Remembering Mr. Jacob Werber


Mr. Jacob Werber

Deceased’s Name: Mr. Jacob Werber

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Nick Name:Jack

Deceased Mother's Name: Faiga Mindl

Deceased Father's Name: Yosef Meir

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Deceased Date of Birth: September 28, 1914

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Deceased Date of Death: March 18, 2006

Deceased Time of Death: before sunset

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Cemetery Name: New Montefiore Cemetery

Cemetery City, State/Province: West Bablyon, New York

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Biography:

Born in Radom, Poland September 28, 1914. Prior to World War II he was a furrier by trade.  He was married to the former Rachel Weintraub with whom he had a daughter, Emma. Both Rachel and Emma were murdered in the Shoa. Jack was arrested by the Nazis in 1939 and  was sent in a transport to Buchenwald with about 3,200 other men. Of that original contingent, only 11 survived the war. He remained enslaved in Buchenwald until his liberation on April 1945. In Buchenwald he carried stones out of a quarry, served as a human "horse" pulling wagons, because a bricklayer and barrack clerk.   He joined the underground and helped save the lives of over 700 children who were hidden in the camp.  A punishment he endured in Buchenwald was memorialized in an iconic photograph showing three prisoners at Buchenwald. Two are hanging by ropes tied to their hands behind their backs, suspended from a tree.  A third prisoner on the ground was Jack. A German officer is standing over him with stick under his arm, looking down, a foot jutting into him.  In 1944 a new inmate from Radom reported to him that Rachel and Emma had been killed by the Nazis as well as his parents and almost all of his family. His story is told in his memoirs “Saving Children: Diary of a Buchenwald Survivor and Rescuer” written with William Helmreich in 1996. After the war, Jack married Mildred Drezner, an Auschwitz survivor.They moved to the U.S. in 1946 and started a family.  Jack used hisfurrier skills to start a fur novelties manufacturing company, making fur coats for dolls, pom pom for skates and his best selling item, Davy Crockett hats.  He then began investing and managing real estate.   Athis death he was 92 and lived in Great Neck, N.Y. He was survived by his wife Mildred, his sons Martin and David, six grandchildren and hisfirst two great-grandchildren.