Zitler Family

Why have this web site? Because history is not just about events.
It is about human lives.

Radasky arm with tattoo

Survivors Stories

Shep Zitler
  • Birth Place: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Birth: May 27, 1917
  • Death: November 30, 2009
  • Wartime Life: Soldier, Prisoner of War
  • Occupation: Salesman
  • Family: Married, One Son
Jeannine Burk
  • Birth Place: Brussels, Belgium
  • Birth: September 15, 1939
  • Death: July 18, 2020
  • Wartime Life: Hidden Child
  • Occupation: Secretary
  • Family: Married, Six Children
Joseph Sher
  • Birth Place: Krzepice, Poland
  • Birth: November 27, 1915
  • Death: March 24, 2016
  • Wartime Life: Labor Camps
  • Occupation: Tailor
  • Family: Widower, Two Children
Isak Borenstein
  • Birth Place: Radom, Poland
  • Birth: May 5, 1918
  • Death: May 18, 2005
  • Wartime Life: Prisoner of War
  • Occupation: Carpenter
  • Family: Married, One Son
Solomon Radasky
  • Birth Place: Warsaw, Poland
  • Birth: May 17, 1910
  • Death: August 4, 2002
  • Wartime Life: Warsaw, Concentration Camps
  • Occupation: Furrier
  • Family: Married, Two Children
Eva Galler
  • Birth Place: Oleszyce, Poland
  • Birth: January 1, 1924
  • Death: January 5, 2006
  • Wartime Life: Escaped from a Death Train
  • Occupation: Homemaker, Hebrew Teacher
  • Family: Married, Three Daughters

Beginning in June 1941, a wave of mass murder swept across Europe. By the end of World War II approximately 6,000,000 Jews, which included 1,500,000 children, had perished at the hands of the Nazi murderers. When the killing ended those who survived were released from the concentration camps and came out of hiding.

Here we present history with a human face: Read the stories of the survivors. Hear them speak. See their family photographs. Consult our encyclopedia. Read a historical introduction to the Holocaust.

Holocaust Resources


Our encyclopedia entries were specially created to give background information on the stories. Read the first paragraph of an entry and consult the bibliography for more information about a source.


Supplemental Texts

These are original source documents and scholarly articles that complement the site. They are for those who want to go to a greater depth in their study of the Holocaust.


Audio Gallery

The immediacy of hearing someone’s voice is a direct and personal experience. These audio recordings tell of incidents related in the texts of the Survivors Stories.