A Birthday in Auschwitz-Birkenau
The unforgettable story of Eli Reismann, who arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on his 15th birthday and against all odds, survived living hell on his own.
May 1944, Poland. Just a few short days before his 15th birthday, Eli Reismann is sent with his entire family to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.
The carriage doors open with a deafening sound. SS soldiers stand on the platform, vicious German shepherds at their sides. Both are barking. The dogs bark as dogs do, and the SS soldiers bark orders – “Out, out, leave your luggage and belongings on the carriage and get in rows of three! Women on one side, men on the other side, elderly, children, and mothers with their babies separately.”
Eli’s life was never the same after that day. He lost all of his loved ones at the camp and managed to survive the horrors of the death march on his own merit, despite his poor physical condition and severe abuse by SS soldiers.
“A Birthday in Auschwitz-Birkenau” is the inspiring true story of Eli Reismann, who survived the Holocaust despite the many challenges he faced and immigrated to Israel where he raised a big family and built a successful career as a film producer.