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A Nazi’s Son in the IDF

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger shares his story about the journey from his Nazi father's house of hatred to the ranks of the Jewish people. Video

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Beacon of light to humanity.
March 11, 2015 4:14 am

I was so overwhelmed by Dr. Wollschlaegers story. The courage he had as a young boy to question. Made him into the great man he is today. A beacon of light to humanity. In this world with so much hatred we need more stories like this to be heard. Steven Spielberg where are you to make a movie of this story.

an amazing story!
March 10, 2015 6:09 pm

I hope he’ll write a book and it will be translated and distributed all over the world, because that’s what we need nowadays when hatred seems to rule.. what a wonderful human being, a real mensch!

Love is the Greatest!
January 14, 2015 9:36 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. I know of a Jew who gave up His life, who said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” It is a great honour to be one with these people – who can choose to love their enemies.

Brave guy..
August 6, 2014 3:53 pm

Am proud of him

Light over Darkness
July 15, 2014 4:06 pm

This holy Jew is a testimony to the distant sparks of G-Dliness in the world that can be elevated! NO ONE should judge this man by his father’s past, this man did nothing wrong! Anyone here saying “only a Jew would give him sympathy” — you make my heart ache. His father was a nazi…he wasn’t. He broke through the darkest of klipot — what a beautiful soul! For those who speak about issues of shidduchim, the doctor doesn’t need a shidduch, he is married! And I’m sure he had no problem finding a wonderful shidduch because he is a… Read more »

He wrote a book-incredible read
January 25, 2014 1:00 pm

“A German Life – Against All Odds, Change is Possible” by Bernd Wollschlaeger – Book Recommendation

FANTASTIC STORY
December 31, 2013 1:33 pm

ONLY A JEW WILL GIVE HIM SYMPATHY, BUT AM PROUD OF HIM.THE STORIE IS A MASSING IT MAKE ME CRY,AM JEW LOST ALL MY FAMILY,AM A SURVIVE

In response to 124
December 4, 2013 6:22 pm

I too, seriously doubt that Dov ben Avraham even needs shadchanim. He might not have “yichus”, in the traditional sense, but he is bold and dynamic and committed to Judaism, Israel, and tikkun olam. He’s a marvelous addition to the Jewish people. I would accept being set up with him or a guy like him. Shoshana-Dvora

in response to 14 & 15
November 25, 2013 7:00 pm

I doubt that Dov ben Avraham will have trouble finding a shidduch. He’s bold & dynamic. I would accept being set up with him in a NY minute.

Amazing story !!!!
November 10, 2013 2:57 am

This amazing story shoild, must be distributed to all intelectuals regardles of religion, race, and skin colour !!!

Hate ended
September 8, 2013 10:57 pm

Not long after WW2 the Germans in West Germany who were able to take power tried to turn over and repent. Its been done before when HaShem sent the Prophet Yona to Nineveh which was the most wicked nation on earth and they all repented. Germany united became a very moral nation and connected deeply the Jews. HELPERS of the Nazis who were not forced into the army as Germans were like the Hungarians ,Urainians,Latvians,Estonians did their own killing out of pure hate killing many Jews who survived the war and came back to their homes. Many of hem remain… Read more »

To 110
August 13, 2013 4:37 pm

By any chance did you know Shalom Plawner ? He was my uncle and went from Italy to Israel and served in the Hagana

r58black
July 30, 2013 4:10 am

I appreciate much of what he said. However, I think his closing remarks would have been more precise if he had clarified that hate against any group of people based on their religion, ethnicity, gender and/or sexual preference is wrong. However, hate against groups of individuals whose behavior can be distinctly termed subhuman….for instance, bullies….is not blind hate but justifiable outrage. I hate Nazi’s. This hate does not consume me but rather reaffirms my commitment to fighting them….killing them, if necessary…..for I know what they have done….I know what they do. Peaceful coexistence works only when one coexists with humans,… Read more »

MurrayF
July 18, 2013 4:06 pm

This story should be told in every school, and houses of worship. I was glued to the computer.

