I had the honor and privilege yesterday of photographing holocaust survivor, Joe Engel for a new documentary being made about him by my friend Ron Small of Anchor Media Group, Inc. Born in Poland, Joe is a survivor of Birkenau and Auschwitz, having managed to escape from an open cattle car in 1945 while being transported to Czechoslovakia. He buried himself under a pile of snow until the German SS guards gave up looking for him and started moving the train onward again. Very few of his family members and friends survived the ghettos and concentration camps and more of his both fascinating and appalling story can be read here: http://holocaustarchives.cofc.edu/panels/engel/fulltext.html
Joe celebrates his 90th birthday this year and lives in Charleston. He is still an active community member, and speaks regularly to school and civic groups.