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At 75, Aaron Herskowitz and his beloved Helen returned to Bilke. It was the first time since World War II. It was only after much convincing from their children that they were able to get their father and mother, also a native Bilker and Auschwitz survivor, to make the journey.
Howard, who has been fascinated with his father’s stories since childhood, hadn’t truly understood his parents’ reluctance to return. Together, Aaron and his family revisited familiar countryside while Howard used video and audio to record his father’s fascinating memories.

Sax
Aaron’s wild friend Sax. After immigrating to America, Aaron searched in vain for his old comrade Sax. It was not until after the deaths of both men that members of the Sax family by chance attended a live presentation of “Aaron’s Revenge” and then stepped forward with the amazing news that their relative was the late Ignatz Sax of Aaron’s story. This photograph was taken in the mid-to-late 1940s.
The Herskowitz Family
The Herskowitz Family, 1925. Aaron is second from the right. His two younger sisters, in the middle, Rachel and Leah, were still living at home when Aaron was taken to Russia.
Bilke Rabbi
Bilke’s Rabbi Weiss preached prayer rather than resistance; because of this, he was one of Aaron’s greatest adversaries.
Aaron was fluent in over ten different languages. It was only recently discovered that Aaron wrote many poems in several different languages, including Latin, Czech, Russian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Yiddish. Although he was fluent in German, he never wrote poetry in that language.