A liight from the darkness
July 18, 2013 10:11 am

It has been said that bad things happen when good people are indifferent to and do not speak out against evil.Here is a true ben Avraham who is courageous enough to speak the truth. This is where the healing begins…Thank you and bless you.

definition of a mensch
July 16, 2013 11:38 am

What an eloquent, courageous, humane, sympathetic, intelligent, model for all humanity – really beautiful to listen to in every way – kol hakavod!!

In Israel
July 16, 2013 6:56 am

Very powerful message that we would do well to internalize and apply here, where different groups attack each other for their differing beliefs. He was a very effective speaker and wow, what a story! It would be great if he could speak in every German elementary and high school!

My conversion and interest in Aliyah
July 7, 2013 3:49 pm

When I converted, it softened my father’s antisemitism. He had subscribed to a magazine that denied the existence of the holocost and had stated that he would have been a Nazi had he been in Germany. His antisemitsm could be softened, and I believe it was softened. I still regret however, not challenging him directly and bringing him to the Holocost museum or to speakers of survivors. I wondered if Bernd’s choice to become Jewish had a similar effect on softening his father’s views?

Honza
July 3, 2013 2:00 am

Nazism, Islamism and Communism are sick ideologies. But Hashem bet to the human heart there to find a sparkle of love and rightiousness. I happens even to moslems and they convert.

gloria wright
June 18, 2013 5:48 pm

amazing man with understanding and insight – there are not enough people of his calibre in this world

toby weiss
June 11, 2013 11:21 am

this man should be speaking in high schools and synagogues all over the world. he is so inspirational and has an important message.
i was spellbound while listening to his words.

Thank God there is one good soul descended from a Nazi.
June 9, 2013 12:17 pm

Thank God this man is evolved and descent. I am pleased and grateful that such a good-hearted humanitarian type resulted from “thinking” outside the confines of the prejudice of his people. I usually wish the worst on the descendants of Nazis who murdered my relatives in “Poland” which was really “Russia” and Belarus and Lithuania now.

holocaust
June 7, 2013 5:18 pm

I am born in Berlin we was living peacefull . I was 1933 when Hitler cam 6 jears old ,i went true all the brutalitaet from the Nazis,in Berlin the 1938 Progrom where all the Synagoge was burning, my brother Sigi {the famieli call him later Popi} he has Barmitzwa in a burning Synagog I will never forget we have not enougf people to pray the Tohras was burning on the flore. we went true hell 6 concentration camps, we was on a transport to Auschwitz,I could scap from the transport,my brother Sigi went with this transport to auschwitz Hell… Read more »

courage
June 2, 2013 2:03 am

a lot of courage was needed to do what our guy did, why does’nt he live in Israel?! Not many have this line of Moral,
as an Israeli veteran and a holocost survivor, I salute to him.
Eli Baran

Wrote a book
May 31, 2013 7:14 pm

Bernd Wollschlaeger wrote a book; Against All Odds. He spoke to our Hadassah group in Delray Beach, FL. A brave and wonderful man.

the guy /dr./ a hero
May 29, 2013 10:51 pm

holocast by church happened before and will /happen again even if it is cold islam /religion use human hatred for selfish purpos……luteran w/ catolic etc

Brilliant speaker
May 26, 2013 7:59 am

I wish there were more Germans (and Austrians) like him but, sadly, there are not many. Anti-Semitism is stiff very rife in Europe and not only in Germany and Austria. There is anti-Semitism, disguised as anti-Zionism, in the UK, France, Spain and Italy too – today.

Very riveting!
May 23, 2013 2:11 am

I was raised in Brooklyn, went to a Yeshiva where I met with several other children who were children born in either a Concentration Camp and then liberated, or, born in a “D.P.Camp”. I heard stories and saw pictures of the camps as well as mementos of the camps that their parents gathered, or took. At that time I found myself with the chills being educated as to the happenings, at this time, those chills re-surfaced and reminded me of my friends, and the chills I felt back then.

Couldn't put his book down
May 19, 2013 1:48 pm

Very interesting story.

