Testimony of 96-Year-Old Auschwitz Survivor Featured in New Holocaust Museum of Oporto Video

96-year-old Holocaust survivor Chaja Lassmann.

April 19, 2021

The testimony of a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, Chaja Lassmann, is featured in a new video published by the Holocaust Museum of Oporto, which opened earlier this year.

Born in Poland, Lassmann was sent by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she was placed in the medical experimentation block.

“I can’t explain how I survived,” Lassmann said.

Lassmann lost countless family members in the Holocaust, including her father and younger sister.

“It hurt so much, it still hurts,” she said.

Watch Lassmann tell her story below:

The Holocaust Museum of Oporto is the first of its kind built on the Iberian Peninsula.

The museum is run by the local Jewish community in the northern Portuguese city. Its establishment was part of a larger strategy by the community to combat anti-Semitism through educational initiatives.

On Thursday, May 20, the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) will host a special live webinar with Porto Mayor Rui Moreira, during which he will reflect on his city’s storied Jewish past, including its role as a Holocaust refuge, as well as share his leadership insights on how local governments can fight bigotry and promote interfaith harmony.

Registration for this unique Zoom event is available here.

To learn more about the Jewish community in Porto, visit its website: comunidade-israelita-porto.org