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Meet the Editor: Joseph Korn
Joseph and his wife, Jill, live in the home built by his parents,in Augusta,Georgia, with their three children, Jason, Jana and Julia. Say hello by signing his guestbook.
“My story begins in 1939 when I was 16 years old. Air raid sirens andchurch bells woke us in the night, tolling the danger and destruction atthe hands of Hitler’s air force, the Luftwaffe. So war minded were thesepilots, they destroyed a group of covered wagons, not knowing–orcaring–that they contained simple building materials for our town’srairoad station.
It was September 1, 1939, the first day of what is now referred toas World War II. Even though the number of injured in this initial attackwas relatively small, the bombing foreshadowed a war that would destroymillions of people and would touch uncounted lives with misery.”
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So begins my father’s story. Abram Korn survived more than fiveyears in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. He couldn’t bring himselfto write his story until 25 years after his liberation. He chronicled hislife in the Holocaust from 1969 until his death in 1972, finally liberatinghimself of those locked in memories.
After selling our family business, I finally created time to edithis work and prepare it for publication. Dad’s first draft detailed hislife in the Holocaust, his liberation, and the rebuilding of his life withother survivors in post-war Germany. His original manuscript ended withhis arrival by train in Augusta, Georgia, where I still live in my familyhome. I continue my father’s story, telling how he raised our family andbuilt our business. “Abe’s Story: A Holocaust Memoir” was released byLongstreet Press on April 11th of this year, 50 years after his liberationfrom Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany.
Background of the Editor
Joseph Korn was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1953. He graduatedfrom the University of Georgia in 1976 with a BBA degree in Management.Joseph then joined his family business, Parts Warehouse Company, thelargest distribution center of auto parts in the Augusta market. Josephsoon became President and CEO of the business, eventually supervising up to43 employees. He began teaching a class on the Holocaust in 1981 andcontinues teaching and speaking about the Holocaust today, using “Abe’sStory” as the focus. His main focus is on education.
After negotiating the sale of Parts Warehouse in 1992, Josephdevoted himself to revising and completing his father’s memoirs, preparingthem for publication. Joseph and his family traveled to Europe in 1993 tovisit several concentration camp sites where his father was imprisoned.Getting more “in touch” with what his father had gone through has beeninvaluable in working with his father’s manuscript.
By publishing his father’s story and helping other survivors todocument their stories, Joseph is setting an example for other descendantsof survivors. The youngest of the survivors are in their sixties and, inthe near future, it will be up to their descendants to ensure that thesurvivors’ stories stay alive.
Joseph and his wife, Jill, live in the home built by his parents,in Augusta,Georgia, with their three children, Jason, Jana and Julia.
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