Several Cedarbrook students attended Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day event on Tuesday, Jan. 21, honoring Auschwitz survivor David Tuck. Students spent time chatting and learning from Tuck, who showed them the number tattooed on his arm from when he was captive at Auschwitz. Tuck shows this number as often as he can to help ensure no one denies or forgets the tragedies of the holocaust. Elkins Park sixth grade teacher Lise Marlowe organized the event.
Tuck was born in Poland and was 10 years old when Germany invaded in September 1939. In the spring of 1941, he was deported to Posen, a labor camp in Poland, then to Auschwitz in August 1943, where he built anti-aircraft guns in a factory in the subcamp Eintrachthütte. In January 1945, Tuck was deported on a train to Mauthausen in Austria, a brutal 370-mile trip over four days. He was subsequently sent to Güsen II, an underground factory to build German aircraft. On May 5, 1945, Americans liberated Güsen II. At that time, the 15-year-old Tuck weighed only 78 pounds. He then spent the next several months recuperating in Italy and, as his health improved, he left for Paris and was connected to a Jewish organization. After several months, he was connected to a woman who said she was a second cousin on his father’s side. As Tuck got to know his family, he informed them of his desire to move to America to evade any future wars. Two years later, his papers were approved and he returned to Germany to get married and board a boat for America. After 11 days, they arrived in New York City in 1950.
Pictured with Mr. Tuck (center): (l to r) Robin Miller, Jemma Bleu Greenbaum, Carmen Bonner, Judah Blitstein