Dark Lullabies
May 11, 2013 4:52 pm

As a child of Survivors, I am glad to hear Dr. Wollschlaeger speak from his good heart and to learn about all that he is doing to repair the world — his and all of ours. I did a film in 1985 called Dark Lullabies about the effects of the Holocaust on the next generation of Jews and Germans. At the time the silence in Germany was deafening and most 2nd generation neither knew of their history not were coming to terms with the past. Now there are more extraordinary Germans like Dr. Wollschlaeger. After all these years, the Stratford… Read more »

a nazi son in the idf
May 11, 2013 5:44 am

mind blowing what a guy not very many like him

moving
May 10, 2013 2:36 pm

A very moving story, very well spoken and an amazing guy

Fathers and Sons
May 8, 2013 12:39 pm

A thread running through this humbling story is the father/son relationships: the dark one and the loving ones. the love of this band of Holocaust survivors in Bamberg in contrast to the drunk, overbearing ‘biological ‘father is striking. Then Tal, in his innocence, saves his own father from an unsettled, dark place by opening up the gates, so his father has a chance to come full circle and fulfill his life by sharing his story. Thank you for bringing us this modest, humorous, courageous person, Rifka

Wow!!!
May 7, 2013 10:29 am

Wow!!!!

Simply Amazing
May 6, 2013 2:56 am

The good that came from the evil. How big the heart of this doctor. I had to listen to it twice to make sure I heard it all right. I admire his courage, and forgiving. Vancouver, BC

Better the 2nd Time Around
May 4, 2013 10:43 am

Having seen Dr. Wollschllaeger several years ago at a Hadassah meeting, I enjoyed hearing him again. Over time we tend to forget details and the reminders were welcome. At that time, I purchased 2 copies of his book and need to find them….buried somewhere among the many books in my house!! If you can still get a copy of ‘A German Life’, do so. Janet Berman, Boynton Beach, FL

A powerful message for all people of conscience
May 4, 2013 1:30 am

Despite the horrors of the Holocaust we can’t ignore the fact that antisemitisim is still exists in Europe. Hungary, for example is nurturing a revival of a Nazi style antisemitism as I write. However, the doctor’s incredible account offers hope that good sometimes comes from evil. The doctor’s message of acceptance followed by making amends is a very positive one and G-d willing will be heard and read throughout the world. Dolores W., Oceanside, CA.

Sandy from Tamarac, Florida
May 3, 2013 9:48 pm

I had the opportunity to hear him speak on 3 occasions. I also read his book. He is a remarkable person that has much to offer. I wish more young people can benefit from his story. Hate breeds hate. He shows us how asking questions and trying to make a wrong, right can give us all hope. I hope many people read his book and have an opportunity to hear him speak. Thank you for sharing your story. P.S. sometimes we can learn from our children. Thank your son for thinking his dad is cool. It opened an avenue so… Read more »

Welcome and thank you for becoming one of us.
May 3, 2013 1:46 pm

What a delightful human being! It is a privilege to have watched/listened to his story. He is certainly a thoughtful and courageous human being and we should all welcome him with open arms into our Jewish community. Julie V., Louisville,KY.

A story from a sheltered past
April 28, 2013 4:57 pm

I was a soldier in Germany during 1957 and 1958, having been drafted. Since German was my most recent language studied in college, I refused to speak English as much as possible – BUT, never did socialize with Germans beyond polite chatter in trains, stores, etc. I was traveling back from leave in Paris, and sat in a compartment with a lady who turned out to be from the next town between Frankfurt and Gelnhausen where I was stationed. She commented on my German (very kind, since it wasn’t what you’d call fluent), and I told her I used it… Read more »

bubby
April 28, 2013 10:40 am

this man is a healer…….but not only by profession……….may god bless him with his continuance to teach ,,heal and communicate with the entire world
..

A Question
April 25, 2013 11:45 am

How is it possible a 14 year old living in Germany doesn’t know of the Holocaust? Anti semitism STILL exists in Germany (and elsewhere).

Moving Historical Story of Aliya
April 25, 2013 3:54 am

Nicely told, horrific past overcome. And most importantly UNDERSTOOD!

