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
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet

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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