The Story of Holocaust Survivor Joe Engel

We had a special guest visit Bishop England High School this month. Our Holocaust class and classes from the World Language, English, Social Studies, and Theology Department gathered in the PAC to hear the story of Holocaust survivor, Joe Engel.

Joe Engel’s story begins in the small town of Zakroczym, Poland. Joe grew up in a close-knit, mixed community, where Jewish and non-Jewish people were often friends and neighbors. His family was large (he had eight brothers and sisters), and although luxuries were few, they lived simply and comfortably.

In 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland, everything changed. Joe experienced the misery of a ghetto, concentration camps, and the death march of Auschwitz before he finally escaped from a cattle train in 1945.

Joe Engel dedicates his life to sharing his story with everyone. Through the Charleston Jewish Federation, Joe speaks to thousands of students and we were honored to have him at Bishop England.