Edit: Some people have commented on the cross shaped medal I am wearing in my photo. I was recently honored by the Republic of Germany with their Order of Merit. I wear that medal with pride. You can learn more about the medal and story here: https://www.jpost.com/international/article-734678
My name is Ben Lesser and I am a 94 year old survivor of Nazi death trains, death marches, and camps including Auschwitz and Dachau.
Now I am here to prevent the world from developing amnesia and help young people live lives that matter.
I was here back in 2015 and had a wonderful time answering your questions. Reddit even made a great video about it: https://youtu.be/VfzV00Xz0Kg
I'm back today with my daughter Gail and grandson Adam ( /r/BenLesser_Grandson ) to answer more questions about my life, the Holocaust, the world today, and how people can live lives that matter. AMA!
More About Me: I am Ben Lesser and I am the founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.
I was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1928. With the exception of my older sister Lola and myself, the rest of my family was killed by the Nazis.
Over the 5 years of the war, I was fortunate to survive several ghettos, as well as the notorious camps of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and finally be liberated in Dachau. After the war, in 1947 I immigrated to the United States where a few years later, in 1950, I met and married my wife Jean.
Over the years, I became a successful realtor in Los Angeles and after retiring in 1995, I have devoted my time to being a volunteer to speak in colleges and schools about the Holocaust.
I wrote a book about my experiences, entitled Living a Life that Matters (paperback, ebook). I'm looking forward to talking with you all.