Ukrainian Holocaust survivor vows to survive Putin’s ‘bastard’

  • Anastasia Gulej, a 96-year-old Auschwitz survivor, lived through the Nazi Holocaust and Stalinism.
  • At a Holocaust memorial event, she said she survived those dictatorships and would also survive Putin.
  • Gulej, who had to flee his home in Kyiv, Ukraine, now lives in Germany with his adult children.

A 96-year-old Holocaust survivor who had to flee Ukraine after Russian troops invaded her homeland has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offensive as ‘genocide’, MailOnline reported.

Anastasia Gulej made the comment during a speech at an event, held earlier this month, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, according to Metro.

Gulej, who was imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen, northern Germany, for four months, was also at the Auschwitz death camp at the same time as the famous Jewish columnist Anne Frank. At least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, died in Auschwitz.

Having survived the Nazi Holocaust and the Stalinism of the Soviet Union, Gulej vowed during his speech to survive Putin.

“I outlived Hitler, I outlived Stalin and I will outlive that asshole Putin too,” Gulej said, per MailOnline.

The Holocaust survivor compared Putin’s actions in Ukraine to those of the Nazis.

“I have no words for what the Hitler admirers in the Kremlin did to Bucha and Mariupol,” she said, according to MailOnline.

A view of the destruction of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol under the control of the Russian military and pro-Russian separatists, April 19, 2022.

A view of the destruction of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol under the control of the Russian military and pro-Russian separatists, April 19, 2022.

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Bucha, near kyiv, and Mariupol in eastern Ukraine saw some of the war’s worst Russian atrocities. Experts are collecting evidence of alleged war crimes at both locations, CBC News reported.

Hundreds of citizens were massacred in Bucha, with analysis of satellite images by The New York Times showing the streets of the city littered with corpses. The besieged city of Mariupol, where more than 21,000 people were killed, was devastated by Russian shelling.

Anne Frank, German Jew who emigrated with her family to the Netherlands during the Nazi era.

Famous Jewish journalist Anne Frank who was transported to Auschwitz in 1944, before dying in the Bergen-Belsen death camp.

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Gulej has now escaped war-torn Ukraine. MailOnline reported that she decided to flee to Germany with her adult children because her home was near an airport – a military target for Russian missiles.

More than 5 million people have fled Ukraine in the two months since the full-blown invasion of Russia began, according to the United Nations.

A biography of Gulej due for release last month, Metro reported, has been delayed to include an additional chapter on his escape from Ukraine.

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