Abraham Gold remembers 1944 vividly. He remembers hundreds of people from his town in Romania being told to march to a train stations that would take them to Auschwitz.
“We were marching like herds on the street: Mothers, fathers, little children. It was a horrible scene,” Gold said.
Arriving in the concentration camp, he said men were separated from women. That was the last he saw of his mother, sisters and their children.
“They put us to the right. To the Left. To the right. My father went to the right. Me and my brother went to the left. I never saw them again. That was the end of my parents. I couldn’t even say goodbye to them,” Gold said.
Gold opened up about these memories while touring an art exhibition at Orlando Museum of Art focusing on The Holocaust, the Nazi atrocity that killed at least 11 million people, including 6 million Jews.
Before being sent to Poland, Gold had been working as an apprentice to learn mechanics. That training proved invaluable and may have saved his life.
When the leaders in the camp asked for those with mechanical skills, Gold said he was separated from his twin brother and put to work. That was the last time he saw his twin.
Based on other peoples’ accounts, Gold believes his brother was able to live to see liberation, but died about a week after. He remembers being able to leave his concentration camp at the age of 19, after one year in captivity.
He traveled home to Romania to reconnect with a few of his brothers, but many siblings did not survive.
Another holocaust survivor, 93-year-old Louis Finkelstein from Poland, also toured the exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art on Wednesday.
He said he spent five years in concentration camps before being liberated.
Each have written their own books about what they went through.
They say they’re telling their stories to remind people of what happened, and to tell them not to take a single minute for granted.
“When I came out from camp, I said to myself ‘I’m going to live until I die’ and that’s what I’m doing today,” said Gold.
If you’d like to see the exhibit for yourself, it’s open until May 3 at the Orlando Museum of Art. Admission is $8 per person.