Survivor Profiles: Ben Garber
I think that the main thing for them [younger generations], is to know and understand where they come from. I think that is important, more than anything else.
Ben Garber was born in Wilno, Poland, in 1936. Just before the liquidation of the Wilno ghetto in 1943, Ben and his mother were able to escape the ghetto and go into hiding outside the city. They remained there for 18 months, along with a number of other Jewish people. Near the end of the war, retreating German soldiers found the hiding place. Those hiding convinced the Germans that they were Polish Christians hiding from the Soviets, and they were allowed to remain in their bunker until being liberated by the advancing Soviet Army a few days later, in the summer of 1944. Ben was eight years old.