Amazing
April 23, 2013 9:16 pm

I just finished reading his book. I would recommend reading eat
I could not put the book down.

moishy f
April 23, 2013 8:34 pm

Truly Amazing, However I disagree, with 2 items, #1 you cant ever truly say you understand the pain. #2 the Holocaust is a perfectly fitting name. The Documentary f the Twisted Cross shows how Adolf Hitler Yimach shemoy used religion as a basis for his Nazi Doctrine and then twisted hence the Swastika … a twisted cross. As a burnt offering… whether you want to view them as an offering of some twisted satanic ritual the “cleaning” as you said your father called it or as Kedoshim, what we call them .. regardless they are sacrafices….an offring isnt always something… Read more »

Emotions
April 22, 2013 9:57 pm

Very moving point “…we have no emotions…so he uses Money to express how he feels…”

Beth
April 22, 2013 12:41 pm

I welcome this special human being with open arms. May he live without guilt for the sin of his fathers.May he serve as a role model for thers to follow.

Amazing and Sad!
April 21, 2013 9:52 pm

I am from a jewish background, Israeli, and lived & completed my studies in W.Germany in the 70s. Met many older Germans. One common story/lie I heard again and again: we were forced to join the party, but we knew nothing, we saw nothing and we heard nothing! On the other hand, the TV at that time was saturated with WWII documentaries, all was laid out there bare for all to see & hear, warts and all, nothing was hidden! I don’t know if things have changed since then. Also, I suspect that the history curriculum books in schools were… Read more »

Wow
April 19, 2013 1:04 pm

How truthful ! Wonderful !

An amazing story
April 18, 2013 3:04 pm

When I saw that this was over 45 minutes, I was about to delete it. Something told me to watch it. It brought me to tears, and I am so grateful that I saw it. What an amazing person!!!!

An amazing story.
April 17, 2013 11:15 pm

He is an example of a man who was able to redeem his father’s sin by being a Mensch!

and back in Bamberg where he completed medical school......
April 15, 2013 6:35 pm

To a cynic…..there IS a medical school on Bamberg…..but this is hardly the most important fact! The University of Bamberg is both the newest and one of the oldest universities in Bavaria. On November 14, 1647, the Bamberg Prince Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg expanded the town’s Jesuit college into the Academia Otto- niana by adding the Philosophy and Theology faculties. In the festschrift, it is referred to as the “Domus Sapientiae”: the House of Wisdom. Prince Bishop Friedrich Carl von Schönborn continued the expansion of the Academia to a fully fledged university by adding a law school; with… Read more »

...and back in Bamberg where he completed medical school
April 15, 2013 2:19 pm

the only thing, there is no medical school in Bamberg

A painful search for the truth
April 15, 2013 9:04 am

Moving story, but there are others who followed the same path. I met one of them in Berlin! We can but admire these everyday heroes , who went beyond their own limits and education to find out the truth.. Remarkable people. Let’s hope they will find followers in today’s world also. Thanks to all of them for giving us hope for a better future.

I married into a nazi family
April 14, 2013 10:07 pm

My wife’s grandfather, who I met in Germany admitted he was a hitler youth. I didn’t know what to say. I was stunned. But I can only imagine the discussions when my wife – on her own free will converted to Judaism and married the son of an israelli. I will say that I saw evidence of abuse in their farming town against the nazi youth when they refused to do as told. Still his hands shook, he showed me the proper graves they made for the Jews the SS caught – buried beside the non Jewish who tried to… Read more »

he s not the only one ...
April 14, 2013 7:12 pm

see french film ‘descendants de nazis , l héritage infernal ‘
nephew of goering and other relatives of nazis that became jews and even rabbis …

One From the Heart
April 14, 2013 6:23 pm

This is such a riveting story. It’s so good that Dr. Bernd was able to free his soul and contribute something positive to humanity in the process. It is a mitzvah that he shared this story of courage. In a way, it freed a piece of my soul too. My parents were both holocaust survivors.

brain!!!!
April 14, 2013 9:45 am

how does tbe brain works!
the answer is in the brain
not the heart!!!

