Gittel Jaskulski was a mere infant when she was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. Her parents, ripped away from their newborn daughter and sent to Auschwitz in Poland, died a few months later – never knowing the fate of their baby girl.
The German-born Jaskulski would spend the first years of her life in the compound. Ultimately, she would be one of the fewer than 250 children who survived the death camp that took the lives of nearly 15,000 children.
The now 71-year-old grandmother of five, who goes by her married name of Hunt, says that when she was a child, “the world had turned a blind eye to the atrocities being committed.”
he fears that anti-Semitism – hate of any kind – continues to be taken too lightly by the civilized world. She believes “the horrors of the Holocaust will happen again, if the world forgets what happened in the past.”
Hunt’s fear that history will repeat itself is by no means a far-fetched concern.