Ben Abraham is the pseudonym of journalist and author Henry Nekrycz, a Holocaust survivor born in Lodz, Poland, in 1924. As a fourteen-year-old member of a Jewish aristocratic family, he became a prisoner of the Nazis for five and a half years, first in the Lodz Ghetto, where he was confined with his parents, then passing through Auschwitz, and later in other labor and concentration camps.
During World War II, Ben Abraham lost most of his relatives, who perished either from hunger or in the gas chambers. When the war was over, he spent two years being treated in Allied hospitals in Germany due to his extremely impaired health.
After his recovery, he made it to Eretz Israel aboard a clandestine vessel, the Haportzim – one of the few ships that managed to run the British naval blockade at the time. During the War of Independence, he witnessed the Egyptian attacks on the city of Tel Aviv, and participated in the war as a truck driver.
Ben Abraham later settled in Brazil, where he and his wife Miriam Nekrycz worked extensively to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and educate younger generations against intolerance. Working as a journalist for almost twenty years for mainstream Brazilian newspapers such as “Folha da Tarde,” Ben Abraham wrote about the Middle East, International Politics, and subjects related to the Holocaust. His work obtained recognition in Brazil and abroad, as well as his fight against anti-Semitism and Revisionism. His stance in relation to the Mengele investigation has also drawn attention from newspapers, important personalities in the international Jewish community, and several governmental authorities.
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