A North Texas Holocaust survivor is celebrating reaching the century mark. "I was born in 1920, now it's 2020," Heinz Wallach told CBS Dallas. His daughter, Tamar Leventhal, organized a parade for her father's birthday with the help of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.
"I've been emotional the last two weeks putting it all together and realizing how many people love my father," said Leventhal.
Wallach's birthday celebration Sunday was marked with a parade of cars and visitors social distancing and wearing their masks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm speechless. This is unbelievable, and I have to take this in my mind," Wallach marveled.
"He believes that you can persist, you just have to follow the rules, do what you need to stay as safe as possible, but not panic," Leventhal said. "That's how he survived, escaping a concentration camp and so forth because he did not panic in spite of the dangers around."
They're lessons Wallach hopes people take to heart.
"My mind is that the Almighty took care of me and he led me through," Wallach said.
At 100 years old, he's seen some of the best in humanity.
He's also seen some of the worst.
"I was born in Germany, and then came a terrible time," he said. "1933, Hitler came to power."
After his home was destroyed in Kristallnacht, Wallach and his father were sent to a concentration camp. He lost his mother, father and sister to the Holocaust, but he survived.
First published on May 25, 2020 / 7:26 AM
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