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Hero of the Day: An 85-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Went Skydiving on His Birthday to Spite Hitler

Gary is a Holocaust survivor.  In 1945, he managed to escape from the Buchenwald concentration camp while being led back from harvesting fields.  He hid in a nearby farmhouse until Americans liberated the camp.

And to celebrate his 85th birthday, Gary decided to go skydiving as a big middle finger to Adolf Hitler. He said, “I’d like to prove the [S.O.B.] didn’t succeed.”

He added, “I had two children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, and now I’m jumping out of an airplane.”

Gary now lives in Mission Viejo, California and went to Nichol’s Field in San Diego for the birthday jump.  He jumped tandem with an instructor from 10,000 feet.

The landing was successful.

Here’s a pic:

(Orange County Register)

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