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johnothetree1548 karma

This thread seems to be rather negative, staying on the concentration camp questions. To break this trend, what are a few of the best moments of your life? I mean, being a 90-year-old man, you've had a lot of time to live one hell of an awesome life.

EDIT: it seems like a lot of you missed the point of my question. He's been through a lot of shit, and yeah, he's obviously gonna have a lot of questions based on the holocaust, but at the same time this means he's also had a lot of amazing moments in his life that outshine it. If he has half the positivity as it seems he does, there has to be a reason to hold true to that positivity, and i wanted to know why.

donutdude1891 karma

It is only natural for people to be curious about the negative components. As I have previously stated, I like to try and focus on the positive, so thank you for your question.

I have had a wonderful 60 year marriage 2 wonderful children and beautiful grandchildren. I have had the good fortune to travel the world, and make wonderful friends in the US and many other countries.

rasust733 karma

I think your attitude and perspective is inspiring, thank you for taking the time to speak with us! What was your favorite place to travel to and why?

donutdude1428 karma

It is hard to pick a favorite. Two remain at the forefront of my mind. The Amazon had the most incredible scenery and atmosphere.

Australia-such warm and friendly people and so scenic, the great barrier reef especially.

McD_Z427 karma


donutdude1208 karma

Thank you. The ability to really listen to my wife's concerns and consider her feelings when we have a difference of opinion. Respect is also very important. Of course tolerance to your partner's " occasionally annoying habits " .

viberight988 karma

If you could re-live one moment, what moment would it be?

donutdude2331 karma

The day the war ended. It was at that moment I saw life continuing instead of ending. Without that moment I could not have married my wife!

anonymous123421908 karma

Very few people reading this will ever experience such a feeling.

LOGANSaLOSER2037 karma

I dunno, I found 5 bucks on the ground the other day.

EDIT: right, because a holocaust thread is no place for a little levity

donutdude2500 karma

Humor serves as a great force to combat hatred.

terptain978 karma

Have movies like Shindler's List given an accurate portrayal of how the holocaust actually was?

donutdude1764 karma

There is no picture that could truly convey the atrocities. It's an entirely different thing to experience it than to watch it over a screen. Factually many aspects of that movie are correct though.

Bluepillschool578 karma

Is it hard to watch those type of movies after all that you've experienced?

donutdude1564 karma

Yes, it is difficult, but I think it's important the story be told so people are aware of the evil man has the capability of committing.

And while awareness is important, there is nothing more crucial than taking concrete action against bigotry and hatred no matter the race, religion or group of people being targeted.

arthurvandelay_877 karma

How old were you when you were in the labor camp?

donutdude1924 karma

I was taken away when I was 20 years old. My sisters were 22 and 23. They both survived. My parents were 47 and 49-I never saw them again after they were taken.

firesatnight876 karma

Which concentration camp did you survive? Have you been back to the site since you left?

Edit: If you weren't in a camp, how did you shake the Nazis?

donutdude1605 karma

I survived Dachau. I have never returned as I didn't want to re-live the memories.

Moldyman746 karma


donutdude1616 karma

I had just purchased the phone and was excited to use the camera feature. This was the first time.

uberlad708 karma


donutdude1643 karma

Take advantage of all the positive aspects of life and try your best to ignore the negatives.

zugunruh3681 karma

What technology is around today that you thought you'd never live to see? Or what technology has surprised you the most?

donutdude1523 karma

I never in my wildest imagination thought I would be able to video with my grandchildren over the telephone. Truly remarkable. They spoke about this possibility at the worlds fair in the 1960's but I never thought I would see it happen.

Also witnessing what has occurred in the middle east because of the new forms communication has been shocking.

durpyDash563 karma

Thank you for taking the time to do this. My family also survived the holocaust. My questions are: how has your experience shaped the way you view religion/god, and how you live your life?

donutdude1256 karma

It taught me the importance of surrounding yourself with people that will bring out the best in you. You never know what will happen and living in the moment, focusing on the positive aspects in life is extremely important.

