Army and Navy Academy was privileged to host Gerhard Mascakowski on campus yesterday to meet with Cadets and share his story as a Holocaust survivor. He hosted a Q & A session with Cadets in Mr. Hooker and Mr. South’s History classes.

Mr. Mascakowski was born in Danzig Poland, and was sent to a Labor Camp when he was just 15 years old. 3 years later, he was sent to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, where his strong will and determination helped him get through to the end of the war.

After he was liberated, he reunited with his family in Berlin, and then traveled to the United States to eventually become a mechanic.

After a few years in New York, he moved to Los Angeles and opened his own auto shop. Later, he moved down to San Diego with his wife, who he was married to for 58 years.

Gerhard currently lives in La Jolla, California, and routinely speaks at Holocaust conventions and exhibitions around the United States. He has three children.

Gerhard has visited the Academy before, and this visit was as impactful as ever. His willingness to share his story and his positive outlook on life are impressive, and a lesson to us all.