Mayer Bitterman

1920 - 1989

A Story of Survival: All We Had Was Hope

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Mayer, his parents, and brother lived in Krakow, Poland.

From the Krakow ghetto to Oskar Schindler’s factory in Plaszow to Aushwitz and then transported again, Mayer worked at the Mauthausen quarry on the “Stairs of Death.”

After World War II, Mayer moved to a displaced persons camp and witnessed the testimony and sentencing of 60 defendants accused of war crimes associated with Mauthausen.  Mayer emigrated to Cleveland in 1949 to start a new life.  He married and had two sons. Throughout his life, Mayer never lost hope for a better life and a better world.  (19 min)

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