Julius Eisenstein looks great for having just turned 100 years old.
He walked into his second birthday party on Thursday morning waving to a clapping crowd at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County.
Eisenstein, who lives in Hallandale Beach, is one of Broward County’s most outspoken Holocaust survivors.
He has overcome a lot in his lifetime to make it to this moment: He was a teenager when the Germans came into his hometown in Poland and separated him from his family. He survived the Holocaust working in several concentration camps, including Auschwitz in Poland and Dachau in Germany. He was liberated by American troops in late April of 1945.
All of this, Eisenstein said, should never be allowed to be repeated.
“I never thought of surviving to begin with,” he said. “But I am gonna talk about it until the last breath in my body because I don’t want you to go through that, what I went through.”
He was honored by case managers and staff at Goodman JFS of Broward County, which provides care for Holocaust survivors as they age. South Florida is home to one of the country’s largest groups of survivors of the Nazi regime’s massive campaign to exterminate people of Jewish descent.
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