Born: 1934, Lubochna, Czechoslovakia
Discusses quote from Abel Herzberg [Interview: 2005]
One of the problems with the six million number is that nobody can imagine that. You cannot personalize six million. You can personalize one person. I think it expresses a reality. It is true, because each one of those souls was killed, and each one had an individuality of his own, a history, a memory, a life, and that is lost in this whole discussion when we sort of cavalierly go over and speak about six million. It's important to keep that in mind.
"There were not six million Jews murdered; there was one murder, six million times."
Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg
Now an international judge, Thomas Buergenthal was one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 17. He has served as judge and president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as a member of the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador. Buergenthal was chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee on Conscience. Buergenthal became a member of the International Court of Justice in March 2000, a seat he still occupies. Here, he reacts to the above quote from Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum