“I believe the future of the Jewish people is in good hands when I think of all of you. It is your turn to carry the torch, hold it high. Be active in your duty. And we will never again be herded into ghettos or death camps. Be proud of your heritage. Be proud of being a Jew. Am Yisroel Chai!”
Ernest Singer was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, on July 9, 1930 to an established family. In April 1944 his family was forced to live in a ghetto. In June 1944, the family was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his mother and sister were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Ernest, then 13, was sent with his father and brother, Alex, to a slave labour camp in Valkenburg and then on a death march to the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria. Ernest’s father died of starvation just days before the war ended. Ernest was liberated by American forces. Ernest and Alex, the only survivors of their immediate family, left for Paris and then in 1948, they immigrated to Caracas, Venezuela. Ernest met Helen in 1956 and they had two children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.