Forgive
April 14, 2013 12:54 am

Be ware of what your words mean to others THINK BEFORE YOU STIR SOME ONE UP IN THE WRONG WAY
sUPPORT THE WORLD DO NOT DESTROY IT
i WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE AABOUT THIS MAN’S LIFE
SHEL

מעשה נועז
April 13, 2013 11:09 pm

הקשבתי לדברים שנאמרו מפי האיש המדהים הזה ולא יכולתי שלא להשוות אותו לאברהם אבינו. אברהם אבינו היה בנו של תרח עובד אלילים,אברהם הבין שהאלילים אינם האל הבורא הכל יכול לכן הוא החל בחיפושים אחר האמת אחר הצדק אחר האלוהים דר ברנד עשה את אותו מעשה !עזב את בית הוריו חסר כל כי משהו בער בו !הוא לא השלים עם העוולות הנוראיות של הנאציים!הוא גיבור אמיתי מי ייתן ויקומו עוד גיבורים כמוהו הוא מנהיג אמיתי! הלוואי ותהיה לי הזכות להביא אותו לסטודנטים שלי אני חושבת שדבריו ראויים להשמע בפני אנשים יהודיים ושאינם יהודיים חמדה מורה בבית ספר יהודי בממפיס ארצות הברית… Read more »

a nazi's son in the Idf
April 12, 2013 10:31 am

Is there a video about hm?s
[email protected]

Repeated telling lifts his burden
April 11, 2013 9:49 am

Quite unusual. Bernie

Kol haKavod to Bernd
April 11, 2013 6:15 am

Amazing story and wise words spoken with heartfelt conviction. Janet

Valid Lessons Everywhere
April 10, 2013 8:21 pm

What a way to gain personal redemption.

Globalize this story!!!!!!!!!!
April 10, 2013 5:07 pm

Such a positive, calm, optimistic attitude after all he went through! so full of love, of hope for humanity!
EVERYONE SHOULD HEAR AND SEE HIM TELL IT. IT SHOULD NOT BE THE PRIVILEGE OF JUST A FEW.
Sarah Taieb

Chanie sanders
April 10, 2013 6:58 am

What an incredible story of the human spirit. He makes me hopeful that truth and doing the right thing can prevail over intolerance and hate.

dumbfounded.....
April 9, 2013 7:08 pm

Heads up to you! I wish you only good things to come your way!
From a daughter whose parents are Holocaust survivors.

CA Public School Educator!
April 9, 2013 11:51 am

Many of us have relatives who were murdered, escaped the Nazis..I am a Public School Teacher in N.CA & there is Public school Teacher from Germany who constantly tells everyone that the Holocaust ‘Never Existed” & she is sick & tired of “JEWS” blaming Germans for something that never happened!…I worry about her brainwashing tactics infiltrating vulnerable & impressionable children she teaches (elementary school)..What can I do to educate this adult teacher or is she Too Far Gone?

מדהים ומרגש
April 9, 2013 8:47 am

בעזרת ה’, שתמשיך להפיץ את הסיפור שלך, ושזה רק יחזק אותך ואת השומעים! מדהים!

Bea Kallus
April 8, 2013 8:56 pm

I thought I knew all the stories from every side of the Shoah. My husband was a surviver, with numbers and stories he would not freely share. But this is yet another side. Dr. Wolshlager is a very brave man. I thank you for sharing.

Daniel Halfon Inbar[1940], Haifa, Israel [originally from Istanbul
April 8, 2013 8:41 am

I congratulate this very courageous man, with all
my heart. I hope to meet YOU here in Israel at a very
first occasion. I’ll be grateful if you contact me, Sir :
04-82 44 634 [email protected]

Karen Miller West Orange, New Jersey
April 8, 2013 1:23 am

OMG! Dr. Bernd Wolshlaeger … a FASCINATING! & a COMPELLING!..Memoir/story! KOL HAKAVOD.. to you for your guts, bravery, knowledge & instincts and being the individual Hashem has created in all of us to be…(hopefully!) ! EVERYONE MUSH WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS!
I happened to be on one of The Jewish Retreats…but sorry it was not this one! Totally amazing… A Shining example…& Thank you.

