Henry Golde

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Henry M. Golde (May 5, 1929 - October 18, 2019)[1][2] was an author and childhood survivor of the Holocaust. He wrote about his experiences in his book Ragdolls.[3]


Golde was born in Płock, Poland located west of Warsaw. At age 11 he was taken by the SS to the small town of Galicia, Poland. There he was spared from the gas chambers when selected as fit for a work camp. He spent the next five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps in Poland, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.

He survived starvation, typhoid fever, and a two-week death march to Czechoslovakia. He lost his entire family due to the war. He was liberated from the Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Russians and was then placed in a children's home for four months. Golde spent 7 years in England, including 2 years in the Royal Navy, before emigrating to the United States.

He later resided in Appleton, Wisconsin until his death on October 18, 2019.

In 2008, Golde received an award for outstanding educator of the year from the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association.[4]


  1. ^ "Holocaust survivor Henry Golde, who experienced the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, dies". Post Crescent. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Henry Golde: Oral History". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Golde, Henry. "Ragdolls", Golde Publishing; 1st edition (2002), ISBN 978-0-9724213-0-0
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2009-12-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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