Henry Aizenman

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Henry Aizenman (born March 20, 1931 in Przytyk, Poland - died March 15, 2008 in Birmingham) was a retired traveling salesman in the jewelry business who was a resident of Birmingham since 1957. He emigrated to the United States in 1947 as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's program to relocate Jewish war orphans after World War II.

Aizenman was a survivor of several concentration and labor camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his forearm was tattooed with the number B-21. He was liberated from Ludwigslust Concentration Camp by American Allied forces on May 2, 1945, a day which he considers his second birthday. His life story has been recorded and archived by Stephen Spielberg's Shoah Foundation for Holocaust Remembrance.

Aizenman often spoke publicly, especially at local middle schools, educating children about the horrors of his early life. He also spoke at Jefferson State Community College and to local community groups. He was one few survivors of the Holocaust living in Birmingham.

Aizenman is survived by three children, David B. Aizenman, M.D., a family practice physician in Helena, Shari Aizeman, and Mark J. Aizenman of Boynton Beach, Florida, a chef and salesman. He had six grandchildren, Hannah, Daniel, and Aaron Aizenman of Birmingham, Dennis Brown of Atlanta, Georgia, and Zoe and Maya Aizenman of Boynton Beach, Florida.

He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.

References

  • "Henry Aizenman" obituary (March 16, 2008) Birmingham News.