Thousand Likes!
April 7, 2013 9:04 pm

Is this a COL first?

Simi
April 6, 2013 12:17 pm

Amazing, uplifting, Madhim!!!

It happened before...
April 5, 2013 4:19 pm

According to the Talmud (Gittin 57-2) Schammai and Avtaljon were descendants from Sanherib, the Eichmann of the Assyrians; (701 B.C.) both were among the most outstanding Teachers of the hebrew Law. (1st Cent. B.C.)

Speechless...
April 5, 2013 10:08 am

This was so moving. Yet I agree with Michael’s comment, just before mine, that the terrible truth is that the terrible disease of anti-Semitism is still rampant. May G-d help us all.

Michael
April 4, 2013 1:38 am

Without diminishing this man’s amazing story and recognizing he came from a righteous gentile mentality before converting I could not help but think what a tiny minority he represents. There is so much anti-Antisemitism in Germany today and the other European countries. If only there were more who thought as he does. His story only emphasizes how many still don’t get it and are perfectly satisfied wallowing in hatred for Jews and Israel. His story is the exception to the rule.

Ester Shifren
April 3, 2013 12:48 am

What an incredible story, and what an amazing man.
During WWII when I was five I was a POW for three years in Shanghai during the occupation. We were British Jews and interned with all other allies. Thanks to Germany’s starting the war we lost all worldly possessions and optimal health.
After our family’s century in China we emigrated to Israel. I have written a well researched book about our experience, titled “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks,” because I don’t think the story should ever be forgotten.

Ben-Zion Macanian
April 2, 2013 2:19 pm

Dr Bernd you are welcomed to our nation and I admire your morality and courage and there is a big distance between thinking what you thought and doing what you did .G-D bless you and all nation of Israel

Pamela Dennill
April 1, 2013 6:45 pm

To be objective about one’s immediate family, belief leanings and nation into which you are born, is a very difficult and testing exercise. Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger is one of a few in the human race who has been able to do this. He clearly is not a follower, is a thinker in the realm of human tolerance, understanding and pursuit of justice. He not only believes in and values his instincts of right and wrong but acts on them with bravery and strength as well. He enlightens one’s beliefs in the nature of man and is an example to emmulate.

WOW
March 31, 2013 10:58 pm

UDI HAZAN
I admire this man for his courage is that because The Jewish GILT was contagious.. Well it is working every time.
But we need more like him in this crazy world.

Lynne silver
March 31, 2013 5:14 am

Few people make their mark on life and on others….you have done this.
Your courage, emotion and belief….just amazing!
Write the book, make the film and spread the word !

Rochelle Kindler. Australia
March 30, 2013 3:28 pm

What an inspiring man.Such an emotional story which should be shown all over the world to teach tolerance and humanity to every culture. It seems that so many countries (incl. Australia) has a history of atrocities commited by its own people. It is probably just as well he wasn’t around at the time of Nazi Germany because standing up and questioning their motives wouldn’t have been tolerated by them and therefore he would have led to his being silenced /killed. Very honest and very brave. What a load to carry around. He is wonderful.

Zehavit Nachman
March 30, 2013 7:50 am

Im speechless ! no words to describe my feelings after i saw this video! what a brave and special person ! he is the hope for a better world !

Love Is the Answer!
March 29, 2013 10:06 pm

Love always transcends the lies and the hatred!

Pauline Binstock. London
March 29, 2013 4:05 pm

What an incredible story by this incredible man. This would make an amazing film. Can someone try contacting Steven Speilberg please!!

marilyn katz
March 28, 2013 1:45 pm

this took concerted effort and tremendous strength – wonderful man!

I admire him for his courage Gretel Mrerom, Hsifa, Israel
March 28, 2013 12:23 pm

IHIIe has the courage of his own conviction. I also happen to know somebody, who went the whole way back

Most interesting; totally absorbing
March 23, 2013 8:02 am

A facinating story well told and explained

THANK YOU
March 21, 2013 4:19 am

Thank you for sharing this incredible piece of ‘history’ and history it is. It happened. Its real. It had an impact on many people.

