Holocaust survivor says Hamas attacks brought back devastating memories of Nazi massacres

As a Holocaust survivor who witnessed the infuriating Hamas terrorist attack on October 7th. Memories of his tragic childhood came back When I watched the Nazis massacre my neighbors in Tunisia.

Gad Partok was 10 years old when the Nazis marched through the Tunisian coastal town of Nabeul in 1942, going door-to-door, shooting neighbors and then torching their homes.

The 93-year-old, who now lives in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, just 25 miles from the Gaza border, sees nightmarish memories from his youth as he watches the October 7 news coverage of Hamas. He said he was revived. Terrorists attacked neighboring towns and villages and went on a murderous rampage.

“The dragging out of Beeri, Nir Oz, Kfar Azha, Kisfim and Khorit is the same thing. I remembered the same thing,” he said. Associated Pressrecited the names of Israeli communities whose residents had been brutally murdered by terrorists.

“I felt very, very unwell. It's hard to explain, but I felt disgust, fear, even horrible memories,” Paltok said.

Gad Partok, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, said the October 7 Hamas attack brought back childhood memories of Nazis slaughtering his neighbors in Tunisia. AP

Saturday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to remind the world of the six million Jews and many other groups massacred by the Nazis and their allies.

For many people like Partok in Israel, where roughly half of the world's Holocaust survivors live, given the October 7 attack in which Hamas terrorists killed about 1,200 people and kidnapped another 250, , this year's memorial service carries even more weight.

Partok's family managed to escape from Tunisia in 1947, the year before the country gained independence, to what later became Israel.

Partok now lives in Ashkelon, in southern Israel, just a few miles from the villages and communities where Hamas has massacred and kidnapped residents. AP

Over the years, he became a photography instructor and ran a photography shop in Ashkelon. today. His many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also call the Jewish state his home.

But Hamas' devastating attack shattered the sense of security Paltok felt in Israel, which he had long believed was a safe haven for Jews.

In his 90s, he recalled being shocked to see how easily the brutal terrorists carved a bloody path through the towns and agricultural communes of southern Israel, catching the country's storied security forces by surprise. .

Partok's family managed to escape from Tunisia in 1947, the year before the country gained independence, to what later became Israel. AP

“Where is the army? Where is the government? Our people?” he recalled thinking.

Today, the sounds of war are a constant presence in Partok's life, between Israel's shelling of Gaza and Hamas' constant rocket bombardment of Israel.

More than 26,000 Palestinians have been killed since the war began, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between civilians and terrorists.

Paltok said the sense of security he felt in Israel was shattered as he witnessed how easily Hamas could go on a murderous rampage. AP

Paltok regularly watches news channels on his TV at home to keep up with the latest information about the war and hostages.

“I'm sitting in my armchair, staring, and I can't believe it,” he said. “Really? Is that so?”

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