The Pope Francisco has visited this Saturday by surprise the Hebrew poet of Hungarian origin and survivor of the holocaust Edith Bruck in his house Roma, reported today Vatican in a note.
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The visit took place around 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. GMT), when the pope approached the house of Bruck located in the heart of the capital and unleashed the surprise of the people who were walking around the area at that time, who did not hesitate to applaud and take photos of it.
The pope and Bruck talked for an hour about the writer’s experience as a Holocaust survivor.
They also evoked the “fears and hopes for the time we live, underlining the value of memory and the role of the elderly in their transmission to the youngest,” the director of the Holy See Press Office explained in a note, Matteo Bruni.
The Vatican newspaper “The Osservatore Romano” had interviewed her in January on the occasion of Memory day and the pope was impressed by her testimony, so this Saturday he decided to meet her, reports the Vatican news portal Vatican News.
The director of “The Osservatore Romano”, Andrea Monda.
In the interview with the Vatican newspaper, Bruck She described how she was ripped along with her parents and siblings from the house in the rural town where she lived and how a non-Hebrew man gave her a food cart to help persecuted Jews.
He also recalled his time working in the concentration camp of Dachau, where he had to dig trenches and where on one occasion a German soldier threw his ladle at him to wash, “but deep down there was a little jam left” for her, or that other episode in which a German cook left her a comb to put on her newly grown hair, moments after realizing her name was after her daughter, she says Vatican News.