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Holocaust survivor dies aged 100, leaving behind twin sisters from whom he was separated by the Nazis: ‘What a life. What a legacy’
- Holocaust survivor Phillip Maisel died Monday at age 100
- Mr Maisel has volunteered for 30 years at the Jewish Holocaust Center in Melbourne
A Holocaust survivor has died just weeks after his 100th birthday – leaving behind his twin sister from whom he was separated during the war.
Loved ones said Phillip Maisel, a well-known volunteer at the Jewish Holocaust Center in Melbourne, died Monday.
Maisel is survived by his sister and fellow survivor of the Nazi regime, Bella.
“What a man,” said one mate, using a Yiddish word meaning a person of integrity. ‘What a life.’
Holocaust survivor Phillip Maisel has died aged 100
Phillip (right) with his sister Bella, a fellow survivor of the Nazis in World War II, pictured in 1929
The funeral of Mr Maisel will take place on Wednesday.
While volunteering at the Holocaust Center, he recorded the testimonies of hundreds of survivors.
“Each testimony of survival is a miracle in itself — it earned Phillip the nickname ‘the Keeper of Miracles,'” the center wrote.
He was captured by the Nazis in 1943 and would spend the next two years suffering in labor camps in Estonia, Poland and Germany.
Maisel was 22 when he and his fellow inmates were liberated in 1945.
“Because I knew how cruel life was during the Holocaust, I didn’t know if anyone in my family survived. Life is empty,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald, reflecting on his liberation.
‘You have freedom, but freedom without anyone around you. It makes freedom extremely difficult to accept.’