RAHWAY — Allan Farkas, a Holocaust survivor, was only 14 years old when he was sent to a concentration camp with his whole family. Recently, he told what he experienced to students not much older than that who attend Rahway High School and are members of Debra Maller’s Holocaust and Genocide class.
When Farkas arrived at the concentration camp, the line split in two. His family told him to lie about his age and say he was 17 since he was strong. Therefore, he did not go to his death like the rest of his family but into the line where he was taken to work for a factory making airplane parts for Germany. Only in his later years, has he spoken of his experiences, according to his daughter, Elizabeth, who accompanied him.
Elizabeth Farkas with her father, Allan Farkas, a survivor of the Holocaust, examine pictures from her mother taken of survivors just after the camps were liberated. These photos are personally held and have not been in any museum. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
Teachers learn of the Holocaust and experience of the children of survivors. From left, Rahway High School teacher Linda Wiessbrod, Elizabeth Farkas, Allan Farkas, teacher of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Debra Maller, and guidance counselor, Cynthia Goldman. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
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