. “I promised him that I would tell the story, so I am here to tell the story.”
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County will present a special Holocaust commemoration program on Sunday. The event, ”From Auschwitz to Activism — 70 Years On From the Holocaust,” is free. It will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Drive.