Alvin Pollack
March 20, 2013 3:21 pm

Great it is amazining

Amazing
March 20, 2013 1:20 pm

Was glued to the computer.
Such an amazing heartfelt story.
What a special man.

TRUTH
March 19, 2013 5:56 pm

I lived in England in the 60s and 70s. At one point I worked with a lovely woman from Germany. One day she told me she had read the novel “The Odessa Files” and commented that she had never been taught about the Nazi period in school. She said that history was taught up to Hitler’s take-over – and then there was WWII – and then the post-war period. I directed her to some other literature which would enlighten her about what actually happened. I imagine that for many Germans born in the post-war period, it was a little difficult… Read more »

Freedom
March 19, 2013 11:27 am

After watching this video freedom is the word that came into my mind. The doctor feel free and at peace after he came face to face with his own demon. We all have demons inside ourself and once we face our demon and conquer it then we are free.

TRUTH
March 18, 2013 11:16 pm

I was in the Canadian Military in Germany, 1960, and at 22 had the opportunity to to learn German because of it’s similarity to my Yiddish background. I met many young Germans who told me that their parents never told them the truth about the war and they learned from TV documentaries and school. They dreaded the draft into the military and many became distant to their parents because of the silence.
This lecture is a is a reinforcement of my personal experience.

A nazis son in IDF
March 17, 2013 5:55 pm

Incredible story. What an amazing person

What an inspiration!
March 17, 2013 7:45 am

Bernd Wollschlaeger is a saint and a tzadik. What an amazing story. I must get hold of his book. He has renewed my faith in humanity.

A real Mench
March 14, 2013 7:18 pm

What a moving story. Wish more Germans felt this way

Amazing person
March 14, 2013 2:37 pm

Very brave boy to face his family’s past ……very touching story … KOL HAKAVOD .

A way back to recover the soul of his family
March 14, 2013 10:24 am

Very deep and honest insight a man of truth and courage.Esther Gur

Laura Viner
March 14, 2013 7:38 am

Amazing story and an amazing person…….kol hakavod!

Dr George
March 13, 2013 9:53 pm

I am the son of a holocaust survivor…who had her guts literally and really pulled out of her stomach …she died of colorectal cancer after 40 yrs of operations…was a religious Jew and lost her 11 brothers and sisters, mother, father etc. to the Nazi…this man gives me hope…He is amazing….amazing…I am drenched in tears…Dr. G. (Baruch) (Tzvi)…

Iam a 78 year old Canadian- Amazing!
March 13, 2013 11:45 am

I feel blessed that I and my generation have not had to participate in any wars or experience the any of the terrible consequences of wars. Dr.W’s video is a must for all to hear.

Amazing
March 8, 2013 10:39 pm

Thanks for sharing this. This is touching and I admire him for his courage.I am a son holocust survivor .call me if I can invite you to tell your live story to children at school 514 777 7751

AM A SURVIVE
March 8, 2013 6:12 pm

he made me,i remember my father telling don’t blaime
all the german,he was in consentrcion camp,I LOST ALL MY FAMILY,LUCKY ONLY MY FATHER CAME BACK,DC BERGN MAKE ME REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST

concensus
March 8, 2013 5:31 am

What we may learn in bringing together Jews and Palestinians in Israel. It is not too late to try to make
amends for past errors.

Hope
March 7, 2013 6:37 pm

I have heard him speak….Read his book…Awesome.. do hope people will learn…S

gerald pomerantz/ video
March 7, 2013 2:27 pm

/somewhat paralells my life in frankfurt
please call me 561 735 3550

Shocked
March 7, 2013 9:42 am

so amazing!

Hope!
March 7, 2013 2:54 am

This amazing story gives me a little hope for the future – thank goodness that evil is not automatically passed on from father to son. Thank you for sharing.

Shocked?
March 6, 2013 6:16 pm

(Shocked, nr 9). Shocked, really? just think in how many western countries subject of Holocaust is being removed from school’s carriculum?! Nothing new, regarding German schools, especially, East German schools in the early post-war years. Even we, in post-war Poland, in the early- to mid-1950’s, knew about Holocaust! And that’s where most of took place!

