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This 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and chef has been serving fresh meals for more than 4 decades

Ninety-year-old Bert Kotlarczyk works at a Rehabilitation Center near Denver and says it's gratifying to help others who can no longer help themselves.

This 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and chef has been serving fresh meals for more than 4 decades
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This 90-year-old is not just a chef but also a Holocaust survivor. He has been serving fresh meals for many decades now. Bert Kotlarczyk still works full-time in the kitchen of the Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood after serving up meals for 48 years at Denver Health. It is certainly an unlikely life course for the beloved Denver legend, whose journey initially started in Germany during the onset of the Nazi regime. He was only 6 years old when he had to leave Germany because he was a Jew, as reported by Denver7.



"My mother lost all of her family in Germany," Bert said while recalling his eventual emigration from Europe to America. "She had a family of 13 brothers and sisters - all gone." After a decade-long stay in Shanghai, Bert eventually found a home in Colorado, where he discovered his passion for cooking. "I had nothing to eat. My shoes had no soles on them. We put cardboard in them," he told Good Morning America.



After learning what scarcity truly feels, he feels gratified that he gets to feed older people who cannot do all the cooking themselves. His dedication to his work is truly inspiring. Once, he even called the police during a blizzard. They came as quickly as possible and thought he might need to be rescued. But he said to them, "my job is very important. I need to feed 80-90 people. Can you take me to my workplace?" At that time, he was the only chef who showed up for work that day, as reported by GMA.

Even today, at 90 years old, he takes personal requests from residents and cooks them their favorite meals. He truly enjoys bringing a smile to the face of others. He further told GMA, "I feel good when I have accomplished something at the end of the day and that is, when I look at their plate and when it's empty." He also added that he made banana bread whenever the senior citizens of Denver wanted it. At this old age, he considered retiring after working for almost five decades, but he realized, "as long as I am doing something, I am busy, I am healthy. Just move all the time. On his Jewish heritage, he said, "I am a Jew. I was born one. And I am going to die one. I went to bed hungry for 10 years to wear this (pointing to his Star of David chain).



In another such touching instance, Gidon Lev, 87, was among the 92 children who survived Auschwitz. He is 87 years old now. Recently, he found a drawing that he had created at the Theresienstadt camp in 1944 when he was just 9 years old. Lev and his partner Julie Gray posted a Tiktok video in which he was looking at the drawing. It shows Lev's favorite sport – soccer. In the drawing, there are children who are playing the game. As mentioned in the video, “It was saved from Theresienstadt after the camp was liberated in 1945.” Then it is written, “A soccer game he could only dream of.”



Holocaust was one of the most horrific instances that humankind has ever been a part of, but even from it, stories of human triumph have emerged.

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