Holocaust survivor dies in fire

February 2, 2009 4:36:27 PM PST
A community is mourning the loss of a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor who was killed in a fire at his home in Brooklyn. Authorities say David Weiss, a Satmar Hasidic Jew, died Saturday in a fire that raged through his home in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

A funeral for Weiss was held on Sunday.

On Monday, his family took some time to tell Eyewitness News about the remarkable life and the survival of David Weiss.

Weiss' son is devastated that his 100-year-old patriarch is gone. Weiss died of smoke inhalation in the very back of his family home, which caught fire Saturday morning.

Nine grandchildren and another relative were saved.

His son wanted the world to know about his father's life. Born in Romania, David Weiss survived both world wars, threats, torture and the death camps.

In Auschwitz, he was in line for the gas chambers to die with his pregnant wife and two children, when in one heartbreaking moment, he learned he would lose them and live.

His son told Eyewitness News that while on line to the gas chambers, two prison guards separated Weiss from the other victims.

His life was spared because the Nazis saw he was strong and could work in the forced labor camp.

He would survive, re-marry and go on to outlive three more wives. He would have eight children and settle in Brooklyn, where he worked pressing sweaters.

Despite all of that he endured and witnessed, including the worst of humanity, David Weiss clung to his family and faith, and saw only the best in people.


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