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September 1, 2016 5:52 am

Holocaust Survivor of Nine Concentration Camps, Purveyor of Message About Nazi Atrocities, Dies at Age 91

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Abraham Peck. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Abraham Peck. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

A Holocaust survivor who spent his teenage years in nine different concentration camps before moving to the US, becoming a successful businessman and attempting to educate his community about the atrocities committed by the Nazis, died last week of kidney failure at the age of 91, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, Abraham Peck, a longtime resident of Fair Lawn, NJ, had been an inmate in several camps, including Auschwitz, between the ages of 15 and 20.

In a recently published biography, Abe-vs-Adolf: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Abe Peck — written by Maya Ross and based on extensive interviews she conducted with him over the course of four years Peck recounted his tale of tribulation and triumph.

Ross called Peck’s story a victory over Hitler. “Living was winning,” she said.

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In an interview conducted several months ago, Peck said that the worst day of his life was seeing his father die, according to NorthJersey.com. When he begged an SS soldier to allow him to help with the burial, the Nazi hit him with the barrel of a gun and ordered him back to work. Peck said, “Until this day, I don’t know where my father is buried.”

Peck was liberated from Dachau on April 30, 1945 by US forces. A year later, he met his wife, Helen, also a Holocaust survivor. Four years after that, their son, Jacob, was born and the family immigrated to Paterson, NJ, changing their last name from Pik to Peck. (Jacob said his father’s survival was due to an unwavering will to live and a lot of luck.)

Initially, Peck worked at an upholstery manufacturing company, which he eventually purchased, renamed and ran successfully for 25 years. After his retirement, according to the report, he regularly addressed schools and community groups to share his experiences. This endeavor was born out of frustration, which Ross described in the book. “[T]he American citizens he met did not have an inkling of the horrors which Holocaust survivors had experienced at the hands of the Nazis. Even worse, the Americans he encountered were not at all interested in learning about the tragic plight of European Jews,” she wrote.

During one visit to a high school, Peck told students:

It is up to all of us to speak up when we encounter injustice. Do not allow yourself to become a victim or a bystander. We must love and respect our fellow human beings regardless of differences in religion, nationality or color. With hope, let each of us take responsibility to build a better world. One life at a time. One day at a time.

Rabbi Simon Glustrom of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, where Peck was a congregant, called the Holocaust survivor someone who “did not expect the world to look with great pity on him.” Eulogizing Peck on Monday at a Fair Lawn chapel, Glustrom, 92, said his own adolescence growing up in Atlanta during the Great Depression was “like a Garden of Eden compared to Abe’s.”

Peck is survived by his son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2005.

According to the report, he was the only member of his immediate family — and one of seven relatives — to survive the Nazi genocide, and the last remaining Holocaust survivor from the Polish town of Szadek.

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  • I have always made it a point, when I meet with Survivors, to apologise to them on behalf of what an ostensibly ‘christian’ body of people has done. For the whole of Humanity that Sin of Perpetration, Intolerance or Indifference is a stain upon our own legitimacy as human beings. So just in case I do not get the opportunity to greet you in person, I apologise to You for the inability of those 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of The Holocaust who cannot direct their appreciation and respect for what you have done and what you have achieved. In each of you the World entire has been saved.

    It is more than a sad loss!

  • sam cohen

    Baruch Dyan Ha’Emet!

  • marco sportich

    i dont understand why many survivors of holocaust have choice usa instead to going lives to israel whether many survivors comes lives there ;
    i dont understand these people doesnt want going to israel “”our homeland for going rather to bladdy usa whether many jews survivors from shoah becomes there assimilated or anti jews as georges soros “”arrival child in usa alone after he lost all his family in holocaust and this soros is financing all association anti israel and pro palestinian and supports utopic idea of 2states solution ! sincerely i dont understand this jews survivors for choice usa instead to go to israel , so well others survivors jews from holocaust choice same to lives in France , in belgium and same in germany this same countrys that sent all his familys to nazis camps
    as i am zionist and defending integrity of israel i think than israel shud be our homeland to all jews and not going to Europa or america ;;

    may be because these survivors wasnt religious and becomes atheist after their sad time in camps !
    if my parents were survivors of holocaust i will fighting all my life against this germany foer than germany will pays undefinaly for all jews generation for homesick as she did our people i will fight this actual germany for being reunited and she ahs a seat to uno like is actually ;;
    I AM ASKING ME IF JEWS ARE NOT MASOCHIST FOR GOING TO USA THIS SAME COUNTRYS FIGHTING ACTUALLY UNDER BILL CLINTON AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS ALLWAYS DEFENDING ARABIC PALESTINIAN CAUSE THAN ISRAELI .. AND SAME THE SON AND GRANDSON OF SURVIVORS WERE EDUCATED IN THIS WAY FOR AFTER BECOMES OPPORTUNIST AND BECOMES SAME AMBASSADOR OF USA OR ENVOY OF STATE SECRETARY OF MIDDLE EAST AS DENNIS ROSS ..ALBERT MALLEY .. MARTIN INDYK AND MANY OTHERS .. I HATE THIS KIND OF JEWS DESCENDING FROM JEWS SURVIVORS OF SHOAH FOR FORGET THEIR BAD PAST TIME AND BECOMES TRUE AMERICANS AND ALLWAYS ACCUSING ISRAEL AS RESPONSIBLE OF SITUATION ..ATTENTION THIS CASE CAN BE THE SAME FOR ISRAEL WHETHER DESCENDING OF CHILDRENS OF SURVIVORS OF SHOAH BECOMES LEFTISTS ISRAELIS FOR DEFENDING ALLWAYS PALESTINIANA CAUSE AND MANY ISRAELIS OF LEFTISST ORGANIZATION AS BETHSELEM ..SHALOM ACHAV.. DOR SHALOM .. YESH VUL YESH DIN ..SERUV ORG ETC .. MANY ARE ACHKENAZIM DESCENDING FROM PARENTS FROM SURVIVORS OF HOLOCAUST AND INSTEAD TO DEFEND INTEGRITY OF ISRAEL ARE BECOMES IN ISRAEL SAME ANTI ISRAEL AND PRO PALESTINIAN AND AS WELL ANTI RELIGIOUS ..
    ME AS JEWISH BORN AFTER WW2 I WILL FIGHT ALL MY LIFE THIS KIND OF BAD JEWS FOR SUPPORTED ALLWAYS ERETZ ISRAEL ACHLEMAH AND ISRAEL ON HIS RIGHT TO RECUPERATE HIS LANDS ROBBED BY ARABS THRU CENTURYS § ISRAEL IS OUR HOMELAND AND EUROPA AS AMERICA IS BECOMES HOMELAND OF MUSLIMS ISLAMICS MAKING MANY PROBLEMS AGAINST JEWS ACTUALLY ..I REMEMBERS DURING WAR AGAINST GAZA IN JULY 2014 MANY MUSLIMS AND PRO LEFTISTS ORG WAS PARADE CHANTING DEATH TO THE JEWS AND HAS DEAD TO ISRAEL AND WAS ATTACKS SYNAGOG IN PARIS AND SUBURBS AS WELL §
    SINCE I BECOMES ANTI MUSLIM AND ISLAMOPHOBE ..NOW HENCEFORTH §§
    AM ISRAEL CHAI

  • diane

    Wow 92, what a great man, may we all learn from him to have the strength to be strong to survive and to stand up against evil people.
    May God take him to be with him.

  • Jerry Ram

    A very sad loss of a man who suffered so much and for his message to go with him. History, tragically, does repeat itself. I would venture to say, that 90% of the worlds population has no clue about the Holocaust.

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