West Windsor, N.J. – Cantor David Wisnia shared his Holocaust survivor’s story and songs from his past with Mercer County Community College (MCCC) students and community friends during a moving Israeli Independence Day observance at the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center on May 6.
Wisnia described his comfortable family life in Warsaw, Poland, prior to World War II, where he was lead soloist in the 80-man choir of Warsaw’s famed Tlomackie Synagogue. In 1942, when he and his family members were living in the Warsaw Ghetto, he came home one day to find that they had been killed. At the age of 16, he was taken to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
Despite the horrors and deprivation of life in the camp, Wisnia said he drew strength from composing music and writing song lyrics.