A Childhood in Benghazi, a Bar Mitzvah in Bergen-Belsen

Remembering Libyan-Jewish Holocaust survivor Joseph Labi, who went from home to Italy to the Nazi concentration camp before finding himself in the Palmach

Ofer Aderet
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Joseph Labi kept the prayer shawl he received in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany until his dying day. He was 17 at the time, and had lost both his parents. According to one version of events, a religious Jewish prisoner in the camp suggested that he celebrate his bar mitzvah, which he had missed because of his misfortunes.

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