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Born during the Holocaust

  • Featuring: Les Cooper & Susan Cooper
  • Date Submitted: Sep 27, 2022
  • Location: California

Les was born in Budapest, Hungary, during the Holocaust when life was very difficult for Jews. With the family on the brink of starvation, Les’ mother risked her life to go out for food. She was stopped by an SS officer and begged him to let her go. In a moment of compassion, the officer turned his back so she could pass. The family survived the occupation and made their way to Austria and then to the United States. Edit Credit: Alison Jacques


  • Les Cooper
  • Susan Cooper
  • Holocaust
  • Holocaust survivor
  • Jewish
  • Los Angeles Jewish Health
  • LAJ Health
  • Concentration camps
  • Labor camp

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