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Oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor dies at 106

2019-09-22

The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who once estimated he spoke to half a million people while sharing his story, died Thursday at 106.

Marko Feingold stayed active speaking out about the Holocaust through the end of his life, Agence France-Presse reported. He was deported to Auschwitz in 1940 and endured three other Nazi concentration camps.

“In the camp, we were treated horribly,” Feingold once told AFP. “So I thought to myself: If I make it out alive, I have to tell my story. No one can image what happened there.”

Feingold also served as the president of Salzburg’s Jewish Community. He moved to the Austrian city in 1945 and lived there for the rest of his life.

VIDEO: Holocaust survivor and leader of Salzburg's Jewish community Marko Feingold dies at the age of 106.

After surviving Auschwitz and other Nazi camps, Feingold spent the remainder of his life warning others against antisemitism and discrimination. pic.twitter.com/ORIjswqeXe

Feingold lost his father and siblings in the Holocaust, according to AFP.

He was born in May 1913, in present-day Slovakia.

“(Feingold) had a unique personality that left no one untouched,” said Martin Weiss, the Austrian ambassador to Israel, in a tweet. “A true mensch who will be greatly missed ? may his memory be (a) blessing.”