Retired
March 5, 2013 1:04 am

Intergration works so well in the US; therefor, might consider intergrating Israel and the Palestanians.

A Truly Unique Human Being!
March 4, 2013 5:19 pm

Everybody should read his book “A German Life”. The story of his quest to become a Jew. It’s an inspiring story. I met the man. He’s a real Mentsh!

Yael me' ha-aretz
March 4, 2013 12:12 am

I was a teen-ager at the time of the holocaust. I was born, grew up in USA, became a Physical Therapist, emigrated to Israel, lived as an Israeli, practicing my profession & returned to the USA, 17 years later. While I was away. ”hippy-ism” had arisen in the US. It was practically gone, but one thing they had said= ”Don.t trust anyone over 30” remained= and grew!! There was now a new hatred/prejudice. It had a name= ”Age-ism”. When I went to work as a P.T. in America, in a school, the teachers put me under so much stress, I… Read more »

good should bless him
March 2, 2013 12:02 pm

courage – not everyone will go so far againt their faMILY

PNINA

The courage of his convictions
March 2, 2013 11:12 am

I feel humbled and uplifted by this man’s journey. He stands 10feet tall and I wish him only good things. His path was filled by obstacles but his belief in becoming a Jew sustained him throughout. Everyone, whichever faith they belong to, should hear his story. I wish him all the best.

It's an amazing story
February 28, 2013 10:11 pm

I enjoyed very much this video. Not many germans are like him in this world.
I am a holocust survivor that lived in Hungary at the age of 9 and is alive today by miracle. Thanks to the the courage and the good heart of a righteous christian who was distant relative, and took the risk to hide me with my mother.

Shidduch soon
February 28, 2013 3:46 am

With such courage and will Im sure he will find hes Shidduch
no matter the shadchen’s face.
The fact of his family and were he stands now makes him even greater.
We all wish him the best

Shidduch in Chabad
February 20, 2013 11:18 am

Ha ha ha!

My parents, good healthy people, got divorced 20 years ago, and this is a major issue when looking for a shidduch.

Can you imagine this amazing man with the “yichus” of a nazi father…

I can just see the shadchen’s face when he discloses this little fact.

OMG….

Wow
February 16, 2013 7:12 am

What an amazing story!!!

more and more
February 15, 2013 12:04 pm

He has been talking more and hadn’t before probably because of his children. You need to watch his daughter speak. He has a great story to tell about redemption,etc

wow I loved it!
February 15, 2013 5:51 am

truly an amazing story and an amazing person!

Needs to be a BOOK!
February 15, 2013 12:05 am

Why have I never heard of this phenomenal person before? I listened to his speech with a sense of awe, humility and total fascination at his calm, humorous and shattering story of his birth family and his conversion and life’s work. This is the sort of narrative that needs to be widely publicized. May Dr. W., live a long, happy and satisfying life.
Susan Addelston; NYC

Shocked
February 14, 2013 8:51 pm

Fourteen years old!!! A schoolboy in Germany in 1972 had never heard of the Holocaust! I never imagined that they hid or could have hidden this from their children. Wow.

WOWWWWW!
February 14, 2013 7:21 pm

Really really enjoyed that ! Thank you collive!

Amazing
February 14, 2013 3:59 pm

Thanks for sharing this. This is touching and I admire him for his courage.

Last for words
February 14, 2013 2:02 pm

Amazing
Wow

Fascinating!
February 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Am amazing Yid!!!

Amazing. Awesome. A real tear-jerker
February 14, 2013 1:16 pm

Amazing and moving.

everyone should hear this
February 14, 2013 12:52 pm

What a story. I cried and laught at the same time.
Only Jewish people can treat this son of a nazi so kind.

amazing person
February 14, 2013 11:57 am

he and his daughter went to the march of the living and he is very committed to Judaism

i saw him first!
February 14, 2013 10:16 am

at the jli national jewish retreat!!
amazing!

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