Sole Auschwitz survivor shares Holocaust horrors

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Sole Auschwitz survivor shares Holocaust horrors

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Oct 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - "In 1943, I was sent to Auschwitz. There, they stripped you naked, they took your name away, and they gave you a number."

A number tattoed on his skin. The last survivor in Tucson recalled the horrors of Auschwitz and feeling less than human. 

But William Kugelman -- just 19 years old at the time -- said the concentration camp wasn't even the worst part. It was the death camp that followed. 

"They send us, about 3,000 of us, to one camp. Within a few months, there were hundreds left. You were constantly exposed to the final hour."

Kugelman's older brother is among those who died in the labor camp. 

"You feel grateful that you survived, and in another way you ask yourself, 'Why me?'"

"It'll never end," he said. "It'll go with me until my grave."

Kugelman's story is just one of hundreds on the wall of the new Holocaust History Center, the first Holocaust museum in Arizona. It opened its doors for the first time Sunday at the Jewish History Museum downtown. 

The Jewish History Museum plans to quadruple the Holocaust space once they raise the funds.