Cabelli is a living testimony of the barbarism of the human being towards another human being. He has it tattooed on his skin, on his left wrist, where he can read the number 4065. And he blames it “on religion”, without pointing to any in particular. She suffered when she was only 17 years old, when she was deported, from her hometown, Salonica, to the Auschwitz concentration camp. In it he managed to survive two years and two months, then go through those of Ravensbrück and Printable Letter O, after also surviving the death marches carried out by the Nazis in their desperate attempt not to be captured. This week Annette Cabelli is in Spain invited by the Center Sefarad-Israel, to participate in several events, coinciding with the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the commemoration of the Holocaust Victims’ Day. He has been living in the French city of Nice for almost two decades, from where he has seen the rise of anti-Semitism up close (according to an EU report, 38% of the Jews living in Europe have thought about emigrating); and the rise of the extreme right, led by Marine le Pen, which he hopes will not come to power.
Printable Letter O
Cabelli has been giving talks in schools for several years, to children between 12 and 17 years old, both in France and in Spain – this week will give several in Madrid – to explain what the Holocaust is. “In France in schools they explain every week what is the Soah (Hebrew term for holocaust), and take them to Auschwitz at this time, because it coincides with liberation,” he said during an interview with ABC. It is at that moment that Annette’s memory travels back to 1945: “On January 18, they took us out of Auschwitz camp and integrated us into the march of death, in which many people died. Sometimes we walked 20 kilometers a day, but many could hardly do it and fell to the ground ».
On January 27, Auschwitz was released, “but I was not released until May 2,” he says. Annette went through two more camps before regaining her freedom. “After four days we arrived at Printable Letter O, a small field where there was hardly any food. You can not explain the suffering of the body, unable to eat and dead of cold. When the soup arrived it was like a war » . Remember how everyone threw themselves at her and often fell “into the mud, and we were left with nothing.”