Jerusalem, Yad Vasham Holocaust Memorial – "I came to Auschwitz in July 31, 1944." It is a day that 89-year-old Elyahu Zilberberg will never forget. It is the day his freedom died, ripped away from him by sinister Nazi forces, hellbent on following German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler's brutal quest to exterminate Jewish people and other races that he believed were inferior to the Aryan nation.
Programming alert: Be sure to watch Eliyahu Zilberberg's story featured in Kelly Wright's "Beyond The Dream series," Saturday, April 25, on "America's News Headquarters," 2:30 - 4:00 pm. ET on Fox News Channel.
Zilberberg recalls receiving a number on his arm, being treated like a slave and subjected to acts of cruelty.
He says he was forced to go to welding school in order to repair the train cars that transported equipment and supplies to German troops.
As long as there was work to be done to benefit Germany's war machine, Zilberberg and some of his fellow captives at Auschwitz were fed well and relatively healthy. Others were sent to their deaths in gas chambers. As Allied forces advanced, Zilberberg says circumstances would even grow worse.
"The U.S.army drew near, in January, and then they [Germans] sent us to the March of Death. And this I will remember for the rest of my life. On the Death March, we walked in the European cold, for weeks. I arrived to Gross-Rosen, a camp that I called 'The Hell on Earth.'"
As the German forces began to lose the war, life grew more austere for Jewish prisoners locked in concentration camps.
"We were taken in trains with no food We ate the frozen ice. I arrived to Buchenwald , I got some soup and a dry piece of bread. I couldn't eat it. I traded it for some more soup. Because I haven't eaten for days, I couldn't chew on the bread.
This is a memory that one never forgets. And this should be remembered. What the Germans have done to us."
The atrocities committed during the Holocaust were brutal and deadly. Archival footage of the death camps shows the extent of the Nazi's depravity. Jewish prisoners were forced to leave their homes, taken to death camps where they were tortured, murdered and even discarded into piles of dead bodies as if they were garbage.
Zilberberg, who like others held captive, was starving to death. But it was not his time to die. Allied troops liberated him and his fellow Jewish captives. The war and his long nightmare had ended. But healing would come slowly.
"They (Allied troops) took me, the Children of Buchenwald, the Red cross took me to Switzerland. -- 300 children.
Switzerland to me was the healing -- physical, emotional and spiritual. And mainly, I was a skeleton, [I weighed] a mere 42 kilos. So I was sent to a sanitarium where I was healed, and then I learned engineering in Zurich. I got to Israel, I had a profession, I learned Hebrew, and soon after, very quickly, I built, with no help -- not from the government, not from the Jewish agency -- a family. And [I rebuilt] myself and I have children and grandchildren. Thank God!"
Zilberberg is more than a survivor, he is an overcomer. Like others who have endured the Holocaust he shares his story with future generations so that they never forget.
And in the midst of genocide that is now unfolding as ISIS is exacts its brutality on Christians and others, Holocaust survivors urge the good people of the world to not be silent but to shout loudly and boldly; "Never Again!"
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" -- Edmund Burke.
Kelly Wright is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He is also a co-host on "America's News Headquarters" on Saturdays (1:00-2:00 PM/ET). Wright previously served as a co-host on "Fox & Friends Weekend." Click here for more information on Kelly Wright.