Meet Ben Midler
Given name: Bencion
Date of birth: June 27, 1928
Place of birth: Bialystok, Poland
During the war Ben survived six concentration and labor camps: Majdanek, Bliszin, Auschwitz – Birknau, Sachsenhausen, Ohrdruf and Babelsberg. Some of Ben’s Aunts and Uncles were lucky enough to move out of Poland before the war. Of those who remained in Poland, Ben was the only survivor of all his relatives.
Ben reunited with his three Aunts living in Chicago, Illinois. He worked as a foreman at Twin Oaks Dairy for 18 years and then left to purchase his own auto parts store. For health reasons, he moved to San Diego in 1984, and he continued to work in auto parts.
Ben and his wife Esther have been happily married since 1951. They have 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
“Don’t let the experiences of the past define your future." — Ben Midler, Survivor