David Tuck was enslaved by the Nazis and survived multiple concentration camps. With liberals comparing America’s immigration detainment facilities to Nazi concentration camps, he felt compelled to speak out.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal recently said, “This policy of family separation reminds us of the cattle cars of Nazi Germany when children were separated from their parents and marched to supposed showers. It reminds us of the Japanese internment camps. It reminds us of all the darkest periods.” Pundits and politicians have echoed the same sentiment.
While Blumenthal’s remarks may have succeeded in stirring the emotions of bleeding-heart liberals, they didn’t sit right with a man who actually survived internment in three separate Nazi concentration camps. “I don’t believe it when I heard it,” said David Tuck, who narrowly survived the Holocaust. “They know nothing of the Holocaust,” he added.
“They are politicians, looking to get paid,” said Tuck. When asked to compare the American border detainment facilities to actual concentration camps, Tuck said, “This is a country club.” He added, “I was given a piece of bread in the morning. A piece of bread in the evening. I had to survive with my life. I have a number on my arm to prove it — from Auschwitz. Wake up. Look it up. This is not the Holocaust.”
According to The Daily Caller, David Tuck was born in Poland in 1929. When he was just 10-years-old, the Nazis invaded his country. They marched through his neighborhood, identifying Jews. Tuck had a golden Star of David sewn to his clothes and was moved to a ghetto.
In 1941, Tuck was deported to Posen, a Nazi labor camp in Poland, to work as a slave. In 1943, he was once again deported, this time to Auschwitz, where he was forced to build anti-aircraft guns. In 1945, Tuck was deported a third time to the Mauthausen labor camp. He nearly died on the trip from the horrible cold.
David Tuck was deported once more to the Nazi military labor camp Güsen II, where he was required to build German aircraft. When the Americans finally liberated his camp, he weighed only 78 pounds.
Tuck said that after the American Army freed him, he desperately wanted to move to America. It took five years of recuperation, paperwork, and applications, but Tuck finally made it to America in 1950. He has lived here ever since. “They want to come to America. So did I,” Tuck said of the immigrants entering the country illegally today. “But you have to know who is coming in. It is wrong to separate the kids from the parents. But to call it a concentration camp? That is wrong. It’s a country club.”
Tuck, who spends much of his time lecturing school kids about the Holocaust, said that seeing the American public embrace a nonchalant use of Nazi words and imagery is deeply disturbing to him. He believes it is in times like this that his story must be told. “Not too many people are around. Time is getting by quick,” said the Holocaust survivor. “We must tell our story.”
Sen. Blumenthal ought to be ashamed of himself. He owes David Tuck and everyone else who suffered the same fate a heartfelt apology. America’s detention centers for illegal immigrants are nicer than many apartment buildings in poor neighborhoods; they’re a far cry from Hitler’s concentration camps. Tuck wrote about his experiences in the book David Tuck: A Story of Holocaust Survival. Please share this report so that others might hear his very important story.