Abraham Peck, famed Holocaust survivor, dies at 91

Abraham Peck, a Holocaust survivor who made it his life’s mission to share the horrific account of his endurance through slave labor, starvation and torture in nine Nazi concentration camps, has died.

Peck’s family said that he died on Thursday from kidney failure.

The famed Holocaust survivor was well known for speaking before school and community groups. A biography on him, “Abe vs. Adolf,” had recently been published.

Peck’s son said his father believed his long life was a victory over Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, because he wanted to educate people about the Holocaust and have them fight injustice.

Peck grew up in Szadek, Poland, a small town of 3,500, of them, 500 were Jewish. After the Holocaust, only 13 survived.

He lost most of his 90-member family — four grandparents, two parents, a sister, 14 aunts, 14 uncles and 54 cousins — of whom only Abe and six cousins survived.

After surviving the Holocaust, Peck married another Holocaust survivor, Helen, and immigrated to the US in 1949. Peck worked at an upholstery manufacturing company and eventually bought the business, which he operated for 25 years.

He is survived by a son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
AP contributed to this report.