What Will Happen When All The Holocaust Survivors Are Gone?

Lauren Modery
5 min readOct 27, 2021

With antisemitism on the rise, it’s vital that we never forget what happened.


(Trigger warning: Every horrible thing you can think of)

Imagine watching your beloved dog repeatedly stabbed by a bayonet.

Imagine watching your lifelong friends and neighbors throw children into the freezing river.

Imagine watching your childhood home set on fire with all of your worldly possessions inside.

Imagine learning that your cherished parents were murdered — in brutal, painful ways — and that you were never able to say goodbye.

Imagine watching a man slit his wrists and fall into a hole filled with human feces in order to die on his own terms.

Imagine being sent on a death march, fleeing, and surviving for months on slugs and snails.

Imagine experiencing all of this — of having your dignity systematically stripped away — and initially feeling too ashamed to tell your story.

This is what happened to Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who passed away on October 12th at the age of 101. Eddie, who famously told his story in a 2019 TED Talks and in his autobiography The Happiest Man on Earth, was a German Jew who — despite everything he went through — vowed to…



Lauren Modery

Freelance writer; film Loves Her Gun premiered @ SXSW ‘13; used to be a Hollywood assistant; rail enthusiast; check out my dumb blog, hipstercrite.com