My name is
Dr. Martin Kieselstein. I was born in Romania in 1925, during the
Second World War, the area belonging to Hungary.
In 1944 I was deported to Auschwitz, together with all the Jews of
Of our family only my father and I survived. My mother and my
sister died while doing forced labor. I still suffer due to the
lack of knowledge whether they perished during the cold winter,
hunger, or the beatings of the Nazis.
After my release I returned to my hometown, studied medicine,
graduated in 1952 and worked there as a physician.
In 1959 I came to Israel and worked there as a geriatrician in
Jerusalem, because I saw it as my duty to help elderly people,
especially those who were Holocaust survivors. In recognition of
my activities I was awarded the "Yakir Yerushalyim," ("Worthy
Citizen of Jerusalem") award.
I am married; we have two sons and five grandchildren.
I don't regard myself as an artist, but feel obliged and duty
bound to convey to future generations the awareness of the horror
of the Holocaust through creations made from various materials.