I prefer not to answer any questions on religion or god.

If he knew Reddit, I think he'd be more inclined to answer questions on religion as they're pretty in line with most people here, I'd say.

boston1230519 karma

When you left on the motorcycle, was it an easy way out or did you spend time hiding and running?

donutdude838 karma

It was not an easy escape by any means. I spent a long time running and hiding, but was eventually captured by the Russians. It is quite a long story that I describe in my speech.

TheUpvoteKid421 karma

This is probably a stupid question but what kind of food did they give you?

donutdude602 karma

They would bring a big pot of soup once a day to the barracks. People would line up and when the soup was finished that was it-the people on the end of the line would not get food. On rare occastions we would be given bread.

mclaclan405 karma

Have you ever forgiven the Nazis for what they did?

donutdude1153 karma

I'm not sure I ever received an apology. They were the cause of the one of the greatest human tragedies in all of human history, so that would difficult.

Over 60 million people were killed in the war-Jews, Russians, the mentally ill, gays, Americans, and countless, countless others.

JustCallMeJen304 karma

Is he wearing the same shirt he was in the picture yesterday?

donutdude588 karma

Yeah it actually is. We didn't notice until after the fact. He loves Steve Jobs so maybe he's emulating him.

rwang1568304 karma

How did you and your wife meet?

donutdude1182 karma

We went on a blind date. My wife is American, but her parents were Hungarian and set us up. Here is a photograph a few years after we married.

SheriffCreepy286 karma

Strange question but... do you feel about elderly camp guards, officers, etc. being brought to trial for the atrocities committed during the Holocaust? Is there any amount of time where they may have redeemed themselves in the last 70 years, such that they should be labelled, but not imprisoned or executed?

Note, before people jump on the downvote express: I hear these arguments about how these people should be allowed to live the remainder of their lives in peace, or how ridiculous it is to expend resources on tracking, trying, and imprisoning/executing surviving camp guards/officers/personnel. I want a survivor's perspective, since survivors are the voice of those who suffered and were subject to the crimes committed.

donutdude418 karma

This is a very difficult question to answer. I believe in the rule of law. When you aid in anyway shape or form the mass murder of other human beings, I believe justice should be properly applied. I don't enjoy punishment for punishments sake and try my best to forgive and not hold grudges. With that being said, I believe the law should be properly applied and those responsible should be held accountable.

labrev202 karma

Thank you for doing this AmA.

As a gay man, I am curious about how they were treated in the camps. There isn't much information out there concerning gays in the camps other than that they wore an upside down pink triangle. Did you see or know any? Were they treated with contempt by fellow prisoners because of their sexuality?

Thank you.

donutdude376 karma

If there was any suspicious of homosexuality, they were killed instantly and did not even make it to the camps. I don't recollect seeing anybody wearing pink triangles, but this could very well be due to the fact they had already been exterminated.

We all felt so beaten down, like walking zombies. Relationships between prisoners of any kind, good or bad were few and far between.

beaverteeth9273 karma

Just curious. How many languages do you speak fluently? It seems like a lot of older Europeans speak a lot of languages.

donutdude304 karma

I speak Spanish, English, Hungarian, Romanian, German, and French.

cleareyes_fullhearts31 karma

It probably too late but I have to ask this question. As part of the generation that saw (and in your case experienced) the atrocities committed under the third reich, are you concerned that the lessons learned will be lost in the next 25-50 years? At some point in the near future there won't be anyone around with a first hand account and the powerful conversations described in this thread (as well as the thread itself) won't be possible.

donutdude93 karma

It is my deepest hope that with technologies like reddit and youtube first hand accounts will still live on even when all the survivors have passed on.

Babychaa25 karma

I thank you for doing this like everyone else. What is your favorite or top two favorite films of all time?

donutdude112 karma

I would have to say Gone With The Wind and Blazing Saddles.