This interview with Emil Hecht was conducted in Jerusalem iin 1981, at the time of the first world gathering of Jewish Holocaust survivors. It was originally printed in the July 3, 1981 IJN. At the time Hillel Goldberg was the IJN Israel correspondent and senior editor.
JERUSALEM — Behind Emil Hecht’s successful business career in Denver lies a complex tapestry of suffering, of reflection and of heroism.
Now a partner with Larry Mizel in Denver’s largest home-building corporation, 37 years ago Hecht was in Auschwitz. A year later he was one of the “four horses” smuggling Jews out of Eastern Europe. Two years before that he was mastering advanced mathematics, Shakespeare, Bialik and eight languages.
And two weeks ago Hecht was in Israel retelling how and why all but one of his siblings survived the Holocaust, this at a time when 99 out of 100 were killed.