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The son of a decorated German officer, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger was forced at a young age to confront his father’s unbroken allegiance to the Nazis. His journey ultimately led him to convert to Judaism and serve in the Israel Defense Forces. (Filmed at Chabad of the Upper East Side, NYC)

I Am the Son of a Nazi

I Am the Son of a Nazi

A journey of discovery and healing from the ruins of the Third Reich

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I Am the Son of a Nazi: A journey of discovery and healing from the ruins of the Third Reich

The son of a decorated German officer, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger was forced at a young age to confront his father’s unbroken allegiance to the Nazis. His journey ultimately led him to convert to Judaism and serve in the Israel Defense Forces. (Filmed at Chabad of the Upper East Side, NYC)
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Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger was born in Germany; after converting to Judaism he moved to Israel and served in the IDF. Today he lives and practices medicine in Aventura, Florida. He authored a book about his life story titled “A German Life: Against all Odds, Change is Possible”.
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Jack Ben Jakob Schleimer Tabor Deming, Wa March 4, 2014

Dov Ben Avraham I was particularly blessed by the forgiveness shown Dr. Wollschlaeger.I am a baal teshuva.Came out of the Roman church at age 18.I am now 61.G-d has taught me that a big part of teshuva is giving and receiving forgiveness and we don't stop doing teshuva till the day we die. Shalom Reply

Anonymous San Francisco March 3, 2014

Such an important story. Thank you for telling it. Reply

Shoshana-Dvora December 4, 2013

Dov Ben Avraham What an inspiring story! Dov Ben Avraham is a marvelous addition to the Jewish people. Reply

Emese Oseni Toronto, Canada November 18, 2013

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger you are an inspiration to all. I can't stop viewing and reviewing your beautiful story.

Mazel Tov on your conversion and toda raba for your tear jerking story. Reply

Evelyn Ressler USA November 18, 2013

I am the child of a survivor Thank you and GD bless you Reply

Ilona Niemtschke Voorhees November 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing your story . I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to face your " Vater " and standing up for yourself and your believes.
With great respect and my regards Reply

Avrohom Ben Avrohom (Aka Sergey) New Jersey, USA November 17, 2013

Truly amazing story! Thank you, Dov Ben Avraham, for telling this story! We are Jewish and few years ago became fully Shabbat and Kosher observant. As B'aal Tshuva's, we had a lot to confront, to transform and to give up. And it is said that ' no Tzadik can stand near the B'aal Tshuva'. Well, as a B'aal Tshuva, I bow before you and have a strong feeling that I have no right to measure up to what you had to overcome. Let Hashem bless you and your family! Let your story be told by not only you, but by many people around the world so that it never happens again. Reply

Jack Schleimer Deming, Wa. November 16, 2013

Todah. Shalom. Reply

Rob gurau Texas November 14, 2013

My parents survived the holocaust. Reply

Steven Alvarez November 14, 2013

Wonderful learning experience This was a very moving story and lecture. Thank you for this! Reply

Rabbi Arthur H. Grae Leesburg, Florida November 13, 2013

A Truly Great Lecture This lecture was one of the finest and most principled talk I ever heard. It illustrates that when you have a belief deep in your heart, you go with it. Mazel tov on your superb choice to live the remainder of your life as a Jew. Reply

Hiona (Hanna) Tsavdari Athens, Greece November 13, 2013

Miracles of conversion. This was an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.I know that every convert has his or her own special story to tell. What amazed me the most was the events that led him to change his life around.
G-d works in many mysterious ways and His miracles never cease to amaze me! Reply

Maureen Jehudith deKeyzer November 13, 2013

Todah Rabah
I got tears in my eyes.
Am Israel Chai Reply

Manya Helman MD Silverton, Oregon November 12, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your story Thank you, Dr. Ben Avraham, for sharing your story. Today, I learned that my Aunt Eve, who was 16 in a camp, passed on. I thought that I would listen to your video in her honor. I am very glad that you became Jewish; our family is better now that you have become a part. Best wishes for good health and a Happy Chanukah! Reply

Avraham USA November 12, 2013

another suggestion: There is another phenomenal documentary called "Hitler's children" (available on Netflix) which documents the livesof the children and grandchildren of prominent Nazis and their varying reactions to their ancestory. Well worth viewing Reply

Tony Berlein South Africa November 12, 2013

Amazing Story It really is an amazing story of righting a wrong. Real strength of character. Reply

Patrick Bramley Hughes November 12, 2013

Baruch HaShem Dov Ben-Avraham, Todah Ravah.

Patrick Reply

David Nachenberg Modi'in, Israel November 12, 2013

Very poignant Very poignant story...it has made me think that you can start over...and many of us do need to start our lives over at some point...He is more of a Jew than many of us who were born that way...and he deserves our respect and honor...kol hakavod. Reply

ALberto Wyman Buenos Aires November 12, 2013

Think about the people that doesn't speak English Why Chabad doesn't translate this kind of videos to other languages? Not everybody speak English. In my caso I speak only Spanish

Regards from Argentina

Alberto
(message written with Google Translator) Reply

Anne-Lise Ørstavik November 12, 2013

A conversation in 1958 with a german boy in England. Thank you for the story about the man that had a father who was a nazi. As a young girl from Norway I lived in England for a year. A girlfriend of mine invited me out with some friends. A german student came along and I talked a lot with him. He got so cross with me because I told him about how the Germans killed 6 millions jews. His father had been a general during the war and his father had also been to Oslo. I think that this young german knew nothing about what had happened at that time. I am sure that he has not forgotten the blond Norwegian girl that told him the thruth.. Today teachers and pastors from Germany goes to Israel to learn about what happened at that time. They will tell others. We must never forget! I am proud because my mother in law sheltered a jewish man so he survived the war. The policeman in the villiage told him to escape and helpers told him where to go! God bless the Jewish people!! Reply

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