Auschwitz survivor returns to death camp, 75 years later
Jona Laks could smell the burning flesh as she walked towards death at the Auschwitz crematorium. More than 75more
"I can see it now," Laks says, gazing upon the crematorium where the corpses of Jews from across Europe who wemore
Laks was about 14 when she was transported to Auschwitz in 1944 with her twin sister Miriam and older sister Cmore
Jona Laks and her granddaughter, Lee Aldar hug in front of the block number 10 which served as Mengele's labormore
At every step of the journey, her emotions built up. "We must be getting closer," she said looking out of the more
But for Laks, telling her story is important. "We, the last survivors that still remain, if we will not speak more
Under Auschwitz's metal gate with its "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work sets you free") slogan, Laks stopped before smore
Jona Laks shows a photo of her and her older sister Chana during an interview in her house in Tel Aviv, Israelmore
It was Joseph Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death," carrying out selection that day. "Eventually Mengele camemore
Mengele, an SS doctor, would also pick prisoners whom he subjected to pseudo-medical experiments. He had a parmore
But when Chana begged Mengele not to separate her twin sisters he seized the opportunity for new guinea pigs amore
Jona Laks stands at her living room in her house in Tel Aviv, Israel. "I was lucky," said Laks. "Or maybe unlumore
Outside Block 10 was an execution courtyard where prisoners were sometimes put up against the brick "wall of dmore
Jona Laks chats with her granddaughter Lee Aldar as they wait to board a plane from Tel Aviv, Israel to Polandmore
Jona Laks and her granddaughter Lee Aldar board a plane from Israel to Poland. REUTERS/Nir Elias
A Holocaust survivor whose arm bears a tattoo is pictured during his flight from Israel to Poland. REUTERS/Nirmore
Jona Laks sits in the plane during a flight from Israel to visit Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. REUmore
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