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As the sole survivor of more than 2,000 Jews who were deported from my native city of Cologne, Germany in 1941, I fail to comprehend my improbable good fortune. I never stop asking, “Why me?” But there is no reasonable answer. I can only say that the experience provided a lasting lesson and a sense of what is truly important in life… relevance, reflection, patience, love and survival. Of these, perhaps reflection, patience and love will ultimately provide an acceptable solution.


Cologne, Germany

Henry Oster