The child Josef Schleifstein poses with two survivors at Buchenwald. Josef spent three of his first four years as a prisoner in Buchenwald. Though some of the SS guards treated him as a camp mascot of sorts, Josef was lined up with other inmates for execution, and only saved by his father's last second intervention. Because the German's valued his father's leatherworking skills, Josef was allowed to survive. He and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1947.