Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom, which is a national day of commemoration and remembrance for those who suffered in The Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent holocausts in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In Isreal, Holocaust Remembrance Day, traditionally known as Yom HaShoah, falls on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week after the 7th day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers.
To mark the occasion Twitter user Stephen Black shared a moving story about his grandfather's experiences during the Holocaust and how a chance encounter with a piece of roast beef helped him survive the ordeal.
The story begins with his grandfather, Murray Goldfinger (born Monek), who was a prisoner at the Auschwitz II–Birkenau concentration camp and is now 91-years-old and shares his story with students.
In January 1945, four months before being liberated by US forces from the Buchenwald camp, Murray was hit by a piece of beef which seemingly fell from the sky.
We'll allow Stephen to tell the story from here.
Stephen's thread about Murray has since gone viral on Twitter and has been shared over 59,000 times on the website, receiving positive feedback, praise for his grandfather and similar stories about others struggles during the Holocaust.
In follow up tweets, Stephen thanked everyone for their kind words, which he had relayed to Murray. In addition, he shared several short films that have been made about his grandfather, which you can view below.