Holocaust survivor from Plattsburgh reflects on trip to Auschwitz and the pandemic – North Country Public Radio

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Jan 28, 2021 Vladimir Munk traveled back to Auschwitz for the first time last year since he was a prisoner there during the Holocaust. The concentration camp is where more than a million people, mostly Jews, were murdered during World War II.

Munk is 95 years old. He lives in a retirement community in Plattsburgh and says he's looking forward to when he can go outside every day and see his friends and family. He's scheduled to be vaccinated against COVID in April.

Munk lives in a retirement community in Plattsburgh. He says he only started telling his Holocaust survival story after he retired. Photo: Emily Russell

EMILY RUSSELL: The last time that we talked you were about to fly to Auschwitz to mark the anniversary of the camp's liberation. Can you tell me what that was like being back there?

VLADIMIR MUNK: It was a sense of relief for me, that I finally decided to go to the place where so many of my relatives perished. It closed, to a certain point, it closed a chapter for me.

RUSSELL: You're turning 96 soon Is that right?

MUNK: I hope so [laughs].

RUSSELL: How have you gotten through the last year or so what has that been like for you yet?

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RUSSELL: Are there things you're planning or looking forward to when we're no longer in lockdown?

MUNK: Yes, I like to go out every day for a short walk. I like to go with my friends to the dining room or something, sit somewhere among the people without being worried that I get the virus

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