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Benjamin Scheinkopf

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "A man who survived Auschwitz because of his skill as a barber before cutting hair in Chicago for over 60 years has died aged 98.
    Much-loved Benjamin Scheinkopf - better known simply as 'Ben the Barber' - only retired when he 97.
    Born into a Jewish family in Plonsk, Poland - the same town as Israeli founding father David Ben-Gurion - Ben was advised by his father to become a cobbler.
    But his decision to pursue the art of barbering ultimately saved his life after his home was occupied by the Nazis in 1939.
    As the war continued, the Jew-hating German empire began to move people it deemed undesirable to death camps - including the infamous Auschwitz, where Ben was sent.
    The victims at the camp were starved, beaten, degraded, forced to work until they collapsed and then murdered.
    Ben ended up weighing 65lbs.
    But he - and also his brother Josef - had something the Nazis wanted: the ability to cut hair.
    The reason they were so prized is because the soldiers in charge of the camp did not want live to spread among the inmates - and possibly to themselves.
    Ben's son, Jeffrey, explained in the Chicago Sun-Times: 'They didn't care about the inmates, but they didn't want lice.'
    He told the USC Shoah Foundation that barbering was 'clean work' that meant he was never beaten and lived a comparatively decent existence. "
    'Ben the Barber', who survived Auschwitz, dies aged 98 | Daily Mail Online
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  2. lwd

    lwd Ace

    Jul 24, 2007
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    The story also illustrates the danger of using a spell checker and not also using a grammar checker or looking closely at things.

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